Entries tagged with: Mikal Cronin
Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.
Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.
[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]
FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.
More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...
Plus: a new Titus video and a WTF with Marc Maron episode ft. Patrick Stickles & Mikal Cronin
photos by Christina Domingues
Titus Andronicus / Ex Hex
Things remained at a fever pitch through the second half of "Four Score and Seven" and "A More Perfect Union." When the band left the stage after concluding with "Titus Andronicus" just before midnight, the crowd screamed for more until the lights came up and security started shooing us out.Titus Andronicus celebrated their new 29-song rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy back in July with five Shea shows and on Friday (10/16) their tour brought them back to Brooklyn for a much bigger show at Warsaw with Mary Timony's band Ex Hex and Spider Bags. The show was sold out, and it doubled as the Merge Records CMJ showcase. As the Cool Dad Music review quoted above points out, Titus and their crowd were as wild as ever. Pictures are in this post.
I was covered in sweat and imagining the art project of bruises that would dapple my torso in the morning as I hobbled back toward The Gutter to see if my friends were still there. "Maybe I'm getting too old for this," I thought. "Maybe I should just stand in the back like the 45-year-old dad I am and save my body."
I don't think I can do it, though. It's two days later, and I'm still sore; but I can't trade the connection, the feeling of... ...euphoria... ...exhilaration... ...anger... ...frustration... ...SOMETHING... ...for the comfort that comes from standing in the back of the room and watching things unfold from afar. [Cool Dad Music]
Titus frontman Patrick Stickles and his Merge labelmate Mikal Cronin also both appear on the new episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast. You can listen here. Titus also made a video for "No Future Part IV: No Future Triumphant" off the new record, which you can watch below.
More Warsaw pictures and Titus' setlist also below...
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
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...