Entries tagged with: Doldrums
by Bill Pearis
Dilly Dally / CRI / Milk & Bone @ M for Montreal 11/18/2015
The 10th edition of M for Montreal is currently underway, bringing in a couple hundred mostly Canadian acts to this four-day event that's part industry confab and part music festival. I'm a pretty seasoned M-goer at this point and enjoy the approach they bring. They first couple days are more for the international "delegates" (writers, promoters, bookers, music supervisors, etc) and feature one showcase a night with selected artists for us to see.
Wednesday night was the kickoff event which happened at the Rialto in the Mile End neighborhood. (Pro tip: it's right around the corner from Montreal's two most famous 24-hr bagel places: Fairmount and Saint Viateur.) The Rialto is kinda like NYC's Webster Hall, with a big main hall and two smaller venues also inside and M took over all three stages with 11 bands. Rialto Hall featured more mainstream acts like duo Milk & Bone who are kind of like First Aid Kit meets Chvrches, and whoa-oh-y folk pop band The Franklin Electric. It was a sold-out hometown crowd for this one.
The other stages, which were only for M delegates, were a little more interesting. Upstairs at Theare Rialto was electronic duo CRI, Toronto dubstep singer Kai (who has collaborated with Diplo), and Jesse Mac Cormack whose lineup was three bassists and a drummer but managed a wide range of moody sounds out of that.
Downstairs at Piccolo Rialto was the late show with a good lineup of bands, all of which BV has covered: Doldrums, She-Devils, Calvin Love, Dilly Dally and Doomsquad. I missed Doldrums, who didn't start till after 1:30 AM (I've seen them a couple times this year anyway), but caught everyone else. Doomsquad, who toured as part of Fucked Up's "Zodiac" lineup, were pretty interesting, more electronic than I was expecting from their at-times Talking Heads-ish recordings. Tribal, energetic, and entertaining. Dilly Dally (who just played Brooklyn) were great as usual with their Pixies-ish indie rock; Calvin Love brought highly textured Miami Vice style rock with tons of style; and She-Devils, who now have some recordings to listen to, maintain a detached cool that fits their retro-sampled music.
Tonight's M lineup includes an all R&B/hip hop showcase in an infamous strip club including a set from Toronto's Jazz Cartier, who's already gotten a bunch of Drake comparisons (actually, someone, when looking looking through my M program last night, told me "oh he's, the new Drake."). We shall see. The rest of the fest features Grimes (who just played two NYC shows), The Dears, Yonatan Gat, Moon King, Hudson Mohawke, Night Beats, a bunch of Francophone artists, and the BrooklynVegan presented show on Saturday (11/21) with Duchess Says and Chocolat.
photo: Dilly Dally @ BVCMJ 10/17/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal's 10th edition happens November 18 - 21. As in years past the first two days are more industry-oriented with single shows each night and then Friday and Saturday turn into a full-blown festival all over Montreal. The full lineup and schedule is now out and includes Doldrums, Calvin Love, Duchess Says, Chocolat (who just played CMJ), Plants and Animals, We Are Wolves, Yonatan Gat, She-Devils (who open for Majical Cloudz in Brooklyn tonight) and lots more. The join previously announced M performers Grimes, Dilly Dally, The Dears, and more. Badges and individual show tickets are on sale and full list of 2015 M for Montreal performers is below.
by Bill Pearis
The Cribs w/ Lee Ranaldo / Doldrums @ Pop Montreal 9/19/2015
After three days of perfect weather (this is my first time in Montreal where it was hot) we got rain on Saturday (9/19), which was also the most walking around I've done all week. Things started fairly early for an afternoon "picnic" thrown by Arbutus Records at 820Plaza which is a DIY performance space/record store/zen garden in what was an old auto garage. A pretty cool space. There was free beer (Kronenbourg 1664 seems to be the free beer of choice in Montreal), grilled stuff and performances from Devon Welsh (before I got there), She-Devils (who I'd seen on Thursday), Better Person (very "Careless Whispers" style '80s soul ballads) and surprise guests Doldrums. With his brother Daniel's band Moon King elsewhere, Airick Woodhead had a different Doldrums lineup than when they toured in the spring, and he tried out a few new songs in between cuts from this year's underrated The Air Conditioned Nightmare.
