Entries tagged with: Amen Dunes
by Andrew Sacher
Honey at The Studio at Webster Hall in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Honey are a new-ish band (with ex-members of Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes and Stupid Party) that have been playing around their hometown a good deal lately. You may have caught them recently with Destruction Unit, Crystal Stilts or The Men. They take the swirling riffs and wah-pedal freakouts of late '60s psychedelic rock, and inject it with garage punk energy that has made their shows something you can zone out to but also something you can bang your head to. They recently mentioned on their website that a debut album is on the way, and you can get a taste of that now from the single "Born." Listen below.
Honey's next show is opening the final free Summer Thunder show of the summer in Union Pool's backyard this Saturday (8/30) afternoon (2 PM start). It's headlined by J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam group Heavy Blanket, which should be a great fit. Hopefully this goes better than last year's Heavy Blanket show at Summer Thunder.
Flyer for Saturday's show and song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.
In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching
I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.
Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.
Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.
Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.
A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...
by Andrew Sacher
Amen Dunes at Glasslands in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn psychedelic band Amen Dunes have announced they'll follow 2011's Through Donkey Jaw LP (and 2013's Spoiler which collected unreleased material from 2009-2011) with a new album, Love, on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of that band play on several songs on the record. Sax great Colin Stetson is on it too, and Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt sings on two tracks. It's a bigger, cleaner sounding record than Through Donkey Jaw, and while still definitely psychedelic, actual hooks have replaced TDJ's shield of distortion/reverb. You can stream two of its tracks, along with the tracklist and somewhat NSFW cover art, below.
Amen Dunes also have many international tour dates coming up, including three scheduled NYC appearances at the moment. The first is when his tour supporting Mac DeMarco hits Webster Hall (4/9) for a sold out show there, and the next is as part of Rough Trade NYC's Record Store Day (4/19) extravaganza with Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and more. That one is free.
The following month, Amen Dunes will headline a record release show in Brooklyn just after the album's release on May 15 at Baby's All Right with support from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Iceage and Ben Greenberg, Ben's new band Uniform (with Michael from Drunkdriver, Believer/Law, etc) open for Iceage on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on 5/24 at Glasslands (tix) and 5/25 at Home Sweet Home.
All Amen Dunes dates are listed, with the streams, artwork and tracklist, below...
Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.
The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).
Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.
If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.
by Bill Pearis
The Beets' Juan Wauters released his first solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, last week on Captured Tracks. A little mellower than what his does with The Beets, it's a really nice record that sounds especially good on an overcast day like today. The album is available in a special gatefold edition with artwork (and a comic) by longtime visual collaborator Matthew Volz. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio.
He'll then open for the Vivian Girls' sold-out farewell show at Death by Audio on March 1, and then will be opening for Mac DeMarco 's upcoming tour including Webster Hall on April 9 with Amen Dunes and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available as well.
All tour dates, plus song streams and the flyer for the Baby's show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Marissa Nadler @ Glasslands - 2/8/14
Psych-folk singer Marissa Nadler just released her fantastic new album, July (her first for Sacred Bones), and celebrated it in NYC with a show at Glasslands over the weekend (2/8) ahead of her imminent tour. The Glasslands show was her first with her new band that includes viola/lap steel player Nina Violet and cello/synth player Janel Leppin. The new musicians also provided backing vocals, fleshing out Marissa's sound, and as you may imagine, made everything sound gorgeous. The show was opened by Zachary Cale and Marissa's Sacred Bones labelmate Amen Dunes, and pictures of all three artists are in this post.
Marissa will return to NYC to play a post-SXSW showcase that Bella Union (the label who put out July in the UK) is putting on at Baby's All Right on March 19. Marissa's headlining, and the rest of the lineup includes Celebration-related Mt. Royal, Berlin synth pop trio Ballet School, Manchester's PINS, and a DJ set by label co-founder (and former Cocteau Twins bassist) Simon Raymonde. Tickets will be on sale soon here. Flyer below.
Marissa also recently made a video for "Was It A Dream" off the new album. Watch that, along with the updated list of tour dates, Bella Union showcase flyer, and more Glasslands pics, below...
Kendrick Lamar @ ACL 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Eagulls @ Pianos, CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Kendrick Lamar, Robin Thicke, Jermaine Dupri @ Pier 36
The Grammys may not agree, but we think Kendrick Lamar is one of the most exciting things happening in rap right now, so it's great to have him back in NYC for this Super Bowl weekend show.
