Entries tagged with: Dot Dash
by Bill Pearis
Tommy Keene has been making jangly, post-Big Star power pop since the early '80s when songs like "Places That Are Gone" and "Run Now" were staples on collage radio. His new album is called Laugh in the Dark and will be out on Second Motion Records on September 4. His pop sensibilities are still finely honed as you can hear on "All Gone Away" which owes a little to the Beatles and a little to Baldwin (and maybe a little to the Little River Band?). Keene explains:
I have a funky 70's Baldwin organ called a Fun Machine that I found at a consignment shop out in the Desert some time ago. I try and write at least one song on it per new album and this number was born quite effortlessly by playing a simple drone that became the Verse. I switched to guitar and out came the Chorus and Bridge! Of course it later morphed into a quite Beatlesque epic with Mellotrons etc. but if you listen carefully you can hear the Fun Machine playing the descending notes at the top of the song.Stream "All Gone Away" below.
Keene will be going on a short tour next month, including a stop at NYC's Bowery Electric on September 17. Dot Dash, the DC-area band featuring members of Julie Ocean and wordy '90s indiepoppers Tree Fort Angst, open and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Sweet Jesus (photo by Angela Owens)
As discussed, DC/Dischord vets Soulside are reuniting for some shows this year including two in NYC: December 17 & 18 at Saint Vitus. Hopefully you got your tickets because those are both sold out now, but if you are going you might want to show up early for the just-announced openers: Sweet Jesus. The band (not to be confused with the '90s Britpop band) has only been around for a few years, but their members have been around longer, having played in Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control. With a resume like that, you know you're getting totally crushing hardcore which is exactly what their new Box EP on Triple-B Records is. You can stream that in full below.
Soulside's other two reunion shows are in DC. The first is with Moss Icon, who open the Rainer Maria reunion show on New Year's Eve in NYC (tickets). The second is with Dot Dash (ex-Youth Brigade, Julie Ocean, Saturday People) and Office of Future Plans, whose Gordon Withers is on a new compilation with another Dischord band Alarms & Controls (and Chuck Ragan and Tim Kasher and more). OFP singer J Robbins is on tour with Jonah Matranga as we speak, and hitting NYC later this month.
And speaking of DC and Dischord, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, premieres in NYC tonight (11/14). Fugazi's First Demo (which made Rough Trade's top albums of 2014) is also streaming.
Updated Soulside dates are listed, with the Sweet Jesus EP stream, below...
Built to Spill @ Irving Plaza, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Built To Spill, The Warm Hair @ Stone Pony
When people talk about '90s Indie Rock, certainly at least some of that talk is aimed at Built to Spill. While their output hasn't been as consistent since Clinton left office, the hat trick of There's Nothing Wrong with Love, Perfect from Now On, and Keep it Like a Secret more than earned their place in the hall of fame.
Shark?, The Pharmacy, Bad Lovers, Dead Stars @ Cake Shop
Lovers of '90s indie rock (who aren't going to Built to Spill) might want to check out this show. Both Shark? and Dead Stars do the decade proud.
Black N' Blue Bowl @ The Well
The annual NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl kicks off today with sets from Agnostic Front, Ludichrist, All Out War, Brain Slug, and more. In what may or may not be exciting news, Hatebreed and Biohazard play today too. The fest wraps up tomorrow.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Fletcher C. Johnson, Bad Girlfriend, Juniper Rising, Onwe @ Baby's All Right
Seven strong Aussie outfit King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard make psych-rock not unlike Black Angels or the BJM. They also made a narrated concept album set during the American Civil War. This is their second night at Baby's.
Ghost B.C., King Dude @ Best Buy Theater
Satanic rockers Ghost B.C. bring their costumed live show back to NYC tonight, and providing quality support is noir-folk balladeer King Dude.
OFF!, Cerebral Ballzy, NASA Space Universe @ Bowery Ballroom
Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! features members of a handful of great bands, including frontman Keith Morris whose EP with Black Flag is probably the biggest reference point for OFF!'s stuff. It's all '80s throwback stuff, but we'll take it coming from some of the guys who actually pioneered this kind of thing.
Swearin', Radiator Hospital, Aye Nako, Pegasus Warning (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (FREE)
It's a great bill at Brooklyn Night Bazaar of bands that blur the lines between indie rock and pop punk. If you're unfamiliar with the bands, fans of anything from The Get Up Kids to Built to Spill should dig the whole bill. Like all BKNB shows, this is free.
Visuals, High Water, Dave Harrington @ Cameo Gallery
Nicolas Jaar's label Other People is hosting a label night at Cameo tonight, including Dave Harrington of Nico's band Darkside, and High Water who often collaborates with both of them.
