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Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW
MusicFest NW

I was actually more excited to see Cass McCombs than Band of Horses, as I had yet to see him live and really, his songs are just better. I was not disappointed. McCombs and his band played a serene set of emotionally resonant music, highlighted by the material from his latest album, Wit's End. Frankly, a lot of this brilliance was lost on the crowd there...

Band of Horses! People love these guys. I get it, the songs are easy to like, even easier to identify with, and super easy to gain indie cred with. Now, I know I'm sounding like a hater, and I'm not really, I love the band's debut album. I just don't think they're doing anything unique or very interesting nowadays. It's like they found the formula for instant success with any song and they're sticking to it. So, for me, their set was blah squared. They played a couple tracks off that beloved debut, a smattering of songs from their last couple releases, and even some new new, untitled works that are in the process of becoming another new album. Singer Ben Bridwell's voice was hoarse from a long tour and at times he shied away from the more soaring elements of his harmonies, but for the most part it was a nice end to the festival, and that was enough. -[The Portland Mercury]

Band of Horses ended Portland festival MusicFestNW's 5th and final day on 9/11 at Pioneer Square, aided by support from Cass McCombs, and Morning Teleportation. Pictures, which are our final set from the 2011 festival, are in this post.

Members of Band of Horses will be performing at two separate shows in NYC in October, on the same day.

MFNW Day 4 pics HERE. Day 3 pics HERE. Day 2 HERE and HERE. Day 1 HERE. Day 5 continues below...

Continue reading "Band of Horses, Cass McCombs & Morning Teleportation @ MusicFestNW (Day 5 pics)"

risk

"We are pleased to announce that the tireless Cass McCombs is to release his second album this year, Humor Risk, on 4th November 2011.

Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit's End, and before that, CATACOMBS.

Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, "I would rather be ashes than dust!".

Musically, it is more rhythm-based, tempos swifter to nearly rocking, than the sparse Wit's End. Infectious melodies are outlined by a wry lyricism that expresses the stories of characters from McCombs' native land.

Rather than fulfilling the stereotype of the confessional singer-songwriter, he describes the lifestyles and feelings of those that surround him, with more love than judgment: drugs, Scientology, Western America, and so on, in allegorical form." [Domino Records]

Listen to one of the new songs with the full tracklist below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs releasing 'Humor Risk' (listen to a song)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cass McCombs @ MHOW
Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs and Lower Dens brought their tour to Maxwell's on Wednesday (7/20) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (7/21). Cass played a very even mix of material off his last four albums and some new unreleased ones too as you can hear in NYC Taper's recording of the NJ show. Our pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show, continue below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs played Maxwell's & MHOW w/ Lower Dens (pics, setlists & a live recording)"

Cass McCombs
Cass McCombs

Torche (more by Greg Cristman)
Torche

today in NYC
* Slow Six @ The Stone
* Ellery Eskelin @ Barbes
* U2, Interpol @ the Meadowlands
* Tinariwen @ Highline Ballroom
* The Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Emily King, Aabaraki @ 92YTribeca
* Alexander Turnquist @ The Stone
* EMA, Helado Negro @ Mercury Lounge
* Cass Mccombs, Lower Dens @ Maxwell's
* Moonface, Flow Child @ Mercury Lounge
* They Might Be Giants @ Apple Store (Soho)
* EMA, Talk Normal, Ablehearts @ Glasslands
* Chris Thile, Michael Daves @ The Bell House
* Smoke & Flowers, Platinum Vision @ Zebulon
* Widowspeak & a movie @ McCarren Park
* The London Souls, Gonzo Jones @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Cinema Twin, Thought So @ Pete's Candy Store
* Willy Mason, Oli Brown Band @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Left Banke, The Ladybug Transistor @ Littlefield
* Motley Crue, Poison, New York Dolls @ Nassau Coliseum
* Ping Atter, Starina, Ivan & The Terribles @ Bruar Falls
* Sean Nelson, Beast Make Bomb, Sleepy Kitty @ Cake Shop
* Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, Groundscore @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Akoya Afrobeat @ Southpaw
* Harold Melvin Blue Notes, Rhythm Revue w/Felix Hernandez @ Queensbridge Park
* Harvest, Burnt By The Sun, Skycamefalling, Torchbearer @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Conversations with Enemies, Disasteradio, Cheers Elephant, Uncle Monsterface @ Death By Audio
* Robbers On High Street, The Poison Control Center, Kleenex Girl Wonder, North English @ Union Hall
* The Fine Art of Comics panel with Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware @ the Whitney Museum

Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger is playing Cake Shop tonight.

