Entries tagged with: Rainer Maria
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
"THE 3000 MILE TRIP TO SEE #RAINERMARIA IN NYC WAS PROBABLY ONE OF MY BEST DECISIONS IN THE LAST DECADE" - @Successlessness
"i attended 75 concerts in 2014, many of them great; but Rainer Maria's reunion show tonight was just epic. such a perfect way to start 2015." - @LHH_CC53
"God damn. For a band that broke up eight years ago, Rainer Maria absolutely destroyed @ Bowery Ballroom tonight." - Lauren Barker
One of the many New Year's Eve concerts in NYC this year was the reunited Rainer Maria playing their first show since 2006 at Bowery Ballroom. The show wasn't sold out, but it was pretty close, and it seemed like most people were huge fans and knew all the words. And judging by some tweets, like the one above about making a 3,000 mile trip or this person who came from Texas, people traveled from all over to come. They sounded great, were super tight, and looked like no time had passed since their initial run as a band. They seemed to be having a blast on stage too, smiling the whole time and getting really into every song. They played tons of favorites from all of their albums, including "Artificial Light," "Catastrophe," "Planetary," "Ears Ring," "Tinfoil" and plenty more.
Opening the show was Petal, the project of Scranton, PA's Kiley Lotz with Tigers Jaw singer Ben Walsh on drums, who were a good match for Rainer Maria and in the holiday spirit, dressed up and wearing New Year's tiaras. Then came Moss Icon, who have been reunited for a while now but were pioneers of the '90s emo scene that birthed Rainer Maria and other bands from that era. While RM were mostly bouncy and upbeat, Moss Icon provided a darker contrast with the kind of stuff that mesmerizes you rather than gets you singing and dancing.
Rainer Maria's reunion continues in Chicago on Valentine's Day. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, with videos and the setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Slingshot Dakota at The Studio at Webster Hall in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Two Pennsylvania DIY pop bands, Bethlehem's Slingshot Dakota and Scranton's Petal (fronted by Kiley Lotz with members of Tigers Jaw), will be heading out on a short Northeast tour together this week. It begins in Philly on Thursday (12/4) and hits NYC on Saturday (12/6) at Suburbia (330 Melrose in Brooklyn). The Suburbia show is headlined by hardcore ragers Ampere (ex-Orchid) who make this an excellent and very diverse bill. Clean Girls open. Tix are $5 at door. Tour flyer with all dates and Suburbia show flyer below.
Slingshot Dakota drummer Tom Patterson is also in heavy psych band Fog Cult, who just put out a self-titled EP last week. You can stream that below. Slingshot also just put out a split with Pet Symmetry that features them covering "Rise" by the reunited Rainer Maria. You can also stream that (via Absolute Punk) below.
Petal has a full length coming in 2015 via Run for Cover (details TBA). Meanwhile, stream their 2013 EP and Ampere's latest release, this year's Like Shadows, below...
As discussed, another emo reunion is on its way with Rainer Maria getting back together for a New Year's Eve show at Bowery Ballroom. And it's doubly exciting because another veteran band, Moss Icon are opening. Tickets for what is currently Rainer Maria's only upcoming date (and first since 2006) go on sale today at noon.
Moss Icon at Le Poisson Rouge in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Two weeks after they open for the reunited Soulside in DC, Moss Icon will come to NYC to open for the reunited Rainer Maria at their New Year's Eve show at Bowery Ballroom. That's a great double bill, and though Moss Icon are a heavier band, the pairing makes sense -- their style of post-hardcore heavily influenced the emo scene that Rainer Maria grew out of in the late '90s. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
Watch a video from Moss Icon's 2012 show at LPR below...
by Andrew Sacher
The emo reunions have been aplenty lately (like American Football, Mineral, The Jazz June, etc), and here's another one to get excited about: Rainer Maria! They've just announced that they'll be headlining NYC's Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve this year, which may just be the best way your emo self can ring in the new year in NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon
with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/15) at noon (update: no presale). It's their only announced date at the moment but we'll let you know if we hear of more.
Rainer Maria were initially around from 1995 to 2006, when they played their final show at Northsix (what is now Music Hall of Williamsburg). Like fellow emo reuniters American Football, Rainer Maria were on Polyvinyl for most of their career and put out several albums for the label including classics like 1997's Past Worn Searching, 1999's Look Now Look Again, 2001's A Better Version of Me and more. Revisit some classic material below...
by Bill Pearis
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.
I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.
by Andrew Sacher
Buke and Gase at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
After tonight's show, Father Murphy, who are here from Italy, head out on tour with Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (which hits Bowery Ballroom this Friday 5/4). Their album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier who is one third of, but not the drummer of, Les Bonhommes (that also features William Kuehn from Rainer Maria).
Other performances throughout the week include former Parts & Labor noisemaker Dan Friel and Bunnybrains on 5/4; a Tonic reunion featuring Mephista with John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO and more; Extra Life's Charlie Looker, Greg Fox, & Jamie Saft and Glass Ghost on 5/11, gonzo drummer Greg Fox and Hubble on 5/12, a powerhouse grouping of Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet on 5/13, and Matana Roberts and Ches Smith on 5/15, among others.
Buke & Gase don't actually play any of the shows they curated but they do play the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry fest on May 4 at BAM.
The second half of May at the Stone is curated by Gyan Riley.
Check out the full schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Owen - "I Believe" (MP3)
Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) is releasing his sixth full length album, Ghost Town on November 8 via Polyvinyl. After becoming a husband and father, Owen made a shift in his songwriting on the appropriately titled New Leaves in 2009. He abandoned his damaged lyrics and delicate acoustic guitar for a fuller band-oriented album, which felt overall like a more lighthearted affair. Those new leaves may still be turned over, but whatever it was that haunted Owen on his earlier work is resurfacing on Ghost Town. As he admits on "No Language," "I guess I'm still angry/Still punching walls that look like you." You can grab the album track "I Believe" above and stream two others below, along with the artwork and tracklist and preorder it at the Polyvinyl webstore.
Owen is scheduled to play the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign, IL this month. He'll go on tour in support of the album later this year. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet but it's been revealed that he'll play NYC on December 2 at Glasslands. The NYC show is being opened by Caithlin de Marrais, lead singer of Owen's ex-Polyvinyl labelmates Rainer Maria, who broke up in 2006. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/16) at 7 AM.
Caithlin, whose new solo record 'Red Coats' is coming out Nov. 8 on End Up Records, also has a NYC show coming up even sooner, a CMJ showcase at Littlefield in Brooklyn that looks like this:
BITCH Magazine Presents:Grass Widow is also in NYC this week, with the Raincoats.
Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria)
Fri, October 21, 2011
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
This event is 21 and over
FREE WITH CMJ BADGE
In July, Owen covered Jane's Addiction's "Summertime Rolls" at Hot Doug's in Chicago for AV Club. Check out a video of that performance, a video from Caithlin's new record, all Owen dates, song streams, album art and tracklist below...
I'm unhappy to report that Rainer Maria DROPPED Land of Talk from their tour.