Entries tagged with: Glasslands
the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dearest friends -Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."
You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.
When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.
It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.
Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.
We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.
Goodbye for now, but not forever.
We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.
Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.
Cat Power / Sky Ferreira at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may have heard, on the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a tribute show went down at Glasslands in Brooklyn with a number of musicians, including Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and more. We already posted pictures, the setlist, and a fan video from the show, and now there's professional video of the show, courtesy of The Bomber Jacket (one of the show presenters). They're planning on releasing the audio from the show as well ("hopefully by Christmas"), and all proceeds from that release will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.
Meanwhile you can watch those videos below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cat Power / Cole & Sky
[Sadie] Dupuis delivered the night's heaviest alt-rock blast, leading a Nirvana-like performance of "Abused" by dialing up the track's soft-loud-soft dynamics. [Marissa] Nadler offered a mesmerizing lullaby with the gentle strums of "Pitseleh." [Yoni] Wolf played three tracks solo on piano, including "Angeles" and "Say Yes," adding his own spin lyrically and musically, something a "chord guy" like Smith would appreciate, Wolf joked.On the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a number of musicians gathered at Brooklyn venue Glasslands for a tribute show. The night's cast included Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu. Pictures of the show, a partial setlist, and a video of Sky Ferreira joining Cat Power for "Pretty (Ugly Before)" are in this post.
Cat Power soon walked onstage and raised a glass from behind the piano -- "cheers to Elliott," she said. She played a solo version of her own tune, the haunting "Names," from 2003's You Are Free, before her band joined for a jazz/R&B-flecked "Between the Bars," which hit with extra punch due to Marshall's own history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.
She handed out knit caps, like those Smith so often wore (Marshall sported a yellow-gold beanie over her bleached blonde hair all night), and closed with From a Basement on the Hill's "Pretty (Ugly Before)." Ferreira joined Marshall onstage, and the two traded verses and invited the crowd to join -- "Fucking sing it if you know it!" shouted Marshall -- on the repeated outro: "I was so ugly before didn't know what to do." The jam-packed audience inside the DIY venue all sang in hushed tones together, in unison. [Rolling Stone]
For Cat Power, this show was ahead of her upcoming solo tour which brings her back to NYC for two shows on November 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (early and late). The early show is sold out but tickets for the late show are still available.
Sadie Dupuis played this just after her band Speedy Ortiz wrapped up a number of CMJ shows, including our Friday party. Speedy Ortiz returns to NYC tonight (10/23) at The Flat for a Mishka show with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr). It's an afterparty for the debut of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr line, which happens at their store (and J will be there doing an in-store signing).
More pictures, the partial setlist and video below...
Like the four Elliott Smith tribute shows that took place in August to honor the songwriting legend in the ten-year anniversary of his death, another will happen in NYC on the actual day of the anniversary, October 21. The tribute show happens at Glasslands and includes some pretty great musicians like Cat Power, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards, ex-Chairlift), Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu.
$50 tickets for the show are on sale now, and some of the proceeds will benefit Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. That fund benefits Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children, and there's also an IndieGogo campaign raising money for Outside In that includes rewards related to the Glasslands show:
* Set lists from the nightCheck out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...
* High-quality 12" x 11" concert posters, designed by local artist Allison Specketer
* Live recording of the show (participating bands TBA)
* Goodie Bag (details TBA) from Kill Rock Stars
* High-quality 18" x 24" concert poster, autographed by all the musicians
Bear in Heaven at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (more by Greg Cristman)
Kent Avenue club Glasslands is turning seven this summer and they're throwing a birthday party on July 25 with live sets from Bear in Heaven and Quinn Walker and DJ sets from Lemonade and Aaron of Rewards. It's $5 at the door but you do need to RSVP.
As you may know, Bear in Heaven just wrapped up their tour with Wire, having played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (7/16). And if you want to see Lemonade play live instead of DJ, they'll be at Mercury Lounge next Saturday (7/27) with Selebrities. That show is free but you need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app.
Glasslands birthday party flyer below.
