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by Bill Pearis

Cate Le Bon

April 15 is Tax Day in America, but in 2016 it is also Crab Day, which is the name of Cate Le Bon's new album which is out that day on her new U.S. label, Drag City. Says Cate:

Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It's the sound of the 'accidentally on purpose' coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fueled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It's a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up. Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn't a holiday at all.
You can check out cover art and tracklist below. There will be an accompanying film with the album, which Cate made in Berlin with Phil Collins (the visual artist and film-maker, not the one from Genesis). You can watch a trailer for the film, which has a little of Crab Day's music in it, below.

While she hasn't announced a full tour, Cate will be performing Crab Day in its entirety in NYC and LA with backing by "semi-improvisational music ensemble" BANANA which includes H.Hawkline (who's played guitar with her for years), Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, current RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, plus Josiah Steinbrick and Stephen Black. The NYC show happens April 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (1/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/27) at noon. All dates are listed, along with a stream of 2014's Mug Museum, below.

Continue reading "Cate Le Bon announces new LP/film 'Crab Day' (watch the trailer), playing it live in NYC & LA ++ other dates"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Bill Pearis

Drinks @ The Lexington 9/10/2015

Drinks, aka Cate Le Bon and White Fence's Tim Presley, released their debut album, Hermits on Holiday, a couple weeks back. If you haven't checked it out, it's a little stranger/skronkier than what either do on their own, but nonetheless charming in its odd little way. You can stream it below.

Tim and Cate just wrapped up their first Drinks tour of the UK/EU, which included a stop at the End of the Road festival and a show at The Islington in London on September 10. A set of pictures from the London show are in this post.

Drinks will soon embark on their first North American tour, kicking things off in NYC at Baby's All Right on October 10 which is with tourmates Droor (tickets). They'll also be back in time for CMJ, and right now the only show/party they have lined up is the Panache Booking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 14 with Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Slim Twig, Sheer Agony, The Babe Rainbow, and Gramma's Boyfriend. Tickets are still available. Other CMJ appearances will probably pop up as we get closer to the fest.

All tour dates are listed, along with more pics from Drinks' London show, below.

Continue reading "Drinks (Cate Le Bon / Tim Presley) released debut LP, expand tour, playing CMJ ++ pics from London show"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015

The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.

Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."

More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...

Continue reading "End of the Road fest in pics: War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Torres, Sleaford Mods, Saint Etienne & more"

by Bill Pearis

Drinks Cate Le Bon Tim Presley White FEnce

Drinks, the duo Cate Le Bon and White Fence's Tim Presley, will release their debut album, Hermits On Holiday, on August 21. Where the LP's title track is fueled by Le Bon, new single "Laying Down Rock" has Presley at center stage, though musically there is still the tense, skeletal guitar-style which is the sonic glue for this album. You can stream it below.

As mentioned, Drinks' fall tour kicks off in NYC at Baby's All Right on October 10 (tickets) and while they haven't been officially announced for CMJ (10/13-10/17), those dates are currently free on their schedule. All announced dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Drinks (Cate Le Bon / Tim Presley) share new single "Laying Down Rock" from debut album "


Drinks, aka Cate Le Bon and White Fence's Tim Presley, have just shared the video for "Hermits on Holiday," the title track from their debut album. The video was directed by Presley and features appearances by his parents. You can watch it below.

"Hermits on Holiday" will be out August 21 via Birth Records. They promise US live shows soon. UPDATE: "Soon" meant very soon. Drinks will play North American dates this fall including NYC at Baby's All Right on October 10. Tickets will be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Drinks (Cate Le Bon / Tim Presley) share "Hermits on Holiday" video, announce North American tour dates"

by Bill Pearis


As mentioned, Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (White Fence/Darker My Love) have made an album together under the name Drinks. The record is called Hermits Holiday and will be out August 21 via Heavenly. The title track is out now as a single and, at least for this song, it sounds more like Cate than White Fence, with skronky guitars and a tick-tock rhythm. And if you like Cate's albums, you'll probably like this too. Stream it below.

While no North American shows have been announced yet, Drinks will be doing some live dates in the UK in September and all those are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song stream, below...

