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Future Islands

Like Guided by Voices, manay bands (duh) played the 2nd annual Hopscotch Music Festival in North Carolina celebrated in early September. Here are some pictures of a few of the bands that I forgot to post earlier. They continue below...

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photos & videos by Jessica Amaya

The Love Language @ The Rock Shop
The Love Language

The Love Language played The Rock Shop on Saturday (8/20) with Nightdogs and IYEZ. Pictures and videos from that show are in this post.

The show was one of a few for the Merge-signed headliner before they play Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC this September. Hopscotch recently updated their lineup to include The Men, Hospitality, Fan Modine, and Dreamers of the Ghetto. The Light Pines, who were scheduled to play the fest, have broken up and had to drop off, and Apex Manor, who were also scheduled to play, cancelled all of their 2011 appearances, including Hopscotch. Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, playing the fest on September 8th with The Necks, J Mascis and Steve Gunn at Fletcher Opera Hall, has revealed its band lineup. You can check out the full schedule at Hopscotch's site and purchase Tickets there too.

More pictures and video from Brooklyn below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

The Love Language @ Mercury Lounge
Love Language

Allegedly born from the heartbreak of a past relationship of Stuart Mclamb, The Love Language's real spectacle is the impersonal liberty McLamb has taken in order to retell each ardent story. The majority of the live band contributed backing vocals in a fun jaunty exchange supported by Missy Thangs on keyboards. With two guitars between McLamb and lead guitarist BJ Burton, the interplay can take the form of a shimmering wall of sound, with a clean edge not heavily relying on distortion...

On this particular tour [Telekinesis's] Lerner has chosen to play drums and sing vocals, displaying an accomplished musicianship and versatility in writing the songs. Although openly admitting that he was currently sick that evening, Lerner's songs rarely faltered as a result of his strained vocals chords. Songs like "Dirty Thing" and "Car Crash" unfolded into irresistible sing-a-longs as Lerner sat holding a jovial rhythm on the kit. Ex-Blood Brothers guitarist and touring Telekinesis guitarist Cody Votolato was at his energetic best in support of Lerner on stage. -[SanDiego.com]

The above review comes from the San Diego stop on the March Telekinesis/Love Language tour that hit Mercury Lounge in NYC on 3/9. Belated pictures from that Manhattan show (which came one night before a Brooklyn show at Rock Shop), and more Love Language tour dates, continue below...

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DOWNLOAD: a North Carolina mix by Stuart McLamb of Love Language (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Telekinesis - Car Crash (MP3)

The Love Language @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Love Language

BJ Burton of The Love Language's Favorite Albums of 2010

Birds of Avalon - "Birds of Avalon"
Not sure if this has been released yet, but this record slays in just about every angle.

War on Drugs - "Future Weather EP"
Probably played this guy a dozen times on the drive from Austin to LA this year. Can not wait for their next one.

Wye Oak - "My Neighbor/My Creator"
So glad to meet these guys this year and be introduced to their brilliance. A couple of shredders for sure. This record gives me chills at times.

Gayngs - "Relayted"
A super group of good friends who party harder than you do, and made one smooth ass record.

Tallest Man on Earth - "The Wild Hunt"
If you can get on board with Kristian's beast of an incredible voice, he'll take you to some pretty sweet places with his music.

Sharon Van Etten - "Epic"
Dark, beautiful and intimate. I'm a sucker for harmonium as well.

Here We Go Magic - "Pigeons"
Jen Turner is one hell of an engineer, and I love these songs.

Local Natives - "Gorilla Manor"
Justin and Jordan played Sun Hands waaayy too many times in the van this year. But I'm not complaining

Merge label-mates The Love Language and Telekinesis are hitting the road in February for a North American tour that will last until middle March (though SXSW dates remain conspicuously open). That tour includes two NYC shows, as the pair will hit Mercury Lounge on 3/9 (tickets) and The Rock Shop on 3/10 (tickets).

Telekinesis have a new LP on the way. 12 Desperate Straight Lines is due on 2/15 via Merge Records (preorder it). Download "Car Crash" from that album above. The heart of Telekinesis is singer/songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner and his band now consists of a pair of fresh faces: Jason Narducy (of the Robert Pollard band and Verbow) on bass and Cody Votolato (from Jaguar Love and The Blood Brothers) on guitar.

