Entries tagged with: Moon King
by Bill Pearis
Moon King @ Mercury Lounge 4/17/2015
Moon King were in NYC over the weekend as part of their tour with Doldrums (they were also 3/4ths of the latter's backing band). I caught their show Friday (4/17) at Mercury Lounge where frontman Daniel Woodhead was a nonstop ball of energy and he and Maddy Wilde's harmonies sounded great. (if you haven't checked out their new shoegazy/krauty new album, you should.) After their tour with Doldrums, Moon King will head out to open for Brooklyn's Mr Twin Sister on a July tour that wraps up in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 7/24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/22) at noon.
To give you a taste of what Mr Twin Sister are like live you can stream a recording of their November 22, 2014 show at Shea Stadium, below. All dates for both bands are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Moon King's new album, Secret Life, is out next week via Last Gang. The duo of Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde have grown a lot, musically, since their last record and Secret Life is a much more nuanced work, with baroque and electronic elements woven into their dreampop sound. Check it out for yourself -- you can stream the whole thing now, via Fader, below.
The band's tour with Doldrums (aka Daniel's brother Airick) -- Moon King have their own set and play as part of Doldrums as well -- hits NYC next week, playing Mercury Lounge on April 17 (tickets) and Baby's All Right on April 18 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets for the Baby's show on Facebook.
Doldrums, meanwhile, have just shared the video for "Loops," directed by Lily X, which is one of the standout cuts on his very good new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare. That album is out now via Sub Pop and can be streamed below, as well.
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums' new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, is out next week via Sub Pop. It's a real step up for Airick Woodhead who this time out matches his kitchen sink approach to electronic music with a stronger sense of melody and more of a direct eye on the dancefloor. If you wished 2013's Lesser Evil had more songs on the same level as "Anomaly," the new album is for you. You can stream the whole thing (via FACT) below.
Right after the album's release, Doldrums' tour with his brother Daniel's band, Moon King, will start. Both Daniel and Maddy Wilde of Moon King are in Doldrums' live band, and they were terrific when I saw them last year. See them if you can, like at their two NYC shows: Mercury Lounge on April 17 (tickets) and Baby's All Right on April 18 with Malory playing as well (tickets).
Moon King, meanwhile, have shared another track from their new album, Secret Life, which is out April 14 via Last Gang. "Roswell" adds synthpop shininess to their shoegazy sound which is promising. Stream that below as well.
After their tour with Doldrums, Moon King will head to Europe for dates with TOPS and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. All Doldrums and Moon King tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums have shared a second song from his terrific new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, which is out April 7 via Sub Pop. Like first single "Hotfoot," "My Friend Simjen" owes a little to '90s electronica, and this one would probably sound right at home next to Underworld's "Born Slippy." You can listen (via Fader) below.
Right after the new LP's release, Doldrums will head out on tour and, like last time, Airick Woodhead will be touring with brother Daniel's band Moon King (who double as members of Doldrums live band). NYC gets two shows: Mercury Lounge on April 17 and Baby's All Right on April 18. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/13) at noon; tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
Moon King, meanwhile, have released another track from their new album, Secret Life, which is out April 14. "Apocalypse" starts off purposefully tinny before exploding into overdriven shoegaze. Listen, alongside the tour dates, below.
by Bill Pearis
photo:::Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom, June 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, aka Toronto's Airick Woodhead, has signed with Sub Pop who will release his new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, on April 7. Having started in 2011 or so as a fairly avant-garde one-man-band, Woodhead quickly brought more form to his music and drafted his brother Daniel (of Moon King) into the live setup. By the time of his debut album, 2013's Lesser Evil, pop hooks were incorporated into singles like the terrific "Anomaly." That song seems to be the jumping point for the new album which is crammed with inventive arrangements and memorable choruses. It's also custom-built for the dancefloor, all while retaining his off-kilter perspective on things.
The first song to be shared is album-opener "HOTFOOT," which is a literal banger -- the main hook of the song is like a pogoing jackhammer and a car alarm all in one. In a good way, maybe owing just a bit to mid-'90s electronica. You can stream it and check out the album art and tracklist, below. Doldrums was on tour last fall with EMA. No word on 2015 dates just yet.