After the picnic, I went to check out new venue Mothlight that just had its first event a few days ago; DIY-ish with legit aspirations. Upstairs with no air conditioning, Mothlight was insanely hot and I sweated out most of the free beer I'd had earlier. The band formerly known as Viet Cong were supposed to have been the surprise performer, but someone in the band was sick so they did not play. Both the band's Mike Wallace and Matt Flegel were there, though, and the latter's brother, Andrew Flegel, was playing drums in Blanka who did play. Blanka's icy, synthy postpunk brought the temperature down to still-too-hot. You can check out their just-released their six-song debut, below. Also playing were the noisy/loud Ashley Soft and you can stream a couple of their songs as well.
After a much-needed dinner break, I headed over to Theatre Fairmount for the Arts & Crafts showcase. The Cribs were headlining, their first time in Montreal in a while apparently, and delivered a lot of favorites (it has been a long time since I've heard them do "You Were Always the One") and, as a special treat, brought out Lee Ranaldo for "Be Safe" in which recites a spoken word piece. (They do it live usually with a video of Lee playing in the background). Video is below. I always forget how much I like The Cribs. Fun set.
Before the Jarman brothers' whoa-oh-ing, we got sets from kraut/baroque/psych trio Absolutely Free (terrific), Win Win (a little more guitar-y than I remembered their new album being), River Tiber (downtempo laptop-y R&B), and new Arts & Crafts signings Charlotte Day Wilson. The Cribs and River Tiber both play Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/22) and tickets are still available.
Tonight (9/20) is the final day of Pop Montreal with, among lots of other shows, a closing night party that has a Smiths cover band, The Smiffs, that features members of Suuns. You can read Pop Montreal recaps of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and day 3 HERE. A few more iPhone pics from day 4, below.
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
photo: Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom, October 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Toronto festival NXNE happens this week (June 17-21) with hundreds of acts playing venues all over the city. BrooklynVegan will be there too, with our showcase happening Friday (6/19) at Lee's Palace with Atlas Sound, Foxes in Fiction, Fresh Snow and a late night set from Yvette. Chile's The Holydrug Couple were supposed to play as well, but are unable to make it and in their place will be Sub Pop recording artist Doldrums. That's a good show if we do say so. It's $20 at the door or free with a NXNE wristband or badge. Hope to see you there.
Doldrums will also play earlier that same night in Yonge Dundas Square, a free show that's also with The Holy Grasp, Hollerado and Born Ruffians.
"Remixes Vol. 1" is a new compilation by Young Magic with "contributions by Teebs, Doldrums, Matthewdavid, Roland Tings, unreleased mixes by LA experimentalists The Acid, New York's Rioux and an exclusive mix from Nicholas Taylor of Gray (Basquiat's no-wave project)." The benefit album is available for purchase and free streaming at Bandcamp and below.
Young Magic and The Acid will team up again on June 16 for a Popgun-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Lot 45 in Bushwick (411 Troutman St). Like all RBSS shows, this one is just $3-with-RSVP to get in. Lord Raja, who also has a Northside show coming up with Shigeto at Knitting Factory, is also on the bill.
The Acid, a trio, were last in NYC in 2014 as part of a tour in support of their Mute-released debut album. Much more recently they played a show in LA at the El Rey with Peaking Lights, and appeared on Carson Daly. Video from the TV appearance can be watched below.
The member of The Acid with the longest resume is veteran DJ/producer Adam Freeland, who among other things, is known for his remixes, like the one he did for his now-Mute labelmates Grinderman. You can also listen to that one below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto instrumental quartet Fresh Snow have been making mutant, motorik psych for about four years now. They've got a 2013 album and a couple singles (including a split with METZ) under the belts and a new one is on the way. If you like to zone on a drony kraut groove, you will probably be into the streamable tracks below. A new record is on the way soon, see keep your eyes peeled.
