Entries tagged with: AlunaGeorge
a Haim striking a pose (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steven Hyden at Grantland writes:
...we're witnessing the death rattle of the current version of alternative, "indie." In the past month, there's been a series of releases -- including Haim's Days Are Gone, Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe, Lorde's Pure Heroine, Icona Pop's This Is ... Icona Pop, and the 1975's self-titled debut -- that have been slotted as "indie pop," ostensibly because they're positioned outside "regular" pop just as Pearl Jam once was placed outside regular rock music. But the "indie" modifier is instantly extraneous once you've actually heard these records -- in sound and form, there's nothing that's weird, experimental, or potentially off-putting about them. (The same can be said of indie-favored pop records released earlier in the year, including Charli XCX's True Romance, AlunaGeorge's Body Music, and Ariana Grande's Yours Truly.) They're well produced, catchy, immediately likable, and fashioned in the mold of successful trends. They are simply pop pop records. [Grantland]
photos by Amanda Hatfield
AlunaGeorge @ MHOW - 9/6/13
UK pop duo AlunaGeorge are currently in North America for their first-ever tour here, and they've had quite the run leading up to it. Their debut EP, You Know You Like It, came out on boutique electronic label Tri Angle Records and it was announced soon after that they signed to Island, who would release their eventual debut album. After almost a year-long run of releasing singles (and a huge collaboration with Disclosure), that album, Body Music, finally came out.
The band's North American tour began with Chicago's North Coast Music Festival, then Philly's Made In America Festival, and it hit NYC last week for two sold out shows with Chicago production duo/Polica collaborators Supreme Cuts at Bowery Ballroom (9/5) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/6). The sets included a good chunk of the new album, plus their Disclosure collaboration, "White Noise" and their cover of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" (which is featured as a bonus track on their album). They played as a full band, with producer/instrumentalist George Reid on keyboards and singer AlunaFrancis dancing and controlling the stage for a set that kept the MHOW crowd moving. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.
More of those, including one of the setlist, and a couple videos below...
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.
UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.
Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.
Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.
Made In America schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Supreme Cuts in Chicago in 2012 (more by Tyler Trykowski)
Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts are set to release the followup to 2012's Whispers in the Dark with their new album, Divine Ecstasy, on October 1 via Dovecote. The first single, "Envision," features guest lead vocals from Channy of Polica (who they've toured with), and it's one of the poppiest (and best) songs Supreme Cuts have done to date. Check it out below.
Since we last posted, Supreme Cuts have been added as an opener to the previously discussed AlunaGeorge tour, including both NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 5 (sold out) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 6 (tickets). AlunaGeorge also just made their fantastic debut album, Body Music, available to stream in full.
All dates (including Lollapalooza) are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
As mentioned, AlunaGeorge's debut album, Body Music, is due out on Tuesday (7/30) but the duo are streaming the record in full via their Soundcloud. You can listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
AlunaGeorge's very-anticipated debut, Body Music, comes out July 29 via Island, and after revealing a handful of tracks, they've now just released yet another song from the new album, "Bad Idea." Like the ones we've heard so far, it's nothing short of great, and keeping the anticipation pretty high for this album. Check it out below.
AlunaGeorge will be going on their first North American tour this year too, which brings them to NYC on September 5 at Bowery Ballroom and September 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
Song stream below...
Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...
by Andrew Sacher
AlunaGeorge, who are already on one of the biggest songs of the year with their contribution to Disclosure's "White Noise," and have their own debut album set to drop next month, have finally announced more North American dates, including two in NYC. As mentioned, we already knew they'd be here for Philly's Made In America Festival and now comes word they'll play Bowery Ballroom September 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 6. Tickets for both NYC shows go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/12) with the general on-sale happening Friday (6/14) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, along with streams of three tracks from their debut LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
One of the most exciting debut albums of the year, Disclosure's Settle, is out today (6/4), and as you probably know, it includes the track, "White Noise," which features lead vocals from AlunaGeorge.
