Entries tagged with: Love as Laughter
photo: Hull at CMJ 2011 (more by Markus Shaffer)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Quilt, Monograms, King Cyst @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
With last year's Held in Splendor, Boston quartet Quilt trancended the paisley folk of their debut into a more complex, more appealing band whose influences were a little harder to pin down. The great songs and harmonies remained. They're great live and this show is free.
Helmet @ Bowery Ballroom
20 years ago Helmet released their third album, Betty, which saw them pushing alt-metal's boundaries and incorporating sounds from outside the genre. Now for its anniversary, they're playing the album in full (plus a lot of other songs) on this tour which hits NYC for three sold-out shows. This is the second.
Retox, Whores, Primitive Weapons, Fashion Week @ Saint Vitus
Justin Pearson is man of many bands. The most popular is probably the wacky post-hardcore of The Locust, but for Retox and strips things down and delivers fast, raw punk rock. Heavy noise rockers Whores are just as excellent, and tonight's local support ain't half bad either.
Hull, Wizard Rifle, Elder, Cleanteeth @ Coco 66
Hull have been one of Brooklyn's better sludge bands for years, but unfortunately they're calling it a day. Before that though, they'll play one final show tonight.
Cellphone, Crosss @ Cake Shop
If you enjoy doomy riffs but always wanted to hear more traditional indie rock vocals paired with them, Canadian band Crosss have you covered. This is their first of two NYC stops as part of their tour with crazed psych-punks Cellphone. This'll be a good show.
The Left Banke, Field Guides, Color Collage @ Fulton Stall Market
This is a mini record fare, featuring a mix of labels and used vendors...plus live music from '60s legends The Left Banke and more. If you're wondering, it's indoors.
Mary Lorson, The Sharp Things @ Living Room
Mary Lorson was once singer for early-'90s NYC band Madder Rose. Lately she's been performing a high-concept show called "Signals: A Performance Memoir."
Anasazi, L.O.T.I.O.N., Sadist, Nandas @ Palisades
Tonight Palisades plays host to some of the city's best (and most active) punk bands, headlined by the post-punk-leaning Anasazi.
Doe, The Academics, Marco With Love, Wendy Hackett Band, Garett Olson and the 49th Parallel @ Pianos
UK trio Doe pull from '90s indie rock and emo influences. With a new compliation out on Old Flame, the band are over for a bunch of NYC-area shows, this being the first.
NGHBRS, Fort Lean, The Henry Millers @ Rough Trade
Though they've been around since the start of this decade, Brooklyn-via-Wesleyan band Fort Lean are only now just getting around to releasing their debut album, out this spring. Catch them tonight on this bill of similar poppy indie.
Palberta, Dead Wives, Flagland, The Gradients, Big Neck Police @ Shea Stadium
There's plenty of good bands on this bill, but most notable is Dead Wives, the band fronted by Speedy Ortiz drummer Mike Falcone.
Francisco The Man, Jackson Scott, Writer @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The Fat Possum-signed Francisco The Man make shoegazey indie rock that's not shy on the big hooks. Their labelmate Jackson Scott and local rockers Writer open.
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by Andrew Sacher
Creepoid at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
Philly's Creepoid have had a very busy year so far. They put out a full length and an EP, both of which did justice to the shoegaze and slowcore bands of the '90s. They also did a ton of touring, and won us over at their NYC show with Dinosaur Jr. Now even more shows are on the horizon, as they're one of their many bands who will be in NYC for CMJ. Here's what their schedule looks like as of now:
10/22 - Brixton Agency Showcase at Grand Victory (5:45 PM) w/ Angel Dust, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen DeathThey've also got a Philly show in the middle of CMJ, and right after CMJ they play Union Pool on 10/26 with Drone Ranger ($8 at the door) and then open for Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion at Glasslands on 10/28 with Ricky Eat Acid and Black Clouds. Tickets for that show are still available. Full list of tour dates (including The Fest) below.
10/22 City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase at Acheron w/ Singshot Dakota, Koji, Off & On, Meghann Wright (tickets)
10/24 Inland Empire/Hardly Art Showcase at Death by Audio (10:45 PM) w/ Protomartyr, Love As Laughter, Eaters, special guests
10/25 Graveface Records/Noisey Ghost PR Showcase at Lit Lounge (11:30 PM) w/ Serengeti, Dott, White Lighters, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Cancers, Ugly Kids Club
There's other good bands to catch on all of those bills, like Protomartyr (who also play a BV party) and Slingshot Dakota. Another one that's not to miss that we haven't highlighted before is White Lighters, who plays with Creepoid at the Graveface/Noisey Ghost showcase. White Lighters is the solo project of Nothing's Brandon Setta, and while he keeps things acoustic for this project, the songwriting style and shoegazy tones that he uses in Nothing are prevalent here too. His newest album, As Far As You Can As Fast As You Can, came out earlier this year and can be streamed below.
