Entries tagged with: Mates of State
by Sachyn Mital
Polaris / Mates of State @ College Street Music Hall 5/9/2015
On Saturday May 9, the third show at the newly opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven played host to bands with Connecticut roots. The venue was formerly the Palace Theatre and sits just a handful of blocks away from New Haven staple Toad's Place and not too far from a Metro-North Station. College Street isn't quite yet finished but beyond the open doors is a taco stand, a bar with craft brews (including some local offerings) and a spacious, though dark, room with tiered sections that are highest the furthest away from the stage to allow for better viewing.
Up first was long-running rock band Mighty Purple featuring brothers Steve and Jon Rodgers hailing from Hamden. Steve Rodgers owns and operates a music venue, The Space, which has grown into an intimate collection of stages that attract all ages just down the road from New Haven.
Husband and wife duo Mates of State, with a little help from trumpeter John Panos (formerly of MT Bearington), followed up with a short set during which Hammel gave props to his wife and her Connecticut roots. They premiered some new music from their forthcoming EP, You're Going to Make It, but also gave the crowd a lot of hits including, "Goods (All in Your Head)" and "Now".
Headlining was Polaris, a New Haven favorite and Miracle Legion offshoot formed to create the music for the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. (Maybe you picked up the soundtrack on vinyl this past Record Store Day). In the past, Danny Tamberelli (young "Pete") has performed with the band, but on this night he had another commitment. Panos, however, did get to guest on a few songs with his trumpet as Polaris rocked out.
Polaris will be in NYC to play Highline Ballroom on Friday (5/15) with Rocket & the Ghost opening. Tickets are still available.
More photos from the Polaris / Mates of State show in New Haven, below...
New Haven's historic Palace Theatre has reopened as College Street Music Hall. "Located in the heart of College Street in downtown New Haven's arts and entertainment district, CSMH joins the scene as the hub for live music performance in New Haven and all of Southern New England. The theater will feature multi-capacity configurations for up to 2000 patrons, with a seated balcony and the option of the orchestra level being either standing room or seated." The collaboration between Manic Productions and Premier Concerts opened over the weekend with concerts by Lyle Lovett & John Haitt, and a Pink Floyd tribute show (complete with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra).
Things continue at the CT venue this Saturday (5/9) with 'Pete & Pete' band Polaris and indie duo Mates of State. The venue's current list of upcoming shows is listed below...
Mates of State will on tour of the southern US this month, and upon returning home they've got a Connecticut show with Polaris in May, followed by a NYC show on July 10 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.
The duo have been saying new music is on the way but
so far no word on that. UPDATE: They now announced a new EP called You're Going To Make It, which is due out June 16 via Barsuk and June 15 via Fierce Panda. They say that from here on out, they'll only be releasing EPs instead of albums. Tracklist below.
Fierce Panda is also putting out a best-of next week called Greats, which you can stream in full (via Pitchfork), with their list of dates, below...
Mates of State at Bumbershoot 2013 (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
Indie pop duo Mates of State recently announced a Mercury Lounge (12/19) which is on sale now and they've now added a late show happening the same night at that venue. Tickets for the late show go on sale Friday (11/7) at noon. The band is also promising to debut a bunch of new songs that day. Maybe a new album is on the way?
One new song we did recently get from Mates of State is their "Song of the Fall" called "(I'mma) Light Sweater." Here's the premise:
Every year, there's a Song of the Summer that becomes the ubiquitous jam for the warmer months. But what about when the season shifts from poolside to pumpkin spice?Watch the video for that below...
Brooklyn comedy show Late Night Basement teamed up with Mates of State to create the first ever Song of the Fall. This is L.L. Bean meets "Blurred Lines." Fall's never been sexier or sweatier.
Mates of State are playing Mercury Lounge on December 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Jack + Eliza are playing with Plume Giant at Rough Trade on December 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the Haymaker show with Rival Mob, Sex Prisoner, and Brain Slug at The Acheron are on sale now.
