Entries tagged with: SXSW
by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Thermals are having a solid year so far with the vinyl reissues of their Sub Pop albums (out now), and signing to Saddle Creek for their new album, Desperate Ground, which from the sounds of its first single, "Born to Kill," is shaping up to be a good one. They've also got an expanding tour, which already includes a BrooklynVegan-presented show at 285 Kent on Thursday (3/7) with Hilly Eye and Habibi and another NYC-area date on Saturday (3/9) at Maxwell's with TEEN.
We're happy to announce that they'll stick around NYC for a third show in the area, which happens on Monday (3/11) at Ace Hotel as part of the Bowery Presents/Martin Guitar '5 at 5' series. If you're unfamiliar, the series will have the band doing a free 5-song set at 5 PM in the Ace Hotel lobby. The flyer for that show is below. The Thermals' tour also hits Austin for SXSW, where they will play a BrooklynVegan day party on the Friday (3/15).
Updated Thermals dates are listed, along with the show flyer and a stream of "Born to Kill," below...
METZ at Knitting Factory, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Canadian noise-punks METZ have returned with a new video for "Wasted," from their self-titled Sub Pop debut. Check out that video below.
As discussed, METZ will play Bowery Ballroom on April 17 (tickets) as part of a larger tour that will also take them to SXSW. Look for the band to play the BrooklynVegan Day Party at the old Emo's location on Thursday (3/14)! More info on that party coming soon.
Tour dates and that video are below.
photos by Jonathon Bernstein
UMO/Foxygen @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/28/2013
There must be something about having the word Foxy in the name of your band (see Foxy Shazam) that has a requirement of the lead singer acting completely nuts on stage. The 5 piece indie rock band from Agoura Hills (shout out to my Cali peeps) played for just about an hour and their music has elements of folk, alternative and lots of psychedelia! Lead singer Sam France walked out on stage with a pimp jacket and Indiana Jones type stetson hat (which you can see a clearer picture of after the jump) and danced/freaked out all over the stage as distorted vocals came pouring out through his mic...Uknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen's tour with Wampire hit NYC this past Thursday (2/28) with a very sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom and pictures from that show are in this post. It will be much easier to get into UMO next NYC show which is a free one at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport on June 28. It's the first announced show of this year's Seaport Music Festival, which we are happy to see returning after the devestation Hurricane Sandy wreaked on the area. No openers announced yet, so stay tuned.
... It appeared that the crowd was there to see Foxygen based on the reaction to their music, but everyone stayed and loved UMO equally as much. They performed largely in the dark, though back lit by those candles that have little battery operated flames in them. - [According2G]
In related news, for those heading to Austin for SXSW Interactive or Film (or showing up early for the music portion), Seaport Music Fest, Panache Booking and Hot Burrito are putting on Bruise Cruise show on Lady Bird Lake with Milk Music, Fat Tony, The Blind Shake and Outer Minds. Details are here and the flyer is below...
by Bill Pearis
As you may know, Parquet Courts play this Thursday (3/7) at The Men's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with Nude Beach. It's the first date of the band's biggest tour to date, that includes stops at SXSW, Chaos in Tejas, and stints with Total Control and Naomi Punk (who just played NYC). All tour dates are listed below.
The band are also releasing their first 7" via Rough Trade Shops in-house For US label. The A-side is "Borrowed Time" off last year's fantastic Light Up Gold with two new b-sides on the flip. You can stream one of those, "Smark Alek Kid," below.
Just your average Bonaparte show...
Maybe you caught Bonaparte's wild set at Mercury Lounge or SXSW last year. The Berlin-based party rockers prop-and-nudity-filled stage show is pretty hard to forget. Bonaparte are here again now and will be at SXSW and have a handfull of shows in NYC on either side of the Austin fest. Beforehand there are two solo sets "with Divas" from frontman Tobias Jundt: tonight (3/1) at Glasslands with Sami.The.Great and Birdcourage, then Tuesday (3/5) at Pianos with Corn Mo (tickets).
