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"Who the heck is Father John Misty? Apparently he hosted a mass last night at Webster hall that my entire Instagram feed went to." - William Gruger

Father John Misty
Father John Misty

Former Fleet Fox Father John Misty (aka Josh TIllman) has been doing really well on his own and the FJM project is starting to rise (almost) as quickly as the Foxes did. His debut album hasn't even been out for a full calendar year and he's quickly made the move up from the solo set we saw him play at SXSW to a much larger full-band show with great lights and dance moves from Father John Misty himself. He first brought that show through NYC this past fall for two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW, and he returned last night for an even larger sold out show at Webster Hall with Magik Trick (aka Tim Cohen of Fresh & Onlys).

More pictures from the show and a video of FJM playing standout track, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery SIngs," below...

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Tim Cohen of Fresh & Onlys/Magic Trick in Big Sur in 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Tim Cohen

The Fresh & Onlys are in town this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday with Quilt and tickets are still available. If you haven't listened to their new album (and first for Mexican Summer), Song Slow Dance, you can stream it below via Spotify. With this album, the band have pretty much escaped the "garage rock" pidgeonhole they never really belonged in in the first place, making lovely gloom pop that owes as much to the Go-Betweens and Echo & the Bunnymen as the 13th Floor Elevators.

While in town, F&O frontman Tim Cohen will perform solo tonight (under the Magic Trick moniker) at Glasslands (11/7), opening for fellow San Franciscans Young Prisms. Tickets are available for tonight's show too. Magic Trick (the full band version) will be back in the new year when they tour with Father John Misty, including Webster Hall on January 14. Tickets are still available to that show.

Young Prisms, meanwhile, are here on tour with gothy shoegazer Tamaryn and the two play together at Mercury Lounge on Friday (11/9) and tickets are still available. Tamaryn also plays Knitting Factory on Saturday, but without Young Prisms. Instead, Starred and Alexis will open that show and tickets are still available as well.

Magic Trick and Fresh & Onlys dates are listed below, along with the F&O album stream.

Continue reading "Tim Cohen playing Glasslands tonight before Fresh & Onlys' MHOW show; Magic Trick touring with Father John Misty"

by Andrew Frisicano

Sonny & the Sunsets @ Mercury Lounge (photo by tubaguitar)
Sonny and the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets, on tour in support of new album Longtime Companion, visited Mercury Lounge Thursday night. The band played Maxwell's the day before, and has one more NYC show--Saturday, August 18 at Glasslands with Magic Trick--before they leave town.

At Mercury Lounge, frontman Sonny Smith seemed to be in good spirits, despite the country-tinged new record focusing mainly on the breakup of his decade-long relationship (though maybe it's a Smoky Robinson "Tears of a Clown" type thing). Either way, Smith chatted throughout the set, quipping with his band and the audience. As a showman, Smith is energetic, engaging and pretty hilarious. He crawled into the crowd to sing a bunch of tunes and had one woman hold the mic while he yelped into it.

The setlist drew from a few of the prolific songwriter's projects, including a bunch from Tomorrow is Alright ("Death Cream" "Bad Vibes and Evil Thoughts" "Too Young to Burn" "Planet of Women") and Hit After Hit ("Heart of Sadness," "Reflections on Youth"). In addition to Longtime Companion, Smith recently re-released an album titled One Act Plays, which wouldn't surprise anyone in the crowd. On a few occasions, Sonny's lyrics seemed more like monologues than songs, as he riffed on alien-love and space travel. The touring band, a five-piece band, didn't include the pedal steel, which sounds so sweet on the new album, but still the solid band served as a good foil to Sonny's freewheeling act and expressive drawl.

Magic Trick, the psych-folk project of Fresh & Onlys singer Tim Cohen, opened. I only caught part of the set but did hear "Invisible at Midnight" off his excellent new LP Ruler of the Night. The band ditched the album's more experimental arrangements for a straight ahead approach, which forefronted Cohen's deadpan baritone and mystical lyrics (look for more of both on the new Fresh & Only's LP later this year).

Check out a video from the Mercury show below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Magic Trick - Torture (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Trick - Invisible at Midnight (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wymond Miles - Pale Moon (MP3)

Magic Trick

We mentioned earlier today that The Fresh and Onlys will be in NYC in November, supporting their great new album, Long Slow Dance. But if you would like to hear the warm baritone of Tim Cohen live sooner, his other band, Magic Trick, will be here opening for fellow San Franciscans Sonny & the Sunsets at Maxwell's on August 15 (tickets), Mercury Lounge on August 16 (tickets) and Glasslands on August 18 (tickets).

What began as a solo project for Cohen soon became Tim Cohen's Magic Trick and has now morphed into its own entity. While still featuring Tim's songs and melancholic/psychedelic worldview, Magic Trick are more are more pop-oriented than F&O (think Lee Hazlewood) with keyboards, glockenspiel and the lovely harmonies of Noelle Cahill and Alicia Vanden Heuvel. You can download two tracks from their new album, Ruler of the Night, above or stream the whole thing at Spotify.

Meanwhile, I'd be remiss not to talk about F&O guitarist Wymond Miles' new solo album, Under the Pale Moon, which it out now on Sacred Bones. The man whose post-punk, heavily-effected playing style give Fresh & Onlys such distinctive flair goes for dark romance on his own material, posited somewhere near Bowie's Berlin period or Heaven Up Here-era Bunnymen. (I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's a Crime & the City Solution fan, either.) It's a debonair debut and you can download an MP3 from it above or stream it in full at Spotify.

All Sonny & the Sunsets / Magic Trick dates are listed below, along with a Magic Trick video.

Continue reading "Magic Trick released new LP, opening for Sonny & the Sunsets; Wymond Miles released solo debut (dates, MP3s)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sonny & the Sunsets - I See the Void (MP3)

Sonny & the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets are back with a new album, Longtime Companion, which will be their first for Polyvinyl. It's a breakup record, written and recorded during the dissolution of his relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years. Appropriately, it's also a country record (well, country-ish), augmenting the Sunsets with members of his other band, The Fuckaroos. (Is that a Dreamcatcher reference?) Despite the circumstances, Smith embues the songs with pathos and a wry sense of humor. (All his records are a little sad anyway.) You can download "I See the Void" at the top of this post and stream another LP track below. Longtime Companion is out June 26 but if you pre-order via Polyvinyl's website you get the MP3s right now.

While no full set of tour dates have been announced yet, Sonny & the Sunsets have scheduled a few shows including two NYC shows in August: Mercury Lounge on 8/16 with Magic Trick and Glasslands on 8/18 with Love as Laughter. (UPDATE: Tim from LaL DJs, but the band doesn't play. Magic Trick opens.)Tickets to the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon and tickets to the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (6/1) at 7 AM. All currently known Sonny & the Sunsets dates are listed below, along with the track stream.

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