Entries tagged with: Natural Child
John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).
This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).
Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most exciting set but they sounded good. They play with Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, too, along with Kyp Malone's Ice Balloons (he'll be busy tonight as his slightly more known band TV on the Radio play too, at MHOW).
Skimask opened the show with a 5-song set that they played on the floor, so while we didn't see them, we did experience them and their punky noise and funny stage banter made for a good start to the night.
There are only two shows at Death by Audio left both are "Top Secret!" though they'll likely have clues for tonight's show up on their website later today. We've got a good guess as to who one of the openers is.
Video of Thee Oh Sees doing set-opener "The Dream" at DbA last night, plus a few more instagrams, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
Natural Child at Death By Audio in 2012 (more by Devan Council
Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. You can check out the recent video for "Firewater Liquor" below. No strangers to the road (and all good musicians), Natural Child will be heading out on tour this fall, stopping to play Baby's All Right on November 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In related news:
All Natural Child tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.
together PANGEA @ Burgerama III (more by Debi Del Grande)
Burger Records, the OC record store/label/lifestyle, is doing their Caravan of All Stars roadshow again this year with a load of bands from their roster taking part at various points on the trek. together PANGEA are on all dates, including the NYC stop which happens at Bowery Ballroom on October 30 with The Coathangers Cherry Glazer, AJ Davila & Terror Amor, Mozes & the Firstborn, and Wax Witches. More acts may be added later and tickets will be available soon via Ticketmaster.
You can catch Cherry Glazerr before that as they play NYC at the end of the month. All dates and lineups of the 2014 Burger Caravan of All Stars Tour are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Austin garage rockers Ghetto Ghouls are releasing their self-titled LP on April 8 via Monofonus Press, and after sharing one of its tracks, "Peepshow," they're back with another, "Living Alone," which makes its premiere in this post. It's a lo-fi, distortion-covered downer punk dirge that has the singer yelling not much more than "I'M LIVINGGG ALONEEE" repeatedly and increasingly less restrained for the song's minute and a half duration. Check it out below.
Like many other Austin bands, Ghetto Ghouls will play a number of hometown shows next week for the insanity that is SXSW, including the Ping Pong day party at Hotel Vegas (3/12) with Natural Child, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences and more; the Monofonus Press day party at Beerland (3/12) with Destruction Unit, Guerilla Toss, Lushes and others; the Thread Pull Records day party at Trailer Space (3/13) with Crooked Bangs, Lie and others; the official Monofonus showcase at The Hideout (3/15) with Protomartyr, Love Inks and more; and the annual Panache Hangover Party on Sunday (3/16) with Tweens, September Girls, The Blind Shake, Calvin Love, A Giant Dog, Yvette and many more.
Their SXSW schedule in list format, and the new song, below...
After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and
Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).
UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.
Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.
Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Jamie Lidell @ Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Natural Child @ DBA, June 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon, The Stepkids @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
Jamie Lidell is on his second of three NYC-area shows tonight. This is a big free one, and is made even better by the inclusion of pop weirdo/dance party-starter Dan Deacon and soul trio The Stepkids.
Natural Child, The Moon Dudes, Pampers, Flagland @ Shea Stadium
Southern rock is alive, well and probably drinking a tallboy as we speak -- it's Nashville's Natural Child who appear to have stepped right out of 1973. They can play, too. If you're going, don't miss Pampers.
Blue Hawaii, Empress Of, Solar Year, Weeknight @ 285 Kent Avenue
Blue Hawaii's debut album is one of the lovelier electronic records to come out this year, somewhere between Cocteau Twins' otherworldliness and Aphex Twin's more accessible material. Better live than the music might lead you to think too.
Kisses, Strange Talk, Betty Who @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like John Hughes soundtracks, Kisses new LP, Kids in LA, is an extremely hooky distillation of that style of synthpop. Also on the bill are two similarly danceable (if more commerically-minded) Australian groups: Strange Talk and Betty Who. It's a late show (doors 11:30 PM).
Tiger Dare, The Hairs, Graham Peulsky, Rad Dreams, Franny & Zoey @ Cake Shop
We haven't seen Rad Dreams live yet, but their songs on Bandcamp are very catchy, fuzzy/folky indie rock. This bill -- which includes The Hairs -- is recommended for discerning indiepop fans on a budget. Only 75 cents to get in!
