Entries tagged with: Literature
by Bill Pearis
Philly-via-Austin indie pop band Literature will release their next album, Chorus, on August 19 which will be their first for Slumberland. It's a good fit, and there's no denying the UK influence in the hyper-jangly first single "The English Softhearts" which you can stream below.
Literature will be touring in September including NYC shows at Death by Audio on 9/16 and Cake Shop on 9/18. They're a lot of fun live, way more energetic than your average band with these influences. Worth seeing if they play near you. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
by Bill Pearis
Baltimore's Wildhoney are unabashedly flying the early '90s shoegaze flag, recalling not only the obvious UK influences, but also their American compatriots like Lilys and Black Tambourine. Not only do they have a great sense of dynamics -- knowing when to unstomp those pedals -- but they're good songwriters too. Last year's debut 7" is all hits (three of 'em), and they'll release their second 7" in April. You can stream one cut from the new one and the entirety of their first, below.
Wildhoney have been playing a lot for the last year -- they've toured with Priests -- and will be touring in the spring, including an NYC stop at Silent Barn on 3/21 with Death Ray Architect.
The band will also play the Baltimore Popfest, a one-night extravaganza on March 7 at Ottobar. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who'll have a new LP this year) headline, and the line-up also features Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
All Wildhoney tour dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
Les Savy Fav in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Ty Segall, VietNam, David Novick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ty Segall releases a lot of records (a lot) but they're all pretty different. Sleeper finds him in acoustic mode and expect him to be in a similar mode tonight -- his performance at FYF fest last weekend had him sitting down most of the show. For the louder Ty experience, he'll be back with Fuzz later this year.
Zero Boys, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust, SpEd @ Europa
Midwest punk favorites Zero Boys return to NYC to bless Europa with the great surf-punk locals Night Birds and the Ramones-y Nuclear Santa Claust in tow. Fans of early 80s/punk hardcore, make sure to make it out, Zero Boys' appearance is a rare one and not to be missed.
She Keeps Bees, Last Good Tooth, Railbird @ Glasslands
Indie folk duo She Keeps Bees are busy cooking up a new record but gave a taste via a new single last month (stream it below). Tonight's show is well-matched with Providence, RI's Last Good Tooth and the slinky sounds of Railbird
Les Savy Fav, Delorean, Small Black @ House of Vans
The line-up is a little schizo, but no one seems to care at House of Vans. Les Savy Fav's music is fun, but the band truly comes alive live thanks to wildcard frontman Tim Harrington whose onstage antics are, at this point, legendary (see above). Spanish (well, Basque if your getting technical) dance troupe Delorean should get you primed and it's been revealed that the "Special Guest" is Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black. Free, but RSVP has been closed for some time, BUT the show will also be streaming online.
Classixx, Digitalism, Lou Teti, Le Youth, Plastic Plates, Malandro @ Output
The weekly INPUT party at Output (every Thursday) always gets a helluva lineup, and this week is no exception with LA dance duo Classixx, German electro duo Digitalism, and more.
Psychobuildings, Daytona, Grand Resort, Suburban Living, Literature, Haybaby @ Pianos
Tonight's the last show of Grand Resort's August residency, and it's a terrific (big) line-up, with Philadelphia's super-fun Literature, Norfolk, VA's Suburban Living, and more.
DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch, Rich Medina @ Santos Party House
Five, yes FIVE, legendary DJs from the 90s and beyond team up for an unforgettable night of hip hop, soul, and everything under the sun. Highly recommended for fans of the era, deep grooves, or people who just like to get down.
DJ Eclipse, DJ Riz, DJ Premier, DJ Stretch Armstrong @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Halftime show, the heir to CM Famalam and much of the great underground hip hop of the 90s, celebrates 15 years at LPR tonight with hip hop legends like Lord Sear, DJ Premier, Eclipse, Stretch Armstrong and more. Expect surprise performances and appearances and a night of classic hip hop.
Steel Phantoms, Dusted, Rituals, Lurve @ Shea Stadium
Two Toronto bands, Dusted (the indie pop project from Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt) and the shoegazey/postpunky Rituals, are in NYC this week for two shows. Tonight they bless Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium, and tomorrow they'll be at Cake Shop.
Bent Shapes, Shark?, The Doubts @ Silent Barn
If you missed Boston's Bent Shapes when they were in town last weekend, here's another chance to catch them. Their new album, Feels Weird, is filled with hooky, smart indiepop.
Light Asylum, Celebration, Mirror Mirror, Lone Wolf @ The Bowery Electric
Here's a show filled with magnetic live performers: Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness is a pistol on stage, as is Celebration's Katrina Ford. The rest of the bill is similarly pitched dark, with electrorockers Mirror Mirror and Ryan Sawyer's solo project, Lone Wolf.
Anthony Naples, Lemonade (DJ set), Blouse (listening party) @ Topside Bar at SmorgasBar (FREE)
Captured Tracks kicks off it's CT5 weekend with this free event that starts with a listening party for Blouse's new album and continues with DJ sets after that.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Young Statues @ Asbury Lanes
Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves play their hometown a lot (like last week), but if Asbury Park is an easier trip for you to make, tonight's show at the Lanes is not to miss. Their new album, You're Always On My Mind, dropped back in July and has been one hell of a summer album.
Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Vibraphone master and funk legend Roy Ayers continues his four-night run with early and late shows. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work).
Taj Mahal @ City Winery
The blues rock legend has been putting out records for 45 years and, at age 71, is still going strong, performing over 150 shows a year. This is his first of two City Winery shows this week.
Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords @ Comcast Theatre (CT)
Funny or Die's travelling Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival doesn't stop in NYC proper, but it's not too far away tonight (Hartford, CT) and features a killer line-up of funny people.
