Entries tagged with: Lower Dens
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal started Popgun Booking back in 2008 and in a very short amount of time became prominent tastemakers, with their homebase of Glasslands becoming one of the first stops for any new hyped band (Django Django, Savages, Palma Violets to names some recent UK ones). They also have (and in some cases still do) book shows at Cameo, Irving Plaza, Santos, Knitting Factory and more. Jake and Rami gave us a collaborative list of Popgun's favorite LPs of 2012. Check it out below.
Lower Dens @ Chicago's the Riv, 10/1/2012 (more by Grant McAllister)
Baltimore's Lower Dens went into new, motorik directions on their second album, Nootropics so it makes sense that tracks from the record might work well in the remix world. Hence, the Nootropics Remixed EP which takes three cuts off the album and puts them into the hands of Trentemøller, Cex, and Steve Moore. You can stream Trentemøller's excellent recrafting of Nootropics standout cut "Brains" below. You can buy it directly from Ribbon Music, and if you buy any Lower Dens title, you'll get Nootropics Remixed for free.
Meanwhile, Lower Dens shared with us their picks for Best of 2012. All four current members contributed lists and none of them were straight LP lists, mixing media with inclusions for live shows, books, food, film and ephemera. Check them out below, along with that "Brains" remix.
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.
You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.
Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.
Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.
Polica @ Webster Hall, 10/6/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica's debut album, Give You the Ghost, has shown up on a few Best Of lists this year (like NME and The Fly) but what records did they like in 2012? Well we've got their Top 10 LPs list right here and is topped by Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city.
They also give props to Minneapolis pal P.O.S. (with whom they collaborate in Gayngs and Marijuana Deathsquads who have sometimes also played as backing band) whose We Don't Even Live Here makes the list. So does their neighbor Now Now's Threads which was released on Chris Walla's Trans label. Check out their whole list below.
Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.
Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).
As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.
Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.
The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
Ryan Jarman of The Cribs (more by David Andrako) / Amadou & Mariam
today in NYC
* Coldplay @ IZOD Center
* Love Taps @ Joe's Pub
* Sidi Toure @ Joe's Pub
* Reptar @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Kenny Brawner @ Joe's Pub
* Maxwell @ Prudential Center
* Yemen Blues @ City Winery
* Judah Friedlander @ Carolines
* Jackson Browne @ Beacon Theatre
* Xombie, Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
* Millie Jackson @ BB King Blues Club
* Michael Attias & Friends @ Barbes
* Mondo! indiepop dance party @ Cameo
* Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos @ Barbes
* Strung Out, Handguns @ Highline Ballroom
* Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea @ Stone Pony
* Sound Of Urchin @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* DMC U.S. Finals DJ Battle @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Chain and the Gang, Blues Control @ Maxwell's
* Turner Cody, Chris Tucci DJ set @ The Ace Hotel
* Amadou & Mariam, Theophilus London @ Summerstage
* Sebastien Drums, Chad Stark @ Santos Party House
* Superhuman Happiness, Beyondo @ Arlene's Grocery
* System of a Down, Deftones @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* KNTRLR, First Nature, Los Encantados @ Glasslands
* Dope Body, Call Of The Wild, Gentleman @ Union Pool
* Egyptrixx, Sinjin Hawke, Gobby, N0ms @ 285 Kent Ave
* Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Punch, Living Eyes, Born Wrong, Off Camber @ ABC No Rio
* The Gypsy West, The Walnuts, Infantree @ Bowery Electric
* Justin Jones, Queen Orlenes, Yoni Gordon @ The Rock Shop
* Will Stratton, Ice Water, Benjamin Seretan @ 92Y Tribeca
