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Iggy & The Stooges @ The Mohawk Austin, TX 3/13/13
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2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.

You can also check out year-end photo faves from BV contributors Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Dominick Mastrangelo. More of Greg's pics picks are below...

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OMD drummer at Terminal 5 in July (more by Greg Cristman)
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Last month, we posted that OMD's drummer Malcolm Holmes suffered heat exhaustion in Toronto, which -- though he was doing well -- caused the band to cancel their remaining dates. They've now posted another message from Mal on Facebook, explaining that his collapse was due to cardiac arrest. The message reads:

I have finally arrived home after I collapsed and my heart stopped due to a Cardiac Arrest at the recent OMD Toronto gig. I owe my life to quick thinking members of our crew & band and the Toronto Fire Dept Paramedics who performed CRP and Defibrillation to bring me back to life.

It has been a deeply traumatic time not only for me but the band, crew, management, family, friends and loved ones. I have been overwhelmed with the kind messages of love and support from so many people. I am deeply touched and cannot thank all of you enough.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped with my recovery and getting me back home safely .... Toronto Fire Dept Paramedics, Nurses & Dr's in ICU & CCU at Toronto Eastern General Hospital, Dr Lashevsky and his team at Sunnybrook Hospital Toronto, escort Dr Mike Priestnall, Merv and all the OMD crew, the Band, Remi, Simon our tour manager and our awesome manager Mirelle Davis. Lastly ... Sabine (my angel) who has held my hand constantly through the darkest of hours.

It's good to be home. Thank you everyone.

Mal x

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Mal!

OMD drummer Malcolm Holmes @ T5 last week (more by Greg Cristman)
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Bad news from the OMD camp:

We are sorry to inform you that Malcolm [Holmes, drummer] was taken ill during last nights [7/20] show in Toronto. He's currently being treated for heat exhaustion in hospital but is recovering well. Sadly however we have to cancel the remaining shows of the year (including Rewind festival). Please accept our sincere apologies, we really appreciate your understanding at this very difficult time. We will give you more news on Malcolm as and when.
OMD (who played NYC last week) followed up their initial message with, "we've been to see Malcolm and we're delighted to say he's doing well and hopes to fly home on Tuesday. thank you for your kind messages and support." Get well, Malcolm and take it easy!

photos by Greg Cristman

OMD @ T5 - 7/17/13
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Orchestral

Synth pop vets Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been back at it for a few years now, released their second album of the new millennium, English Electric, this year, and just brought their tour in support of that album to NYC for a Terminal 5 show last night (7/17). The band played about half of English Electric in addition to a bunch of others throughout their career including favorites like "Enola Gay," "Electricity" and "If You Leave."

Support at the show came from Toronto's Diamond Rings (the project of John O'Regan), who is one of the better torchbearers of the sound that OMD helped pioneer over three decades ago. Pictures of both bands, and videos and the setlist from OMD's set, are in this post. They continue below...

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metroland

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have shared the first single from their forthcoming album, English Electric. "Metroland" is a sparkling piece of synthpop that is very OMD, but doesn't sound like they're trying to rewrite their old hits. (Something 2010's The History of Modern, enjoyable as it is, was less successful at.) You can watch the nostalgia-tinged animated video below, and the album is out April 9.

As mentioned, OMD will be touring for the album with Diamond Rings. The West Coast gets them in April, with Midwest and East Coast this summer including NYC at Terminal 5 on July 17 and tickets are still available. All tour dates are below.

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Diamond Rings

Diamond Rings , who was here back in December, will open for synthpop pioneers OMD on their forthcoming tour, which includes a stop in NYC on July 17 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available.

The Toronto musician will also be in Austin next week for SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan Day party on Friday (3/15) in the old Emo's space. If you've never seen Diamond Rings and his band live, you can check out video of them performing "Runaway Love" from last year's Free Dimensional, below.

All tour dates -- including SXSW appearances -- are listed below.

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As mentioned, synthpop veterans OMD are releasing English Electric on April 9. That's the cover art above which is definitely giving off some Architecture & Morality / Dazzle Ships vibes.

