Entries tagged with: Mikal Cronin
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
SFA / Malkmus / Screamales / crowd @ 2015 4Knots Fest
The 4Knots Festival happened on Saturday (7/11), its first year on the Hudson and as a ticketed event. You couldn't have asked for a nicer day and, though things got off to a late start resulting in some slightly truncated sets, good vibes abounded. Pictures from the day are in this post.
For me the real draw were Super Furry Animals, playing their only North American show on this visit and first since 2009. With no new album to plug, apart from a reissue of their Welsh Language LP Mwng, it was a Greatest Hits show, both in song and in stage antics. Singer Gruff Rhys had the cue cards for the audience and an alien mask for opener "Slow Life," vegetables were chewed as percussion on "Receptacle for the Respectable" (Bok Choy making its debut as veggie of choice), and they finished with an epic rendition of the Steely Dan-sampling "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" which had them in their yeti costumes and crossing aloft guitars for the finish. Gruff also thanked both Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, as well as fans who traveled far for the show. Setlist and a few videos are below.
The Jicks' set had the biggest crowd of the day. They put on a fun show -- heavy on 2013's Wig Out at Jagbags -- and all seemed to be in a good mood. Twin Peaks and Screaming Females probably had had the wildest crowds. It was hard to tell how many people were there as Pier 84 is a big place and lots of folks were more than happy just to hang out back on the lawn and not get near the stage. Then there was this year's VIP boat (which you could buy tickets for this year), a big party cruise ship that many people never left either. One member of early performers Surfbort left the boat, though -- by jumping off it and into the questionable waters of the Hudson. Once he got out of the water, he was ejected from the festival. Though he tried to get back in wearing a variety of different outfits, and it apparently worked? Video of his high dive is below.
The day also included sets from Mikal Cronin, Heaters, Meatbodies (who played Baby's while in NYC too), and pictures of their sets are in this post. Due to a torn calf muscle (ouch!), our photographer missed Heaven and Happyness but she soldiered on -- and is now on the mend. Lots more pics from 4Knots below...
photo: Mikal Cronin @ 4KNots Fest (via @Brooklynvegan)
Mikal Cronin just played NYC as part of Saturday's 4 Knots Fest, performing a late afternoon set and sounding pretty terrific. You can check out video of him playing single "Made Up My Mind," below. He's expanded his current tour and will be back in NYC at the end of summer, playing Brooklyn Bowl on September 19 with Calvin Love, and The Cairo Gang. That's the day before his Woodstock show with Ultimate Painting. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale soon.
We'll have more coverage of 4 Knots coming up. All Mikal Cronin tour dates are listed below...
The Village Voice 4 Knots Festival is next Saturday (7/11) at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, with headliners Super Furry Animals and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Since our last post, the fest has added Heaven and Surfbort who will be the first two bands of the day. In between will also see performances from Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Screaming Females, Happyness, Meatbodies and Heaters. 4Knots has also released its schedule/set times which you can check out below.
Tickets are still available, and they're offering a special where you can buy four general admission tickets for the price of three. There's also the $50 VIP option that gets you onto the VIP boat with complimentary snacks and three complimentary drinks (not a bad deal).
4Knots Fest schedule, below...
The lineup for the 2015 4Knots Festival has expanded once again. In addition to headliners Super Furry Animals, we'll also now get another '90s indie great, Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks, providing direct support. Also added are the shredding NJ punk trio Screaming Females. Those additions join Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks and more.
This year's fest happens July 11 on Hudson River Park's Pier 84. Tickets are still available.
San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.
Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Sadaaf Mamoon
Mikal Cronin @ London's 100 Club, 6/1/2015
Indie rocker Mikal Cronin and band began a UK/EU tour last Thursday (5/28) at Primavera Sound, in support of their third studio album MCIII, out now on Merge. We caught them playing London's 100 Club last night (6/1), with pictures in this post.
Mikal also recently premiered the video for "Say" on Funny Or Die, directed by comedian Jonah Ray. Like his recent video that paid homage to Natalie Imbruglia's "Stay," this another tip of the hat, this time to Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" video, with Jonah, Kurt Braunohler, Nick Thune and other comedians as a contentious bunch of Chevy Chases and Mikal as Paul. It hearkens back to the glory days of tweed blazers on '80s MTV and is quite cute, the pink utterly befitting of that joyful bassline. Jonah says of the video:
When my friend Mikal Cronin approached me about doing a video parody of Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" and said that I would be playing the part of Chevy, I stopped him right there. I said, "Mikal, my dear sweet acquaintance, I alone cannot play 'the Chevy,' as we are all 'the Chevy.' He is the light, the love, the Fletch." That's when Mikal broke down in tears over the phone. I laughed at him and said, "It'll be okay young, dumb, silly Mikal... It'll be okay."The European leg of the tour wraps up next week (6/10) in Amsterdam, and you can catch Mikal Cronin stateside at NYC's own 4Knots Music Festival with Super Furry Animals, Twin Peaks and more, on 6/11. Tickets are still available.
Watch the video and check out more pics and the setlist from the London show, below...
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
Last month it was announced that NYC-based concert promoters Bowery Presents would begin booking shows at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Since that announcement, we've mentioned a few upcoming Bowery shows at the venue, including Mac DeMarco, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Blake Mills. The rest of Bowery's initial schedule there includes Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Strand of Oaks, Heartless Bastards, Mikal Cronin and more.
