Entries tagged with: Fear of Men
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Fear of Men @ Seaport Music Festival 6/21/2013
UK indiepop quartet Fear of Men flew over to NYC just to play the Summer Solstice edition (6/21) of this year's Seaport Music Festival. After two Fridays of dodgy weather, you coudn't have asked for a nicer night, and Fear of Men's gentle jangle was the perfect accompaniment. In addition to their own songs, their set included a cover of The Chills' 1984 classic, "Pink Frost," which is always welcome to hear. Local synth-rock duo Writer opened the show, and pictures of both bands are in this post.
The Seaport is definitely different since Hurricane Sandy put much of the area underwater last fall. Pizzeria Uno, with its popular restroom facility, is gone and the boardwalk has been rezoned, restricting the places you can have an open beer a bit. On the plus side: Smorgasburg food vendors are there every day on Front Street in the cobblestone area just off Fulton.
The Seaport Music Festival wraps up its short run this Friday (6/28) with their biggest show of the season: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death which is free and open to the public. Then the next day is the Village Voice 4Knots Festival, with Kurt Vile, The Men, Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts, White Lung and more. That is also free and open to the public.
More pictures from Friday below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.
More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.
As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
by Bill Pearis
Fear of Men
You may already know UK indiepop quartet Fear of Men will be here after SXSW, playing Pianos on March 20 (tickets). We had a feeling they'd add more shows and they just announced one at Glasslands the day before (3/19) with BOYTOY and Beverly. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Fear of Men's singles compilation, Early Fragments, is out next month on Kanine, and you can stream a few songs below, including their cover of The Chills' classic, "Pink Frost."
If you're wondering about the opener Beverly, Fear of Men shed a little light via Facebook. They are "our friends Drew and Frankie who we met when we played with Frankie Rose in the summer." And that would be Drew Citron who has been playing keyboards (and singing) in Frankie's band for the last year or so. (Apparently Drew is the singer here, but we'll see.) Beverly will play NYC before that at The LAB on February 7 with Down Wires, Sapphire Mansions and Our Future. Down Wires is a new band from Scott Rosenthal who currently plays keyboards in Class Actress but this is decidedly more indie rock. (Closer to his band The Gytters if you remember them.) You can stream a couple Down Wires songs below and more info on the show is here.
by Bill Pearis
Makers of winsome, jangly pop, Brighton, UK's Fear of Men have released a steady stream of collectible 7" singles since forming two years ago. Those hard-to-find tracks are being compiled for the band's first North American release, Early Fragments, which is out in February 13 on Kanine Records. The marbled vinyl edition is limited to 500 copies and can be pre-ordered now. You can stream a few tracks from it below.
The band are making their first trip across the Atlantic for SXSW and they'll play Festival NRMAL in Montery, Mexico beforehand. After SXSW, Fear of Men will stop in NYC on their way home, playing Pianos on March 20 with Field Mouse. Tickets for that show are on sale now. I would be surprised if they didn't add a second NYC show, but we'll see.
Videos, streams, and a list of all tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...