Then after SXSW, the full-band Bonaparte experience (also "with Divas") will hit with shows at Union Hall on March 18 with Tim Fite (tix) and Pianos on March 19 that's with Finland's K-X-P (tix). And Jundt will do one more "with Divas" solo set at Pianos on March 26, again with Tim Fite as well as The Everymen and Bedfellows (tix).
All dates are listed, along with videos and flyers, below.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Invisible Oranges and BrooklynVegan are proud to announce an official SXSW showcase! The show will be the first ever Invisible Oranges showcase and looks like this
Saturday, March 16th at North Door in Austin:The show, which features everything from black metal to grind to doom to dark post-punk, will go down on Saturday, March 16th at North Door (formerly ND Studios, 501 Brushy, Austin, TX) Doors open at 7PM. Get there early to join in on the festivities, but if you cant make it we will be streaming the show in its entirety LIVE from the venue. Details on that are forthcoming, but you officially have no excuse to miss out!
John Baizley (Baroness)
Full of Hell
The official showcase is one of TWO BrooklynVegan Official nighttime SXSW showcases in 2013. The other is one night earlier, and not metal. The show is also one of TWO Invisible Oranges related events going down during SXSW. The second IO event will be a day party on March 15th as part of our residency at the old Emo's location. Details on that party are on the way, but save the date! You won't want to miss it.
Check out video of the bands playing the inaugural IO/BV showcase below!
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Empress Of are going on a tour this year which includes SXSW and many dates supporting Jamie Lidell. Since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded and now includes another NYC show, which BrooklynVegan and Gorilla vs. Bear are proudly presenting. That show happens on March 5 at Pianos with Brazos, who share a member with Empress Of's live band. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Gorilla vs. Bear also just premiered a new track from Empress Of's upcoming Systems EP, which is due out this April via Terrible Records in the US and Double Denim internationally. The new track is called "Hat Trick" and you can stream it below. That's the cover art above.
Empress Of's upcoming shows also include a BrooklynVegan day party and a Gorilla vs. Bear party at SXSW. After the Jamie Lidell tour, Empress Of plays another NYC show on May 11 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister. All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the Pianos show, below...
Seattle psychedelic septet Rose Windows, who we've written about before, have signed with Sub Pop who will release their debut, The Sun Dogs, on June 25. We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Native Dreams," and you can can stream it below or download for the price of your email address.
The band will be touring around their appearance at SXSW -- no dates in NYC unfortunately -- but do try and catch them amongst the mayhem in Austin that starts in less than two weeks. All tour dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Moon King - Appel (MP3)
Moon King are set to release the second EP in their Obsession series. It will be out April 20 via One Big Silence, the label run by Fucked Up's Mike Haliechuk. You can download "Appel" from Obession II above and stream it below. With heavily effected guitars and some majorly late-'80s booming snare, it falls somewhere between Lush and JAMC (which is A-OK by me) with a big, anthemic chorus. Nice.
As mentioned, Moon King play Shea Stadium on Tuesday (3/6) with Ava Luna, Leapling and The Can't Tells (tickets). The band will then head to -- you guessed it -- Austin for SXSW and soon after hook up with fellow Canadians Born Ruffians for a tour that will bring them back to NYC on April 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and April 18 at Maxwell's (tickets). All upcoming Moon King tour dates are below.
UPDATE: RSVP NOW
As usual, we're not getting much sleep right around now because we're crazy busy preparing to represent down at SXSW with four full days of two-stage parties, in addition to a couple of nighttime showcases. And though SXSW is just two weeks away, we can't announce our lineups yet. Meanwhile, follow @bvSXSW on Twitter, sign up for our brand new BrooklynVegan SXSW Email Newsletter, pray for us and SAVE THE DATES....
