Entries tagged with: People Get Ready
Peaking Lights at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Danny Brown @ House Of Vans
Danny Brown not only makes killer rap albums but he has a super excitable live show that's partially due to his love of trap/EDM beats. You had to RSVP for this show and that's now closed.
Mr. Twin Sister, Ava Luna, Touch @ Baby's All Right
While adding a title to their name is questionable (SEO), there's no denying the lushly orchestrated dance music on Mr. Twin Sister's new album that evokes mid-'90s Bjork and Everything But the Girl. We're hoping there will be live strings at tonight's show, we shall see.
Peaking Lights, Blazer Sound System @ Baby's All Right
Immediately after Mr. Twin Sister you can see dubby LA duo Peaking Lights whose new album Cosmic Logic has a bit of a new wave feel.
Peaking Lights @ Other Music
You can also catch Peaking Lights at this free in-store earlier in the night though space is limited at OM's tiny space. 9 PM.
Downtown Boys, Joyride, Nona, Adult Mom, Arm Candy, Alice @ Silent Barn
Among other things, this is the last NYC show Nona will play (and second to last show overall) before they break up. The Philly band only first came onto our radar earlier this year with their excellent melodic punk debut Through The Head. Catch them while you still can. Also on tonight's show are the political and crazy fun Downtown Boys, who are very much a see-it-live band, and joyride! who are pretty likeminded to Nona.
Downtown Fest w/ Kiesza, Autre Ne Veut, IAMSU!, Zebra Katz, Saint Pepsi @ Webster Hall
Tonight's the second night of Downtown Fest (and first of the 2-night stand at Webster Hall) with a diverse lineup of rising pop singer Kiesza, alt-R&B weirdo Autre Ne Veut, two very different rappers IAMSU! and Zebra Katz, and Saint Pepsi.
Animal Collective (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
While Panda Bear is getting his new album ready for the world (presumably, at least), the other three members of Animal Collective are spinning tunes from the DJ booth. Tonight's their second of three Brooklyn Bowl dates on this tour, the next happening in November.
Cro-Mags, The Wilding Incident, Heavy Chains, Ache @ Saint Vitus
Hometown crossover thrash heroes Cro-Mags still party like it's 1989 and tonight they'll do so at Saint Vitus with a pretty well-matched support bill, including Sacha Jenkins' band The Wilding Incident. (Sacha is also in White Mandingos with Cro-Mags' pal Darryl of Bad Brains.)
Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire) @ Sonos Studios at NeueHouse
When he's not playing in one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Richard Reed Parry is a key member of the indie/classical scene, and this year's solo album Music for Heart and Breath is very much in that realm. You had to RSVP for tonight's show, and that's now closed.
Weird Womb, Slavve, Tape Deck Mountain, The Gondoliers @ Shea Stadium
Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. Their tour together wraps up tonight.
Nude Beach, Juniper Rising, Organs, Roya @ Union Pool
Nude Beach's blue collar power pop has echoes of guys like Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, and they certainly do a good job with it. They're a few weeks away from releasing their new album, 77 (which is also a year it sounds like it could've been released in), and we'll likely get a good chunk of that tonight. Habibi/The Clean-related band Roya are worth catching as well. UPDATE: Nude Beach dropped off.
Odesza, Ambassadeurs, Hayden James @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Electronic duo Odesza keep moving up in the world and this week they return to NYC for their two biggest headlining shows here so far, both of which are sold out. This is the second.
Odesza (DJ set), Ambassadeurs (DJ set), Hayden James (DJ set) @ Rough Trade
After the MHOW show, Odesza will head over a few blocks to Rough Trade to DJ the afterparty. Also sold out.
The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem) @ Cameo Gallery
The Juan Maclean's new album, In a Dream, has some killer dancepop. Tonight both Juan and Nancy Whang will be on the decks spinning tunes all night. When are we going to get a live show, though?
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sex Jams, Honne Wells @ Death By Audio
Baltimore beat duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat are going on tour with Austrian band Sex Jams which should make for a night of shouty, punky, party-friendly fun.
