Entries tagged with: Pianos
photos by David Andrako
Yellow Ostrich @ Pianos - 2/12/14
With an album titled Cosmos, that's almost an eerie coincidence. But truth be told, the whole album sounded fantastic. The record has connections to space littered throughout. Some of them are obvious (there are tracks titled "My Moons" and "You Are The Stars"), and others hide messages within the lyrics. It's definitely a louder album compared to earlier Yellow Ostrich material, and they even included some stuff using a drum pad and synths, the textured sounds really played to great effect. From start to finish, this is a finely crafted album that doesn't let you go. Alex Schaaf's vocals are as good as ever here, and the whole group was like a well-oiled machine. [Charged.fm]Yellow Ostrich are set to release their new album, Cosmos, next week (2/25) via Barsuk, but those who attended their intimate, mostly-private show at Pianos last week (2/12) got to hear the album performed in full. We caught the show, and pictures of it are in this post. You can also stream the album in full over at AV Club.
More pictures from Pianos below...
Palma Violets at BV SXSW 2013 day party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year with a lineup that includes Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock all playing together), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Palma Violets, Trash Talk, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Inc., Ducktails, Royal Teeth, and Black Dave, plus more TBA.
The first festival takes place in NYC from May 10 to 11 across multiple venues, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Angel Orensanz, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, and Element. The full lineup and schedule for the NYC shows has not been announced yet, but we do know that it includes the previously announced Palma Violets show at Bowery Ballroom (which is now sold out, but tickets are still available for PV's MHOW show a day earlier). We also hear that they're trying to put up an outdoor stage and shut down Ludlow St to car traffic (which Pianos and Cake Shop are both on) for the festival, but no exact word on how that will work out.
After NYC, the festival will also pass through Philly, Toronto, Boston, LA, Denver, and Las Vegas, but the dates for those cities has not been announced yet.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
"I saw Palma Violets four times in the last ten days.
They were really great at each show." - Craig Finn
Palma Violets @ Pianos, 1/28/2012
Palma Violets concluded their assault on NYC last night (1/28) with two shows, the previously-announced, second visit to Glasslands and an earlier show at Pianos which BrooklynVegan presented and was announced that morning. The industry-heavy Pianos crowd was probably the most subdued, sober audience the band played to in their six-show run (it was also their only show in Manhattan). That said, it was fairly raucous for a 7 PM show, and packed (and well-recieved). The band would play to a more typically frenzied crowd at Glasslands after. Pictures from their Pianos set, including the setlist, are in the this post.
Did you make it to any of the Palma Violets shows? What do you think? Did you meet the band's highly-assertive merch guy? The band will be back for SXSW, and maybe more shows outside Austin.
More Palma pics below...
outside of the Living Room (more by Amanda Hatfield)
At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.
In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).
In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.
photos by Tracy Allison
Twerps / The Orwells
Before BV photographer Tracy Allison made her way to the Panache showcase at Public Assembly on Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, she stopped by Pianos for the Planetary Group day party where she caught Twerps, The Orwells, and San Cisco. Twerps were over from Australia for a number of shows before and during CMJ, and they're continuing to tour North America this month and next. That show was one of a few that we caught The Orwells bringing their high-spirited young punk 'n roll (including our Saturday day party). More pictures from the Planetary party are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sam Flax @ Pianos
One of our most anticipated new artists at this year's CMJ was psych pop artist Sam Flax, who came over from California for a few shows before and during CMJ, including the I Guess I'm Floating day party at Pianos on Thursday, October 18. Sam and his band played the upstairs lounge and had the place packed. More pictures from his set at that day party are below.
photos and video by Jessica Amaya
Foxygen / Field Mouse / Ex Cops @ Pianos, 10/19/2012
During CMJ if you find yourself on the Lower East Side with no specific plans, it's usually a safe bet that Pianos will have something interesting. For instance, BV photographer/videographer Jessica Amaya found herself at Pianos on Friday night (10/19) for The Deli's two-floor showcase and caught Foxygen and Murals downstairs (both of whom played our day party early that same day at Public Assembly, and then Field Mouse and Ex Cops upstairs.
