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New Order / Janelle Monae / Psychic TV / Shamir / Prince Rama
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Day for Night Festival

"What we're trying to do is create an immersive experience where moving throughout the festival grounds is as engaging as standing and staring at the stage," said Omar Afra, the Day for Night festival producer.

Reas, whose software, prints and installations have been featured in galleries globally, will showcase a television signal collage that highlights the most watched shows on a local Los Angeles station projected onto a 20-by-25-foot (6.1-by-7.6-metre) canvas.

"The idea is to create something which is already a visual assault and make it more of a literal visual assault," Reas said...

...Vincent Houze created a structure of gauzy black screens that act as a container of fog and serve as canvases for lava-lamp-like animations of water meant to mimic brain activity after going under general anesthesia. The exhibit will be controlled from his smartphone.

"Millennials are engaged every moment with the screen on the phone, the screen on the computer, video games and we feel like this is a long time coming for the world of music production to catch up with the way young people engage art and music," Afra said. - [Reuters]

Houston's inaugural Day for Night Festival happened over the weekend, which billed itself as an "evolution of light and sound," and featured an eclectic lineup that on day 1 (12/19) including New Order (who hadn't played the city since 1989), Janelle Monae, Philp Glass, Psychic TV, Battles, CocoRosie, Prince Rama and more. Acts played against digital art installations (there were more on the festival grounds, too) making for a rather unique experience.

We'll have pictures from the second day of Day for Night (with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, U.S. Girls and more) soon but you can check out lots more from day 1, below...

Continue reading "Houston's Day for Night Festival day 1 pics: New Order, Janelle Monae, Battles, Shamir, Psychic TV, CocoRosie & more"

"Tutti Fruiti" single art on the drawing board
New Order Tutti Fruiti

New Order will release "Tutti Fruiti" (featuring La Roux's Elly Jackson) as the official second single from their new album, Music Complete which will come with a handful of remixes, including one by Hot Chip who make the song a little more bleepy/bloopy. You can stream it below.

Hot Chip's "Tutti Fruiti" remix is also one of the first contributions to a new site, New Order's Singularity, which will feature artists talking about the band's wide-reaching influence. Alexis Taylor writes:

Whether it is walking the streets late at night with 'Thieves Likes Us' as my soundtrack, or having the pleasure of remixing their new single with Hot Chip, New Order will always be a huge part of my life. They are true pioneers who manage to strike a great balance between emotional sincerity on record and good natured, irreverent charm in person.
The site, which just launched, also features a New Order playlist from The Cure's Robert Smith, and testimonials from Factory Floor (New Order drummer Stephen Morris produced an early FF single) and Algiers.

Still no word on a North American tour, but New Order will play Houston, TX's Day for Night Festival which happens December 19 & 20 and also features Kendrick Lamar, Janaelle Monae, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Dillon Francis, Death Grips, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic TV, Cocorosie, Elephant, Holly Herndon, U.S. Girls, Prince Rama and more. Festival passes are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Related: Hot Chip just released a studio version of their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."

Continue reading "New Order share Hot Chip remix of "Tutti Fruiti," playing Day for Night fest in TX w/ Kendrick Lamar, Philip Glass, more"


Eccentric duo CocoRosie will release their sixth album this fall. While most details (like title and release date) are still TBA, you can watch a video previewing some new music below. Here's what they say about it:

This will be our sixth record! Like many of our past records, we wrote and gathered much of the material at our farm studio in the south of France with minimal equipment, vintage toys and antique instruments. Going back to a '4-track' style approach, we limited ourselves to essential, acoustic accompaniment, played by us, and select percussion, toys from our old suit cases dating back to the "La Maison" days. Unlike our more psychedelic/electronic explorations of the last two records, our latest songs have a dusty southern feel with old-timey poetry. We ended up in Argentina where we finished the recordings and mixed the record with engineer Nicolas Kalwill with whom we've worked on two previous records. The spirit of Buenos Aires added to our already teen-romance-nostalgic-mood where we spontaneously shot a music video casting over 30 local girls.
Bianca and Sierra Casady also announced tour dates, including US shows in Calfironia and NYC this September. The NYC show happens 9/25 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie announce sixth album and 2015 tour (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girls of Karen Black / Cocorosie / Antony et al @ Webster Hall 9/7/2014
The Girls of Karen Black

Last night (9/6) was the Future Feminism benefit at Webster Hall with performances by Cocorosie, Antony, The Girls of Karen Black and DJ Johanna Constantine. Apart from the Girls of Karen Black, there wasn't a lot of sloganeering, despite the occasion for the show, and the artists stuck mainly to the music. Antony only came out during Cocorosie's set, performing "You Are My Sister" (video below) and "Beautiful Boyz" plus a couple other songs as well. The night ended with group rendition of "Message in a Bottle." More pics from the show, plus video of Antony and Cocorosie's Sierra Casady performing "You Are My Sister," below...