Dreamsalon, Cyanide Tooth, Deaf Wish, Silk Purse @ Trans-Pecos
Australia's Deaf Wish make sludgy indie rock, equally at home with melody and distortion pedals.Their name, by the way, is no joke: wear earplugs.
Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding @ Gramercy Theatre
NYDM stalwarts Suffocation are headlining this show and they'll be joined by a full bill of respected old dogs including co-headliners Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding
People Get Ready, Dave Harrington (One Heart Trio), Invisible Familiars @ Glasslands
NYC pop collective People Get Ready, whose lineup includes current and former members of David Byrne's band, Yeasayer, A Sunny Day In Glasgow and others, have been pretty busy this year and they squeeze in another local show tonight. Though Darkside is now done, member Dave Harrington is keeping busy and performing a trio set tonight.
Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Mike Doughty, Sabrina Jalles, Carla Rhodes, Joseph Keckler, Dark Mirrors @ Union Hall
Dave Hill's variety show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" returns to Union Hall with a hosts of funny/musical guests, including onetime Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty.
The Great Void, Life Size Maps, Woozy, Bluffing @ Palisades
There's some cool bands on this bill including Twin Shadow/Autre Ne Veut collaborator The Great Void, synth rockers Life Size Maps, the mathy Woozy, and the poppy Bluffing.
The Figgs, Boy Morgan @ Mercury Lounge
Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs are one of the most underrated bands of the last 20 years, bringing tight musicianship, catchy songs and a genuine sense of fun to their shows.
Steve Nieve, Tall Ulysse @ City Winery
Keyboardist in The Attractions and The Imposters, Steve Nieve knows Elvis Costello's songs pretty well. He'll play them tonight with special guest Tall Ulysse.
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Diamond Youth, Prawn, Field Mouse @ Asbury Lanes
The Topshelf Records tour hit NYC last night and tonight it's nearby for a show in Asbury Park. The lineup shows how diverse that label has really become: AGBPOL make Minus the Bear-y math pop, Diamond Youth have kind of a QOTSA-meets-Weezer thing going on, Prawn do Kinsella-style emo, and Field Mouse make shiny '90s-style alt pop.
Tonight's Woman's Hour show @ Rough Trade has been cancelled.
The Queers and Richie Ramone were supposed to play Santos tonight but that's been cancelled.
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by Bill Pearis
PGR @ Baby's All Right
People Get Ready are getting ready to release their new album, Physiques, via Brassland June 24. You may have already heard the album's title track, and now we've got the premiere of the album's second single "Rainbow." The song's arrangement is the star here, capable of going from sparse to the stratosphere at the drop of a hat, and a real showcase for PGR's instrumental and vocal skills. Stream it below.
As mentioned, People Get Ready have a few live dates this summer, including a free one in NYC on June 19 as part of River to River, a record release show at Rough Trade NYC on June 24 (tickets still available). Before that, the band will appear on WNYC's Soundcheck on June 9 (9 - 10 PM EDT).
All People Get Ready dates are listed, along with the "Rainbow" stream, below...
People Get Ready will release their new album, Physiques, on June 24 via Brassland. The album was made with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier in downtown Manhattan's Clocktower Gallery (which is now, sadly, being renovated for condos). The album's title track is the first single and you can stream that below.
Known for their occasional high-concept, choreographed live shows, People Get Ready are part of the 2014 River to River Festival's kickoff event on June 19 at Battery Park's North End Way which is a free afternoon show. After that, they'll play a record release show at Rough Trade on June 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon.
Sooner than that though, they'll play Union Pool on April 29 as part of Jolie Holland's residency at the venue. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
No other tour dates have been announced yet -- the band's Jen Goma is currently busy playing as part of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who are on tour through May. More dates will hopefully be announced soon but meanwhile check out People Get Ready's new song below.
River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
The free River to River Festival returns in 2014 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 19-29 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences." Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon happening June 22 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden (more info), and...