* Electric Umbilical Cord, Weeknight, Mos Fet @ Union Pool
* Guardian Alien, Rhyton, Queening, Ryo Inoue @ Shea Stadium
* Shake The Baron, Stone Cold Fox, The Yes Way @ Mercury Lounge
* Walls, Kim Phuc, Joint Damage, Death Evocation, Shoxx @ Acheron
* Mortem, Crucifier, Imprecation, Polterchrist @ Saint Vitus
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Erik Deutsch Trio @ Brooklyn Bowl
* I Am Lightyear, New Animal, New Myths, Old Abram Brown @ Pianos
* Flea Market, The Eeries, Organs, Eurotics, Nervous Ticks @ XPO 929
* Lemonade (DJ Set), Blondes (DJ set), Rewards (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Pillars and Tongues, Olivia Salvadori, Hiro Kone (DJ set) @ Zebulon
* Frustrations, Bambara, Life Size Maps, Hamburguesa @ Death By Audio
* Les Racquet, The Black Cadillacs, The Floorwalkers @ Knitting Factory
* John Talabot DJ set, Jamie XX DJ set, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jamie XX, Pearson Sound, Lemonade, Sinjin Hawke, Zora Jones @ Warm Up P.S.1
* Tyvek, Wet Hair, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Volunteers Park @ Living Bread
* Miniature Tigers, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dino's Boys, Games, The Babyshakes, Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders @ Cake Shop
* Ryan Jarman (The Cribs), Jeffrey Lewis, Devin, Jen Turner (of Here We Go Magic), Penn Badgley @ Cameo
* Law & Order, Slothrust, The Toothaches, The Graveyard Kids @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Two Cow Garage, Uncle Leon & The Alibis, Ram's Head Lady Slipper, Sad and French @ Union Hall
* Nymph, Noveller, Black Crown Ceremony, GSOL, Dome Theater, Cool Places Soundsystem DJ set @ Secret Project Robot
* Pass Kontrol, Not Blood Paint, Backwords, Bad Credit No Credit, Katie Mullins, Gunfight, Springs, Uzuhi, Activists/Dictators, The Winter Ring @ The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
* Ancient Filth, All Torn Up, Barbarian, Tribal Force @ Acheron
While Lollapalooza and Osheaga have sucked away a good portion of name bands for the weekend, there are still plenty of fun music things to do. This afternoon Amadou & Mariam and Theopolis London play a free show at Central Park Summerstage; Union Pool's afternoon Summer Thunder series continues with Baltimore noisemakers Dope Body, plus Call of the Wild and Gentlemen; and Rippers out in Rockaway Beach is throwing a boardwalk party with Clouder, Dead Stars, Friend Roulette, Huntronik, Eastern Hollows and Blackout. All of these shows are FREE.
You could also head to Cameo tonight to see Ryan Jarman of The Cribs (whoa-oh!) play his first-ever NYC solo show with Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic, Jeffrey Lewis (!), Devin (!!), and Penn Badgley (?!? the Gossip Girl dude?). Tickets are still available. Then stick around Cameo for Mondo! which is the city's premier indiepop dance party.
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Lower Dens have released a new video for "Candy" from their recent NooTropics. Check that out below.
Full of Hell have unleashed a new song from an upcoming split with Calm the Fire due on Holy Roar Records this September. Check out "Return to the Mines" featuring Mike Riley (ex-Pulling Teeth) below.
Check out the new song "The Eliminator" from Maserati's Maserati VII due via TRL on 10/2. While you're down there, don't miss "Dream Odyssey" by Mono also due from TRL on 9/4.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Beach House, Central Park Summerstage 7/23/2012
If there's any band to see while a storm begins to brew overhead, it may just be Beach House. Some of those lightning flashes last night at their Summerstage performance in Central Park seemed almost synchronized to what they were playing. While a noticeable stream of people left as the weather worsened midway through the show, the band played on and their set didn't seem to be cut short by the rain. (Setlist is at the bottom of this post.) And while some Summerstage shows can be on the quiet side, Beach House were thunderous.
Fellow Baltimorians Lower Dens, a late-announced addition (after their Bowery performance), opened the show. More pictures from last night's show are below and if you haven't been keeping up, we've also posted pics of both bands from Pitchfork Fest.
