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photos by Ryan Muir; words by Bill Pearis
Highasakite @ Glasslands, 3/21/2013
Last night (3/21) at Glasslands was a solid line-up of new music, featuring two overseas bands on their way home from SXSW and one live debut. UK act Wall, who played Rockwood Music Hall earlier in the week, started off the night. While Lyla Foy's songs are, at their core, in the folk/pop tradition, she favors distorted keyboards and effected vocals to keep things a bit more interesting. She's an engaging performer, too, with genuine stage presence. It will be interesting to hear more from her.
Up next was the live debut of Luxury Liners, the new moniker of onetime Lower Dens member Carter Tanton. Along with another keyboardist, the songs -- most of which are on LL's debut, out next month on Western Vinyl -- were decidedly more beat-heavy than on the album. Tanton was clearly into it, but it was maybe a little early in the evening for the crowd (who haven't heard the album) to let loose.
Finally it was Norway's Highasakite who dressed the stage in lights and feathers and whose music was equally adorned with extras, like autoharp and coronet. But unlike, say the grand drama of Of Monsters and Men, the songs stayed more in the pop realm, like on "Son of a Bitch" from their new EP. That's a far more appealing sound to these ears. This was the second NYC show for the band who had played Mercury Lounge the night before (3/21).
One other thing to note: Glasslands, who co-presented our Wednesday day party at SXSW last week, was closed most of last week so they could renovate their bathrooms. For those who weren't crazy about the less-than-private stalls they've had for a while, those are now gone and have been replaced by three separate bathrooms each with their own sink. Thought you'd want to know.
More pics from last night's Glasslands show are below...
by Bill Pearis
Norwegian quintet Highasakite will be visiting American next month for SXSW and will be stopping in NYC on the return trip, playing Mercury Lounge on March 20 (tickets) and Glasslands on March 21 (tickets). The band also hits Los Angeles, and all dates are listed below.
Highasakite will release their In and Out of Weeks EP on March 5 and lead track, "Son of a Bitch," is worth checking out. A little moody, a little folky, but not in the way, say, Of Monsters and Men fit that description. There's a more personality going on here and you can stream it below.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...