Continue reading "Drinks (Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley) share title track from 'Hermits on Holiday' LP ++ UK tour dates"

photo: Cate Le Bon w/ White Fence @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

If you saw White Fence on their fall 2014 tour, you may have noticed Cate Le Bon playing in the band. Cate, who left Wales to live in LA, was filling in for her boyfriend Huw Gwynfryn Evans who usually plays live in White Fence (and in Cate's band and makes music as H. Hawkline). Cate and White Fence main man Tim Presley have formed a group called Drinks who will release their debut album, Hermits on Holiday, in August. You can watch a trailer for the album, featuring lots of dogs and cats, below...

Continue reading "Cate Le Bon & White Fence's Tim Presley form new duo Drinks; debut album out in August (watch a video)"


Long-running UK dance duo The Chemical Brothers will release their new album Born In The Echoes on July 17. The record features guest vocals from Beck, St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon, Q-Tip and more. Tom and Ed have shared the album's opening cut, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted," which you can stream below, and look for official first single "Go" (featuring Q-Tip) on May 4. Album art and tracklist is below, too.

The Chemical Brothers will be on tour for most of the summer. No shows in NYC yet, but all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Chemical Brothers announce new LP 'Born in the Echoes' featuring Beck, St. Vincent, Q-Tip & more (stream a track)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Told Slant @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Mimi Hong)
told slant

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 'Sound and Vision' festival is keeping busy the rest of the year with a monthly called "Staring at Sound" that mixes film and live music. Tonight (2/19) at the Film Center Amphitheatre is the February edition and features the Brooklyn music collective The Epoch, which includes bands Eskimeaux, Bellows, Told Slant, Small Wonder, and Sharpless. The "entire collective" will be there tonight to "perform live and present visual works in various forms." Tickets are available.

In other FSLC news, Friday (2/20) at the Walter Reade Theatre, they're showing Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, a documentary about the studio that, in the late '70s and early '80s, gave us such classics as Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Apple, The Last American Virgin, American Ninja, Over the Top, the many Death Wish films and more. (The film also focuses on Cannon's infamous studio heads, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.) The screening includes a Q&A featuring the director, The Apple star Catherine Mary Stewart, and others, and there's a cocktail party beforehand. Tickets are still available. Trailer for the film is below.

Meanwhile over at MoMA on Tuesday (2/24) they're screening a new music-related Scottish documentary, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long which is from director Phil Collins (not the Genesis singer) and features original songs by Cate Le Bon:

Over the last year Collins has been meeting people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups, and social clubs for the elderly, asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future, debate the status of freedom in today's society, guide us through the city's most famous prison, and dance like there's no tomorrow. These sequences are framed through an imaginary public-access network, one which, high on bad attitude and with just a hint of mayhem, makes an appeal to the epic pleasures of channel surfing and the potential for low-budget television to reinvent itself through its viewers and their take on life as we somehow still live it.
In addition to Cate Le Bon's songs, the film also features music from Mogwai's Barry Burns, electronic act Golden Teacher, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "The Epoch bands playing at 'Staring at Sound' film event at Lincoln Center tonight ++ other music movie screenings"

by Bill Pearis


You may recognize Huw Gwynfryn Evans from playing guitar in Cate Le Bon's band and White Fence. Huw makes his own music under the name H Hawkline and will release In The Pink Of Condition, his first album for Heavenly Recordings, on February 2. Cate produced the album (they are also a couple) and if you dig her distinctly Welsh brand of off kilter psych-pop, H Hawkline is clearly from the same mossy, skronky realm. (Syd Barrett and Jacco Gardner fans should also take note.) We've got the premiere of the manic, bouncy "Ringfinger" which you can stream, along with another song off the new album, below.

If you live in the UK, H Hawkline will be on tour in February. Let's hope North American dates follow at some point. All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "H Hawkline releasing album produced by Cate Le Bon (listen)"

Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/14
Gretchen Robinette's favorite photos of 2014

Longtime contributing BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette shot a bunch of shows for us in 2014, and to wrap up another great year, she's made a list of her favorite photos that she took since January. That's one of GBV above, and you can check out the rest of her favorite pics of 2014 below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

White Fence at BVCMJ 2014
White Fence

White Fence just wrapped up their tour -- with Cate Le Bon on second guitar! -- ending with a bunch of CMJ dates, including our Saturday party. We've got a second set of pictures from our show you can check out in this post.

