Entries tagged with: Polica
by Andrew Sacher
Polica w/ Justin Vernon at Coachella 2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
At Coachella 2013 this past week, Polica were joined on stage by singer Channy Channy Leaneagh's Gayngs bandmate Justin Vernon (who was there not with Bon Iver, but with his side project The Shouting Matches) to play a new track, "TIff," which they've just released the studio version of. It's a great track that should appeal to any fans of their debut album, Give You the Ghost, and it probably comes as no surprise that Justin's cameo fits the song perfectly. The track will appear on their second album, which is due at some point this year. Meanwhile, you can stream it below and purchase it on iTunes. Also below are videos of Polica playing "Wandering Star" and "Amongster" at Coachella.
Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).
Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.
Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, NYC music festival Governors Ball keeps growing and its returning this year for it's largest and most exciting festival yet on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Early bird 3-day passes go on sale today (1/25) at noon at $190, and once they sell out, they become $205 and then $220. According to the festival's website, single day tickets may or may not become available so if you'd like to go, they advise you purchase a 3-day pass.
The lineup has tons of great names this year and if you're going, we're sure you've got a bunch of stuff lined up to see already, and while you're making your wish list, here's our list of ten bands that we're excited to see at the festival, that you might not want to miss.
Kanye West is one of the headliners, and any chance to catch him in the NYC area is one to take advantage of. It's pretty amazing how far he's come and with seven albums under his belt (including Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer), he's got more than enough material for a hits-filled set, which he tends to do. And there's no telling what else he might do, like break out some snow monster masks or something.
A newer, but no less exciting rapper, Kendrick Lamar, will be there too. He turned the rap world on its head with last year's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and us New Yorkers only got our chance to see him before its release. So now that we know all the words to his record, we pretty much can't wait to see him perform songs off of it at Governors Ball.
The term "supergroup" doesn't always mean the group is "super," just that the members are all known for other projects. But in the case of Divine Fits, featuring the songwriting talents of Spoon's Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, it was two great tastes that taste great together. And as a band, Divine Fits were pretty much amazing live right out of the gate, and their danceable vibe is festival-ready.
Deerhunter have been promising a new album for 2013 and while they haven't revealed any formal plans for it, we're hoping to hear some of the new material at Governors Ball. Plus, though we've seen side projects like Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, and Moon Diagrams in NYC recently, we haven't gotten an actual Deerhunter show since 2011.
UK art rockers Alt-J became infinitely bigger since first coming to the US last May, and they've got the kind of songs that would sound great on a big outdoor stage. The band have been on tour constantly and we've seen their onstage confidence grow leaps over the visits they've already had here. They should be primed and ready for big crowds by the summer.
Japandroids have already come to NYC a few times in the past year (and those liars said it'd be a while before they came back!) and anyone who has seen them knows every Japandroids show is destined to be a wild time. The band is always nuts on stage and so is the crowd, so it's the kind of thing that will be a killer time at an outdoor festival.
Another band, like Alt-J, that have also had a pretty significant and quick rise since first catching our attention, is Polica, who will be at this year's Governors Ball. Their mix of indie pop and R&B is endlessly catchy and the dueling drummers are a thrill to watch live. Whether you're already a fan or not, they'd be a great band to catch.
Unlike many of the bands on the Governors Ball line-up, it's been a couple years since Australia's Cut Copy have played North America and absence makes the heart grow fonder. CC seem to write their songs with giant crowds in mind and show no shame in working the crowd into a frenzy.
Most of the artists on this list are artists we've been fans of for a while, but festivals are also always good places to discover new artists, and one new group we're excited to see at Governors Ball is Vancouver's Bear Mountain. Last year, they released their debut album, XO, which combined club-ready dance tracks, arena sized atmospherics, and an indie pop sensibility in the songwriting. It's a pretty great mix and sounds like it will be totally fun live. You can stream the album in its entirety below.
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
"My Morning Jacket was formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim James (real name: James Olliges Jr). The original line-up also included three members of the Shelbyville emo-punk band Winter Death Club; namely John McQuade (later known as Johnny Quaid - guitar and vocals), Tom Blankenship (later known as Two Tone Tommy - bass) and J. Roberts (later known as J. Glenn - drums)." [Wikipedia]My Morning Jacket will stay busy this holiday season, with three shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre (tickets) that lead up to a New Year's Eve show in Boston, and then the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre on January 2 (tickets), a show that's hosted by Matt Pinfield and also features Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extension, Tangiers Blues Band and "special guests."
