Entries tagged with: High Highs
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Torres / High Highs
The free Seaport Music Festival continued this past Friday (7/25) at this year's location on Fulton St. at Water St., headlined by Torres and with an opening set by High Highs. Torres, sporting an awesome Angel Olsen shirt with nothing but "UNFUCKTHEWORLD" in large bold font, played only three songs off her self titled debut LP, and otherwise treated the crowd to a set of entirely new songs. Her backing band was also different this time around, and she screamed more than I've ever seen her. New stuff sounded good, and hopefully a set with that much of it means a new album is on the way. High Highs were playing some new stuff too, and their set of kinda-psychedelic indie pop was a nice mix with Torres' grungy alt-folk. Pictures of the show are in this post.
The next Seaport Music Fest show is this Friday (8/1) with Snowmine and The Cakset Girls. More pics of Torres and High Highs below...
Sharon Van Etten @ GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cheap Time, Games @ Mercury Lounge
Cheap Time's latest album, Exit Smiles, is sneering, snarling punk not too far off early-'80s-era The Fall. This is the first of two NYC shows for these Nashvillites and tonight is with local powerpop band Games.
Sharon Van Etten, The Fakers, Lone Wolf, Kyp Malone, IRAN @ Union Pool
Tonight's show is a benefit for Sharon Van Etten's friend and musician Jeffrey Kish (who's played on her records) to help cover medical costs. $20 at the door.
Mt. Royal, Brazos, Incan Abraham, My Body @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's another It's A School Night party, tonight featuring Baltimore band Mt. Royal who feature onetime Celebration singer Katrina Ford. If you like Blonde Redhead you might want to check them out -- the show is free with RSVP.
High Highs, Double King, Ludwig Persik @ Baby's All Right
Ethereal Australian duo High Highs will be trying out new songs tonight, plus the elegant pop of Ludwig Persik and Double King.
Hector's Pets, The Ar-Kaics, 1-800-BAND, The Chickenhawks @ Death By Audio
If you dig later-'70s power pop, 1-800-Band recall The Nerves and Shoes.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
Kanye West @ Nassau Coliseum
Kanye's Yeezus tour has been quite the spectacle, and it should impress even the biggest of the "hip hop sucks live" naysayers. He brought it to NYC for four shows in November, but if you missed it then or just need to see it again, he's in the surrounding area for a few dates this month, including tonight's Nassau Coliseum show.
Schoolboy Q @ Le Poisson Rouge
Schoolboy Q's new album, Oxymoron, has some of his hardest flow and most detailed production, but not at the expense of the element of fun he's always had. You can experience the new album performed live in its entirety tonight if you were able to get in via @NPRHipHop. For the rest of us, it will stream live at 8 PM on NPR First Listen. You can catch Q at a more conventional show when his tour with Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples rolls through NYC in March. You can also stream Oxymoron in full on iTunes Radio.
The Sword, Big Business, O'Brother @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's an excellent double dose of stoner rock at MHOW tonight with riff-lovers The Sword and Big Business.
Ed Askew, Abhay Singh and friends, Bodega Bay, Beta Boys @ Trash Bar
Ed Askew's 1968 album, Ask the Unicorn, is an absolute psychedelic folk masterpiece, and lucky for us he's continued to record sporadically over the years, but is now very active. Even if the opportunities to see him have increased lately, any chance to see him is one worth taking.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.
Full lineup below...
High Highs are playing Cameo Gallery on November 21. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Beach Fossils are playing 285 Kent on November 22. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
Australian ethereal folky duo High Highs (who play as a full band live these days) will be on tour starting later this month, grabbing the support slot for Stars' upcoming tour which hits the NYC area at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on October 4 and Huntington, NY's The Paramount on October 5. Tickets to both shows are still available. All dates are listed below.
The band, whose very nice debut LP came out early this year, have been performing a cover of College's "Real Hero" (from the Drive soundtrack) for a while now but have just recorded a studio version. Their take on the song is also on the synthy side, but definitely more expansive than the minimal original. You can stream it below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Bill Pearis
High Highs @ Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
The High Highs released their debut album, Open Season, a few weeks ago and it's pretty lovely stuff: etherial, highly-melodic indiepop. You can stream the current single, "In a Dream," below and stream the whole album via Spotify.
The band have just been added to the Sky Ferreira/How to Dress Well tour that will hit NYC twice: March 20 at Bowery Ballroom and March 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which are sold out. All High Highs tour dates are below.
