Entries tagged with: Ravens and Chimes
by Bill Pearis
It's late April, time for The L Magazine's annual "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list. Like always, there's a few you've probably heard, a few you've heard of, and a few who may be new to you entirely. Here's the list, with the artists' next next NYC area show (where applicable)
Field Mouse (May 3 at the Rock Shop)If you'd like to hear these 8 bands "right now" there are Bandcamp streams for all of them at the bottom of this post. This year's Honorable Mentions list includes ">The Immaculates, Old Monk, Hunters and Trailblazer.
Plates of Cake (No upcoming shows)
Also, The L Magazine's Northside Festival (June 14 - 21) announced its initial 2012 line-up last week. In addition to GZA, Ceremony and Neil Hamburger (whose Northside shows we mentioned already), bands confirmed for the music portion of the Fest (June 14 - 17) include Of Montreal, Tinariwen, ?uestlove, Dam-Funk, Kool Keith, Chain & the Gang, Magrudergrind and more. Badges are on-sale now.
Click through for streams from all "8 Bands You Need to Hear"
DOWNLOAD: Field Mouse - "Happy" (MP3)
Field Mouse at Glasslands last month (more by Devan Council)
Gotye collaborator Kimbra, who appears on "Somebody That I Used to Know" and is touring with him just scheduled her own NYC show happening on March 26 at Mercury Lounge in between the two sold out Gotye shows. TIckets went on sale today at noon. She's also opening all three Foster the People shows at Summerstage, one of which is also with Tokyo Police Club.
Speaking of Mercury Lounge shows that go on sale today, Savoir Adore, who played Santos last night (3/1) (how was that?) plays the Manhattan venue on April 13 with fellow Brooklynites Field Mouse. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Field Mouse has other upcoming local dates including The Rock Shop with Polica (3/27) (sold out) and Cameo on 4/3 (tickets) and a new MP3, which you can download above or stream below.
Hess Is More play Mercury Lounge on April 27. Tickets went on sale today. They also have other upcoming NYC shows like opening for Los Amigos Invisibles at MHOW on 3/9 and opening for Mumiy Troll at Highline Ballroom on 4/3. Tickets for both of those shows are available. All dates listed below.
More dates dates and Field Mouse stream below...
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Son of a Gun @ Joe's Pub
* The Lonely Island @ Apple Store SoHo
* Ulysses S. Grant @ The Living Room
* Josh Roseman Water Surgeons @ Barbes
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* The Features, Backwords @ Mercury Lounge
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room
* Kinky Friedman, Mary McBride @ Highline Ballroom
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Corridors, Bow Ribbons, Greenpot Bluepot @ Zebulon
* Yael Naim & David Donatien, Anath @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sherlock's Daughter, New Moods, Slowdance @ Knitting Factory
* J-Roddy Walston & The Business, These United States @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Freak Owls, Murder Mystery, Ravens & Chimes, Secret Gordon @ Rock Shop (free)
* Small Beast w/ Craig Casey & The Fresh Juice Party, Burnt Rome, Val Opielski @ The Delancey
* John Maus, Gary War, Holy Shit, DJ International Tapes, DJ Weird Magic @ Glasslands
You can see New Moods at Knitting Factory tonight for free.
You can see Ravens & Chimes @ The Rock Shop tonight for free.
Eugene Mirman's special musical guest at Union Hall last night was Evan Dando. His special comedy guest last night was Zach Galifianakis. Eugene Mirman appears at Whiplash at UCB tonight. So does Colin Quinn.
The Lonely Island appears at the Apple Store SoHo tonight for free. Their new video for "Jack Sparrow" featuring Michael Bolton, off their new/second record Turtleneck & Chain which is out Tuesday, below....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Anni Rossi is not the first to use a classical instrument in a rock 'n' roll context. But this violist isn't playing polite chamber pop -- she's rocking her instrument, with covers of Aaliyah, Ace of Base and Radiohead, as well as original compositions.If it wasn't obvious by the number of times her name has been popping up on NYC show lineups lately (including the upcoming Shearwater / Damien Jurado show at Music Hall of Williamsburg), the fact that Anni Rossi's MySpace says she is from "Brooklyn, NY" confirms that the 4AD-signed Minnesotan recently moved from Chicago. Glad to have her.
To get this sound, Rossi has done some unorthodox customization of her instruments.
Where they came from: "I had a viola that was very special to me that I played through parts of college. And then I decided to trade it in. It was a bit of a sad day, but I decided to trade it in for four violas."
What she does: "Basically what I've been doing is installing guitar pickups on to violas that are of lower quality so that I can modify them with less risk."
