Entries tagged with: Matthew E. White
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Matthew E White @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/13/2013
Last night at the Bowery Ballroom, he was given a lot more space, but he brought a much smaller band along for the ride. Opening with the soft, aching "Will You Love Me," it was quickly apparent that this wasn't going to be a night of horn-and-string-filled chamber pop. Instead, White and his band ripped into the louder sections of the song with a gnarled guitar part and a country-tinged swagger. The group has been touring this material for a while now and like any adventurous, talented group of musicians, it's obvious they take a certain amount of glee in finding new wrinkles in them, stretching solos out into new shapes and trying out new arrangements just for the hell of it. That playful tendency grew even more apparent as the group jumped into "Steady Pace," a brisk whirling dervish of a track from the record. At one point White and bassist Cameron Ralston even did some coordinated dance moves, shuffling back in forth with shit-eating grins on their faces. - [CMJ]Matthew E. White's tour rolled into NYC on Monday (5/13) for his biggest show here yet, playing Bowery Ballroom. The Virginia Beach native was supported by Helado Negro. Did you catch his show? Photos from Bowery, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
Matthew's North American tour is over now and he'll head to Barcelona next weekend for Primavera Sound. He's got a few other festivals (like Bonnaroo) on the summer docket, plus an upcoming European tour. All dates are listed, along with more Bowery pics, below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
by Caroline Harrison
John Darnielle at MHOW, 10/14/2012
Mountain Goats played their second of four sold-out New York shows and last NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/14) during their current round of dates. They were supported by Matthew E. White who wrote the horn arrangements for the most recent Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth.
Matthew E. White recently released Big Inner, an album he recorded with over 30 of his closest friends in his hometown of Richmond, VA. He didn't bring all 30 with him -- though he would have if he could -- but was still joined by eight musicians on stage. His set spanned genres from soul to psychedelic rock to dub and country. Eight backing musicians may seem excessive, but White's masterful arrangements made every note matter. I think a number of zealous Mountain Goats fans were pleasantly surprised, and many came away Matthew E. White fans.
John Darnielle, the man behind the Mountain Goats, has long mocked his own ability to play guitar. His simple rhythms and patterns have never diminished the effect of his powerful lyrics which were front and center last night. Despite a packed house, Darnielle made the Music Hall of Williamsburg as intimate a back room at a dive bar.
Darnielle's masterfully gut-wrenching prose unite a troubled cast of characters in Mountain Goats songs, and his vocal performance is every ounce as nuanced as it is on record. Mountain Goats were joined by the horn section from Matthew E. White's band for some of the songs off of Transcendental Youth. The horns reappeared for the first encore, adding to the determination of crowd favorite "This Year." The Mountain Goats closed out the show with "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out Of Denton," to the elation of the packed house.
The Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White move on to the Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/15) for two more sold out shows, concluding their NYC run on Tuesday (10/16). The set list for both MHoW shows and more pictures from Sunday night are below.
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.