Fresh Snow have a couple hometown shows coming up, including the BrooklynVegan NXNE showcase which happens June 19 at Lee's Palace with Foxes in Fiction,
Holydrug Couple, headliner Atlas Sound and a late night set from Yvette. That show is $20 at the door or free with a NXNE wristband or badge.
UPDATE: The Holydrug Couple had to drop off this show. In their place are Doldrums which makes this a pretty exciting show.
All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis
Kirin / Sean / Dev / Weyes Blood @ Elvis Guesthouse 4/17/2015
Kirin J Callinan invited pals Sean Nicholas Savage and Dev Hynes to test out new material at Elvis Guesthouse on Friday night (4/17). It was done mostly karaoke style, with each of them performing to backing tracks off their ipods, iphones and laptops. (Kirin and Dev both played a little guitar, too.) Dev's set was the longest, featuring maybe five new songs, most of which sounded fairly fully formed. The night ended with a group sing-a-long of "New York, New York."
The night, which was a free party also had a guest appearance by Doldrums' Airick Woodhead who sang a new song that his band would also do later that night at nearby Mercury Lounge. Weyes Blood, onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown, and PC Music's QT were also hanging out, and Spank Rock and Fascinator were the evening's DJs. For happening at such a tiny spot, Elvis Guesthouse never got too packed and was a fun, very informal night. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Elvis Guesthouse below...
by Bill Pearis
Moon King's new album, Secret Life, is out next week via Last Gang. The duo of Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde have grown a lot, musically, since their last record and Secret Life is a much more nuanced work, with baroque and electronic elements woven into their dreampop sound. Check it out for yourself -- you can stream the whole thing now, via Fader, below.
The band's tour with Doldrums (aka Daniel's brother Airick) -- Moon King have their own set and play as part of Doldrums as well -- hits NYC next week, playing Mercury Lounge on April 17 (tickets) and Baby's All Right on April 18 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets for the Baby's show on Facebook.
Doldrums, meanwhile, have just shared the video for "Loops," directed by Lily X, which is one of the standout cuts on his very good new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare. That album is out now via Sub Pop and can be streamed below, as well.
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums' new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, is out next week via Sub Pop. It's a real step up for Airick Woodhead who this time out matches his kitchen sink approach to electronic music with a stronger sense of melody and more of a direct eye on the dancefloor. If you wished 2013's Lesser Evil had more songs on the same level as "Anomaly," the new album is for you. You can stream the whole thing (via FACT) below.
Right after the album's release, Doldrums' tour with his brother Daniel's band, Moon King, will start. Both Daniel and Maddy Wilde of Moon King are in Doldrums' live band, and they were terrific when I saw them last year. See them if you can, like at their two NYC shows: Mercury Lounge on April 17 (tickets) and Baby's All Right on April 18 with Malory playing as well (tickets).
Moon King, meanwhile, have shared another track from their new album, Secret Life, which is out April 14 via Last Gang. "Roswell" adds synthpop shininess to their shoegazy sound which is promising. Stream that below as well.
After their tour with Doldrums, Moon King will head to Europe for dates with TOPS and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. All Doldrums and Moon King tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums have shared a second song from his terrific new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, which is out April 7 via Sub Pop. Like first single "Hotfoot," "My Friend Simjen" owes a little to '90s electronica, and this one would probably sound right at home next to Underworld's "Born Slippy." You can listen (via Fader) below.