Braids at at Pianos on Wednesday (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Can Chase Dragons, Conveyor, Bouts, Royal Canoe @ Spike Hill (FREE)
* The Antlers, Kishi Bashi, Wild Nothing, Line & Circle @ CMJ Union (FREE w/ RSVP)
* Jhene Aiko, DIIV, Kitty Pryde, Solid Gold, Tashaki Miyaki, special guest @ Fader Fort
* Delicate Steve, Slowdance, Gold Fields, Diamond Rings (listening party) @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
* Turbo Fruits, Gap Dream, The Shrine, Total Slacker, Habibi, Bleeding Rainbow, Kera and the Lesbians @ Cake Shop (FREE)
* Kung Fu Crimewave, St. Lenox, Mal Blum, Bird to Prey, Go Love, Ben Pagano Band, Crazy & the Brains @ Sidewalk Cafe (FREE)
* French Horn Rebellion, Wakey! Wakey!, Zulu Pearls, Jillette Johnson, Shel, Anna Krantz, Gareth Dunlop @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, Chairlift (DJ Set), Surfer Blood (DJ Set), Baroness (DJ Set), X-Ray Eyeballs (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery (FREE)
* Mean Creek, Hey * Marseilles, Ribs, Sonic Cow Grunt, Do Not Forsake Me, Mellow Bravo, Bridges and Powerlines, Aunt Martha, The Day's Weight, Will Dailey, Golden Bloom, You Won't @ Bowery Electric (FREE)
* Hot Panda, The Intelligence, The Orwells, Rah Rah, San Cisco, Turbo Fruits, Twerps, Blessed Feathers, Dikta, Elephant Stone, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Tim Chaisson, The Trouble with Templeton @ Pianos (FREE)
* Braids, The Intelligence, MS MR, Toys That Kill, Metz, Doldrums, Savages, Sky Ferreira, Deap Vally, IO Echo, Murals, FIGO, Tiny Fingers, Blessed Feathers @ Public Assembly (70 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY) (BrooklynVegan day party) (FREE)
Well we know you've already decided to to spend the day from noon to 6 at Public Assembly for the BrooklynVegan day party with Braids, The Intelligence, MS MR, Toys That Kill, Metz, Doldrums, Savages, Sky Ferreira, Deap Vally, IO Echo, Murals, FIGO, Tiny Fingers, and Blessed Feathers, which is totally free to the public (no badge required), and which will also have complimentary drinks from Sailor Jerry, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Mercy (set times HERE), but in case you decide to check out other stuff during the day on Friday too, your (mostly free) options are above. Another What's Going On post with tonight's shows will be posted later today.
Don't let a little rain stop you from coming out.
Like the one that happened yesterday with DIIV, there's also a free invite-only Bonnaroo365 party at The Hoodie Shop with High Highs, Elle King, Daughn Gibson, and The Stepkids.
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DOWNLOAD: SAFE ft. Lakutis - "Neotropical Vacation" (MP3)
LE1F at Santos in September (more by Julie Schabel)
You'll have way more chances to catch LE1F in NYC this month though because he's got a number of CMJ shows lined up. He'll play the Terrible Records party at Glasslands on October 16 with True, Kirin J Callinan, Regal Degal, and more (free with RSVP); the FADER showcase at Rubbertracks on October 17; the MTV Hive showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 18; the Ad Hoc party at 285 Kent on October 19; the PItchfork showcase at new Brooklyn venue Villain on October 19 (which Death Grips also plays); the Cantora afterparty at Westway on October 19 (75 Clarkson St); the Impose Mag showcase at Deliquency on October 20; and Cameo Gallery on October 20 with Labyrinth Ear, High Highs, and American Royality (tickets). Lineups for most of those shows TBA. All LE1F dates are listed below.
In related news, LE1F's tourmates SAFE and Lakutis recently recorded a song together with production from Brooklyn's Steel Tipped Dove that will appear on an upcoming Greedhead compilation, which LE1f, Heems, and others will also be featured on. You can download that song, titled "Neotropical Vacation," above or stream it below (via FADER).
That song stream and a list of all LE1F dates below.
photos by Sarah Gainer
Here We Go Magic at Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012
Black Book: What are you looking forward to the most about this particular tour? Any cities you're hitting for the first time?Here We Go Magic kicked off their fall tour with a free NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday (9/18) with High Highs. The tour, in support of the A Different Ship LP, has expanded considerably since we last wrote about it, heading north to New England and beyond in the coming days, including dates from coast to coast and on to Europe, stretching into middle November. All dates are listed below, along with more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl.
