Entries tagged with: Hollerado
by Andrew Sacher
The Unicorns' reunion was sadly short-lived, but both of the band's frontmen have remained busy with their solo projects. Alden Penner just wrapped up a tour, and Nick Diamonds (who you also know as Islands' frontman) just announced one.
The Nick Diamonds tour hits NYC on September 15 at Rough Trade with a TBA opener and September 16 at Mercury Lounge with Hollerado. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/15) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of Nick's new solo album, City of Quartz, which is out now digitally on Manque Music, and will be out on vinyl this month. With its quirky synthy pop, the album actually has some of the most Unicorns-sounding songs he's written since that band's initial breakup. If you were hoping that reunion would last a little longer, this album may quench at least some of your thirst. Listen to three tracks below.
photo: Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom, October 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Toronto festival NXNE happens this week (June 17-21) with hundreds of acts playing venues all over the city. BrooklynVegan will be there too, with our showcase happening Friday (6/19) at Lee's Palace with Atlas Sound, Foxes in Fiction, Fresh Snow and a late night set from Yvette. Chile's The Holydrug Couple were supposed to play as well, but are unable to make it and in their place will be Sub Pop recording artist Doldrums. That's a good show if we do say so. It's $20 at the door or free with a NXNE wristband or badge. Hope to see you there.
Doldrums will also play earlier that same night in Yonge Dundas Square, a free show that's also with The Holy Grasp, Hollerado and Born Ruffians.
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
Toronto punks PUP have some killer tracks out like "Lionheart" and "Reservoir," and they'll finally be getting a debut full length out on October 8 via Royal Mountain Records. They've also got a bunch of (mostly Canadian) shows for the coming months, including a return to NYC (they last played Shea in August) for CMJ. Their full CMJ schedule hasn't been announced yet, but we do know they'll be playing Cameo on October 15 with fellow Toronto punks Greys, '90s-inspired CT indie rockers Ovlov, and Brooklyn's lively Hunters. Stay tuned for info on any more PUP CMJ shows.
Many of PUP's dates in their home country are with fellow Canadian rockers and confetti cannon wielders Hollerado who released their new album, White Paint, back in March. Their video for "So It Goes" is in this post. Though Hollerado, who were last here in January, don't appear to be joining PUP for their Cameo show, Hollerado have their own NYC date happening a few days earlier at Glasslands on October 12 with The Features. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for both bands are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.
3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
Palma Violets / Hollerado @ Glasslands, 1/23/2013
You never know what to expect at these UK-hype shows. Palma Violets have clearly had a lot of it, what with NME naming their "Best of Friends" single the Best Track of 2012 and naming them one of "The Stars of 2013." It's a catchy song for sure, but seemed like this year's Vaccines. But, unlike that band, Palma Violets are clearly a "you need to see it live to get it" situation. Which brings us to last night's Glasslands' show, the band's second in Brooklyn. Unlike the smoky, sweaty, all-ages show they played at Shea Stadium on Saturday (1/19) this one was full of industry types and I was expecting a more stereotypical crossed-arms NYC reaction. So when the front half of the crowd went mental during "Best of Friends" and continued to do so for the rest of the band's set, crossed arms unfolded... at least to brace themselves against the pit and crowd-surfers.
What you don't get on record is the us-against-the-world camaraderie that singers Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson exude onstage that, for those in the crowd old enough to remember will, recalls The Libertines in their heyday. Palma Violets also have that sloppy-in-a-good-way vibe going, albiet one that is infused with a healthy dose of Doors-y psychedelia. These guys mean it, man, and that undeniable energy is mainlined into the crowd. When their set was over, the floor was a mess of crushed beer cans and soggy confetti.
The confetti came courtesy Hollerado's highly entertaining opening set where cannons went off at least three times. There were also multiple jumps off the drums, "doo doo" choruses and very funny stage banter via singer Menno Versteeg. These Canadians make extremely catch guitar pop in the '90s alt-rock vein, with clever arrangements and a lot of skill.
