Entries tagged with: SXSW
If you're a regular reader of BrooklynVegan, you probably know that the 2015 edition of SXSW is coming up (March 17 - 22 in Austin, TX). Thousands of artists will flood Austin for the week, playing countless shows at countless music venues (BrooklynVegan day parties included).
Though some official showcases sell tickets at the door, your best way in to the shows is with a festival badge or wristband. Those are expensive and hard to get though, so we're giving away a pair of SXSW wristbands, courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds! BV Austin is also giving away a pair, courtesy of the same fine folks! Details on how to enter the BV contest are below.
The IFC Fairgrounds is returning to Austin during SXSW 2015 from March 19-21, featuring rides, food, carnival games, giveaways and, of course, live music. It's free to attend, but you do need to RSVP. You can check out the line-up below.
And don't forget to follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more SXSW news and updates.
photo: Mega Bog @ Baby's All Right, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You may remember that Seattle artist Erin Birgy released the album Gone Banana under the name Mega Bog last fall. Album track "Wet Moss" has a new video, directed by Birgy herself, and you can watch that below.
Last in NYC for CMJ, Mega Bog start a North American tour this week which wraps up here in NYC at Shea Stadium on April 14 with CE Schneider Topical and more TBA. All dates, including ones at SXSW, are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
UK artist Bridie Monds-Watson makes music under the name SOAK. Nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2015 Poll, SOAK's music is delicate, sometimes beautiful, heartfelt stuff. Monds-Watson's beyond-her-years voice carries much of the emotion. (It's a little like Camera Obscura...with a widescreen lens.) With two 2014 singles under her belt, SOAK will release her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, in June via Rough Trade. You can watch the video for the album's first single, "Sea Creatures," and listen to a few other songs (including a cover of Chvrches' "The Mother We Share"), below.
SOAK is coming to North America for SXSW and will stop in NYC on the way there, playing Rockwood Music Hall on March 12. It's presented by the Communion folks and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed, along with videos and song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
La Luz y Ty (photo via @laluzband)
Seattle's best young surf band, La Luz, are currently in the studio with producer and former tourmate Ty Segall, working on their second album for Hardly Art. That's exciting! They're still in the mixing stage and haven't come up with a title for the album yet. Stay tuned. You can stream their first album via Rdio below.
In the meantime, La Luz are getting ready to tour their way to and from SXSW. That unfortunately doesn't bring them to the Northeast (DC is as north as they're going), but they'll be playing Burgerama Four and other dates. All are listed, along with a full-set video recorded at KEXP, below.
Tennessee Thomas of oughts-era LA band, The Like, has formed a new group called Summer Moon that features Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone, and Lewis Lazar. The band made their first live appearance with a short set at Baby's All Right in December as one of the surprise guests at the David Lynch Foundation benefit with Budos Band and Jonathan Toubin. That show, which was also Thomas' 30th birthday party, featured a short set from Suzanne Vega with Dev Hynes and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas (who is also Tennessee's dad). Anybody catch that show? The Examiner was there, saying Summer Moon's "sound is harder than the melodic pop of both Strokes and Like, with Tennessee Thomas giving it jet propulsion."
Summer Moon have a website, plus all the relevant socials, but no music up to hear yet. You can see them live, though, this Saturday (2/28) at Baby's All Right when they open for Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, a show that also features Invisible Familiars and Tall Tall Trees. That's sold out. Much further out, Summer Moon also open the Father John Misty and Angel Olsen show at Central Park Summerstage on August 5 and tickets are still available for that. They'll also be at SXSW.
by Bill Pearis
After having only two songs available to listen for the last two years or so, Montreal's SEOUL have finally announced details of their debut album. It's titled I Become A Shade and will be out June 9 via Last Gang/Grand Jury. They've also shared the LP's first single, the sumptuous "The Line" which is a great example of their brand of dreampop. Groovy and laid back (but not boring) it's like an update of the hushed pop Scotland's The Blue Nile made in the '80s and '90s. Stream it below.
As you may know, SEOUL will be in NYC this week for a show at Baby's All Right on Thursday (2/26) with Calvin Love and Buscabulla. Tickets are still available. The band will be back in the States for SXSW and will tour with UK group Ballet School after, including another NYC show, this time at Knitting Factory on April 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new single stream and a teaser video, below...
photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.
There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.
by Bill Pearis
UK upstarts Spring King have a new EP, They're Coming After You, which is out April 20 via UK label Handsome Dad. It'll be out in the US sooner, as a digital single on Feb 24 via Mom + Pop imprint Mermaid Avenue. We've got the premiere of rocking lead single "City" which is a real corker. (If you like Wavves and Twin Peaks style of poppy indie rock, you'll probably like this.) You can stream it, and check out the EP's cover art, below.
Spring King will be visiting the US for SXSW this year, so if you're going to that keep an eye out. Unfortunately they aren't playing any shows outside of Austin. (Maybe you caught them at CMJ last year in NYC.) Right after SXSW they'll be touring the UK with Courtney Barnett. All dates are listed below...