As discussed, AlunaGeorge also have their own very-anticipated debut album coming out this year, and more details on that album have just been announced. We knew it was called Body Music, and it's now set to come out on July 29 via Island (not July 1, as initially reported). The album includes AlunaGeorge's unstoppable singles, "Attracting Flies" and "Your Drums, Your Love", in addition to "You Know You Like It" and "Just A Touch" from their You Know You Like It EP, which came out in 2012 via Tri Angle, and "Diver" (of which a radio rip surfaced earlier this year). They've recorded a new version of "You Know You Like It" for the album, which you can listen to, along with the full tracklist, below. That's the album art above.
AlunaGeorge have a bunch of tour dates scheduled for this year, but their only currently-announced North American dates are their appearances at Detroit's St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and Jay-Z's Made In America Fest in Philly with Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Queens of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Miguel, A$AP Rocky, Phoenix, and more. Tickets for that festival are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream and album tracklist, below...
Phoenix at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/5/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Two days after announcing the existence of the second edition of Jay-Z's of Made in America festival, here comes the initial line-up. Set to go down August 31 - September 1 at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, look for appearances from Beyonce, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel (who is collaborating with Kendrick), Solange, The Gaslight Anthem (who just announced two huge NYC shows), Phoenix (who just played MHoW and SNL), 2Chainz and more.
UPDATE: an initial announcement accidentally included artists from the 2012 lineup mixed in with the 2013 lineup. Those mistakes made it into our post but are now fixed.
So far no details on ticketing. Full line-up is below...
Autre Ne Veut @ Church of the Messiah, 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Desaparecidos @ Stone Pony, 2/15/2013 (more by Guy Eppel)
today in NYC
* Slap @ Barbes
* Ab-Soul @ S.O.B's
* Henry Butler @ The Stone
* Star Talk Live @ The Bell House
* Advaeta, Milk Dick @ Big Snow
* Simon Townsend @ Joe's Pub
* James Hunter @ The Bell House
* Mrs. Magician, Writer @ Maxwell's
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Julie Benko's Wandering Star @ Joe's Pub
* Bob Mould, Now Now @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dead Leaf Echo, Lorelei @ Mercury Lounge
* Clinical Trials, Saint James @ Cameo Gallery
* Doe Paoro, Isaac Delusion @ Mercury Lounge
* WIERD w/ Xeno & Oaklander @ Home Sweet Home
* Autre Ne Veut, Majical Cloudz @ Santos Party House
* Free Blood, Baby Alpaca, Gold Lake @ Bowery Electric
* John Brodeur, Dylan James Brock @ Pete's Candy Store
* Double King, Cold Fronts, The Suzan @ Public Assembly
* Deidre & The Dark, Infinite Party, The Wives @ Glasslands
* Arnold Dreyblatt Ensemble, Megafaun @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Ludwig Persik, El Sportivo, Rumors, Cascading Slopes @ Pianos
* Desaparecidos, Joyce Manor, States and Kingdoms @ Webster Hall
* Woodsman, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Takka Takka @ Brooklyn Bowl
* New Myths, Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Ben Kenney @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heaven's Gate, Hurricanes of Love, Buck Gooter, Dyin' Breed @The Ho_se
* Soon-Another, Wolves as Friends, The Chapin Sisters @ The Living Room
* Little Big League, Pocket Hercules, Kerbivore, The Brooklyn What @ Shea Stadium
* Big Terrific w/ Max Silvestri, Kevin Barnett, Mike Recine, Sabrina Jalees @ Cameo
* Mechanical River, Teen Commandments, Pajama People, Painted Zeros @ Death By Audio
Tonight is the last-ever WIERD party at Home Sweet Home. Xeno & Oaklander are the musical guests.
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AlunaGeorge revealed another cut off their anticipated debut album, Body Music, called "Attracting Flies," which you can stream below. The official single will be out on March 10 with remixes from Baauer (the dude who does "Harlem Shake"), S-Type, and others.
Psychedelic sludge metal crew Kylesa are returning with a new album, Ultraviolet, on May 28 via Season of Mist, and they just revealed its first single, "Unspoken," which you can stream below.