While Kurt Feldman, who plays drums in The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, is doing just fine with his current synth outfit Ice Choir (maybe you saw them at Northside), he's revisting his recent musical past for one night this summer. His old 8-bit-meets-shoegaze band, The Depreciation Guild, are getting back together to play their 2007 album, In Her Gentle Jaws, in its entirety at Glasslands on August 3. Opening are Infinity Shred (formerly Starscream) and tickets are on sale now.
so we're very excited to announce that yesterday we officially replaced our sound system with a brand new one, a massive and much needed upgrade that has been about a year of research and planning (and saving) in the making!You might want to check out that new system on Monday (6/24) when Denmark's When Saints Go Machine make their U.S. debut. Tickets are still available.
power, clarity, and versatility were most important to us when choosing glasslands' next system: our new speciality subwoofers and tops, built by Danley Sound Labs, Inc., will give the room a thicker and cleaner sound for both live shows and dance nights. after some tuning and testing, we've got the highs shimmering and the bass punishing.
it's bittersweet to see the old one go. it was a Frankenstein of gear from various systems donated by various people over many years, and basically represents the generosity of a community without which glasslands would never have been.
while i'm sure our engineers will miss the late night thrill of riding that system in the red and hanging on for dear life, we're excited to hear what all you guys sound like on a sick. new. rig.
Flyer for the Depreciation Guild show and a stream of In Her Gentle Jaws' title track below...
Do you go see a lot of shows at Glasslands? If so and are here this summer, the venue is offering a pretty nice deal they're calling Summer Pass. For $225 you get entry into every show at Glasslands during the summer and one free drink every time you stop by. They're planning to have around 120 shows during this time and if you go to just 20 of them you'll probably get your money's worth. They're only selling a "very limited run" of these season passes. Details -- like start and end dates, and a link to buy -- are still forthcoming.
Hopefully by that time the venue will have the replacement for the clouds up as well. Wonder what it will be?
Parenthetical Girls up in the clouds this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the most iconic backdrops in the NYC music scene has left the building: Glasslands' clouds. The venue just posted this on Facebook:
well folks, after a few long happy years, the time has come for the glasslands clouds to float off into the sunset. kyp malone's group Rain Machine will have been the last to perform under them last night, and that seems right.Nooooooo! (On the plus side, Glasslands does have new bathrooms.) We'll miss the clouds, but look forward to seeing what replaces them.
we used to rotate these art installations regularly before the clouds, and always intended to continue doing so, but we had no idea how warmly (and strongly) you all would feel about the clouds, and so i guess over time it just stuck.
but now it's spring again people, and it's time for change. we're hard at work on a new installation that we hope you'll like.
thanks again to vashti windish who designed and created the clouds, with some help from our awesome staff.
more to come on this new setting soon!
Antlers @ Glasslands (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal started Popgun Booking back in 2008 and in a very short amount of time became prominent tastemakers, with their homebase of Glasslands becoming one of the first stops for any new hyped band (Django Django, Savages, Palma Violets to names some recent UK ones). They also have (and in some cases still do) book shows at Cameo, Irving Plaza, Santos, Knitting Factory and more. Jake and Rami gave us a collaborative list of Popgun's favorite LPs of 2012. Check it out below.
BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is here tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10), and since our last update, the full schedule has been revealed. They're no longer using Villain as one of the venues, but will be using 285 Kent instead.
Tonight's updates include Omar S, Drop the Lime, Nick Catchdubs, Morri$, Deadboy, Jackmaster, and Matt Shadetek playing Public Assembly; and Nadastrom & Sabo, Uproot Andy & Geko, and DJ Blass playing 285 Kent (all ages). Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Gold Panda, Photek, and more at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, MikeQ, and more at Glasslands; and Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid, and more at Cameo.
Saturday's updates include Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva, Lazy Brow, Jubilee, Wildlife!, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Fantasy Thrilla, and a special guest at Public Assembly; and Hussle Club and Body Language at Brooklyn Bowl. Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Nicolas Jaar, Lauren Flax, Nick Hook, and Heathered Pearls at Music Hall of Williamsburg; KI:Theory, FaltyDL, Benji B, and Pearson Sound at Cameo; and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and Shadowbox at Glasslands.