Stephen Brodsky, Snake Oil, PC Worship @ Saint Vitus
Stephen Brodsky has been known for his work in some very heavy bands (Cave In, Converge), but as a solo artist, he takes a much softer approach. He'll still feel home at Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus though, and that's where you can see him tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots which both happen this summer on Pier 17, I'm happy to report that the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, shameless plug) will return for its fourth year at the Seaport's
Fulton Stall Market every Sunday afternoon in August. UPDATE: Fulton Stall Market is going on break in August, so shows will now happen at the Front/Row Stage on the corner of Fulton and Front (right by Smorgasbar).
UPDATE #2: Leapling have dropped out, unfortunately, but happily we got Boston's Bent Shapes to take their slot on 8/25. They also play the night before at Cake Shop.
This year's line-up is:
August 4: Grand ResortThere will be a DJ (probably me) at 3PM with the bands playing at 4PM and it's all free.
August 11: Literature
August 18: Radical Dads
August 25: Bent Shapes
Some of these bands are playing before that. You can catch Philadelphia's Literature tonight at Cake Shop with Georgia indie bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions, as well as locals The Hairs. That's an extremely solid bill of energetic indie pop.
Grand Resort's next NYC show will be at Glasslands on July 18 with headliners The Beets, plus Wild Yaks and Army Men. Tickets are on sale.
Radical Dads are currently touring Japan but will play The Rock Shop on July 20 with Bear Ceuse, The Can't Tells and Amy Klein.
Streams of all four bands playing the 2013 Sound Bites series this year are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWLOAD: 2013 NYC Popfest Mix (Zip)
The 2013 edition of NYC Popfest kicks off tonight (5/30), as it always does, at Cake Shop with a six-band bill spanning two continents and four countries. Tickets are still available and should be available at the door if you get their early enough.
The evening is headlined by Cardif, Wales' The School who make the kind of sunny, '60s-ish guitar pop that's favored by Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian. The band's 2012 album, Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything, is an enjoyable listen, especially if you like this sort of stuff. And if you've read this far you probably do. You can stream it via Rdio and Spotify and watch a couple videos below. The School are touring around North America and will swing back through NYC on June 12 for another show at Cake Shop. All tour dates are listed below.
Also on the bill tonight are Spain's Zipper who play buzzsaw bubblegum. The band doesn't have much of an internet presence (an old MySpace account) but their super-catchy song "Mirror" is one of my favorites on this year's Popfest Mix which you can download above.
The rest of tonight's line-up includes, Literature who moved from Texas to Phildelphia last year and put out the excellent Arab Spring LP (stream it below); NYC's Grand Resort whose Vanguard Dreams EP sparkles with synths and arpeggiated guitars (stream below); and Pennsylvania's Swiss Alps, who make gently jangling songs in the Field Mice tradition.
Opening the night (7:30 PM) are Vancouver's Thee Ahs. The quartet released their second album, Future Without Her, back in February and shows off their folky, jazzy, clear-voiced harmony-filled sound (no reverb with this band). You can stream the whole album below.
Set times for tonights' Cake Shop show, streams, The School tour dates and videos are all below...
by Bill Pearis
line to get in Other Music on Record Store Day 2012
As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:
We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.
While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.
Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).
Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.
Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.
still from Cake Shop's RSD video
Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.
Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."
Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.
Co-Op 87 (via)
For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:
"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.
DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.
As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,
And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.
BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.
Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.
Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
Close Lobsters / The School
We already knew that The Monochrome Set would be performing at this year's NYC Popfest (May 30 - June 2) but now the rest of the line-up has been announced and it's pretty great with appearances from New Zealand Flying Nun legends The Bats, two bands who featured on NME's legendary C-86 cassette (Scotland's Close Lobsters [!] and London's The Wolfhounds), and long-running California band The Orange Peels; plus newer bands like Wales' The School, UK group Flowers, Hobbes Fanclub and Tigercats, Sweden's Alpaca Sport and Azur Blue, Norway's Making Marks, and Spain's Zipper; and American groups Ringo Deathstarr, Math & Physics Club, Literature, Ski Lodge and more.
I'm particularly excited for Close Lobsters whose debut album Foxheads Stalk This Land is a big favorite of mine. (You can stream it below.) I don't think they've played here in 25 years. Also exciting is the return of The Bats who haven't played NYC since 2006. The band, which features The Clean's Robert Scott, have an amazing cannon of work, including classic albums like Daddy's Highway, 1989's The Law of Things and, most recently, 2011's Free All Monsters.
Alpaca Sports, Azure Blue, Flowers, French Films, Hobbes Fanclub, Tigercats, and Zipper are all making their first U.S. visits for Popfest. NYC Popfest has created a Spotify playlist with all the bands playing this year and made a downloadable mix which you can grab at the top of this post.
Festival passes are on sale now and tickets to individual shows will be on sale later this week. Venues and individual line-ups stil to come, but full band list, flyer and a few videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
Originally from Austin and now based out of Philadelphia, Literature make sparkling, speedy janglepop that is likely to appeal to fans of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Felt or The Wedding Present. Or even members of those bands -- TPOBPAH put Literature's album, Arab Spring, on their Best of 2012 list. You can stream the whole thing below and its a free download via their Bandcamp. They also have a brand new 7" which you can also stream below (or download).
Literature have a few tour dates coming up, including one in NYC on January 25 at Cake Shop with Australian ex-pats Scott & Charlene's Wedding , Slow Warm Death and Cool Serbia. It's their first NYC show since moving to the East Coast and more info is here. All tour dates are listed below, along with the album and single streams.
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...