Entries tagged with: I Break Horses
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
I Break Horses @ Rough Trade NYC - 4/18/14
Swedish electro-shoegazers I Break Horses brought their North American tour in support of this year's Chiaroscuro to NYC for two shows with Rival Consoles this past week. First they hit Mercury Lounge on Thursday (4/17) and then played Rough Trade on Friday (4/18) with local DJ Rioux. The 10-song sets saw them playing most of the new album, plus three tracks from their debut album, Hearts. We caught the Rough Trade show and pictures of that one are in this post.
They continue, with the setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
For the tour, the swedish group have released a remix EP featuring tracks from this year's shoegazy, danceable Chiaroscuro as messed with by The Field, former Stereolab technician Tim Gane, Tom Furse from The Horrors and others. You can stream the whole thing below.
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
As mentioned, Sweden's I Break Horses released their second album, Chiaroscuro, this week via the new North American arm of Bella Union. Like on their 2011 debut, chief creative force Maria Lindén and collaborator Fredrik Balck mix shoegaze with synthpop, though for the new record it definitely leans more towards the latter. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio and check out videos for singles "Faith" and "You Burn" below.
You may have seen I Break Horses open for M83 in 2012 though she was sick for some of it, including her sole NYC headline show where she greeted the crowd with "I am very ill, I just threw up all over the dressing room." Hopefully Lindén will be in good health when she visits North America this spring for I Break Horses' first-ever headline tour here. (The one she was supposed to do in fall 2012 got canceled.) NYC gets two stops: Mercury Lounge on April 17 and Rough Trade on April 18. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.
by Bill Pearis
Snowbird, the collaboration between former Cocteau Twins bassist (and Bella Union head) Simon Raymonde and singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen, will release their debut album, Moon, on February 4. You may have already heard "Porcelain" and if not you can stream it below. The LP will come with a bonus disc, titled Luna, with the entire record remixed by RX Gibbs that puts a dubby spin on Snowbird's featherlight creations. You can check out the video for the RX Gibbs remix of "Porcelain," which makes its premiere in this post.
Bella Union up to this point has been a UK label but has just set up a US outpost that will be the official American home for Snowbird, I Break Horses, Lanterns on the Lake and more. Bella Union US will throw a launch party on Monday, January 27 at The Bedford in Williamsburg with Raymonde DJing in the back room. It's free.
Speaking of, Swedish duo I Break Horses release their second album, Chiaroscuro, this week and if you liked the shoegazy, ethereal dance music of their debut, the new album stays within that dreamy world of sound. You can stream the whole thing below (via the Hype Machine).
Flyer for the Bella Union US launch party, plus streams and videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.
Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
I Break Horses at T5, May 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As tipped off by a commenter in our post about Psychic Paramount and confirmed by their publicist, but Sweden's I Break Horses have canceled their upcoming North American tour which included an appearance at ATP NY. Bummer. Not sure as to why, but we do hope you come back as soon as you can.
All affected dates are listed below...
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:
"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."
Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.
"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."
Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.
Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.
Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...
Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.
Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.
Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.
As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.
I Break Horses are coming back to America for a September tour that concludes with their previously-announced appearance at this year's All Tomorrow's Parties in Asbury Park, NJ. There's no NYC date proper as of now, but something on either side of ATP wouldn't be unexpected. Hopefully we will get a show here, because I Break Horses headlining NYC debut at Mercury Lounge last month was less than ideal, as Maria Lindén was sick as a dog and only played a five-song set. (She greeted the crowd with, "I am very ill, I just threw up all over the dressing room.") Rest up, Maria!
All tour dates are listed below, along with a video for IBH's collaboration with CSLSX, "Violent Sea."
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
POP Montreal is returning to Montreal this year from September 19 - 23. The initial lineup was revealed and it includes Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, I Break Horses, Hot Snakes, Dirty Three, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cate Le Bon, Bertrand Burgulat (!), and more. The full initial lineup is listed below and many more announcements to come. Early Bird tickets are on sale until June 30, when regular sale begins.