On June 24 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, world-renowned string quartet ETHEL is joined by guest guitarist Kaki King to present a special performance of ...And Other Stories. The collaboration is anchored by a re-imagining of Bach's masterful Brandenburg Concerto #6 and includes works from ETHEL's repertoire by Phil Kline and John Zorn, plus original compositions by Kaki King and the world premiere of a work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov composed especially for ETHEL and Kaki King.Other notable shows include People Get Ready at North End Way on June 19; Piñata Protest, Kuenta I Tambu (KiT), Helado Negro and SLV at The Uplands, South Street Seaport on June 27; composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra (who just teamed up with Mirah for Ecstatic Music Festival) & Roberto Rodriguez on June 21 at India House (1pm), Peter Minuet Plaza (3pm), and Tear Drop Park (5pm); Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka, Calexico) with La Orkestra and Rey Vellenato Beto Jamiaca on June 29 at The Uplands, South Street Seaport; and more.
Last year's successful partnership with Original Music Workshop, a new music venue set to open in Brooklyn in 2015, continues with three more "Ex-Situ" concerts of contemporary music in site-specific locations. Curated by composer Paola Prestini, this year's series is dedicated to the music and influences of master minimalist composer Terry Riley. It begins on June 20 with "Terry Riley and Friends," a concert featuring works by the composer performed by musicians including his son Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People's Chorus.
Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2014 line-up is listed, with details, below...
photos by David Andrako
Lesley Flanigan w/ People Get Ready @ EMF 2/12/2014
We are in the midst of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival that pairs pop performers with modern composers and experimental musicians for fascinating and original collaborations. Last week (2/12) at Merkin Hall the fest put together arty (and David Byrne-approved) indie pop combo People Get Ready with Lesley Flanigan, who is not only an electronic musician but is also known for building her own equipment. The night started with Flanigan's original composition, "Amplifications: for handmade speaker feedback instrument and voice" after which People Get Ready joined her for another original composition, "Mappers, Turners." Then PGR ended the night with a full set of new and old songs. Pictures from that show are in this post.
The next installment of Ecstatic Music Festival happens on Saturday (2/22) at Carnegie Hall, pairing Wilco drummer (among other things) Glenn Kotche with ensemble Victoire (led by modern classical composer Missy Mazzoli). Tickets for that show are still available.
More pics from the People Get Ready/Laesley Flanigan performance below...
People Get Ready at MHOW in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NYC pop collective People Get Ready, whose lineup includes current and former members of David Byrne's band, Yeasayer, A Sunny Day In Glasgow and others, and who just landed at #5 on Bob Boilen's Favorite Concerts of 2013 list for NPR (after making the #1 spot in 2012), have got a couple upcoming local shows in the near future. The first is a previously discussed Ecstatic Music Festival collaborative appearance with Lesley Flanigan at Merkin Concert Hall on February 19. Tickets for that show are still available.
Sooner than that, they'll play a more traditional show at Baby's All Right on Friday (1/10) with Shy Hunters. Tickets for that show are on sale now. At Jherek Bischoff's guest-filled show at St. Ann's Warehouse last night (1/8), where he was joined (among others) by People Get Ready's Jen Goma, he mentioned that he'd be sitting in with the band at the Baby's show on Friday.
Openers Shy Hunters can also be caught later in the month at The Rock Shop (1/30) with Brittany Campbell, Holy Ghost Machine Gun and unigen (tickets). They make art pop in the vein of Austra/Zola Jesus-via-Kate Bush, and you can stream a track of theirs below.
In related news, People Get Ready's Jen Goma is also a member of A Sunny Day In Glasgow, who mentioned in early 2013 that they were working on a Kickstarter-funded LP, and we've now gotten one step closer to that as the band have released a new song, "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)." Stream that, along with People Get Ready and Shy Hunters streams and lists of dates, below...
UPDATE: Lorde sold out both nights at Roseland and added a third happening on 3/10. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Maria Minerva is playing Mercury Lounge on January 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Juan Wauters (of The Beets) is playing Rough Trade NYC on February 15. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
People Get Ready are playing Baby's All Right on January 4 with Shy Hunters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
TEEN are playing Baby's All Right on February 1 with Icewater, Tiger Dare and Pocean. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.
Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.
Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...
The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.
They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.
We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.
Glassjaw at Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Nicky Sneakers)
LODRO @ Knitting Factory in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
NYPL's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound Record Sale
The New York Public Library need to make some room and is clearing out some 22,000 vinyl duplicates in its collection. With LPs in every genre and era imaginable, most of the records are going for a buck. Here's a line that's probably worth waiting in. Noon - 5:45 PM.
LODRO, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Hippy, The Gradients @ 285 Kent Avenue
Local zine 1.21 Gigawatts is throwing this night of quality locals, headlined by the dark and stormy LODRO. Openers The Gradients make crunchy, '90s-style indie and are worth showing up early for.
Grand Resort, Slonkk Donkerson, Dead Young Friends @ Cake Shop
Grand Resort's new EP came out this week, filled with the kind of glimmering janglepop practiced by sullen '80s youth. It still sounds good.
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Rosin Coven @ Damrosch Bandshell (FREE)
The free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series continues in Damrosch Park today with a show headlined by former Dresden Doll/master crowdsourcer Amanda Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra.
The Cambodian Space Project @ Drom
The second of three shows in NYC, The Cambodian Space Project mix '60s garage psych with Southeast Asian pop. Onetime Dirtbombs bassist Jim Diamond will be playing in the band tonight.
Noun (Marissa Patemoster), Modern Hut, Shellshag, Worriers, Mal Blum @ Death By Audio
Tonight Death by Audio hosts a great, stripped down bill with three Don Giovanni bands -- Noun, the solo project of Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster, Modern Hut, the project of label co-founder Joe Steinhardt, and Shellshag, who will be unplugging and playing acoustic for this one -- along with Worriers (Lauren Measure's current project) and NYC singer/songwriter Mal Blum. $7 at the door gets you in.
MINKS, Spires, Green Eyes @ Glasslands
MINKS released their terrific second album, Tides End, this week and tonight is the official record release show. It's also the live debut of the all-new lineup of the band. MINKS frontman Sonny Kilfoyle's brother opens the night (Green Eyes) and Spires will keep the '80s UK vibe going too.
People Get Ready, Fred Thomas, The Kickstand Band @ Knitting Factory
While PGR have gotten the most attention for the special occasion, high-concept shows (like at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry), they do pretty good as a straight-up rock band too.
Glassjaw, Balance and Composure, World's Fair @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the better 2000s post-hardcore bands to have survived into the new decade, Glassjaw, will headline a free (but "sold" out) Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. The diverse support comes from emo newcomers Balance and Composure and Queens rap crew World's Fair (which actually isn't that weird considering Glassjaw are no strangers to rap).
Floating Points, Falty DL @ Output
Equal parts contemporary house/garage and jazz fusion, Floating Points will be bring his interesting, danceable blend of sounds to Output tonight. Local electronic music FaltyDL opens the night, making for an excellent double bill.
Wolff and Tuba, The Everymen, Overlake, Designing Women, Stephen Chopek, Law of the Sea, Ferns @ Pianos
Underrated NJ rock band The Everymen are putting the spit-n-shine on their new album, but take a break tonight tonight to play some of it live with a few hand-picked freinds.
Shaggy, TK Wonder @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Picture this: we were both buck-naked banging on the bathroom floor! OK, Shaggy isn't exactly chock-full of reggae burners, but it's a free show and if nothing else, could be fun as a social experiment.
Murphy's Law @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Murphy's Law on a boat? Yeah yeah, it's pretty much an annual occurrence at this point that still doesn't make this long-time hardcore band's appearance any less insane, dangerous and/or memorable (and fun).
Ken Mode, Rosetta, Tiger Flowers, East of the Wall @ Saint Vitus Bar
Canadian metallic noisecore trio KEN Mode return, this time roping in support from the great Rosetta at Saint Vitus Bar. Rosetta will be pulling from their massive new LP The Anasaesthete, so make sure you get familiar during the day today. Support is similar great with Tiger Flowers and East of the Wall set to destroy the early hours.
