Entries tagged with: Phantogram
Phantogram at MHoW (more by Jessica Amaya)
"NYC fans, we're very sad to announce that we've had a family emergency and have to cancel the T5 show w/ Dr Dog this Fri, 2/18. We can't offer refunds, unfortunately, but please go enjoy the amazing Dr. Dog w/out us, and email firstname.lastname@example.org tell us how it went. We'll work on something special for you, and you'll be the 1st to know about our next NYC show." - PhantogramSad news. Hope all is well with Phantogram who have been replaced on the bill by Jeffrey Lewis who maybe you caught at Shea Stadium the other day. Tickets for the Terminal 5 Dr. Dog show are still on sale.
Recent Sub Pop-signees The Head and the Heart are on tour with Dr. Dog, are playing Terminal 5 still, and have added their own NYC-area show at Maxwell's on 2/21. Daniel Wayne opens and tickets are on sale. All tour dates below...
The Head and the Heart
Phantogram, whose Barsuk labelmates the Dismemberment Plan released emergency & i for the very first time on vinyl this week, have been added as support on the February 18th Dr. Dog show at Terminal 5. They'll play 2nd on the bill that also includes The Head and The Heart who go on first. Tickets are still on sale for that show. The only other appearance Phantogram has coming up at the moment is Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wed, Feb 2nd (their TV debut).
"We here at camp Head and the Heart are extremely excited, happy, elated, and possibly over-the-moon for the relationship that has been consummated with Sub Pop Records. They've released so many seminal albums that we all in the band cherish and to be a part of that history is amazing. We're all still learning their nicknames, inside jokes and neurotic tendencies, but it feels good. It feels like home. We have no idea what this new year will bring (hopefully more Wine Fridays, am I right guys?), but with Sub Pop backing us, we're ready to find out.""Their self-titled debut is available digitally through SubPop.com and all major digital outlets as of January 11th, 2011. The record will be released on both CD and LP on April 16th in celebration of Record Store Day!" You can download a track in exchange for your email address at their site.
All tour dates and some Head and the Heart KEXP video sessions below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
If you didn't know about this NYC show Friday, it's probably because you're not one of the "NYC Rebel"s who were invited to the party that took place at NIKE Bowery Stadium (near Bowery and Houston). Made up mostly of NYU students (or maybe 100% NYU students), the crowd had all just participated in the Nike-sponsored "Rebel Run" "through the streets of NYC". Most probably didn't even know who Phantogram was, and they didn't know they were playing. The invite said, "The after party will include a private concert performance by a musical act that we aren't able to disclose at the moment - just know that it's going to be insane." The insanity, aka Phantogram's set, lasted 30 minutes, and there was a raffle and other wild party stuff going on too.
Phantogram have just one upcoming show at the moment, at the Bug Jar in Rochester on December 3rd. The running party took place exactly a week after Phantogram headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. More pictures from the event below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel -- collectively known as Phantogram -- are on the road with a drummer for this tour and play the whole album plus one other song at each stop.Phantogram teamed up with tourmate Josiah Wolf and local support Lobisomen to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (10/29), the second to last day of their US tour in support of their new LP Eyelid Movies. More pictures from the show are below...
"Everything is a little different," Carter said of the way the songs are played live as opposed to the recorded versions. "Each song live has a different dimension. Some of the songs are more rocking live, some are fuzzier, some are extended, some are completely different live. They don't even have the same chord structure."
Those who know the New York state-based band will understand that the different influences Carter and Barthel bring to the band's music are what create their unusual swirl of easily modifiable sound.
The synergies the two create together are what led to the 2005 reunion of the high school friends. The pair have built a strong fan base -- especially since the release of their album -- by consistently reinventing their sound.