Continue reading "Antony, Cocorosie, Girls of Karen Black & more played the Future Feminism benefit at Webster Hall (pics)"

Future Feminism
Future Feminism

As previously discussed, Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Cocorosie's Bianca and Sierra Casady have joined forces to form 'Future Feminism', "a call to arms to reorganize ourselves as a species and affirm archetypally feminine values."

UPDATE: We previously listed the "13 TENETS OF FUTURE FEMINISM" in this spot, but at the repeated request of the artists who tell us the list was not ready to be revealed yet, we have removed it.

A Future Feminism exhibition and event series will be taking place at The Hole (312 Bowery) from Sept 11 - 27, and the lineup for that has now been announced, which includes Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Lydia Lunch, No Bra, and more. Check out the full schedule below.

The opening night reception is on September 11 from 6 - 9 PM and Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Cocorosie will all be there. They'll also all be performing at the Future Feminism benefit which happens at Webster Hall on Sunday (9/7). Tickets for that are still available.

Full Future Feminism schedule is listed, along with a few more photos like the ones above, below...

Continue reading "Future Feminism events announced: Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Lydia Lunch, Antony, Cocorosie & more"

Cocorosie @ Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Cocorosie, Antony & Kembra Pfahler @ Tokion in 2005 (more)

Cocorosie have been somewhat quiet in 2014 after a very active 2013 that saw the sisters release a new album, tour Europe, play a small show at Paper Box, a big show at Webster Hall as part of another tour, and a free show at Brooklyn Bowl. They also played Webster Hall in 2012.

This month (on 8/23), you can catch them at the First City Festival in Monterey. It was their only scheduled 2014 date until now... Bianca and Sierra Casady will return to Webster Hall in NYC on September 7 (SOON), and with a very special show! They're getting the gang back together. The official NY show billing is: "CocoRosie with special guests: Antony & Kembra Pfahler And The Girls Of Karen Black, and guest Artist/DJ Johanna Constantine." If you're a fan and familiar with all those names, you're probably already clicking the ticket link. An exclusive BrooklynVegan presale starts NOW (8/12 at noon) and runs for 24 hours. The password is FUTUREFEMINISM. if you miss it, general sale begins Wednesday.

The NYC show is a benefit "in support of their upcoming exhibition FUTURE FEMINISM at The Hole on the Bowery (Sept 11-27)." That will feature "13 nights of lectures, conferences and performances in the gallery space". AND:

These 5 artists (Antony, Kembra, Johanna, Bianca & Sierra Casady) have developed a series of vivid tenets for FUTURE FEMINISM during 3 years of intensive retreats. Collectively, they represent a frontier feminist point of view. FUTURE FEMINISM is a call to arms to reorganize ourselves as a species and affirm archetypally feminine values. Tenet Number 1: THE SUBJUGATION OF WOMEN AND EARTH IS ONE IN THE SAME
Get your Webster Hall tickets (presale password: FUTUREFEMINISM).

For as long as I can remember, I've associated Cocorosie with their friend Antony Hegarty, in part thanks to Devendra Banhart. Antony's fame increased Cocorosie's fame, and they've opened for him countless times, collaborating all along the way. Antony, who appears on at least three Cocorosie albums, is that way with his artistic friends, and they're that way with him. Take Antony's 2005 Bowery Ballroom show as an example. At that one Antony joined Cocorosie for a song during their opening set which was before an interpretive dance by Antony's old friend Johanna Constantine which was before Antony's set which included guest appearances by both Boy George and Rufus Wainwright. The colorful Kembra Pfahler-led band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black covered an Antony song that same year which is the same year Antony, Kembra and Cocorosie got together for a creativity conference two days after Antony played Carnegie Hall with special guests Lou Reed (RIP) and Jimmy Scott (RIP). The list of examples like that goes on. Webster Hall in September will be a special one.