Tickets for the festival are still available, including 2-day passes, 1-day passes for Friday (Saturday is sold out), and a special all ages ticket, which grants you access to tonight's 285 Kent stage (the rest of the venues are 21+).
Flyers with full lineups and set times are below...
Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.
Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.
Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.
Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:
8:45 GO GO's$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:
Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies$5 with costume, $7 without.
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,
by Bill Pearis
Crocodiles at 4 Knotts 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles' tour rolls through NYC tonight (Friday, 9/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post along with a list of all dates.
The band are supporting their most recent album, Endless Flowers, which finds them widening their scope while still holding on to those Spacemen 3/JAMC roots. It's a good record. You can stream the whole thing at Spotify and check out the video for its title track below. Openers for this show are Punks on Mars and Alexis & Icewater.
Brandon of Crocodiles' wife, Dee Dee, will be playing with the rest of Dum Dum Girls at Europa on Sunday (9/30) with Chez Deep and Starred, and tickets to that show are still available. It's a record release show for their terrific new End of Daze EP. DDGs will be back opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on October 18 (tickets).
Meanwhile, DDG drummer Sandy's band, SISU, play Glasslands before that on October 10 with Grooms, Royal Baths, and Punks on Mars (tickets). Bleeding Rainbow were on that bill originally, but seem to have dropped off. (They do have other shows in NYC though.)
Delicate Steve at 4Knots Festival 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Popgun Booking is turning four years old and they're celebrating with an anniversary party at their homebase of Glasslands on Saturday (9/29) featuring performances by 8-bit partiers Anamanaguchi and instrumental wonderkind Delicate Steve and DJ sets by True Womanhood and Friendly Ghost. (They also list Mitt Romney as DJing which is probably a joke, but his schedule is open that day.) The show is FREE but you do need to RSVP.
Delicate Steve, who spent most of the summer touring his new album, will be here for CMJ too. He's playing a just-announced My Social List showcase at the Martin Room in Webster Hall on October 16 with Teen Daze, Dent May, Heavenly Beat, Mac Demarco, Bleeding Rainbow, The Young Evils and Grand Resort. Tickets are on sale now.
Anamanaguchi, meanwhile, will be touring in October and November with Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin being the trek's midpoint. All tour dates, as well as a flyer for the Popgun Anniversary party, are below.
photos by Courtney Dudley; words by Phillip Pantuso
TEEN at Glasslands, 9/5/2012
I recently moved from Austin to Brooklyn, and the main thing I've noticed across the handful of shows I've attended so far is that either Austin is on some apathetic shit, or NYC crowds are, in general, much more lively and appreciative. There's a pervasive bonhomie that would almost be insulting to the bands onstage -- were they oftentimes not its main instigator. Take this all with a pinch of salt; it's been three weeks. But know that I really mean it when I say that TEEN's debut album release show last night at Glasslands was like a love-in for ex-Here We Go Magic keyboardist Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson and her band. You could tell as much when a not-insignificant number of the audience cheered during her mic check, and then got so quiet in expectation of the first song that I actually suppressed a cough.
TEEN opened with "Huh" from their aforementioned debut. It was an auspicious start. A flanged synth chord swirled in repeat over a tsk-tsk cymbal and rumbly tom, Lieberson's open-throated vocals and trebly guitar stabs, and a slinky bass line from Jane Herships (the one non-Lieberson sister in the quartet). It's the kind of vibe-heavy dream pop that's been en vogue since Beach House's first record. Teeny's smoky, melismatic singing style reminded me of Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins: wildly performative and quite loud, which sometimes worked but often, as when she went off-pitch or overdominated the mix, didn't.
