Entries tagged with: Field Mouse
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
mewithoutYou @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/17/15
mewithoutYou wrapped up their tour with Foxing and Field Mouse over the weekend, hitting NYC at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/17). mewithoutYou haven't ever stopped making good records or putting on good live shows, but this year's Pale Horses does still feel like a "we're back!" moment for them, and the Bowery show did too. Not counting last year's Catch For Us The Foxes 10th anniversary tour, this was the biggest and most energized crowd I've seen for them in NYC in a while. If it wasn't sold out, it was definitely close, and people were singing and clapping along all night.
The band sounded very consistent too. When they first came out with the whimsical indie folk of a song like this, it was a little jarring coming from a band who once made heavy post-hardcore like this. (They're good at both sounds though.) Pale Horses ties their many styles together without ever leaning too far in a particular direction, which helped their live set do the same. They included all three "spider" songs from Brother, Sister, but instead of having them lead into songs from that album, each led into a different Pale Horses song seamlessly. They opened their encore with the opening song of Catch For Us The Foxes ("Torches Together"), and then brought out their old pal Kevin Devine to wrap up with two very different album closers. First they did the campfire folk of "Allah, Allah, Allah" and then shifted to the intricately-layered art rock of "In A Sweater Poorly Knit." Hearing those three in a row showed in one batch of songs how diverse mewithoutYou can get. And hearing this year's "Red Cow" right into 2006's "Nice & Blue, Pt. 2" earlier in the night showed just how well the new material works with their more classic songs.
Kevin Devine wasn't the only guest during their set. They also brought out Conor Murphy, frontman of opening band Foxing, to play trumpet on "Cattail Down." He got massive cheers when he came out, which is pretty amazing considering he's of the opening, much-younger band. But it makes sense -- the two bands are a great fit. Like mewithoutYou, Foxing bring their vocals to a scream just enough times that they'll probably get called "post-hardcore," but they're more interested in making ambitious, genre-defying rock music than sticking to the typical characteristics of any one genre. Conor's voice is a beautiful falsetto as often as it's a rough yell, and instrumentally the band nears Caspian or This Will Destroy You-style post-rock. I've seen them a few times before, but Friday's set had to be the best. They were aided by a violinist/keyboardist for the whole set, a sax player for one song and a clarinet player for another, which had them sounding even more epic than usual. (I don't like to throw that word around, but this set really was epic.) And while Foxing probably won over a few mewithoutYou fans on this tour, I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite happened as well. They're a talented young band, and rising quickly. Maybe some of their fans who missed the boat on mewithoutYou discovered that band through this tour too.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, and mewithoutYou's setlist, below...
photo: Foxing at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in January (more by Mimi Hong)
Our hearts are truly broken.Sad to hear. As the above message says, if you'd like to help them out, you can pick up some merch or donate via PayPal (FoxingTheBand@gmail.com).
Last night while we sleeping our trailer stolen. Literally all of our gear, a lot of Lithuania's gear, most of our clothes, personal items, and all of our merchandise was taken from us. We've contacted the police and filed a report; but as most bands who have been in our position can attest to, chances of recovery are low. We've known so many bands who have gone through this ordeal; at this point in history it truly feels like it's not a matter of if but rather when. Still, there is a difference between witnessing it and living it, and we are definitely 'living it' right now. I gotta tell you, it's just as soul crushing as one might imagine. There are a myriad of emotions running through our collective right now; just writing this is a bit overwhelming. I am grateful this isn't a message in regards to a car accident or a personal injury, we are all together and trying to remain positive, but like I said at the beginning: this is truly heart breaking.
This may be self-aggrandizing but I look at musicians, and artists a whole, as social servants. It is function and duty of the artist to bring something to other's lives; in a very small way offer ourselves and our work to the world and hopefully bring people together. Perhaps this is trite, but simply put, the arts saved my life. I know I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that our lives have been forever changed by witnessing and playing music in a live setting. Further more, from meeting and talking to strangers around the country, I believe that we are not alone. Our joy comes from playing our songs for friends and strangers alike, and in so, our instruments were an extension of ourselves; whoever took our things last night took our ability to perform; they took away a part of all of us. We are devastated.