Étienne de Crécy, Girls & Boys, Alex English, rekLES, Beats n' Cubes @ Webster Hall
One of the originators of the '90s "French touch" sound, Étienne de Crécy remains an influential and vital electronic artist.
Nick Lowe, Kim Richey @ YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts
Having been performing and writing songs for over 40 years, "The Basher" remains as charming and witty as he was when he wrote "Cruel to be Kind" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass." A class act.
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Jherek Bischoff w/ Amanda Palmer at T5 on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff released a guest-filled solo album, Composed, back in 2012, and one of its tracks, "Eyes," which features David Byrne was recently given video treatment. You can check out the new clip for the song below.
As previously discussed, Jherek will be taking part in this summer's Lincoln Center Out of Doors season, during which he and Dan Deacon will join the Kronos Quartet on July 28 for a performance at Damrosch Park Bandshell. Jherek and Dan will both be making world premieres of new pieces, and Kronos Quartet will also be performing works by Amon Tobin, Bryce Dessner, and more. Also at that show, the Asphalt Orchestra will make the world premiere of their performance of The Pixies' Surfer Rosa. That show is totally free and begins at 6:30 PM.
A few days later, he'll play his own NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 31 with Jen Goma (of People Get Ready) and Contemporaneous Ensemble. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013
Indie/classical concert Ecstatic Summer 2013 went down last month over the course of two evenings (6/29-30) as part of the free River to River Festival. The concert featured premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. The show featured some unconventional percussion, including synchronized ping pong players. Originally scheduled to happen outdoors at the Brookfield Place Plaza, the events were moved inside due to the weather forecast (which ended up being sunny). Pictures of the second day are in this post.
They continue below...
Another Brooklyn band, Escort headlines the similarly sized Bowery Ballroom on August 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (7/3) at noon.
Silversun Pickups play a Long Island show on August 7 at The Paramount two days after their other NYC-area show at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets for the Paramount and the Capitol Theatre are available.
People Get Ready are playing Knitting Factory on August 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
On November 4, Le Poisson Rouge is teaming up with Wordless Music to present a pretty cool bill that should appeal to fans of indie/classical crossover. The show will be headlined by vocal octet Roomful of Teeth (who have worked with tUnE-yArDs), who will be performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. Opening the show will be experimental musician Holly Herndon, whose newest album, Movement, was released last year via RNG Intl. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
Holly is also taking part in Ecstatic Summer 2013, which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on Saturday (6/29) and Sunday (6/30) as part of the River to River Festival. There will be premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux. The pieces will be performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. Like all RIver to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. Check out the full list of compositions being premiered, below.
In related news, Wordless Music is also presenting the previously discussed Oneohtrix Point Never show happening in NYC on September 17 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (113 Remsen St). OPN is releasing his new album, R Plus Seven, on September 30 via Warp, and he recently revealed an excerpt of a new song, "Still Life." You can listen to that below.
by Bill Pearis
People Get Ready @ MHOW, 2/1/2013 (more by David Andrako)
Art pop combo People Get Ready have a new EP, Zelda Maria, out now. The title track comes from last year's self-titled debut and a video for that song has just been released as well. Working with acclaimed choreographer Tere O'Connor and video artist Ty Flowers, the clip is retrofuturistic without relying on old VHS-style tropes. You can watch it below.
The band, who are equally known for occasionally doing special, highly-choreographed lives shows (watch one below), recently played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and are currently opening for The National (in more traditional rock band mode) on a few dates. While that does not include The National's show at Barclays Center, People Get Ready are also playing Tropfest in Prospect Park on June 22 with Chairlift and Bear in Heaven. Free tickets are still available.
Tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...
Chairlift @ Capitale, Feb. 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing short film showcase Tropfest which happens in Prospect Park's "Nethermead" on June 22. Since that post, the full line-up was announced: Chairlift, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready will perform, and Neon Indian will DJ. Free tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, Chairlift will play DJ, strangely enough, also in Prospect Park's Nethermead this Friday for GoogaMooga. between Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek provided vocals on Ice Choir's track, "Everything is Spoilt by Use" and you can check out the recent video for that song and more tour dates below.