The Love Language are still supporting their 2010 release, and speaking of 2010 releases, you can see which ones BJ Burton enjoyed from his list above. Also above: a mixtape by BJ's band-mate Stuart of all fellow North Carolina bands. The tracklist for that is below along with all tour dates and KEXP video sessions by both bands, and more...

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photos by Gabi Porter, words by Rachel Kowal

Local Natives

Outdoor summer shows may be winding to a close in the coming weeks, but the beach front at Governors Island is still heating up. Saturday night, Local Natives played to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd - their largest yet, according to one of the members. Young Man and We Barbarians were also on the bill.

With bigger names like Grizzly Bear (still to come) at Governors Island this summer, it's impressive that a young band like Local Natives not only earned a coveted spot as a headlining artist but also managed to sell out the huge Governors Island Beach space (3,500 capacity). After all, they only have one album to their name so far. But the LA group didn't let the occasion intimidate them. There were high spirits all around. Each member received a warm round of applause from the audience simply upon walking on stage to set up gear.

"Hello. How are you guys doing tonight?" vocalist/guitar player Taylor Rice offered by way of introduction. They launched into the slowly building tune "World News." Then, after performing a Talking Heads cover ("Warning Sign"), they stopped for a minute to address the crowd again. "Now we're a band from Los Angeles, but this is by far the biggest show we've ever played [...] we're very happy to be here."

Local Natives boasts multiple talented vocalists as evidenced by their penchant for three-part harmonies. But the group shares more than just vocal responsibilities. They often switch instruments between songs, effectively turning the stage into a game of musical chairs. Over the course of their set, the bass player, keyboardist, and second guitar player all took turns bashing on drums.

Mimicking previous shows, a number of people lined up at the exit before Local Natives had stopped playing, but instead of turning to face the gate, many people had turned sideways to get a better look at the stage. Some were even dancing in line.

After playing all but a couple of songs on Gorilla Manor, Local Natives momentarily vacated the stage, but returned after chants of "one more song" permeated the air. They concluded with a single-song encore ("Sun Hands") before officially calling it a night. The remaining people in the pit enthusiastically responded to the bonus track with hands raised, and the crowd's energy seemed to propel the band. Rice was thrashing on guitar and at this point, three members assumed drumming responsibility. At the conclusion of their triumphant set, bass player Andy Hamm whipped out a digital camera and snapped a photo of the cheering crowd to commemorate the occasion.

Like the two bands that played before them, there was certainly nothing offensive about Local Natives set. At their best, they make truly incandescent music, and all of the performers are competent and enthusiastic musicians. But in many ways, Local Natives seem to embody a safe brand of indie rock music that may cause them to ultimately get lost in the shuffle of talented (but often interchangeable) new bands.

Decide for yourselves if you haven't yet. Local Natives return to New York at the end of October to play at Webster Hall (October 29th to be exact). The Ruby Suns and Union Line open the show. Tickets are on AmEx presale now.

The NYC show is part of a larger tour the LA band is going on with The Union Line. That tour starts with The Love Language along for the trip (not the first time they shared a bill with Local Natives). The Ruby Suns replace the Love Language after ACL and continue on the road until Webster Hall. All dates and more Governors Island pics and the setlist and a video from the encore, below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"The Love Language put on a hell of a show at Mercury Lounge. Looking forward to seeing them again sometime." - Joe Saturday

DOWNLOAD: ARMS - Heat & Hot Water (Pepper Rabbit redux) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Love Language - Heart to Tell (MP3)

The Love Language @ Mercury Lounge
Mercury Lounge

The Love Language headlined what was their record release show at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (7/15). "Libraries" is out on Merge Records now. Opening for the North Carolina band were current Brooklyn resident (ex-North Carolina resident) Nightdogs (being billed as Tim Poovy), Silver Lake's Pepper Rabbit (Amanda's surprise hit act of the night), and ARMS (who you should know fairly well by now).

ARMS and Pepper Rabbit may have seemed randomly placed on the same bill, but in fact they go way back. Well, maybe not way back but Pepper Rabbit remixed ARMS' song "Heat and Hot Water" sometime before last night, and you can grab it for free for the first time ever right now above.

