Entries tagged with: Freelance Whales
Far/New End Original/Onelinedrawing/etc frontman Jonah Matranga is hitting the road soon and returning to NYC for a show on May 31 at Mercury Lounge, the same place he played here last time. Also like last time, this show is being opened by Doris Cellar of Freelance Whales. At the last show, she took the above picture with Jonah and posted it to Facebook, where she also wrote, "I got to open up for one of my teenage idols last night and it was a blast! Please check his music out Jonah Matranga and his old band Far whose album Water and Solutions -- I know every word to. come to the next show!" Tickets for the show are on sale now. All of Jonah's dates are listed, with the flyer for Merc, below.
In related news, Jonah's old pals from the Far days, Deftones, have a new album coming this year. Most details, like a title and release date, are still TBA, but they did reveal that Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is going to contribute a guitar solo to the album. In an interview with 92.3 KOMP FM (via Blabbermouth), Deftones singer Chino Moreno said:
Jerry is on the [new DEFTONES] album. I didn't know if he wanted anybody to know or not. But I guess I've just spilled the beans. But he came in... There's this one track that... in the demo stages of it, I was, like, 'There's this hole in there...' In DEFTONES songs, there's not really any guitar solos per se, but there was a section in there where [there was room for] not necessarily a typical solo, but it had an area where it could use something like what he does, especially... just his style and the way he plays guitar. So I sent him the track, and then he sent me a demo of it back, like, two days later. So, yeah, when we recorded the song [properly for the album], he came in and laid it down. And it's awesome. It's like you're hearing a DEFTONES song, but all of a sudden, a little bit of ALICE IN CHAINS seeps its way in there, and it's kind of neat. I mean, me, as a fan, I was just sitting back and a little tear came out of my eye.Well that sounds potentially interesting. Deftones have a tour with Death From Above 1979 and Incubus coming up, hitting the NYC-area 8/4 at PNC Bank Arts Center, 8/5 at Jones Beach and 8/8 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for all three are still available.
List of Jonah Matranga dates, and videos of him covering Deftones' "Be Quiet & Drive" and playing Far's "Mother Mary," below...
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall, 11/7/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Winsome indie outfit Freelance Whales released their latest album, Diluvia, back in October and were just on NPR's World Cafe for a chat about the album and live session as well. You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. The band are also have a few shows with Hundred Waters coming up including Maxwell's on January 15 (tix), Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 (tix). The band were kind enough to give us their Top 10 LPs of 2012, which includes some of their Brooklyn neighbors (Bear in Heaven, Here We Go Magic), their tour-mates Hundred Waters, and year-end list regulars Tame Impala, Purity Ring and Django Django. Check out their full list below.
Hundred Waters at Public Assembly - 10/20/12 (by Dominick)
NYC's Freelance Whales, who just played a hometown gig at Webster Hall have begun revealing some tour dates for early 2013, including a few smaller shows in the NYC area. They'll play Maxwell's on January 15 in Hoboken, Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 in Brooklyn, and The Space on January 30 in Hamden, CT. They've got some pretty great support lined up for the MHOW show and the Space show coming from Gainesville's Hundred Waters. No opener has been announced yet for the Maxwell's show. Tickets for the MHOW show and the Space show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon and tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
Hundred Waters were recently in NYC for CMJ, where they played our Saturday day party at Public Assembly (10/20), among other things. We already posted a bunch of pictures from that party, and you can check out another set of Hundred Waters pictures in this post.
More pictures, a list of all currently known dates and a couple videos are below...
photos by Sarah Gainer
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall - 11/7/12
After Freelance Whales had to cancel their original 11/1 date at Webster Hall due to Hurricane Sandy, they postponed it to November 7, which was, of course, the day of the Nor'easter, but they managed to play the Manhattan venue this time. Support came from Conveyor and Geographer. With the announcement of the new date, they also offered an option to donate to hurricane relief with your ticket purchase.
Freelance Whales put out their most recent album, Diluvia, in October and played almost every song from that at the show, and worked in a number of tracks from Weathervanes as well. The full setlist and more pics from the show are below.