Robbers on High Street play Union Hall tonight are on the just-announced Truck America lineup.

The Cass McCombs / Lower Dens tour hits Maxwell's tonight. Tomorrow it's at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We're giving away tickets for the Brooklyn show on Facebook. Check out Cass's new video for "Buried Alive", which features the light installation Cass uses on stage, below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Mister Heavenly - "Pineapple Girl" (MP3)

Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Descendents

Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Future Islands plays FYF Fest and plays Death By Audio in Brooklyn TONIGHT (6/28).

For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.

This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.

The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.

Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.

The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.

The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.

A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).

All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "FYF Fest in LA, This is Hardcore in Philly, Future Islands in BK, Mister Heavenly on tour, a DFA1979 contest & more"

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs played Bowery Ballroom earlier this month in support of his new album Wit's End. He finishes up a tour in Europe tonight (6/2), but returns to the road in July. Kicking off July 7th in Arizona, Cass will tour North America for the rest of that month. Most dates are with Lower Dens, including the one they' play at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 21. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Saturday (6/4) at noon.

Lower Dens meanwhile are down in Texas where they'll play Chaos in Tejas this weekend. Their other upcoming dates include a free show at South Street Seaport.

Cass also plays MusicfestNW in September, not long after he gets back from another trip to Europe. All tour dates and the new video for "County Line", below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs announces tour w/ Lower Dens, new video"

MFNW

Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Deradoorian @ Union Pool - 5/10/11
Deradoorian

Deradoorian aka Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors played a show with Hiro Kone at Union Pool in Brooklyn Tuesday night (5/10)...

"Deradoorian has just one five-song EP to her credit thus far, 2009's entrancing Mind Raft, plus a split single from earlier this year and some stray tracks (apparently the Dirty Projectors have been busy?). But her sound has evolved, and she has a sharp trio that's headed to the Animal Collective-curated ATP in England in a few days. They took the stage and played "Moon," the circular, hypnotic song that closes Mind Raft, and this completely fucked me up. At the end of that EP, "Moon" somehow bears witness to the four songs that precede it, focusing their most affecting traits into one six-minute spell. It is an end song. What's it doing at the beginning of the set? But when the full band blew in at a dramatic moment halfway through the song, all complaints were forgotten." [Village Voice]
Deradoorian's Brooklyn setlist is below. Deradoorian play the AC ATP in Minehead on Sunday which is the same day Tony Conrad plays the UK shindig. For a second I thought that was a lot of last minute traveling for Tony, but then I remembered he's not actually playing the Table of the Elements Fest in NYC this weekend - they're just showing a video of a show he played in 1996.

Hiro Kone next plays a show at Cake Shop on June 4th, with (her old band) Effi Briest and Pillars and Tongues.

In barely related news, Dirty Projectors' & Animal Collective's Domino label-mate Cass McCombs is currently on the road and plays a tour-ending show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (5/12) with Jana Hunter. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Union Pool, below...

Continue reading "Deradoorian played Union Pool w/ Hiro Kone (pics & setlist), Cass McCombs plays Bowery Ballroom tonight"

Cass McCoombs

Cass McCombs will welcome his "fifth and a half" LP Wit's End via Domino on April 26th. That's the cover art above. Listen to new track "County Line" below.

This month Cass heads to SXSW where he'll play the official Domino showcase at Emo's on 3/17 (with The Kills, Owen Pallett, Austra, and King Creosote, but not Anna Calvi), and other shows. In May McCombs will hit the road for a larger tour that includes Bowery Ballroom on May 12. Tickets for that one go on AMEX presale today (3/9) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates are below with the LP track list, the new song and a video....

Continue reading "Cass McCombs releasing "Wit's End", going to SXSW, touring"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Villagers - Becoming A Jackal (MP3)

Villagers (by Simon Houston)
Cass McCombs

Contact Music: You've recently signed to Domino, who boast one of the most exceptional rosters in music with the likes of Pavement, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys among their ranks. How did that come about?

New Domino band Villagers: Funnily enough we're supporting Pavement next week. Am I excited? You bet I am! The link with Domino came about mainly through my manager, although I hadn't actually agreed for him to be my manager at that stage! We were supporting Cass McCombs - Villagers second ever show - and he managed to persuade one of the Domino guys who works in Ireland to come down, and he just caught the end of the set. He then told Laurence Bell, who runs the label, about us and he came to a few of our shows and after we played a particular one in London he offered us a deal.

CM: I guess one major positive about signing for a label like Domino is the creative freedom you're given.