Pepper Rabbit are currently on tour with Candy Claws who they played Glasslands with one night earlier. More pictures from the Mercury Lounge show below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Camera Obscura

One day after they played the Brooklyn Flea, Camera Obscura headlined Grand Ballroom (with the addition of a string section) as part of their current tour with The Love Language. More pictures and the headliner's setlist from last night's show (6/7), below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Love Language - Heart to Tell (MP3)

The Love Language @ BV Loft during CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Chris La Putt

North Carolina' s The Love Language are gearing up for the release of their Merge debut, Libraries, due July 13th. A song from that is above. Around that release date the band will play a few small east coast headlining shows. Those include Mercury Lounge in NYC on July 15th with Arms, Pepper Rabbit and Tim Poovey. Tickets are now on sale.

Before then, the group will hit the road for another short string of dates, but this time as opener for their not-labelmates Camera Obscura (they used to be on Merge, but are now on 4AD). That includes the show at Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center on June 7th. Tickets are still on sale. All dates below.

For Record Store Day earlier this year, the band also put out a split 7-inch with their Merge label-mates Let's Wrestle.

On June 20th they're playing the Taste Of Randolph Street Festival in Chicago with Superchunk who also have two NYC shows and other tour dates coming up.

All Love Language tour dates, the new album cover and tracklist, and a video of frontman Stuart McLamb and producer B.J. Burton snowed in at the studio are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Sweet Apple - Do You Remember (MP3)

Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

Society's Ills: In 1994 Society's Ills (Moore, Cadena, Watt, Markey) made their world premier with the now coveted "Skins, Brains, and Guts" release - a slab that managed to cram (9) 7 seconds covers onto one 7". In 2010, the band is back and once again fronted by Thurston but he brings with him a new crue of slayers to launch the hardcore fury:

Thurston Moore: Vocals
J Mascis: Guitar
Don Fleming: Guitar [SY producer & Velvet Monkeys/Gumball frontman]
Andrew W.K.: Bass
Awesome Allison: Drums [from Awesome Color]

This set is their first, but don't worry if you miss it cause I'm sure we can put this together again in another 15 years! [Ecstatic Peace]

Society's Ills play in addition to Thurston Moore solo, Talk Normal, The Entrance Band, Violent Soho, the Slits' Viv Albertine, Awesome Color, Jemina Pearl and more at the Ecstatic Peace SXSW Showcase happening Friday, March 19th at Red 7 in Austin. Curious about Society's Ills? Their version of 7 Seconds' "I Hate Sports" is below.

J Mascis will also be playing at SXSW with Sweet Apple, who are playing Mercury Lounge on April 20th. One of their SXSW sets will be at the showcase for TeePee Records, who are putting out the Sweet Apple debut, Love & Desperation, a track from which is above. That show is Thursday, March 18th at Habana Calle 6, and also on the bill are Priestess, Iron Age, Nebula, Naam, Imaad Wasif and more. Full details and a poster are below. Tee Pee Records has also teamed up with BrooklynVegan and Chronic Youth for another day party taking place on Saturday, March 20th in Austin. This is the first we've mentioned it. Stay tuned for more info.

Lou Barlow will also be at SXSW (backed again by The Missingmen) - one of his shows will be the Merge Records showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard on March 18th also featuring Let's Wrestle, She & Him, and others. Full lineup below. For She & Him it's one of two official SXSW shows. They also play Saturday night (March 20th) at Auditorium Shores (with Justin Townes Earle & TBA). Cheap Trick play the same slot at Auditorium Shores one night earlier.

Merge's showcase mentions that one slot will be filled by "Special Guest". We don't know who that is, but we'd have to guess Superchunk is a strong possibility since Mac & Laura have a speaking engagement (in a bookstore) on March 17th, and another one (official SXSW) at the convention center on March 19th (with Michael Azerrad), and the band is on the bill of the Village Voice day party happening at La Zona Rosa the afternoon of March 19th (with the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood). It's definitely not Spoon who play the NPR show at Stubb's on March 17th with Deerhunter (their tour-mates) and The Walkmen.

Society's Ills Bassist Andrew W.K. will also be performing separately (and speaking) at SXSW (and at MtyMx in Mexico).

Kim and Thurston are playing with the Plastic Ono Band in their two-night Brooklyn Academy of Music run. They were at the dress rehearsal (aka the first night) last night (2/16). BV photographer Greg Cristman was in the audience and told us, "One definite highlight was Thurston and Kim played with Yoko as a trio and did a killer version of Mulberry from Unfinished Music No. 2 while the film Fly was projected on a huge screen behind them!" - a (poor quality) video clip of one of the other songs is below.

Full lineups for the showcases and videos are below...

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Musicfest NW

Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.
Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.

The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...

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