Streams of Creepoid's album and EP, a video, and their list of dates, also below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn psych rockers Prince Rupert's Drops are releasing the followup to 2012's solid Run Slow with a new album, Climbing Light, on November 11 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Its first single, "Dangerous Death Ray," is a trip back to the acid-induced sounds of the late '60s with groovy basslines, wah-pedal guitar solos, and equally throwback vocal melodies. It premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
The band plays around their hometown a good amount, and their next show will be this Friday (8/29) at Baby's All Right with Love As Laughter and August Wells. Tickets are on sale now.
Song stream below...
Tickets for the Ray LaMontagne show at Beacon Theatre (11/12) go on sale today at noon. Since we last spoke, he added a second show happening at the same venue a day later (11/13), and that goes on sale at noon too.
Reunited post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy are playing Webster Hall on October 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Love As Laughter, August Wells and Prince Rupert's Drops are playing Baby's All Right on August 29. Tickets for that show are available now. Prince Rupert's Drops are also playing Union Pool on August 17. No advance tickets for that show.
The Queers featuring Richie Ramone are playing Santos Party House on October 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Blues legend John Mayall plays City Winery on September 15 & 16. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Jackson Browne recently announced a Beacon Theatre show and now added a second one happening October 8. Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now. He also makes an appearance at City Winery tonight (8/8).
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Holopaw at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Gainesville indie rockers Holopaw released their new album, Academy Songs, Volume 1, earlier this month (1/15) via Misra Records. They'll be supporting the album on a tour which includes some Northeast dates with Love as Laughter, including two in the NYC area: Mawell's on February 5 and Knitting Factory on February 8 with We Can't Enjoy Ourselves (ex-Extra Life). Tickets for the Maxwell's show and the Knitting Factory show are on sale now. While they're here, Holopaw will also do a free in-store at Permanent Records on February 8 at 6:30 PM.
In related news, Ape School (who feature an ex-member of Holopaw) was supposed to play a Brooklyn show at Cameo this Saturday (2/2), but unfortunately they had to cancel.
A stream of "Golden Sparklers" from the new Holopaw album and a list of all dates below...
Extra Life at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Sarahana)
Experimental Brooklyn trio Extra Life have decided to call it quits after four years of releasing music. They last released Dream Seeds in 2012, their first (and only) record for Northern Spy. But before the band is gone for good, they'll be playing a farewell show in Brooklyn on Sautrday (1/19) at 285 Kent with Tyondai Braxton & Ben Vida, Oneirogen, Sam Mickens, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). For the show, Extra Life will "be joined onstage by former Extra Life members for a few classic EL songs which [they] haven't played in years." Admission is $12 at the door.
Extra Life have also written a farewell letter, and in it they promise new projects from all three members. Nick Podgurski is working with his band Feast of the Epiphany and they just released a 7" this week which you can stream below. Caley Monahon-Ward is working with his band We Can't Enjoy Ourselves who released the album, Make A Mess of Sacred Ground, in December, which you can stream below. They also have a few upcoming NYC shows on February 8 at Knitting Factory with Holopaw and Love As Laughter (tickets), and Union Hall on March 13 with The Better Letters and The Eggs (tickets). And finally, Charlie Looker is working with his band Seaven Teares, who will release their debut album, Power Ballads, on March 19 via Northern Spy. You can stream a track from that album, "Meet Me," below.
Those song streams and Extra Life's full farewell letter below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Cursive/Titus/Crowd, House of Vans 8/16/2012
It was another packed, sweaty show at House of Vans on Thursday night (8/16), with old school emo vets Cursive, beloved New Jersians TItus Andronicus and long-running indie rockers Love as Laughter. Pictures from their set are in this post. Joyce Manor opened the show and then sped off for a second show in Brooklyn at Acheron and you can read about that and see their HoV pics here.
Cursive will soon be on the road with Minus the Bear for a tour that hits NYC in September. Titus, meanwhile, are putting the finishing touches on their new album, Local Business, which is out October 23 on XL. Sam Jayne of Love as Laughter will DJ between sets at Sonny & the Sunsets and Magic Trick's show at Glasslands on Saturday (8/18).
Photos from last night's House of Vans show are below.
Titus Andronicus at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Titus Andronicus, whose ever-changing lineup is now Patrick Stickles (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Eric Harm (drums), Julian Veronesi (bass), Liam Betson (guitar) and Adam Reich (guitar), will release their third album, Local Business, on October 23 via XL. A press release reads:
While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth. Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band. This is to say, it was recorded primarily live with precious few overdubs, with an elite squad of musicians.This should come as good news for those who thought The Monitor went too far away from the band's punk roots. Meanwhile, they did bring in Owen Pallett to contribute violin and still have song titles like, "Titus Andronicus VS. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)."
