Entries tagged with: Glasvegas
Thundercat @ RBSSS Philly (more by Ryan Muir)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Thundercat, ASTR, Tondrae Kemp @ LPR
Thundercat is pretty close to a genius in terms of his bass playing, pulling from jazz, electronica, and hip hop and bringing it all together for a blend that no one else is really doing right now.
Justin Timberlake @ MSG
Justin Timberlake does a lot of things, some of them great, some of them less great, but one of those things is that he makes some of the most forward-thinking mainstream pop around, and he'll fill MSG with that tonight.
UPDATE: JT postponed til Friday.
Radkey, Netherlands, EULA, Shark? @ Death By Audio
This whole bill is pretty solid with the polished punk of Radkey, the synth-fueled heavy punk of Netherlands, the noise rock of EULA, and the catchy garage rock of Shark?.
Steve Earle @ City Winery
Having worked inside and outside the music industry, country survivor, protest singer and occasional actor Steve Earle plays his last of four City Winery shows tonight.
Cian Nugent, Bloom @ Union Pool
Cian Nugent taught himself to play guitar which accounts for his unusual style. Catch him tonight before his sold-out show with Angel Olson later in the week.
Lost in The Trees, All Tiny Creatures @ Bowery Ballroom
It's a solid double bill at Bowery Ballroom with the indie folk of Lost in the Trees and the experimental pop of All Tiny Creatures.
Dragons of Zynth, Denitia and Sene, Bowmont, Pajama People @ Highline Ballroom
If you're going to this show, do check out local trio Bowmont whose new EP, Hovering, is nicely textured synthpop.
Mount Sharp, Tape Deck Mountain, Great Western Plain, Snow What @ Silent Barn
There's some pretty solid local indie rock on this bill, including Mount Sharp, Tape Deck Mountain, and more.
James K, Gobby, Dutch E Germ, Shayne @ Cameo Gallery
UNO presents this dancey night at Cameo with live sets by James K and Mykki Blanco collaborator Gobby. Dutch E Germ and Shayne round out the bill, and there will be guest DJs too. Check out the Gobby triptych, "The Films: A Lucid Nightmare" below.
Nina Persson, White Prism @ Mercury Lounge
Though she best known for fun, upbeat songs like "Lovefool" with The Cardigans, Nina Persson shows her introspective side on her new solo album, for which this is a record release show. Sold out.
Marty Stuart and Connie Smith @ The Allen Room
Part of the American Songbook series, tonight features husband and wife team Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.
Glasvegas, The Ceremonies @ Mercury Lounge
Though the hype surrounding the band's debut has died in the years since, Scotland's Glasvegas are still making highly-charged anthemic guitar pop on their third LP, Later...When the TV Turns to Static. This is their first of two NYC shows and it's sold out.
Lesley Flanigan & People Get Ready @ Merkin Concert Hall
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues with this collaborative performance between electronic composer and vocalist Lesley Flanigan and occasionally high-concept indie band People Get Ready.
Baby Mollusk, Told Slant, Great Canopy, Whatever Dad @ 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs)
Baby Mollusk recently added a bassist and drummer, turning her spare alt-folk into full-on indie rock attack. Tonight's the release show for their first full-band album, Baby Mollusk & the Big Babies. Whatever, Dad (aka Crying singer Elaiza Santos) isn't too far removed from Baby Mollusk's acoustic material.
Cult of Youth, Helm, Damien Dubrovnik @ Nothing Changes
It's the second NYC stop on London experimental musician Helm and Copenhagen electronic duo Damien Dubrovnik's (mem of Var, Lust for Youth) US tour, and like yesterday's (which had Pharmakon), there's a great likeminded NYC band on this one too: Cult of Youth.
Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts this long-running free comedy show. Tonight's show is big indeed, with Kara Klenk, Roger Hailes, Nick Turner, Nate Craig, and Ali Wong. Doors are at 8 PM.
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Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
More Rough Trade shows this month are moving due to the still-unresolved sound/noise issues they're dealing with, including Friday's Lanterns on the Lake show (2/7) which is now an early show at Baby's All Right (doors 7:30 PM) with Jesse Woods and Andy Shauf (tickets); and Saturday's Mutual Benefit show (2/8) which is now at Knitting Factory (tickets).
