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by Zack Baker

Nelsonville Music Festival

This year's edition of the Nelsonville Music Festival takes place from May 28-31 in Nelsonville, Ohio. The lineup features The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Built To Spill, The Black Lips, Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, Lucero, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Oblivians, Ryley Walker and many more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with four-day and single-day passes both available. Kids under 12 get in free, and there are activities for children at the fest too.

Folk music has always been a key focus for the festival, but as you can see the lineup is pretty diverse. The fest is tucked away in the woods, which is a pretty great environment for this kind of stuff, and there's usually a chance to see artists play intimate acoustic sets in the No-Fi Cabin too. If you're coming from NYC, it's just about a 9-hour drive, and you can camp there.

Check out the lineup in full along with a video of last year's headliner Dinosaur Jr. playing the festival, below...

Continue reading "Flaming Lips, St Vincent, Built to Spill, Merle Haggard, Lucero and more playing Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival (lineup)"

Pop MOntreal

The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...

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photos by Samantha Saturday

Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Coachella 2015 - Day 3
Coachella 2015 - Day 3
Coachella 2015 - Day 3

Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.

The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]

Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."

It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.

Pictures of day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2015 day 3 in pics: Drake, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis, Built to Spill, Desaparecidos, Ryan Adams, OFF! & more"

"Standing right next to Ryan Adams about to watch Built to Spill. Good start to #Coachella's final day." - K.C. Douglas

"Stab by Built to Spill. Anything else good this weekend is pretty much gravy. #Coachella" - Hello Sunburn

photo: Built to Spill at Coachella 2015 (via Johan Ryderheim)
BTS

Built to Spill are a week away from releasing their first album in six years, Untethered Moon (due 4/21 via Warner Bros), and they're now streaming the entire thing ahead of its release. Check it out over at NPR.

Built to Spill also just played Coachella this past weekend. Here's what Whittier Daily News wrote about their set:

The Idaho-based group appeared to be the victim of an early time slot as the band played at 4:15 p.m. on the outdoor theatre stage as the festival grounds were somewhat empty likely because of the late sets Saturday night.

...Doug Martsch, lead singer of the group, was happy with the turnout on stage.

"Hey thanks for coming over and standing in the sun and listening to us," Martsch said. "We really appreciate it."

The group's set began with the songs "Strange," "Goin' Against Your Mind" and "Stab" before moving on to "Living Zoo," "Joyride" and "Carry The Zero."

You can check out a vine from their set below.

The band plays Coachella again this coming weekend, and also have other dates, including a Coachella sideshow this week with Brand New (who just put out their first new song in 6 years) and Desaparecidos. They come to NYC for a Northside Festival show with Best Coast, Alvvays and Bully (tickets).

Updated list of dates, and that vine, below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill streaming new album (listen), played Coachella"

by Bill Pearis

BTS

Buit to Spill's new album, Untethered Moon, will be out April 21 and the band have just released another song from it to hear. "Never Be the Same" is strummy, mellow and pretty much free of noodling, in and out in just over three minutes. Stream it below.

Doug Martsch and the rest of the band will be in NYC in June when BtS' tour hits the Northside Festival for a show at 50 Kent on June 13 with Best Coast and Alvvays. Tickets are still available.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill release "Never Be the Same" from new album (stream, updated tour dates)"

photo: Best Coast @ Burger A-Go-Go, 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
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The Northside Festival announced their initial 2015 lineup earlier this week, which included shows with Best Coast, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case and more. Those artists will all be headlining shows at outdoor space 50 Kent and details for those have been announced:

FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Neko Case with Rhye, and Majical Cloudz. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13: Best Coast + Built to Spill (co-headliners), with Alvvays and Bully. Tickets go on sale at noon.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14: Run the Jewels, with Vince Staples + Special Guests. Tickets go on sale at noon.

You can also buy Northside badges which are currently on early bird discount.

(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels

As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.

Built to Spill have a new album and many other dates on the way too.

Best Coast also have a new album.

Both Vince Staples and Alvvays will be in NYC even sooner.

The wild Oi! punks The Business' Northside show was announced for June 11 at Saint Vitus with more TBA (tickets).

Continue reading "Northside Fest announces initial 2015 lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

BTS

More details have been announced for Built to Spill's upcoming album, Untethered Moon. Their first album in six years and eighth album since 1993 will be out April 21 via Warner Bros, with a slightly early vinyl release dropping on Record Store Day (4/18). It's the band's first album with current drummer Steve Gere and bassist Jason Albertini, and was produced by Doug Martsch himself along with past collaborator Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser).