The band will visit North America this spring for a West Coast tour that includes both Sundays of Coachella 2013. They will then be back this summer to hit the rest of the continent, including a stop in NYC at Terminal 5 on July 17. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (2/1) at noon. All tour dates and the video for new track "Decimal" are below.

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Postal Service
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We mentioned that Blur and The Stone Roses are reuniting for Coachella 2013, and as usual there some other interesting reunions at the festival too.

Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.

As promised, The Postal Service are in fact confirmed for Coachella. They recently confirmed their 2013 reunion, and are also part of the Primavera Sound lineup.

It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.

One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.

New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.

Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.

Descendents have been back for a little while at this point, but a reunion show from them is always exciting, and this year's Coachella should be no exception.

Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.

Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.

And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.

LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.

Violent Femmes videos below...

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by Bill Pearis

OMD @ T5, March 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
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'80s synthpop pioneers OMD made a welcome return in 2010 with The History of Modern that found the band pretty much picking up where they left off in their John Hughes heyday, and a genuinely fun tour supporting it. Andy McClusky, Paul Humphreys and the rest of their classic line-up have just announced English Electric, the band's 12th album which will be out April 9.

"The overarching feel tends to be a sense of loss, of melancholia, that things haven't turned out the way you wanted them to," Says McCluskey. "Whether it be with technology or personal relationships." The album's first single is "Metroland" and that will be out March 25. A North American tour is promised. Till then, check out English Electric's tracklist and the teaser trailer for the album below.

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photos by Chris La Putt

OMD @ Irving Plaza - 9/21/2011
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"You've gone back to friggin' guitar, bass and drums, how can that be the future? Bloody hell."

That's Andy McCluskey, of the English synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, circa 2000, reacting to the garage-rock bands that were suddenly all over. He was, to put it mildly, peeved. Once upon a time, OMD sounded as fearlessly futuristic as anything in pop music, and they were certain that their magical machines would render guitars obsolete. Now, well into middle age (and in the midst of an American tour that hits New York [last night and the night before]), they sound like a glorious old vision of a future that never arrived. The emergence of synth pop coincided with that of punk rock in the late 1970s, and the two shared similar do-it-ourselves, reject-the-geezers values. But although synth pop was eminently more progressive and daring, it's the punk rockers whom everybody looks back on with intense fondness and admiration. Who knows why this is? It could be as simple as that the guitar is such an awesome prop and that nobody has ever looked cool fingering notes on a synthesizer.

Whatever OMD may lack in stage presence, they make up for with songs. They had great danceable hits like "Enola Gay and "Electricity", and they also indulged in sonic experiments that are just as appealing, if you can give them time to sink in. [NY Times]

Pictures from last night's OMD show, including one of the setlist (that isn't exactly what they played), and the actual setlist from the night before, below...

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OMD @ Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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As Tune-Yards starts her second of two NYC shows at LPR tonight (9/20), OMD will be beginning their first of two shows at Irving Plaza. And I don't know what is about right now and two-night stands, but Wedneday and Thursday have two Beirut shows (both shows with Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier) and two Opeth shows.Thursday and Friday bring two Wilco shows (tickets went back on sale today) and two Girls shows (who also play Other Music while they're here). Old school East Coast punks (sort of) Blondie (who cover Beirut on their new album) just played two shows at Highline Ballroom. Old school West Coast punks X begin a two night run at Irving Plaza soon, but not before the two Radiohead shows at Roseland Ballroom with Four Tet and friends go on sale, sell out and happen (though Radiohead does overlap with X's Maxwell's show). Megafaun also play two NYC shows next week, as do Mogwai with the Soft Moon. Jay-Z & Kanye West will spend 9/27 & 9/28 11/5 & 11/6 at the Izod Center in NJ. Portishead and Jeff Mangum help end September and begin October with two shows each as part of ATP in NJ. Portishead follow it up with two more shows at Hammerstein Ballroom. I think that's a good place to stop. What else?

