Entries tagged with: SXSW
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.
Photo: SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Earlier this year at SXSW, a tragic drunk driving crash killed four and injured several others. The driver, Rashad Owens, has already been jailed on capital murder charges, and now The Associated Press reports that SXSW is being sued by the family of Steven Craenmehr, who was struck while riding his bike during the incident.
"A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger," the lawsuit says with regards to the amount of traffic safeguards SXSW had set up and amount people packed into the city that week.
SXSW lawyers released a statement, which reads, "What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen's utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes."
SXSW returns in 2015 from March 17-22. Several artists have been announced so far.
Will Butler's first solo album, Policy, will be out March 10 via Merge. Around the same time, the Arcade Fire member will be heading out on his first solo tour, which includes dates at SXSW and one in NYC on March 7 at Baby's All Right (where he's played before). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/12) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of the album's single, "Take My Side," below...
by Bill Pearis
Australian band Twerps signed to Merge this year and released the Underlay EP in late summer. Then last month, they released a new single, "Back to You," which is about as perfect a slice of sunny janglepop as you could want and you can check out the video for that song below. "Back to You" is the first taste of Twerps' new album, Range Anxiety, which will be out January 27. (It's out 1/23 via Chapter Music in their home country.) It's a terrific album and folks who enjoy The Go Betweens, The Bats and The Pastels, Real Estate or just catchy, understated guitar pop, it's definitely an album to keep on your radar. We've got the premiere of the dreamier "Shoulders" which features lead vocals from guitarist Julia McFarlane and you can stream it in this post.
Twerps will be heading to this side of the world in March to play SXSW and will be touring around it. That includes two NYC shows: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows will be available via Ticketmaster soon. All dates are listed below.
Drummer Alex McFarlane was also nice enough to give us his Top 10 of 2014 which includes albums, shows and moments. You can peruse that, plus the new song stream, "Back to You" video and a trailer for the new album, below...
Deerhoof at Baby's in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy have reworked Deerhoof's "Exit Only" (which recently got a video starring Michael Shannon) into an 11 minute noise jam that gets even weirder than the original already is. Check it out below.
All dates are listed, with Perfect Pussy's rework of "Exit Only," below...
by Bill Pearis
UK multimedia duo Public Service Broadcasting are looking to the heavens for their new album, The Race For Space, which is out February 23. As the title suggests, this time the focus their cut-and-paste technique is the '60s obsession with getting into orbit. The first single is "Gagarin," a tribute to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth in a spacecraft. With samples from various radio and television broadcasts, J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth have concocted a very funky backing track for it. For the video, directed by Alex Kemp, you get just what you'd expect: a pair dancing astronauts. You can watch it below.
PSB were last in North America for CMJ 2013 but they'll splash down on this side of the Atlantic again next year for SXSW. They'll be touring around it too, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 10. Tickets for that show are on PSB presale right now, go on AmEx presale today at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (11/21).
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Australian alt/psych greats The Church -- still the core of
Marty Wilson-Piper, Peter Koppes and Steve Kilbey -- will release their 25th (!) album, Further/Deeper, in North America on February 23. The album was released last month in Australia and you can stream it below.
UPDATE: Marty Wilson-Piper is not on the the new album (the first one not to feature him) and has been replaced by Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug.
The band will be coming over to tour around the album's release with two shows in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on March 13 and Rough Trade on March 14. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Bowery show beginning at noon on Wednesday (11/19). Shortly after those two shows, The Church head to Austin for SXSW. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
The Pop Group @ ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
These abrasive, militant British punks rage against racism, oppression, hunger and anything else that's a world problem; as usual, there's no solution, only anger. The seminal Bristol band synthesizes Beefheartian structures and tribal dance beats to create a didactic soundtrack that barely lets you breathe. Their two primary albums are alternately brilliant and intolerable, with exhortatory songs like "Feed the Hungry," "Rob a Bank" and "Communicate." - [Trouser Press]The original incarnation of postpunks The Pop Group barely managed to stay together three years before splintering, but leaving behind influential tracks like "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" and "We Are All Prostitutes." Most of the original-era members of the band, including singer Mark Stewart, guitarist Gareth Saeger, bassist Dan Cantis and drummer Bruce Smith (who was also in The Slits), got back together in 2010 and played ATP NY in 2011 and have been gigging ever since. A new LP is in the works.
As mentioned, The Pop Group will be coming to SXSW 2015 which will be part of the band's first-ever North American tour which includes two NYC stops: Rough Trade on March 16 and Bowery Ballroom on March 17. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale at noon on Friday (11/21) with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom show beginning noon on Wednesday (11/19).
All tour dates, plus streams/videos of classic Pop Group songs as well as a video of Nick Cave talking about them, below...