Entries tagged with: Kindness
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's TOPS released their second album, Picture You Staring, which features one of my favorite songs of the year, "Way to Be Loved." (You can check out the video for that, complete with Mac DeMarco's NSFW-if-you-pay-attention cameo, below.) The band have been touring for most of 2014 and were last in NYC for CMJ. TOPS will dip into the U.S. side of the border again in late winter, including NYC at Baby's All Right on March 14. That's a late night show (doors at midnight) following the separate Lust for Youth show earlier that night. While the rest of the bill has not been announced, tickets are on sale now.
If you're in Los Angeles for New Year's Eve, TOPS are playing the Park Plaza Hotel as part of a celebratory extravaganza with Classixx, Kindness, and headliners Blood Orange. All tour dates are listed below.
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
Kindness at FYF Fest 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
The new Kindness album Otherness came out last month and has some pretty cool guest spots including Robyn, whose collaboration "Who Do You Love" just got the video treatment (dir. Daniel Brereton). You can check that out below.
Kindness also announces a 2015 tour which hits NYC on March 14 at Bowery Ballroom and March 15 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show will be on sale via Ticketmaster soon.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
Drake @ SOB's (via)
Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.
iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.
Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).
Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.
The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.
Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...
As mentioned, the Fader Fort is back for CMJ 2014 at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with Kindness, Weyes Blood, ILoveMakonnen, Foxes in Fiction, TOPS, and more. Full lineup is listed below and RSVP is now open. Note it's 21+ only.
The Fader Fort will be back at CMJ year, once again at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with free performances by bands and DJs (not to mention complimentary drinks). Lineups haven't been release yet but will include performances from Kindness, Ryn Weaver, Foxes in Fiction and Radiohead-sampling, King Krule-covering SZA collaborator Willow Smith (yes, daughter of Will). The shows are free and RSVP opens October 16.
The new Kindness album, Otherness, comes out next week (10/14) via Female Energy / Mom + Pop and features guest appearances by Robyn, Kelela, Dev Hynes and more. You can stream it at NPR and watch the video for "This Is Not About Us" below...
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
La Sera at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Happening at popular food destination Smorgasburg, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. This year it's also a part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.
New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture is throwing this two-day festival this weekend featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy. Most of it is happening at Milk Studios in Manhattan.
M.I.A., Solange @ Webster Hall
After playing Queens warehousy Knockdown Center last night, MIA teams with Solange for a very sold out part of Vulture Fest.
Shoes, Paul Collins' Beat, Barreracudas, Games @ The Bell House
Night two of the Brookyn Power Pop Festival features some true legends in the genre, with The Nerves' frontman Paul Collins and Chicago's under appreciated Shoes, plus two great newer band -- Barreracudas and Brooklyn's Games.
La Sera, High Waisted, Springtime Carnivore @ Baby's All Right
With Vivian Girls behind her, Katy Goodman's main focus is now on the more pop-oriented La Sera. Tonight's the record release show for her new album, Hour of the Dawn.
Upset, Worries @ Baby's All Right
Ex-Hole/Vivian Girls band Upset play their second of two NYC shows of the week tonight, and joining them is their Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers, whose socially aware pop punk rips.
Robert Henke's Lumiere, The Haxan Cloak @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, artist Robert Henke will present the US premiere of his laser light show, Lumière, and joining him is dark electronic musician The Haxan Cloak. Sounds mind-bending.
Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Le Rug, Eastern Hollows @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's headlined by long-running and underrated Brooklynites Ava Luna.
Ovlov, Geronimo!, Dead Wives, LVL UP @ Death by Audio
Good night of '90s-style indie rock at DbA with the Dino Jr/SY-loving Ovlov, the noisy Geronimo!, Speedy Ortiz-related Dead Wives, and crunchy Built to Spill-esque rockers LVL UP.
Tennis, Ski Lodge @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Poppy Colorado duo Tennis are currently working on their new album and may be playing some new stuff. They sing to tykes at Kidrockers at NYU's Skirball Center during the afternoon before tonight's MHOW show.
