Entries tagged with: Peggy Sue
by Bill Pearis
Peggy Sue @ Webster Hall, 2012 (more by Tamara Porras)
UK trio Peggy Sue return with a new album, Choir of Echoes, on January 28 via Yep Rock. The band haven't messed with their sound much for the new record which is just fine as nobody else quite has their particular, spooky/sorrowful/beautiful sound that isn't quite folk and isn't quite rock (it's also not "folk rock"). You can check out the video to first single, "Idle," below. This is the first proper studio album from Peggy Sue since 2011's terrific Acrobats, but if you didn't check out last year's self-releasaed Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising, which found them covering the songs from Kenneth Anger's film Scorpio Rising (consisting mainly of girl group classics), you should. It was one of my favorites of 2012 and you can stream it in full below.
Right after the release of Choir of Echoes, Peggy Sue will head out on a North American tour which hits NYC on February 13 at Glasslands. Mariner's Children (aka Peggy Sue bassist Ben Rubinstein) will open the show. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new song and Scorpio Rising streams, below.
photos by Tamara Porras
"highlight of the First Aid Kit show last night: the sisters go off mic & unplugged, just vox & gtr. Sold out Webster sings along.#chills" - Arthur Owens
"Refreshing to see a band without MacBooks, let alone microphones." - Brandon Maxwell
"Really hard to decide who I preferred between First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue tonight @ Webster Hall, NYC" - Dan Northcote-Smith
First Aid Kit @ Webster Hall
Swedish duo First Aid Kit are currently on a tour with the equally talented UK band Peggy Sue, which brought them to a sold out show at Webster Hall on March 28, their largest headlining show in NYC yet (that's an understatement actually). First Aid Kit played a pretty solid mix of material from both of their full lengths, a Fever Ray cover, and a Patti Smith cover. Those in attendance were treated to an entirely unplugged version of "Ghost Town." Here's what The WIld Honey Pie had to say about it:
[They asked] everyone to be as quiet as possible, and to their (and my) surprise, the crowd obliged. They stepped forward away from their microphones and invited anyone who knew the words to "Ghost town" to sing along. Few those minutes, it was no longer a rock concert, but one of those singularly moving musical experiences that you happen to share with a thousand close strangers.More pictures from the show and a video of First Aid Kit playing their unplugged version of "Ghost Town" below...
1/3 of Peggy Sue @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Formed in Brighton and now based in London, Peggy Sue was once linked to the U.K.'s "new folk" scene. But Young and fellow singer-guitarist Rosa Slade plugged in their instruments before making "Acrobats," the group's second album. On [Sunday at Montserrat House in DC], the minor-key tunes and close harmonies suggested Appalachia's "high lonesome" sound, while the raucous guitars were more in the spirit of such female-fronted folk-goes-punk groups as Ut and Salem 66. Unlike such precursors, Peggy Sue lacks a bassist. But Young occasionally played bass riffs on her top strings, and Olly Joyce's distinctive thumping gave an appealing swing to such songs as "Song and Dance," which featured waltzlike passages. [Washington Post]UK trio Peggy Sue released Acrobats on 10/25 via Yep Roc and are now on a North American tour in support. That tour, headlined by AM & Shawn Lee (who just released a remix EP), kicked off last night in DC and hits Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this evening (11/7). Telextile is also on the bill and tickets still available.
All dates and a live video of one of the new Peggy Sue songs, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Kate Nash @ Terminal 5 - November 19, 2010
Lady Gaga @ Terminal 5 - May 2, 2009
Visual similarities to Lady Gaga aside, Kate Nash headlined Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday night as part of a North American tour, with excellent UK band Peggy Sue, that ended at Wellmont Theater in NJ one night later. Trachtenburg Family sideproject Supercute! opened the NYC show too. You might remember they also opened for Kate at Bowery Ballroom. Except back then, the youngsters were a trio. They recently lost a member and are looking for a new one (hide your kids!). I quote...
"In yet another of their trademark twists on the cliches of the music business, teenage indie-bubblegum sensations SUPERCUTE! (opening for Kate Nash at Terminal 5 this week!) have just lost a founding member of the band, but they didn't lose the member for the usual reasons.Details on how to apply for the job, along with more pictures from the Friday nightTerminal 5 show, with a somewhat readable copy of Kate's setlist, below...
Fourteen-year-old JUNE LEI is not out of the band for her heroin addiction!
She's not out of the band because she's always late (due to her heroin addiction)!
She's not even out of the band over 'creative differences' (about heroin addiction)!
JUNE LEI has quit the band because she thinks her PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION (she's a freshman in high school) is more important than SUPERCUTE, or touring the world and making money and appearing in the NYTimes and many other periodicals.
