Entries tagged with: Lower Dens
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their 100 Best Songs of 2015 list, and today they published their Honorable Mentions for albums of the year. A few of the albums did receive Best New Music during the year, like Lower Dens, Levon Vincent, Prurient and Viet Cong, and others weren't reviewed at all like Susanne Sundfor.
The list has a handful of indie/punk albums, like Car Seat Headrest, Downtown Boys, Girlpool, Hop Along and Protomartyr, mainstream rap breakout Fetty Wap, the XL-signed Ibeyi, and more. Check out the whole thing below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
by Bill Pearis
photo: UMO @ ACL 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced more tour dates, including a coast-to-coast run with openers Lower Dens (who just played House of Vans in Brooklyn). The tour currently is scheduled to conclude with two NYC shows at Irving Plaza on February 19 & 20. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday at 10 AM with Music Geeks and Noisey presales starting Wednesday at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other news, UMO's Ruban Neilson has remixed "Cellphone," the current single from Silicon -- aka Ruban's brother Kody who were both in The Mint Chicks together. (Kody previously went by Opossom post-Mint Chicks.) Ruban radically reworks it, injecting some funky muscle into the bleepy-bloopy original, and it would make a great back-to-back with UMO's "Can't Keep Checking My Phone." You can stream it below.
"Cellphone" is off Silicon's debut album, Personal Computer, which came out not too long ago on Domino-related label Weird World. You can listen to the whole thing via Silicon's interactive website.
photos by Jonathan Mehring; words by Bill Pearis
Television / Viet Cong / Lower Dens @ House of Vans 10/8/2015
Though they haven't had a regular schedule as in years past, House of Vans has been throwing sporadic shows since the spring, the latest of which was on Thursday (10/8) with iconic NYC band Television, Candian group Viet Cong and Baltimore's Lower Dens. Television's hour-long set only featured four songs, including a 20-minute workout of "Persia." Viet Cong are in bit of a weird situation right now, still playing shows under their old name despite having announced that they're changing it to something still TBD (they've got a West Coast tour booked as well), but didn't seem too bothered by it on stage. If there was any dissent from the crowd, I didn't hear it. They were good. And, despite HoV's boomy sound, this was the best I've seen Lower Dens. Jana Hunter is coming into her own as a frontperson, loosening up a little and even cracked a few jokes.
Lots of folks were just there to hang out and enjoy the free beverages, staying mainly in the large carnival-esque backyard. More pictures from Thursday's show are below.
Related: onetime Television guitarist Richard Lloyd will be play Bowery Electric on October 30.
photo: Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC punk legends Television are playing a few Northeast shows this fall, including a free one in NYC with a great lineup. It happens October 8 at House of Vans with the band still called Viet Cong (who did not win the Polaris Prize) and dream pop group Lower Dens. Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy is DJing. RSVP is open now, but like with most HoV shows, entry is still first come first served.
In related news, original (but now former) Television guitarist Richard Lloyd is also touring this fall.
Show flyer and all tour dates below...
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
by Andrew Sacher
Illmind & Joell Ortiz
Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Joell Ortiz and Illmind celebrated their very good new collaborative album Human in NYC a few weeks ago, and they'll play another show here on August 26 at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now.
Among other things, A$ton Matthews makes an appearance on one of the year's best debut albums, Vince Staples' Summertime '06. He'll play NYC on August 19 at Santos Party House with Sha Hef. Tickets are on sale now.
Common is taking part in the "Legacy of Hope Concert In Support of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital" which happens August 26 at Barclays Center (tickets). He also plays the afterparty at Good Room. The lineup for both also includes Robin Thicke, Jonathan Butler and Miri Ben-Ari.
Long-running Southern rap group Nappy Roots are still at it and released 40Akerz Project earlier this year. They play NYC on November 3 at SOB's with CyHi The Prynce, 40 Akerz and special guests. Tickets are on sale.
Wale plays Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on sale.
