Entries tagged with: John Grant
by Bill Pearis
John Grant will release his third solo album, titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, on October 2 via Partisan/Bella Union. That's the cover art, above. The album was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Swans) and features guest appearances from Amanda Palmer, former Everything But the Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn, and onetime Siouxsie & the Banshees drummer, Budgie. As for the album title, "Grey Tickles" is a literal translation for the Iceland term for midlife crisis, and "Black Pressure" is the same for the Turkish "nightmare." Both of these come to play in a ghoulish, bloody trailer for the the new album which you can watch below.
Grant was just in the NYC area for shows with Pixies, but he'll be back in North America this fall for a tour, including a record release show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26). All announced dates are listed below...
Pixies @ Beacon Theatre 5/26/2015
Taking full advantage of impassioned company and the savory acoustics of the space, Pixies played a comprehensive set of a vast scope of work, weaving in and out of timeless classics and lesser known B-sides and current releases. Not content to rest on their laurels, they leaned into new and unusual material with the giddiness of a high school band at their first talent show, then pivoted into oldie-goodies, turning spectator intrigue into frenzied sing-alongs. All of it was presented with the dramatic arc of a rock opera. "Wave of Mutilation" ascended deliberately and hovered, with Frank Black's voice crawling through Paz Lenchantin's deep, muddy basslines. Then seizing on the hypnotic mood, Pixies grabbed the crowd by the necktie with the raucous anthems "Break My Body" and "The Holiday Song." Lenchantin drove numbers like "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Velouria," spookily mimicking former bassist Kim Deal with her playing and support vocals, while David Lovering's flawless percussive churning intertwined with Joey Santiago's standout guitar fluency on heavyweights like "Debaser" and "Bone Machine." - [The House List]After playing the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage on Saturday, alt-rock vets Pixies continued their four-show, NYC-area run with their first of two sold-out nights (5/26) at one of the cities' toniest spots, Beacon Theatre. Pictures from their set, as well as opener John Grant, are in this post.
photos by P Squared Photography
[TV on the Radio] came out just after 7 and did an approximately 1-hour set that, by necessity, left out a couple of my favorites but covered all the major bases. "Wolf Like Me" is still an amazing track as are "Young Liars," "Golden Age," "DLZ," and "Dancing Choose." Newer songs like "Happy Idiot" and "Could You" had some of the younger people around us jumping. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone thanked The Pixies several times and made it a point to mention how wonderful it was for all of us to be in the same place together. That was kind of cool.Pixies and TV on the Radio's respective tours crossed paths over the weekend for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Opening was Pixies tourmate John Grant. Pictures of all three sets, and Pixies and TVTOR's setlists, are in this post.
...I haven't really heard Indie Cindy, last year's return from the [Pixies'] 23-year recording hiatus. It was less than well-received (Pitchfork famously gave it a 1.0 out of 10.), and I may have fallen for the anti-hype a bit. The band interspersed tracks from that record -- "Magdalena 318," "Indie Cindy," "Bagboy," "Silver Snail," "Snakes" -- throughout the set, and they fit in pretty seamlessly. I remember liking "Bagboy" when it came out as a single, especially the Kim-like backing vocals.
Speaking of Kim: Yeah, I felt her absence (and the absence of "Gigantic" from the set). [Paz] Lenchantin did a great job throughout, though, on bass and backing vocals. She's a bit more animated than the rest of the band and has that bass player stalk / runway walk thing totally down. [CoolDad Music]
TVTOR already played two NYC shows on their tour, but Pixies and John Grant have three on their tour this week. Those happen tonight (5/26) and Wednesday (5/27) at Beacon Theater, and Thursday (5/28) at Kings Theatre. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available.
More pictures and setlists below...
enter to win tickets to see Pixies & TV on the Radio in NJ, at the end of this post...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Pixies' May 27 show at Beacon Theatre sold out during the presale and they've now added a second Beacon show the day before (5/26). Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon, with a Pixies fanclub presale starting Tuesday (3/24) at 10 AM EDT, and MSGE Insider and Bowery presales beginning Thursday (3/26) at 10 AM.
Pixies other NYC-area shows on their tour with John Grant include the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony on May 23 with TV on the Radio playing as well, and King's Theatre on May 28. Tickets for both those shows are still available.
Updated Pixies tour dates below...
There's also a Live Nation presale starting today at 10, and if you miss out on the presales, you can try again when the general on-sale starts Friday (3/6) at 10 AM.
Just yesterday we mentioned how TV on the Radio are touring this year but didn't have a NYC show scheduled. Well that changed quickly, as the band just revealed a show for May 20 at Kings Theatre with the wild Bo Ningen. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon with AmEx and venue presales starting Thursday (3/5) at 10 AM.