(Maybe she wants to see how Cosmopolitan's boss Cathie Black "runs" the schools as NYC's new Schools Chancellor!)
(Evidently June NEEDS the extra schooling, because anyone who thinks an American diploma is worth more than a soiled donut in an alleyway is farrrrrr behind the curve!)
And while many college graduates have tried to explain to June that college is a waste of time and (a LOT of) money - it's like a full-time job YOU pay $50 an hour to work at! - and you learn a lot more in real life, she's stuck in the gutter of life's bowling emporium, trusting that rut and enjoying that "groove"!!
WE HERE AT EMPIRE GOODNESS cannot understand her position but to each, his or her own.
But we are very sad to see her, the George Harrison of the band, walk away from such great chemistry.
99% of musicians will never get paid to tour the world and goof off and make art with their friends, but June thinks she can just go right back to that in the future if she likes. She doesn't realize how lucky she was to be touring the world at age 14, without even trying!"
"WITNESS' 6th Annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner & Concert" goes down on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Co-Hosted by Peter Gabriel, there will be performances by Antibalas, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will be there too. Click the link to get your $750 tickets.
Fistful of Mercy is Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison, and you can catch them at the Apollo Theater on November 17th. Tickets are still on sale.
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band play Terminal 5 on 2/12. Tickets are on sale.
UK band Peggy Sue are worth getting to Terminal 5 early on November 19th. They open that date for Kate Nash. Tickets are still on sale.
Randy Newman plays Town Hall on March 5th. Tickets are on sale.
Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge on 1/12. Tickets are on sale.
words by Andrew Frisicano, CMJ photos by Bryan Bruchman
DOWNLOAD: Peggy Sue - Watchman (MP3)
Peggy Sue is London trio Rosa Rex, Katy Klaw and their drummer Olly. Their new album Fossil's and Other Phantoms (out now in the UK) comes out stateside on Yep Roc Records June 1st. Previously, they had an EP out last summer. The band joined us all the way back in October for a BV day party at Pianos during CMJ. They played the upstairs room and their tour-mates at the time, Sky Larkin, played downstairs. Pictures from both of their sets are (finally) in this post (below).
Peggy Sue comes to North America again for tour dates this June. The full schedule is below - they play NYC on Thursday, June 10th at Pianos (tickets TBA). They love Pianos.
The new record's first single, "Watchman," is available for the first time above. The song is a simmering minor key that actually has its roots in Brooklyn. About the song, Katy writes
This was one of three songs written whilst we were in the studio in Brooklyn and recorded a few months later when we returned to London. The beginning part of the writing process is always quite an insular thing for us. You find yourself an empty room and then that's all you can do until its written. We were recording and living in quite small spaces so it was quite intense and writing new songs was in some ways an excuse for some private time. Lyrically, it's about how there is always a boy who is looking at a girl who is looking at a different boy. Sometimes we play it and I'm the person looking and sometimes I'm the person being looked upon.A few listens through the song's expertly layered harmonies and Peggy Sue's pairing with Local Natives on a recent UK tour will make a lot of sense.
All Peggy Sue tour dates, album info & cover, the video for "Watchman" and more are below...
"we've been added to the @BrooklynVegan show at Piano's Tomorrow, we're on at 1:30pm but there're LOADS of other bands you should see too. Dx" - Sky Larkin
Sky Larkin @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by Tim Griffin)
"It seems like just yesterday when Sky Larkin was still playing small DIY gigs in Leeds, and then of course that support slot for the Gossip at the Fav in which me and a friend convinced Katie Larkin to let us back stage so we could blag some free swag from Beth Ditto & Co for Ladyfest Leeds. By now, they've toured with Conor Oberst, signed to Wichita, recorded their debut in Seattle and have a massive North American tour lined up in October." [trentrampage]UK bands Peggy Sue and Sky Larkin are back in the states and on tour with each other. Last night (10/21), they both shared a CMJ bill at the Sidewalk Cafe. TODAY (10/22) they both share a bill at the free, afternoon BrooklynVegan day show at Pianos on the Lower East Side. As their above Tweet implies, Sky Larkin are the band that was previously listed as TBA. Moonbabies on at NOON. See you there. All Sky Larkin and Peggy Sue dates below...
sorry it took me so long to get a post up on this...
DOWNSTAIRS14 bands. 100% FREE. At Pianos on the Lower East Side (158 Ludlow Street, New York City). Free Miller beer so get there early. Free Vitamin Water so get there early too. No badges or money necessary. See you there, and then see you in the same exact place with lots more free bands with the same free drinks on Saturday.
