Entries tagged with: Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi, who released her second album, One Breath, last year, is one of many new faces you'll be seeing in GAP's new ad campaign, along with the likes of Theophilus London, Washed Out, actor RJ Mitte (aka Breaking Bad's Walt Jr.) and others. That's Anna's and Walt Jr's ads above.
Meanwhile, Calvi has recorded a live session for British music channel Transmitter and we've got the premiere of "Kiss My Twin" from that. Originally the b-side to single "Eliza," it's a real slow-burner that's a great showcase for both Calvi's impressive guitar skills and her glass-shattering pipes. Watch it below.
TV Ghost @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)
TV Ghost morphed from discordant post-punk noise to something much more textured on their new album Disconnect (stream it via Spotify). Their live show remains pretty intense, though, and the band have made their way through NYC a couple times this year already, and will do so again this month as part of their tour with Sweden's Holograms. That's a good double-bill and it hits Brooklyn on December 6 at 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
The band have given us their Top 10 LPs of 2013. In democratic fashion, each of the five members picked two records. Check out their list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Anna Calvi @ MHOW, 11/11/2013
UK performer Anna Calvi released her second album, One Breath, last month, another showcase for her unhinged-from-time operatic style. As good as her recordings are -- you should check out her new record (perhaps on Rdio?) -- it's live where Calvi's talent really shines. She's got powerhouse pipes, but she's a hell of a guitarist too and the combo is a thrill to watch. She played the first of a small handful of dates at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (1/11). We've got pictures from her set in this post, and ones of openers GEMS can be found here. Playing a mix of songs from both records, her showstopper version of Edith Piaf's "Jezabel" is a true "thank you and goodnight" closer.
Anna Calvi hits the West Coast this weekend for shows in L.A. and San Francisco. Hopefully she'll be back for a proper tour in 2014. Meanwhile, check out more pictures from her MHOW show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
GEMS @ MHOW, 11/11/2013
Washington ethereal dancepop duo GEMS just played NYC, opening for Anna Calvi on Monday (11/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've got pictures from their opening set in this post. (Will have pics from Anna's headline set soon.) The duo, who were one of the more talked-about bands at CMJ 2013, recently released their debut EP, Medusa, and you can stream "Ephemera" from that below.
GEMS will return to NYC next month when they'll play Glasslands on December 5 with Femme and My Body. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the "Ephemera" stream and more pics from MHOW, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
GEMS / Wilsen / John Murry @ Mercury Lounge, 10/17/2013
As one of the biggest "indie" booking agencies, The Windish Agency had a lot of bands at CMJ this year, like usual. Their official showcase at Mercury Lounge on Thursday, 10/17 presented some of their newer talent: the atmospheric, downcast songs of MOJO-approved San Franciscan John Murry; ethereal duo Wilsen (who covered Grimes' "Oblivion"), and DC duo GEMS who were one of the more talked-about bands of the fest. We also caught Dan Croll and Bad Suns, and pictures from their sets are in this post.
Stream some GEMS tracks, along with more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
an arial view of Phoenix
During a typical week at BrooklynVegan we end up posting a lot of new videos. This week, for example, we had clips from Antwon, Rituals, Saint Rich and more. But there are many more we don't get to... which is where this post comes in handy. Play catch-up with the latest eye candy from Phoenix, Disappears, Saint Rich, Anna Calvi, Jay Z & Justin Timberlake, Dizzee Rascal, and Frightened Rabbit, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Anna Calvi is set to return with a new album, One Breath, on October 7. The first single from the LP is titled "Eliza" and is the kind of sweeping, widescreen style we've come to expect from Calvi. You can stream it, and check out a trailer for the album, below.
Track stream and video below...
by Bill Pearis
Anna Calvi @ BV Holiday Party 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Anna Calvi is busy working on the follow-up to her acclaimed 2011 debut. There's no title or release date yet, but she has been posting pictures on her Instagram of analog recording equipment and cool old synths. I'm anxious to hear what she has in store.
Even more I'm excited to see Anna Calvi live again. The performance she gave at our 2011 holiday party at Music Hall of Williamsburg was one of the most memorable shows I saw that year and she's truly a powerhouse in concert. North America will get a few select chances to see her this November. Her first stop is NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 11. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, and they go sale to the general public on Friday (8/2) at noon.
