Entries tagged with: Mansions
by Andrew Sacher
Mansions/La Dispute/Pianos Become the Teeth @ MHOW - 4/10/14 (via Erin OGrady)
Though it hardly feels like it anymore thanks to "Nirvana," there were other shows happening in NYC last night (4/10), including the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg stop of La Dispute's tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Mansions. I arrived there about halfway through Mansions, whose grungy power pop was sounding pretty good last night. I like them on record, but sometimes it's a little polished for my taste and I thought they really benefited from the absence of studio shine in a live setting.
Up next were Pianos Become the Teeth, who I've caught a couple times before but last night's show was easily the best I've seen of theirs. As much post-rock as they are post-hardcore, Pianos are an intense band to watch even if moshing and rushing the stage aren't your thing. Last night they previewed some material from an upcoming album (details TBA) which had vocalist Kyle Durfey singing as opposed to the harsher screams of their earlier material, not unlike he did on "Hiding" from their 2013 split with Touche Amore. The new stuff sounded great and "Hiding" had the crowd shouting along louder than any other song. Keep an eye on the new stuff from these guys.
Finally La Dispute took the stage, and though the venue had been full all night and each band definitely had fans in the room, they clearly felt like the "headliners" (which is still kind of amazing considering it wasn't long ago they played that same venue as openers for Hot Water Music). They've earned it though. La Dispute are an ever-evolving band who have cut their teeth relentlessly touring for years, and their newest Rooms of the House LP has some of their strongest material yet. The band mostly stuck to songs off that album, and though the new songs are less likely to induce moshing/screaming along, when the old favorites did come they actually felt overshadowed by the band's new direction. (Not that the crowd didn't freak out for "Andria" and "Said the King to the River.") And as with most post-Wildlife La Dispute shows, set-closer "King Park" remains a highly emotional live-show moment that still few of their peers are capable of.
La Dispute's setlist from MHOW and a video of "Woman (Reading)" from their Toronto show three days earlier, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Michigan progressive post-hardcore band La Dispute picked the wrong year to stay on the quiet side, but fortunately that won't be true next year. They've announced that they'll follow 2011's Wildlife with their third long player, Rooms of the House on March 18 via their own new Better Living label in partnership with Staple Records. They recorded the album with Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure), and it will be released with a 48-page book, Yesterday's Home, which was written about the process of making the album and includes all of the lyrics as well. Some of the proceeds from the new record will benefit "causes advancing and encouraging youth involvement in the arts and music, such as all-ages spaces, creative workshops, programming, and education." No music has been revealed from it yet, but stay tuned. Album artwork below.
La Dispute have also announced that they'll be heading out on the road in the spring with the likeminded Pianos Become the Teeth, plus alt-rockers Mansions. That tour hits NYC on April 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth haven't announced any solid details on their own new album, but from the looks of their Facebook page we might be able to expect new stuff from them soon too. And if it sounds anything like their song on their split with Touche Amore (who are also touring), that'll be something to look forward to.
And meanwhile, you can catch Mansions in NYC this week when their tour with Their/They're/There and Birthmark hits Knitting Factory on Thursday (12/19). Tickets for that show are still available. Their newest LP, Doom Loop, came out recently and you can stream a track from that below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Front Bottoms' Talon of the Hawk (out now on Bar/None) was one of the more fun records of the year, mixing folk punk and indie pop in a way that was pretty easy to get stuck in your head. We asked them for their top albums of 2013, and drummer Mat Uychich sent a list that pretty much sounds like what you'd imagine they listen to. It also includes both 2013 albums by Kevin Devine (whose band Bad Books the Front Bottoms opened for in July) and the newest from Tiny Moving Parts (who open the Front Bottoms' upcoming show at Shea). You can check out the full list below.
The Front Bottoms also have other upcoming dates, including another sold-out NYC show a day earlier at Bowery Ballroom (12/27), and a tour with You Blew It! that hits Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets).
All of their dates are listed, along with a video and the top 10 list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Lindsey Best)
Their/They're/There is the newest project by a couple guys who already have a laundry list of projects: Mike Kinsella (previously of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls, Joan of Arc, etc, and currently Owen) and Evan Weiss (previously of The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc, and currently Into It. Over It.). They've also tapped guitarist Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to complete the lineup. If you're familiar with those other projects, you're probably already sold on T/T/T and know exactly what you're getting yourself into: technical patterns, but highly melodic, and the kind of super-specific lyrics that gets these guys tagged with "emo."
Earlier this year, T/T/T released their self-titled debut EP via Polyvinyl (the longtime label of most-things Kinsella), and a followup EP, Analog Weekend, will be out on December 10 via the label, and also co-released by Topshelf. You can stream the self-titled EP in its entirety, along with "New Blood" from the new EP, below. The album artwork and tracklist for the new EP are below too.
Their/They're/There will be heading out on a short tour with Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella aka Birthmark, and Louisville duo Mansions. The tour hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with song streams and more, below...
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...