Entries tagged with: Aimee Mann
The Both at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Aimee Mann and her The Both bandmate Ted Leo are taking their Christmas show on the road in December with "many special guests" promised each night. The tour hits NYC and the surrounding area on December 10 at Tarrytown Music Hall, December 12 at The Space at Westbury and December 13 at NYC's Town Hall. Tickets for Town Hall and The Space go on sale here Friday (9/12) at noon with an AmEx presale for Town Hall starting Wednesday (9/10) at noon. Tickets for Tarrytown also go on sale Friday at noon, and there's an ongoing member presale.
The Both will be in NYC sooner than that though, for the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park (Oct. 4 & 5) with the reunited Blood Brothers (who also play Warsaw), Cat Power, Liars, Stars a William Onyeabor tribute and more. Tickets for that fest are still available.
The Both made a video for "Volunteers of America" not long ago. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...
Modern Sky Festival has already existed for seven years in China, and this year the first US edition of the festival will take place in NYC on October 4 & 5 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. It's got a pretty cool lineup, including The Blood Brothers, Liars, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor (lineup TBA, but the last one featured David Byrne, members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Blood Orange, The Rapture and more), Cat Power, Stars, The Both (AImee Man & Ted Leo) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are on sale now.
The festival happens not long before Stars release their new album, No One Is Lost (due 10/14 via ATO), so maybe we'll hear some new material from that.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Ted Leo at HiFi / Brownies anniversary on Saturday (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
This Sunday in Brooklyn, two indie/punk singers are coming together for solo sets: Ted Leo and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin'. The show, which happens at Silent Barn (5/25), is a fundraiser for webzine The Media's first print issue -- a collection of the first 10 issues on newsprint. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Ted, who took part in the HiFi / Brownies anniversary over the weekend, also just teamed up with his The Both bandmate Amiee Mann to mash up covers of TV themes ("Cheers," "Orange is the New Black" and more) in a video for Vulture which was filmed at NYC venue Joe's Pub. You can check that out below.
Silent Barn flyer and TV themes video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Both / Nick Diamonds @ Bowery Ballroom - 4/29/14
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's collaborative band The Both is currently on tour with Nick Diamonds (The Unicorns, Islands) and they hit NYC last night (4/29) for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two NYC shows on this run. The Both's set included all of their album, a few of Aimee and Ted's own songs too, and plenty of their very funny stage banter. They also encored with a cover of
"Voices Cary" by Aimee's old group, Til Tuesday. Nick (joined by one of his Islands bandmates) played a few covers too, like Henry Mancini's "Moon River," Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.," and a Sinead O'Connor song. Pictures of the show are in this post.
The Both and Nick Diamonds do it again at MHOW on Thursday (5/1) and tickets for that one are still available.
Meanwhile, over at Glasslands, Nick's former Unicorn bandmate Alden Penner was playing solo as well. Anyone catch that?
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
Nick Diamonds w/ Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo put out their debut album this year for their collaborative project, The Both, and they're currently on the road in support of it. The tour brings them to NYC this week for two shows -- TONIGHT (4/29) at Bowery Ballroom and Thursday (5/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tonight's show is sold out, but you can still get tickets for Thursday's show. Updated dates are listed below.
Since we last spoke, Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns and Islands was added as an opener to the tour, which means Nick will be back in NYC tonight.
Coincidentally (?), Nick's former Unicorns bandmate, Alden Penner, plays his second of two NYC shows tonight at Brooklyn venue Glasslands with SoftSpot, Vassals and Xander Duell. Tickets for that one are still available.
Updated The Both / Nick Diamonds dates are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)
Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...
by Andrew Sacher
After Aimee Mann and Ted Leo announced their collaborative project The Both in early 2013 (following a 2012 tour together), they're finally ready to release their debut self-titled album on April 15 via Superego Records. Rolling Stone just premiered the album's first single, "Milwaukee," which is the kind of melodic alternative rock you'd expect from an Aimee Mann/Ted Leo collaboration, and a pretty enjoyable tune. You can stream it, along with the album tracklist, below.
