Entries tagged with: Rarechild
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto indie rock four-piece Rituals, who fellow Toronto band Greys are fans of, released their newest EP, Mesmerized, earlier this year. It's a solid 7-song collection with hints of post-punk and shoegaze, and they've just made a video for one of its standout tracks, "Our Blood," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with a stream of the entire EP, below.
Rituals will be heading to NYC this week for two shows with another Toronto band, Dusted, the new-ish project of Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt. Those shows happen on August 29 at Shea Stadium with Steel Phantoms and Lurve and August 30 at Cake Shop with LOUD Brooklyn rockers Bambara (for whom the show is an LP release) and Rarechild. Rituals' only other date at the moment is a hometown show in September with Austra.
You can also catch Bambara on Tuesday (8/27) at 285 Kent with Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Guerilla Toss, and Advaeta. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All upcoming Rituals dates are listed, along with the new video and song streams, below...
photos by Robert Altman; words by Bill Pearis
Peace @ Glasslands, 12/19/2012
"This is kind of a long one. Don't get lost in the jam," warned Peace singer Harrison Koisser as an intro to the band's nearly 10-minute song "1998." Sporting haircuts that were more 1992, the UK group looked like an amalgamation of Ride, Primal Scream, Suede, Blur (bassist and Harrison's brother Sam is a dead-ringer for Alex James) and, er, Neds Atomic Dustbin. But musically, the band are a little more of our time, somewhere between the precision grooves of Foals to the proggier side of Mystery Jets. With pop hooks, mind you, when not going on an extended jam. The epic-length "1998" helped extend their six-song set at Pianos last night (12/19), the band's first in NYC. Not bad at all, though I'm not sure America will get as excited as the British music press already is. But perhaps they'll fill the void Wu Lyf may have left.
The Pianos show (early and free) was one of two Peace played last night. Later they hit Glasslands as part of a bill that included L.A. duo Touché, Rarechild and Night Shining. More pics of Peace from Glasslands, as well as shots of Touché and Rarechild (plus Peace video from Pianos) are below.
by Bill Pearis
With their EP Delicious release of September 2012, Birmingham's Peace showcased four distinct sides to their musical personality. There was the twitchy Foals-like number; another harking back to the ragged blues-rock of The Doors. The EP was high in quality, but posed a question: just what do Peace really sound like?UK group Peace (not to be confused with Vancouver punk band of the same name) are on the "longlist" for BBC's Sound of 2013 poll and their single "California Daze" came in at #13 on NME's Best Singles of 2012 list. As mentioned above, there's is a Foals-esque vibe to their music, but comparisons could be made to Mystery Jets as well. You can stream "California Daze" below and watch a few music videos as well, including one for their new single, "Wraith."
2013 will provide the answer - although the shape this blossoming band settles on is likely to be left malleable. Comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Friendly Fires are impressive on-paper parallels. But Peace are hinting at something rather more singular, and they'll want to deliver music that connects with unique effect, rather than via echoes of recent past. - [BBC Sound of 2013]
New Yorkers (or visitors to the area) who want to see what al the fuss is about in person will have that opportunity next week, as Peace are making a quick American visit to both coasts next week and will be in NYC on December 19 for two shows. They play a free early show (7PM) at Pianos, and will then head across the Williamsburg bridge to play Glasslands, opening for Touché, a show that also has Rarechild, and Night Shining on the bill. Tickets are still available. If you can't make it to those shows, Peace will be back in 2013 for SXSW which may include some non-Austin dates as well, we'll see.
If you're going to that Pianos show and want to stick around, the show immediately after (doors at 8PM, but not free) features a headlining set from Brooklyn's San Fermin a group that features Ellis Ludwig-Leone who has worked (as an assistant to Nico Muhly) on arrangements for The National, Passion Pit, Sufjan Stevens, and more. Sam Fermin (that also features Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius) make music equally indebted to indie rock and theatre, and you can stream a track below which is from their self-titled debut, out in February 2013. The late show at Pianos also has Annie & the Beekeepers and Great Caesar on the bill and advance tickets ($8) are available.