-We are putting all of our shirt designs up on our store; if you've ever felt like you want a Foxing shirt, snagging one now would directly help us stay above water: http://foxing.merchnow.com/
-Also, this is really hard for me to write because we've always prided ourselves on our self-sufficiency, but we are hurting right now--if you feel like making a donation, you can send something via PayPal: FoxingTheBand@gmail.com
If you've read this far down: thank you for your time. We will update you as soon as we can.
Today is a sad day; let's hold onto to love
The tour with mewithoutYou hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that are still available.
All remaining dates are listed, with music from both bands, below...
photos by Carly Hoskins
Lucius @ MHOW 4/27/2015
Brooklyn's Lucius brought their colorful co-fronted pop to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday for a free show with alt-pop outift Field Mouse. Pictures and live video from the show are in this post. The night served as a kickoff for Lucius' tour dates this summer, which include stints with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Luciusl next play NYC on June 13 in Prospect Park with Luke Temple, which is a free show part of Celebrate Brooklyn's just-announced 2015 season.
Check out more pictures from Monday's show, a video of Lucius playing "How Loud Your Heart Gets" on Monday and a tour video from Field Mouse's recent run with Kevin Devine and Dads below...
by Andrew Sacher
mewithoutYou (photo by Amie Santavicca)
Philly shapeshifters mewithoutYou will follow Ten Stories with their sixth album this year, and to release it they signed with fast-rising label Run for Cover who have been killing it lately with Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Tigers Jaw, Cloakroom and so much more. Here's what the label said about the signing:
We could not be more excited to announce Run For Cover has signed the legendary mewithoutYou. We will be releasing the bands 6th LP (produced by Will Yip) this summer, which is the incredible follow up to 2013's Ten Stories. The band's forthcoming LP is a carefully focused and personal album that spans the band's impressive career. From the frightened intensity of Catch Us For the Foxes and [A -> B] Life to the subdued and urgent Ten Stories, the band has truly created an album that complements and expands on their incredible 15 year existence.The new album's called Pale Horses and it will be out on June 16. As mentioned in the quote above, it was prodcuced by Will Yip, who's recently worked on great albums by Braid, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and many more. Check out the album trailer below.
mewithoutYou are playing NJ's Skate & Surf festival in May, and after that they'll go on a tour with Foxing, another band with punk rock roots and art rock tendencies. The first leg also has Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) opening, and the second leg has alt-popsters Field Mouse. (Both Field Mouse and Lithuania also open select dates of the Hop Along tour, and Hop Along not long ago opened for mewithoutYou.)
The run with Field Mouse hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, album trailer, and some videos from the bands on the tour, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along already released "Waitress" and "Powerful Man" from their upcoming album Painted Shut (due 5/5 via Saddle Creek), and today they offered up a third track, "Texas Funeral." Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most distinct voices in current indie rock, thanks in no small part to the way she goes from softer singing to a raspy yell without any warning or interest in holding anything back. When she brings that yell in on "Texas Funeral"'s chorus of "NONE of this is gonna happen to me!" it's the same type of cathartic release you get from "Stranger in India, I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard!" or "Meteor, meteor, make me young!" or any of the other lines you can't go to a Hop Along show without hearing the crowd shout. And like the last single, this one's got another ripping solo from Joe Reinhart, whose guitar playing is as important an element of the new record as Frances' voice. Listen below, via Stereogum.
Hop Along's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). As mentioned, Thin Lips are opening both of those shows, and since we last spoke, Crying were added to the Rough Trade show. Hop Along also recently added Field Mouse and Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) to several other dates on the tour.