12:45 A Classic Education
02:15 Surfer Blood
03:45 Duchess Says
04:30 JEFF the Brotherhood
01:00 Freelance Whales
01:45 Rebecca Schiffman
02:30 Peggy Sue
03:15 Chris Denny
04:00 Holly Miranda
04:45 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
05:30 Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY)
And in between those two, see you at Fontana's on Friday.
Moonbabies, on at noon, are making a rare appearance from their home in Sweden. This day party is in addition to their other two previously-announced CMJ shows.
More later. If I type any more this post will be even more late. Duchess Says and Rebecca Shiffman video below...
NoBuny @ Bruar Falls Saturday night (marcus_in_ny)
tonight in NYC
* Make Music NY
* Beyonce @ MSG
* Nobunny @ Death by Audio
* Punk Island @ Governors Island
* Your Nature @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Roy Nathanson, Omega III, Sotto Voce @ Sycamore
* DJ Green Lantern, Dead Prez @ Highline Ballroom
* Absu, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Sothis @ BB King's
* The Weight, Dirty Sweet, Nikki Lane @ Bruar Falls
* H2O, Stigma, Cruel Hand, Turn It Up @ Knitting Factory
* Yannick Noah, Coralie Clement, Mayra Andrade @ Central Park Summerstage
* Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Titus Andronicus @ Kearny Irish American Association
* Nullsleep, Machine Drum, Protman, Minusbaby, Glomag, Jerohme Spye, Futureboots, Yoshi, The Machinist, Mikrosopht @ Santos
Today is the Seventh Heaven street fair in Park Slope.
Eugene Mirman is bringing his weekly Tearing the Veil of Maya show to The Bell House tonight. JANEANE GAROFALO, MIKE BIRBIGLIA, TODD BARRY, and JOHN MULANEY are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale. Tickets are also still on sale for the Michael and Michael show happening at the same venue on July 15.
Ted Leo and Titus Andronicus are on tour together. Tonight that show comes to Kearny Irish American Association in their shared home-state of NJ. Tomorrow they play Maxwell's. Ted Leo will play a free Hudson River Rocks show this summer on Thursday, July 23th with Radio 4 and Extra Golden. He was also recently added as opener to a show happening in Asbury Park this summer.
Make Music NY hits NYC today, with outdoor shows planned all over the city. The fest includes the Punk Island shows happening on Governors Island, as well as lots of other gigs.
Blues Control plays in front of Goodbye Blue Monday (Blues Control is having car trouble, and can't make it back to NYC in time for this show). Sharon Van Etten has a set at the Sackett Street Block Party. Check out a full schedule of events at the MMNY site.
Peggy Sue performed at Bruar Falls on Thursday. Video below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Peggy Sue - Spare Parts (MP3)
Peggy Sue @ Pianos (more by Tim Griffin)
London trio Peggy Sue, who last visited us around SXSW, are back in NYC playing a couple low key shows this weekend. Originally, they were only slotted to play tonight (6/18) at Bruar Falls (they're on at 11). But the trio are also a last-minute addition (thx, Joly) to the OJ All Day Festival, replacing Scary Mansions on the Main Stage Saturday night (8PM).
While Peggy Sue put the finishing touches on their debut album, they've got a lovely new EP, Lover Gone, due out July 7 on Yep Roc. You can check out the video to the title track below, as well as video of Peggy Sue at this year's Camden Crawl which should give you a good idea what to expect live.
More shows happening in NYC this weekend are listed HERE. All PS dates below...
Harlem Shakes @ Highline Ballroom (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* comedy @ 92YTribeca
* Ladyhawke @ Studio B
* Common Ground @ SOB's
* Allman Brothers @ Beacon
* Questlove @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Indigo Girls @ the Livng Room
* PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Irving Plaza
* The Prodigy & Busy P @ Roseland Ballroom
* Morrissey & The Courteeners @ Carnegie Hall
* Growing & Sian Alice Group @ Monster Island Basement
* Cotton Jones, Lost in Tree & Beau Jennings @ Union Hall
* Laurie Anderson, Moby (DJ) & others @ Santos Party House
* Friendly Fires, The Soft Pack & White Lies @ Bowery Ballroom
* pow wow!, Spanish Prisoners & Yoni Gordon & The Goods @ Maxwell's
* The Harlem Shakes, Suckers & Air Waves @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Drones, Youth Group, The Grates & other Australians @ The Bell House
Bonnie Prince Billy's video for his new song "I am Goodbye" below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: Peggy Sue - Spare Parts (MP3)
"Sure, there were fewer UK music press and record label people than usual at the industry jolly, but a swathe of British bands were still touting their wares [at SXSW] - proving that despite being less than half the size of Texas, we can more than hold our musical own. Aside from spots by Kanye West, Tori Amos, Metallica and a talk by Quincy Jones the biggest acts of the weekend were all British. There was a keynote speech from Jarvis Cocker, gigs from Echo and the Bunnymen, Primal Scream, Glasvegas, Graham Coxon and PJ Harvey, as well as shows from the hype-friendly likes of Little Boots, Late of the Pier, Gallows, Mumford and Sons (whose keyboard player was taken off a connecting flight in Atlanta due to a peanut allergy), Peggy Sue, and Laura Marling." [Guardian]When Tim, and at least one member of Los Campesinos! weren't at Sky Larkin's Mercury Lounge show, or Micachu's Cake Shop show, they were spending part of their portion of Monday night's British Invasion in NYC, at Pianos checking out Peggy Sue & the Pirates (who went on before Jay Jay Pistolet who also played Sidewalk Cafe last night). The Peggy pics in this post are from that Pianos show...