Tickets for all shows on the initial Bowery-booked Bearsville schedule go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon, and a few have AmEx presales starting today (5/13) at noon. Check out the full schedule below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Mikal Cronin @ Bowery Ballroom 5/5/2015
Mikal Cronin celebrated the release of his third album, the factually-titled MCIII, at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night (5/5), part of his current tour. While the new album is resplendent in strings, Mikal and band played it straight, though keyboards did fill in some of the orchestrations. (His mostly-new band includes drummer Nick Murray who spent some time last year in Thee Oh Sees.) Pictures and setlist from the show -- including openers EZTV and William Tyler -- are in this post.
In other news, Mikal got some help from Hot Tub hosts Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal for his video for "Turn Around." Made with the JASH comedy group, it's a shot-for-shot remake of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" video and features cameos from comedians Paul Scheer, Jonah Ray, Real Estate's Matt Mondanile and Mikal's old bandmate Ty Segall. The video has Imbruglia's seal of approval and you can watch that, along with Cronin's recent performance on Conan, below.
Mikal will be back in NYC this summer for the 2015 4Knots Festival on July 11 at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, which also has Twin Peaks, Meatbodies and more on the bill as well. All upcoming tour dates for Mikal Cronin are listed, along with videos and more pics from his Bowery show, below...
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
The 2015 4Knots Festival, which is a ticketed show this year happening at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 on July 11 this year, has announced the initial lineup, featuring Mikal Cronin (who played an album release show at Bowery Ballroom last night), Twin Peaks, Happyness, Meatbodies, and Heaters. More artists will be announced soon but tickets go on discounted presale today at 10 AM, getting you $5 off. Password is 4KNOTSEM. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, May 9 at 10 AM.
The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...
Seattle's 2015 Bumbershoot Festival will happen on Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7). This year's lineup includes Faith No More, The Weeknd, Brand New, Social Distortion, Flying Lotus, Babes in Toyland, The Melvins, Neko Case, Minus the Bear, Chance the Rapper, Atmosphere, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mikal Cronin, and lots more. Festival passes and single-day tickets are on sale now.
Check out the full 2015 Bumbershoot lineup below...
Mikal Cronin has been getting ready for the release of his third album, MCIII, with a pair of solid advance singles. Mikal is now streaming the album in full a week ahead of its scheduled May 5 release. As mentioned, the album's split into two distinct halves, with Side A boasting more of the catchy hooks that MC II was full of, and Side B functioning as a six-song concept piece. Cronin admits to cribbing the structure of the album from Kate Bush's The Hounds of Love, as he told SPIN:
I just really liked, more and more, thinking about the structure of that and how you can listen to it in multiple ways. You can do just the A side, or just the B side, or both together. I like the idea of trying my own version of that. Plus, I had been toying around with my own version of a concept record for a long time, but this is an easier way to do that without a hundred percent committing to that story.You can stream MCIII in full now via iTunes.
Listen to the singles "ii) Gold" and "Made My Mind Up" below...
Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.
Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.
by Bill Pearis
Mikal Cronin has shared another song off his forthcoming MCIII which will be out May 5 on Merge. "ii) Gold" is part of a six-song cycle that inhabits Side 2 of the album. It's got a soaring chorus, a breakdown featuring Mikal on traditional Greek instrument the tzouras, as well as a let-it-all-hang-out finish. You can stream it below.
Mikal Cronin will release his third solo album, titled MCIII, which is out May 5 via Merge. Like his last album, Mikal played nearly everything on the album and wrote the string arrangements too. You can stream "Made Up My Mind" from the album, below.
In celebration of the new album, Mikal Will be playing select live dates this spring, including NYC on actual album release day (5/5) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (1/28) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream and album tracklist, below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
Photo: Thurston Moore @ Saint Vitus in October (more by PSquared)
Over the past month or so, we've been posting 'Best of 2014' lists from several artists, including Caribou, Converge, Yo La Tengo, A Place to Bury Strangers, Screaming Females, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Tom Scharpling, Vetiver, Moon Duo, Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight, Protomartyr, Klaus Johann Grobe, Kevin Morby, Hookworms, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxing, Evan Weiss, Crocodiles, and others (you can browse our "Best of 2014" tag for more).
Here's a roundup of even more artist year-end lists, including lists from The Wytches, Tweens, Weatherbox, Caspian, Plague Vendor, Andrew Jackson Jihad, S, PAWS, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, Tiny Moving Parts, Greys, Sarah Silverman, clipping., Low, Tacocat, Mikal Cronin, Ex Hex, Jason Narducy (Superchunk, Bob Mould Band, Split Single), Ceremony, Thurston Moore and Iceage. Find out what made their lists below...
Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.
...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]
UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...
Never one to go too long without a new album, Ty Segall will release a 17-track monster titled Manipulator in August via Drag City. You can hear snippets of a few of the album's songs -- including some typical Ty rippers and at least one that goes into funky krautrock territory -- in a weird, funny promotional video below.
Ty has also just announced a massive fall tour that will stop in NYC at Webster Hall on September 17 with opener Wand. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon. All dates are listed, along with Manipulator album art, tracklist and video preview, below.
Wand, who open the show, are not to be confused with Wooden Wand (who sometimes goes by Wand) or the band Wand that Bowery Presents' event page links to. It's actually the LA garage rock band who feature an ex member of Pangea, and put out a split with Ty's pal Mikal Cronin (produced by Ty) this past April. You can stream that below, and keep an eye out for their upcoming full length (also produced by Ty) due later this year via In The Red.
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.
That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.
Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.
Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...