New York vets Non Phixion broke up in 2006, but now they're reunited and celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday (8/15) at Highline Ballroom (tickets).
Indie rap fans may also want to know about Busdriver, Elucid, Tanya Morgan and Jesucifer at that same venue, Baby's All RIght on September 19. Tickets are on sale.
We recently talked about experimental rapper Abdu Ali ahead of his set at last week's Impose Fest, and he has more NYC shows coming up too. He'll open for Lower Dens when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on September 28 (tickets). But sooner than that, he'll play his own show at Baby's All Right on August 18 with Leverage Models, ZGRT and Stash Marina. Tickets for Baby's are on sale.
Underground Brooklyn staple Jean Grae plays another hometown show on August 22 at Union Hall with Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton and Donwill. Tickets are available.
YouTube rap sensations Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on November 18 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale today (8/14) at noon.
Cypress Hill play their annual Halloween-time NYC show on October 30 at Best Buy Theater. This year's is also with Immortal Technique. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include the Sean Price memorial show, Raekwon's Purple Tape show, Blackalicious with Kool Keith, A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Young Thug with RL Grime, Fool's Gold Day Off, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Murs / Red Pill, The Underachievers, Afropunk, and more.
In other news, she doesn't have any shows announced yet but Georgia Anne Muldrow released her first rap album this year, A Thoughiverse Unmarred, on Mello Music Group. She's usually making R&B/soul, but it turns out she's just as good at making a straight rap record. The album features frequent collaborator and husband Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) who also put out his own album this year, Southside Story, which Georgia features on. Both are recommended and can be streamed in full below.
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.
As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Seattle's annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns in 2015 from July 24-26. This year's lineup includes Ratatat, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, The Julie Ruin, Shabazz Palaces, Flatbush Zombies, Deafheaven, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lower Dens, Girlpool, Protomartyr and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
SSDD (photo by Invisible Hour)
As always, the lineup includes a few cool local Seattle bands, and it's a good way to check out some of those bands if you're coming to the fest from out of town. One is SSDD (aka "Steal Shit Do Drugs"). They include former members of The Intelligence, The Dutchess & the Duke and more, and they just put out a new EP First Comes Money on Help Yourself Records this week. They make garage punk that's pretty catchy and clear-sounding as far as garage punk goes, but still driving and full of attitude. Stream their new EP below.
Another cool Seattle punk band that
isn't is playing Capitol Hill Block Party, and have a hometown show with Happy Diving and Never Young a few days beforehand, is So Pitted. Their latest release is this year's 1 EP, which is a little murkier and freakier than SSDD. They've had their praises sung by other Seattle bands, like Chastity Belt. They also recently played a Sub Pop-curated show with White Lung, and ended up on one of the Sub Pop staffers' year-end lists in 2014. You can stream their newest EP below and download it (name your price) here.
photo: Lower Dens @ MHOW 6/11/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lower Dens, who were just in Brooklyn for Northside Festival and will play MoMA Nights in August, have expanded their 2015 tour, adding more North American shows this fall. That includes another visit to NYC, this time Bowery Ballroom on September 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at noon.
The day before Bowery, Lower Dens will play Hudson Valley's BSP Kingston (9/27) and tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lower Dens @ MHOW 6/11/2014
Lower Dens played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/11), a show that was part of the Baltimore band's current tour as well as the 2015 Northside Festival. The band are beginning to come out of their shell a bit as Jana Hunter puts down her guitar for most songs, allowing her to become more of a frontperson. Their set leaned heavy on this year's terrific Escape from Evil and they finished things up with a brooding, low-and-slow take on Hall & Oates' "Maneater." A video of them doing that cover last month in London is below.
Opening at MHOW were Brooklyn's TEEN. Lower Dens will be back in NYC in August for a MoMA Nights show. More pictures from MHOW, and the "Maneater" video, below...
San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.
Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...
photo: Lower Dens @ Baby's All Right in March (more by Greg Cristman)
The MoMA Nights series will be back with shows happening in the museum's Sculpture Garden on Thursdays in July and August. July's lineup is in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North and was organized in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Harlem Stage. August features pop/rock acts curated by PopRally with opening sets by Newtown Radio DJs. The full schedule:
July 2, 2015 - Elena Ayodele PinderhughesMoMA Nights shows are from 5:30 PM - 8 PM and are free with museum admission. More info here.
July 9, 2015 - Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes
July 16, 2015 - Tamar-kali: Psychochamber Ensemble
July 23, 2015 - Jon Batiste & Stay Human
July 30, 2015 - Shenel Johns Quintet
August 6, 2015 - Galcher Lustwerk
August 13, 2015 - Lower Dens
August 20, 2015 - Regal Degal
August 27, 2015 - Tei Shi
Lower Dens play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/11) for Northside Fest. Advance tickets are sold out, but they will be admitting Northside badges based on capacity.
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Lower Dens @ Baby's All Right 3/31/2015
Lower Dens' fine new album, Escape from Evil, came out this week and the Baltimore band celebrated on Tuesday (3/31) at Baby's All Right. The band played most (if not all) the new album, and driving force Jana Hunter only played guitar on a few songs, letting her powerful vocals be her instrument. Lower Dens are also not ones for jumping around or rock moves, so Hunter's voice carried most of the show. Pictures from the show are in this post.
You can catch Lower Dens again in NYC when they play Northside Festival as part of their upcoming tour. More pics from Baby's, including ones of openers Gold Dime and Matteah Baim (who just toured with Perfume Genius), below
by Bill Pearis
Lower Dens' new album, Escape from Evil, finds Jana Hunter opening up a little, both emotionally and melodically, making for the band's most satisfying album to date. It's out next week via Ribbon Music but you can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR.
The band's record release show at Baby's All Right next week is sold out, but you can still get tickets to see Lower Dens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 11 for Northside Fest are still available.
(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.
Best Coast also have a new album.
Lower Dens have made a video for "To Die In L.A." which is the first single from their forthcoming Escape from Evil. Directed by SSION's Cody Critcheloe, the video is a mini noir thriller set in the titular city and starring singer/model/scenester Actually Huizenga. Says Lower Dens' Jana Hunter:
The song takes its name from the film, 'To Live and Die in L.A.' and both the song and the film are about something wild, careless, exciting and tragic. The video needed to reflect that. Cody was the obvious choice. The first time I saw him in person, he was on top of a crowd in Monterrey, pelvic-thrusting and singing, as SSION. I fell in love immediately. Who better to translate this ode to reckless firebrands.You can watch the video below.
As mentioned, Lower Dens will celebrate the new album with a few shows, including Baby's All Right on March 31 which is the LP's release date and is now sold out. Lower Dens will be on a more proper tour this summer, with another stop in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 11 which is part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.
The summer tour hasn't officially been announced yet, but all known 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...
by Bill Pearis
Lower Dens will release their third album, Escape from Evil, on March 31 via Ribbon Music. The first single from the album, "To Die in LA," is maybe the most straight-forward pop song Jana Hunter and crew have done yet, and you can stream it below.
The band will celebrate the new album on release day (3/31) at Baby's All Right with Matteah Baim and Gold Dime. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.
Check out album art, tracklist and song stream below...
Jana Hunter at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lower Dens singer and psych folk solo artist Jana Hunter has been pretty quiet since touring with Sharon Van Etten earlier this year, but she'll be capping off the year with two more shows in NYC. The first is one of the final Glasslands shows, happening Tuesday (12/9) with Christian Peslak (of Delicate Steve and Saint Rich) and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
She also plays the first night of Deer Tick's 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl. That's Friday, December 26, the night Deer Tick plays NRBQ's Tiddlywinks and their own War Elephant in their entireties. Tickets for that show and most others in the Deer Tick residency are still available.