Villagers: Totally. We actually recorded the album in our guitarist Tommy McLaughlin's parents attic in Donegal, and when it was finished we delivered the record to the label and they never batted an eyelid about how we'd recorded it or where! I think after hearing the demos they just believed in what we were doing, and the only input they really had in making the record was choosing someone to put together the final mix.

Irish band Villagers release their debut album, Becoming A Jackal, in the US on June 8th. Shortly after that, the band comes to the US for shows. They include a gig at Union Hall on June 17th (tickets) and one at Joe's Pub on June 23rd (tickets). Frontman Conor J. O'Brien's songs are literate, broadly melodic and fleshed out by a full band, reminiscent of groups like Okkervil River, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, et al. Download the album's title track above.

Cass McCombs's latest, Catacombs, came out on Domino in July '09. Cass, who last played in NYC, by our records, in August, has a show lined up at Bowery Ballroom on Friday, July 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. He also plays Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and a few other shows.

Videos and all current tour dates for both are below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs & Villagers are on Domino & playing shows - 2010 dates & MP3s & stuff"

Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

UPDATE:
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse playing Williamsburg Waterfront, the Pitchfork Festival (updated full lineup) & other tour dates"

Pitchfork Fest

The Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this year at Union Park in Chicago. It runs from Friday July 16th - Sunday July 18th. Three-day passes are now sold out, but you can still get single-day passes on Ticketweb.

The Updated Lineup is below:

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival updates lineup (Broken Social Scene, Jon Spencer, Panda Bear, Girls, El-P & more) "

Pitchfork Fest

the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held at Chicago's Union Park on July 16 - 18. We are pleased to announce the first batch of bands slated to perform, as well as proclaim that tickets are on sale today at 12 PM CST! This year's festival welcomes the highly anticipated return of legendary band Pavement as they make one of their first appearances since reuniting! Pavement will perform on Sunday night. Friday features indie-rock, chart-topping mainstays Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday sees performances by LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells. Stay tuned, as more bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Sleigh Bells will be keeping busy by touring with both Yeasayer and Major Lazer. Pavement's first North American reunion date so far is Coachella. The list of confirmed Pitchfork bands, by date, is below...

Continue reading "2010 Pitchfork Music Fest - dates, tickets, initial lineup "

Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
Animal Collective

So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]
Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.

Pitchfork also listed their Top 100 Tracks of 2009, and the Top Albums of the Decade.

Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.

DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)

Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate

Real Estate (whose Martin Courtney answered our holiday questionnaire) are set to tour with Woods this March. The launching pad for that jaunt happens Friday, March 12th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also on the bill are the great Fucked Up-related project Bitters (guitarist Young Governor and Aerin Fogel). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Before that, Real Estate are lined up for a tour of Europe, and a few US show too - including a free January 5th show at Brooklyn Bowl as part of their Fader Bowl series. Also there will be Cass McCombs, whose Catacombs came out last June on Domino.

All dates are below...

Continue reading "Real Estate touring w/ Woods (2010 dates), playing free Brooklyn show"

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs (whose MySpace says he is from Chicago/New York) was in NYC in July and August, playing two shows of his own (at Joe's Pub and Union Hall) and appearing unannounced (sort of) with Mike Bones at the Cameo on August 13th. At that gig, Cass played behind Mike Bones along with Doug Shaw aka Highlife aka Sleepy Doug Shaw from White Magic.

He'll be back (or is he already here?) for a show at Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 25th at noon.

Cass McCombs' new video for "The Executioner's Song" was directed by Aaron Brown, who also directed the video for McCombs' "Dreams-Come-True-Girl." Both of those videos are posted below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs playing Bowery Ballroom ++ videos"

Mike Bones (not to be confused with Sean Bones) plays a show at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn tonight (8/13). Mike Bones opened for Cass McCombs at Joe's Pub in July, and supposedly Cass will be playing with Mike again tonight.

Tonight's show at Joe's Pub is sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday night's show at Union Hall. Updated tour dates, and Cass's new video for "You Saved My Life", and his slighly older one that stars Karen Black, below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs is here - updated tour dates +++ new videos"

Anthony Gonzalez of M83 @ Irving Plaza 1/24 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
M83

