Entries tagged with: SXSW
photo: Anderson .Paak at SOB's on February 5 (more by P Squared)
SXSW, which starts in about a month (March 15-20), has already announced three rounds of artists for the 2016 edition, and now they've announced a fourth wave of bands. This one includes the likes of Sun Kil Moon, Empress Of, Anderson .Paak, Faust, Flatbush Zombies, Freeway, Lord Dying, Night Birds, Shilpa Ray and a ton more.
Check out the full list of additions below.
by Bill Pearis
Los Angeles band Crescendo make dreampop that both shimmers and snarls. The band's second album, Unless, is due out next week (2/19) via We Were Never Being Boring and is superior shoegaze pop that will appeal to fans of Eternal Summers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Field Mice, and The Radio Department. Lovely new single "Tell" makes its premiere in this post and you can listen to that, along with a few other songs on the album, below.
Like a lot of bands, Crescendo will be heading to SXSW next and will be touring around it. Unfortunately they aren't heading any further east than Texas but all dates are listed below.
photo: Meryl Ethel BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Australian psych-rockers Methyl Ethel are coming back to the US during their upcoming tour, which includes festivals Levitation Chicago, Treefort Music Fest, and SXSW. They'll also stop by NYC for a show at Baby's All Right on March 10 with Cotillon, and Violent Video. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All known tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Dublin quintet September Girls are back with their second album, Age of Indignation, which will be out April 8 via Fortuna POP! The first single from the album is "Love No One," a seething track featuring angelic harmonies set against a storm of guitar noise and rolling drums. The spooky video for the single, directed by the band's Jessie Ward O'Sullivan, makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
Last on this side of the Atlantic in 2014, September Girls will be in the U.S. in March for SXSW. There may be be non-TX dates too, stay tuned. They've also got dates in the UK and Ireland, and all are listed below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in 'Miles Ahead'
SXSW is a month away, and while most of the coverage on this site has been about the music portion, there is also the Film Festival which happens March 11 - 19. We already mentioned the Death By Audio doc, which is one of the ten films in this year's Documentary Film Competition, but there are lots and lots more interesting selections.
There's a whole section ("24 Beats Per Second") devoted to music films, mostly documentaries, that includes The Art of Organized Noize, a movie about the Atlanta rap producers who worked with Outkast, Cee-Lo and Goodie Mob, among others; BANG! The Bert Berns Story, about the highly successful but little-known songwriter behind "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and others; There's a movie about producer Butch Vig's Wisconsin-based Smart Studios, where Nevermind, Gish and many other records were made; There's a documentary Austin City Limits: A Song For You; plus Sharon Jones doc Miss Sharon Jones!, X Japan doc We Are X.
There are also not one but two jazz biopics: Don Cheadle directs and stars in Miles Ahead, in which he plays Miles Davis (watch the trailer below); and Born To Be Blue, in which Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker.
There are also a ton of exciting non-music premieres: Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some (his "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused); Mike Birbiglia's new comedy Don't Think Twice; Jeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller Midnight Special; Ti West (House of the Devil)'s new film In the Valley of Violence; and and the much-anticipated Pee-wee's Big Holiday. Oh and Las Vegas cop movie The Trust starring Nicolas Cage, Sky Ferriera, Elijah Wood and Jerry Lewis. So yeah.
Check out trailers for Miles Ahead, The Smart Studios Story, and Austin City Limits: A Song For You and the full SXSW film lineup, below.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's Elephant Stone have a new album on the way titled Ship of Fools. You can hear a bit of it right now via single "Where I'm Going" which is full-on dance rock, in their distinctly psychedelic way, mind you. Listen below.