Moves since we last posted include: the American Royalty show with Ghenghis Hans on 2/13 is now at Baby's All Right (doors at midnight, tickets here).
Juan Wauters was to play a record release show at RT on February 15 with Household and Las Rosas. That has been moved to the next day (2/16) at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Surfer Blood were to have played on March 3 with Wake Up. That show has moved to Glasslands and tickets are on sale now.
Cities Aviv (2/18) and Water Liars (3/1) have been canceled.
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
Cymbals Eat Guitars have a show scheduled at Glasslands on May 20th with Yellow Dogs and Mirror Mirror. Tickets are on sale.
Tinariwen returns to NYC this summer. Tickets go on sale Saturday for a July 20th show at Highline Ballroom.
Glasvegas are touring in support of a new album. Tickets are on sale now for a May 23rd show at Bowery Ballroom. All tour dates are below.
Glasvegas @ Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
"The missing frontman of Glasgow band Glasvegas, James Allan, is safe and well in New York, The Independent can reveal.Among his mysterious actions was not showing up to the Mercury Awards ceremony last night where Speech Debelle ended up taking home the prize anyway.
The band's manager, Dean Cunning, said the singer had telephoned him yesterday afternoon after finding out that people were concerned for his safety.
"James is not missing, he's in New York," he said. "He got in touch with me yesterday at about 1.45pm to tell me he was OK because he knew people were worried, but to be honest I've been just as much in the dark about this as anybody - the last time I saw James was at the gig in Cardiff. I don't even know exactly when he went missing."" [The Independent]
Mercury Prize 2009 shortlist
Florence and the Machine - LungsThe prize, which is voted on by UK critics and members of the music industry, comes with a £20,000 award. To be eligible an album must have been released between July 2008 and July 2009 by an act from the UK or Ireland. The winner will be announced on September 8th.
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
La Roux - La Roux
Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
The Invisible - The Invisible
Led Bib - Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Twice Born Men
"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...
The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]
"M.I.A. gave the main stage at Coachella her best shot. It just didn't work out.Plenty of fans did get on stage too - security was definitely not happy about it though. M.I.A. was playing in Amy Winehouse's place last night. The show didn't seem as bad (on the stream) as the above review makes it sound. Then came the Killers (still streaming as I type this actually) and Day Two of the three-day festival was over. Earlier in the day Glasvegas cancelled their set. What I saw of Beirut's performance on the stream sounded great.
After a strong start, a few hiccups, and a somewhat listless finale, the Grammy-nominated new mom declared at the end of her hour-long set in the desert that "next time I'm back in the tent."
"I want to be in the sweat," she said.
M.I.A. had performed twice in smaller tents at the music festival, in its tenth year and one of the nation's most prestigious.
She noted earlier, "I really don't know how to bring it on the main stage." And her live show staples--climbing on speakers, dancing body-to-body with the crowd--didn't quite fit the new digs. When she tried to bring some of the audience onstage Saturday night, security guards thwarted most fans.
M.I.A. ended up on a platform above the crowd performing "Bird Flu," and asked when it was over: "Can we get some order in the place? My baby's waiting." She gave birth to a son in February, a few days after the Grammys." [Times Standard]
Friday night Paul McCartney played "a two-and-a-half-hour performance of solo hits from the '70s, new songs released by his alter-ego the Fireman, plus 20 Beatles classics". Morrissey and Leonard Cohen played the same day.
Sunday is my favorite day. We'll have lots of pictures soon. In the meantime, below are more stills from the M.I.A. stream...
photos by Chris La Putt
The Ida Maria and Glasvegas tour came through NYC on Saturday (MHOW, 3/28) and Monday (Webster Hall, 3/30). The two UK acts toured together from SXSW to Boston (3/31), and they will share a bill again at least one more time in April - at the Coachella Festival on the west coast. Hopefully (current BrooklynVegan.com obsession) Ida decides to stop by the east coast again while she's in the country (at the moment that is her only scheduled date)...
