Entries tagged with: Patrick Watson
photo: Death Cab @ Beacon Theatre, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Louisville's Forecastle Fest has added a bunch of new acts to the lineup, including Pokey LaFarge, The Arcs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, AlunaGeorge, White Denim, Hudson Mohawke, Heartless Bastards and more. Tickets for the whole fest, which also includes previously-announced headliners like Death Cab For Cutie, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams, are still on sale. Check out the full Forecastle lineup below.
Speaking of the recently-hacked Death Cab for Cutie, the band recently played Mexico's Todos Santos Fest, which is run by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. During their festival-closing set they were joined by Peter and his R.E.M. bandmate Mike Mills for a rendition of the band's 1986 single "Fall on Me." You can check out video of that R.E.M. cover, below.
Death Cab play NYC's Governors Ball in May.
Pacific Northwest festival Pickathon has its 2016 edition on August 5 - 7 in Happy Valley, Oregon and they just announced the initial line-up which includes Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Ty Segall & The Muggers, Black Mountain, The Oh Hellos, Patrick Watson, Thee Oh Sees, Fruit Bats, Dan Deacon, Julia Holter, BADBADNOTGOOD, Alvvays, Protomartyr, La Luz, Ultimate Painting, Moon Duo, Ezra Furman, Sir Richard Bishop, The Woolen Men, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Stay tuned for more Pickathon 2016 acts to be announced. In the meantime, you can check out the full initial lineup, along with an announcement videos featuring DIIV and Leon Bridges at last year's Pickathon, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Merganzer (photo by Alex Brüel-Flagstad)
Montreal chamber pop artist Patrick Watson is on tour now in support of this year's Love Songs for Robots, and it wraps up with NYC and Philly shows this weekend. Since we last spoke, those shows got pretty awesome support: solo sets from fellow Canadian TImber Timbre frontman Taylor Kirk (billed as "Timber Timbre solo").
In related news, Timber TImbre violinist Mika Posen has a new-ish project called Merganzer, and released her debut album under the moniker, Mirror Maze, last month. It's dreamy, downtempo pop that you'll probably dig if you like the other artists that this blog post is about. She put out the video for its title track (dir. Timothy I. Smith) this week. Watch that, and stream her whole album (via Exclaim) below.
The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.
The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.
by Andrew Sacher
Montreal's Patrick Watson released his newest album, Love Songs for Robots, last week (5/21) via Domino. If you haven't heard it yet, it's a lushly arranged chamber pop record that incorporates a lot of diverse sounds without seeming overstuffed with ideas. A professionally shot live video of its song "Hearts," which is part somber folk, part exotic polyrhythms, was just released. You can check that out, with an Rdio stream of the full album, below.
He returns here to play Irving Plaza on December 11. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (pw: "musicgeeks"), and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with that video and album stream, below...
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
Montreal singer Patrick Watson is back with a new album, Love Songs for Robots, which will be out via Domino on May 21. You can stream the album's ethereal title track over at NPR and watch a trailer for the album below.
Patrick will be on tour this spring and plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with The Low Anthem. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
Dodos / Braids @ Pop Montreal 9/26/2013
With the first day of POP Montreal always being a lighter day, Thursday (9/26) started things rolling toward the weekend and busier schedules with way too much to see in way too many parts of the city.
I freed up the early part of my evening by jumping at the chance to photograph the Patrick Watson and Braids soundchecks at L'Olympia ahead of their live broadcast performances and interviews with Jian Ghomeshi later that night for Q music. The restrictions for shooting the actual broadcast left little opportunity to get anything decent so, having shot both bands before, I found myself at a very empty O'Lympia in the middle of the afternoon.
After a brief stop at the POP Quarters for the media mixer it was off to the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art to see Suuns who I had last seen open for The Antlers at Webster Hall a couple years back. The sold out show featured projections of the band in duplicate. It took a song or so to realize that what we were watching wasn't live video but previously recorded live takes that were synced with each song and slightly off. The band sounded great and the extended back end of "Edie's Dream" was pulsingly hypnotic.
I left after that and made my way up Saint Laurent to catch The Dodos at Sala Rossa. When I arrived the venue was already on a one in, one out policy as Cousins finished up their set. The Dodos played a bunch of songs from their new album, Carrier, as well as a few older songs. The house lights came up after the first encore but with the crowd shouting for one more song the band obliged. "When you put it like that," said drummer Logan Kroeber, before the band launched into "The Season" to close out the set.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
For those counting at home, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all dropped of their favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from another long-time contributor, Dominick Mastrangelo. We'll let him take it from here...
