Entries tagged with: Chain and the Gang
by Bill Pearis
Ian Svenonius' current outfit Chain & the Gang released Minimal Rock n' Roll and while it purposefully lacks production flourishes, it's got no shortage of style and attitude. (Those have been Svenonius' calling cards since the start.) Stream the whole thing and watch the "Devitalize" video below.
Chain & the Gang will be on the road soon, touring with Baltimore party-starters Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Dates include a NYC stop at Baby's All Right on July 29. Tickets for that show are on sale.
All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Chain and the Gang @ Secret Project Robot 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Japanther @ MHOW 2011 (more by Andre St. Clair)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Chain and the Gang, Turn To Crime @ Union Pool
Ian Svenonious is a one-of-kind, having fronted legendary bands Nation of Ulysses and Make-Up and the very rock Chain and the Gang. The band's new album, Minimum Rock n' Roll, is out in April and you can stream a track from it below.
Japanther, Tiny Moving Parts, Tournament, Radical Discharge @ Saint Vitus
Japanther are always known to have a rowdy live show, and while Tiny Moving Parts may not be as nuts, they're pretty fun and undeniable themselves. We're happy to be presenting this co-bill from those bands, and there's punky support from Tournament and Radical Discharge.
Drowners, Stuckey & Murray @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC's leather jacket-wearing rockers Drowners aren't shy about their affinity for bands like The Stokes and the Arctic Monkeys. They play for the toddler set at the family-friendly Kidrockers series this afternoon.
CYMBALS, Seoul, Paperwhite, Marian Hill, Lion Babe @ Brooklyn Bowl
The free It's A School Night series has a little SXSW flavor tonight with UK band CYMBALS and Montreal's Seoul. RSVP for gratis entry.
Buffalo Daughter, The Suzan @ Baby's All Right
Japanese trio Buffalo Daughter released records on Beastie Boys' label Grand Royal in the '90s and have continued since. Catch them tonight with another Japanese band, The Suzan.
Jungle, Wet @ The Mercury Lounge
Enigmatic UK act Jungle let their music do the talking: specifically, R&B-tinged dance pop that manages to sound both classic and modern at the same time. A duo in the studio, they expand to a seven-piece live, and this is their second of two sold-out NYC shows with Wet.
Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Throwing Muses returned in 2013 with the album/book, Purgatory/Paradise, their first full length in 10 years. Tonight could be special: opening is Tanya Donnelly who was in the band during the '80s (and is Kristen Hersh's half-sister). Maybe she'll come out with TM for a couple songs?
Shellshag w/ Todd Congelliere, Tuff Tits, Magnets, Dirty Circle, Lilith Velkor @ Death By Audio
Last night, Toys That Kill's Todd Congelliere shared a bill with Tuff Tits (and Screaming Females) at Silent Barn to celebrate Shellhead's (of Shellshag) birthday. Tonight, Todd actually joins Shellshag on stage, and the three of them will be performing songs from each other's respective projects together.
Balk, Radical Dads, Mt Warning, Wool @ Glasslands Gallery
It's a night of '90s style indie rock with the flinty Balk, and seriously underrated trio Radical Dads
Antibalas @ SOB's
NYC afrobeat crew promise "a bunch of new/different material tonight, dusting off some old gems and working in some new stuff."
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
Bob Dorough @ Joe's Pub
You may not know his name but chances are you've heard Bob Dorough's songs and voice: he wrote and sang many of Schoolhouse Rock's best-loved songs, including "Three is Magic Number," "Conjuction Junction," and "The Shot Heard 'Round The World."
Vampillia, Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, Three Thousand Rivers @ Pianos
Boredoms-related Vampillia play another of their zillion NYC shows at Pianos tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Hunx & His Punx at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Hunx took some time away from his band last year for his first solo album, but now he's back with Hunx & His Punx (whose lineup also includes Shannon from Shannon and the Clams) and is set to release the band's sophomore album, Street Punk, on July 23 via Hardly Art. So far, the new material is sounding like the band's most punk stuff to date. You can check out the album's single, "Bad Skin," along with some other tracks in the band's very '90s-looking "Street Punk Trilogy" video.
After the release of the album, Hunx will support it with a tour that kicks off in NYC on August 8 at 285 Kent. For that show, Hunx will be joined by a great lineup of Chain and the Gang (led by Ian Svenonius of Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, etc) and Juan Wauters of The Beets. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the "Street Punk Trilogy" video, album artwork and tracklist, below...