As the flyer above says, BrooklynVegan Day Parties will be at the 6th & Red River location formerly known as Emo's. We couldn't be more excited to be back in one of our favorite old Austin venues (even if it no longer carries the "Emo's" name). The two stage club has been closed for two years but is reopening for the week of SXSW as "The Main" and "The Jr". We'll have the daytime portion on both stages (noon-6pm each day, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday --- March 13-16, 2013). All FREE. Complimentary beverage and food options to be announced as well. Stay tuuuuned.
P.S. We did announce one band.
The Orwells @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Chicago-area punks (in all senses of the term) The Orwells start their tour tonight (2/27) in Boston. As mentioned, that tour includes an all-ages show on Friday (3/1) at Santos Party House, where they'll play with The So So Glos and Radkey. If you caught one of The Orwells' many wild CMJ 2012 performances (like at one of our day parties) you know their live show is not to be missed. And if you did miss it, here's your chance. Tickets are still available and we also have a pair you can win. Details are below.
This tour has the band careening towards SXSW, where they'll be playing a bunch of parties including a BrooklynVegan Party. All tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Icelandic artist Sóley, who was last through town while on tour with Of Monsters and Men, is back visiting North America and will be playing shows on her way down to Austin for SXSW. The dates include two in NYC: tonight (2/26) at Union Hall with Prairie Empire (tickets) and Friday (3/1) at Rockwood Music Hall (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
If you haven't heard Sóley's delicate, lovely new album, We Sink, you can stream it below.
YYYs @ Union Pool, 12/08/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned a couple times, Yeah Yeah Yeah's new album, Mosquito, is due out April 16 on Interscope. If you haven't checked out the LP's gospel-inflected single, "Sacrilege," yet you can stream that below.
While YYYs haven't announced a full tour, they will be playing a record release show in NYC at Webster Hall on April 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/1) at noon.
If you're headed to Austin for SXSW, you can also catch the band at NPR's SXSW showcase on March 13 at Stubb's with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. All dates are listed below...
Parisian duo Isaac Delusion release their Early Morning EP this week on Cracki Records, which shows off their likeable, effervescent glitchpop style. You can stream the whole thing below and we've got the premiere of the EP's single, "Supernova," below which puts a Warholian twist on the old Mister Chinagain gag.
Isaac Delusion are here for a handful on North American shows leading up to SXSW. Thier tour kicks off with two shows in NYC this week: Glasslands on Tuesday (2/26) with Hess is More (tickets); and Wednesday (2/27) at Mercury Lounge with Doe Paoro (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Mercury Lounge show for free, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details are below.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Dune Rats - "Red Light, Green Light" (MP3)
Speaking of Australia, Brisbane fuzz rock duo Dune Rats (aka Danny Beus and BC Michaels), who were one of Andy from Cake Shop's "21 Amazing Experience of 2012", surfaced with two EPs in 2011, Sexy Beach and Social Atoms, and they're planning to follow that with another EP, titled Smile, and eventually a debut full length at some point this year. No exact details on those releases exist, but the band recently released a single, "Red Light, Green Light," which you can download for free at the top of this post. It's of the Wavves-y stoner/beach rock variety and you can watch the video below, which consists entirely of both members smoking a variety of bongs (and I'm pretty sure they're actually doing it).
Dune Rats will be coming to the US for a tour surrounding SXSW this March which hits NYC on March 20 at Cake Shop (other bands TBA), March 21 at Shea Stadium with The Beets, Hard Nips, Juniper Rising, and Heeney, and March 24 at Sons of Essex. A list of all dates and the tour flyer below.
Their SXSW shows include the annual Aussie BBQ, and Dune Rats are only one of many Aussie bands coming over to Austin for SXSW, including Alpine, Flume, Kirin J Callinan, WIM, and others. The full list of Australian bands that will be at SXSW is below.
Onetime Austinites who now call NYC home, Brazos, will release their second album, Saltwater, on May 28 via Dead Oceans. You can watch the video for first single, "How the Ranks Was Won," below. Main man Martin Crane directed the collage-y clip himself. Album art and tracklist is below too.
