Entries tagged with: Matthew E White
by Bill Pearis
photo: Matthew E White @ Baby's All Right in April (more by PSquared)
Matthew E White has released a deluxe version of his Fresh Blood LP that comes with what he's calling the "No Skin" version of the album, which has it stripped of strings, horns, and choirs. (Which he and his band usually, but not always, do it live.) It's still a pretty lush listen without all that, and you can stream the "no skin" version of "Rock n' Roll is Cold" from it below.
Meanwhile, White has a new video for Fresh Blood cut "Vision." Directed by Clara Aranovich, the video features feminist commentator Caitlin Stasey and actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) exploring the trials of living with blindness. Watch it below.
All Matthew E. White tour dates are listed, along with the "Rock n' Roll is Cold" stream and "Vision" video, below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Ride / Patti Smith / Gaz Coombes / Savages @ Field Day 6/7/2015
The polarities of Sunday's rock-friendly bill are represented by Mac DeMarco and Savages. DeMarco is a nonchalant goofball whose slacker self-deprecation ("We got nothing else to do") and wayward frazzle-rock suits the genial tempo of a blazingly hot afternoon. By contrast, Savages are all discipline and attack. Their spiky punk noir is like a glass shard to the ribs and Jehnny Beth, who dedicates Fuckers to anyone dismayed by the general election result, is an increasingly formidable frontwoman.London's Field Day Festival took place last weekend (June 6 & 7) in Victoria Park, with a very impressive lineup. Day 2 featured Patti Smith, Ride, Savages, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Viet Cong, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Matthew E. White, Ducktails, Allah-Las and more. Pictures from that day are in this post. Day 1 featured Run the Jewels, Caribou, FKA twigs, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Stealing Sheep, QT and more.
And so to the veterans. Patti Smith's 40-year-old album Horses was a jukebox of influences - garage-rock, soul, reggae - reconfigured with a poetic downtown sensibility. She performs it in full with urgency, pathos (dedicating Elegie to "anyone you wish to remember") and wry humour. After slightly botching Break It Up she says, "I never do nothing perfect. I only fuck up perfect." Reunited 90s indie heroes Ride have a slim catalogue for headliners, but they make a glorious noise, intense yet comforting: frontman Mark Gardener dedicates the effects-pedal firestorm on Drive Blind to obvious influences My Bloody Valentine. They are clearly delighted to be back. Early in the set, the propulsive Seagull goes down so well that Gardener says, "Good night! Only joking." - [The Guardian]
Viet Cong will be in NYC this week for Northside Fest, playing two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Girl Band, plus American Wrestlers on Saturday (6/13), and Sannhet on Sunday (6/14). Advance tickets for both are sold out, but they will be taking limited Northside badges, so if you have one of those, arrive early. More pictures from Day 2 of London's Field Day festival, below....
Natalie Prass @ Rough Trade in February (more photos by Amanda Hatfield)
I have come down fast with something and I am so sick I can barely speak. I held off as long as I could in case something changed and I all of a sudden got better, but unfortunately, it's been the opposite.Natalie has rescheduled the Bowery Ballroom show for July 13. All tickets from Monday's show will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase. And tickets are still available as well.
I work so hard because this is my dream and nothing makes me happier than playing music with my band. But we are human and we get sick. Definitely makes you appreciate when you're not sick.
We will be back soon...
All Natalie Prass and Matthew E White tour dates are listed, along with live videos for both, below...
photos by PSquared
Matthew E White @ Baby's All Right 4/6/2015
How can you recreate this attitude for highly-orchestrated music live on stage in a small venue like Baby's All Right, which isn't exactly Carnegie Hall? You probably can't, and wisely, White doesn't try - his show is a clever bait and switch. Accompanied by a fiery, pliable three-piece band, featuring Alan Parker on lead guitar, Pinson Chanselle Jr. on drums and Cameron Ralston on bass, White revamped his tunes, rendering them earthy and raw, less studied. The group took the stage to Curtis Mayfield's "Billy Jack," a deep, sprawling groove from 1975, which gives you an idea of their mindset.Matthew E White's tour swung through NYC on Monday (4/6) for a sold-out show at Baby's All Right. While he didn't have the full-orchestra that was there for his BRIC House record release show, he and his very solid band delivered straight-ahead versions of Fresh Blood's tracks and other songs. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
This doesn't mean that White entirely remade his sound in performance: He maintained the signature aspect of his vocal delivery. His voice is low, wide and whispery; he spilled out over the music like Serge Gainsbourg, guttural, raspy, even slightly creepy at times. It takes courage to step up to a microphone - a tool for making yourself loud - and ooze rather than belt.