For example. Live, their single "Juliette," from 2009's Record in a Bag, has as many endings as Return of the King, going through a dub reggae phase into faux Thin Lizzy licks and an extened arena rock finale. Most bands would save something like that for their last song, but Hollerado drops in near the front of their set, and pull similar tricks out later (including a no-sticks drum solo), plus a couple songs from their new album, White Paint, which was recorded in Brooklyn and will be out next month. To paraphrase Versteeg's intro to another song, it's cheesy, but they mean it.
If you missed Palma Violets' two previous shows, they'll play Glasslands again on Monday (1/28) with openers Devin and Mainland and tickets are still available, though probably not for long. More pictures from last night's Glasslands show (though none of first band The Teen Age who we just missed) are below...
by Bill Pearis
What we're all falling in love with in here is a sound centred around echo-laden guitars, Spiritualized-style Farfisa organ and basslines picking out instantly euphoric, simple chord sequences. Oh yeah, and singer Sam Fryer's voice - Ian McCulloch, Jim Morrison - and the way it rises into ecstatic shrieks that launch the band into similarly ecstatic psych-garage freakouts. There are already five or six awesome songs - direct, clever/simple, totally fresh'n'new-sounding fired-up rock'n'roll of the type we've been waiting for. They finish with a cover of Eddie Cochran's 'I Remember', and then everyone screams, so they play another tune that goes, "I've got a brand new song, I've got a brand new song". Except literally everyone here knows all the words already.- [NME]"The best new band in Britain," according to NME, are Palma Violets who so far only have a double-a-side single out, both sides of which you can stream via YouTube below. At the start of the quoted-above review, NME actually begins with "OK, yes, you might think we at NME have a tendency to get over-enthusiastic about bands sometimes," but then goes on to say they're sure they're right about these guys. "It's time to get very excited."
That was written back in April and the mag has stuck with them, and just named that single, "Best of Friends," as the NME's #1 single of 2013. (Tame Impala's Lonerism was the #1 album.) With the UK in the throws of hype-fueled rapture, it's time for America (well the Northeast at least) to get very... cautiously curious. Palma Violets will be coming over in January for a few North American dates, including Shea Stadium on January 19 (no word on advance ticktets yet) and two shows at Glasslands on 1/23 and 1/28 and tickets to both Glasslands shows are on sale now.
UPDATE: The second Palma Violets Glasslands show got moved from 1/30 to 1/28 and changes were made in this post to reflect this. The Suzan is now playing at Glasslands on 1/30.
The 1/23 show is with Canadian funsters Hollerado and the 1/28 show has El Sportivo on the bill. Right after their stateside visit, Palma Violets will release their debut album via Rough Trade which was produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey. They'll also be part of the NME Awards Tour 2013 in February which packages a bunch of new bands together and trucks them around the UK. In this case, Django Django, Miles Kane and Peace.
by Bill Pearis
Armed with backup singers, Passion Pit played Saturday Night Live last night (10/13), performing "Take a Walk" and "Carried Away" both from the band's Gossamer LP. SNL has notoriously wonky sound, but PP did a pretty good job. Christina Applegate hosted, her first time doing so since Married with Children was still on the air.
Passion Pit are currently on tour and while they won't be hitting NYC this time around, their tourmates Hollerado will play Mercury Lounge on November 7.
Next week (10/20), set your DVRs (or, y'know, don't) as Bruno Mars will not only perform but also host SNL. Video of both Passion Pit performances are below, along with the "Tech Talk" sketch, probably the funniest bit of last night's show.
by Bill Pearis
Hollerado at Bowery Ballroom, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ottowa's good time party rockers Hollerado will be bringing their confetti cannons into America (or perhaps buying them while here), opening a few shows for Passion Pit in the South and Midwest. Before they had back across the border, though, they'll stop in NYC for a late show at Mercury Lounge on November 7 with Royal Bangs. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon. After that, Hollerado will play a few shows in Canada with their old tour pals Tokyo Police Club. All dates are listed below.
