Entries tagged with: Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band
by Bill Pearis
Leverage Models @ MHOW in August (more by PSquared Photography)
Leverage Models released their self-titled debut today via Hometapes. If you dug the band's "Cooperative Extensions" single (which kicks off the LP) chances are you'll be down with the rest of it that owes much to that early-'80s era when postpunks decided they could change the world by going pop. (I'm talking ABC, Spandau Ballet, The Associates... there's some Talking Heads in there too.) You can stream "Sweep" that features Sharon Van Etten below, and listen to the whole album via Spotify and Rdio.
Live, the band do a good job of bringing the record's widescreen ambitions to life, complete with a percussionist on syn-toms, a saxophonist and singer Shannon Fields who is not afraid to go all-in on the frontman role. You can see it for yourself this week when Leverage Models play a record release show at Glasslands on Thursday (10/3). Maria Minerva, Beca (replacing Butterclock who was originally supposed to play) and Tippy Toes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You've got a couple more opportunities to catch Leverage Models in NYC: they'll open for Tunde Adebimpe's (of TVOTR) Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band at Union Pool on October 13, and then they'll play Mercury Lounge on November 1. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/2) at noon. The band will also be playing CMJ shows (none announced yet) so keep an eye out.
Song stream below....
HWBMB at their first show, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, a newish project from TVotR's Tunde Adebimpe and drummer Ryan Sawyer, will release their debut EP on October 1 via their own ZNA Records. You can stream a track from that below.
In celebration of the EP, the group have an October residency at Brooklyn's Union Pool, playing every Sunday of the month. It's where the band made their live debut when they opened for Yeah Yeah Yeah's Hurricane Sandy relief benefit last December. They've also invited friends to open:
10/6: Little Shalimar and a quartet of Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Demian Richardson, and David MossNo advance tickets for any of the residency shows. Check out a flyer for the residency and the song stream below.
10/13 : Leverage Models and Invisible Familiars
10/20: Soft Location and Abdoulaye Diabaté/Banning Eyre
10/27: William Tyler
TV on the Radio @ FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Having left Interscope back in the spring, the gears are clearly starting to move again for TV on the Radio who will now putting out music through guitarist Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. They were just out in LA for the FYF Fest and have released a couple digital singles this summer, both of which have come with impressive videos. "Mercy" is probably the most immediate, driving rock song the band have done since the early days of "Wolf Like Me"; and "Million Miles" is more ethereally soulful. TVotR just performed "Mercy" last night on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (9/5) and you can watch that below.
The two tracks' respective videos are both productions of a MySpace project called Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like. The funny, thoughtful one for "Million Miles" was co-directed by singer Tunde Adebimpe. They're both worth watching and you can do so below.
Meanwhile, you may remember that a Tunde Adebimpe side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with Ryan Sawyer on drums), opened for Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Union Pool last November. The band will release their debut EP on October first via their own ZNA label. You can listen to a track from that, "The Blast, The Bloom," below.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Union Pool, 12/8/2012
Yeah Yeah Yeahs teamed with Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic (a new side project from Tunde of TV on the Radio) and a DJ set from Creep at Union Pool last night (12/8). Yes, the room was absolutely minuscule for a band of the YYY's size, but the occasion was to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, specifically via Waves 4 Water (follow that link to donate if you can). The YYYs were a quartet for the evening, adding collaborator David Pajo to the mix on that rainy Saturday.
More pics from Union Pool are below, including one of the setlist (which included the new song "Despair" presumably from their forthcoming LP).
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Angel Orensanz in 2009 (more by Chris Goldberg)
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at the very intimate Union Pool on December 8 with Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (aka Tunde Adebimpe from TVOTR, Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer, and Josh Werner) and DJ Creep.
Tickets for the show go on sale today (11/27) at noon. Options include $75 tickets (with a complimentary Jameson cocktail) or $100 tickets (which includes a silkscreened poster designed by Tunde Adebimpe and a cocktail). All proceeds go to Waves for Water.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Brooklyn Bowl, December 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin])
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at the very tiny Union Pool on Saturday, December 8. Opening the show will be Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band which is Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio, plus Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer And Josh Werner. Between sets, duo Creep will DJ.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday (11/27) at noon are either $75 (includes a complimentary Jameson cocktail) or $100 which will also include a silkscreened poster designed by Tunde Adebimpe. All proceeds go to Waves For Water, an "international surf-based non-profit organization, whose positive, "no-nonsense" approach has provided clean water to victims of natural disasters around the globe." You can also donate directly to Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative here.
Meanwhile, word is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have completed work on their new, still-untitled, album (their first in four years) which will reportedly be out Spring 2013. Maybe they'll play some of the new songs at Union Pool.