Black Taxi, The Band In Heaven @ Cameo Gallery
West Palm Beach's The Band in Heaven once aimed for JAMC-style fuzz, but on their new album they're as shiny and bright as the Florida sun.
Eets Feats, The Numerators, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
Austin's garage punks Eets Feats describe their sounds as "torta vibes" and have song titles like "Beer Vibes," "Crust Factor" and "Burnt Out" so you probably get the idea... but you can also check em' out on Bandcamp.
Gauntlet Hair, Jackson Scott, EULA @ Glasslands
Chicago duo Gauntlet Hair just released their second album, Stills, via Dead Oceans. If nervous, dark (but not really gothy) postpunk is your thing, worth a listen on Spotify. Tonight's show is with new Fat Possum recording artist, Jackson Scott.
Tijuana Panthers, Sundelles, Le Yikes Surf Club @ Knitting Factory
Southern California trio Tijuana Panthers keep things on the party side of the garage with some of it spilling into the beach.
Krill, Summer People, Outta Gas, Bethlehem Steel @ Union Pool
Boston indie rockers Krill, who kind of sound like Spencer Krug fronting Built to Spill, are back in NYC tonight to headline a bill at Brooklyn's Union Pool. If you've yet to hear their new album, Lucky Leaves, it's a pretty solid one, and you can stream it here.
Washed Out "Paracosm" ice cream @ Oddfellows
You can find out what Paracosm sounds like (as in Washed Out's new album) tastes (as in the ice cream flavor) like at this special event at Williamsburg's new, highly creative ice cream shop today. Free samples and the album playing on repeat from 4 - 8 PM.
Funk Jam session by Bernard Purdie & Friends featuring DJ Questlove tribute to James Brown @ SOBs
That listing pretty much speaks for itself on this one. Should be a good time.
Jesse Cooper Levy, Swear and Shake, Butter The Children, Cutters, O' Great North @ The Ho_se
One of the many local shows that catchy indie rockers Butter the Children are playing this summer.
Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Berner @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The most exciting part of this bill is A$AP Rocky, whose new album is one of the better rap albums this year. Though if you're going, definitely don't miss Joey Bada$$ either, he's one of the better upcoming MCs at the moment.
Beth Orton @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
After Newport Folk Fest and two NYC shows, UK singer-songwriter Beth Orton hits NJ tonight.
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The Shins at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Oli Soikkelli @ Barbes
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Vensaire, Teletextile @ Ace Hotel
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* The Shins, Man Man @ Williamsburg Park
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Beacon Theater
* Beaty Heart, Deathrow Tull, Roman @ Bowery Electric
* The Gaslight Anthem, The Felice Brothers @ Stone Pony
* The Juan Maclean (DJ), Scratch Massive (DJ) @ Le Bain
* Haycock, Strong & Blacc, Emufucka, Trancemicsoul @ The Well
* Hardwell, Dyro, Audien, Henrix, Alex English @ Governors Island
* The Inns, Hot Twins, Friends & Farmers, Baker Street @ Cake Shop
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Ensemble @ The Stone
* Wei Zhongle, Shenzen, Killer Bob, Ashcan Orchestra @ Death By Audio
* Math the Band, What Cheer Brigade, Cherie Lily, .357 Lover @ Glasslands
* Psychic Teens, Sore Saints, Yr Skull My Closet, Allison Blood @ The Acheron
* Mister Matthews, Work/Death, Pulse Emitter, Zaimph, Nonhorse @ Silent Barn
* Chuck Johnson, Tom Carter, D Charles Speer, Shawn David McMillen @ Mercury Lounge
* Crystal Stilts, The So So Glos, Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, Trabajo @ Knitting Factory
* Blind Boy Paxton, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Sputyen Duyvil @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Oneohtrix Point Never, Evian Christ, Bill Kouligas, Kid Smpl, ANNALOVE (DJ) @ Saint Vitus
* Michael T. & The Vanities, The Ambitious Orchestra, Hypernova, Alison Clancy @ Le Poisson Rouge
Nashville's Natural Child, who played Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday as part of a string of Memorial Day Weekend dates, are back in NYC tonight, playing a free show at Williamsburg faux honky-tonk, Skinny Dennis. They're on at 8 PM.