In related news, visual art by Antony will be on display as part of a group show called 'Works on Paper' at Sikema Jenkins Gallery (Sep. 2nd-Oct. 4th).

Related videos and songs and show flyer below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie playing 'Future Feminism' benefit show w/ Antony, Kembra Phahler & Johanna Constantine (BV presale now)"

by Ian Chainey

Helio Parallax cover art
Helio Parallax

Helio Parallax are a trio rooted in dub, skipping the laptops to do electronic music the analog way. Josh Werner (CocoRosie), Takuya Nakamura, and Marihito Ayabe (Dub Nomads) combine cavernous reverb, deep bass lines, and reggae/trip hop-y rhythms with stylish cool jazz. Bill Laswell's M.O.D. Technologies, who are releasing Helio Parallax's eponymous debut on CD/digital June 17 and vinyl July 15, call the fusion "Sci Fi Dub Noir," which is pretty accurate as far as PR taxonomy goes. If Scientist was tasked with the soundtrack to a Dark City remake, this would be it.

Still the appeal is the way the core musicians melt into each other. Werner's bass playing is particularly fluid, always instilling a sense of momentum. Nakamura wields his trumpet with economy, expressing himself more through tone than the number of notes. Ayabe's greatest tool is negative space, ensuring beats don't become cluttered. When they're joined by guests -- CocoRosie's Bianca Casady or Major Lazer's Jahdan Blakkamoore -- they work for the featured player instead of the other way around. The end result is a listen that doesn't sacrifice the vibe to shine a spotlight on the virtuosity.

To ring in the album, Helio Parallax will be having a record release show at Brooklyn's Union Pool on June 20 with White Bike. Admission prices and special guests are TBA.

The album details along with samples from Helio Parallax appear below...

Continue reading "Helio Parallax releasing an LP w/ mems of Cocorosie, Major Lazer (streams), celebrating at Union Pool"

photos by Chris La Putt

CocoRosie at Brooklyn Bowl - 11/10/13

In support of their new LP, Tales of a Grass Widow, eccentric art pop sister duo CocoRosie went on a North American tour that kicked off at NYC's Webster Hall in October and just wrapped up with another NYC show on Sunday (11/10) at the more intimate Brooklyn Bowl, part of the ongoing Sunday "School Night" series. Opening the show was former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams aka Arc Iris, the synthy Chain Gang of 1974, who you may have recently heard in the trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, and the uniquely talented Xenia Rubinos. David Byrne was in the audience. Maybe he was there to see if Xenia Rubinos would do her Talking Heads cover, though we only saw him watching headliner CocoRosie. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "CocoRosie, Xenia Rubinos, Chain Gang of 1974 & Arc Iris @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics & videos)"

CocoRosie at Paper Box in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

CocoRosie are currently on tour in support of their newest LP, Tales of a Grass Widow. That tour hit NYC for a big show at Webster Hall earlier this month (10/12), but they've since tacked on a much more intimate NYC show to the end of the tour. The quirky songwriters will play Brooklyn Bowl on November 10 with two other quirky songwriters, Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris (the new ANTI-signed project of ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams). It's one of those 'School Night!' shows which means it's totally FREE but you do have to RSVP. Updated CocoRosie dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.

Meanwhile, there's another 'School Night!' show happening even sooner. As discussed, Tennis are playing this Sunday (11/3) (one of their two upcoming NYC shows), and since we last spoke, it's been announced that Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic) and Chalk and Numbers are opening. There will also be listening parties for the new Tennis EP, Small Sound, and the new Cut Copy album. RSVP is still open for this free show.

Tennis have also just made their new EP available to stream on Pitchfork.

All CocoRosie dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "CocoRosie add free Brooklyn Bowl show w/ Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris to tour; openers announced for Tennis' show"

How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (FIDLAR & Nick Offerman, Coliseum, Vampire Weekend, Flaming Lips, Neko Case, BRGRTV & more)"

CocoRosie at Paper Box in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Art pop duo CocoRosie released their new album, Tales of a Grass Widow, this past May, which they came to NYC a bit beforehand to preview the new material at an intimate Brooklyn show. Now the band are set to embark on a full North American tour, which brings them to NYC for a much larger show at Webster Hall on October 12. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.

All dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of their new album, below...