I'm pretty sure everybody who photographs for this site has a list of bands they want to shoot before they hang up their camera or move on to something other than music. I'm no different and 2012 was the year I was able to cross a handful of those bands off my list. All were personal favorites from before I ever picked up a camera; some I had seen a bunch, some I hadn't seen in years and some I had never seen. To have photographed The Afghan Whigs twice, Sigur Rós twice, as well as Wilco, the reunited Ben Folds Five and The Old 97's (a band I saw in countless sweaty venues in my thirteen years in North Texas) over the span of six months, well, I consider myself very fortunate.
Also, Canada was very good to me. I covered Osheaga in August then returned a month later to cover POP Montreal for the second time. The following morning I was on a train to Toronto to cover the Polaris Prize gala. Nearly half of the photos below were taken north of the border and only a desire to not turn this into an all-Canada post kept me from including more.
Of the twelve I've selected, the above shot of Jonsi, the lead-singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, taken in Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is probably my favorite. It was the band's first show in four years, the first time I was getting to photograph one of their shows and my first time seeing them since the last North American show of their Takk tour in February of 2006.
More of my favorite shots from 2012 are below.
Patrick Watson at the Seaport last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Montreal's Patrick Watson is continuing to tour in support of his Polaris Prize nominated 2012 LP, Adventures in Your Own Backyard. That tour just hit NYC for a show at the Seaport last Friday (7/6), and it will come back for a more east coast shows in September, when Patrick plays DC, Philly, and NYC. The NYC show happens at Bowery Ballroom on September 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/11) at noon.
A list of all dates and a video are below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
Patrick Watson and Loney Dear at South Street Seaport - 7/6/12
It was hot and sticky at the Seaport on Friday evening (7/6) but, apart from minor insect invasion, it was a lovely evening of gently swooning music with Canadian Patrick Watson and Sweden's Loney Dear. It was a large crowd out for the show too, who sat attentively during Loney Dear's set but rose to their feet for Watson whose music straddles the line between cabaret and anthemic folk (complete with a musical saw at one point). Loney Dear's Emil Svanängen joined Watson at the piano for a song, as well. Nice night.
Below are more pictures from Loney Dear and Patrick Watson's set at the Seaport Music Festival as part of the River to River festival. Friday night at the Seaport, it's a pre-4Knots Fest show with Eleanor Friedberger and Ex-Cops.
The long list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been revealed. It includes Leonard Cohen, Cold Specks, Drake, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Japandroids, The Weeknd, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and more. Check out the full list below. Who's your money on?
South Street Seaport concert (more by Chris La Putt)
The initial lineup of this year's free NYC concerts at the South Street Seaport is announced. The shows are part of the River to River Festival and some of them are also part of the Friday night Seaport Music Festival (which sadly doesn't host as many shows as it used to). Check out the list below...
For the better part of 10 minutes Friday night, at his first of two NYC shows, Andrew Bird, he the all-world whistler/musical alchemist, said not a word. Before he was joined on stage by the rest of his band and before laying down his crooning baritone, Bird started his show at the Beacon Theatre flexing his multi-instrumental talent: whistling, tapping out a loop on the xylophone, plucking his violin, looping that. Adding a bit of guitar.
In a review a few years ago, I said Bird was like a mad scientist the way he flutters about the stage pulling all his instruments into gorgeously complex arrangements. And for sure, his aw-shucks demeanor and professorial (some would surely add dreamy) looks - all suits, sport coats, and perpetual five o'clock shadow - affirm this.
When I saw him at Tarrytown in October it was just he and collaborator/drummer Martin Dosh. Bird took his time and was more self-indulgent. And rightfully so.
On Friday, with a full band, Bird seemed more focused and inclined to stay on task as they attacked songs like "Eyeoneye" and "Danse Caribe" (both from his new full-length Break It Yourself) with purpose and ferocity.
When someone in the audience shouted "Measuring Cups!", Bird responded, "We can do that. We hadn't planned to..." And following the song he chipped in, "Happy to oblige."
But it was the old tyme part of the show where the band truly excelled. "What you hear is what we hear," Bird said following "Effigy", which, like songs "Give It Away," and the encore's cover of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You", was performed around a solitary microphone. The songs also featured upright bass, adding to the folksy and, yeah, old tyme feel.
"Action/Adventure" from Weather Systems was also re-introduced. "Hadn't done this one in a long time," Bird admitted, "and never with a full band." All the while Bird waved his hand in the air, wagged his finger around trying to driving home his point like an animated lecturer.