Tamaryn @ Emo's in Austin, April 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Winnie Cheung)
* SKYE @ Joe's Pub
* Que Vloe Ve @ Barbes
* Corb Lund @ Joe's Pub
* Phony Ppl @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ex-Cops @ McKittrick Hotel
* Ikebe Shakedown @ Barbes
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Waka Flocka Flame @ B.B. King's
* Black Francis (of Pixies) @ Maxwell's
* Tim Noyes, Leagues @ Mercury Lounge
* The Liza Colby Sound @ Mercury Lounge
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* EULA, Grooms, The Flag @ Death By Audio
* Dopapod, Kung Fu, Fikus @ Highline Ballroom
* Violent Bullshit, Gang, Gazillion @ Grand Victory
* Gypsy & the Cat, Arum Rae @ The Slipper Room
* The Juan Maclean, Sumsun @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alejandro Escovedo, David Hidalgo @ City Winery
* XXYXX, Groundislava, Fantasy Thrilla @ 285 Kent
* The Live Ones, Hard Nips, Mustafina @ Saint Vitus
* Ludacris, Neon Tress, Timeflies, Questlove @ Stage 48
* Miracles of Modern Science, Miniboone @ Webster Hall
* Matthew Dear, Chairlift, The Rapture (DJ Set) @ Capitale
* Tippy Toes, KOORTWAH, Diet Butchers @ Cameo Gallery
* Big Muff, Living Serious, Huge Pupils, Heeney @ Big Snow
* Tamaryn, Milagres, Azar Swan @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Diamond Terrifier, Snaykhunt, Raft, David First @ Silent Barn
* Harriet Tubman Special Middle Passage Squad @ The Stone
* Shy Hunters, Companion, Neighbors, Gold Lake @ Glasslands
* Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Max Gomez @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ali Shaheed Muhammad presents That's My Ish @ Paper Box
* Daytona, Slonk Donkerson, The Vandelles, Hippy @ Shea Stadium
* Jesse Harris, Julian Lage, Anthony Wilson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Brass Knuckle Evangelists, Brothers, Street Smells @ Bowery Electric
* Shake The Baron, I Am Light Year, Gondola, Chamber Band @ Pianos
* Happy People, House of Fools, Momma Holler, Robbers @ Union Pool
* Say She Ms. Blat, Tigerwood, Wild Pete Macy (of Earlyman) @ Fontana's
* "Here's the Story" w/ Dave Hill, Danny Leary, Dana Rossi, and Eli Reiter @ 2A
* Tom Shillue's Funny Story w/ Mara Wilson, DC Benny, Jonathan Schnapp, Jason Fried @ Brooklyn Brewery
* Tibet House benefit w/ Phillip Glass, Jim James, Rahzel, Patti Smith, tUnE-YaRds, Ariel Pink @ Carnegie Hall
New Williamsburg honky tonk style Country-and-Western bar Skinny Dennis opens tonight in the old Barberry / Zipi Zape space (corner of Berry & Metropolitan) with live music from Jason Loughlin Trio, and Austin McCutchen with the Velvet Bonebreakers and a two-hour open bar. Free, 8 PM.
Also in Williamsburg tonight at Cameo is Tippy Toes, the live electro/house band that features a number of DFA musicians. Reggie Watts has been known to perform with them in the past. Usually a good time. Tickets are still available.
Like funny stories? You can see Mara Wilson of Mrs. Doubtfire fame, plus DC Benny, Jonathan Schnapp and more at "Tom Shillue's Funny Story" at Brooklyn Brewery; or Dave Hill, Dana Rossi and more anecdoting it up at "Here's the Story" at East Village's 2A.
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Blanche Blanche Blanche just revealed another manic cut from their upcoming album, Wooden Ball, "TED Talks," which you can watch the video for below.
by Andrew Sacher
Two of the most exciting UK duos right now, Disclosure and AlunaGeorge have teamed up and graced us with a collaborative single, "White Noise," which will be released on March 24 via PMR. Not to make too many song title puns, but "white noise" is about the farthest thing from what this track is. Disclosure are quickly proving themselves as some of the best new beatmakers out there and Aluna Francis is one of the most interesting new singers in contemporary R&B, so needless to say this track lives up.