Freelance Whales at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Freelance Whales, who had to postpone their Webster Hall show which would have happened this past Thursday (11/1), have announced that the rescheduled show will take place on November 7 at Webster Hall with Geographer. Tickets are still on sale and beginning Monday (11/5) at noon, an option which includes a $2 donation to the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC Hurricane Relief Effort goes on sale. All tickets purchased for the 11/1 show will be honored too. And all tickets purchased online include a free download of Freelance Whales' new album, Diluvia.
A video of Freelance Whales at their Philly show on Friday (11/2) is below.
New York City, our show with @geographermusic has been postponed due to lack of electricity. It is currently being rescheduled, date TBD. So sorry everyone, we'll keep you posted. Generator jokes welcome.Meanwhile, feel free to make jokes about the band in their halloween costumes (above photo taken at their 10/31 show at 9:30 Club in DC).
Sandy can't stop Halloween (photo via)
We just posted the many NYC cancellations for tonight/Halloween (though more shows are still happening tonight than previous nights), and there's already a few cancellations being announced for Thursday (11/1).
The Meat Loaf show at Beacon Theatre, which was supposed to happen on Thursday has been postponed to a later date. An announcement on the new date is forthcoming.
Woodkid was forced to cancel his dates in NYC, San Francisco, and LA due to the hurricane and its effect on major airports. The NYC show was supposed to happen Thursday (11/1) at Irving Plaza and will be rescheduled to a TBA date. Tickets are refundable at the reseller.
As mentioned, the ESG show at Bowery Electric with Sinkane has been postponed to a later date TBD in December/January. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was moved to Thursday from Tuesday (10/30) has been cancelled.
As mentioned, all Dita Von Teese shows have been cancelled.
The Squarepusher, Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie show at Terminal 5 is still on, and there will be drink specials before Squarepusher's headlining set. Squarepusher just played Moogfest in Asheville over the weekend, but had to cancel other dates on the tour after that, including his show in Silver Spring, MD on Monday (10/29) and his Boston show tonight (10/31).
The Freelance Whales show at Webster Hall
is still on too, but with recent reports from ConEd about the power situation in lower Manhattan, it wouldn't be surprising if that show gets cancelled. UPDATE: Yep, postponed.
UPDATE: Todd Barry's show at the Bell House is postponed.
The Darcys were supposed to play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (11/1) with Rey Pila but it has been postponed to November 6.
The Tom Tom Club show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on as of this post (and looking good considering the Big Freedia Halloween show is going on as scheduled).
The Chris Gethard Show is presenting a show on Thursday at Littlefield called "Come Take A Ride With The Weirdest Bands We Know" that features Big Digits, Stumblebum Brass Band, Naked Heroes and Mindtroll. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Social Distortion were forced to cancel their show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (10/28), but their shows at Starland Ballroom on Thursday and Friday are still on for now
We're still keeping tabs on the status of Santos Party House and we'll let you know when we have more info. As of now, the show is still on with Wolf Gang, Alex Metric, The Royal Concept, and Atlas Genius. They tweeted "We're still sorting things out, cross your fingers and stay posted." Tickets are on sale.
Over at Carnegie Hall, the performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductor Nicholas McGegan that was to be in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1 with soloist to be announced. And the performance by pianist Wael Farouk, that was to happen in Weill Recital Hall, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. Tickets for both November 1 performances will be honored at their new date.
The Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks game at Barclays Center is postponed. New date: Saturday at 7:30pm.
We'll keep updating this post.
Freelance Whales at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As we've mentioned before, Freelance Whales new album, Diluvia, is out next week (10/9) on Frenchkiss and Mom+Pop. You can stream the album right now over at NPR. Speaking of streaming things, the band are playing an invite-only show tonight (10/1) at Knitting Factory where they'll play the album in full, but lest you feel left out, the performance will be streamed live at 7:30 PM here.
Additionally, if you'd like to actually go to this show in person, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are below. After tonight's show at the Knit, Freelance Whales will hit the road for a tour that will wind its way around America before heading back to the East Coast, including a hometown NYC show at Webster Hall on November 1. Tickets are still available for that show and all tour dates are listed 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.