Beverly, Las Rosas, The Moon Dudes @ Death by Audio
While Frankie Rose has left NYC for LA, Drew Citron carries on the Beverly flame now with a full band. Their debut album is loaded with Pixies/Breeders-influenced indie rock pop gems.
Sophie, Lee Bannon, Dubbel Dutch @ Glasslands
After the Peelander-Z show, Glasslands hosts this late electronic show headlined by buzzy UK producer Sophie, whose 2013 single "Bipp" was one of the more addictive dance singles of last year.
Morcheeba @ Irving Plaza
Trip hop vets Morcheeba released Head Up High last year, their second with singer Skye Edwards returning to the fold. (She'd been out of the band from 2003 - 2009.) The band haven't messed with their patented sound too much but, why yes, there are a couple nods to dubstep in there too.
Lilly Wolf, Bridges and Powerlines, Dot Dash, Ma'am, Dan Hubbard and The Humadors @ Pianos
Of note on this bill: Washington DC's Dot Dash, which features members of Julie Ocean and wordy '90s indiepoppers Tree Fort Angst.
Peelander-Z @ Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Peelander Z, Math the Band, Bluejay @ Glasslands
Ain't no party like a Peelander-Z party, and Math the Band should do a good job warming us up for it.
Talib Kweli @ Rough Trade
There's never a lack of chances to see Talib Kweli in his hometown of NYC, but with over a decade and a half of material as great as he has, we're not complaining.
Porches, Tanks Amigo, Bent Shapes, Laughing Fingers @ Shea Stadium
Boston's Bent Shapes debut album from last year is a little sharper than your average indie pop platter, with a welcome bit of angularity, muscle and attitude to compliment the jaunty tunes. They play tonight with one of the most talked-about new bands in Brooklyn, Porches.
Chromeo, Oliver @ Terminal 5
An amalgam of early-'80s electro-R&B (Cameo, Rockwell, various Jacksons), Chromeo are not afraid to embrace the cheese. And if you aren't either, it's a fun time. The band's new album White Women, is out now.
Chromeo (DJ Set), andhim, Bedouin @ Verboten
You can keep the party going after T5 tonight when Chrome spin at this new Williamsburg dance club.
Gerd Janson @ TBA Brooklyn
Famed house DJ and Running Back label domo Gerd Janson will be brining a little Berlin/Frankfurt style to Brooklyn tonight. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy.
Cheetah Chrome, The Nuclears @ The Delancey (FREE)
Without Cheetah Chrome (a member of Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs) punk as we know it today probably wouldn't exist. That's a pretty good reason to see him for free.
'Metal Cats' release party w/ Planning For Burial, Sea Of Bones, Belus @ Union Pool
In case you haven't heard about the new Metal Cats book, it's a book full of photos of metal musicians with their cats. (Awesome right?) Tonight, that book celebrates its release and some solid bands will be there including the gloomy Planning for Burial, the sludgy Sea of Bones, and the doomy Belus.
The Faint, Suuns @ Webster Hall
Dancepunk vets The Faint released their first new album in six year, Doom Abuse, back in April which finds them picking up pretty much where they left off. Tonight's the second of three NYC shows. Don't miss Montreal's Suuns who open.
Eddie Izzard @ Beacon Theatre
Eddie Izzard brings his current show (which he's translated and performs in three languages!), "Force Majeure," to North America and this his fourth of five Beacon shows.
Bruce Springsteen @ Mohegan Sun Arena
The boss isn't hitting any NYC venues on his current tour, but if you don't mind traveling a bit to see him you can catch tonight's and/or tomorrow's shows at Mohegan Sun. Both sold out.
Hull, Bloody Hammers @ Saint Vitus
This show is actually the afterparty for a wedding, but it's open to the public and headlined by Brooklyn psych-sludge purveyors Hull. Please wish the happy couple congratulations!
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photos by PSquared Photography, words by Bill Pearis
The Monochrome Set @ Bowery Electric, 5/27/2013
Arch, erudite post punks The Monochrome Set played their first NYC show in over 30 years on Memorial Day (5/27) at Bowery Electric with the pounding drums of their titular theme song leading the charge. Their opening trifecta hit with some of their best-known songs, "The Lighter Side of Dating" and "The Jet Set Junta." Featuring original members Bid (vocals, guitar) and lead guitarist Lester Square, plus longtime bassist Andy Warren and a fez-wearing drummer, the band and their music -- a melange of Spaghetti Western twang, gypsy carnival music and pre-Smiths jangle -- have aged gracefully.
Over for NYC Popfest and a few other shows, The Monochrome Set are also plugging a new album, Platinum Coils, which details Bid's 2010 brush with death via a brain aneurysm, albiet in the band's typical jaunty, witty style. Songs from the record were sprinkled throughout their set and fit nicely alongside classics like "B-I-D Spells Bid," "Jacob's Ladder" and "Eine Symphonie Des Grauens." After their initial 17-song set, they returned for two encores, playing "Goodbye Joe," signature single "He's Frank," another new song and finally the cowboy-themed "Cast a Long Shadow."