Speaking of Moon King, they just announced that their new album, Secret Life, will be out April 14 via Last Gang. The LP's first single is "Roswell," a fine example of their pulsating dream pop -- stream it below. Moon King toured as a part of Doldrums when they opened for Owen Pallett last year. No North American dates for them either, but they will be in Europe with Alvvays soon, and those dates are listed below.
Heat @ Union Pool during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal was just here for CMJ, hosting a nine-hour showcase on Friday (10/24) at Arlene's Grocery with Lydia Ainsworth, HEAT, Homeshake, The Muscadettes and more. If you went, how was it? Those artists and a lot more will also be playing the ninth edition of the actual M for Montreal festival which happens in the Quebec city from November 19-22. Like the last few years, the first two days of M are more of an industry event with only "official selection" showcases, including performances by Operators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ainsworth, July Talk, HEAT and more. Then on the weekend it moves into proper festival mode with shows all over the city and bands from all over the world, including Thee Oh Sees, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins, The Blind Shake, Nils Frahm, PyPy, Moon King, and lots more.
by Bill Pearis
Pop Montreal HQ (via @popmontreal)
Pop Montreal happened last week at venues all over the Quebec city. I've been to M for Montreal many times, but this year was my first Pop and it was a pretty fun time. One thing you notice almost straight away is that unlike some festivals, this one clearly feels like it is for its home city first and foremost. Luckily, Montrealers are a friendly sort of folk. There were a handful of "international" acts (Ty Segall, Twin Shadow, Suzanne Vega), but the lion's share of the music was Canadian and specifically from Quebec. And there are no shortage of bands and artists in Montreal. I saw a bunch of them.
The festival works basically like SXSW, you get a badge which allows you in to all the participating venues (most in the city). Unlike SXSW however, said venues are not all conveniently located on or around a six-block stretch. There are patches of venues clustered around, but if you're trying to take advantage of your badge's club-hopping abilities, it involves hoofing it or cabs. I found myself on Saint Laurent a lot, which has La Sala Rosa, Casa del Popolo, Divan Orange, and a few others right around each other. There aren't a lot of day parties like you get at SXSW and CMJ, but plenty of late-night afterparty action.
I missed the basketball game and Steve Albini cooking class, but across five days, many Cadence Weapon sightings and the single worst hangover I've ever experienced, these were some of the Pop Montreal musical highlights:
The Unicorns @ Metropolis (9/21): Reforming at Arcade Fire's behest, Montreal cult band Unicorns played their final home show on the last night of Pop. It really is a different experience seeing them in their hometown. They did two single-note band hit encores as a joke before finally leaving the place with "I Was Born (a Unicorn)."
Light Fires @ Balattou (via)
Light Fires @ Ballattou (9/17): Toronto cross-dressing synthpop solo act Light Fires opened for Unicorns at Metropolis but I also caught her the first night of the fest at Ballattou, which clearly used to be a strip club. The seedy atmosphere fit Light Fires' vibe well, which was part Hedwig and part Erasure. (Her record's pretty good.) I stuck around afterwards for LA Foster who used to be in Mozart's Sister but now makes her own synth-n-B on her own.
Choses Sauvages @ Club Lambi (9/19) I don't think I've gone to Montreal and not seen a Francophone dancerock band, and this trip it was Choses Sauvages who were playing another place that seemed like it used to have exotic dancing. The French language works well for this kind of funky disco and the band goes the extra mile in the live department, hamming it up just enough.
TOPS @ Sala Rossa (9/19): TOPS are one of the more popular rising bands in Montreal and I'd seen them play a few times already (plus their old band Silly Kissers), but they've come a long way even in the last year. Jane Penny's confidence as a frontperson has grown and guitarist David Carriere's playing is Steely Dan clean. Hearing them do "Way to Be Loved" live was maybe the highlight of the fest. They'll be in NYC soon with Wampire, and for CMJ as well. Moon King opened and also just seem to get better.