Like Here We Go Magic, TEEN's best songs work because they loop and layer earworm melodies until a kind of hypnotic, kraut-like trance is achieved. They take relatively simple parts that perfectly add up, as on "Come Back," a fervid, lovesick slab of jittery pop that inspired at least one straight-up interpretative dance in front of the stage. Or "Better," greeted by the loudest cheers of the night, probably because it features the punchy shout-a-long chorus "I'll do it better than anyone else!" But too many songs overstayed their welcome. "Roses and Wine" started out dirge-y and got even more languid over the course of what felt like ten minutes, whereas "Charlie," despite nailing a bleary, 60s girl-group pose, offered little in the way of fresh ideas beyond verse one.
Still, TEEN offered an at-times entrancing take on psychedelic dream-pop, and at the very least, it's heartening to see a band so warmly accepted while playing in their own (adopted) backyard. Teeny Lieberson was giving shout outs and literally conversing with friends the entire set.
More pictures from Glasslands, including openers Acrylics, are below.
Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Guitar great Kaki King is working on a new album with producer D. James Goodwin, which will be out this fall. According to Kaki, "It's entirely instrumental, full of beautiful guitar songs accompanied by string quartet, bagpipes, low pillowy bass drum thuds, shakers galore, and a library of unique soundscapes that were created in the studio for each piece." Album title and exact release date TBA.
Kaki King will also be supporting the album with a world tour. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but a few dates are starting to roll out, including a NYC show which happens on November 11 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (8/25) at 7 AM.
Kaki is also part of Gap's new "Icons Redefined" campaign that also includes The Avett Brothers, Karmin and others. Video of her ad is below, along with a list of all known tour dates.
Clearly, this is a band photo of The Soft Moon
As discussed, The Soft Moon will hit Glasslands on September 20 (tickets), the first of a leg of mostly-East Coast dates before heading out for something more extensive in late October to coincide with the release of the new LP Zeros which is out October 30 on Captured Tracks. Just in time for Halloween. Those dates include another NYC show which happens on the date of the album's release, October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/15) at noon. Stream the new track "Die Life" below.
If you're heading to Glasslands, or even if you aren't, make sure and peep the new track by Cold Showers first: "BC." The song, streaming below, comes from Cold Showers' new LP Love and Regret due via Dais Records on October 9.
ERAAS are also on board to support Soft Moon/Cold Showers at Glasslands on 9/20, and they too have a new LP on the way. The ex-members of Apse are preparing the self-titled LP for release on October 2 via Brooklyn label Felte Records. Stream some new material below. If you can't catch ERAAS on 9/20, catch them at Cameo on 8/28 when they support Weekend with Woodsman. Tickets are still available.
All streams and the updated Soft Moon dates are listed below.
photos by Don Gochenour; words by Bill Pearis
Tashaki Miyaki at Glasslands, 8/06/2012
The reach of The Velvet Underground is long and many limbed -- a sound so basic that it never really goes out of style, no matter how many bands ape it. As long as you do it well. Take Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki, who made their NYC debut last night at Glasslands, and put some magic hour West Coast rays on that iconic guitar chug, owing as much to David Roback's many bands (like Rain Parade and Mazzy Star) as Lou Reed.
The band only have about 10 songs to their name at this point, and we got most of the high points, including their terrific new single "Best Friend" and a cover of Guns n' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine." The latter has also been covered in a similar style by Luna but between the sweet female harmonies (drummer singer Lucy and bassist Dora) and no reliance on the song's signature riff (which Dean Wareham used) it still felt fresh. There are probably not many songs that wouldn't work VU-ized. Tashaki Miyaki definitely do it well and the crowd swayed gently throughout the set.
The band are still in town and will play Pianos tonight (8/7, 9PM) with Diego's Umbrella and Karikartura (tickets). If you haven't checked them out yet, song streams are at the bottom of this post along with more pictures from Takashi Miyaki's Glasslands set.
It was a strange bill Tashaki Miyaki were on last night. Dirty Fences preceded them and brought a sizable crowd with them. The Brooklynites play '70s-ish rock dipping three or four years either side of 1976, be it MC5 or The Damned, and have the sound down pat. They were good but definitely a 180 sonically from the headliners. Ex Cops were in the crowd last night -- now that would be a good double-bill.
