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St. Vincent at Chicago's Riviera Theatre - 4/5/14
St. Vincent is an alien from another world.St. Vincent has been supporting her new self-titled album on her ongoing tour which already hit NYC at Terminal 5, SXSW, and came to Chicago this past Saturday (4/5) for a show at the Riviera Theatre (which the above review is from). Like on the rest of her tour, she played a lot from the new album and Strange Mercy, in addition to earlier favorites like "Your Lips Are Red," and because this show coincided with the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, she covered Nirvana's "Lithium" in the encore. A video of that cover, plus pictures (including opener Noveller) and the setlist from the show, are in this post. Her tour brings her back to Chicago in the summer for Pitchfork Festival.
This much might be obvious to anyone who has digested the sonic mayhem of her albums, with guitars distorted beyond recognition, baritone saxes providing a funky bite and a Theremin being tortured in place of a solo.
And yet Annie Clark's meticulously choreographed stage show for her self titled tour suggest that this alien has a scarily deep insight into our heads and a palpable tension as she readies an attack.
"Hello ladies and gentleman, and hello others," Clark addresses the audience. "We're not so different, you and I." In between songs she'll slyly suggest the questionable behavior and thoughts we all share while leaning heavily on her own creepy confessional. She'll admit to fantasizing about seeing people naked on the L, about looking at her hands and believing there to be a mix-up, or telling a lie and fearing the universe might be punishing her.
Such is the way an alien might communicate, but Clark utilized the remainder of her near two hour set at the Riv Saturday night seducing, entrancing and terrorizing through her exotic dancing and strobe lighting used "extensively." [Brian Welk]
More St Vincent pictures, the "Lithium" video and setlist, below...
Angel Olsen in Chicago earlier this month (more by Kirstie Shanley)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Angel Olsen, Cian Nugent, Jaye Bartell @ LPR
Angel Olsen's new album, Burn Fire For No Witness, brilliantly combines the loner folk of its predecessor with a newfound knack for indie rock. It's a great album, and tonight's sold out show should be a good one. If you're going, get there early for avant guitarist Cian Nugent.
Sondre Lerche, Gambles @ Baby's All Right
Splitting his time between Norway and Brooklyn, Sondre Lerche is a charmer whether playing solo or with a backing band. With a new album out sometime soon, we'll hopefully get some fresh tunes tonight.
Bluffing, Stolen Girls, Dead Tenants, Dan Francia @ Living Gallery
Bluffing's debut album, due out next month, is full of the sort of guitar-oriented lo-fi pop that dominated much of indie rock's early days. You can check out the band's brand new video for "Mind/Mood" below.
Justin Timberlake @ MSG
Justin Timberlake does a lot of things, some of them great, some of them less great, but one of those things is that he makes some of the most forward-thinking mainstream pop around, and he'll fill MSG with that tonight.
Russian Circles, KEN mode, Inter Arma @ Bowery Ballroom
This is one hell of a triple bill for metal (with some non-metal crossover), including the heavy post-rockers Russian Circles, ferocious post-hardcore rippers KEN mode, and the psychedelic black metallers Inter Arma. They do it again on Saturday at Saint Vitus, both sold out.
Earl Sweatshirt, Ratking @ Webster Hall
If you're like, totally over Odd Future, there's a chance that Earl Sweatshirt is the one rapper in the crew you still have some faith in. If that's the case, lucky for you he comes to NYC for two shows this week. Both sold out though.
Painted BLACK Act II: DIIV, Twin Shadow DJ set, Guards @ Irving Plaza
This is part of the "Painted BLACK" series that pairs musical acts with "visual artists, stage builders, sculptors, fashion designers, and filmmakers, creating unique pieces to be debuted at the series." Could be interesting? Tickets are still available.
Ovlov (acoustic), Palehound, Infinity Girl, What Moon Things, July Talk @ Pianos
This is the first of two Palehound shows at Pianos this month, the next being next Thursday (2/27). In between the two shows, Palehound releases her first 7" recorded with the full band she plays live with, and the fuller sound suits her well. Check out the new track from that 7", "Pay No Mind," below.
