Entries tagged with: Oh Land
Tickets to see Deerhunter at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon. Tickets to their 9/19 show at Webster Hall are still available too.
Tickets to see Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens, and more playing the music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.
Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., have added a third NYC date to their tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis happening on November 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets to that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM, Live Nation/Mobile App presale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM, Citi Cardmember Preferred Tickets and general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at 10 AM.
The Black Crowes are playing four acoustic shows at Capitol Theatre from October 18-22 and four full band shows at Terminal 5 from October 24-29. Tickets for the Terminal 5 shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).
Eli "Paperboy" Reed" is playing Mercury Lounge on September 23 and October 28. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.
Oh Land is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 20 and Gramercy Theatre on September 24. Tickets to the MHOW show go on AmEx presale sale today at noon, the Gramercy Theatre show go on Live Nation presale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM, with both shows having general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.
"Remix Artist Collective" RAC are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 16. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.
Johnny Flynn is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 9 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Oh Land at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn-via-Copenhagen singer Oh Land (aka Nanna Oland Fabricius) will be doing a residency in her home city over the next few weeks at Manhattan venue Rockwood Music Hall. The residency begins tonight (2/19), which is unfortunately sold out, but tickets are available for the three remaining nights, which happen on Monday, February 25, Saturday, March 2, and Friday, March 8. Rockwood is a pretty intimate place to see Oh Land, whose past tours have included NYC venues like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. And at the shows, we can "expect new songs and a little help from her friends."
The video for her 2010 single, "Sun Of A Gun," is below...
Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (more by David Andrako)
As you may have seen last night, HBO's Girls won big at the Golden Globes, grabbing both Best Comedy series and Best Actress for creator/star Lena Dunham. At the same time Dunham was giving her acceptance speech, Season 2 of Girls (now featuring Donald Glover as Hannah's new boyfriend) was making its debut on the pay cable channel.
The soundtrack to Girls just came out last week and one of the songs exclusive to it is Santigold's "Girls." We've got the premiere of its video right here in this post. Shot here in NYC the cool little clip features girls from all walks of life (and all ages) lip-synching to the track and you can watch it below. The Girls soundtrack also features Sleigh Bells, Fleet Foxes, Robyn, Belle & Sebastian and more.
Santigold played Bowery Ballroom back in December and her only upcoming live date is at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on February 9. Video and Girls OST artwork and tracklist below...
Cars floating in underground garage on Stone St. (via @wingedfeetxc)
Tonight's Big Freedia show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on but opener Vockah Redu dropped off. Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 9 PM. Admission is free before 7 PM and after that it's $15-$20. UPDATE: Hess is More and Oh Land added to this show.
As mentioned, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and honoring tickets for Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg, with plans to reschedule the original Bowery Ballroom date for some time next week.
Music Hall of Williamsburg was only available for Aimee and Ted's show tonight because the Jackie Greene show is cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
The Halloween shows in Williamsburg, including Glasslands' covers show, Death by Audio's covers show, and Cameo's free, weekly Big Terrific comedy (early) and The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and friends playing MIchael Jackson's Thriller (late), are still on. All door proceeds for tonight's Glasslands show are going to the Red Cross. Ted Leo tweeted he was gonna try and stop by Glasslands after Aimee Mann.
Murphy's Law at Trash Bar appears to be happening.
Saint Vitus is open and hosting a Van Halen / David Lee Roth cover band.
Acheron is open too with Author and Punisher.
The World/Inferno Friendship Society annual Halloween show at Warsaw is still on.
285 Kent, however, cancelled their Halloween show tonight. Organizer Todd P says, "We had to cancel Halloween, but it was not 285 Kent's decision; the organizers and bands involved [cancelled]. We would 100% do it and are pretty determined to book something else."
The Meter Men and other shows at BB King's appear to be happening.