Lower Dens @ Glasslands in April (more by Joe McCabe)
today in NYC
* Val-Inc @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* David Dondero @ Joe's Pub
* Spryo Gyra @ Blue Note
* Langhorne Slim @ The Bell House
* Holy Ghost! DJ set @ Marquee NYC
* The Japonize Elephants @ Barbes
* Mike Lee & New Tricks @ The Stone
* WAR @ Queensbridge Park
* Heliotropes, The Loom @ Union Pool
* Lower Dens, No Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
* Los Amigos Invisibles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* MNDR, Javelin, Delicate Steve @ the Intrepid
* Elzhi, Sene, 41 Strings, Joe Cool @ SOB's
* Outside, Artifact, Doggiesatnight @ Zebulon
* Slavic Soul Party @ Jewish Museum
* Deleted Scenes, The Spinto Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Death Cab For Cutie, Surfer Blood @ Wellmont Theater
* Way Yes, Strange Shapes, Rimar, Railbird @ Pianos
* Shady Hawkins, TinVulva, Mannequin Pussy @ 285 Kent
* "secret headliner," Grand Rapids, Shark? @ Cake Shop
* Trabajo, 100 milkteeth, Y/Y, Body Building @ La Sala
* DJ Rockin Rob, DJ Biz Markie, DJ Cash Money @ Crotona Park
* Here We Go Magic, SINKANE @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kayo Dot, Triple Cobra, The Big Con @ Bowery Electric
* Lotus Plaza, Hollow Stars, Warm Ghost @ Knitting Factory
* Lorelei, The New Lines, Mansions and Junipers @ Glasslands
* Electric Six @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Harbor Lights
* Dolores Boys, Insect Ark, Hot Tub Panorama, Ice Balloons @ XPO 929
* Soft Black, Island Twins, Weird Rivers, Makeup Monsters @ Shea Stadium
* Eric Andre, Mike Dobbins, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire @ Santos Party House
* Grasshopper, Alan Watts, Warcries, Kel Valhaal, Future Shuttle @ Big Snow
* Angel Haze, Carrie Wilds, King Leo, Venus X, Covert Kids @ Santos Party House
* The Parlor Mob, Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys, Carleigh Jade @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sarah Barthel of Phantogram (DJ), Punches (DJ), Sean Glass (DJ) @ Hudson Terrace
* Kids & Explosions, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Wolf In a Spacesuit @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more @ Williamsburg Park @ 9pm
* Thank You Good Night free comedy w/ Erin Lennox, Nate Fernald, Joel Walkowski, Adam Sokol, Mike Lawrence @ Cake Shop
Lower Dens headline a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and were officially added as the opener for Beach House at Summerstage on Monday.
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Some movie called The Dark Knight Rises makes it debut in theaters tonight at midnight.
"Summer of Sam" screens in Tompkins Square Park.
"Slumdog Millionaire" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Passion Pit made a video for "I'll Be Alright" from their new album Gossamer which you can watch below.
Antibalas, who play a free show with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Williamsburg Park next month, have made their first ever video for new song "Dirty Money." You can watch that below.
Meanwhile there's a free show in Williamsburg Park tonight with Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more.
The Vaccines have a video for their new single "Teenage Icon" which you can watch below as well.
Death Cab For Cutie and Surfer Blood play Wellmont Theater in NJ tonight.
There's a secret show at Cake Shop.
You can also check out a new Freelance Whales track below too.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.
More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...
shittychandelier with a pitchfork
If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...
by Bill Pearis
Hazy Montreal rockers No Joy are hitting the road and crushing eardrum, joining Lower Dens on their upcoming summer tour that hits NYC on July 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available and all Lower Dens/No Joy tour dates are listed below.
Right before that tour begins (June 19 to be specific), No Joy will release Negaverse, a new five-song EP on Mexican Summer which refines the band's swirling maelstrom of big guitars and ethereal vocals. Alan McGee would've signed them to Creation in a heartbeat in 1990. Sounds good today too -- you can stream the EP's lead track, "Junior," alongside the record's cover art and tracklist below.
photos by Joe McCabe
Before coming out for an almost-unheard-of-at-Glasslands three-song encore, frontwoman Jana Hunter of Lower Dens stepped out from behind the keys and mic stand to stand in front of the monitors, among the crowd, and close the main set with the Houston musician Arthur Bates' "Hours". And why the hell not? Though known for being a bit reserved onstage, Hunter has watched her Baltimore-based band be anointed an "It" band in the city that decides such things. She certainly has nothing to be self-conscious about, if she ever did.Not counting the Insound thing, Lower Dens played two record release shows last week to celebrate their new album, Nootropics. We've got pictures from the May 2 Glaslands show, and NYCTaper was there and you can download Lower Dens' whole set over his way. They also played Mercury Lounge.
Not that this extremely sold-out show, or the spate of overwhelmingly positive recent reviews, are the first time anyone noticed the band. Their first record, Twin-Hand Movement, had a lot to recommend it, and critics agreed. But Nootropics, which dropped this week, is the kind of record that takes the band's sound and appeal to the proverbial "next level". Rather than an excellent followup to a good start, Nootropics accomplishes the feat that bedevils many second records - evolving the band's sound and broadening its sonic palette while retaining the core of what drew notice in the first place.[NYC Taper]
Lower Dens play New York again on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom as part of a recently announced tour. Tickets are still on sale. Lower Dens' Glasslands setlist and pictures, openers Air Waves included, and all tour dates, below....