Around since the start of the decade, Brooklyn band Fort Lean are only just now getting ready to put out their debut album. It's called Quiet Day and will be released this spring via Ooh La La. You can stream the catchy single "I Don't Mind" and "Cut to the Chase" below. The band have also offered up a cover of the Jeremy Spencer Band's "Travellin'" which makes it's premiere in this post. If you're unfamiliar with the original, Fort Lean guitarist Zach Fried will fill you in:
Jeremy Spencer was a guitar player in the initial incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, mostly known for abruptly disappearing while they were on tour in LA and joining a religious cult. This might be his greatest contribution to the world of music, I listen to this song a lot.Have a listen to that below.
Folks in NYC can catch Fort Lean this weekend as they play Rough Trade on Saturday (2/21) with NGHBRS and The Henry Millers. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be heading to SXSW next month, and playing the Savannah Stopover and other dates while on the road. All are listed below.
It's with a very heavy heart that me and the boys have to cancel our run of shows in North America. We were all looking forward to this, but alas the universe (and some impossible scheduling issues) have been against us this time. We'll still be out there for SXSW in Austin and will see the rest of you hopefully very soon. XThe affected dates include the NYC show that would have been 3/30 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Bummer.
Updated Carl Barât dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Jacco Gardner has signed with Polyvinyl who will release his new album, Hypnophobia, on May 5. That's the cover art above which was designed by Julian House, best known for his work with Stereolab and Broadcast. As for the album's title, Jacco explains:
I came up with the title "Hypnophobia" while falling asleep and part of my brain just didn't turn off. I often have trouble letting go of reality, even though I prefer the world in my dreams... Hypnophobia comes from a place where fears, darkness and creativity collide, like a slightly scary lucid dream. Fearing a loss of control definitely plays a big part of it.You can check out Hypnophobia's first single, "Find Yourself," which is another of his catchy baroque-psych concoctions. Stream it below.
Over in March for SXSW and Burgerama, Jacco will also be playing a few West Coast dates with his former Trouble in Mind labelmates Ultimate Painting. No East Coast dates announced yet (he played NYC last summer). All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Laura Marling at McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
British folk singer Laura Marling is set to release her fifth album, Short Movie, on March 24 via Ribbon Music, and so far she's put out two songs from it. Laura has gone full-band before, but if these two tracks are anything to go by, it's looking like Short Movie will be the farthest she's gone from her folk roots. The first single/title track is a nicely-arranged piece of folk rock that isn't too drastic a shift from her last album, but the newer "False Hope" has her stomping on the distortion pedal and getting backed by hard-hitting rock drums. Watch the videos for both below.
Laura doesn't have a US tour announced yet, but we know she'll be here for SXSW, and right after that she'll play NYC on March 23 at Warsaw with fellow indie folk band Villagers. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon.
All known dates are listed, with the two new songs, below...
by Bill Pearis
Former Monotonix frontman Yonatan Gat will release his new solo album, Director, on March 3 via Joyful Noise. As you can hear from album track "North to South," he dabbles in a variety of styles -- some on the avant garde side, some that lean toward pop -- often all at once. Listen below.
To really get the Yonatan Gat experience, you really need to see him live, as he smudges the line between performer and audience. As long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his show's fun. Gat will be touring on the way to and from SXSW, kicking things off with an NYC record release show at Union Pool on March 3 with Beech Creeps, and the Kid Millions / Jim Sauter Duo. Tickets are on sale.
Right after that, he'll be on tour with Of Montreal including their March 11 show at Webster Hall (tickets). Some of the Of Montreal dates (not NYC) are also with Deerhoof. All dates are listed below....
by Bill Pearis
Swearing at Motorists
Dayton, OH cult band Swearing at Motorists, aka "The Two-Man-Who," have been making rock for 20-years with frontman Dave Doughman being the band's only constant (apart from being awesome). The list of former members is nearly as long as The Fall's. If you're unfamiliar, yes they're a little bit like Dayton's most famous Who-inclined indie rock band (but not too much), and you can stream last year's While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth as well as singles compilation Postcards from a Drinking Town (via Rdio) below.
Swearing at Motorists are going on tour with pals DTCV, whose Jim Greer used to be a member. (When he was writing for SPIN in the '90s, Greer moved to Dayton to join GBV.) Those dates include SXSW and a stop in NYC at Baby's All Right on March 28. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
DTCV, meanwhile, will release their third album, Uptime!, on March 10 via Unsatisfied. You can check out the video for first single "X Water" below. The band have other dates apart from their run with Swearing at Motorists and all are listed, along with album art and tracklist, below...
Nashville's Turbo Fruits will release No Control, their fourth album, on April 20 via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers. (That 4/20 release date is probably no accident.) The record was produced by Black Keys' Patrick Carney and you can stream first single "The Way I Want You" below.
