Entries tagged with: Purling Hiss
The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...
LA band Meatbodies, who released a 7" on Ty Segall's God imprint and toured through NYC earlier this summer, have just announced their self-titled debut album, which will be out via In the Red on October 14. You can stream the very crunchy "Tremmors" from it in this post.
Meatbodies will be on tour this fall, doing stints with Purling Hiss and Hunters. In between those runs, they'll be in NYC for CMJ on October 23 & 24. No firm details yet, expect those to be revealed closer to the fest.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
The Men at Union Pool earlier this month (via Joe Melnick)
Brooklyn punks/folk rockers/jammers/whatever-ers The Men played a free hometown show earlier this month for Union Pool's Summer Thunder series (which recently announced its August schedule) and they've got more dates coming up, including another free summer show in Brooklyn. The band will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 15 with Philly rockers Purling Hiss, Honey and Friend. All of The Men's dates are listed below.
Purling Hiss also recently announced that they'll release Weirdon, the followup to 2013's Water on Mars, on September 23 via Drag City. No music from that album yet but you can check out a teaser video below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Loop @ LPR 4/17/2014
Mr. Hampson made a rigorous return to the basics. His songs for Loop are all riff; they stick to two or three chords and they don't bother with bridges or choruses or transitions, just the primordial effects of repetition and volume as the reverberations build up. Vocals tend to get swallowed in the echo and roar; after singing the verses, Mr. Hampson moves on to lead guitar, still keeping things rudimentary, worrying a handful a notes. The music builds patiently and relentlessly until, by sheer accretion, it grows overwhelming.Reformed UK dronemasters Loop played their first NYC show in over two decades on Thursday (4/17) at Le Poisson Rouge, part of their tour to and from Austin Psych Fest. It was properly very loud. In addition to a selection of their own songs, they played their cover of Can's "Mother Sky." They also said they'd be back "soon." Setlist below.
That's how Thursday's set worked. The first few songs were blunt and declarative, varying the spearhead of their attack from guitar ("Soundhead") to bass ("The Nail Will Burn") to drums ("Straight to Your Heart") to all at once (the implacable power dirge of "Fade Out")...
...The riffs arrived, adamant and incantatory, while subtleties loomed amid the blare, like a particular salvo of tom-toms or shifts in the tone of the guitars. The music summoned the power of clinging to a simple idea, against all temptations, distractions or frills. - [The New York Times]
We missed opener (and new Captured Tracks signee) Donovan Blanc, but Purling Hiss definitely put the crowd in the right groove for Loop's set. Pictures from their set, plus more from Loop's, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Geronimo!, a regular in the Chicago indie rock scene, are set to release their new album, Cheap Trick, on May 13 via Exploding In Sound Records (Porches, Krill). They've just unveiled its first single, the shouty, noisy rocker "Mr. President," which you can stream below. That's the album artwork above.
The band will be going on a tour around its release, which brings them to NYC for shows on May 9 at Shea Stadium with Purling Hiss, Lost Boy?, Vulture Shit (who also play NYC tonight [3/21]), and bbigpigg; and May 10 at Death by Audio with Ovlov, Dead Wives and LVL UP. Those are both some pretty solid lineups. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Dead Wives, the project fronted by Speedy Ortiz drummer Mike Falcone, released their new cassette, Buzzy Fuzzy, this week (3/18) via ObscureMe Records. It features covers of Ween's "Don't Sweat It" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," plus six originals that should appeal to fans of Mike's other band. Stream the whole tape below. And if you haven't yet, check out pics of Speedy Ortiz at SXSW.
by Andrew Sacher
We talked about Dark Blue, the new Philly trio from John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black) and Mike Sneeringer (Purling Hiss) back in early January when they came to NYC for a Nothing Changes party. At that point, the band had still yet to release any music, but they've since announced that their debut 7" will soon come out on Katorga Works with "Subterranean Man" on the a-side backed by "Skinhead Wedding In Canberra." Sharkey has talked about the UK ''77 Punk influence on this project, which you can totally hear in the music -- those choppy power chords are pretty poppy for Katorga Works. But like a past Katorga Works band, Merchandise, the vocals embrace the gothy baritone of the '80s, and there's even a little Jim Morrison on that repeated line, "Death in the city/death in the city above." You can stream the a-side of the 7" below.
Dark Blue will play a release party for the new 7" in Philly this March, and they'll be back in NYC to open the previously discussed Saint Vitus show (3/20) on fellow Philly band Nothing's tour. Brooklyn post-black metal specialists Sannhet were added to that show as well. Tickets are on sale now.