Right after the new LP's release, Doldrums will head out on tour and, like last time, Airick Woodhead will be touring with brother Daniel's band Moon King (who double as members of Doldrums live band). NYC gets two shows: Mercury Lounge on April 17 and Baby's All Right on April 18. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/13) at noon; tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
Moon King, meanwhile, have released another track from their new album, Secret Life, which is out April 14. "Apocalypse" starts off purposefully tinny before exploding into overdriven shoegaze. Listen, alongside the tour dates, below.
by Bill Pearis
photo:::Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom, June 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, aka Toronto's Airick Woodhead, has signed with Sub Pop who will release his new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, on April 7. Having started in 2011 or so as a fairly avant-garde one-man-band, Woodhead quickly brought more form to his music and drafted his brother Daniel (of Moon King) into the live setup. By the time of his debut album, 2013's Lesser Evil, pop hooks were incorporated into singles like the terrific "Anomaly." That song seems to be the jumping point for the new album which is crammed with inventive arrangements and memorable choruses. It's also custom-built for the dancefloor, all while retaining his off-kilter perspective on things.
The first song to be shared is album-opener "HOTFOOT," which is a literal banger -- the main hook of the song is like a pogoing jackhammer and a car alarm all in one. In a good way, maybe owing just a bit to mid-'90s electronica. You can stream it and check out the album art and tracklist, below. Doldrums was on tour last fall with EMA. No word on 2015 dates just yet.
Speaking of Moon King, they just announced that their new album, Secret Life, will be out April 14 via Last Gang. The LP's first single is "Roswell," a fine example of their pulsating dream pop -- stream it below. Moon King toured as a part of Doldrums when they opened for Owen Pallett last year. No North American dates for them either, but they will be in Europe with Alvvays soon, and those dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
EMA / Doldrums at Bowery Ballroom - 10/5/14
EMA has been on the road continuing to support this year's excellent The Future's Void, and she returned to NYC this past Sunday (10/5) for a show at Bowery Ballroom that had a good bill all around. Direct support came from Montreal's Doldrums and MEN/The Lisps-related duo The Point opened the show. Like the shows she played here earlier in the year, she split her set pretty well between her two albums, playing favorites like "The Grey Ship," "California," "Cthulu," "Satellites" and more, and also included "Cherylee" from her previous band Gowns.
Her full setlist, and more pictures from the show, below...
by Bill Pearis
When he's not making music with JD Samson as MEN, Michael O'Neill makes pretty electronic pop with his girlfriend (and onetime Lisps singer) Sammy Tunis as The Point. Their debut album, Pretty Marsh, is out September 30 via Hope for the Tape Deck and is comprised of their first two EPs plus new songs as well. We've got the premiere of "I'm Sky" from it, and it can be streamed in this post. The song was produced by Gary Olsen (Ladybug Transistor) at his Marlborough Farms studio and cowritten by Kyle Forster (Crystal Stilts, Ladybug Transistor). Says O'Neil about the track:
I'm Sky is a bittersweet love song that Sammy and I wrote for each other about taking love for granted. The hustle of what it means to be creatives in this city often clouds our ability to be good partners. The song is really about the times where all of that seems to vanish, and we feel joyful, open and limitless.You can catch The Point live tonight (9/17) at Cameo with Color War, and then they'll play Bowery Ballroom on October 5 where they'll open for EMA and Doldrums (tickets).
Album art and "I'm Sky" stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There will be a lot of Montreal acts in NYC this weekend, and a lot of them will be at a late-night dance party on Friday (8/15) at Palisades that's being presented by Arbutus Records. The night features Austra's Katie Stelmanis DJing under the name Ketsup, plus DJ sets from Doldrums, and SMALL MOSHEEIN, as well as a live set from RAMZi. Tickets are on sale now.
To get a sense of what Katie does as Ketsup, you can stream a mix she made below. You can also stream a couple releases from RAMZi (aka Phoebé Guillemot) below as well.
Doldrums will also be playing live this weekend too, Saturday (8/16) at Silent Barn with Dadras, Patricia and another Montreal group, She-Devils. Hopefully this will be the same trio version of Doldrums that toured with Owen Pallet and features both Airick Woodhead, his brother Daniel and Maddy Wilde (both of whom are in Moon King). They were great when they played Baby's All Right back in June. That show is $10 at the door. Doldrums will be back in October, opening for EMA at Bowery Ballroom.