Before that it was Boston's Dirty Dishes who seemed to leap straight from 1998 with their coo-to-a-caterwaul singer and sound that stayed just shy of alt-metal. (Not bad, but not my thing.) I only caught the last song of openers Sky Picnic who seemed to be going for 1968 acid rock, complete with headbands and white bell bottoms. New York on a Monday: sometimes it's about who can play, not who's most complimentary.
Photos of Dirty Fences and Dirty Dishes are below, along with more shots of Tashaki Miyaki.
by Bill Pearis
Vetiver at BXSXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
San Francisco's Vetiver will tour the East Coast tour next month, with two upcoming NYC shows: He'll play Glasslands on September 21 and then the recently-relocated ATP NY the next night (9/22). Tickets to Glasslands and ATP are on sale now.
Joining Vetiver for the tour will be Brooklyn's Habibi, who you can see this Sunday, August 5, the kickoff of this year's Sound Bites Series at the Fulton Stall Market (which, full disclosure, I curate). The show is free and happens at 3PM sharp. I'll be DJing before the band if you care to come early. I interviewed Habibi singer Rahill Jamalifard over at Sound Bites who relayed this anecdote about touring with King Tuff earlier this year:
We played at Johnny Brendas in Philly... They were kind enough to bring out a generous sized hummus plate for us and King Tuff before our show. The King Tuff boys hadn't come into the bar yet and we basically bodied the whole thing and did some heavy heavy damage, to the point where the manager asked us kindly to please leave some for the other band. We laughed inside but cried a little too.OK Vetiver, you've been warned. Guard your snacks. All Vetiver/Habibi tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
We mentioned earlier today that The Fresh and Onlys will be in NYC in November, supporting their great new album, Long Slow Dance. But if you would like to hear the warm baritone of Tim Cohen live sooner, his other band, Magic Trick, will be here opening for fellow San Franciscans Sonny & the Sunsets at Maxwell's on August 15 (tickets), Mercury Lounge on August 16 (tickets) and Glasslands on August 18 (tickets).
What began as a solo project for Cohen soon became Tim Cohen's Magic Trick and has now morphed into its own entity. While still featuring Tim's songs and melancholic/psychedelic worldview, Magic Trick are more are more pop-oriented than F&O (think Lee Hazlewood) with keyboards, glockenspiel and the lovely harmonies of Noelle Cahill and Alicia Vanden Heuvel. You can download two tracks from their new album, Ruler of the Night, above or stream the whole thing at Spotify.
Meanwhile, I'd be remiss not to talk about F&O guitarist Wymond Miles' new solo album, Under the Pale Moon, which it out now on Sacred Bones. The man whose post-punk, heavily-effected playing style give Fresh & Onlys such distinctive flair goes for dark romance on his own material, posited somewhere near Bowie's Berlin period or Heaven Up Here-era Bunnymen. (I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's a Crime & the City Solution fan, either.) It's a debonair debut and you can download an MP3 from it above or stream it in full at Spotify.
All Sonny & the Sunsets / Magic Trick dates are listed below, along with a Magic Trick video.
by Bill Pearis
Mumford & Sons at Pier A Park 8/1/2012 (via @coreymanicone)
Mumford & Sons kicked off a monthlong American tour on Wednesday night with an outdoor concert in Hoboken, N.J., providing thrills for more than 15,000 people who crowded into Pier A Park to hear these English folk rockers.
It was the first time a major rock concert had been held in the park, which was built on an old pier near the Path Station and has views of the Manhattan skyline, city officials said. The skyscrapers across the river were bathed in rosy light and a rainbow appeared in the stormy sky just before the band took the stage and launched into "Lover's Eyes," an anthemic song off their long-anticipated second studio album, "Babel," (Glassnote) which is scheduled to be released next month.
