Entries tagged with: Dum Dum Girls
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu's solo project SISU have announced that their new album, titled Blood Tears, will be out on September 17 via Brooklyn label Mono Prism. Says Sandra on the new album, "I didn't want to sound like any one thing -- a shoegaze band, an electronic band, a rock band -- but I did want to make pop songs with un-pop sounds." If you like the new Weekend album, chances are Blood Tears will appeal as well. You can stream the first single from the album, "Return the Favor," below.
SISU have a few shows lined up on the West Coast before the Dirty Beaches tour too. All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu, have a new EP titled Light Eyes that is currently out digitally and will be out in physical formats at the end of the month. Laying off the electric guitars a bit, the new EP has an almost baroque faerie folk feel to it. You can stream the whole thing below.
Having just wrapped up dates with Marnie Stern, SISU are now playing a few headlining shows. The tour wraps up with an EP release show on Friday (5/10) at Glasslands with Yellow Dogs and Young Boys. Tickets are still available and all remaining tour dates are listed below.
Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.
While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?
Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]
UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.
While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.
SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 below.
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee at FFF Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
The Dum Dum Girls have had a busy year, releasing a great new EP and spending much time on the road, mostly recently in NYC a month ago for CMJ, and will wrap up 2012 with a few West Coast shows next week. However, Dee Dee will be playing a solo acoustic show in NYC at Glasslands on December 21 with her hubbie Brandon of Crocodiles doing a set as well. Maybe they'll sing together too, perhaps a yuletide classic? Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls are in the early stages of Album #3 and Dee Dee recently posted a pic with titles of potential new songs.
Tour dates are listed below, along with the video for current single "Lord Knows."
Malia James and Jules in New Orleans (via @malia-james)
"Dum Dum Boys" @ One Eyed Jacks, 10/30/2012 (via @julesdumdum)
Dum Dum Girls are currently touring across the South and Southwest, including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin TX this weekend. Last night (10/30), the band played a Devil's Night show at One Eyed Jacks and dressed as nuns. Dum Dum Boys with Brandon Welchez playing the part of his wife, Dee Dee, came out for the encore, playing "Jail La La." Tourmates Devin, meanwhile, dressed as ZZ Top:
Dum Dum Girls have the night off for Halloween but play Austin for FFF Fest on Friday (10/2). A few more Instagrams are below along with a list of remaining tour dates.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
The Walkmen @ T5, 10/18/2012
Forefathers of NYC's current indie rock scene, The Walkmen headlined Terminal 5 last Thursday (10/18) which was the penultimate date on their fall tour supporting their seventh album, Heaven. The show ended up being opened up to CMJ badges, which made it probably the biggest show of the festival. In addition to their rousing set, the T5 show also featured Dum Dum Girls (who played Glasslands the night before) and the spooky, beautiful sounds of Daughter, who also played other CMJ shows. Pictures from Terminal 5 (and The Walkmen's setlist) are in this post.
In other Walkmen news, Hamilton Leithauser (who we spotted in the crowd for Father John Misty's MHOW show this week) recently spoke to FUSE about Heaven, Frank Sinatra and other subjects, and you can watch a video of that below. Also below, Sandy, Jules and Malia of Dum Dum Girls visit Japanese monster chat show Gorburger and things get strange.
by Bill Pearis
Death Grips @ LPR, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
On Wednesday (10/17), CMJ was well under way and day parties were widespread across the Lower East Side yesterday (and to a lesser extent, Williamsburg). Andrew was out and about, like at the Terrorbird party at Cake Shop:
Prince Rama (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Says Andrew: "It was pretty easy to go in and out so it probably never hit capacity, but Cake Shop was still packed all afternoon for the Terrorbird party. I got there around 4 and caught great sets by Pictureplane, Prince Rama, Mykki Blanco, and Jerome LOL. How were the earlier ones that I missed?"
Meanwhile, BV photographer Amanda Hatfield roamed around the city, hitting the KEXP day show at Union Square Ballroom where she saw Daughter, High Highs, Cody ChesnuTT and Interpol frontman Paul Banks who was sharp-dressed as usual:
Paul Banks at CMJ Union, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Stay tuned for better pictures from that. She later crossed paths with Andrew at Cake Shop, but also spent time at the Tell All Your Friends Party at Pianos where she caught Braids, and then they both headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for Ali Shaheed, Buke & Gase, Death Grips, and Flying Lotus which was by all accounts a bananas show.