No US dates for AlunaGeorge yet, but we can expect their debut full length, Body Music to be out this June.
Stream "White Noise" below...
Haim (with Palma Violets) on the cover of this week's NME
Los Angeles sisterly trio Haim have topped the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, beating out competition like AlunaGeorge (#2), Angel Haze (#3), Laura Mvula (#4) and CHVRCHES (#5), not to mention The Weeknd, Savages, Palma Violets and others. Previous BBC Sound Of poll winners include Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Little Boots (2009), Mika (2007), The Bravery (2005) and 50 Cent (2003). You can watch a half-hour BBC special that features the top 5 acts from the poll below.
Meanwhile, Haim, who played a headlining Brooklyn show in December, have a few tour dates opening for Mumford & Sons, including two shows at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on February 16 and 17 (both are sold-out), and their second of two Barclays Center shows (2/12) (also sold out). Dates are listed below, along with that video.
by Andrew Sacher
Towards the end of last year, UK R&B duo AlunaGeorge released the great single, "Your Drums, Your Love" via Island and announced that a full length would be out in 2013 (the followup to their You Know You Like It EP, which came out via Tri Angle). In a BBC Radio 1 interview with Annie Mac, the duo revealed that that the name of their album is Body Music and it will be out in June (via The Line of Best Fit). On the show, they also revealed a new track, "Diver" (which they had recently teased), a clattering tune with watery synths and expectedly impressive vocals from singer Aluna Francis, which continues AlunaGeorge's run of great songs leading up to the release of this very-anticipated album.
Stream "Diver" below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Savages @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The 15-name nominee "longlist" is up for the BBC's "Sound of 2013" poll that includes The Weeknd, Savages, HAIM, King Krule, Palma Violets, AlunaGeorge and Angel Haze. Full list is below. If you're wondering how The Weeknd, who have sold out Terminal 5 here in NYC, can be up for something like this, here's some of the criteria:
They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 11 November 2012.The nomination/voting panel is made up of " newspaper and magazine editors and critics, producers and presenters from music radio and televison, website editors and bloggers" if you were wondering. Last year's winner was Michael Kiwanuka.
They can be from any musical genre and any country.
They must not already be famous i.e. generally known by the UK public, (e.g. member of a hit band going solo, or soap star). They must not have got through to the quarter, semi or final rounds of UK reality shows such as X Factor in the last 3 years (i.e. 2010 onwards).
They must not have featured in the BBC Sound of list previously (See an alphabetical list of previous nominees here)
"New" means new to the general public. They may have been around for a while if you believe they are ready to step up to the next level of quality & recognition.
It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....
It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)
Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.
Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.
The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).
Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.
The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.
Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to email@example.com.
Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).
Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?
PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."
The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.
Justin Vernon wants this image on his body
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.
Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.
Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).
Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).
more stuff below...
by Andrew Sacher
We've mentioned a few times that Scottish beatmaker Rustie, who released his great debut LP, Glass Swords, last year on Warp, will be in NYC to play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Thom Yorke/Atoms for Peace (DJ set), Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss (tickets). Now Rustie has revealed that the show is part of a short tour that Rustie will be on, which also includes a show at Webster Hall on September 7 for a Girls & Boys party with Flosstradamus and Brenmar. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Rustie tour dates are listed below.
Rustie also recently teamed up with Aluna Francis, the vocalist of UK R&B duo AlunaGeorge (who put out the great You Know You Like It EP earlier this year) to give vocal treatment to the track "After Light" from his Glass Swords LP. The dubstep meets cool-R&B approach of the collaboration hits a similar spot that SBTRTK's vocal collabs do, and if Rustie continues in that direction he may end up as massive -- especially if there's enough demand for his Webster Hall show (you'll remember that his last NYC gig was at the much smaller Santos Party House). Rustie did a similar reworking of his album track "Surph" earlier this year, when Nightwave added vocals to the song.
Streams of the vocal-assisted versions of "After Light" and "Surph," and a list of all dates are below.