You would be forgiven if you just stayed in and gorged on the entire new season of Arrested Development, which premiered all at once on Netflix today. Especially as Game of Thrones has the week off.
Also don't forget the L Train is down between 8th Ave and Lorimer all Memorial Day Weekend.
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Good time Nashville rockers Natural Child will spend their Memorial Day weekend playing a few shows, starting tonight (5/23) at Brooklyn Bowl with Liquor Store and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets ($5) available at the door and the show starts at 8 PM sharp.
Nashville's PUJOL got their start with the Nashville garage scene but this year's United States of Being (the band's first for Saddle Creek) is a crunchy, big-sounding record that, like the new JEFF the Brotherhood, owes more to early-'90s alterna-rock than anything else. You can stream the whole thing below (via Rolling Stone). Maybe you saw them at one of our Hotel Vegan day parties in Austin this year during SXSW? Main man Daniel Pujol was kind enough to send us a list of his favorite LPs of 2012 which includes records from fellow Tennesseans Natural Child, Heavy Cream and Turbo Fruits. Check out his complete list below...
Negative Approach earlier this month in Chicago (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Penn Badgley in 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Did you know that Penn Badgley (aka Dan on Gossip Girl) is playing Jeff Buckley in upcoming biopic, Greetings from Tim Buckley? He's even been doing some stealth secret shows in NYC. Watch the trailer below.
Randy Newman is dreaming of... a white president.
As mentioned before, The Killers show at The Paramount is being webcast tonight, which will be directed by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He also directed a mini Killers documentary, which you can watch below.
Speaking of The Killers, they just announced a tour with Tegan & Sara that will hit Madison Square Garden.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has a new video for his single "Your Love" which you can watch below.
You can stream Natural Child's new album, Hard in Heaven, over at Spinner.
A plethora of heavy music live photographs by Carmelo Espanola also went up today on BV Chicago.
A music monitoring firm has determined that Drake is currently the most pirated musician in the United States. If you live in the UK, it can tell you what artist is the most pirated in your neighborhood.
more stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: The Hood Internet - "Grown Up Has No Trigger" (MP3)
As mentioned, The Hood Internet are releasing their new album, FEAT, on October 2 and playing shows in support of it including a NYC date on August 11 at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is no longer happening, and Brooklyn Bowl calendar now lists an early show that day (8/11) with Natural Child, The Peoples Temple, and Liquor Store, and a late show with St. Lucia, Big Black Delta, and Capital CIties.
Instead, The Hood Internet will make their way to NYC for a show on September 14 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg with Body Language, My Gold Mask, and Oscillator Bug. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon. All Hood Internet dates are listed below.
The Hood Internet recently made a very topical mashup of Danny Brown's "Grown Up" and Dirty Projectors' "Gun Has No Trigger" called "Grown Up Has No Trigger." You can download that above or stream it below, along with a list of all dates...
Bushwick slow food pizza haven Roberta's is throwing a block party (entire block of Moore Street between Bogart and White St.) on July 28 featuring the musical talents of Andrew WK (solo), Heems, Natural Child, Wild Yaks, and Naam. The fun starts at noon and goes till midnight. Roberta's, with its giant backyard, has been doing the party thing a lot this summer, be it hot dog eating contests, viking parties and what have you. There's an '80s style commercial for the block party you can watch at the bottom of this post.
Natural Child will play again the next night (7/29) at Union Pool with Birdcloud, Respect and Hector's Pets and advance tickets are on sale now. The Nashville rockers, who released For the Love of the Game back in April, have a second album coming out this year. Look for Hard in Heaven to drop September 11 on the fine Burger label. You can stream the album's first single, "B$G P$MP$N," at the bottom of this post.
