Entries tagged with: Laura Marling
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Laura Marling @ Mohawk 3/19/2014 during SXSW
In spite of the heavier tone of her new material, the electric part of the set is quite short. "We're going to tone it down a bit," she said, taking up her acoustic guitar for "Walk Alone," one of Short Movie's quieter moments, followed by "David," whose lyric "A wasted love is a life of regret" she sings with the full-throated emotion of a wizened woman. The earlier music that she sprinkles through the set is rearranged and the phrasing adapted slightly so that new emotion is wrung out. "The Muse" and "Master Hunter" are played faster and fuller. It sounds fresh, and she seemed to be having a lot of fun performing them that way, barely pausing for breath. - [Village Voice]UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling released her acclaimed new album, Short Movie, this week and celebrated here in NYC with a show at Warsaw on Monday (3/23) with her Domino labelmate, Villagers. You can check out the setlist and video of Short Movie's title track and "Gurdjieff's Daughter" below. We caught Villagers the next night (3/24) at Union Pool.
Right before the NYC show, Marling was in Austin for SXSW and we caught her on Thursday (3/19) at Mohawk, which was rechristened House of Vans for the week. Pictures of her set there are in this post.
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Laura Marling at McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Laura Marling's new album Short Movie comes out on Ribbon Music next week (3/24) but she's now streaming the entire thing at NPR. Like the early singles hinted, Laura goes electric and has bigger arrangements on this one, but her roots show plenty of the time too. It's a good album, check it out.
Laura will be at SXSW this week and plays a NYC show at Warsaw with Villagers directly after. That Warsaw show is sold out, but Laura announced that she'll be back in North America for a slightly longer tour in the summer.
The new dates bring her to NYC once again for a show on August 3 at Town Hall with openers TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/20) at noon.
All dates are listed, with newest Short Movie single "Strange," below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Villagers at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Folk singer Conor O'Brien is releasing the third Villagers album, Darling Arithmetic, on April 13 via Domino. He recorded and produced the album himself in his home, and the two songs that are out now, "Courage" and "Hot Scary Summer," certainly have the intimacy of a home-recorded album. In comparison to the collaborator-filled Becoming a Jackal (2010) and Awayland (2013), there's only minimal backing on this album from piano, mellotron and brushes, all also played by Conor. If these two singles are anything to go by, it's looking like his most bare-bones album yet. Check them out below.
Most of Villagers' upcoming dates are overseas, but as mentioned he'll be coming over to the US to open Laura Marling's post-SXSW show at Brooklyn's Warsaw on March 23. That's sold out, but two days later you can catch Villagers headlining his own much smaller show at Brooklyn's Union Pool (3/25). Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new songs, album artwork and tracklist, below...
This week, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue campaign with a release of the 40th anniversary reissue of Physical Graffiti. Also in honor of that anniversary, MOJO is releasing a tribute compilation to the album with their April issue, featuring noted Zeppelin fan Sun KIl Moon, Laura Marling, Hiss Golden Messenger, White Denim, Michael Kiwanuka, Rose Windows, Syd Arthur and more. Check out Sun Kil Moon and Laura Marling's covers and the full tracklist below (via Stereogum).
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Laura Marling at McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
British folk singer Laura Marling is set to release her fifth album, Short Movie, on March 24 via Ribbon Music, and so far she's put out two songs from it. Laura has gone full-band before, but if these two tracks are anything to go by, it's looking like Short Movie will be the farthest she's gone from her folk roots. The first single/title track is a nicely-arranged piece of folk rock that isn't too drastic a shift from her last album, but the newer "False Hope" has her stomping on the distortion pedal and getting backed by hard-hitting rock drums. Watch the videos for both below.
Laura doesn't have a US tour announced yet, but we know she'll be here for SXSW, and right after that she'll play NYC on March 23 at Warsaw with fellow indie folk band Villagers. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon.
All known dates are listed, with the two new songs, below...
Laura Marling at Roulette in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, Conor Oberst & friends are playing this year's WFUV Holiday Cheer Benefit at NYC's Beacon Theatre on December 8. When we last spoke, the rest of the lineup was still TBA, but it's since been announced and it's pretty huge. Joining the Bright Eyes frontman will be former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson. Tickets for this amazing night of folk are still available.
After that, Conor and The Felice Brothers will team up again for an Australian tour. All of those dates are listed, with some videos, below...
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...
