Entries tagged with: Future Islands
Wham!'s "Last Christmas" has been covered a zillion times, and today that becomes a zillion and one. Future Islands offer up their take on the song, and it suits them well. Listen below.
photo: Sam w/ Future Islands at FFF 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Milkwaukee indie rapper milo released two albums this year: one under his usual milo moniker called so the flies don't come and another under his Scallops Hotel moniker called Plain Speaking. He has two NYC shows this week, one under each moniker.
First, Scallops Hotel plays Shea Stadium tonight (12/10) with Ceschi, Mega Ran, Mr Miranda and F.Virtue (tickets); and then milo plays Friday (12/11) at C'mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave in Brooklyn) with Hemlock Ernst and Chris Misch-Bloxdorf Dectet (tickets). They're his last two shows of the year.
Hemlock Ernst, who's featured on both the milo and the Scallops Hotel albums, is the rap alter-ego of Future Islands (and The Snails) frontman Samuel T. Herring. And those milo albums aren't the only collaborations he's been doing lately. Hemlock Ernst is on the new Busdriver album, Thumbs, as is milo (and Del the Funky Homosapien, Kool AD, Jeremiah Jae, Anderson .Paak and more). He's also on two songs on Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti's new collaborative album as Cavanaugh, Time & Materials. One is "Typecast," which also features P.O.S. and Busdriver, and the other is album closer "Lemons." And he's on the recent Curse Ov Dialect single, "Twisted Strangers," which the long-running Australian group will feature on their new album due out in 2016, their first since 2009. Watch the video for that, and stream the Busdriver and Cavanaugh albums, below.
Lastly, not as Hemlock Ernst but still as a rapper, Sam teamed up with the great producer Madlib for the collaborative project Trouble Knows Me. They have a 6-song self-titled EP out now, and you can stream the title track below.
Future Islands singer Samuel T. Herring and guitarist/bassist William Cashion have another band called The Snails. Back in 2013 they put out an EP called Worth The Wait, and this week they released the Christmas song "Snails Christmas (I Want A New Shell)." It definitely scratches a similar itch to their main band (just with more snail themes). Stream both below. As their bio points out, they're planning to release their debut album Songs From The Shoebox in March...
The Snails formed in Baltimore in the summer of 2008 to play a birthday party for Spank Rock. Originally just an Art Lord & the Self-Portriats cover band in snail costumes, the Snails slowly began writing their own material. In 2013, they released their debut EP, Worth The Wait, a 5-song gatefold double 7" on Friends Records. In March 2016, they will release their first full length album, Songs From The Shoebox.The Snails have 2016 shows coming up, including two in NYC: March 9 at Baby's All Right and March 10 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Baby's and Merc are on sale now. All known dates are listed below.
Over the years, the band has featured members of Nuclear Power Pants, Wing Dam, Small Sur, Teeth Mountain, Lonnie Walker, Lower Dens, Wume, Trouble Knows Me, Peals, Showbiz, and Future Islands.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.
As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...
It's Fathers Day on Sunday (6/21) and Future Islands are celebrating by releasing a video for "A Song for Our Grandfathers" from last year's breakthrough Singles. It was shot by director Jay Buim at a family reunion in North Carolina, and the band perform for their families. You can watch it below and they've also set up an e-card if you want to share it with your father. This does not, mind you, get you out of actually calling your father on Father's Day.
photo: DJ Windows 98 at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DJ Windows 98, the DJ moniker of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, plans to grace NYC with another of his sets on August 27 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM. Last month his Montreal DJ set included new Kanye West music, so who knows what could happen at this one?
Earlier this month, Win joined his buds Future Islands on stage in Vermont for "Seasons (Waiting On You)" (something he's done before). You can check out a video of that below.
In related news, Arcade Fire member Tim Kingsbury will be embarking on a solo career, like bandmates Will Butler and Richard Reed Parry have also done. He'll be playing under the name Sam Patch, and his first performance is at Montreal's Passovah Summer Fest on August 27 (coincidentally the same day as that DJ Windows 98 NYC show). Backing Tim will be the impressive lineup of Basia Bulat and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara.
Win Butler/Future Islands video below...
Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!
Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.
The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.
Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.
Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.
More from day two below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him -- early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they'd be engaged for the evening.Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.
Lamar's confidence seems beyond question -- this is the MC who dropped the "Control" verse, after all -- yet he didn't spend much time on the songs of this year's triumphant "To Pimp a Butterfly." An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights -- or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps "King Kunta" and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. - [The Oregonian]
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
Future Islands with the 'Late Show' band (via Twitter)
While Future Islands' single "Seasons" probably would've been a hit anyway, no doubt their 2014 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman performing the song was a career-changing moment. The Baltimore group returned to the show last night to play brand-new single, "The Chase." Frontman Samuel T. Herring dedicated the song to his hometown which has been in the news a lot this week. "This song is gonna go out to the people of Baltimore. Let us not discount their voices, or the voices of all the people in the cities that we live and love." You can watch Future Islands' performance on Letterman below.