But there's no syrup in the live arrangements: White and his band, nearing the end of a month-long tour, came hurtling at the audience, muscular and tightly coordinated. They opened the set with "Take Care My Baby," which is the closest White gets to pure R&B on record. In performance, the waterfalls of dueling guitar verged on the downtown art-rock of Television, and the pummeling surges of bass leaned towards reggae. - [Diffuser]
Opening the night were his tourmates Wilsen, and Karima Walker. In the front room at Baby's that night, Okkervil River's Will Sheff was the DJ for the evening. Pictures from their sets, and more of White's, below...
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis.
Matthew E. White @ BRIC Arts Media House, 3/3/2015
Though his ambitious new album, Fresh Blood, isn't out till next week, Matthew E White celebrated last night with release show at the BRIC Arts Media House on Tuesday night (3/3). It was a special show too, with a 25-or-so piece orchestra and backup singers to replicate the deep shag arrangements on Fresh Blood. "I hope you're having half as much fun as I'm having," gushed White after a few songs. With all those strings, songs like the sweeping "Holy Moly" got the wall-of-sound scope they needed, and were worth trudging out in last night's slush to see. Pics and setlist are in this post. The show was filmed for BRIC's public access cable channel, so look out for that soon.
If you haven't heard Fresh Blood yet, it's streaming at NPR. Matthew E White and his regular band (minus all those strings and brass and backup singers) will be on tour soon, with another NYC show at Baby's All Right on April 6 with Wilsen and Karima Walker. Tickets are still available. Matthew also makes his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on March 16
More pics from his BRIC show, below...
Matthew E White's lush, string-laden new album, Fresh Blood, is out next week and you can stream the whole thing over at NPR. Tonight (3/3) in Brooklyn, he'll be playing the album with a 30-piece orchestra at BRIC House, which is sold out.
In a more scaled-down manor than tonight's show, White will be going on tour next week, starting with appearances at the Savannah Stopover and SXSW, and will make his way back to NYC again for a show at Baby's All Right on April 6 with Wilsen and Karima Walker. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
A year ago today we lost Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I didn't know Phillip, but I had watched everything he did for 15 years. To me, he was everything one could ever want to be in an artist, and although I am no actor I was much more of a student than a fan. Very soon after his death it became crystal clear to me that I wanted to try very hard and write a song for him. He deserved something from me, something that honored him, and showed how grateful I was for all he had given. His death was immensely sad and as deaths such as these go, leaves us crushed that a life so bright has been dimmed. There is a duality in these circumstances, it's a place where we find darkness in the light, but more powerfully, we find light in the darkness. I tried to find music that felt the same. It's my best shot, and it's called Tranquility.Matthew E. White's genuinely lovely Phillip Seymour Hoffman tribute, "Tranquility," is on the singer's new album, Fresh Blood, which is out March 10 via Domino. Listen below.
To a man that showed me, over and over, what excellence and craft is, here is a song for you.
You can catch Matthew E. White in NYC on March 3 at the BRIC House -- tickets are still available.
Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
The BRIC House, the multipurpose venue/studio/learning center from the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn!, have just announced their 2015 Spring Season, which includes art, theatre, workshops and music. On the latter, performances include the previously-announced Matthew E White show on March 3, plus Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara on April 7, acclaimed Zimbabwe musician Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits on April 21, and Cuban composer Omar Sosa with Quarteto AfroCubano on April 30.
There's also Kingmaker, a work-in-progress musical from Carl Hancock Rux (book and lyrics) and Toshi Reagon (original music & lyrics) which runs April 17 & 18:
Based on the true story of an African American (f to m) transgendered gospel quartet singer, and drawing upon the traditions of African American roots music (including gospel blues, polyrhythmic call-and-response harmonic singing and contemporary folk) the work is an exploration of the spiritual journey of gender, faith, and the forgotten history of the Great Migration.Tickets to those shows and the entire BRIC House 2015 Spring Season are on sale now.
