Entries tagged with: SISU
Austin's Feathers have had a busy year. They released their debut album, If All Here Now, have toured the country (they played NYC in May) and opened for Depeche Mode during SXSW. 2014 looks to be exciting for them as well, with a new EP, Only One, and a trip across the Atlantic next month where they'll be opening up for Depeche Mode again, this time on a few European dates. On their way there, they'll stop in NYC for a warm-up show, playing Mercury Lounge on January 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
This tour will mark a new line-up for the band, with Christine Aprile (ex-Sleep Over, Silent Diane), Su Swann (Hussle Club), Jon Minor and Destiny Montague (Midnight Masses, Carl Sagan). All tour dates are listed below.
Feathers frontperson Anastasia Dimou was nice enough to give us her Top 10 Records of 2013, including commentary on some of them. Her list doesn't stray to far from the style of music she makes, which means if you like Feathers, you may want to check some of these out. Read her list below....
APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.
Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).
That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...
Though here in NYC we're in the midst of CMJ craziness, Austin's craziness that is SXSW has just announced its first round of bands for next year's festival. SXSW 2014 goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 7-16 and so far includes London Grammar, Calvin Love, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, OBN IIIs, Pure Love, Royal Canoe, Saint Rich, Shakey Graves, SISU, Ski Lodge, Soldout, Teengirl Fantasy, Jonathan Toubin, Ume, Vockah Redu, Dot Wiggin Band, Deidre and the Dark, Doughbeezy, Kaytranada, Killa Kyleon and more. Badges are on sale now.
Full initial lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the solo project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu (the live band also features DDG guitarist Jules), are one of the many bands here for CMJ. They've added shows to their busy week, now with five total (plus a radio appearance), including one tonight:
10/16 - WED 9:45pm - Brooklyn, NY - The FlatWe should note that the Saturday Fader Fort happens at Eventi Hotel in Chelsea and not at Converse Rubber Tracks (where the 10/17 & 10/18 Fader Fort dates are happening.) Sandra will also be one of the guest judges at Saturday's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl.
10/17 - THU 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
10/18 - FRI 5:00pm - WNYU 89.1 FM
10/18 - FRI 10:00pm - New York, NY - The Delancey
10/19 - SAT 2:15pm - New York, NY - FADER Fort
10/19 - SAT 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
If you haven't heard SISU's new album, Blood Tears, it's an alluring mix of gothy postpunk and shoegaze styles that doesn't timestamp itself to a particular year. You can stream a couple tracks off the record below and hear the whole thing via Spotify. SISU also just recorded a faithful cover of Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs nugget "If You Don't Cry" and we've got the premiere of that in this post.
SISU's full CMJ schedule (including the other bands at their shows) are listed, plus the Magnetic Fields cover and a few other streams, below...
Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.
Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...
Nick Waterhouse will be in NYC next week for CMJ, opening for Lee Fields & the Expressions at Webster Hall on October 18. It's an early show, Nick's on at 6:30 PM and tickets are still available. The day before that (10/17) he'll be at the MOSCOT store on the Lower East Side for a solo set. He's on at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP.
After the Lee Fields show, Nick is sticking around NYC for a special CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 19. Nick will be the Guest Selector for the evening, and guest judges include Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls). Tickets are on sale now and you can also get in with your CMJ badge.
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Toronto hedonist Ell V Gore released his Sex Static EP back in June on Bad Actors, the new label run by Fucked Up's Ben Cook. He just made a video for the EP's "Her Vicious" and we've got the debut of that in this post. It's got leather, snakes and just enough quick flashes of nudity to qualify this as slightly NSFW (in a '90s Calvin Klein ad kind of way). Watch it below.
Ell V Gore will be making his way across the Canadian border next month as he's just joined the Dirty Beaches tour that also features SISU (check out a new song from them). That includes the NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on September 6. Tickets to that show are still available.
All Ell V Gore tour dates are listed, along with the video, below...
As mentioned, SISU (the project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu) will release their debut album, Blood Tears, on September 17 via Mono Prism. That's the cover art above. You may have already heard the track "Return the Favor," and the band have just released a second cut from the LP, "Harpoons," which makes its debut in this post. If you dig gothy shoegaze (Curve, the new Weekend LP), definitely give this a listen below.
