Entries tagged with: Mikal Cronin
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
Detroit Cobras at The Bell House in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras have a few Northeast dates scheduled for January, including a return to NYC for a show on January 24 at The Bell House with power pop trio Nude Beach and The Above. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
For Brooklyn's Nude Beach, that's one of two upcoming local shows the band has scheduled. They've also been added as an opener to the NYC stop of Mikal Cronin's previously mentioned tour happening on December 11 at Webster Hall with The Entrance Band. Tickets for that show are still available. Nude Beach have also mentioned a new LP is in the works for 2014, so stay tuned for that.
All Detroit Cobras dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
Mazzy Star in Portland - 11/3/13 (via @themahgoots)
Psychedelic rock trio The Entrance Band are set to follow their self-titled 2009 album with a new one, Face the Sun, on November 19 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. You can stream the first two singles, "Fire Eyes" and "Spider," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
The Entrance Band have a few shows scheduled for this fall, including one in NYC opening the previously discussed Mikal Cronin show at Webster Hall (12/11). Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich is on that bill too, and tickets are still available.
Before that though, they'll be doing some support dates on the Mazzy Star tour (like they did in 2012), which they joined in Portland, OR last night (11/3), the second night of the tour. Psychedelic folk singer Mariee Sioux is also on a few of the west coast dates, including this past Friday's (11/1) tour kickoff show in Sacramento.
The Entrance Band and Mariee Sioux have a few more dates with Mazzy Star before Psychic Ills take over as the openers on the rest of the dates, including the NYC show happening on November 20 at Terminal 5. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving way two pairs to the show. Each pair comes with a t-shirt that the winner can pick up at the show. Contest details below.
So far, Mazzy Star's setlists have been similar (but not identical), balancing their initial three '90s albums with this year's reunion album, Seasons Of Your Day. Check out the setlists for the Sacramento show and the Portland show, along with a short clip of the band playing "Fade Into You" in Sacramento, below.
All lists of dates, along with the Mazzy Star setlist/video, contest details, and the Entrance Band LP info, below...
by Bill Pearis
Mikal Cronin @ NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Mikal Cronin's had a pretty good year, at least from what I can tell, having released the great MCII on Merge in the spring and touring extensively for it. He's going to end 2013 with a quick victory lap of shows, including one at NYC's Webster Hall on December 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon.
Mikal's other shows that month are in Chicago and Los Angeles, and all dates are listed below...
Fullerton, CA record store/label/way-of-life Burger Records, who has somewhat cornered the market on low-fi, nasally, tongue-in-cheek powerpop/punk/garage, has been hosting Burgerama fests in California for a few years. But now they're taking the show on the road with the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars, featuring The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Pangea. That tour includes a stop in NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all dates are listed below.
If you live in the San Francisco area, Burger is throwing a two-day festival, Burger Boogaloo, this weekend (July 6 & 7) in Oakland's Mosswood Park, featuring appearances by Jonathan Richman, Oblivians, Redd Kross, The Seros, FUZZ, Trashwomen, Audacity, Traditional Fools, Mean Jeans, Shannon & The Clams, Guantanamo Baywatch, Pangea, Gravy's Drop, Mikal Cronin, Gap Dream, Peach Kelli Pop, Wet Spots, Stompin' Riff Raffs, DJ Jonathan Toubin NY Night Train, DJ Russell Quan, MC Oscar, and more. Tickets are still available.
Many of the groups named above are featured on the label's new cassette compilation, Taste of Burger Records, which has a whopping 57 tracks. You can stream the whole thing below.
Burger's next two releases both come out on July 23. One is Love is the Law, the new album from Portland's The Memories whose folky pop is not that far from The Beets. You can stream a track off that below. The other is The Life and Times of a Paperclip, from SoCal duo The Garden and their drum-and-bass setup will probably appeal to fans of The Intelligence. You can check out the video to "I'm A Woman" below.
Fliers for Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars and Burger Boogaloo, plus the list of tour dates and streams, below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by David Andrako
We already posted pictures of the Mikal Cronin/Shannon & the Clams show from day 3 (6/15) of Toronto festival NXNE, and that same day we also caught Mikal on the annual M for Montreal / Panache Bruise Cruise during NXNE with Toronto locals Odonis Odonis, Montreal's We Are Wolves, and rapper Fat Tony (who also played Yonge-Dundas Square). PIctures from that Bruise Cruise are in this post.
Mikal Cronin is currently in NYC and will be playing live at the Pitchfork offices at 3 PM today (6/19) which will be webcast live. WATCH IT BELOW.
photos by David Andrako
Mikal Cronin / Shannon & the Clams @ Silver Dollar Room 6/14/2013
But the afternoon, and perhaps NXNE as a whole belonged to recent Merge Records signing Mikal Cronin. This was his third of four shows at the fest and while he appeared rushed due to time constraints, Cronin sounded exactly as you'd hope he would: poppy but scrappy, daring but focused and completely engaging.After spending Thursday night (6/13) of Toronto fest NXNE seeing Nu Sensae, Merchandise, and more and then on Friday hitting The National in Yonge-Dundas Square and the M for Montreal showcase at Sneaky Dee's on Friday (6/14), we spent our Saturday (6/15) of NXNE at the Silver Dollar Room to catch Mikal Cronin whose new record on Merge, MCII, is one of the best guitar pop albums of the year. Also on the bill were tourmates Shannon & the Clams whose new album on Hardly Art is album pretty fun. The show was great and as you can see from the pictures in this post, a pretty wild time. Toronto's Chico No Face were on the bill too.