Speaking of Arbutus, another of the label's artists, Sean Nicholas Savage, is also in town this weekend, opening up for Blood Orange at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (8/16) afternoon. That show is free. He's also playing Friday night at Death by Audio with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper, and CE Schneider Topical. If you're unfamiliar with Savage, he blends sophisticated songwriting with a lo-fi bedroom pop aesthetic and is crazy prolific -- this year's Bermuda Waterfall was his 11th album since 2008. Stream it at Rdio and check out his 2011 cassette, Flamingo, below.
More streams, and show flyers, also below...
EMA at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, EMA is one of the openers on the upcoming Spoon tour, though she doesn't open their NYC date happening 9/10 at Central Park Summerstage (it's also not with Hamilton Leithauser who opens many of their dates, and does play Central Park with Broken Bells). She will, however, play her own NYC show after that tour at Bowery Ballroom on October 5. Montreal's Doldrums are on that show too, making for an excellent double bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.
Spoon, who put out two videos from their new album yesterday (7/21), also recently expanded their tour. An updated list of their dates is below. Still no opener announced for Central Park though.
Beverly at Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Beverly, Future Punx, Wildhoney @ Baby's All Right
Beverly's debut album, Careers, is full of effortlessly catchy indie pop (think prime Kim Deal) and is celebrated tonight with help from new wave revivalists Future Punx and Wildhoney.
Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, You Blew It! @ Best Buy Theater
Say Anything are out supporting their new album and they've brought some pretty excellent openers along: NJ lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, NYC power poppy punks The So So Glos, and Florida '90s emo lovers You Blew It!.
Phony PPL, Toki Wright, Tracee Owo, Allan Kingdom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof.
The English Beat @ City Winery
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too, you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."
Rat Fist (mems No Age, Pissed Jeans), Pampers, Francisco Franco, Tom Blacklung @ Death by Audio
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness, and they make the kind of noisy racket you'd expect from members of No Age and Pissed Jeans. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows, both in tiny venues where stuff like this belongs.
A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha Du Prince (live), DJ Spoko @ MoMA PS1
As always, Warm Up brings tons of forward thinking electronic music (and some other stuff like rap, indie pop, etc) to MoMA PS1's courtyard for very hot, very popular all-day dance parties. Tonight's the first show of this year's series with a typically great and eclectic lineup.
Young Magic, Doe Paoro, Rioux, Doldrums (DJ set) @ Rough Trade
Young Magic are from Brooklyn but exist in a sexy dreamworld where Sade and the Cocteau Twins work on records together. Or something like that. Their new album, Breathing Statues, came out in May.
Sargeist, One Tall One Head, Typhus, Forteresse, Sacrament Ov Impurity @ Saint Vitus
Martyrdoom III, the third annual five-day metal festival at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, is on day 2 with Finnish black metal greats Sargeist.
ONO, Obnox, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
Obnox is one of the many projects of Cleveland punk musician Lamont Thomas, but while he usually drums, for this one he takes the lead and brings elements of soul, R&B, hip hop and more into it too.
Shady Hawkins, Mannequin Pussy, Free Pizza, Acidosis @ Silent Barn
NYC punks Mannequin Pussy have been regulars on the local scene for a while now, but have just signed to Tiny Engines who are releasing their new album of whiplash punk.
Drive-By Truckers, The Hold Steady @ The Paramount
The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers both recently released new albums, and both will be on their own tours this summer. Their paths intersect for two co-headlining NY-area shows, this being the first.
Gameface, Restorations, Habits @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Gameface were one of the early/influential post-hardcore bands of Revelation Records back in the '90s, and now they're reunited and put out their first album since 2003 this year. Opening this show is great newer band Restorations.
Infest, Paint It Black, Replica, Ajax @ The Wick
Speaking of influential punk bands, powerviolence pioneers Infest are also reunited and on their second of two NYC shows tonight (their first ever here). Philly greats Paint It Black make this an unstoppable double bill for hardcore.