Speaking of, Ex Cops play Glasslands tonight (10/23) with Historics and Young Boys ($10 at the door). More pics from Pianos on Friday night (plus video of Murals and Field Mouse) are below.
Anti-Pop Consortium photos by Melissa Neira
His set at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Friday came at least partially from jazz. Not standards and bebop, but jazz of the past 30 years, let's say, involving solid-bodied guitars. He played a Fender Telecaster, whose bright tone never caught on much with jazz musicians. It was an instrumental music in which the shape and placing of a single sustained note was a matter of importance, and solos broke out, but not at the usual moments. (There aren't many usual moments in his music.) Only at one point, in "Once," did he seem to want to suggest earlier history: an Elvin Jones midtempo drum groove came through like a watermark. [NY Times]Jazz musician Rafiq Bhatia, who played Cameo earlier this month, has two releases coming out this year, first the Strata EP on September 25, and then his debut full length, Yes It Will, on October 23. The Strata EP features a cover of Flying Lotus' "Pickled!," which you can stream, along with another EP track, "Sunshower," below. Rafiq will celebrate his EP with a BrooklynVegan-presented release party at Pianos on September 25, which doubles as the first night in his residency at the LES venue, which continues on October 2 and October 9. The release show is with Anti-Pop Consortium (instrumental), whose member High Priest is featured on Rafiq's upcoming EP, and Alexander Overington. Tickets for all three nights in the residency are on sale now. The flier is below.
Rafiq has also been added as an opener to The Bad Plus' Music Hall of Williamsburg show (9/26), which happens one day after the release party at Pianos. No opener has been announced for the Bad Plus' show at Mercury Lounge on 9/25. Tickets for both Bad Plus shows are still available.
Rafiq also plays the Aquarium Drunkard CMJ showcase with Foxygen, The Orwells, Dent May, Tashaki Miyaki, and Murals at Mercury Lounge on October 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.
Speaking of Anti-Pop Consortium (who no longer count Beans as a member), they have a brand new short clip which you can watch below. They also played the New Museum back in July. A belated set of pictures from that show is below.
In related news, APC member High Priest recently released a new album called Cit of On under the moniker HPRIZM via Svakt. You can stream some excerpts from that release below.
All streams, a list of dates, video, residency flier, and pics are below.
The Everymen at House of Vans 7/26/2012 (more by Courtney Dudley)
St. Marks punk rock haven Coney Island High closed back in 1999 but a lot of folks who were around in those days remember it fondly. The Everymen certainly do on a catchy track from the band's forthcoming new album New Jersey Hardcore which is out in October. We've got the premiere of "Coney Island High" right here, downloadable above or streaming below.
The Everymen have a string of local dates coming up, including one on Friday (8/10) at Pianos with Romans, Lost Romance, Kestrals, and...Everymen? That's right The Everymen and Everymen. Two different bands. (The latter is a self-described "crustbilly folk punk" band from Florida.) I propose a guitar solo battle and to the winner goes the name. Tickets for the show are available.
All upcoming The Everymen dates are listed below along with the song stream.
by Bill Pearis
Austin's Tiger Waves are in town this week for their first NYC shows: Thursday (8/9) at Pianos with Golden Animals; then Friday (8/10) at Cake Shop with Night Panther, Popular Culture and Mariner; and Saturday (8/11) at The Rock Shop with Wyatt and The Happy Problem. All tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
You can stream Tiger Waves' Don't Be Yourself EP from earlier this year at the bottom of this post as well as their new "Weekends" single and both of them are free downloads from their Bandcamp site. The band make straight-up hooky guitar pop with some baroque touches, putting them somewhere between, say, The Shins and The Crayon Fields. Pretty catchy stuff.