The Brooklyn shows are part of a national tour that just got underway and all tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
photos by Devan Council
Natural Child at Death by Audio - 6/16/12
Nashville rockers Natural Child were just in the NYC area to open for King Tuff at Maxwell's last Thursday (6/14), and while they were here, they stuck around for a Brooklyn show at Death by Audio on Saturday (6/16) with The Foxx, Liquor Store, and Philly's The Tough Shits. More pictures from that show are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Heavy Cream - John Johnny (MP3)
Nashville's Heavy Cream are opening tonight's Hunx show at Mercury Lounge. The band have gone through a couple line-up changes but have come through the other side with their second album, Super Treatment, which is out May 8 on Infinty Cat. The record was produced by Ty Segall (who is a busy dude these days) who gives it a down-n-dirty vibe, plus some strange and amazing drum sounds. Check out "John Johnny" at the top of this post and we've got the artwork to Super Treatment below.
Heavy Cream's stint with Hunx wraps up tomorrow (4/5) with a show at Vassar, and then fellow Nashvillians Natural Child take over opening duties just in time for Friday's (4/6) show at Glasslands. Natural Child also play tonight (4/4) at Maxwell's with Liquor Store, Black Wine and Ba Babes. Natural Child's new LP, For the Love of the Game, will be out April 20 (yes, it's intentional) on good time rock n' roll label Burger Records. You can stream a track from it at the bottom of this post, get an eyefull of the album's NSFW artwork, and see all upcoming Natural Child tour dates...
by Bill Pearis
There are so many good shows happening tomorrow (2/16) this column could be renamed This Thursday in Indie. But I won't because that would be dumb. What about next week? And the week after? Thursday might be totally dead those weeks and then look what I'm stuck with.
But I digress. Basically everything covered below (apart from the daily picks section) is happening tomorrow. Such as Australia's Woollen Kits who are wrapping up a North American tour, pulling into Brooklyn for a show at Death By Audio. Not unlike fellow countrymen The Twerps (who play Mercury Lounge on 3/30), Woollen Kits play the kind of stripped down guitar rock that can be traced back through Flying Nun and K Recs, Jonathan Richman and the Velvet Underground. When guitarist Thomas Hardisty sings baritone, the band veers towards Beat Happening; when drummer Tom Ridgewell takes the mike, Woollen Kits are more Clean-like. The band just released their debut album on R.I.P Society records and it's quite good.
You can stream the single "Out of Whack" at the bottom of this post and watch its video. The DBA show is with Home Blitz, Harpoon Fever and Parquet Courts. The band have a few more shows before heading home to where it's currently warm, and all Woollen Kits dates are at the bottom of this post.
Also on Thursday (2/17) is the return of Slow Club who play The Bell House. It's their first show in NYC since September when the duo's second album, Paradise, was released. The record expands greatly upon the folk-pop of their debut, Yeah, So, giving them a much bigger sound, perhaps due in part to producer Luke Smith (who was in short-lived but great mid-'00s band Clor). It still sounds like Slow Club, mind you: winsome, charming, joyous. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify if you haven't heard it yet. The band are even more charming and joyous live.
The undercard for the Bell House show is pretty strong as well: Air Waves, who are back in Brooklyn where they belong after a stint in Austin, and Chalk & Numbers who I don't think have played live since last year's NYC Popfest.
Eleven Pond (in the '80s)
If the thought of something winsome, charming and joyous makes you want to puke, you might do better at Glasslands which is hosting the first show in 23 years by Eleven Pond. The Rochester, NY band's sole album, 1986's Bas Relief, is considered a lost classic by darkwave aficionados and was reissued a couple years ago by Dark Entries records. (You can stream it here.) Showing respect to their elders will be two bands from Wierd's roster: Frank (Just Frank) and Plastic Flowers. Expect Glasslands' smoke machine to be turned to the Peter Murphy setting for this show.
And finally, Palomar, who recently opened for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom, are having the record release party for their new album, Sense & Antisense, at Littlefield Thursday night. These three ladies and one dude have been together for over ten years, outlasting all sorts of other more hyped Brooklyn bands and scenes, putting out quality indie rock LP after quality indie rock LP. Their sticktoitiveness is as strong as their ability to write catchy tunes and harmonize. Sense & Antisense, the band's fifth, is a keeper.
You can stream the LP on Spotify and purchase it directly from the band, either at their website or at tomorrow's show. Also playing are Jaabs (feat. Roman of the Oranges Band) and Art Con. The Wrens' Charles Bissell is also performing Palomar covers, so I'm told.
