Entries tagged with: Mark McGuire

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Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
APF

Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.

They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.

The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.

Updated lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest expands lineup (Panda Bear, War On Drugs, BJM, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, more)"

Jonny Greenwood w/ Radiohead @ Prudential Center 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Greenwood

Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival goes down March 28 - 30, mixing modern composers and adventurous rock acts. The fest has expanded its programming since we last posted. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, already slated to perform Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" on March 30, will now also play the day before (3/29), performing selections from his scores to There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Norwegian Wood, accompanied by Wordless Music Orchestra.

So Percussion will perform all three days of the festival: collaborating with Buke & Gase and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on 3/28; performing Steve Reich's "Drumming" with guests on 3/29; and on 3/30 will perform Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings" with Dessner as part.

The other new addition is pianist/composer Rachel Grimes who will perform with her ensemble on 3/30. These are in addition to previously announced acts John Cale, Body/Head, Television, Colin Stetson, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dean Wareham, Low, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, not to mention composer Steve Reich who is "Artist-in-Residence" for the fest, and many more. Single day tickets to Big Ears go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon EST and the daily line-ups have been released and are listed below.

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival expands lineup again: Jonny Greenwood, So Percussion, Rachel Grimes & more "

Sun Araw w/ The Congos at LPR in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sun Araw

Sun Araw, the experimental music project of Cameron Stallones, is set to release his next album, Belomancie, on February 18 via Drag City. You can listen to one of its tracks, "Huff," along with the album artwork and tracklist below.

Sun Araw will be performing solo in NYC TONIGHT (2/3) at Body Actualized Center (143 Troutman St), though you probably won't hear the Belomancie material. He's perforimng his piece, The (3) Vases, which is billed as "a solo live musical performance of new works by Cameron Stallones." Also on the bill is ex-Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire, who was initially billed as a DJ, but is now playing live. Maybe you just caught Mark playing at Baby's on Friday (1/31)?

Speaking of Emeralds and Sun Araw, Outer Space (John Elliott of Emeralds) and frequent Sun Araw collaborator M. Geddes Gengras are both playing this weekend's Mixology Festival which goes down in Brooklyn at Roueltte (509 Atlantic Ave). Outer Space and M Geddes Gengras play Saturday (2/8) night at 8 PM with Loud Objects (Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta with Greg Fox of Liturgy/Guardian Alien), following a 1 PM Roulette Kids performance with Laraaji and two workshops (5 PM and 6 PM). On Friday night (2/7) at 8 PM it's Pete Swanson, Ben Vida and C. Lavender. 2-day passes are on sale now, as are tickets for Friday and Saturday.

Tonight's Sun Araw show is one of a couple upcoming dates for him, all of which are listed, along with the song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Sun Araw releasing an LP, playing w/ Mark McGuire tonight; Pete Swanson, Laraaji & more playing Mixology Fest (lineup)"

Mark McGuire

Ambient guitarist Mark McGuire, formerly of the now-defunct trio Emeralds, is set to release his new solo album (and first for Dead Oceans), Along The Way, on February 4, but it's streaming ahead of its release via The FADER. Listen to it in full below.

Mark also has a few upcoming dates this year, including Big Ears Festival, Mission Creek Festival, SXSW, and two appearances in NYC. First is a live headlining gig at Baby's All Right on Friday (1/31) with solid local support from Imperial Topaz and Forma. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show starts at 9 PM and Mark is on at 11.

Then on Sunday (2/2), Mark DJs the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Brooklyn. All of his dates are listed below.

Mark's Baby's show is actually one of THREE shows happening at the Brooklyn venue that night. At 6 PM it's a sold-out Broken Bells show ahead of their much larger (but also sold out) Webster Hall show. Broken Bells are streaming their new album, After The Disco, on iTunes.

And lastly, as discussed, the Rough Trade stop on Eagulls' tour was moved to Baby's All Right and happens that same night, with doors at midnight. Eagulls' tour also hits Mercury Lounge tonight (1/29) with Yvette. Tickets for both of their NYC shows are still available.

All Mark McGuire dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Mark McGuire (ex-Emeralds) streaming new album, touring, playing Baby's after Broken Bells, before Eagulls (dates)"

Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Low

As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.

Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Fest expands lineup (Low, Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Hailu Mergia, Jenny Hval & more added)"

Big Ears

Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.

Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.

The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.

by Andrew Sacher

Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and The Congos - FRKWYS Vol. 9: ICON GIVE THANK
FRKWYS Vol. 9

Speaking of Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallone), he's part of the recently released ninth installment of Brooklyn label RVNG Intl's FRKWYS series, which brings together modern experimental artists and their influential forerunners to collaborate on an album. In the past, we've seen collaborative releases from Julianna Barwick and DNA's Ikue Mori; Daniel Lopatin, James Ferarro, Samuel Godin, and composer David Borden; and Blues Control and Laraaji, among others. The newest release, FRKWYS Vol. 9: ICON GIVE THANK, sees Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras, who were both members of the now-defunct Pocahaunted (whose lineup also included Amanda Brown aka LA Vampires and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast), teaming up with The Congos, who released the dub/reggae classic Heart of the Congos in 1977, produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry. That's the artwork above.