Before the North American tour, White Fence were across the pond for Liverpool Psych Fest which happened in September. Tim Presley contributed a new White Fence song, "Before He Met Her (Decomposing Lime)" for a double-7" compilation made just for the fest by UK label Sonic Catherdral. Moragn Delt, Psychic Ills and a few others contributed to the six-song split as well. Titled Psych for Sore Eyes 2 with pretty rad packaging, it sold out its run pretty much immediately -- and crashed Big Cartel's webshop -- but will get a digital release on Monday (11/3). (We hear a few more copies have turned up so check back at Sonic Cathedral's website.) White Fence's song from the compilation makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

Artwork and tracklist for Psych for Sore Eyes 2 and more pics, also below...

Continue reading "White Fence contribute new song to 'Psych for Sore Eyes 2' comp (stream it) ++ more pics from BV CMJ day party"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Chris La Putt & Nate 'Igor' Smith; words by Pink Baby

Beverly / Fat White Family
Fat White Family

For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).

With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown. 

Next up were Nashville's Bully whose fuzzy and tuneful songs helped ease into our final day. Their next two shows are opening for Kevin Drew in November.

UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.

Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.

At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.

Bo Ningen
Bo Ningen

At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.

Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.

Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.

Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.

Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).

Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.

Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Bo Ningen, Girlpool, Beverly & more played our Saturday day party (pics, video)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Cate Le Bon / Warpaint
Warpaint and Cate Le Bon
Warpaint and Cate Le Bon
Warpaint and Cate Le Bon

Warpaint have a dedicated fanbase, who showed their adoration for the ladies early on by showering them with roses that fans threw on stage as the ladies walked up to their spots on stage. The ladies greeted fans back with "Bees" from their debut album, before kicking into the new album's "Intro" which led right into "Keep It Healthy." It was wonderful as ever to see the girls rock out. Seeing the calm precision of drummer Stella Mozgawa and vocalist/guitarist Theresa Wayman was dreamy when compared alongside the more lively movements of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Emily Kokal and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg who almost never kept still. -[We All Want Someone to Shout For]
Warpaint's tour with Cate Le Bon hit NYC on Friday (3/21) with a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Both had just been at SXSW (where Cate played our Thursday day party), and the trek wraps up this weekend.

Pictures from the show are in this post. More, along with Warpaint's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Warpaint and Cate Le Bon played Webster Hall (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Little Dragon

Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Thursday party @ Red 7 in pics (Little Dragon, Tyler the Creator, Trash Talk, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, San Fermin & much more)"

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!


12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
02:30 Torres
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin

12:00 Calvin Love
12:40 Cities Aviv
01:00 Overdoz
01:30 Trash Talk
02:10 Nothing
03:00 BadBadNotGood w/ special guest Tyler the Creator
04:00 Roosevelt
05:00 Little Dragon

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.

The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.

Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 Thurs Life or Death Day Party lineup (Little Dragon, San Fermin, Tyler the Creator, Trash Talk, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins & much more)"

by Bill Pearis

"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."

You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.

The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.

Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...

Continue reading "Gruff Rhys shares title track from 'American Interior,' premiering his film and performing at SXSW"

by Bill Pearis

Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge 1/17/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon just wrapped up her East Coast tour with Kevin Morby (their Mercury Lounge show was great) and she's about to head to Europe for a monthlong tour there. After that, she'll be heading back to North America where she'll be in Austin for the insanity that is SXSW. After that she's joining Warpaint's tour for a week's worth of dates, including the NYC show at Webster Hall on March 21. That is a great double bill and tickets to Webster Hall are still available.

If you haven't heard Cate Le Bon's genuinely terrific third album, Mug Museum, yet you can rectify that via Rdio. All Cate Le Bon dates are listed, along with a video from the LP, below...

Continue reading "Cate Le Bon extends tour, playing SXSW + opening for Warpaint (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge 1/16/2013
Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon is my kind of "singer-songwriter." Her songs can be touching and beautiful, but they can also be mossy and strange with occasional loud bursts of atonal keyboard or skronky guitar solo. As I've said before, "Welsh" might be the perfect descriptor for her. All sides were on display last night at Mercury Lounge (1/16), the lone (and sold-out) NYC stop on her current tour with Kevin Morby. She stuck mainly to songs from last year's wonderful Mug Museum, save for "I Think I Knew" which is a duet with Perfume Genius. Cate gave us a few from 2012's CYRK, the rockin' "Falcon Eyed," the pretty "The Man I Wanted" and single "Fold the Cloth" for the encore.