Tickets for the Sturgill Simpson shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale Saturday at noon. His Stone Pony show (same link) goes on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals are releasing their first new album in 15 years next week (8/26) via Polyvinyl, and are now streaming it in full on Pitchfork. They also recently announced a short tour, for which openers have since been revealed. The East Coast run will get their Polyvinyl labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on all three dates, with Polyvinyl alumni Mates of State joining in NYC and Philly, and Hooray For Earth in Asbury Park. Tickets for NYC, NJ and Philly are on sale now. The West Coast gets We Are Scientists (whose Keith Murray will be in The Rentals for this tour) and The Rentals' old pals/tourmates/collaborators Ozma (who put out a new LP this year which is streaming below). All dates are listed below.
Hooray For Earth have other shows much sooner than that, including a NYC show this Saturday (8/23) at Bowery Ballroom with Porches and Grooms. Tickets for that show are available and we're also giving away a pair, along with a copy of their new LP, Racy. Details below. Also below is their new video for "Say Enough" from Racy and a stream of an experimental guitar track they recorded with Grooms.
SSLYBY also recently mentioned that they're working on a new album at Seattle studio Hall of Justice, where Nirvana recorded Bleach and which former Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla now owns. Beau Sorenson, who co-produced 2010's Let It Sway with Walla, is producing.
And last but not least, you can catch Mates of State in NYC much sooner at their previously discussed free show this Friday (8/22) at Pine Box Rock Shop.
Lists of Rentals and Hooray For Earth dates, plus streams, below...
Mates of State at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Mates of State have just announced a free show on Friday (8/22) at Pine Box Rock Shop as part of the monthly comedy/music series Late Night Basement With Chris Rose. The show will also feature comedian Sheng Wang and author Christie Young. Mates of State will also be doing an interview. It starts at 9PM and is MoS' only upcoming date. Flyer for the show is below...
Mates of State at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Several musicians and comedians are teaming up to perform at The Ally Coalition's benefit show in NYC on June 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. The show features indie pop duo Mates of State, Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Eliot Glazer, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Wakey!Wakey!, Cameron Esposito, DJ $mall Change and surprise guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
The Ally Coalition is an organization "with the purpose of inspiring people, in particular their peers in the music, fashion and entertainment industry, to take action for LGBTQ equality. The concert happens the same week as NYC Pride Week.
Proceeds from the show "will benefit New Alternatives For LGBT Homeless Youth, which helps homeless LGBT youth become self-sufficient and transition into stable adult lives, and Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality."
Watch Mates of State play "Now We're Gonna Get It" for a BrooklynVegan Soundwave Session, below...
Mates of State at Bumbershoot 2013 (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
Indie pop duo Mates of State began a "seated acoustic piano / drums / voices / strings / horns" tour in Boston this past weekend (3/15), and they'll continue playing those shows through April. The tour includes a stop in NYC for two shows at Joe's Pub on March 29 (7:30 PM & 9:30 PM). Tickets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with their BV Soundwave Session video, below...
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
Husband-and-wife indie pop duo Mates of State stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle to play us a few songs. One of those songs was a new track called "Now We're Gonna Get It" which we caught on video with the help of director Paul Greenhouse. Watch that performance below.
The segment, which includes our funny hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, was part of a three-hour live BrooklynVegan show dedicated to Barsuk Records. John Roderick of the Long Winters, Ramona Falls, David Bazan, and Say Hi also all stopped by to perform or talk to us (Ra Ra Riot didn't show up). Audio from the whole day is coming soon. Meanwhile check out pictures of all of them along with the Mates of State video, below...
Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.
Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.