Shark?, Howth, Soft Black, Pinegrove @ Shea Stadium
If you like sugary garage punk like Wavves, Shark? are one of the better local bands in Brooklyn doing that sort of thing.
Cretin Stompers, LODRO, Downer, Honduras, Baby Acid @ The Flat
Featuring members of Wavves and the Reatards, scuzzy trio Cretin Stompers have some ultra-catchy songs underneath that low-fi noize. They're the not-so-secret guests tonight that's an otherwise fun bill, with Cassie Ramone and Tamaryn DJing between sets.
Okkyung Lee w/ C Spencer Yeh // Chris Corsano/Bill Nace @ The Stone
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee continues her Stone residency tonight with past collaborator C Spencer Yeh at the 8 PM set and two Sonic Youth member collaborators Chris Corsano & Bill Nace (the latter of whom is currently in Body/Head with Kim Gordon) at the 10 PM set.
The Men, Obits, Nude Beach @ The Wick
If you haven't checked out The Wick, finally open after a slow gestation period, here's a good show to check out with lots of great, no-nonsense guitar rock.
Brigid Dawson's Fare Thee Well Opening Reception @ Worship
Brigid is not part of the current touring line-up of Thee Oh Sees, but here's a chance to see her artwork at Williamsburg vintage clothes store Worship. Tonight's the opening with beverages in the store's open backyard and a performance by Jim McHugh.
Agoria, Kindness, Ripperton, Lusine, Nicole Ross @ Verboten
Kindness has a new album coming out which reportedly features Robyn, Blood Orange, and Kelela. Maybe he'll give us a taste of some of that tonight.
Ulcerate, Inter Arma, Car Bomb @ Saint Vitus
It's a solid double header for metal at Vitus tonight with the atmospheric death metal of Ulcerate and the psychedelic black-ish metal of Inter Arma.
Saturday Slamfest @ Blackthorn 51
A bunch of metal bands come together for Saturday Slamfest at Queens venue Blackthorn 51 today, most notably death metal originals Suffocation.
HAIM, Shy Girls @ Terminal 5
HAIM's ascent continues. Resistance is futile.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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NYC/Paris electronic musician Joakim has been doing gigs in the NYC-area for a few years now, but he'd never done a "live" show with his band anywhere in the US until he opened for Holy Ghost! at Terminal 5 on Halloween. If you're wondering what a "live" Joakim show entails, he gets into that in this interview with Big Shot...
You're playing your first-ever live U.S. show in New York on Halloween. What should those who haven't seen you live yet expect?UPDATE: Though they say this is his first "live" show in the US, it may just be his latest go at doing it "live" with a new band, as there was the "Joakim and His Ectoplasmic Band" which hit Studio B in Brooklyn among other places about 6 years ago.
Three people on stage: drums, bass, synths, pedals/FXs and vocals. We'll play some tracks from the previous albums and a new one. It's always a bit different from the records, because I like when a live show doesn't sound exactly like the record [and has] surprises. Don't expect a "I press play, I'm pretending I'm turning knobs but I'm actually reading my e-mails" type of live show [laughs]. It's actual live playing and there's always room for improvization in the live tracks because otherwise I would get bored on stage and I know one thing: I hate doing boring things. Males and females are welcome to dance to it.
You can check out some videos of the live set at Terminal 5, below.
Joakim has since announced another live show for NYC, this time a headlining set that he'll do on January 18 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Joakim also launched a vinyl-only label earlier this year called Crowdspacer. The label's most recent release is the debut single from POV (aka Joakim and Crackboy) which came out earlier today (11/4). The song's called "Adat," and you can watch a visual clip for it below. The label's first release was the debut single from Everyone (aka Joakim, Kindness, and Jam City). You can also stream that single, "No Time To Waste," below.
All Joakim dates are listed, along with all videos and streams, below...