Holy Data @ Divan Orange (via @brooklynvegan)
Holy Data @ Divan Orange (9/20): Featuring ex-members of Sunset Rubdown and Parlovr, with a fair amount of synths and effected guitars, Holy Data make a swirling, occasionally muscular brand of dreampop. You can check out a couple demos on their soundcloud.
Monomyth @ L'Escogriffe (9/18) Hailing from Halifax, NS and having all four members write and sing, I couldn't help but compare them a bit to Sloan. But Monomyth sound nothing like them though. Like Sloan, the styles of the songs vary wildly depending on who's singing (one of them clearly went through a jam band phase). But the songs are uniformly terrific, ranging from powerpop to warbly indiepop. Also, I really like L'Escogriffe's down-n-dirty rock vibe. Their new album, Saturnalia Regalia, came out this summer on Mint (stream it via Spotify)
Pat Jordache @ Pop HQ (9/20): I've seen Pat play a few times, and it's always a different lineup of the band. Here they were a three piece (no drummer) but their sound has gotten darker and groovier. Liquid bass, ala Japan or early Brian Eno, with appropriately gothy (but not too) vocals. We're due for some new music from Pat Jordache soon, keep an eye out.
The Muscadettes @ L'Escogriffe (9/20): Shouty two-piece (plus drummer live) who are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Heaps of attitude and the songs loads of fun. Currently working on their debut album, you can check out a single here.
SEOUL @ The Plant (9/20): In addition to official shows, I also went to a Pop Montreal fashion show (weird/cool), and on Sunday checked out DIY space The Plant that reminded me of RIP Brooklyn spots Dead Herring and the old Silent Barn. Someone brought bagels from St. Viateur and you could help yourself, and between bands folks hung out behind the building where the railroad passed by every so often. SEOUL, who make airy pop that would sound at home on a Prefab Sprout album, are good Sunday afternoon hangout (hangover) music. They'll be in NYC for CMJ too.
Pop Montreal has announced dates for next year: September 16 - 20.
by Bill Pearis
Mr. Twin Sister, as they are now known, have just released a third track from their new album which is out September 22 via Infinite Best. "The House of Yes" is much in the same mould as "Blush" and "Out of the Dark" -- lush R&B/house with a definite UK bent. (Think Sade, Bjork's first album or either of Everything But the Girl's late-'90s albums.) The production hits all the right notes (Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna did the gorgeous string arrangements). You can stream it below.
The band's two record release shows are coming up at Baby's All Right on October 3 & 4. The 10/3 show is with Ava Luna and Touch, and the 10/4 show is with Toronto's Moon King and Zula. Timothy Allen DJs at both shows (which are 18+) and tickets are still available.
Doldrums (with both Woodheads) @ T5, 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, the musical venture led by Torontonian Airick Woodhead, are currently in NYC as part of their tour with Owen Pallett which hits Brooklyn's Glasslands tonight (5/13) and Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (5/14). Tickets to Glasslands and Bowery Ballroom are still available.
For this tour, Doldrums includes Woodhead's brother Daniel, who used to be in the band (and sometimes still is live) but now fronts Moon King. That band's other main member, Maddie Wilde, is also part of the current Doldrums touring unit. Once that tour is over, Doldrums will be back in NYC for a show at Baby's All Right on June 5 that will also feature a set from Moon King, too. This will be the first time Doldrums and Moon King have played on the same bill together. Eola is also on the bill and Empress Of is DJing. Tickets are on sale now.
Doldrums' most recent album was 2013's Lesser Evil. All Doldrums dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Glasslands - 9/13/2013
Majical Cloudz are no strangers to NYC, having played a few times here this year already. This tour, with fellow Toronto's shoegazy Moon King (whose Daniel Woodhead is a sometimes-member of his brother Airick's band Doldrums, who like Majical Cloudz, appeared on Grimes' Visions), brought them through for two shows and we caught Friday's set (9/13) at Glasslands. (They played Mercury Lounge on Saturday, 9/14.) Main man Devon Welsh is an intense frontman who likes to connect with the audience, and confessed he had a fantasy of the entire audience pogo-ing to "Mister." Most of the crowd was happy to oblige. The night started off with a candlelit set from Matthew E. Duffy and pictures from the Glasslands show are in this post.
