Entries tagged with: Bachelorette
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Bachelorette @ Cameo
Annabel Alpers, known by her stage name Bachelorette played Cameo on March 4th with support from Baby Alpaca and Bermuda Bonnie. She has also been opening for the Magnetic Fields. Someone who saw the Albany show wrote:
"Bachelorette - the stage name of New Zealand singer-songwriter Annabel Alpers - opened the show with a hypnotic solo performance that was dripping with new wave-vintage electro-pop, from the throbbing, big-buzz backbeat of "Blanket" to the gauzy, reverb-drenched swirl of "Love Is a Drug." She accompanied herself on a pair of laptops, the occasional shake of a maraca or the tap of a tambourine and dreamy, drifting vocals as she wove a sparkling sonic tapestry."Bachelorette opens for the Mag Fields in Philadelphia tonight and then will take a couple weeks away from the road before jetting to the West Coast to support Stephin Merritt for another string of dates that head Eastward by month's end. Tour dates are listed below.
The new record by The Magnetic Fields, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, is out NOW via Merge and the band will hit Beacon Theater for two nights, April 3rd and 4th with Devotchka, as well as SXSW for a few shows. Tickets for 4/3 and for 4/4 are still available.
All tour dates and pictures from Cameo are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: TOPS - Turn Your Love Around (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (For Real For Sure For You) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)
It begins. Bands from all over the world -- England! Canada! Sweden! New Zealand! Virginia! -- descend on New York as they beat a path to Austin for this year's SXSW. Which is good for those who aren't going, as well as folks who are but want to see bands play longer than 25 minutes and aren't strung out on a four-day diet of free breakfast tacos, Vitamin Water and Amstel Light. There's lots more going on than what is covered below, but it's what I'm interested in over the next few days.
New Captured Tracks signee Mac DeMarco is in town from Vancouver to play a couple shows. He plays an all-C/T bill tonight (3/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with DIVE, Hoop Dreams and headliners Beach Fossils (sold out), and then Glasslands tomorrow (3/3) with headliners Widowspeak and Quilt.
Demarco, who used to record under the name Makeout Videotapes, has a smoky baritone that is part Chris Isaak and part Tindersticks. His music owes a little to Isaak as well, with an early '60s vibe (Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent) by way of '80s neon, all on a four-track budget. You can check debut "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans" from his debut, Rock n' Roll Hotel (out 3/20) at the top of this post, which is indicative of what Demarco is all about. You can also watch the video for "Only You" which is kind of NSFW. Dude's a provocateur.
Tonight's MHoW show is the first NYC show we've had from Blacksburg, VA's Hoop Dreams in a long while. They were good when I saw them at Glasslands last year and have the potential to be breakouts for the label if they ever get around to releasing another record (only a single so far). Live, they're more in the Arcade Fire/Editors anthemic style than the single might suggest. It will also be a good opportunity to hear new music from Beach Fossils who are busy at work on their second LP.
And of course, DIVE, who are probably one of the more exciting live bands in Brooklyn right now and are a definite SXSW must-see if you don't live here and have the opportunity to catch them twice a week like we currently do. (They're also touring with Frankie Rose in April.) The show is sold out tonight, but I'd be shocked if there weren't tickets at the door at least when the box office opens.
Montreal band TOPS are playing 285 Kent tomorrow night as part of a killer bill that includes Blood Orange, Phone Tag and Caged Animals. The four-piece is comprised of most (if not all) of MTL's Silly Kissers who played here a few times over the last few years and were a little on the precious side (they sometimes wore mime makeup). TOPS, however, are more in the Ariel Pink/Puro Instict brand of minimal keyboard pop. Their debut, Tender Opposites, came out this week on Artibus Records, which is also home to Grimes (in Canada). You can download "Turn Your Love Around" at the top of this post and stream the whole thing (and watch the further down.
As you may have read, 285 headliners Caged Animals will open the Official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase on March 14 at Bar 69 which also includes Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, 2:54, The Young and one more TBA. If you haven't heard their tuneful, charming debut Eat Their Own yet, it's still streamable at their BandCamp. And they're terrific live.
So is Blood Orange, despite it just being Dev Hynes, his guitar and a laptop. I saw him last weekend at Glasslands where he spent as much time in the crowd as he did on stage. I do wish he'd get a band, but the one-man Blood Orange is a lot of fun. I haven't seen Phone Tag in a while, but I dig their brand of '80s synthpop.