Meanwhile, Montreal will be getting the Ohsheaga Festival even sooner.
Initial POP Montreal lineup below...
Somewhere in the midst of bouncing fans, the glow of raised cellphones, men dressed in monster costumes and the rumors of a Zola Jesus appearance (she was in town and guests on their album), M83 played a show drenched in spectacular neon at Terminal 5 last night (5/11). No Zola Jesus, but plenty of synth bombast. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Dipping into their recent Hurry Up, We're Dreaming and including stops along the way for cuts from Saturdays = Youth, M83's set was one of THREE scheduled in NYC in the next few months, including a stop at a sold-out Summerstage in August and another at Hammerstein Ballroom in October. The band did Chicago and Coachella recently (week 1 and week 2 in pics) and will fill in the holes in between NYC stops with other US dates and festival stops like Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot.
More pictures and M83's setlist below...
ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six critically acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.Tickets, which were slightly delayed from original estimates, go on sale Monday at 10am (but are on PRESALE NOW). Initial lineup below...
We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSE GONZALEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.
After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I'll Be Your Mirror event co-curated and headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).
As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we're very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities.
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
I Break Horses
When we first mentioned that Swedish duo I Break Horses were planning to tour with M83 this spring, which hits NYC at the now-sold out Terminal 5 on May 10, we hoped that they would also play a smaller show while they're here. Well, that came true. I Break Horses have announced four post-M83-tour headlining shows (all listed below), including one happening at Mercury Lounge on May 30. Tickets for the Mercury show are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Friday (1/27) at noon.
M83 recently announced an August Summerstage show too, which, like the T5 show, is also now SOLD OUT (over 6 months in advance).
All I Break Horses dates and a video below...
The Terminal 5 show with I Break Horses is not surprisingly part of a larger tour for M83 who have now announced the full set of April & may North American dates along with a fan presale that is underway now. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
At first glance, Swedish duo I Break Horses (aka Maria Lindén and Fredrick Balck), who released their debut album, Hearts, earlier this year, do not give you what you expect to hear. They share their band name with a Smog song title and released their album on Bella Union, whose Fleet Foxes-referencing 2009 sampler 'White Winter Hymnals' put a large emphasis on the label's folk artists, which makes me almost feel the need to constantly remind myself that this is not a folk album. In fact, it's far from it. It's an electronic take on shoegazey dream pop (which is, of course, embraced by the Bella Union founders, both of whom were members of Cocteau Twins) with huge melodies suppressed by tiny arrangements.
Yet, after a minute of the looping synth on album opener "Winter Beats," Maria Lindén's breathy voice kicks in and is soon followed by exactly the kind of beats you want to hear when you're staring at the snow-tipped trees outside your bedroom window in mid-winter. After the dynamic shifts of that song die down and that same looping synth leads into the album's second track, "Hearts," the duo resorts to hiding under shoegaze gloss for the remainder of most of the album, only coming up for few more defining pop moments, and it's that mix of sounds which makes Hearts such a compelling listen. On "Pulse," the duo sound as big as this album allows them to, with Maria delivering her most confident melodies over a pulsating bass drum.
I Break Horses have only begun playing shows in the last month, and have not played at all in the US yet. But that will change when they open for M83 at Terminal 5 on May 10. The show should make for a good pairing, considering I Break Horses share M83's electronic interpretation of shoegaze and dream pop. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/9) at noon and AmEx presale begins Wednesday (12/7) at noon.
There are no other US shows to report yet UPDATE: Full tour announced and listed below.... but hopefully they'll also grace us with a performance somewhere smaller than Terminal 5 while they're here.
You can download "Hearts" and "Winter Beats" above and stream them both below, along with the video for the latter. Also below is a Star Slinger remix of "Load Your Eyes."