OK, that's the main stuff for me this week. There are some good non-Thursday shows this week and my other picks are listed day-by-day below.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
It's a night of quality local bands at Pianos, with High Highs, Phonetag, Ski Lodge, and Field Mouse. That's a good show! (and if you miss it, High Highs also play Pianos on 2/29).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Didn't I give you enough Thursday options above?
Hunx at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Devan Council)
Hunx (aka Seth Bogart) is planning to release his first solo album, Hairdresser Blues, on February 28 via Hardly Art. The instruments were all played by Hunx himself, except the drums which were provided by Daneil Pitout, and was recorded by Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), who also recorded the last Hunx and his Punx album. Check out the video for album track, "Always Forever," along with the album art and tracklist below.
Hunx hasn't announced any solo shows in support of the album but he is taking Hunx & His Punx on a month long tour of the US and Canada which hits NYC on April 4 at Mercury Lounge with Heavy Cream and April 6 at Glasslands with Natural Child and The Foxx. He plays Vassar on April 5. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, 2/10 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All dates and video below...
photos by Devan Council
Natural Child @ Union Pool
...The show was awesome, Liquor Store, yea buddied all kinds of punk... and Natural Child are so damn fun live with that classic rock stoner massive groove sound, they're just fun to watch. Having the best time, fucking around with the lyrics, changing them to Monster Mash, and just the sweet southern harmony from this sludge blues. I don't care who's done it before them, no one has ever taken it as not seriously as these three. Don't miss them, they will win you over by being simultaneously nice and out of their minds in the best way.Natural Child headlined Union Pool on 10/30 with Liquor Store, Ex Humans, and Dry Feet. Belated pictures from the show are in this post, along with the remainder of Natural Child's dates from their current trek (Liquor Store's only upcoming show is at Bowery Ballroom with Real Estate and Big Troubles), below...
...Liquor Store and Natural Child ...take primal, hilarious points of view, in Liquor Store's case, it's with more of a hardcore punk sound about being an American man or eating a trash sandwich, while Natural Child sings a lot about weed and getting 'strange'... but they don't ever sound like they're selling it. On paper they're both impossible. -[7 Inches]
photos by Devan Council
Hunx strikes a pose
Hunx brought his Punx back to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Saturday night (9/17). Natural Child were one of the openers and that's where our pictures begin (we missed Hunx's new labelmates The Beets). You can see the rest below...
Hunx at Cake Shop in April (more by Chris La Putt)
Hunx & His Punx are going on tour at the end of this summer.
The full tour hasn't been announced yet, but we know that it That includes two NYC shows. The first is on September 3 at Mercury Lounge with K-Holes. The next is September 17 at Knitting Factory with Natural Child and Making Friendz. Tickets are on sale for the Mercury show and the Knitting Factory show. All dates are below.
In related news, Shannon & the Clams, who share members with His Punx, are touring with Shonen Knife, who are releasing a Ramones tribute album. They don't open either of the two NYC Shonen Knife shows though.
All Hunx tour dates below...
As Bill pointed out, Natural Child will be in Brooklyn for two shows at Death By Audio (Sunday and Monday), BUT FIRST Natural Child are finishing up some dates with Those Darlins and that includes the Saturday night show at Maxwell's (tickets still on sale).
Those Darlins also play the Big Apple BBQ with Black Joe Lewis on Sunday.
Each of Natural Child's Death By Audio shows, dubbed collectively as "1971 Fest" (named after their new album that was released on 4/20) (yes, 4/20), has a different lineup (as you can see below). Those Darlins are not playing either night, though I'm having some trouble figuring out who Sunday night band "Knockin Boots" is. The link on DbA's site doesn't go anywhere.
Liquor Store, who will hit the road with Natural Child in August, are on the Monday night show. Full lineups and all dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Happy Summer everybody. Before we get into this week's recommended shows, I hope you've been spending the week, like I have, listening obsessively to Domino Radio which has put together an incredible all-star lineup of presenters for this seven-day experiment. All the shows are archived, so go back and listen to Felt/Denim mastermind Lawrence, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (who appears on the new CSS record), Mute Records founder (and former Silicon Teen) Daniel Miller, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos spin tunes, among other notables. Upcoming DJ slots include Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on Friday, Robert Wyatt and Alfie are on Saturday, and The Pastels on Sunday. Here's hoping they bring it back at a later date.