Elephant Stone will be on tour in March surrounding their appearance at this year's SXSW. They'll play NYC on the way back from Austin, hitting Baby's All Right on March 20 with Las Rosas and Fascinator. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
still from 'Goodnight Brooklyn'
Basically from the moment Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio announced that they were closing, DbA's Matt Conboy began filming. With cinematographer Jonathan Yi, editor Andrew Ratzlaff, producer Amanda Schultz, and a large camera crew, they shot shows, behind the scenes stuff, interviews with staff and friends, everything, right to the end. (BV contributor Ebru Yildiz did the still photography.) The result is new documentary Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio which will make its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. It's one of ten films selected (from over 1000 entrants) in this year's Documentary Feature Competition. Here's the official synopsis:
From 2005 to 2014 Death By Audio served as a venue for underground music, art and a non-traditional living environment. Founders: Oliver Ackermann, Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy, endure the challenges of hosting hundreds of people a night with looming threats of building department or police raids. Under ironic circumstances, we follow them through the last days as they navigate a billion dollar company moving into their building and the associated threats and intimidation to keep residents in fear of reprisals.Ty Segall is one of the film's executive producers, and he's in front of the camera too, as one of the interviewees. Also talking on camera are DbA runners Conboy, Oliver Ackermann and Edan Wilber, as well as Stephanie Gross, Brian Chippendale, Mark Kleback, Dan Deacon, Michael Azerrad and -- full disclosure -- this writer. They haven't announced SXSW screening dates, so stay tuned.
photo: Fear of Men @ Seaport Music Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We got a lot more interested in manipulating sounds and building songs with computers, but we had to learn how to combine that with our live performance," says Falvey, who had to work out "how to make guitars sound like strong synthesisers, but with an organic quality that only a guitar could bring. We're very interested in combining those worlds.Falvey added, "We wanted to write an album that would make the stage shake, and we had to work out how we could sound stronger and get our ideas across in a more concise way."
There's been no music released from the still-untitled album, but Fear of Men will be in the U.S. next month for SXSW, and immediately after they'll stop in NYC to play Rough Trade on March 22. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. It's their only non-SXSW date on this trip. Flyer for the Rough Trade show is below.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Bill Pearis
TOY / Oscar @ Village Underground, London 12/25/2016
Head-spinnning racket-makers TOY and guitar pop act Oscar played London's Village Underground earlier this week (1/25) as part of the PIAS Nites series which happens in "key cities" all over Europe. Headliners TOY took the opportunity to preview a few tracks off their third album which is currently being mixed. Stay tuned for more info on that.
Oscar (whose doesn't use his last name, Scheller, professionally), meanwhile, is gearing up for the release of his debut album, Cut and Paste, which will be out May 13 via Wichita. If you pine for the early-'00s days of The Strokes and The Cribs (with a little Blur in there, too), Oscar knows his way around a crunchy hook and a big chorus. You can listen to a few singles below.
Oscar will be in the U.S. for SXSW and will play shows in Los Angeles and NYC on either side of the fest: LA's The Echo on March 9 and Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 21. Tickets to the Baby's show are on sale now.
More pictures from the TOY/Oscar show are below...
After three acclaimed albums with hazy sunshine pop group Candy Claws, Karen and Ryan Hover have now formed a new project, Sound of Ceres. For it, they've enlisted Robert Schneider, Ben Phelan and John Ferguson of the Apples In Stereo, and Jacob Graham of the Drums to help out. The title of their debut album, Nostalgia for Infinity, serves as a good descriptor of their sound which is ethereal, orchestral and lost in space. The album's out March 4 via Joyful Noise and you can get a taste via the effervescent "Hand Of Winter" which premieres in this post. Stream it, and a remix of their song "Bryn Marina," below.
Sound of Ceres will be on tour this spring, including a stay in Austin, TX for SXSW and a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on April 3. Tickets for that show go on sale February 5 with an AmEx presale beginning February 3 at noon..
All announced tour dates are listed, along with album art/tracklist and song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Dublin's Cian Nugent made a name for himself as a skilled musician via his first two albums which were both mostly instrumental. For his new album, he's doing something different: singing. Night Fiction, which is out next week (1/29) via Woodsist, finds him to be a talented lyricist and capable singer as well. Fans of Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile and other noodle-friendly post-VU guitar pop, take note. You can stream the whole album below..