First single "Living Zoo" is out now, and it's got all the left-field guitar heroics and trademark nasal vocals you'd expect from a great Built to Spill song. Check it out below, and get it as an instant download when you pre-order the record. Tracklist and updated tour dates (including recently added shows with Death Cab for Cutie) below too. That's the album artwork above.

UPDATE: Even more tour dates were added, including Brooklyn's Northside Festival.

Continue reading "Built to Spill detail new album, release first single (listen)"

photo: Built to Spill at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
BTS

Built to Spill have been an active live band lately (they have dates coming up too), but they haven't released an album since 2009's There Is No Enemy. That will finally change this April when they release their eighth album, Untethered Moon. You can check out the tracklist and a recent live video of its song "Living Zoo," below. Exact release date and other details TBA.

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photo: Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
BTS

It was already announced that Brand New and Desaparecidos would be playing pre-Coachella shows together, and they've since expanded their itinerary to include an LA show in between the two Coachellas, which excitingly is also with Built to Spill. Brand New have other newly-added Coachella-time dates (with Circa Survive) and Built to Spill are touring on their own around then too. Both BN and BTS also play Shaky Knees Fest. Updated dates are listed below.

Desparecidos have also added an in-between-Coachella LA show with Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, happening ahead of the San Francisco show those three bands play together. Updated lists of their dates below too.

Brand New, Desaparecidos, Built to Spill, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor all play the Sundays of Coachella (with Drake, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis, OFF! and more). Built to Spill and Joyce Manor also both play Treefort Music Fest.

Lists of dates below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill, Brand New, Desaparecidos, Joyce Manor, and Touche Amore add Coachella sideshows (together & separate)"

Treefort

Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2015 lineup (Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, DFA 1979, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football & more)"

Coachella

Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2015 lineup announced (AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, MANY more!)"

by Andrew Sacher

Morrissey

Our friends Washed Up Emo launched this site IsThisBandEmo.com where you can type in a band's name and get the "emo council"'s verdict on whether or not said band is emo. It's a fun/funny site with some indisputable ones (like American Football), some that will surely anger people (sorry Fall Out Boy fans), and of course some on-the-fencers (let the Jawbreaker arguments begin). Whether or not a band is emo is of course an Extremely Important Issue, and we wanted to have some fun with it and stir it up some more by putting together a list of 10 great songs by non-emo bands that are pretty damn emo. Credit where it's due: in coming up with the list, I googled a bit to see other opinions on how emo these bands are, and found that Popstache did a similar list in 2011, and it actually included two of the same bands as this one.

Emo isn't meant as a bad word here, just a genre. Check out our list, in no particular order, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Modest Mouse (via @jo_db)
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crowd (via Bryce Larsen)
BC

The May 2014 edition of Boston Calling went down this past weekend. I went on the Sunday (5/25) which, among other things, was a day full of nostalgia and mutual admiration. Brand New thanked Built to Spill and Modest Mouse on stage, saying they wouldn't be a band without those two groups, and only about an hour later, Modest Mouse also told the crowd they wouldn't have existed without Built to Spill. All three of those bands haven't put out new music in roughly five years, and while a festival full of the hottest flavor-of-the-month acts can be exciting, sometimes you just want a stacked lineup of bands playing the songs you know and love.

Earlier in the day Kurt Vile & the Violators did their thing, opening with "Wakin' On A Pretty Day" on what was undoubtedly a pretty day, and following that 10-ish minute song with more of their lengthier jams, setting what may be the perfect mood for an afternoon in the sun. If there's any artist right now that you need to see outdoors, it's Kurt Vile. After Kurt was Built to Spill who were less fit for a huge festival stage than the two artists that paid them tribute later in the day, but still an excellent sounding band. They were more reserved on stage, far from rock stars, but when Doug Martsch ripped guitar solos they were met with cheers from the crowd almost every time, which still only few indie rock bands (like Dinosaur Jr) can pull off.

Brand New (via @mwells05)
Brand New

Then came another fun-in-the-sun set from Phosphorescent, the new megapop version of Tegan & Sara which was actually very solid even if you miss them being a rock band, an over-the-top set from indie pop phonies Bastille, and finally Brand New.

The band may hail from the early 2000s Long Island emo scene, but they got up there sounding closer to Sonic Youth than Taking Back Sunday. Their set was made up entirely of material from their third and best album, 2006's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, it's practically equal predecessor Deja Entendu, and its likeminded followup Daisy. (Yes, that means no "Logan to Government Center.") And sure, it would've been nice to hear "Jude Law" or "Seventy Times Seven," but it felt like an artistic decision to omit those songs, not a diss at their fans. They're now a heavy, noisy rock band who were legitimately intense on stage. Even the Deja songs like "Sic Transit Gloria" and "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't" were fleshed out with the feedback that fills their later albums. And if you're wondering just how hard Brand New goes these days, during set-closer "You Won't Know," Vinnie Accardi threw his guitar 30 feet in the air (twice), crashed a cymbal with it, and used a stage lamp as a slide.