"Everybody is reacting very positively to the changes," Carter said, noting the fan favorite "Bloody Palms" is especially well-received. -[Washington Examiner]
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Ra Ra Riot
Syracuse, N.Y., band Ra Ra Riot borrowed elements from the Cure, the Smiths and New Order -- though much less morose -- and molded them into a string-filled sound that embodied indie rock at its best. Their upbeat energy lifted the packed all-ages crowd at the Nike Sportswear Stage. Beats were propelled by bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci and drummer Gabriel Duquette, but it was the engaging vocals of singer Wes Miles that moved this group. His emotive, high voice drew the crowd closer, and his ever thankful politeness -- he thanked the crowd numerous times throughout the hour-long set -- made him a fit for a young crowd he called "very attentive."...The above review comes from a recent Portland, Oregon show that was part of Music Fest NW, where Ra Ra Riot also shared a bill with Phantogram, like they did last night at Bowery Ballroom (9/21).
The group played copiously from its two albums, "The Rhumb Line" and the just-released "The Orchard." Their indie pop sound shined on tunes like "Boy," "Shadowcasting" and the uber-catchy "Too Dramatic." Their sound was less shoegazing indie and more celebratory pop, making for a strong start to the festival. Heck, some tunes would have even fit neatly into a Molly Ringwald-John Hughes movie.
New York synth-dance electro duo Phantogram proved a worthy warmup. Sarah Barthel's sweet voice floated over ethereal '80s and '90s style synth pop as guitarist Josh Carter used heavy effects to create solid grooves and a nightclub vibe. -[The Oregonian]
Last night was also Ra Ra Riot's first of four NYC shows and one of two sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom (they play there again tonight with Lower Dens). On Thursday, RRR head over the river to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a pair of shows, with tickets to the first night (on Thursday 9/23 with North Highlands & We Barbarians) still available, though the second night (9/24) is sold out. After NYC, Ra Ra heads out on a bigger tour with more assorted openers.
The show was a tour kick-off for Phantogram who hit Rochester tonight and eventually make their way back to NYC for an October 29th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their tour-mate Josiah Wolf (of Why?). Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still on sale. Updated dates below.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, the headliner's setlist, and some videos from the show, with the dates, below...
Ra Ra Riot @ Sound Fix in August (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Move over Pavement, Syracuse band Ra Ra Riot kick off their own four-night run of shows in NYC tonight (9/21), each with their own special guest opener... including the now-revealed Phantogram who open tonight at Bowery Ballroom. It's sold out, but (maybe they actually have some left and) tickets are still available for the show happening at Music Hall on 9/23 with North Highlands and We Barbarians.
Brand new Daytrotter session HERE. Updated tour dates below...
Phantogram @ the Beach at Governors Island (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Phantogram played a set at the Beach at Governors Island in July. They'll be in the city next at the end of a September/October North American tour with Josiah Wolf. Then play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, October 29th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Josiah Wolf is a member of Why?, just played a Brooklyn Pool Party, and is the older brother of that group's frontman Yoni.
A Josiah video and all Phantogram tour dates are below...
"The best band from last night were the Chain Gang of 1974. Caribou the headline act were boring and I missed most of Phantogram. Fun anyways" - Hayley Hughes
"yick, chain gang of 1974 definitely won't win any awards for theie lyrical prowess. better luck next time y'all." - Taylor Self
"Chain Gang of 1974 are fun. Thought they were doin LCD Soundsystem's 'Us v Them' but no. Bass driven, dancey. May check em out at bkbowl too" - Ryan Muir
"Caribou BROUGHT IT at Governors Island last night. Dancin shoes worn out. Hopefully I can drag myself to Siren Fest..." - Chris Macowski
DOWNLOAD: Phantrogram - Mouthful of Diamonds (Michna remix) (MP3)
Caribou @ Governors Island Friday night
When the members of The Chain Gang of 1974 kicked off the evening's show at 8:00, the area in front of the stage was only sparsely populated, but people continued to filter in from the ferry as the sky dimmed. From the first notes of the thumping bass line, and the repetitive chorus of their opening song ("Stop!"), I admit I was pretty skeptical of the Denver artist and his backing band.
"Wake up! Come on! Wake up!" shouted front-man Kamtin Mohager as the beats from "Stop!" were winding down. He tossed his yellow guitar pick into the crowd, broke out a tambourine (and his best falsetto), and enthusiastically launched into the next song. From there, things only got more ridiculous. Throughout the course of their short set, Mohager hurled everything from water bottles to CDs and even a pair of bright red Converse high tops into the crowd, striking anyone unfortunate enough to be in the way.