Eagulls @ Baby's All Right (Midnight)
Moved from Rough Trade, this show now happens at Baby's at midnight with no openers. Eagulls' upcoming self-titled LP is chock-full of driving post-punk, and the band look the part live too, with singer George Mitchell bringing the attitude and facial expressions you'd expect from the way he spits his words on record.
Hospitality, Face the Music @ Ecstatic Music Festival
Hospitality just released their great second album, Trouble, and kick off their tour supporting it tonight with this show, part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Like all EMF shows, there's a collaborative element to it and Hospitality play with teen ensemble Face the Music.
Broken Bells @ Baby's All Right (6 PM)
Broken Bells, the collaborative project between Shins singer James Mercer and production wizard Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, etc), are about to release their sophomore album After the Disco, and are playing this intimate Tumblr-sponsored show ahead of its release. Like their last record, it sounds pretty much what you'd expect from members of The Shins and Gnarls Barkley, but they get a bit funkier this time around. The band will be back for a bigger (and also sold out) show at Webster Hall in March.
Mark McGuire (ex-Emeralds), Imperial Topaz, Forma @ Baby's All Right (9 PM)
Former Emeralds member Mark McGuire has been known to creature beautiful ambient textures with his guitar, and his new album Along the Way (due out 2/4 via Dead Oceans) is no different. Good openers tonight too, including local dream pop duo Imperial Topaz and electronic trio Forma.
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, Spanglish Fly @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra do salsa covers of indie songs like Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire and others. Tonight they team up with NYC boogaloo band Spanglish Fly for this Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, which like all BKNB shows, is totally free and also features (not-free) shopping, games, food, and drinks.
Oneida, The Dreebs, Tigue @ Knitting Factory
It's a triple attack of local experimental music tonight, with Brooklyn vets Oneida, noise rockers The Dreebs, and Contemporaneous Ensemble/Ensemble Signal-related percussive trio Tigue.
Maria Minerva, Lia Mice @ Mercury Lounge
Since moving to NYC, lo-fi pop singer Maria Minerva has become a regular on the scene, and is always worth catching, especially if you haven't done so yet.
Coliseum, Primitive Weapons, Tidal Arms @ Saint Vitus
Coliseum fall somewhere between the melodic sludge of Baroness and Torche and the punky post-hardcore of Hot Water Music, and they rip as hard as you'd want a band like that to. Two solid local openers on this bill, so get there on time.
Aaron Maine, Poverty Hollow, Palehound, Baked, Grass Is Green, Radical Dads @ Silent Barn
It's the Brooklyn installment of the 10th annual Berfest with an all around great lineup of Porches frontman (and Frankie Cosmos collaborator) Aaron Maine, trusty indie rock from Palehound and Radical Dads, the fidgety post-hardcore of Grass Is Green, and more.
Greys @ Shea Stadium, July 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Greys, Vaz, Death Ray Architect, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks @ Shea Stadium
Toronto's Greys make intense noise punk (similar to their neighbors METZ) and they've got a great live show too. Their debut LP is finally going to drop this year, and we'll likely hear some songs off of that tonight. Local noisemakers Vaz are worth catching too.
Amen Dunes, Diamond Terrifier, Xander Duell, Max Alper/Marley G @ Trans-Pecos
Lots of cool sounds on this bill coming from the psych-folk of Amen Dunes, avant-saxist Diamond Terrifier, Mexican Summer-signed Xander Duell who sounds like he's listened to way too many records in his life (in a good way), and the improvisational Max Alper teaming up with Marley G.
The Black Keys @ Roseland Ballroom
Another of the Super Bowl weekend shows comes from blues-rock lovin' duo The Black Keys. This is also one of the final shows at Roseland Ballroom.
Lauryn Hill @ Capitol Theatre
Neo-soul great Lauryn Hill may have had a bit of trouble with her comeback shows, having to reschedule many of them, but her trip to Port Chester for this Capitol Theatre show is finally back on. Let's hope it's a good one.
Howard Stern's birthday w/ Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Stephen Tyler, Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman @ Hammerstein Ballroom
What better way to celebrate Howard Stern's birthday than with mega rock dudes, comedians and talk show hosts?
Drowners, Ski Lodge, Honduras @ Bowery Ballroom
Drowners take their name from a Suede song and definitely inject a little Britpop into their brand of NYC guitar pop. Likewise, Ski Lodge appealingly mix '80s jangle (Smiths, Orange Juice) with occasional world world-aware flourishes. Sold out.