The Both recently announced NYC shows happening on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom and May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and since we last spoke, a full tour has been announced. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale today (1/24) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and tracklist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & Aimee Man's Best Show Tribute (MP3)
Ted and Aimee at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Both, aka the collaborative project of Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, will be playing more shows for 2014, and though we haven't seen a full tour announcement yet, we know they'll be in NYC on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom and May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.
As you may know, Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU signed off for good at the end of 2013. On the penultimate show (12/10), Ted and Aimee made an appearance, singing a Best Show tribute song which you can download above or stream below. Also below is a playlist Ted made in December with that song and 16 others that he's "done on/for The Best Show."
And lastly, below you can watch a full set video of The Both's show at The Bell House from this past September...
by Bill Pearis
Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.
Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.
In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.
Jon Wurster as John Denver
Back in April, ATO Records released The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which featured covers of the singer by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten, My Morning Jacket, Evan Dando, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, and more. Now, the J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten cover of "Prisoners" has been given the video treatment by Funny or Die, which, needless to say, means it came out pretty funny. The video stars Superchunks's Jon Wurster as John Denver and Aimee Mann as a female John Denver. Both of them have animal puppets as friends and (spoiler alert) they meet at the end. Check it out below.
Julie Klausner and "honorary ginger" Ted Leo
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann played The Bell House a couple weeks ago (9/11) as The Both and now they're on tour together (playing separate sets). When Ted returns from the tour, he'll be back at The Bell House on October 30 (Mischief Night) for Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast taping. Also appearing: New Pornographer A.C. Newman, rapper Jean Grae, and actress Laura Benanti. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ted is HWYW?'s de facto bandleader, and he and Julie perform together a lot, including recently at Bumbershoot. A couple examples of that, in video form (one with Ted in a redhead wig), are in this post.
You can catch AC Newman tonight (9/26) at Radio City Music Hall where he'll open for his sometimes bandmate Neko Case. Aimee Mann, meanwhile, can be heard on the audio book version of Danny Bland's In Case We Die.
Ted & Julie videos below...
If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early '90s Seattle was all about, you'd probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves, as well as countless miles road-managing the likes of Dave Alvin, Greg Dulli, and Mark Lanegan, one can assume Bland has more than a few personal accounts of rock-'n'-roll neurosis to share. So when I finished perusing the jacket notes and figured out his literary debut was a novel, In Case We Die (Fantagraphics, 240 pages, $26.99), I was deeply curious and slightly annoyed. Fiction? Why? - [Willamette Week]Danny Bland's In Case We Die is fictional but comes from real, hard life experience. The book was published by Fantagraphics and the audio book is rather special, with chapters read by an amazing group of musicians, actors and comedians, including Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Greg Dulli, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Marc Maron, Memphis Three survivor Damien Echols, actor Donal Logue, and more. You can preview some of the audio book below.
Bland is currently on a book tour which includes two appearances in NYC: September 26 at East Village bar Manitoba's and October 1 at Bookcourt in Brooklyn. The book tour dates also promise "surprise guests from the audiobook" at "select cities." All dates are listed below.
Ted Leo & Aimee Mann at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that Ted Leo and Aimee Mann have teamed up to form The Both, and that band has just announced some September shows. First, they'll be playing Chicago's A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party, and then they've got some east coast dates including one in NYC on September 11 at The Bell House.
Ted will also appear live in NYC even sooner at the sold-out Kurt Braunohler release party at The Bell House (8/27).
Ted and Aimee are also touring together this year (but playing separate sets) in addition to the Both shows. All of their dates are listed, along with a recent live video of The Both, below.
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen & friends / Stefon & Seth / Kanye & Ben on SNL
Even without Kanye's musical appearance, last night's Ben Afleck hosted Saturday Night Live season finale was especially eventful (and teary) as it was the final show for three long-running star players: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.
Fred got his farewell moment via a sketch featuring his punk character Ian Rubbish who performed song called "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day." His band featured fellow departing castmembers Hader and Sudekis (and Taran Killam, sure to be a big player next season), and then he welcomed a cavalcade of musical talent onstage, including his Portlandia costar Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. With a chorus of "It's been alright, I've had a lovely night," it was a nice little sendoff. Video of that is below.
