Entries tagged with: Ava Luna
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Ava Luna - Daydream (MP3)
NYC funk punks Ava Luna are set to release the followup to 2012's Ice Level, Electric Balloon, on March 4 via Western Vinyl. From the sounds of the first single, "Daydream," Ava Luna are embracing the same influences as usual (Talking Heads, ESG), but still putting their own spin on it. You can download that song above or stream it below, and also below you can preview more of the album in the new teaser video, which makes its premiere in this post.
Ava Luna have a ton of dates coming up, and as usual, a good amount of hometown shows. First they play the Apollo on February 8 as part of the 'Apollo Music Cafe' series with Rachel Brown and DJ Hard Hittin' Harry. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they'll go on a tour with Krill which includes another hometown show at Silent Barn on March 24.
Krill also play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on 2/7 with Speedy Ortiz, Odonis Odonis, Heeney and Infinity Girl.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and teaser video, below...
Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Experimental noise popsters Deerhoof have announced that they'll be heading back on the road for an international tour this year, which includes support from NYC rapper Awkwafina (who played Tinderbox 2013 with Deerhoof) and NYC's Celestial Shore on most dates. Celestial Shore aren't on the NYC date which happens on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge, but Awkwafina is, in addition to London's Tomaga. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Though you can't see Celestial Shore at that show, they've got a bunch of other hometown dates coming up, including 2/6 at Baby's All Right with Friend Roulette and Zula; two with Cloud Becomes Your Hand including 2/8 at Silent Barn with Aye Aye Rabbit (mems. Deerhoof) and Little King, and 2/14 at The Ho_se with Ava Luna and Killer Bob; the Palehound show at Pianos (2/27) which now also includes Grass Is Green, Bluffing and Howler; and Baby's on 3/3 with Oberhofer and Big Ups. All of their dates are listed below.
Deerhoof also just made a video for "Flower" off their 2012 LP, Breakup Song, and you can watch that, along with their list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Guerilla Toss - 'Gay Disco'
Guerilla Toss hail from the growing Massachusetts rock scene (Speedy Ortiz included them on their top Massachusetts albums of 2013), but while '90s indie rock is the main inspiration for most of those bands, Guerilla Toss are more interested in the dissonant sounds of noise rock and wacky art punk. Their newest album, Gay Disco, came out this past December via NNA Tapes (Blanche Blanche Blanche, Co La) and you can stream two of its tracks, "Pink Elephant" and "Trash Bed," below.
Guerilla Toss played NYC a few times last year, often with labelmates Blanche Blanche Blanche, and they've got a few upcoming shows with another NNA artist, Ryan Power, that brings them back to NYC this month. They'll play an album release show on January 30 at Silent Barn, and that bill also includes no wavers Sediment Club, Northern Spy-signed NYC avant-pop band Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Baltimore experimentalists Horse Lords, No Magic, Brat Pit and Jeremy Smoking (Justin from PC Worship). That show is $10 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Cloud Becomes Your Hand also have a bunch of other local dates coming up, before they head out on a longer North American tour with Guerilla Toss in March that kicks off in NYC on March 2 at Roulette and takes them to SXSW. All of those dates are listed, along with streams, below...
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...
When Superchunk were in NYC for a couple Bowery Ballroom shows and a Fallon performance earlier this year, they headed to Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium to film the video for I Hate Music track "Void." In addition to the band themselves, the video features comedian/actors Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin, plus members of multiple local bands including Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Aye Nako, Lost Boy?, Weird Womb, and others. Were you in it? Check out the new video below.
Superchunk also have a number of dates coming up, including SPIN's Year In Music Event which happens in NYC on December 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Danny Brown and Charli XCX. It's a semi-private show, but we're giving away a few pairs of tickets via Twitter. Details on how to enter the contest along with all tour dates and the video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.
Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.
LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.
Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.
As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.
Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.
Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.
More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...
Brooklyn's Zula just released their debut full length, This Hopeful, a 9-song collection of contemporary-sounding psychedelic pop, this week (10/29) via Inflated Records, who have put out singles for Speedy Ortiz, Memoryhouse, and Oberhofer. If you've yet to hear the record, you can stream it in full below.
Zula will celebrate the new album with a release party in Brooklyn on November 6 Secret Project Robot with Ava Luna (who also have a 7" on Inflated), Sam Owens of mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Ashcan Orchestra, and a DJ set from Twin Sister. Flyer below.