Sunday night (3/4) at Bowery Ballroom is the NYC debut of Swedish duo Korallreven, one half of which is The Radio Dept.'s Daniel Tjäder. I like their debut album a lot, all lush, synth-driven dream pop but, like a lot of music like this, I wonder how they're going to make it an interesting concert experience. I envision two guys behind laptops and keyboards bobbing their heads and singing, with some projections and hopefully smoke machines. Maybe they could move the downstairs couches to the main room? Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see. I'm sure it will sound great in any case. If you haven't heard them yet, you can download "Sa Sa Samoa" in regular and remixed form at the top of this post and watch the video at the bottom of this post. Also playing: Lemonade and Young Magic.
Also playing Sunday night, at Cameo, is Bachelorette -- aka New Zealander Annabel Alpers who I think lives here now. Buoyed by Alpers delicate, breathy voice, Bachelorette make ethereal synthpop not miles away from The Magnetic Fields, with whom she's going on tour for seven shows. (All dates at the bottom of this post.) I liked it better when she had a band, but the loop pedal incarnation is pretty lovely too. You can check out a couple videos below or stream her most recent album on Spotify.
Young Prisms at the Comet, Seattle (photo by Finest Kiss)
And looking into early next week, San Francisco's Young Prisms and Austin's Boy Friend are at Glasslands on Monday (3/5). Young Prisms new album, In Between, is out March 27 on Kanine and is a real step forward for the band. Their still mining first-wave shoegaze, but the songs are much stronger this time out with a couple that go for jangly Velocity Girl style pop. They will be very loud I guarantee you. Boy Friend will make a nice opener, with their hazy, 4-AD miasma vibe. You can download MP3s from both bands at the top of this post. Also playing, seemingly from another show, are Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Tanks Amigo.
That's the big stuff for the next four days. But wait, there's more. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above:
The Young Empires at M for Montreal 2011
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Like Friendly Fires and Foals? Check out Toronto's Young Empires are at Glasslands, with Saint Motel, Fan-Tan, and Transmission NYC (DJ set).
Expect a wild evening at Death by Audio with "original line-up" Tyvek, plus Habibi, Feelings and the Numerators. Stick-in-the-muds, go see something else!
Boston's pop veterans The Figgs play Littlefield. The band's new double album, The Day Gravity Stopped, is out sometime soon.
The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.
For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.
Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:
"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.
Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...
photos by Diana Wong
"It would stretch, it turned out. After releasing an instrumental rock album and then an experimental one, Peter Bjorn and John are back with their most memorable work since 2006's "Writer's Block,'' whose lead single was "Young Folks.''Peter Bjorn & John played Bowery Ballroom with Bachelorette twice last night, early and late. They play their third NYC show on the tour tonight (5/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bachelorette then plays her own show at Glasslands before the tour continues out of town.
More impressive, "Gimme Some'' is arguably Peter Bjorn and John's first release that captures the immediacy and primal joy that course through their live performances.
"We often feel when people come to our shows, either they are shocked and think that the records are better, or they love the live show and think the records are lame,'' Morén says recently ahead of Peter Bjorn and John's show at the Paradise Rock Club on Thursday. "We wanted to make a record that reflects the energy and the punkiness that we have onstage.''" [Boston.com]
More pictures from last night's early show, including a shot of the guy who was waving the LP around and then eventually got it signed, and one of the setlist, below...
Bachelorette (aka New Zealand's Annabel Alpers) is releasing a self-titled album on 5/17 via Drag City. The LP was "recorded around the world and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes at Rare Book Room." in Brooklyn. That's the cover art above. Listen to a song from the album below.
The Peter Bjorn & John and Bachelorette tour is underway and reaches NYC today, 5/2, for three shows. Two of those shows are tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for the late one which begins at 10:45. The early one (show at 7:30) and Tuesday's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are sold out.
Bachelorette also headlines her/their own show at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery on Wednesday, May 4th, with Warm Ghost, Rarechild, Young Heel. Tickets are on sale. PB&J have that night off, but then continue on the road with Bachelorette the next night in Boston. All tour dates are listed below.
Peter Bjorn & John at Rock Shop (more by Dana Yavin)
If you missed the boat on tickets to Peter Bjorn & John at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 3rd and Bowery Ballroom on May 2nd, you'll be happy to know the band has added another, later show at Bowery Ballroom on May 2nd with their tour-mates Bachelorette. Tickets for the new one go on AmEx presale on Wed at noon, and on regular sale on Friday.
PB&J's new LP, Gimme Some, is out at the end of the month. All tour dates below...
Surf City @ Pianos/BV-CMJ Party 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Surfer Blood's tour takes a New York turn in late February, while New Zealand's Surf City hits NYC post-SXSW. They play a March 25th show at Maxwell's with Headlights (who play Bowery on their tour with David Bazan two nights earlier). Tickets to Maxwell's are on sale.