"...She's really rather fantastic. I love her album, Fortress Round My Heart, and her voice is even rawer and more frayed live, though she and her band are still tight and technically competent. I think she had a cold, but the cracks and friction in her chest only made her sound better [at Webster Hall], in my opinion.Ida Maria also played a previous two-night NYC engagement in January, performing at Union Hall and the Mercury Lounge. At SXSW, she only played the Perez Hilton party
She was done quickly, though I wouldn't be surprised if she had made it through her whole album, since it clocks in at a mere 31 minutes." [hornblower]
Glasvegas' upcoming dates include an opening gig for U2 at London's Wembley Stadium on August 15th.
All tour dates and more pictures from Webster Hall below...
by Bill Pearis
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Micachu @ Cake Shop (more by Tim Griffin)
Welcome to the SXSW Hangover edition of This Week in Indie. Those who went to Austin might not want to go see live music, but for everyone else it's a boon. Most of these bands have been covered before so I'm just going to go night-by-night of the shows I'd recommend...
by Andrew Frisicano
Ida Maria @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
I wanted to re-release my album, the way I wanted it to be.Fortress Round My Heart, Ida Maria's 2008 debut, is coming out in the US, digitally on March 24th and on CD, April 14th, on Universal's Mercury Records. The US release will sport a new cover and re-arranged track list, but won't include the bonus tracks described above (though new song "In the End" will replace previous closer "See Me Through").
I have designed the artwork, added three new songs, and changed the track listing.
Now it sounds, looks and feels like I want it to feel, and I am so excited again.
The story behind this cover is a story similar to a homebaked applecake.
You take what you have in your kitchen and experiment a little and hold tumbs that no one will notice you kinda forgot the recipe.
And then it turns out tasting good as hell and nobody can ever make it again.
My drummer Olle is a photographer (!) and has shot the genius cover photo in his apartment in Stockholm, with use of just the light that was there. Lamps in the livingroom, and pocket flashlight.
The cover art is designed by my friend Jon Edergren. -[Ida Maria's Myspace blog]
Ida Maria is one of the many scheduled to be at SXSW this week. She was/is supposed to play KCRW's Showcase at Buffalo Billiards, a show at Maggie Mae's , and is on the bill of Perez Hilton's "One Night in Austin" party on Saturday.
"One Night in Austin" will feature Yelle, Solange, Lady Sovereign, Margaret Cho, Ladyhawke, Little Boots, Ida Maria and Thunderheist, plus "a very special Surprise Musical Performance." No word on who: "Not Tori Amos [but] one of our FAVORITEST acts of all time!!!!!!" [RSVP for the party].UPDATE: Ida Maria never made it to her official SXSW showcases...
I don't think Ida Maria played either Maggie Mae's or Buffalo Billiards. I wanted to see her play while I am down here, but both nights, she was removed from the official sxsw.com website. She was replaced with Zee Avi on wednesday and with Val Emmich yesterday. I hope she actually plays the perez show. Looking forward to seeing her at MHOW regardless" [Ashok]EW confirms that, "...Zee Avi, a tiny girl with a warm smile filled the lonesome last spot at the KCRW showcase on Wednesday night. It was huge opportunity for the newcomer -- her self-titled debut will be out May 19 -- filling in for Norwegian rocker chick/hype magnet Ida Maria, who was reportedly stuck in U.S. customs."
After the festival (if she makes it at all), Ida Maria is touring with Glasvegas through March, including a March 28th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (on sale ) and a March 30th one at Webster Hall (on sale). Ida Maria also has a scheduled appearance at Coachella Festival on April 18th.
All Ida Maria tour dates and the "Oh My God" video below...
The Walkmen @ Masonic Temple in December (more by Natasha Ryan)
"We live in scary times. Sure, we might wonder how that inane Southern California woman is going to feed fourteen mouths, but what about the family whose breadwinners lost their jobs, and now have not only no money to pay the mortgage, but feed their kids?In related news, Live Nation and Ticketmaster announced plans to merge.
No one seems to care about those people. Everyone's too selfish. I've got mine, fuck you. But what if you suddenly don't have yours anymore?
You used to sell ten million records, now you can't even sell two. Those damn pirates! But those pirates are real people. Who overpaid to hear one good track on a CD. They've got no sympathy for you. And they may overpay to see superstars once, but not forever. The Stones don't sell out anymore. Nor does Springsteen, not even Madonna. The printed grosses are high, but that's because of the inflated ticket prices.
