Entries tagged with: Jess Williamson
photos by Tim Griffin
Mineral @ Mohawk - 8/17/2014
Veteran emo band Mineral are reuniting for their first tour in 17 years, which begins with four sold-out NYC shows next week (starting 9/4). However, like American Football did in Chicago, the Austin band decided to bless their hometown with a surprise show last night (8/29). Billed as "The Parking Lot" (whose name is a Mineral song and whose logo resembled The Power of Failing's artwork), Mineral strongly hinted on their Facebook that it would be them, and opener Jess Williamson later revealed it on Instagram, writing:
The secret's out: I'm very honored to announce that tonight I will be opening for "The Parking Lot" which is all the members of Mineral playing Mineral songs. Just me and my band at 10 and then they play at 11. EndSerenading was one of my favorite records as a wee little 14 year old girl trying to find my angsty place in the word. You can probably still email me at email@example.com. so honored and excited for tonight!!Doors for the show opened at 9 PM, and the line was already down the block by 7. The show (a benefit for SXSW Cares) took place in the venue's smaller indoor room, and was (of course) entirely sold out. Mineral split the set pretty evenly between their two full lengths, though leaned a little more heavily on EndSerenading, and also included both sides of the "February / M.D." single. Were you one of the lucky ones who got in? How was it?
Mineral's tour begins in proper at NYC's Saint Vitus on September 4, followed by three nights at Bowery Ballroom. All four of those NYC shows are sold out, but you can get tickets to most other tour stops (including the New Haven, CT stop) at their website.
More pictures of Mineral's first show in 17 years, including one of the setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Boyd Shropshire has been playing in Philly bands for years. You may remember him from mid-'00s indie rockers Human Television and he's also spent time with Kurt Vile & the Violators. Shropshire will release his second solo album, Victory Weather, next week (7/29) via Wonderland Archives. As you might expect from a former Vile associate, it's hazy, lazy and quite lovely. You can listen to the whole thing right now -- we're premiering a stream of the whole album in this post.
There will be a NYC release party on August 5 at Union Pool. Jess Williamson and Matt Bauer are also on the bill with Boyd. No advance tickets, $8 at the door.
Album stream below...
Michael Hurley @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Having spent time in the '60 Greenwich Village scene with his work covered by Holy Modal Rounders (who he also collaborated with) and others, acclaimed folk songwriter and performer Michael Hurley has remained active and prolific into his 70s. Last year saw the release of documentary Elwood Snock & The Land of Lo-Fi which followed Hurley on tour:
Driving stretches of endless highway with Hurley in his 1973 Dodge wagon, the film visits fellow musicians and side-dwellers who, like Hurley, have chosen an alternate road. They speak not only to the consistency of his musical creations--off-kilter vocals and an arrhythmic beat --but also to his unfettered style of living. Through scenes that Hurley himself shot, the film quietly opens us up to the pulse of his life. Hurley abides by his inner song and has ensconced himself in creations of his own imagining; after forty years and over twenty albums, he has maintained a compelling musical universe insulated enough to hold its own center.The film's accompanying soundtrack, Land of Lo-Fi, made a few 2013 Top 10 lists as well. The film is not on DVD or streaming, and no current screenings are listed, but you can stream a few tracks from the soundtrack below.
Michael Hurley is on the East Coast, playing a few shows including two shows at Brooklyn's Union Pool tonight (5/21 w/ Jess Williamson) and Thursday (5/22 w/ The Horse Eyed Men). While advance tickets are sold out, there will be a limited amount available at the door for each show.
Michael also plays Hudson, NY's The Half Moon on Friday (5/23) with Tara Jane O'Neil and Metal Mountains. Tickets are $10 at the door. All dates are listed, plus streams from Land of Lo-Fi, below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have noticed in today's What's Going On (11/18), there's a few Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits going on in NYC today.
There's one going down in both rooms at Public Assembly, which started at 1:30 PM and is continuing into the evening. If you head down there now, you can still catch sets by Wojick, Zula, The Veda Rays, Their Planes, Backwords, Pessanger Peru, Cool Serbia, Ski Lodge, and Slowdance. Admission is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to NY Cares. Those who bring three canned food items or one hygiene product will get one free Brooklyn Brewery Beer. The full schedule and more info is below.
Union Pool has one dubbed, "From Brooklyn with Love," starting at 5 PM with sets by Wild Yaks, Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah and the Night, and The Monte Vista. Admission is a minimum of $20 and all proceeds goes to World Cares. "Big drink specials come to those who donate." The lineup is below.
There's also a Thanksgiving-themed benefit for Far Rockaway going down tonight at The Dalloway (525 Broome St) with DJ sets by Tanlines and Victor Vasquez (aka Kool AD of Das Racist). That party is hosted by Patricia Field, Erin O'Connor, Alana Zimmer, Jaquelyn Jablonski, Sara Blomqvist, Harry Brant, Scoot McNairy, Jeremy Kost, and Va$htie. It begins at 7 PM. Show flyer below.
Later this month, there will be a Sandy benefit at Pianos on November 29 with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth, Zambri, Grooms, and DJ sets by Will Shortz between sets. Tickets ($12 minimum) are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook.
Other upcoming Sandy relief benefits include Holly Herndon, Ducktails, and Oneohtrix Point Never at MoMA PS1, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and more at MSG, EDM for Sandy Relief at Gramercy, and more. The Bell House has a lot of benefits coming up too.
Show flyers, lineups and more, below...
Donations at Coney Island (more by Nick Childers)
From Brooklyn, With Love is a "collective of North Brooklyn businesses" who have taken to organizing drives and benefits for those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy. With more than 65 business on board to help, the collective have organized dinners, donation drives (like tonight/Tuesday at Rodeo Bar) and in the case of one business, a pair of music-related Hurricane Sandy relief events.
Union Pool in Williamsburg will host a Hurricane Sandy benefit mixer tonight (11/14), featuring DJ sets from Ryan Sawyer (LoneWolf), Adam Wills (Bear in Heaven) "and perhaps a secret surprise musical performance". A $15 minimum donation gets you in, and the venue will have food, drink specials and much more. Come discuss current future outreach events and stay for the drinks and entertainment.
In addition, Union Pool will also host a live event scheduled for for Sunday (11/18) featuring 10 bands. Kicking off at 5PM, the night will be headlined by Wild Yaks and feature performances from Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah & The Night and The Monte Vista. A $20 minimum donation is required at the door, with "big drink specials" coming to those who donate. All proceeds will go to World Cares Center.
Head below for set times and more details on that one and other upcoming events...