Ok, let's get into what this weekend and beyond has in store. Austin powerhouse trio Ume's current tour hits the city this weekend for two shows: tonight (6/9) at Pianos and Saturday (6/11) at The Rock Shop. As previously reported, the band just signed to Modern Outsider records who will release their debut album, Phantoms, in August. Pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. After NYC the three of them head north to the NXNE festival. All Ume dates are at the bottom of this post.
Memoryhouse also roll into town this weekend. They play Glasslands on Friday (6/10) and Piano's on Saturday (6/11). Both shows are with dreamy acoustic trio High Highs who are worth getting there early to see.
As you may have heard the Toronto duo are now signed to Sub Pop and should have something out on the label by year's end. Memoryhouse is also now a full band, including a drummer, which make the likelihood of their music remaining Eno-ambient less likely. I'd probably have more of a clue if I'd caught their set at our SXSW party this year. Reports I could find from Austin were positive, though not especially descriptive. Anyone got a firsthand report? Personally I"m hoping this more traditional band format pulls them into Slowdive territory. We shall see.
Both shows have their individual draws. Glasslands also has personal faves North Highlands whose debut album is in the can, apparently, and now we just have to wait for someone to release it. They will definitely be the most energetic live band on the bill, unless all the other groups have radically changed. Well, I've never seen Wonder Bear live but judging by the chill sounds on their album Avalanche (a free download) but I have to imagine it will be a mellow affair.
Speaking of chill, you may remember the sweatbox that was Glasslands last summer, well with the new club's new makeover they also finally got A/C. Certainly the 90 degree heat of this week will be a good test for it's power.
Meanwhile the Pianos show on Saturday has Foxes in Fiction which is, on record, basically Warren Hildebrand who is now also a member of the Memoryhouse live touring unit. At SXSW he was backed by Memoryhouse so I'd expect the same here. Last year's Swung from Branches mixed soundscapes with more structured songwriting (he gets compared to Bradford Cox a lot) and his most recent FiF release, Alberto (download the whole thing for free HERE), finds him moving into even more pop territory. It's a packed Pianos bill, including Eastern Conference Champions and Suns (not Suuns).
Let's keep going, shall we? Nashville party rock trio Natural Child are here for a two-night stint at Death By Audio, playing Sunday (6/12) and Monday (6/13). The band's debut album is out now on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label which should give you a good idea of what you're in for. An even better indicator are the two tracks from it at the top of this post from the album. If you like Thin Lizzy, honky tonk side of the Stones and JEFF the Brotherhood, you'll probably dig Natural Child too. These shows are bound to be packed and sweaty (and smokey) so be prepared for that, as well as for having a good time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier who will be playing Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (6/13) and The Rock Shop on Wednesday (6/15). Her solo debut, The Trip, came out last year on Drag City and was a lovely album. Not that far off from what she did with her band for the last 15 or so years, but it has it's own special charms as well.
And lastly this Tuesday (6/14) is a swell double bill of danceable Canadians at Webster Hall: Junior Boys and Miracle Fortress. Junior Boys' fourth album, It's All True, is out that same day on Domino and is another fine example of their lithe, breezy style. Miracle Fortress -- aka Graham Van Pelt of Think About Life -- just released its second album, Was I the Wave, which finds him setting aside the first LP's guitars in favor of electronics with a decidedly Eno-esque slant. You can download album track "Miscalculations" at the top of this post. It's a really nice record. When I caught him at SXSW, Van Pelt performed solo surrounded by tons of equipment and a few vintage table lamps. Not bad for a one man show.
That's it for this week. A few more day-by-day picks follow.
THURSDAY JUNE 9
Did you know The Cloud Room was still together? They are and play Mercury Lounge tonight. Of course they're going to play local hit "Hey Now Now," no need to shout for it.
by Bill Pearis
Coachella may be happening on the other coast but it's a lovely day here in NYC and I don't feel like I'm missing anything this weekend staying here. For one thing it's Record Store Day which also falls the same weekend and Tax Day which may be good or bad depending how you did this year. And there's lots of other stuff worth seeing too, so let's get into it.
