Entries tagged with: Chairlift
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Chairlift @ National Sawdust 1/26/2016
Chairlift celebrated the release of their third album, Moth, with a sold-out show at National Sawdust. Things got off to a rocky start -- their smoke machines set off the fire alarms which was quickly followed by the DJ putting on "Burning Down the House" -- but the venue and the band recovered quickly. Augmented by saxophonist Danny Meyer (who has also played with Julia Holter) and Starchild on guitar, Chairlift stuck mainly to Moth tracks but played a few old ones as well. The crowd was into it and singer Caroline Polacheck noted how nice and unusual it was to see NYC audiences dancing.
Prince Language, who DJ'd the release show for Chairlift's debut album, was on decks for this one as well, priming the crowd before they went on. Chairlift will be back in Williamsburg, just a couple doors down from National Sawdust, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 10, which is the last date on their upcoming tour. Tickets for MHOW are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (1/29) at noon.
More pics from Chairlift's Moth release show, below...
Chairlift just released their third album, Moth, the Brooklyn band's embrace of mainstream pop sounds. If you haven't checked it out yet you can stream it via Spotify, below.
The band will celebrate Moth's release on Tuesday (1/26) at Brooklyn's National Sawdust, which is sold out, but have announced a spring tour that finishes with another Brooklyn show -- Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/29) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/27) at noon.
All dates are listed below.
Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.
by Tatiana Tenreyro
photo: Chairlift at Glasslands in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Chairlift are releasing their new album Moth next week (1/22) via Columbia. They've already shared a few singles from the album, including "Ch-Ching" and "Romeo", and they've just set free a new one, which premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show today. The track is called "Moth To The Flame" and it's a catchy, synth-infused song that, just like the title, will draw you in like a moth to the light. Stream it and previous single "Crying in Public," plus check out the track list for Moth, below.
Chairlift haven't announced full tour dates yet, but they do have a NYC show coming up at National Sawdust on January 26. which is sold out.
Tour dates are listed below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
scene from "Romeo" video
Chairlift are set to release their new album Moth on January 22, and while a full tour hasn't been announced yet, they'll be playing LA and NYC just after its release. The LA show is at Teragram Ballroom on 1/23 and the NYC show is at new-ish Williamsburg venue National Sawdust on 1/26. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Chairlift put out two singles ahead of the album, the R&B-ish "Ch-Ching" and the synth-poppy "Romeo." The latter just got a video this week ("Ch-Ching" already has one), directed by that go and starring former Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer (and Ice Choir singer) Kurt Feldman. Watch below.
by Bill Pearis
Chairlift have a new album, Moth, that will be out January 22 via Columbia. You may have already heard the R&Bish "Ch-Ching" from the album and now they've released a second single, "Romeo." With a distorted guitar lead and glitchy percussion, this is more in the glossy synthpop world. Apparently the song is sung from the point of view of Greek mythological character Atalanta. Listen to "Romeo," and watch the "Ch-Ching" video, below.
Having just played two Brooklyn shows as part of Cameo's final week, Chairlift's only upcoming live show is in London on Tuesday (12/1).
Williamsburg said goodbye to another long-running music venue over the weekend, with N. 6th St. club Cameo Gallery closing its doors for good at some point late Saturday night / Sunday morning. They packed in a lot of music over the last two days with early rock shows and late night dance parties on both Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21). Friday had Eternal Summers and more for the early show and Juan Maclean live for the late show. For their last night, Caveman headlined the early show, and they closed down the place with Plastic Plates and DJs St. Lucia. To underline things a little, this came, basically, one year (minus a day) to Death by Audio's farewell. Did you stop by this weekend to say goodbye to Cameo?
Other shows from the final week, included Chairlift who played twice -- first as the secret guests at Wednesday's Mr. Twin Sister show (11/18) and then their own show at Cameo on Thursday (11/19) with Wet.
Williamsburg is less fun without you here, Cameo. You will be missed. More Instagrams below...
We're in the final week of shows at Williamsburg club Cameo Gallery before it closes, and they just added a big one for TONIGHT (11/19). Local pop band Chairlift will headline and support comes from Wet and Kelsey Lu. Doors are at 7:30 PM and tickets will be available at the door. The rest of Cameo's schedule includes Eternal Summers, The Juan Maclean, Caveman and more.
Chairlift are planning to release their new album Moth in January via Columbia. You can watch the video for "Ch-Ching" off that album, below...