There's a whole lot more going on at BRIC House this spring. Details on all the events are listed below...
Matthew E. White deservedly saw a boost in his career thanks to the strength of his 2012 LP, Big Inner, which got him a deal with Domino, who re-released the album in 2013. Now he's announced his first new album for the label, Fresh Blood, which will be out on March 10. You can check out the tracklist and a video trailer for the LP below. Artwork above.
Just ahead of its release, Matthew will be coming to NYC to debut music from the album on March 3 at the BRIC House. The night is billed as "the world premiere of Matthew E. White: Southern Lights Tonight" and will feature Matthew "flanked by strings, horns, background singers, and backed by the inimitable Spacebomb house band." Tickets are on sale now to members of Matthew's fan club and go on sale to the general public on January 6 at noon. Brooklyn Independent Media will be filming the show.
Matthew's only other two shows announced at the moment are that same month in Europe. All dates are listed, with the album trailer and tracklist, below...
Natalie Prass at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Nashville singer/songwriter Natalie Prass, who was just declared "rising" by Pitchfork, has announced a tour in support of her self-titled debut album due out January 27 via Spacebomb Records. The tour includes European dates in January and US dates in February, hitting NYC on February 6 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/5). All dates are listed below.
The new album was produced by Matthew E. White, who Natalie tells Pitchfork she was in a band with when she was in 8th grade. You can listen to the album's single, "Why Don't You Believe In Me," below.
Natalie is also currently a member of Jenny Lewis's band, and just wrapped up a tour with them. Maybe you caught that tour in NYC at Terminal 5 earlier this month or ACL (where the above pic of Natalie is from).
List of dates and song stream below...
Like in past years, Georgia's Savannah Stopover will go down shortly before SXSW, and will likely have a good amount of overlap. The 2015 edition is their 5th anniversary and happens March 5-7. The initial lineup was announced today and includes Generationals, Diarrhea Planet, Matthew E. White, San Fermin, Heavenly Beat, All Them Witches, Fat Tony, Gap Dream, Beach Day, Axxa/Abraxas, What Moon Things, Ryley Walker and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full phase one lineup and a playlist with those artists below...
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
by Bill Pearis
He spends most of his time fronting jangly indie pop band The Rosebuds, but Howard Ivans has a funky side, too. He's a member of Gayngs, and don't forget the Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in full. But now Ivans steps into the solo spotlight with a new 7" on Mattew E. White's Spacebomb records. The A-side, "Red Face Boys," is full-on funk, where the flip, "Pillows," is sexy, string-laden soul. You can stream both sides below.
Matthew E White, meanwhile, plays NYC tonight (11/27) at Rough Trade. It's a free show with doors at 6:30 and White going on at 7 PM.
Single streams and tour dates are listed below.
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
Charles Bradley @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
This morning, Rough Trade NYC announced a few of their first ticketed evening shows. Now they've just announced a whole lot more, including some free in-stores. The record store/venue opens on November 25 with a free show from Charles Bradley that night. Phosphorescent and Marissa Nadler will both perform free in-stores on November 30, and John Grant performs on December 3 which is free with purchase of his new album Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Similarly, Nick Lowe is performing on December 8 and you can get into that one by purchasing his new Christmas album.
Other upcoming free in-stores include Matthew E. White (11/27) and The Stepkids (11/9). Another ticketed shows has been added as well, Allah-Las on 12/6 (no ticket info yet). Updated Rough Trade NYC show schedule is listed below...
Matthew E. White in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Matthew E. White is set to go on a tour with Okkervil River this year (though he's not playing their NYC date), and after that he'll be doing some headlining shows of his own. One of those shows happens in NYC on December 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/23) at noon.
Hot Chip recently remixed "Big Love" off Matthew's 2012 LP, Big Inner. Domino is also releasing an expanded edition of the album on October 22, which includes the new single, "Hot Hot Hot." Stream both songs, along the list of all currently known tour dates, below...