Later, as Mohager shouted the line, "Just bob your fucking head," the crowd stared on in disbelief (and mild amusement). The Chain Gang of 1974's set was entertaining - but perhaps not in the way Mohager intended. The over-the-top delivery, unpredictable projectiles whizzing through the air, and lyrics about getting high all made for quite a show - even if it was only accidentally entertaining at best.
Next up was the impossibly hip duo, Phantogram, from upstate New York. Immediately, the mood shifted. There's nothing accidentally hip about keyboardist/vocalist Sarah Barthel, right down to her perfectly angled haircut, chic black clothing, and deeply intoxicating voice. Behind the duo, a series of swirling, indistinct images (with the occasional urban or pastoral landscape) were projected onto the wall to accompany their soulful electro beats, which served as a nice segue to Caribou's trippy (but upbeat) psychedelic fair. From the pulsating beats and sexy vocals of "When I'm Small" to the moodier strains of "You Are the Ocean" (which guitarist Joshua Carter sings), Phantogram's songs are captivating regardless of the tempo.
Caribou also made use of the projector for their show, favoring concentric circles (like their recent album art) and other brightly colored geometric arrangements, but far from sticking to black, each of the four members donned a lightly colored shirt. Knowing they'd have plenty of time for things to escalate, Caribou kicked off their set with the slowly building "Leave House" from their spring release, Swim.
"Everybody, we're Caribou. How are you doing? Thanks for coming to see us," said front man Dan Snaith by way of introduction. Though the stage at Governors Island is a decent size, Snaith and his band occupied only about 20% of it. Instead of leisurely spreading out, they had elected to sit closely huddled in the middle, with a ring of monitors and amps surrounding them. From this intimate set-up, they looked at one another for subtle timing cues as many of their songs are elongated in a live setting to allow for trance-inducing instrumental interludes. Far from hogging the spotlight, the pleasantly unassuming front man spent more time facing drummer Brad Weber than the audience. At times, Snaith would join Weber on the drums in what seemed like perfect synchronicity, as if they two were riding the same trance. Meanwhile, the crowd at the beachfront danced around, appreciatively, in a way that was appropriately both subdued and carefree, depending on the song.
"Jamelia," the final track on Swim, was particularly intoxicating with its smooth vocals, chill beat, and hypnotic synth line. But just when the audience was starting to fall into a coma brought on by the song, Caribou followed up with the more upbeat (and truly expansive) "Sun," which sent ripples of life into the crowd that coincided with the song's periodic swells.
But with each passing minute, more people vacated the area and lined up at the gate - no doubt to land a spot on one of first ferries back to Manhattan. By this point in the summer, the long lines - one of the major drawbacks of the Governors Island shows - are no secret. When Caribou came back on stage for their encore, even more people filed out, leaving only the most dedicated (and blissfully unaware) fans to dance in the pit 'til the end of the show.
More pictures and a few videos from the show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Phantrogram - Mouthful of Diamonds (Michna remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Hold On (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Don't Walk Away (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Matter of Time (MP3)
Phantogram @ Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Ryan Muir)
Governors Island Ferry Information Update for the Friday July 16th show (Caribou and Phantogram featuring The Chain Gang of 1974)The above Michna remix is a premiere, and I threw a couple more Chain Gang of 1974 MP3s up there too to sweeten the deal. See you on Governors Island tonight! (though if you're not going you can listen on ConverseRadio).,
We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 5:30PM where concert wristbands will be available
Dedicated concert ferries will depart after 5:30PM. Please enter the ferry queue at the NORTH end of the Battery Maritime Building.
Show time is 8:00PM.
Wristbands will also be distributed at the Manhattan ferry departure point on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting at 5:30PM.
