Entries tagged with: Anna Calvi
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...
Still bummed that an injury caused Anna Calvi to cancel all her March NYC dates and the ones she was scheduled to play at SXSW, but good news has arrived in the form of a new set of North American dates. And though we may never get to see Anna play small venues like Joe's Pub, Glasslands and Mercury Lounge now, she will play a show at the great space that is Bowery Ballroom in May 25th. The tour kicks off two days earlier in Philly and comes after a UK run with Grouplove.
All tour dates are listed with a new video for her song "Blackout," below...
MAJOR BUMMER. "Due to an injury to her arm, Anna Calvi has been forced to postpone her forthcoming live shows in the UK, America and Canada (including her SXSW performances) this month. She is currently under doctor's orders to rest and hopes to reschedule the shows asap.'"
PREVIOUSLY: Anna Calvi injured, cancels UK & NY dates...
Oh no! Anna Calvi has somehow injured her hand and arm, and so far has cancelled 5 UK dates (Feb 26-Mar 4), and all three upcoming NYC shows (March 8-10). Her shows at SXSW, a BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on March 16th included (more details TBA soon!), are still on as of this moment, but that could change. Get well soon Anna!
Anna Calvi has expanded her US tour from two shows (the previously mentioned March 9th Mercury Lounge appearance -tickets, and Glasslands on March 10th -tickets) to five-plus with the addition of Toronto, another NYC show, and SXSW to her itinerary. The new NYC show will take place at Joe's Pub on 3/8, and tickets are on sale.
Full tour schedule and some vids are below, Calvi's self-titled debut is due via Domino on 3/1/11.
by Bill Pearis
The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.
The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.
Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."
Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:
The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.
The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.
Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.
When the accolades come in from guys like Brian Eno and Nick Cave, It's hard not to take notice. Anna Calvi sings almost goth-y, reverb-drenched pop that recalls shoegaze and flamenco in equal measure. Her self-titled debut LP is due via Domino on March 1st, 2011
Co-produced by Rob Ellis and recorded in London and France, Anna Calvi's debut is an honest distillation of her talents as a songwriter, singer and guitar player. Haunted by the timeless sounds of Nina Simone and Maria Callas, as well as the classical romanticism of Ravel and Debussy, and the rock innovations of Jimi Hendrix and Captain Beefheart, [Calvi has adopted] an intimate backing band consisting of Mally Harpaz on guitar, harmonium and percussion, and Daniel Maiden-Wood on drums for her live shows.Anna Calvi will play NYC in March. On March 9th she play Mercury Lounge (tickets), and then on March 10th it's at Glasslands (tickets). Those are her only scheduled US shows at the moment (that we know about).
Some mesmerizing videos of Anna Calvi are below. She breathes new life into songs by David Bowie, TV On The Radio, and Leonard Cohen. Dig on those along with all tour dates...