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Mickey Factz @ SOB's
* Aimee Mann @ City Winery
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Sugar Hill Gang @ Queensbridge Park
* William Elliot Whitmore @ Hudson Square
* Paquito Guzman y Su Orquestra @ St. Mary's Park
* Session at Santas w/ Growing, McDonald's @ Santos
* Charlie Hunter/Doug Wamble/Tony Mason @ Jazz Standard
* Locksley, The London Souls, Glint, The XYZ Affair @ Santos
* This Moment in Black History, Vaz, Pygmy Shrews @ Death By Audio
* Antimagic, Graffiti Monsters, Bradford Reed, Data Dog @ Cake Shop
* Beautiful Small Machines, Red Wire Black Wire @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Boy Crisis, Apache Beat, The Naked Hearts, Class Actress @ Glasslands\
* Anthony Gonzalez (of M83), Janet Biggs @ World Financial Center Winter Garden
* Errollyn Wallen, Margaret Leng Tan, John Wesley Harding, Rita Porfiris, David Grand, more @ LPR

Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. [Wikipedia]
Free music tonight includes Anthony Gonzalez (of M83) and Janet Biggs at
World Financial Center Winter Garden. William Elliot Whitmore plays at City Winery's free outdoor Hudson Square series. NYC Parks host Paquito Guzman y Su Orquestra in St. Mary's Park and Sugar Hill Gang in Queensbridge Park.

Aimee Mann play the second show of her
three-night run at City Winery.

The Roots continue their residency at Highline Ballroom.

WAVVES is supposedly playing Bowery Ballroom tomorrow.

Santos' weekly Session at Santas party features music from Growing (now a trio) and McDonald's.

This Week In METAL (07/13/09)

UK singer-songwriter Errollyn Wallen presents a revue-style show, "Are Your Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals?" at (Le) Poisson Rouge with friends Margaret Leng Tan, John Wesley Harding, Rita Porfiris, David Grand, Djonque and Elizabeth Farnum.

Pictures from Sunday's Pool Party. No White Denim in the Pool this Sunday.

Wilco and Feist performed together last night in Coney Island. They do it again on Letterman tonight.

"A 20-foot-long basking shark washed ashore at Gilgo State Park Tuesday morning, according to a park official. The shark was dead by the time the state parks department was notified, said parks spokesman George Gorman." [Newsday]

Bruce Springsteen announced another tour.

This month, Cass McCombs will tour with the Walkmen and play two headlining NYC shows at Joe's Pub and Union Hall. His video for "You Saved My Life," off his new record, is below.

What else?

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Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs doesn't know how many more winters he may be able to spend in Chicago. He told me that he just can't stomach the icy cold temperatures during the cruelest and most drawn out season that the Midwest always buckles under, no matter how prepared we all are for its impending beat down. We all become either become ninnies and turn hermitic come late January/early February or we get aggressively perturbed and grouchy, grumbling about it all - the weather from Siberian hell. It all seems so strange because McCombs - one of America's finest songwriting talents, who deserves many more dollars to his name - does icy and desolate so well. [Daytrotter]
Cass McCombs is opening up five dates of the Walkmen's summer tour, though none of the band's NYC shows. Both bands will instead play NYC on their own.

The Walkmen perform at the Guggenheim on Friday, August 14th with High Places, and then at a free Central Park Summerstage show two days later (August 16th) with Dinosaur Jr.

Cass McCombs plays a show at Joe's Pub on Monday, July 27th with Mike Bones. Tickets to that are on sale. Then he performs at Brooklyn's Union Hall on Saturday, August 1st with Jennifer O'Connor. Tickets are on sale.

McCombs's new album, Catacombs, comes out July 7th (in North America) on Domino Records. The video for its first single, "Dreams Come True Girl," which features Karen Black (Nashville, The Great Gatsby, more), is posted below. Album art and track list, with all tour dates, are also below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs - new album & tour dates (Joes Pub, etc..)"

by Bill Pearis

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: BOAT - "The Bar is Too Low to Fail" (MP3)
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: Cheeseburger - "Saturday Night" (MP3)

Sky Larkin
Sky Larkin

Don't miss show(s) of next week: The American live debut of Leeds, UK group Sky Larkin, who are one of 2008's real hopefuls (to me at least). Not really part of any scene that would get them on the cover of NME, Sky Larkin are pretty straight-forward melodic guitar pop with a charismatic frontperson (Katie Harkin) and two ace singles under their belt. A bit slow in released material (they've been together since 2005), but the floodgates are about to open as the band have just finished recording their debut album in Seattle with producer John Goodmanson. They're here in New York to shoot a video and are thankfully playing two shows when not in front of the camera: Wednesday (8/13) at Pianos and Thursday (8/14) at Union Hall (tix).