Nancy Whang, Body Language (DJ Sets) @ Brooklyn Bowl
When not playing with The Juan Maclean, or providing vocals for Soulwax and Classixx, onetime LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang is a formidable DJ.
Jack of Heart, The Wierd Fantasy Band, The Split @ Cake Shop
French garage rockers Jack of Heart bring their joie de rock and wild live show to DbA tonight, their second of two NYC shows this week. Perhaps even wilder are Weird Fantasy Band whose shows often spill into the audience.
Mahogany, Lazyeyes, Shy Boys @ Glasslands
While this is a strong bill overall with quality local bands Mahogany and Lazyeyes, do get their early for Kansas City, MO indiepop band Shy Boys who and jangle with the best of them.
Har Mar Superstar @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. This is part of Har Mar's ongoing Free Fridays series. Doors at midnight.
JBM, Anders Parker, Names of War @ Union Pool
It's an evening of exemplary singer-songwriters, headlined by Canada's JBM who recently released Ashes via Bella Union.
Jason Isbell @ The Space at Westbury
A former Drive-By Trucker, Jason Isbell released the critically acclaimed Southeastern last year.
Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer @ Showroom
Photographer/multimedia artist Leah Singer is in the midst of her Impressions exhibition at Showroom Gowanus (460 Union St) and tonight her husband (and Sonic Youth guitarist) Lee Ranaldo joins her for a performance.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, psych-folk singer Marissa Nadler is set to release her sixth album, July, on February 4 via Sacred Bones (her first for the label). Not that Marissa hasn't always been great at creating dark music, but it's hard not to feel like the darkness is heightened by it being released by the gothy Sacred Bones label (her name looks great in SB's consistent album cover format, pictured above) and produced by Sunn O)))/Wolves in the Throne Room producer Randall Dunn. Whether or not these factors actually play into the music, this is one of Marissa's best albums yet and one to look forward to. We already got a taste of it from her previously released single, "Dead City Emily," and she's now unleashed another one, "Was It A Dream," with vocal harmonies that are truly, err, dreamlike. You can stream the new single below.
Marissa has also expanded her previously announced tour to include more dates through mid-March. None of the newly added shows are in NYC, but as discussed, she plays here on February 8 at Glasslands with Zachary Cale and her Sacred Bones labelmate Amen Dunes. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with streams, below...
Mac DeMarco @ M for Montreal 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
As we wrote this morning, Mac DeMarco just played a very loose solo show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar over that weekend where he gave the crowd a taste of his new album, Salad Days, that will be out at some point this spring. Date for the album is still TBA but Mac just announced a North American tour that has him out with his Captured Tracks labelmate Juan Wauters and a few dates also include Amen Dunes. The NYC show will happen at Webster Hall on April 9 with Wauters and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (1/17) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/15) at noon.
You can see Tonstartssbandht twice in NYC this weekend, meanwhile. They play as part of Friday's (1/17) sold-out 285 Kent show headlined by Dan Deacon, and then they play Saturday (1/18) at Death By Audio as part of a bill that includes Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Each Other, Nurse and Soldier, and Baked.
All Mac DeMarco tour dates are listed below.
Marissa Nadler at Rough Trade NYC last week/month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, who we just caught at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (11/30) previewing songs from her upcoming record, July (due out 2/4 via Sacred Bones), has already begun announcing more dates for 2014. Not long after the new album's release, she'll play another NYC show on February 8 at Glasslands with her Sacred Bones labelmate Amen Dunes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's her only announced East Coast date at the moment, but presumably more are on the way.
All currently known dates are listed, along with a stream of "Dead City Emily" from her new album, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Issue Project Room's space at 22 Boerum Place, located inside an 87-year-old former Elks Club headquarters, is one of the cooler venues in the city. The intimate room, originally designed for chamber music, is especially ideal for the sort of heady soundscapes and textural improvised music often booked there.
Issue continues to celebrate its tenth birthday with a two-month-long series of worthwhile shows that runs through October 26. Catch composer/accordionist/electronic-music-pioneer Pauline Oliveros presenting large-ensemble piece Primordial Lift tonight (9/14). Coming up, acts include guitarist Elliott Sharp (Sept 26), multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi (Oct 3), avant-garde saxist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley (Oct 4), and Harry Pussy cofounder/out-there acoustic guitarist Bill Orcutt (Oct 5, hear a track from his forthcoming record below).
