Entries tagged with: Gambles
by Andrew Sacher
Back in 2011, Jessica Lea Mayfield put out the very good Dan Auerbach-produced alt-country album Tell Me, and now she's got a new look and sound for its followup, Make My Head Sing..., which is due out on April 15 via ATO Records. From the way Jessica opens the record's first single, "Oblivious," it sounds like she's been listening to a good deal of sludge metal, with raw, thick riffage that's up there with many of the more likely Sabbath worshippers. Her voice remains gentle though, making for a pretty interesting mix. Check it out below.
Jessica will also be playing SXSW and then heading out on a tour of the US and Canada following the album's release. That tour brings her to NYC for two shows with Gambles happening on April 26 at Rough Trade and April 28 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Merc show starting Wednesday (2/19) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
New York punk legends Television celebrated the opening of Brooklyn's new music venue/record store Rough Trade NYC with a two-night stand during the venue's opening weekend of November 29 and 30. Back in November, we posted pictures of night 1, and we've now got a belated set of pictures from night 2 in this post.
Not long after this opening celebration show, the venue sadly had to shut down the show room and cancel December shows due to sound/noise issues. That trend is continuing as they just announced that most January shows have moved to other venues too. Hopefully they get done what they need to do soon. February shows like The Orwells are still scheduled for now. Meanwhile you can still stop by and browse their stock of records and books for sale.
Who knows what the venue will look like when they're finished fixing it so it can reopen, but more pictures of what it looked like on its first weekend can be viewed below...
Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).
We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Television @ Rough Trade, 11/29/2013
"Next time, we're bringing a road crew," Tom Verlaine joked as he fumbled with knotted guitar cord, finally throwing the thing to an audience member to undo while he fiddled with other gear. Even a master of tangled guitar solos needs help sometimes. Once that was straightened out (literally), Television got down to business for their first NYC show in six years years, and first of two at the new Rough Trade.
The sound at the new venue, this being its first ticketed show, was crystal clear (though maybe not loud enough for some), perfect for the guitar interplay Television are known for. I never got to see the original line-up but I thought Richard Lloyd's replacement Jimmy Rip did a fine job on the bands' signature songs "I See No Evil" and "Marquee Moon." I was happy to hear "1880 Or So" from their 1992 comeback album as well, as part of their 80-minute or so set. A new album, their first since then, is promised soon.
Gambles (aka former Levy member Matthew Daniel Siskin) opened the night, playing a Jonathan Richman-y set with just acoustic guitar. Much of that was done on the floor in the middle of the crowd -- including a cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," a pretty ballsy move, whether it was successful or not.
Both Television and Gambles play Rough Trade again tonight (11/30), which is sold out. You can, however, hit RT for a couple free shows today: Marissa Nadler plays at 1 PM and Phosphorescent is on at 3 PM.
Rough Trade, the store, seems to have filled out it's stock a bit since I was there on Monday, and still had quite a bit of Record Store Day Black Friday items. I eyed that Stiff Records 7" boxset but couldn't pull the trigger. I did, however, pick up an import copy of the new book from Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley titled Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. Their book collection has definitely filled-out and is pretty impressive.
More pics from Television and Gambles below...
by Bill Pearis
Tennesse's Those Darlins started off making '70s Loretta Lynn style country but quickly grew beyond those constraints. 2011's Screws Get Loose added sneery riff rock to the twang, which continues on the band's third album, Blur The Line, which is out October 1. "In the Wilderness" adds a little glitter to the mix, making for sleek, snarly rock. The wild ones of the first album are still in control though, as the chorus (and title) reminds. We've got the premiere of that track in this post and you can stream it below.
Those Darlins will hit the road right after the album comes out, which includes two NYC shows: Union Pool on October 12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on October 14 (tickets). Both shows are with Gambles.
All tour dates are listed, along with the track stream and LP cover art, below.
Tickets for the Janelle Monae show at The Apollo go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo").
Those Darlins and Gambles are playing Union Pool on October 12. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Black Mountain-related duo Lightning Dust released their new album, Fantasy, earlier this year via Jagjaguwar, and they're playing Union Pool on September 15 with Louise Burns. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Jessica Pratt at Maxwell's - 5/17/13 (via @cbruno1983)
Loner folk devotee Jessica Pratt just wrapped up a tour supporting Father John Misty, which hit the NYC-area this past Friday (5/17) for a show at Maxwell's, where FJM played solo acoustic, unlike his theatrical performance at The Great GoogaMooga the next day. Jessica played backed by a keyboardist and sounded delicate and wonderful as ever. Check out a video from her set below.
As mentioned, Jessica is about to do a few dates with Grouper, including one in NYC on June 2 at Le Poisson Rouge with Raajmahal and a DJ set from onetime Cocteau Twins bassist (and current Bella Union label head) Simon Raymonde. Tickets for that show are still available. Jessica has since added her own NYC show happening a day earlier (6/1) at Union Pool with Gambles (aka ex-Levy member Matthew Siskin) and Zachary Cale. Tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
And as discussed, Jessica will return to Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 to open for Julia Holter, which is one of a few shows the two musicians are playing together that month. Tickets for that show are still available
After she wraps up her run with Julia Holter, Jessica will do some West Coast dates with White Fence. Updated dates are listed, along with the Maxwell's video and Union Pool show flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Gambles (aka Matthew Daniel Siskin, former guitarist of now-defunct NYC indie rockers Levy) just released a video for the track, "Trust," which was directed by Grant Singer (DIIV, Sky Ferreira). The song is part '90s sad folk and part Garden State soundtrack, and it sounds like it was recorded live in an empty room with nothing more than a bit of reverb thrown on. You can check out the video below.
He'll be playing his first ever show this Sunday (12/9) at MoMA PS1 for the Long Island City venue's Sunday Sessions with Starred, for whom the show is a release part for their debut EP, Prison to Prison. The show takes place from 3-6 PM in the VW Dome and also includes music by DJ Tom Roy and a special guest reading.
Speaking of Levy, the band's frontman James Levy has been continuing to make music too, under names like James Levy and the Blood Red Rose and Reputante who have shows coming up at Pianos and Glasslands.
Gambles video below...