Entries tagged with: Julia Holter
Canadian music festival Sled Island has announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition. With it comes some wider-reaching news: Robert Pollard is reactivating Guided By Voices and they'll headline the festival. There's also going to be a new GBV record, according to the band's Facebook, where Pollard plays all the instruments. The live shows will be with a new lineup of Guided by Voices as well featuring Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Nick Mitchell (guitar), Mark Shue (bass). Pollard last brought the GBV name out of the attic in 2014. (He's got a new solo album too.) Stay tuned.
As for the rest of the initial Sled Island lineup (which is being guest-curated by Peaches), it includes Built to Spill, Deafheaven, Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Psychic TV, The Sonics, Duchess Says (who just played Megaphono in Ottawa) and more. Sled Island happens June 22 - 26 in Calgary, AB and tickets/passes are on sale now.
The annual Iceland Airwaves festival will happen November 2 - 6 in Reykjavík. They've just announced their initial lineup which includes PJ Harvey, Lush, Julia Holter and múm who'll be playing with with Kronos Quartet. Additionally, they've announced a few other Icelandic bands: Axel Flóvent, GKR, Mammút, Reykjavíkurdætur, Mr.Silla, and Sturla Atlas.
Tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
You may know Philly harpist Mary Lattimore from her collaborations with Kurt Vile/War on Drugs producer Jeff Zeigler, Kurt Vile himself, Thurston Moore, Chicago metal band Wrekmeister Harmonies, or more. She also used to be in the band The Valerie Project and has various solo recordings. Her newest solo album, At the Dam, comes out March 4 via Ghostly (pre-order). The first single is "Jimmy V," a gorgeous piece of harp-led ambient music. She sort of does with a harp what Noveller does with a guitar. Check it out below.
She has a few shows coming up, including two in NYC. The first is opening the Bowery Ballroom (2/23) stop of Julia Holter's tour this month. Tickets for that show are still available. Then she's got a release show on album release day at Trans-Pecos (3/4) with a pretty cool lineup. It has a collaborative set from Don De Vore, Michael Beharie and Diamond Terrifier with DROODIS (live PA); plus solo sets from MGMT's James Richardson and Trash Talk's Dave Gagliardi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Mary also plays a collaborative set with Quilt at Marfa Myths in Texas. All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.
Pacific Northwest festival Pickathon has its 2016 edition on August 5 - 7 in Happy Valley, Oregon and they just announced the initial line-up which includes Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Ty Segall & The Muggers, Black Mountain, The Oh Hellos, Patrick Watson, Thee Oh Sees, Fruit Bats, Dan Deacon, Julia Holter, BADBADNOTGOOD, Alvvays, Protomartyr, La Luz, Ultimate Painting, Moon Duo, Ezra Furman, Sir Richard Bishop, The Woolen Men, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Stay tuned for more Pickathon 2016 acts to be announced. In the meantime, you can check out the full initial lineup, along with an announcement videos featuring DIIV and Leon Bridges at last year's Pickathon, below.
Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.comCo-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.
Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.
Read our top 50 below...
It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.
Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.
There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.
The 2016 edition of Moogfest will happen May 19 - 22 in Durham, North Carolina. This year's lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Daniel Lanois, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Empress Of, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, Tim Hecker, YACHT and more. Festival passes are on sale now.
Numan will be performing his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three nights at three different venues. Laurie Anderson will also perform her show "The Language of the Future" that weaves stories and songs, and will also appear at a Moogfest "in conversation" event. Reggie Watts (who is also appearing) announces the lineup in a video with one of his improvised loop pedal performances, which you can watch below. Or you can just check out a list of all announced performers below too.
If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.
Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
photo: Julia Holter at Rough Trade in October (more by PSquared)
Julia Holter recently had to postpone her Paris show due to recent tragedies, but she's promising to reschedule it soon. Meanwhile, she has more international dates coming up, and she's set to play North American shows again in 2016.
The tour brings her back to NYC on February 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (11/18) at noon.
Her great new album Have You In My Wilderness (which made Rough Trade's year-end list) is out now via Domino. She just put out a video for "Silhouette" from the album (by Rick Bahto). Watch that, with her list of tour dates, below...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
photos by P Squared, words by Andrew Sacher
Julia Holter was in NYC over the weekend when her tour hit Rough Trade for a sold-out show on Saturday (10/24). It was in support of her excellent new album Have You In My Wilderness, which she played most of, plus a few off Loud City Song and an updated arrangement of the older "Marienbad" which fit right in with the new stuff. For this show, she was joined by violist/singer Dina Maccabee, drummer Corey Fogel, bassist Devin Hoff (who also plays with Xiu Xiu and Nels Cline) and for a few songs saxophonist Danny Meyer who Julia said was a special guest for just that show. They sounded great, and had no trouble nailing all the different sides of Julia's sound. Devin held down the jazz influences while Dina handled the classical side, and with Julia being her highly unique self, it all came together not sounding quite like anyone else.
For music that could rightly be considered very highbrow, Julia was just about as unpretentious as possible in between songs. She was cracking jokes and in a lighthearted spirit the whole night, whether it was about forgetting the chords to a song or telling us about a recent eye-rolling interview where the interviewer asked if she whistles while she's alone ("Yeah like I'm just soo whimsical. Do you think he'd ask a man that? 'Hey do you whistle while you're alone... dude?'"). Between the humor and the great songs, she definitely had the crowd in the palm of her hand the whole night.
The show was opened by Motion Graphics, aka the new project of Joe Williams who you may remember as White Williams. More pictures (including one of Julia's setlist) below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Tonje Thilisen
Since Julia Holter's 2011 breakthrough Tragedy, all of her albums have been a sonic shift from the last, and her upcoming Have You In My Wilderness might be her best yet. It's her biggest sounding album to date and Julia's voice is pushed more to the forefront than ever, but the songs are no less intimate and eccentric than her previous material. Most songs have gorgeous string arrangements and there seems to be a bit of a '60s baroque pop influence this time around, whether it's the keyboards in lead singles "Feel You" and "Sea Calls Me Home" or the upbeat, whimsical "Everytime Boots." The jazz influences she brought in on Loud City Song aren't gone either, as she especially proves on the swirling penultimate track "Vasquez." It's a very diverse record, and you can now hear the whole thing below, via NPR.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter is releasing her new album Have You In My Wilderness on September 25 via Domino, and today she released its second single, "Sea Calls Me Home." Like lead single "Feel You," this new one is some of her biggest-sounding stuff yet but without losing the intimacy that made her earlier work so great. Check it out below.
Julia also announced a tour, which includes a West Coast run with Beirut, an East Coast one-off in NYC, and then she's off to Europe, Japan and Australia.
The NYC show happens October 24 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon.
ALl dates are listed, with the new song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Laurel Halo at 285 Kent in 2014 (more by Landon Speers)
Laurel Halo is an artist of many styles. My favorite thing she's done is still the experimental pop of 2012's Quarantine, but she's explored a lot of different ground both before and after. Her most recent release saw her teaming up with past collaborator Julia Holter (who also works with many styles and has an album coming) and others for a two-song EP as Terepa, which Nicolas Jaar released on his Other People label earlier this summer. This one has Laurel and Julia working with Kouhei Matsunaga, Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Lucrecia Dalt and Gregóire Simon, and coming out with 35 minutes of droning ambience. Listen below. Laurel is also set to release a double EP on Honest Jon's this September, but most details for that are still TBA.
Laurel has some shows coming up over the next few months, including one in NYC on September 26 at Trans-Pecos. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
That show is right after she plays Seattle's Decibel Festival. All dates are listed below...