Hollerado's 2010 debut album, Record in a Bag, reamins a fun listen, full of sing-a-long anthems the kind of which used to be heard on alt-rock radio in the mid-'90s and they are a ton of fun live. You can stream it at Spotify. The band are finishing up their second album which should be out early next year and there is video of them in the studio below.
Meanwhile, Passion Pit play SNL this week (10/13) with Christina Applegate hosting.
While they were in town to open for Foster the People at Central Park Summerstage, Tokyo Police Club played their own smaller headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (6/10) with Hollerado and Team Spirit (who we missed). Here are some pictures from that one, and a rough version of the setlist (three new songs and Kelly Clarkson cover included). It all continues below...
by Bill Pearis
...Hollerado headlined the show and are a lot of fun. And know their way around a giant hooks, the kind that would've made them hugely popular in the mid-'90s. Songs like "Americanarama" and "Juliette" (from their debut Record in a Bag) would've fit perfectly in between "Seether" and "Sucked Out" on a mixtape. As it is, Hollerado are merely Very Popular in Canada and fans are vocal and rowdy in a good-natured way. The band encourage it with confetti cannons, glowing beach balls and a cover of "Fat Bottom Girls." They also had awesome t-shirts at the merch table co-opting the Wu-Tang Clan logo and the Heisenberg sketch the Cousins pray to in Breaking Bad. [M for Montreal 2011 report]Ottawa's Hollerado is visitng NYC this weekend to open for Tokyo Police Club at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (6/10) with Team Spirit. That show is sold out, but you can catch Hollerado at a much smaller show when they play Shea Stadium on Saturday (6/9) with Indian Rebound, Rah Rah and Sea Monsters.
If you've never seen the Manotick, Ottowa band before they are a whole lot of fun live. The two NYC shows and a Buffalo show next week are their only US shows before they play NXNE in Toronto next weekend (June 16), the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm, BC on August 17 and a bunch of other Canadian shows and festivals.
A few Hollerado videos are below along with a list of all dates...
Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).Jonathan Toubin!!
This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.
Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.
By Bill Pearis
Half Moon Run
As an "international delegate" at M for Montreal, by Friday you start to get a little worn out. Your day is booked with meet-ups, panels, something called "speed schmoozing" and loads of bands. Most of it's fun or interesting but I went to sneak a catnap on Friday afternoon and ended up sleeping through one whole showcase. (Sorry, I.No and Bobby Bazini.)
But there was a lot of good in what I did see, including what most agreed was the best new band of the week, Half Moon Run. The Montreal trio match songwriting (and harmonies) of '60s folk rock with the atmospherics of Radiohead. A little too like Radiohead occasionally, but for the most part Half Moon Run had found their own way. I was instantly impressed but it took me a day to get their name right: I tweeted praise for something called Full Moon Circle, which I later realized was partially from one of their songs "Full Circle." (That song and another are streaming at the bottom of this post.) Maybe the name's not so memorable but their music sure was.
Buddy McNeil and the Magic Mirrors
The afternoon show Half Moon Run were part of also featured Buddy McNeil and the Magic Mirrors, punchy twang-n-roll dressed in Nautical outfits; Toronto four-piece The Midway State who make commercial-sounding alt-rock (clearly talented but definitely MOR); and the widescreen roar that was Passwords, who all the Brit journalists in attendance seemed to go gaga for.
After the unplanned three-hour konk-out and some much-needed dinner it was off to La Sala Rossa again for the official evening showcase, which was co-presented by CMJ. Hollerado headlined the show and are a lot of fun. And know their way around a giant hooks, the kind that would've made them hugely popular in the mid-'90s. Songs like "Americanarama" and "Juliette" (from their debut Record in a Bag) would've fit perfectly in between "Seether" and "Sucked Out" on a mixtape. As it is, Hollerado are merely Very Popular in Canada and fans are vocal and rowdy in a good-natured way. The band encourage it with confetti cannons, glowing beach balls and a cover of "Fat Bottom Girls." They also had awesome t-shirts at the merch table co-opting the Wu-Tang Clan logo and the Heisenberg sketch the Cousins pray to in Breaking Bad.