Continue reading "CocoRosie announce tour, playing Webster Hall (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield


"I am in a band with my sister called CocoRosie. We sing and dance and play instruments. In one sentence I can't seem to sum up anything. We are about to release our fifth album. We have been a band for 10 years." [Bianca to The Independent]
Cocorosie will head out on a month-long European tour later this month (dates below), but first they played a one-off hometown show at the Paper Box in East Williamsburg where they previewed songs from Tales Of A GrassWidow, their new album out May 28th. We have some pictures and a video from the Brooklyn show, along with their official video for new song "After the Afterlife". Check it all out below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie played new songs @ Paper Box (pics, setlist, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: CocoRosie - "Gravediggress" (MP3)

CocoRosie at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

CocoRosie haven't released a full length album since 2010's Grey Oceans, but after last year's "We Are On Fire" b/w "Tearz for Animals" (ft. Antony Hegarty) single, they're back with a new album, Tales Of A Grass Widow, which is due out on May 28 via CIty Slang. It features "Tearz for Animals," along with two newer singles, "Gravediggress" and "After the Afterlife," both of which you can stream below (and download the former above). Like other groups who were once considered "freak folk," CocoRosie continue to move away from their roots on the new album, which, if the sound of these two singles is any indication, has a pretty strong hip hop/R&B influence. The album art and tracklist are below too.

CocoRosie will be supporting the new album after its release with a European tour, but before it comes out, they'll play a one-off in NYC to preview the new material on May 10 at The Paper Box. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the song streams, album art, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "CocoRosie releasing new album, playing one-off in NYC before European tour (dates, song streams)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Fools Gold Anniversary at MHoW
Gretchen Robinette's top 10 of 2012

Gretchen Robinette has contritued her thoughts on favorite photos that she took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Ghostface, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen and more. Check out more shots from the uber-talented Robinette below.

Her set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, Chris La Putt and Ryan Muir.

More photos are below.

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Cocorosie / Jean Grae
2012 Tinderbox Festival
2012 Tinderbox Festival

The third annual Tinderbox Music Festival went down across three stages at Webster Hall this past Sunday (11/11). The festival aims to showcase "powerful, diverse, and innovative female artists and female-fronted bands" and this year's fest included Cocorosie, Jean Grae, Selebrities, Sirius Plan, Mal Blum (who plays Mercury Lounge on 12/11 with Zoe Boekbinder and tickets go on sale Monday [11/19] at noon), and more.

The festival doubles as a benefit show, and like in past years proceeds went to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Girls Write Now, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, but due to recent circumstances, this year they also donated part of the proceeds to New York Cares to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Glamour Magazine talked to Sierra from Cocorosie right after the show:

Glamour: How do you feel right now after this amazing performance?

Sierra: I feel very lucky. I feel really blessed. The main thing we try to do is find our fear and run towards it. So lucky to have [Bianca] because there have been moments when I didn't have the courage to go through what I have, so I feel great. There are artists who have to do this, totally solo. I don't think I could do that, so working with fear is a big thing for me. For young artists and women, working with fear is probably what inspires us the most.

What, what was the question? Read the rest of the interview at Glamour (yes, Glamour).

More pictures of many of the artists who played the festival, Cocorosie crowdsurfing included, and a few videos, below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie, Jean Grae, Selebrities & more played the Tinderbox Music Fest at Webster Hall (pics & video)"

CocoRosie at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Tinderbox Music Festival, whose mission is to showcase innovative female artists and donate 100% of the proceeds to organizations empowering women in music, is returning to NYC this year, and unlike 2010's at Southpaw and 2011's at Knitting Factory, this year it takes place at the much larger Webster Hall on November 11 and CocoRosie will be headlining. No other details have been announced yet, so stay tuned for more to come.

There will also be a fundraiser for the festival which happens on September 13 at The Lounge at Wework (177 Lafayette St at Grand St) with Nellie McKay, Alyson Greenfield, and Dawn Landes' band The Bandana Splits. $50 tickets for the fundraiser are on sale now. The flier for the fundraiser is below.

CocoRosie resurfaced this year with a new single on Touch & Go (for whom the release was also a comeback). If you haven't heard the Dave Sitek-produced "We Are On Fire" or its Antony-featuring b-side, "Tearz for Animals," you can check them both out below.