Bad news from Dita Von Teese "Regrettably, all NYC StripStripHooray shows are cancelled. Tix will be refunded by LiveNation, & we will be back in early 2013. Thank you all for the support, we were so excited about these sold out shows! Stay safe, NYC! X." StripStripHooray was to have happened this week at Gramercy Theatre.
Wintersleep and Elliot Brood were supposed to play Knitting Factory last night, but are instead playing tonight.
Pete's Candy Store is open.
The Pit is open.
Open mic comedy at The Creek, followed by comedy by MURDERFIST, Joe Machi, Jesse Joyce, and The Cowmen, followed by more open mic comedy is all happening.
The Halloween show at Union Hall with Dionne Werewolf and Hall-oween and Oates is still on.
Halloween at The Film Society at Lincoln Center is open.
The Halloween show at Goodbye Blue Monday with Snake Monsters, Scorpion Child, and The Biomechanic is still on.
Littlefield is hosting a Halloween comedy show.
The Everymen, Runny, and Zac Clark & the Griswolds play Grand Victory tonight.
As mentioned, Andrew WK's Autumn Bowl show is cancelled.
As mentioned, Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center is cancelled.
As mentioned, the Halloween show at the Bowery Electric is cancelled tonight.
The Halloween show at WEIRD with Bellicose Minds and others is cancelled.
The Halloween show at SOB's is cancelled.
The party at House of Vans is cancelled. They write, "Hallo-Wolfbat is cancelled. The house of vans got two feet of water inside. We are planning to reschedule for a later date. It could be up to a month. All the electrical, sound, and lighting was damaged. Please spread the word. I'll let everyone know the outcome. Looks like it may be a end of the world party in December. I'm sorry"
The Reckless Kelly show at Bowery Ballroom has been postponed.
The Halloween party at The DL with Designer Drugs has been postponed.
Le Poisson Rouge still lists shows for tonight as of this post, but has no power, so cancellations are likely. And actually, "We are sorry to report that Mondo Indie Dance Party Presents MONDOWEEN! is canceled tonight due to power outages from Hurricane Sandy. We wish you all a safe Halloween and a speedy recovery from the storm." UPDATE: LPR confirms they are totally closed.
The Bell House is closed.
Canal Room is closed.
Pianos is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Rockwood Music Hall is closed.
Fontana's is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.
A whole bunch of Thursday show are cancelled too.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Oh Land @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Savoir Adore (playing with a full band) and Friends (who are heavily featured in a NY Magazine piece called "Style Tribes Vol. 2: The DIY Music Scene of Bushwick's Market Hotel") opened two NYC shows in a row for Oh Land last week. Pictures in this post are from the first show which was at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The second show was at Bowery Ballroom on 12/12 which was the same night The National were playing their first of six shows at Beacon Theater. Oh Land's setlist included a cover she does of National song "Bloodbuzz Ohio". An audio stream of the cover, along with video of Oh Land performing it on 12/16 at the El Rey in LA, with more pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Friends @ BV-CMJ @ Public Aseembly
Much like Dive (who they have played with), Brooklyn band Friends, who recently hit Mercury Lounge with Ganglians, aren't ones to make themselves rare around here and that will be proven four times in the next week. Catch them at Glasslands tonight (12/8) with Zambri, Royal Baths, Doldrums, Xray Eyeballs (that's some lineup), and then opening for Oh Land at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (12/11), at 285 Kent with !!! that same night, and then again with Oh Land at Bowery Ballroom on Monday. And then that's it for them (for now) until they tour Europe in February.
Friends were one of the many bands who played a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party at Public Assembly in October. Here are some pictures from that show. More of them below...
Oh Land at Bowery Ballroom (more by Sarahana)
Just in time for the holidays, Oh Land will do a whirlwind set of US dates in December which include shows from coast to coast. The East Coast gets the lion's share of dates on the trek, and NYC gets the most with 12/11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 12/12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on AmEx presale at noon Wednesday (10/12) with regular sale hitting on Friday. All dates are listed below.
