Entries tagged with: Crystal Antlers
by Andrew Sacher
The Dirty Nil (photo by Jonathan Ely Cass)
Canadian rockers The Dirty Nil already have some killer singles/EPs, and they're set to release another EP, Smite, in January. The new single from that EP is the rippin' "Nicotine," which is an under-2-minute blast of punk speed and aggression with a quick mid-section of J Mascis-worthy riffage. The song and its video premiere in this post, and we highly recommend checking it out below.
The Dirty Nil were supposed to cross the border for their first US show opening for Crystal Antlers at Glasslands tonight (10/28), but unfortunately visa issues have forced them to drop off. The show is still going on as planned though, and The Dirty Nil have been replaced by another solid Canadian punk band, PUP, in addition to Brooklyn's Vasillus. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, PUP just joined another Canadian punk band, Fucked Up, at a Halifax Pop Explosion show last week (10/24). After opening the show, PUP came on stage during FU's encore to back Damian Abraham during "Queen of Hearts."
Video of the Fucked Up/PUP collaboration, along with the new Dirty Nil video and the updated list of Crystal Antlers tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Crystal Antlers at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Long Beach rockers Crystal Antlers are set to release their third album, Nothing Is Real, on October 14 via Innovative Leisure. It's the followup to 2011's Two-Way MIrror and 2009's Tentacles. Check out the video for first single "Rattlesnake," directed by C.R. Stecyk III (Lords of Dogtown), at the bottom of this post.
Crystal Antlers have also announced a tour, which kicks off right after the album's release, and comes to NYC for a show on October 28 at Glasslands. That show is with another group who rawks, The Dirty Nil, one of the Canadian bands Greys told us they're fans of. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that video and a Dirty Nil stream, below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Crystal Antlers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
"The [Crystal] Antlers's new Two-Way Mirror (Recreation Ltd.) offers more proof of a band that could aim for tight songwriting if they pleased, but chose to do otherwise. The whiny organ in "Way Out" and the skronky sax in "Always Afraid" are more about mood and texture than about conventionally handsome sounds. At the same time, Antlers' music is growing more sonorous and confident with experience: "Summer Solstice" has a smart, relatively clean melody, and "Jules' Story" moves with the inexorability of a tide." [Boston Phoenix]Long Beach band the Crystal Antlers, who played House of Vans in Brooklyn over the summer, are on tour with WU LYF and warmed up the crowd in an energetic way last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. If you missed it, Crystal Antlers play a show of their own at Pianos in Manhattan tonight (11/9) with the Wooden Sky who are in from Ontario.
All tour dates, some songs, and more pictures from their opening set in Brooklyn last night, below...
Glass Candy @ House of Vans
Man Man brought their own big top into town last night (8/4) at House of Vans, complete with balloons, neon, kazoos, $40 long-underwear, and over the top outfits as part of a one-off with Glass Candy and Crystal Antlers. Man Man's live show, which pretty much hasn't changed for as far back as I can remember, is basically a schtick-y circus on stage. And just like a five-year old coming off a cotton candy sugar-high at the circus, I was bored almost instantaneously. All of the members of Man Man are highly capable musicians (especially drummer Pow Pow), but their vaudevillian polka-funk is hardly enough to stick in the brain longer than the moment you walk out of the venue doors.
Supporting acts fared much better. Glass Candy, despite a live show that consisted of vocalist Ida No doing an impression that I'd equate with Karen O in a Jazzercise class, were definitely more interesting. The sugar-y electro-pop jems were fun and though the House of Vans sound system can be unforgiving, sounded great. First band Crystal Antlers' psych-pop was also rewarding, with the band performing their organ-heavy space-jams to a relatively modest crowd. Glass Candy was my favorite of the three, mostly due to my incoming familiarity with Crystal Antlers.
Catch Crystal Antlers at Glasslands on Saturday night (8/6), with Gary War, Team Robespierre, and Balkans. Tickets are still available. Tickets are also now on sale for the show Crystal Antlers are playing with WU LYF at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
More pictures from House of Vans are below.
Crystal Antlers at SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously mentioned, Crystal Antlers are also sticking around and playing Glasslands on Saturday (8/6) with Gary War, who according to John Maus (who has issued an apology for being mean to record stores), gives "one of the most uncompromising performances [he's] seen in a while." Team Robespierre and Balkans are also on the bill. Tickets are still available.