Is the concert industry headed for a fall? Just like the recorded music industry?" [Bob Lefsetz]
Most of the bands in this post recently announced a tour, or an update to their previously announced tour, and did not include a NYC-area date. All of them below...
Ida Maria @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ida Maria will be touring North America with fellow Europeans Glasvegas in the Spring (basically from probably-SXSW to probably-Coachella). That tour includes a March 28th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (on sale at noon today) and the March 30th one at Webster Hall (still on sale). After recently seeing Glasvegas at Bowery Ballroom and Ida Maria at Mercury Lounge (which was a day before her show at Union Hall), I've come to the conclusion that the opener will be giving the better live performance on this tour. I would say, "that sucks that she's opening", but her headlining sets were only 30 minutes, so it probably doesn't make a difference. All in all though, a good double bill of two buzzed bands from overseas.
Did anyone catch Ida on Carson Daly the other night? I can't find a video, but there are some from the Union Hall show below...
Glasvegas @ Bowery Ballroom - Jan 6, 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
For all its profile and glamour, the Brits nomination list is never much of a surprise, given how closely it tends to mirror sales charts.The nominees for Best International Group are AC/DC, the Killers, Kings of Leon, MGMT and Fleet Foxes.
Coldplay and Duffy's four nominations are the music industry's way of acknowledging their contribution to the coffers with the bestselling British albums last year.
It is also the only way to explain the elevation of cheerful, cheesy populists Scouting for Girls.
Critically lauded bands such as Glasvegas, Hot Chip and Portishead have been overlooked, yet a comedy outfit with the boisterousness of a showband at a rugby club have gained three nominations.
Some may cast a suspicious eye on the role played by chairman of the Brits Committee, Ged Doherty, who is also head of Sony (Scouting for Girls' record company). But conspiracy theories about backroom deals are erroneous. [Telegraph]
Glasvegas have added a March 28th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. That's two days before their previously-announced show at Webster Hall. Tickets for Brooklyn go on sale Friday. Webster is still currently on sale. All dates below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Glasvegas, the hyped-up Scottish band who already have a larger Webster Hall show scheduled, headlined the smaller Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (1/6). It was the first time I saw them after missing their previous NY shows at Radio City and Mercury Lounge.
I left the Bowery show about as neutral as I was going in. The Glasvegas album doesn't get me as excited as NME, bit it doesn't offend me either. The live show wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. Actually, I decided I wasn't sure if they were really playing live. At times I was convinced they were just moving around a lot (the guitarist & bassist mainly), on a dark stage full of flashing and blinding lights (seriously, those lights were made for a stadium or something), to distract everyone from the fact that they weren't actually playing their instruments, but then I decided I'm probably just paranoid. Maybe there was a backing track. Either way, I liked the set better as it went on - after I stopped worrying so much about what they were doing, and when I heard the few songs I like the most. Maybe the band loosened up a bit towards the end too....
They could have played longer, but I wasn't sad they didn't. They went on (in total darkness and with intro music) around 10:40, played 10 songs, and no encore.
After the show one person said they liked them better live. Another said they liked them better on album. A third I talked to went in knowing nothing, and left a fan. "Anonymous | January 7, 2009 1:07 AM" "thought the show was very dull".
Angela McCluskey opened. I missed the beginning of her set, but what I heard was okay - I wish she had better songs to showcase her amazing voice. More pictures and the setlist, below...
Scotland's Glasvegas finally releases its self-titled debut album stateside tomorrow after garnering rave reviews in the UK. The album appeared on may "best of 2008" music lists, and seems destined to dominate 2009's lists as well (editor's note: I am personally not in love with the album. Are you?).
The Gourds' Haymaker! is the lone other new disc I have heard that I can recommend from this week's music releases, along with the reissue of Chatham County Line's debut self-titled album.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Tickets are back on sale for Tuesday's previously-sold out Glasvegas show at Bowery Ballroom. Angela McCluskey is opening. You can also see Glasvegas for free tonight/Monday (1/5) at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 9PM.
By Andrew Frisicano
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With holiday mixes in the air, Amnesty International has released I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas, a benefit comp featuring No Kids, Blitzen Trapper, Parentheitcal Girls, Sally Shapiro, and more (full tracklist below).