How she does it: "It's really hard to run electricity through a wooden instrument, so I've been working with a few different people to create a buzz on the instrument, because there's not enough metal on the instrument to ground it when I put it through an amplifier. ... They do make electric violins and violas, but that's a whole other sound that doesn't really suit what I'm interested in right now."
How she plays: "I rarely bow my instrument; I pick it with a guitar pick. The warmth of the tone comes more from the amps that I'm using and where my pickup is located on the instrument. It's just, like, a different set of rules that I have to go by to get the tone that I want.""
[AM New York]
Some of those shows I noticed her on recently happened during CMJ, including Saturday's I Rock I Roll/Nachos NY party at the Delancey where Anni shared a bill with 14 bands including Ravens & Chimes, Savoir Adore, and Miracles of Modern Science. All the bands I mentioned are the ones Amanda got pictures of, and they continue below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
DOWNLOAD: Ravens & Chimes - Division St (MP3)
It should be no surprise that Elvis Perkins joined Diamond Doves on stage at their CMJ show at The Rock Shop on Tuesday night. As Dearland, they are his backing band. Catch them together again when Elvis Perkins and Dearland opens for My Morning Jacket at Terminal 5 tonight (10/21).
Diamond Doves played 2nd on that Brooklyn bill, after Ravens & Chimes (new song above), and before Thieving Irons (ex-Pela), and headliners the Barr Brothers (members of the Slip). More pictures, dates and a couple of videos from the show, below...
Mystery Jets are reportedly stuck in Canada with visa issues that are going to cause them to miss their headlining slot at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/14). The sort-of-good news is that they still plan on playing their Wednesday show at the same venue and that all Tuesday tickets will be honored at that one. Meanwhile, Dominant Legs have become the headliner tonight and the show is now only $5.00:
NEW SET TIMES FOR 9/14 @ Mercury LoungeTickets are also still on sale for Wednesday which Dominant Legs are also playing.
8pm - TBD
9pm - Ravens & Chimes
10pm - Dominant Legs
photos by Ryan Muir
"So we did it. It took two years and a lot of very hard work and difficult decisions but we have finished recording our second album. Would have written more during the process but we were pretty focused in to the task at hand." [Ravens & Chimes, June 2010]Ravens & Chimes played a show at the Rock Shop on Saturday night (8/7). Many who were there, like Ryan Muir for instance, went to the show after Sharon Jones finished her set further south in the Slope.
Ravens & Chimes' set focused heavily on their new material. Pictures from the show continue below...
photos by Ryan Muir
The Joy Formidable @ Union Hall
"The Joy Formidable is the first band signed to Black Bell Records, the label founded by Passion Pit's synth player/sampler Ayad Al Adhamy. The band will release their Black Bell debut, an eight-song EP titled A Balloon Called Moaning, on May 4.Tickets are on sale NOW for a Monday, May 10th Joy Formidable show at Mercury Lounge in NYC.
The EP was recorded in the band's home bedroom studio and was entirely self-produced. The Joy Formidable has sold out multiple UK tours throughout the past year and supported several standout bands including Editors and The Temper Trap. After touring the UK with Passion Pit, the band was invited to join them as the opening act to their shows at New York's Terminal 5. Additionally, the band played two stateside headlining shows at Brooklyn's Union Hall and New York City's Pianos, both of which sold out." -PR
The UK band, now on a short tour (all dates below), played Bamboozle on Sunday, a sold out show at Mercury Lounge the night before that, and the Truck America Festival the day before that. Earlier this year, as mentioned above, they visited NYC for some shows including one at Union Hall in Brooklyn with Jaguar Club and Ravens & Chimes. Pictures from that show, with the tour dates, below...
One night after opening for The Watson Twins in Brooklyn, Norway's Hanne Hukkelberg headlined her own show (an early one) at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/13). Hukkelberg's set consisted mostly of songs from last year's full-length, Blood From A Stone. Saturday's show - which was full but not sold out - was the second night of a short, four-show, two-city tour that wraps tonight (2/15) in Boston. Then it's back to Norway for the by:Larm Festival later this week.
Norway's ruling party celebrated its election victory in a rock venue; more than 20% of the population attends a music festival every year; and it's not unusual to find gigs taking place in a mausoleum. Oslo is the music-mad capital of this music-mad nation, and the city's modest population of 550,000 sustains numerous venues, outstanding record shops and countless festivals.Opening the Merc show was New York's Ravens & Chimes whose next scheduled show is with Robbers on High Street at the Bell House on March 6th. More pictures including one of the setlist below....