All Phantogram and Caribou tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Cold War (Wallpaper. Winter Remix) (MP3)
Caribou @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
What is now being considered the full lineup for the ten-show, Converse-sponsored "Gone to Governors" series at Governors Island is almost complete (openers still TBA). There are ten shows total - seven of which are on Saturdays. One is on a Friday. Two are on Sundays (one of which is July 4th). All except Local Natives on August 7th are free.
The lineup's latest additions include co-headliners Caribou & Phantogram with The Chain Gang of 1974 (July 16th), and Josh Ritter with openers Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes (August 8th).
Here's the whole thing:
- June 05 - Yeasayer, Keepaway, Delicate Steve
- June 19 - The Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & TBA
- July 03 - Portugal. The Man & TBA
- July 04 (Sunday) - She & Him
- July 10 - Lucero & TBA
- July 16 (Friday) - Caribou, Phantogram, The Chain Gang of 1974
July 17 - Dr. Dog & TBA
- Aug. 07 - Local Natives & TBA ($10 ticket)
- Aug. 08 (Sunday) - Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes & the Hounds
- Aug. 14 - Neon Indian & TBA
- Aug 15 - Dr. Dog
Ferry service to Governors Island for the "Gone to Governors" shows is free. As previously reported the series is being co-produced by Bowery Presents, Highline Ballroom and Mad Dog Presents with Converse and event partner Water Taxi Beach. BrooklynVegan is the media sponsor.
The shows will be held at the Beach at Governors Island, one of three venues on the Island. The others are Colonel Row (where Passion Pit will be playing, for instance) and South Island Field (which'll host M.I.A./HARD NYC). Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ Trombone Shorty kicks off the season of pay-shows at the Island with a Thursday, June 3rd performance there.
The Morning Benders will headline the second show in the series on June 19th, and they just released new song "Go Grab A Stranger," a Big Echo b-side currently available as a limited tour 7", streaming below. A remix of their song "Cold War" by Oakland act Wallpaper is available above.
"Go Grab A Stranger" and more info on the Gov. Island shows are below...
photos by Michael Dubin, words by Rachel Kowal
It's hard to know where to even begin when it comes to Railbird, the relatively unknown opener. When I walked into the Bowery Ballroom and saw Railbird on stage, I didn't know where to focus my energy. The bass player wore a top hat paired with his t-shirt, the female back-up singer wore some kind of Bill Cosby-inspired jacket, and then there was the singer, Sarah Pedinotti. Pedinotti was decked out in a red sparkly number and had three huge turkey feathers tucked into her unruly nest of curly brown hair. She was quite a sight to behold, and her lyrics - which covered nervous break downs, dreams, and haunted houses - were no less intriguing. Railbird closed their set with a "Limousine," which features the harmonica and an old-timey microphone, which certainly added pizzazz to the vocals.
Light Pollution followed Railbird's theatrical set of Americana/folk. This band didn't really do it for me. There's nothing particularly offensive about the Chicago band - their melodies are pretty good and the singer definitely had a lot of energy - but there was nothing particularly memorable about them either.
In the lull before Phantogram began performing, the stage was stripped bare and entirely re-arranged. Luckily, Phantogram doesn't require much - just a keyboard or two, a couple of mics, and a guitar... oh yeah, and the projection screen. Throughout their performance, images of dolphins swimming around, a rain-stained car window, and wind blowing through a meadow danced across the screen.
Given the experimental style of their music and their flashy appearance, it's hard to believe that Sarah Barthel and Joshua Carter practice in a barn in upstate New York and didn't just step off the L train. Their music relies heavily on samples and pre-recorded beats that are made to make you dance. (It's fun to imagine Sarah wearing pumps and a skin-tight black ensemble, head banging next to some chickens though.)
Phantogram's set was short - just 10 songs, including the encore. But their moody dance music, hip outfits, and intoxicating lyrics make for a compelling show. The allure of Sarah's smooth voice compliments Joshua's more raucous vocals.
And they were clearly excited to be playing to a sold-out crowd. "We're a very young band and from the bottom of our hearts, we're just so glad you're here," said Josh as their show neared to a close. With a big smile on her face, Sarah whipped out her iPhone and proceeded to take a photo of the crowd before walking off stage.