Welsh also said these will be Majical Cloudz's last live shows for a while, so if you missed these you may have to wait a while. More pics from Glasslands below...
photos by David Andrako
Dan Deacon / Merchandise @ Horshoe Tavern, Toronto 6/13/2013
While many of us are running around Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the Northside Festival and others are in Tennessee for Bonnaroo, David Andrako is up in Toronto for the annual NXNE festival. Much like NYC, it was a rainy night in The Queen City Last night (6/13) and he stayed put at Horseshoe Tavern for the extra-solid bill of Nu Sensae, Dan Deacon, Merchandise, DIANA and Moon King. Pictures from Horseshoe Tavern in this post.
Merchandise and Nu Sensae are heading this way for Northside. Merchandise play 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Destruction Union which is sold out but you can try to get in with your Northside badge. Nu Sensae, meanwhile, also play with Destruction Unit, and Big Ups and Psychic Blood at Shea Stadium on Sunday (6/16). Advance tickets are still available or use the old Northside badge.
More pictures from NXNE day 1 below...
Killing Joke @ Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Moon King @ BVSXSW (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
today in NYC
* Jamie Saft @ The Stone
* Killing Joke @ Irving Plaza
* Pharrell @ House of Vans
* Furthur @ Capitol Theatre
* Diana Krall @ Beacon Theatre
* Young Magic @ Ran Tea House
* Clinic, The Cobbs @ Glasslands
* Muse, Dead Sara @ IZOD Center
* Olafur Arnalds @ J&R Music World
* Opeth, Katatonia @ Wellmont Theatre
* Lebowski Fest @ The Gramercy Theatre
* Baby Dayliner, Sir Jarlesburg @ Grand Victory
* Kinski, Ancient Sky, Landing @ Death By Audio
* Blackstreet, Dave Hollister @ Best Buy Theater
* Moon Hooch, Dubious Luxury @ Knitting Factory
* Graham Parker & The Rumor @ The Stone Pony
* Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna @ Mercury Lounge
* Widowspeak, Gambles, LODRO @ Knitting Factory
* The Parlotones, Dinner and a Suit @ Mercury Lounge
* Habibi, BOYTOY, Slothrust, The Migs @ Shea Stadium
* Shuggie Otis, Jesca Hoop @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood @ Madison Square Garden
* Alvin Risk, Photek, Luminox, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Slow Hands, Tanner Ross @ Output
* Punks On Mars, Young Boys, Secret Lover @ The Rock Shop
* Overlord, Radical Dads, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Ma'am @ Pianos
* Joey Anderson, 12 X 12, L'estasi Dell'oro, N'conduit @ Glasslands
* Spires, Pre War, Pass The Rush, Esther, Jupiter Boys @ Cake Shop
* Cleric, Torrential Downpour, Tidal Arms, Sun Woman @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, No Class, Goosebumps, EEL @ The Acheron
* Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown's Body, Selecktah Twice @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Strange Names, Ludwig Persik, Steel Phantoms, Junior Prom @ Union Pool
* The Veda Rays, Grand Resort, Eastern Hollows, Fan-Tan, Rob Karpay @ Muchmore's
* Fu Manchu (performing The Action is Go), Bloodnstuff, Vagina Panther @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bambara, Advaeta, Highway Gimps, Juniper Rising, Isn't Ours, Total Slacker (DJ) @ Silent Barn
* Caged Animals, Moon King, Leapling, Sexy Merlin (members of Moon King). Big Soft (DJ) @ Big Snow
* Jonathan Toubin, Bryan Kasenic, FaltyDL, Scott Mou/Queens, Matt Werth, Caleb Braaten @ Other Music
* French Horn Rebellion, Jody Watley, Body Language (DJ), Ernesto (of Penguin Prison) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Glen Hansard, Rhett Miller, Lucy Wainwright Roche @ City Winery
* Earworms, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit, Old Monk, The Amputees, Clean Girls, Bitter Valentines @ Don Pedro
Good show at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge tonight, with BV SXSW showcase/day party vets Caged Animals and Toronto's Moon King, as well as Leapling. Also playing is Sexy Merlin which shares members with Moon King. $7 at the door.
