Entries tagged with: Fat History Month
by Andrew Sacher
Aaron & Greta
Frankie Cosmos, the NYC-based twee pop/anti-folk-inspired project of Greta Kline, has become a regular on the local live scene, but this month she'll be taking her show on the road for a two-week long US tour. A handful of those shows are with Porches., whose frontman Aaron Maine drums in Frankie Cosmos and whose live lineup counts Greta as a member, but most of these are billed as Aaron solo. All dates are listed below, though many of them are house shows (and some venues are still TBA), so Facebook events are included where applicable for more info.
What should come as no surprise, Frankie Cosmos also has many NYC-area dates before, after, and during the tour. First, she plays Fordahm University TONIGHT (4/4) with Porches at the college's Rodrigue's Coffee House (441 E. Fordham Road). Then she plays a previously discussed show at SUNY Purchase on April 12 with orchestral indie pop collective Mutual Benefit, which is the first night of her tour.
Upon returning home, Frankie Cosmos will headline a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 28 with Toons and Eskimeaux. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then she plays a show on May 9 at Brooklyn Rod and Gun (59 Kent Ave), and finally opens the NYC stop of Woods' tour which happens on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom with psych-folk band Quilt. Tickets for that show are still available.
Additionally, Greta and Aaron also made a video for "Birthday Song" off Frankie Cosmos' excellent debut full-band album, Zentropy, which came out via Double Double Whammy last month. The video's as homemade and DIY as Frankie Cosmos' music, shaky hand-held camera included, and it suits the song well. That video makes its premiere in this post, and you can check it out below.
Porches. Being Alone.
In related news, filmmaker/photographer Heather Craig filmed a tour documentary on Porches called Being Alone, which will be released soon. You can see it in NYC ahead of its release though, as its premiere screening will take place on April 13 at Baby's All Right. It's an early Sunday Brunch screening (3 PM start), and tickets are available now. Film trailer, poster and more info below.
Porches also play a previously discussed live show at Baby's All Right (4/10) only three days earlier, opening for The Love Language. KDH is on that bill too, and tickets are still available. And they have yet another Brooklyn show coming up on June 13 at Silent Barn with Pile, Bad History Month and more.
All Porches and Frankie Cosmos are listed, with the new Frankie Cosmos video, Porches movie trailer, and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Krill at WBAR-B-Q- 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Boston indie rockers Krill were recently in NYC for a few CMJ shows, including the Exploding In Sound Records showcase, and since that showcase, it's been announced that Krill have signed to EIS, who will release their new EP, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears, the followup to this year's Lucky Leaves LP, in early 2014. Congrats to Krill on the signing, and stay tuned for music from that new EP. Meanwhile, if you're not already, you can get familiar with Lucky Leaves by streaming it in full below.
Krill have a few shows coming up at the moment, including a Halloween show tonight (10/31) in their home state, where they'll be "dressing up" as the PIxies. Soon after, they'll return to NYC for a show on November 7 at Death by Audio with EIS labelmates Fat History Month and Palehound, plus mathy Brooklyn indie pop band Celestial Shore. Admission is $7 at the door. All Krill dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
For Palehound, the DbA show doubles as a release party for Bent Nail, her excellent new EP of singer/songwriter charm meets noise rock abrasion. Palehound also plays a Halloween show, and hers is in NYC at Cake Shop tonight. She'll be playing as Pavement, along with Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (aka playing from Green Day's Dookie if that wasn't obvious), Big Ups and Brad Oberhofer doing stoner rock covers as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, and Butter the Children as Pixies.
Palehound has other area shows, including one on 11/2 at Sarah Lawrence College with Speedy Ortiz, and another in Brooklyn on November 16 at Muchmore's with Manors, Spook Houses, and Dead Wives. All dates are listed below.
And speaking of Big Ups, who play tonight's Cake Shop show, they recently revealed "Wool," a new track from their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP (due out January 14). Though Big Ups are often known for making chaotic post-hardcore, "Wool" is what they sound like when they hold back a bit and attempt a quieter song. It's not some draggy throwaway though; when I last saw them it was one of the best moments of their set. Listen below. Big Ups' next regular show is the previously discussed Glasslands (11/30) stop on the Hunters / Audacity tour. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates and song streams below...
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
Spook Houses / Fat History Month split 7" artwork
Two bands with a knack for mixing Microphones-y folk with loud rock, Ridgewood, NJ's Spook Houses (who share members with LVL UP, and who played Shea Stadium last night (8/18)) and Boston's Fat History Month, are releasing a split 7" next week (8/27) via Double Double Whammy. There's two songs by both bands on the 7", and a stream of the entire thing makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
Fat History Month, who also released an album and a split with My Dad this year, have some shows coming up, including one in the Bronx on August 31 at Teh Olive Garden (241st St & Bronx Blvd) with Florida=Death, Old Table, ACLU Benefit, and Eskimeaux; and they'll also be playing an Exploding In Sound CMJ show on October 19 at Silent Barn. All of their dates are listed below.
Spook Houses don't have any upcoming shows at the moment, but related band LVL UP is playing Brooklyn this Friday (8/23) at Union Pool with a great lineup of Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, and Flagland. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Flyer below.