TVOTR also have a couple shows with the Pixies and John Grant that are near NYC, including the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for that show are now on Pixies presale. PASSWORD: SNAKES.
The BrooklynVegan presale starts Wednesday, and we'll post that password then.
Meanwhile, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine plays NYC tonight (3/3) at Cameo with Lewis Lazar and The Hydras, Aerial East, and Kelsey Lu. Tickets are on sale.
Updated TVOTR dates are listed below...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies were already billed for Boston Calling, Shaky Knees, and Amnesia Rockfest, and now they've announced a full North American tour surrounding those festivals. The tour includes NYC shows on May 27 at Beacon Theatre and May 28 at Kings Theatre (which re-opened earlier this month). Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (2/27) and a fan presale begins Wednesday (2/25) at 9 AM EST. Password: "snakes."
UPDATE: John Grant is opening.
This tour will once again have Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band, A Perfect Circle, Zwan) on bass, and they're promising to debut some new material. All dates are listed below...
H&LA's Andy Butler with his latest creation (via Facebook)
Hercules & Love Affair released their new album, The Feast of the Broken Heart, back in May. Guests on this one include John Grant who provides vocals on two tracks, including single "I Try To Talk To You." You can check out that track via its video below and the whole album is streamable on Spotify.
Andy Butler and the gang will be taking the Hercules & Love Affair house party on the road later this year, including a show at NYC club Verboten on October 2. Tickets will be available soon via Ticketfly.
All dates are listed, along with the music video, below...
Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
Everyone has their own opinions on what makes for a memorable day of Sasquatch. Some believe that it's a chance of a lifetime headliner. Others think that it's a day filled with warm temps and unceasing sunshine.Sasquatch 2014 came to a close on Sunday (6/1) with sets from Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, tUnE-yArDs, Rodriguez, Parquet Courts, Tycho, Kid Kudi, Elbow, John Grant, Waxahatchee, Brody Dalle, La Luz, Lucius, Bob Mould, Major Lazer, comedians like Hannibal Burress and Kate Berlant, and lots more. Pictures from Sasquatch day 3 are in this post.
But what really makes an unforgettable day at the Gorge's perennial Memorial Day festival is a day where no matter the time, there's always a mind-blowing performance to be found. The final day this year was one of those days.
Starting promptly at 1 p.m., the first few hours of the third day were stacked with some of the best female offerings that Sasquatch had provided yet. Seattle's fun loving punk rock outfit Tacocat jammed out to a jaunty set of tunes and kept the audience rapt with a combination of irreverent humor and a hurricane of bubbles that swirled in front of them. They were immediately followed on the Yeti stage by their Hardly Art label mates La Luz who kept it cool and breezy with an engaging display of their modern surf-rock sound.
The bevy of fantastic women performers continued with another epic one-two punch on the main stage starting with bona fide punk rock ass-kicker Brody Dalle. Tune-Yards kept things thumping shortly thereafter and got the crowd moving with her one of a kind, drum-driven world music inflected sound. Dozens of people burst into a legitimate full-tilt run down the gorge as she kicked into her song "Gangsta." - [The News Tribune]
photos by P Squared Photography
Elbow / John Grant @ Webster Hall, 5/16/2014
The band sounded solid without overwhelming the space, and Garvey's emotionally earnest vocals commanded our attention even when chatting between songs, usually with a very British "Cheers!" He reminded the crowd that the new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything which is number six since 2001, was filled with new tunes written in our "fair city"of New York. Older songs such as "The Bones of You" and "Grounds for Divorce" from The Seldom Seen Kid (2008), along with "The Night Will Always Win" and "The Birds" from Build a Rocket Boys (2011), anchored the new ones nicely, for example "New York Morning" and "My Sad Captains." As I eagerly anticipated hearing my favorite Elbow song live, it turned out that was saved for the very end of the evening. With grand gestures to usher everyone in a sing along, fans were treated to a fitting finale for an amazing night which will never be replicated - [New Music Matters]With a new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, out now, veteran band and genuinely nice guys Elbow hit NYC (where much of the new album was written) on Friday (5/16) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall, part of the their current tour. Setlist -- which mixed new and old -- and pictures from their performance are in this post. Not on the setlist: the marriage proposal that happened in the front row right in the middle of the band doing "Mirrorball." Video of that song (and the proposal) below as well.
Looking for than a little like Elbow frontman Guy Garvey's brother, John Grant opened the evening, cherry picking some of his best songs -- including show-stoppers "Sigourney Weaver" and "GMF" -- for a short, six-song set with minimal backing. Not that he needs much. Pics and setlist from his set are in this post too.
