Entries tagged with: Liturgy
by Andrew Sacher
As you may know, Eartheater is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who sings in Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band Guardian Alien. She just put out her newest album, Metalepsis, this week on Hausu Mountain, and it's an out-there psychedelic record but still more digestible than the abrasive Guardian Alien. It's diverse too. Some parts are ambient pop, others are drone folk. Sometimes electronics lead the way, but other times it's stabbing guitar and other times it's lush strings. You can listen to the full thing below and purchase it at Bandcamp for $4.20.
Eartheater celebrates the new album with a release show tonight (2/26) at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. Extreme Animals, Haribo and HIGHLIFE are on the bill too, and tickets are available.
Meanwhile, ahead of Liturgy's tour, Greg Fox has four solo shows in NYC. First, he's playing as part of a "drum machine circle" at Shea on Sunday (3/1) with Wilted Women, Mike Sheffield, Darren Ho, Megan Moncrief, Beto Cravioto and Paul Wheeler. Then he plays under his GDFX moniker on March 4 at Trans-Pecos with Daniel Pearce / Andrew Smiley duo, Kate Henderson's Drone Acupuncture Installation and Sapropelic Pycnic (tickets). Then he has a "special solo event" on March 7 at Museum of the Moving Image (more info TBA), and finally a solo show at Union Pool on March 8.
Liturgy's tour hits NYC on April 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available. No openers announced for Vitus yet, but the rest of the tour is with Sannhet (who play NYC with This Will Destroy You and Planning for Burial this week) and Lightning Bolt (who play NYC twice in May).
All dates are listed below...
The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...
Last year, post-rockers This Will Destroy You put out their latest album, Another Language, and now they've made a video for its track "New Topia," directed by Lilfuchs aka. Adam Fuchs. Watch that below.
The band's tour is starting soon, beginning with a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on February 26 & 27. Night 1 is with Sannhet and Planning for Burial (sold out) and night 2 is with Christopher TIgnor and So Hideous (tickets). The rest of the tour is with Cymbals Eat Guitars. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Sannhet recently put out the title track off their upcoming album, Revisionist, due 3/3 via The Flenser. Listen below. They were also added to several dates on Liturgy's tour, but not the NYC show (still no opener for that one). All of those dates, also below.
So Hideous also have two other NYC dates coming up. One is this Friday (2/13) at Saint Vitus opening for German post-metal band Downfall of Gaia, along with VYGR, Sangharsha and Hivelords (tickets); and the other is The Acheron on March 21 with Tiger Flowers, Cyperna, Godmaker and Mary Todd (tickets).
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
photo: Lightning Bolt @ DbA's final show (more by PSquared)
Lightning Bolt's new album, Fantasy Empire, is out March 24 via Thrill Jockey and the band have just released the first track from it, "The Metal East," which is intense and punishing, as you'd expect from this pair. Stream it below.
This spring, Lightning Bolt will head out on tour that includes a visit to Austin Pysch Fest Levitation, and concludes with two NYC shows: May 15 at The Wick and May 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets to both NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/13) at 10 AM.
No openers have been announced for the NYC shows but METZ and Liturgy are playing other sections of the tour. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.
S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...
As mentioned, Liturgy are releasing a new album this year and they've now announced a tour in support of it. The tour includes the Brooklyn band playing a hometown show on April 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show will be available soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
The new album's called The Ark Work and is due out March 24 via Thrill Jockey. Listen to the very non-metal lead single "Quetzalcoatl," below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Erez Avissar
To quickly recap, Brooklyn black metal band Liturgy put out Aesthethica, their best-received album yet, in 2011. Not long after, their not-so-secret weapon Greg Fox (drummer) left the band. They then began playing as a duo with a drum machine (also without bassist Tyler Dusenbury), and this past summer, they regrouped as a full band. Now they're finally ready to release the follow-up to Aesthethica, The Ark Work (due 3/24 via Thrill Jockey), and first single "Quetzalcoatl" has them abandoning black metal, using entirely clean singing and sounding closer to dark industrial rock.
Listen for yourself below...