Anna will also play L.A. and San Francisco. All tour dates are listed below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Eleanor Friedberger @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
You saw one set of pictures from this BrooklynVegan Holiday Party. Here's a second. More shots of Anna Calvi, Eleanor Friedberger & New Moods @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Anna Calvi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Anna Calvi, visiting Brooklyn from the UK, headlined the BrooklynVegan Holiday Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/13. According 2 G was there and he (G) listed his ten reasons why you should always see Anna live, which you can read at his site. Anna played every song on her debut album which came out earlier this year and covered Edith Piaf and TV on the Radio. She definitely rocked the house (and played one of Bill Pearis's favorite shows of the year). One person is now wondering who is better at shredding, Anna or Annie Clark?
Thanks to all who came - $1.00 of your ticket was donated to Toys for Tots, and we raised even more from the raffle we were running in the lobby (thanks to Domino Records, Merge Records, Frenchkiss Rercords, Partisan Records, Beggars/Matador, Bowery Presents, Rocks Off, Brooklyn Bowl, Live Nation, Vice, and more).
More pictures and videos from the show HERE, and below...
DOWNLOAD: Anna Calvi - Wolf Like Me (TVOTR cover) (MP3)
"It's been a breakout year for Anna Calvi -- one spent shuttling around the festival circuit in support of her Mercury Prize-nominated debut -- and the singer sounds positively exhausted.Anna Calvi's version of TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me" is out on iTunes TODAY, but you can also download it above and stream it below. Maybe the guys from TVOTR will be in the crowd to check out Anna at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn TONIGHT (12/13). Eleanor Friedberger and New Moods open the BV Holiday Party show. Some $8 tickets are still on sale!
When pressed during an early-afternoon telephone interview, the U.K. chanteuse admits she's conducting the chat while still in bed.
Understandable, perhaps, given the year she's had. But while Calvi says she spent only one month out of the past 12 at home in her London flat, she isn't yearning for a break. Immediately after finishing yet another upcoming tour, she plans to begin work on her sophomore record this March." [Winnipeg Free Press]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: New Moods - Playtime (MP3)
New Moods @ Swan Dive (More by Tim Griffin)
We are last-minute shoppers at BrooklynVegan. In addition to G-Side TONIGHT (12/6), next week we've got three BV holiday shows and we're still adding bands to them. A week from tonight (12/13) is the first of them: Anna Calvi and Eleanor Friedberger at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We're happy to announce that New Moods will open the show. Tickets are $8, still on sale (though going quick) and one dollar of that will go to Toys for Tots.
If you haven't heard New Moods yet, the band features Billy Jones from Other Passengers and Melati Malay (who also is in Young Magic). You can download the a-side to their debut single, "Playtime," at the top of this post. The band mix a lot of disparate influences -- tropical pop, some definite techno/trance stuff going on in there too -- but the pieces fit together for a very danceable (and hum-able) whole. They played one of our day parties in Austin during SXSW this year, maybe some of you out there were there for that?
For those keeping score, the other two BV Holiday Parties next week are Fucked Up, Dom and more at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday 12/16 and Twin Sister, Widowspeak and Ava Luna at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday 12/17. Tickets are still available for all of them as of this posting.
If you'd like to hear more New Moods, there's a couple more tracks you can stream at the bottom of this post. And if you'd like to hear even more, come to the show!
Eleanor Friedberger @ MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Amber Andel)
Anna Calvi @ LPR in July (more by David Andrako)
I'm happy (very happy!) to announce that we've added Eleanor Friedberger (who will be playing with her full band) to the BV Holiday Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/13. We'll be adding at least one more artist too, but Eleanor will definitely play right before Anna Calvi (who Rough Trade just said put out the 14th best album of 2011). Tickets, which are only $8 with $1 of every ticket going to Toys for Tots, are still on sale but moving fast.
Eleanor is also making a solo appearance at the Party Machine Holiday Party at the Bell House on 12/8.
