Entries tagged with: Eternal Summers
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers have made a video for their single "Together or Alone" which is from their fourth album, Gold and Stone, which is out June 2 via Kanine. Japhy Riddle directed the stop-motion animated clip about a lonely honey badger who looks to the stars every night. It's lovely short and you can watch it below. That song is one of the adrenalized songs on Gold and Stone, but more indicative of the dreamier direction Eternal Summers have taken this time is its shimmering title track which recalls bands like The Sundays or even "Linger"-era Cranberries. It's a natural fit for the band and when the "oooooh" chorus hits the song really lifts off. The whole album is full of songs like that and is up there with Correct Behavior as the best thing they've done yet. Listen to "Gold and Stone" below.
The band are currently on tour with Turbo Fruits and shortly after those dates will be in Brooklyn at Littlefield on May 31, which is the 2015 NYC Popfest finale with Club 8, #Poundsign#, Lunchbox, Seabirds, Palms on Fire, Starry Eyed Cadet, and Sapphire Mansions. Tickets are still available. Eternal Summers will be in the city before that, playing Cake Shop on May 8 which is part of the venue's 10th anniversary month. Full lineup (and details on what else Cake Shop has in store) are still TBA. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
NYC Popfest has just announced the lineup for its 2015 edition which happens May 28 - 311 in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Shows will happen at Cake Shop, Knitting Factory, Cameo, The Bell House, Littlefield and Baby's All Right. Schedule is still TBA but four-day festival passes are on sale now.
Like always it's a mix of bands from around the world, both new and veteran acts. Some of this year's highlights include: The Loft, fronted by Pete Astor and one of the first bands signed to Creation Records; Sweden's Club 8, one of the many bands featuring Labrador Records owner Johan Angergård; C-86 era band The Darling Buds who scored a few college radio hits in the late '80s and early '90s (and who many couldn't tell apart from The Primitives); shortlived Ann Arbor, MI band Veronica Lake who put out records on Spin Art, Simple Machines and Bus Stop and haven't played a show since 1994; The Catenary Wires, the duo featuring Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly and The Tender Trap; and Germany's Brideshead who have been making music since the '90s.
More on the international front: The Spook School, who charmed last year's Popfest crowd, and other UK acts like Young Romance, and The Just Joans; Papa Topo and Jessica & The Fletchers from Spain; plus Wallflower from Japan, and Popfest's first band from Russia, Palms On Fire.
From North America, there's Eternal Summers (who have a new album out around the time of Popfest), terrific shoegazers Wildhoney and their fellow Baltimoreans Expert Alterations, three bands from California (Lunchbox, #poundsign# and Starry Eyed Cadet), and Rhode Island's Working. And NYC is well-represented with Beverly, Roman a Clef, The Chandler Estate, Pale Lights, and Souvenir Stand.
The Popfest folks have put together a Spotify playlist featuring most all the band's playing this year and you can stream that, and check out a few related videos and streams, below. More bands may be added, but check out the 2015 NYC Popfest lineup as it stands now, below.
by Bill Pearis
Virginia trio Eternal Summers will be back with a new album, titled Gold And Stone, on June 2 via Kanine. Like last year's The Drop Beneath, the band made the album at Austin's Resonate Studio but this time produced it themselves with help from engineer/mixer Louie Lino. Says singer Nicole Yun, "We wanted to target more lush and radiant textures, some classic rock riffs, some jazzier elements and some full-on punk snarl." Some of that punk snarl is on display in the chorus of first single "Together Or Alone" which you can stream, and watch an album trailer, below.
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
by Bill Pearis
Literature @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philadelphia's Literature just released the video for "New Jacket" which is off this year's Chorus, their first album for Slumberland. The hazy visuals, a mix of flowers and live footage fit the breathless rush of the song pretty well and you can watch that below. Last in NYC for CMJ, Literature have no shows on the horizon but they're about to go back into the studio for their next album.