Continue reading "CocoRosie headlining Tinderbox Music Fest at Webster Hall; Nellie McKay, Bandanda Splits & others playing the fundraiser"


It's been two years since Cocorosie's last album, the wildly divisive Grey Oceans. The Casady sisters are back with a new David Sitek-produced single, "We Are On Fire," which was released this week on Touch & Go, the label's first release since cutting distribution in 2009. There is a striking (and expensive-looking) new video for the song as well, directed by Emma Freema, which you can watch below. The single's b-side, "Tearz for Animals," features vocals by Antony Hegarty and you can stream that below too.

While no East Coast dates have been announced, Cocorosie do have a few California shows lined up and those dates are below.

Continue reading "Cocorosie released a video for their new single (watch); Antony sings on the b-side (stream)"

Cocorosie @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn venue Glasslands have booked a pretty impressive list of upcoming shows this month and next. We've already mentioned last night's John Maus show, the John Maus show coming in June, tonight's Julliana Barwick/Helado Negro show, Adventure and Pat Jordache (5/14), Cymbals Eat Guitars (5/20), an acoustic show with Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles (5/27), and Love Inks (6/2).

Most notably, in addition to those, CocoRosie play Glasslands on May 23. At the moment it is their only US show before heading to Europe for a July tour. Openers TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Princeton play Glasslands on Wednesday, May 11 with High Highs, New Villager, and Ivana XL, before they open for CSS and Sleigh Bells at Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/12) and Bowery Ballroom (5/15). Tickets are on sale now.

High Highs also play a show on May 19th with Acrylics and Junip at Bowery Ballroom, and they open for Memoryhouse at two NYC shows in June. All dates are listed below.

Xylos, McDonalds, Mansions & Junipers, and Flashlights are playing Glasslands on May 12. Tickets are on sale now.

Dirty Beaches @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dirty Beaches

Dirty Beaches plays Glasslands with Psychedelic Horseshit, Pterodactyl, and Beige on May 13 (tickets), a day after they play Mercury Lounge with Widowspeak (5/12). All tour dates, South Street Seaport included, are listed below.

White Mystery, who just released their sophomore full length Blood & Venom, play Glasslands on May 17 as the kick off to a 5-night NYC run that looks like this:

05/17/11 Glasslands Brooklyn, New York
05/18/11 Generation Records New York, New York
05/19/11 Public Assembly Brooklyn, New York
05/20/11 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
05/21/11 Brooklyn Fireproof Brooklyn, New York
Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. All of their dates and a NYC show flyer, below.

My Teenage Stride play an early show at Glasslands on May 21 with Sea Lions, Beachniks, The Surprisers, and Plains. No advanced tickets for that one, or for the free show they're playing at South Street Seaport this summer.

French Horn Rebellion, who recently released Infinite Music Of French Horn Rebellion, are playing Glasslands on May 26 for their album release party. The show is being opened by Savoir Adore, who play Brooklyn Museum on 5/13 and the In Vino Wine Bar on June 26 (Tickets). Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. French Horn Rebellion are on tour with Yelle now.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are currently on tour with Portugal. The Man and Telekinesis play their own show at Glasslands on June 4, one day after they play Webster Hall with those bands. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are releasing their self titled debut on June 21 via Fat Possum. Hear three songs off the album on Fat Possum's website. Tickets are on sale now for the Brooklyn show with with Balkans + more TBA. Updated dates are below.

The Beets (maybe you saw them Saturday at Cake Shop) play Glasslands on June 24. Openers TBA. Tickets on sale now. Meanwhile they are out on tour.

Videos and dates below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie, Princeton, White Mystery, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dirty Beaches, Savoir Adore & other shows"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Gay Mormon Kissing Club

Going into last night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/15), I admit I had little idea of what to expect not only from CocoRosie, but from the extravagantly worded opener as well. (To borrow the phrasing of the Bowery Presents event listing, the opening act was a "Gay Mormon Kissing Club DJ Set with special guests Nomi Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Laundrymatters and Rebecca Wright.") This was clearly more than a straight-forward DJ set.

As if attempting to live up to the frenetic nature of the description, the "DJ Set" was a wild mixture of music manipulation and performance art. I arrived about midway through the set - not long enough to witness all of the 'special guests,' but with plenty of time to get a sense of the strange scene. Immediately upon entering the room I was so distracted by the spectacle on stage of the two DJs - their faces obscured by multiple scarves and handkerchiefs - that the music blaring through the speakers became only ancillary. After quite a performance, which involved an angry monologue set in part to Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (and a host of other attention grabbers), the stage cleared and the crowd pushed forward.