Song stream below...
by Doug Moore
Pissed Jeans at Pitchfork Fest, 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Philly noise rock/punk/sludge favorites Pissed Jeans have taken some time out of their busy schedule working as the backing band for a professional wrestler to schedule a handful of East Coast dates with Purling Hiss for this coming February. Those dates include a NYC show happening on February 9 at Knitting Factory. In addition to Purling Hiss, they'll be joined by local noise punkers Pampers (making that the same support lineup The Men just had at MHOW). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Purling Hiss will be in NYC even sooner for their previously discussed show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on 12/14 with Diarrhea Planet, Big Ups, and Manors, which is free.
Check out the full run of dates, plus two great videos from Pissed Jeans' killer 2013 effort Honeys, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly lo-fi trio Manors are a pretty stripped down, straightforward group, but there's a depth to the songwriting that goes beyond what a description like that may imply. Singer/guitarist Dayna Evans has a way with words, and a striking voice that makes a minimal song like "But You Know That" stick out as one of the grandest. And the sweeping harmonies of a song like "Tomorrow" (according to bandcamp, she does her own backup vocals) also hint at something greater than your average indie pop band. This past May, the band released their debut LP, Fit In, and you can stream that in full below.
They've got some upcoming shows scheduled, including the just-mentioned Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) show with Diarrhea Planet, Purling Hiss, and Big Ups, which is free and all ages. (They also opened the Philly stop on the Diarrhea Planet/So So Glos tour.) But you can also catch them in NYC much sooner than that, because they'll be playing the previously discussed Palehound / Spook Houses show happening at Muchmore's on Saturday (11/16), which also includes Toons and Dead Wives (featuring Speedy Ortiz's Mike Falcone). That show is $7 at the door and also all ages. More info at the Facebook event. All of their dates are listed below.
For Palehound, that's one of a few upcoming dates, that also include other Brooklyn shows on December 8 at Death by Audio with Bluffing, Frankie Cosmos, and Butter the Children; and January 11 at Silent Barn. During CMJ, Palehound filmed a live-in-studio version of "I Get Clean," which you can watch, along with their list of dates, below.
All lists of dates, along with the Manors LP and Palehound video, below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz, words by Andrew Sacher
The Men / Purling Hiss
Brooklyn's jammy punks The Men and Philly's grungy rockers Purling Hiss recently wrapped up a tour together that included a very loud Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/5) with likeminded support from local art punks Pampers, who had just put their self-titled debut LP. The Men were fresh off the release of their acoustic Campfire Songs EP, and Purling Hiss were still celebrating March's revved up Water on Mars. Pictures from the MHOW show are in this post. Not long after, The Men headed to Austin, where they played Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Purling Hiss have another NYC show coming up, and it's a free, all ages, Impose-presented one, happening at the new Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 14. For that show, Purling Hiss are part of a stacked lineup of similarly great indie rawk that also includes garage punk bashers Diarrhea Planet, confrontational post-hardcore kids Big Ups, and Philly lo-fi guitar pop trio Manors. The flyer for this free show is below.
The show initially included Speedy Ortiz, but they had to drop off because they're touring with The Breeders at that time.
All Purling Hiss dates are listed, along with the show flyer and more pics from The Men/Purling Hiss/Pampers show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn art punks Pampers release their self-titled debut on Tuesday (10/29) via In the Red. It's a real ripper, 28 minutes of noisy, adrenaline-fueled freakout (and catchy tunes), and we've got a stream of the whole thing, one day early, in this post. Who needs coffee on a Monday morning? Just turn this one up.
Pampers play a record release show on Saturday (11/2) at Death by Audio with Foster Care, Degreaser and Call of the Wild. They'll then open for The Men and Purling Hiss on the NYC stop of their tour which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
If you're walking around Bedford on Williamsburg, you may have seen an ad for the Pampers album painted on the side of long-running drinking establishment Turkey's Nest Tavern, which somehow seems an appropriate place. If there's any beverage to pair with this album, whatever it is comes in a 32-oz styrofoam cup. A picture of that, plus the album stream and the flyer for their record release party, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo by Vitor P Teixeira
Pampers have been waging an assault on NYC (and eardrums) for the last two years with their blisteringly loud, snaggletooth artpunk. The band play a lot and maybe you saw them this summer opening for Fuzz or OBN IIIs or at Union Pool's 8/13 "Summer Thunder" series show. After a couple of choice, self-released 7"s, the band will release their self titled debut album which will be out on October 29 via In the Red. You can stream three tracks off the LP, including the naggingly catchy, borderline new wave "Purple Brain," and you can stream it in this post.