Being the indiepop aficionado that he is, we asked Literature guitarist Kevin Attics to give us a list of his favorite songs from the last year which he did and also turned into a mix for us. Kevin says:
2014 is saying it's goodbyes at the party before it walks assuredly out the door. What did we just experience? The culmination of passion projects labored over for years (A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Gold-Bears), nascent talents throwing out the script (Girlpool, Dripping Wet, Spook School), future legends gathering steam (Flowers, Eternal Summers), and a flourishing musical community that is so tightly bound and dynamic (everyone on this mix). Also, Hurry put out a record I guess.You can stream Kevin from Literature's "Essential Songs from 2014" mix below...
by Bill Pearis
PINS n' Brogues
Manchester, UK band PINS, when not making their own rabble-rousing music, run their own label, Haus of PINS, and have a few releases lined up. One of those is by fellow Manc band Brown Brogues who bang out spirited garagey rock n' roll. Brown Brogues have a split EP with Eternal Summers (who were just in NYC) via the label soon, and have just made a video for their song "Don't Dance With My Girlfriend" which features the girls in PINS and makes its premiere in this post. Says director Sarah Jenny Johnson:
It was filmed in just a few hours in a gallery space in the northern quarter using a Canon 60D and 50mm lens. We decided we wanted to the video to be in black & white, simple and sassy yet dead funny. Everyone showed of their dance moves very well. Especially Ben. Obviously" Sarah Jenny Johnson, director.As to the song itself, Brown Brogues drummer Ben Mather chimes in:
The song Don't Dance with my Girlfriend is a school boy romance song, its a way of showing love without looking soft or actually saying the words -- passive-aggressive love, if you will. It was written in the lead up to Mark's wedding so maybe the first dance was weighing on his mind.Check out the video, plus a couple Brown Brogues streams, below.
Meanwhile, PINS will be in North America next month for a tour that includes stops in NYC during CMJ. So far only one show is on their schedule: Cameo on October 21 which is Oh My Rockness' showcase with September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, and Amanda X also on the bill. That's a good lineup and tickets are on sale.
All PINS dates are listed, along with the Brown Brogues video/streams, 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...
by Bill Pearis
Virginia's Eternal Summers are no strangers to NYC, playing here fairly often. They'll be in town again on July 21 at Baby's All Right for what appears to be a one off -- no other dates are currently on their schedule. Tickets are on sale now
That show is with Montreal's Seoul who were pretty good when they played NYC back in March. No other dates for them either. For the unfamiliar, Seoul make breathy pop, with roots in '80s bands like The Dream Academy and Prefab Sprout. Not a lot online to check out but they did just release a new single, "White Mountain, which you can stream, along with one other song, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers / Beverly @ Cake Shop, 4/21/2014
Eternal Summers were in town over the weekend to play Saturday's Kanine-curated Brooklyn Night Bazaar show (4/19) and stuck around to play Cake Shop on Monday (4/21). The band are sounding strong these days, thanks in part to a great new album, The Drop Beneath. Next month, Eternal Summers will be on tour with UK group Maximo Park for a few West Coast dates, and those are listed below.
Joining them at the Cake Shop show were their Kanine labelmates Beverly, who had made their full band live debut on Friday (4/18) at BKNB. Originally a duo with Frankie Rose, Drew Citron (who's in the current lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) now leads the Rose-less four-piece live version of Beverly. I caught the Night Bazaar show and they seemed to have it pretty down right out of the gate. It helps in no small part that Beverly's songs are ridiculously catchy, crunchy and not too sweet -- part Breeders (think "Divine Hammer"), part early Weezer. Their album, Careers, is out July 1. No other live dates at the moment -- TPOBPAH are about to head out on tour -- but stay tuned.
Both Eternal Summers and Beverly were on the Kanine RSD14 compilation Non Violent Femmes. Did anyone pick that up over the weekend?
Sandwiched in between were Brooklyn's Sapphire Mansions whose crystalline sound recalls a variety of '80s UK influences. Their debut EP is really good and while they don't have another show lined up at the moment, they play around frequently so be on the lookout for their next show.
In related Kanine news, also playing over the weekend were UK band Fear of Men whose debut album is out today. As mentioned, they're sticking around to play a free release party at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (4/23). It's an early show (doors are at 7:30 PM), Las Rosas play first and the whole thing is over by 10 PM. They're worth catching.