In between the sets, the stage was adorned by a number of Mylar helium balloons that depicted mixed messages. (Was it someone's birthday? No wait. That one said "Get Well Soon" and another - "It's a Girl!") Though the meaning of the balloons was never made clear, the stage was set for a theatrical and highly spirited performance.

Sisters Bianca (Mom called her 'Coco') and Sierra (you guessed it, 'Rosie') Casady create an intriguing combination of hip hop and "freak folk", and their live show is certainly a spectacle worth witnessing. Set to a background of swirling, carnivalesque projections, their first song began with a lovely little piano intro. Then, enter Tez, the skinny, hipster-glasses-framed beatboxer, and Sierra on vox. Like a woodland nymph, Sierra danced around the stage, singing sweetly.

Sure, the dancing, sound effects (cue haunted house noise), outfits (Bianca had a severed ponytail hanging from the front of her dress), and beatboxing were a bit over-the-top at times, but the sisters seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves on stage. These were not cool, aloof, self-appointed divas. One look at Sierra's huge smile between songs made this abundantly clear. As if performing for the first time, the girl could not contain her glee, and the effect was charming.

Midway through their set, Sierra and Bianca left the stage to Tez, whose impressively powerful beatboxing quickly caused technical problems. No more than a few minutes into his performance, his mic gave out. He began again, after a quick apology and some assistance from the tech guy, but his new mic gave out even more quickly than before, and he bashfully welcomed the others back on stage.

Apparently, the short break had been enough time for a costume change - at least for Bianca who now wore a satin bustier. For the second half of their set, the number of performers nearly doubled thanks to the welcome addition of a 4-piece horns section. Invigorated by the additional force of the brass, CocoRosie delivered an impassioned performance, that began with the song "Hopscotch" and concluded with "Lemonade."

Though their stage personalities seem to greatly vary, the dynamic and highly collaborative nature of their music makes for a compelling scene. Throughout the show, they switched off vocal duties regularly, Sierra's operatic vibrato interestingly pitted against Bianca's spoken word raps.

The crowd's fanaticism following the conclusion of CocoRosie's set was impressive. The floor was shaking due to all the clapping, cheering, and stomping... but of course, the room was filled with admirers who had willingly (and even lovingly) paid the steep $30 entry fee. It's no secret that the merits of CocoRosie are stringently debated in the blogosphere. Between Bianca's baby-talk voice, and the duo's bizarre theatrical personas, the Casady sisters make music people love to hate. But then again - how many fans would stick around long enough and cheer enthusiastically enough to invoke a second encore... and how many artists would be gracious enough to respond to the call?

Cocorosie are now on tour. More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie & Gay Mormon Kissing Club played Music Hall (pics)"

CocoRosie @ Terminal 5 in June (more by Zachary Alex Stern)

For me Cocorosie's new album Grey Oceans is perhaps the most important new music coming out of the US this year. It is no surprise that as the sea turns black in the gulf with no end in sight in the midst of the biggest ecological disaster in US history, CocoRosie are the only ones to hit the zeitgeist with an album filled with psychic omniscience, entitled "Grey Oceans." And yet it seems to be the album the indie US press doesn't want to talk about. Bianca and Sierra Casady paints pictures of lost children across a broken land, feral, elemental spirits who roam the dreamscapes of our world, naming perpetrators, painting their memories, recovering and reclaiming power. They are unafraid to manifest their vision that the application of magical creativity could be a balm for aching souls in a struggling world. They take risks that no other artists in the scene dare to, and the (predominantly white hetero male) music press punishes them for it. In the artistic community, CocoRosie are treasured. Their costumes and visual aesthetics are a vital part of their expression, revealing further illustration of their ideas and their inspirations and creating a striking format for the shamanistic shapeshifting that occurs in their live performances (in some ways they are the feminist branch of a voyage that Animal Collective in their boyish and heralded way have undertaken in parallel) and yet as women Cocorosie are dismissed because their visual presentation frustrates many male writers' abilities to sexualize them. Who are you assigning to think on your behalf? [Antony Hegarty via Stereogum on CocoRosie]
CocoRosie will be playing a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon.

Around the same time in 2009, the sisters played Highline Ballroom, and earlier this year they brought their new album, Grey Oceans, to Terminal 5. The new Brooklyn show is part of Cocorosie's upcoming North American fall tour. Before then, they're in China in August - and after, they're in Europe.