Yeah! It's funny; the majority of the U.S. cities are ones we haven't played, or have only played once. The routing is really interesting. There are three shows in Florida, which is really unheard of. You never hear of small-budget rock music playing Florida, you know? (Laughs) It's sort of a coup. There are a lot of dates in the South, and I think as far as Europe is concerned, we actually wound up having to cancel several dates this August. I'm looking forward to making up some of those and getting back to where we left off.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Moon King at Cameo - 9/15/12
The Hundred in the Hands played their last NYC show for a while -- before they head out on a European tour next month -- at Cameo Gallery on Saturday (9/15). The show was with Doldrums related project Moon King (aka Daniel Woodhead, Maddy Wilde and their live band), who released their impressive Obsession I EP last month. Pictures from Saturday's show are in this post.
The show was one of three in NYC for Moon King this month. They also played Big Snow on Friday (9/14) and will be at Pianos on Tuesday (9/18) with Tropic of Pisces, Neighbors, and Cookies. Tickets for that show are still available. Moon King will also be back in town for CMJ this October. It hasn't been announced what shows they'll play yet, but we do know that Doldrums, who open for Austra at their sold out MHOW show this Wednesday (9/19), will play the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 17 with Hundred Waters, Strange Talk, High Highs, Duologue, Mozart's Sister, and DIANA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.
More pics from the Cameo show and an updated list of Moon King dates are below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
Husky from Australia / Husky from Mexico
Melbourne, Australia's indie folk quartet Husky just released their debut album, Forever So, this week on Sub Pop. (The first AU band on the label, for what it's worth.) With a love of The Hollies, CSNY and America (the band, not the country, though I'm sure they love us too) the band make delicately swooning pop that's a cut above some of the other bands working in a similar idiom. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post and the whole thing is streaming below via a Spotify widget, along with a video for "History's Door).
Husky are coming over for a North American tour in August with two NYC stops: a free Summerstage on 8/18 as part of Australia Day which also features Sheppard, High Highs, George Byrne, Maya Jupiter, Dj Ashley Feraude and Kid Zoom; and then a show at Joe's Pub on 8/21 to which tickets are on sale. All Husky tour dates are listed below.
Just so no one is confused (or perhaps confusing you more), there is also a Husky from Monterey, Mexico who are visting NYC as we speak and play 285 Kent on Friday (7/13) with Widowspeak, Total Slacker and Parquet Courts, and XPO 929 on Saturday (7/14) with Gradients, Island Twins and Parquet Courts again. They also play Cake Shop on July 24. While definitely on the rock side, they are also quite pop-oriented and you could probably convince yourself, if you didn't know better, that this Husky's Weekend Lovers EP (which you can stream via a Spotify widget below as well) was the same band as the one signed to Sub Pop. You can download their single "Miami" at the top of this post and watch the video below.
All tour dates for both Husky and Husky, plus streams and videos, are below.
by Bill Pearis
DIIV last month at Austin's Red 7 (more by Tim Griffin)
DIIV (formerly Dive, we'll stop saying it soon) dropped another new track from their upcoming debut Oshin, out June 26 on Captured Tracks. Like the rest of the album, "Doused" (that recently got "Best New Track" over at Pitchfork). was recorded with the full band (early singles were just Cole Smith) and definitely gives you a good idea of what they're like live these days -- dark, driving, ever-moving. You can stream it below.
DIIV, who are growing more popular by the second, aren't playing 17 shows a week anymore. The band wrapped up a tour with Frankie Rose recently at Mercury Lounge (and then snuck in a secret show at Glasslands much later the same night...3AM or so) but have otherwise left their summer mostly open. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Bowl on May 24 as part of a Hype Machine-presented night that also features The High Highs, Killer Mike and Beat Culture. It's free with RSVP.
Otherwise, DIIV have two other scheduled NYC shows at this point: the June 23 record release party at Glasslands and August 9 River Rocks show with Grimes and Wild Nothing. They also have a few dates scheduled with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who meanwhile play GoogaMooga this weekend. All tour dates are listed with the song stream below...
