Entries tagged with: Bowery Ballroom
by Bill Pearis
New Zealand dance rocker Ladyhawke (aka Pip Brown) released her second album, Anxiety, back in May on the newly-rejuvinated Casablanca Records, a label that seems to have cornered the market on indie dancepop (Crystal Castles, Saint Etienne, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs). If you liked her 2008 eponymous debut (and still like it), you'll dig the '80s inflected tunes on Anxiety as well. (That's the cover art above.) Videos for her singles "Blue Eyes," "Sunday Drive" and "Black White & Blue" below, along with a Spotify stream of the whole album.
Ladyhawke has just announced a North American tour that kicks off in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 8. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
Willis Earl Beal at MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Willis Earl Beal has just announced a fall tour that includes a NYC stop on October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are not on sale yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. All WEB tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, Beal has made an animated short film based on his Principals of a Protagonist novella he made back in 2010. The film uses illustrations by Beal and recordings of songs from his Acousmatic Sorcery album as the soundtrack. Says the artist:
I envisioned it becoming a film. If you don't envision something as actually happening and being in action then there's no motivation to do it. Everything I do is cinematic. Everything I do I imagine what it would look like in the context of cinema- whether writing a song, writing a story or watching a movie and imagining myself in the role of the protagonist walking down the street. The movie for me is amniotic fluid.Look for Principals of a Protagonist in September when it will stream on Beal's new website. In the meantime get a feel for what it may look like via his "Evening's Kiss" video which is watchable below, along with a list of his upcoming tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Kilo Kish will be supporting Odd Future's The Internet on their upcoming tour which kicks off Saturday (8/4) in DC and hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (8/5) with Phony PPL. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Kilo dropped the HomeSchool EP earlier this year (which you can stream below) and just followed that with a new song, "Watergun" (prod. The Internet), which you can also stream below. Her flow is similarly conversational (but less sarcastic) to Kitty Pryde (who also has an upcoming NYC show).
Kilo Kish will also be supporting SBTRKT on part of his upcoming tour, including the Red Bull-sponsored NYC show at Termnal 5 show on October 11 with Koreless. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and song streams are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
I'm starting to notice a trend. When we last spoke, I hypothesized that since Red Fang is from Portland and Black Tusk is from Savannah, the then-single-date at Bowery Ballroom on 11/11 (tickets) must be part of a tour. While a full schedule hasn't been revealed, Tickets are now on sale for a second show with the same lineup (Indian Handcrafts too) at the considerably smaller Saint Vitus on November 12th.
Still no full tour details, but all known tour dates are listed below.
Nick Waterhouse at 2012 4Knots Festival (more by Chris La Putt)
Nick Waterhouse, who was last here for the 4Knots Festival, is launching his first big North American tour following the release of his cracking debut album, Time's All Gone, with his Innovative Leisure labelmates Allah-Las along for the ride. (That's a good double-bill.) Dates include an NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon.
The Allah Las' self titled debut album (which Waterhouse produced) is out September 18 and you can check out the cover art below. Also below both sides of a RSD12 8" single that featured Allah-Las' "Don't You Forget It" with Nick Waterhouse covering the song on the flip. All joint tour dates are below as well.
Crocodiles at 4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Noise pop duo-turned-5 piece Crocodiles released their new album, Endless Flowers, last month (6/5) via Frenchkiss and recently wrapped up a tour in support of it which included Maxwell's and 4Knots Festival. The band have begun revealing dates for a fall tour, which
hasn't been announced in full (UPDATE: tour announced, all dates listed below), but we know will bring them to NYC on September 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
Earlier this month, the band delivered the video for their new album's title track. That video and a list of all dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)
The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.
The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.
All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Though her debut album is still in the works, Charli XCX performed like a pop star already headlining arenas: Her tortured but hardly wounded alto never wavered on breakout ballad "Stay Away," while an air of tragic consequence tinged her delivery of "You give yourself to hell" during her cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon." While perhaps not all Charli XCX cuts are created equal - there's something a tad tiring in the repetition of "End of the World" or "How Can I" - the ones that stand out do so for good reason. She crooned on top of a sample of Gold Panda's indelible "You," sent all of Bowery into a frenzy with "Nuclear Seasons," and brought the world down on "Grins," (from her mixtape Heartbreaks and Earthquakes), a cut produced by Blood Diamonds with synths that soar in catastrophic bliss. The night ended with "You're The One," ostensibly the first single from Charli XCX's debut, and this time she put her foot down: "Everyone's gotta fuckin dance," she decreed. Watching her jump and flail around - a bonkers freeform style that seemed part hardcore mosh pit fist work, part hip-hop posturing, and part all night alone in your bedroom dance-a-thon - it was hard not to obey. [Rolling Stone]Charli XCX brought her tour, which also included an LA show with Azealia Banks, to NYC this past Saturday (7/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom with St. Lucia. Charli's set was 10 songs long and and there was no encore, despite the crowd's demand for one. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below.