DOWNLOAD: Lushlife - The Romance of the Telescope w/ Andrew Cedermark (MP3)

Lushlife
Lushlife

As mentioned, Philadelphia rapper Lushlife is prepping his new mixtape, No More Golden Days, for release this October. The mixtape features Heems (of Das Racist), Cities Aviv, QueST, STS, Jabee, Sun Glitters, and Andrew Cedermark (ex Titus Andronicus). You can grab the track "Back On My Slang" ft. QueST HERE and grab the Andrew Cedermark-featured "The Romance of the Telescope" above (it makes its debut in this post). The track reworks the OMD track of the same name from 1983's Dazzle Ships. You can check out the track's artwork below.

Lushlife also has an album on the way with a guest appearance from Styles P of The Lox.

Speaking of OMD, they've got a tour coming up which includes NYC shows on September 20 and 21 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.

Lushlife single artwork and the full mixtape tracklist below...

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OMD at Terminal 5 in March (more by Chris La Putt)
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, who reunited earlier this year to tour in support of 2010's reunion album History of Modern, are returning to North America this fall for another string of dates. The tour includes two stops in NYC: September 20 and 21 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale for both NYC shows Friday (7/8) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting Thursday (7/7) at 10 AM. Like the last tour, OMD will appear with their original lineup.

The last US date on this tour is October 13th in Austin, TX where an incident at SXSW caused the band to make the national news in March. They end their tour two days later in Mexico.

All tour dates and some videos from their Terminal 5 show in March below...

Continue reading "OMD returning to North America -- 2011 Tour Dates"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

TVOTR @ Stubb's (SPIN Party)
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"Since TV On The Radio is preparing to drop Nine Types Of Light soon, I just assumed that its Spin party set would be heavy on new, untested material. And as the band slowly warmed up with a few free-jazz drones while Dave Sitek attached a giant set of wind chimes to the end of his guitar, those assumptions turned to worry that said new material was going to herald the beginning of the group's deathly dull "blue period" or something. But all fears were allayed by the crash of opening number "Young Liars," as TVOTR went all the way back to the beginning to remind fans why they'd been missed during their hiatus. Older numbers like "Staring At The Sun" got the benefit of the band's newly forged arena-rock assault, with the set never once waning in energy as it barreled through uptempo songs such as "Dancing Choose" and "Wolf Like Me." Tunde Adebimpe introduced new number "Repetition" by asking everyone whether they would dance if they played it: "But what if it's terrible?" he asked. No worries there. The group turned in easily the best set I've seen all week." [AV Club]
Like OMD, TV on the Radio played Stubb's twice during SXSW. One was their official showcase at night, and one was the daytime SPIN party (Unlike at OMD's showcase though, equipment didn't fall on people at TVOTR). Some pictures from the SPIN party that both bands played are in this post.

Since Austin, TV on the Radio (whose new album is now up for pre-order) have announced who will be opening for them on their upcoming tour. It varies by date. Some shows have Lissie Trullie, others get Glasser, some are with Celebration, and the Radio City show will be opened by Light Asylum.... who play Glasslands in Brooklyn with Banjo or Freakout tonight (3/25). Radio City tickets are still on sale.

All dates (with openers listed), those pictures, and TV on the Radio's new video for "Will Do", below...

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OMD @ Terminal 5 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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A camera boom fell on the crowd at Stubb's during an OMD show at SXSW Friday Night, March 18th. The incident would probably rank in the top 5 things people were talking about on the street (and on Twitter) in Austin last week. OMD have released an official statement which you can read, along with videos of people getting carried out on stretchers and stuff, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin and Chris La Putt

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark @ T5 (by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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"It's been a long time. The OMD lineup has not played in North America since 1988. As you can imagine, we are really really excited. We have been playing gigs now in Europe for three-and-a-half years. It has gone brilliantly. We have built up a really big following again. The gigs have been brilliant. And we've been really trying to get ourselves back to North America, so we are really delighted now that we have...." [Andy McCluskey]
The North American OMD tour is on the move and hit Terminal 5 in NYC last night (3/8). It was originally scheduled to take place at the smaller Webster Hall, but was moved up after it sold out. Oh Land opened the show like she will continue to do along their way to SXSW.