We heard one of the songs, "Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus," back in February when it premiered on WFMU. That track was since released on a split 7" with Diarrhea Planet and you can listen to it HERE. Some recent live videos of other new songs and the Local Business tracklist are below.
Titus will support the new album with a tour which hasn't been announced yet, but before then they'll play a free NYC show at House of Vans on August 16 with Cursive (who also have an upcoming tour with Minus the Bear), Love As Laughter, and Joyce Manor (who also play Acheron that same night [8/16]). RSVP is required.
The only other announced date for Titus at the moment is Fun Fun Fun Fest. Videos and tracklist are below.
King Khan at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:
July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, TournamentThe parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."
The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sonny & the Sunsets - I See the Void (MP3)
Sonny & the Sunsets are back with a new album, Longtime Companion, which will be their first for Polyvinyl. It's a breakup record, written and recorded during the dissolution of his relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years. Appropriately, it's also a country record (well, country-ish), augmenting the Sunsets with members of his other band, The Fuckaroos. (Is that a Dreamcatcher reference?) Despite the circumstances, Smith embues the songs with pathos and a wry sense of humor. (All his records are a little sad anyway.) You can download "I See the Void" at the top of this post and stream another LP track below. Longtime Companion is out June 26 but if you pre-order via Polyvinyl's website you get the MP3s right now.
While no full set of tour dates have been announced yet, Sonny & the Sunsets have scheduled a few shows including two NYC shows in August: Mercury Lounge on 8/16 with Magic Trick and Glasslands on 8/18 with Love as Laughter. (UPDATE: Tim from LaL DJs, but the band doesn't play. Magic Trick opens.)Tickets to the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon and tickets to the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (6/1) at 7 AM. All currently known Sonny & the Sunsets dates are listed below, along with the track stream.
photos by Tim Griffin
"I went to Pettyfest 2009 at Bowery Ballroom [Thursday] night, which was sick. Lots of drunk and stoned people shouting along to the hits and some great performers-- Nicole Atkins, Adam Green, Steve Schiltz, Antony Ellis, members of The Strokes and The Killers.Jesse Malin, Hymns, Teenage Prayers, The Pierces, and members of Little Joy, Love as Laughter, Longwave (Steve) and Five O'clock Heroes (Anthony) were also among those who performed Tom Petty songs at the show. Most of the Killers were there. It was a night off on their current tour with Wolfmother (who used the evening to play a show at Bowery Electric right down the avenue). Kid Rock was there too (are you scared yet?), but didn't perform. He was in town to play a benefit at Terminal 5 one night earlier. More pictures and some pictures of the setlist below...
One of my favorite performances-- and this took me by surprise -- was the dude from Augustana singing "You Got Lucky." They're not a band I generally have a strong opinion about one way or another, but his voice was sick and he had a commanding presence-- like a subdued Mick Jagger with the wrist at the hips with a dash of Joe Cocker in the vocal tone." [EYTAN]
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Richard Buckner - "Gauzy Dress in the Sun" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Richard Buckner - "Emily Sparks" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Richard Buckner - "Born in to Giving It Up" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Arbouretum - "False Spring" (MP3)
Modern troubadour Richard Buckner will play a Friday, March 20th NYC show at Mercury Lounge with Arbouretum, Ruby Throat, and Lia Ices
(tickets on sale) before heading out an April/May US tour in support of three previously out-of-print, Merge-reissued CDs.
Bloomed, The Hill, and Impasse are all up now as digital downloads on the Merge online store. In his extended take on the old discs (read it below), Buckner writes that he plans to release a new record on the label in 2010, his first since 2006's Meadow.
"For two albums, a split EP, and who knows how many lineup changes, Arbouretum has reached further and further inward, honing and intensifying an idiosyncratic sound that is both doomy and folky, visceral and transcendent. They're powerful songs that sound both angry and melancholic, yet carry a sort of internal hypnotic, pacifying churn. The band's newest release, Song of the Pearl, is its most refined and to-the-point--the noodling of 2007's Rites of Uncovering is gone, the stylistic experiments are exhausted."Arbouretum is also going on an April tour with Love as Laughter, and playing a few dates with Band of Horse in June. That includes the show at Carnegie Hall on June 11th.
[Baltimore City Paper]
Buckner reissued press release and vids, and all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: USA for Affluence - Cash for Christmas (MP3)
The star-studded video is below...
"WFMU presents Selected Sounds from the Free Music Archive vol. 1. This compilation previews 21 of the thousands of tracks that'll be freely available under Creative Commons licenses when the fully interactive Free Music Archive website launches later this year. You can download the album, along with accompanying artwork by Greg Harrison, right here!Lucky Dragons, Dan Deacon, Psychedelic Horseshit, Citay and many other bands appear on the free comp.