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
DOWNLOAD: Lindstrom - "De Javu" (MP3)
Simian Mobile Disco at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Simian Mobile Disco released their new LP, Unpatterns, this week via Wichita Recordings. It's a bit of a return to form to their dancefloor-ready debut, Attack, Decay, Sustain Release, rather than the in your face electropop of 2009's Temporary Pleasure. Not as many guest vocalists on the new album, and when they do appear on Unpatterns, they're backgrounded and sparse, like Jamie Lidell's contribution to "Put Your Hands Together." Check out a stream of the entire album below.
Simian Mobile Disco are continuing to tour in support of the album, and will come to NYC this month to DJ Webster Hall on May 25 with DJ sets by Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P< and Alex English & Rekles. Tickets for this show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
Simian Mobile Disco will return to NY for Camp Bisco which goes down in Mariaville, NY from July 12-14. Other artists playing include Amon Tobin, Big Boi, Tycho, Thundercat, Shigeto, Daedelus, Skrillex, Star Slinger, Crystal Castles, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale.
Speaking of Lindstrom, his most recent album, Six Cups of Rebel was released earlier this year. You can stream that entire album below and download the track, "De Javu," at the top of this post.
And speaking of FIXED, their Kindness-headlined show at Le Poisson Rouge is TONIGHT (5/17). It's the NYC live debut for Kindness, whose solid debut LP, Word, You Need a Change of Mind, was released this year. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Album streams, show flier and a list of all dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Kindness - 'World, You Need a Change of Mind'
UK artist Kindness (aka Adam Bainbridge) released his first full length, World, You Need a Change of Mind, earlier this year via Female Energy/Polydor and made some live appearances at SXSW. He's now set to make his NYC live debut at a FIXED show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 17 with Tezeo and FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets are on sale now.
Kindness pulls from US disco and synth-funk and its long-standing relationship with rock, dating back to bands like Talking Heads and ESG, and on World, You Need a Change of Mind, he ends up somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. The album reaches its biggest disco-pop moment on "That's Alright," while still paying tribute to indie rock with a synthed up cover of The Replacements' "Swingin Party." That cover was initially released as a single a few years ago with the b-side, "Gee Up," which also appears on the record. It also includes Kindness's second single, "Cyan," which was issued in the US on Chris Taylor's Terrible Records. Check out some streams from the album below.
Blood Orange @ Converse FADER Fort SXSW 2012 (photo by thereal_lc_)
Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes), who was just in Austin for SXSW (picture above, video below), is back home in NYC and will play a local show at Justice's favorite club Lit Lounge TONIGHT (3/21) with Rewards and Shuga. Tonight's show is one of a few one-offs for Blood Orange before he heads out on tour with Florence & the Machine. That tour hits NYC on May 8 at Radio City (sold out).
Rewards, who open tonight's show, were also added as an opener to Tanlines' upcoming Bowery Ballroom show (4/12). Tickets for that show are still available. Tanlines were also just at SXSW for a limited amount of shows and released their album, Mixed Emotions, yesterday. Alon with that came a new video for song "All of Me", directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh. Watch below.
Shuga, who are also on tonight's bill and were also at SXSW, are on Luv Luv Luv Records, who are presenting tonight's Lit Lounge show and who also manage Blood Orange and Florence, who as mentioned, are touring together. Shuga has another upcoming NYC show at Tammany Hall on Monday (3/26).
Kindness at SXSW 2012 (via)
In related news, Kindness (aka Adam Bainbridge), who, like Blood Orange, records for Chris Taylor's (of Grizzly Bear/CANT) Terrible Records, was also just in Austin for SXSW where he shared a bill with Blood Orange at a Windish party. Kindess also played a Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party and the NME showcase, among others. Dummy Mag wrote about the GvsB/YT show:
Kindess slinked on stage like the consummate crooner: smooth, self-assured and safe in the knowledge his charm would woo the crowd. He was right, too. I was a little too tired to surrender to it entirely but there's no doubting the calibre of Kindess. Top of the pops.Check out some videos of Kindness at SXSW below.
Speaking of Gorilla vs Bear and Florence & the Machine, GvsB just premiered a Clams Casino remix of Florence's "Never Let Me Go." Stream that below.
All dates, videos and streams below...