Entries tagged with: Low
NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.
Jonny Greenwood w/ Radiohead @ Prudential Center 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival goes down March 28 - 30, mixing modern composers and adventurous rock acts. The fest has expanded its programming since we last posted. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, already slated to perform Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" on March 30, will now also play the day before (3/29), performing selections from his scores to There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Norwegian Wood, accompanied by Wordless Music Orchestra.
So Percussion will perform all three days of the festival: collaborating with Buke & Gase and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on 3/28; performing Steve Reich's "Drumming" with guests on 3/29; and on 3/30 will perform Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings" with Dessner as part.
The other new addition is pianist/composer Rachel Grimes who will perform with her ensemble on 3/30. These are in addition to previously announced acts John Cale, Body/Head, Television, Colin Stetson, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dean Wareham, Low, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, not to mention composer Steve Reich who is "Artist-in-Residence" for the fest, and many more. Single day tickets to Big Ears go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon EST and the daily line-ups have been released and are listed below.
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.
Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
Low at the Concert Hall in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Low released their new, Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, earlier this year and have been on tour in support of it, having already played NYC back in March. The group have since expanded their tour, and it now includes a short Northeast run in June with some interesting support from Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty. Those dates include a NYC show happening on June 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (4/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/17) at noon.
Regarding the pairing of Low and Mike Doughty, a press release notes:
The pairing was inspired by a fan's tweet, who suggested the two pair up for his "dream show.' Both active on Twitter, Low and Mike engaged in the tweet and soon decided it was high time for a rematch as both artists had toured with each other in the past (during Doughty's time with Soul Coughing).Low also recently made a video for "Just Make It Stop" from their new album. You can watch that video, and check out all upcoming tour dates listed below.
Low frontman Alan Sparhawk says of the pairing: "We are excited to be doing shows this June with our friend Mike Doughty. We first met when his band Soul Coughing brought us on tour years ago. I had heard them. They were like nothing else going on, every piece of the picture was fresh and on the edge - crazy/deep rhythm, samples/noise, word-play and melody. Their influence and friendship over the years has been priceless and dear to us, and Mike's lyrical/vocal grace has always been a level to which I measure and aspire to. The vocal does matter and it can be awesome."
Mike Doughty offers this: "The first time I heard Low, I played before them at CBGB in 1993. I remember leaning up against the wall of the dressing room, behind the stage, and feeling their warm, huge, slow sound vibrating the building. Soon after that, I contacted their producer, Mark Kramer from Shimmy Disc, and made my first solo album, "Skittish," with an explicit mission of replicating the reverbed, dreamy sound of their earliest recordings. Low and Soul Coughing toured together a couple of years after that; we became fast friends, and I remain a massive fan."
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Low @ The Concert Hall, 3/20/2013
The band was joined by the string quartet after the first 10 songs, and as string players provided gentle accompaniment to Invisible Way opener "Plastic Cup," I realized all my worrying was for naught. Low used the quartet in the same way the band uses everything: with restraint. The quartet did its best to be unobtrusive throughout the night; the most colorful moment came when the band played "I Hear... Goodnight," a track from the In The Fishtank 7 EP recorded with the Dirty Three, and the bearded first violinist Ben Russell played a deeply melancholy but rousing solo. It complemented the song without ever overpowering. - [CMJ]Low, whose new, Jeff Tweedy-produced The Invisible Way was released this week, celebrated on Wednesday (3/20) with a show at The Concert Hall at the New York Society For Ethical Culture. After a set by the band proper, the ACME String Quartet (who also opened the show) joined them. More pictures from Wednesday's show, and the setlist, are below.
Justin Timberlake, who just played and hosted SNL, is streaming his new album, The 20/20 Experience, a week ahead of its March 19 release date on iTunes. Meanwhile, for those looking to get tickets to see JT and Jay-Z's massive show at Yankee Stadium on July 19, tickets go on sale Tuesday (3/12) at 10 AM.
photos by Jono Bernstein
Retribution Gospel Choir w/ Nels Cline
It was a great night for side projects when Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir brought their tour to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory on February 11 with Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline's appropriately titled BB&C and The War on Drugs side project Nightlands (led by TWOD bassist Dave Hartley). They just released their two-track full length album, 3, and one of those, "Seven," which features Nels Cline on the record, and he also came out to play it with them that night (audio recording of that song via NYC Taper is below). And in addition to the new album songs, they made time for older tracks as well.
More pictures of all three bands and that audio recording from the Knitting Factory show below...
We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.
Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...
Low have also revealed tour dates which include a NYC show at The Concert Hall on March 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at 10 AM with an internet presale beginning Thursday (1/10) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Frontman Alan Sparhawk currently has very few US dates planned with his Low cohorts (right now there's one), but look for him on the road as part of Retribution Gospel Choir.
Low tour dates are listed below, along with the song stream...