MMJ bassist Tom Blankenship (who also recently helped out with Brooklyn Rock Lottery) gave us his list of Top 10 LPs of 2012. While it includes year-end list mainstays Frank Ocean and Alt-J, there are some surprises as well. You can check out his year-end picks below.
Polica @ Webster Hall, 10/6/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica's debut album, Give You the Ghost, has shown up on a few Best Of lists this year (like NME and The Fly) but what records did they like in 2012? Well we've got their Top 10 LPs list right here and is topped by Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city.
They also give props to Minneapolis pal P.O.S. (with whom they collaborate in Gayngs and Marijuana Deathsquads who have sometimes also played as backing band) whose We Don't Even Live Here makes the list. So does their neighbor Now Now's Threads which was released on Chris Walla's Trans label. Check out their whole list below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Polica just put on a hell of a show at Webster Hall" - @digenger
Polica, whose ongoing tour recently brought them to NYC to open for Bon Iver, returned over the weekend for what was by far their largest headlining date in the city yet at Webster Hall on Saturday (10/6). The place didn't sell out, but it was looking pretty full the whole time and the crowd seemed into openers Gardens & Villa too. Pictures from the show are in this post.
wet fans watching the Shins (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The sold out 2012 ACL Festival happens October 12-14 in Austin and on YouTube (where you'll find the stream schedule if you scroll down - Jack White, Delta Spirit, A-Trak, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Metric, Rufus Wainwright, Alt-J, Garcy Clark Jr., Polica, Kimbra, Steve Earle, The Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the The Shins included).
If you actually will be there in person, you can also catch many of the bands at one of the many official late night shows (including the Shins)
And, speaking of the Shins, they played Conan O'Brien last night. Watch both songs below...
Bon Iver in TX in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver are on a tour now which comes to NYC this week for a previously discussed four-night run at Radio City. The run includes shows at the Manhattan theater on Wednesday (9/19) and Thursday (9/20) with Anais Mitchell, Friday (9/21) with Doug Paisley, and Saturday (9/22) with Polica. Tickets for all four shows are still available (despite the first two being sold out for a while), and we're also giving away another pair of tickets to the Friday (9/21) show. A list of updated dates and contest details are below.
You can also watch the Friday (9/21) show from the comfort of your own home as it streams live on the Bowery Presents YouTube channel. The trailer video for the stream is below.
In related news, Justin Vernon's personal trainer Jeff Rogers, who has a fitness DVD which features Justin, will be bringing his workout program to NYC while Bon Iver is here. He'll present his "Pack the Park" program on September 21 and 22 at Urban Plaza at Trump in Hudson Square (246 Spring St.) from 2-3 PM. Admission is free but registration is required and space is limited (50 people each day). The flier for the event is below.
An updated list of dates, video, and that event flier are below.
Polica at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned, Polica signed to Mom + Pop and reissued their debut LP, Give You The Ghost, on the label earlier this month along with a bonus EP of remixes by Gardens & Villa, Exitmusic, and others. You can now stream all of those remixes below. Also below is the official video for "Dark Star" and a video of them performing it on Jimmy Kimmel.
As mentioned, Polica will be touring this year and hitting NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall with Gardens & VIlla. But you'll be able to catch Polica in NYC even sooner than that when they open for their friends Bon Iver at Radio City on September 22. The Radio City show is one of four shows at the venue for Bon Iver, the first two (9/19 & 9/20) of which are with Anais Mitchell and the third (9/21) of which is with Doug Paisley. Tickets for both Polica shows in NYC are still available and we're also giving away a pair to the Radio City show.
A list of updated dates, streams, and videos are below.