Just a reminder that, after a quickly-sold-out AmEx presale yesterday, tickets go on sale at noon today (5/4) to see Beach House at Bowery Ballroom on May 15. It's the same day as the Baltimore duo's fourth album, Bloom, is released via Sub Pop. Their East Coast tour begins tonight in Charlottesville, VA.
Speaking of Charm City, Lower Dens play Bowery Ballroom on July 19 and those tickets also go on sale at noon. Lower Dens, play tonight in Washington, DC, released their second album, Nootropics, this week.
All tour dates for Beach House and Lower Dens are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains"
Lower Dens' terrific second album, Nootropics, is out today on Domino subsidiary Ribbon Music, and they just announced a tour with No Joy that wraps up at Bowery Ballroom on July 19. Tickets go on sale for the Bowery show on Friday (May 4) at Noon and the Amex pre-sale starts tomorrow (May 2) at noon. Meanwhile, Lower Dens played the Insound offices last night for people who pre-bought Nootropics and play sold out shows tonight (5/1) at Mercury Lounge and Wednesday (5/2) at Glasslands.
Nootropics is new musical territory for Jana Hunter and crew, with a much spacier sound than their debut, Twin Hand Movment, and is a little closer in sound to their Baltimore neighbors Beach House. (I might argue that Nootropics out-Beach Houses the new Beach House album, Bloom, but that's just me.) Pitchfork gave it a 8.2 today, but not Best New Music. You can download the motorik-driven first single "Brains" at the top of this post and stream the album on Spotify. They also just released a video for new single "Propogation" full of spooky, glowing beekeepers. Spooky beekeeper music actually isn't a bad description of Nootropics, either.
Click through for the "Propogation" video and all Lower Dens tour dates...
As previously mentioned, Lower Dens will be going on a tour in support of a new record later this month. That tour includes two NYC shows which are now SOLD OUT. However, there now a third way to catch them in NYC, one day before the other two shows. Insound says:
Be one of the first 50 pre-orders and receive one ticket to an intimate live performance by Lower Dens on April 30, 2012!As of this post, there is still room, so order away!
* Once your order is placed, within 48 hours, you will be emailed to confirm your attendance and then notified of the time/location of the show, along with your ticket
* Each pre-order will grant you one ticket to the performance
* You will be able to pick up your pre-order at the performance, along with an exclusive signed poster (shipping charges will be removed from your order)
* Transportation NOT included (you must be in the NYC area)
Lower Dens at South Street Seaport in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
They've got some upcoming shows, many of which are at colleges like Vassar College on 2/29, and also Chicago show in March and SXSW. The band just announced a tour which includes NYC shows happening at Mercury Lounge on May 1 and Glasslands on May 2. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/22) at noon. Glasslands tickets TBA. All tour dates are listed with their new video below...
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)
The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.
Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.
ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.
Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cass McCombs @ MHOW
Cass McCombs and Lower Dens brought their tour to Maxwell's on Wednesday (7/20) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (7/21). Cass played a very even mix of material off his last four albums and some new unreleased ones too as you can hear in NYC Taper's recording of the NJ show. Our pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show, continue below...
photos and video by Jessica Amaya
Lower Dens @ South Street Seaport
After losing Will, Jana Hunter put together a new Lower Dens which made its debut in Toronto during NXNE. That new band made its NYC debut at South Street Seaport Friday night, and will hit NYC again as part of its tour with Cass McCombs. Dirty Beaches, who also played NXNE, also played South Street Seaport Friday night. Pictures from that free NYC show are in this post. More of them, with videos and tour dates too, below...
by Bill Pearis
Holiday weekends generally mean less bands of note playing in NYC which seems to be the case this year for the Fourth of July, but there is some great stuff happening nonetheless. First and formost for me are Canadian rock icons Sloan, who play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/29) and Knitting Factory tomorrow (6/30). If you missed it, I interviewed guitarist Jay Ferguson earlier this week which was a lot of fun. Here's him talking about playing Sloan's new fantastic album, The Double Cross, live:
It's fun, especially the first three songs on the record which are kind of a little mini suite that flow into each other. We play those right at the beginning, flowing together so it's a fun exercise to pull off. It's always fun to play the new songs. Maybe more fun for us than the audience. We've been around for 20 years and hopefully the audience is interested the new material but you hope you're not boring them. When Mick Jagger says, "Here's another new one from Bridges to Babylon," everyone goes to get a drink. Hopefully people will patiently listen until we play one of our huge hits from 1998.Sloan was one of the first things (second, specifically) I ever wrote about for this site and am pretty much a superfan. I've seen them play countless times and are one of my favorite live bands ever. If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and go to one of these shows, it's pretty much a guaranteed good time. Also, check out Sloan's rockin' version of Gary Numan's classic "Cars" that the band did for AV Club series Undercover. The video is below.