Freelance Whales are one of the many bands visiting Montreal this weekend for the Osheaga Festival (Aug. 3 -5) which sounds like it's going to be a really good time. (They play tonight.) The winsome New Yorkers will then cross back across the border to play Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on Saturday (8/4). After that the band will be putting the finishing touches on their new album, Diluvia, which is out October 9 via Frenchkiss. You can stream the album's first single, "Locked Out," below.
The band will also be going on tour around the same time as the album's release, including a hometown stop at Webster Hall on November 1. Tickets to that show (and the rest of the tour) go on sale today (8/3) at noon.
Additionally, buying tickets to the tour online will also come with some audio goodies. On August 20 you'll get a batch of songs including new single "Locked Out" and "Spitting Image." Then you'll receive a download of the entire new album on its release date. That pretty sweet.
All upcoming Freelance Whale tour dates are below, as is Deluvia's cover art and the single stream.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Beck/Devendra Banhart at Governors Ball - 6/24/12
"But the real agenda of Sunday's Governors Ball was a day of crescendos. Separated from Saturday -- a day of computerized repetitions and volume control and equalizer tweaks -- Sunday was for bands building at their own pace. It might be the grunge surges of Cage the Elephant or the strategic crescendos of Explosions in the Sky, but it was hand-played and timed to human impulse. On Sunday, the cheers from the crowd showed how well real-time music-making still moves an audience. Guitars -- in Built to Spill, Cage the Elephant, Alberta Cross -- still grab people." [NY Times]Governors Ball wrapped up on Randall's Island this past Sunday (6/24) with sets from Beck, Modest Mouse, Explosions in the Sky, Fiona Apple, Built to Spill, a barely recognizable Devendra Banhart, Cults, and more. Pictures of Day 1 are HERE. Pictures of Fiona Apple's set are HERE and Modest Mouse's set are HERE and the rest of Day 2 is below.
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.
As posted last night, Modest Mouse are playing Governors Ball on Randall's Island during the weekend of June 23-24 (same weekend as Orion), but they are just one of many artists that are now announced, and listed, along with more information, below...
Ximena Sarinana at the Parish on 11/21 (more by Tim Griffin)
RS will continue their fest during the day on Monday (12/12) with performances by Freelance Whales (1 pm), Ximena Sarinana (2:30 pm), Deer Tick (4 pm), and MNDR (5:30 pm). RSVP is free but not does not guarantee admission. Details below.
Monday's show falls in the middle of Ximena Sarinana's tour which hit The Parish in Austin last month, and hits Rockwood Music Hall the next night (12/13) for an early and a late show, both with Graffiti6. Tickets for the early show and the late show are available. All dates below.
Tickets are also still on sale for Deer Tick's New Year's Eve show at Brooklyn Bowl with Virgin Forest, who plays Glasslands on Wednesday (12/7) with Deer Tick's Ian O'Neil and Cat Martino. Tickets are still on sale for that show too.
All dates, video, and RSVP details below...
photos by Chris La Putt
The Grates @ Cake Shop
DOWNLOAD: Pepper Rabbit - "Rose Mary Stretch" (Freelance Whales remix) (MP3)
Pepper Rabbit @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Pepper Rabbit are about to adjust to life on the road. Beginning on September 7 in Philly, they'll be on the road with BRAIDS and the Secretly Canadian-signed Painted Palms for over six weeks. But first, they play their own show at Mercury Lounge in NYC on August 31 with We Barbarians and ANR. Tickets are still on sale, and we have a pair you can win. Details below with all tour dates. The Polaris-nominated BRAIDS play Mercury Lounge without Pepper Rabbit (but with Painted Palms, Blue Hawaii and Noveller) on September 6.
Pepper Rabbit's new album Red Velvet Snow Ball was released earlier this month and if you order it on their website...
... You can get it in two different packages below. The totes and pins were made special for this offer. You can't get them anywhere else. Every order also comes with an immediate download of a ton of MP3s. You get our whole first record, Beauregard. You get the Rose Mary Stretch EP we've been giving out (with the rad Miniature Tigers cover!). And you get the whole new album....You can stream the whole album below. "Rose Mary Stretch" is the 2nd song on the new album, and it's been given the remix treatment by Freelance Whales. We're debuting that MP3 above. Listen to even more recent remixes with all the other stuff too, below...
photos by Jim Brueckner
Newport Folk Festival took place in Rhode Island this past weekend (7/30-31). Day one featured performances by The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Gogol Bordello, Tegan and Sara, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples (who was joined by Colin Meloy), The Decemberistsand others. Pictures from that day are in this post. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.