K Records magnate Calvin Johnson (of Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System et al) has a few East Coast/Midwest dates this week, including a show on Wednesday (5/22) at Ran Tea House with labelmate Ian Svenonius' Chain & the Gang, and Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, and the NYC live debut of Erin Earthling. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa also play another NYC show on Friday (5/24) at Secret Project Robot with Aye Aye Rabbit (featuring Greg Saunier of Deerhoof), Many Mansions, and The Drunken Foreigner Band.
In other K Recs news, as mentioned, Heather Rose Dominic's 1998 documentary The Shield Around the K will screen next Friday (5/31) at Videology in Williamsburg as part of 2013 NYC Popfest. Screening is at 5 PM and free.
All Calvin Johnson tour dates are listed below.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
DOWNLOAD: Field Mouse - "Happy" (MP3)
Field Mouse at Glasslands last month (more by Devan Council)
Gotye collaborator Kimbra, who appears on "Somebody That I Used to Know" and is touring with him just scheduled her own NYC show happening on March 26 at Mercury Lounge in between the two sold out Gotye shows. TIckets went on sale today at noon. She's also opening all three Foster the People shows at Summerstage, one of which is also with Tokyo Police Club.
Speaking of Mercury Lounge shows that go on sale today, Savoir Adore, who played Santos last night (3/1) (how was that?) plays the Manhattan venue on April 13 with fellow Brooklynites Field Mouse. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Field Mouse has other upcoming local dates including The Rock Shop with Polica (3/27) (sold out) and Cameo on 4/3 (tickets) and a new MP3, which you can download above or stream below.
Hess Is More play Mercury Lounge on April 27. Tickets went on sale today. They also have other upcoming NYC shows like opening for Los Amigos Invisibles at MHOW on 3/9 and opening for Mumiy Troll at Highline Ballroom on 4/3. Tickets for both of those shows are available. All dates listed below.
More dates dates and Field Mouse stream below...
Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot in Feb (more by Harriet Roberts)
Like many other venues have been doing, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a Jonathan Toubin benefit which is taking place on January 12. The benefit's got a stacked bill including Chain and the Gang (whose frontman Ian Svenonius DJ'd a JT benefit at Zebulon on Christmas Eve), Eleanor Friedberger (who recently played the BV Holiday Party at the same venue), Shilpa Ray, Nicole Atkins, Two Tears, 5 Dollar Priest, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, and An American Dream. There will also be DJ sets by JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) and Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman) who both play the Here Comes the Warm Jets show at Joe's Pub in January and a DJ set by Mick Collins, who fronts The Dirtbombs, and whose other band The Gories are playing two shows in NYC this January. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale.
photos by Ryan Muir
The Rapture @ SPIN
The Rapture, whose last proper NYC show was a sold out one at Music Hall of Williamsburg, play a sold out show at Webster Hall tonight (9/23) as part of a larger tour in support of their recently released DFA album. Tonight's show, with Chain and the Gang, is now sold out. Earlier this week the the Rapture played six songs at an invite-only event at SPIN's NYC offices...
"Opening with a newbie, "In The Grace of Your Love," the guys warmed up the already-sweaty room before delving into four classics: "Get Myself Into It," "W.A.Y.U.H.," "House of Jealous Lovers" and "Echoes." The band's antics showed not an ounce of age, which can sadly often cripple performers aiming to reestablish themselves years later. The Rapture, however, moved and wailed with the energy and passion of teenagers and immediately brushed aside any notion that time had gone by.A few pictures from that event are in this post. They continued below...
I was close enough to see Luke Jenner close his ultramarine blue eyes and grip the mic as if he were right where he should be. Gabriel Andruzzi switched off between saxophone and cowbell, and to be honest, I am not sure which was more captivating. I have seriously never seen a cowbell upstage anyone before, and on Tuesday night, I'm confident I did." [Huffington Post]
photos by Harriet Roberts
"The legendary Kid Congo Powers, co-founder of the Gun Club, guitarist for The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, will be releasing his new album with his group Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds this spring. Titled Gorilla Rose, the album follows in the footsteps of the band's 2009 Dracula Boots with more ram-charged boogaloo, sleazy psychedelia and Chicano garage rock. In The Red records is gearing up for the new album by releasing a series of oddball limited edition vinyl-only records by the band. The first of these releases dropped in the form of the "Five Greasy Pieces" subscription series. This is a very limited edition (250 of each) series of five different singles each containing two brand new tracks. Starting in January In The Red will be issuing one of these a month. The fifth and final single in the series will come with a handsome box in which all five will be housed. The only way to obtain these singles is to buy a subscription on the In The Red website. In March In The Red will be issuing a live LP by the band titled Live At The Prom which will be another vinyl-only limited edition release available exclusively online." [PR]Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds recently played a show with Chain & the Gang (Ian Svenonius) and TV Baby (A.R.E. Weapons) at Secret Project Robot. More pictures from that show and a set of upcoming European tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Chain & The Gang - "Why Not" (MP3)
Calvin Johnson (photo by Sarah Lee)
For those of you looking for a little adventure on a Thursday night, you're in luck:
K Records founder Calvin Johnson and indie rapper Astronautalis will join in baritone-voiced harmony in Montauk on February 10. This is a once-ever opportunity to watch Calvin and Astronautalis perform individually and collaboratively against the backdrop of sunset in Montauk.The Montauk date kicks off a round of Calvin Johnson tour dates that continue with a Brooklyn show at Dead Herring the next day (141 S 5th St #1E between Bedford Ave & Driggs Ave) with Chain & the Gang (with Ian Svenonius), Girls in Trouble, and E-Prhyme. His full slate of Northeast/Midwest dates are below.