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
Descendents @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Wild Beasts in the rain @ ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* DUMBO Arts Fest
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Felix Kubin @ New Museum
* Johnny Winter @ BB King's
* Stephen Clarke @ The Stone
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* The Sons & Heirs @ Union Hall
* Superhuman Happiness @ Zebulon
* Okkyung Lee @ Issue Project Room
* Max Weinberg 7 @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Effi Briest, Warm Ghost @ Union Pool
* Atari Teenage Riot @ Gramercy Theatre
* Girls, Nobunny, Papa @ Bowery Ballroom
* Leftover Salmon, Cornmeal @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Rapture, Chain & the Gang @ Webster Hall
* Charlie Parker Jazz Fest @ Marcus Garvey Park
* Kyuss Lives!, The Sword, Monstro @ Terminal 5
* Wild Beasts, BOBBY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Joe Giardullo's Red Morocco Quartet @ The Stone
* Carla Bozulich, Noveller, WKC @ Bowery Electric
* Wilco, Nick Lowe @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Nappy Roots, Dee-1, Warren Britt @ Mercury Lounge
* Baby Dayliner, Five O'Clock Heroes @ Mercury Lounge
* World of Kraftwerk: A Journey In Music @ Observatory
* Devotchka, the Avett Brothers @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* The Human League, Men Without Hats @ Best Buy Theater
* Sri Aurobindo, Microkingdom, Weekends @ Cameo Gallery
* Batillus, Indian, Alkahest, Castevet @ Public Assembly
* Descendents, H20, Suicide Machines @ Roseland Ballroom
* Brendan Rivera, Phone Home, Eitch @ Santos Party House
* Roger Daltrey Performs the Who's Tommy @ Nassau Coliseum
* Shark?, Radical Dads, Diehard, Thunderclap @ Bruar Falls
* Beat People, McDonalds, Sapphire Mansions @ Death By Audio
* Ital, Carsten Nicolai, Blondes (DJ Set) @ Santos Party House
* Doveman, Chris Thile, Martha Wainwright @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Cheeseburger, The Live Ones, Call of the Wild @ The Gutter
* Keepaway, Work Drugs, Wild Vibes, Big Spider's Back @ Glasslands
* Black Moth Super Rainbow, Lichens, Marshmallow Ghosts @ The Bell House
* Guardian Alien, Sightings, Pygmy Shrews, Travis Laplante @ Shea Stadium
* Blu, Ari Why & The Invisible College, Voli, Junk Science @ Public Assembly
* Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, Ami Dang, Narwalz of Sound, Shams, Hair Jail @ Monster Island Basement
* Seth Faergolzia & the 23 Psaegz, Schwervon!, Jack Dishel, Toby Goodshank, Berth Control @ Cake Shop
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Jami Attenberg, Todd Barry, Eleanor Friedberger, Andrew VanWyngarden, Tony Visconti, Dan Zanes, Joe Pernice @ City Winery
Popped! happens in Philly.
Anna Calvi, who is playing the upcoming BV Holiday Party (with more artists TBA), played a session for KEXP who just posted the below video...
We're throwing a BrooklynVegan Holiday Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, December 13, 2011! What does that mean? Well, so far it means a set of music by Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi (she lost to PJ Harvey) and a low ticket price of $8.00 with $1.00 from every ticket going to to Toys For Tots! Stay tuned for more details, including lineup additions, but tickets go on sale next Friday, September 16th (which is one day before another BrooklynVegan event takes place). Tickets will be on ticketmaster, but you can also get them without a fee at the Mercury Lounge box office, or at the MHOW box office on Saturdays.And since this show is happening at a Bowery Presents venue, there's also an AmEx presale which starts today (9/14) at noon. National tickets went on AmEx presale at 11am.
Anna Calvi @ SPIN House (more by David Andrako)
We're throwing a BrooklynVegan Holiday Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, December 13, 2011! What does that mean? Well, so far it means a set of music by Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi (she lost to PJ Harvey) and a low ticket price of $8.00 with $1.00 from every ticket going to to Toys For Tots! Stay tuned for more details, including lineup additions, but tickets go on sale next Friday, September 16th (which is one day before another BrooklynVegan event takes place). Tickets will be on ticketmaster, but you can also get them without a fee at the Mercury Lounge box office, or at the MHOW box office on Saturdays.
For Anna it's one of four North American dates in December. They're all listed below...