Plus: Amen Dunes teams with Tom Thayer on October 18, then the next night (10/19) it's William Basinski, and the night after that (10/20) has No-Neck Blues Band, plus Loren Connors & Tom Carter. And lots more. Full fest schedule is in this post.
Tickets for the whole series are available through the venue.
Recently Marc Ribot and saxophonist Matana Roberts performed at Issue, improvising together for the night's encore. Watch that below, too.
The full schedule is listed, along with those videos, below...
UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.
The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...
Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
Kirin J Callinan at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Kirin J Callinan, who played 285 Kent and a private show last week, and who will be back next month while on tour with Ariel Pink, has added a FREE last minute Brooklyn show at Public Assembly tonight (5/20) with Diamond Terrifier, Amen Dunes (who played our show at Knitting Factory last week - photos HERE and HERE), Uumans, and more.
The Public Assembly show may be the first time Callinan and Diamond Terrifier aka Sam Hillmer (aka Zs) will be performing as labelmates. DT recently signed to the label co-run by a member of Grizzly Bear, as we briefly mentioned before. The show is the record release party for DT's The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, due on May 28. Kirin's debut album Embracism is due out July 2nd via Terrible Records in partnership with XL Recordings.
Videos for Diamond Terrifier's "Triple Gem" (which we premiered) and Kirin J Callnin's NSFW "Embracism," as well as the show flyer are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Foxygen @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
Foxygen just wrapped up a three-night NYC run, that began with the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13) and a second night there (5/14) and finished last night (5/15) at Mercury Lounge. Anybody hit the second Knit or Mercury Lounge show? Anyone go to all three? We've got a second set of photos from the RBSS show, including ones of openers Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, in this post.
Foxygen will spend their summer on the festival circuit, playing Pitchfork, Woodsist and Solid Sound amongst many others. That also includes another stop in NYC at the free River Rocks show on July 25 with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. All tour dates are listed with more pictures from KF below.
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
"I ate a CD once," admitted Foxygen frontman Sam France Monday night onstage to a full room at Knitting Factory. It was one of many probable falsehoods he told the crowd, but sometimes it's funny cause it's untrue. This was the first of three Foxygen shows in NYC this week and a Red Bull Sound Select show that BrooklynVegan curated (that's us). It was also the cheapest at only $3.00 and with four bands, a DJ and a comedian host on the bill.
France is a very charismatic frontman (my friend remarked "he's got a Jarvis Cocker thing going on") and even if you aren't totally in love with their album, with its many nods to late '60s rock, it's hard to deny Foxygen put on a very entertaining show, messing with the Red Bull sign included.
We chose the other three bands on the bill to be in tune with the pysch side of Foxygen's music. Openers Prince Rupert's Drops are in the mushroom tea variety, with harmoniously baroque pop stirred with extended jams. Amen Dunes, who played third, is more spacey, working on pure vibes at times. Songs too, but definitely Damon McMahon's music is more about floating with than active participation.
In between was LODRO and it was my first time seeing them despite their reputation for endless local gigging (like DIIV who they opened for two days earlier). They were definitely my personal favorite of the three, and the trio -- who pronounce their name "low-dro" -- make a strong impression. While best know for her stint in party rockers Friends, Lesley Hann is a commanding presence here, and maybe just a little intimidating. It could just be their intense brand of creepout blues (think Nick Cave, The Cramps' version of "Fever") is dead serious and pretty badass, aided in no small part by drummer Jigmae Baer and guitarist/singer Jeremy Cox. All three are also in Royal Baths though LODRO seems to be the focus now. Deservingly.
Chris Gethard, who days earlier was letting Zach Galifianakis give haircuts to strangers on his show, made for a very funny host, and I had fun DJing in-between sets.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows (not to be confused with Red Bull Music Academy shows) -- always only $3 -- happen each month this year and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (for instance Fake Shore Drive just announced their next one in Chicago and Bun B recently headlined one in Austin)
More photos from our show at Knitting Factory are below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Boris @ LPR 5/7/2013
Japan's Boris finished out their second of two shows last night at Le Poisson Rouge (5/7) joining Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes for the event. Unlike the nMonday's show (5/6) which was devoted to "classics," last night's performance focused on Flood and some of their more drone-oriented material.
Although Boris have moved on, you've got another upcoming chance to catch Amen Dunes when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Selects show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13). Headliner is Foxygen and the show also has sets from LODRO and Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets are $3 at the door for that one.
More photos from LPR and Boris' remaining "residency tour" schedule are below.
