Entries tagged with: Dum Dum Girls
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn balaericists Lemonade have released a new single, "Dancer On The Shore," that features vocals from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls. With steel drums and that featherlight touch, it's as cool as a summer breeze and you can stream it (via Stereogum) below.
Lemonade will be playing Cascine Records' 5th Anniversary party that happens at The Wythe Hotel on September 17 with Chad Valley, Yumi Zouma, Korallreven, and Cuushe playing as well. Tickets are on sale. Those bands, and others such as Shine 2009, Keep Shelley in Athens, Boat Club and more, also feature on a Cascine 5th Anniversary Spotify mix put together by Gorilla Vs. Bear that you can stream below.
Speaking of, Chad Valley have a new album due out October 2 via Cascine titled Entirely New Blue. You can stream "True" from that below. The Cascine party is the kickoff to Chad Valley's tour which will hit Brooklyn again on October 29 at Baby's All Right with Stranger Cat and Montreal band Vesuvio Solo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Chad Valley dates are listed, along with the new song stream, Lemonade single and Cascine mix, below...
Season on Pell: Dee Dee in Chinatown
If you watch Netflix series Orange is the New Black, you may have heard Dum Dum Girls's very Mazzy Star-esque single "Coming Down" from 2011's Only In Dreams used prominently in the new (third) Season's third episode. This has prompted a digital reissue of the song's limited edition 7" (with "Girls Intuition" b-side) and well as unearthing an unused video for "Coming Down." (Another video, shot by DDG bassist Malia James was used instead at the time.) Sam Macon followed singer Dee Dee Penny around Chinatown and other NYC locations and you can watch it, via Stereogum, below.
Dee Dee will be performing a solo set on Thursday (7/23) at the MOSCOT store on Orchard St. It's a free show with complimentary wine and beer for those 21+ but you do need to RSVP.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Belle & Sebastian / with dancers / Real Estate @ Radio City Music Hall 6/10/2014
Belle & Sebastian finally brought their Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance tour to NYC (the album came out in January), playing the tony digs that are Radio City Music Hall. The band long ago outgrew their shy, understated demeanor and have been consumate showmen for some time, but this was their biggest production yet, with projections and a quartet of dancers for certain songs. It's not just Girls in Peacetime who want to dance for "The Boy With the Arab Strap," though, and they brought up selected members of the crowd to boogie onstage for that one -- a standard B&S move for some time, but is always fun. Speaking of bringing people up, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls came out to sing on old chesnut "Lazy Line Painter Jane."
Opening were Real Estate whose gentle jangle made for a nice lead-in to the Belle & Sebastian Revue. More pictures from the whole night -- and Belle & Sebastian's setlist -- are below.
by Bill Pearis
While Dum Dum Girls are taking a breather (they're still a thing), Dee Dee is staying busy. She's playing drums in OCDPP, the punk inspired band that also features Cassie Ramone and OJ from XRay Eyeballs, and now she's just unveiled another new project called HUNI. It's got more of a synth-based dreampop R&B vibe which you can hear on HUNI's debut single "Is There Any Other One?" While different than anything she's ever done, Dee Dee's strong pop smarts are still evident. You can stream or download it below.
For folks in NYC, there's a HUNI release party happening on Monday (5/4) at Night of Joy in Williamsburg. Hosted by LA label Body Music, there will be DJ sets by Dee Dee, UUV and Young Beto. It's a free party and the flyer for it is below.
You can also catch OCDPP at Baby's All Right on May 15 opening for Ian Svenonius' Chain & the Gang. Future Punx are also on that show and tickets are still available.
Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies), Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and OJ from XRay Eyeballs have formed a new group called OCDPP. Dee Dee plays drums, and OJ describes their sound as 80's LA punk influenced. OCDPP will play their first show on Thursday (4/9) at Elvis Guesthouse with Flowers of Evil (members of Crocodiles, SISU, APTBS) and Dark Tunnels. Tickets are on sale and flyer for the show is below.
OCDPP will also be playing Baby's All Right on May 15 opening for Ian Svenonius' Chain & the Gang. Future Punx are also on that show and tickets are on sale.