Ralf, who also showed up as the surprise special guest on Sunday at PS1, hasn't tweeted yet today, but if and when he does, it will probably say "Tonight, Tour de France." And when that's over, so is the entire 8-night MoMA run, but then there's an afterparty. Flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
There are so many good shows happening tomorrow (2/16) this column could be renamed This Thursday in Indie. But I won't because that would be dumb. What about next week? And the week after? Thursday might be totally dead those weeks and then look what I'm stuck with.
But I digress. Basically everything covered below (apart from the daily picks section) is happening tomorrow. Such as Australia's Woollen Kits who are wrapping up a North American tour, pulling into Brooklyn for a show at Death By Audio. Not unlike fellow countrymen The Twerps (who play Mercury Lounge on 3/30), Woollen Kits play the kind of stripped down guitar rock that can be traced back through Flying Nun and K Recs, Jonathan Richman and the Velvet Underground. When guitarist Thomas Hardisty sings baritone, the band veers towards Beat Happening; when drummer Tom Ridgewell takes the mike, Woollen Kits are more Clean-like. The band just released their debut album on R.I.P Society records and it's quite good.
You can stream the single "Out of Whack" at the bottom of this post and watch its video. The DBA show is with Home Blitz, Harpoon Fever and Parquet Courts. The band have a few more shows before heading home to where it's currently warm, and all Woollen Kits dates are at the bottom of this post.
Also on Thursday (2/17) is the return of Slow Club who play The Bell House. It's their first show in NYC since September when the duo's second album, Paradise, was released. The record expands greatly upon the folk-pop of their debut, Yeah, So, giving them a much bigger sound, perhaps due in part to producer Luke Smith (who was in short-lived but great mid-'00s band Clor). It still sounds like Slow Club, mind you: winsome, charming, joyous. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify if you haven't heard it yet. The band are even more charming and joyous live.
The undercard for the Bell House show is pretty strong as well: Air Waves, who are back in Brooklyn where they belong after a stint in Austin, and Chalk & Numbers who I don't think have played live since last year's NYC Popfest.
Eleven Pond (in the '80s)
If the thought of something winsome, charming and joyous makes you want to puke, you might do better at Glasslands which is hosting the first show in 23 years by Eleven Pond. The Rochester, NY band's sole album, 1986's Bas Relief, is considered a lost classic by darkwave aficionados and was reissued a couple years ago by Dark Entries records. (You can stream it here.) Showing respect to their elders will be two bands from Wierd's roster: Frank (Just Frank) and Plastic Flowers. Expect Glasslands' smoke machine to be turned to the Peter Murphy setting for this show.
And finally, Palomar, who recently opened for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom, are having the record release party for their new album, Sense & Antisense, at Littlefield Thursday night. These three ladies and one dude have been together for over ten years, outlasting all sorts of other more hyped Brooklyn bands and scenes, putting out quality indie rock LP after quality indie rock LP. Their sticktoitiveness is as strong as their ability to write catchy tunes and harmonize. Sense & Antisense, the band's fifth, is a keeper.
You can stream the LP on Spotify and purchase it directly from the band, either at their website or at tomorrow's show. Also playing are Jaabs (feat. Roman of the Oranges Band) and Art Con. The Wrens' Charles Bissell is also performing Palomar covers, so I'm told.
OK, that's the main stuff for me this week. There are some good non-Thursday shows this week and my other picks are listed day-by-day below.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
It's a night of quality local bands at Pianos, with High Highs, Phonetag, Ski Lodge, and Field Mouse. That's a good show! (and if you miss it, High Highs also play Pianos on 2/29).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Didn't I give you enough Thursday options above?
DOWNLOAD: Purity Ring - "Belispeak" (MP3)
As mentioned, Purity Ring are heading out on tour with Neon Indian in September and October, culminating in a CMJ show at Webster Hall on October 21. Tickets are still available for what is now Neon Indian's next NY show now that the Quiksilver thing is cancelled (well, unless you count DJing).
Purity Ring will also play a Windish Agency CMJ Showcase that same night (10/21) at Mercury Lounge with Drop the Lime, Small Black, We Barbarians, High Highs, Gauntlet Hair, Electric Guest, and Cuckoo Chaos. Tickets for the showcase go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon (you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge). All tour dates are listed below.
Purity Ring are set to release a split 7" with fellow Canadians Braids on October 11 via Fat Possum. Grab Purity Ring's contribution, "Belispeak," above and check out the artwork, which is above too.
Speaking of Braids and We Barbarians, Braids are going on tour with Pepper Rabbit, but before they do Pepper Rabbit will play their own show with We Barbarians and ANR at Mercury Lounge on August 31. Tickets are still available. Braids play Mercury Lounge a week later. Tickets are still on sale.