Then Modest Mouse took the stage for what would be the second of three times this year the two bands play back to back. (They co-headlined a Cooperstown show a day earlier and will co-headline a Queens show in August.) That may sound like a weird double bill, but it worked so well. After being pushed around and squeezed in like sardines for Brand New's aggressive set, the crowd was looser for Modest Mouse, and broke out into a sea of Deadhead dancers at least once (during "Bukowski). Relatively speaking they were more laid back for most of the set, but not in a lazy way. Most of these songs may be over ten years old (the set was most Good News For People Who Love Bad News plus a few from each other album), but Modest Mouse really delivered like they meant it. I last saw Modest Mouse at Orion Fest in 2012, and their Boston Calling set easily blew that one away. A picture of Modest Mouse's setlist (which they didn't 100% stick to) and few more pics from the fest, below.

The bi-annual Boston Calling happens again in September with The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Spoon, The Hold Steady and more. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

A few more pics and a couple videos from the May Boston Calling below...

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FYF Fest

The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.

Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 lineup announced (Strokes, Blood Brothers, Phoenix, Slint, Slowdive, Death Grips, Grimes & many more!)"

Built to Spill at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Built to Spill

As discussed, indie rock vets Built to Spill are playing some Northeast club shows surrounding their appearance at Boston Calling and their opening slot on Death Cab's upstate NY show. That includes two NYC shows (5/20 at MHOW, 5/21 at Bowery Ballroom), which are now sold out, but since we last spoke they expanded their tour, including a THIRD NYC show happening on May 19 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Much sooner, they'll play Treefort Music Festival in their hometown of Boise, ID where they're promising a set of all new songs. Hopefully this means a new album is on the way. Updated dates, including a NJ show, are listed below...

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Built to Spill at MHOW in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Built to Spill

Indie rock vets Built to Spill are heading to the Northeast for Boston Calling Music Featival, and they're also opening Death Cab for Cutie's upstate NY show that same weekend. Just a few days before that though, they'll do a 2-night stand in NYC with shows on May 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are with The Warm Hair, who also opened for Built to Spill at Irving Plaza in 2013. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill playing shows before Boston Calling & upstate NY with Death Cab (dates)"

Bob Dylan

To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.

The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.

Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "'Bob Dylan in the 80s' tribute to feature Built to Spill, Deer Tick, Craig Finn, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, more; release show at MHOW"

by Andrew Sacher

Disco Doom at MHOW in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Disco Doom

Switzerland indie rockers Disco Doom have inked a deal with Exploding In Sound Records (Krill, Porches, Pile), who will release their third full length album, Numerals, on February 11. It follows 2010's Trux Reverb, was produced by Jim Roth and features drums by Scott Plouf, both of Built to Spill, who Disco Doom played NYC with in 2009. If you dig the jammy side Built to Spill brings to indie rock, you might dig Numerals too. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork, and listen to two of its tracks, "Rice & Bones" and "Ex Teenager," below.

Disco Doom will be returning to the US this year for SXSW, Treefort Music Fest, and a tour with their labelmates Ovlov. That tour hits NYC for shows on March 31 at Cake Shop with Palehound and Zula, and April 1 at Death by Audio with Bad History Month and Leapling. No advance tickets for those shows at the moment. All dates are listed below.

Palehound also have other local shows, as do Zula. Leapling also open for Mutual Benefit soon.

All Disco Doom dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

Continue reading "Disco Doom streaming new LP, touring w/ Ovlov (dates)"

Boston Calling

After spring and fall installments of the Boston Calling Music Festival in 2013, it's been announced that the fest will return again this spring, expanding from 2 to 3 days. It happens from May 23-25 at City Hall Plaza, and though the lineup hasn't been officially announced, the people behind the fest hid 10 vinyls with the lineup printed on it for a Twitter contest. Consequence of Sound points to one of those pictures (above), revealing that artists playing include Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Cass McCombs and others, not to mention festival favorite JACK JOHNSON. Tickets will be on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM via the festival's website.

Lineup below...

Continue reading "Boston Calling 2014 lineup (Death Cab, Modest Mouse, Brand New, Jenny Lewis, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint & more)"

Treefort

Treefort Music Festival will return for its third annual year in 2014 from March 20-23 across various venues in Downtown Boise, ID. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes Run the Jewels (who also just announced a free NYC show), Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Uzala, Warm Soda, The Joy Formidable, Boyfrndz and more. 4-day passes (and a few other ticket options) are on sale now.