IIII, Highlife, Brian Degraw (DJ) @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
If you like drums, you'll want to hit Union Pool's weekly free Saturday outdoor party, today featuring IIII which is Hisham Akira Bharoocha(Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Ben Vida. Bands usually start around 4PM.
Azealia Banks @ Capitale
It's NYC Pride Week and part of the celebrations include tonight's show from Azealia Banks. Maybe she'll play stuff from her upcoming album (lol).
Luciano, Sandra St. Victor @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Reggae is the theme of this evening's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert, featuring roots worshiper Luciano and The Family Stand's Sandra Sat. Victor.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Stagnant Pools @ MHOW
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah may be missing much of the lineup they began with, and this once-buzzy band is buzzy no longer, but they do still make quality indie rock. Opening are Stagnant Pools who are a little shoegazy and also probably own the first two Strokes albums.
Del Close Marathon
It's Upright Citizens Brigade's annual three-day fest with over 420 comedy performances. A $30 wristband gets you into as many as you can muster.
Sam Sparro, Ultra Nat?, Kevin Aviance, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic) @ Central Park Summerstage
It's a big disco night at Summerstage bileld "Club Classics Live!" with a number of veterans.
Pearson Sound, Vissacoor, Teengirl Fantasy, Rrose, Sinjin Hawke, Aquarian @ 88 Palace
It's a big dance party night in Chinatown with this stacked Sick Magic-presented bill.
Jimmy Edgar, Lauren Flax, Braille @ Output (roof)
It's another afternoon (3 PM) dance party on the roof at Output, and a pretty good lineup all around.
Primus @ Stone Pony
Get your bass face ready because four-string wizard Les Claypool and the rest of the Primus crew are back in town for two area shows, this being the second.
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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photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Also omg i forgot how much i love owen pallett fans. everyone here is lonely and/or gay. i am with my people" - @misandrist
Owen Pallett @ Bowery Ballroom 5/14/2014
Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hit NYC this week for two shows. Following Tuesday's at Glasslands (5/13), the played Bowery Ballroom last night (5/14). The Academy Award nominee played good portion of his new album, In Conflict, as well as selections from Heartland, and a few songs from his Final Fantasy days as well (the latter were mostly midset when he did a few solo songs). For his second encore he gave the crowd a couple covers: Tori Amos' "Pretty Good Year" (he reviewed her new album for The Talkhouse), and Joanna Newsom's "Peach Plum Pear." Pictures, setlist and video of "Peach Plum Pear" from Bowery Ballroom are in this post.
As mentioned, Airick Woodhead augmented the live line-up of Doldrums for this tour with his brother Daniel and Maddie Wilde of Moon King and were a solid start to the evening. You can catch Doldrums and Moon King -- on the same bill together for the first time ever -- at Baby's All Right on June 5. Tickets are on sale now.
Pics from Doldrums' Bowery set, plus more of Owen Pallett, below...
Doldrums (with both Woodheads) @ T5, 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, the musical venture led by Torontonian Airick Woodhead, are currently in NYC as part of their tour with Owen Pallett which hits Brooklyn's Glasslands tonight (5/13) and Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (5/14). Tickets to Glasslands and Bowery Ballroom are still available.
For this tour, Doldrums includes Woodhead's brother Daniel, who used to be in the band (and sometimes still is live) but now fronts Moon King. That band's other main member, Maddie Wilde, is also part of the current Doldrums touring unit. Once that tour is over, Doldrums will be back in NYC for a show at Baby's All Right on June 5 that will also feature a set from Moon King, too. This will be the first time Doldrums and Moon King have played on the same bill together. Eola is also on the bill and Empress Of is DJing. Tickets are on sale now.
Doldrums' most recent album was 2013's Lesser Evil. All Doldrums dates are listed below.