Boat

Seattle's sloppy, poppy BOAT are making a rare trek to the East Coast for a tour they've dubbed "We Jam Super Econo and a Bit Cramped." Signed to one of my favorite American labels, Magic Marker Records (Tullycraft, The Bats, The Owls), BOAT have a sort of classic American indie rock sound (think Pavement or Butterglory), with super-catchy songs and a nice sense of humor. I highly recommend last year's Let's Drag Our Feet, and hopefully the band will be bringing lots of copies of their new baseball-themed single "Topps" that comes with trading cards and stiff, crunchy bubblegum. Along for the ride will be similar-minded Philly band Creeping Weeds. The tour hits Cake Shop on August 17 and Union Hall (with the great My Teenage Stride as well) on August 20 (tix).

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This weekend is all about All Points West (well, Friday and Saturday...are people going on Sunday?), but there are some worthy shows that aren't part of the megafestival.

Cass McCombsThis Friday's entry in the Seaport Music Festival is a good one: Cass McCombs, who didn't get as much attention as he probably deserved for last year's fine Dropping the Writ; and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson who might be getting more attention than he really needs right now, like him as I do.

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Saturday (8/9) brings the Vice/Colt 45 Tour with Cheeseburger to Glasslands Gallery, the last date on the tour. Has there been a more perfect marriage of rock to tour sponsors? I've never been good at math but Cheeseburger + free malt liquor + last night of the tour = mayhem. It's also free with an RSVP but, you know how these things work, get there early or don't get in.

Rogue Wave @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Rogue Wave

Also on Saturday at Union Hall is "Endless Shovels", a "Rogue Wave Tribute Band" which seem like an odd thing to have when Rogue Wave are actually in town the next day playing APW. Hmm... Tickets are on sale.

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And if you are going to APW on Sunday, be sure to get there early to catch supertalented Slowdive/Mojave 3 guitarist Neil Halstead (check out our interview) who'll be there supporting his brand-new, very good 2nd solo album, Oh Mighty Engine. He's also playing Hamptons celeb hangout The Surf Lodge on Saturday if you're up that way, as well as opening for Jack Johnson on a few dates before continuing on his own. All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Sky Larkin, BOAT, Cheeseburger, a 'Rogue Wave tribute band' & more in This Week in Indie"

King Khan @ South Street Seaport - June 27, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
King Khan at South Street Seaport

All of El Guincho's upcoming North American tour dates are cancelled. That includes the Pitchfork Fest and the free show he was playing with Atlas Sound at South Street Seaport on July 25th. They don't have a replacement at the Seaport yet, but they did just add the following to the free summer seaport schedule:

July 18 -- Nouvellas, and The Lost Crusaders
August 1 -- The Rub
August 8 -- Cass McCombs with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
TODAY AT THE SEAPORT: Telepathe, Abe Vigoda, and No Age. 6pm. FREE as always. Stream Abe Vigoda's new album at AOL.

Abe Vigoda are also playing the Yard on Saturday (so are Crystal Antlers) and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (so are The War On Drugs).

Beach House

BEACH HOUSE's Best of 2007
1. Earth: Hibernaculum
2. Cass McCombs: Dropping the Writ
3. Arbouretum: Rites of Uncovering
4. Papercuts: Can't Go Back
5. Om: Pilgrimage
6. Witchcraft: The Alchemist
7. M.I.A: Kala ("Paper Planes" and "Bird Flu"!! Yes!)
8. Jana Hunter: There's No Home
9. Wzt Hearts: Threads Rope Spell Making Your Bones
10. Britney Spears: Blackout
The Guardian liked Britney Spears too. Beach House is touring with their own number four choice (Papercuts)

Their number two choice (Cass McCombs) is going on a recently-announced tour with Band of Horses. Those dates (that do not include Beach House or NYC) below....

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Cass McCombsWhere is Cass McCombs from? His 4AD page says "Cass McCombs was born in the Bronx, Haiti, and Tahiti in 1977." Wikipedia says, "McCombs was born in Concord, California." and that "He has spent most of his life traveling the United States, moving from one city to the next, settling at one point in Baltimore." On his own MySpace page he simply claims "here and there". He was living in NYC on 9/11/01 - an experience he has cited as an influence on his music. Today (Nov 12, 2007) the eccentric singer-songwriter comes back to NYC for at least one night - to headline Bowery Ballroom. Ariel Pink opens, and is on tour with him. All dates below....

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Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs (from the West coast) is paying a visit to the East coast in conjunction with an appearance at Canal Room in NYC for the Tribeca Film Festival. Three NYC dates total...

CM, NYC, 2007
May 3 - Canal Room, Tribeca Film Festival (2:30 pm)
May 5 - Don Pedro's, Brooklyn
May 6 - Mercury Lounge (tix)

"All shows except for Tribeca will have Arbouretum opening, as well as performing in Cass McCombs' set." All tour dates below...

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