Crystal Antlers' new LP Two Way Mirror is out now via Recreation Ltd. You can purchase it in many different formats directly from the band at their website and stream the entire thing at Grooveshark. Check out their new video for the album's title track below.
Crystal Antlers will tour in support of the album this November when they open for WU LYF on the UK band's just-announced tour. As mentioned, that tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon and are currently available for those with AmEx cards.
All dates and video below...
Crystal Antlers will release their new LP Two-Way Mirror on July 19th. You can stream the whole thing now at Grooveshark. The band, currently in residency at The Echo in LA, will visit NYC in August to play a free show at House of Vans and another Brooklyn show one day day later, August 6th at Glasslands with Team Robespierre and Balkans. Tickets are on sale. All dates and a video for one of the songs off the new LP, below...
Man Man at Metro (more by Grant Macallister)
As promised the July 29th free House of Vans show will feature sets by Fucked Up & Cro-Mags (who just played Bowery), but that has also expanded to include both Screaming Females and Pissed Jeans. RSVP is open for this mindblowing FREE show. Screaming Females also play a FREE show with Ted Leo this weekend.
The August 4th lineup has also been revealed and it is Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers. RSVP is also open for that free Brooklyn show.
Details on the final two shows at House of Vans, August 18th and 25th, are still forthcoming, but we hear Big Freedia is a strong possibility for one of them. Meanwhile catch Superchunk, Off! and Lemuria there on Thursday, July 14.
The new flyer and more Man Man, Glass Candy & Screaming Females dates below...
Omar Souleyman at MHoW last year (more by Lori Baily)
Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is returning to the states this summer and has added a June 12th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Ali Shaker. That NYC gig is in addition to previously announced dates at Bonnaroo, Chaos in Tejas and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tickets to the Brooklyn show go on AmEx presale Wednesday morning, and then on general sale Friday (4/15).
In related news, Austin festival Chaos In Tejas has made some major moves recently, adding Baroness, Citizens Arrest, Crystal Antlers, The Donkeys, Burning Love, and Trap Them to the fold and losing one band, Low Threat Profile. To pick up tickets for individual shows or a pass for the whole event, head to the Chaos in Tejas page.
Current Chaos in Tejas flyer, all set times, and all Souleyman tour dates are below.
words by BBG, photos by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Millenial Reign - Luminous Veil (MP3)
Fucked Up at MWTX, 3/20/10
A389 Records have released their new label sampler, downloadable to one and all, with some fierce and antisocial hardcore, a good portion of which is currently unreleased. The free comp features faves like Integrity, Pulling Teeth (the previously discussed "Grudgeholder") Gehenna, Ringworm, Seraphim (we posted one track, a second appears on the comp), Gluttons (the previously posted "Point Break"), The Love Below, Triac, Hatewaves (we posted one track, includes a second hilarious track "Facebook Abuser"), Oak... the list goes on and on. Download it now with the code "A3892010".
One of the more notable bands (that I didn't just rattle off) from that compilation is the Fucked Up side project known as Millenial Reign:
After five years of promising each other that they would start a "clevo" style band [ED: as in Cleveland hardcore like Integrity, Ringworm, Pale Creation, etc] one day, Jordan (ex No Warning) and Damian (Fucked Up) finally just said fuck it and did it with the help of Jesse (ex No Warning). This band is about old friends getting together and playing heavy music again.The project is not a new one though. According to A389 label head (and Pulling Teeth guitarist) Dom who said that the recording "was supposed to come out years ago on another label but fell through the cracks." Download the first Millenial Reign track from the forthcoming Bones... Dust... Nothing 7" above.
Fucked Up played a bunch of shows at SXSW including the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on 3/17, the previously mentioned surprise show on Beerland's patio on 3/18, and the MWTX Party on the rainy/freezing Saturday (3/20) (with Gwar). Not-yetpublished sets of pictures from the latter two, below...
Will Sheff & Roky Erickson
"Welcome to Montreal -- how do you like the Weather?" - Martin Cesar, Think About Life.
After three lovely days of sunny, mild weather, the skies went grey and cold for the last day of SXSW, Saturday, March 20th, with temperatures dropping to around 45 degrees. Almost no one seemed prepared for it, judging by the throngs of under-dressed shivering all over town. With a lot of the Austin venues being outdoor, it especially hurt. Our final party of a very busy week of parties was a free badge-less official SXSW event that we did with the M for Montreal folks, at the two-stage Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room & Bourbon Rocks). The main stage was outside -- under a tent, which helped just a little -- and while temperatures were low, spirits were high and it was maybe the most fun I had all week.