Updated Purity Ring tour dates below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Memoryhouse @ Glasslands
Memoryhouse played Glasslands on June 10 as part of a short run of dates. The Brooklyn show was with High Highs, North Highlands and Wonder Bear. A belated set of pics from that show is in this post.
Sub Pop is re-releasing Memoryhouse's The Years EP on September 13 on CD and vinyl. The EP has been re-recorded, remixed, and remastered and features two new songs. One of the new songs, "Modern, Normal" is available for download below. The band says:
"Very proud to share a first glimpse at our inaugural release with Sub Pop. This of course, is the first physical pressing of Memoryhouse's first EP, The Years, but I tend to find the term "reissue" doesn't really capture just what this EP entails. We've re-recorded Sleep Patterns, Lately, and To the Lighthouse in a manner that is consistent with memoryhouse's noises and idiosyncrasies while broadening our sonic pallet, and cleaning things up so that the songs are, you know, listenable. I'm even more excited about the new additions, "Modern, Normal", and "Quiet America". Believe me, these weren't added just cuz, which is to say that this isn't like the cantina scene from the 90s Star Wars re-release where random CGI monsters are found to be co-mingling with muppets. No. This EP is still full-muppet, but will provide some insights as to where our music is heading on our RealD 3D debut. So if nothing else, take with you the understanding that re-imagining The Years was a thorough and well-considered process, one that should hopefully yield many listens as the clock inches ever closer towards our first L.P.The song, more pictures and videos from the Glasslands show down there too...
photos by Winnie Cheung
PopMatters: José, at what point did you so decide you wanted to focus your creative energies on Junip?Sweden's Junip (featuring Jose Gonzalez, Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya), and NYC band Acrylics brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (5/19), an opening set by High Highs included. Junip returns this summer to play a free show at Prospect Park, and Jose will be performing solo while he's here too. More pictures from the Bowery show (where the Antlers play with Little Scream tonight), below...
José González: : Ever since I started touring seven years ago. After my first album [Veneer], our first attempt with Junip was in 2005. I've been really bad at saying "no: to stuff, so I was always headed back out on tour. So in 2008 it needed us to just put our foot down and decide properly that "next year we're going to record it, right? Right?!'
PopMatters: Do you work better when you set a deadline for yourself like that?
José González: It wasn't a deadline. It was more about a start line. More about saying 'no' to other stuff--not having a deadline, but starting to write and letting it take the time it needs. Deadlines are bad actually.
PopMatters: You guys met on the hardcore scene in Gothenburg in the 90's, which coincided with the city's death metal scene.
Tobias Winterkorn: I played bass in a death metal band. Very briefly. Some death metal stuff is quite good. I liked it more than I liked the hardcore scene for example.
José González: And Elias used to play drums in a death metal band.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Generationals - Trust (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gross Relations - No Lines (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gross Relations - Blame the Record (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shark? - Down Low (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - Sparrow (MP3)
I take you away from trying to figure out the identity of The Modern Weepers (my favorite comment guess: Hard-Fi) to talk about shows happening this weekend. As always, this being New York City, there's lots of great options.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are in town this week with Generationals and the two bands play tonight (5/11) at Mercury Lounge (sold out!) and tomorrow (5/12) at The Rock Shop (not sold out!). Dale Jr Jr also play Kidrockers on Sunday [5/14] at the Rock Shop with Pearl and the Beard.
I feel like there's been enough talk about Dale, whose dreamy brand of synth rock can be heard on their pretty good upcoming album It's a Corporate World which is out June 7. So I'm here to talk about Generationals who are surely one of the few indiepop bands in New Orleans. Unlike Big Freedia, they haven't appeared yet on an episode of Treme but their new album Actor-Caster is loaded with clever, tunefull pop. What they do isn't particularly cool at this second in time, but I think stuff like this is never really out of style. You can download the title track to last year's great Trust EP at the top of this post and there's a widget below that will get you two tracks from Actor-Caster for the price of your email.
Also here this week for a couple shows are Montreal's Malajube , playing The Rock Shop tonight (5/11) and will be at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/13) with the epic and amazing Besnard Lakes (and Nova Scotia's Wintersleep). If you were in Austin for SXSW this year, you may have seen Malajube at our SXSW day party this year we co-presented with M for Montreal who we are co-presenting a show with this Friday in Brighton (if anyone is headed to the Great Escape).