It won't be too long before SISU's tour opening for Dirty Beaches hits NYC -- September 6 at Bowery Ballroom, to be specific. Tickets to that show are still available. All tour dates are listed, along with the track stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu's solo project SISU have announced that their new album, titled Blood Tears, will be out on September 17 via Brooklyn label Mono Prism. Says Sandra on the new album, "I didn't want to sound like any one thing -- a shoegaze band, an electronic band, a rock band -- but I did want to make pop songs with un-pop sounds." If you like the new Weekend album, chances are Blood Tears will appeal as well. You can stream the first single from the album, "Return the Favor," below.
SISU have a few shows lined up on the West Coast before the Dirty Beaches tour too. All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below.
As mentioned, Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) just released a new double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil (stream it via Spotify), and is in NYC this week for two shows. He plays a solo set at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (6/26) where he'll focus on Drifters material, a show that also features Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Xray Eyeballs (sold out). On Friday (6/28) at Glasslands he'll do a collaborative set with Heathered Pearls & Eola (Ed from TONSTARTSSBANDHT) and an opening set from Porcelain Raft. Tickets to Glasslands are still available. For more on the Glasslands show, Alex Zhang Hungtai explains:
So in essence, Glasslands show will be focusing on translating the music from LOVE IS THE DEVIL to a live audience. You might not recognize any of the songs for this night, because we will be tearing apart the songs completely into sections, reassemble them, and present this music in hopes of achieving the same potency of the emotions I caught on recording, alone at night, in Berlin, completely isolated.You can read more on this at Dirty Beaches' blog. Meanwhile, Dirty Beaches have just announced a proper North American tour with the full band which will happen in September, including another NYC show, this time at Bowery Ballroom on 9/6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/28) at noon.
The September tour is with SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. SISU are wrapping recording their debut album (mostly played by Vu). To tide you over, the band just made a video for "Two Thousand Hands" from this spring's Light Eyes EP. You can watch it at SPIN. West Coast and Southwest dates are also with Chasms. All dates are listed, plus the SISU video, below.
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu, have a new EP titled Light Eyes that is currently out digitally and will be out in physical formats at the end of the month. Laying off the electric guitars a bit, the new EP has an almost baroque faerie folk feel to it. You can stream the whole thing below.
Having just wrapped up dates with Marnie Stern, SISU are now playing a few headlining shows. The tour wraps up with an EP release show on Friday (5/10) at Glasslands with Yellow Dogs and Young Boys. Tickets are still available and all remaining tour dates are listed below.
Cat Power @ T5, 1/29/2013 (via @theconstantwanderer)
...the lights went down and Cat Power's backing band wound up with a slight guitar line that seemed to bring Chan Marshall out of the shadows. She had let her Mohawk grow out--no photographs were allowed during the set, so please bear with textual descriptors--but her hair was still short and bleached-blond, with darkly imperious eyebrows that arched over the back of the room. If you've never heard it before (I hadn't), Marshall's voice in person is only slightly less burnished than on record, not necessarily always the magnificent, ineffable thing I had been expecting. It was also difficult to hear contours and nuances due to Sun's stickier beats ("Sun"), vocal distortion ("Silent Machine"), and the simple fact that her voice was often sunk low in the mix ("Cherokee" and "Human Being"). When you could hear it above everything else, however, on older piano-driven cuts like "I Don't Blame You" or "Bully," it rose in her throat raw and untrammeled, transfixing everyone enough to shush themselves. - [Village Voice]Cat Power's current tour hit Terminal 5 last night and we've got the setlist to the sold-out show below. Also on the bill was rapper Angel Haze, who also appears on a new, Ryan Hemsworth remix of Chan's single "Manhattan" which you can stream below.
Openers for the evening were SISU, the band fronted by Sandra Vu who also plays drums in Dum Dum Girls (Jules Dum DUm is also in the bad). You can catch them Thursday night (1/31) at Glasslands with "duo" versions of Crocodiles and Punks on Mars, as well as a solo set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets are still available.
You can catch Ryan Hemsworth live on his upcoming tour with Daedelus and Salvia.
Cat Power remix and setlist are below...
Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.
While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?
Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]
UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.
While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.
SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 below.
Royal Baths circa now
Royal Baths are opening for Moon Duo tomorrow night (10/5) at Knitting Factory and the show will be their first with a new line-up that includes Lesley Hann of Friends on bass (who seems to have left that group, along with Matthew Molnar, if their most recent 285 Kent show is any indication). Tickets are still available.