The Bowery Ballroom show happened last night, May 19th, and was part of a tour that also included a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken one night earlier. The Bowery setlist with more pictures of the headliner from Maxwell's, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Phantogram @ Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Ryan Muir)
"When you go out at night in a place like Saratoga Springs, people just want to hear 'Freebird' covers, Journey covers, at the bar all night," [Phantogram's Saratoga-born Josh] Carter said in a recent phone call during Phantogram's tour with the Antlers. "We had to set up the community ourselves by doing DIY shows."Phantogram are on tour now with the Antlers on the West Coast. They go down the coast of California again this June with the xx (after both play Sasquatch).
Carter, a guitarist, and keyboardist Barthel have been friends since junior high. When Barthel finished college in Vermont and Carter quit the band he played with in New York City to work on his solo material, both wandered back to Saratoga Springs and rekindled their friendship over trips around town scanning the dollar bins for records. They shared a mutual love for Motown classics, drony indie-rock, and '60s French pop, like Serge Gainsbourg. [Seattle Weekly]
Then there's more touring on top of those, including shows with Light Pollution (who recently played Mercury Lounge). Both bands play Maxwell's on Tuesday, May 18th (tickets still on sale) and Bowery Ballroom on May 19th (tickets still on sale), the second of which has the lush, female-fronted Railbird, also from Saratoga Springs, on it too.
Light Pollution will be also back on June 8th and 9th as part of a tour with This Will Destroy You. Ticket info for those and all tour dates are below...
The first-ever Mountain Man Fest (not affiliated with the band Mountain Man) is tentatively set for July 24th in Saratoga Springs, NY. I say tentative because for the fest to happen it first has to be funded in full through a Kickstarter page with the goal of $65,000. What all that money is being used for isn't 100% clear, but the fest has until May 12th to make that goal. For a ticket, you need to "donate" at least $35. As of this writing it looks like they've sold 12 with "1488 of 1500 remaining".
Though that's a daunting goal (1,500 regularly priced tickets plus other donations), the "confirmed" lineup so far isn't that bad if you consider how much it would cost you to see each band separately (or as the fest puts it, "You (yes you!) get to see 12 hrs+ of amazing bands"): Islands (their only show currently), HEALTH (who are coming to NYC in June), Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Summer Camp, Memoryhouse, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait, Cults, Eternal Summers and Yip Yip ("You'll also be blessed with the sweet satisfaction of knowing that YOU helped make possible this history making musical event"). Underwater Peoples Records are involved in sponsoring the fest (four bands from the label are playing the show).
Another version of the cool poster art (which you can buy as part of giving them money) and the lineup again are below...
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Charlotte Gainsbourg show at Webster Hall.
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Jamie Lidell show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Passion Pit / Tokyo Police Club show at Governors Island.
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Mumford & Sons / The Middle East show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Phantogram is playing Bowery Ballroom on May 19th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon)
The Besnard Lakes & Land of Talk are playing Bowery Ballroom on May 28th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon)
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Antlers / Editors
"People don't mean any harm,'' the Antlers singer said from Brooklyn in a recent phone interview. "But they'll ask, 'Is the song 'Bear' about abortion?' before they even say hello. Whoa, what? It's like going up to a stranger and asking how their mom died. I don't know how I feel about it.''That tour brought the two bands to Terminal 5 on Friday night (2/19). Pictures and setlists from that show are in this post. Editors were supporting their new album, out now in the U.S. on the Fader label. The tour ended last night (2/21) at 9:30 Club in DC. The tour started right after The Antlers played BAM with Ra Ra Riot which wasn't long after the Antlers played a Haiti benefit at City Winery with Patti Smith.
But you can't blame fans for feeling close enough to the heartbroken narrator of the band's breakout record, "Hospice,'' to ask for details. The lo-fi concept album, centered on a terminally ill patient and her caregiver, is intimate and haunting. The 10 tracks deal with loss, death, guilt, and even Sylvia Plath ("Sylvia, get your head out of the oven / Go back to screaming and cursing, remind me again how everyone betrayed you.'') The stuff of nightmares, really.