Brazos play tonight (2/22) in NYC at Mercury Lounge; an aforementioned show with The Spinto Band and ARMS (tickets). The band will then head to Austin for SXSW (perhaps playing one of the many clubs on Brazos St.). Upon their return, Brazos will do a four-week residency at Williamsburg club Cameo, playing every Tuesday from April 16 - May 7. No word on openers or advance tickets just yet. All tour dates are listed below
by Andrew Sacher
Australian producer Flume (aka Harley Streten) was last in the US in October for CMJ and a few other shows afterwards, and back in December, it was announced that he'd be returning for SXSW. Now, a full tour surrounding SXSW has been announced, including a NYC date on April 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/20) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Flume released his self titled debut album in Australia last November, but it finally got a US release yesterday (2/19) via Mom + Pop. The album's beats pull from hip hop and R&B, and it's led by chopped and pitch-shifted vocal samples, and some live singers/rappers as well. You can stream the entire album and listen to a remixes of album cut "Left Alone" by Bobby Tank and by Chrome Sparks, along with all dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
San Francisco producer Giraffage (aka Charlie Yin) released his sophomore album, Needs, last week via Alpha Pup. It's the kind of album that chops and pitch-shifts R&B samples over electronic beats and ends up somewhere between chillwave, glitch pop, and the California beat scene. According to Charlie, "I went through the worst time of my life and also the best time of my life while writing the songs for this album," and you can download it (name your price) at bandcamp. "All purchases go straight towards funding [his] future musical endeavors," so if you drop a few bucks you know it'll go to a good cause. The album can also be streamed below.
Giraffage will be touring this year around the time of SXSW, and right before he heads to Austin for that, he'll stop in NYC for a show on March 9 at 88 Palace. At that show, he'll be supporting JETS (aka Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum), for whom the show is part of their expanding tour. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Streams and lists of all dates for both Giraffage and JETS below...
by Bill Pearis
Slow Magic @ Pianos, CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Enigmatic artist Slow Magic was one our pleasant discoveries at CMJ 2012. We caught him at a day party set at Pianos and his laptop-and-drum setup (while wearing a big mask) was more alluring that we expected. His recorded music is pretty enticing too, especially if you still have a place in your heart for the genre formerly known as chillwave, though if his most recent single, the slinky "On Yr Side," is any indication, he's moved past that as well. Slow Magic is working on a new album as we speak but you can stream "On Yr Side" and other previoulsy-released tracks below.
Slow Magic will be leaving his mysterious mountain home to tour this spring, which will kick off in Austin for SXSW and will eventually make its way to NYC for a show at Glasslands on April 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at 7 AM. So, um, set your alarm. All tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Shlohmo - 'Laid Out'
LA producer Shlohmo, who released the impressive Vacation EP last year, will be following that with a new EP, Laid Out, on March 5 via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. He just released the opening track, "Don't Say No," which features guest lead vocals from How to Dress Well. It sees HTDW returning to the cracked recording style of his debut LP over Shlohmo's sensual R&B beats. You can stream that and the warped hip hop of another Laid Out cut, "Later," below. That's the cover art above.
Shlohmo will be supporting the new EP with a tour that kicks off in Canada at the end of this month and makes its way to Brooklyn on March 7 at Output (74 Wythe Ave) before hitting Austin for SXSW. The Brooklyn date and a few others on the tour are with D33J.
Tour flyer, a list of all dates, those two song streams, and EP tracklist below...
Seattle trio Deep Sea Diver released their debut album, History Speaks, last year and you can stream the whole thing below. While heavy on rhythm, the record is a showcase for frontperson Jessica Dobson's songwriting and strong voice. She has spent time as Beck's touring guitarist, and is currently a member of The Shins. Perhaps you recognize her from there.