The bookies were right. Guardian posted the following this morning:
The favourite for tonight's Mercury prize among bookmakers remains PJ Harvey, with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power offering odds of 5/4, William Hill 6/5 and Bet 365 an impressive 9/5 that the Dorset-born singer will take home the award for her album Let England Shake. According to the bookies, Harvey's main competition comes from self-titled albums by Anna Calvi and James Blake, with some shops also backing Adele's 21.Congrats to PJ Harvey. Maybe next time James.
Ladbrokes gives Calvi, Adele and Blake 4/1, 5/1 and 7/1 odds, respectively; William Hill offers 7/1, 6/1 and 5/1; and Paddy Power puts them at 6/1, 6/1 and 13/2. Although a couple of outfits are giving similar odds to Metronomy's The English Riviera, others have relegated them to the second tier of nominees, which includes Ghostpoet, King Creosote and Katy B.
photos by David Andrako
Anna Calvi played a private show on the roof of Spin's offices as part of their "Spin House Live" series last night (7/28). She played a public show at LPR the night before (7/27). The shows were her only US appearances as part of a July visit that also included a stop on David Letterman where she played "Desire". She does hit Osheaga in Montreal this weekend before she heads back to Europe though.
We posted LPR pics. SPIN pics are in this post. More of them and the Letterman video below...
photos by David Andrako, words by Zach Pollack
The Mercury Prize-nominated Anna Calvi took the stage last night (7/27) at Le Poisson Rouge in a swirling mass of fog, and began to play "Rider To The Sea," the opening track of her eponymous debut LP. Being a huge fan of the record I was nervous to see if she'd be able to pull it off live, but her headlining set exceeded my expectations. She commanded the stage with such a raw intensity as she played through most of her album in addition to an amazing rendition of Elvis' "Surrender." When she exited the stage after 10 songs, the crowd roared to get her to return. Her encore consisted of a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Joan of Arc" followed by Edith Piaff's "Jezebel."
Daniel Wayne opened the show and it was it was altogether a great night of music. Anna's full setlist and more pictures from the whole show below...
The shortlist has been revealed for the 2011 Mercury Prize. The list includes some major albums like James Blake's incredibly striking self titled debut, PJ Harvey's massive comeback Let England Shake, and Adele's 21, in addition to some other interesting choices like Anna Calvi's self titled debut and King Creosote & Jon Hopkins collaborative album Diamond Mine.
Katy B, who paid a brief visit to the US in June, is also nominated.
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins were just in NYC for two shows, including Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Sunday (7/17) at The Rock Shop. The shows were part of a short tour which ends this week. They also play some shows together in August and September.
It's also interesting to note the absence of Radiohead on this list. The King of Limbs is the first of the band's album not to be nominated since Amnesiac's nomination in 2001 (though they've never actually won).
Check out the full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Anna Calvi @ Bowery Ballroom
"...when Anna Calvi coaxed slinky licks, sweeping chords, and gasping runs out of her Telecaster, I couldn't help but smile. She can really play -- she leaves no room for questions of authenticity. she's there, and she's doing it, bringing a sensuality and nuance to her guitar playing that stands her apart from a lot of guitarists, both male and female." [Broken & the Blessed]As promised in the post that mentioned David Byrne was in the audience, here are pictures from Anna Calvi's Wednesday night show at Bowery Ballroom with Cuckoo Chaos and She Keeps Bees. More of them below.
Anna and Cuckoo are now still on tour, and Anna's NYC return has already been announced. Tickets are on sale for a July 27th show at Le Poisson Rouge. That's three days before Anna plays Osheaga in Montreal.
Highlights of Anna's Bowery set included her covers of both Elvis's "Surrender", and Edith Piaf's "Jezebel". Videos of both (one from the Bowery show, one from a previous show), with more pictures and tour dates, below...
David Byrne at Prospect Park in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
David Byrne is releasing Ride, Rise, Roar on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday (5/31) via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It's a documentary shot during his '08/'09 tour. The film, directed by David Hillman Curtis, consists of rehearsals, interviews, and live footage of the tour which included performances of Talking Heads classics in addition to material penned by Byrne and Brian Eno for their 2008 album Everything That Happens Will Happen. The film originally premiered at SXSW 2010. Watch the trailer below.