Chain and the Gang, who released Minimal Rock n' Roll last year, only have one other show on their schedule: May 22 at Columbus, OH's Ace of Cups.
by Bill Pearis
Haunted Hearts: DeeDee & Brandon
Haunted Hearts, aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles, released their debut album, Initiation, last year. A labor of love (and concept album about S&M) for this real-life couple, it falls sonically somewhere between their two groups, and their voices sound nice together. (It reminds me a little, at times, of Love & Rockets.) You can watch the video for "Up is Up But So Is Down" and listen to an Rdio stream of the album below.
With Dum Dum Girls on a between-record breather, Haunted Hearts will play Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Friday, March 13 (seems appropriate). Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced show.
Crocodiles, meanwhile, are not on a breather and will release their new album, BOYS, in May. You can pre-order it via Pledgemusic.
by Bill Pearis
The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.
Album stream below...
Grimes @ Pitchfork Fest 7/20/14
Photographer Dominick Mastrangelo has been contributing to BrooklynVegan for years, and this year he did most of his shooting in Chicago (as well as other places, like Finland's Flow Festival). Now that the year is coming to a close, Dominick has put together his favorite 14 photos that he took this year, as well as a list of ten records he's kept on heavy rotation throughout 2014. Check out more of his shots, and browse his album list, below...
We've been posting a bunch of New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC throughout the past few months, but there's even more cool stuff we haven't gotten to yet. Here's a roundup of ways to musically ring in the new year:
If you want to dance on New Year's Eve, there's no lack of good places to go to do that. Egyptrixx, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Morgan Louis and Nita Aviance are playing an unannounced Brooklyn location, and tickets for that are on sale now.
The Bunker is throwing a NYE party at Trans Pecos with Scotland's Prosumer headlining and Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Tickets are on sale.
Verboten hosts a show with Lee Burridge, Andhim, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Mike Khoury (tickets).
Aurora Halal hasn't done one of her Mutual Dreaming parties in eight months, but she'll change that on NYE at Palisades with Galcher Lustwork, Huerco S. and DJ Richard. Tickets are available.
Sleepy & Boo headline a party at Cielo with Eskuche & Nu Sky, Mikey G and Dan Fischer. Tickets are on sale.
There's a lot of cool stuff at Cameo with Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean associate Jee Day, former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies. You can grab tickets.
NYC DJ team The Rub are doing their recurring NYE party at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously discussed dance options include Skrillex/Diplo/Rudimental/A$AP Ferg, Kiesza, Erasure, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!/Museum of Love, DJ Koze, Machinedrum, Duke Dumont, Washed Out, !!!/Prince Rama/Cakes Da Killa, Peaking Lights and the Ed Banger party.
Murphys Law play their annual NYE show at Trash Bar with No Redeeming Social Value, Close To The Edge, Wombat In Combat, Hopeless Otis and Red Lucy.
Also in the punk/garage realm is the Kid Congo Powers show at Home Sweet Home.
Phish aren't doing their NYE run at MSG this year (they're doing it in Miami), but if jam bands are your thing, you can catch The Disco Biscuits at their 3-night Best Buy Theater run happening Dec. 29, 30 & 31. Tickets for all three nights are available. There's also the Gov't Mule 2-night run at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 30 & 31 (tix).
Williamsburg venue Glasslands will have their last show ever on NYE with four "special, secret" guests who all have history with the venue. That's sold out.
Meanwhile newer Williamsburg venues Baby's All Right and Rough Trade have NYE shows too. The Baby's show features Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Mr. Twin Sister, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches. frontman Aaron Maine performing as Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, Mr. UNO and a number of DJs (tix). Rough Trade's show has Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse and Twain (tix).
For a night of mostly local indie rock, Gimme Tinnitus, Ipsum and Exploding In Sound are bringing a party to Aviv with The Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, Multicult, Palehound, The Big Sleep, Vomitface and Parlor Walls.
Chiptune punks Crying are headlining a NYE party at Silent Barn with Downies, Unstoppable Death Machines, Sunshine Gun Club (mems DeathSet, Team Robespierre), Isn't Ours, Jono Mi Lo and more TBA. There will also be several DJs, including the Shea Stadium crew, Edan Wilber from the now-closed Death by Audio with a "remote beach set" and more. More info here.
Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir throw their recurring party at Union Pool with help from DJ Bluntmaster, DJ Ryan Sawyer and "Tons of Special Guests." No advance tickets for that show.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and others are DJing a swanky party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (tickets).
Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux hit City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. Everything but the early show on NYE is sold out, so get tickets to that show while you still can. They're performing favorites from The White Album at that one.
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque," at Joe's Pub from 12/26 to NYE with two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.
And while Times Square is probably the last place you want to be on New Year's Eve, perhaps you'd like to know this year's lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Bastille, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and more, if you're into that sort of thing.
And Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve is teaming up with Barclays Center to broadcast their Elton John show.
You can browse our "New Year's Eve" Tag for even more. What else?
by Bill Pearis
Former The Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer (and Depreciation Guild frontman) Kurt Feldman spends his time these days fronting Ice Choir, his synthpop project that meticulously recreates the sounds of The Big '80s. Ice Choir will release a holiday single next week (12/16) via Cascine titled Pure Holiday with two dreamy, midtempo ballads that could've been on a Dream Academy album or a John Hughes soundtrack. We've got the premiere of both sides in this post and you can stream it below. Sales of the 7" and digital go to benefit Coalition For The Homeless.
Ice Choir will celebrate the season and the release of this single with a Pure Holiday live show at Cameo on December 18 with Maxo and DV-i. Tickets are on sale. Show flyer below.
Related, Kurt produced Dum Dum Girls' contribution to Converse's Noise To the World 2, a new song titled "On Christmas." You can stream that below too.
Deer Tick @ Forest Hills Stadium in September (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick, IamSu! and Dum Dum Girls are part of a free new holiday EP being released by Converse Rubber Tracks titled Noise To The World 2. It's being released digitally this week in three installments:
Monday, Dec. 1You can stream the Deer Tick and GRMLN songs now in this post. There will also be free live performances at brick-and-mortar Converse stores this week, including NYC at Converse Soho on Thursday (12/4) at 6 PM with Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls backed by Ice Choir (ex-TPOBPAH drummer Kurt Feldman's synthpop project). In addition to a couple holiday songs, there will be a "full DDG set as reimagined by Ice Choir." Could be interesting! At these shows you can also pick up vinyl of Noise to the World 2 which includes two exclusive covers: Dum Dum Girls doing Wham's "Last Christmas" and GRMLN taking on "Blue Christmas."
Deer Tick - "White Havoc" (Original Single)
GRMLN - "Before December (I'm Alive)" (Original Single)
Wednesday, Dec. 3
IamSu! ft. HBK CJ & 1-O.A.K. - "Next Season" (Original Single)
Michael Christmas - "Pleasant Winter" (Original Single)
Friday, Dec. 5
Dum Dum Girls - "On Christmas" (Original Single)
Torreblanca - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Deer Tick and GRMLN song streams, and a list of all of this week's Converse Noise to the World in-stores around the country, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls played a Devil's Night show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (10/31) and, as a band that clearly enjoys Halloween, Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia played as flesh-eating zombies. It was also one of the last dates on their Too True tour, and as such began the show by playing the album front to back. Having seen DDGs at various points from throughout the year, this was definitely the best I've heard these Too True songs sounding live, and Dee Dee's voice in particular was in great form. The band then took a little break and came back for a second set of older songs, including a few that they don't play very often, like their lovely cover of Strawberry Switchblade's "Trees and Flowers" from the End of Daze EP. They finished off the night, appropriately, with a cover of The Cranberries' "Zombies." A short video clip of that, Dum Dum Girls' Brooklyn Bowl setlist, plus more instagrams and a few cellphone pics, below.
The night also included sets from Ex Cops who also dressed up (Amalie was in zombie mode too) and played a set comprised of all new songs, save for maybe one, from the just-released Daggers. Christines did not get in the Halloween spirit but their Swervedriver/MBV brand of shoegaze sounded good (and loud) nonetheless.
DDGs pics and video below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
As a Red Bull Sound Select program curator, BrooklynVegan gets to do cool shows every few months in NYC. Our next one is this Friday night (9/12) at Palisades in Bushwick with White Lung, Power Trip and Sick Feeling (RSVP if you haven't yet). We once did one with Bouncing Souls, who play another one at small New Brunswick bar Court Tavern this week.