"Hospice,'' self-released by Silberman last March, garnered serious buzz and ended up on several best-of-2009 lists. Venerable indie label Frenchkiss Records re-released the album in August. The Antlers headlined a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom in December and are on a tour with Editors.... [Boston Globe]
Coming up for The Antlers: a tour of Europe, a headlining tour with Phantogram, an opening slot on The National's upcoming dates (including Radio City Music Hall, but not Prospect Park), and... the BrooklynVegan day show at Club DeVille in Austin on Friday, March 19th with Lucero and more bands TBA. They then play the Frenchkiss & Mom+Pop official SXSW showcase at Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room & Borboun Rocks) that same night (with Freelance Whales, Local Natives, An Horse, Suckers, and Les Savy Fav).
All dates and more pictures 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)....
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw, 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium
* Royal Bangs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Delta Spirit, The Willowz @ Pianos
* La Roux, Yes Giantess @ Webster Hall
* Phantogram, Junk Culture @ Union Hall
* Unsound w/ Jacaszek, ACME @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Shuttle, Booty B, Pharaoh @ Public Assembly
* Heavy Hands, Traveling Circle, Sean Griffin @ Zebulon
* Gonzales' Piano Talk Show w/ Andrew W.K. @ Joe's Pub
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Girls At Dawn, Peace Killers, German Measles @ Don Pedro
* Wanda Jackson, Lustre Kings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Tourmaline, Life Size Maps, SSSEN, Galaxy Queens @ Bruar Falls
* Unsound w/ Morgan Geist (DJ), Neurotic Drum Band, Blondes @ Littlefield
* Savoir Adore, Uninhabitable Mansions, North Highlands, We Are Country Mice @ Cake Shop
* NinjaSonik, Japanther, Team Facelift, Fashen, The Auctioneers, "secret European guests" @ Santos Party House
* Hercules & Love Affair (DJ), Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version), Finger On The Pulse, Yes Giantess @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
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It's also Fashion Week.
Video of Spoon performing at Sirius-XM, below...
Eluvium's new video for "The Motion Makes Me Last" below...
tUnE-YaRdS (Merrill Garbus) @ Bowery in November
tonight in NYC
* Ruth Garbus @ The Stone
* Merrill Garbus @ The Stone
* The Klezmatics @ City Winery
* Scary Mansion, Mike Bones @ Union Pool
* Fiasco, Shapes, Milo and The Fuzz, Slothbear @ Shea Stadium
* Method Man, Ghostface, EPMD, Doug E Fresh, more @ BB King's
* Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Pete Rock @ Highline Ballroom
* Secret Machines, Pink Noise, Emok, Porfirio, Milk and Blood @ Knitting Factory
* Blissed Out, Say No to Architecture, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Human Resources, Luke Perry, Quilt @ Cake Shop
It's Christmas Eve Eve!
Need something to do on Christmas Eve? Don't forget about the party at Southpaw. Flyer reposted below.
And check out our growing list of New Years Eve events.
Horatio, Jimmy and Julian Casablancas wish it was Christmas today. That and more videos below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Unlike Dr. Dog who literally made it snow inside the Brooklyn bowling alley during their concert on December 11th, Class Actress and Phantogram played their show at the venue (Saturday night, 12/19) while the first big actual snowstorm of the winter was happening outside...
"Phantogram's Sarah Barthel is so adorable and very charismatic and the electro-rock duo had everyone dancing their asses off and wanting more when they finished their set. I'm not really sure what to say beyond that they put on a great show. Their music is unique and yet can appeal to many different types of people, and the eclectic audience loved them. Not only is it great dancing music, it's also great driving music. Definitely worth the snowy trek." [guilt free pleasures]More pictures from the show/snow, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Zoos of Berlin - Electrical Way (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - Finish Line (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - I'm a Pilot (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - Luna (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Ballet - The House of Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phantogram - When I'm Small (Mp3)
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French Horn Rebellion
As previously reported, Detroit band Zoos of Berlin are in town this weekend -- playing Matchless tonight (12/18) and Cake Shop tomorrow (12/19). Mixing elements of baroque, Krautrock and '70s shag carpet, Zoos of Berlin don't really sound like anybody else -- which is a good thing, right? They're good live too, maybe even better than on their album (which is worth seeking out).