Calves, Le Rug, The Dirty Nil, Weird Womb, Phone Home @ Shea Stadium
A lot of solid bands on this bill, but the one we think you should definitely catch is The Dirty Nil, who are bringing their abrasive, melodic punk over from Canada for this one.
RJD2, Tanya Morgan @ Brooklyn Bowl
RJD2 has been making excellent beats for the Def Jux/Rhymesayers world of hip hop for about two decades now. Tonight should be a cool show, as he's performing with a live band and also doing a DJ set. Brooklyn hip hop duo Tanya Morgan are worth catching too.
Noveller, Bad Braids, Gem Trails, Sea Camp @ Silent Barn
It was just announced that atmospheric guitar great Noveller will open a bunch of the dates on St. Vincent's upcoming tour. You won't get to see her at St. Vincent's NYC show (Holly Herndon opens that one), but you can catch before she leaves for the road at Silent Barn tonight.
Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE, ARMS, Abandoned Lighthouse, La Guadalupe @ Silent Barn
Tonight's show promises to "blur the line between song and noise, improv and written, skill and mistakes" with sets from Dave Harrington (Darkside), Todd Goldstein (ARMS), Chris Spanninga (La Guadalupe) and Tim Mislock (Abandoned Lighthouse, Hedwig, etc).
Bambara, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
It's an all-local show but a good one, headlined by the seriously loud Bambara, with local punk newcomers Low Fat Getting High, and the underrated Vulture Shit and Mannequin Pussy.
Raccoon Fighter, The Teen Age, The Fleeting Ends, Whiskey Bitches @ Cake Shop
NYC doesn't really do garage rock so much (we leave that to places that people have actual garages) but Raccoon Fighter are fighting the good fight (against racoons?), making quality fuzzed out pop. The Teen Age make superior scrappy pop too.
Digitalism, Etnik @ Output
German electro duo Digitalism have said that they aren't going to be playing much live this year, so catch them tonight while you can. Stream their new single "Fahrenheit 32" below.
oOoOO, Tempers, Vandana Jain @ Glasslands
Witch house may not be the hottest trend anymore, but oOoOO is still proof that the genre birthed some solid artists. The gothy Tempers (who do a great Swans cover) aren't to miss either.
Invisible Things, Kid Millions (of Oneida), Sunshine Soldier, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler @ Trans-Pecos
Northern Spy curated this night of experimental sounds, headlined by Invisible Things -- aka Mark Shippy (US Maple) and Jim Sykes (Parts & Labor). Kid Millions of Oneida plays tonight with Jim Sauter (Borbetomagus).
Radkey, Your Skull My Closet @ Mercury Lounge
Radkey love the sounds of late '70s and early '80s punk rock, and though they polish it up a bit more than those bands did, they still like to rock out.
Junior Astronomers, Ex-Wife, Wild Rice, The Doubts @ Muchmore's
NJ's Ex-Wife make some pretty driving post-punk, and tonight they return to NYC with their NJ pals Wild Rice, who they've played NYC with before.
Glasvegas @ Knitting Factory
Though the hype surrounding the band's debut has died in the years since, Scotland's Glasvegas are still making highly-charged anthemic guitar pop on their third LP, Later...When the TV Turns to Static. This is their second of two NYC shows (originally supposed to happen at Rough Trade) and it's sold out.
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Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
As discussed, St. Vincent is going on a tour which begins in NYC at Terminal 5 next week (2/26), and the openers for the tour have finally been announced. Experimental soundscaper Holly Herndon opens the first five nights of the tour, and then atmospheric guitarist Noveller takes over for the rest of the dates. The NYC show is sold out, but if you have already tickets, it's worth getting there on time for Holly's set. Watch the video for her recent single "Chorus" below.
St. Vincent's self-titled album comes out the day before the tour starts (2/25), but you can stream it now. If you're in NYC, you can also catch her doing a signing at Rough Trade (2/24) the Monday before the tour starts.
She'll also be at SXSW, where she'll play the NPR showcase with Perfect Pussy, Damon Albarn and Kelis.
All dates are listed, along with the Holly Herndon video, below...