Though I would've liked at least one of their many great instrumentals ("405 Lines" or "The Etcetera Stroll"), it was a pretty satisfying setlist which you can check out below. Plus, Bid promised to mix things up across their three NYC-area shows, the second of which is tonight (5/29) at Maxwell's (tickets). Their Popfest appearance is Friday (5/31) at Knitting Factory with Math & Physics Club, Cassolette and The Very Most. Tickets are still available for that one too.
Also on the bill were Dot Dash who are made up of mostly DC indie pop vets and will open for The Monochrome Set tonight too. Last year's Winter Garden Light is quite good and you can stream a track from that below.
Psychedelic locals Your 33 Black Angels were on the bill too. More pictures from Monday's show below...
by Bill Pearis
Here's the second part of the NYC Popfest 2012 preview. For info on tonight's show at Knitting Factory can read part one here.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
There's a free show at Spike Hill with Sweden's rough-and-tumble Lisa Bouvier, the gentle sounds of Philippine band Outerhope (who also play The Rock Shop on Monday [5/21]) plus Pale Lights (featuring Comet Gain's Phil Sutcliffe and Andy from Crystal Stilts) and Brooklyn up-and-comers Habibi.
For those going to Spike Hill, you might want to head to Williamsburg early to check out the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair that is happening at food hipster mecca Smorgasburg from 11AM-6PM. Indiepop-friendly labels like Angular, Kanine, and What's Your Rupture? will be there, with some exclusive product as well. Plus lots of amazing food. Get there before noon to beat the insane lines.
It's an all-Williamsburg day for Popfest as the Saturday night show happens at Public Assembly with two legendary UK bands headlining; Comet Gain and The Pooh Sticks. The former, celebrating their 20th year in existence, are playing their first Popfest and first shows in NYC since 2009. Last year's Howl of the Lonely Crowd was another fine addition to their canon of footstompers and floorshakers.
The Pooh Sticks
The Pooh Sticks haven't played NYC since 1992 back when they were supporting the American release of their stone-cold classic Great White Wonder which cemented their rep as masters of tongue-in-cheek, arched brow indie. Actually it was already established with shambly 1988 singles "I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well" and "On Tape" which is the "Losing My Edge" of its day. Arch, tuneful and not afraid to steal, The Pooh Sticks are indiepop royalty and, if recent live video on YouTube is correct, they still got it.
But the best group of the night -- or at least the best one you've never heard of before (probably) -- are on first. A quick listen to Pushy Parents are you can guess they're from Sweden (Stockholm to be specific) with a sound somewhere between early Cardigans and the Concretes. Their new Secret Secret EP is terrific: equal parts effortless melody, skill and just-right production. You can stream the whole thing and watch the video for its title track at the bottom of this post.
SUNDAY, MAY 20 (LITTLEFIELD)
Allo Darlin' with Gary Olson at Mercury Lounge (more)
Popfest ends with an all-day affair at Littlefield, featuring tourmates Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures who have been written about before and you can see pictures from both band's visit to Mercury Lounge a few weeks back. They are both great and reason enough to go on Sunday.
But not the only reason. The Littlefield show will also feature the first-ever American show from White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) who made many excellent albums before and after his fluke hit "Your Woman" in 1997. That song, as good as it it (and it is!) also isn't especially representative of White Town's body of work which tends to mix wispy melodies, delicate guitars and budget drum machines. Mishra has stayed active, continuing to release albums over the years, including last year's Monopole.
Also playing: Brooklyn indiepop mainstays The Ladybug Transistor whose frontman Gary Olson usually lends his trumpeting skills to at least one other Popfest band who needs it. (He'll probably also sing the male vocal parts on Allo Darlin's "Dreaming" as he's done before.)
The Holiday Crowd
And come early to Littlefield to catch local power pop combo Swearin' (which shares a couple members with Dear Marje who also play Popfest this year); Washington DC's Dot Dash, which features members of Julie Ocean and wordy '90s indiepoppers Tree Fort Angst.
The full Popfest Saturday - Sunday schedule is below, along with that Pushy Parents stream and video.
by Bill Pearis
The Pooh Sticks in the early '90s
The sixth-annual NYC Pop Fest is happening May 17 - 20 and the organizers have just announced the 27 band line-up, which includes UK acts Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures who will wrap up their US tour together with their Popfest show, plus Comet Gain, Seattle's Seapony, Finland's Burning Hearts, Sweden's Speedmarket Avenue and The Electric Pop Group, and longrunning American indiepop group Saturday Looks Good to Me.