If you haven't seen them live yet, you should remedy that -- Pampers are killer live. Luckily, they've got more than a few upcoming shows both in NYC and on tour. They play twice in the city this weekend: Cake Shop on Friday (9/20) opening for Aussie proto-grunge legends Cosmic Psychos (the first of two Cosmic Psychos shows at that venue), and also play Sunday (9/22) at Death by Audio with Spray Paint, Degreaser and Beech Creeps.
Pampers then will head out on tour with The Men (current bassist Ben Greenberg produced Pamps' LP) and Purling Hiss. That tour hits NYC on November 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available. Right before the MHOW show, Pampers will play a record release party at Death by Audio on November 2 with support TBA.
All Pampers tour dates are listed, plus the track streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Men at 4Knots in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn punks gone country jammers The Men have a few West Coast shows scheduled in early September, following their appearance at San Francisco's Outside Lands in August. After that, they'll take some time off before an October tour and then play a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 with some pretty great openers.
Support on most of the October tour and the MHOW show comes from Philly's Dino Jr-inspired Purling Hiss, who just opened for Death in NYC last week (7/1), and whose new album, Water On Mars (out now on Drag City), is one of the better sludge/rock releases of the year.
And opening the MHOW show will be loud local Brooklyn garage rockers Pampers, who have opened for The Men in NYC before, and more recently rounded out other great NYC bills, supporting Ty Segall's Fuzz, Coliseum, Gun Outfit and more. You can also catch Pampers opening for OBN IIIs and Ex-Cult when those bands' tour together hits Death by Audio on July 25 with Shocked Minds.
Tickets for the Music Hall of Williamsburg show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon. All The Men dates are listed, along with streams from all three bands, below...
Death at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
John Grant at LPR in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Death, The Everymen, Purling Hiss @ Le Poisson Rouge
Detroit protopunk band Death, who were little known in their time but rediscovered a few years back and have now made their legend known (thanks in part to their documentary), have some of the most menacing punk songs to come out of the '70s and they still rip today. LPR is a great venue to catch them in, and any opportunity to these guys is one worth taking. The show is being opened by NJ garage rockers The Everymen (who play one of the final Maxwell's shows next week) and Purling Hiss, whose great new album, Water on Mars, makes them very worth seeing.
John Grant, Empress Of @ Bowery Ballroom
Playing his biggest NYC yet (moved up from Mercury Lounge), John Grant is visiting from Iceland supporting his terrific second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts. Empress Of open, making for a highly recommended show. Tickets are still available.
Weyes Blood, Strawberry Hands, Dandelion Fiction, James Strong @ Silent Barn
Weyes Blood (aka onetime Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering) makes brilliantly crafted drone folk and she returns to Silent Barn tonight for a show that also includes Strawberry Hands, Dandelion Fiction, and James Strong.
Night Beds @ Maxwell's
Winston Yellin's indie folk project Night Beds brought his tour to NYC for a show at Glasslands last night, and now he's sticking around the area for a show at Hoboken's Maxwell's tonight, one of the last shows at the NJ venue.
The Numerators, Burnt Ones, A Rex & J Rex @ Cake Shop
San Francisco's glam-psych trio Burt Ones are on tour supporting their new album, You'll Never Walk Alone, which is out now on Burger Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) Quality locals The Numerators play as well.
There's a few good comedy options tonight too like Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield, Broken Comedy w/ Hannibal Buress @ Bar Matchless, Doug (Benson) Loves Movies @ Gramercy Theatre, and Mike Birbligia @ Union Hall. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar.
Bow Wow Wow, Gene Loves Jezebel @ Grand Victory
Don't get too excited, '80s fans: This line-up of Bow Wow Wow only contains one original member (bassist Leigh Gorman) with singer Annabela Lwin nowhere in sight; meanwhile, this GLJ is fronted by Michael Aston (while his brother, Jay, tours Europe also using the name).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Purling Hiss - "Mercury Retrograde" (MP3)
Purling Hiss at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Garage rocking crew Purling Hiss began as the solo project of Mike Polizze of Birds of Maya, but Mike has since expanded the project into a full band (including drummer Mike Sneeringer and bassist Kiel Everett), and they put out their first record as a full band together this year, Water on Mars, which came out earlier this month (3/19). The record is the band's first for Drag City, and also their first recorded in a studio, which the recording quality shows. The enhanced fidelity benefits the band too, exposing Mike's drawl and rock riffage that cuts harder than when it was hidden behind a wall of noise. Check it out for yourself -- the album single, "Mercury Retrograde," can be downloaded above or streamed below, and the album can be purchased in LP/CD/Cassette/Digital formats at the Drag City webstore.