Apart from her drummer, it was a different band this time but her guitarist this time pulled triple duty, also playing keyboard and providing the falsetto harmonies that add to her music's quirky charm. Cate's bassist and guitarist also played in Kevin Morby's band and his set was pretty terrific too. Solo, his music is a little more laid-back than what he does in The Babies (his bandmate Cassie Ramone was in the audience), but still fits perfectly with his soulful, world-weary vocals. If you haven't heard his album, Harlem River, yet it's definitely one of last year's overlooked gems. Cate sings with Kevin on the LP's "Slow Train" and that they didn't perform it was last night's only dissapointment.

Pictures from Kevin's set and more of Cate's, below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...

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photos & video by Autumn Andel

Cate Le Bon @ Doug Fir, 12/5/2013
Cate Le Bon

After gracing opener Kevin Morby's set with a vocal contribution on the lonesome "Slow Train", Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon began her own set, dark and cool, smocked in black. She said she hadn't expected the freezing air here, and began to warm us up.

Her style is neo-classic, thick with bass, and folksy, with off-kilter psychedelic tendencies. This makes for the perfect vinyl album. She swung her guitar back and forth to the slow rhythms, and picked through fast romps like "Sisters". At times, the keyboard/organ solos felt like traveling back in time to a Doors show, then Cate joked of a "future song" about Bill and Ted: a little bit of country, a little bit of new wave beeping melody, called "He's Leaving". - [ElevenPDX]

Cate Le Bon's West Coast tour with Kevin Morby (Babies/Woods) wrapped up over the weekend. Those dates included a stop at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge on 12/5 and pictures and videos of that show are in this post. Fresh off the road, Cate and her band stopped by KCRW this morning (12/16) for a live set on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and you can stream that below too.

Cate will hit the East Coast in January, again with Morby, including one NYC show at Mercury Lounge on January 16. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

If you haven't heard her terrific third album, Mug Museum, you can stream it via Rdio. Videos and more pictures from the Portland show, including a shot of the setlist, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Kevin Morby, who co-fronts The Babies and plays bass in Woods, will release his first solo album, Harlem River, on November 26 via Woodsist. The album was made in Los Angeles (where he currently lives) with producer Rob Barbato (The Babies, Bleached) and features appearances by White Fence's Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon. The latter sings on languid and lovely "Slow Train" which you can stream, along with another track from the album, below.

Morby and Le Bon will be touring the West Coast in December and those dates are listed below. NYC will get Cate on January 16 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) as part of her more extensive tour for new album, Mug Museum (out 11/12). All Morby and Le Bon dates are listed, along with Morby song streams and a trailer of Le Bon's album, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon's terrific third album, Mug Museum, is out November 12 via Wichita/Turnstile and if you haven't checked out the two released tracks so far, both are streaming below. "Are You with Me Now?" is especially good.

If you live on the West Coast you can catch Cate live this weekend where she'll be opening for Warpaint, and she'll do a longer run of dates on that side of the continent in December with The Babies' Kevin Morby opening. The East Coast, meanwhile, will get a look in January and though she hasn't announced a full tour, Cate will play NYC at Mercury Lounge on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon.

UPDATE: Full tour announced, dates are below.

In other news, Cate recently appeared with Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield for a duet of new Manics song, "Four Lonely Roads," on BBC program The Review Show and you can watch that below.

All dates are listed, along with those track streams and video, below...

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by Bill Pearis


When Cate Le Bon toured here last year for her great album, CYRK, she was playing a number of new songs too. One of them, "Are You With Me Now," was a standout I distinctly remember, with its loping rhythm and spooky/beautiful backing vocals. That song is the first official single from Cate's excellent new album, Mug Museum, which is out via Wichita Records on November 12. You can stream it below along with the previously released collaboration with Perfume Genius, "I Think I Knew."

Cate, who is from Wales but lives in California currently, will be playing some West Coast dates this fall, including a couple in October opening for Warpaint and then a few with Kevin Morby (of The Babies, Woods) in December. Hopefully she'll announce East Coast dates sometime soon. All dates are listed, along with the track streams, below.

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