Entries tagged with: Dressy Bessy
by Bill Pearis
It's time for NYC Popfest, the annual four-day celebration of all things jangly, often cute, usually well-dressed and, ocasionally, twee. Over 30 bands are playing this year and I'll be covering all of it day by day. Here's a look at tonight's kickoff show (5/29) which, as usual, happens at Cake Shop. Advance tickets are still availble (and should be at the door too)
Headlining is Dressy Bessy who have been around since the '90s heyday of Elephant 6 (guitarist John Hill is also in Apples in Stereo). Fronted by Tammy Ealon, the band make crunchy powerpop that never gets too sweet. You may remember their cover of The Free Design's "Bubbles" from The Powerpuff Girls. While the band hasn't made an album since 2008's Holler & Stomp, Ealon reactivated the band in 2012, releasing a few digital singles and a best-of compilation cassette via Burger.
Making for a nice leadup will be undercard The Besties who were an '00s-era mainstay here in NYC and played the 2008 edition of Popfest. The band broke up the next year, but are back together for at least this show. Other news: The Besties' final bow, 2008's Home Free, is getting it's first-ever vinyl release.
Filling the UK quotient for the night is "vegan straight-edge pop group" Martha who just this week (5/26) released their new album, Courting Strong, which is out on Fortuna Pop (Joanna Gruesome, Shrag) in the UK, and Salinas (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) in North America. The record was produced by MJ of Hookworms and is ten songs of hooky, punky guitar pop and you can stream the whole thing below. Martha's Popfest appearance is part of a full North American tour -- most shows with Salinas labelmates Delay.
Also playing the Cake Shop show: Charleston, SC's Tape Waves whose airy jangle is sort of like a female fronted Real Estate at their most-straightforward (check out new single "Stay All Night" below); and NYC-via-the-Dominican-Republic's Franny and Zooey who swiped their name from Salinger and their sound from '60s pop radio (stream last year's Bananafish EP below).
In between sets,
Kip from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will DJ. UPDATE: Kip had to cancel last minute, as Pains are flying out on tour.
Previews of Friday, Saturday and Sunday's NYC Popfest action are still to come. Meanwhile, check out streams from all five of Thursday's Popfest bands below...
by Andrew Sacher
UK indie pop band Martha will be following their recent single and EP with their debut album, Courting Strong, this May on Fortuna POP (September Girls, Joanna Gruesome) in the UK and Salinas Records (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) in the US. The new record's first single, "1997, Passing In The Hallway," is less punky than their earlier material, but it's still indie pop with a strong backbone. Check it out, with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
Martha is one of the bands coming over the US for NYC Popfest, where they'll play Cake Shop on May 29 with Dressy Bessy, The Besties, Tape Waves and Franny and Zooey. Tickets (including four-day pass options and individual show tickets) for Popfest are still available.
The day after Popfest, Martha will head to NJ's Cooler Ranch (5/30) to kick off a US tour with their Salinas labelmates Delay. Most of the venues on that tour are still TBA, but they're supposed to hit Brooklyn on June 6. The full tentative list of dates is below.
Delay are also planning on releasing their sixth record, Circle Change, via Salinas this May. Tracklist and artwork below. No music from that one yet, but in the meantime you can listen to a stream of their 2012 album, Rushing Ceremony, below...
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
Dressy Bessy is an indie rock band from Denver, Colorado, associated with the Elephant Six Collective. Guitarist John Hill also plays with The Apples in Stereo. Lead vocalist/guitarist Tammy Ealom formed the band with drummer Darren Albert and guitarist turned bassist Rob Greene in 1996. The name was taken from a popular Playskool doll of the 1970s. Hill joined around the time they started recording. [Wiki]AOL Spinner is streaming the new Dressy Bessy album Largehearted Boy was talking about. There's also a tour.
Tickets are on sale for a September 26th Dressy Bessy show at Union Hall. The Coast and Fred Astereo are also on that bill and it's the late show after the comedy gets done. Dressy Bessy are also playing a show with The Coast one night earlier at Arlene's Grocery in Manhattan.
A whole bunch of other Elephant 6ers (too many to list again) are also touring before the end of the year. All Dressy Bessy dates below...
A couple of other discs stand out among the week's music releases. Cory Chisel's Cabin Ghosts EP is reissued and well worth picking up for anyone who missed its limited summer release. Jessica Lea Mayfield's With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt is an impressive debut from the 18 year-old singer-songwriter who has drawn comparisons to Mazzy Star and Neko Case.
Other discs I have heard and can recommend this week include Amanda Palmer's (of the Dresden Dolls) Who Killed Amanda Palmer, venerable songwriter Charlie Louvin's Steps to Heaven, Dead Confederate's Wrecking Ball, James' Hey Ma, Passion Pit's Chunk of Change, and War Tapes' self-titled EP.
If you have children, Lisa Loeb' kids album, Camp Lisa, might be worth checking out.
editor's note: Fender player Tom Verlaine also has some some reissues this week.
What new music releases can you recommend this week?