Liturgy at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, Swans have upcoming dates including a hometown show in NYC at Warsaw on December 12. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that NYC black metal band Liturgy will open that show, which is a great double bill. Previously, both bands' drummers contributed to this year's Ben Frost album. Tickets for that show are still available. Swans have also added several more tour dates, including many in North America such as the Big Ears Festival. Updated dates are listed below.
Swans are also releasing the "Oxygen" EP next week (11/25) via Young God/Mute which features four alternate versions of that track which appeared on this year's To Be Kind. It includes an edit by Mute founder Daniel Miller, which you can stream below, as well as a live recording from Primavera, an early version recorded by Michael Gira at his house, and an acoustic version.
That song stream and the list of dates below...
Protomartyr at DbA during CMJ (via @brooklynvegan)
Note for Nov: we are having our final show on 11/22 and we will be releasing the schedule for this month bit by bit as to keep everyone on their toes, we will be open every night, just dont wanna give away all the fun. stay tuned, and if you are wondering about playing one of these shows, im sorry but the schedule is full. thanks for all the wonderful years!Recent notable shows have included a packed week of CMJ (including Porches, the Burger Records showcase, and Wreckless Eric), 24 hours of drone, JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet, and last night's A Place To Bury Strangers show (photos coming soon).
As of today (10/28), 14 of the 22 final November shows are listed, though many of them just include secret guests (obvious candidates who haven't played there recently include Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall). The last two nights are "Top Secret." Speedy Ortiz, Hunters, Fiasco, Coasting, Pampers, Pujol, Tyvek, Shellshag, and many more are among those already listed. They knocked out the wall dividing the main room and the bar room, so crazy shows are a little more comfortable now. Most of these last shows do not have advance tickets, so if you're going to one of the more notable ones, be sure to get there early. (Last night's APTBS show sold out around 10 PM.) Check out the full posted schedule, including the Dirty On Purpose Reunion (11/1), the Halloween show with Aa, Liturgy and two nights of Oozing Wound, below...
Liturgy in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Black metal transcendentalists Liturgy are a full band again (beastly drummer Greg Fox included), and it's good news (and perhaps not a surprise) to hear they'll be playing Death by Audio before it closes. They're playing night 1 of their Thrill Jockey labelmates Oozing Wound's previously discussed two-night stand happening at the venue on Mischief Night (10/30) and Halloween (10/31). Also on that first night is Child Abuse and Cellular Chaos. $10 gets you in.
The 10/31 show is DbA's Halloween Haunted House Party and also features the re-active Knyfe Hyts, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. (Sounds spooky!) $10 gets you into this one too, and the show goes lateeee (til 3 AM).
Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.
The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Coral Cross (via Cara Stricker)
Jorge Elbrecht's (Lansing Dreiden, Violens) metal band Coral Cross recently released its debut seven inch on Mexican Summer and played the cool-looking Pioneer Works down in Red Hook. The show was accompanied by a sculptural installation by Max Hooper Schneider. Did anyone go? How was it?
There will be another chance to catch Coral Cross in NYC. They will play another show accompanied by Max Hooper Schneider's sculptural installation at Baby's All Right this Sunday (8/24) at midnight (so technically Monday). $5 tickets are on sale, here's the event page.
Stream a track and watch a video off Coral Cross's debut below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The experimental noise rock band White Suns has been on a tour that wraps up in their hometown of NYC TONIGHT (7/15) at Silent Barn with the Alan Licht and Aki Onda Duo and Lea Bertucci and Leila Lovell Duo. Admission is $8. Show starts at 8 PM.
After tonight's show, the NYC band will play a few other local dates as well. They'll play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on July 23 with Kid Millions' (of Oneida) Man Forever project and a screening of John Waters' 1990 Johnny Depp-starring film Cry-Baby. Like all Summerscreen shows, it's free with the music starting at 6 PM and the movie at sundown.
Like Wreck & Reference, White Suns are signed to the experimental and influential San Francisco label The Flenser. White Suns' most recent album, Totem came out earlier this year on that label. If you haven't heard it yet, it's insane. Utterly disorienting and schizophrenic‚ it's desperate and furious, with as much noise as demented free jazz. Black metal nods mix freely with spoken word--the lyrics are a highlight. Give Totem a listen below.