Speaking of Cyndi and good causes, True Colors is auctioning off a chance to hang out with the Best Electronic/Dance Album nominee as part of its first annual online charity auction to benefit GLBT equality groups the True Colors Fund, CenterLink, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
The package includes "1-hour voice lesson, plus lunch, with Cyndi Lauper, in NYC. 2 roundtrip domestic coach tickets on American Airlines and a 2-night stay at Hotel on Rivington included." It's currently going for $4,000. Full list of items on auction here.
And speaking of Christmas music and female 80's icons that have toured for True Colors...
"Blackheart Records, the rock label Joan Jett started over 25 years ago, has released its holiday compilation record, and it's available at the iTunes store. The 11-song digital album features rocked-out holiday standards and originals recorded by Jett and Blackheart bands including Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Cute Lepers and more."You can grab "Silent Night" at the top of this post for free. Full tracklist below.
Also for download up there is a selection of holiday MP3's from the inbox.
Other Christmas album options this year include new ones by Sufjan's friend Rosie Thomas and Neutral Milk Hotel's Julian Koster, and one by The Raveonettes. For a Christmas show, check out the always fun McGarrigle Christmas Hour this Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall. Guests this year include Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Emmylou Harris and Justin Bond.
Videos (including one by Glasvegas) and tracklists below...
The Bowery Ballroom show Glasvegas are playing during their Letterman to Ferguson tour in January sold out pretty quickly. The Webster Hall show they're playing on March 30 goes on Am Ex presale today at noon - regular sale on Friday. All tour dates below...
Glasvegas @ Mercury Lounge, NYC (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
SCOTS band Glasvegas missed out on the prizes at the Q Awards today in London today.Saturday night October 4th, a heavy night of NYC concerts (Brooklyn resident Kyle made it there after being in Harlem for Jenny) concluded with Glasvegas at Mercury Lounge - a show that almost didn't happen. After an opening set by the lovely Angela McCluskey (whose good friend Craig was also playing a show in the same borough), the band went on about 20 minutes after midnight and played to a capacity crowd at the intimate club. It was part of Glasvegas's first U.S. visit, and it was their second NYC show in less than a week. The first was an opening spot for Echo & The Bunnymen at Radio City Music Hall. More pictures from the Merc show below...
The Glasgow band were up for best breakthrough act but lost out to The Last Shadow Puppets, the side project band of Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of The Rascals.
Welsh songstress Duffy took the best breakthrough artist gong at the awards which were held at London's Grosvenor Hotel ay lunchtime.
Welsh chanteuse Duffy, 24, was kicked out of her school choir at the age of seven but is now compared to Dusty Springfield.
Vampire Weekend took first place in the best video category with their promo for A-Punk ahead of entries from Coldplay and Hot Chip. [Daily Record]
photos by Zach Dilgard
"Ocean Rain" yielded the alt-radio staples "Silver," and "The Killing Moon," but it also was the band's most cohesive album, with a watery, deep-blue feeling on every track.Echo & The Bunnymen played Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night (October 1) . They performed two sets, one of which was "Ocean Rain" in its entirety, with full orchestra.
Moody and opulent, the music of Echo & the Bunnymen made its way into American dance clubs and onto college radio stations. From 1978 to 1989, McCulloch's melancholy vocals and Will Sergeant's bright, chiming guitar were ably backed by bassist Les Pattinson and drummer Pete De Freitas. The band did not enjoy the commercial success of U2 or The Cure, but Echo & the Bunnymen influenced many other bands, in scenes such as Manchester in the '90s.
De Freitas died in a motorcycle crash in 1989. The band broke up, McCulloch went solo; the band continued without him, then Mac came back.
Echo & the Bunnymen decided to perform "Ocean Rain" in concert as a way to reflect on the band's early days. The band played an acclaimed show at Royal Albert Hall in 1983, so McCulloch was happy to return. [APP]
Bill thought "bunnymen at radio city was a Wow, especially 'Ocean Rain' itself. Worth it.". Anonymous agreed that, "Echo were awesome", but said "Glasvegas weren't. Their drummer was terrible and the signer didn't seemed like he cared." Another anonymous said, "first set at Echo was spotty at best.. The Cutter, Back of Love were highlights but People are Strange and that awful new song felt out of place. The Ocean Rain set was REALLY fantastic.. and the pictures of the band at their peak was a nice touch... At sea again...."
