Entries tagged with: Azure Blue
by Bill Pearis
The Drums @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
The New Music Seminar is back in action for 2013, happening from June 9 - 11 in New York City. A regular summertime fixture here from 1980 - 1995, the NMS returned in 2011 and expanded last year. While featuring industry panels, there are also showcases too on June 10 & 11 with a kickoff show at Webster Hall on June 10 featuring The Drums, Pearl & the Beard, Avan Lava, and Hess is More. Tickets for that show are on sale now and NMS attendees can get in with their badges (which, starting at $249, are priced for industry, not music fans).
Most of the showcases, however, happen at small Lower East Side venues like Pianos, Cake Shop and Tammany Hall. One that's notable is an all-Swedish showcase at Cake Shop on June 10 featuring Chris Merritt, Yves Jean, State of Grace, and Full of Keys. Visit the NMS website for full showcase and conference schedule.
Speaking of Swedish and Cake Shop, tonight (6/3) at the Ludlow venue are three Scandinavian bands who were here to play NYC Popfest over the weekend. The show is headlined by Finnish band French Films who were (along with UK group Flowers) the breakout band of the weekend, bringing some rock n' roll swagger to the fest that is often just associated all things twee and cute. (They're playing a few times this week, actually.) Also playing: Sweden's Alpaca Sports (jazzy orch-pop), and Azure Blue (ethereal synthpop).
Robert Glasper / The Stranglers / French Films
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Diane Birch @ Joe's Pub
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* C. Spencer Yeh @ Roulette
* Robert Glasper @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Campilongo Trio @ Living Room
* Lissie, Vance Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Bats, Wild Carnation @ Maxwell's
* The Stranglers, Mike Marlin @ Highline Ballroom
* Nils Frahm, Heathered Pearls @ Le Poisson Rouge
* French Films, Alpaca Sports, Azure Blue @ Cake Shop
* Pedrito Martinez Group, John Medeski @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Hands, Landlady, Old Monk, Indian Rebound, Shmns @ Pianos
* Slow Warm Death, Honeydrum, Mannequin Pussy @ Paper Box
* Redfoot, Little Children, The Tarantula Waltz, Janet Labelle @ Glasslands
* Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Seaton Smith, Eliza Skinner, Karl Hess, Nimesh Patel @ Littlefield
* Angela McCluskey, Melissa Ferrick, Margaret Glaspy @ Rockfood Music Hall
* Francisco The Man, The Can't Tells, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Adult Dude @ Mercury Lounge
* Ornament, Mail The Horse, RIPS, The Chickenhawks, Countdown To Love, Gowanus Mutant Commandos @ Death By Audio
If you missed NYC Popfest over the weekend, a few of the bands are still around. New Zealand's The Bats play Maxwell's with Wild Carnation; and at Cake Shop there are three Scandinavian bands: Finland's French Films (who were probably Popfest's breakout band), and Sweden's Azure Blue and Alpaca Sports.
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The Bats @ Red 7 - 5/30/2013
As mentioned, New Zealand indie legends The Bats are on their first North American tour since 2006 which stopped in Austin last night (5/30) to play Chaos in Tejas. With the same line-up the band began with in 1982 -- Robert Scott, Paul Keane, Kaye Woodward and Malcolm Grant -- the band knocked out a 17-song set that included such Flying Nun classics as "Boogey Man" and "Block of Wood." Pictures from their Chaos set are in this post and for more coverage of that fest head to BV Austin.
The band will be in NYC on Saturday (6/1) for NYC Popfest, playing at The Bell House and tickets are still available. In addition to The Bats (reason enough to go), the night features four UK bands -- scrappy and clever Tigercats, the previously profiled Flowers, shoegazy The Hobbes Fanclub, and the shimmering sounds of The Proctors. The night begins with Sweden's dreamy, synthy Azure Blue. You can listen to streams of all those bands below.
Set times for Saturday night's NYC Popfest show at The Bell House and more pictures from The Bats at Chaos in Tejas below...
by Bill Pearis
London's trio Flowers are on their way to the U.S. for NYC Popfest, where they'll play this Saturday (6/1) at The Bell House as part of a bill that includes New Zealand headliners The Bats as well as fellow UK acts Tigercats, The Hobbes Fanclub, and The Proctors as well as Sweden's Azure Blue. Tickets are still available. It's the band's only North American show, but all upcoming (mostly UK) dates are listed below.
Flowers' debut 7" was just released via Cloudberry records and should appeal to fans of noisy, reverb-drenched indiepop (aka nearly everyone going to Popfest). "You Held My Hand" is especially good. You can still get the vinyl but the band have nicely made the tracks available as a free download on Bandcamp, and you can stream all four songs below.
by Bill Pearis
Close Lobsters / The School
We already knew that The Monochrome Set would be performing at this year's NYC Popfest (May 30 - June 2) but now the rest of the line-up has been announced and it's pretty great with appearances from New Zealand Flying Nun legends The Bats, two bands who featured on NME's legendary C-86 cassette (Scotland's Close Lobsters [!] and London's The Wolfhounds), and long-running California band The Orange Peels; plus newer bands like Wales' The School, UK group Flowers, Hobbes Fanclub and Tigercats, Sweden's Alpaca Sport and Azur Blue, Norway's Making Marks, and Spain's Zipper; and American groups Ringo Deathstarr, Math & Physics Club, Literature, Ski Lodge and more.
I'm particularly excited for Close Lobsters whose debut album Foxheads Stalk This Land is a big favorite of mine. (You can stream it below.) I don't think they've played here in 25 years. Also exciting is the return of The Bats who haven't played NYC since 2006. The band, which features The Clean's Robert Scott, have an amazing cannon of work, including classic albums like Daddy's Highway, 1989's The Law of Things and, most recently, 2011's Free All Monsters.
Alpaca Sports, Azure Blue, Flowers, French Films, Hobbes Fanclub, Tigercats, and Zipper are all making their first U.S. visits for Popfest. NYC Popfest has created a Spotify playlist with all the bands playing this year and made a downloadable mix which you can grab at the top of this post.
Festival passes are on sale now and tickets to individual shows will be on sale later this week. Venues and individual line-ups stil to come, but full band list, flyer and a few videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...