Sean Penn as Cheyenne
Byrne recently teamed up with Will Oldham (who just released a single for charity) to record original music for the film This Must Be the Place, named after the Talking Heads song of the same name. The film was directed by Pablo Sorrentino and is Sorrentino's first film to be shot in English. The film stars Sean Penn as a rock musician named Cheyenne. His character fronts the band Cheyenne and the Fellows, named after Siouxsie and the Banshees, and his appearance was inspired by Robert Smith of The Cure (as you can tell in the above picture).
According to a Consequence of Sound interview with Will Oldham, David Byrne was asked to write music for a demo that Cheyenne and the Fellows would record in the movie, and the script said that the music from the demo is reminiscent of Prince Billy...
"He was required to make up music for this band in addition to scoring the movie. So, he remembered that we had met [at a BBQ at Bjork's house] and wrote me, "Listen I was hired to make music that sounded like you which sounds kind of like a silly task." I replied with, "Well they hired you so why don't we make music that sounds like us" so that's what we did and we wrote four or five songs together for this fictional band."David Byrne attended the screening at Cannes last week. Read his account of that "glamorous" trip in his journal. The movie hits theaters later this year. The trailer is below.
Arcade Fire (who covered the song "This Must Be the Place" as a B-side to the "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" single) are releasing a deluxe edition of The Suburbs August 2 via Merge. The release will consist of the DVD Scenes From The Suburbs (directed by Spike Jonze), an 80-page booklet featuring stills from the film, behind the scenes photos from the film's production, and lyrics, an extended version of "Wasted Hours," and two new tracks; "Culture War" and "Speaking In Tongues" feat. David Byrne. Listen to the David Byrne collaboration below.
Speaking of Merge Records, Merge artist East River Pipe tweeted, last night... "met David Byrne [at the Anna Calvi] show tonight! Pretty cool, huh!?!?!" Even cooler is that David Byrne was checking out Anna! Maybe Brian Eno suggested he check her out. We have pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show coming soon.
David Byrne is also featured on Red Hot Organization's Red Hot + Rio 2, the sequel to 1996's Red Hot + Rio (which Byrne was also featured on). As we previously mentioned, the compilation brings Brazilian musicians and contemporary indie artists together to record a modern tribute to the late '60s Brazilian Tropicalia movement. Other artists on the compilation include Beirut, Devendra Banhart, of Montreal, Javelin, Beck, and more. The album will be released June 28 in partnership with Entertainment One Music.
Videos and songs and stuff below..
photos by Tim Griffin
Anna Calvi in Brighton
"Calvi was midway through a lean eight song set when I entered, but I was utterly spellbound for the four songs I caught. 'Desire' was a particularly stirring highlight from the singer who has recently recovered from a serious hand injury to be back on guitar playing duty, providing inspired flamenco-inspired flourishes to her otherworldly brand of Banshees-esque goth-pop. Her lips curling around harsh consonants provided subtle breaks to her commanding and powerful vocal, which was offset beautifully against her charmingly dainty asides. Her presence and poise was there for all to see, though this is no idle hype; Calvi will be a real force to reckon with and I await her further output with baited breath." [Skiddle]Anna Calvi joined Handsome Furs, EMA, Warpaint, Okkervil River, and too many more to name at the UK festival The Great Escape over the weekend. Anna's set took place at Brighton venue Komedia on Friday. The above review and the pictures in this post are from that show (and even more pictures from The Great Escape can be found at the BV Facebook page).
Now Anna Calvi is about to kick off her post-injury North American tour with a show in Philadelphia before heading to NYC to play Bowery Ballroom on 5/25 with Cuckoo Chaos and She Keeps Bees. Tickets for the NYC show are still available, and you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to enter our contest are under her full list of tour dates below.
In April Anna played a show in Paris that you can watch in full online.
Cuckoo Chaos is a 5-piece San Diego Lefse-signed band comprised of "players from other bands including The Vision of a Dying World, The Paddle Boat, Black Mamba, and Cousins." They've appropriately tagged their own Bandcamp page with "tropcal hipster jams," and they'll be on the road with Anna from NYC to San Francisco. Show up early to check them out. All dates, more Brighton pics, and the contest details, below...