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
by Andrew Frisicano
photo via @RitaHouston
Earlier in the week, news came that Laura Marling had earned her third Mercury Prize nomination, this time for her spare, enigmatic fourth record, Once I Was an Eagle. That album, delicately produced by Ethan Johns, explores dark themes -- isolation, loss of faith, the dissolution of a relationship -- in a way that melds open-tuned guitar-work, winding melodies and a gothic lyrical sense.
The stained-glass-lined hall of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, where she played Wednesday night (9/11), was an ideal place to celebrate the nod (and cap her NYC visit which also included two sold-out shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg). In front of the gathered congregation, Marling started out with the new album's first four songs, some of her best music yet, without a pause. On stage with just a guitar -- touring with a band was getting too logistically bothersome, she quipped -- raging numbers like "Master Hunter" and "Rambling Man" didn't lose any fire in the pared down setting.
In a mid-set interview with WFUV's Rita Houston, Marling talked about her collection of records from 1969: LPs by David Axelrod, Jim Sullivan, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood. Not that those influences have leaked into her songwriting yet. And it may take a while: Looking at Marling's live set lists, she already has a cache of new tunes ready to go. A yet-to-be-recorded song, which she admitted to writing post-move, seemed to take some at least one cue from her new Los Angeles location. "One day soon I'm gonna be a movie star," she sang. The performance doubled as a live taping for NYC radio station WFUV -- listen for it later in September.
Videos and set list are below...
One of this year's nominees...
The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:
Arctic Monkeys - AMDavid Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.
Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.
Laura Marling at Roulette in May (more by PSquared Photography)
British folk singer Laura Marling is currently on a North American tour which comes to NYC for sold out shows on November 8 and 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. She's since announced one more way you can see her in NYC, which will be an intimate performance on September 11 at St. Ann's Church (157 Montague St in Brooklyn Heights) for a WFUV remote broadcast. The show is free but the only way to get in is to check wfuv.org or email email@example.com for a chance to win tickets. Winners will be chosen at random and notified no later than 2 PM on September 10.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the show flyer and a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Laura Marling at Roulette in May (more by PSquared Photography)
Laura Marling, whose new album, Once I Was An Eagle, is one of the better recent examples of late '60s/early '70s-inspired British folk, came over to North America for a few shows around the time of its release, including an intimate sold-out night in Brooklyn at Roulette. Now she's planning on making her way back to North America for a larger tour this summer. The new tour sees Laura returning to Brooklyn for shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 8 and 9. Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
"Still reeling from @lauramarlinghq beautiful show last night. My favorite LM show so far." - Hannah Read
"Roulette- Great little venue w/ gorgeous sound for @lauramarlinghq" - @damianoC
Laura Marling @ Roulette
British folk singer Laura Marling released her very-good new album, Once I Was An Eagle, this week (stream it), and to celebrate, she played a sold-out show on the day of its release (5/28) at the intimate Brooklyn venue Roulette. Did you go to the show? If so, how was it?
Alberta Cross singer Petter Ericson Stakee opened with a solo set. More pictures of both artists and Laura's setlist below...
Laura Marling at the McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, the always-impressive UK folk singer Laura Marling is releasing her fourth album, Once I Was an Eagle, on May 28. She'll be supporting the new album with a North American tour, including a show in Brooklyn on the day of the album's release (5/28) at Roulette. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Laura was just on Later... with Jools Holland this past Friday (4/26) to perform the new album's single, "Master Hunter." A video of that performance and a stream of the studio version of the track are below. She also just made a short film titled When Brave Bird Saved, which you can also watch below.
UK folkie Laura Marling will return with Once I Was an Eagle on May 28. The album -- her fourth -- was made with longtime producer Ethan Johns. That's the cover art above and you can stream "Where Can I Go" and check out the LP's tracklist below.
Laura Marling at Prospect Park in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
British folk singer Laura Marling, who has already done a good amount of touring North America in the past year, will be going on yet another tour of our side of the Atlantic this fall, dubbed the "Working Holiday Tour." This one doesn't come to NYC, but she'll be nearby for a show in Woodstock, NY at Colony Cafe on October 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Laura also recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR over the summer, which you can watch with the list of all dates below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Laura Marling at Prospect Park - 6/14/12
Willy opened the show with a short set at 7pm sharp followed by crowdpleaser Michael Kiwanuka, who like Laura was here visiting from the UK, and who had played a sold out show at Highline Ballroom just one night earlier. To quote NPR (who will also be streaming some of the Celebrate Brooklyn shows this year), "Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star -- let alone a 24-year-old." He was backed by a full band and his set included a Jimi Hendrix cover (one of his inspirations to play guitar).
