Entries tagged with: Parquet Courts
photos by James Richards IV
Sleater-Kinney/Vic Mensa/Kurt Vile/Shamir @ Pitchfork Fest 7/18/2015
"You're beautiful when you're wet," Kurt Vile tells the crowd, putting a positive spin on a damp situation. The singer/guitarist, who has a highly anticipated new record due in September, starts 35 minutes late due to the rain and evacuation delay. True to form, he stretches out, opening with the ambling "Gold Tones," a 10-minute epic that magnifies his mystical, introspective guitar lines and sun-baked vocals. Vile, who never seems in a hurry no matter the situation, remains content to let the groggy country-rock melody run its course. It's his aw-shucks way of easing people back into the festival setting and brushing off the personal stress of losing substantial set time. -[Chicago Tribune]At the end of Protomartyr's early afternoon set during Day 2 (7/18) of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival, singer Joe Casey offered the crowd, watching in 90-degree temperatures and unrelenting humidity, a word of advice: "Hydrate." He probably didn't mean the torrential thunderstorm that cracked open an hour later during Ex Hex's set which was cut short as Chicago's Union Park was temporarily evacuated. Folks were let back in less than an hour later, old hat for Chicago festival crowds.
Saturday's rain made things muddy -- and delayed Vince Staples' flight, canceling his set -- but spirits weren't too dampened, as massive crowds enjoyed sets by Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Vic Mensa, The New Pornographers, Parquet Courts, A$AP Ferg, Shamir and more. Sophie didn't play, whether it was weather-related was not made clear, but Towkio filled in. (His pal, PC Music's AG Cook, is scheduled to perform today.) Pictures from the day are in this post.
Pitchfork wraps up today (7/19) with sets from Chance the Rapper, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Run the Jewels, The Julie Ruin, Viet Cong, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and more. You can watch it live from your air conditioned home, too, as it's streaming live. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pictures are up.
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.
As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...
Chicago residents Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko have been making noisy pop as The Funs since 2009, balancing melody, emotion and dissonance adeptly. You can make comparisons to other bands but they've definitely figured out their own thing. Their latest album, My Survival, will be out in September via Manic Static and we've got the premiere of "Don't Let Go" in this post. Here's what Jessee Rose Crane says about the song:
Focusing on genuine relationships not losing sight of the present and who you really are. In an age of consumerism cutting fake people out your life to focus on building something positive and tangible for yourself. Choosing to spend time with People who really have your back. Going against the grain and swimming up stream to really find yourself.Stream "Don't Let Go" below.
""Don't Let Go" is about not losing yourself to the constant distraction of social media and thoughtless consumption. I really love mindful conversations face to face without a smart phone there degrading that experience. Good open conversations are one the most inspiring things to me. They turn my brain on. That connection can't be forced or planned or fake. It's about waiting and wanting to have a vulnerable relationship with someone that really understands you."
If you're in Chicago for Pitchfork Fest this weekend, The Funs are playing an afterparty on Friday (7/17) at Thalia Hall with Parquet Courts and Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan.
"Confession" by Andrew Savage, 2015 26 X 30″ silkscreen on paper
Parquet Courts frontman and Dull Tools label co-head Andrew Savage is also an artist and will have his first exhibition this summer. Titled "Color Studies," it features silkscreens on paper and will be open at Brooklyn's new-ish venue/bar/motorcycle garage The Shop from July 10 - September 1. Says Savage:
I called the show Color Studies because I wanted to focus on colors that don't appear in my palette often; you'll find a lot of salmon pink and pastel colors -- basically stuff I've been afraid to use because I wasn't quite sure how. I like images that are familiar and ordinary, but hinged on an unsettling emotion.There's an opening reception on July 10 with refreshments provided by Duvel & Ommegang. Check out a few more of Savage's pieces below.
In other news, Parquet Courts recently posted pictures from the studio. New music soon? Stay tuned.
As previously mentioned, there's a Naomi Punk / PC Worship show at Palisades tonight (6/22), and a pretty special headliner was just added: PC Worship's friends and collaborators Parquet Courts. Tickets are still available.
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
by Bill Pearis
Radioactivity @ House of Vans photo via @mikeyerg
Texas rippers Radioactivity were in town over Memorial Day Weekend, playing House of Vans' "Almost Summer" series on Saturday (5/23) with Parquet Courts and Pill. It probably felt like summer was already here in House of Vans which can be a real a hotbox. Did you go?
The band, whose new album Silent Kill will be out June 30 on Dirtnap, have just announced another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on July 30. Presented by Noisey, the show also has San Francisco's Flesh World and Honey Radar, making for a stacked bill.. Tickets are on sale now. Updated Radioactivity tour dates are listed, along with a song stream from the new LP, below.
If you're unfamiliar, Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely give it a listen -- it's streaming below. That Baby's show is the only date for Honey Radar at the moment.
Flesh World, which features members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, will play again a couple nights after the Baby's show, opening for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/1) with Lust For Youth and Sannhet on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates for Flesh World are listed, plus a song from their forthcoming debut LP, below.
enter to win tickets to see Pixies & TV on the Radio in NJ, at the end of this post...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Radioactivity on an Austin Bridge, SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity, the band which features Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of Marked Men, will release their new album Silent Kill on June 30 via Dirtnap. You can listen to the ripper that is first single "Silent" below.
As mentioned, Radioactivity will be in NYC later this month for one of the free "Almost Summer" shows at House of Vans on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Pill, and DJs The Blackouts. RSVP will open for that show soon.