The band will be heading to Austin for SXSW and playing shows on either side of it as well. They'll be in NYC for an album release show on April 9 at Baby's All Right. Tickets to that show go on sale today (2/6) at 10 AM. All dates, including a few with Surfer Blood, are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
London's Vision Fortune don't make it easy for you. Their 2013 debut, Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune, looked like $.25 bin mariachi record, all its songs were just roman numerals and it was basically just one long, connected droney throb. But it's an awesome long droney throb, not entirely unlike what Liars or Hookworms do and, at high enough volumes, Vision Fortune's appeal becomes apparent. The band have since signed to ATP Records who will release their second album, Country Music, next week (2/10). It's got slightly less confusing cover art and distinct, separate songs (that still segue together) with "normal" song titles... it's definitely a more inviting album, but is still dark, brooding music that sounds best as loud as possible. Again, Liars is a good reference point, or maybe This Heat, but Vision Fortune are their own beast. You can stream the whole album (and their first one) below.
Vision Fortune will be heading across the Atlantic to play SXSW and will hit NYC on the way back for two shows: April 2 at Baby's All Right and April 3 at Palisades with Mind Dynamics and Courtship Ritual. Tickets to both shows are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel is releasing a solo album as Lieutenant this year, and now he's announced that he'll tour in support of it this spring. The tour begins at SXSW and it hits NYC for two shows: March 28 at Mercury Lounge and March 30 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Merc and Vitus are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The album features Nate's SDRE bandmate Jeremy Enigk, his Foos bandmate Chris Shiflett, and members of Helmet, Modest Mouse and The Head and the Heart. His live band features members of Fleet Foxes, The Bronx and Snow Patrol.
Listen to two tracks from the album, with the list of dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Detroit's Turn to Crime are working on the follow-up to 2014's underrated Can't Love. If you haven't heard that, it's soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band, which features Derek Stanton from defunct Brooklyn band Awesome Color, will be heading to the East Coast next month for a handful of shows, including two in NYC: Cake Shop on February 25 with Dinowalrus and more TBA, and then February 26 at Shea Stadium with PC Worship and Beech Creeps. They'll also be heading to Austin for SXSW so if you're going to that, look for them there. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Beech Creeps, the Brooklyn garage rock band (ex-People Get Ready, Yeasayer, Pterodactyl) are releasing their debut LP on March 3 via Monofonus Press, produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, PC Worship). Stream a track below.
Now in its fifth year, the Savannah Stopover has established itself as a smaller, genteel alternative to SXSW, happening March 5 - 7 in Savannah, GA right before Austin's megafest, featuring bands on their way there. This year's full lineup was just announced and includes Generationals, San Fermin, Matthew E White, Diarrhea Planet, Southern Culture On The Skids, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Gap Dream and 100+ more. Shows happen at various venues in Savannah's Downtown Historic District, and festival passes are $65.
Full 2015 Savannah Stopover line-up is listed below...
photo by Kenneth Bachor
NYC art-folk singer/songwriter Mitski just wrapped up a run with Joyce Manor (we caught JM's NYC show which Mitski wasn't on), and she was since announced as the opener for several dates on the upcoming Hundred Waters tour. That includes the NYC show happening March 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. Right after that tour, she'll play SXSW.
Mitski's currently working on the followup to 2014's Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Watch a video of her playing "Townie" from that album live (backed by half of LVL UP), with her list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Danish proggy spacerockers Mew return with their first new album in six years. Titled +- (aka Plus Minus), the record reunites them with producer Michael Beinhorn who twiddled the knobs on 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites and the new album also features Bloc Party's Russell Lissack on the song "My Complications." You can stream "Satellites," which is instantly recognizable as Mew, below.
Mew's last album was 2009's No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry... which they toured in 2010. They'll be back in North America for SXSW. Lets hope they play a few non-Austin shows while here. There are UK/EU dates for the spring and summer and all are listed, along with new album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."
The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.
There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.
photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.
Full round 3 list below...
by Bill Pearis
Party-friendly Australian garage rock duo The Gooch Palms have a new single, "Trackside Daze," out via Urinal Cake. It's surfy in a Ramones-covering-the-Rivieras kind of way, and pretty fun. The video, which premieres in this post, is definitely fun, a clip art collage overload with cats, burritos, rainbows and lots more. Watch it below.
The Gooch Palms were last in North America back in the fall, touring around Gonerfest, including some NYC shows as well. They'll be back this spring for SXSW and will be touring the Southwest while here, including a few dates with Wand, Walter TV and Death Valley Girls. Hopefully we'll get some East Coast dates, too, but no word on that yet. All dates are listed, along with the video, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo:::Wand at Webster Hall, September 2014 (more by PSquared)
LA's psych destroyers Wand are back with a second album, Golem, less than a year after their debut, Ganglian Reef. This new one will be out March 17 via In the Red. Where their debut was deep in analog synths, Golem sounds a little more like their live show: loud. The first single, "Self Hypnosis In 3 Days," can be streamed below.
Around the release of the album, Wand will be heading out on an extensive North American tour that includes a visit to SXSW and two NYC shows: Baby's All Right on March 28 with Babes and Mercury Lounge on Sun. 3/29. Tickets for Baby's go on sale Friday (1/9) at noon and tix for Mercury Lounge go on sale January 16 with an AmEx presale starting January 14.