Owen Pallett is already having a pretty good year. The lovely score for Spike Jonze's Her, that he co-wrote with Arcade Fire's (who played Big Day Out Fest and were nominated for a Juno) Will Butler, is up for an Oscar. And today he tweeted, "new OP album and solo/band tour dates, announcing tomorrow." We may have to wait for the news on the album, but we know a few of the tour dates right now, which will happen in the Northeast in May.
Those dates include two in NYC: Glasslands on May 13 and Bowery Ballroom on May 14. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Thursday (2/6) at 10 AM; tickets for Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today (2/5) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/7) at noon. Most of the dates, including both NYC shows, are with Toronto's Doldrums. All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sleigh Bells @ Terminal 5 - 11/23/13
Rage pop duo Sleigh Bells wrapped up their tour in support of this year's Bitter Rivals in NYC over the weekend with two shows at Terminal 5 (11/22 & 11/23). Unlike the rest of the tour, these shows also had Danny Brown on the bill, and Montreal indie poppers Doldrums (who were on the whole tour) opened them too. Sleigh Bells, now three albums deep in almost as many years, split the set pretty evenly between all of those releases. Pictures of the second night, and the setlist from the first, are in this post. Pictures of Danny Brown are here.
More pictures, video, and setlist, below...
Sleigh Bells @ LPR 10/5/2013 (via @DoNYC)
Rage pop duo Sleigh Bells just played a release show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (10/5) for their new album Bitter Rivals, and they're kicking off their full tour in support of the new record this week. As discussed, the tour culminates with a much larger NYC show happening on November 22 at Terminal 5 with Doldrums and Danny Brown (whose new album, Old, is out now too), and since we last spoke, Sleigh Bells, Danny and Doldrums have added a second date happening at Terminal 5 on November 23. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon, and tickets for the first night (same link) are still available.
Sleigh Bells, whose old song "Rill Rill" is being used in the current iPhone 5c ad, have also made their new album, Bitter Rivals, available for streaming. You can listen to that, along with a stream of the new Danny Brown album, and the updated list of dates, below...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Abrasive pop duo Sleigh Bells have announced that the followup to 2012's Reign of Terror is called Bitter Rivals, and it will be out on October 8 via Mom + Pop. The album's first single/title track is more of the band's heavy, trashy pop, and you can hear it in the song's video (made in conjunction with The Creators Project), below. The album artwork, tracklist, and a clip of Alexis Krauss talking about the new album on SiriusXMU are below too.
Sleigh Bells will be supporting the new album with a tour of the US and Canada this fall, which brings the band to Terminal 5 on November 22 (a place they've played before). Most of the tour is with Doldrums,
but and the Terminal 5 date is also with Danny Brown. Tickets for the T5 show are not on sale yet go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Doldrums are on the T5 date as well.
Meanwhile, Danny Brown, who will release his new album, OLD, on September 30 via Fool's Gold, just played Fool's Gold Day Off in Williamsburg Park yesterday (9/2) with Run the Jewels, Migos, A$AP Ferg, and more. A video with clips of yesterday's show is below. If you're an NYU student, you can also probably catch Danny at the NYU Mystery Concert tonight (9/3).
All Sleigh Bells dates are listed, along with videos, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.
In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Liars @ Le Poisson Rouge - 5/19/13
Onetime Brooklyn residents Liars returned to their home city for two shows over the weekend. The first happened on Saturday (5/18) at The Met and the second happened on Sunday (5/19) at a more traditional concert space, Le Poisson Rouge, where it was relocated to from its original Brooklyn Masonic Temple location. Pictures from the latter are in this post.
Lower Dens were initially supposed to open that show but quickly dropped off and were replaced by Toronto's Doldrums. However, Doldrums never made it across the border (missing their Ran Tea House show too) as their van got broken into and Airick Woodhead's laptop and passport got stolen. Via Twitter: "hey my van was broken into & along with my laptop with a years worth of writing and a box containing nothing but my fav CDs from teenagedom."
So Liars ended up taking the stage at their originally schedule time of 8:30 with no opener, and played a set that was a little over 75 minutes and included three encores. More pictures from the show (including one of the setlist) below...