It is Independence Day weekend which means The Feelies at Maxwell's. These are now becoming the summertime equivalent of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows and there are three this year: Friday(7/1) and Saturday (7/2) which are both sold out and Sunday (7/3) which still has tickets.
In addition to the band's classic catalog -- and host of covers -- The Feelies have a new album this time out as you may know. Here Before is the band's first album in 20 years and finds Glen Mercer, Bill Million and the rest of the band picking up basically where they left off. But really, what else would you expect. It's a lovely album, probably most reminiscent of 1985's The Good Earth with the prevelance of acoustic guitars. That magic interplay between Mercer and Million is still there. This is an album for early evening Sunday back yard barbeques. And anyone who's seen The Feelies live since they got back together knows they've still got it.
And if you can't make the Maxwell's shows, The Feelies play Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23.
If you want to let it all hang out, maybe go see Nobunny who plays Knitting Factory on Friday (7/1) and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2). He will certainly be hanging out, most of him at least, as it's a rare show where he doesn't strip down to his tightie whities. The sleazoid schtick remains fun because Nobunny's songs are pretty undeniably catchy in a Ramones-y pop-punk meets Happy Days kind of way. As can be heard on last year's First Blood. Live shows remain unhinged. If you're in a Nobunny state of mind, it's a good time.
I do wonder about that mask, though. He does wash it occasionally, right? If you can wash it.
And if you're in an electronic pop kind of mood, Memory Tapes play a late show on Friday night (7/1) at Mercury Lounge. Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty teriffic. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And do check out the very cool video for "Yes I Know" at the bottom of this post.
And that's mostly it for this holiday weekend. Happy America! A few more picks -- and shameless plugging -- below.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
John Maus and Puro Instinct are at Mercury Lounge. I caught both last night at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young.
photos by Tim Griffin & BBG, words by BBG
An uber-late Thursday night with Tragedy and Origin of M ruined me for Friday day shows (and daylight, for that matter), but I was not going to miss one of my favorite two-pieces, Iron Lung at Emo's outdoors on the 2nd day of Chaos in Tejas 2011 (June 3rd). The band was third on the bill that hot and sticky night. They played after Hatred Surge and Cider, and were followed by an amazing lineup of fast/brutal featuring Innumerable Forms, Extortion, Citizens Arrest, and the piece de resistance, a headlining set from none other than Autopsy. The show was a stark contrast to what was happeing on the inside state: Lower Dens, Milk Music, The Young, and Unholy Two. Allo Darlin' were supposed to play too, but they cancelled (their NYC shows seem to still be happenning though).
My "day" started with a mix of witty banter and powerviolence brutality from Iron Lung, the first of what would be several pits of the evening. The duo are bulldozer-strength despite their numbers, and incited stage dives & pits despite the early hour. After a set from the dependably great Innumerable Forms (though we need some new mat'l gentlemen!), which featured Justin of Mind Eraser backed by Mammoth Grinder, Extortion took the stage to play a fastball of a set to a highly responsive (and stagedive-y) crowd. The band's clean tone fast-core was great, and the band delivered a more powerful set than at Maryland Deathfest... possibly due to the lack of barrier?
Citizens Arrest followed Extortion. It was the NYC hardcore greats' last set in the foreseeable future, and the fans at Chaos in Tejas were definitely more receptive than the MDF bunch (also, barrier?). The show resembled the band's showing at Knitting Factory in December with plenty of stage dives, dancing, and general mayhem. Many of the dancing few were from band's themselves, so it was awesome to see members of great bands going apeshit just like the rest of us. Awesome set.
Autopsy headlined the evening, sitting comfortably in the middle ground between wide-eyed maniac and perfectly executed death metal veterans. The band played material from their latest Macabre Eternal, as well as earlier material during their hour+ set. From the moment that the band's intro music came on, the crowd was pressed up against each other in the front rows, with the audience swaying from side to side and front to back in the humidity. It was hot, but not hot enough for me to take my eyes off of Autopsy. Awesome set.
During Autopsy I poked my head into the Emo's indoor room where a sparsely populated crowd were enjoying Lower Dens (catch them on tour with Cass McCombs). I enjoyed the air-conditioning.