Annual events cater for a wide range of tastes including metal, jazz, folk, world and electronica, while the Øya rock festival puts most larger UK equivalents to shame when it comes to bands, organisation and environmental credentials. And while showcase industry events Folkelarm and by:Larm attract music business figures from around the world to check out the talent, Norway's social democratic principles ensure that the gigs are also open to the public. [Guardian]
by Andrew Frisicano
If you can imagine it, Norwegian singer Hanne Hukkelberg used to carry vocals for doom metal band Funeral before settling into her own atmospheric folk. She's in NYC this weekend - her first show is at the Bell House on Friday, February 12th with The Watson Twins (who are at the Living Room tonight, 2/11 - for WFUV members only) and La Strada. Tickets are still on sale.
She headlines Saturday, February 13th at Mercury Lounge with Ravens & Chimes Tickets are on sale.
Hanne Hukkelberg is one of the many Nordic artists participating in By:larm, a regional showcase/festival in Oslo, Norway on February 18th-20th (a fest we'll be attending... more on that later). The full list of artists participating in that is below.
Her album Blood From a Stone came out last year on Nettwerk. Videos from that and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Saxon Shore - "This Place" (MP3)
Saxon Shore (photo by Geordy Peterson)
American post-rockers Saxon Shore hit back. It Doesn't Matter, the quintet's follow-up to 2005's The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore is a welcome return to form for the band and their original leader Matthew Doty.Saxon Shore released their gorgeous Dave Fridmann-produced LP It Doesn't Really Matter last year. The song "This Place" from that album is available for download above. You can catch the band live (their only upcoming scheduled show) at the Knit on 2/5 as part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival put on by BAM ("60+ shows. 15 venues. 2 weekends. Celebrating Brooklyn's best music and bands with shows throughout the borough.") American Dollar and The Abbasi Brothers open the NYC show. Tickets are on sale.
Having gone through a long period of upheaval - be it line-up changes and relocations - the band spent four solid years as a unit before plucking up the courage to hit the Tarbox Road Studios Cabin out in Cassadega, New York.
Apt then, that the unearthing of It Doesn't Matter follows a line of melodic delicacy that recent post-rock efforts appear to have departed. Album opener "Nothing Changes" rocks gently into the onslaught of feedback drenched guitars while 'Bar Clearing Good Times' maintains an unexpected steadiness that other same-vein bands like Explosions In The Sky often make the habit of breaking from. -[Altsounds]
Les Savy Fav @ BAM - 1/29/10 (photo by Steven P. Marsh)
'Sounds like Brooklyn' kicked off last night (1/29) at BAM (the only venue hosting shows during this first weekend of the fest) with Les Savy Fav and Vivian Girls...
"To my surprise, [Les Savy Fav] played very tight rhythms that zagged all over the place but were not sloppy. I was reminded of times I had seen Modest Mouse, Built To Spill or The Flaming Lips, with the music being loose and jangly, yet deliberate and well-crafted at the same time. The band itself held my interest quite well, as they played the straight men to the antics of Harrington, who, instead of being a distraction, complemented the instruments rather well, reminding me at times of Jello Biafra with his voice and dialogue with the audience. Yes, he was a crazy looking fat dude running all over the stage and into the crowd, but his angry-goofy-gibberish song rants, energy, enthusiasm and sheer earnestness overcame my pre-judgment. At the start of LSF's set, Harrington dropped into the crowd beckoning people to stand, and it ended up being the right thing to do. Despite the opera house setting with assigned seating, it quickly became apparent that it would take a lot more than that to contain the force that is Les Savy Fav." [Qbertplaya]The fest continues tonight (1/30) at the same venue with a show by Rain Machine and Anti-Pop Consortium. Tickets are still available. The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot play the opera house venue on February 5th.
The full Sounds Like Brooklyn schedule, along with a Les Savy Fav video from last night, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Yummy Fur
There's a lot of great shows this weekend, but top of the list for me is Scottish cult indie rockers The Yummy Fur who have reformed to play a few shows surrounding a new best-of compilation, titled Piggy Wings, due out sometime soon on What's Your Rupture. They play
171 Lombardy Market Hotel Friday night. More influential than popular, The Yummy Fur started their life making scratchy, scrappy indiepop a la early Fall but got more glammy and synthy as they went on. Frontman John McKeown took the glam part further with his current band, 1990s. And former members Paul Thompson (who'll be part of tomorrow's show) and Alex Kapranos (who probably won't) have done okay for themselves since in Franz Ferdinand.