After that show, Zula will head out on a full US tour for a couple of weeks, and upon returning home, they'll play another Brooklyn show on November 22 at Shea Stadium with Celestial Shore (full band this time), Banned Books and Laser Background.
All dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...
DOWNLOAD: Carnivores - "Pillow Talk" (ft. Bradford Cox) (MP3)
Carnivores are a garage rock band from Atlanta, and they've already got the ins with the big hitters in the ATL garage rock scene, including Black Lips -- whose frontman Cole Alexander sings on "Sinking In Your Automobile" from their newest record, Second Impulse -- and Deerhunter -- whose singer Bradford Cox appears on their non-album track, "Pillow Talk" (MP3 above) and whose former bassist Josh Fauver released their record on his Army of Bad Luck label. The band have just given a trippy video treatment to the Cole Alexander collaboration, and that video makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with a stream of the full album and the track with Bradford Cox, below.
Carnivores also have a few shows coming up, and one of those happens in NYC at Shea Stadium on Halloween (10/31), and in Halloween cover show spirit, they'll be playing songs by The B-52s (but probably mostly songs from their own new album). Rounding out the lineup is three solid local bands also playing songs by other bands, Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). Admission is $8 with a costume and $10 without. Flyer below.
All dates are listed, along with the video and streams, below...
Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).
Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).
Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.
Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.
Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.
Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.
Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.
Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.
Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.
For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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The Spy Music Festival is back for a third year of experimental sounds, going down over two nights next month: September 7 at Spectrum, and September 8 at 285 Kent.
The 9/7 show at Spectrum (121 Ludlow St.) features the Charles Gayle Trio, Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille, Diamond Terrifier and more. $10 at the door and you can RSVP too.
The 9/8 show at 285 Kent is a little more high-profile, with Caught on Tape (aka Thurston Moore & John Moloney), Aa, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Ava Luna and more. Advance tickets are on sale for this night and your ticket also gets you free Six Point beer.
Visit Spy Music Fest's website for details on all of this year's acts, and full schedule is below.
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.
In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...
by Bill Pearis
Experimental folk artist Julian Lynch released his pretty and strange new album, Lines, digitally last month and it gets its vinyl release via Underwater Peoples next week (4/30). You can stream the whole thing via Spotify and check out the video for "Gloves" below.
Julian is going to be heading out on tour with Montreal's Luyas in June. The two groups will alternate the headlining slot, and it's a collaborative tour: The Luyas will back up Julian, and he'll play with them during their set. If you are familiar with both of their music, you'll know this should be pretty cool. Dates include a stops in NYC on June 9 at Mercury Lounge with SoftSpot and another during the Northside Fest at 285 Kent on June 13, a show that also features Twin Sister, Ava Luna and Lushlife. Tickets to the 285 Kent show are on sale now, and tickets to the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a tour announcement from Jessie from the Luyas, Julian Lynch video and album stream, below...
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Leapling released their Losing Face EP back in January via Father/Daughter. On it, the band merges pastoral pop with more motorik/Krauty rhythms, making for a very appealing listen. Opening track "Nature Must Not Win" is especially nice. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band are currently working on their debut full-length and may trot out a few of those new numbers tonight (5/6) when they play Shea Stadium with Ava Luna, Toronto's Moon King and The Can't Tells. Advance tickets are still available. If you can't make it tonight, Leapling's next scheduled NYC show is May 3 at Cameo. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Some of you may remember Sound Team, who caused a mid-'00s music blog stir with their 2006 album, Movie Monster. The Austin band broke up a year later but but bassist Bill Baird kept busy with his Sunset project who have released five albums. He's set to release a new solo album, Spring Break of the Soul, on March 5 via Pau Wau Records. Two years in the making, the 17-track opus is a weird, inventive and frequently catchy-as-hall trip through Baird's creative mind. Plus, an ethereal cover of Christopher Cross' soft rock staple, "Sailing."
You can get taste of Spring Break of the Soul via the album's title track which we've got the premiere of its music video in this post which goes nuts with old-school green screen video effects, all in low-def 480p. You can watch it below.
Baird has a few shows on the horizon, including one here in NYC at Secret Project Robot on February 23 with Ava Luna and Fox/Crane/Bear. He's playing SXSW so look out for him there if you're going. All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - Anomaly (MP4)
Doldrums @ MHOW, Oct. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums (aka Toronto's Airick Woodhead) releases his new album, Lesser Evil, on February 26 via Arbutus Records. They recently released standout album cut "Anomaly" which you can download above or stream below. Woodhead is taking the live band version of Doldrums out on the road soon but no NYC dates have been announced yet. His full tour schedule is below.