The Firefly Music Festival will return in 2016 from June 16-19. This year's lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Deadmau5, Disclosure, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Earth Wind & Fire, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Guster, Chairlift, Quilt, Laura Stevenson and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 11 AM. Full lineup below...
Marnie doing a little proofing
Marnie the Dog has come a long way from making random appearances at BrooklynVegan SXSW parties and hosting a Red Bull Sound Select show, and is coming out with a photo book, titled Marnie the Dog: I'm a Book, which will be published October 27 via Grand Central Press. She'll be going on a book tour, too, including a couple events in NYC. On Monday (10/26) at Baby's All Right, there's a book release party that doubles as Marnie's 13th birthday party. There will be DJ sets from Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos), Josh Burgess (Yumi Zouma), Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), as well as a live performance by Kitty Pryde collaborator Hot Sugar. That is free though there is a suggested donation of $5 to Marnie's Old Pals at ASPCA fund.
The next day Marnie and owner Shirley Braha will be at The Strand's Rare Book Room (10/27) to talk with Buzzfeed editor Katie Notopoulos. You'll need to buy a copy of the book or a $15 gift card to attend. Marnie also has appearances in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Marnie also has an iPhone app that will allow the user to insert Marnie into any picture.
SBTRKT's already revealed a good deal of tracks from his upcoming album, Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and he's since hit us with another one, "Look Away," featuring Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek. You can check that out in an interactive video, below.
SBTRKT's previously announced tour has also been expanded. It already included one NYC date happening October 26 at Terminal 5, and though tickets for that show are still available, he's also announced he'll return to T5 the next night (10/27) as well. Tickets for the newly-added show (same link) go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with the interactive video, below
Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.
SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.
All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:
Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).
DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)
...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.
Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...
As mentioned, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns as part of Smorgasburg on Saturday, May 10 from 11 AM - 6 PM. This one is also part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.
As in previous editions, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. New vendors for this edition are:
Black GoldThere will also be some exclusive items for sale, like an early chance to buy the Sylvan Esso album, otherwise "sold out" 7"s from Famous Class and more. A full list of Brooklyn Flea Record Fair exclusives and full vendor list below.
Campers' Rule Records
Chris Carnahan Records
Polyvinyl Record Co.
The Bunker New York
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Chairlift's Caroline Polachek releases her first solo album as Ramona Lisa next week (4/15) via Terrible Records. That's the cover art above. You can check out the video for current single "Backwards and Upwards" (much more upbeat than "Arcadia") in this post.
Ramona Lisa will play a record release party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 28. No word on the rest of the bill but tickets are on sale now.
"Backwards and Upwards" video (and the one for "Arcadia") below...
DOWNLOAD: Ramona Lisa - "Arcadia" (MP3)
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, last seen on stage with Blood Orange, is venturing out on her own under the name Ramona Lisa. She's actually been playing shows under the guise for a year or so, but will have an album out via Terrible on April 15. Polacheck made it her own (mostly in Rome, hence the name) with a laptop, and calls it "a concept album of love songs that are nature allegories" and describes it as 'pastoral electronic music." That description definitely fits the ethereal opening track, "Arcadia," which you can download above or watch the insect-obsessed video (co-directed by Polachek) below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Amazing show tonight, @devhynes!" - @DitaVonTeese
Blood Orange (w/ Samantha Urbani) @ Webster Hall 2/6/2014
While last night's Wester Hall show (2/6) wasn't as (indie) star-studded as the Cupid Deluxe record release show at 285 Kent back in December, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes has more than enough charisma to hold his own. This was Dev's first big, proper show since the release of his acclaimed second Blood Orange album and, while David Longstreth didn't make an appearance, Caroline Polachek of Chailift was on hand for night opener "Chamkay" and Queens rapper Despot joined later for his verse on "Clipped On."
Friends singer (and Hynes' girlfriend) Samantha Urbani, who is on much of the record, is basically a member of Blood Orange at this point and spent most of the evening on stage providing vocal support (there were back-up singers too, part of his very able band). UNO R&B singer (and frequent Mykki Blanco/Le1f collaborator) Ian Isiah opened the show. Pictures of both artists are in this post, as is Blood Orange's setlist.
Blood Orange are heading to the UK for a few dates. No word on an actual North American tour, but Dev and the band will be at Coachella in April. All dates are listed, along with more pics from Webster Hall, below...
The xx in Tulum - 12/31/13 (via @hickduarte)
There were tons of New Year's Eve shows here in NYC, as well as around the rest of the country, and down in Mexico, the Young Turks label threw a party on the beach in popular tourist site Tulum (famous, among other things, for its ruins). It literally went all night, kicking off with some of the label's DJs at 8 PM, followed by Sampha, John Talabot, Chairlift, The xx, Grimes, SBTRKT, Koreless, Pional, Four Tet and others playing past 11 AM New Year's Day.