The next night, Friday, March 26th, Surf City play a late show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.
Before both of those, Surf City will be on a bill with fellow New Zealander Bachelorette at Union Hall on March 22nd (ticket info TBA).
While in NYC, Bachelorette will also be playing at Cake Shop on March 20th before heading out on tour with Beach House from March 26th to April 19th (Beach House continue with Washed Out after that). Beach House celebrate their new record (and their 9.0 Best New Music) at Bell House tonight (1/26).
Surf City do make some pre-SXSW stops on their way to Austin too. One is in L.A. on March 13th with The Fresh & Onlys, who will also be in Austin March 17th-20th. In addition, Fresh & Onlys play Noise Pop 2010 in their hometown of San Fran, and tour with King Khan & The Shrines (with no NYC date unfortunately) in April. The track above is off The Fresh & Onlys' 2009 Woodsist album Grey-Eyed Girls - they have a new just-completed third record due this spring on In The Red.
All tour dates and a video are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
SATURDAY, JULY 4That's the description of how the Rooftop Films 4th of July party went down on Saturday night. Chris ran up there after the Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst concert in Battery Park. Bachelorette also played South Street Seaport one night earlier. More Rooftop pictures below....
AMERICANA - SOLD OUT - VENUE CHANGED!
Rooftop's annual celebration of the weird and wonderful country we live in. A sunset party with free drinks, a fantastic fireworks view, live music, and short film comedies, dramas and political documentaries.
Venue: The show has been moved to the roof of The Xchange.
Address: 640 W 28th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenue, 9th Floor (Chelsea, Manhattan)
6:00PM: Doors open
6:30PM - 8:00PM: Open bar provided by Radeberger Pilsner and Carlo Rossi sangria
7:00PM - 9:00PM: Music by Bachelorette, Love Like Deloreans, and Class Actress presented by Sound Fix
9:20PM: Great view of the fireworks
photos by Chris La Putt
Here We Go Magic
Amazingly there was no rain and New Zealand's Bachelorette, after an earlier DJ set by Mike Wolf, started right at 7pm. Unlike at Cake Shop earlier this month, Annabel Alpers (the main force behind the band) played completely solo. I wasn't looking too closely at what she was using on stage, but at a minimum it was a keyboard, a laptop, a guitar and her voice.
"Her debut for Drag City, and second proper album, has been described by a couple of writers as a sort of quirky "bedroom pop." I wholeheartedly disagree. My Electric Family is expansive, radical, and ionospheric. Packed with reverb, sweeping moods, and surrealistic lyrical motifs, Bachelorette is way too large for any bedroom." [The Decibel Tolls]Luckily the volume was loud enough - Bachelorette had no problem filling the large, outdoor space that is South Street Seaport.
Many were sitting, waiting in the wings, and still just showing up as the opener played. It didn't seem like it would be the most-packed concert the space has seen, which made sense since it was a holiday weekend, but by the time Here We Go Magic took the stage around 8:00, the crowd actually filled in nicely. Seaport Music producer Stephen Dima mentioned the same as he introduced the band. And this time it was a full band, and they sounded great...
"...they opened up with new songs that are not on their album, we asked Luke [Temple] what his plans are for the future of Here We Go Magic and he is excited and about to begin his European tour and he is currently working on the new album. He was really nice, he also has a nice butt." [My Heart's Beat]Everyone seemed to agree (about the band sounding great). They were cheered to return for a short encore. Everything was over by 9:00.
Bachelorette was also scheduled to play a Rooftop Films show on Friday, July 4th. More pictures from the Seaport below...
Here We Go Magic @ MHOW in June (more by Tim Griffin)
We are free shows in New York City, down on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport.Here We Go Magic and Bachelorette kick off the free NYC concert series tonight (7/3). Full, updated summer schedule, below...
No reservations or tickets of any kind are necessary.
All our shows start at 6pm with guest DJ's or sometimes early band sets if there's more than 2 bands on the bill - more value for you the free concert goer!
There are several parking lots within 1-2 block distance from the pier but we encourage you to take public transportation - it costs less and is better for the environment! [Seaport Music Festival]
by Bill Pearis
It used to be Independence Day weekend was dead in NYC, the city emptying out, leaving only tourists and those unfortunate enough not to have some sort of beach hookup. There was nothing to do but barbeque with fellow left-behinds and see whatever Will Smith movie had just been released. (Actually, I like it when the city is empty.) And the only show would be whatever was at Battery Park on the 4th. Not this year.
The Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival is two days of just about every band on the two label's roster and also manages to be one of the best collections of reverb-lovin' lo-fi/pych/garage bands you're likely to see, including many names you may recognize if you read this column on a regular basis. You can buy a two-day pass for $25 or buy individual $15 tickets for Friday or Saturday.
As both Woodsist and Captured Tracks are Brooklyn labels, a lot of the bands are local and chances are if you're into this kind of music at all you've probably managed to already see some of these bands, probably more than once: Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Blank Dogs, The Beets, caUSE co-MOTION, Kurt Vile, and Woods.
The Fresh & Onlys @ SXSW 2009
But there's also a bunch of great West Coast bands who have yet to hit NYC, which is what makes it most exciting for me. First and foremost are San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys who I caught at the Todd P/Woodsist party during SxSW and have become one of my favorite new bands. They play the Saturday (7/4) which is definitely the more essential line-up of the two days. The band features members of Skygreen Leopards and Black Fiction, and have also spent time recently backing up Rodriguez and Ty Segall (though not on the East Coast.)
The band's first album of 2009 came out in April on John Dwyer's Castle Face label, with a sound not that far off from what you might expect from cohorts of The Oh Sees (who headline the Saturday show), though The Fresh & Onlys are definitely more pop and less psychedelic freakout. Their second album of 2009, Grey-Eyed Girls, is out in August and they've also got 7"'s out or out soon on Chuffed, Dirty Knobby, Hozac and Captured Tracks. If you like 13th Floor Elevators, The Chocolate Watchband and other Nuggets era bands, I think you're going to dig them. I interviewed bassist Shayde Sartin a couple months ago on my blog if you'd like to know more.
If you can't make the daytime show, The Fresh & Onlys also play a post midnight show that same day at Market Hotel that also features Babies (members of Woods, Vivian Girls and Bossy) (does anyone know which members?) and Pink Reason, and
maybe a solo performance from Crystal Stilts drummer Frankie Rose. And The Fresh & Onlys will be here again in October when they'll be on tour with fellow San Franciscans Thee Oh Sees.
Thee Oh Sees are also playing Siren in July, and playing maybe the best of the Woodsist fest's offshoot shows on Thursday night (7/2) at Glasslands. They're headlining the Glasslands show and Saturday night of the fest, and are definitely worth seeing twice, or even thrice. Also playing Glasslands: Golden Triangle who are working on their debut album for Sub Pop offshoot Hardly Art; The Beets who, the last two times I've seen them, have had Crystal Stilts' JB Townsend filling in on drums for an absent Jacob Warstler; and German Measels which features half of caUSE co-MOTION wearing fake moustaches.
A little earlier at Woodsist Fest on Saturday (3:45 if they keep to the posted schedule) are Sacramento's Ganglians, who just released an EP and an album on Woodsist. Not all that far off from The Fresh & Onlys, Ganglians have equal worship for solid songwriting and trippy arrangements/production. I think both records are worth picking up: the self-titled EP shows off more of their rocking side (which they favored when I saw them at SxSW), like the surfy, Kiwi-esque "Hair" of which there's an MP3 at the top of this post. The album, Monster Head Room, is more acoustic and owes a lot to Brian Wilson. If you can't make the July 4th show, they'll be playing the next night (7/5) at Monster Island basement with Psychedelic Horseshit.
In between Ganglians and Fresh & Onlys on Saturday (4:30PM) are San Francisco's Brilliant Colors, an all-girl trio who play short, scratchy pop with a definitely New Zealand vibe. They also play the late show that night at Market Hotel, and will be on WNYU on July 8.
Dum Dum Girls, who play after the Fresh & Onlys at 6PM, are from L.A. and owe much to the C-86 scene that has been an influence on Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Vivian Girls. Actually, Dum Dum Girls is just one girl, Dee Dee, who may or may not have a band with her when she plays. Dee Dee is also in The Mayfair Set, a collaboration with Blank Dogs (and Captured Tracks domo) Mike Sniper, who will make their live debut (I think) Friday (7/3) at 6:30.
I've got MP3s for most every band playing the Fest over at my blog.
A couple non-Woodsist/Captrax Fest recommendation for the Fourth weekend. New Zealand's Bachelorette is back in town, playing the kickoff show of this year's Seaport Music Festival, opening for Here We Go Magic. I saw Bachelorette at Cake Shop a couple weeks back and was so smitten I bought everything at the merch table. There was a fair amount of laptopping going on, but Annabel Alpers' breathy, fragile voice was definitely live and the three-piece oozed unassuming charm. Bachelorette also play the sold-out Rooftop Films Fourth of July party Saturday night which happens on the roof of the Chelsea Art Museum.