The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The Postal Service @ Mondavi Center, Davis, CA last night (via @naseemk)
It's a big week for The Postal Service, whose 10th anniversary edition of their sole album, Give Up, was released on Tuesday (4/9). On that same day, the band played their first show of their reunion tour in Reno Nevada. You can watch a few videos from that show, as well as last night's performance (4/10) in Davis, CA, below. You can also watch Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello talking about how the Postal Service came to be in a short documentary and stream the reissue via Spotify below.
After their performances at Coachella 2013's two weekends, The Postal Service's tour will eventually hit NYC at Barclays Center on June 14 (sold out) and June 15 (still tickets). It has since been announced that Mates of State will open night 1 and Ra Ra Riot will open night 2. Both bands open other dates on that tour as well. This comes after Ra Ra Riot's run with The Shins.
Updated Ra Ra Riot tour schedule, streams and videos below...
Mates of State, who have called Connecticut home for about five years, are currently working on the follow-up to 2011's Mountaintops, but will take a break from the studio to play a short East Coast tour in December. That trek includes a stop at Mercury Lounge on December 6 for both an early and a late show, and then they'll also play Maxwell's on December 16. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge shows go on AmEx presale today (10/17)at noon with a regular on-sale on Friday (10/19) at noon. Tickets to the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday at noon.
All Mates of State tour dates are listed below.
photos by Gabi Porter
BestNewBands: What do you do with your downtime when you're on tour?Mates of State played sold out shows at strong>Le Poisson Rouge on February 17th and Maxwell's on Feb 18th as part of a tour with Sean Bones. Here are some belated pics from the Manhattan show.
Jason Hammell of Mates of State: There really isn't any downtime anymore. There used to be a shit load of it, because we would just sound check and then be sitting backstage drinking, waiting for the show to start. Now it's a really fine balance between doing sound check...well, waking up and hanging out with our kids and taking them to a museum or something, then doing sound check and coming back and having dinner with them, hanging out, maybe watch a movie, get them ready for bed, put them to bed, then go back and do the show, load out...there's just really not a whole lot of downtime anymore. And sometimes I kind of miss that, because you could just start walking, whatever city you're in, could just start walking the streets and find some interesting stuff. Sometimes, you just kind of break away and do that now, because that's where you stumble upon the beauty of all these different cities that you visited.
If you missed those shows, you have another chance to see the band this weekend and for free and in a much more intimate setting at Williamsburg record store Sound Fix in honor of Record Store Day. Sound Fix writes:
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 amThat LP, Crushes, actually came out in 2009 but is just now being released on vinyl.
Hard to believe, but we're already quickly approaching our annual holiday, Record Store Day. This year we not only promise to offer a bonanza of wonderful one-day-only releases (keep an eye on future newsletters), but we're topping the night off with Mates of State, who'll be performing at 7:30, after which they'll be signing copies of their special RSD LP of cover songs!
More pictures and the setlist from LPR below...
Mates of State at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mates of State are about to announce a set of February dates including at least two in the NYC-area. Those two are happening on February 17 at Le Poisson Rouge and February 18 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the LPR show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below...
Trey Anastasio is quietly working on a new solo album with help from a formidable cast of indie rockers, SPIN has learned.In related news, FURTHUR (featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) have started to announce a spring tour that includes EIGHT shows at Beacon Theater where The National play their first of six tonight (12/12). Tickets go on Internet Presale today at noon. Public Ticketmaster sale begins Friday. All Furthur tour dates and the poster, below...
Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there (Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, The National's Boxer, Mates of State's Rearrange Us), is co-producing the album with Anastasio.
A rep for Anastasio didn't return a request for comment, but early reports out of the studio say the sound is a mix between Anastasio's eclectic, Afro-tinged rock and the kind of experimental indie pop produced by the Philistines Jr., Katis' own recently reformed band. Before entering the studio, Katis told Sonic Scoop that Anastasio "wants to do something totally out of left-field."
Anastasio and Co. are working on about 15 new songs, with recording expected to wrap up in January. They'll take a weeklong break later this month, when Phish hold court for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, including their traditional three-set performance on New Year's Eve.