Indians at Brooklyn Bowl, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
My CMJ Wednesday started a little later than planned a quick plop-down in the couch turned into an hour disconap, but I made it down to Brooklyn Bowl for Hype Machine's party to see Danish artist Indians. Andrew wrote a nice little recap of his Tuesday set at Living Room which I agree with but will say a bowling alley is maybe not the right place to see a one-man electronic act that is mostly downtemo, somber music. That said, he's got a great voice and would love to see him again not in a 7-10 split situation.
The big news from his set was that Indians pressed 500 copies of his 4AD debut on vinyl in plain brown sleeves to sell just at CMJ. The album won't actually be out till January, so this is a real treat. I wanted one, but wasn't going home anytime soon, so maybe I'll pick one up at one of his other shows this week.
I left the Hype Machine party before The Neighborhood went on, but the band did give me a glow-in-the-dark sticker while I was looking at the Indians vinyl at the merch table. Thanks, guys! I hoofed it up Wythe to South 2nd and poked my head in to Death by Audio to see what time METZ were going on (late) and then rounded the corner onto Kent to hit Glasslands for the Stereogum party where the line stretched long outside. I was lucky I managed to get in, but others weren't. The NY Times was there in the weeds, talking to folk in line, "many of them in fashionable clothes and carrying iPods."
When I got inside, I found things running late and heard the "Thank you, goodnight!" from Io Echo (who play our day party on Friday [10/17). Port St. Willow, who also played the NYC Taper show at Cake Shop today, were up next and sounded nice, but were maybe a little to mellow to follow a dance-y act.
Savages @ Glasslands 10/17/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
After their set I worked my way up front to catch Savages, the real reason I was there. As I wrote earlier, they kinda knocked me out. (Their rhythm section is insane.) Mind you, I am a sucker for this kind of sound (gothy post punk a la 1981) but Savages are the real deal. They play our day party Friday (10/19, 2:30) which you should totally try to make. Skip class, call in sick...whatever you have to do. It's a great line-up (The Intelligence! METZ!) and totally free.
Pitchfork loved Savages too.
Guards at Glasslands 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
Guards (ex-Cults member Richie Follin's band) we up next and played a fine set of rousing, sing-a-long rock. Follin remarked it was nice to be back at Glasslands where they played their first-ever show.
Dum Dum Girls @ Glasslands, 10/17/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
Dum Dum Girls took the stage about 12:30 and seemed in good spirits, delivering the kind of all-killer-no-filler showcase set that makes festival attendance a plus sometimes. They even did their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You" again (just like at Europa). New bassist (and talented photographer/filmmaker) Malia James is a great addition to the band, adding a little sass to DDG's otherwise cool demeanor. (She also looks more than a little like Jessica Paré [aka Megan Draper].)
And that was it for me for that night, but BBG was just getting started with a late night WIERD show at Home Sweet Home that featured Cult of Youth and Slug Guts. But elsewhere in the world...
Hundred Waters, who you can see tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and who play the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly Saturday, started their CMJ run at Mercury Lounge last night with Pitchfork on hand.
We also got a peak at the renovated Slipper Room last night. BV's Dominick Mastrangelo stopped by for the Glassnote showcase set by Daughter (who open for the Walkmen and Dum Dum Girls at Terminal 5 tonight). "Very cool space. Look forward to catching more shows here", he tweeted. Stay tuned for more on that.
Local Natives headlined a one-off show at Bowery Ballroom.
The few who stuck it out till the end at the 285 Kent hip hop show last night are probably tired, as we know Sasha Go Hard went on some time after 3am... she came straight from the airport too, and then went right back to the airport and back to Chicago right after the show!
Speaking of our day party Friday, you can see Sky Ferreira there. Last night she played Union Hall., Check out a video below...
Royal Baths circa now
Royal Baths are opening for Moon Duo tomorrow night (10/5) at Knitting Factory and the show will be their first with a new line-up that includes Lesley Hann of Friends on bass (who seems to have left that group, along with Matthew Molnar, if their most recent 285 Kent show is any indication). Tickets are still available.
If you can't make it tomorrow night, Royal Baths have a bunch of other shows coming up, including Sunday (10/7) at Bowery Electric (whose booking seems to be getting more interesting now that Sam Mickens has been handling some of the shows there) with Larkin Grimm, Behavior & M. Lamar; Wednesday (10/10) at Glasslands with Grooms, Dum Dum Girls offshoot SISU and Punks on Mars (tickets); October 16 at 285 Kent with Forma and the Golden Awesome; and a CMJ show at Cheap Storage on October 19 with King Tuff, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker (tickets). Royal Baths tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Royal Baths' Jeremy Cox features on Blasted Canyons' version of "Venus in Furs" that will be on the upcoming Castle Face Velvet Underground tribute album we told you about. That album is out November 6. Royal Baths most recent album, Better Luck Next Life, came out back in February.