Oh Land recently released a song on the Abduction soundtrack, the film starring the werewolf from those movies for fourteen year old girls pretending like he's John Maclane. Stream that new track, "Twist", at Idolator. Hopefully the soundtrack fares better than the film (5% on Rotten Tomatoes!).
Full slate of tour dates and a recent video with accompanying "behind the scenes" for "White Nights" is below...
photos by Sarahana
Oh Land, complete with her "herd of animals dressed as people" aka the nightingale string quartet, headlined a glitter and balloon-filled, sold out show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (9/26). Here are some pictures, the setlist and a video. They continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Oh Land / Sia
Sia played Webster Hall last night (7/26) with Oh Land and Ximena Sarinana. Sia played material mainly off of her last two albums, including Madonna's "Oh Father," and Ray Davies' "I Go to Sleep," both of which she has recorded covers of. She also revealed a new song titled "Hostage" and ended her encore with the 2004 single "Breathe Me."
All three of them play Webster again tonight (7/27). Tickets, like they were for last night, are sold out. The Sia/Oh Land tour continues through August 19th.
More pictures, videos and Sia's setlist from last night's Webster Hall show are below...
Oh Land at BV-SXSW Party in March (more by Tim Griffin)
Oh Land plays NYC for two nights this week as part of her tour with Sia. They play Webster Hall tonight (7/26) and tomorrow (7/27). Ximena Sarinana is on both NYC shows and a few other dates. Both shows are sold out.
Ximena, who is dating Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is a Mexican singer/songwriter and actress. She toured as a vocalist with the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group on their 2009 European tour and contributed vocals to many of his solo albums. Her self titled sophomore album comes out next week (8/2) on Warner Music. Check out the official lyric video for the single "Different" below. She also plays tonight (7/26) at Rockwood Music Hall with drummer Alex Wong.
If you weren't able to get tickets in time, you'll be happy to know that Oh Land added a smaller headlining show on September 26 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/29) at noon (AmEx presale Wednesday) for the NYC show.
All dates and a video below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Robyn @ Bonnaroo
Robyn played Bonnaroo this past weekend, where she spoke to MTV News about her current tourmate... Katy Perry. After initially avoiding the question of whether or not she is a fan of Katy Perry's, she told MTV at Bonnaroo:
"I think that girls are always expected to have opinions about each other, and maybe I don't have an opinion about some things, you know? That doesn't mean I have a bad opinion or a good opinion, it's just that, at that point, I never met her," Robyn said. "I didn't know much about her album that was out, and it was hard for me to have an opinion, and that's all. There's some songs that she's made that I think [are] amazing: the pre-chorus in 'Teenage Dream,' I wish I had wrote that. So, it's all good."Good that things aren't awkward between them, because they're on tour together now. They'll play Nassau Coliseum on June 17 and Prudential Center in NJ on June 19.
The day after the NJ show, Robyn plays a free show at Terminal 5. No, not that Terminal 5. She's playing the Jet Blue one inside JFK Airport on 6/20. Like Jet Blue shows at JFK Airport in the past, the show will be for contest winners and people who happen to be catching a plane.
And speaking of indie-leaning, major label-signed, future Scandinavian female pop stars that are playing in NYC this week and opening shows for Katy Perry (yuck), Oh Land is playing a Northside Festival show at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (6/17) with Rye Rye and Deluka. Doors are at 10:30pm, and Oh Land headlines the show at 1am. Tickets are on sale..
Hopefully Oh Land has a chance to rest after the late show, because she's also playing the NYC Pride Rally in Central Park the next day, Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 3:00 - 6:00 PM. Oh Land opens for Katy Perry in California in August, after her tour with Sia that brings her to Webster Hall this summer.
Janelle Monae, Marina & The Diamonds, and Jessie J are also opening dates on Katy's current tour.
Rye Rye (also on the bill of the Oh Land show at Brooklyn Bowl) just released a new video starring... Robyn! Titled "Never Will Be Mine", the track is basically Rye Rye rapping along with Robyn who is singing her 2005 hit song "Be Mine". Check out that video, along with more pictures from Robyn's set at Bonnaroo, a video of Oh Land playing Craig Ferguson recently, and all tour dates, below...