Purling Hiss will be going on a tour this spring to support Water on Mars, which kicks off with a record release show in NYC on April 4 at 285 Kent with Spacin', AXIS:SOVA, and >mancontrol<. It also includes another NYC-area show a few days later at Maxwell's on April 7. Tickets for the 285 Kent show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
As I noted in my review of Parquet Courts' record-release show last week, there was a prominent video crew there filming the band. Turns out they were there making a promo clip for "Borrowed Time," the "emphasis track" from the band's debut album. You can watch the sweaty, moshy good time mess below.
Parquet Courts are currently in the Pacific Northwest wrapping up a tour out there (Seattle tomorrow, 1/19) but they've announced their next hometown show which happens February 2 at 285 Kent with Philadelphia's Purling Hiss. $10 at the door.
"Borrowed Time" video below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Woods @ MHOW, 11/3/2012
"Bend Beyond" and also [Woods]'s last two albums -- "Sun and Shade," from last year, and "At Echo Lake" from 2010 -- have reflected a real leap forward for this band, which is fluent in 1960s-style psychedelic-edged folk and rock. Perhaps it was just a coincidence that the last song to play over the house speakers before Woods took the stage... was by Kippington Lodge, a British psych-pop band that was one of Nick Lowe's first outfits -- but probably not. -[NY Times]Woods played Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/3 with Widowspeak and Purling Hiss, the final show of a their fall tour that included a short stint opening for The Walkmen. Look for Woods to take a bit of R&R before hopping on a plane to Australia in the new year. Tour dates, promoting the spankin' new Bend Beyond, are below.
If you missed the MHOW appearance (or were there and would like to experience it again), NYCTaper has the whole thing in audio form for download. More pics from the show are below.
Woods at Storm King Art Center in May (more by Jessica Amaya)
Woods will release their new album, Bend Beyond, on September 18 via the band's own Woodsist Records. You can stream two of its tracks, "Cali in a Cup" and "Size Meets the Sound," along with the cover art and tracklist, below.
Woods, whose touring lineup now includes drummer Aaron Neveu of Mmoss (who Woods recently toured with), will be supporting the new album with a tour. They in Europe as we speak and upon returning home later this month, they'll go on a run with The Walkmen. It seems likely that more dates will be announced, because after that there are only a few more shows currently scheduled, including a NYC show, which happens on November 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Brooklyn band Widowspeak (who they shared a bill with in May) and Purling Hiss. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (9/4) at noon. All currently known Woods dates are listed below.
You won't have to wait that long to catch Widowspeak in their hometown of Brooklyn though. They play Brooklyn Bowl on September 27 with Vensaire and Hard Bop. That show is free with RSVP or $5 at the door.
All lists of dates, song streams cover art and tracklist are below.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
The Young at Bar 96 for the BV official SXSW showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
The Young will kick-off a round of dates in late May with a few shows in their native Texas including Chaos in Tejas. They leave the Lone Star state on a North American tour later in June. The dates include the NYC-area in triplicate, kicking off with Mercury Lounge on 6/27 (with Purling Hiss), continuing to Maxwell's on 6/28 (with Purling Hiss) and ending at 285 Kent on 6/29. Tickets for Maxwells are on sale, while tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon on 5/2 and regular sale on Friday.
The shows are two of three in the area for Purling Hiss, who will also be on hand to support Blues Control at 285 Kent on 6/23 before heading out to snag dates with The Young. That June 23rd show will also feature appearances from Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli of Coconuts and DJ appearances from Brian Turner of WFMU and Paul Major of Endless Boogie. $10 gets you into this all-ages 8PM show. Purling Hiss is also heading out on the road with Wilco starting next week (but won't play with them in Prospect Park).
All Purling Hiss and The Young dates are below, along with a stream of The Young's recent 7", "Don't Hustle For Love" & "Why Feel Spooky?". Look for their forthcoming LP Dub Egg next week and preorder your copy at Matador.
Psychedelic duo Blues Control collaborated with zither master Laraaji (known for the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance) and musician Arji Cakouros for a release that was part of RVNG's FRKWYS series in November. The quartet will perform live for the first time tonight (March 28th) at Roulette in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale. Listen to one of the meditative tracks on Soundcloud.
Russ from Blues Control spoke with Roulette about the album.
ROULETTE: Tell us as about the work you'll be doing at Roulette. Possible things to speak to: what was the origin of the project??After that they'll take the show to Europe for a set of April shows. (Laraaji also leads laughter & music meditation sessions, with some in NYC coming up.)