Deafheaven have an upcoming tour with Between the Buried and Me and Intronaut that hits Long Island in February, but as their tweet above confirms, you can see them in NYC much sooner than that (and with a more desirable lineup). They're the special guest on Saturday's (1/18) show at 285 Kent which also includes Wolf Eyes, Noveller, Alberich, MV Carbon, Lussuria and Sugarm. Unfortunately, that show is sold out.
Deafheaven were also confirmed for NYC festival Governors Ball.
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Noveller (aka former Parts & Labor guitarist Sarah Lipstate) returned last month (10/22) with her sixth full length album, No Dreams, another collection of her layered, gorgeous drone-guitar atmospheres. She also just recently made a video for the album's title track, which you can watch, along with a stream of the entire record, below.
Noveller has also announced that she'll be the support act on organ-loving dream pop musician Anna von Hausswolf's tour, which hits NYC for previously-discussed NYC shows on December 6 at Union Hall and December 7 at Mercury Lounge. That's a great double bill of ethereal music. Tickets for the Union Hall show and the Merc show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the video and LP stream, below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Julie Ruin, Priests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin simply cannot be slowed down. They're already played quite a few NYC shows this year, and they keep selling them out (like tonight's). Opening the show is a killer DC band who probably owe a thing or two to Kathleen Hanna, and who just made quite the impression at their sole CMJ show, Priests.
Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra @ Saint Vitus
Two bands that are tied to the metal scene, but really aren't that metal, Kylesa and Pinkish Black, are currently on the road together for this BV/IO-presented tour which also includes Kylesa's pals Sierra. Kylesa, who do have heavier roots, have been experimenting with psychedelia, shoegazey atmospheres, and alternative rock anthems lately, whereas Pinkish Black leans towards darkwave.
Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Beach Fossils @ Terminal 5
It's hard to believe that it was only four years ago that Kurt Vile and Beach Fossils both played the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, and now they're teaming up again for KV to headline what is by far his largest NYC show yet at Terminal 5. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (which has more Sonic Youth members than any other post-SY band at the moment) is on the bill too, and of course not to miss.
Serpentine Path, Castevet, Vorde, Oneirogen @ Union Pool
Brooklyn's reclusive metal alchemists Castevet -- featuring seriously shredding guitarist Andrew Hock -- play their record release show which is co-sponsored by our heavy sister site, Invisible Oranges.
Ashrae Fax, Historics, Donovan Blanc, DJ Frankie Teardrop @ Glasslands
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.
Electronium: The Future Was Then @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."
Minus The Bear, INVSN, Slow Bird @ Best Buy Theater
Technical-guitar emo is pretty in right now, and though their most classic records might be behind them, Minus the Bear are one of the bands who were a crucial part in developing that style.
The Waterboys, Freddie Stevenson @ Bowery Ballroom
Celt pop vets The Waterboys are official supporting their 10th LP, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats but expect no shortage of hits from This is the Sea and Fisherman's Blues.
Mike Donovan, LODRO, Pigeons @ Death By Audio
With the Sic Alps moniker retired, Mike Donovan is now playing under his own name, but expect the same swampy folk. LODRO's bluesy noir is a good fit as opener.
Marina Rosenfeld, David Grubbs, Susan Howe @ Issue Project Room
IPR's "Ten Years on the Infinite Plain" anniversary celebration continues tonight with composer/turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and the East Coast premiere of "WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER," the new collaboration between poet Susan Howe and musician/composer David Grubbs.
The Beets, Chastity Belt, Pony Time, The Beer Shits, Haybaby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn mutant folkies The Beets headline this show but do check out Seattle's Chastity Belt whose new album, No Regrets, is streamable below. Also on the bill are Seattle's punky Pony Time and you can stream their album, Go Find Your Own, below as well.
Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.
The Combat Zone, Missionary, Lude Boys, Longings, Failed States @ Fitness
It's a night of Boston (and Western Mass) and NYC hardcore/punk with The Combat Zone and Lude Boys coming from Boston, NYC's Missionary and Failed States (mems. of Nuclear Spring), plus Amherst's Longings, who are more mid-tempo punk/post-punk and have a killer demo out.
The English Beat @ Paramount
While singer Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band these days, there's no denying his many pop hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it For Later" and even General Public's "Tenderness."
Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
JTE is a good excuse to check out this new Long Island venue (run by Bowery Presents) in a historic, '20s-era space.
The Swellers, Candy Hearts @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Two pop punk bands team up for this show at The Studio at Webster Hall.
Radiolab Live w/ On Fillmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ Beacon Theatre
Once again, WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, this time with an event they're calling "Apocalyptical." In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, they've brought along musicians Noveller and On Filmore, plus comedian Ophira Eisenberg for their patented blend of science, music and humor.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss, Low Fat Getting High, Robot Death Kites, Sneaks @ Silent Barn
There's a good show at Silent Barn tonight with post-punk from Ed Schrader's Music Beat, punk from Low Fat Getting High, and more.
Nina Kraviz, Stacey Pullen, Jenifa Mayanja, Alex From Tokyo, Mike Khoury @ Output
The always-great Russian deep house producer/art pop singer Nina Kraviz plays this Halloween party at Output tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select shows, magazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.
Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.
Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).
You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.
Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.
Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...
Lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, who often collaborates with guitarist/film director Jim Jarmusch (they've got a collaborative record out now on Sacred Bones), had initially scheduled a solo gig to happen at Union Pool on June 30, but that show was rescheduled a while back and instead happens this Sunday (7/14). Rounding out the bill will be mesmerizing drone guitarist Noveller and Tom Carter of experimental band Charalambides. Tickets for Sunday's show are on sale now. Updated Jozef Van Wissem dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, speaking of cult film directors who are also musicians signed to Sacred Bones (meaning Jim Jarmusch), David Lynch is releasing his new album, The Big Dream, next week (7/16) via the label. You can now listen to the entire album ahead of its release over at Pitchfork.
Brooklyn indie rockers The Burlies are the new project of Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison. They formed last year with a lineup that also includes David Brown (The Hellfighters, Poor But Sexy), Drew Butler (Cataract Camp), and Eric Farr (The Diagnostics), and played a few shows towards the end of the year, but partially due to Hurricane Sandy, they didn't make their hometown debut until earlier this year.
The band have two local shows scheduled for this summer, including one on June 14 at Union Hall with drone guitarist Noveller and DC garage rockers Drunk Tigers, and another on July 20 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for the Union Hall show are on sale now and head to Shea's site for more info (TBA) on that show. The Burlies haven't released any music yet, but you can check out a recent live video below.
Marissa Nadler in Chicago in 2011 (more by Ben Rodig)
As mentioned, lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and guitarist/film director Jim Jarmusch, who put out two albums in 2012, followed by Apokatastasis and a contribution to the Sacred Bones RSD comp this year, are playing a show at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitarist Noveller (who also plays the Drone Activity In Progress show tonight [5/2]). Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available.
Before Jozef heads over to Europe for a tour there, he'll squeeze in a solo gig happening in NYC at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar on May 12 with a great lineup of dream folk singer Marissa Nadler and Entrance Band frontman Guy Blakeslee (who sang on Jozef & Jim's contribution to the Sacred Bones comp). Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Saint Vitus show is Marissa Nadler's only currently announced date other than Canadian festival MoSoFest, which she plays this June.
Jozef also has a new record out this year, Nihil Obstat. Though this one's a solo record, Jim Jarmusch does appear on it. You can stream the track "Where You Lived And What You Lived For" from the album over at NPR. Jozef will celebrate the album in NYC after his European tour with a release show on June 30 at Union Pool. No advance tickets for that show at the moment.
All dates are listed, along with Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch and Marissa Nadler videos, below...
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
Pharmakon will release Abandon, Margaret Chardiet's debut effort with Sacred Bones and first long-player overall. Look for it on May 14th via the label, but first check out the new track "Crawling On Bruised Knees" available for streaming below..
Chardiet's noisy, confrontational and abrasive live show is a must see, and you can catch her at a trio of upcoming NYC shows including, most imminently, the previously discussed April 7th date at 285 Kent with Jason Lescalleet and Spencer Yeh Trio (tickets) and at another show at 285 Kent on June 15th with Marshstepper, Body of Light, Lust For Youth and Foreplay as part of the Northside Festival. Ticketing info for that one is on the way, or get in with your Northside Festival badge.