JSBX at Red Lotus Room 6/8/2012 (photo by Jim Idol)
We knew that The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion would be releasing a new album this year, and now we know that Meat and Bone, their first new album in eight years, will be out on September 18 via Boombox/Mom + Pop. You can stream the album's lead track, "Black Mold," at the bottom of this post or download it from the JSBX website.
The band are revving up for a bonafide North American tour, including a NYC date at Bowery Ballroom on November 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/27) at noon.
They played a semi-private, one-off gig a couple weeks ago (6/8) at Brooklyn spot Red Lotus Room with ESG and Beans. it was a taping of a pilot for a show tenatively titled The Birthday Party TV Show that's "conceived as Bandstand meets Soul Train in a loft with underground music." The picture at the top of this post was from that taping.
The JSBX track stream, Meat and Bone cover art and tracklist, and a list of all tour dates are below.
Tickets to Grimes' two NYC shows in October went on sale at noon today and sold out pretty much instantly. If you didn't get tickets, you've still got a chance as Grimes has added two more: October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both MHoW and Bowery shows go on sale tonight (6/15) at 6PM.
While they were in town to open for Foster the People at Central Park Summerstage, Tokyo Police Club played their own smaller headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (6/10) with Hollerado and Team Spirit (who we missed). Here are some pictures from that one, and a rough version of the setlist (three new songs and Kelly Clarkson cover included). It all continues below...
DOWNLOAD: Fang Island - Sisterly (MP3)
Brooklyn combo Fang Island will release their new album, Major, on July 24 via Sargent House. The band are also going on tour, playing the biggest venues of their career yet. The tour kicks off on July 20 at Bowery Ballroom and wraps up on August 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to Bowery and tickets to MHoW go on sale Friday, June 15 at noon, with presales beginning Wednesday (6/13) at noon. All Fang Island tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
You can download "Sisterly" from Major at the top of this post and stream it below along with another of the album's tracks. If you were wondering why they called it Major, the band offer up some answers:
- Major key (the first song is minor though!)You can check out the cover art to Major, along with a video album teaser, those song streams and tour dates below.
- Valley girl colloquialism
- Because we are on an independent label
- Because the rank under Sargent (House) is major
- It sounds like a constellation
- Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude" was in rotation a lot during the sessions
- The record is packaged to look like stone because it's ROCK. I really wanted people to hold a piece of rock when they picked up the record."
The Vaccines at Webster Hall in April (more by Joe McCabe)
The Vaccines are preparing to release their new album, The Vaccines Come Of Age, later this year (Sept. 3 in the UK, US date TBA) and they just revealed the album's first single, "No Hope," on Zane Lowe's BBC1 radio show. You can stream that single below.
The Vaccines will be touring internationally throughout the summer and they've just begun scheduling some North American dates to follow that. A full tour hasn't been announced yet, but we do know that they'll be in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on September 10 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 11. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/30) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed below, along with the "No Hope" stream...
The Walkmen at BAM earlier this month (more by David Andrako)
The Walkmen pushed the release of their new album, Heaven, from its original to June 5 release date to today (5/29) via Fat Possum/Bella Union. The album features guest vocals from Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold on "No One Ever Sleeps" and was produced by Phil Ek, who has also worked with Fleet Foxes. You can stream the album in full at NPR and purchase it on iTunes. Four individual tracks are streaming below, along with the cover art and tracklist.
The Walkmen, who played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry earlier this month have just squeezed another NYC show into their ongoing spring/summer tour. The newly added date is a small one for them and it goes down at Bowery Ballroom on June 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon and a 150 tickets are available at Other Music starting today (5/29), with a purchase of Heaven. 50 of those tickets are being reserved for web orders, and are free with a purchase of the new album.
If you can't make it to the Bowery Ballroom show, it will be streamed online via Spotify with video shot by the Blogotheque folks. The Walkmen will also play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the night before their Bowery show (June 5).