Tour dates, videos are streams are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Touché - Wild Horses (MP3)
photo by Casey Curry
As we mentioned previously, Los Angeles duo Touché (aka Bram Inscore and Alex Lilly) will be here in NYC soon for a couple shows, happening at Glasslands on December 19 with Rarechild and Yalls (tickets) and then Cameo on January 4 with Tippy Toes and Future Screens.
While we wait for those dates to happen, check out a new recording from the pair -- a cover of Prefab Sprout's "Wild Horses" which is making its debut right here. While Touché's version doesn't veer much from the almost glitchy R&B of Paddy McAloon's original (from their 1990 opus Jordan: The Comeback), it is lovely in its own right and does shed light on the pair's influences. Plus, you just don't hear that many Prefab Sprout covers.
You can download the track above or stream it below, where you'll also find all upcoming tour dates.
photos by Adela Loconte
Twin Shadow at Webster Hall, 9/27/2012
Twin Shadow played Webster Hall last night (9/27) with Niki & the Dove, his first of two sold-out NYC shows this week. Decked out in a leather motorcycle jacked (keeping with the theme of his record), George Lewis Jr had the crowd's attention the whole set, convincing many to take off their shirts for one song, and jumping into the crowd to play guitar for another. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Twin Shadow plays the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/28), again with Niki and the Dove, and will DJ the shows' afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl later tonight which is free with your MHOW ticket. (There will also be tickets at the door.) Meanwhile, former Twin Shadow bassist Russ is playing with his new band, Rush Midnight, down the street at Cameo with Splash. Rush Midnight are on at 9:30 and tickets for that show are still available.
Twin Shadow in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Twin Shadow and Niki and the Dove have been on the road together for a few weeks now, and their sold out two-night run in NYC begins tonight (9/27) at Webster Hall and continues Friday (9/28) at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg. As mentioned, you can also catch Twin Shadow DJing the official after party on Friday at Brooklyn Bowl. Entry is free with your ticket stub from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, and otherwise $8 tickets are still available.
You'll also have another chance to catch Niki and the Dove in the NYC area when their tour supporting Miike Snow hits United Palace (10/19) and Wellmont Theatre (10/23). Tickets for United Palace and Wellmont Theatre are still available.
If you're going to Twin Shadow's shows this week, you won't be seeing bassist Russ Manning. As mentioned, Russ has left the band to focus on his solo project Rush Midnight. He's releasing his debut EP, +1, on October 30 via Cascine. The EP was produced by Twin Shadow main man George Lewis Jr. and features guest vocals on a track by Doe Paoro, who Russ has remixed in the past. You can watch the video for EP single, "The Night Was Young Enough," below.
Rush MIdnight has a few upcoming shows including one in Brooklyn this Friday (9/28) at Cameo Gallery with Splash and Rarechild (tickets) and the Ghostly/Cascine CMJ showcase at Le Baron on October 17. After that, he'll kick off a short tour in November which begins in NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all Rush Midnight dates and that video are below.
Bachelorette (aka New Zealand's Annabel Alpers) is releasing a self-titled album on 5/17 via Drag City. The LP was "recorded around the world and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes at Rare Book Room." in Brooklyn. That's the cover art above. Listen to a song from the album below.
The Peter Bjorn & John and Bachelorette tour is underway and reaches NYC today, 5/2, for three shows. Two of those shows are tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for the late one which begins at 10:45. The early one (show at 7:30) and Tuesday's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are sold out.
Bachelorette also headlines her/their own show at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery on Wednesday, May 4th, with Warm Ghost, Rarechild, Young Heel. Tickets are on sale. PB&J have that night off, but then continue on the road with Bachelorette the next night in Boston. All tour dates are listed below.