All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Cocorosie, defended by Antony, announce more tour dates"

photos by Zachary Alex Stern


Cocorosie's latest album, Grey Oceans, was released on May 11th by Sub Pop. Exactly one month later (this past Friday night), they headlined a show at Terminal 5 in NYC. Their friend Diane Cluck opened the show. Pictures and videos from the show, and more dates (they're on the road until July 2nd), below...

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Frightened Rabbit @ LPR acoustic in 2009 (more by Jonny Leather)
Frightened Rabbit

tonight in NYC
* Hanson (night 3!) @ Gramercy
* Heavy Trash @ The Saint (NJ)
* Hole, Little Fish @ Terminal 5
* Tracy Bonham @ Galapagos Art Space
* Frightened Rabbit @ Sound Fix Records
* Josh Rouse, The Woes @ The Bell House
* Willie Mays, Radical Sons @ Don Pedro
* N.E.R.D., Jay Electronica @ Irving Plaza
* Big Soda, Big Eyes, Nude Beach @ Coco 66
* VV Brown, MNDR, Class Actress @ Bowery Ballroom
* Taylor Hollingsworth, Mia Riddle @ Union Hall
* Frightened Rabbit, Maps and Atlases @ Webster Hall
* Tao Seeger Band, The Morgues, Cassandra Jenkins @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Morning Benders, Twin Sister, Twin Shadow, Papa @ Mercury Lounge
* Chiara String Quartet play Steve Reich and more @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Mottel/Dahl/Nilson/Fox, El Topo, Priestbird, Living Sacrifice, Spider @ Pianos
* Pod Blotz & Zaimph, Purple Haze, MV Carbon, Driphouse, Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt @ Death By Audio
* Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander, Text of Light (Alan Licht & Lee Ranaldo), Transgendered Jesus @ Santos Party House

From Santos: Charles S. Cohen, executive producer of Academy Award nominated film Frozen River, is celebrated at this Film-makers cooperative benefit concert. Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander, Text of Light, and Transgendered Jesus will perform live along with films from the cooperative's collection.

The Chiara String Quartet's program at Santos tonight includes Steve Reich's Different Trains, Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 2 and Anton Webern's Five Pieces for String Quartet. Tickets are on sale.

Frightened Rabbit, after having a bit of trouble getting into the country at the beginning of their tour, are here today to play two NYC shows. At 6:30 you can catch them play afree acoustic show at Sound Fix. Then later tonight they headline a sold out Webster Hall.

Did the MNDR and Class Actress show at The Studio at Webster Hall even happen last night? Regardless, both acts open for VV Brown at Bowery Ballroom tonight.

The Morning Benders complete their April series of NYC shows tonight at Mercury Lounge. Twin Sister open up for them. Members of Twin Sister opened up for them (playing in Holiday Shores) Saturday night at Music Hall.

A trailer for the album Cocorosie is releasing on Sub Pop can be watched and listened to below...

A video of Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore performing "My Wealth Comes To Me" live on KEXP, below...

What else?

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"For those of you not already well-acquainted with the band, CocoRosie are two American-born sisters, Sierra and Bianca, who started making music together in Paris in 2003. Their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve, was released in 2004 and their second album, Noah's Ark, followed in 2005. Their third and most recent album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, came out in 2007. All three of these albums were released worldwide on Touch and Go Records and earned positive critical acclaim both overseas and at home.

The nomadic duo (currently and temporarily residing in New Mexico) spent much of 2008 writing and recording in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Berlin, New York, and Paris, finding amazing and diverse musicians to collaborate along the way. The result is their 11-song Sub Pop debut, Grey Oceans, due out May 11th, 2010." - Sub Pop

That's a picture of the cover art above. And if the signing news wasn't enough to convince you that Cocorosie are back and being taken seriously, check out the location of their next headlining NYC show. They play the 3000+ capacity Terminal 5 on June 11th. $25 advanced tickets go on sale Friday at noon. All currently known dates and the new album tracklist below...

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On September 2nd CocoRosie will kick of their first North American tour in over two years. Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady will be joined by bassist Josh Werner and beatboxer Spleen on 14 dates in the US and Canada. Included in their set will be material from their new album, slated for a 2010 release.
The previously announced September 2nd date at NYC's Highline Ballroom is the first date of the tour. Tickets are still on sale. All dates (with a few live videos from European shows earlier this year) below...

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