Speaking of Total Slacker, the band have had a sad week with the death of their drummer Terence Connor in a hit-and-run. The band will pay tribute to him this Saturday (10/6) at Cheap Storage with a dance party featuring DJ sets from Weird Rivers, Cool Serbia, DOM, and Prince Rama. Suggested donation is $5 and all procedes go to Connor's family. More info here.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls at Europa, 9/30/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Dum Dum Girls were just through town, playing a record release party at Europa on Sunday (9/30) for their new EP, End of Daze. (They also played an in-store at Other Music on Monday.) This was the
first second NYC DDGs show to feature new bassist Malia who replaced Bambi (who left to start her own band Cheap Curls). Looking a bit like Patricia Morison of Sisters of Mercy, she's been with the Girls for a while and fits right in with Sandy, Jules and now platinum blonde Dee Dee. Noo hiccups in their tight, 50-minute or so set that included pretty much everything you'd want to hear from their catalog to date, including the EP's flower-powered "Lord Knows." Dum Dum Girls set closed with a terrific cover of Pale Saints' 1989 single "Sight of You" which was a surprise to me but the band have been doing for most of the year. A great show overall, and Greenpoint club Europa (which seems to have been frozen in amber around 1980) was a cool place to see them. Video from their set is below.
If you missed the show and don't want to trek up to Terminal 5 to see them open for The Walkmen, the Dum Dum Girls will be here for CMJ, playing Stereogum's official showcase which happens on Wednesday, October 17 at Glasslands. Also playing, and definitely another reason to go to this, are new UK post-punk outfit Savages, who are making their first Stateside visit for CMJ.The rest of the Stereogum CMJ party includes Guards, Port St. Willow, IO ECHO and a DJ set from Icona Pop. Tickets are on sale now and only $5. Hard to pass up.
I'll remind you again that Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy has her band, SISU, in town too. They played last night at Death by Audio but will play again in NYC on Friday (10/5) at Pianos with Young Boys and Suburban Living, and then at Glasslands on Wednesday (10/10) with Grooms, Royal Baths and Punks on Mars.
Meanwhile, Savages also play Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, Emma Louise and J. Thoven. Tickets are still on sale for that one too. Savages performed "Husbands" on Later with Jules Holland over the weekend and you can check out video from their appearance below.
The Walkmen at Osheaga 2012 (more by Domnick Mastrangelo)
The Walkmen have new tracks on the way in the "Dance With Your Partner" / "Vermeer '65" 7", a limited release available on November 6 and is up for preorder now. The material, culled from the Heaven sessions, were produced, engineered and mixed with Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Les Savy Fav, etc). Stream all of that release below.
For the value-conscious, 100 copies of said 7" will be available for free to early entrants at Terminal 5 on October 18. Tickets are still available. If you need more reason to show up early, Dum Dum Girls and Daughter open at that T5 show, the former of which recently played Europa and Other Music.
Stream that 7" below alongside a list of all tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Crocodiles at 4 Knotts 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles' tour rolls through NYC tonight (Friday, 9/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post along with a list of all dates.
The band are supporting their most recent album, Endless Flowers, which finds them widening their scope while still holding on to those Spacemen 3/JAMC roots. It's a good record. You can stream the whole thing at Spotify and check out the video for its title track below. Openers for this show are Punks on Mars and Alexis & Icewater.
Brandon of Crocodiles' wife, Dee Dee, will be playing with the rest of Dum Dum Girls at Europa on Sunday (9/30) with Chez Deep and Starred, and tickets to that show are still available. It's a record release show for their terrific new End of Daze EP. DDGs will be back opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on October 18 (tickets).
Meanwhile, DDG drummer Sandy's band, SISU, play Glasslands before that on October 10 with Grooms, Royal Baths, and Punks on Mars (tickets). Bleeding Rainbow were on that bill originally, but seem to have dropped off. (They do have other shows in NYC though.)