Hader got his sendoff moment, as expected, as Weekend Update nightlife correstondent Stefon, where anchor -- and soon to be Late Night host -- Seth Meyers finally gives in to his advances. "Weekend Update" also featured a surprise appearance by former co-anchor Amy Poehler who came out for "REALLY??" and stuck around to read the news. Seth, who is also SNL's head writer, will leave midseason next year to take over for Jimmy Fallon who is moving up to The Tonight Show.
Hader, Armisen, Sudekis and Meyers' departure leaves a giant comedy hole for next season. It will be interesting to see how Lorne Michaels fills it.
Moby's audition did not go well...
As maybe you're heard, The Postal Service are back together for a 10th anniversary tour, including two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What you may not know is that Ben Gibbard was one of many singers who auditioned for Jimmy Tamborello. Aimee Mann, Moby or even Duff McKagan (plus others) could've ended up in the band... or so this Funny or Die clip (directed by Tom Scharpling) purports which you can watch below.
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (aka #BOTH) in NYC in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When it was announced last year that Ted Leo would be touring with Aimee Mann, despite the fact that the two certainly have some things in common, it was a bit of an odd pairing, considering Aimee's long history as a generally above-the-radar artist and Ted's inherent underground-ness. (Not to mention their styles of music.) But the tour worked out great and saw Ted and Aimee really getting along on the road and collaborating on stage too. Well, now they're taking that a step further and have announced a new collaborative project called #BOTH. For the new band, they'll "be showcasing songs they have written together as well performing some of their own original material." They haven't announced an album or a full tour yet, but they have a few shows scheduled in California, which are listed below.
Though there aren't any East Coast dates scheduled at the moment, Aimee previously announced her own East Coast run which includes NYC-area shows on April 19 at The Paramount in Huntington and April 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for those shows are still available. Ted lives in the area so here's to hoping he at least makes an appearance!
All dates are listed below...
Aimee Mann @ MHOW, 10/31/2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Aimee Mann, who last played NYC on Halloween right after Hurricane Sandy hit, has announced a few spring dates on the East Coast, including two in NYC: The Paramount in Huntington, NY on April 19 and Webster Hall on April 20. Tickets to the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today (2/13) at noon, and the Paramount show goes on presale Thursday (2/14) at 10 AM. All tour dates are below.
Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report
Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben GIbbard appeared on The Colbert Report last night (1/10) to perform the song "Bigger Than Love" off of his 2012 solo album, Former Lives. Ben brought out fellow Tom Scharpling associate Aimee Mann to play bass, sing the first verse, and join Ben on vocals in the chorus. They were also joined by Aimee's pal Ted Leo on guitar and Jon Wurster on drums. Ben also did a solo acoustic performance of "I'm Building a Fire," and like Stephen Colbert's other musical victims, he was interviewed on the show too. You can watch videos of both songs and the interview below.
PREVIOUSLY: Postal Service reunion in the works
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"I'm about to see @tedleo in his pajamas. #FirstNightOnBus" - Aimee Mann
After much confusion about the Aimee Mann and Ted Leo shows that were initially supposed to happen at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (10/29) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (10/30), Aimee and Ted ended up playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/31) and honored tickets purchased for either show, and they're working on rescheduling the Bowery Ballroom show for next week. Despite all of that chaos, it was a relief when they decided to play on Wednesday, until they ran into more chaos, totally unrelated to Sandy. Someone pulled the fire alarm at MHOW a little while after doors opened, sending everyone out onto the street. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and the show ended up going on as planned.
The crowd was smaller than it probably would have been without Hurricane Sandy, but hopefully anyone who wasn't able to make it will be able to catch the Bowery show when it's rescheduled. Aimee wrote a song due to the events that took place this week called "Oh Sandy," which she performed at the show, and you can watch a video of that below. Ted also joined Aimee on stage during her set at the show (as pictured above). More pictures from the show and that "Oh Sandy" video are below.
John Vanderslice as Tigger (via David Williams)
John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers kicked off their tour together in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday (10/30), and despite Hurricane Sandy, they've been moving on as planned, having played DC last night (10/31) and they'll be in Philly tonight (11/1). For last night's show, which was Halloween, John Vanderslice dressed up as Tigger (pictured above), and said that DC was chaos with "Halloween revelers, cops everywhere, and a massive fire in NE." And if this tweet is to be believed, we might see John's Tigger costume at the NYC area shows too.