Liturgy as a full band in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You may know that NYC black metal "transcendentalists" Liturgy have been touring as a duo with a drum machine, but they'll be reuniting with their masterful drummer Greg Fox (and bassist Tyler Dusenbury) for their first tour as a four-piece in a while. It's a short tour in the fall surrounding their appearances at Midpoint Music Festival and Pygmalion Music Festival, and about a month before that, Liturgy will play a hometown show at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works on August 23 (159 Pioneer St) with two Flenser-signed artists, Wreck & Reference (who have a new record out) and White Suns (ditto), and more TBA.. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (7/1) at midnight. All dates are listed below.
The band are also reissuing their 2009 debut, Renihilation, on August 26 via Thrill Jockey, so stay tuned for that.
In related news, Greg Fox also has upcoming dates with his other projects, including an ongoing Guardian Alien tour in Europe and many shows in NYC. He'll play in Zs when they open the previously discussed Arto Lindsay show at LPR on 7/22, which Bigyuki also opens (tickets). Then, Guardian Alien plays Trans Pecos on August 1 with Good Willsmith. Both Guardian Alien and Greg solo play Hudson, NY's BasilicaSoundScape, and Greg plays another solo show in NYC on 9/24 at Roulette with Battle Trance. All of Greg's various dates are listed below.
Watch a full band live video of Liturgy from 2011, with those lists of dates, below...
By Doug Moore
Guardian Alien at Cameo, 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
So this is a novel show: the UK promoter Fat Out Til You Pass Out (awesome) has put together a NYC date featuring local, experimentally-minded musicians collaborating with British visual/video artists. Of particular musical note are Guardian Alien (featuring former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), and Bloody Panda frontwoman Yoshiko Ohara. Ala Muerte and Dreamboat Crusaderz round out the bill. The show will be at Silent Barn on October 29.
Here's what the Fat Out performances will entail, per the press release:
Guardian Alien vs. Positively DestructiveIn related -- and oddly similar -- news, Fox's old band Liturgy will be playing a Halloween show at 285 Kent. That show will also be an off-kilter collaboration; Liturgy will be working with noted soundtrack composer and John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth; the show is being billed as a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on Halloween. You can get tickets here. Thrill Jockey labelmates The Body also have a Halloween show in the works. There's many other Halloween options too.
Guardian Alien (Thrill Jockey) will be collaborating with Positively Destructive, a collective who look for ways to alter the audience's perception of how they experience a live show. Psychedelic visuals and interactive installations combined with the psychic meditation of Guardian Alien's music this performance will end the night with a very psychedelic trip.
Yoshiko Ohara vs. Video Jam
Bloody Panda's Yoshiko Ohara will be undergoing the challenge of a VideoJam. VideoJam are a collective based in Manchester who team up film makers and musicians and then get the musicians to score the films live. Yoshiko will be scoring a film by NYE Best called Shatterlands. Yoshiko will be following her VideoJam with her own material.
Ala Muerte vs. Khom
Ala Muerte creates oscillating drone that becomes more profound and intoxicating with each loop, featuring angelic vocals and treated guitars and when joined by the visual mastermind that is James Robinson (KHOM) you will leave this performance being completely absorbed and entranced.
Dreamboat Crusaders vs. The Volkov Commanders
Paring up Dreamboat Crusaderz and The Volkov Commanders is going to create a performance beyond any earthing's comprehension. The elaborate, heavily layered soundscapes of Dreamboat Crusadersz mixed with the alien ideas of the Volkov Commanders, this performance will explore galaxies of the unknown.
Check out a Guardian Alien video below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select shows, magazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.
Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.
Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).
You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.
Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.
Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 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...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
I know what you're thinking by looking at the above promo photo, but Survival is light years away from the "transcendental black metal" or possibly "white metal" that shot guitarist/vocalist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix into the spotlight with Liturgy. In fact, the new project explores some completely different themes, delving into post-hardcore while dabbling into the vocal experimentation that marked some of the Liturgy releases. Check out the new track "Tragedy of the Mind" below from the band's forthcoming self-titled LP due on May 14 via Thrill Jockey.