RBSS present shows every month in cities all over the country including LA, but in November they'll be doing one every night in LA, each at a different venue. The LA ones aren't all free, but none are more than $15. You need to register with RBSS before you can buy tickets though, but it's a free registration (same as RSVPing). Register and buy tickets HERE. Full LA November schedule below...
by Bill Pearis
Ariel Pink is back, no Haunted Graffiti this time, with a new album -- a double titled pom pom -- that hits November 18 via 4AD. You can stream the catchy piece of janglepop that is first single "Put Your Number in My Phone" and check out album art/tracklist in this post.
Meanwhile, Ariel Pink also features on "Tragically Alright," the new single from Ex Cops whose second album will be out in October. You can stream that below. You can catch them on tour this fall with Dum Dum Girls, including their October 30 show at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets).
All Ex Cops dates are listed, along with song stream, Ariel Pink stream, album art and tracklist, below...
Holy Ghost! in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Frankie Cosmos @ MoMA
Frankie Cosmos combines the twee pop of Beat Happening with the anti-folk of Moldy Peaches for a blend that works very well. She's a regular in NYC DIY venues, but this evening's show in MoMA's gorgeous courtyard should be a special one.
Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxman, Dave P @ House of Vans
It's the last free Vans House Party of the summer tonight, and the parties will go out in style with the addictive dance pop of Holy Ghost!.
Pretty and Nice, Jacksie, Adult Dude, Denizen @ Glasslands
Pretty and Nice are unfortunately going on indefinite hiatus this year after being a band for nine years, but before that they've got a new EP out this week which continues their knack for catchy pop. And they've got some fairwell shows including tonight's so see them while you can. Local indie rockers Adult Dude are worth catching tonight too.
Twin Peaks, The Lemons @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's Twin Peaks make fun, summery garage rock not unlike their pals in The Orwells. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their tour with The Lemons, whose catchy lo-fi pop is worth showing up for.
LODRO, Waltz, Electroputas, Ora Iso @ Death By Audio
Having put the wraps on their debut album (due sometime soon TBA) and a tour with DIIV, smoldering and bluesy LODRO should be well rehearsed and maybe armed with some new tunes. Waltz, meanwhile, have their amps set on Despair with some serious Birthday Party style melodrama.
Woodsman, Cloudland Canyon, Psychic Reality, Seabat, Velvet Zombie @ Palisades
The recently-opened Bushwick venue Palisades has very quickly become a hot spot for small shows, and tonight they'll host the first show in their new "Palisades Presents" series. The show will feature a few different types of ambient music from the guitar/loop pedal of Velvet Zombie, to the synthy Seabat, more synths (and vocals) from Psychic Reality, and finally a special collaborative set from Woodsman and Cloudland Canyon. Should be a cool night. Woodsman recently put out a new single that you can hear below.
New Myths, Skymatic, Two Seconds to Midnight, Little Anchor, Tutlie @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, and this is your second of four chances to see them.
Weeknight, Boot Blacks, Youth Worship @ Rough Trade
If you dig the moodier side of The Raveonettes, you'll probably be into spending an evening with Weeknight's desolate highway synth-n-twang sound. They're matched with two bands who probably also wear a lot of black.
Jamie Kilstein, Chris Gethard, Matty Blake @ Union Hall
Tonight at Union Hall it's a live recording of the 'Tell the Bartender' show with stories from guests Jamie Kilstein (Citizen Radio, 'Conan') and the always-entertaining Chris Gethard, plus an appearance from Matty Blake ('30 Rock,' 'Orange is the New Black').
Sete Star Sept, The Brood, Skullshitter @ Acheron
Sete Star Sept are an unhinged noisecore duo from Japan, laying waste with just drums and bass.
Dee Dee (from Dum Dum Girls) @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Pitchfork celebrates Issue 3 of their print edition The Pitchfork Review tonight, featuring readings from some of the writers and a solo set from Dum Dum Girls' singer, Dee Dee.
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 Debi Del Grande
The Muffs / Best Coast / La Sera
Song by song, band by band they came. Peach Kelli Pop, the catchy, girl-group suggestive punk band fronted by Allie Hanlon, delivered verse-chorus-verse songs about love and heartbreak. The primal Coathangers, from Atlanta, offered a more menacing set, highlighting tracks from their new album, "Suck My Shirt." Featuring swapped vocals from Julia Kugel (a.k.a. Crook Kid Coathanger) and drummer Stephanie Luke (Rusty Coathanger), the band delivered the most dangerous and aggressive set of the night -- and one of the best.Burger Records presented Burger A-Go-Go on Saturday (8/2) at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA featuring an all-girl-group (or at least female-fronted) lineup, including Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, The Muffs, Shannon & the Clams, La Sera, The Coathangers, Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, and a whole lot more. Pictures from Burger A-Go-Go are in this post.