My favorite set of the day came early. Think About Life are so much fun live, so much genuine positivity, it's hard to be in a bad mood with them on stage. An instant hangover cure. I think this was the first time a lot of the audience had ever seen them play, if the number of people who asked me who they were was any indication. At one point singer Martin Cesar left the stage as if their set was over, only to appear in the middle of the crowd dancing, hyping people up. That they didn't do "Johanna" is my only complaint. NYers can see them on April 27 when Think About Life play Mercury Lounge. It's part of a fairly extensive U.S. tour, do go see them.
I was also super-pumped to see The Besnard Lakes whose new album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is pretty fantastic. Specifically, I wanted to hear its epic opener, "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," and have it knock me back. Like a lot of Montreal bands, The Besnard Lakes' line-up ebbs and flows. Theirs does so around the core of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. I've seen them seven strong before, but here they were a lean mean quartet and did not disappoint. They're on tour in May, including a 5/28 show at Bowery Ballroom.
Another set I knew would be fun was Montreal's Duchess Says who played one of our CMJ day parties last year. While their more aggressive take on Devo-style protopunk is fun, it's all about singer Annie Claude who looks very cute and innocent... until the music starts. She shrieks, jumps in the audience, tackles people, pulls them to the floor, and causes general mayhem. It's more mischief than menace though. There are lots of other singers who do similar things, but never anything quite like her. After you've seen them once, part of the fun is watching other people experience them for the first time. The inside room was packed to the gills (it was warmer there). My favorite part of the show had her sitting down in the middle of the audience, methodically pulling people down with her, draping their arms over her into a giant pile of people. There's video at the bottom of this post.
The other major highlight for me was Roky Erickson with Okkervill River. I'd never seen him before and this was certainly a great live introduction to someone whose music I've loved for a long time. Will Sheff produced Roky's new album (first in 14 years) and Okkervill was his backing band on it, so the set was tight, rocking and just sounded fantastic. Roky was in great form too, and we got a few 13th Floor Elevators nuggets in there, as well as "Starry Eyes," one of my favorites of his solo material. They tour in May including a show at Webster Hall.
And there was lots more: the great Wye Oak kicked off the party with a lovely set despite cold fingers; Jason Collett was a class act with superbly-crafted country-pop (see video of his set below); Crystal Antlers filled in for BEAST who couldn't make it; Andrew WK was in full Meatloaf mode with a set of piano ballads; Plants and Animals were lush and harmony-laden; metal legends Voivod showed they've still got it; and a percussion-heavy set from L.A.'s Local Natives was probably the biggest draw of the day -- they were excellent.
Somehow I entirely missed sets by Holy Fuck (who I heard were great) and Suckers (who I've seen before many times here in NYC). A last minute addition, Nardwuar was there too, providing funny, heavily-researched band introductions as only he can. It was a great, if cold, day. Stay tuned for his video interview of Will and Roky.
Thanks to everyone who helped put this all together, and to our sponsors. More pictures and videos from the whole day below...
Nebula @ a BV CMJ show (more by Paul Birman)
Though we otherwise had an amazing day party at Emo's on Wednesday, I was hit with some unfortunate news around 2pm. GZA wasn't making it due to "issues at Newark Airport". Scheduled to go on at 4:30pm after The Black Angels and before Fucked Up, we scrambled to come up with a solution. Not sure we could pull off a hip hop replacement, BV-SXSW veterans Deer Tick seemed like they might rush in and fill the slot, but that ended up not being a reality so, partially due to the advice of the venue, we decided to just extend the sets of the other bands including Titus Andronicus. I then got a text that Wu-Tang affiliates Killah Priest and 9th Prince were in town to perform with Gza and could still make it over. Too late to really do their own full set, Damian from Fucked Up was more than happy to let the two rappers on stage a few minutes into Fucked Up's set (with Fucked Up as their backing band). Paying tribute to ODB, the mini surprise performance was great and quickly made me forget that we had to tell a packed house that one of the headliners wasn't playing after all. Check out a video clip from it below.
In other cancellation news, Human Eye still lists four Austin shows on his MySpace, but I'm told they are all cancelled including the one scheduled for the BrooklynVegan Anso Presents show happening at Spider House Cafe today (3/18). Turbo Fruits will take their place. See you there at noon!