Pharmakon also has one other NYC date, as part of the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy series of events, and it's a whopper:
On May 2, the Red Bull Music Academy will turn the spectacular Knockdown Center into a temple of thundering noise with some of today's most daring sound artists for Drone Activity In Progress. The night will see performances from sixteen solo artists and duos on three stages, where the sound bleed between stages is entirely intentional.Joining Chardiet will be performances from Stephen O'Malley, KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg), Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy, Oren Ambrachi, Alan Licht, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Mick Barr, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Alberich, Noveller, grassmass and Hiram Martinez, and $8 tickets for the show, which is one night after the big "Round Robin Duet" show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, are on sale and will include shuttle bus service from the Jefferson L train.
All other dates and that stream is below.
Thomas Meluch will release his fourth album under his musical alias Benoît Pioulard, Hymnal, on March 4 via Kranky. The record was made in England and Europe while on a year abroad, taking inspiration from the continent's many ornate cathedrals. Benoît just released the video for album track "Margin" and you can watch that below.
You may remember that Benoît just released a split with Foxes in Fiction, with whom he'll share a few dates on his upcoming March tour, though not at either of FiF's NYC shows this month. He will, however, play The Studio @ Webster Hall on March 26 with Noveller and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Jozef Van Wissem and Noveller are playing Le Poisson Rouge on September 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets are still available for John Talabot (DJ) and Jamie xx's LPR show on Saturday (8/4). Tickets are also still available for John Talabot's live show at the same venue, which happens on September 27.
Langhorne Slim plays Brooklyn Bowl on October 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Circa Survive tour which Touche Amore is supporting on, has been expanded and now includes a second NYC area show, which happens on October 27 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets for that show went on sale today at noon.
Missy Higgins, one day before she opens for Gotye in Camden, three days after she opens for him at Radio City, and one day after Gotye plays Williamsburg Park (which she does not open), plays her own NYC show at The Bell House on September 28 with Butterfly Boucher. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, Sonny & the Sunsets are touring with Magic Trick and hitting NYC for three area shows this month. We're giving away a pair of tickets for the Maxwell's show (8/15). Details on how to enter are below.
Sonny & the Sunsets contest details are below.
by Andrew Sacher
In the past, Laurel Halo has made production based dance music -- like on her Hour Logic EP and the Spring EP released under her King Felix moniker -- but on her new album, Quarantine, she crafts atmospheric art pop led most heavily by her own vocals. At her show at Public Assembly on Saturday (7/21), the mix of these two sounds came across really well. She began her set turning knobs at her boards, creating layers of ambience and head knocking bass drums, and almost never took a breather. But in between her passages of psychedelic dance, she would pick up her microphone to deliver songs from Quarantine like "Thaw," "Years," "MK Ultra," and "Carcass." If you went in expecting to hear Laurel with a piano playing the bulk of Quarantine, you may have left a little disappointed, but blending the sounds of her diverse bodies of work is what makes Laurel Halo the distinct musician she is.
The show began with a set from Burning Star Core (aka C. Spencer Yeh) who rotated between the weird and the weirder, building rhythmic (but rarely melodic) sound collages of what could pass for film sound effects and tying in his frantic, off-kilter violin playing. He was followed by Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate), who with no more than a guitar and a series of effect pedals, creates compelling melodic passages. As Sarah would close her eyes and rear her head back, she sent both herself and the crowd into a drifting state of intoxication. Then, right before Laurel Halo took the stage to close out the night, we got a set from Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans) who played on the floor almost completely in the dark. He had an analog reel-to-reel tape spinning as he flicked switches and plugs, gradually turning what began as a rather straightforward four-four loop into a thick wall of noise.
As mentioned, you have many more chances to catch Laurel Halo in her hometown of NYC, including Cameo (8/2), Littlefield (8/8), and 285 Kent (9/21). Noveller will next play Secret Project Robot (8/4) as part of The Maze.
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Laurel Halo released her excellent new album, Quarantine, earlier this month and recently finished up a European tour in support of it. Now that she's back home, she's already begun scheduling local shows, including a Quarantine release party at 285 Kent on June 30 with Gatekeeper, Slava, Anenon, Wish, and DJ sets by Brenmar and Teengirl Fantasy, whose new album Laurel guests on. Tickets for that show are available.