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Phoenix are currently on the West Coast for Coachella (weekend 2 starts today) and hit Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and -- shades of SNL -- performed "Entertainment," then a medley of "Trying to Be Cool" and "Drakkar Noir" on the show. You can watch those clips below.
As mentioned elsewhere, Colin Stetson will release his new album, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, on April 30. He recently released a video that combines two tracks from the LP, "In Mirrors" and "And In Truth," and you can watch that below.
Pentagram @ Power of the Riff East (more by Greg Cristman)
Sean Price @ Duck Down Holiday party, 2012 (more)
today in NYC
* Pentagram @ Saint Vitus
* Amy Speace @ Joe's Pub
* Slobber Pup @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Olafur Arnalds @ SoHo Apple Store
* B.B. King, Boogie Long @ B.B. King's
* METZ, Odonis Odonis @ Shea Stadium
* The Red Paintings, Lewis Lazar @ Pianos
* They Might Be Giants @ Academy Records
* Muse, Biffy Clyro @ Madison Square Garden
* El Topo, Les Yeux, Friend Roulette @ Pianos
* Brazos, Snowblink, The Loom @ Cameo Gallery
* Mindless Self Indulgence, Death Spells @ Irving Plaza
* Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Barclays Center
* Morgan Karr, Janelle Kroll, DJ Fromage @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wilder Maker, Water Liars, Nathan Xander @ Cake Shop
* Born Ruffians, Moon King, Ski Lodge @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Wale, Ciara @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Clementine & the Galaxy, Cold Blood Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Low Fat Getting High, Left & Right, Bloom, Ravenous @ Big Snow
* Fitz and the Tantrums, Hunter Hunted @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Safe, Le1f, HEEMS, BLKKATHY, Doe Paoro, DJ Dapwell @ 285 Kent
* Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, White Bike @ Death By Audio
* Danielson Famile, Jeffrey Lewis, Welcome Wagon @ The Knitting Factory
* Christina Courtin, Margaret Glaspy, Julia Easterlin @ Rockwood Music Hall
* William Tyler (Silver Jews / Lambchop), Zachary Cale @ The Mercury Lounge
* Black River Quartet, Sound Rabbit, Tanner Walle, Cherokee Red, Isaiah Panther @ Bowery Electric
* Sean Price, Bishop Nehru, F. Stokes, Children of the Night, Rawbeatz (DJ), Sucio Smash @ Glasslands
Toronto's Odonis Odonis open for METZ tonight at Shea Stadium. Toronto's Moon King open for Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom. Moon King's Maddy Wilde sometimes plays with Odonis Odonis. Maybe there will be a guest appearance tonight?
Meanwhile, Moon King also play on Friday (4/19) at Big Snow with Caged Animals, Leapling, and Sexy Merlin.
Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High, who play Big Snow tonight, are releasing a new EP, Bad Yoga, in May via Dead Broke Rekerds (who has put out releases for Nude Beach, Tenement, and others) and Money Fire Records. Stream a track from that EP, "Better Better Worse," below. They have other upcoming local shows on Friday (4/19) at Don Pedro's and Sunday (4/21) at The Bowery Electric.
SAFE is playing a record release show at 285 Kent tonight with a great lineup of Le1f, Heems, Doe Paoro, BLKKATHY and DJ Dapwell. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Le1f and Dapwell also both just played the Whitney over the weekend.
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Veronica Falls made a video for the title track of their most recent album, Waiting for Something to Happen and you can watch that 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...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.
Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!
For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Mirrored Media, ASCAP, and Redigi.
Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.
The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.
Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!
More pics from Thursday's day party are below.
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Leapling released their Losing Face EP back in January via Father/Daughter. On it, the band merges pastoral pop with more motorik/Krauty rhythms, making for a very appealing listen. Opening track "Nature Must Not Win" is especially nice. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band are currently working on their debut full-length and may trot out a few of those new numbers tonight (5/6) when they play Shea Stadium with Ava Luna, Toronto's Moon King and The Can't Tells. Advance tickets are still available. If you can't make it tonight, Leapling's next scheduled NYC show is May 3 at Cameo. All dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Moon King - Appel (MP3)
Moon King are set to release the second EP in their Obsession series. It will be out April 20 via One Big Silence, the label run by Fucked Up's Mike Haliechuk. You can download "Appel" from Obession II above and stream it below. With heavily effected guitars and some majorly late-'80s booming snare, it falls somewhere between Lush and JAMC (which is A-OK by me) with a big, anthemic chorus. Nice.
