January 21, 2015
Here's a good pairing of two back-in-action indie/emo veterans now signed to Topshelf: Kind of Like Spitting, who will release their first new album since 2006 (a split LP with Warren Franklin) in February, and The City on Film (aka Braid co-frontman Bob Nanna), who released his first new album since 2005 in December, are teaming up for a tour together this spring. Opening is newer band Lee Corey Oswald (who put out Regards on No Sleep last year), and the tour hits NYC on April 1 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/23).
All dates are listed, with two song streams from the new KOLS album and a full stream of TCOF's new album, below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal band Suuns and fellow musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart spent a week playing and recording together in 2012. Both bands became busy with their own separate albums but returned to the recordings in 2013 and 2014, mixing, editing, with the results being the self-titled Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart album which will be released via Secretly Canadian on April 14. Says Suuns' Ben Shemie:
It's not a Suuns record, it's not a Jerusalem In My Heart record. It's really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.You can check out the pulsating, arpeggiated and hypnotic "Gazelles In Flight" from the album, below.
Suuns, minus Jerusalem in My Heart, will be touring with Chicago's Disappears next month, including a show at Rough Trade NYC on February 28 with Christines playing as well. Tickets are still available.
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Maryn Jones is rarely not up to something, whether she's fronting her band All Dogs, lending her harmonies to Saintseneca, or providing guest lead vocals on Radiator Hospital's Torch Song standout "Fireworks." Now she'll be even busier with her new solo project Yowler, the moniker under which she'll release her The Offer cassette on March 10 via Double Double Whammy. Its first single, "7 Towers," is out now, and it's arguably more arresting than anything she's done in All Dogs. Unlike that band's indie punk, it's a sad singer/songwriter dirge with nice reverbed-out electric guitar and only a few minor embellishments. But it sounds way less minimal than it really is. Check it out below.
All Dogs are about to head out on a tour with The Sidekicks (whose singer Steve Ciolek plays with Maryn in Saintseneca), beginning with a BrooklynVegan-presented release show for that band's excellent new album at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Friday (1/23). Also on that show are fellow tourmates Cayetana and opener Roger Harvey. Tickets are still available.
Stream "7 Towers" below...
photo: Inter Arma at IO Northside 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Richmond metal experimenters Inter Arma returned this past fall with their one-song, 45+ EP The Cavern on Relapse, and they've now announced another tour in support of it. Opening are Nashville sludge weirdos Yautja, who also put out a killer album in 2014 and who also love the road. The tour brings both bands to NYC on April 12 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly.
After the tour with Yautja, Inter Arma play Maryland Deathfest. All dates are listed, with streams of both bands' 2014 releases, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Invisible Familiars (aka NYC singer-songwriter Jared Samuel) will release his debut album, Disturbing Wildlife, next week (1/27) via Other Music. Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto and Sean Lennon, Samuel's own music is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable. (A little like Beck? Perhaps.) The LP features appearances by Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, drummer Ryan Sawyer, and Stuart Bogie from Antibalas, just to mention a few. You can listen to the whole album right now -- we're premiering a stream of the album below.
The live band version of Invisible Familiars wrap up their January residency at Bed-Stuy's Bar Lunatico on Friday (1/23). They've got a couple more NYC shows lined up as well, including an official record release party on January 30 at Baby's All Right . That show is with Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter that features Cibo Matto, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon, and "many more!" Tickets are on sale. Invisible Familiars also play The Living Room on February 5 with Jolie Holland (tickets).
Flyer for the record release show and album stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Native Sound is introducing a new split 7" series which begins on February 24 with Unconditional Arms / Threading, and continues in April with Former Ghosts / Funeral Advantage and May with Planning for Burial / Mother Room.
We've got the premiere of Michigan band Threading's track "Ember" from the first split. It's dense, somber shoegaze that trudges along at a glacial pace. Listen for yourself below. You can pre-order that split here and subscribe to the series here.