The NYC area shows happen on Friday (11/2) at The Bell House and Sunday (11/4) at Maxwell's, both of which still appear to be on. Tickets for both the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show are still available.
John Vanderslice also joined Aimee Mann on stage at The Fillmore in San Francisco, when her tour brought her to that venue back in September. Aimee's tour was supposed to hit NYC for two shows with Ted Leo this week but Hurricane Sandy made like a thousand changes to their schedule. They ended up postponing their Bowery Ballroom show to a TBA date and played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (more on that soon).
An updated list of John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers dates is below.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who played Town Hall together on 10/27, were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom last night (10/29) and Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/30). As mentioned before the power went out, the Monday Bowery show was postponed to Wednesday/Halloween, but tonight's Brooklyn show was just officially cancelled moments ago, one of the last hold-outs (pretty much every other Tuesday night show was already cancelled).
It's unclear now if they'll reschedule and what will happen to Wednesday's show... Aimee tweeted, "So sorry to report that my show in Williamsburg tonight is canceled...I guess they were just afraid no one could get there. Argh!! I think they are considering an option of doing two shows tomorrow? But not sure where that would be. I'll keep you posted. If we do two tomorrow, it will probably be in Williamsburg, since the power is still out in lower Manhattan." Stay tuned.
UPDATE from Aimee: "Ok, here it is: I'm playing tomorrow at the Williamsburg Music Hall & both Williamsburg tickets AND Bowery tickets will be honored. AND... We're working on rescheduling to play at the Bowery next week, if you can't get to Williamsburg. Whew! #sorrytimesamillion"
Hurricane Sandy is finally upon us, with the height of the storm hitting around 6 PM. Like Sunday, mass transit is closed and almost everything is cancelled. We'll update this list throughout the day but, as far as we know, the only major show still
happening in NYC tonight is Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though we expect a postponement announcement any minute) (Swans did play Bowery last night though). Swans is now postponed too.
Not sure if anyone is playing, but Pete's Candy Store "says Come & get us Sandy! We weren't afraid of Irene and we're not afraid of you! (but please don't hurt us) WE WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT. C'mon Over."
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's show at Bowery Ballroom tonight has moved to Wednesday (10/31).
Luckily German band Fenster scheduled a lot of shows while they were here because their show last night at Shea Stadium was cancelled, and their one at Muchmore's tonight with Daytona and Hearsay & Hyperbole isn't happening either.
Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night at The Bell House is canceled.
John Legend's show at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclay's Center was postponed a while back for non-Sandy reasons.
Cake Shop's show (Sad Ladders, Meet Me in Norway, Sewing Machines) tonight is cancelled.
Joshua Radin & A Fine Frenzy at Best Buy Theater has been postponed.
Lee DeWyze at Highline Ballroom has been canceled.
Tonight's shows at Joe's Pub are canceled.
The Rock Shop is open, but tonight's show has been canceled.
Tonight's shows at The Stone are cancelled.
As you may remember, Jimmy Kimmel Live was to be live from Brooklyn this week. The rest of the week my happen but tonight will not. Tweets Jimmy, "Though it pains us to do it, JKLfrom #Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe."
Tonight's Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir show at Union Pool has been canceled.
Mercury Lounge is closed.
Pianos is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Union Hall is closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closed.
S.O.B's is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Death by Audio is closed.
The Studio at Webster Hall is closed.(which means Brokencyde is cancelled)
Arlene's Grocery is closed.
Iridium Jazz is closed
Both the Chelsea and East Village UCB Theatres are closed.
Tonight's Schnick or Treat comedy show at Littlefield has been postponed to 11/4.
Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is closed.
Field Report at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, former DeYarmond Edison member Chris Porterfield, aka Field Report, is heading out on tour as a support act for the first half of Aimee Mann's upcoming tour (Ted Leo supports on the second). After that tour, Field Report will play a few of his own shows, including
one two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on November 8 and Union Hall on November 11 with special guests. Tickets for the Union Hall show are on sale now and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday, September 28 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/26) at noon.
Field Report released his self titled LP last week and played a record release show in NYC at Union Pool. If you were at that show, how was it? A stream of his album and a list of all upcoming dates are below.