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* David J @ The Delancey
* Sanda Weigl @ Joe's Pub
* The Bad Plus @ Mercury Lounge
* The G String Orchestra @ Barbes
* Carol Lipnik and Spookorama @ Barbes
* Weekend, Woodsman, Eraas @ Cameo Gallery
* Herzog Rising, Ballroom, BC @ Union Pool
* David Byrne, St. Vincent @ Beacon Theater
* Saint Vitus, Weedeater, Sourvein @ Saint Vitus
* Big Business, Gay Witch Abortion @ Maxwell's
* Two Gallants, Papa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Karan Casey w/ Niall & Cillian Vallely @ Joe's Pub
* Gotye, Missy Higgins, Jonti @ Radio City Music Hall
* Dirty Projectors, Lavender Diamond @ The Capitol Theatre
* R. Stevie Moore, Love as Laughter @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter, Violent Bullshit, Aperiodic @ Cake Shop
* Anti-Pop Consortium, Rafiq Bhatia, Alexander Overington @ Pianos
* Rich Aucoin, Stepdad, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Bernsden @ Glasslands
* Rob Tannenbaum, Craig Marks, Chuck Klosterman @ Book Court
* We Have The Technology, Grace Banks, The Nepotist @ Pianos (Upstairs)
* Gross Relations, Punks On Mars, A Rex & J Rex, Young Boys @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, Tall Tall Trees, Emily Mure @ The Rock Shop
* Guerilla Toss, Fat History Month, The Dreebs, Cave Bear, Mr. Transylvania @ Death By Audio
* Diamond Terrifier, The AM Group, Marcia Bassett + Samara Lubelski, Beer Damage, Tetsuo Rebirth @ Zebulon
* Comic Books Club w/ Fernando Ruiz, Fabio Redivo, Anthony Marques @ Fontanas
David Byrne and St. Vincent are here this week, playing the Beacon Theatre tonight and tomorrow (9/26) and Williamsburg Park on Saturday (9/29). You can read BV Chicago's review from last week if you want to know what to expect, as well as bandmember Kelly Pratt's tour diary.
Another David is in town, too. Onetime Bauhaus and Love & Rockets bassist David J. performs tonight at The Delancey.
Onetime Bay Area noisemakers Weekend make their debut as Brooklyn residents tonight at Cameo with Woodsman and ERAAS.
Meanwhile at 285 Kent, it's a similar, if gloomier, vibe with four local bands: A Rex & J Rex, Young Boys, Punks on Mars and Gross Relations. Only $5 for this one and you can stream Young Boys' most recent EP below.
Rock writers Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks celebrate the paperback release of their book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution at Rob Tannenbaum, Craig Marks, Chuck Klosterman @ Book Court">Book Court in Brooklyn. Moderated by Chuck Klosterman, they'll discuss "the heyday of music videos, and whether or not MTV now sucks." The event is free and starts at 7 PM.
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Chelsea Wolfe, whose new album, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, is out next month, was filmed beautifully performing "The Way We Used To" by Out Of Town Films. Watch below.
Dum Dum Girls at MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Dum Dum Girls are releasing their new EP, End of Daze, on September 25 via Sub Pop. The girls dropped the EP's single, "Lord Knows," back in August, and now they've got the whole EP streaming a week ahead of its release. You can listen to it below (via Stereogum).
As discussed, the band will play a release party for the EP in NYC at Europa on September 30 with Starred and Chez Deep. Tickets for that show are still available. They'll stick around after that show and play a free in-store at Other Music (10/1, 8 PM) the next day.
Other Music will also host a free in-store for Niki & the Dove on September 26, also 8 PM, the day before their tour with Twin Shadow comes to NYC for a sold out two-night run.
Dum Dum Girls EP stream and a list of updated dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Dum Dum Girls' new EP, End of Daze, is out September 25 finds Dee Dee and the rest of the girls expanding their sound into some cool new areas. "Lord Knows," which you can download via a widget at the bottom of this post (with your email address), is a soulful "Crimson and Clover" style groover that could've been played at the Hacienda in 1990, and the EP also contains a blissed-out cover of Strawberry Switchblade's 1983 dayglo psych debut, "Trees and Flowers."
Dum Dum Girls will play an End of Daze release party in NYC at Europa on September 30 with "Special Guest" and tickets are on sale now. They'll also be opening for The Walkmen (with whom they played at Montreal's Osheaga fest) at Terminal 5 on October 18.
If you need more related music, check out SISU which is fronted by DDG drummer Sandra Vu and falls a little more on the gothy shoegaze side of things. (I caught them at SXSW.) Their new "Demon Tapes Vol. 2" EP quite good and is a "name your price" download at Bandcamp and is streaming below.
All tour dates are listed below, along with streams and widgets.
Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.
The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.
Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.
A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."
This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.
"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."
What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.
The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.
Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.
The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).
Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.
Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.
Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
King Khan at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:
July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, TournamentThe parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."