As mentioned, Moon King play Shea Stadium on Tuesday (3/6) with Ava Luna, Leapling and The Can't Tells (tickets). The band will then head to -- you guessed it -- Austin for SXSW and soon after hook up with fellow Canadians Born Ruffians for a tour that will bring them back to NYC on April 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and April 18 at Maxwell's (tickets). All upcoming Moon King tour dates are below.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - Anomaly (MP4)
Doldrums @ MHOW, Oct. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums (aka Toronto's Airick Woodhead) releases his new album, Lesser Evil, on February 26 via Arbutus Records. They recently released standout album cut "Anomaly" which you can download above or stream below. Woodhead is taking the live band version of Doldrums out on the road soon but no NYC dates have been announced yet. His full tour schedule is below.
Airick's brother Daniel, however, does have an NYC show coming up with his band Moon King. They'll play Shea Stadium on March 6 with Ava Luna, The Can't Tells and Local. Moon King, who just did some dates with Fucked Up in Canada, just finished their new album, Obsession II, and should be out in the first half of this year.
Song stream and tour dates listed below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Gardens & Villa at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Santa Barbara indie pop crew Gardens & Villa haven't given us an album since their 2011 self titled debut on Secretly Canadian, but they did treat us to some music this year with a cover of "Gypsy" for the the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and a remix of their tourmates Polica's "The Maker" for Polica's remix EP.
We asked the band for a list of their top 10 songs of 2012, and like their own sound, most of the artists they chose lean on the indie pop side of things like Beach House, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights, Pure Bathing Culture, and others. You can check out their full list below.
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, September 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Airick Woodhead has come a long in the last 12 months with Doldrums, having started as a one-man elecronics project and quickly expanding it into an actual band that gained more form as the months went on. By the time CMJ rolled around, Doldrums was a fully realized endeavor on stage and one of the more entertaining sets I saw that week. As mentioned before, Doldrums' debut album, Lesser Evil, will be out February 26 on Montreal label Arbutus Records. It's a terrific record that I think is gonna turn a lot of heads. You may remember that Grimes jumped the gun and named it her favorite album of this year. You can check out the video for Lesser Evil's "She is the Wave," below and stream "Egypt," the first official single from the album, as well which is available in EP form right now.
Meanwhile, we got Airick to give us his Top 10 of 2012. He prefaces his list with this:
Driving alone at night is the best time to listen to music. Me and my car, Sheeba, have been through alot, and here are the records that have soundtracked our year; some good stuff coming out of the neighbourhood and from across the pond. Of course, i should be giving a honorable mention to my FAVORITE driving records of all time : Robyn, Sean Nicholas Savage, Elvis Presley, Yo! Majesty, Nancy Sinatra - but just for the sake of this being a year end list lets go with the new shit.Will he give props back to Grimes? Or perhaps his brother Daniel's band Moon King? Check out his list below, along with the "She is the Wave" video.
SVIIB @ LPR, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bad news School of Seven Bells fans looking forward to seeing them tonight (11/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Singer Alejandra de la Deheza has laryngitis, which forced them to cancel last night's show in Philadelphia and they just posted this to their Facebook:
Dear Brooklyn,Twin Sister and Moon King will go on as scheduled and the show now opens with Leapling at 9 PM. Feel better, Alejandra!