McDonalds are one of these local groups whose name I'd seen around for a while and given the bands they often played with -- German Measles, Home Blitz, Tyvek -- I had it in my mind they sounded one way when, in fact, they don't. Well, that's not exactly true. They are kind of shambly indie. But their great new single "Good Parts" is like some lost obscure 7" from 1990 Manchester, that era when C-86 melted into the baggy scene. You can check it out -- in video form -- at the bottom of this post in a fun green-screened clip starring a lot of people you might recognize if you hang out at Bruars Falls or Cake Shop with any regularity.
McDonalds have three shows coming up in the next week: tonight (4/14) at Union Pool with Lyonnais and Helado Negro, then Saturday (4/16) as part of Cake Shop's Record Store Day extravaganza (more on that in a minute), and then next Wednesday (4/20) with former Swell Maps/Television Personalities dude Jowe Head & The Extremities.
As mentioned above, also playing the Union Pool show tonight are Atlanta four-piece Lyonnais whose dark, ethereal sound will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Their debut album is still being shopped around, but you can stream "Transitive Properties of Youth" at the bottom of this post, and a few more at their MySpace.
In addition to tonight's show, Lyonnais play tomorrow (4/15) at Glasslands and I imagine playing under the venue's stormcloud installation will be pretty apropos. I hope they are really loud too.
That Glasslands bill also features Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who have a new EP titled Prisoner out on Kanine/Forrest Family next week. The title track -- downloadable above -- is one of my favorite Eternal Summers songs yet and the whole EP is pretty excellent overall. The band, at least the last time I saw them, have expanded to a trio for live shows which fills out their sound nicely.
The Glasslands show, in addition to Eternal Summers and Lyonnais, features Toronto's Golden Dogs and locals Dream Diary who don't play together so much anymore now that guitarist Madison moved to Memphis. Brad Oberhofer will DJ in-between bands. That's a good night of music.
Eternal Summers also play Cake Shop on Saturday (4/16) which is the venue's Record Store Day extravaganza, featuring a slew of great -- mostly local -- bands. The downstairs will be a record mart during the day (noon - 6PM). Bands during the evening include the previously-mentioned McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Overlord, Hands & Knees, Night Collectors and Twitchers. Eternal Summers head out on tour next month with the Beets and all those tour dates are at the bottom of the post.
Also, for the real record nerds, Cake Shop is running a fun little contest. They've made 77 versions of the Record Store Day flyer, each with different backgrounds taken from album covers. Take a look, name the artist and album of as many as you can and email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry with the most correct answers (or first entry in case of a tie) wins either a $77 bar tab at Cake Shop or $77 credit for the Cape Shok record mart during that day. Winner's choice. I got about 55 for sure, with another 15 I could figure out with a little time.
And finally, Spectrum (aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember who also co-fronted Spacemen 3) are in town this weekend playing two shows with Crystal Stilts: Saturday (4/16) at Le Poisson Rouge and Sunday (4/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Kember is one of the forefathers of drone pop and in the past few years has become known for his work behind the boards, having produced MGMT's underrated/misunderstood Congratulations album, and he mixed the new Panda Bear. There's a new Spectrum album duo sometime soon too. Kember's influence seems more relevant than ever. Glad to see he's staying busy.
Crystal Stilts owe more than a little to Kember's many records. The band just released their second LP, In Love with Oblivion and I think it's pretty great, pretty easily besting their 2008 debut (which was one of my favorite albums of that year.) The production's better, the songs are better, and the artwork's really nice as well. It's hard to listen to the new album without thinking of Frankie Rose whose relentless drumming style, I feel, probably had a lot to do with the way standout songs like "Sycamore Tree" and "Death is What We Live For" were formed. Both of those Kraut-heavy tracks made their debut in late 2008. As much as I like Rose's solo work, I miss her being in this band.
But the new new songs show that it's still guitarist JB Townsend and singer Brad Hargett writing great songs. The biggest improvement over the first album is probably the influence of keyboardist Kyle Forrester, whose parts add a bright color to Crystal Stilts' sound, especially on "Silver Sun" and single "Shake the Shackles." The record got a deserved 7.9 in Pitchfork today. You can download "Through the Floor" at the top of this post and watch the video below. Crystal Stilts are on tour starting next week and all dates are below.
That's it for this edition. Some daily picks and more after the jump.