Thin Lips also have a new release coming on May 5, Divorce Year, on Seagreen Records. Its new single "Nothing Weird" came out recently via Stereogum, and you can also hear that below, along with the new Hop Along song and updated list of tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
The Smiths' groundbreaking self-titled debut album turned 30 last week (2/20), and in honor of that Reimagine Music will be releasing a tribute album called Tease Torment Tantalize: A 30th Anniversary Tribute To The Smiths' Debut on March 24 (pre-order). The album features covers by Male Bonding, Kevin Devine, Soft Metals, Field Mouse, Seapony, Jaymay, Blackbird Blackbird, Mother Falcon, Young Statues, Heidemann and more. Full tracklist (including three bonus tracks) below.
We've got the premiere of British punks Male Bonding's take on "Still Ill" Vocally, Male Bonding do their best Morrissey for this and keep some of Johnny Marr's guitar lines, but they otherwise turn it into a driving lo-fi jam not unlike the stuff on their own albums. Listen below.
Male Bonding have also presumably/hopefully been teasing album #3 by dropping a couple recent singles to their Soundcloud. You can stream those below as well.
by Andrew Sacher
Quarterbacks (photo by Dave Grimaldi)
New Paltz trio Quarterbacks are releasing their self-titled followup to 2014's Quarterboy on February 10 via Team Love/Double Double Whammy. Two songs are out so far, including "Center" (one of The FADER's favorite songs of 2014), and both are punk-ish twee pop similar to Radiator Hospital, who will join them in Philly this weekend with Girlpool.
That Philly show is part of a short Northeast tour that includes the previously discussed Kingston, NY show with Joyce Manor and Laura Stevenson, as well as a NYC show on Tuesday (1/13) at Silent Barn with Long Beard, a solo set from Jake of Sitcom, and a solo set from Isabel of The Realbads. Doors are at 8 PM and $7 gets you in. All Quarterbacks dates are listed below.
If you're going to that Silent Barn show, it's worth showing up early to catch Isabel's set. The Realbads released their debut album, Here Come The Realbads, this past fall and it's the kind of DIY indie rock that fans of any other bands mentioned in this post should dig. You can stream that below.
In semi-related news, Quarterbacks' New Paltz neighbors Diet Cig (who share producer Christopher Daly with Quarterbacks) will release their debut EP, Over Easy, on February 24 via Father/Daughter Records. They also have some shows coming up this month, including a free one in NYC tonight (1/9) at Legion with Earl Boykins, Thick and PWR BTTM. All of their dates are listed, with a stream of "Scene Sick" from their EP, below.
Speaking of Father/Daughter Records, they're also releasing the new EP from Anomie, the solo project of Rachel Browne who you may know better as the singer of Field Mouse. It's a solo project, but it's not stripped down acoustic songs or anything. The first single, "So Long," is driving indie rock that's actually more rocking than most of the newest Field Mouse album. It's good stuff, as you can hear for yourself below. Michael Eisenstein of Letters to Cleo mixed the EP, and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin' (who mixed the Field Mouse album) mastered it.
Anomie doesn't have any dates at the moment, but you can catch Field Mouse on tour, including twice in NYC. First they play the 1/17 date of Dr. Dog's 8-night run, which begins tonight (most but not all nights are sold out), and then they play 3/28 at Le Poisson Rouge with Kevin Devine and Dads (tickets).
All mentioned song streams and lists of dates below...
Field Mouse at CMJ 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kevin Devine already announced a solo tour with Into It. Over It. (solo) and Laura Stevenson for February, and now he's added a full-band tour with Dads and Field Mouse to go down right after. The solo tour doesn't hit NYC, but the full-band dates will bring Kevin and co. here on March 28 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Wednesday (12/10).
You also have two other chances to catch Field Mouse in NYC before that. Their tour with The Jazz June hits Saint Vitus on 12/27 (tickets), and they open the 1/17 date of Dr. Dog's 8-night run. That night's sold out, but tickets for other nights of the run (with mewithoutYou, Elvis Perkins and more) are still available.