Like a lot of folks, Malajube made a big impression on me in 2006 with their record Trompe-L'Oeil and, even more, their string of fantastic CMJ performances that year. The tunes were catchy, they were great live, the language barrier didn't matter so much. I must admit 2009's Labarinthes didn't make much of an impression but I've really been enjoying the band's brand new album La Cavern. The album is out now in Canada and will be available in the U.S. sometime soon on MB3 Records. Maybe they'll have it at the merch tables this week.
The new album walks the line between guitar pop and space rock and I keep imagining them performing songs like the vaguely disco "Le Blizzard" on the Muppet Show. There's a general soft filter '70s vibe to the whole of La Cavern that feels very comforting. You can listen to the whole thing via a streaming widget doohickey at the bottom of this post.
Echo & the Bunnymen are at Irving Plaza on Friday (5/13) and Saturday (5/15) playing their first two albums -- 1979's Crocodiles and 1980's Heaven Up Here -- back to back, in their entirety. This may not be quite as exciting as seeing them at Radio City doing Ocean Rain with a full orchestra, but it's still pretty awesome.
Especially because the albums are post-punk classics. Crocodiles is all scratchy nervous energy and contains no mediocre songs whatsover. I could list them all if you wanted, each one amazing. The whole thing still sounds fantastic. Heaven Up Here is considerably darker, more paranoid but no less definitive. "Over the Wall" is one of their best-ever songs. These two records are also a great showcase for Will Seargent's guitar-playing that still sounds innovative today. I'm a little sceptical of Mac's ability to belt out these songs -- it's gonna be a workout on his pipes -- but the chance to hear deep cuts like "All That Jazz," "It Was a Pleasure," "Happy Death Men," and "With a Hip" is exciting.
Opening for both shows is Bunnymen megafan Kelley Stoltz, who has covered Crocodiles in its entirety, both on record and as an infrequent but incredible tribute act that also featured Spiral Stairs of Pavement and Shayde Sartin who's now in The Fresh & Onlys. (They played CMJ 2003 at Arlene's Grocery, it was awesome.) Anyway, Stoltz is now an established artist in his own right, putting out terrific records on Sub Pop when not playing drums in Sonny & the Sunsets. So if you're going to this show, do go early.
We now enter the local band portion of This Week in Indie. Let's start with L Magazine 8 Bands runners-up Gross Relations who are playing three times this week: tonight (5/11) at Don Pedro with Raccoon Fighter and The Horehounds, then tomorrow (5/12) at Bruar Falls with deVries and Hunktronic, and on Friday (5/13) at Cake Shop with The Bynars, Field Mouse and Infinity Hotel.
The band have been releasing a series of digital singles via their bandcamp page, all of which exemplify their brand of supercatchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock. You can download the A-sides of the last two at the top of this post. "Blame the Records" is especially good. As I said previously, those keyboard lead lines make for easy comparisons to the Rentals which I'm gonna guess is probably what they were going for. Which is fine -- the hooks are undeniable.
Radical Dads, meanwhile, were actually picked by the L Mag as one of those 8 Bands You Need To Hear and I certainly agree. And hear them you can Thursday at Cake Shop. The band's debut album, Mega Rama, is out next month and it's pretty damn good. I hear a lot of '90s DC here -- more Simple Machines and DeSoto than Teenbeat -- whether that was intentional or not. Which means, basically, strident, melodic indie rock. The record is also a contender for my favorite album art of the year, done by Michael Deforge, which you can see below. Also below is yet another widget, this one will allow you to stream or download Mega Rama track "New Age Dinosaur." Oh, and they are quite good live.
Also playing that Cake Shop show tomorrow are Shark? whose debut album True Waste comes out May 24. The band worked with former Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone on the record and what I've heard sounds really good. You can download two tracks from the album up top, and Shark?'s Pixies-ish theme song is pretty fun.
And lastly, I'd like to write a little about Vacation who are opening for Oberhofer at Coco 66 on Saturday night (5/14). The band are pretty new. What started as a solo project for Paul Greenfield Daly, formed into a band during one of the blizzards this year. Vacation have only played out a couple of times (Brad Oberhofer was in the live incarnation briefly.) But I really, really like the songs available as free downloads on Vacation's Bandcamp site. While I wouldn't call it synthpop, Vacation are definitely danceable, kind of groovy and motorik. The track "Jean" in particular sounds like a hit to me, definitely check that one out.
