Entries tagged with: Popstrangers
Hailing from Halifax, NS and having all four members write and sing, I couldn't help but compare them a bit to Sloan. But Monomyth sound nothing like them though. Like Sloan, the styles of the songs vary wildly depending on who's singing (one of them clearly went through a jam band phase). But the songs are uniformly terrific, ranging from powerpop to warbly indiepop.You can stream the album in full below. Monomyth will be heading to NYC for CMJ and as of this post have three shows on their schedule, all of which are free:
October 21 @ Pete's Candy Store (7:50 PM) | Riot Act Happy Hour PartyThose are Monomyth's only dates upcoming at the moment. Full line-ups and flyers for those parties are below. Also worth checking out Monomyth's video for LP track "Patsy" which, directed by Seth Smith, depicts a very weird wedding. It's creepy and funny and be sure to watch till the end (twist!). Note: the guy playing the father is Halifax scene legend Matthew Grimson. Watch it below.
October 24 @ Cake Shop (1 PM) | Break Thru Radio Party
October 24 @ Pianos (4:50 PM) | Planetary Party
by Bill Pearis
Orchestra of Spheres
As has become a tradition, one of CMJ's 2014 kickoff events is the New Zealand artists showcase on October 21 at The Studio at Webster Hall (it used to happen at Le Poisson Rouge) with PopStrangers, Orchestra of the Spheres, DOPRAH, and Chelsea Jade. Beverages will be supplied by Spy Valley Wines with snacks by Dub Pies. Tickets are on sale now or you can get in with your CMJ badge. You can stream a mix with all four artists, below.
CMJ will be part of a U.S. tour for Wellington's Orchestra of the Spheres whose second album, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music, came out last year via Fire. The band incorporate nervy new wave and motorik rhythms into their psych-pop sound and you can watch the new video for single "2,000,000 Years" and a Spotify stream of the album, below. In addition to the NZ showcase, Orchestra of Spheres will also play the Bird Dog showcase at Pianos on October 25 with Ski Lodge, Beverly, Splashh, The Love Supreme, Native America and Roman a Clef. Tickets are on sale now, and all tour dates are listed below.
Christchurch duo DOPRAH released their debut EP this past summer and you can check out a video for "Stranger People" below. They'll also play Oct 23 at Radio Bushwick, with SEOUL, Fort Lean, The Great Void, Rioux, Tomboy, YAWN, and Zula.
Formerly known as Watercolours, Chelsea Jade released the Portals EP in 2012 and a remix EP last year. She just released a new single, "Night Swimmer," which you can check out via its video below. The NZ showcase is her only CMJ appearance announced so far.
Streams, dates and NZ@CMJ flyer below...
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
Damien Rice is playing The Box on October 16 & 18, and Warsaw in between on October 17. Tickets for The Box shows and the Warsaw show are on artist presale now (if you're on his mailing list you should have the password), and general on-sale begins Friday (9/19) at noon.
Oh Land is playing Bowery Ballroom on October 21 with Walking Shapes, Wardell and Sons of an Illustrious Father. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.
Tickets for the EIGHT Dr. Dog shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx and artist presales today at noon (anyone know the password?).
Saint Pepsi, Popstrangers, Dog Bites and Chandos are playing Carpark Records' CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 22. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Saint Pepsi also play a Pigeons & Planes CMJ show on October 23 at Rough Trade with Denzel Curry, Kevin ABstract, Sway Clarke ll and Tkay Maidza. No presale for that one, tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
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Doveman @ LPR, 1/14/2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TEED @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
today in NYC
* Grass Roots @ Barbes
* Lettuce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Luluc @ The Mercury Lounge
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theater
* Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
* WIM, Northern Bells @ Cameo Gallery
* Alexis Cuadrado Quartet @ The Stone
* Hess Is More, Ducky @ The Mercury Lounge
* Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ The Paper Box
* Oneohtrix Point Never @ NYU Kimmel Center
* The Rolling Stones @ The Prudential Center
* Ancient Sky, Bubbly Mommy Gun @ Union Pool
* School of Seven Bells @ Roosevelt Field Sony Store
* Dropkick Murphys @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Bear Hands, Joywave, Slam Donahue @ Glasslands
* Sera Cahoone, Rayland Baxter @ Knitting Factory
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Webster Hall
* House of Blondes, Teen Commandments @ The Rock Shop
* Richie, I'm Turning Into, Shorts Band @ Death by Audio
* !!!, Sinkane, Yellow Dogs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gigamesh, Sean Glass DJ set, Alex English DJ set @ The DL
* Dolores Boys, Eye, Phantom Family Halo, IYEZ @ Saint Vitus
* Starring, Sam Buck Rosen, Lushes, Eartheater @ Shea Stadium
* Julio Bashmore, Paul Raffaele, Rem Koolhaus @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Young Mothers, Lips, Johanna Samuels, Tuff Sunshine @ Cake Shop
* Blue Scholars, The Physics, Brothers From Another @ Bowery Ballroom
* Taperecorder, Vulture Shit, Old Monk, Low Fat Getting High @ XPO 929
* Five O'Clock Heroes, Clinton Curtis, Blaire Reinhard @ Bowery Electric
* Grand Resort, Eastern Hollows, The Meaning of Life, Soft Skull @ Big Snow
* Jon Glaser, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Adira Amram @ The Bell House
* Doveman, Sandra Bernhard, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen, The Perennials, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady @ le Poisson Rouge
* Indian Bastards From Hell (Heems & Dapwell of Das Racist), Hieroglyph Thesaurus, Free Blood, Hagfish and Poet Lounge, Dan Friel, Fox/Crane/Bear, Diamond Terrifier @ Ran Tea House
Irish indiepop band The Frank & Walters were supposed to play Mercury Lounge but that show got cancelled.