You can download one of my favorite Yummy Fur songs -- the 1999 single "Police Man" -- at the top of this post. This is the first, and likely last, time they've ever played the States, so miss this gig at your peril. What to expect? McKeown tells the NY Press:
Nothing. I'm never even really sure there will be people there, but I'm happy to play for whoever shows up. It's not like the band is our life anymore, so it doesn't mean anything to us except that we have affection for it. We do take it seriously, we play the gig straight, but we want to have fun. When 1990s plays the States and same with Franz Ferdinand, there are always people who come out and say they loved The Yummy Fur but we never made it over. This is their one chance.Also playing the 171 Lombardy show are Bishop Allen, German Measles and Mcdonalds. There's some YouTube video of Yummy Fur's first reunion show in Glasgow at the bottom of this post, as well as all other U.S. Yummy Fur dates.
Grant Hart is back in town for two shows -- tonight (1/14) at Cake Shop and Friday at Knitting Factory. For a man whose previous band put out eight albums in six years (two of which were double LPs), Hart has slowed down a lot since -- Hot Wax is Grant's first album in ten years, and only his fourth since Husker Du split. He talked about his current Quality Over Quantity policy with the The AV Club.
AVC: Why the 10-year hiatus between Good News For Modern Man and Hot Wax?Tonight's Cake Shop show is good all around, with Drink Up Buttercup and Sisters opening. Tomorrow's Knitting Factory show, Grant is actually opening for Gary Lucas' Gods & Monsters. And you can also catch up with the other half of Husker Du's songwriting force -- Bob Mould, when he plays City Winery next week.
GH: I've delved into a lot of non-musical projects. Learning new things and accomplishing things with my hands that I put aside as an adult to devote all my time to music. As I've gotten older, I've been concentrating on quality and no filler, and spending more time constructing all of the parts of music, rather than going into the studio with one or two parts and then letting the rest work itself out. The first song, "You're The Reflection Of The Moon On The Water," I took a year to come up with what I thought was an appropriate third verse. That's a long time to hold back on a song that you're excited about in order to make it more of a fulfilling experience. Would I have taken that opportunity in 1985? Hell no.
More things to do this weekend:
Tonight (Thursday, 1/14)
Les Savvy Fav's Tim Harrington hosts a night of comedy and music at The Bell House, featuring charming Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi, and one of my favorite comedians of the moment, Kumail Nanjiani. Plus Stardweller, Rory Scovel, Kevin Barker and screenings of Harrington's Beardo shorts. Plus other shenanigans.
Another chance to see Hot Rats, Danny and Gaz of Supergrass in cover band mode at Bowery Ballroom. Their take on The Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right" is pretty great. I'm told Tuesday's show at MHoW was a blast. The Heavy open (and then play 92YTribeca on Saturday).
At Silent Barn is a night of hazy indiepop, headlined by fine new local band Big Troubles whose debut 7" just came out and is well worth picking up. You can download "Freudian Slips" from it at the top of this post. I doubt they've ever heard '90s shoegazers The Boo Radleys, but "Freudian Slips" bears more than a little resemblance to the Boos' single "Lazy Day," dontcha think? Also playing: next generation twee poppers Dream Diary, the experimental noise of Blissed Out and dreamy New Haven band Procedure Club.
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl - 1/5 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Not tired from playing every day last week, Real Estate headline a killer Less Artists More Condos show at new venue St James Church. There's open bar from 8 - 9, which is my kind of religion. Real Estate just put out a new EP on Mexican Summer which is, I think, the band's 78th release in just under a year. Also playing are The Tony Castles, The Beets, and two of my favorite new(ish) local bands: Beach Fossils and Total Slacker. You can download Total Slacker's five-song demo (via a Mediafire link) at the top of this post.
The Bell House has a fun show of new sound for now: Brooklyn chamber pop band Miracles of Modern Science (download their EP for free here), the raucous pop of Philadelphia's Drink Up Buttercup, Ravens & Chimes' folk pop and Milagres (maybe you remember them when they were called The Secret Life of Sophia).
Joe Pernice plays a solo show at Mercury Lounge where he'll likely talk as much as he will sing, which is fine -- he's a great banterer. A pretty good writer too, as read in his first novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop which he'll read from I'm told. Joe just finished his next album, which is apparently not a Pernice Brothers or Chappaquiddick Skyline or solo record. I hope he hasn't gone synthpop. Something entirely new for 2010 sounds good.
The Cribs @ Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
If you can't make the St. James Church show on Friday, you can catch Beach Fossils again on Saturday night where they're playing a show at Monster Island put on by blog Chocolate Bobka. This looks to be a good show, as it also boasts Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Cleveland's Cloud Nothings and the druggy sounds of New Hope, Pennsylvania's Nude Beach. It's where I'll be Saturday night.