More pictures and some videos from the NYC show, below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Oh Land

Tickets are still available for TONIGHT's OMD show at Terminal 5 (3/8). If you go, make sure and get there early to catch Oh Land who is supporting the band on their first jaunt to the U.S. in a quarter century.

She makes it all the way to SXSW with them where, among other things, she'll be playing the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal day party in Austin at Barbarella/Swan Dive on March 19th. Details on that show are forthcoming.

Tonight's show is Oh Land's second NYC date in a week. She played Popshop at Tammany Hall on 3/3 with Iconapop and Friends. More pictures and the setlist from that show are below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Ty Segall in San Fran in January (more by kolored)
Ty Segall

...and this is the week that SXSW comes to New York. Dear lord, there's a whole lot going on, so This Week in Indie is coming to you in two installments. This one runs, basically, though Thursday, March 10. Do take advantage of this embarrassment of indie rock riches.

We're got some quality San Francisco garage rock in town courtesy of Ty Segall, fresh off the Bruise Cruise and whose most recent album, Melted, still gets a lot of play in these parts. (Download two tracks from it at the top of this post.) Few are doing this kind of music with more melody, attitude and enthusiasm as Ty, which really comes across in the live show. He plays Mercury Lounge tonight (3/8, sold out!) and Death by Audio on Thursday (3/10).

The Mercury Lounge show is with Brooklynites Devin Therriault and The Sundelles. At Death by Audio, Ty is joined by Nashville's Heavy Cream (yes it's true, they have a new drummer), Liquor Store and Home Blitz. Ty then heads to Austin for SXSW. Look for Ty's new album, Goodbye Bread, out this summer on Drag City.

Sic Alps

While many acts under the garage umbrella -- Ty Segall, The Intelligence, The Fresh & Onlys -- have begun to embrace mid-fi recording, Sic Alps remain happily in the sludge. Their new album, Napa Asylum, is 22 tracks -- short songs but thick as molasses. Something about this band raises the temperature, probably because it sounds like it was recorded in a moldy basement in a swamp in July. Some bands use lo-fi as camouflage. For Sic Alps it's all about atmosphere.

Live shows can be just as sweaty, even when it's freezing outside, and the less traditional the venue, the better they tend to sound. Which bodes well for these shows. Sic Alps play the Old Firehouse (aka DCTV HQ, 87 Lafayette in Manhattan) on Wednesday (3/9) and 285 Kent (next door to Glasslands) on Thursday (3/10). Both shows are with touring mates Magic Markers. The Old Firehouse show also has Gary War and Total Slacker; the 285 Kent show is with PC Worship and Hubble.

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OMD

Tonight (3/8) also marks the first show first-generation synthpop group OMD have played in New York in 25 years. The show is at Terminal 5 and tickets are still available. As reported before, this is the inarguable classic line-up of the band, the one that created their first six albums. And while there is a new album they're touring for, the shows have been packed with hits. According to Unrest/TeenBeat honcho Mark Robinson's twitter feed, last night's show in Boston included "Messages," "Tesla Girls," "Electricity," "Forever Live and Die," "If You Leave" and pretty much everything else you'd want to hear.

If you're going tonight and still care about music that was made more recently than 20 years ago, do get there early for opener Oh Land who, like OMD, will be at SXSW next week. She plays the BV/M for Montreal day party in Austin on March 19 at Barbarella/Swan Dive.

Tahiti 80
Tahiti

What else? Parisians Tahiti 80 never got as popular as their contemporaries Phoenix but the band have made consistently engaging, danceable pop over the last 15 years, including  what's found on the band's fifth album, the just-released The Past, The Present, & the Possible. The band play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (3/10).