Cian will be on tour with Halifax, Nova Scotia's Nap Eyes and dates include Brooklyn's Union Poon on March 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Dates also include a stop in Hudson, NY and they'll be at SXSW as well. All are listed below.
Nap Eyes, meanwhile, will release Thought Rock Fish Scale on February 5 via Paradise of Bachelors. The spectre of Lou Reed and all that followed hangs over this record, too, which chugs along in a pleasing, gentle way. Like '80s Flying Nun, King Creosote and Galaxie 500? Check out "Roll It" below. Needless to say, this is a well matched tour.
Dates and song streams below...
by Bill Pearis
Whitney, the new band from former Smith Westerns members Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek, are wrapping up their debut album which will be out later this year, details still TBA. They have shared a song from the record, "No Woman," which is a lovely country-tinged number with soulful horns, pretty strings and a laid-back VU-style solo. Erlich talks about the song's birth:
'No Woman' started to take shape when I woke up on a friend's floor one morning. He was taking a shower and the chorus popped into my head while I was grabbing my stuff to go home. Later on Max and I sat down and wrote the chords and song structure in our apartment. It's about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it.The video for the song, directed by Hugh Donkin, has the band chilling at a cabin in the woods. Axes and smoke bombs are thrown, beer is drunk. Watch it below.
Related: ex-Smith Westerns singer Cullen Omori will release his solo debut via Sub Pop in March.
LA trio Bleached will soon be back with a new album, titled Welcome the Worms, which is out April 1 via Dead Oceans. The band made the record with veteran producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, etc) and you can watch the voyeuristic video for first single "Keep On Keepin' On" below.
Bleached will be on tour this spring, kicking things off in Austin for SXSW and will make their way to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 11. Tickets for the MHOW show will be on sale Friday (1/15) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and new video, below.
by Bill Pearis
You may remember that Dutch artist Amber Arcades (real name Annelotte de Graaf) was in NYC last spring working on her new album with producer Ben Greenberg, as well as Shane Butler and Keven Lareau of Quilt, and Real Estate drummer Jackson Pollis helping out as well. She's just announced she's signed with Heavenly Recordings who will put out that album later this year. As a taster, they've offered up "Turning Light," an ethereal song with krautrock and baroque touches. If that sounds like a description of Broadcast, there's definitely some of that vibe here. Annelotte says:
I was heavily jetlagged throughout the album recording process and kept waking up at 5am. One day I went to the studio early and Keven (Lareau, who plays bass on the recordings) was there already too. He was jamming out on this krautrock-y bass line and I'd been playing with this melody in my head for a while which happened to fit over it perfectly. We wrote the track in an hour, then when Ben came into the studio we recorded it, also in an hour. I wrote the lyrics the next morning when I was again awake way too early. I think this half awake/half still dreaming energy definitely seeped into this track.Stream "Turning Light" below.
Amber Arcades will be back in the U.S. for SXSW and hopefully some non Austin shows as well. She's also got some dates opening for Nada Surf in the UK. All announced dates are listed below.
UK band and '90s indie rock lovers Yuck are set to return with Stranger Things on February 26. The first single from the album is "Hearts in Motion" which frontman Max Bloom talks a little about here:
"Hearts In Motion" is a song about how we deal with relationships. We're all just blasting through space on a huge rock, so what's the point in maintaining a relationship? Is it all just doomed to failure, or is it the one thing that we should be holding on to the most in this world? Who knows!"You can stream "Hearts in Motion" below.
Yuck have also announced a spring 2016 tour that includes stops at the Savannah Stopover and SXSW and will eventually make its way to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 12. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (1/15) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/13) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with Stranger Things album art and tracklist, plus the new song stream, below...
photo: L7 at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
SXSW already announced two rounds of 2016 artists, and today a third round was announced, including L7, Bloc Party, The Cult, Loretta Lynn, Waxahatchee, Frankie Cosmos, D∆WN, Polica, Dilly Dally, Eleanor Friedberger, Protomartyr, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Fat White Family, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, All Dogs, Judy Collins & Ari Hest, The Dandy Warhols, Des Ark, Mick Jenkins, Lady Leshurr, Mitski, Supersuckers, Teen Suicide, together PANGEA, Turnover, Younghusband and more.