Tickets for a round-trip bus ride from Brooklyn to Montauk are only $30, only 40 are available.
Calvin Johnson doesn't currently have any new musical wares (outside of K releases in general), but his K Records brethren Chain & The Gang do, as they just released their new LP, Music's Not For Everyone. The LP features the new track "Why Not" available for download above/stream below. Order a copy at K Records, and check out the song stream, art/tracklisting, and all Calvin Johnson dates below.
"Panda Bear is the project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox. Tomboy, his long-awaited fourth album as Panda Bear, and follow-up to Person Pitch, is now complete and will be released on his own label, Paw Tracks on April 19, 2011.It was back in September that we learned we definitely wouldn't be seeing Panda Bear's album in 2010, or maybe even anytime soon, so this is good news.
Over the past six months or so, Panda Bear has released a series of vinyl singles on different labels, including Domino, Paw Tracks, and Fat Cat, with the final single forthcoming on Kompakt. The Tomboy album will be a compilation of these songs, along with new ones that have not been released. Additionally, all the songs have been added to and newly mixed with help from Sonic Boom to give the album a wonderfully rich and warm sound. stay tuned for more details." [PRESS RELEASE]
In related Animal Collective news, Animal Collective member Deakin will share a bill with Black Dice and Mirror Mirror this Saturday in Brooklyn at Secret Project Robot, a venue which is moving to a new location at the end of 2011. Meanwhile they have a full schedule at the current location. More details, more event listings (including a Knyfe Hyts residency) and this weekend's flyer below...
photos by Rachel Carr
Chain & The Gang / Strange Boys
The headliners were young but prolific and seriously hot Strange Boys, who play a real stripped down and bluesy style. You'd think the band's sound would be heavier with its expanded lineup featuring Jenna from Mika Miko and Tim Presley from Darker My Love, but it's practically transparent on their amazing new album, Be Brave. Of course, it's much louder live, but the effect is still as fragile as can be, teetering on every syllable that creaks out of singer/guitar player Ryan Sambol's throat.Strange Boys and Chain & The Gang played at L.A.'s The Echo on Friday, February 26th as part of their continuing tour together. Strange Boys headlined at the Echo, while Chain & The Gang topped the bill the previous night. SBs singer Ryan Sambol made a guest appearance on guitar (wearing a little convict cap) for Chain's final song.
Sambol doesn't give up any of the provocative song introductions or spectra-sonic soul dance moves of Ian, but he proved to be similarly communicative and effective through his almost uncomfortably unguarded vocals. Worth checking out and worthy of the lines that stretched outside The Echo on a crisp Friday night...[Martin Wong]
Strange Boys will be representing their hometown of Austin at SXSW this year (info below). They play Radio City Music Hall on March 26th with Spoon and Deerhunter. This April, they'll be in Europe, which is where Chain and the Gang will be spending their time through May.
More pictures and all tour dates are below...
The Strange Boys & girl...
Mika Miko have three more shows, all in L.A., before they break up for good to concentrate on "returns to school, new projects, jobs and relationships." The other half of the story is that Mika Miko drummer Seth Densham and vocalist/sax player Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt (with a new name due her engagement to Cali Dewitt) are now full-time members of the Strange Boys. Both bands played FYF Fest in L.A. this September and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this November. Videos from both are below.
The updated Strange Boys are releasing a new record this February on In The Red (US) and Rough Trade (elsewhere). The album, Be Brave, was recorded in September 2009 and will be preceded by a limited edition 7" single of its title track on January 25th (UK) and 26th (US). The song is streaming on their MySpace, and played live, below.
Videos and all tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)
Ian Svenonius has his Soft Focus online TV show (where he recently interviewed Pierced Arrows), he contributes to projects like the Journal of Popular Noise with Felt Letters (sample above), and he continues to turn the cogs of his political garage group Chain & the Gang (whose K Recs debut came out in April). That band will go on the road this fall in a trip that includes two early October NYC stops. Those will be October 3rd at Brooklyn's Market Hotel and October 4th at the Mercury Lounge.
. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, July 24th at noon.
Opening the Oct. 4th show will be Silk Flowers, a New York-based band that just released their debut LP on Post Present Medium (artwork below). Its CD release show was last Saturday (July 18th) at the Cake Shop.
"I went to see Silk Flowers (members of Soiled Mattress and The Springs) record release show Saturday Night July 18th at The Cake Shop. Silk Flowers are truly one of my favorite bands...They have taken their own spin on minimal/cold wave and industrial pop. It is truly zooming this style of music into a modern window and changing how to make pop music. They play everything live, including live drum pads, keys, and samples with very little sequenced parts. Also Aviram Cohen's voice is haunting. One of my favorite voices I have ever heard and also his live performance is awesome and sounds even better. The keyboard parts (played by Peter) are sonically distinct using new synth sounds and complicated parts with a lot of development. The third, noise/concrete layer is played by Ethan and is no less some of the best use of sonic layers in a pop set I have heard. They play a lot and their blog is killer." [MNDR]They do play a lot, as you can see by their schedule after the jump. Silk Flowers' video for the song "Shadows in Daylight," off their new record, with all tour dates, below...
A lightsaber battle in Washington Square Park yesterday (NYCmiri)
The (Grateful) Dead played MSG yesterday (kgandarillas)
tonight in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* The Dead @ XL Center (CT)
* WBAR-B-Q @ Barnard College
* Terry Riley & Gyan Riley @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Crystal Stilts, Mahogany, Motel Motel @ Maxwell's
* Midnight Magic, Nomi (DJ), Justin Chearno @ Glasslands
* Spectrum, Psychic Ills, Cheval Sombre @ Mercury Lounge
* The Austerity Program, Wetnurse, Tournament @ Union Pool
* Crime in Stereo, Bane, Have Heart, Capital, The Agent, Backtrack @ Europa
* Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, Death In The Park @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Valient Thorr, The Golden Error, J. Roddy & The Business, Ex-Humans @ Trash Bar
* Chain and the Gang, The Hive Dwellers, Mahjongg, Noah Britton @ Market Hotel
* Craig G, John Robinson (Scienz of Life), DJ DP1, Afrika Bambaataa & Lord Finesse @ Southpaw
"Thousands gathered under blue skies Saturday to hear the music of neo-soul artist Erykah Badu, who took the stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival burning a stick of incense and wearing a lavender kimono." [AP]
"The worst book about pop music I have ever read" [By Jeff Salamon]
Gang Gang Dance are playing the WBAR BBQ.
Chain and the Gang are at Market Hotel tonight. They played 92YTribeca the other day. Videos below...
Video of Thurston Moore / Okkyung Lee / Ikue Mori Trio performing live at Sessions at Santa's, also below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: City Center - Open House (MP3)
City Center @ Nakamura House Party 3/14/09...
[Fred Thomas of City Center/Saturday Looks Good To Me]:
I leave tomorrow morning for Olympia to get it together for 2 months or so of touring with The Hive Dwellers and Chain & The Gang. Hive Dwellers is Calvin Johnson's new band/new songs and I play drums for the band. C&TG is Ian Svenonius' (Make Up/Weird War/Soft Focus talk show) new jam. I play bass in that one. After the last two months of playing lots of shows, recording all the time and hanging so hard with Ryan all in the name of playing some fucked up music with City Center, I'm really sad to be taking off for so long and putting the CC on hold. Luckily we're gonna play a few shows on this tour, and we also have a ton of things we're working on that will come to light soon... [City Center blog, 4.1.09]One of those "things we're working on" (or maybe "worked on") is most definitely the forthcoming self-titled debut record from City Center. Fred announced the disc, to be released by Type Records, on his blog a week earlier: "The record will be released on LP and CD, with a UK release date of May 25th and a US release date of June 8. It will be distributed by Forced Exposure and available directly from Type or by getting in touch with us directly here or on Myspace, etc. There will be some sort of digital media for it as well, just not sure what yet." New track "Open House" is available for download above.
The Hive Dwellers + Chain & the Gang tour dates mentioned above include two NYC shows: Friday, April 17th at 92YTribeca and Sunday, April 26th at the Market Hotel. Tickets are available for the 92YTribeca show, which also includes City Center on the bill.
Svenonius-led Chain & the Gang's debut Down With Liberty... Up With Chains! is coming out via Calvin Johnson's K Records on April 7th. Art and press release for that album below.
All tour dates, and City Center art and track list - also below...