A particularly intense version of "Plasticities" preceded the set closer "Tables and Chairs." "Fake Palindromes" wrapped up the show to a standing ovation.
Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson was the first night opener and is cut from the same cloth as Andrew Bird. His songs build in much the way Bird's do, going from quiet intros to soaring highs, dropping to hushed tones before coming back in. The title track is a good example. But there were no weak spots in this set, "Quiet Crowd," "Into Giants," and particularly "Words In The Fire" all impressed. Watson also pulled his band out from behind their positions to perform around a solo microphone. Bird even paid tribute to Watson during his set saying, "You know you're doing well when you can have openers of that level."
Watson played a 2nd NYC show -an early one, at Manhattan Inn on Saturday, right before Tift Merritt opened for Andrew Bird at the second Beacon show (where Tift joined Andrew on stage to help perform "Lusitania" much like St. Vincent did at Coachella).
More pictures from Friday and the setlist from Saturday, below...
Montreal's Patrick Watson is opening for Andrew Bird on his current tour which hits NYC Friday night (5/4) at Beacon Theatre. (Tift Merrit is opening the Saturday 5/5 show at the same venue.) If you can't make the Friday show or want to see Watson again, he's playing a free show at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn on Saturday. Doors are at 4:30PM and the show is at 5PM.
The Manhattan Inn show is a release party for his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard which was released this week, his first for Domino Records. You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "Into Giants" below.
After his tour with Andrew Bird wraps up, Watson will go on a headlining tour of the Midwest and West Coast. All tour dates are below.
Andrew Bird @ Tarrytown Music Hall (NY) in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird will pack-up the horsehair and steel (that makes playing the violin sound so burly!) as part of a string of dates in celebration of his forthcoming long-player Break It Yourself, out March 6th in the US (5th internationally) via Mom + Pop Records. Look for Bird to play selections from the follow-up to 2009's Noble Beast on that three-month jaunt that will include two nights at Beacon Theater, May 4th with Patrick Watson and May 5th with Tift Merritt. Tickets for both May 4th and May 5th go on AMEX presale at 11AM tomorrow (12/7) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
In related news, Chicago is welcoming the opening of Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum at the Museum of Contemporary Art today (12/6). Details are available at BV Chicago.
Tour dates and a teaser video for Break It Yourself is below.
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Patrick Watson's Sacred Sunday
The afternoon of day 5, the final day, at Pop Montreal 2010 (catch up with day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4) was a toss up between children's entertainer, Fred Penner and friends, or Patrick Watson's Sacred Sunday. With promises of pieces by Arvo Pärt and Bach and artists like Socalled and Brad Barr (from the Slip) along with Patrick Watson in a venue like Ukrainian Federation, it was an easy sell.
I walked into Pärt's "Fratres for String Quartet" and stayed until the end. In between it was an eclectic mix of religious and not-quite-religious songs with a rotating cast of performers. Watson's piano arrangement of "The Lord's Prayer" was beautiful as was Barr leading a re-worked version of Bach's "St. Matthew's Passion". Josh Dolgin of Socalled remembered Lhasa with a Kurt Weill cover. (Mary Margaret O'Hara mentioned Lhasa on Saturday night and it's clear not just by the tributes but in conversations over the course of the festival she is deeply missed by those she touched in the city she called home.) The event closed with everyone involved joining Watson for a rousing, uplifting version of "Old Time Religion." For even the most nonreligious it was hard not to be moved as people clapped, and Watson encouraged the audience with his megaphone. Early on, Socalled's Katie Moore said at the start or her version of "Satisfied Mind" something to the effect that all good religious songs should make you feel good about yourself. Well, the Ukrainian Federation was packed and as the "congregation" filed out there was no shortage of people, even a full 30 minutes after the event, walking - some even skipping - away singing the chorus to "Old Time Religion" and feeling very good about themselves.
I'd like to say that the festival ended on a high note, and maybe if I wasn't airport bound at 3:30am, it would have. Then I would have made it to the closing party headlined by Big Freedia at Espace Reunion. But the logistics were too great to overcome so my festival would come to an end at Casa del Popolo for Film School, Depreciation Guild and if I could swing it, Scout Niblett across the boulevard at Sala Rossa. Not entirely excited about what I had heard from Montreal's Receivers, I arrived an hour late, just in time for... Receivers. The entire show was pushed back as Film School were delayed at the border. So, Receivers were on and the venue was full but even live they failed to impress. It was uninspired shoegaze and the most underwhelming set of the festival. Depreciation Guild were next and when one of the band members said to the in-over-his-head sound guy, "We've lost all power on stage," things looked to get even worse. The power was eventually recovered, but clearly things were not right as band members continued to ask for more vocals. The Brooklyn band soldiered on and were tight and energetic but on a Sunday night, and late at that, the crowd had thinned and gave little back.