More pics from Cake Shop below...
Eternal Summers (photo from their Facebook)
As mentioned, this weekend's live entertainment at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is curated by Kanine Records, with Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day and Alvvays on Friday (4/18), and then No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, and Little Big League on Saturday (4/19). Those shows are free. A few of those bands -- FoM, Beverly, Beach Day and Eternal Summers --- feature on the Non Violent Femmes compilation that Kanine's putting out on Record Store Day (4/19).
After this weekend, some of the bands playing have other NYC shows lined up. Eternal Summers and Beverly will play Cake Shop on Monday, April 21 with Sapphire Mansions on the bill as well. Beverly, which has been up to this point just Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, will make their debut as a full band (which we hear may not include Frankie). Beverly's debut album, Careers, is out July 1 via Kanine. Watch a trailer for it below.
Fear of Men, meanwhile, will play a free show at Baby's All Right on April 23. It's an early show, doors at 7:30 and it'll be over by 10 PM. Openers TBA. Between this, BKNB and their Rough Trade #RSD14 appearance, that's three free chances to see them in NYC in the next week. Fear of Men's new album, Loom, is out April 22 via Kanine, and they'll soon be on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Flyer for the Kanine BK Night Bazaar nights and the Beverly album teaser below...
by Bill Pearis
photo by Abigail Smithson
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. The band have put out a couple EPs so far and will release a third, Modern Accent, on April 3 via Paper Cup (Bluffing, The Teen Age). "Vanessa" owes more than a little to The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" and we've got the premiere of its video in this post. Stream it and a few other EP tracks below.
by Bill Pearis
Baltimore's Wildhoney are unabashedly flying the early '90s shoegaze flag, recalling not only the obvious UK influences, but also their American compatriots like Lilys and Black Tambourine. Not only do they have a great sense of dynamics -- knowing when to unstomp those pedals -- but they're good songwriters too. Last year's debut 7" is all hits (three of 'em), and they'll release their second 7" in April. You can stream one cut from the new one and the entirety of their first, below.
Wildhoney have been playing a lot for the last year -- they've toured with Priests -- and will be touring in the spring, including an NYC stop at Silent Barn on 3/21 with Death Ray Architect.
The band will also play the Baltimore Popfest, a one-night extravaganza on March 7 at Ottobar. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who'll have a new LP this year) headline, and the line-up also features Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
All Wildhoney tour dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.
Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.
Eternal Summers "Gouge" still
Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.
In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.
All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Fear of Men special edition LP, Kanine Records announced their other Record Store Day 2014 releases today as well. One of them is a compilation called Non Violent Femmes, which culls tracks from some of today's more promising female-fronted bands from around the globe (well, America, UK, and NZ): Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Tashaki Miyaki, Is/Is, Beverly, TEEN (who just played Baby's All Right), Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, and Beaches. Ten of the 11 tracks are exclusive to the release.
And in a related vibe -- and this is cool -- Kanine will be reissuing Elastica's eponymous 1995 debut on vinyl for RSD. While they never managed to do much after, Elastica is packed with great songs -- "Connection," "Stutter," "Car Song," "Annie," "Line-Up," "Vaseline" -- and a true '90s classic.
Kanine is also releasing an alternate version of Surfer Blood's 2013 album Pythons, one that, apparently, Warner Brothers rejected for being too "punky."
Record Store Day happens in brick-and-mortar shops all around the globe on Saturday, April 19. Speedy Ortiz play free shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, and Infinity Girl; and Other Music on 2/10. They're also streaming their new EP, Real Hair, which you can listen to on Pitchfork.
Check out a few Elastica videos below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
As you may know, Eternal Summers will release their new album, The Drop Beneath, on March 4 via Kanine. The album was produced by Doug Gillard (GBV, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead) and is by far the band's most varied record yet. If you've seen the Virginia trio live lately, you've probably heard "Gouge" which has been a staple of their sets for some time -- I'm pretty sure they played it at their Sound Bites series show in 2012 -- and its phased-out guitars shimmer in the recorded version. You can stream it in this post.
