Entries tagged with: SXSW
by Bill Pearis
Some of you may remember Sound Team, who caused a mid-'00s music blog stir with their 2006 album, Movie Monster. The Austin band broke up a year later but but bassist Bill Baird kept busy with his Sunset project who have released five albums. He's set to release a new solo album, Spring Break of the Soul, on March 5 via Pau Wau Records. Two years in the making, the 17-track opus is a weird, inventive and frequently catchy-as-hall trip through Baird's creative mind. Plus, an ethereal cover of Christopher Cross' soft rock staple, "Sailing."
You can get taste of Spring Break of the Soul via the album's title track which we've got the premiere of its music video in this post which goes nuts with old-school green screen video effects, all in low-def 480p. You can watch it below.
Baird has a few shows on the horizon, including one here in NYC at Secret Project Robot on February 23 with Ava Luna and Fox/Crane/Bear. He's playing SXSW so look out for him there if you're going. All tour dates are listed below.
London resident Lyla Foy records under the name Wall and makes intimate, delicate songs like "Shoestring," which is the title track from her first EP, out April 2 on Big Picnic. You can stream it below.
Wall will be crossing the Atlantic next month for SXSW and will stop in NYC on the way home, playing Rockwood Music Hal on March 20. No advance tickets for that just yet. Before her visit to America, Wall will be on tour with Local Natives in Europe, and all upcoming dates are listed below.
As mentioned, New Orleans' Generationals have a new album, Heza, coming out April 2, their first for Polyvinyl. If you haven't heard lead track "Spinoza" yet you can stream that below. The band are gearing up for a tour around the same time, including a trip to Austin for SXSW and the band's biggest headlining show in NYC yet: Bowery Ballroom on April 22 with Splashh. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (2/15) at noon.
All known Generationals dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
As a member of Ty Segall's band, Mikal Cronin stays busy, what with all the record releasing and constant touring. (Ty's tour just ripped through NYC.) But somewhere in that whirlwind of activity he managed to write and record. He'll be releasing his second solo album, MCII, on May 7 which will be his first album for Merge. That's the cover art above. "Shout it Out" is the first track from the record to be released and, Like his great 2011 Trouble in Mind album, it shows off Mikal's talent as a pop songwriter. But he's not afraid to stomp on the fuzz pedal, either. You can stream it below along with the LP's track list.
Not much in the way of touring for Mikal just yet, but he will be playing a few West Coast dates and SXSW in Austin so look for him there and his current schedule is below. Meanwhile, In the Red just reissued the split LP between Mikal and Ty called Reverse Shark Attack and you can stream that below.
still from "UFO" video
Absolutely Free, the band formed from 4/5ths of DD/MM/YYYY, released their debut EP last fall and have just released a video for one of its tracks, "UFO." It's powered by a very Can-like beat, and you can watch its video below. A stream of the entire EP is below as well.
The band, who were here for CMJ, have a few tour dates lined up this week, including a stop in NYC on Friday (2/8) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Alan Watts, Yvette, Breeding Program and DJ Porkchop. $7 at the door and more info is here. They'll be at SXSW too. All tour dates are listed below...
From March 12-17, thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans will descend upon Austin for a week of non-stop live music, networking, education and partying. As always, BrooklynVegan will be there with our own series of events in addition to photographers and reporters to cover the action. Hopefully you can make it this year too. If not, here's a chance to change that.
We've teamed up with Cricket Wireless to help them find a Muve Music correspondent for 2013. The pop, rock & indie music correspondent will get the opportunity to attend music festivals and other events with free exclusive access while reporting back to the world via Muve's social media. To start, Muve Music will send the chosen correspondent on an all-expense paid trip to the Austin Music Festival where the winner will get a Muve Music phone and gain access to artist interviews, events and more.