Full list of additions, below...
by Bill Pearis
Eleanor Friedberger has shared the video for "Sweetest Girl" from her forthcoming solo album New View. While no director is creditted, someone has become enamored with the magic wand tool on Photoshop. The song itself is a herky-jerky pop number with Friedberger's loquacious lyrical style in full effect. Check it out below.
Friedberger will kick off her New View tour next month at Bowery Ballroom (2/18) with Big Thief opening. Tickets are still available. She's added a lot more tour dates since our last post, including a stay in Austin for SXSW. Updated tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
...then there's people like Emitt Rhodes, who's a cult hero for no good reason whatsoever. Far from obscure, his music is loaded with melodic charisma, that essential ingredient that makes you want to hear some records over and over again. Often called a musical dead ringer for Sir Paul McCartney, Rhodes is really the Macca we all wish Macca would be: an incredible pop tunesmith without all the gooey sentimentality and overflowing cuteness. The crown jewel of Rhodes' small body of work is his self-titled debut album. Released to critical acclaim and modest commercial success in 1970, Emitt Rhodes has since taken on mythical status among power-pop and '70's rock aficionados. The album is a tour-de-force: just like McCartney on his first solo album, Rhodes played all the instruments and sang all the vocals himself. But even more impressive are the songs. Only 20 years old at the time, Rhodes had already absorbed the best of '60s rock and matched it. Lennon/McCartney certainly weren't writing songs the caliber of "Somebody Made for Me" or "With My Face on the Floor" at that age. This precocious, good-looking kid should have been unstoppable. [Steven Hyden for 'Perfect Sound Forever,' 2001]Cult musician Emitt Rhodes was a drummer in '60s pop group The Palace Guard and then a member of psych-pop band The Merry-Go-Round (whose single "Live" was covered by The Bangles on their first album) before releasing four solo albums in the early '70s. His most classic, as the above quote points out, was his McCartney-esque self-titled debut. Now, 43 years after the release of his last album (1973's Farewell to Paradise), Emitt is returning with album #5, Rainbow Ends. It's due February 26 via Omnivore Recordings.
The album has a handful of impressive guests too, including The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Aimee Mann, Nels Cline and his Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone, Jon Brion, members of Brian WIlson's band, and more. And the backing band includes New Pornographers drummer Joe Seiders. Chris Price produced it, and he says:
I view this as a continuation album, meaning it isn't meant to be recreating the sound from his first record, but instead what he might have sounded like after his third album, Farewell to Paradise, if he kept making music in the mid-to-late '70s.Emitt adds:
I had a spurt there, you know. I just wrote a whole bunch of songs. I'm just gonna write what my heart tells me, because that's the only thing that really matters, isn't it? Sometimes you don't know, and then the light goes on and you do know.We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Isn't It So," which has Emitt in fine form. Like Chris Price said, it does sound right out of the mid-to-late '70s, but it doesn't sound dated, partially because that sound had a bit of a moment this year (thanks to Father John Misty, Matthew E White, Natalie Prass, etc). Listen below. Various pre-order options are at PledgeMusic.
Emitt is set to play SXSW, and more dates are TBA.
by Bill Pearis
Ireland's Girls Names have made a video for "Reticence," the opening track on their fantastic album from this year, Arms Around a Vision. Again working with director Matthew Reed, the video uses found footage to explore the connection between machinery and the human form. It's an ace song too, deftly melding anger, dissonance and melody -- one of the best on one of my favorite LPs of 2015. Watch it below.