Dads are also going on a headlining tour right before the Kevin Devine tour with excellent support from Somos and Roger Harvey. That tour doesn't hit NYC but there's a Long Island date on 2/7 at Amityville Music Hall (tickets) and a NJ date on 2/10 at Asbury Lanes (tickets). All dates are listed below.
That's the second Asbury Lanes show Roger Harvey has coming up after the Bouncing Souls afterparty he plays this month. Somos are on tour now with Modern Baseball, Foxing and others, and that tour is about to land in NYC: 12/12 at Gramercy and 12/15 at MHOW (tickets).
Lists of dates and some videos/song streams below...
Elvis Perkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As discussed, Dr. Dog are releasing a live album and going on a tour which includes an eight-night run in NYC. Since we last spoke, openers for those shows were announced. Their schedule now looks like this:
01-09 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ TwainTickets for all shows except 1/10 and 1/17 are still available.
01-10 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ The Districts
01-11 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ Elvis Perkins
01-12 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-14 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir
01-15 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-16 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Yellerkin
01-17 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Field Mouse
Elvis Perkins is set to release a new album, I Aubade, on February 24 via his own MIR Records. He recently put out the album's first single, "Hogus Pogus," which falls on his softer folky side. You can stream that, with the album tracklist and artwork, below. The show with Dr. Dog is his only announced date at the moment but he plans to tour again in the spring.
mewithoutYou are also planning a new album for 2015. Most details on that are still TBA, but they recently put out a trailer for it called "Thy foes profanely rage" (album title?) which has a short clip of music and ends with "LP6 / MMXV." Stay tuned for more on that. After their two NYC shows with Dr. Dog, they open for them on several of their spring dates as well. All of those dates are listed below.
The show with The Districts is sold out too, but there's two more chances to catch them in NYC as well. They play the 12/29 show during Deer Tick's Brooklyn Bowl residency (tickets), and they've got a headlining tour kicking off at Bowery Ballroom on February 10 with Pine Barons (tickets). All of their dates are listed below too. They've also got a new album, A Flourish and a Spoil, due out February 10 via Fat Possum. You can stream a track from that below as well.
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Derrick from TWIABP and his lighter / Empire! Empire!
After our Friday day party during CMJ, I headed down the block to Cameo for the Topshelf Records showcase with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Field Mouse, Wildhoney and Sorority Noise.
I got there while Field Mouse was on, unfortunately missing Connecticut's scrappy Sorority Noise and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Field Mouse's new album is a little shinier than their older material, but they still left room in the set for the harder-edged shoegazey stuff. They sounded good. You can catch them again on tour with The Jazz June this winter.
Empire! Empire!, who are a husband and wife duo on record, had a full band for this show and they sounded great too. Their sound pretty much comes straight from '90s emo, but they do it well. I didn't stay for TWIABP since I had seen them a few hours earlier at our day party, but from what I heard from people who were (and what the setlist says), Derrick was thrown out of the venue for holding up a lighter during one of Empire! Empire!'s songs. He did end up getting back in for TWIABP's set, but after opening with "Picture of a Tree That Doesn't Look Okay," he talked shit about the venue from the stage, then the band made harsh noise for 20 minutes, played "Getting Sodas," and walked off. As you can see above, he then also held his lighter up from the stage and tried to get the crowd to follow suit.
Our photographer caught the whole show, and more pictures of all five bands are below...
The Jazz June at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Jazz June just headlined our CMJ showcase over the weekend, and they've now announced a short tour happening around the holidays with their Topshelf labelmates Field Mouse (who also played CMJ). That tour kicks off in NYC on December 27 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now. All dates, including a Philly show with Field Mouse's recent tourmates Prawn in place of Field Mouse, are listed below.
The Jazz June's first album in 14 years, After the Earthquake (produced by Evan Weiss), comes out on November 11 via Topshelf. Today (10/28), Topshelf and Evan's label Storm Chaser reissued TJJ's classic 2000 album, The Medicine.