The Felice Brothers, who are no longer playing Truck America, added Nicole Atkins as an opener to their 9/29 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still on sale. You can also catch Nicole tonight (8/3) at Bowery Ballroom when she opens for Fountains of Wayne.
photos by Jim Brueckner
You've seen the uplifting YouTube videos of the school children from Staten Island, but to witness their contagious innocent joy in-person is even more of a must. It's almost as if each popular number that they cover, they are canonizing by allowing the listeners to hear the songs through the ears of a child. Their version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was a true goosebump moment. [Metro]Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, who are known to cover bands like MGMT Ariel Pink, and Freelance Whales (who also played the festival), played day 1 (7/30) of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. . They covered songs by Adele, Lykke Li, John Lennon, Austra and others.
Pictures and videos from their set at Newport below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Foals @ Terminal 5
"Foals are the epitome of organized chaos. I was fortunate enough to catch them at their sold-out show at Terminal 5 (NY) with great up-and-coming kiwi band The Naked & Famous and Brooklyn's own Freelance Whales, and they blew my high expectations away. Incredible how a band can possess so much talent. Props to lead singer/guitarist Yannis Philippakis for sounding pitch-perfect, killing it on the guitar, and fueling the moshpit with his insane antics." -[Still Sound Music]The Foals/Freelance Whales tour hit Terminal 5 in NYC last night (5/4) with opener The Naked & The Famous (who later played a show at Pianos many hours after a set by Emmy the Great). They move on to Philly tonight.
Pictures and some video from the NYC show (and Pianos) are in this post, and there's more of them below...
"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...
Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
"The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island which draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and on special requests. It has been featured on several major national news and music networks after its videos had gained international attention within the popular video-sharing site YouTube. As of January, 2011 the chorus's videos have been watched more than 27,000,000 times." [Wikipedia]PS22's view counts are only going to keep getting higher now that they've been invited to perform on this year's Academy Awards (at the Feb. 27th ceremony in Los Angeles). Congrats to them! Check out a video with some of their reactions after hearing the news below.
Their first appearance on this site came when they appeared on stage with Crowded House at Wellmont Theater. You might also know them as the children's chorus you hear on Passion Pit's "The Reeling."
Check out some brand new videos below, shot by filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer, of the group during some improv sessions and one of them doing an acoustic version of MGMT's "Kids" (a song they were already famous for covering). A recent one of the chorus covering Freelance Whales and some other ones are down there too...
by Bill Pearis
Foals at MHoW (more by Leia Jospe)
I think anyone who saw Foals at one of their NYC shows last fall (especially the nutso one Music Hall of Williamsburg) could've predicted, as I did, that next time through town they'd be at Terminal 5. And lo, it's happening: Foals will play Terminal 5 on May 4. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/21) at noon.
What you might not have guessed is that this upcoming tour, which the Terminal 5 show is part of, Foals would be playing with those purveyors of winsome folk pop, Freelance Whales. What?! Sure, Foals -- who made my #1 album of 2010 -- have a more mainstream audience now, and there are probably people out there who really like both bands...but this is one of the odder tour pairings to come along in some time. Will Freelance Whales fans stick around for the stage-diving and crowd-surfing that comes with Foals shows these days? Will Foals fans behave during the Freelance Whales set? Is this the state of touring in 2011?
These and other questions will be answered in April when the tour starts. Also along for the ride for most of the North American dates are Australian dance-pop group The Naked and Famous.
The "Deluxe Version" of 2010's Total Life Forever which dropped in the tail end of last year features a whopping 44 tracks and 5 videos via iTunes UK (only) and not only includes the album tracks, but also demos, remixes, b-sides, and videos from the record. No word on when/if the Deluxe Version will hit our shores, but until then you can checkout the tracklisting and all dates below.