I'm told Zoos of Berlin are on early-ish (9:45) so my personal plan for tonight is to catch ZoB at Matchless then head over to Cameo Gallery for the Cantora Late Nite Holiday Special featuring Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion. Doors are at 11PM and if you RSVP, admission is only five bucks. I think I've probably written enough about Savoir Adore this year (and you can read their year-end Q&A) for you to know that I'm a big fan and think you should go see them. French Horn Rebellion is David Perlick-Molinari, who plays in the live line-up of Savoir Adore, and his brother Robert -- and their brand of funky electro draws inspiration from Michael Jackson and early '80s disco. They know their way around a catchy tune too -- "Up All Night" is pretty irresistible, and will end up on my Best Singles of 2009 list...whenever I get around to putting that together. That song's video is at the bottom of this post. I've never seen them live -- Paul and Diedre of Savoir Adore play in the French Horn Rebellion touring unit -- so looking forward to seeing them.
Fanfarlo @ MHOW during CMJ (more by Tim Griffin)
Also tonight: after a successful CMJ (including their great performance at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase), Fanfarlo are back in NYC, moving up to Webster Hall where they play with Freelance Whales. Not bad for a band who have yet to get written about at all on Pitchfork. (Though they are one of the choices in their Bands to Watch in 2010 section of theirreader's poll.) I'm still listening to their debut, Reservoir, which has held up over the last 10 months or so. It's a nice pairing with Freelance Whales who were lovely the only time I saw them --at the Brooklyn Vegan day party during CMJ where they played acoustic. Fanfarlo seem like a good band to see during the holidays -- they're very Christmasy. Tickets are still available. Fanfarlo recently stopped by the NPR offices to film an acoustic performance, including a cover of Low's "It Was Just Like Christmas," and you can watch that at the bottom of this post.
The long-running indiepop party Mondo! happens tonight (12/18) at Don Hill's and tonight features a performance by The Ballet who were kind of a big deal with blogs a few years back and played on a few choice bills, opening for Voxtrot, The Hidden Cameras and others. And then they just sort of faded away. Well, The Ballet are back with their second album melodic, upbeat synthpop, Bear Life, and I like it quite a bit. You can download album track "The House on Fire" at the top to this post. Stephin Merritt comparisons are inevitable but it's definitely more Future Bible Heroes than Magnetic Fields.
Moving on to Saturday (12/19), there's a worthwhile free show at Brooklyn Bowl with Phantogram and Class Actress. I might try to hit this one as I have yet to see Phantogram live and am a fan of their debut album, Eyelid Movies, which will get an official release on Barsuk Records in February 2010. You can download "When I'm Small" from the album at the top of this post. It's a pretty good taster for the album, which is kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable.
Class Actress I wrote about last week, but have now actually seen them play (at Mercury Lounge). I don't think they've quite figured out the live show, but they're not bad. I like the EP which will be out on Terrible Records in the new year.
If you miss the bowling alley show, Phantogram also just added a February 12th show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale at noon.
And finally, for the indie pop fans out there we've got a good show at Matchless on Saturday night, featuring Brooklyn bands Dream Diary and Phil & the Osophers, plus two bands from Charlottesville, Virginia -- The Invisible Hand and Drunk Tigers. The Invisible Hand remind me a bit of Of Montreal by way of Superchunk or the Clean. Definitely a '90s indie rock thing going on, pretty good. You can download two tracks at the top of this post. Drunk Tigers aren't bad either, a little more in the shouty Port O'Brien school of things.
As for the local acts, I'm on record as being a fan of Dream Diary whose jangly style should appeal to fans of The Pastels and other '80s-era Creation Records bands. And Phil and the Osophers have been at it for nearly five years and whose new album, Parallelo, is worth checking out -- you can download an MP3 at the top of this post.