Here We Go Magic at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Braids @ Maxwell's
* Matt Alber @ Joe's Pub
* Jill Sobule @ Joe's Pub
* Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* Band of Horses @ House of Vans
* The Killers @ Paradise Theater
* Sean Sondregger Trio @ The Stone
* Stanley Clarke @ Blue Note
* Et cetera Festival @ Public Assembly
* Slash, Foxy Shazam @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Bowery Electric
* Barack Obama, Jay-Z & Beyonce @ 40/40 Club
* Here We Go Magic, High Highs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Echo-Friendly, Thieving Irons @ Mercury Lounge
* Blood Red Shoes, DZ Deathrays @ Mercury Lounge
* Vensaire, manicanparty, Cultfever @ Cameo Gallery
The Avett Brothers @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Infernal Stronghold, Geryon, Grudges @ Saint Vitus
* Pete Karp and the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors @ The Stone
* Tropic of Pisces, Neighbors, Moon King, Cookies @ Pianos
* Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Foy Vance @ Webster Hall
* Chasing Kings, Swear and Shake @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* G-Side, The Block Beattaz, Deniro Farrar, Tron & DVD @ Glasslands
* Bobby Womack w/ Damon Albarn, Kwes and more @ Apple Store SoHo
* Shark?, Caged Animals, Dinosaur Feathers, EULA @ Delinquency
* Seth Herzog, David Wain, Questlove, Ted Alexandro @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier,Ikebe Shakedown, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, The Forthrights, Tunde Adebimpe/Ohal Greitzer/Daren Ho-Ryan Sawyer/C. Spencer Yeh Quintet @ Zebulon
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Meat and Bone, is out today and BrooklynVegan is presenting record release party tonight at Bowery Electric. The only way in was to have bought the album through Other Music or won tickets from us. It's now sold out but you can, however, watch the JSBX's new video, "Black Mold," below.
Bobby Womack and his all-star band (Damon Albarn, Kwes, mems of TVotR) are playing a free show and Q&A at Apple's fancypants SoHo store tonight at 7 PM which is likely to be very, very crowded.
Band of Horses, who release their new album, Mirage Rock, today and play House of Vans tonight, taped a "Live on Letterman" concert last night (9/17). You can stream that entire concert below. You can also stream Mirage Rock in its entirety below.
Public Assembly's alt-learning festival, "Et cetera," continues tonight with free panel discussions and demonstrations, like "Bad Feminist Readings."
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Aimee Mann's new video, "Labrador," was directed by Tom Scharpling and features his WFMU cohort (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster, as well as Ted Leo and Jon Hamm. Watch it below.
We already posted pics from A$AP Rocky's Fashion Week performance at the Adidas Store, and now you can check out video from the event that also features Jeremy Scott, A$AP Nast and Flatbush Zombies. Watch it below.
The Family Bqnd made a skeletal video for their song "Moonbeams" and you can watch that below too.
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear are set to release their new album, Shields, on September 18 via Warp. You've already heard the singles "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again" and if you haven't downloaded one of the leaks of the album (We won't pretend they aren't out there, the band have even been acknowledging it on twitter) (though they kindly ask that if you like it, you pre-order it) you can now stream the entire thing (legally) at NPR.
Shields is Grizzly Bear's best album yet, and easily one of the strongest releases of this year. Grizzly Bear naysayers who complain that their often sleepy albums don't live up to the pop heights of singles like "Two Weeks" and "The Knife," complain no more. On Shields, every track is as largely arranged, dynamic, and grandiose as its singles -- but this is by no means a "sellout" album either. They drift through passages of progressive folk with baroque arrangements and even touches of jazz sensibilities sprinkled throughout the record. It's as heady and complex as anything they've done, just simply even more appealing and infinitely playable.
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear will support the new album with a tour that comes to NYC for the band's largest headlining hometown show yet on September 24 at Radio City Music Hall with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Tickets for that show are still available.
You can also watch Grizzly Bear perform live TODAY (9/10) at 2pm EST on Soundcheck.
Speaking of largely anticipated albums that you can stream on NPR, The xx's new album, Coexist, is out this week and still available to stream. As are the new albums by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr., and Aimee Mann.