More pictures from last night below...
by Bill Pearis
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The biggest event of the week, at least in some circles, is Echo & the Bunnymen's show at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday (10/1) where they will be playing their classic 1984 album, Ocean Rain, in full with a 16 piece orchestra. The idea of hearing "The Killing Moon," "Silver" and the gorgeous title track in their proper string-swept glory is pretty enticing, as is witnessing the album's weirder moments, like "Thorn of Crowns" and "The Yo-Yo Man," which they probably haven't played in 20 years.
This is the second of three Ocean Rain concerts the band are doing, and at the September 12 Royal Albert Hall show they broke the night into two sections: opening with a 12-song set of hits ("The Cutter," "Lips Like Sugar," "Villiers Terrace," etc) and then a short break before getting into main event. I imagine we'll see a similar (if not exact same) set on Wednesday. Good tickets, which aren't exactly cheap during these wintry economic times, are still available.
Added value: openers Glasvegas (who I've written about before) for which, thanks to some some visa issues, may be their first American show and whose album is currently in the UK Top 20. They're also playing a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (10/4) and a few more U.S. show as well.
The other big event this week, in my mind, is Stereolab's three-night stint at The Filmore at Irving Plaza. Tim, Laetitia, et al are supporting what I think is their best album in a decade -- the tight, bouncy, poppy Chemical Chords. I've seen a handful of Stereolab over the last 15 years (most recently Town Hall in 2006) and they've always been good but I'm hoping these will be especially memorable, especially coming off such a stong album. And though Chemical Chords is short and punchy, you can still expect some 10-minute one-chord jams. It is Stereolab after all.
Tuesday night I'll be at the Bird and the Bee at the Spiegeltent.
And finally, looking ahead a couple weeks, Sweden's Blackstrap are heading to the U.S. for a short American tour, including some CMJ dates. Mixing shoegaze and straight-up rock, Blackstrap fit somewhere between Serena Maneesh and Soundtrack of Our Lives on the Swedish sonic landscape. Blackstrap have flown a bit under the radar compared to other Swedish bands of the moment, but their new album, Steal My Horses and Run, is out now on TeePee Records (where they fit quite comfortably beside labelmates The Warlocks and The Brian Jonestown Massacre). It's one of the better produced rock records I've heard in a while and really makes we wish I still had a car. Blackstrap are great crank-it-up driving music. They're also one of these bands that when you hear the record you just know they're going to be good live.
All tour dates and videos below....
We regret to inform you that the Glasvegas show scheduled for this evening has to be canceled. James Allan has run into visa issues in the UK and won't be able to get to America in time for the show. We're bummed too. Refunds will be available via the good folks at ticketweb. There's talk of an early January reschedule date so stay tuned.At the moment Glasvegas is still scheduled to open for Echo & the Bunnymen at Radio City on Wednesday and then play a sold out show at Mercury Lounge three days later with Angela McCluskey and Wild Light (thx Chris).
by Bill Pearis
In other not-till-October news, Echo & the Bunnymen's Ocean Rain show at Radio City Music Hall is coming up sooner than it seems -- October 1 -- and tickets are still available. As much as I LOVE that album, I must admit I haven't pulled the trigger on tickets just yet, though I'm sure I will. Just the idea of hearing "The Killing Moon" and "Silver" with a full orchestra is exciting.
Opening for that show are one of the UK's most-talked (praise and derision) bands of the year, Glasvegas, who former Creation records honcho Alan McGee called "the sound of young Scotland, and the most exciting thing I've heard since the Jesus and Mary Chain in the 80s." Of course he said the same thing about Heavy Stereo and other bands we don't remember, but the Glasvegas hype train hasn't derailed yet. McGee's hyperbolic statement notwithstanding, his comparison to the Mary Chain makes sense. They take a '50s greaser rock n' roll (including doo-wop-y ballads) and covering it in a layer of guitar effects and white noise that's nearly as thick as singer James Allen's nearly impenetrable Glasgow accent. (They've also got a standup drummer, just like Bobby Gilespie, except theirs is a girl.) I have to admit I like them, though the name makes me cringe.
In addition to the Bunnymen show, Glasvegas are doing a short East Coast tour, including a stop at Mercury Lounge on October 4. (Tickets are on sale). All dates and a video below...