Much of the country will have a chance to check out Deep Sea Diver when they head out on tour with their Pacific Northwest neighbors Telekinesis. That tour makes a stop in NYC on May 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available. The band will also be heading to SXSW so look for them if you'll be in Austin that week. All tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Ab-Soul at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Julie Schabel)
Ab-Soul, who released the excellent Control System and toured with fellow Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock last year, is gearing up for a few shows this year. He was recently announced for Washington State festival Sasquatch! and was just confirmed for Austin's SXSW as well. Before SXSW, he'll do a few club dates, including one in NYC on February 27 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Ab-Soul dates are listed below.
Though Ab-Soul is the only Black Hippy member confirmed for SXSW, we wouldn't be surprised to see the other three guys there too. We already mentioned that Kendrick Lamar is rumored to be there, and Schoolboy Q (who like Ab-Soul, plays Sasquatch) and Jay Rock are free during that time as well.
Kendrick Lamar took things in the Black Hippy camp to the next level last year with his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and at some point this year, Schoolboy Q will become the second Black Hippy member to release a major label album, Oxymoron, which he's in the studio recording now. Somebody tell Jay Rock to get an album out soon too!
Ab-Soul is also working on a collaborative album with producer/singer JMSN, who contributed vocals to good kid, m.A.A.d. city, called Unit 6, which will be out at some point this year. The first single from that album, "You're Gone," is a wacked-out cut which sounds pretty good, and has a chorus which sounds a lot like Ab-Soul is saying he roofied a girl but RapGenius says he's talking about lean. You can listen to it and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...
Empress Of @ Glasslands, 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
The indie pop sound of Brooklyn's own Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has been featured on Stereogum, Gorilla vs Bear, and FADER, and can be experienced live tonight (2/16) at the new Silent Barn, at SXSW in March and on tour with Jamie Lidell throughout April (Music Hall of Williamsburg included). Dates, songs and videos, below...
Let's start with the NY-specific press release:
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York is a new monthly live music showcase that highlights some of the city's most exciting new artists. The event series, curated in partnership with East Village Radio, Afropunk, Brooklyn Bodega, and BrooklynVegan, will feature one headliner and three local artists on the rise. Each month, the showcase will rotate to a different iconic venue in New York and will introduce an exciting new line up of artists.That's the flyer up above, for the $3, East Village Radio-curated, Red Bull Sound Select-sponsored show. Stay tuned for info on the other eleven NYC shows in the series, including three put together by BrooklynVegan.
The first installment of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York will be hosted on Tuesday, February 19th at Bowery Electric [327 Bowery] featuring headliner Hunters and [other] local artists: Justin Dean Thomas, Sky Picnic, and Heliotropes. The 21+ show starts at 8PM. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.
Meanwhile, you can actually catch Heliotropes (who also shared a bill with Hunters on a BrooklynVegan bill once), at the Converse presented free gig going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/15).
Red Bull Sound Select is also doing shows like this, with local partners, in four other cities: Chicago, LA, Nashville and Austin. Austin is also where RBSS will present a series of mid-March events that will feature some of the same local bands playing each city, especially bands that get voted in. Justin Dean Thomas, Sky Picnic, and Heliotropes are all currently competing for free plane tickets from NYC to Austin. More info including how to vote and RSVP, HERE.
by Bill Pearis
Finnish trio K-X-P released their second album, succinctly titled II, this week on UK label Melodic and Manimal Records in North America. The self-described "anti-band" employ elements of Krautrock, early '80s minimal synth as well as the club sounds of big beat and acid house, with some diversions into almost madrigal folk. (I have a feeling they like metal too.) Frontman Timo Kaukolampi spent time for Euro pop factory Xenomania writing songs for Annie (who guests on II) and others. Somehow all these disparate elements work together. It's a cool record and you can stream the whole thing below and check out the video for the bizzarely entertaining "Magnetic North" single below.
We've also got the premiere of a remix of K-X-P's "Easy" by French artist Remain and you can stream that below as well.
K-X-P are plotting their first trip to North America next month, playing SXSW in Austin, and will hit NYC on the way back at Pianos on March 23 with Irish band The Funeral Suits. No advance tickets just yet. The band may line up more NYC shows, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the album stream and videos below.