"We are very, very happy to be playing our first ever gig in New Jersey," the band's lead singer, Marcus Mumford, said when the cheering for the opening number had died down. "That was quite a sunset." [NY Times}
15,000 people! If there was any doubt, Mumford & Sons are officially huge now. Weird to think they played Cameo just three years ago. The band are playing unconventional venues (and smaller cities) this whole tour (with opener Dawes), it seems to be working out ok for them. Mumford's next stop is Portland, ME on Saturday (8/4).
Also last night, at Williamsburg's Glasslands was Canadian artist Cold Specks whose album is one of this year's Polaris Prize shortlist nominees. If you missed them, Cold Specks were just announced as one of two special guests at tonight's monthly Communion party (8/2) at Union Hall (the series recently relocated from Public Assembly).
As you may know, the Communion is partly run by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett. The second special guest at tonight's show -- which is sold out, by the way (maybe there will be tickets at the door) -- is being kept a mystery. And while you could make guesses on who that might be, we can say that Mumford is definitely NOT it. (And no, we are not "protesting too much.") So don't start freaking out, Mumford fans. Or if you already had started freaking out, you can stop.
Cold Specks tour dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
The Antlers at Glasslands - 7/30/12
As mentioned, The Antlers have a number of tour dates scheduled for the upcoming months, including ATP NYC, but before leaving town the band graced us with a secret show at the intimate Glasslands last night (7/30), which they announced yesterday morning and it of course sold out pretty quickly. The show was totally packed and The Antlers sounded great as usual.
Port St. Willow opened. More pictures of both bands, including a semi-readable copy of the headliner's setlist, and a short video of The Antlers playing "Putting the Dog to Sleep" are below.
10am tix 4 chairitea glasslands. real show. no dj set or stupid shit like that.- The Antlers
The Antlers at Bonnaroo (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
While we love the boys in The Antlers, they might want to step up their spell check game. (Or maybe "charitea" in that tweet above is a pun or something?) No matter, we're still excited about that previously teased, and now announced, secret Brooklyn show scheduled for the end of July.... which we now know will happen at Glasslands TONIGHT (7/30)! The band will play the rare, intimate show with Port St. Willow to benefit Charity: Water, a non-profit dedicated to "bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries." Tickets go on sale at 10AM.
The show is the only appearance scheduled for The Antlers in NYC until September, when they'll bless ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror on Sept 22nd. The band released their new Undersea EP last week. Stream it at Facebook.
More tour dates HERE.
by Bill Pearis
While Savoir Adore are still kickin', finishing up Album #2, singer Deidre Munro has been performing solo as well which has now turned into a band, Deidre & the Dark. Not that far off from the widescreen electropop that her other band performs, you can check out a couple cuts from last year's Curious Parcel EP below, along with a a couple music videos. One of the songs below, "Classic Girl," will be released as a 7" later this year.
You can catch Deidre & the Dark tonight (7/25) at Glasslands for what they're dubbing a "Summer Seance" with Fast Years, The Living Kills and Lorna Dune. Ouiji boards may be involved. Flyer for the show is below.
Meanwhile, Savoir Adore play Santos on Thursday, August 2, opening for Haim and Pop Etc.
Nashville punks Cheap Time released their most recent album, Wallpaper Music, back in May on In the Red which you can stream via Spotify. The band just announced an extensive fall tour, much of which is with one-man slide guitar band Bob Log III, including a NYC stop at Glasslands on October 1. Tickets are on sale now for that show.
All Cheap Time tour dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon Vs. John Foxx & the Maths - Evidence (MP3)
Cold Showers are teaming up with fellow gloomy synth-loving Californians The Soft Moon for a September tour that includes a NYC stop at Glasslands on 9/20. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Right after that show, both bands will head north across the Canadian border for Pop Montreal. Tour dates for both bands are listed below.
Meanwhile, The Soft Moon recently released a collaborative, one-sided 7" with onetime Ultravox singer John Foxx which you can download at the top of this post. The band have finished recording their second album for Captured Tracks the release date for which is TBD.
The Glasslands show also features APSE side project ERAAS, who just played a show at Glasslands with Telepathe and Feathers.