The music of San Francisco's Citay brims with a casual, unforced effervescence that belies meticulous arranging. Formed in 2004 by guitarist Ezra Feinberg of Piano Magic and Tim Green of the Fucking Champs, Citay favors long instrumental sections piled high with acoustic guitars, tambourines, and Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies. [NPR]Citay is now on tour and they're going to play Cake Shop in NYC tonight (10/10). Can't make it? They're coming back in eight days to share a bill with Love as Laughter at Southpaw on the 18th. All dates below...
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long (MP3)
Handsome Furs, SXSW 2008
The Sub Pop showcase was one of the greatest official lineups at SXSW this year (Friday, March 14, 2008).
BOURBON ROCKS STAGE (inside)Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper are currently on tour together. The March 29th Bowery Ballroom show (which also has Ola Podrida on the bill) is still not sold out. Handsome Furs are opening for Spoon at Terminal 5, and playing Bowery Ballroom without Spoon even sooner. No Age have a Bowery Ballroom show coming up, and Pissed Jeans have one scheduled at Knitting Factory.
Love As Laughter - 8pm
Sera Cahoone - 9pm
Grand Archives - 10pm
Kelley Stoltz - 11pm
Fleet Foxes - 12am
Blitzen Trapper - 1am
BOURBON ROCKS PATIO STAGE (outside)
The Ruby Suns - 8:30pm
Pissed Jeans - 9:30pm
Handsome Furs - 10:30pm
The Helio Sequence - 11:30pm
No Age - 12:30am
The Ruby Suns just played two NYC shows, and they're coming back soon with Foals (also on Sub Pop). All those dates and pictures of them from SXSW are HERE. The rest of the SXSW showcase photos are below....
Dad, what the hell?
Kid 4077 - otherwise known as Nile Marr, the 15-year-old son of Smiths legend Johnny Marr - took to the stage at Bar Amp in Sale for his first live solo performance. Meanwhile his dad's latest band Modest Mouse - who performed at Manchester's Ritz earlier this week - were performing in Barcelona.I have bad news for those hoping to see Modest Mouse & Clipse on August 8th. Better yet - I have bad news for those who didn't get tickets to see Beastie Boys at Summerstage because they thought they were seeing Modest Mouse with Band of Horses in Keyspan Park. The August 8th show has been postponed exactly one month, and moved: Modest Mouse is now playing McCarren Pool on September 8th. Love as Laughter are still opening, but Band of Horses and Clipse are up in the air.
Modest teenager Nile has said he is influenced more by Modest Mouse than by The Smiths because they were before his time. [Manchester Evening News - June 2, 2007]
Muse is still playing MSG on August 6th. Want to win a pair of tickets? E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: MUSE), and tell me if I should finish posting Andrew's Bonnaroo coverage now that Bonnaroo was so long ago. One winner will be picked at ramdom, and contacted, on Monday July 2nd, 2007. Your email will not be shared with anyone.
Modest Mouse @ Primavera in Barcelona, June 1, 2007 (CRED)
Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Wash. After years of acclaim for its independent recordings, it broke through to a mass audience with the edgy but upbeat hit single "Float On" in 2004.Modest Mouse is headlining Keyspan Park in Coney Island on August 8th. Band of Horses, Love as Laughter, AND CLIPSE are opening. Tickets go on sale June 9th. All Modest Mouse tour dates below....
Many of the band's old fans were uneasy about seeing their heroes with a hit, and the cries of "sellout" increased this year when "American Idol" contestants sang "Float On" in a music video sponsored by Ford.
His manager warned him that allowing the song to be used in that way could be a bad PR move, but Brock says he couldn't resist the opportunity.... [San Jose Mercury News]
Man Man are playing a bunch of their own shows from April 1st to 15th. Then on the 25th they're going on tour with Love as Laughter and Modest Mouse - April 29 & 30 at United Palace in NYC. Modest Mouse has been selling a lot of records. All tour dates below...
MERCURY LOUNGE, NYC | MAY 28, 2006 (cred)
The schedule for this past Sunday night (May 28, 2006) at Mercury Lounge reads "CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT". The event in question was Mercury Lounge talent buyer Johnny Beach's annual birthday party. Magneta Lane came all the way from Canada to play the list-only show curated by Johnny himself. Set and Setting, Love as Laughter, Sam Champion, and one of Johnny's favorite New York bands Dirty on Purpose were also on the bill.
SAID ONE ANONYMOUS ATTENDEE
Real fun night involving numerous Beach shout outs, a cake in his face, a pinata filled with candy and glass mini-bottles of tequila that (duh) mostly shattered on the ground. The show closed with a set of covers by Noah and Ryan from Sam Champion, Matt from Rana/King of France, and a guy from Love as Laughter. No Sam Champion set.