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!!! headline Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Check out some of their favorite albums and songs of 2012.
Wavves will be back with a new album, still untitled, in 2013 but to tide you over they've made a video for the first released track, "Sail To The Sun," which you can watch below.
New Zealand's Popstrangers, who were last here for CMJ (and a little after), have a new video for "Heaven" which will be on their debut album, Antipodes, out in February. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Popstrangers @ Cameo, 10/19/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
New Zealand's Popstrangers played a few shows during CMJ, inclcluding the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase at Cameo on Thursday (10/18) which I stopped at briefly. The trio bring the noise, making a racket not unlike their NZ indie ancestors 3D's, all buzzsaw guitars, manic drumming and distorted, flinty bass. The band are still in town and will play Pianos tonight (10/23) with Majical Cloudz, Archie Powell & the Exports and advance tickets are available.
Carpark will release Popstrangers debut album, Antipodes, on February 26. The first single from the album, "Heaven," can be streamed below.
Also on the bill, as you may have seen, is Montreal's Majical Cloudz who are signed to Arbutus Records, who toured the UK with Grimes last month, and contributed to Grimes' album, Visions. They played the Arbutus party at Death by Audio on Friday (10/20), maybe you saw them then. You can stream a couple tracks below.
Die! Die! Die!
Like in past years, New Zealand is being represented at CMJ with a kickoff party at Le Poisson Rouge on October 16. The lineup includes Six60, Die! Die! Die!, Ghost Wave, Popstrangers, Lawrence Arabia and Tom Lark. That show is totally free to the public and will stream live at LPR's Concert Window beginning at 6 PM but you do need to RSVP (just email: Pamela@themusebox.net).
Noise punks Die! Die! Die!, who have recorded for a number of labels incuding Flying Nun, also play Death by Audio on October 17 with Roomrunner and a secret guest (not an official CMJ show). More CMJ shows for them will be announced soon. Their new album, Harmony, is due out November 9 via Golden Antenna. You can stream it in its entirety below.
Ghost Wave have a few other CMJ shows, including SESAC showcase at Cake Shop on October 17 with ZZZ's, Hussle Club, I.R.O.K., Punks on Mars, Pyschobuildings, Half Undressed, Communist Daughter, and Blessed Feathers (free); and the Flowerbooking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 19 with Unicorn Kid, Ki Theory, Devin, Talk Normal, and CIties Aviv.
In other New Zealand artists playing CMJ news, as mentioned, Gotye collaborator Kimbra plays Webster Hall on October 19 and 20 with The Stepkids. Both shows are sold out, some CMJ badges will be accepted on at the 10/19 show.
Former Mint Chick Kody Nielson's (whose brother Ruban fronts Unknown Mortal Orchestra) project, Opossom has a few CMJ shows scheduled too. He'll play the Team Cleremont showcase at Union Pool on October 17 with Twin Tigers, Fantasmas, Grape Soda, and Koko Beware; the Wild Honey Pie showcase at Matchless on October 18 with Body Language, Devin, Donora, Echo Friendly, and Night Panther; the Windish showcase at Pianos on October 18 with Flume, American Royalty, Labyrinth Ear, The Luyas, Ape School, Duologue, and Moon King; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on October 20 with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
After CMJ, Opossom will be sticking around for more shows in NYC including the previousyl discussed show at Pianos (10/24) with Big Scary and Time Travelers and another at Cameo Gallery (10/26). Tickets for the Piano show and the Cameo show are available.
Some song stream and a video are below.
by Bill Pearis
Here we go again, folks! I'm still not used to this CMJ starting on a Tuesday thing, even though it's been this way for a few years now. Personally, I'm going to ease into things today and tonight and save my energy. Luckily, there aren't a lot of day parties on Tuesday because five days and nights is just too much for locals, and visitors are just rolling into town and getting settled. But there are some... and it's eerily like last year.
Day parties are free unless noted otherwise, ok?
The Music Slut throws their annual day party at Pianos, with two floors of fun, including the hotly-tipped bands Chad Valley. Also: We Barbarians, The Beets, The Forms, Prussia, Jonquil and more. The action starts reasonably at 2PM.
A few doors down at The Living Room, Paper Garden Records is showing off its roster: Big Tree, Tall Ships, Pree and more.
Snowmine, Secret Mountains, Archie Powell & the Exports, and more play Spike Hill.
And Le Poisson Rouge is again throwing a CMJ kickoff party, somewhat in-between a day party and night showcase, with a bunch of New Zealand bands, including new Flying Nun signees Popstrangers (who have definitely studied their label's classic roster), returning band Street Chant (one of last year's highlights I thought), the shoegazy sounds of The Golden Awesome, Cairo Knife Fight and more. It's free with CMJ badges or if you RSVP to email@example.com (no +1s).
Flyers for some of the above shows are after the jump.