In other Built to Spill news, someone listed "Built To Spill Perfect From Now On Studio Master Tapes 10" x 1/2" Metal Reels 15 IPS RARE" on, of all places, Etsy! The description reads:

Incredibly rare. It's not everyday you come across a piece of real music history. These are the only master tapes for this album. One of a kind, these are not recorded from album to tape. These are the original master recordings for Built To Spill's 1997 LP Perfect From Now On. These are recorded to 4 count 1/2" Ampex Gold Studio Masters. However not every track on the album appears here and vice versa. They contain the initial studio recordings without remaster, mixing, and overdubs. Pre-engineered and mixed by Warner Brothers. This is the raw studio recording. Highest grade tape and reels. These are breathtaking! If you're a fan of BTS or Northwest music, consider this, it's like finding the the "Velvet Underground" of Idaho's unreleased acetate. Thanks for looking. Check back often, we add new stock daily to our shop.

I'm selling these as a document to the making of an album, I do not claim to own the rights to the music contained on these reels and am selling the reels as found objects.

Unfortunately though, this item is now sold.

Full initial Treefort lineup below...

Continue reading "Treefort Music Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Saintseneca, Warm Soda, SubRosa, Breton & more); Built to Spill master tape sold on Etsy?"

by Caroline Harrison

Built to Spill @ Irving Plaza
Built to Spill

Indie rock stalwarts Built to Spill played a sold out show at Irving Plaza on Thursday night with openers the Warm Hair and Slam Dunk.

Anyone who's been to a lot of concerts has had to sit through at least one unforgettably bad opener. For me, the Warm Hair has officially usurped the title of worst of the worst all the bad openers I've ever sat through. I was honestly left wondering if Built to Spill had lost a bet and had to include them on their national tour, or if I'd just witnessed an Andy Kaufman-esque performance art piece about a washed up J. Geils wannabe and I hadn't been let in on the joke. It even got so bad that the crowd started chanting for Built to Spill before the Warm Hair had finished playing.

Built to Spill took the stage shortly before 10 and tore through two solid hours. They played a fair number of 90s and early aughts material, including fan favorites "Carry the Zero," "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Center of the Universe," and "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss." About halfway through their set they busted out a raucous rendition of Captain Beefheart's "Abba Zabba" with guitarist Brett Netson on lead vox -- and on top of the stacks at Irving. (Full set list below)

They led off their encore with two covers -- Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" and the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" For me, Martsch has always been one of those guitarists whose style has been immediately recognizable, like a sonic fingerprint. So, it was fascinating to see how, despite straight renditions of the covers, Martsch's unique sound still shone through.

Pictures of the show are in this post. More of them along with the full setlist and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill played Irving Plaza w/ Slam Dunk & the Warm Hair (review, pics, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jim Leisy
Genders

Portland psychedelic rockers Genders (featuring former members of the now-defunct Youth) have released released an EP and a 7" since forming last year, and "Something To Get You By," the first single off their upcoming debut LP, Get Lost (due out in early December), might be their most engaging song to date. They have a surfy indie pop vibe on a lot of the earlier tracks, but this one is dark, atmospheric, and grounded by a driving rhythm section. The guitars crescendo in a shoegaze/post-rock kind of way, and the vocals may be melancholic and covered in reverb, but it's still catchy stuff. Check it out below.

Genders recently wrapped up some dates supporting Built to Spill, and they'll team back up with them later this month, but before that they're doing some headlining dates of their own. They don't open Built to Spill's NYC show (11/7 at Irving Plaza), but they do play three of their own NYC shows this week.

TONIGHT (11/3) they're at Death by Audio with Ovary Action and Crazy Pills. Then they play Shea Stadium on Monday (11/4) with The Veda Rays, Gondola, and Honduras. And finally, they'll be at Arlene's Grocery on Tuesday (11/5) with The Attic Ends, Black Wing Halo, and Cash Money & the Sellouts. Tickets for the Arlene's Grocery show are on sale now. No advance tickets for the DbA and Shea shows.

All dates are listed (some venues still missing), along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Genders on tour -- 3 NYC shows this week (dates & stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Built to Spill @ Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Built to Spill

Boise guitar heroes Built to Spill will be touring this fall. Dates include a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on November 7 with openers Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM with LiveNation and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (7/25) at 10 AM (Music Geeks password is always "musicgeeks".) All tour dates are listed below.

BTS' most recent album is 2009's There Is No Enemy. There's been no word on a new record, but when your band made three of the best indie rock LPs of the '90s (There's Nothing Wrong with Love, Perfect from Now On, and Keep it Like a Secret, you don't really need a reason to tour.

Continue reading "Built to Spill announce fall tour dates"

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