Updated dates are listed below, along with the song streams, cover art and tracklist...
In the afterglow of The Afghan Whigs first show in 13 years, fans lingered outside the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, still buzzing from the two-hour, roller coaster of memories. Some swapped stories, others dragged on cigarettes, all of them beaming from ear to ear. When bassist John Curley and guitarist Rick McCollum wandered out, fans circled the band members, expressed their appreciation and a round of "I saw you in (insert city)" commenced.
"I saw you in Jersey on the 1965 tour," said one fan to Curley. "I saw you in Chicago," another said to McCollum. I was jealous. My "I saw you..." moment was an "I was supposed to see you..." moment. "In Dallas in '99," I said to Curley.
Anyone versed in the Whigs history know they never made it to that show and the band called it quits before they made it back. So, when Greg Dulli crooned "I waited long, the waiting's over," during "Bulletproof," it probably resonated a lot more with me than most of the sold-out crowd who already had their live moment over a decade ago. And the Whigs did not disappoint. They weren't as advertised - they were better. There was never a chance Dulli would get the Whigs back together only for them to fall flat.
A 20-song set with two encores spanned most of the Whigs catalog, but was focused mainly on the last three records: 1965, Black Love, and the critically acclaimed Gentlemen.
Early on, they dipped all the way back to Congregation for "I'm Her Slave" which they performed the night before on Jimmy Fallon. Dulli thanked Sub Pop records pioneers Megan Jasper and Jonathan Poneman more than once on the night for giving the band a shot (as well as making them the first non-Pacific Northwest band to sign to the label.)
Dulli trash-talked a heckler during one of those shout outs, describing in graphic detail what he would do to him if he dared step foot on stage. "Did I kiss your girlfriend?" Dulli asked, before adding an insincere "I'm sorry."
And that bravado permeates the Whigs catalog, in songs like the bruising "Fountain and Fairfax" during the first encore and "Debonair." "Tonight I go to hell for what I've done to you / But this ain't about regret" Dulli screamed on the latter.
As much as the night was about celebrating the past and screaming along to "Crime Scene Part One" or "66" (or pretty much any song they played on Wednesday) it was more about reveling in the reformation and hopefully the prolonged second act of The Afghan Whigs.
The Afghan Whigs will be playing much bigger venues when they return to the NYC area. In addition to Duuli currating this year's ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ in September (tickets are still available), and then will play a sold-out Terminal 5 show October 5.
More pics of Afghan Whigs' Bowery show (including opener Joseph Arthur) and setlist are below.
Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...
Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.
But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.
photos by Joe McCabe
Jake Shears @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/6/2012
Scissor Sisters' new album Magic Hour is out May 29, though you can already get the first single "Only The Horses" at iTunes, where you can get four remixes of the song too. Check a new informercial for the LP starring QOTSA's Josh Homme, below.
Don't ever accuse Scissor Sisters of not keeping it real. Though the band is clearly able to fill substantially larger rooms on multiple nights, the NYC crew, as they always do before a new album, played a small show at Bowery Ballroom on May 6th with Zebra Katz.
The Sisters played 7 new songs... including the first two singles "Only The Horses" and the rap-infused track "Shady Love." The dance party/answering machine message "Let's Have A Kiki" was also played and included a great choreographed routine with Jake and the back-up singers (see photo below). "Keep Your Shoes On" is a dance track that is destined to become a Scissor Sisters classic. "Years of Living Dangerously" is a slower song that the audience was definitely vibing to and "Baby Come Home" has a groove similar to "Laura." ...Sandwiched in between the new songs (all of which made their US live debut), were classic Scissor Sisters songs such as their cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," "Take Your Mama," "Mary," "Invisible Light," "Skin This Cat," "Kiss You Off," "Any Which Way," "Music is the Victim," and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'." -[Zimbio]Pictures anbd the full setlist from that show are in this post. It all continues, with the informercial video and all tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Hazy Montreal rockers No Joy are hitting the road and crushing eardrum, joining Lower Dens on their upcoming summer tour that hits NYC on July 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available and all Lower Dens/No Joy tour dates are listed below.
Right before that tour begins (June 19 to be specific), No Joy will release Negaverse, a new five-song EP on Mexican Summer which refines the band's swirling maelstrom of big guitars and ethereal vocals. Alan McGee would've signed them to Creation in a heartbeat in 1990. Sounds good today too -- you can stream the EP's lead track, "Junior," alongside the record's cover art and tracklist below.