Sia & friend
"The Voice" is about to sound even sweeter now that Reba McEntire, Monica and other music favorites are joining the NBC singing competition.Cee-Lo is already huge (no pun intended), and it looks like Christina Aguilera collaborator Sia is on her way towards major stardom as well.
In the coming weeks, coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine will be teamed up with mentors from the music industry who have inspired them, according to the network.
McEntire will join Shelton, Monica will join Cee Lo Green, singer Sia will join Aguilera, and Maroon 5 music director Adam Blackstone will join Levine.
The quartet will serve as advisers to their colleagues as well as the talent, offering words of wisdom and helping to choose songs that best suit each singer's vocal style. -[CNN]
And in addition to Sia's upcoming spot on TV, she'll appear live across North America on tour in July and August with special guest Oh Land opening the shows. The tour includes two NYC nights at Webster Hall, July 26 & July 27. Tickets for the 7/26 show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday, and general sale at noon on Friday (5/6).
Adventure (by Tim)
Braids (by Tim)
As discussed and/or pictured HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE, we threw a free, three stage party with M For Montreal at Swan Dive and Barbarella in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by, to all the bands who played and to Ramesh for DJing. Sorry to Bass Drum of Death for not getting to play due to some confusion. Thanks to the cast of Workaholics for stopping by and for doing some hosting (catch their show on Comedy Central now!). Thanks also to Izzoz, Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, VegAustin, Raw Revolution, NadaMoo, Firefly Vodka, Line 6, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Nudie Jeans, and ASCAP. Thanks to everyone else that helped and to anyone I forgot.
A whole bunch more pictures from the whole day are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
The colorful art currently on display at the Charles Bank Gallery is the same art that graces the cover of Oh Land's new album cover. It's by fellow Danish artist Eske Kath. Oh Land played a 30 minute set to a packed crowd at her first of four shows at the gallery last night (3/29). The electro-pop singer, who currently calls NYC home, was accompanied by a backing band that included a keyboard player, string quartet and drummer, and her trademark white balloons, complete with projections, graced the ceiling. A video and more pictures from the event, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Oh Land @ BrooklynVegan Day Party, SXSW 2011
Experience Oh Land's debut album through a unique visual landscape created by artist Eske Kath with a new intimate performance each night by Oh Land. Each night is a free show but space is limited so show up early to guarantee entry.This is happening at Charles Bank Gallery in NYC, and since it's now past noon, you can head on over right now. And note, according to the gallery's website, the 8:30 performance is "invite only except for first 20 fans and if list doesn't fill" which is slightly different than the official event info above which just says "space is limited so show up early."
March 29, March 30, March 31 and April 1
Gallery will be open March 29 - April 2 daily 12pm - 7pm
Oh Land has other dates coming up overseas and on the west coast too. All of those dates, with two sets of pictures from SXSW, below...
If you've been following along, you know that this is finally the NINTH and FINAL BrooklynVegan SXSW 2011 show announcement! This one happens on Saturday, March 19th in Austin, at both Swan Dive and Barbarella (they connect). It runs from noon-6pm and is 100% free. We are doing it with our friends from M For Montreal and it looks like this:
STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)I'm ready to fall over.
12:00 PM New Moods
01:00 PM Oh Land
2:00 PM Austra
3:00 PM Little Scream
4:00 PM Owen Pallett
5:00 PM Braids
STAGE 2 (Barbarella main stage)
12:00 PM Baths
1:00 PM Misteur Valaire
2:00 PM !!!