Eternal Summers will play a record release show for The Drop Beneath in NYC on March 4 at Rough Trade where they'll be sharing the bill with UK band Cheatahs. Tickets are still available. No other tour dates announced yet, but look for them to hit the road sometime after the new album drops.
New song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Kirin J. Callinan @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
There's an interesting, last-minute addition to Baby's All Right's schedule tonight (12/11). There's an early show featuring a collaborative performance from Kirin J. Callinan (who wrapped up dates with Cut Copy last month), Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase and Splashh singer Sasha Carlson. The night also features DJ sets from Cara Stricker, Petra Collins and Sandy Kim. No advance tickets, 8:30 PM door. This is all before the late show (11 PM doors) with Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck.
Speaking of Splashh, the UK band (not to be confused with Brooklyn's Splash [one "h"]) were just here for stripped-down shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, as part of Kanine Records' curated weekend (12/6 & 12/7). UK band Splashh released their debut album, Comfort, this year which mixed strong hooks with blown-out production and nasally attitude. If you missed it, you can stream it via Rdio.
Carlson is sticking around NYC for a few more solo shows. He plays Pianos on Friday (12/13) with Bleeding Rainbow, Salt Cathedral, Truest, and Brendan Rivera. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flyer for it is below. He also plays the Kanine Records holiday party at Glasslands on December 22 with Eternal Summers and Little Big League. Tickets for that show are still available.
Eternal Summers @ CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While we wait for Eternal Summers' new Doug Gillard-produced LP, The Drop Beneath (due out early 2014), the band will be hitting the Northeast for a few holiday shows. They'll be in NYC for two shows: December 21 at Cake Shop and December 22 at Glasslands (tickets).
The Glasslands show is the Kanine Records Holiday Party which will also feature a stripped-down set from UK band Splashh (who also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on 12/7) and charming Philly band Little Big League (who we profiled in September).
All upcoming Eternal Summers dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Joanna Gruesome / Eagulls @ Pianos 10/16/2013
The biggest surprise for me at CMJ so far had to be Welsh band Joanna Gruesome, who I caught yesterday (10/16) at the Kanine Records/SESAC party at Pianos (one of many CMJ shows the band has). I arrived a few more minutes before they started, and the crowd was already packed in all the way back to the door. And once they came on, the buzz for this band became pretty clear. From the sounds of their noise pop debut Weird Sister (out now on Slumberland), I expected something a bit more restrained and stripped down, but Joanna Gruesome are a beast of a live band. - [Andrew Sacher]For those looking to catch some of the more hotly-tipped 2013 CMJ acts on the early side, the Kanine Records / SEASAC day party at Pianos on Wednesday was the place to do it, with sets from UK acts Joanna Gruesome, Eagulls, The History of Apple Pie, and Atlanta's Mood Rings, plus CMJ vets Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow and Beach Day. Pictures from the Kanine party are in this post.
You can catch Eagulls today (10/18) at the free BrooklynVegan day party at brand new Williamsburg venue, Baby's All Right (the venue's first-ever show). Eagulls play at 1:30 PM, so come if you can. I caught them Wednesday night and thought they were really good angsty, postpunk-y rock.
As for Joanna Gruesome, they're definitely one of the Bands to See this week and you've still got a few chances to do so -- including the just-announced midnight slot at our takeover of Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/19), playing in between Drowners and Public Service Broadcasting. The whole day is free for anyone 21 and over, no RSVP or CMJ badge needed.
Eternal Summers @ MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Back in March, Eternal Summers went to Austin to make their new album with Doug Gillard behind the boards. The album, which was funded via Pledgemusic, is titled The Drop Beneath and will be out early 2014. Chances are they'll be playing a few of those new songs live this week in NYC at one of their many CMJ gigs. They currently have four lined up to choose from:
Wednesday (10/16) - Pianos (6:30 PM) - Kanine Day Party (FREE)Full line-ups for those shows are listed below.
Wednesday (10/16) - Cameo (11 PM) - Kanine / Carpark / Mexican Summer showcase (tix)
Saturday (10/19) - Pianos (7 PM) International Rescue showcase
Saturday (10/19) - Grand Victory (10 PM) - Break Thru Radio showcase
Cults at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cults' new album, Static, comes out the day of the Brooklyn Bowl show via Columbia, and you can now stream it in full on NPR. Updated dates are listed, along with the video for its track "High Road," below.