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).
After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).
Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.
The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).
Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.
The rest of day 3, below...
photos by David Andrako
Mates of State
Mates of State (who head out on a big tour in September), Cymbals Eat Guitars (ditto), and Yellow Ostrich (October & November) played a private Barsuk Records showcase at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (8/24). Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
Mates of State at ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
As recently mentioned, Other Lives will hit the road with Bon Iver in September after Bon Iver finishes up their tour with The Rosebuds. After they do so, Other Lives will hook up with Mates of State in October for the rest of Mates of State's headlining tour. That tour ends in NYC on October 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (7/6) at noon.
Mates of States' tour also includes an appearance at Escape to NY and dates with Suckers and Yawn. Neither of those bands play at the NYC show but Suckers have their own NYC show on August 18 at Cameo Gallery with Rewards and magician Matthew Holtzclaw. Tickets are on sale now.
Mates of State release the LP Mountaintops on September 13 via Barsuk. Check out the video for the single "Maracas," along with the tracklist and all tour dates below...
Psychedelic Furs at Wellmont in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Psychedelic Furs recently reissued their sophomore album Talk Talk Talk (home of "Pretty In Pink") in Europe, where they toured the album in its entirety. On Saturday (6/25), they kicked off a tour for the album in America. That tour doesn't hit NYC, but they will come through in October for a traditional show at Irving Plaza on October 3 with Tom Tom Club. Tickets are on sale now.
Both Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club also have festival appearances scheduled in August and both are playing the Hamptons. As mentioned, Tom Tom Club play Music to Know Fest in East Hampton. Psychedelic Furs were added to Escape to New York at the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY on August 5 - 7. Tickets are still available. Other recently confirmed acts include Of Montreal, Savoir Adore, Reptar, Mates of State, Tiger Love, and Jolly Boys.
Full Escape to NY lineup and all Psychedelic Furs tour dates below...
We are happy to announce some details on our latest recording. The new album is called CRUSHES (THE COVERS MIXTAPE) and will be released this summer. This is our first full length recorded and produced by ourselves, and our longtime collaborator Peter Katis (The National, Swell Season,Interpol, etc.) mixed the record. We've been talking about doing a covers record for a long time. We'd hear a great song at 2 AM while driving the straight line from one part of Texas to the next, and all we'd want to do is play that song as if we had written it. There are so many artists we considered, some for the mere fact that they wrote a perfect song, some for nostalgia's sake, some because more people need to hear them, some for the challenge, and some to shed a whole different light on a song: Our light... make it a duet, more optimistic or maybe less traditional. [Mates of State]That's the album's cover above. The full tracklist, which includes Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Vashti Bunyan, Daniel Johnston and others, is below. The first song, a cover of Girls' "Laura" that's rife with turntable scratches, is streaming and downloadable on their site.
Mates of State go on tour across the US this June and July. During that, they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 15th and Bowery Ballroom on July 16th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (4/21) at noon.
Joining the pair on those NYC shows will be Nick Thune. Other shows are opened by Free Energy (who play Bowery Ballroom on May 29th and South Street Seaport on July 23rd), Todd Barry, and Suckers (who have lots of other shows coming up too).
Mates of State tour dates, flyer and tracklist are below...
UPDATE: Haiti benefit tix were taken off sale. Going back on sale soon.
UPDATE: 2: They are back on sale through the above link, though they technically aren't. I'm confused.
UPDATE 3: the Haiti benefit tix are now also on presale. You need a password to buy them... unless you use the link above. very confusing. That is true about the password, but it's for a different event exactly one month later at the same venue.
Speaking of the Bell House, Mates of State are playing there on February 21st. Tickets are on sale for that too.
Tickets also recently went on sale for Rodrigo y Gabriela, Thermals, Spoon, Trey, Allmans, Shearwater, Midlake, Quasi, Kaki, Box Elders and many others.