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OMD drummer at Terminal 5 in July (more by Greg Cristman)

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!

photos by Greg Cristman

OMD @ T5 - 7/17/13

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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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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by Bill Pearis

OMD @ T5, March 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)

'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

"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 at Terminal 5 in March (more by Chris La Putt)

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...

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OMD @ Terminal 5 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

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)

"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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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.


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

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:


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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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.

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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.

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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