And Thursday (7/2) starts The Feelies' three-night run at Maxwell's. Friday's show (7/3) is sold out but you can still get tickets for Thursday and for Saturday (7/4). Bring comfortable shoes -- they're doing two sets each night. The excitement of their reformation may have faded a bit since this time last year, but their great songs -- and still-awesome guitar interplay -- have not.
Full Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival schedule and other tour dates after the jump...
The Antlers will be playing an upcoming Rooftop Films show on Friday, June 26th at the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St). Tickets are on sale. The performance will be accompanied by a showing of the indie film Humpday, which comes out July 10th and costars Mark Duplass, formerly of the Polyvinyl band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!. (As a side note, that now-broken-up band's only, self-titled LP is being released for the first time on vinyl by the label.)
Frenchkiss is the label releasing a remastered version of The Antlers' debut, Hopsice. That's out now digitally, and available in physical form on August 18th. The album is also currently streaming online.
The band's Friday, August 21st show at the Mercury Lounge will be its release party. Murder Mystery, Twin Thousands and Brent Arnold (solo cello) open. Tickets are on sale now.
All Antlers tour dates, with the upcoming Rooftop Films music schedule, which includes a 4th of July show with Bachelorette, below...
Doug Gillard @ Knitting Factory in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Leo Kottke @ City Winery
* Pete Yorn @ Apple Store Soho
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Katzenjmmer @ Mercury Lounge
* Bachelorette, Pikelet @ Union Hall
* Miho Hatori (DJ) @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Chris Brokaw, Wussy, Doug Gillard @ Cake Shop
* Spanish Prisoners, Sleepy Ghosts @ Glasslands
* Jonathan Richman, Vic Chesnutt @ Bowery Ballroom
* Baby Gramps, Curtis Eller, Peter Stampfel @ Zebulon
* Michael Bates Quartet, Michael Blake Trio @ The Stone
* Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson @ Central Park Summerstage
* Street Sweeper Social Club, Shinobia Ninja @ Gramercy Theatre
* Climax Golden Twins w/ Sublime Frequencies Film @ Issue Project Room
* Dead Science, Skeletons, From Bacteria To Boys, Charlie Looker @ Death By Audio
* Sessions w/ Devin Flynn/Gary Panter/Ross Goldstein, Mira Billote, Germs MIA, Taka Imamura (DJ) @ Santos
The Dead Science wrap up their two-day NYC visit with a show at Death By Audio. Local boys Skeletons, From Bacteria To Boys and Charlie Looker open.
Baby Gramps's 5-day NYC run ends tonight at Zebulon.
Jonathan Richman and Vic Chesnutt play the first of two shows they have scheduled at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
Richard Bishop played a pair of NYC shows last weekend (June 13th and 14th). Tonight, you can see a film by his brother, Sun City Girls collaborator and Sublime Frequencies label founder Alan Bishop at the Issue Project Room. That film, My Friend Rain, "an impressionistic collage of musical segments and tropical ambiance," was filmed on location in Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007 by Alan and Robert Millis. Millis's band Climax Golden Twins will perform.
Naked Raygun are coming to NYC!
The Jesus Lizard are coming to NYC!
Video of Bachelorette playing at Cake Shop last night, below...
DOWNLOAD: Bachelorette - Mindwarp (MP3)
"Annabel Alpers's debut album for Drag City (as Bachelorette) seems wholly devoted to her first uttered ground rule: "Daydream: Make sure it's good stuff." But though New Zealand's leading lady of bedroom pop is given to fanciful frolicking through lo-fi meadows, Alpers never mistakes daydreaming with checking out of reality entirely.Bachelorette has arrived in NYC. Shows are June 15th (tonight) at Cake Shop, and tomorrow (June 16) at Union Hall. The Cake Shop show is with Lichens who we recently mentioned appears on a new Arthur compilation CD put together by Al from Om. Both shows are also with Pikelet who comes all the way from Australia.
Quite the contrary: My Electric Family, even with all its electronic doodaddery, is a record concerned with locating something real in an increasingly virtual world. That its textures simultaneously subvert and enhance this hunt only attest to Alper's often witty stripe of smarts. The seething drone of "The National Grid" ramps sluggishly up, only to crest into a pistonesque march that's a lot more mechanical and plodding than its burgeoning energy would have you bracing for." [The Phoenix]
If you miss these shows, Bachelorette is not going anywhere anytime soon. Annabel will continue touring the United States at least until July 3rd when she is back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport. All dates and some videos below...