Parquet Courts on a bridge in Austin last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, the festival curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, will return to BAM from April 25 to 27. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been expanded to include Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Burgundy Stain Sessions w/ Doveman, Exitmusic, Graphic Score: Clara Claus w/ Bryce Dessner, People Get Ready, Derek Bermel, and Timo Andres. Those artists join the previously announced lineup of The Roots, Solange, TV on the Radio, David Longstreth, Julia Holter, Eleanor Friedberger, and more.
Check out the day-by-day lineup, which includes a film shorts program each day, a TBA visual art installation, and an afterparty/dance party on the Saturday, below. 3-Day passes and tickets for April 25, April 26, and April 27 are still available.
Bryce Dessner performing 'Planetarium' last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In related news, The National, who have been playing material live from their upcoming album, Trouble Will Find Me, have just officially revealed album single, "Demons." Check out the video for that track below.
Video and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry lineup below...
Danielson at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Ben Lozovsky)
As mentioned, Jeffrey Lewis added a fourth show to his Mercury Lounge residency with Peter Stampfel, which happens this Sunday (3/31) (tickets), and before he heads out on his European tour in April, he'll play another NYC gig. This one's especially exciting because it's with Danielson Famile, who haven't played together in a pretty long time (Danielson has played without the Famile more recently though). Welcome Wagon is also on that bill and tickets are on sale now. It's one of two announced Danielson Famile dates, the other being in Philly at Union Transfer (4/15) a day earlier with Deerhoof and People Get Ready.
Updated Jeffrey Lewis dates are listed, along with a spotify stream of Danielson's 2006 album, Ships, below...
photos by David Andrako
Local Natives at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 2/1/13
Local Natives released their sophomore album, Hummingbird, at the tail-end of last month (1/29) and kicked off a tour in support of it. That tour included a show in Brooklyn on Friday (2/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, followed by two consecutive dates in Manhattan at Bowery Ballroom (2/2 and 2/3), all three of which were sold out.
At the MHOW show, they were joined by The National's Aaron Dessner, who produced Hummingbird, and you can watch Aaron joining the band in the archived video of the full set (below), which initially streamed live at the Bowery Presents YouTube page. The set was a pretty fair split between the band's new album and their 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. You can check out the full setlist (which has pretty much been the same every night on this tour) below.
The MHOW also featured David Byrne's friends People Get Ready, a fitting opener for a band who regularly covers the Talking Heads. More pictures of both bands, and Local Natives' video and setlist below...
A Sunny Day in Glasgow are wrapping up work on their new album which was funded via Kickstarter. The band are also looking to road test the tunes on a few East Coast dates. After hitting Baltimore last night, they'll hit NYCF tonight (1/16) for a show at Pianos with Friend Roulette, Desert Stars, Relatives and Heidi Harris. Tickets are $8 at the door. Thursday (1/17) ASDIG will hit their Philadelphia hometown for a show at The International House.
Meanwhile, Jen Goma's other band, People Get Ready, have two shows coming up: February 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg opening for Local Natives (sold out); and then a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on February 8 with Man Forever and Color War (tickets available). PGR are also currently on the cover of The Deli magazine.
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Shuggie Otis @ Highline Ballroom, 1/10/2012
For his first New York show in ages, it was not an auspicious start for Shuggie Otis. Taking the Highline Ballroom stage in a long coat and scarf, his Gibson 335 was silent. A roadie came out, tried mashing power plugs into place to no avail. Shuggie switched to a Strat, was ready to start when the roadie yelled, "I got it working!" The crowd cheered as Shuggie and his band kicked in with the title track from his 1974 opus Inspriation Information and we were blasted back in time.
That album was the last Shuggie Otis, 59, made, though that is about to change on April 16 with re-release of Inspiration Information that will be packaged with a "new" album, Wings of Love, that features unreleased recordings from the last 40 years. We got a few of those new tracks, like the title track, "Trying to Get Close to You" and "Doin' What's Right" which Shuggie said was "Freedom Flight Part 2." The latter was especially good, definitely not throwaway material.