Laurel Halo has another Brooklyn show set to take place on July 21 on Public Assembly with a great local bill of Pete Swanson, Noveller, and Burning Star Core (aka C. Spencer Yeh). As usual, New Yorkers will get plenty of more chances to catch Noveller, like at Entwine on Thursday (6/28) and at Secret Project Robot on August 4, but for Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), he's saying the Public Assembly show is likely his last NYC show for 2012. If you've yet to hear his new album, Man With Potential, you can stream it below.
Speaking of Gatekeeper, who play the 285 Kent show, they'll release their debut full length, Exo, on July 17 via Hippos in Tanks, along with an accompanying video game. Gatekeeper will celebrate Exo with a record release show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on July 27. Thunder Horse FX will be doing visuals for their set and the bill also includes Total Freedom, James Ferraro, Yen Tech and Arca. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show flier and Exo cover art/tracklist are below.
The Psychic Paramount have filled in some holes surrounding their previously discussed US dates at Pitchfork and the Capital Hill Block Party and have turned that into a US tour, kicking things off with a show at Cameo on July 8th and looping back to NYC for a final show on the tour at Union Pool on August 9th. All dates are listed below. Any other remaining holes are filled with smoke.
Dates and song below...
The Psychic Paramount at Cake Shop (more by BBG)
Brooklyn prog-kraut-acid rock trio The Psychic Paramount have already announced appearances at Pitchfork and Capitol Hill Block Party. Before that they'll head out for a string of dates on the East Coast. Kicking off in Quebec City, the band will head back south for dates in Providence, Boston, and Burlington before eventually ending the short tour with a show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 19th with Noveller. Tickets are on sale.
The Psychic Paramount are currently working on their new LP, so it wouldn't be too far-fetched to expect some new jams at the dates listed below.
Noveller is also on board for a show just a little more than a month later, when Sarah Lipstate will support Nadja with Lazurite at Glasslands on June 20th. Tickets are on sale for the show, one of only two US dates scheduled at the moment.
In related news, you can stream the spankin new Aidan Baker (of Nadja) and Richard Baker collaborative release Variations On A Loop (Rhythms) below alongside the recent Nadja release Excision.
All streams and dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Lockett Pundt with Deerhunter in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt, who records solo material under the moniker Lotus Plaza, released his second LP for the project, Spooky Action at a Distance, earlier this month via Kranky. It's a huge step up from his 2009 debut, The Floodlight Collective, and shows how vital his songwriting contributions to Deerhunter have become, strongly echoing the dream pop leanings of Deerhunter's latest album, Halcyon Digest. Any of these tracks would feel right at home on Halcyon Digest, but rather than feeling redundant, they come as a refreshing reminder that Bradford Cox isn't the only member of Deerhunter with a library of songs in him.
The songs are driven by looping beats that either seemingly or literally don't falter throughout the entirety of each song, notably popping out with the drum rolls of "Strangers" or the krautpunk backbone of "Remember Our Days." The album sounds largest with its centerpiece, "Monoliths," which gives "Desire Lines" a run for its money as Lockett's best song yet. It opens with two quick verses and then spends more than half the song with crashing cymbals and the repeated line, "And one of these days, I hope I come around," ending in "One of these days, I'll come around." The album's most surprising moment comes on its closing track, "Black Buzz," an acoustic ballad with Lockett's vocals intimately foregrounded, and the one track on the album that makes Lotus Plaza actually seem like a solo project. You can stream "Strangers" and "Monoliths" below. Also below is the album's artwork and tracklist.
Lotus Plaza is about to kick off a tour with Disappears, who also released an album earlier this year on Kranky. As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on April 19 at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...
photos by David Andrako
Sxip Shirey & Angelica Negron @ Merkin Concert Hall - 2/7/2012
"The “mesmerizing” (New Yorker) multi-instrumentalist and composer Sxip Shirey (pictured) teams up with Angélica Negrón, composer of “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR) music for an evening of fabulously eclectic and sonically wide-ranging collaboration. In addition to working together, they will be joined by a slate of special guests, including violinist/composer/Ableton master Todd Reynolds, guitar sound-architect Noveller (“simultaneously soothing and mind-wrecking,” NY Press), the wine-glass/guitar marvel Jonny Rodgers (“beautiful, fragile and consistently challenging,” New Haven Register). The teen alt-classical sensations Face the Music (“stunning,” “polished, exuberant,” New York Times) will give the world premiere of Angélica Negrón’s El Gran Caleidoscopio."That's the official description of the Ecstatic Music Festival show that took place at Merkin Concert Hall last night (2/8). Pictures are in this post. Pictures from the first show in the series, are HERE.