Walter Schreifels of Quicksand at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Redboy)
today in NYC
* Kotorino @ Barbes
* Jay Sean @ Luna Park
* Saadi, Jogyo @ Santos
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Hollow Roots @ Joe's Pub
* Jackie Heyen @ The Stone
* Nas @ iHeartRadio Theater
* Kitty Pryde @ Vibe Lounge
* Drusi is Coming @ Joe's Pub
* Inspectah Deck @ BB King's
* Thollem Sworld @ The Stone
* Peanut Butter Wolf @ Le Bain
* Pedro Giurado Sextet @ Barbes
* Dunes, Household @ New Museum
* Quicksand, Italian Horn @ Bowery Ballroom
* Puro Instinct, Outer Limitz, Splash @ Glasslands
* Batillus, Gnaw, Summoner, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* DJ Pierre, Ron Morelli, Justin Strauss @ 285 Kent
* SFV Acid, Super Ugly, Harshboyz, Peter Fonda @ Big Snow
* The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Brooklyn Bass @ Cameo Gallery
* Variety Lights, Dinowalrus, August Wells @ Public Assembly
* The Dikes of Holland, Dog Bite, Little Seizures @ Cake Shop
* Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, Pepper @ Williamsburg Park
* Eugene Mirman, A.C. Newman, Wyatt Cenac @ The Bell House
* Goldroom, Body Language (DJ Set), AIMES (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* CCB Reggae All-Stars, Junior Toots, Top Shotta Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* X-Ray Eyeballs, Useless Eaters, Nice Guys, King Prom @ Death By Audio
* 2 Skinnee J's, Wau Wau Sisters, Exes of Evil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Apollo Run, Team Genius, Happy People, Alfonso Velez @ The Rock Shop
* Ghost Beach, Tiny Victories, Neighbors, Starlight Girls @ Delinquency BLVD
* Miguel, Ryan Leslie, Marcus Canty, Leah LaBelle, Deon Young @ J&R MusicFest
* Bird with Strings, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daniel Carlton @ Marcus Garvey Park
* James Blood Ulmer Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ City Winery
* Estrogen Highs, Nuclear Santa Claust, Trepanning, Trash Tide @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Glenn Branca, Neptune, Christina Carter, White Suns, Action Beat @ Public Assembly
* Cinema Cinema, Jackpot, Tiger, Hounds Basket, Big Fur, Bambara, Big Ups @ Paper Box
* Alex Winston, Angela McClusky, Bandana Splits, Computer Magic (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
* Audio Fiction, Quiet Loudly, Fast Years, Indian Rebound, Wicked Tomorrow, Swaai Boys @ Pianos
* Fiasco, Dope Body, No One & The Somebodies, Infinity Shred, Butter The Children, Cave Cricket @ Shea Stadium
* Kastle, Distal, Giraffage, DJ Sliink, YEN TECH, Lemonade (DJ), Nite Jewel (DJ), Nadus, Elite Gymnastics (DJ), No Eyes, White Ring, Nadus, Westside Schmucks, Rezzie, Thomass, Rpeg, Mischeif, Lowry @ The Electric Warehouse
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!
King Prom, featuring members of The Numerators and The Splinters, play their first-ever show tonight at Death by Audio, opening for Xray Eyeballs, Nashville's Useless Eaters and Boston's Nice Guys. Doors at 8 PM, show's at 9.
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Major Lazer made a video for "Get Free" featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. Check it out below.
Lucero made a video for "Women and Work." Check it out below.
Ice Choir made a video for "A Vision of Hell, 1996" and you can check that out below too.
Polica played Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday (8/22). Check out a video of them performing "Dark Star" on the show below.
Yeasayer at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Birdy @ Joe's Pub
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Louie Belogenis @ The Stone
* Project Fukushima @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* ATM, Happy New Year @ Manhattan Inn
* Ze Luis, Forro in the Dark @ Nublu
* Bushwalla, Todd Carey @ Joe's Pub
* Deep Time, The Babies @ Union Pool
* Linkin Park, Incubus @ Jones Beach
* DOM, Bum Rap, Kings of Belmont @ Delinquency
* Ches Smith and These Arches @ Barbes
* Self Help, KNTRLR, Wet 10 @ The Delancey
* Shark?, Desert Sharks, Lost Boy? @ Big Snow
* Vassals, Trumpeter Swan, Jane Eyre @ Pianos
* Martha Wainwright, Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
* Yeasayer, Daedelus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* WIERD w/ Arctic Flowers, Murderer @ Home Sweet Home
* Finger on the Pulse BBQ w/ Computer Magic @ Good Co.
