March 4, 2014
photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.
As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)
After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on Gchat to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...
Australian baggy scene revivalists Jagwar Ma will be in North America next week, starting in Austin during SXSW playing one of Red Bull Sound Select's shows on 3/13 (RSVPs are open for these shows) and then touring around till Coachella. Those dates do not include a NYC date, but the band will be visiting again this summer, playing Webster Hall on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/5) at noon. It's the only summer date in North American at the current time.
by Andrew Sacher
Michigan's The Fix formed in 1980 and by 1981 were the second band to sign to the now-legendary Touch & Go Records (Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Jesus Lizard). They broke up by 1982, but in their short time as a band, released the Vengeance/In This Town 7" and the Jan's Rooms 7", both of which are long sold out but are being repressed by Touch & Go as a double 7" pack on April 15 (just ahead of, but not part of Record Store Day), limited to 1,000 copies. If you're not familiar with The Fix, you can listen to streams of both 7"s below, and they should appeal to fans of any of the more famous early '80s bands like Black Flag, Minor Threat, etc.
Also below is a trailer video for the reissues and tracklist...
First Lil Bub and now Gary Gnu...
Westchester's second Pop Goes the Culture variety show, a colorful evening of meaningful performances and meaningless awards recognizing favorite pop culture acts, was held Saturday, March 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. The event, which honored everyone from Broadway star Gregory Jbara to Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro, was presented by Mamaroneck author Jon Chattman and his A-Sides brand Pictured (L-to-R) Chattman, honorees - rocker Andrew W.K. and Great Space Coaster puppet Gary Gnu (with Jim Martin). Photo by: Lindsay Burdick WittsYou might not consider this news, but no gnews is good gnews!
Courtney Barnett in Chicago in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Australia's wordy psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett just brought her tour to NYC for two sold-out shows, and with plans to return to the Northeast for Toronto's NXNE and Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, she'll squeeze in two more NYC shows this June. Now playing increasingly larger venues, Courtney will hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 (part of the Northside Festival, which Sharon Van Etten is also confirmed for) and Bowery Ballroom on June 17. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with a AmEx presales starting Wednesday (3/5) at noon.
Courtney's 2012 double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, officially gets an American release on April 15 via Mom + Pop. Stream it in full, along with the list of dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - SOS In Bel Air (Ariel Pink's Krystal Bamboo Remix) (MP3)
Phoenix @ Barclays Center (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix, who just announced some North American dates to fill in the gap between Governors Ball in NYC and Bonnaroo in Tennessee, also just released a remix of "SOS in Bel Air" done by wacky Ariel Pink. You can download to "SOS in Bel Air (Ariel Pink's Krystal Bamboo Remix)" above and stream it below. Tour dates are listed below...
by Doug Moore
Dead Hymns cover
NYC metalcore bruisers Tiger Flowers are well known around the local live circuit for their colorful performances, but their record release schedule has been outstripped by their touring one -- though the band have been around for over five years, they have just one EP under their belts so far. That's finally about to change. We mentioned a few months back that the band have signed with Melotov Records. Their debut LP, Dead Hymns, now finally has a release date: April 6, about a year after it was initially recorded.
We premiered the second single from the album, "Batesian Mimicry," over at Invisible Oranges this morning. Here's an excerpt from our writeup:
Coalesce are their most obvious reference point, but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story; Tiger Flowers are less noodly and more terse, which means that you stand a good chance of headbanging to their music the right way on the first try. The band know this fact and make use of it. Like any good metallic hardcore band, they've got a knack for setting up huge slowdowns with dramatic pauses -- in "Batesian Mimicry," the band pull the rug out from beneath you about a minute into the track. The sequence of slamming grooves that follows is worth the long wait.Stream the new track below.
Tiger Flowers are also hitting the road for a short northeastern US tour in support of the album, which wraps up with a NYC hometown show at The Gutter on April 12. Support and other details TBA.
All dates are listed, with the stream of "Batesian Mimicry" and the entertaining video for the album's first single, "Cruisin' 'Til the Wheels Fall Off," below...
by Zach Pollack
Sharon Van Etten just recently detailed her forthcoming LP, Are We There, which is due out on May 27 via Jagjaguwar, and has now shared the album's lead single "Taking Chances." It's a hazy, slow-grooving number with a nice distorted chorus and you can take a listen to it at the bottom of this post. As discussed, SVE brings her tour to NYC for shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 12 (as part of the Northside Festival), and Bowery Ballroom on June 13 & 14 (tickets). In addition to the tour, she'll also play the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival.
Take a listen to Are We There's "Taking Chances" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Vancouver punks White Lung, whose two albums (and some 7"s) including the excellent 2012 LP Sorry, have come out on Canadian punk label Deranged Records, have signed to the larger Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective). Their first release for the new label will be the "Drown With The Monster" 7", which comes out on April 29. Its title track is one of the band's heaviest and most power-chord-oriented tracks yet, and its video was filmed during one of their typically intense live shows (including Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass). Check it out, with the tracklist and artwork, below.
White Lung don't have a full tour planned at the moment, but they will return to NYC for shows on June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows aren't on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for Vitus and Ticketmaster for Merc updates.
Video, artwork and tracklist below...
Deerhunter at MSG in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Deerhunter have a couple shows coming up this week, including a hometown show in Atlanta with Black Lips and Lonnie Holley on Friday (3/7), and they'll be in NYC TONIGHT (3/4) at Highline Ballroom for an NYU students only show with guitar hero Marnie Stern. Kiah Victoria is on the bill too, and advance tickets are on sale, but you do need an NYU ID to get in.
All Deerhunter dates (including an Atlas Sound show this month) are listed below...