I skipped over to Sala Rossa, presented to me as the 'Bowery Ballroom of Montreal', to catch some of Scout Niblett. She was already into her set and had the crowd fully cast. Her hushed, sparse vocals gave way to vicious guitar and heavy metal-drumming on "Hot To Death" and everything felt more sinister with the velvet red background and decor. The evening looked to be turning.
However, by the time I got back to Casa del Popolo I imagined Film School would already be on, but they were still pulling everything together and apparently having more sound issues. By the time they started it was well over an hour from their original start time and the crowd had thinned a bit more. They started strong and sounded good until Greg Bertens' mic went out during the second song. A verbal back and forth with the sound guy, who looked shattered at this point, culminated in Bretens, no doubt frustrated from the delays at the border and scurrying to get to the venue, telling him he should just "leave the board." They played the song over with the mic working this time and carried on but the vocals were still way down and it marred what had the potential to be a great set. And what should have been a positive end to a very enjoyable festival.
Until next year. More pictures from Sunday, and a video from the Patrick Watson church show, below...
photos by Chris Graham
"At the sold-out Sasquatch, bands holding down the headliner spots haven't necessarily turned out to be the biggest draws. Sure, My Morning Jacket played to a mostly packed house on Saturday, and Massive Attack was overwhelmingly solid on Sunday despite a not-so-full amphitheater floor, but the band drawing the most populous, most stoked, most deserved gathering was unquestionably Vampire Weekend." [SPIN]Pictures of Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket, and the rest of Day One of this year's Sasquatch Festival (which just went down over Memorial Day Weekend), below...
by Gabi Porter
Patrick Watson has a rare gift of making serious music that isn't really serious at all. He manages to be playful and ramshackle, drinking what he claimed was a pint glass full of whiskey, and looking like he was mischievously playing his mother's piano when he knew he wasn't supposed to, and with posture that would have terrorized piano teachers the world round. He mesmerized a room full of chattering adults at 92YTribeca Friday night, into respectful silence. According to friends at the Bell House for the show the previous night, at one point you could actually hear crickets.
Doveman, who next plays a show at LPR on Thursday night, opened the evening with Thomas Bartlett's sweet and understated falsetto. More pictures below...
by Andrew Frisicano
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Sam Amidon @ The Bell House in January (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Sam Amidon is currently in Europe playing with the Whale Watching tour, a group show that includes Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson and others. A live video from one of their recent gigs is below. Sam will be back to play Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, June 23rd. Tickets are on sale.
Sam Amidon's I See the Sign, out now on Bedroom Community, is an amazing listen, and one of the highlights, maybe surprisingly, is the R. Kelly cover posted above. At the album release show in April his comments on the tune - "I thought R. Kelly had done something really amazing...He'd written a song that had no bearing on reality" (via Village Voice) - shed some light on the foreboding irony of the song. The albums' other songs come from a variety of sources: bluegrass, Appalachian folk, blues - all become recognizably his, with instrumentation by composer Nico Muhly, parts played by Daniel Bjarnason and Shazad Ishmaily, and backup vocals from Beth Orton. He discusses recording the album in Iceland in a recent World Cafe session. Listen here. Also read our interview with Sam conducted at Big Ears.
Sam's friend & collaborator & band Doveman opened the album release show at 92YTribeca on April 10th. Doveman plays tonight at Bell House and at 92YTribeca Friday (5/6 & 5/7) opening for Patrick Watson.
Videos of Sam and the Whale Watching tour are below...
Canadian songwriter Patrick Watson will be playing a pair of NYC shows this May to kick off a run of US dates. He visits Thursday, May 6th at the Bell House (tickets) and Friday, May 7th at 92YTribeca (tickets). Before those shows, he plays Canada with Timber Timbre (who play NYC and tour with the Low Anthem this April).
Opening the two NYC shows will be Doveman, who joined the National at their recent shows at the Bell House. Doveman/Thomas Barlett also plays with Nico Muhly at the Kitchen on March 18th and 19th in a project called Peter Pears. Tickets are still on sale.
Patrick Watson tour dates and videos are below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....