King Khan at Bell House (more by Keith Marlowe)
Raucous soul/garage combo King Khan and the Shrines have announced a few East Coast dates this summer surrounding their festival appearances, including a show at Bowery Ballroom on July 27. Tickets for the Bowery show are on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon. All listed dates, including North Coast and Bumbershoot, are at the bottom of this post.
The Shrines' most recent release was "Bite My Tongue," a '60s-sounding bopper that is one side of a split 7" with Mikal Cronin that was released on Bruise Cruise (yes they're more than just a cruise now). You can download that track at the top of this post or stream it below.
Sebadoh at MHoW, Nov. 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sebadoh are touring again, this time a late summer East Coast jaunt that will finish up in NYC on August 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon and all listed tour dates are below.
This tour will bring various permutations of Sebadoh in one night. In addition to the indie rock trio as you know and love them, you'll also get Circle of Buzzards (aka Sebadoh rhythm section Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico) and a solo set from Lou Barlow.
Before the tour, Lou, Jason and Bob will go into the studio to work on a new Sebadoh album which should probably see a release next year. But according to Backstage Rider, there may just be a new Sebadoh EP even sooner. Additionally, Lou plays on the new Dinosaur Jr. album, currently slated for a fall release.
In more Sebadoh news, this past March they reissued Weed Forestin' with the bonus cassette, Child of the Apocalypse, both of which are streaming on bandcamp. The casette, CD, and an LP/cassette/USB package are all sold out, but there are still 63 of the 500 vinyl pressings on sale at bandcamp as of this post and you can of course purchase the digital album.
A video of Lou Barlow performing songs from Weed Forestin' in LA this past March and a list of all Sebadoh dates are below.
As we posted this morning, Azealia Banks will play Bowery Ballroom on June 3. That show is now official and Bowery Presents has announced that tickets will go on sale Thursday, 5/24 at noon. "Two tickets per customer, will call only. No hard tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets will not be available at the Mercury Lounge or Music Hall of Williamsburg box office." Azaealia says it's going to be "a gathering of kunts, gays, queers, and weirdoes alike in which various dance contests and bizarre/epic shit goes down." But we think it's just going to be gathering of those lucky enough to get the tickets when they go on sale and those willing to pay a lot to scalpers.
Azealia Banks at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Azealia Banks will play Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on June 3 in East Rutherford, NJ as part of the parking lot pre-show with Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and Fred the Godson. The Harlem-born world traveller just revealed on twitter that before she heads overseas for a run of festivals, she'll play her own, much smaller show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom that night (6/3), which she's billing as "'MERMAID BALL' + SPECIAL GUESTS." She continued to tweet about the show, adding, "This is especially for the girls!", and for those who don't know, explaining, "Guys: a "ball" is a very traditional gathering of kunts, gays, queers, and weirdoes alike in which various dance contests and bizarre/epic shit goes down. Alot of really Kunty clothing gets worn and everyone has a good ass time." Ticket info and flyer coming next week (UPDATE: Ticket info announced).
Updated dates and a video below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Back in action '90s-era indie rockers Chavez a big headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night (5/18) with Endless Boogie, one of a select set of dates for the sparsely active band. (Though a new album is said to be in the works.) The show served as a preview for their upcoming stops in London at ATP and at Primvera Sound in Spain. Chavez will also swing through the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago in July.
More pictures and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom are below, along with video of virtually the whole show -- including a new song still the band are still fine-tuning.
photos by Joe McCabe
Xiu Xiu at Bowery Ballroom 5/4/12
Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (whose live show is no longer a one-man affair) are wrapping up a tour together which hit NYC on May 4 at Bowery Ballroom with support from Father Murphy. Xiu XIu's set covered pretty much his entire catalog, reaching as far back as "Suha" off his 2002 debut, Knife Play, through stuff off this year's Always, and also threw in a cover of Joy Divison/New Order's "Ceremony." He returned for an encore to cover Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" (video below). It's too bad he didn't bring out his Suicide-worshipping tourmate to help him on that one.
After Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches finish their run together this week, Xiu Xiu will continue to tour into next month with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who we recently interviewed on bvChicago. That leg of the tour won't return to NYC, but as discussed, YT//ST will play their own show here on June 13 at Mercury Lounge with YVETTE. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pics, videos, and setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show below...