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
As mentioned, UK band Elbow's new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, is out March 11. If you haven't already, you can check out a couple tracks from it below. The band have just announced they'll be touring North America in May, and they'll play NYC's Webster Hall on May 16. Tickets for Webster Hall go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/12) at noon. Even better: all dates are with John Grant and listed below.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the new album, Elbow are also getting their own limited edition beer. It's a pale ale, called Charge and is a "blend of three malts deliver a luscious biscuit malt flavour, whilst a nod to American steam beers, sees the beer fermented at a higher temperature than the norm to release a fruitier aroma and sweeter finish." The band say it will be available worldwide, so pester the bartender at whatever pub you watch Premier League games at 8 AM on a Saturday morning to get it.
All Elbow dates are listed, along with videos and tour flyer, below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
John Grant @ Rough Trade, 12/3/2012
John Grant's second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, has been appearing on a lot of best-of lists this year, and it landed in the top spot of Rough Trade Shops' Top Albums of 2013. Grant returned the favor last night by playing an in-store at the brand-new Brooklyn location and admission was free with purchase of the new record. This was the second of two Brooklyn gigs -- he played a seated show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before (12/2).
Both shows were in "stripped down" mode, which is the only way I've ever seen Grant -- him with accompaniment from a second keyboardist and an acoustic guitarist. He doesn't really need much else, with his songwriting very much in the mid-'70s Elton John / David Bowie / Paul Williams style, plus his voice (and stage presence) are already pretty widescreen. The Rough Trade set was fantastic, if short, maybe eight songs but he played pretty much all my favorites: "Sigourney Weaver," "Where Dreams Go to Die," "It Doesn't Matter to Him," "You Don't Have To," and his real showstopper, "GMF" (aka "Greatest Motherfucker"). Pictures from the Rough Trade show are in this post.
The NYC shows were a short stop for Grant before his European tour. Hopefully he'll come back soon. More pics from Rough Trade below...
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
Charles Bradley @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
This morning, Rough Trade NYC announced a few of their first ticketed evening shows. Now they've just announced a whole lot more, including some free in-stores. The record store/venue opens on November 25 with a free show from Charles Bradley that night. Phosphorescent and Marissa Nadler will both perform free in-stores on November 30, and John Grant performs on December 3 which is free with purchase of his new album Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Similarly, Nick Lowe is performing on December 8 and you can get into that one by purchasing his new Christmas album.
Other upcoming free in-stores include Matthew E. White (11/27) and The Stepkids (11/9). Another ticketed shows has been added as well, Allah-Las on 12/6 (no ticket info yet). Updated Rough Trade NYC show schedule is listed below...
John Grant at LPR in May (more by PSquared Photography)
While it doesn't look like he'll be doing a full North American tour, current Iceland resident John Grant will be in NYC in December for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 2. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (10/30) at noon. It's his third show in NYC this year (four if you count his private Slipper Room show), each one a bigger venue.
John Grant's terrific second album, Pale Green Ghosts, came out back in May and will likely end up on a few Best of 2013 lists... which should start trickling in sometime soon. Most of Grant's upcoming dates are in Europe and all are listed, along with video of a live solo version of "Where Dreams Go to Die," below.
John Grant at LPR in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Folk-turned-synth-pop musician John Grant recently kicked off his North American tour, which is set to come to NYC soon for a show on July 1. That show was initially set to happen at Mercury Lounge but has been moved to the larger Bowery Ballroom. NYC art pop singer Empress Of has been added as an opener to the show too. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are available, and all tickets purchased for Mercury Lounge will be honored.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Vampire Weekend at Roseland Ballroom last month (more by Robert Altman)
The new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City, comes out on May 14 via XL, but you can now listen to the whole thing ahead of its release date on iTunes. Similarly to Contra's relationship to their debut, Modern Vampires of the City doesn't drastically different from its predecessor, but it works new subtleties into their sound which make the new record as essential as the first two. There's huge hooks here, great production, and as always, a few eccentricities thrown in too.
Vampire Weekend just played Roseland Ballroom, and their tour has them playing a much larger hometown show on September 20 at Barclays Center (tickets). In the midst of all that they made videos with Steve Buscemi, played Coachella, were just announced for ACL Music Fest, and will be on SNL this week. Streams of three tracks from the new album are below.
Survival / Classixx
You can also stream the psychedelic alt-metal self titled debut LP from Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's new project, Survival, over at Pitchfork. Their release party for the album happens this Thursday (5/9) at Acheron (tickets).
You can stream the dance-y new Classixx record, Hanging Gardens, over at NPR. Their tour has them opening for The Presets at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (5/8) (tickets), and they'll play their own NYC show in June.
John Grant, who recently played NYC, and returns on tour in July, is giving his new synth-filled album, Pale Green Ghosts, a US release on May 14 via Partisan and you can listen to it now over at Paste.
Vampire Weekend song streams below...