A list of dates and streams are below.
photos and videos by Jessica Amaya
Natureboy w/ Sharon Van Etten at Pianos - 6/28/12
Brooklyn's Natureboy (aka Sara Kermanshahi) wrapped up a residency at Pianos last Thursday (6/28). The residencies took place every Thursday in June, and each one featured a different lineup of artists. For the 6/28 show, Sara was joined by Doug Keith, Cat Martino, She Keeps Bees, The Roadside Graves, and DJ Sharon Van Etten, who, as predicted, joined Sara on stage during her set.
In related news, Sharon Van Etten and her bandmate Doug Keith were just interviewed by Nardwuar. A video of that interview is below, along with more pictures and videos from the Pianos show (unfortunately none of Roadside Graves).
photos by Ryan Barkan words by Andrew Sacher
Polica, whose tour hit Maxwell's on Sunday (5/13), stopped by Pianos last night (5/15) for a private show presented by Good Ear Music Supervision. The show was the smallest NYC venue the band has played in a while, after moving up in the world in the wake of their debut LP, Give You the Ghost. Needless to say, the place was packed. They took the stage a bit before 9:40 and played a number of choice cuts from the LP like "Dark Star" and "Leading to Death," in addition to some new ones.
More pictures from the show below...
by Bill Pearis
Swedish indiepop ingenue Amanda Mair is making her US live debut this Thursday (4/12) at Pianos. Just barely 17, Mair released her self-titled debut album on Labrador Records (Radio Dept., Acid House Kings) in February. The album was produced by The Mary Onettes' Philip Ekström whose love of Big '80s pop gives the songs a quirky flair that has garnered favorable comparisons to, yes, Kate Bush. That influence is evident on "House" which you can download at the top of this post, along with the album's two other singles,"Sense" and "Doubt." You can stream some songs at Spotify. The album is out in America on June 5.
The Pianos show is an early one -- stage time 7PM -- and Mair will be performing a "stripped down" set... so no orchestra probably. Advance tickets ($8) are available. No other North American dates to report. Click through for the "Sense" video.
Domino announced the signing of Minneapolis band Night Moves in March. They'll release an LP called Colored Emotions in the summer of 2012, but first put out a 7" single for "Headlights" b/w "Horses." Listen to "Headlights" below and check out Night Moves at Pianos in NYC TONIGHT (Saturday, 4/7), or on the road with Caveman (who have a show coming up at the Brooklyn Museum) at one of the dates listed below...
Much like Chuck Ragan is doing with the Revival Tour Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds is leading a group of punks-gone-acoustic on the road, himself included, for the inaugural Arms Aloft Social & Musical Roadshow. Kevin Seconds and Kepi Ghoulie (of Groovie Ghoulies) have been out on tour since 3/12 and have a rotating cast of characters opening for them. Currently that includes Franz Nicolay (of e World/Inferno Friendship Society, ex-Hold Steady, etc) and Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers, sometimes-Rancid, etc). All four of them play Pianos in NYC TONIGHT (3/22) before continuing on to a "private party" which is one night before they play Asbury Lanes. All dates are listed below...
To quote their bio, "Shanren mine the rich musical traditions of southwestern China and fuse folk melodies with more modern influences like rock, reggae, and ska--think of it as Manu Chao with Chinese characteristics." Not the kind of music you expect to find at Lower East Side clubs like Pianos and Fontana's but that's exactly two of the places the Beijing-based indie-folk band are playing this week. Their partially-fan-funded US tour begins at Pianos TONIGHT (3/6) before moving on to Fontana's, Staten Island, PA, CT, MA, Pittsfield, Brooklyn, VA and Asbury Park. All dates are listed with a video below...
Devin @ Public Assembly in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
The Brooklyn-based Devin, who recently opened for Suckers (also on Frenchkiss Records) at Knitting Factory, and, as mentioned, JEFF The Brotherhood at Maxwells, will be playing a free Valentine's Day show Tuesday at Pianos before heading out on tour with the Heartless Bastards. That tour hits Webster Hall on 2/24. Hacienda are also on the bill. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still on sale.
The Pianos show is part of a 2-floor, free party that also includes downstairs sets by St. Lucia (part of their February residency at the LES venue) and Tiny Victories, and upstairs music by MNDR (DJ set), Make Out & Psychobuildings. Flyer below.