The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - "I Don't Care" (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
House of Vans, who already hosted their first House Party of the summer on June 20 with The Rapture and Tanlines, and has their next one scheduled for July 12 with H2O, 7 Seconds, and more, will also throw a "Classic Summer Party" on July 21. Dum Dum Girls and Widowspeak will play the Brooklyn space that day with a DJ set from Finger on the Pulse and live video installation from Radical Friend and Discipline. RSVP for that show is now open.
This Classic Summer Party falls five days before the third Vans House Party (7/26), which along with 8/2, 8/16, and 8/29, has still yet to announce their lineups.
Last month, Dum Dum Girls wrote a theme song for an issue of Rookie Mag. You can grab an MP3 of that track above, and check out a list of all DDG's dates below...
Cold Cave with Dee Dee of The Dum Dum Girls (via beckadiamond)
Last night (6/14) was unofficial goth night at Europa in Brooklyn.
Less a concert and more a melancholic dance party of black-clad, overdressed waifs, Thursday's Northside Festival line-up at Europa featured darkwave heroes Cold Cave and White Ring, along with the experimental solo project of C. Spencer Yeh, Burning Star Core.
The latter kicked off the show on a dissonant note, barraging the few blasé (and mostly seated) attendees with violin feedback and isolated electronic noise. Though discordant, Yeh's set most certainly lent itself to the "goth prom" ambiance of the event: he performed off and to the right of the stage, set up on a rickety table and backlit with color-changing LED lights. (Naturally, Europa's velveteen, hyper-polished and chandelier-encrusted décor helped, too.)
The night's dance vibes -- and, perhaps not surprisingly, the crowd -- picked up significantly when White Ring took the stage. That is to say, it didn't pick up too much but just enough for people to hang their heads and sway under strobe light. The songs were slow but pulsating; paired with singer Kendra Malia's strident vocal delivery, the performance came across as visceral, yet cold -- think Crystal Castles with a heavy dose of codeine syrup -- and eased the crowd perfectly into the headlining set.
When Cold Cave came on, mood seemed to switch gears to beach party spillover, with the sea of black shifting back and allowing a bare-legged, sun-kissed crew of what some might refer to as "normies" to the front. They greeted the band with exuberance and -- gasp! -- up-tempo dancing. Cold Cave returned the favor by playing the hits off Cherish the Light Years while also peppering in some old favorites including the single "Love Comes Close" and b-side "Theme from Tomorrowland", featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls on vocals. At one point, they went even further back into the band's repertoire to play a Cremations-era mash up of "Poison Berries" and "Pacing Around the Church", much to the chagrin of the dance-oriented crowd.
Saccharine sweet at times and flat-out scary at others (see: Dominick Fernow dancing maniacally around the stage, pointing, and shouting angrily at the crowd), Cold Cave's performance was as dichotomous as the night's line-up. Though the marriage of Eisold and Fernow's hardcore and noise roots with the dance-friendly sensibility of Cold Cave works well for the band, it sometimes fails to translate live, especially when mixing performers as far-removed from each other as these two openers were. But, so long as you can approach the performances with little expectation of seeing "dance-friendly band" or "the members of American Nightmare and Prurient project" and simply go to see Cold Cave, the band (a novel idea, I know), they shouldn't, and won't, disappoint.
7:32pm Metric wrapped up a touch early; partly because one new song ("Lost Kitten") was stopped 10 seconds into it and Emily decided to strike it from the set. Aside from that odd error, Metric played a fair set. They cited the show as their "public debut" of Synthetica and they did play mostly new material (7 out of 11 songs), most of which sounds promising. It's always hard to judge new material accurately as the audience doesn't know it so it always comes across slightly weak or stiff. Metric opened their set with newbie "Artificial Nocturne" (also the album's opener). It was one of the stronger new tracks. The other stand outs were "Youth Without Youth" (when played live it seemed to lose it's sluggishness of it's studio version) and "Nothing But Time", a synth/piano number that builds each verse until drums kick in and the song finishes with a flourish of Emily Haines' Pro-One synth. The band closed with an acoustic version "Gimme Sympathy" that had pretty much the entire amphitheater singing along. [The Province]Here's more pictures from the super-stacked Saturday (5/26) line-up of the Sasquatch Music Festival which happened Memorial Day Weekend in Gorge, Washington -- including Metric, St. Vincent, The Shins, Dum Dum Girls, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Couer de Pirate, Sol, Com Truise and more. The first set from Saturday (5/26) are HERE and Friday (5/25) are HERE. More from Day 2 below and still more Sasquatch pics to come.