The festival continues tonight (2/8) at the same venue with the Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry along with Son Lux and yMusic. Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National have also been announced as special guests on the show. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair on Facebook.
More pictures from Tuesday's show, below...
words & photos by Keith Marlowe
Scratch Acid @ Webster Hall
In lieu of a review of Monday night's Scratch Acid show at Webster Hall, their first NYC show in many, many years, writer/photographer Keith Marlowe presents this open letter to the band's frontman:
Dear David Yow,
I love you. I've always loved you. I've never felt about other singers the way I feel about you. You gave me "HEAD" with the Jesus Lizard, and I want to return the favor. I want to marry you and have your babies. We both hit the sauce hard, so they would probably be all crazy and hideous, with foreheads so huge we could attach windshield wipers. If we ever got bored with our deformed skull babies, we could give them to some shitty no-talent shock-rock band like Slipknot to use as stage props. Or NAMBLA. I don't care, really. Do you think any of the dudes in NAMBLA have fetal-alcohol-syndrome fetishes? Let's find out together.
I wouldn't expect you to be monogamous, because I figure you treat lovers like you do bands. You've been in long-term relationships with Scratch Acid, the Jesus Lizard, Qui, and had one night-stands with the Melvins, Helmet, Shellac and Cop Shoot Cop, among others. I've caught you numerous times when you've flung your body violently into the audience, so you can trust me to catch you during tough emotional times too. I'll always be there for you, no matter what kind of project you're involved with, even that western you acted in starring the Insane Clown Posse.
It's not just about your music either. I'm very physically attracted to you. I've seen your dick a bunch of times over the years, and I think it's super hot. You make great art too, and if the money ever ran out we could live off all the free booze and cheese at your openings, like the one you just had at the Fuse Gallery right here in NYC.
I love you David, and I hope that someday, you'll love me back. Because that would be the "Greatest Gift" of all.
Noveller, who has opened for Jesus Lizard in the past, was added as a last minute opener to the NYC show. More pictures and the setlist, below...
Mirah with Thao & Mirah at MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mirah plays Dead Herring tonight (8/19) with two fellow female songwriters. She'll be joined by the anti-folk-leaning K Records labelmate and sometimes-collaborator Tara Jane Oneil, who will be playing guitar in Mirah's band, and the guitar drone of Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate). According to Tara's website, she'll be playing a singer songwriter style solo set with just her and a guitar.
The show is the first Dead Herring show to have advance tickets on sale. To reserve tickets:
1. send $10 per ticket via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.orgNoveller has other upcoming shows too including one this Sunday (8/21) at Littlefield and another on September 6 at Mercury Lounge with Braids, Blue Hawaii, and Painted Palms (tickets).
2. make yr subject heading "mirah tickets"
3. yr name will be on the door the night of the show - if you bought more than one ticket, it'll say yr name + 1 or more
4. any questions, write email@example.com for clarity and harmony
Mirah's partner in crime Thao Nguyen also has a bunch of shows coming up.
All Mirah/Noveller dates and Littlefield flier below...
If you've noticed that The Stone has been putting on some pretty great shows this month like Laurel Halo and Metalux, among others, that's because August 2011 is being curated by noise master Carlos Giffoni (of No Fun Fest) and Pi Recordings founder Seth Rosner. (not that any month at the Stone is ever bad.)
Other artists playing throughout the month include White Out with Ikue Mori, Noveller, Oneohtrix Point Never, C. Spencer Yeh and Meg Clixby, Fieldwork, Sickness, Driphouse, Nautical Almanac, and others. Check The Stone's Calender for full show lineups throughout the month.
Some Forma song streams below...