Entries tagged with: Built to Spill
by Bill Pearis
Helvetia have been around for the better part of a decade and features the talents of Jason Albertini (who plays in Built to Spill, too) and Dove Amber, both of whom were in late-'90s band Duster who put out records on the Up label. The group's new album, Dromomania, will be out October 2 on Joyful Noise. (Pre-orders are up now.) We've got the premiere of first single "A Dot Running for the Dust," an organ-fueled nugget of bummer pop that would soundtrack any rainy Sunday. Listen below.
The band will be playing a few East Coast dates with Built to Spill (in addition to Albertini, Helvetia also includes current BTS guitarist Jim Roth) though not any of the NYC dates and a few West Coast headlining shows as well. All dates are listed, along with Dromomania album art and single stream, below.
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto heavy psych band Crosss released their new album, LO, last month via Telephone Explosion Records. If you dig stuff like Ty Segall's Fuzz, Blue Cheer or other big riff psychedelia, you should definitely check the LP out and it's streaming below.
Crosss are on tour as we speak and will be on the road with Built to Spill this fall, including all four NYC dates: Bowery Ballroom on September 23-25 (tickets) and Brooklyn Bowl on September 26 (tickets). Clarke and the Himselfs are also on those NYC shows.
All Crosss tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Seattle's annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns in 2015 from July 24-26. This year's lineup includes Ratatat, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, The Julie Ruin, Shabazz Palaces, Flatbush Zombies, Deafheaven, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lower Dens, Girlpool, Protomartyr and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
SSDD (photo by Invisible Hour)
As always, the lineup includes a few cool local Seattle bands, and it's a good way to check out some of those bands if you're coming to the fest from out of town. One is SSDD (aka "Steal Shit Do Drugs"). They include former members of The Intelligence, The Dutchess & the Duke and more, and they just put out a new EP First Comes Money on Help Yourself Records this week. They make garage punk that's pretty catchy and clear-sounding as far as garage punk goes, but still driving and full of attitude. Stream their new EP below.
Another cool Seattle punk band that isn't playing Capitol Hill Block Party, but have a hometown show with Happy Diving and Never Young a few days beforehand, is So Pitted. Their latest release is this year's 1 EP, which is a little murkier and freakier than SSDD. They've had their praises sung by other Seattle bands, like Chastity Belt. They also recently played a Sub Pop-curated show with White Lung, and ended up on one of the Sub Pop staffers' year-end lists in 2014. You can stream their newest EP below and download it (name your price) here.
photos by PSquared Photography
Built to Spill @ 50 Kent - 6/13/15
Built to Spill were just in NYC for a big 50 Kent show over the weekend, which saw them playing a good amount of old faves and a couple off this year's Untethered Moon. Now they've announced another string of tour dates for late summer/early fall, including three more in NYC.
They'll return here to play Bowery Ballroom on September 23, 24 and 25, and Brooklyn Bowl on September 26. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon, and tickets for B Bowl go on sale Friday at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
We posted a set of pictures from that show (which also included Best Coast, Alvvays and Bully), and we've got another batch of BTS pics in this post. More, with the tour dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Best Coast / Built to Spill / Alvvays @ 50 Kent 6/13/2015
Northside Festival was in full swing on Saturday (6/13) with shows happening all over Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick all day and through the night. The big outdoor stage at 50 Kent had an appealing triple bill featuring Nashville rockers Bully, charming Canadians Alvvays, indie rock greats Built to Spill, and breezy headliners Best Coast making for good vibes all night. Pictures from that show are in this post.
The most anticipated performance for me was Built to Spill, who I hadn't seen since the 2009 Siren Festival. Their Northside set was pretty fan-friendly, dropping Keep it Like a Secret's "You Were Right" and "Carry the Zero," and "Dystopian Dream Girl" from Perfect from Now on pretty much right out of the gate. This year's very good Untethered Moon was represented to with two songs, as well. Setlist is below.
Alvvays, who have been touring constantly since their album came out last year, have become a much more confident band and singer Molly Rankin was cracking jokes with the crowd in-between songs. It was definitely the best I'd seen them. Best Coast, who now have a third guitarist in their ranks, kept the crowd entertained with a set full of sing-a-longs, closing the night with "Boyfriend," the song that "everyone's waiting for," according to vocalist/guitarist Bethany Cosentino.
Our photographer, Amanda, missed Bully at this show but did catch them at their UO Live Stage show earlier that day. They're hanging around NYC for a free 7 PM set at Rough Trade tonight (6/15). All ages, no wristband required.
Pictures of Bully's UO Live Stage set, plus more of the other three bands at 50 Kent, below...
by Zack Baker
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...
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...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
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.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."
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]
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.
"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)
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.
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.You can check out a vine from their set below.
...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."
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...
by Bill Pearis
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.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
photo: Best Coast @ Burger A-Go-Go, 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
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)
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.
Best Coast also have a new album.
by Andrew Sacher
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.
photo: Built to Spill at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.
photo: Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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...
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...
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...
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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)
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...
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...
Built to Spill at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
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...
Built to Spill at MHOW in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
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...
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...