Scene figureheads the Muffs, led by rocket-fueled singer-guitarist Kim Shattuck, recently reconvened to release a new album on Burger, and the band performed selections of it and its much-loved '90s back catalog to fans who knew every word, and younger others first hearing the bridge that connects older acts with new headliners like the Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. - [LA Times]
For those of us who don't live in the OC, you can get a taste of Burger's spirit on the upcoming Burger Caravan of Stars tour, featuring The Coathangers, Cherry Glazerr (who was in NYC this past weekend), together PANGEA and more. The NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom is October 30 and tickets are still available. Shannon & the Clams will be here soon too.
More pics from Burger A-Go-Go below...
Dum Dum Girls @ Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dum Dum Girls have been on tour for pretty much all of 2014, and just played Pitchfork in Chicago last weekend. The ladies will be taking deserved break for the rest of the summer -- only playing a few select festival dates -- but will hit the road again this fall surrounding their appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Those dates include a requisite stop in NYC, playing a Devil's Night (or Mischief Night, if you prefer) show at Brooklyn Bowl on October 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/25) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...
By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP
Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG
DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM
Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG
Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP
After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP
Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP
Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM
One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP
Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP
I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG
After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."
Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG
Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP
Shannon & the Clams will be visiting NYC in September, where they'll play three shows: Union Pool on 9/9 with Las Rosas, then Death by Audio on 9/11 (openers TBA), and Palisades on 9/12 with Las Rosas again and more TBA. Tickets for both Union Pool and Palisades are on sale now.
Before that, Shannon & the Clams will be playing the Burger A-Go-Go festival in Santa Ana, CA with Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, The Muffs, Peach Kelli Pop, The Coathangers and lots more. Tickets are on sale. Burger sure does love to throw big shows, like the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, CA last week. Video of Shannon & the Clams playing that, plus the current line-up for the Burger A-Go-Go, and the list of all of Shannon's dates, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / TEEN @ Prospect Park 6/21/2014
Dum Dum Girls headlined a lovely night of free music on the first day of summer (6/21), part of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell. Dressing a little more conservatively than she has lately, Dee Dee and the rest the band stuck mainly to DDG's most recent album, Too True, but played a few older songs as well, plus their cover of The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (from the He Gets Me High EP). The band will be spending the rest of 2014 at select festivals, including Pitchfork and Outside Lands. Tour dates are listed, along with Celebrate Brooklyn! setlist and pics from the show are in this post.
It was a nice bill all around. Hospitality are touring off their terrific second album, Trouble, which expanded their sound quite a bit. The added keyboards have extended to the songs off their debut as well, with older numbers getting radically new arrangements. The band will be on a short East Coast tour in July, so catch them if you can. Dates are listed below.
Speaking of expanded sound, TEEN have transformed from an arty, at times Krauty/proggy outfit, to a much more R&B bent on their new album, The Way and Color. If you missed them in Prospect Park, they're on tour most of the summer, including a September run opening for Islands, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on September 17 (tickets). They'll also DJ the annual White Party at New Museum on Wednesday (6/25) with Heavenly Beat. That is open to New Museum members only. All tour dates are listed below.
More pics from the Prospect Park show, plus tour dates, below...
photos by Misha Vladimirskiy
Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.
From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.
That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...
by Bill Pearis
Oakland, CA duo Some Ember have been making shadowy synthpop for about two years. Both members sing and Nina Chase's frosty delivery works well with Dylan Travis' more emotive style. After a couple cassette-only releases, the band will drop their proper self-titled debut next week (5/27) via Dream Recordings. This will be the first non-cassette release for the label which is run by the guys in Crocodiles. Stream the entire album ahead of its release in this post.
Speaking of duos and Crocodiles and labels run by them, the debut by Haunted Hearts (aka husband-and-wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles) will release their debut album, Initiation, next week as well. That's out on Brandon/Dee Dee's label Zoo, though the cassette will be through Dream. You may have already heard "Johnny Jupiter" but you can stream the whole album now via Pitchfork.
Some Ember album stream below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....