"Those two girls looked tired and it showed in their music. I truly adore their music, a strong gospel meets country roots folk. It's different from the other anti-folk music coming out of the U.K. "Lazarus" could have easily fit into O Brother, Where Art Thou? with it's terrific harmonies and heavy drum beat. I wanted to get that feeling from their live set, but it was decent, not great. I did have high expectations, but I think the circumstances of playing late and still having that SXSW hangover affected their performance. They get a pass. What we did get is a fun cover of Missy Elliot's "Up In My Grill"." [Music Snobbery]If you missed it (or their added-at-the-last-minute opening set for Ladyhawke at Bowery Ballroom last night), there are two more NYC chances to catch Peggy - tonight (3/25) at Sidewalk Cafe, and tomorrow (3/26) at Death By Audio. More pictures from Pianos below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"We got to have an awesome pals pre tour reunion with the dear Sky Larkin last night, which involved heading into New York to watch them support The Grates at the Mercury Lounge. Incidentally this is where we performed our first ever New York show, our name misrepresenting us and leading to us being put on some kind of world music bill showcase. It was reminiscent of the cd incident at Lollapalooza, where they ordered in a shipment by the Peruvian folk band Los Campesinos De Michigin by mistake.The Los Campesinos! / Sky Larkin tour kicks off in Philly on March 29th. One day earlier (3/28), Sky Larkin will play a show in Brooklyn at Union Hall. Sky Larkin's NYC show on Monday (3/23) night came after approximately five SXSW shows in Austin. More pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...
It was lovely to see the Larkin and try and contain our ridiculous smouldering unrelenting jealously over SXSW, but we prevailed and Doug had some nice snazzy new glasses I admired. Post gig we managed to rush over to Cake Shop and see Micachu, another British band who were awe inspiringly ace. Although I did get asked if I was friends with the band because of the accent, its like when you say you are from the UK and people assume you live in London and know that guy Brad they hooked up with once. To score a hat trick I popped along to watch Peggy Sue and The Pirates a few doors down at Pianos. It was one those really hip places which started out selling pianos but then realised giving mixed drinks to wide-eyed scenesters would be more profitable.
Anyway those ladies have a very large lung capacity, and have got a nifty drummer since I saw them last. He had a good trilby on, so well done.
Micachu & the Shapes @ Ms. Bea's - Todd P SXSW - March 18, 2009 (andycarvin)
"SXSW has positioned itself as a one-stop opportunity to make contacts across the American music business, and it has had a steadily increasing presence for bands from abroad. This year there were 594 international acts at official showcases.Micachu have been keeping busy in Texas all week. Tonight they/she/whatever play their first post-SXSW NYC show at Cake Shop. From there it's Death by Audio and Pianos (with the Grates).
One startling British import was Micachu and the Shapes, a trio of former music school students who love bare-bones structures. Mica Levi's terse, choppy songs for the group use dissonant guitar chords, hardheaded lyrics, a swinging drumbeat, perky keyboard hooks and contrapuntal cowbells, among other things, for songs with the ebullience of a skiffle band and the hardheadedness of hip-hop. [NY Times]
by Bill Pearis
South by Southwest is kind of like other people's dreams. If you're not a part of it, you may not want to hear about it. But at least for those in NYC, we do get some of SXSW's runoff, with many bands from Not America making pit stops here before or after the Austin onslaught. We did a rundown of Australia's offers last week, so in this few-part series I'll highlight some of the more notable bands from the UK and elsewhere in Europe who'll be visiting us over the next three weeks.
Let's start with three UK bands that are somewhat related. Like Laura Marling, who will be at SXSW again this year, Mumford and Sons, Peggy Sue, and Jay Jay Pistolet each have ties to London's "alt-folk movement"...