When you have 91 bands playing shows at a festival as hectic as SXSW (and that doesn't count Monday's NYC gig where we had
five four more), I guess cancellations are somewhat to be expected. And there's more. I found out this morning that Beast didn't make it out of Canada. The good news? Crystal Antlers, who we also hosted two CMJs in a row, will take their place on our BV/M For Montreal bill.
Not done yet. Tee Pee band Nebula broke up, thus changing their plan to head to Austin to play five shows. Naturally one of those shows was a BV (Attitude Adjustment at Red 7). Replacement still TBA, and assuming the break up sticks, full tour (March 27th at Pianos included) cancellation still TBA too
Get to BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW to see our entire schedule. Killah Priest video below...
interview & Cake Shop photos by Gabi Porter
The Soft Pack @ Cake Shop
The Soft Pack celebrated the release of their self-titled debut LP on Kemado records at the Cake Shop on the Lower East Side of New York on Friday (2/5) with a free and packed midnight show. We had the chance to chat with lead singer Matt Lamkin after the show and before the boys from San Diego hit the road on a tour of the US and Europe that will finally wrap up at Coachella in April.
That interview and more pictures from Cake Shop below...
photos by Rachel Carr
As previously mentioned, The Soft Pack (previously the Muslims) "did ten shows in one day in L.A. on January 30th with the help of FYFest's veggie oil powered bus." Photographer Rachel Carr spent the whole day with them. Check out the rest of her pictures (and a reposted video) below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
"We missed the [Big Pink]'s New York debut last June but made sure to be front and center for the first of the two New York stops on their current North American tour at Bowery Ballroom last Thursday night. California's Crystal Antlers added an extra psychedelic garage twist to the night, with their supporting set at 10PM.That review comes from Thursday's Bowery Ballroom show. The tour ended at Music Hall of Williamsburg one night later. The pictures in this post are from that last one (though we missed Von Haze who opened both nights). How were the shows?
Shortly after Crystal Antlers left the stage, preparations were made with stage hands carrying fog juice, strobe lights and spraying aerosol cans before the lights dimmed at 11PM. The 9-song set kicked off amid a foggy strobe-light attack with Too Young to Love and hit it's high notes mid-set with Velvet and Crystal Visions before closing with an epic drum smashing sing-a-long for Dominos.
Unlike what was going on in the audience, The Big Pink's live set was a refreshing and straight-forward performance with very little banter. We left Bowery Ballroom very pleased with the live translation and stage presence from the duo and their supporting band members. The set could have been a bit longer with possibly a few covers but maybe next time!" [Tastes Like Caramel]
Crystal Antlers are still on the road, and it was just announced that the Big Pink will be back to tour North America again in March with support from A Place to Bury Strangers. That new tour hits Webster Hall on March 30th (tickets on sale soon) and the smaller Maxwell's in Hoboken two days before that (on March 28th) (tickets on sale Friday). All dates and more pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...
Crystal Antlers @ CMJ 09 (more by Paul Birman)
Crystal Antlers are in the middle of their two-night NYC run opening for The Big Pink at Bowery Ballroom (Thursday night) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (Friday).
They'll cap it off Friday night by walking across the street to play a second Brooklyn show at Cameo with Soren Well and others.
UPDATE: Crystal Antlers say the Cameo show isn't happening.
The Big Pink tour runs until December 6th in Philly. From there Crystal Antlers team up with Audacity for a bunch more touring before the end of the year. All dates and the Cameo flyer below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Von Haze - Sooner or Later (MP3)
Brooklyn duo Von Haze (Travis Caine on guitar and Katherine Ki on synth) will open both NYC shows for the Big Pink/Crystal Antlers tour currently making its way across North America. The first will be Thursday, December 3rd at Bowery Ballroom, and the second December 4th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both are still on sale.
The songs up on their MySpace are part Brightblack Morning Light-style organ meditations, part goth rockers. The song "Sooner or Later," above, goes in another direction with 7 minutes of flickering metallic beat underneath lightly harmonized voices. Judging by the live clip below, the band seems looser and more jammy with instruments in hand...
words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman
Goes Cube outside Fontana's
Goes Cube has scheduled a headlining show for TONIGHT (10/29) at Southpaw with Rumanian Buck, The Unawares, and Elyas Khan. The show is one of two that the band has scheduled in the next week, the second being with Outbreak, Hour Of The Wolf, Violent Bullshit, & Descender at Cake Shop on 11/3. More dates at the bottom of our pre-CMJ interview with the band.