Devin's debut LP, Romancing, is out on April 10th, via Frenckiss who also released his 3-song EP at the end of 2011. The full album tracklist and all tour dates are below...
UK band 2:54's new EP, Scarlett, sounds amazing: rolling flinty basslines, layer upon layer of guitar haze and the alluring vocals of Colette Thurlow. (Her sister Hannah provides much of the aforementioned haze.) As well it should, the record was mixed by Alan Moulder who provided polish for Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Curve (whom 2:54 most resemble) in the early '90s.
Though they didn't quite hit those stellar sonics live last night at Pianos (12/30) -- their second-ever American show and a short one at maybe six songs -- what they did have in spades is promise. Colette suffered through microphone feedback problems and there was a crackle running through the speakers on the first couple songs. 2:54 also seemed a little green, not quite jelled as a cohesive unit. But when it did -- like on "Cold Front" with its spare, skeletal arrangement -- you felt that in six months or so these Brits are gonna get there. And hopefully we'll be saying "the records are good, but you really have to see them live."
Openers were Caged Animals, the new band from Soft Black's Vincent Cacchione who sound like a big hug. Warm and poppy, except for the last song where things turned briefly feral (hooting and strange faces). I only caught the last three songs, but I thought they were terrific when they opened for Metronomy during CMJ. They have it pretty together for as new an endeavor as Caged Animals are. Catch them again tonight (12/1) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Shilpa Ray, EULA & Quilty.
More pictures from the Manhattan show (their first US show was at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn one night earlier), below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Crystal Antlers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
"The [Crystal] Antlers's new Two-Way Mirror (Recreation Ltd.) offers more proof of a band that could aim for tight songwriting if they pleased, but chose to do otherwise. The whiny organ in "Way Out" and the skronky sax in "Always Afraid" are more about mood and texture than about conventionally handsome sounds. At the same time, Antlers' music is growing more sonorous and confident with experience: "Summer Solstice" has a smart, relatively clean melody, and "Jules' Story" moves with the inexorability of a tide." [Boston Phoenix]Long Beach band the Crystal Antlers, who played House of Vans in Brooklyn over the summer, are on tour with WU LYF and warmed up the crowd in an energetic way last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. If you missed it, Crystal Antlers play a show of their own at Pianos in Manhattan tonight (11/9) with the Wooden Sky who are in from Ontario.
All tour dates, some songs, and more pictures from their opening set in Brooklyn last night, below...
One of the many artists in NYC for CMJ was Denver, CO's Drew Englander aka R E A L M A G I C. If you missed him, he added another show - a free one even, and it happens at Pianos at 1am tonight (10/27).
R E A L M A G I C's only other upcoming date is Purchase Fall Fest which happens at SUNY Purchase this Saturday (10/29).
One couple flew up from Florida just to see Emmy the Great perform a sole U.S. show at Pianos on May 4th. That same couple requested Emmy play "Two Steps Forward," but Emmy didn't get to it on stage, so she played it out front on Ludlow Street after the show. Watch from two angles, in the videos below...
"Anyone who considers the Beauties "just a bar band" will be pleasantly surprised by their debut album. While the Dakota favourites could easily have treated the full-length as a recorded document of their rollicking, booze-soaked live shows, they instead crafted an album of legitimately strong, diverse rock songs.Known for their live show, Toronto's The Beauties are kicking off a four-week residency at nyc bar and music club Pianos in NYC tonight (3/10). The band will then play the LES venue again on the next three Thursdays. On March 31st, the final one, the Six Shooter Records-signed band will be joined by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene who has played with them before, as you can also see in the short video below. Kevin will help them play their songs, and he will play some solo songs from Spirit If during their set as well (no separate solo set though). Chip Taylor is reportedly also confirmed for that night, and there might be more special guests, but the full lineup is still TBA.
Those familiar with the band's live heroics will get satisfaction from the shout-along blues hooks of Tired Fired Blues and Die Die Die, while Hearts Are Down offers up twangy, catchy pop balladry, and a cover of Holly Golightly's Devil Do pads its populist chorus with heavy riffing and crisp production.