Since we last spoke, Atlanta dream pop band Mood Rings (whose debut LP, VPI Harmony, came out this year via Mexican Summer) were added, along with SACCO, as openers to Cults tour, including the Webster Hall show. This also means Mood Rings have dropped off the Cymbals Eat Guitars tour, which they were supposed to be on. That tour still hits NYC without Mood Rings on 11/23 at Knitting Factory with Grooms and Daniel James taking their place (tickets).
Mood Rings aren't on Cults' Brooklyn Bowl show, but they do have their own CMJ shows scheduled, including the Carpark/Mexican Summer/Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Happy Jawbone (tickets); the unofficial Newtown Radio party at Shea (10/16) with Canadian rapper Young Braised, plus Christines, Calvin Love, and Rose Quartz DJs; and a free show at Ace Hotel (10/17).
All Mood Rings dates are listed, along with the list of Cults dates and that video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Welsh band Joanna Gruesome released their debut album, Weird Sister, earlier this month via Slumberland. It's a terrific record of riotous indiepop that has both jangly melodicism and sharp-fanged, bash-it-out aggression. (It's almost like Los Campesinos! covering Veronica Falls or vise versa.) You can stream a couple tracks below or listen to the whole thing via Spotify and Rdio.
Those coming to CMJ in two weeks can catch Joanna Gruesome live where they'll be playing their first North American shows. There are two confirmed shows so far: they'll play the Kanine Records/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 as part of a killer lineup including Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, VALLEYS and The History of Apple Pie. That show is free. They'll also a day party at The Rock Shop on October 19 with Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild and Three Thousand Crowns. That show is also free. More shows are likely to pop up as we get closer to CMJ (which is pretty close already).
Song streams and flyer for the Kanine day party below...
Raleigh indie rockers The Love Language released their new record, Ruby Red, this week, and they've just also put out the video for its single, "Calm Down," which features a Cameo by Laura Ballance of Love Language's Merge labelmates Superchunk. Check out the new video below.
As discussed, The Love Language are supporting the new album on a tour with another solid indie rock band, Eternal Summers. That tour comes to NYC soon for shows on July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 1 at Glasslands. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are still available, but we're also giving away a pair to each show. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the new video and contest details, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Love Language at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Raleigh, NC's The Love Language are set to release their third album, Ruby Red, on July 23 via Merge. The first single, "Calm Down," is a pretty heavy dose of anthemic indie ending in a shoegaze meltdown, and you can stream that track, along with the album artwork, below.
The Love Language will be supporting the new album with another band that has a knack for driving hooks, Eternal Summers (who have a new Doug Gillard-produced album on the way that can be pre-ordered at Pledgemusic). That tour brings both bands to NYC for shows on July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 1 at Glasslands. TIckets for the Mercury Lounge show and tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (6/7) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with that song stream and album artwork, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Vivian Girls/Widowspeak/Eternal Summers/Heliotropes @ MHOW
Ladies were out in force at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (2/15) for a free show sponsored by Converse featuring Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes. I missed Heliotropes but got there about three songs into Eternal Summers' rocking set and the band sounded killer through the venue's soundsystem (definitely the most "pro" place I've seen them). Their set featured a lot of new songs, and the band are heading to Austin soon -- not for SXSW, but to record their next album with Guided by Voices' Doug Gillard producing. After that, Eternal Summers will hit the road with Presidents of the United States of America for a tour that hits NYC on April 15 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
Widowspeak, with their second album under their belts, sounded confident with Molly Hamilton's voice alluring as ever. The band will be touring around SXSW including a homecoming show at Knitting Factory on April 19 (tickets).
As for the headliners, while Cassie and Katy's other projects threaten to overshadow Vivian Girls, the show was a reminder of how fun they are and how many good songs they have. Though I will admit to mostly watching one particularly spirited fan who going bonkers up front stage left for the bulk of their set.
More pictures from Friday night's show below...