The release of the new LP will be celebrated with a show at Acheron on May 9, when the band joins Alan Watts, STATS and Vaporizer as part of a Record Release celebration at the venue. Tickets are on sale.
Two members of Survival also play in the more hardcore-oriented Crushed, who are readying a release around the same time too. The band will drop their new Losing Shit EP with a celebration at Acheron on 5/8, joined by Sabertooth Zombie, Power and Go Deep (tickets). Stream that EP in full, and the new Survival track, below.
Dave Hill, whose next edition of The Dave Hill Explosion, goes down at the UCB Theater on 2/28 at 9:30pm with special guest Kristen Johnston, is, as we already knew, the King of Metal. Watch and learn below...
APTBS @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, 11/14 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
[A Place to Bury Strangers'] live show is all about sensory overload, and the smaller the room is, the harder it hits. They forwent traditional stage lights entirely, plunging the room into total darkness and illuminating themselves sparingly with splashed colors from projectors situated around the stage. Custom amplifier heads from frontman Oliver Ackermann's effects pedal company Death By Audio stood atop speaker cabinets that dwarfed everyone in the room, and every instrument on stage looked to have barely survived a war zone. Once the band plugged in and turned up, a sonic war zone was essentially what the audience was in for. -[Yardhawk]A Place to Bury Strangers and Bleeding Rainbow swung through Bowery Ballroom on November 18, part of a larger tour for the pair that included a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics), the M for Montreal festival, and Chicago (pics). A review from their 11/19 show in Boston at Middle East is above. Did you see them on this tour? How was it?
If you missed the show (as we did), you have another chance to see them this week, and support a good cause while doing so. APTBS play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit on Saturday (12/1) at 285 Kent with Liturgy, Total Slacker, Royal Baths and a DJ set from Weekend. All proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy Relief Program. Tickets ($12) are on sale.
While on the subject of Sandy relief benefits, you can still get tickets to see Hooray for Earth, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Zambri and Grooms at Pianos on Thursday (11/29). Directly after that show is another Sandy benefit, a late night (midnight - 4 AM) party with Kitty Pryde on DJ duty. This party is free, but donations are suggested and more info is here.
Yesterday, we mentioned that Thrill Jockey Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of it are hosting a show at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy. and D. Charles Speer. That show is actually just one in a series of 20th anniversary shows the label are putting on around the country, including a much smaller one in NYC at Death by Audio on September 14 with White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever (who also plays DbA on Friday, 7/20), Dan Friel, and Rhyton. Tickets for the Death by Audio show and the Webster Hall show are on sale now.
In addition to the shows, the label will also celebrate their anniversary with newly commissioned silk screened posters, like this one and this one, and 2-minute video shorts, like the one by Ashby Lee Collinson that you can watch below. They've also asked a number of comedians, including Fred Armisen, to write two jokes (one clean and one dirty) and Thrill Jockey will be recording reactions to the jokes and pressing them on limited edition vinyl.
In related news, experimental duo Matmos (aka M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel), who are playing some of the anniversary shows including the Webster Hall one, have just recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and they'll put out their first release for the label, the Ganzfeld EP, on October 15.
All currently known Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows (more TBA) are listed below with lineups...
Tortoise at ATP NY 2010 more by BBG)
Chicago label Thrill Jockey Records, who focus most heavily on experimental music and indie rock, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in NYC on September 15 at Webster Hall with a stacked lineup of Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer & the Helix. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (7/19) at noon.
Meanwhile, Liturgy will play NYC even sooner with an also very solid, but very different lineup of Sepalcure, Machinedrum, White Ring, and MikeQ on Saturday (7/21) at 171 Lombardy in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As discussed, Liturgy also plays the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson, NY (Aug 11-12) with Mick Barr, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, and more.
Lists of all Tortoise, Future Islands, Liturgy, and Machinedrum dates, and videos from all the bands are below...
Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.
If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?
More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.