3:00 PM Trail of Dead
4:00 PM Mount Kimbie
5:00 PM Daedelus
HOSTED BY: the cast of Workaholics
DJs: Ramesh (of Voxtrot) & 70's Bush
STAGE 3 (Barbarella small stage)
12:00 PM Bass Drum of Death
12:45 PM Adventure
1:30 PM Versus
2:30 PM Malajube
3:15 PM Suuns
4:00 PM Weekend
5:00 PM PS I Love You
And this party will also have:
- FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
- lots of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
- a lot of FREE Honest Tea!
- FREE Raw Revolution bars to eat.
- FREE vegan ice cream from NadaMoo
- FREE Firefly Vodka cocktails all day (while supplies last.)
- more FREE DRINKS TBA.
- Our official microphone sponsor Line 6.
- and our backline sponsors Korg, Vox & Blackstar.
- our sponsor Nudie Jeans.
- and to ASCAP for sponsoring too.
To celebrate the BrooklynVegan + M for Montreal party, Nudie Jeans is also giving away 5 pairs of jeans (one pair for each day leading up to the party). For your chance to win, friend Nudie Jeans on facebook and send an email titled BROOKLYN VEGAN to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those at the party, we'll also be raffling off more Nudie Jeans you can win while you're there.
We're also happy to announce that, for the second year in a row, we'll be partnering with our friends at VegAustin to host a vegan bake sale for charity at the party. All proceeds will be donated to Compassion Over Killing.
Check out the flyer and stuff below...
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark @ T5 (by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
"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...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
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...
Did you catch stylish Time Out cover girl Oh Land on Letterman last night? If not, the video is below.
Oh Land's upcoming live shows include the next edition of "Popshop" at NYC's new Tammany Hall which happens TONIGHT (3/3) (tickets at the door and flyer below), March 8th at Terminal 5 as part of the OMD tour, and the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal day party in Austin at Barbarella/Swan Dive on March 19th (stay tuned for more details!). All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (MP3)
On May 3rd Fleet Foxes will release Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union), the much-anticipated follow up to their 2008 self-titled debut. The release of the twelve-track album will coincide with the band's first North American tour dates since August 2009 followed by a string of UK and European dates. The tour will begin in Vancouver on April 30th and end in London England. Fleet Foxes have made the title-track of the album available for download now.Download that new track, right over the new album's cover art, above.
Helplessness Blues was recorded over the course of a year at Avast Recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek. The piece that appears on the album cover was illustrated by Seattle artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Chris Alderson. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson.
The presale for the new Fleet Foxes dates will happen at the band's website starting Tuesday the 1st at 9am PST. Those dates include a May 18th show at NYC's United Palace Theatre.
All dates and a just-released, studio-quality video of Oh Land covering "White Winter Hymnal" (like she just did at Hiro Ballroom), below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"I think oh land might be a magical priestess of disco" - Kirill Savitski
B-Sides: You've gotten comparisons to artists like Lykke Li and it's hard not to draw comparisons to Lady Gaga, with the outfits and your theatrical stage performance. Do you lean one way or the other? Do you see yourself as an indie artist or are you aiming to be a pop star?Oh Land played a one-off headlining show ahead of her tour with OMD (who she is now playing Terminal 5 with instead of Webster Hall in March) at Hiro Ballroom last night (1/26). More pictures from that show are below...
Oh Land: What I want to achieve is to have my own space in music and of course I'll get comparisons to other female acts because there are quite many and if you're the newest one you always get comparisons until people try to find out who you really are. I feel like I've tried to make an album that very personal to me, so only I can make it. I think people will realize and place me somewhere themselves where it makes sense. One thing I'll say with the Lady Gaga comparison, I don't ever dress to stand out. I dress to fit in to my own universe. I think of myself more as Alice in Wonderland. She's a pretty normal girl in a fantastic world, everything else around her and the way she sees things is surreal and fantastic and scary and dreamy, but that's through her perception of the world. And that's how I see myself, I don't see myself as this animated character from outer space. I see myself as this girl who just sees everything around me through dream glasses."
by Rachel Kowal
DOWNLOAD: Oh Land - White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix) (MP3)
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.
by Bill Pearis
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.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.
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."