Later that evening, the Silver Dollar Room swelled in anticipation of Shannon and the Clams, the Oakland act that's often difficult to label, but impossible not to enjoy wholeheartedly. Shannon Shaw displayed effortless grace and a somewhat seductive snarl throughout their buoyant set, which eventually had the floor of the Silver Dollar Room shaking in total agreement with their pungent garage pop ditties. Shannon and the Clams have been garnering acclaim for their recent Hardly Art full-length Dreams in the Rat House, and they're very well deserved. - [Popmatters]
Unfortunately, this show is going to be one the final shows at the Silver Dollar Room, because the venue will soon be demolished to build more student buildings in Toronto.
Mikal Cronin and Shannon & the Clams' tour hits NYC later this week for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (6/20) with Roomrunner (who also have a show with Speedy Ortiz and California X soon).
Shannon & the Clams, meanhile, have another show while here, playing Death by Audio on Wednesday (6/19) with Hector's Pets, Las Rosas, and The Foxx. $10 at the door. Mikal will be back next month MoMA Nights on July 18.
Updated Shannon & the Clams dates are listed, along with pictures from NXNE, below...
While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).
Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.
Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.
There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.
Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.
In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...
Mikal Cronin in Chicago in February (more by Kristie Shanley)
This summer, MoMA will be hosting the return of their MoMA Nights series every Thursday in July and August. In July we get the indie rock stuff (curated by MoMA's PopRally), with shows from Ex Cops on 7/4, TEEN on 7/11, Mikal Cronin on 7/18, and Ducktails on 7/25. Then in August, it's the contemporary composer/modern art type performances from Pauline Oliveros, Tristan Perich and more. Each MoMA Night runs from 5:30 to 8 PM with the music beginning at 6:30. Regular museum admission applies.
More info on MoMA Nights at MoMA's site. Full schedule below...
Mikal Cronin just released his second solo album, MCII, which is a terrific record and a perfect listen for a lovely spring day like today. You can stream the whole thing over at Merge Records. Mikal has just released a video for "Change" and you can watch that below.
As mentioned, Mikal will be on tour this summer, playing NYC at Bowery Ballroom on June 20 with Roomrunner and Shannon & the Clams opening. Tickets (only $10!) are still available. He just expanded his tour as well, and all dates are listed below.
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
still from "I Appear Missing" video
As mentioned, Queens of the Stone Age are releasing a new album, ...Like Clockwork, which is due out June 4 via Matador. They already released the first single, "My God Is The Sun," and now they've given us another... well half of it at least. A 30-second teaser for QOTSA track "I Appear Missing" aired on Adult Swim last night (5/5), and now the band have released a three-minute video for the track, but the album version is reportedly a six-minute song. You can watch the three-minute video below.
Speaking of Adult Swim, they just released the free Garage Swim compilation, which features new music from Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff & Gap Dream, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Lips, Mikal Cronin, King Khan and the Gris Gris, Mind Spiders, OBN IIIs, Weekend, Cheap Time, Bass Drum of Death, and more. You can download it for free HERE and stream the entire thing below.
QOTSA video and Garage Swim stream below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Ty Segall's new power trio, Fuzz, will be in town in June to play a Summerstage show at Red Hook Park on June 6. Fuzz (in which Ty plays drums and sings) just released a video for "Fuzz's Fourth Dream" which is the B-side of their debut single which came out earlier this year on Trouble in Mind. The clip was shot during this year's Burgerama festival in Santa Anna, CA and you can watch it below.
In related news, Ty Segall is on one side of the newest 7" in Famous Class Records' LAMC singles series. The instrumental track, "Music from a Film 1," is funky in a Krautrock kind of way. You can stream it below, along with the other side, a very Oh Sees-eque "Mountain" by Chad & the Meatbodies. 100% of the digital proceeds going to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music - a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools. You can order it here.
And last but not least, Ty Segall's cohort Mikal Cronin will release his second album, MC II, next week on Merge. It's a terrific album, loaded with harmony-laden psych-pop and you can stream the record in full over at NPR. Mikal will play Bowery Ballroom on June 20 and tickets are still available.
Fuzz video and LAMC single streams are below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Roomrunner at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Lukas Hodge)
Baltimore rippers Roomrunner wrapped up their run with Marnie Stern over the weekend. They didn't play her NYC show, but they did play her Chicago show, and instead opened for Pissed Jeans in NYC. Now the band have more dates scheduled, three of which are in NYC.
The first is the previously discussed free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on Saturday (4/27) with Waxahatchee, Twin Sister, Swearin', Speedy Ortiz, and more. Then they'll headline a gig at
Death by Audio on May 14 (openers TBA, admission is $7 at the door). Finally, in June they'll support a few dates on the previously announced Mikal Cronin and Shannon and the Clams tour, including the NYC show on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are still available.
