Entries tagged with: Heaven
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio Dead Stars have a thick, crunchy sound that looks back to the Clinton years, skating along the grungy indie rock line. Their new EP, High Gain, just came out on Inhabitable Mansions and you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's video for "Fractured" and you can watch that below too.
The band have a couple local shows coming up. They play a record release party on Friday (6/7) at Grand Victory with sonically likeminded Radical Dads and Heaven. They'll also play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on June 29 with Crazy Pills, Suicide Dolls, and Haybaby.
All dates are listed, along with video and EP streams, below...
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
The Wedding Present @ Bowery Ballroom 2/9/2013
The Wedding Present were in town this weekend, braving the snow for shows at Maxwell's on Friday (2/8) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (2/9). Where Friday's show featured the band playing their 1992 Hit Parade singles in full, Bowery got the band's classic breakneck debut album, George Best, front-to-back. The 1987 album was from when the Weddoes were known for the manic jangle and nearly three decades on, frontman David Gedge can still strum like his arm's on fire.
In addition to George Best, TWP opened with a set of songs from throughout their career, including tracks from last year's Valentina. (Nice to see "Skin Diving" from 1996's underrated Saturnalia in the mix.) NYC shoegazers Heaven opened the show. More pictures from Bowery, including one of The Wedding Present's setlist, below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ape School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)
Philadelphia psych-rockers Ape School are opening for Lotus Plaza tonight (7/18) at Mercury Lounge which, surprisingly, isn't sold out. As you may recall, the band are set to release their new album, Junior Violence, on August 7 via Hometapes which I wrote about here. You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" above and check out the album's trippy cover art below.
Since then, Ape School have added another NYC date, playing Glasslands on August 21 with Heaven and Arc in Round and tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming Ape School tour dates are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swervedriver @ Bowery Ballroom
"...Simply put, from the first note of opening stunner "Last Train to Satansville" (from 1993's Mezcal Head), Swervedriver dominated. A sonic tour de force dominated by vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin and tour fill-in drummer Mikey Jones (who did a TREMENDOUS job filling in for Graham Bonnar, who played with them last year but couldn't play on this tour) and augmented nicely by guitarist Jimmy Hartridge and bassist Steve George, most of this show saw Swervedriver stick to the raw, guttural, heavy punch of its first two Lps (1991's Raise and the aforementioned Mezcal Head). In addition to absolutely smashing versions of Raise-era singles like "Sandblasted," "Son of Mustang Ford" and Rave Down", we also got deep cuts like "Deep Seat," "Pile Up" and even the B-side "Scrawl and Scream". Mezcal Head was represented by a pile-driving version of "Never Lose That Feeling" along with "Girl on a Motorbike" (the first song played in the encore) and set closer "Duel". There were only several songs played from later albums (the best of which was a stunning version of Ejector Seat Reservation's "Son of Jaguar E") and "The Birds" (the finest song in their catalog, at least in this writer's estimation) didn't work quite as well as some of the other, earlier, fiercer material..." [The Big Takeover]Swervedriver and Heaven have now completed their short tour that brought them to Bowery Ballroom on 3/31. Here are some pictures from that NYC show. More of them (including the headliner's setlist), below...
As mentioned, Swervedriver play a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (3/31). Tickets are still on sale, and since we last spoke, NYC trio Heaven (whose members have been or are in The Comas, Dean and Britta, Ambulance LTD, The Big Sleep, Adam Franklin's band, Snowden, and Fan-Tan), was added as opener for this show and others.
A full list of dates and video from Swerverdriver's 3/26 appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, below...
Young Magic at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Now they're set to release their debut LP, Melt on February 14 via Carpark. The album will feature material from their singles, including "Night In The Ocean," "Slip Time", "Sparkly", and "You With Air." You can stream all four of those tracks below, along with the album artwork and tracklist, and the video for "Sparkly."
A while back Young Magic announced a record release show scheduled to take place in their current hometown of NYC on February 18 at Mercury Lounge. That show was cancelled after tickets went on sale but was re-announced this week and tickets are on sale now. The show is being opened by Heaven, who also open the Swervedriver show at Bowery Ballroom (3/31).
Young Magic were also initially billed as the openers for YACHT's upcoming tour but have since dropped off (2/26 Brooklyn show included).
Video, streams, and album info below...
by Andrew Sacher
Caveman, who recently signed to Fat Possum (who are now selling their album), conclude their North American tour in NYC on Friday (1/20) at Bowery Ballroom. That show is now sold out, but if you've got tickets you should get there early to check out London-via-Toronto duo Au Palais. The Bowery Ballroom show is their last North American show before returning home to London. Heaven is also on the bill.
Au Palais (aka brother and sister David and Elise Commathe) released their debut EP, Tender Mercy on December 5 via The Sounds of Sweet Nothing. The EP has gained pretty accurate comparisons to the dark synth pop of Austra and Zola Jesus but Elise Commathe sings with a much more subdued voice than the howls of Katie Stelmanis and Nika Danilova. Meanwhile, David plays a similar role in the group to that of Jamie xx in the The xx, with a focus on beatmaking that comes across most strongly on the EP's closing instrumental track, "H.o.l.l.a.n.d." Stream the entire EP below and purchase it at The Sounds of Sweet Nothing bandcamp.