It totally breaks my heart to say this. We've had to pull out of tonight's show at Music Hall. I tried absolutely everything I could. EVERYTHING :( I'm still sick as ever. I was so looking forward to this show. I was waiting until the last minute before I called it. I was hoping so bad that I could still do it. You guys mean so much to me and I'm so sorry. We'll reschedule as soon as possible. I promise. -A
by Bill Pearis
Moon King at Casa Del Popolo, 11/17/2012
Saturday was the fourth day of M for Montreal and the second day of the weekend M Fest with shows spread out all over the city. It was a welcome change this year, especially on Saturday, as all previous years have ended with a big show at the Metropolis theatre usually featuring a bunch of artists aimed toward a Montreal crowd that may not appeal to those who don't live there (like, say, Pierre Lapointe who I suffered through in 2008). There was still a big show at Metropolis this year (Of Monsters and Men, who played the tiny Casa del Popolo last year) which I stopped by check out opener Sóley (both of whom are in town this week), but soon split to see other things.
CTZNSHP at Sala Rossa, 11/17/2012
From there I went back to Sala Rossa to check out CTZNSHP, a trio from Montreal who play gloomy postpunk. "I've been a sick and my voice is shot," singer Jesse LeGallais admitted before the started. "You're gonna have to put up with my Ian Curtis imitation tonight." And he was definitely singing in a froggier register than what's heard on their recordings, so I won't judge to harshly. Musically they were pretty good.
Goose Hut at Casa Del Popolo, 11/17/2012
Then it was across the street to Casa del Popolo for another Montreal trio, Goose Hut. I wasn't too keen on the name, but they won me over pretty quickly and were one of the better laptop-reliant bands I've seen in a while. All three members sang, two played drums (one of whom also played keyboards) the main vocalist/guitarist flung his arms out like he was trying to fly whenever he wasn't strumming. They also have ridiculously catchy songs heavy on "wee-oohs" and "whoah-ohs" as well as a charming, low-key stage presence. Also, people were dancing throughout their set. Goose Hut are also better live than their free download EP might have you believe (stream it below) so keep an eye out for these three.
Moon King at Casa Del Popolo, 11/17/2012
At this point I was going to leave to go catch Duchess Says at Katacombes but, at the urging of a new friend, I decided to stick around Casa for at least a couple song of Moon King's set and ended up staying for the whole thing. They were terrific. As you may know, Moon King are Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde, both of whom were in Toronto's Spiral Beach (who I once saw open for Sloan) along with Daniel's brother Arick (aka Doldrums) and Dorian Wolf (who now plays bass with Austra). Live Moon King are a four-piece with a drummer and synth bassist and make soaring, shoegazy pop (some of it is very Lush). Woodhead is a crazy confident frontman, throwing rockstar poses which looked all the more striking with the band's stark, bright lighting setup. I hadn't really given their Obsession I mini-lp musch of a listen but was really impressed with them and it was easily one of the Top 5 sets I saw at M. NYC can see Moon King next week when they open for Twin Sister and School of Seven Bells at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 28 and tickets are still available.
Odonis Odonis at Casa Del Popolo, 11/17/2012
Maddy Wilde also played in Toronto's Odonis Odonis who were up next and played noisey, garagey psych. I enjoyed their set but wanted to scoot back across the street to Sala Rossa for some of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's set. Which I only stuck around for for two songs (interesting, but not really my thing), instead heading off to L'Esco for a couple Francophone rock bands.
Le Kid et les Marinellis at L'Esco, 11/17/2012
Le Kid et les Marinellis made very '60s Nuggets-y pop who were a lot of fun, and had the tiny room moving. A lot of bands make this kind of music, but not that many do it in French, which definitely worked to their advantage. Finally, it was Jesus Les Filles (who I've seen before and really like) who took the stage at nearly 3 AM. Having just got back from Iceland airwaves, the band had brought back some of that country's fermented shark delicacy for the crowd to try which, having seen that episode of No Reservations, kept far away from. There was talk of an afterparty, but I had to be at the airport at 10 AM so that was it for my fifth M for Montreal.
Philippe B at Cafe Campus, 11/17/2012
Actually, I should mention the annual Saturday matinee Francophone showcase at Cafe Campus which features bands that will likely never play America. We got three hip hop groups (one of whom, Koriass, was pretty good), cutie pie singer Maia Leia</strong> and Philippe B who played with a string quartet. Unfortunately I missed Les Trois Accords who are apparently "the Green Day of Montreal." So it goes.