The showcase also had Parlovr on the bill who I've seen a handful of times over the last three years and have become a really solid live band. There's a lot of flying hair and the drummer is crazy tall with long arms flying the whole time. I'm not sure they have yet to write a song as catchy as "Heaven/Hell" which opens their set. If they have, they're not playing it yet.
Uncle Bad Touch
Also on the La Sala Rossa bill: Montreal's Uncle Bad Touch who recently signed to JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label and that probably tells you a lot about their sound. (Riffy, sneery, Nuggets-y party rock.) For those in NYC, Uncle Bad Touch play Death By Audio on November 29.
We also got duo TONSSTARTBANDHT who started off Animal Collectively but became progressively more prone to dissonance. I still don't know how to pronounce their name.
Like the previous night, they had us running across the street to Casa Del Popolo to see more bands. Toronto's Doldrums (aka Alrick Woodhead) was wonderfully ADD, twiddling knobs, hammering sample triggers and pacing around the stage. Too many ideas crammed into one 20-minute set? Maybe, but it was exciting seeing talent that is only just now beginning to show its potential.
The other band at Casa Del Popolo was Candian/Swedish combo Thus:Owls, the only band of the week to use a colon in their name. The band stay busy in Montreal, backing Patrick Watson and Marie Pierre Arthur (who would play the next night). Here, fronted by harpsichord-wielding Erika Angell, they are delicate and stirring and swoony. Angell's got some pipes.
After the Salla Rosa show, we headed over to the late-night after party at Club Soda, one of Montreal's many amazing venues. (Seriously, no city I've visited has more clubs with great sound, great lighting and intelligent layout as Montreal.) I walked in about three songs into Plaster's set which was pretty great. Squelchy and banging, they do live dance music right. If there was a little more flow in their set, they'd give Soulwax a run for their money.
Next was Misteur Valaire who some of you may have seen at one of our day parties during SXSW this year. Seeing them on their home turf, however, is something else. Montreal loves Misteur Valaire who, like a lot of groups genuinely popular with the locals, come with a thick slice of fromage coating everything they do. They definitely put on a show, complete with costume changes. Hipster nerd Franco-Canadian boy band who have serious musical chops applied totally in the pursuit of a good time. The crowd was going mental for the entire set, which didn't finish till 2AM.
At that point I was finished and left before Bran Van 3000 started, choosing instead sweet sleep.
Click through for a few more pictures from Friday's showcases, plus the Half Moon Run streaming player and some video of Hollerado and TONSTARTSSBANDHT in action.
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "I Let Love In" (Nick Cave Cover) (MP3)
Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Stereogum and PopGun are co-presenting a CMJ showcase with Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Mr. Dream, and Hollerado at Glasslands on October 18. Tickets are $15 with RSVP.
PopGun are also co-presenting the True Panther showcase at Glasslands, the Weird Vibes showcase at Cameo on October 20 with Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Headless Horseman, Pat Jordache and others, and the Yours Truly showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Active Child (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Born Gold, The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, Inc., and Ava Luna. PopGun also do their own showcase at Cameo on October 22 with Teen Daze, Art Vs. Science, and others. RSVP is open for all of the showcases.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, she's got other CMJ shows scheduled including Europa on October 19, the Life or Death CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on October 20, a Pendu/Impose showcase at 285 Kent on October 22, and more TBA. She also recently recorded a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "I Let Love In." You can download that cover at the top of this post. Chelsea and her band also recently performed for an I-N Session. Check out a video of that performance below. In December, she'll go on a North American tour with The Black Heart Procession, though that tour unfortunately does not include any East Coast dates.