I don't think I've seen Xavier Boyer and the rest of the band play since catching them at Brownies on the Wallpaper for the Soul tour, but have caught a number of their shows and Tahiti 80 are a solid live group. And the new album is good, dividing time between '60s influenced pop and more dancefloor-friendly material, both of which they do well. You can check "Keys to the City" at the top of this post.

Small Sins
Small Sins

Some of you may remember Toronto band Small Sins, who made a small splash back in the mid-'00s, putting out two albums of electronic-inflected indie pop on Astralwerks. They used to play NYC quite often back then. After 2007's Mood Swings the band kind of fell off the map, and I'd assumed singer-songwriter Thomas D'Arby had moved onto something else. Small Sins were basically a solo project for him after the dissolution of his old band Carnations anyway.

But turns out D'Arby was just in hibernation. Working with Tortise's John McEntire, D'Arby and the rest of Small Sins made Pot Calls Kettle Black, which came out last summer in Canada. A little bigger, a little more serious-sounding than the two other albums, Smalls Sins retain that mix of electronics, atmospherics and solid pop songwriting. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post.

I think the last time I saw them live is when they opened for Sloan at Southpaw back in 2007, though maybe I'm misremembering. Anyway, Small Sins are back in town this week, playing Santos Party House on Thursday (3/10) and The Rock Shop on Friday (3/11). The Santos Show is with '90s-rockin' Mr. Dream (who were good at Glasslands last week) and Quitzow; the Rock Shop also has True Womanhood and Suddenland.

Ok, that's the big stuff for mid-week. Stay tuned for Part 2 of TWII where we'll talk Still Corners, Edwyn Collins, Withered Hand, Megaphonic Thrift and more. Some more day-by-day picks are listed here:

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

Kurt Vile, whose new album Smoke Ring for My Halo is out today and garnered a well-deserved Best New Music in Pitchfork. He's doing three in-stores today: Academy in Williamsburg 5PM, then into the City for a stop at Generation (7PM) and Other Music (9PM). Soon to be on tour with J Mascis.

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TV on The Radio at Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Tickets are still available for TV On The Radio's date with Radio City Music Hall on 4/13, and since we last spoke the band announce many more tour dates. They kick things off on 4/8 in Philly and all dates are listed below.

Those heading to Austin this month don't need to wait as long. Spin has announced their annual SXSW party (that Hole played last year) and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, The Kills, OMD, The Vaccines, OFF!, and the Smith Westerns on the main stage, with MNDR, Young the Giant, Dom, Electric Child, and 28 North holding down the indoor stage. Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Designer Drugs, and Anika man the 1's and 2's. It happens 12:30 - 6PM at Stubb's on Friday, 3/18 (about a block away from the TBA BrooklynVegan party happening that day - stay tuned!)

OFF! probably wont be off too much during SXSW. The Keith Morris-led band, in addition to the Spin party, the Pitchfork #OFFLINE party, and an official showcase, are also playing other shows including the just-announced MWTX fest (formerly Mess With Texas)! The free show goes down on 3/19 at The East Side Drive Inn (where Pitchfork's #OFFLINE festival will be the two days prior) and will feature appearances from The Dead Milkmen, Odd Future, !!!, Surfer Blood, The Dodos, Deer Tick, and many others. The full lineup so far is below. (and there's also BrooklynVegan parties this day, but MWTX runs much later, so you can do both!) (stay tuned for more about that).

Off! hits the road with Trash Talk soon after SXSW, and play Santos Party House on 3/26 (tickets are still on sale).

This now makes three shows total for the Dead Milkmen who also have shows coming up in Brooklyn and Chicago.

All TVOTR tour dates, the MWTX lineup (thus far) and the flyer is below.

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You can still catch Oh Land play a show this Wednesday at Hiro Ballroom, but if you had tickets to see Oh Land open for the reunited Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Webster Hall on March 8th, well you're probably not going to be happy to know that the show is now happening at the much larger Terminal 5 "due to overwhelming demand." Tickets are still on sale.

by Rachel Kowal

DOWNLOAD: Oh Land - White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix) (MP3)

Oh Land

By the time I arrived at Brooklyn Bowl on November 8th, I had missed Fatty Acid and The Courtesy Tier. With five bands on the bill, I (perhaps unfairly) decided that 3 out of 5 wasn't too bad.