This year's line-up also included Wales' legendary Pooh Sticks (!) who haven't played in America since CMJ 1992, and the first ever American show from White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) who made many excelent albums before and after his fluke (and unrepresentative) hit "Your Woman" in 1997. NYC is represented too, with The Ladybug Transistor, Habibi, Heaven's Gate, Pale Lights, The Marshmallows, Swearin' and Dear Marje.
Ticket and venue info is still TBA but sure to be announced soon. Click through for the full NYC Pop Fest 2012 line-up.
by Bill Pearis
chickfactor #1 with cover stars Small Factory
chickfactor will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with five blissful nights of sparkling indie pop on the Northeast Corridor of the USA (three in NY; two in DC) including the first shows in years by Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Pipas, The Aislers Set, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies, The Lois Plus, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Fan Modine and rare performances from such pop luminaries asStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Frankie Rose, Lilys, Lorelei, Dot Dash, Versus, Bridget St John and Honey Bunch.Those who followed indiepop in the '90s most certainly read (and probably still have their copies of) fabled 'zine chickfactor, which was written all in lower-case and was read sideways like a calendar. Stephin Merritt was among the regular contributors and it was fun, funny and turned a lot of folks on to cool new sounds like Black Tambourine, Lois Maffeo, Small Factory, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Tiger Trap and many more. Stevie Jackson wrote a song about it for the second Belle & Sebastian album, maybe you heard it.
chickfactor started in 1992 in D.C. and New York by pop-loving maniacs Pam Berry and Gail O'Hara, who used to travel up and down the East Coast seeing Small Factory, Honey Bunch, the Wedding Present and any other fine indie-pop bands of the era. We are spoiled silly and lucky as all get-out to be able to present this super-stellar line-up. Get your ticket fast, do not dilly-dally!
For chickfactor's 20th anniversary, founders Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry have put together a five-day, two-city festival that gathers many of the zine's most loved bands, many of whom haven't performed in 15 or more years. It happens April 6 and 7 at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia and then in NYC April 10 -12 at The Bell House (Maybe some of you went to the 10th anniversary show at Fez?).
The shows shows break down like this:
April 6 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Stevie Jackson, Frankie Rose, Honey Bunch, The Dot Dash
April 7 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Black Tambourine, Lilys, Fan Modine, Lorelei
April 10 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Versus, The Lois Plus + Special Guests.
April 11 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): The Aislers Set, Pipas, Bridget St. John, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group
April 12 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Stevie Jackson, Honey Bunch, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies
Black Tambourine (first East Coast shows in 20 years) and The Aislers Set (first in almost 10 years) are the big draws here, but this writer is especially excited about folk pop trio Small Factory who haven't played together in 15 years and Minneapolis' The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group whose 1995 album O Brother Where Art Thou? is a lost '90s classic (they're promising a new album this year too).
This comes a mere month before the sixth annual NYC Popfest (happening May 17 - 20) which means this spring is likely to be a very good year for indiepop fans. NYC Popfest hasn't divulged any of its line-up, but I hear it may be their most ambitious yet.
Click though for a detailed rundown of the chickfactor fest line-up, plus some vintage videos from the groups involved.
THE 2006 LINEUP @ SOUTHPAW, BROOKLYN, NY
THU 7/27 - THE DICKS, MARKED MEN, CARBONAS, PISSED JEANS & LIVE FAST DIE
FRI 7/28 - THE ALARM CLOCKS!, THE CYNICS, THE ORIGINAL SINS, THE HENTCHMEN, & TURPENTINE BROTHERS
SAT 7/29 - ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, THE LITTLE KILLERS, DC SNIPERS, ANGRY ANGLES, IMAGINARY ICONS
At first glance the lineup for the Dot Dash Festival seems to be full of bands you've never heard of. At second glance, well you probably still never heard of them, BUT once you read the descriptions of these mystery bands, it actually starts to seem like something pretty interesting....
ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS - This classic 70s proto-punk band reunited for a small tour in 2003. This is their first return to NYC since then. NOTE - this is the same lineup as the previous tour, including Richard Lloyd (Television) on guitar.
ALARM CLOCKS - The 1960s band made famous by garage-punk fans with the classic Nugget, "No Reason To Complain." They've played their hometown of Cleveland and the Ponderosa Stomp in Memphis - the reports have been AMAZING.
THE DICKS - First NYC show for this classic 80s Texas punk band since their legendary "Rock Against Reagan" show w/ Bad Brains was shutdown in Central Park in 1983.
MARKED MEN - 1st NYC show ever for this power-pop punk band - new record on Swami Records.
THE CYNICS/THE ORIGINAL SINS - rare NYC appearances for these two Pennsylvania garage bands.
More info below....