RUSS WATERHOUSE: Matt at RVNG asked Blues Control to participate in his FRKWYS series of collaborative records, in which Matt pairs musicians from different generations. We proposed a collaboration with Laraaji, and fortunately all parties were interested. Lea and I were familiar with Laraaji's records, and we had previously contacted Laraaji about sharing a bill at ESP Records, after seeing him perform in the East Village at Tribal Soundz. In late 2010 we got together to record with Laraaji and his partner Arji Cakouros, improvising for several hours at Black Dirt Studio in upstate NY. Our Roulette performance will be our first time playing together since that day.
Blues Control will release a new record, Valley Tangents, on Drag City on June 19th. Surrounding that, the group has a pair of shows planned for June 22nd in Philly and June 23rd at 285 Kent.
All tour dates are listed below...
Balam Acab at LPR last week (via Balam Acab's tumblr)
Barnard College's radio station is presenting 'Winter Formal 2011 & Goth Prom 1986' on December 3 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval (3009 Broadway at 117th in Manhattan) with Balam Acab, Purling Hiss, Leather, and RL Grime. The show is free and open to all ages. The flyer is below.
Balam Acab recently finished up a run of dates including his LPR show with Trust and True Womanhood (11/17). Andrew Kuo from NY Times reported on the show in his usual chart format with lines like "When he isn't awkwardly grinding in place it's just as great as most of the album." His final take on the show's end is, "I'll let the guys apologizing to their girlfriends for the show do the talking for me." If you were at the show, what did you think of it? If you missed it, there's a couple videos of Balam Acab's set below. He performed with a female vocalist and did some vocals himself too.
Balam Acab recently remixed Twin Sister (who are playing a BV Holiday Party) and Lana Del Rey, both of which turned out sounding a good deal like Balam Acab's original material (in a good way). Stream both of those remixes HERE.
Balam Acab's debut LP Wander/Wonder placed at #20 on Rough Trade Shop's top 100 albums of 2011. You can view the entire list here.
All dates, videos and the Barnard show flier below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom
Updated tour dates and more pictures from the Bowery show, including one of Kurt's setlist, below...
Sonic Youth at Prospect Park (more by Lori Baily)
We are truly thrilled to announce that Other Music will be hosting a record release party for Thurston Moore's fantastic new solo joint, Demolished Thoughts, produced by Beck Hansen for Matador Records. Thurston and his band will be performing at the shop at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 23, and signing records after. Please join us -- and, need we say, get here early! - Other MusicThe Other Music appearance goes down three days before Thurston Moore is scheduled to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg (on 5/20) with support from poet Eileen Myles and I Feel Tractor. Tickets are still available.
Kurt Vile & The Violators will play a sold out Bowery Ballroom on June 11th with Purling Hiss & Meg Baird, but NOT with Pissed Jeans who had to drop off the bill less than a day after it was announced.
All Kurt & Thurston dates, and the new video for Thurston Moore's "Benediction" from Demolished Thoughts, below...
Kurt Vile @ Terminal 5 in July (more by Matt Eisman)
Kurt Vile/Times New Viking/The Clean: That three-band bill looks so good, I'd probably have trouble sleeping the night before such a show came through Vegas. At Matador at 21, it was but the tiniest sliver of a giant, weekend-long musical pie. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the festival's lone matinee event drew a solid crowd to the Palms Ballroom for its first two acts, then packed the place wall to wall for the third.Philadelphia band Kurt Vile and the Violators (who recently played Matador 21 in Vegas) are heading out on a co-headlining tour on October 21st with The Soft Pack (who recently played two nights at Bowery Ballroom).
Kurt Vile, a rising singer/songwriter/guitarist from Philadelphia who's released three albums in two years, kicked off the day's music with his three-piece band, the Violators. The foursome delivered a satisfyingly dense curtain of psychedelically-hued classic-y rock. Really good tunes that sound even better live. If your tastes run toward Springsteen and Neil Young, track down a copy of 2009 Matador disc Childish Prodigy. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Both bands meanwhile have some dates of their own, and Kurt has some shows scheduled after then too. That includes a December 3rd show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with Philadelphia;s Purling Hiss (the side project of Birds of Maya's Mike Polizze) who will also be opening the Soft Pack/Kurt dates. Tickets for the Soft Pack-less NYC show are on sale.
The above downloadable Kurt track comes from Kurt's recent Square Shells EP. The Soft Pack one is a song from a limited edition, tour-only 7", titled Gagdad, that you can pick up on their tour with Kurt. The Purling Hiss track is off a new full length called Public Service Announcement being released by Woodsist on October 26th. Full tracklist, the newest Soft Pack video and all dates below...