That said, the biggest cheers came from hearing his classic '70s material like "Aht Uh Mi Hed," "Sparkle City," "Island Letter" and, of course, "Strawberry Letter 23." While Shuggie's vocals have dropped a couple octaves over the years, he can still play guitar and nailed that songs's hammered-on outro riff. With much help from an ace backing band (including a piccolo player), this was a most welcome return.
Last night's Highline show was a "Summerstage preview" show that also featured London soul singer Ofei (whose set ended abruptly with a microphone drop halfway through a song), indie rock band People Get Ready, gospel singer Joshua Nelson, and Kool Herc on DJ duty between sets. Shuggie, who plays BB King Blues Club on April 19 (tickets), told our photographer that he's playing Summerstage too.
More pictures from Shuggie's set at Highline, plus the setlist and video of "Inspiration Information," are below.
As mentioned, cult psychedelic soul singer/instrumentalist Shuggie Otis, who released three solo albums including 1974's classic Inspiration Information (whose song "Strawberry Letter 23" you may recognize as the sample in Outkast's "Ms. Jackson"), is reissuing that album this year with bonus tracks along with a compilation of previously unreleased material recorded between 1975 and 2000 called Wings of Love. The albums come out April 16 via Epic/Legacy and can be pre-ordered now. That's the cover art above and the tracklists for both albums and a stream of Inspiration Information are below.
Shuggie announced a tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on April 19 at BB King's (tickets) and he's recently expanded it to include international dates and another NYC show happening much sooner at Highline Ballroom on January 10 with People Get Ready, Ofei, Joshua Nelson, and DJ Kool Herc. That show is being co-presented by Summerstage and Santa Monica Pier Curators and tickets are on sale now.
An updated list of dates, album tracklists, and streams are below...
Tickets for the Don Giovanni showcases with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Stormshadow, Lemuria, Jeffrey Lewis, Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, and more go on sale today at noon (2-day pass option included).
Tickets for the newly-added Desaparecidos show at Webster Hall with Joyce Manor and States & Kingdoms go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the Ex Cops show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. TIckets for their Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for tonight's Webster Hall show where they open for Paul Banks are still available.
Austra is DJing Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A bunch of shows at Town Hall just went on sale.
Geoff Rickly of Thursday recently released his first solo material, and is playing an acoustic show at The Sutdio at Webster Hall on February 2 with Vinnie Caruana and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (12/18) at 10 AM.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
On Friday, my last day at CMJ, I hit the jackpot and walked away with something I'll remember for years to come. The band was People Get Ready, but honestly this was more than a band -- this was the best mix of performance art and music I've seen in decades. Watching this show, called Specific Ocean, felt like seeing a a group create a live music video for each song. The buoyant, celebratory work took place at a large, black box theater space at New York Live Arts, and was full of the kind of surprises I want out of music and theater. - [NPR's Bob Boilen]NYC pop band/performance art ensemble People Get Ready is Steven Reker, former Yeasayer drummer Luke Fasano, James Rickman (ex-Lizzie Truile, ex-Slow Gherkin), and Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow). Reker used to be in David Byrne's band and the onetime Talking Head recently plugged them in an email:
A few years ago, I toured with some wonderful musicians and dancers. Among them was Steven Reker, whose group, People Get Ready, just released their debut, full-length digital record on Brassland Records. Good group, good songs, but there's more...People Get Ready played three nights at NY Live Arts during CMJ week which was also when the band's self-titled was released (10/16). You can stream the whole thing below. If you missed those shows (like we did) you can go see them at Glasslands on Saturday (10/27) for their official record release party. As it's a tiny stage there, you're just getting the band version of PGR but you're more than welcome to dance yourself. The show also has Future of What on the line-up and tickets are still available. Flyer for the record release party and the album stream are below.
I saw an earlier iteration of the group at the Kitchen here in NY. They integrate dance, movement, performance, music and singing in a way I haven't seen before, and it's very promising. It is something I've been trying to do in recent years as well, and People Get Ready are taking it to places I haven't seen before.