The Cribs (still with Johnny Marr) are at Irving Plaza where they'll play with our (well someone's) generation's Jim Morrison, the always entertaining Adam Green. "What Makes Him Act So Bad," the first MP3 off of Adam's upcoming album, Minor Love (out 2/16 on Fat Possum), is at the top of this post. The Cribs were just great when they played Bowery Ballroom in November.
Videos, flyers and tour dates follow...
David Byrne @ Bowery Ballroom with Dirty Projectors in Novemeber (more)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* David Byrne (lecture) @ The Bell House
* Uri Caine (seminar series) @ The Stone
* Beachniks, The Surprisers @ Bruar Falls
* Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens @ Joe's Pub
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Jose Feliciano @ Iridium
* Still Life Still, Hermit Thrushes, Elemeno @ Death By Audio
* The Joy Formidable, The Jaguar Club, Ravens & Chimes @ Union Hall
* Jon Irabagon's One-Song Rollins Tribute Trio, Wowz, CSC Funk Band @Zebulon
* Hazmat Modine, One Ring Zero, Las Rubias Del Norte, The Wingdale Community Singers @ Mercury Lounge
David Byrne has a talk at The Bell House on where he'll "present a short video/audio lecture called 'Creation in Reverse,' speaking to the ways that venue and context shape artistic creation, followed by a Q&A." First come, first served.
Whiplash at UCB tonight features comedians Leo Allen, Eugene Mirman (Delocated), Kumail Nanjiani (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Tony Camin (The Marijuana-Logues), Sean Patton & Max Silvestri (Big Terrific).
If you missed UK band The Joy Formidable open for Passion Pit at Terminal 5, you can catch them tonight at Union Hall (with Ravens & Chimes and The Jaguar Club) and Tuesday at Pianos.
The regular Monday Les Paul Guitar Tribute at Iridium features guest guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli tonight. For its January 25th edition, Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde joins the band. Tickets on sale Tuesday
Tuesday night at Mercury Lounge is the Doveman and friends.
Lightspeed Champion celebrated Elvis's 75th birthday by covering and making a video for "Devil In Disguise". Check it out below...
DOWNLOAD: JBM - Cleo's Song on NPR (MP3)
Though Montreal singer-songwriter Jesse B. Marchant reports that he spent little time in church growing up, he both lived and recorded his debut album, Not Even In July in Henry Hirsch's church studio in Hudson, NY, often stepping outside only in the mornings to get breakfast. After living in Los Angeles for much of the song-writing process, taking up residency in a church built in the late 19th century was a nice change of scenery for Marchant, who came to find the social climate in L.A. not to his liking. Not only was the church an amazing setting for its acoustics, Marchant grew to appreciate its peaceful and historical aura." [NPR]Spin if you like Jim James, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and especially Jose Gonzalez. JBM plays Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight (4/25). He goes on at 8 and shares the bill with Ravens & Chimes and Kittens Ablaze.
photos by Ryan Muir
Holly Miranda @ Zebulon
Holly Miranda, known most for her part in the Jealous Girlfriends, has at least four NYC shows coming up. Tonight (2/13) you can catch her at Southpaw, part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival, with Motel Motel, The Canon Logic, and Ro Agents.
Wednesday (2/18) she opens for White Rabbits at the the first of their two shows at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale. Ravens & Chimes are also on that bill. Bell and Polite Sleeper are the White Rabbits openers on Thursday.
Fast forward a month: Thursday March 12th you can catch Holly at Zebulon in Brooklyn (that's the venue I last saw her in, and where the pictures in this post came from). Tall Firs and Sharon Van Etten are also on that solid bill.
A month after that: Holly Miranda is opening for Nada Surf at the Bell House on April 15th. Tickets are not yet on sale.
Holly has a solo album coming out some time soon (probably when she finds a label to release it) . It was produced by TV On the Radio's Dave Sitek and Celebration's Katrina Ford. Holly said,
..its been a truly magical journey and a family affair, for sure. between katrina and dave producing, sean (of celebration) playing everything with ivory (including a pipe organ in baltimore we sent him to with a midi recorder), stewart and eric (from antibalas) killing it with the sax, trumpet and clarinet, and i think by the time we are done every member of tv on the radio will appear on the album..how sweet is that. plus katrina and i sing two songs together. OH and brendan (from ludlow lions) sings and plays on 'forest green oh forest green' ( a song we wrote together years ago)... there may still be a few guest appearances still to come.More pictures and all dates below...
I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Mercury Lounge show. First person to e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Merc) gets them. Include your first and last name for list. What else?