Retribution Gospel Choir (more by Grant MacAllister)
As discussed on BV Chicago, Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir will release their third album, 3, on January 22 via Chaperone Records. The album will be a two-song full length which features a guest appearance from guitarist Nels Cline on the second track. RGC will support the new album with a tour that hits NYC on February 11 at Knitting Factory with BB&C (Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline) and Nightlands (aka Dave Hartley of the War on Drugs, who also has a new album coming out on 1/22). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In related news, as discussed, Low will release their new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, on March 19. The album marks their 20th anniversary as a band.
A list of all Retribution Gospel Choir dates and a video are below...
Low in the studio with Jeff Tweedy
Long-running indie trio Low will release their 10th album The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 which will mark the band's 20th year together. The record was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and Low's Alan Sparhawk tells how this came to be:
While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It's a great place--a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It's cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on: big, simple, raw, and intimate. Plans were made then and there.You can watch a video trailer for the album below. While we wait for the new album, Low have released a six-song live EP titled Plays Nice Places which was recorded at various historic theaters on the bands' April 2012 tour supporting Death Cab for Cutie. Ben Gibbard features on the EP's version of "Words" and you can download the whole thing for free (well, you have to give up your email address) below via a widget. No North American tour dates have been announced yet but there are 2013 European dates which are listed below.
We have worked with many of the great engineer/producers. Jeff Tweedy has been on our side of the microphone for over 25 years, however with engineer (and fellow Grammy winner) Tom Schick, he has of late become a formidable and eclectic producer. He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery.
We've made many records, and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty...
How is this different from any other Low record?
- Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite).
- Piano, lots of piano... and an acoustic guitar.
- Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love.
Thank you for your time again and please enjoy what we made. I think it's beautiful.
Keith Morris of OFF! at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Falu @ Joe's Pub
* Mireya Ramos @ Barbes
* Finbar Furey @ Joe's Pub
* Vicky Chow @ The Stone
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Sanjaya The Sceptic @ The Stone
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cory Chisel, Bhi Bhiman @ City Winery
* No Glow, Night Shining, Gracie, Beca @ Glasslands
* Statik Selektah, Termanology, Freddie Gibbs @ SOB's
* The Long Eye, Ghost Heart, Good Sports @ Cake Shop
* The Mob (UK), Sickoids, Nomad, Anasazi @ Death By Audio
* OFF!, Cerebral Ballzy, The Coathangers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Foster The People, The Kooks @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Glass Vaults, Treasure Teeth, Civilian, The Goddamn Hustle @ Pianos
* Haybaby, Shy Hunters, Noble Laureate, Little Anchor @ Cameo Gallery
* Needful Things, Agents of Abhorrence, Dissent, Chainsaw To The Face @ The Acheron
* Velta, The Spanish Channel, Alexander Howard, Jessica Pomerantz @ Mercury Lounge
* Adam Green, Supercute!, Wyatt Cenac (Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour) @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Dustin Wong, Sam Hilmer, Weasel Walter, Mike Wexler, Driphouse(Diamond Terrifier Presents Practice!) @ Zebulon
Portland Cello Project and Alan Sparhawk (of Low) covered the Suicidal Tendencies classic "Institutionalized" for the AV Club's "Undercover" series. You can watch it below.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans are back with a new double album, The Seer, due via Young God Records on August 28. The new effort features appearances from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), former bandmate Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family ( who served with him in Angels of Light) and members of Low. Gira comments:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It's the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I've ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it's unfinished, like the songs themselves. It's one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.While you're waiting for August 28 to roll around, you can check out a trailer for the DVD portion of The Seer and all listed Swans tour dates (Nothing for NYC yet).
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they'll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I'm a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
Retribution Gospel Choir featuring Alan Sparhawk of Low, have released a new EP cakked The Revolution. The effort is currently available for download for the price of your email address below. RGC will trot around the US and UK showing off the new material, logging dates in late April and early May including April 27th at Union Pool with Midtown Dickens. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale. All dates are listed below.
All tour dates for RGC & Low, and the widget to download The Revolution EP, below...
Low @ Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Tickets for Death Cab For Cutie's upcoming NYC show with Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater on 4/27 go on AmEx presale at 11am today (1/25). They then go on a Bowery Presents presale on Thursday (1/26) at 11am (password: bowery). General sale begins Friday.
The NYC show is the first one that Youth Lagoon opens on Death Cab's tour which starts 15 days earlier with Low as main support, Maybe Low will add their own NYC show while in the area. For now they just play all the shows that are listed (including Philly on 4/25), below...
photos by David Andrako
"Iron & wine at T5 was incredible, duh. Full band serves him well. Also, 3 from Woman King!" -davidsankey
Iron & Wine return to Terminal 5 TONIGHT (10/13), after blessing the venue with Low last night as part of their two-night stay. The Low Anthem will do warm 'em duties tonight and tickets are still available for all of you procrastinators. Pictures from last night are in this post.