Goes Cube was one of five bands that played the eclectic lineup at the BrooklynVegan Day Party on 10/23 at Fontana's (part of a full day which continued on at the same venue). From tribal psychedelic punk (Crystal Antlers) to full-on stoner riffery (Nebula, Naam) to post-hardcore thunder (Goes Cube) to the punky and spunky (Ume), the day was chock full of killer performances.
Ume started the day with their poppy and suprisingly heavy take on 90s post-punk that is both powerful and charming. Outside of her devilish coo, Lauren is an enigmatic guitarist; all flailing hair, swinging arms, and wild movements. If this band didn't have such catchy songs, you'd probably be content just watching.
Goes Cube was next on the bill, and as semi-old hands in the NYC scene, it's to be expected that this band delivered a heavy and passionate performance. Kudos to Goes Cube, and make sure and get out to see the local boys soon at one of their many upcoming dates.
Naam followed, balancing stoner riffery, psychedelia, and punishing power- there's a reason why they get attached to so many great bills in our city. Nebula headlined the day, playing their take on cali- psych with a new drummer Adam Kriney (La Otracina) in tow following the recent departure of Rob Oswald back to Karma To Burn. If you dig bluesy psychedelia delivered with power, Naam and Nebula are both for you.
Crystal Antlers are veterans of our Day Show, so we knew that catchy songs and punk bombast would be as great as ever. The show of one of THREE that day for Crystal Antlers, so our heartfelt thanks goes out to this hardworking band.
More pictures from the show below...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Antlers - "Andrew" (MP3)
Crystal Antlers @ Pianos, CMJ 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
We're happy to welcome Crystal Antlers to the lineup of the free BrooklynVegan day show at Fontana's on 10/23! This will be the second year in a row the LBC band played a BrooklynVegan day party during CMJ, and this completes our Friday day show lineup, which looks like this:
* NebulaSet times TBA, flyer below,and for those keeping score at home, that's FIVE bands playing a FREE show with FREE Miller beer (and Vitamin Water) (while it lasts)! No-brainer?
* Crystal Antlers
* Goes Cube
Stick around after the show because the BV-BBG/Relapse Records showcase happens at the same venue 30 minutes later.
Crystal Antlers are currently touring (their asses) off in support of Tentacles, their LP from Touch n Go that dropped earlier this year. The band has dates scheduled through the end of the year and are playing quite a few CMJ shows in the coming days including a late night Vice Party with Cold Cave. And these shows are in addition to their upcoming dates with The Big Pink which include shows at Bowery Ballroom (12/3, tix) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/4, tix).
Full Crystal Antlers dates, as well as a video for "Andrew" below...
Flyer and info below...
DOWNLOAD: The Big Pink - Velvet (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Pink - Dominoes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Pink - Velvet (Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Pink - Too young to love (Deloren remix) (MP3)
UK electro-rock duo The Big Pink (Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell) played their first ever North America set at a short-notice Mercury Lounge gig in June. They were in town recording their debut record, A Brief History of Love, which came out September 22nd in the US on 4AD (it came out Sept. 14th in the UK). That record is currently streaming online.
To support that, the Big Pink will go on a North American tour planned for the end of November and December. Live, "they are augmented by Daniel O'Sullivan from Guapo and Sunn O))), electronic artiste Jo Apps from the Planet Mu label, drummer Akiko Matsuura of Pre and Comanechi, and Al O'Connell producer/engineer for the likes of The Rapture and Klaxons". Opening the tour will be Crystal Antlers (who will also be in NYC even sooner for CMJ). They play NYC shows on December 3rd and 4th at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, respectively. Tickets for both are on sale now. Von Haze is also on the bill of the two NYC shows.
Videos, all album info and tour dates are below...
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
The 2009 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, which is happening this year October 20th-24th, has announced its initial lineup of shows happening in various venues across NYC.
Some shows like Atlas Sound, Broadcast and The Selmanaires on October 21st, School of Seven Bells at Webster hall, Mum at Le Poisson Rouge (with Iceland's Sin Fang Bous opening), Portugal the Man at Bowery Ballroom, and The Drums at Santos on October 21st have already been reported.
We'll be having our own official showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg again this year (and some day parties). Stay tuned for more info on that. And the intial list of CMJ performers is below...