Based on the enthusiasm and size of the crowd, it may have made more sense to save Oh Land for last, but the recent Brooklyn transplant was third on the bill. Luckily, I made it in time to check out the Danish vixen's set.

Oh Land's performance unfolds like a music video. At the beginning of each song, Nanna Øland Fabricius taps out a few notes on the keyboard or on her electronic drum kit just to show us that she can. But then she walks away, and the music magically continues (despite the fact that no pedals seem to factor into the equation). For an artist whose act seems to rely heavily on eye candy like light-up drum sticks, talking balloons, and whimsical outfits, Oh Land's slower songs drag a bit, but she shines during her dancier numbers. Oh Land's drummer, Hans Hvidberg-Hansen, may play an integral role in the music, but with Fabricius parading around the stage, his presence hardly registers.

Oh Land's electro-pop stylings are not groundbreaking, but her music and accompanying presentation are definitely worth a listen (and a look). After being pleasantly surprised by Oh Land's performance during CMJ, her equally short set time at Brooklyn Bowl (just 24 minutes) was a bit of a let down, but she still managed to wow the crowd in the short time she had. (An exchange between two girls nearby: A:"She's going to be so famous." B:"I know. She's so cute." A:"Should we start hyping her up?") And so it begins.

Maybe Oh Land will play a longer set on January 26th at Hiro Ballroom, a one-off date for the artist who is heading out on tour with the reunited Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in March. Tickets are still on sale for the Webster Hall show. Oh Land is also playing SXSW. All dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Oh Land playing Hiro, touring w/ OMD in March, played Brooklyn Bowl, remixed by Twin Shadow (MP3, dates & stuff)"

by Bill Pearis

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The original line-up of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are plotting their first North American tour in over 20 years, including a March 8 stop at Webster Hall in NYC with Oh Land. Amex presale for that show starts Wednesday (1/12) at noon, with a general on-sale Friday (1/14) at noon. The veteran synthpop band will also be at SXSW this year.

The classic four-piece line-up of OMD, the same one that gave us the band's first first six albums, haven't played the US since 1988 when they opened for Depeche Mode on the 101 Tour. Founding member Paul Humphreys left the band shortly after that. Andy McLuskey released three albums under the OMD name in the '90s that never saw the critical acclaim or commercial success of the '80s line-up. All four reunited in 2007, and last year released History of Modern, a pretty solid comeback album that features a Peter Saville-designed sleeve and that soaring OMD sound and pop sensibility, tweaked for a new era.

OMD were always one of the better live bands of the synthpop era thanks to the honest-to-goodness live rhythm section of singer/bassist Andy McLuskey (whose goofy on-stage performance style may have invented new wave dancing) and ace drummer Malcom Holmes. Founding member and co-songwriter Paul Humphreys and keyboardist Martin Cooper round out that classic line-up. European shows from the last two years have gotten high marks. From The Guardian:

Tonight, played at unexpectedly ear-splitting volume - as if OMD still feel they have something to prove to the kind of rock fan who spent the early 80s dismissing electronic pop as poncy hairdressers playing synthesisers - they sound great: Messages is darkly melancholic, Souvenir beautifully opaque.

More surprisingly, the audience react the same way to tracks from OMD's comeback album History of Modern, which tells you something about its forensic re-creation of OMD's early 80s sound, weirdness and pop smarts fully intact. Indeed, at one point, an audience member feels impelled to throw her bra at McCluskey's soberly besuited foil, Paul Humphreys. "Thank you," he says, visibly surprised at the ardour with which the band are being received, "for that, um, rather large present."

Will undergarments fly at Webster Hall? I have to admit I'm kind of looking forward to this show. You can check out videos for new singles "Sister Marie Says" (which sounds more than a little like "Enola Gay") and "If You Want It" below, along with a couple classic '80s clips and all OMD tour dates.

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