Field Mouse's newest, Hold Still Life, came out earlier this year. Stream that, with a full stream of The Medicine, three tracks from After the Earthquake and the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Somos at The Studio at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Somos and Sorority Noise both put out their debut albums this year, Temple of Plenty and Forgettable, respectively, and now they've teamed up for a split EP that's due out next week (11/4) via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). While Somos' debut was mostly punky indie rock, they've slowed down for their two contributions here, giving themselves space to experiment with new layers and more complexity. And while much of Sorority Noise's album was crunchy pop rock, the last three tracks had them moving in a more somber direction as well, which is what they continue here. A stream of the full EP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
Both bands have interesting futures ahead of them too. Somos recently announced that they left Tiny Engines for their new label home of No Sleep and are planning to put out a new album for the label in 2015. Meanwhile, Sorority Noise recently mentioned that two of their members left the band but they'll be moving forward.
Both bands have shows coming too. Sorority Noise are playing The Fest but first will play the Topshelf CMJ showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) happening Friday (10/24) at Cameo with The World Is A Beautiful Place, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse and Wildhoney. That show is free with RSVP (no badges required). You can also catch TWIABP at the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All RIght, and Tom from Washed Up Emo DJs our official BV showcase.
Somos have a ton of dates, including the previously announced run with Modern Baseball, Foxing and Crying that hits NYC on December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at MHOW. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
All Somos dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Rozwell Kid are about to kick off a tour supporting The World Is A Beautiful Place, and on November 18 they'll release their new album, Too Shabby, via Broken World Media, Derrick from The World Is' label. You can pre-order it now, and it will out digitally on Thursday (10/9) but first get a taste by listening to the full LP stream which premieres in this post. The album takes scrappy, catchy '90s-style indie rock, and injects it with Thin Lizzy-style guitar heroics. Take a listen for yourself, below.
Their tour with TWIABP (which also includes The Hotelier and Broken World labelmates Posture & the Grizzly) doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby on October 25 at The Space in Hamden, CT (tickets). All dates are listed below.
TWIABP said when the tour was first announced that they would be playing NYC though, and they've since been announced for CMJ. They'll play the FREE Topshelf/Washed Up Emo showcase happening October 24 at Cameo with Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse, Wildhoney and Sorority Noise. Stay tuned for more CMJ announcements from TWIABP.
Rozwell Kid LP stream and list of dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
AGBPOL at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Topshelf Records has put out a handful of excellent releases over the past few years, and this year four of its bands will head out on Topshelf's first-ever label tour. The tour showcases how diverse the label is at the moment, with A Great Big Pile of Leaves who make chilled-out mathy indie pop not unlike Minus the Bear, Diamond Youth who have kind of a QOTSA-meets-Weezer thing going on, Prawn who do justice to Kinsella-style emo, and Field Mouse who mix shoegaze and '90s-style alt-pop. The tour was announced earlier this month, but more dates have since been added including a NYC show happening October 2 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
AGBPOL just played NYC when their tour with Braid hit MHOW (7/26) over the weekend. Prawn play here this weekend when their tour with Foxing and The Hotelier hits The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/2) (tickets).
All dates are listed, with streams of all four bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Field Mouse recently announced that they signed to Topshelf for their new album, Hold Still Life, and have now revealed more details, including a stream of the song "Two Ships." Unlike their 2013 single, "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" (which does appear on the album), Field Mouse have left all traces of shoegaze behind for this new one. It's a polished pop song that sounds more like The Cardigans than My Bloody Valentine, with some of the rhythms of '80s pop and the arpeggiated guitars of Joshua Tree-era U2. You can check it out (via Noisey) below. Album artwork and tracklist below as well.
Field Mouse have also announced a record release show to happen on July 23 at Rough Trade NYC with Frances Cone, Weed Hounds and Lithuania. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon. Exactly a month before that, they open for The Colourist at Bowery Ballroom (6/23) (tickets), and they also play Gigawatts Fest in July.
