Entries tagged with: Great Thunder
by Andrew Sacher
NY/NJ indie rockers Spook Houses have been quiet as of late, but their members have been involved in many ongoing projects including LVL UP, Crying, the Double Double Whammy label (home to Frankie Cosmos), and more. Both singers also have solo projects -- Colin Alexander's Flaslight O and Dave Benton's Trace Mountains -- and they'll be heading out on a tour together with those projects this August. The tour concludes in Brooklyn on 8/14 at Shea Stadium.
Much sooner than that tour though, both will play the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show happening Saturday (7/12) at Secret Project Robot with Tyvek, Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, Flagland, secret band "Muscle Car," and more. Tickets for that one are still available. Set times for that show, and the list of all Flashlight O/Trace Mountains dates (some still TBA), below.
Flashlight O released his debut album, The Truman Sho, on Double Double Whammy this past June, and any fans of The Microphones' lo-fi avant-folk should check this out. You can stream the whole thing below. Trace Mountains' stuff is pretty likeminded, as you can hear on the 3-song EP he put out on DDW in 2013, which is also streaming below.
In related news, LVL UP just announced that their new album, Hookwink'd, will be out on September 23 on DDW/Exploding In Sound. Cover art for that, below.
Dan Francia - 'Alone and Together' artwork
Speaking of Flagland (who play the all-day EIS show), their member Dan Francia is releasing his first solo EP, Alone and Together, on July 19 via ECB&B. Unlike the garage rock of Flagland, Dan's stuff is more melodic indie rock with the laid back feel of prime-era Dinosaur Jr. The title track makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.
Speaking of all-day NYC shows on July 12 and Exploding In Sound, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz play the free 4Knots Festival that day with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. That starts at 1.
Speedy, and a few bands from the EIS show such as Pile and Mannequin Pussy, also play the 2-day DIY festival in Philly, OK FEST (8/1-2), that also includes Cayetana, Great Thunder, Worriers, Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars, Amanda X, Swearin', Pink Wash and a bunch more. More info on this very awesome sounding festival here. Full lineup below.
Flashlight O, Trace Mountains, Dan Francia streams and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
We recently mentioned that Long Island punk bashers Iron Chic have an upcoming NYC show opening for 7 Seconds when their tour hits Knitting Factory Brooklyn on August 3 with The Copyrights (tickets), and it turns out that's actually one of three upcoming NYC shows for the band.
First, they play Union Pool on July 5 which also includes Cancers, Waxhatchee/Swearin' side project Great Thunder, and Now People (ex-The Ergs). Tickets for that one are on sale now. A few days later, they'll team up with the reactivated Spraynard for the NYC stop of their tour with Timeshares happening July 11 at Shea Stadium. No advance tix for this one either. Their only other date we're currently aware of is a Long Island show in August. All dates are listed below.
Iron Chic bassist Mike Bruno's other band Crow Bait recently released their debut album, Sliding Through The Halls of Fate on Don Giovanni, and as discussed, they'll be supporting it on a tour with Beach Slang that includes a record release show in NYC on June 13 at Suburbia with Chandeli'ers and Outta Gas (show flyer below). Beach Slang just announced that they've signed to Tiny Engines who will release the followup to their excellent Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? EP this fall.
All Iron Chic dates are listed, with a video and a stream of their 2013 album, The Constant One, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.
Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.
Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").
The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.
Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.
More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...
RSVPs quickly filled up after we first announced tonight's free Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band), but we've OPENED RSVP BACK UP - HERE. Hurry up before those slots are filled up, and see you tonight! UPDATE: RSVP is now closed again.
Note: RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue.
Hop Along at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We at BrooklynVegan are thrilled to announce that we've teamed up with Shiner and Transmission Events to put on a free show in Brooklyn on February 24 at Saint Vitus. Some pretty exciting bands currently from (or at one point tied to) the Philly indie rock scene are coming over for the show, including Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band). The show is totally FREE, though you do need RSVP, but "RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue." Flyer below.
Streams from all three bands and the show flyer below...
Great Thunder, the collaborative project of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (bass/vocals in Swearin' and drums in Waxahatchee's live band), are releasing a new 30-song double LP, Groovy Kinda Love, on December 10 via Salinas Records, who also just released the Swearin' album. It follows this year's Strange Kicks EP, and it can now be streamed in its lengthy entirety below.
Waxahatchee and Swearin' are currently touring together, and as discussed, in early 2014 Waxahatchee will head out with All Dogs and Cayetana on a tour which hits NYC on January 21 at Mercury Lounge and January 23 at Glasslands. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are still available.
Speaking of All Dogs, they also just released a new 7" on Salinas Records, and that can be streamed below as well.
All Dogs share a member with Saintseneca, who also recently announced a tour.
Great Thunder and All Dogs streams below...