That's gonna do it for this week. No column next week, so happy holidays folks. Videos, flyers and tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Rocky Votolato - Sparklers (live in East Palo Alto) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phantogram - When I'm Small (MP3)
Phantogram @ MHOW during CMJ (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Andrew Kenny's band The Wooden Birds just got back from a tour with Great Lake Swimmers and will headline a close-to-home show at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (11/3). The soothing sounds of Peasant will open the show. Tickets are $10.00. Check out a recent video interview with the band below.
The Wooden Birds released their debut album on Barsuk Records earlier this year. Barsuk also recently put out the debut by Ramona Falls who just released a new video for the song "I Say Fever". You can watch that below.
Barsuk has two new releases scheduled for February 2010. Rocky Votolato's new album True Devotion will be out on February 23rd. "Sparklers" is one of the songs on that will be on that album. You can download a live version above. Rocky kicks off a tour in a couple of days, but not just any tour. He'll be playing in people's living rooms up and down the east coast. There's a NYC show in midtown Manhattan on November 6th. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.
The other album Barsuk is releasing in February will be by Phantogram who just got done playing a few shows during CMJ including one at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The xx and School of Seven Bells. The album "Eyelid Movies" will be released on February 9th. Download the song "When I'm Small" from that album for free above. Phantogram is now on a tour of Europe, but will be back soon. They play a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 19th. All dates below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
School of Seven Bells
Friday night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg had its share of problems. First it was moved from Webster Hall to Music Hall of Williamsburg (presumably for less-than-expected ticket sales). Then one of its openers, First Aid Kit, couldn't get into the country. They were replaced by the Depreciation Guild. Then the other opener, Warpaint, mysteriously disappeared off the bill and was replaced by Phantogram. Finally, to add insult to injury, School of Seven Bells were supposed to be the headliner, but not surprisingly, some of the crowd cleared out after the much hyped xx played third of fourth on the bill at the sold out show.
"Their stage setup was really xxxxxxxxxx-core, with two large X podiums from the left to the right with the band members dressed up in dark colours. The band's stage presence was very striking; this only complemented their minimalist dream pop sequence.More pictures from the show below....
The XX do not have the energetic stage presence that most bands at CMJ have. They just hammered out each song without any variation. It was as if their hearts did not skip a beat.
If the XX come to your town, expect a good show but not one that's too jumpy. You can shout out the lyrics from the audience but the XX will remain stoic, just to deliver and concentrate on putting on a live show." [B Sides]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Betty Wang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acrylics - Molly's Vertigo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Portrait - Mega Secrets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Bad Day (MP3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.
Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).
This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.
Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.
Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.
Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.
You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.
Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.
And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.
Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...
photos by Faith-Ann Young
..."Most of the songs came off as early 90s industrial dance music - big beats, big sounds, not much else. Even classics such as "Karma Coma" were roughed up by the sound and presentation. The closer, "Vent," a scary juggernaut on album, felt overlong at the show, straining under the effort to make it transcendent, Tricky, shirtless and wearing suspenders, doing his best ranting like a madman.vs.
As one local musician put it on his Facebook status, "(I) did not know live music could be as bad as Tricky was tonight." I wish I could say I disagreed. I really do. [Austin360]
I was all the more impressed by Tricky's set, who readied himself for the show by smoking a joint with his back to the crowd during the dark and brooding opening number. He turned to the crowd and stripped out of his shirt, bare chested in suspenders the rest of the show. While his albums Maxinquaye, Pre-Millenium Tension and Angels with Dirty Faces all have their esteemed place in trip-hop history, I clearly underestimated the timeliness and versatility of the singer and his band, who, minus the vocals of Martina Topley-Bird, still delivered a suspenseful, dramatic show. His raspy, gravelly voice still cut with "Christiansands" and the industrial warehouse feel of "Black Steel" was just as intense. [PrefixMag]The reviews above detail Tricky's March 20th SXSW show - one of two performances Tricky gave at the festival. The other was in the Fader Fort (which is where the pictures in this post were taken).
All tour dates and more SXSW pictures below...