I was afraid that Laura had to follow him, but those fears were washed away seconds into her set; she need not ever fear being the headliner. Captivating the crowd for over an hour (With no encore. She doesn't do encores), the 22 year old British singer-songwriter ended her set just after 10pm with an extremely moving rendition of "I Speak Because I Can". As promised, there was very little banter, except when she introduced her band and asked them to each tell us a "fact". The band member, who in his English accent said the Celebrate Brooklyn sound booth reminded him of a "walker" from Return of the Jedi, and that him thinking about that caused him to almost miss the start of one song, won in the story department. Laura, who stayed seated all night, won in the "I can command a giant field of people by just singing into my mic and looking toward the sky" department (though the best songs were the ones she played with her full band. She did a few new songs and one cover solo on the stage that was, as she pointed out, a bit too big for that.). Amazing show.
Celebrate Brooklyn began this year in Prospect Park with a show by Jimmy Cliff and continues tonight (6/15) with "Geri Allen & Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade To Black With ESPERANZA SPALDING / TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON / LIZZ WRIGHT / PATRICE RUSHEN AND MORE".
More pictures and some videos from Thursday's free show, below
photos by Ryan Muir
Jimmy Cliff at Prospect Park - 6/5/12
JImmy Cliff is planning to release a full album with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong this July called Rebirth. It follows the Sacred Fire EP that the two did together last year. Jimmy was just interviewed about that and going back to his reggae roots for Chicago Tribune:
"We were planning to look back," says Cliff, 64, by phone from a tour stop near Connecticut, "but when I arrived, it was really satisfying, and I felt, 'I have to tap into this again.'"Jimmy will return to NYC next month for Groovin in the Park.
What Armstrong and Cliff came up with, late last year, was "Sacred Fire," an EP with roots-reggae versions of The Clash's "Guns of Brixton," Rancid's "Ruby Soho," Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and Cliff's "Ship Is Sailing." It's the first glimpse of Cliff's new direction with producer Armstrong -- they're planning a full album, "Rebirth," in mid-July. "He made me reflect and remember the values of those things that we did then. He opened that for me and allowed me to look into that again," Cliff says. "There's a tendency to move on and create something new."
Celebrate Brooklyn continues this week with a free Laura Marling show TONIGHT (6/14). That show also includes Michael Kiwanuka and Willy Mason. On Friday (6/15), it's a free show with Geri Allen, Carrie Mae Weems, Esperanza Spalding, and more. And on Saturday (6/16), its another free one with Balkan Beat Box, Chico Trujillo, and Nation Beat. Check out the full 2012 schedule here.
More pics from Jimmy Cliff's show are below...
British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC 'Sound of 2012' poll (beating out Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and others), is in the US for some shows this month (he just played Bonnaroo) including two in NYC this week. He plays Highline Ballroom tonight (6/13). That show is sold out, but you can catch him for free on Thursday (6/14) at Prospect Park opening for Laura Marling, along with Willy Mason (the Celebrate Brooklyn show starts at 7pm). He's also got a bunch of other North American festival appearances on the way including ACL, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.
Michael put out his debut LP, Home Again, this past March via Polydor. It's got a real classic soul feel -- even down to the cover art (pictured above) -- with a bit of Sly Stone-ish rock crossover, perhaps due in part to the album's production by Paul Butler of indie rockers The Bees. You can check out three videos from Home Again, along with a spotify stream of the whole thing, and a list of all dates, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Complimenting [Radiohead's] case for its post-major-label forays into art-rock craftsmanship was a stunning stage production that was a work of art in and of itself. With band members backlit by two towering video walls, a dozen tile-like screens shifted shape overhead and changed color with thrilling results. Wild-card set list selections included "I Might Be Wrong," "House of Cards," and "Kid A"; while live staples like "Idioteque," "Karma Police" and fevered-pitch show-closer "Paranoid Android" were among the oldies represented. [Rolling Stone]Day 2 of Bonnaroo went down in Manchester, TN on Friday (6/8) with sets from Radiohead, St. Vincent, Feist, and more. As reported on bvChicago, a song was dedicated to Jack White during Radiohead's set:
Before playing "Supercollider," Thom Yorke took a minute to dedicate the song to Jack White. He said, "This song is for Jack White. We saw him yesterday. A big thank-you to him, we're not going to tell you why but you'll find out." As many have speculated, this could mean that Radiohead have recorded/will be recording a Third Man single. We'll see.More pics of Day 1 are HERE. More of Day 2 below...
photos by David Andrako
"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS
hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.
"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."
Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.
Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]
You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.
As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.
More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...