Waxahatchee at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Before that she also plays the free, all ages WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College in Morningside Heights. In addition to Waxahatchee, the lineup includes some great bands like Twin Sister, Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Krill (who just replaced Swearin'), and others. It runs from noon to 8 PM, and as the flyer points out, is open to the public:
You can also catch Waxahatchee for free in NYC again this summer. She was added to the previously announced Generationals/Sallie Ford show happening on July 11 on Pier 84 as part of the free, all ages RIver Rocks series.
In related news, we recently mentioned it in a What's Going On? post, but in case you missed it, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Swearin's Keith Spencer released a new EP for their Great Thunder project. It's called Strange Kicks and you can stream it in full below.
Waxahatchee isn't the only band playing WBAR-B-Q who also plays a NYC show that night. Speedy Ortiz, who just signed to Carpark for their debut album, are playing a previously discussed release show for their new 7" at Shea Stadium (4/27) with Aye Nako, Butter the Children, and Advaeta. Admission is $8 at the door. You've already heard the a-side from Speedy Ortiz's new 7", and you can now stream the b-side, "Hexxy," below. They have other upcoming shows too.
All Waxahatchee dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...
KEN Mode at Invisible Oranges 2013 SXSW Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Maceo Parker @ Blue Note
* Leslie Kritzer @ Joe's Pub
* Liam Finn, Railbird @ Knitting Factory
* Garfunkel And Oates @ Gramercy Theatre
* Frank London's Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* Ask Me Another w/ Julie Klausner @ The Bell House
* Generationals, Splashh, Companion @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wyatt Cenac, Sean Donnelly, Laura Prangley @ Littlefield
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The So So Glos, Skaters, Heeney, Lost Boy? @ Shea Stadium
* Orange Goblin, KEN Mode, ASG, Roadsaw, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
* Night Terror, The Flag, Alan Watts, Trabajo @ Death By Audio
* The Midnight Sound, Leopold and His Fiction @ Mercury Lounge
* The Juggs, The Dust Rays (mems. of The Roots), The Veldts @ Mercury Lounge
* Foolish Hearts, My Pet Dragon, David Clement @ Rockwood Music Hall
* All Torn Up, Death Dealer, Landsbridge, We Are All Savages @ Acheron
* Shams, Pvre Matrix, Dimensions, Nar'cissister, Fantastic Planet @ Cake Shop
* Tesla Boy, Rumors, Naked Highway, Silent Rider, Air Zaire (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
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Great Thunder, the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee/Swearin's Keith Spencer, released their new EP, Strange Kicks, over the weekend. Stream the whole thing, including the bonus track which is a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," below. Did you catch them at Maxwell's on Saturday (4/20) with Screaming Females, Shellshag, Swearin', and Hilly Eye?
Shellshag at Don Giovanni 2013 Showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
Brooklyn duo Shellshag, who recorded the track, "Green Vapors," with Screaming Females for their Chalk Tape, will release their new album, Shellshag Forever, on April 16 via Don Giovanni. The album features the track, "Face to Face," which Shellshag performed an acoustic version of for the BrooklynVegan 'Green Room Sessions', and you can stream the punky studio version below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
As usual, Shellshag have a number of upcoming local (and some non-local) shows. Most excitingly, they'll share a bill with Screaming Females on April 20 at Maxwell's, which hopefully means they'll collaborate on stage during "Green Vapors." The rest of that show's lineup is great too, including Swearin' (who play Indie Pop Prom tonight [2/28]) Hilly Eye, and Great Thunder (the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and her boyfriend/Swearin' bassist Keith Spencer). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Shellshag's other local dates include Friday (3/1) at Lulu's (113 Franklin St), March 11 at Acheron with Pity Party, March 21 at Silent Barn with Extra Feeler, and April 13 at Union Pool with RVIVR, Dogjaw, and Extra Feeler. Advance tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Waxahatchee at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Waxhatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield, formerly of PS Eliot) will release her sophomore album, Cerulean Salt, on March 5 via Don Giovanni, and you can stream the first single, "Peace and Quiet," below. The album sometimes features a fuller band approach than her mostly acoustic debut, American Weekend, and the recordings aren't as raw, but the songs are no less intimate.
Waxahatchee will be going on a tour this winter which includes two previously discussed NYC dates. One of those is the Don Giovanni showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, and Hilly Eye (tickets; and the other is Indie Pop Prom on February 28 at 285 Kent with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin' (Katie's sister Allison's band), Weed Hounds, and Potty Mouth (tickets). Both shows have great lineups and either would be a good place to see her.
In related news, Katie also plays in the band Great Thunder with her boyfriend Keith Spencer (who also plays bass in Swearin') and that band plays their first Brooklyn show TONIGHT (1/24) at Death by Audio with Heavens Gate, The Guts, and Marvin Berry & the New Sound.
A list of all Waxahatchee dates, the tour flyer and the "Peace and Quiet" stream below...