The band will be back on the East Coast this summer and while there hasn't been another NYC show announced yet, there are dates already in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Surely they'll play here again, too? Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
In the spirit of it being Almost Summer, New Yorkers can now add stopping by House Of Vans Brooklyn to their yearly ritual of dusting off their front stoop and trading in their winter boots for a fresh pair of all-white Vans for a free all-ages music series taking over House of Vans on three Saturdays this spring.Greenpoint, Brooklyn's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) throws annual free summer shows, and this year they're introducing free Almost Summer (or as some people call it, "spring") shows too. The series kicks off on May 9 with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin, as well as garage pop band Bleached and Youth Code on DJ duties.
Then on May 23, indie rockers Parquet Courts headline with support from the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, sax-fueled punks Pill, and The Blackouts DJing.
And on June 13, rapper Pusha T headlines with a "top secret" opener and DJ Envy.
RSVP is open now for the Julie Ruin show. Stay tuned for RSVP links for the other two.
by Andrew Sacher
Austin's Institute (who share members with Wiccans and Glue) already have a few EPs out, and they're planning on releasing their debut album, Catharsis, on June 9 via Sacred Bones. The album's closing track "Christian Right" features a contribution from Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage (also previously of Wiccans), and PC's garagey tendencies can also be heard on the album's first single "Perpetual Ebb," which makes a bit of a departure from Institute's post-punk stuff. Stream that, with the LP tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Institute were in NYC last week for New York's Alright, and they'll return when they tour again this June. The new dates have them at Brooklyn's Palisades on June 14 with local post-punks Anasazi (who played with them at NY's Alright), Cheena (mem Pharmakon, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, etc) and Mommy. Ticket info TBA.
All dates, with the new song and some music from Anasazi and Cheena, below...
Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.
White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]
Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.
Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.
Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.
All Wilco dates are listed below...
Parquet Courts will release Live at Third Man Records on March 3. That's the cover art above. Their Third Man set, which happened in June 2014, was recorded direct-to-acetate and you can stream samples of "Sunbathing Animal" and "Vienna II" from it below.
Meanwhile, Parquet Courts' February 9 show at Palisades with Eaters and Future Punx is now sold out, but they've just added another Palisades show the next day (2/10) with Laced and Digital Prisoners of War. Tickets for that second Palisades show go on sale Tuesday (1/27) at noon. Updated dates are listed, along with live album tracklist, song streams and a flyer for the 2/10 Palisades show, below....
photo: Parquet Courts offshoot PCPC at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Parquet Courts recently announced a 2015 tour kicking off later this month and running through April, when they play Coachella. That tour didn't have a hometown show announced for the NYC band, who played a sold-out Webster Hall show in December, but they've now squeezed one in happening at a much smaller venue than Webster Hall, Palisades on February 9. Opening are their local Dull Tools pals Future Punx and Eaters. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).
Meanwhile, the band have just released a video for "Pretty Machines" (the one that kinda sounds like "Sweet Child 'O Mine") from last year's Parkay Qwarts album Content Nausea. The video was co-directed by the band's Austin Brown and you can watch it below. You can also catch Brown at the big Planned Parenthood benefit at MHOW on Valentine's Day with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Julianna Barwick, Lenny Kaye and more (tickets).
Updated dates are listed, along with the "Pretty Machines" video and video of their recent Letterman performance, below...
Jonathan Toubin is halfway through his "2015 NYC Subway Tour" where he's got a DJ gig every night in January. Tonight (1/13) he's at LES bar Local 138 where he's spinning with Stephanie Husky and Aaron McCann. After the month's tour ends, Toubin will only slow down slightly. He's just announced the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit which happens on February 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion are headlining, with additional performances by Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve). There will also a "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA. Toubin will be the DJ for the evening.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/14) at noon and proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts and Dave
Gigs on The Late Show with David Letterman are getting harder to secure now that Dave has set his end date. But Parquet Courts managed to snag a slot last night (1/7), playing "Bodies Made Of" off last year's Sunbathing Animal. And maybe Dave also announced his post-CBS plans in the process. After the song, Dave came over and told the band, "Paul and I have talked it over, we would like to manage the band." Watch the video below.
Parquet Courts, who wrapped up 2014 with their biggest NYC show yet, will continue to tour in 2015. No NYC dates at the moment, but they will be touring the Southeast, including dates with Priests, Merchandise and Nots. Then they'll head to Australia and New Zealand. They'll also be playing Coachella. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile over at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The War on Drugs were on performing "An Ocean In Between the Waves" from last year's acclaimed Lost in the Dream. You can watch that below. TWOD are about to start a UK tour and all their tour dates, including stops at Coachella and Governors Ball, are listed below.
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
Photo: Bully @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nashville rockers Bully got some buzz (including from us) around the time they played CMJ, and that buzz turned into year-end accolades when they made Gorilla vs Bear's favorite songs of 2014 list and Vulture's 10 Female Punk Songs You Need to Hear in 2014 list. They also gave us their list of 2014 favorites, which you can read below. They'll be on tour again this month, including shows opening for Cloud Nothings, Hamilton Leithauser and Strand of Oaks. After those dates, they'll headline their own show in NYC on January 26 at Pianos. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can check that out, along with All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 EP, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.
The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.
After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.
All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.
The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their list, with commentary, below.
The new songs and list of tour dates also below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...