It's been three years since Girls Names have been in North America. While they haven't announced a tour here, they will be over for SXSW so let's hope they play some non-TX shows while here. All dates, which include a European tour in February, are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Mothers at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Athens, GA's Mothers, one of the bands that won us over at CMJ, have announced their debut album. It's called When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, and it's due out February 25 via Grand Jury Music. It was produced by Drew Vandenberg (who's worked with their friends of Montreal and Deerhunter) and features Deerhunter's Josh McKay on vibraphone, plus McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids on bass and string arrangements. The first single, "Too Small For Eyes," is pretty bare-bones, with just singer Kristine Leschper and her mandolin, and some piano and really nice string arrangements. Check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Mothers also have a ton of tour dates coming up, including SXSW and NYC on January 29 at Palisades and February 1 at Berlin. Tickets wil be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.
photo: White Lung at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
SXSW already announced its initial lineup of 2016 showcasing artists, and now they've announced another batch, including White Lung, Tacocat, Blanck Mass, Basia Bulat, Diarrhea Planet, Ezra Furman, Gwenno, Hooton Tennis Club, Monika, PINS, September Girls, Spain, Yung, and lots more.
The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15-20. Full round 2 list is below...
by Andrew Sacher
London trio Haelos signed to Matador a little while back, and this past June they released the four-song Earth Not Above EP on the label. It had them channeling late '90s trip-hop and doing a good amount of justice to that sound, but the two more recently-released singles from their TBA debut full-length have them expanding into other territories. Titled "Pray" and "Dust," they're both good, but the latter is the strongest one to my ears. It's not quite "alt-R&B" but it's got the soulful-ness and ambient textures that that genre is known for and will probably appeal to its fans. Mostly it's just a lush, stripped-down pop song that doesn't sound like it's going for one particular style. Listen to the new singles, a couple tracks from the EP, and the band's cover of UK band The Beloved's 1990 single "The Sun Rising," below.
The band is set to come to the US in 2016 for SXSW and shows in California and NYC. The NYC shows happen March 29 at Mercury Lounge and March 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now and tickets for Merc should be on sale soon.
All dates are listed below...
Rashad Owens, the man who killed four people and injured 20 others at SXSW 2014 when he drove through crowds on a pedestrian-only stretch of Red River Street, has been found guilty of capital murder today in Austin, TX. Reports the Austin Statesman:
After a little more than three hours of deliberations, a Travis County jury on Friday found Rashad Owens guilty of capital murder in the wreck that took the lives of four people during the South by Southwest Music Festival in March 2014.In her closing arguments, prosecutor Ann Meredith told the jury, "There is no other answer than that the defendant knew what he was doing -- and he didn't care. He didn't care who was in his way. He was not going to be stopped. He was not going to go to jail."
The verdict means he will automatically spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
About 50 people crowded into the courtroom to hear the verdict. Family members shed tears and embraced as the verdict was read.
photo: Yuck @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
CMJ is just barely behind us, and now it's time to start thinking about SXSW who have just announced their first round of showcasing artists. Acts include, Alex G, Crystal Castles, Yuck, Micachu & the Shapes, Barry Adamson, Anamanaguchi, PUP, The Spook School, Wildhoney, Sunflower Bean, Pure Bathing Culture and lots more. The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15 - 20 in Austin, TX. The entire list of Round One artists is below...
Same old story: beloved music venues fight to survive as new hotels, condos, and rising rents make it harder and harder, even though their existence is part of the reason everyone wanted to be there in the first place. The Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies (fka Club Deville) are struggling with BS. And today is was confirmed that one of our other favorite Austin rooms, Red 7, will be closed by the end of September. This comes after the recent announcement that sister venue Holy Mountain (fka Beauty Bar) is going around the same time.
Red 7 and Holy Mountain each have two stages, so that's four less stages in the Red River music district, four less stages to host Fun Fun Fun fest afterparties, four less stages centrally located for SXSW (Red 7 was the home to BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties in 2014 and 2015).
There is some good news though: Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River Street), which still has seven years on their lease, will join forces with Red 7 and Transmission Entertainment (who book Red 7, Mohawk, Fun Fun Fun Fest, etc) to create a new venue called The Sidewinder! More info below...