New song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
Fiasco at (the old) Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
Free bi-monthly DIY music, art and fashion mag 1.21 Gigawatts will once again put on their Gigawatts Festival this summer in Bushwick. Last year's was two days, but this year's will be four days (July 17-20) and will feature over 50 bands across three venues (Radio Bushwick, Hot 97.4 and a Secret House Show). The initial lineup features a reunion set from the defunct Fiasco, Frankie Cosmos, Infinity Shred, Tonstartssbandht, Chumped, Team Spirit, CHAPPO, Ski Lodge, Slothrust, Field Mouse, Celestial Shore, Vensaire, Heliotropes, Dead Stars and Shark?. More bands TBA and tickets will go on sale soon. Initial flyer below.
Meanwhile, Shark? also open the free BV-presented Orwells show at Shea Stadium tonight (6/9).
The Kooks are playing Terminal 5 on July 29. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (5/9) at noon.
The Donkeys are playing Knitting Factory on July 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Potty Mouth at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Northampton indie rockers Potty Mouth have multiple tour dates coming up this spring, including legs with Waxahatchee, Swearin', Perfect Pussy, and their Mass. neighbors Fleabite. The latter will join them at their NYC show which happens at Silent Barn on June 14. All dates are listed below.
Fleabite will be supporting their new EP, Over It, which came out this week (4/15) digitally and on cassette via Puzzle Pieces Records. Their catchy noise pop should be a good fit with Potty Mouth, and you can check it out for yourself by streaming the new EP below.
Meanwhile, Potty Mouth are one of nine bands, including Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Bent Shapes, Levek, Radiator Hospital, Field Mouse and more, contributing movie/TV show fictional band covers to Father/Daughter Records' new Record Store Day compilation, Faux Real. You can stream Potty Mouth's cover of "Take Me Away" from Freaky Friday, Sadie's cover of "Pretend to Be Nice" from Josie and the Pussycats, plus the Bent Shapes and Levek covers, below. Full tracklist below too.
Field Mouse at Brooklyn Bowl in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Brooklyn pop shoegazers Field Mouse, who have been regulars on the local scene for a few years now, have announced that they've signed to Topshelf Records (You Blew It, TWIABP), and will finally release a new full length album via their new label on July 22. The album was produced by the band and mixed by Swearin's Kyle Gilbride (who also produced Upset and Waxahatchee). No word yet on the tracklist, but you can watch a video of the band playing unreleased song "Everyone But You" plus recent singles "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" and "How Do You Know" in their BV Studio Sessions video, below.
As usual, Field Mouse have NYC-area dates coming up, including SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock and a Brooklyn show on May 26 at Cameo with Lithuania and Grassfight. Tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.
In related news, Richmond rockers Sundials also announced their signing to Topshelf this week, and they'll release a new EP on the label this year. They begin recording it with producer Mike Bardzik (who also did their last LP, When I Couldn't Breathe) this weekend. That album and their 2013 compilation Always Whatever came out on Asian Man.
Field Mouse video below...
Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
SUNY Purchase's annual Culture Shock festival returns this year from April 25-26. The day 1 lineup includes Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies, R&B boundary pusher Kelela (who plays NYC this week), footwork wizard Traxman, indie rapper Milo, comedian Neil Hamburger, jazz trio Dawn of Midi, pop shoegazers Field Mouse, the funky Pluto Moons, and the punky Palberta. Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada plays the afterparty.
Day 2 is headlined by Lil B, and also features indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, the eccentric Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, pop/folk punks Modern Baseball, Mass. art punks Guerilla Toss, Wham City Comedy, New Paltz's Breakfast In Fur, Rochester harpist Mikaela Davis and Brooklyn's Hungry March Band. The festival is technically only open to students, alumni, and their guests.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Athens/Baltimore indie rockers Outer Spaces (not to be confused with Outer Space) are planning a tour for this spring (most of which is TBA), and that tour expects them in NYC this April, but you can see them here much sooner at TONIGHT's (2/5) Death by Audio show with poppy shoegazers Field Mouse, folk pop singer/songwriter Gregory and the Hawk and lo-fi duo Laughing Fingers. $7 at the door. Flyer below.