Not everything works, like the six-minute dirge Heaviest Of The World, but the album still proves that the Beauties have outgrown their bar-band roots." [NOW Toronto]
All dates and another video is down there too...
Much of ARMS' set was new songs from the band's proper debut, a "sci-fi break up album" that's due, hopefully, this summer. Judging by what we got last night, ARMS are definitely reaching for the stratosphere and may well achieve liftoff. The new songs sound big, with equal-sized hooks, played with an assurance. I was really impressed by their set -- they could be this year's Antlers with whom they occupy the same sonic space. You've got two more chances to see ARMS' during their February residence, you should really go if you can.
Hospitality almost stole the show for me. It had been a while since I'd seen this trio, who only gig sporadically but must practice often because they were tight, confident and surprisingly loud. While some of their music leans in the demure, Belle & Sebastian direction, some of the new material kinda rocked in an undistorted kind of way. They played a number of new songs I hadn't heard before, all of which were good. Hospitality's long-overdue debut is coming out this summer. 2011 could really be their year too.
Somehow I'd never seen Radical Dads before despite them gigging all the time. I'd always assumed Robbie Guertin played guitar for the band, as he does for Uninhabitable Mansions and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. But he's actually their drummer -- and a really good one. Musically, the bassless trio sorta reminded me of the early '90s DC indie, and could have fit on Simple Machines Records alongside Liquorice, Tsunami or Scrawl.
Openers were Translations, whose bassist also plays in ARMS. Their double A-side debut was one of my favorite singles of last year and this was my first time seeing them. There's a sort of dustbowl sound to them, a little Dwayne Eddy twang that works well with Andrew Fox's vocals that are part Robert Pollard and part Don Henley. There's a new wave bent to them as well and at times -- like on the sprawling "The M.O." -- it really opens up and soars. The band have new singles out this spring, something to look forward to.
Jessica Amaya shot some great (looking and sounding) video of ARMS and Hospitality which you can see below, along with more pictures of all the bands from last night.
This Friday (2/4) and, every other Friday in February at Pianos, is reserved for Headless Horseman, the Brooklyn duo who recently dropped their five-song digital LP on Bandcamp. Stream it in full below, and download a pair of tracks from a forthcoming "digital seven-inch" due via Greedhead (above).
Fareed & Conner of HH will focus their energies on new material at Pianos, and have roped in a crew of notables during the four week stint. The residency kicks off on 2/4 with sets by Family Portrait, Beige, Mega Fortress, and Philip Seymour Hoffman while Nate of Cults DJs the affair (tickets).
The 2nd week (2/11) features Tony Castles, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson & Brahms on DJ duty (tickets), while a mystery headliner plays with DADS (featuring Hima Suri of Das Racist + Quinn Walker of Suckers) and Blood Orange and a DJ set from Das Racist on 2/18 (tickets). The residency closes on 2/25 with Popo & Android Lust and more TBA (no advanced tickets for that yet). The full lineups and flyer are below.
Cults and Brahms both have other dates in the near future too. As discussed, Cults, Magic Kids, and Superhumanoids are scheduled to take on Knitting Factory on March 30th(tickets) and March 31 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) as part of a larger Cults campaign to SXSW and on to Coachella. Brahms is scheduled to DJ Asobi Seksu's show at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and play Glasslands on 2/24 with Acrylics and New Moods (tickets).
More details on the HH residency, more Brahms dates, the digital 7-inch and the Headless Horseman album stream is below....
Yellow Ostrich @ Mercury Lounge on 1/4 (more by David Andrako)
Once January (and Linfinity) disappears, LES venue Pianos will have some more residencies to contend with. One of those is for Yellow Ostrich who will be there every Thursday night in February. All four shows including the final night with "additional secret headliner" are on sale.
ARMS are the other band taking residency at Pianos (again) in Feb, and their four Wednesday shows are also on sale. They also have a secret guest listed on their final show.
Full Pianos lineups so far, below...