That Coco 66 show also has the lately ubiquitous Widowspeak, and with Oberhofer that makes for a pretty good Saturday night. If you can't make it this weekend, Vacation are playing Pianos on May 22 with Dinner at the Thompsons.
OK that's the big stuff this week. Here are a few more picks, day-by-day:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
It's a night of well-dressed pop at Glasslands with Princeton and the High Highs. I keep meaning to catch High Highs again, I was impressed when they played with Radio Department last year.
We haven't heard from locals Gray Goods since last year's Northside Fest. They emerge from their cocoon, sonically reborn, tonight at Union Pool, with Zachary Cale and D. Charles Speer and the Helix.
Cocorosie @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn venue Glasslands have booked a pretty impressive list of upcoming shows this month and next. We've already mentioned last night's John Maus show, the John Maus show coming in June, tonight's Julliana Barwick/Helado Negro show, Adventure and Pat Jordache (5/14), Cymbals Eat Guitars (5/20), an acoustic show with Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles (5/27), and Love Inks (6/2).
Meanwhile, Princeton play Glasslands on Wednesday, May 11 with High Highs, New Villager, and Ivana XL, before they open for CSS and Sleigh Bells at Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/12) and Bowery Ballroom (5/15). Tickets are on sale now.
High Highs also play a show on May 19th with Acrylics and Junip at Bowery Ballroom, and they open for Memoryhouse at two NYC shows in June. All dates are listed below.
Dirty Beaches @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dirty Beaches plays Glasslands with Psychedelic Horseshit, Pterodactyl, and Beige on May 13 (tickets), a day after they play Mercury Lounge with Widowspeak (5/12). All tour dates, South Street Seaport included, are listed below.
White Mystery, who just released their sophomore full length Blood & Venom, play Glasslands on May 17 as the kick off to a 5-night NYC run that looks like this:
05/17/11 Glasslands Brooklyn, New YorkTickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. All of their dates and a NYC show flyer, below.
05/18/11 Generation Records New York, New York
05/19/11 Public Assembly Brooklyn, New York
05/20/11 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
05/21/11 Brooklyn Fireproof Brooklyn, New York
My Teenage Stride play an early show at Glasslands on May 21 with Sea Lions, Beachniks, The Surprisers, and Plains. No advanced tickets for that one, or for the free show they're playing at South Street Seaport this summer.
French Horn Rebellion, who recently released Infinite Music Of French Horn Rebellion, are playing Glasslands on May 26 for their album release party. The show is being opened by Savoir Adore, who play Brooklyn Museum on 5/13 and the In Vino Wine Bar on June 26 (Tickets). Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. French Horn Rebellion are on tour with Yelle now.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are currently on tour with Portugal. The Man and Telekinesis play their own show at Glasslands on June 4, one day after they play Webster Hall with those bands. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are releasing their self titled debut on June 21 via Fat Possum. Hear three songs off the album on Fat Possum's website. Tickets are on sale now for the Brooklyn show with with Balkans + more TBA. Updated dates are below.
Videos and dates below...
Memoryhouse @ BVSXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Memoryhouse, the duo of Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion, is from Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Their music blends the contemporary with the forgotten, the traditional and the technological, the visual and the aural, within the sonographic landscape of dream pop. Their discography consists of a digital-only EP entitled, The Years and two 7" singles, "Lately (Deuxième)" b/w "Lately (Teengirl Fantasy Natural Mix)" on Inflated Records and the "Caregiver" single on Suicide Squeeze Records. All three were released in 2010. Look for a new Memoryhouse release on Sub Pop before the end of 2011." - Sub PopRecent Sub Pop signeees (it was announced before SXSW) Memoryhouse currently have four dates scheduled in June. One of those is in Philly, and two are in NYC. On Friday, 6/10, Memoryhouse play a Brooklyn show at Glasslands with the great supporting cast of High Highs, North Highlands, and Wonder Bear. They then hit Pianos in Manhattan the next night (6/11). High Highs open that one too. Tickets for the Glasslands show on sale now.
The fourth show on their short tour takes place as part of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest which is going down June 11-12 in Cleveland, Ohio, and which is...
...a fest for those who live to create! A weekend community event taking place in the Gordon Square Arts District on Cleveland's west side. It was founded by Jeff Finley of the Cleveland-based creative agency Go Media. Only in its second year, it's already generating lots of buzz within the creative community. Come to WMC Fest to network, collaborate, get inspired, learn new tricks, and level up! Did I mention it's a fest? That means fun!All dates listed, and a Yours Truly video below...