All FHM dates are listed, along with the 7" stream and Union Pool flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at Big Snow - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After catching Chance the Rapper at Europa on Saturday (6/15), I finished my day 3 of Northside Festival at Big Snow for the Exploding In Sound showcase. The place had already hit capacity by around 9 PM (not an everyday feat for Big Snow), and every band I saw was pretty great. The similarly styled stop-start post-hardcore of Grass Is Green and Two Inch Astronaut (who were playing much of the material from their new album, Bad Brother, out this week) was totally on point. Not only do both bands have the chops for their sometimes-technical sounds, but they've got a ton of power on stage too.
One of the main attractions of the night was Speedy Ortiz, whose debut album, Major Arcana comes out on July 9 via their new label home, Carpark Records. Speedy's a great band recorded, but they bring even more rage live. Singer Sadie Dupuis screams more, their guitars ring with layers of distortion, and guitarist Matt Robidoux ended up crowd surfing at least once. They have a great time on stage too. Performance stuff aside, one of the most memorable moments of the show was the drummer singing "Started From the Bottom" and then dedicating their next song to Yeezus.
And though Speedy was the fastest-rising band on that bill, there was tons of love for headliners Pile. The whole crowd became a push pit, with crowdsurfers knocking into Big Snow's light fixture, and anyone looking to "watch" the band standing on top of whatever amp or couch they could find lining the venue. The band sounded great too, straddling the line between indie rock melodies and punk intensity. Their 2012 album, Dripping is a good (and underrated) one, and a recommended listen if you haven't checked it out.
Unfortunately, I missed the earlier bands at Big Snow on Saturday. If you were there, how were they? You can catch Speedy Ortiz in NYC again when they play their record release show at Death by Audio on July 5 with a great bill of Roomrunner and California X. Updated Speedy dates are listed, along with streams of their recent singles, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Two Inch Astronaut - "Blood From A Loyal Hound" (MP3)
Two Inch Astronaut live in 2011 (photo by Ann Amrine)
Maryland rockers Two Inch Astronaut are set to release their debut full length, Bad Brother, on June 18 via Exploding In Sound Records, the label that gave us Speedy Ortiz (before they signed to Carpark), Pile, and more. And if you liked those bands, Two Inch Astronaut will be right up your alley as well. On the album's two singles, "Swol" and "Blood From a Loyal Hound," Two Inch Astronaut embrace similar stop-start dynamics to '90s post-hardcore wizards Shudder to Think, but they also have a knack for bashing out crunchy power pop melodies. "Blood From a Loyal Hound" is downloadable above, "Swol" is downloadable at bandcamp, and both tracks can be streamed below, along with the album art and tracklist.
Two Inch Astronaut are playing some shows this month and next ahead of the album's release date, including the previously announced Exploding In Sound showcase in Brooklyn during Northside (it's an unofficial show though) on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Grass Is Green, Fat History Month, and just about the rest of the Exploding In Sound roster.
Speedy Ortiz play a bunch of other shows too.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz have signed to Carpark Records and will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on June 9 via their new label. The album perfects the formula Speedy Ortiz had on the Sports EP and "Ka-Prow!" 7" and tops both of those releases. That's immediately evident from the album's first single, "Tiger Tank," which starts out like the Speedy Ortiz we're familiar with, but by the chorus is bringing in melodic left-turns and powerful crashes that show how big of a force this band can really be. Listen to the song over at NPR.
As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming shows, including a few previously discussed NYC shows on May 17 at Silent Barn with Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, and Lunchbox; Cake Shop on May 31 with two great Brooklyn bands Sleepies and Bennio Qwerty; and an unofficial Northside show on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.
The rest of the lineup for that Big Snow show has been announced and it includes Pile and Fat History Month (who just played NYC together), in addition to Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches., and Hive Bent. The show is being presented by Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus.
Speedy were also since announced for a NYC Popfest show happening on June 1 at Public Assembly with Ringo Deathstarr, Sua, and Advaeta. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. Popfest was supposed to be on both stages at Public Assembly, but with renovations all the other bands originally booked except Ringo Deathstarr were moved to The Bell House (more on that in a Popfest-specific post coming soon). Festival passes are still accepted.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Fat History Month - "Bad History Month" (MP3)
Fat History Month will be releasing their sophomore full length, Bad History Month, on April Fool's Day (4/1) via Sophomore Lounge and Exploding In Sound Records. The album's title track recalls the quirk of late '90s and early aughts freak folk, but rocks with the raw edge and intentional sloppiness of Slanted & Enchanted-era Pavement. You can download that one above, or stream it, along with the album art and tracklist, below. Pre-orders are available at the band's bandcamp page or the Sophomore Lounge webstore.
A list of all dates, song stream, and album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Boston indie rockers Pile released their newest album, Dripping, last year via Exploding In Sound Records. It's an impressive collection of wandering rock tunes led by some earnest nasally-turning-throaty vocals. If you missed it, you can stream the album its entirety and watch the video for its single, "Prom Song," below.
Pile's been playing some shows in their hometown area this month, and in February they'll head out on a short Northeast tour which hits NYC on February 23 at The Lab (224 Wyckoff Ave in Brooklyn) with Fax Holiday, Radiator King, and Beat Radio. It's an all ages show and admission is $5 at the door. After those dates end, they have a much longer tour in the works with their labelmates Fat History Month, which hits NYC on April 28 at Death by Audio.
Fat History Month will release their next album via Exploding In Sound Records this spring. They haven't revealed too much info about it, but they've got two of their demos on Exploding In Sound's 2012/2013 sampler, both of which have a '90s slacker rock thing going on. You can stream those tracks below.
A list of all dates, streams, and video below...
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.