UPDATE: We've been told that Roomrunner have cancelled the Death by Audio show and pushed back the release date of their album from 5/14 to 5/28.
The Death by Audio show serves as a record release show for the band's debut LP, Ideal Cities, which is due out the day of the show (5/14) 5/28 via Fan Death. The album has the clearest production of anything the band has put out to date, but it's far from overly polished. Guitar riffs pile on top of each other in a Siamese Dream/In Utero sort of way, putting Roomrunner in a league of other current bands like California X and Milk Music that actually make the term "grunge" sound appealing again. But while those bands often channel the swampy sounds of Dinosaur Jr and Meat Puppets, Roomrunner's after something brighter. Singer Denny Bowen sings with a nasally pop punk sneer and the album's got some of the band's biggest hooks yet.
Check out the video for Ideal Cities single, "Weird," along with all tour dates, which are listed below...
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
Peace @ Glasslands, 12/19/2013 (more by Robert Altman)
As mentioned, UK band Peace will be in NYC in June, playing Mercury Lounge on June 12 (tickets). Turns out there's another show while they're here: Knitting Factory the day before (6/11) and tickets to that are on sale now.
These are part of a North American tour that's bookended with festivals: Sasquatch in WA at the start, and NXNE in Toronto at the end. NXNE 2013 happens June 10 - 16 and the first round of bands were just announced and include The National, Flag, Merchandise, Calexico, Iceage and more. Early Bird tickets are on sale now. A flyer with all the first-round NXNE bands is below.
You can see Peace next week if you happen to be one of the thousands descending on Austin next week for SXSW and their schedule includes a stop at the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/16) at the old Emo's Jr space. Show is 100% free and open to the public with RSVP. All Peace dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Shannon & the Clams - Rip Van Winkle (MP3)
Bay Area band Shannon & the Clams will release their new album, Dreams in the Rat House, on May 21 via their label home, Hardly Art. A lover of vintage rock n' roll, R n' B, Shannon (who spent time in Hunx & His Punx and sang on the last Intelligence LP) brings that fun spirit to her own music. Check out "Rip Van Winkle" in MP3 form above.
Shannon will be in Austin next week with most of the music world for SXSW but will then hit the road with Mikal Cronin (whose new album is out on Merge soon). That tour includes a stop at Bowery Ballroom on June 20 and tickets are still available. All tour dates (including SXSW shows), plus album art at track list, are below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Mikal Cronin will release his second solo album, MCII, on May 7. The album, which marks his debut on Merge Records, is even more in the pop direction than his 2011 debut album, full of strings, harmonies, and ebullient, catchy pop. If you haven't checked out first single "Shout it Out," you can stream it below.
Mikal, who will be in Austin for SXSW, will launch a North American tour this summer with a New York stop on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/27) at noon with the general on-sale happening on Friday (3/1) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
As a member of Ty Segall's band, Mikal Cronin stays busy, what with all the record releasing and constant touring. (Ty's tour just ripped through NYC.) But somewhere in that whirlwind of activity he managed to write and record. He'll be releasing his second solo album, MCII, on May 7 which will be his first album for Merge. That's the cover art above. "Shout it Out" is the first track from the record to be released and, Like his great 2011 Trouble in Mind album, it shows off Mikal's talent as a pop songwriter. But he's not afraid to stomp on the fuzz pedal, either. You can stream it below along with the LP's track list.
Not much in the way of touring for Mikal just yet, but he will be playing a few West Coast dates and SXSW in Austin so look for him there and his current schedule is below. Meanwhile, In the Red just reissued the split LP between Mikal and Ty called Reverse Shark Attack and you can stream that below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fuzz - This Time I Got a Reason (MP3)
Ty Segall @ The Well, September 2012 (more by Gabi Porter)
Not busy enough, apparently, releasing 800 records a year under his own name, Ty Segall has formed a new outfit, Fuzz, with Charlie Moonheart who has played in his live band for a while (they were also both in Epsilons). Here, Ty sings but is on drums and like their name implies, this is the kind of thick and heavy rock that descended straight from Hendrix.
The band's debut single came out, covertly, a couple weeks ago on Trouble in Mind (with no mention of the band members) and sold out its initial green vinyl pressing. Another pressing on black wax is due soon. You can download the A-side, "This Time I Got a Reason," at the top of this post and stream both sides below. You can also watch video of the band (which includes a third member on bass) doing "This Time I Got a Reason" at a recent show in L.A. Fuzz's only other upcoming dates are both in the Bay Area: February 28 at The Knockout in San Francisco and Go! Records in Oakland on March 1. Both shows are with Austin's OBN III's.
Meanwhile, In the Red is resissuing a couple hard-to-find Ty Segall records: the only release from his surf rock band The Traditional Fools, and Reverse Shark Attack, the 2009 LP he released with frequent colaborator (and bandmate) Mikal Cronin. Those will both be out January 22. Meanwhile, as discussed Ty is going on a tour which hits NYC on February 1 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Ty Segall live dates are listed below, along with Fuzz live video and streams.