Austra @ BrooklynVegan Day Party @ Swan Dive
A few days have passed since I got back from Austin, and I'm still struggling to process the week. Yes, it was my first time at SXSW. Thanks to the never-ending supply of free tacos, music, beer, fellow music-devotees, and sunshine, I managed to retain that little-kid-like wonder throughout the week - even when severe sleep deprivation set in. (And I thought CMJ was a rush. Ha.)
By the time I left Austin on Sunday morning, I managed to see some 54 bands (no counting impromptu street performances) play in 20 different venues. Some were of course flops, but on the whole, I was impressed by the showcase of new and emerging artists. CMJ is great, but let's be honest. So many of the bands that play there play nearly every week in New York or Brooklyn anyway. Austin, on the other hand, seemed to get a much wider variety of acts, and I made it my goal to see as many unfamiliar and/or international artists as I could (in addition to of course scouting out some of my favorites like Sam Amidon, The Loom, tUnE-yArDs, and Papercuts).
Instead of potentially boring you with a lengthy play-by-play (which you can catch on my personal blog if you're interested), I'll try to succinctly present the highlights from my week. (Though to be fair, this is something of an impossible task.)
Since I flew into Houston and drove over (waaay cheaper), I didn't get to see a ton of music on Wednesday, but what I did catch was excellent. My first band of the festival, Still Corners (who recently signed to Sub Pop along with Memoryhouse), turned out to be one of my favorites all week. The British group's well-executed, dreamy sound was the perfect accompaniment to the beautiful outdoor setting on the lawn of the French Legation Museum for the the Bella Union/Yours day party. My two other favorite finds of the day were BOBBY (a Mountain Man side project that later played at one of the BV showcases) and the delightful Cali singer-songwriter Sea of Bees, whose eerily beautiful song "Gnomes" played on repeat in my head all week and prompted me to seek her out a second time the following day.
With the exception of the NPR Showcase, which featured the likes of Wild Flag, The Joy Formidable, and The Antlers (more on that later), the majority of Thursday left me lukewarm... that is until I stumbled upon Austra at the Domino showcase. (Austra also later performed at the BV show at Swan Dive on Saturday - pictures in this post.)
Wow. Zola Jesus may drive me a bit crazy at times due to Nika Roza Danilova's overly dramatic performance, but Austra seemed to strike exactly the right balance - theatrical and eye-catching without coming across as disingenuous or too over-the-top. Their beat was addictive, their appearance and dance moves, arresting. No question about it. Austra is definitely an artist to watch - and probably my favorite live act all week. Many of the sets I caught were only partial - I was constantly arriving late and leaving early in order to scamper off to another venue, but Austra held my attention (understatement of the year?), and I stuck around for the entirety of the set (Bill did too).
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Summer Camp - I Want You (MP3)
Tonight (3/2) marks the American debut of UK duo Summer Camp who play an early show at Mercury Lounge and are signed to Moshi Moshi and have been featured on this site, and favored by blogs like Gorilla Vs. Bear and Altered Zones. The washed out '80s polaroid artwork of their Young EP matches the hazy, murky, nostalgic sound, not to mention their choice in sweaters.
Despite the supposed anonymity surrounding these two, it's actually the latest project from UK singer-songwriter Jeremy Warmsley who until recently was pretty much known for being part of the London scene that spawned Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Noah & the Whale, Fanfarlo (who he's sometimes a member) and, tangentially, Mystery Jets. You may have seen him play solo at Pianos or with Fanfarlo at Bell House in September 2009.
His last record, 2008's How We Became, mixed folk and electronic elements, so the Summer Camp sound is not completely out of left field for him. He's a talented songwriter, producer and arranger which brings a level of craft to the proceedings you don't see with a lot of this sort of stuff. And promisingly, the group's debut album is being produced by Pulp keyboardist Steve Mackie, the first fruits of which can be heard at the top of this post -- "I Want You" which drops most of the glo-fi haze for pretty solid dancefloor pop.
Opening for Summer Camp at Mercury Lounge are locals High Highs who make lovely dreampop not too far off from The Radio Dept. or Wild Nothing. (They've opened for the former and covered the latter.) No full-length out yet from this duo, but you can download a few tracks from their Bandcamp page and I recommend you do. Both Summer Camp and High Highs will be at SXSW and all shows I know about for each are with some songs and videos below...