Those are Jana's only two announced shows at the moment. Watch a video of her below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Iain Matthews / Jenn Wasner @ MHOW 1/26/2014
Mr. Scally, 31, first heard "No Other" in 2004, when he began collaborating with Ms. Legrand; her father gave her the L.P. "I thought it was one of those classic rock records like 'After the Gold Rush,' one of those well-known canonized great records," Mr. Scally said. "But I found out over the years that it's just a record no one knew."The short Gene Clark 'No Other' tour came to close on Sunday night (1/26) in NYC with the second of two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've got a review of Saturday night's show, as well as two sets of pics from that show, and here's a set from Sunday, featuring Fairport Convention's Iain Matthews (looking much younger than his 67 years), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and the whole show.
Beach House has been listening to it "constantly" since then, discovering its "onionlike quality," Mr. Scally said, adding: "The first thing you hear is the production, the general feel. Ten listens in, you start fixating on the lyrics. And some of the lyrics on the record just destroy you, they're so strange and wonderful." - [New York Times]
photos by P Squared Photography
Victoria Legrand / Hamilton Leithauser @ MHOW, 1/25/2014
After The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser crooned the country-rocker "From a Silver Phial" and the album-closing "Lady of the North," the whole ensemble returned for an encore that kicked off with a vibrant rendition of The Byrds' jangly "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." The crowd cheered heartily when Legrand stepped out from the chorus line to deliver a truly arresting lead-vocal performance on "Hear the Wind," a gorgeous country-folk ballad from Clark's Two Sides to Every Story. Finally, The Byrds' classic "Eight Miles High" opened with haunting a cappella harmonies before Scally intoned the song's familiar bassline, Strohmeier's twelve-string guitar riffs and Mike Lowry's percussion steadily intensifying into an epic crescendo. As the musicians traded verses and frolicked about the stage, their camaraderie and enthusiasm were infectious, festively capping a stirring celebration of Clark's music. - [DCist]The above review was from Friday night's DC stop on the Gene Clark 'No Other' tour, which featured a live recreation of the former Byrds' 1974 album featuring Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, Victoria Legrand of Beach House, members of Wye Oak, Lower Dens and more. The next night (1/25), the tour hit NYC for it's first of two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A review and a first set of pictures are here and another set of pics are in this post.
Pics from Sunday's show (1/26) are here. More of Saturday's MHOW shows (Pt 2) below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
Robin Pecknold / Daniel Rossen @ MHOW 1/25/2014
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers. The short tour they put together hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend for sold-out shows on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26). We're got three sets of pictures from these shows -- two from Saturday and one from Sunday -- the first of which is in this post.
I was at the Saturday show. I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
Next up was onetime Fairport Convention singer/guitarist Iain Matthews who has long championed Clark and was the only one to play guitar while singing (he also played as part of the band). Matthews was also the only one to really talk about Clark, mentioning that sales of No Other have gone up 4000% since the announcement of this tour. He sang "Silver Raven" and would come out later for "True Love."
Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear probably was the best vocal match to Clark, both having a similar husky, dusky quality. His lead on No Other's grandiose, rocking title track was maybe the highlight of the evening, and returned to sing "Some Misunderstanding."
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser made his first appearance on "Form a Silver Phial" and though one associates him a cigarette hoarse style of singing, the softer side of his vocals were on display here, though he looked no less intense doing so. He also closed out No Other with the lovely "Lady of the North." The band -- which included members of Celebration, Beach House, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs' band, Mt. Royal and others -- did a fantastic job, definitely no half-assed "let's try this" kind of thing.
Once the album proper was played and a brief intermission, the band returned for three songs. The Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better" saw Pecknold, Rossen and Leithauser trading verses; Victoria Legrand had a moment in the spotlight taking lead on "Hear the Wind" from Clark's 1977 solo LP, Two Sides to Every Story, and the evening finished with a psyched-out version of "Eight Miles High." This was a knockout show.