Au Palais plan to follow this EP with a full length album that they recently spoke to FADER about:
DAVID: Yeah, we're working on it right now. It's a little brighter. We took a lot of inspiration from like early '90s house music--full-on operatic vocals.All Caveman dates and Au Palais EP stream below...
ELISE: Just blame it on my love to dance. I was like, David, we need to write a dance song.
DAVID: There's also like plenty of dark shit in there, too, so don't worry that's still around.
ELISE: Don't worry the moody depressive songs will be back.
Ringo Deathstarr at SXSW 2011 (more by Bill Pearis)
" I call a lot of things shoegaze, but these three have the classic '90s sound -- including Kevin Shields' glide guitar style -- down pat. Some seriously catchy songwriting keeps it out of pastiche territory. They are good and loud on the Palm Door patio, my first of many Lone Star tallboys of the week in hand, and it's a great start to the fest." [Bill]Ringo Deathstarr, who just played Chaos in Tejas this past weekend (we didn't catch them though), will support Trail of Dead on a week-long run directly before heading out on a three week headlining tour at the end of June. The tour stops at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on July 3 with Vandelles, Heaven, and Dead Leaf Echo.
Ringo Deathstarr released Colour Trip back in March. Check out a soundcloud stream of the entire album HERE, and the video for "So High" and more dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Black Ryder - Gone Without Feeling (MP3)
the girls of Black Ryder @ Austin Psych Fest
Australian duo (and band) The Black Ryder are in town this week, after having played Austin Psych Fest over the weekend (pictures in this post). They played Glasslands last night (5/3) with the Big Sleep, and will play the downstairs room at Santos tonight (5/4) with Heaven and My Best Fiend. Before Psych Fest they went on a short tour with Spectrum.
Made up of former Morning After Girls members Scott Von Ryper and Miss Aimee Nash, The Black Ryder released their debut Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride in late 2009 which got released in America last year on Mexican Summer. Members of Black Rebel Motorcyle Club, Swervedriver and Brian Jonestown Massacre guested on the album which should give you a good idea of what they sound like. To give you an even better idea, download "Gone Without Feeling" at the top of this post.
The openers at Santos tonight are pretty good. My Best Fiend are not that far from Spiritualized angelic comedown vibe -- download their Jesus Christ EP for free here. The three guys in Heaven have played with Adam Franklin, Dean & Britta, the Comas, The Big Sleep and others and lay down a dreamy/heavy sound of their own. It's a well-curated night of bliss-out music at high volume, and stick around for the afterparty with Calle's Aurellio Valle DJIng (and others).
NYC show flyer, a video and more pictures from Psych Fest, below...
Lucero @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Mountain @ Knitting Factory in Sept. (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Rain Machine @ BAM in Feb. (more by Vincent Cornelli)
today in NYC
* Heaven @ Mercury Lounge (free late show)
* Best of Whiplash @ UCB
* Roger Waters @ Izod Center
* G. Calvin Weston @ The Stone
* Aki Onda, MV Carbon @ Roulette
* Howard Fishman @ Abrons Arts Center
* Bob Mould, Lenny Kaye @ City Winery
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* The Dears, Himalaya @ Knitting Factory
* Matt Costa, Everest, Blair @ Bowery Ballroom
* Blonde Redhead, Rain Machine @ Webster Hall
* Lebowski Fest w/ Diamondsnake @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yelle, French Horn Rebellion @ Highline Ballroom
* Social Distortion, Lucero, Frank Turner @ Roseland Ballroom
* The Black Angels, Black Mountain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Shark?, Roo, Byrds of Paradise, Dinosaur Feathers @ Bruar Falls
* Keepaway, The Big Sleep, Headless Horseman, Ramona Cordova @ Pianos
* CSC Funk Band, Lord Jeff, Silver Summit, Guardian Alien @ Union Pool
* Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer, Free the Robots, Samiyam @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Zara Terez & The Barnstormers, Ge-Ology, Rage Johnson @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Translations, True Womanhood, Night Manager, We Are All Romans @ Glasslands
* Brute Force, R. Stevie Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Predator Prey @ Secret Project Robot
* Video Daughters, Lost Coves, Binary Marketing Show, Phone Home @ Rock Shop
* Eytan & The Embassy, Soft Black, Brick+Mortar, Atlantic Atlantic, The Obvious @ Bowery Electric
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If things seem off on the site at all today and tomorrow it's because BBG and I are working in Austin where we'll be through Monday for Fun Fun Fun Fest which sort of kicks off tonight with a Toyota Antics-presented pre-party featuring a headlining set by the Helio Sequence. If things seem normal, forget I said anything.
Guided by Voices were supposed to play Fallon tonight, but they cancelled their TV appearance.
Huey Lewis just played on, and was interviewed by, Jimmy Kimmel. Videos below...