Foxygen @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall in March (more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned, Foxygen are currently on a short East Coast tour that ends with two sold-out NYC shows next week: Knitting Factory on May 14 and Mercury Lounge on May 15. If you wanted to go to one of those shows but didn't get tickets, we've got good news. We're happy to announce that Foxygen will headline a BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Monday (5/13) at Knitting Factory. As always, the show is $3 at the door. 7pm doors. 8pm show. All ages, no advance tickets.
This is the fourth NYC RBSS show -- the previous three were curated by East Village Radio, Afropunk, and Brooklyn Bodega. Like those, in addition to the headliner Monday's show features three local acts.
For our openers, we kept things on the trippy side: Amen Dunes, who open for Boris at LPR tonight (5/7), will play and perhaps give a taste of their forthcoming new album. Also on the bill are LODRO, the Royal Baths side project that has been honing its live show through relentless gigging; and Prince Rupert's Drops whose album Run Slow was one of 2012's overlooked gems. Adding to the fun will be your host, the amazing comedian, storyteller and author Chris Gethard (of the Chris Gethard Show among other things). Hope to see you out on Monday.
UPDATE: our own Bill Pearis will also be DJing starting at 7pm sharp.
If you can't make this show, you can always catch Foxygen in late July at a much bigger venue -- Pier 84 as part of the 7/25 free River Rocks show with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down.
Streams for Foxygen, Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, and more tour dates, are below.
by Caroline Harrison
Boris @ LPR, 5/6/2013
Japanese trio Boris finished night one of their two night residency at LPR last night (5/6, the night after playing Boston- pictures are HERE). Last night's sold out show, with support from Young Widows and Ornament (a member of Growing), featured "All Time Classics" spanning much of Boris's career. Tonight Boris plays Flood, as well as what they're describing as a drone/experimental set.
Ornament's brief experimental droning gave way to Young Widows' hypnotic compositions. The band grooves harder than most acts out there, layering trance-inducing drum patterns and buzzing walls of noise with irresistibly catchy post-punk.
The "All Time Classics" set was ripping, and smartly avoided most of the band's recent material. Guitarist Wata was as cool and composed as drummer Atsuo was frenzied and dramatic. The sound was loud and furious enough to justify the sale of the Boris branded earplugs available at the merch table. After trotting out crowd favorites like "Pink," "Hama," and "1970," Boris closed out their set with the fittingly titled "Farewell."
You can catch Boris at Le Poisson Rouge tonight, supported by Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes, before the tour moves on to Cleveland and then to another two night residency in Chicago. Tickets for LPR tonight are still available.
Set list from night one and more pictures are below.
Meghan Remy is U.S. Girls whose music is odd and dischordant in a David Lynch kind of way, but rooted in '60s girl group sounds. A warped copy of The Ronettes played on a battery operated turntable? Kinda. You can stream U.S. Girls most recent LP, Gem, and watch the NSFW video for album track "Work from Home" below.
Remy is taking U.S. Girls on the road, bringing along collaborator Slim Twig, for a North American tour, including an NYC stop at Death by Audio on February 16 with Amen Dunes playing as well. $7 at the door. All U.S. Girls tour dates are below.
Pharmakon (photo by Jane Chardiet)
One-woman noise wrecking crew Pharmakon will join a stellar support cast of Pink Reason and Zatsuon as part of the previously discussed Cult of Youth record release party that happens tonight (9/7) at Public Assembly. Tickets are available at the door for or you can try your hand at winning a pair! Details on how to win are below.
If you can't celebrate Cult of Youth's new LP with the band, live vicariously through their recorded material; Love will Prevail is out now via Sacred Bones. Stream a couple of tracks and check out video of Pharmakon's live set below.
Cult of Youth is on tour in Europe in September and will cross paths with labelmates and fellow Brooklynites Amen Dunes. Amen Dunes' US tour leads up to and follows those dates in the EU, includes a stop at Hopscotch this weekend,.
Dates for Amen Dunes and CoY are listed below.
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
Merchandise at Musetrap in Chicago (more by Jimmy Forabi)
Tampa's Merchandise released the stellar Children of Desire LP this year and will embark on a US tour this fall, hitting NYC on September 12th at Home Sweet Home (for the WIERD party). Details on the band's US tour are forthcoming.
Vår (mem Iceage) made their US debut last night at WIERD, and the band will play June 17 at Glasslands as part of the Northside Festival with Crystal Stilts, Amen Dunes, Wymond Miles (of Fresh & Onlys), and Warthog. Tickets are still available or you can get in with your Northside badge.