The track, "Happy Song," which you can stream below, sounds too modern for a '70s reggae band but too genuinely nostalgic for modern psych experimentalists, and doesn't really fit anywhere in between.

ICON GIVE THANK was released in conjunction with the film, ICON EYE, a film documenting the album's making. That film will be screened as part of the Unsound LABS on Saturday (4/21) at Anthology Film Archives at 1 PM. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones, director Tony Lowe, and project producer Matt Werth.

The movie screening is one of at least three Sun Araw events in NYC this weekend, with the first being a full band show at Le Poisson Rouge Friday night (with Pole & Marc McGuire of Emeralds), and the last being the recently-mentioned DJ set with Heat Wave at Glasslands.

Film trailer, streams, album tracklist, and all dates, below...

Continue reading "Sun Araw collaborated w/ The Congos, appearing at 3 events this weekend (including a film screening)"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.

(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)

Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

by Andrew Frisicano

Julia Holter @ Le Poisson Rouge in March (more by by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

Unsound Festival New York, the Poland-based series of avant-leaning, ambient and experimental music, kicks off five nights in NYC with two events tonight (4/18): instrumental Warsaw band Baaba scores animations at BAM, while Julia Holter, Julia Kent and Jenny Hval playing a sold-out show at Issue Project Room.

Check out the festival's full schedule, which includes several free shows such as LXMP and Peaking Lights at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium on Thursday 19th (both have amazing songs on the comp below). Issue Project Room hosts free day sets Saturday and Sunday (though only tickets for Saturday appear to still be available).

Dark ambient musician and repeat Unsound artist Lustmord recently spoke with Resident Advisor about the experience of seeing someone play a laptop live...

If somebody said "an ambient musician" was playing live in town this evening, I wouldn't exactly rush out, you know? I'd rather stay home and read a book. [laughs]

[he then goes on to describe how seeing Kraftwerk live changed his mind]

I hadn't seen them live for a long time, and they played in LA--four middle aged guys on laptops, how boring is that? But, fucking hell, it was one of the best gigs I've ever seen. That's when I really thought, yeah, you can stand there with your laptop and do your thing as long as you got the fucking sound.

Lustmord collaborates with ambient musician Biosphere at an Upper West Side church on Saturday.

Inner Tube were set to play Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, but have been replaced by Mark McGuire (solo). And:

a visual program has been added to Bass Mutations on April 21, showing the ways in which visual artists have helped shape the way we imagine bass music. Curated by "Big Up Magazine" Editor-In-Chief Katya Guseva in collaboration with Dave Q from Dub War NYC, it will take place in a movie theatre adjacent to the dancefloor at the venue for the night, IndieScreen. Live audio from Bass Mutations performers such as 2562, Teeth, Sepalcure, Distal, Throwing Snow and Nguzunguzu will provide the soundtrack.
Stream an excellent playlist of Unsound artists below...

Continue reading "Unsound Festival (Lustmord, Demdike Stare, Actress, Julia Holter) begins; listen to a mix"

DOWNLOAD: Mark McGuire - Brothers (for Matt) (MP3)

Mark Mcguire

"Mark McGuire's been kicking around since mid-2006 as guitarist for Cleveland heroes Emeralds. He's also put out about 30 solo records, in batches sometimes as limited as 20 copies per pressing. With his new solo LP on Austrian label Editions Mego, who put out Oneohtrix Point Never's Returnal and Emeralds' Does It Look Like I'm Here? earlier this year, McGuire is finally getting the distribution he deserves. Living With Yourself is a deeply personal album, but not in the sense of, say, an Elliot Smith release. McGuire doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, bare his soul, or poetically expose his innermost desires and tragic flaws. In fact, he hardly says a word. He doesn't have to."
[Ric Leichtung @ Altered Zones]
Every time I read about Mark McGuire (like in that most recent gushing Pitchfork Altered Zones piece) (which came with an accompanying tweet that said the record is "one of 'our favorite records in the world right now.'"), I, like probably anyone might that regularly reads this site and knows who the other Mark McGwire is, think of the ironically named Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium.

Mark McGuire (it's not spelled the same despite what the Photoshopped baseball card above says) has no upcoming dates at the moment - he was in town in April, and in September as a member of Emeralds as part of a tour with Caribou. When he comes back, someone please book him at Shea Stadium (maybe he even played there already?). Grab an MP3 above. Put on your headphones and listen to the live videos below...

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