All dates and video below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Mixing classic hits in amongst the new material, every song was a dance party and lead singer Joe King's stage presence is insane! He dances around like a mad man and then settles into a random spot on the stage where he'll sing for a few moments before moving on to the next location. Andy Gill played some guitar solos with the trademark Gang of Four feedback and though it was only 18 degrees outside, the inside of Webster Hall was scorching! During the song "He'd Send In The Army," Joe King smashed a microwave with an axe! It was pretty intense. After each song, King thanked the crowd in Spanish, saying "Gracias." Gracias backatcha for rocking Gang of Four!" [According to G]Gang of Four (now with two original members) are on tour and played both Webster Hall and Letterman on Tuesday night. Pictures and the setlist from the NYC show and a (crappy) video (I'll update later if a better one gets posted) from the TV show, below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"I had no idea who Foxy Shazam was prior to the show, and I kinda wish it stayed that way.. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea, but this band was one big bad theatrical 80s glam-rock gimmick. It sounded like a hybrid of My Chemical Romance, The Darkness, and Queen rolled up in a ball... I will never understand the appeal of this band.Two short months ago Free Energy opened for Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall. On the two days that bookended Thanksgiving (11/24 & 11/26), the band returned to play Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg (respectively) with their tour-mates Foxy Shazam and Hollerado. The above review comes from the band's Bowery appearance. The pictures are from MHOW.
Free Energy took the stage, and even though a lot of the crowd filed out (partly cause they were seemingly there for Foxy, or because it was the night before Thanksgiving) Free Energy still put 110% in... I know that it's only a matter of time until Free Energy really blows up, so I will enjoy these intimate shows while I can... "Free Energy", "Dream City", and "Bang Pop" sounded mightier than ever. They treated us to a encore at the end giving us a fierce version of "C'Mon Let's Dance", a b-side... and "Something In Common" one can only scratch their head when wondering why they were left out of the record"
[We All Want Someone To Shout For]
Free Energy will log their fifth and sixth NYC appearances in four months when they support Weezer on their "Memories" tour at Roseland on 12/17 and 12/18. Both dates are sold out.
More pictures from MHOW are below...
Abe Vigoda @ the Whitney in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Abe Vigoda arrive back in NYC tonight, Friday, August 20th, for a special show at Cake Shop. It's a "Nacho Party" presented by Pop Montreal and will also feature sets by fellow Californian Hawnay Troof, Hollerado and Uncle Bad Touch (members of Priestess).
Abe Vigoda will also play Brooklyn while they're here. You can catch them Saturday night, August 21st, at Death by Audio again with Canadian band Hollerado, and also with Portland's purple rhinestone eagle (who play the Charleston Friday night) and Brooklyn's passive aggressor.
From there Abe Vigoda go back home to play some shows with Cap'n Jazz and then Cold Cave leading up to FYF Fest in LA on September 4th. In October they head overseas where they then tour with No Age. All dates and Hollerado's new video for "Fake Drugs", below...
a shot from Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival -- taking place at various venues in Calgary, Alberta from June 24 to June 27 -- is pleased to announce the initial line-up and the inclusion of Olympic Plaza as the main venue on Friday, June 26. This year will include over 200 bands performing at 23 venues plus art shows, film screenings, and a comedy component at the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.Festival passes are on sale now.
Sled Island 2009 will feature performances by the influential indie rock darlings The Breeders (featuring Kim Deal of the Pixies) making their first Calgary performance, NYC post-punk revivalists Liars bringing the noise, the legendary Canadian metal band Anvil the recent subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil and the garage rock assault of Tel Aviv's Monotonix known for their incredible live show. New Orleans-based musician and mad genius inventor of the 'drum buddy' Quintron & Ms. Pussycat will bring the party along with blood-soaked party rocker Andrew W.K. and Toronto-based electro tour-de-force Holy Fuck on the more 'offensive' front. Phil Elverum's (of The Microphones) latest moniker Mount Eerie will deliver a symbiotic balance of fuzz and folk matched by Owen Pallett's Final Fantasy surrealist violin stage performance. Calgary-based experimental icons Azeda Booth aim to mystify crowds along with their all-male psychedelic pop counterparts Women making their second festival appearance...The complete festival line-up and schedule will be revealed on June 1. [pr]
As previously reported, Colin Newman, vocalist and guitarist for Wire, will be guest curating this year's festival. Full lineup below...