Matthew E. White in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Matthew E. White, who was last in NYC for CMJ when he opened for The Mountain Goats and played his own show at Union Pool, will return for his largest NYC show yet on May 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/3) at noon. The show is part of Matthew's ongoing tour, but other than Bonnaroo and a post-'Roo show in Columbus, OH opening for the National and Local Natives, it's his only announced US date at the moment.
All currently announced dates are listed, along with some videos from his debut album, Big Inner, which came out last year via Hometapes but was reissued this past January via Domino, below...
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2012, which they consider "20 records didn't make [their] Top 50 but they're not necessarily just Nos. 51-70." There are some similarities to their Overlooked Records of 2012 list that they posted halfway through the year. It also includes Frankie Rose's Interstellar, which did actually get Best New Music upon its release, unlike the other albums here. And it's got Waxahatchee's American Weekend and Jeremih's Late Nights with Jeremih, neither of which were reviewed throughout the year. Though they did review Waxhatachee (Katie Crutchfield)'s sister Allison's band Swearin', who also makes this list, and who (along with Jeremih) made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks list.
Full list below...
The Mountain Goats @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/15/2012 (via @haleigh133)
Following two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Mountain Goats continued their NYC run last night at Bowery Ballroom (10/15) and we've got the setlist (including a cover of Wye Oak's "Civilian") below. John Darnielle and co will wrap it up at Bowery tonight (10/16) and tickets just went back on sale for that show.
Tourmate Matthew E. White will play Union Pool on Wednesday (10/17) as part of the Team Clermont CMJ showcase that also features Opossom, Twin Tigers, Grape Soda, and Koko Beware. No advance tickets for this show, but you can RSVP on Facebook. From there he'll continue on with The Mountain Goats, though he has a few dates on his own amongst them.
Mountain Goats Bowery setlist, a flyer for the Union Pool show and a list of updated dates for The Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White are below.
Araabmuzik at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Little Savage @ Cake Shop
* Idle Warship @ Highline Ballroom
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Gus + Scout, Turner Cody @ Mercury Lounge
* Matthew E. White, SoftSpot @ Mercury Lounge
* Wanda Jackson @ The Wonder Bar (Asbury Park)
* Def Leppard, Lita Ford, Poison @ Saratoga Springs
* It Is Rain In My Face, Pressed And, Sofia Bolt @ Pianos
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost @ Living Room
* Sinkane, Superhuman Happiness, Mrs. Adam Schatz @ Zebulon
* The Dreebs, Nu Sensae, Psychic Blood, Big Ups @ Death By Audio
* William Blake in "Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James" @ Birdland
* Tubetops, No Glow, Heavenly Beat, Beggars In A New Land @ Glasslands
* Sweet Tooth, Lands and People, Many Mansions, Chiffon @ Delinquency BLVD
* The Campilongo Quartet with Erik Deutsch, Jeff Hill, Tony Mason @ Living Room
* AraabMUZIK, Flosstradamus, Teengirl Fantasy, Nick Hook @ Central Park Summerstage
BrooklynVegan is presenting a free screening of "Little Birds" at Knitting Factory tonight. Doors are at 7:30 PM. The flier for tonight's screening is above.
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!
No Hot Tub comedy show at Littlefield tonight but it will resume next Monday (8/27)
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Megafaun/Justin Vernon/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Matthew E. White plays Mercury Lounge tonight before heading out with The Mountain Goats on a tour which includes four NYC shows. His excellent debut album, Big Inner, comes out this week (8/21) and you can stream the entire thing below.
Happy birthday to the great Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, who would have been 63 years old today.
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
As mentioned, The Mountain Goats and Megafaun/Justin Vernon/Sharon Van Etten cohort Matthew E. White are touring together this year in support of both artists' new LPs. That tour hits NYC for the previously discussed shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 14 and Bowery Ballroom on October 15.
Tickets for both of those shows are still available but two more NYC shows have been added, which happen on October 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.
As mentioned, Matthew E. White will also play his own show in NYC on Monday (8/20) at Mercury Lounge, one day before his debut solo album, Big Inner, comes out. Tickets for that show are still available.
If you missed it, you can download "Cry for Judas," the single off of the Mountain Goats new album, Transcendental Youth (due out 10/2 via Merge), above or stream it below.
That stream and a list of updated dates below...