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Maccabees

The Maccabees have been on the road for almost a year now, since releasing GIven to the Wild, which has been on a few year-end lists in the UK like NME, The Fly and Q. They've already come to North America for a couple headlining shows and as opening act on Florence and the Machine's tour. Now the band have announced that they'll be returning for a headlining tour in February with Reputante (ex-Levy) which hits NYC on February 14 at Bowery Ballroom and February 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/12) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

The Maccabees that are coming to North America in February are an indie rock band, but the Jewish rebel army that they're named after just so happen to be celebrating the success of their revolt from 2,000+ years ago this week (aka Hanukkah). We're on night 3 now and tons of celebrations have been going down like Yo La Tengo's shows and many others, including one by The Maccabeats, who derive their name from the same group.

A list of all dates and a video from Given to the Wild are below.

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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

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by Tim Griffin

The Cure & fans @ day 1 @ Rock Werchter - 6/28/2012
Rock Werchter Day 1 - 6/28/2012
Rock Werchter Day 1 - 6/28/2012

Flanders is a Festival! That was a new phrase to me prior to last week, and I've learned a lot since then underscoring the truth of it. For the uninitiated - Flanders (which includes Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Leuven) is rife with more than 280 music festivals per year. Belgium's Rock Werchter is one of the biggest, with three stages spanning four full days of music. It's been around and growing since 1974, and as it has grown, its line-up has grown with it -- this year's included The Cure, Garbage, Justice, Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and more, and that was just on day one.

I ventured to Belgium to cover Rock Werchter this year, and though exhaustion slightly delayed this report you're reading now, it was a great time, visits to Leuven and Brussels included (beautiful places to hang your hat for a visit). More pictures from the first day of the music festival along with some general shots from around Belgium, and video & the setlist from The Cure's set, below...

Continue reading "Rock Werchter 2012 -- day 1 pics from a trip to Belgium (Garbage, the Cure, Justice, Skrillex, Amon Tobin, Maccabees & more)"

Maccabees at MHOW in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
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The Maccabees have been spending most of 2012 touring behind their new atmospheric rock record, Given to the Wild, which dropped at the beginning of this year. The UK press have been loving it. The American press, not so much. Maybe that's partly why their dates have all been overseas so far. But for those in the US who do want to see the band, they've just announced their first North American show of 2012, which goes down in NYC on June 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/30) at noon.

Two videos from the new album and all dates below...

Continue reading "The Maccabees announce Webster Hall gig (& overseas dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Big Deal
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UK duo 2:54, who we suggested you check out when they made their US debut in NYC in late November, has a few US dates scheduled with fellow UK duo Big Deal surrounding SXSW. Those dates include March 11 at Glasslands and March 12 at Mercury Lounge, before they head to SXSW and finish up with a date together in LA. Tickets for the Mercury show go on sale today (1/13) at noon and tickets for the Glasslands show are not on sale yet but check ticketfly for updates.

Big Deal (aka Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe) will release their debut LP, Lights Out, on January 24 via Mute. They don't seem to be using more than an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and their voices. They've got enough indie rock tendencies that it's bigger sounding than folk, but with the complete absence of drums, it's not nearly as large as their songwriting could lead it to be, and it ends up working to their advantage. A few of the tracks from the album are available to stream below, including the single, "Chair," and an accompanying video, "Locked Up," "Homework," and perhaps the most memorable, "Talk," which revolves around the repeated chorus of "All I wanna do is talk/but seeing you fucks me up," a refrain with the brutal honesty of emo but without its stigmas. The artwork and tracklist for Lights Out is below.

2:54 @ Pianos in December (more by Erik Erikson)
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2:54 also have some upcoming dates in the UK with another UK band, The Big Pink, whose new album, Future This, comes out next week and is streaming in full with track by track commentary from the band on SPIN.

NME also points out in their review of The Maccabees' new album, Given to the Wild, which came out 1/9 in the UK, that, "On their forthcoming tour, the band will be supported by 2:54." The two bands, who are now labelmates (2:54 signed to Fiction), also toured together in 2011. The Maccabees also have dates with another UK band we said you should check out, Trailer Trash Tracys, whose great debut LP, Ester, comes out February 7 via Domino.

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In NME's review of The Maccabees' Given to the Wild, they called the album the "first classic album of 2012" and gave it a 9/10, the highest score they've given to any album by the band thus far (their first two got 8's). The album is pretty great. It was produced by DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, and he helps bring in a more ambient feel to their sound. It doesn't have the powerful choruses of Wall of Arms but it reaches similar heights by taking a step away from that and exploring layers of new and different sounds. Check out the videos for "Feel to Follow" and "Pelican" off the album below.

Speaking of bands that NME loves, Howler (who have 7 NYC shows coming up, 5 of which are this month) are featured on the cover of NME's 'New Music 2012 Special Issue' and their debut LP, America Give Up is streaming in full on NPR.

All dates, videos, and streams below...

Continue reading "Big Deal coming to US w/ 2:54, releasing LP; The Maccabees have a new one too; The Big Pink & Howler streaming theirs"

Foals & Maccabees
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Foals & The Maccabees - a match made in heaven? Catch them both at the BrooklynVegan free day party at Pianos in NYC on Saturday October 20th. Check out the new Maccabees video for "Toothpaste Kisses" (a slow song) below....

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The Maccabees

I can't wait to see the Maccabees again. Tickets are now on sale for the last Bowery Ballroom CMJ show to be revealed, and the details are:

CMJ Music Marathon
The Spinto Band / Sons And Daughters / The Maccabees
Alberta Cross / Sahara Hotnights / The 1900s / Drug Rug
Friday 10/19
Doors 6pm 18+$16
Stay tuned for more related CMJ announcements. The other Bowery CMJ shows are mine (tix), and the Worlds Fair, Windish, and Sub Pop ones. All other known Maccabees tour dates below...

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