* Erika Spring, Tiny Victories, Tezeo @ Mercury Lounge
* Gary War, Ami Dang, FORMA, Lorna Dune @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Harry & the Potters, Potter Puppet Pals @ Knitting Factory
* Michael Graye, Faster Than Light, Natalie York, Jack Byrne @ Cake Shop
* Enfants Terribles: Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock & Joey Baron @ Blue Note
* Fear Factory, Ashes Of Your Enemy, Dispute To Flames, Xero Gravity @ Starland Ballroom
* Little Seizures, Crooked Bangs, Feral Future, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
* Sonny and the Sunsets, MAGIC TRICK, Sam Jayne (of Love As Laughter) @ Maxwell's
* Freshkills, Violent Bullshit, Graffiti Monsters, Chron Turbine @ Public Assembly
* The Dunnie Bobos, I'm Turning Into, Incorporated Village of Ghost, The Due Diligence @ Glasslands
It's been a tough, wet summer for outside shows. Tonight's Summerscreen in McCarren Park (Empire Records) with Ducktails, Splash, and The Babies has been postponed due to the heavy rain, but will now happen August 29. You can still see The Babies, though, tonight when they play with Deep Time at Union Pool.
Grimes, who played River Rocks last week, made her network TV debut on Jimmy Fallon last night. Check out her performance of "Genesis" below.
Grizzly Bear's appearance at StePhest Colbchella (on the Intrepid) aired last night on the Colbert show. Watch "Two Weeks," "Sleeping Ute," "Yet Again," and Colbert's interview with the band from it below.
Nude Beach made a video for their song "Walkin' Down My Street" from their album, II, which came out this week on Other Music's new label. You can watch it below.
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."
This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.
"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."
What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.
The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.
Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.
The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).
Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.
Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.
Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.
photos by James Richards IV
At the Drive-In/Sigur Ros at Lollapalooza - 8/5/12
Jack White was one of the headliners on Saturday., We weren't able to get pictures this time (see Firefly instead), but you can check out his Lolla setlist HERE and pictures and video of a surprise in-store that took place at Chicago's Reckless Records earlier in the day HERE. Other bands on Sunday included the reunited At the Drive-In, Sigur Ros, The Walkmen, Justice, Polica, Toro y Moi, The Gaslight Anthem (setlist and a video of their entire set HERE) and many more.
Polica at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Polica, who are about to play Lollapalooza (see our post on that on Lollapalooza.com), have signed to Mom + Pop, which makes them labelmates with Andrew Bird, Neon Indian, Sleigh Bells, and more. The label will reissue Polica's great debut LP, Give You The Ghost (which initially came out this past February on Totally Gross National Product), on August 14. That reissue will come with a EP of remixes of album tracks by Gardens & Villa, Exitmusic, and others. The remix EP tracklist is below.
Gardens & Villa will also be supporting Polica on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Polica also play Osheaga this weekend before Lollapalooza.
Speaking of Exitmusic, they have an upcoming NYC area show at Maxwell's on September 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all Polica dates, remix EP tracklist, and a stream of their album below...
Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
As mentioned many times, Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago's Grant Park from August 3 - 5. The festival is totally sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets you can stream it live from the Lolla YouTube page.
Check out our feature on Polica for Lollapalooza.com's Artist Discovery Series.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Modest Mouse / Lupe Fiasco
The Firefly Music Festival continued in Dover, DE on Saturday (7/21) with sets from Modest Mouse, Polica, Cults, Charles Bradley, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, The Killers, and more. Passion Pit were scheduled to play that day, but unfortunately the Delware festival was one of the dates that the band had to cancel. They were replaced by Yeasayer at the last minute, who played at the same time as Lupe Fiasco (and we unfortunately missed).
The festival has already announced they'll be back next year. Pre-sale for 2013 general admission tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
Polica at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Polica are continuing to move up in the world. Their seemingly never-ending touring schedule has once again been expanded and now includes what is by far their largest headlining NYC appearance yet, which will take place at Webster Hall on October 6. Tickets for the big NYC show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/30) at noon.
Polica also just made a video for "Wandering Star" off their debut LP, Give You the Ghost. Check that out, along with a list of updated dates below...
The four-day Sasquatch Music Festival is currently happening this Memorial Day Weekend out in Gorge, Washington. Check out more photos below from Friday, May 25, including shots of Mark Lanegan, Polica, Pretty Lights, Santigold, and Girl Talk. More Sasquatch photos to come.
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...
Polica at Brooklyn Bowl last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When Polica, who even more recently here to play Fallon, were here to play Rock Shop, Mercury Lounge, and Brooklyn Bowl, we mentioned they'd be back east in May (this month) but at the time had no NYC-area dates scheduled. They've since announced that they'll play Maxwell's on May 13 in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below...