"The Chase" was made available as a digital single immediately after the performance and features another new song, "Haunted By You," which the band recorded in Austin with Spoon's Jim Eno. Both songs will be available as a limited-edition 7" single on June 30. Check out both sides and the artwork below. Future Islands will play NYC at Governors Ball in May. Updated tour dates are listed below.
In other news, David Letterman, who retires May 20, sat down for an interview with The New York Times where he discussed, among many other things, his replacement. He says he didn't have a lot of say on the matter, but gave his thoughts on what he might have done if it were up to him:
I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen. And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well.Read the whole thing at the Times.
Future Islands tour dates, Letterman video and song streams, below...
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
TV on the Radio have released a video for their song "Trouble," from last year's very good Seeds LP. It was directed by frontman Tunde Adebimpe who filmed people on the street in Los Angeles (where he lives now). He told Time, "We got some people together, some of whom we ran into on the street while we were shooting, and did that. We asked if they could quietly (or not) go to brighter or darker places inside themselves let us be there with them for a little while. Everyone's sifting through something, right?" You can check out the "Trouble" video below.
Tunde has also recorded a song titled "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" which is a collaboration with Sinkane and Sal P. It's one of many genre-crossing songs recorded for that GTA V "soundtrack," The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos which will be released on April 14. Other artists involved on in include Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike and Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring. You can stream "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" below.
TVOTR will be in the NYC-area next month, playing Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on May 20 with Bo Ningen (tickets), and then the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage with Pixies and John Grant (tickets).
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)
Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:
The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.
In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.
the graffiti'd space is where the restaurant will be (via Google Maps)
The Knitting Factory, who across the country own something like 10 venues and 3 restaurants, is taking over the space next door to their Brooklyn venue on Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg to open a restaurant this year. The space in question used to be Japanese izakaya joint Qoo Robata, which closed last spring. "We're very excited to have the restaurant," KF general manager Bob Reiter told Gothamist. "We love the neighborhood, and to add the food component to the Knitting Factory is also very exciting. We're really stoked." No word on what kind of food they'll be serving, but design will be handled by Hecho Inc who did Baby's All Right's interior.
That intersection (Havemeyer & Metropolitan) is not exactly starved for food options: there's The Commodore, St. Anselm, Saltie, Fette Sau, Momofuku Milk Bar, Siam Orchid, Onomea and a pizza place all within throwing distance....but being able to take your drink with you from dinner to Knit's performance space would be a nice option.
Meanwhile, we have Knitting Factory talent buyer Richard Sloven's Top 8 Tracks of 2014 (which we forgot to post in December. sorry, Richard!). Read his picks below...
Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Future Islands / Operators @ T5, 1/9/2015
While the rest of his group are efficient, heads-down performers, Herring puts on a rare show. Chest-thumping, growling, jumping, slinking, kicking, and at times crawling around the stage, he moves through and between songs at breakneck speed, stopping only long enough to fit in a "Let's keep the show going!" or "Let's shut the f-k up and keep it going!" The crowd responds in turn: less than halfway through the set the room was as sweaty and thumping as any dance floor in the city, and stayed that way through the two-song encore.Future Islands played two sold-out shows at NYC's 3000-capacity Terminal 5 last week (January 8 & 9), a slightly bigger venue than their last NYC show. A bigger stage means more room for frontman Sam Herring to dance and he certainly made full use of T5's real estate on Friday night.
"Seasons (Waiting On You)," "Balance," and "Tin Man" got the biggest responses, as well as the biggest performances from Herring--and they were followed by several sincere thank-yous to the crowd. It's a special thing to see a band so exceptionally excited to exhaust themselves on stage. - [EW]
Opening both nights were Operators, the new band from Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs), who had played a headlining show at Baby's All Right earlier in the week. Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves made an appearance with them at Thursday's show, but no such luck Friday night. Also on both bills were Future Islands' Baltimore neighbors Wing Dam. More pictures from Friday's show below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Festival Nrmal is returning to Mexico from February 28 to March 1 in 2015, and the lineup features Swans, Phantogram, Future Islands, Black Angels, Machinedrum, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, TOPS, Twin Peaks, Peaking Lights, Kirin J Callinan, METZ, Boogarins, DJ Dodger Stadium, HTRK and more. Tickets are on sale.
Full lineup below...
Photo: Operators in Central Park in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Dan Boeckner's current band Operators are set to support the upcoming Future Islands tour, including the NYC shows on January 8 & 9 at Terminal 5 (night 1 still on sale, night 2 sold out). Right before those shows, Operators will play their own NYC show on January 5 at Baby's All Right, the same place they made their NYC debut at the BV Northside show in June. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.
After the Future Islands tour, Operators will hook up with The New Pornographers for a run of February dates. Nothing in NYC, but there's a few other Northeast shows on that tour. All dates are listed, with a stream of their track "True," below...
The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.