In related news, Planning for Burial open night 2 of This Will Destroy You's BV-presented 2-night stand at Saint Vitus, along with Sannhet. Night 1 is with So Hideous and Christopher Tignor. Tickets for both are still available.
Both Threading and split-mates Unconditional Arms have upcoming dates too (none in NYC). Those are listed, with the new Threading song, below...
So Hideous (photo by Bobby Bates)
As discussed, This Will Destroy You are touring and hitting NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (Feb. 26 & 27). We already announced that Planning for Burial and Sannhet are opening night 2, and we're now excited to announce that local post-metallers So Hideous and experimental composer Christopher Tignor are opening night 1. Tickets for both are still available.
So Hideous last released Last Poem/First Light in 2014. Christopher Tignor (also of Slow Six and Wires Under Tension, and who worked with Philip Glass and did sound at CBGB and Brownies in the '90s), has collaborated with This Will Destroy You before, and he released his sophomore solo LP, Thunder Lay Down In The Heart, last year as well. Stream that and the So Hideous album below.
by Andrew Sacher
Boston hardcore rippers Defeater already have an album on Topshelf and two on Bridge 9, and they've now signed to Epitaph, whose roster just keeps getting more stacked with some of the best modern punk bands (The Menzingers, Joyce Manor, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight [technically on ANTI-], The Sidekicks, etc). Their fourth album is due at some point this year.
Meanwhile, Defeater screamer Derek Archambault (now recovered from surgery) is releasing a new album with his alt-country side project Alcoa on February 24 via Bridge 9. It's called Parlour Tricks and you can listen to the first single "All Dolled Up" at AltPress.
Defeater will be in the NYC-area soon for Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bane, Superheaven and more (tickets). That show is part of a run of newly-announced tour dates (no others near NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of an older song, below...
With the most recent run of David Byrne's Here Lies Love now in the past, David Byrne has just announced his next high-concept project which is on an even bigger scale. It's called Contemporary Color which happens at Barclays Center on June 27 & 28. A co-production with BAM (part of their 2015 Winter/Spring Season), it's a mix of live music and color guard (the synchronized flags will be familiar to anyone who's watched a high school or college marching band). The live music portion feature performances from Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Kelis, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs, plus 10 color guard teams from the US and Canada.
Tickets are on artist presale now (password: DBCOLOR). Tickets are also on sale today (1/21) for Friends of BAM, with an AmEx presale starting Friday (1/23) at 10 AM. Tickets go on sale to the general public January 28 at 10 AM.
Here are more details from Byrne:
Some years ago, a Colorguard team wanted to use some music I'd written (from a theater piece I did with Robert Wilson, called The Forest) for one of their routines. I said, "Fine, no charge... you are a high school team after all." But I asked that they send me documentation out of curiosity and for my archives. I eventually got a DVD of the whole World Championship competition. I watched, and was amazed and delighted to find myself in a new world that I didn't know existed.You can watch a video trailer about Contemporary Color below and learn more at its website. The extravaganza will make its world premiere the week before (June 22 & 23) at Toronto's Luminato Festival.
What I was viewing is more properly referred to in that world as winterguard--as it takes place in the winter and spring--after fall football season, when the colorguard teams are more closely associated with drum lines and marching bands. Off season they do their own thing--still employing flags, rifles and sabers--but their routines are less about formation than about themes, emotion, concepts and visual spectacle. Over recent decades, the teams have evolved into something strange and wonderful; they've created a vibrant, innovative and original vernacular artform that is wildly popular across the whole North American continent, but is all but unknown in many of the big urban centers--like New York, where I live. Contemporary Color aims to remedy that situation.
I was stunned at what I was seeing, and being a musician I naturally wondered to myself, "What if these performances had live music? Really great live music! Wouldn't that be amazing? And wouldn't that lift it to another level?" (Besides being fun for the musicians too!). The competitions these teams engage in already fill arenas with their fans and supporters, so I thought to myself, "Let's take it from there!"