Airick's brother Daniel, however, does have an NYC show coming up with his band Moon King. They'll play Shea Stadium on March 6 with Ava Luna, The Can't Tells and Local. Moon King, who just did some dates with Fucked Up in Canada, just finished their new album, Obsession II, and should be out in the first half of this year.
Song stream and tour dates listed below.
photos by Lionel Bergeron
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, November 3rd with Ava Luna and Bloodshot Bill, part of their tour that kicked off in mid-October and continues through middle November. It was a show that almost didn't happen due to damage from Sandy, but the lights came back on just in time and it was the first Bowery Ballroom show in a week to go on as planned. With that in mind, the band sent out this message:
"Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by the hurricane. The Blues Explosion has lived in downtown Manhattan for many years, and it means a lot to us to be among the first bands playing after the storm. We are gonna have a great night - Lets get together and and do it! But more importantly, as we've done for our concerts this week, JSBX will donate 25% of tickets and merch sales to the Red Cross and hurricane relief."A kind gesture from the reunited band, no doubt.
If you missed the good riffs and and vibes at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, live vicariously through the pictures below...
Hilly Eye at Cake Shop in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Brooklyn's Hilly Eye have a few shows coming up, including a couple this week during and around CMJ. As mentioned, they play the Life or Death showcase at 92YTribeca on Saturday (10/20) with DIIV, Maria Minerva, Mac DeMarco, Twerps, Starred, Kilo Kish, Slug Guts, Jozef Van Wissem, Sky Ferreira, and Dogbite. After that, they'll play an unofficial post-CMJ day party at 285 Kent on Sunday (10/21) with Blanche Blanche Blanche (who played Glasslands last month with Chris Cohen), Ireland bands Squarehead and So Cow, plus local bands Heaven's Gate, Ava Luna, and Butter the Children, and Massachusetts' Potty Mouth. The show runs from noon to 6 PM and there will be DJ sets by Grand Resort, Noah & Emily, and The Pelly Twins. The show is free to the public.
About a month later, Hilly Eye will play another local show at Saint Vitus on November 30 with their Don Giovanni labelmate Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield formerly of PS Eliot) and Corita. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Some song streams and videos are below.
Complex is throwing a big, free, multi-genre, non-CMJ party during CMJ at Brooklyn's House of Vans on October 18. The show's got two stages -- a rap and a rock stage -- with the rap stage being headlined by Action Bronson and the rock stage by Interpol frontman Paul Banks. The rest of the lineup includes The Alchemist, Ratking, Ka, Spaceghostpurrp, Savages, Savoir Adore, and a surprise special guest. RSVP is required for the free show and you must be 21+. The flier is below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Action Bronson in NYC even sooner when he plays a free show at Public Assembly on October 10, and he'll also be back for a show at Highline Ballroom on October 30 with Cypress Hill.
We also just mentioned that Hot Charity signees Ratking have CMJ shows scheduled including free shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge on October 19 and a not-free show at Glasslands on October 20.
Savages have a number of CMJ shows scheduled too. They're playing Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, Emma Louise, and J. Thoven. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but you can still try to get in with your CMJ badge. They also play the Stereogum showcase with Dum Dum Girls, Guards, Port. St Willow, IO ECHO, and Icona Pop (DJ) (tickets), and it was just announced that they'll play the free Bowery Presents day party on October 20 at Pianos with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Opossom, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
The flier for the Complex show and an updated list of Action Bronson and Paul Banks dates are below.
CYHSY at CBGB Fest in Times Square 7/7/2012 (via @Boxset)
We mentioned in What's Going on Saturday? that there's a Cake Shop benefit tonight at the NYC club to help supplement their PledgeMusic campaign. It's $12 - $20 sliding scale entry with a "secret" headliner. Cake Shop's Twitter gave a few clues to who it might be:
UPDATE: Cat's officially out of the bag -- it's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who played early today at in Times Square as part of CBGB Fest. The Cake Shop show will now be CYHSY's last with Tyler and Robbie. Bands start at 9PM.
Ava Luna is playing Mercury Lounge on August 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
When we first mentioned the Gotye show at Williamsburg Park with Zammuto, tickets were set to go on sale Friday, June 8 at noon. Tickets will now go on sale Friday, June 8 at 10 AM. Gotye's Radio City show goes on sale June 8 at 10 Am as well.