If you can't make it tomorrow night, Royal Baths have a bunch of other shows coming up, including Sunday (10/7) at Bowery Electric (whose booking seems to be getting more interesting now that Sam Mickens has been handling some of the shows there) with Larkin Grimm, Behavior & M. Lamar; Wednesday (10/10) at Glasslands with Grooms, Dum Dum Girls offshoot SISU and Punks on Mars (tickets); October 16 at 285 Kent with Forma and the Golden Awesome; and a CMJ show at Cheap Storage on October 19 with King Tuff, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker (tickets). Royal Baths tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Royal Baths' Jeremy Cox features on Blasted Canyons' version of "Venus in Furs" that will be on the upcoming Castle Face Velvet Underground tribute album we told you about. That album is out November 6. Royal Baths most recent album, Better Luck Next Life, came out back in February.
Speaking of Total Slacker, the band have had a sad week with the death of their drummer Terence Connor in a hit-and-run. The band will pay tribute to him this Saturday (10/6) at Cheap Storage with a dance party featuring DJ sets from Weird Rivers, Cool Serbia, DOM, and Prince Rama. Suggested donation is $5 and all procedes go to Connor's family. More info here.
by Bill Pearis
Crocodiles at 4 Knotts 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles' tour rolls through NYC tonight (Friday, 9/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post along with a list of all dates.
The band are supporting their most recent album, Endless Flowers, which finds them widening their scope while still holding on to those Spacemen 3/JAMC roots. It's a good record. You can stream the whole thing at Spotify and check out the video for its title track below. Openers for this show are Punks on Mars and Alexis & Icewater.
Brandon of Crocodiles' wife, Dee Dee, will be playing with the rest of Dum Dum Girls at Europa on Sunday (9/30) with Chez Deep and Starred, and tickets to that show are still available. It's a record release show for their terrific new End of Daze EP. DDGs will be back opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on October 18 (tickets).
Meanwhile, DDG drummer Sandy's band, SISU, play Glasslands before that on October 10 with Grooms, Royal Baths, and Punks on Mars (tickets). Bleeding Rainbow were on that bill originally, but seem to have dropped off. (They do have other shows in NYC though.)
by Bill Pearis
Bleeding Rainbow at Brooklyn Bowl, 8/29/2012 via @brooklynvegan Instagram
Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow played Brooklyn Bowl last night with Oberhofer and Heavenly Beat and had a pretty good set, rocking more of a shoegaze-meets-X vibe now that they're a four-piece, playing songs mostly from their terrific new album, Yeah Right, which recently got moved from an October 2012 release to January 2013. You'll have another chance to see them before that as the band just announced they'll play Glasslands on October 10 and tickets for that show are on sale now.
Some of you may want to go just to see openers SISU which is Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu's band who make gothy postpunk/shoegaze a la Lush or Slowdive (with a slinky dash of Siouxsie perhaps). I caught them at SXSW this year and thought they were pretty good, despite their drummer being MIA. SISU's debut album is due out any minute, but in the meantime you can stream their Demon Tapes, Vol 2 EP below (and download it for free from Bandcamp). No other SISU tour dates at the moment but seems like a long trip from L.A. just for one show and CMJ just a week later.
Also playing are new wave fans Punks on Mars who just released a new single, "People Talk," on his Bandcamp which is also a free download and streamable below. If you like King Tuff or Jay Reatard or the Knack you should check 'em out.
Streams are below.
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Dum Dum Girls' new EP, End of Daze, is out September 25 finds Dee Dee and the rest of the girls expanding their sound into some cool new areas. "Lord Knows," which you can download via a widget at the bottom of this post (with your email address), is a soulful "Crimson and Clover" style groover that could've been played at the Hacienda in 1990, and the EP also contains a blissed-out cover of Strawberry Switchblade's 1983 dayglo psych debut, "Trees and Flowers."
Dum Dum Girls will play an End of Daze release party in NYC at Europa on September 30 with "Special Guest" and tickets are on sale now. They'll also be opening for The Walkmen (with whom they played at Montreal's Osheaga fest) at Terminal 5 on October 18.
If you need more related music, check out SISU which is fronted by DDG drummer Sandra Vu and falls a little more on the gothy shoegaze side of things. (I caught them at SXSW.) Their new "Demon Tapes Vol. 2" EP quite good and is a "name your price" download at Bandcamp and is streaming below.
All tour dates are listed below, along with streams and widgets.