During SBTRKT's set, he revealed an unreleased Jessie Ware collaboration, "Runaway." You can stream that, along with a video featuring clips of multiple sets from the show, and a few more pics, below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've been on the internet at all today, you probably know that the event of the day is that Beyonce released a self-titled album with no singles and no announcements on iTunes around midnight. By now you've most likely already heard it or intentionally haven't listened to it, and I think as much as anyone else that we shouldn't review this thing immediately (and we can save it for our Best of 2014 lists, right?). That being said, it's also been fun to spend the day discussing the album, so let's discuss.
The album's only guest spots come from deservedly big names Jay Z ("Drunk in Love") Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"), plus a moving feminist speech from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "Flawless" (a reworking of "Bow Down"), and her daughter Blue Ivy on the album's final track, "Blue." There's also co-writing/production credits from Miguel, Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Sia, Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib and others. That cast isn't too surprising (except maybe Caroline Polachek), but it's a nice reminder if you needed it that certain big name artists are consistently working with the artists that complement them best, rather than just piling on other big name guests.
As I write this I'm on my fifth listen, and the album itself is sounding pretty impressive so far. Her last album, 4, was maybe the first Beyonce album to truly contain no filler, but even most of that album got overshadowed by standout singles like "Countdown" and "Love on Top." At the moment, it's not sounding like there's a track on Beyonce that could be a standout single, which is maybe why, like the similarly album-oriented Yeezus, they chose to release it without any preceding singles. (You also won't be able to purchase individual tracks on iTunes until December 20.) Like Yeezus, and The 20/20 Experience, Beyonce is instead a new album from a megastar that uses her status to unveil a full-length collection of forward-thinking music to the mainstream, the underground, and well, just about everybody. The future-R&B that guests Frank Ocean and Drake make on their own albums is the style most prevalent here, and mixing that with one of the most undeniably great voices in today's pop music makes Beyonce a hell of a listen.
You also may have heard that Beyonce is calling the album a "visual album," and it was released with 17 videos for the 14 tracks (a few bonus videos included). You can watch a playlist of 30-second clips of each video, along with the tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Dev Hynes will release Cupid Deluxe, his second album as Blood Orange, on November 19. Having spent the last couple years writing well-liked songs for other people (Sky Ferreira, Solange), Dev has upped his game for the new record which features 10 slinky/sulty dance jams with guest appearances from David Longstreth, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Clams Casino, Despot, and more. The whole record is streaming now via iTunes. (Those outside the U.S. can stream it here.) You can also watch the video for single "You're Not Good Enough" (featuring Urbani) below.
Blood Orange, who just played Pitchfork Paris over the weekend, doesn't have a full tour lined up just yet, but he will be playing a record release show at 285 Kent on November 15. While he's done shows in solo-with-laptop mode, this incarnation of Blood Orange is Dev with four-piece band, plus Urbani on vocals as well. Tickets for that NYC show are on sale now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...
The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beggars Group-affiliated label Young Turks is throwing its first New Year's Eve party in Mexico this year. The party happens on December 31 in Tulum with sets from Grimes, Four Tet, The xx, John Talabot, Pional, Koreless, Chairlift, Sampha, Tasker, and more TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
YYYs @ GoogaMooga 2013
We've already posted photos from the first two bands (The Darkness and The Flaming Lips) to play the Great GoogaMooga kickoff concert on Friday (5/17). Here are a set from headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs who were the only band to actually get to play after sunset. A few shots of Chairlift, who played two different DJ sets that day and who will perform in the same location of the park this summer, are also in this post.
Did you go on Friday? How was your GoogaMooga experience?
Right after playing GoogaMooga, YYYs hopped down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to play the 2013 Hangout Fest on Sunday (5/19).
"About halfway through the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Hangout Music Festival set, frontwoman Karen O took a moment to make a special announcement before playing the band's 2004 breakout single "Maps." "This is dedicated to Stevie Wonder," she called out to the thousands of fans who showed up to catch the Yeah's set. The iconic R&B star was slated to follow the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Hangout Stage as the weekend's headliner." [MTV]---
Despite not having the most successful event either this year (rain) or last year (lines), a Channel 12 report claims GoogaMooga will be back in 2014. Meanwhile, BV Chicago reports that GoogaMooga might be coming to Chicago in August.
More Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos are below.