Hilly Eye at Acheron earlier this month (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Annual all ages, DIY music festival Hillstock is returning to Brooklyn this year from June 22-24 across four spaces in Clinton Hill. Day 1 (6/22) begins with a kickoff party at Free Candy on 905 Atlantic Ave with Math the Band, Ava Luna, Hop Along, Heaven's Gate, and more. On day 2 (6/23) we'll get the free block party at 106 Emerson Place with Hilly Eye, The Suzan, Life Size Maps, Swear and Shake, surprise guests and more, followed by a $5 afterparty with Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Twitchers, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Sega Genocide. The fest wraps up on 6/24 with a backyard picnic at 402½ Park Avenue headlined by surprise guests and also featuring Archipelago, Emilyn Brodsky, Modern Hut, and more.
The full schedule, flier and a trailer video are below...
Ok, I'll admit it. The first time I heard about BAM's Crossing the Ferry series, I quickly concocted an idyllic scenario that may or may not have involved sipping white wine on the deck of a boat lit with twinkling Christmas tree lights with Sufjan or an unidentified Dessner brother at my side. (Really, could someone get on the whole ferry show idea, please? Something other than the booze cruise?) Luckily, I had a few days for the disappointment to wear off.
Curated by the Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, The Crossing the Ferry series is a three-night, multi-room spectacle of music and film. Many of the likely suspects are there (My Brightest Diamond and Beirut Saturday, Sharon Van Etten on Thursday). But there are also a few wild cards.
Due to an early start time, I missed the first few sets, but arrived on Friday in time to catch a few in rapid succession, starting with the indie-soul outfit Ava Luna, who had a much more raucous, percussion-heavy sound than I remember. Back downstairs in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, I caught an intense performative DJ set by composer Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles) who sat atop a crazy metal table, surrounded by a complex web of blinking lights, laptops, and samplers.
The back and forth nature of the event created a festival-like atmosphere. Following Braxton's set, I headed back to the BAM Cafe to check out another artist I had never seen - Sinkane, whose spacey sound effects seemed a good match for the room's clean, futuristic design. Though the cafe space itself was visually appealing, the acoustics were lacking, so I soon set up camp in the Opera House where impeccable sound and gorgeous lighting provided the perfect accompaniment for The Antlers' brooding, atmospheric sound. With the exception of a song or two (including one that was brand new), The Antlers focused on the material from last year's Burst Apart.
With the upstairs cafe running some 20 minutes behind, I regretfully decided to skip Buke & Gass to ensure a prime seat for St. Vincent. While The Antler's multi-layered, methodical sound encouraged me to sink calmly into my plush red seat, I quickly perked up from the first notes of St. Vincent's set. Clad in rock star black, her hair loose and wild, Annie Clark is a force behind the guitar and a charmer at the mic.
Backed by a talented three-piece band, Clark covered a wide array of songs, from a handful of older favorites ("Actor Out of Work" and "Marrow") to a number from last year's excellent Strange Mercy and a cover by The Pop Group ("She Is Beyond Good and Evil"). During "Krocodil," an aggressive new song (that was released as an exclusive 7" for Record Store Day), Clark catapulted off stage and forcefully made her way through the crowd, stepping onto chairs and reaching out to hit people as she made her way. (There's video below.) After fearlessly crowd surfing in the orchestra pit, she managed to end up back in stage at precisely the last moment of the song, and darted off, only to return for a brief encore ("Your Lips are Red").
Pictures and video from night 1 are here. Night 3 is on the way. Pictures from all the night 2 bands are below, along with video of St. Vincent performing "Krokodil."
Bronx disco-punk legends ESG, who have called it quits a couple times throughout their career, most recently in 2007 only to reunite in 2008, are once again announcing their end as a group. They'll be going out with the appropriately titled Closure LP, which according to their website, became available on March 30. Listen to the track, "I Feel Tonight," from the new album at the band's website. The artwork and tracklist are below.
ESG will play their final NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on June 7 with a new generation of NYC funk punks Ava Luna (who also recently opened for the Rapture). Tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for more dates to be announced. The band says, "We will still be touring for awhile and will post all our shows on this site. So when we come your way, please come out and see us because it may be the last time we will be coming your way. I thank you for 33 years of fantastic fan support. We love you all!"
Ava Luna also play BAM in May.
ESG artwork, tracklist, and a stream of ESG's influential first album below...
photos by Chris Doss
Like they did at Bowery Ballroom one night earlier, The Rapture played to a sold out, hometown crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (4/7). Here are some pictures, opener Ava Luna included. More of them, along with all upcoming Rapture tour dates (next is Coachella), below...