No word on if Marketa Irglova will join Iron & Wine like she did last night, but we'll let you know if that changes. You CAN catch her at her confirmed appearance on 11/30 at Bowery Ballroom though. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from night one are below.
Iron & Wine at MFNW (more by Autumn Andel)
Though this is strictly conjecture, I am guessing that Sam Beam (no relation to Jim) is currently in the air over the Atlantic Ocean, returning to the US from a date in the UK. His first stop on American soil will be NYC where he will front Iron & Wine for the next two nights (10/12 and 10/13) at Terminal 5. As previously mentioned, he plays with a pair of "Low" bands (Low open 10/12 and The Low Anthem open 10/13). Tickets for both 10/12 and 10/13 are still available, and we have a way you can win your way in.
Feeling lucky? We have one Iron & Wine/Low MEGA-prize pack for for someone wanting to go to the 10/12 show! Head below for your chance to win two tickets to the 10/12 show, a poster commemorating the event, 12" vinyl AND a t-shirt from EACH band, and a scarf (for real)!
All tour dates and videos down there too...
As many are posting, James Blake told Liz Pelly at the Boston Phoenix that:
"I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers-- who I can't even be bothered naming-- have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there's this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It's a million miles away from the ethos of it. It's been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that's not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I'm concerned."As many would agree, that means you Skrillex (who lots of people hate and who collaborates with KORN who... have a new DUBSTEP ALBUM COMING OUT and who are playing Radiohead's favorite venue Roseland soon too) (And though he's Canadian, James might also be referring to Datsik who also collaborated with Korn and who plays Webster Hall tonight).
Speaking of James Blake, who recently played ACL, didn't win the Mercury Prize, collaborated with Bon Iver, and will be back in NYC soon, I saw him play in a church (the perfect setting for him) at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden back in August with Low (perfect for them too). I posted one picture the next day, and a few more to Facebook, but never the whole set, so here they are. They continue with all dates below...
Emmy the Great
Tokyo Police Club @ Sasquach 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
today in NYC
* Fieldwork @ The Stone
* Big Freedia @ The Morgan
* The New Lines @ Bar 4
* SI*SE @ Hiro Ballroom
* Joan Osborne @ City Winery
* Beyonce @ Roseland Ballroom
* Bird of Youth @ The Living Room
* Andrea Havis @ The Manhattan Inn
* Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Wave Pictures @ Public Assembly
* Figurines, Monogold @ Mercury Lounge
* Stats, Future By Now, Xaddax @ Bruar Falls
* Yacht Rock Revue @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Mickey Hart Band, Matt Turk @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Johanna Warren, Rock Dove, Sex God @ Zebulon
* Handsome Furs, Thee Satisfaction @ Bowery Ballroom
* Manawi Thorn, Pistola, Beauty Apes @ The Rock Shop
* Cheap Trick, The Rattlers @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Suckers, Rewards, Matthew Holtzclaw @ Cameo Gallery
* High Places, Soft Circle, Zambri, Driphouse @ Glasslands
* Punch, Loma Prieta, Death First, Grudges @ The Acheron
* Emmy The Great, Joywave @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Dntel, The One AM Radio, Geotic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* KMFDM, Human Factors Lab, Army of the Universe @ Irving Plaza
* Shearing Pinx, Sightings, Whore Paint, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* Trophy Wives, Metal Feathers, Risk/Rewards, Bad Dream @ Saint Vitus
* Tommy Stinson, La Dolce Vita, The Liza Colby Sound @ Bowery Electric
* Delicate Steve, The Stepkids, Parlovr @ Mercury Lounge (free)
* Sick of Sarah, Hunter Valentine, Vanity Theft, Mitten @ Knitting Factory
* The Liminanas, The Wrong Words, Gaz Gaz, The Judy Blooms @ Cake Shop
* Brick & Mortar, Abstract Artimus, Dan Friel (Silent Barn Benefit) @ Maxwell's
* Frankenpine, The Doc Marshalls, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems @ Union Hall
* Kreayshawn, Smoke DZA, Phony Ppl, Roach Gigz, Moe Green @ Highline Ballroom
* Tokyo Police Club, Against Me!, Big Freedia, Japanther, Team Robespierre @ House of Vans
* Salo, Hivesmasher, Bloody Phoenix (members of Despise You), Spicoli @ The Charleston
* Palomar, I'm Turning Into, Little Racer, Spanish Prisoners, Vacation, Jeane, Nite Flights @ Shea Stadium
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Low have a new video for "Especially Me." Check it out below.
Low at Radio City in April (more by WInnie Cheung)
Openers have been announced for the Iron and Wine shows at Terminal 5 in October. The first night (8/12) will be opened by their former Sub Pop labelmates Low (who seem to be continuing their trend of opening for huge bands who came after them) and the second night (8/13) by the similarly named but entirely different sounding The Low Anthem who also just announced a big tour. Tickets for both T5 shows are on sale.
All Low & Low Anthem tour dates (none together) below...