Outer Spaces evolved out of singer Cara Beth Satalino's solo project, and sees her joined by a revolving lineup that includes Chester Endersby Gwazda (who you may know as the producer of several Dan Deacon and Future Islands albums). Cara used to front the punky indie rock band Witches who had releases on Salinas Records (PS Eliot, Swearin') and Bakery Outlet Records. Following those releases, she put out an EP under her own name, The Good Ones on the same two labels. Not unlike Katie Crutchfield of Cara's former labelmates PS Eliot initially did with Waxahatchee (who Cara has played with), she used the solo project as an opportunity to ditch the distortion-driven songs of her former project in favor of bare, folkier songwriting.
She continued that trend on her February 2013 EP as Outer Spaces, Creature of Nature, but added the full band to expand their sound for their May 2013 7" which came out as part of the Matador Records singles series. The resulting songs, "I Was Divided" and "Eternally Fifteen," are two of the band's best tracks to date, pulling from folk, punk, and indie rock, but never really falling into any of the three.
They're planning on releasing their first full length this year, so stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, stream the Matador 7" and the Creature of Nature EP, along with the mostly tentative list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Field Mouse at Mercury Lounge in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brooklyn's shoegazey Field Mouse are going on a short Northeast tour this December with Minneapolis songwriter Tancred and Toronto's The Box Tiger. That tour kicks off in Field Mouse's hometown of NYC on December 18 at Pianos with local band Mount Sharp opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
As they usually do, Field Mouse have other upcoming local shows, including one at Cameo on Saturday (11/23) with Work Drugs and Teen Men (tickets), and another opening the previously discussed Ida Maria show at Rough Trade (12/4), along with MiniBoone (tickets). No openers have been announced yet for Ida Maria's Mercury Lounge show (12/3).
You can also catch Mount Sharp in their hometown at The Rock Shop tonight (11/22) with Eldest Son and Z&A (tickets).
Tancred is the solo project of Jess Abbott, who plays guitar in Now, Now, and who recently released a self-titled LP on Topshelf Records. The record differs a bit from Now, Now's more atmospheric stuff, favoring a rockier edge. You can stream it in full below.
Meanwhile, Now, Now are in NYC tonight (11/22) at Webster Hall opening for Kevin Devine. The bill also includes Brand New side project Shone and Harrison Hudson. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Stream Tancred's LP, along with the list of tour dates, and a Field Mouse video from our BV Studio Sessions, below...
Field Mouse and The Attic Ends are playing a free show at Mercury Lounge on August 10. Free tickets to that show go on sale via Thrillcall mobile app today at 10 AM.
Daryl Hall & John Oates are playing Beacon Theater on September 23. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password: "BEACON"), with a general on-sale starting Monday (8/05) at noon.
Hugh Laurie is playing Town Hall on October 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Beverly (whose lineup includes Frankie Rose on drums) is playing the Guac Rock boat show aboard the Jewel on August 19 with The Fine Machines, Joywave, and "a significant amount of guacamole." Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, Cap'n Jazz, etc) has been working on new material, which will result in his new album, L'Ami due Peuple, due out on July 2 via Polyvinyl. Usually known for his bare acoustic songs with the occasional extra instrumentation worked in, for his new album he's taking a more full-band approach. You can hear the new sound on the singles "Blues to Black," which you can listen to at Rolling Stone, and "Bad Blood," which you can stream below. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.
As briefly mentioned, Owen will be coming to NYC on Friday (5/24) at Bowery Ballroom for a show with Laura Stevenson and Field Mouse. It's the last date on Laura and Field Mouse's tour together. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win tickets are below.
Owen has some other upcoming dates after the Bowery Ballroom show. All of them are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...