Entries tagged with: Mean Creek
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
The War On Drugs at Cameo in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Mark Mulcahy @ Calvin Theatre, 1/13/2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The War On Drugs, Doug Keith, Sore Eros @ Bowery Ballroom
The War on Drugs sound better than ever on their new album, Lost in the Dream, which takes the sound they honed on 2011's Slave Ambient and expands on it. Tonight they begin their sold-out 3-night run in NYC. Openers include Sharon Van Etten collaborator Doug Keith and Kurt Vile collaborator Sore Eros.
Marissa Nadler, Mt. Royal, Ballet School, Pins, Simon Raymonde DJ set @ Baby's All Right
UK label Bella Union just launched an American arm, and tonight celebrate with a full line-up of their bands, many of whom are over from the UK (and just played SXSW). Label head (and former Cocteau Twins bassist) Simon Raymonde will DJ throughout the night too.
Rey Pila, The Midnight Hollow, Rumors @ Glasslands
Mexico City's Rey Pila are signed to Julian Casablancas' Cult Records which should give you a hint about the kind of rocky pop they play. Having just played SXSW, the band are spending some time at their label's home, and playing this show tonight while here.
Shark?, Life Size Maps, Mean Creek, Toons, Gross Relations @ Pianos
It's the third night of LIfe Size Maps' Pianos residency, and this one's presented by Old Flame Records whose catchy gargage rock band Shark? headlines the night.
Mark Mulcahy @ Lincoln Center
In 2013, the former Miracle Legion and Polaris singer released his first solo album in eight years and it was very good to have his raggedly emotive vocals warming you like a great be hug again. Tonight's show is part of the American Songbook Series.
Cashmere Cat, Trippy Turtle, Obey City @ MHOW
Dance your ass off to Cashmere cat at this sold out show with Trippy Turtle and Obey City.
Cashmere Cat afterparty w/ Yolo Bear, Obey City @ Baby's All Right
Do it again at 11 PM at Baby's All Right after the MHOW show.
Woman's Hour, Future Of What @ Mercury Lounge
This London four-piece have been together since 2011, and over the course of a handful of singles have carved out an identifiable sound: chilled-out pop, heavy on synths but strictly slow-dance material. Comparisons to The xx are not entirely off-mark, but the quartet aren't quite that minimal. Having just played SXSW, they're in NYC for two shows, this being the first.
The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
Tonight The xx begin their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.
Chlöe Howl @ The Box
British pop singer Chloe Howl had some buzz behind her for last week's appearances at SXSW, and now NYC gets a chance to see her at swanky Manhattan venue The Box.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Polica @ Radio City Music Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Polica, Marijuana Death Squad @ Webster Hall
Polica's blend of folk-style songwriting with indie pop and R&B aesthetics is as great live as it is on record. They were recently here opening for The xx, but now you can catch them at a headlining show, as they taken on Webster Hall.
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight's the first full night of the multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (last night was the pre-show), and though all the shows should be great, our show of choice tonight is the one at Music Hall of Williamsburg which features one half of TNGHT, Lunice, Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, and upcoming rapper Rockie Fresh. Other BEMF shows include Erika, BMG, Souffront, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic @ 285 Kent Avenue, Sliink, Nadus, DJ Reck, Ezrakh, DJ Slow @ Glasslands, Letherette @ Villain and John Digweed, Naveen G, Mario Basanov, Nicholas Matar @ Output.
Mick Turner, Mike Wexler, Matteah Baim @ Union Pool
Dirty Three guitarist (among other things), Mick Turner, is set to release his new solo album, Don't Tell the Driver, on November 19 via Drag City which was recorded over the last four years, is a concept record and being described as a "post rock opera."
Os Mutantes, Capsula @ Le Poisson Rouge
Brazilian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes play tonight with fellow South American band Capsula.
Twin Peaks, Drowners, Gang of Youths @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's glammy garage rockers Twin Peaks played MHOW last night with Born Ruffians and tonight headline here (formerly listed as "Laura Palmers" and "Secret Guest"). This is also another chance to catch prettyboy pop-rock combo Drowners. Late night, Pearl Necklace's Bryce Hackford will DJ.
Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, Spires @ Bowery Ballroom
Widowspeak just released a new EP, The Swamps, last week which offers up more of their spooky, whispery sounds. Tonight's show also features synthy Vetiver side project Pure Bathing Culture and Spires' paisley-colored pop.
The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis, Grandchildren @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is now open with free shows every weekend, and tonight's is from indie folk collective The Low Anthem. Robert Ellis, who's also on the bill, opened for Deer Tick in NYC last night.
Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
This is the first of three sold-out shows at City Winery for the Irish singer.
The Business, The Welch Boys, 45 Adapters @ Mercury Lounge
UK Oi vets The Business play tonight, which could get wild like it did in 2011.
Sleeping Bag, Shark?, Rozwell Kid, Porches @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill, especially for anthemic Brooklyn garage rockers Shark? and the Exploding In Sound-signed Porches. Porches are about to release a split with LVL UP on 11/26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy, and you can stream both sides of that below.
Tombs @ Saint Vitus in April (more by Caroline Harrison)
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
This is a great local metal bill, including two big hitters: the atmospheric Tombs and the post-harcore-leaning Primitive Weapons.
Hard Nips, Mean Creek, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Butterscotch Stanley @ Shea Stadium
All-girl Japanese punk band Hard Nips, who are a lot of fun live, headline this overall good line-up of local acts.
Lucero, Titus Andronicus, The Menzingers @ Terminal 5
Fans of punk-tinged heartland rock/folk rock and vice versa shouldn't miss this show, because all three bands expertly deliver that sound.
Sunset Guns, Typefighter, Heeney, Black Mountain Revival @ The Grand Victory
The band we're most looking forward to on this bill is Typefighter, who make very good post-Weezer power pop.
Tiers, Dead Leaf Echo, The Harrow @ Cake Shop
Coldwave duo (and Cult of Youth-related) Tiers have their record release party which also features superior local shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo.
Polar Bear Club, Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Polar Bear Club has taken out some pretty great openers for this tour, including the anthemic emo-punks Citizen, power poppers Diamond Youth, and post-hardcore rippers Sainthood Reps.
GAG, Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, IVY @ Fitness
Olympia's GAG chug away with a heavier, thicker, and darker take on the kind of power chord riffage that's been in punk's repertoire since the earliest days of hardcore, and they've got a seriously maniacal vocalist. See what you're in for via the live video embedded below. This is also the last-ever show for Shoxx (whose drummer Elser Nino is also now in Merchandise), and local punk band Goosebumps are always worth catching too.
NY Comedy Festival
The 10th annual NY Comedy Fest is underway and tonight's shows include Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, and Charlie Murphy.
China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool's China Crisis took the '70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-'80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Bill Pearis
We mentioned that noisy Welsh pop act Joanna Gruesome are coming over to NYC next week for CMJ, and at the time we knew of two day shows: Pianos on October 16 and The Rock Shop on October 19. Since then, the band have officially come in the running for this year's Most Shows During CMJ Award, with
nine eight appearances listed now, including the Pitchfork unofficial show at 285 Kent on October 18. Here's the rundown, with times where available:
10/15 Brooklyn, NY - Ran Tea House (Force Field PR showcase)Joanna Gruesome, whose debut Weird Sister is a terrific example of non-wimpy indiepop, just released the video for one of the records' standout cuts, "Sugarcrush," which features some pretty cool animation (and a talking cheeseburger) by Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond. You can watch that below.
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Kanine Records/SESAC party) - 3:30pm
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Old Flame Party) 7:45pm
10/17 New York, NY - Cakeshop (Capeshok Presents) midnight
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Portals Music) 9:00pm
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Pitchfork showcase) 11:15pm
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop (Lost Colony party) [day]
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (Agency Group showcase)
Full lineups of the shows mentioned, where available, are below too.
by Bill Pearis
CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.
Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."
Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.
The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...