How it works: For two weeks, you can enter via the entry form below (note: your info won't be used for anything outside of this contest). At the end of the two weeks we'll help Cricket Wireless and Muve Music narrow down the top three candidates that we feel embody the ethos of Muve Music and BrooklynVegan best. The three finalists will then compete for votes on Cricket's Facebook page through a series of challenges, including submitting album reviews, generating a playlist and creating video content. Eventually, through fan votes, a 2013 Muve Music correspondent will be crowned (and shipped off to Austin).
What is Muve Music? To quote them, "Cricket Wireless's Muve Music service is the only digital music service built exclusively for a cell phone." and "Cricket is celebrating its fans' love for music and the total access Muve Music subscribers have to their favorite music through unlimited music downloads included in their Cricket rate plan." Billboard recently reported that Muve, though not as well known around these parts as similar services, recently surpassed 1.1 million subscribers in the U.S.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Vietnam were a fixture of the '00s local scene but went quiet a few years ago to the point where some may have wondered if they still existed. Main man Michael Gerner reactivated the name last year as a six-piece, and has put the finishing touches on a new Vietnam album, an A.merican D.ream, which is out February 26 via Mexican Summer. You can check out cover art and "Kitchen Kongas" from the album below.
The six-strong Vietnam will play a record release party in NYC at Mercury Lounge on February 28 with TV Baby and Hectors Pets. Tickets are on sale now. Shortly after that the band will head out on tour, including the inevitable stop in Austin for SXSW (which just announced the film lineup) and they play Austin Psych Fest too. All tour dates are listed below.
We knew Caveman were finishing up their new album and now we have the details. The self-titled album will be out April 2 (a popular release date) via Fat Possum. You can stream the first track released from it -- the synth-drenched "In the City" -- below. Cover art and track list is below as well.
As mentioned, Caveman (who just played Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl) are gearing up for an extensive North American tour that will hit SXSW, both coasts and Canada before returning to NYC for a show at Webster Hall on April 10 to which Pure Bathing Culture have been added to the bill (tickets). Updated tour dates are below.
Montreal's Valleys have announced details of their new album, Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?, which will be out April 30 on Kanine Records. The record was produced by Alec Dipple of legendary UK indie band The Monochrome Set and you can check out the track list and genuinely terrific cover art below.
While no tracks have been released from the album yet, you can watch a live session of LP cut "See the Moon?" from Pop Montreal 2012 below. Valleys will be going on tour this spring on their way down to Austin during SXSW, including a stop in NYC at Pianos on March 7 with Praha Depart, Bowmont, Man Without Country, and Late Guest at the Party. Advance tickets are available.
After that, the band do a short East Coast tour in April with Fol Chen, including stop in NYC at Glasslands on 4/4. No advance tickets for that show just yet, but you can check out all upcoming Valleys tour dates below.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
Bleached's debut album, Ride Your Heart, will be out April 2 via Dead Oceans. That's the cover art above. You can stream the album's single "Next Stop" below and, like just about everything else we've heard from Jennifer and Jessie Clavin so far, it's pretty damn catchy.
Bleached will be in Austin for SXSW, then hitting Santa Ana, California for Burgerama II which will be followed by a proper North American tour, inlcudinga NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on April 23 with Hunters. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today (1/30) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (2/1) at noon.
All Bleached tour dates, plus that single stream, are listed below.
As mentioned, Phosphorescent's new album, Muchacho, will be out March 19 via Dead Oceans. Matthew Houck will be taking he's revamped, five-member line-up on the road around the same time for a North American tour. It kicks off with a visit to Austin for SXSW and wraps up in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (1/30) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (2/1) at noon. After the Bowery show, Phosphorescent head to Europe and all upcoming dates are listed below.
If you haven't heard "Song for Zula," the ethereal first single from Muchacho, you can stream that below.
Nearly three years after making their much-lauded debut, Astro Coast, Surfer Blood are set to release their second album, Pythons, this summer on their new label home of Warner Brothers. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with veteran alt-rock producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen) behind the boards. You can stream the first-released track from the LP, "Weird Shapes," below and you can download it via the band's website for the price of your email address.
No word on any NYC shows, but the band will play some West Coast dates on their way to SXSW this year and those dates are listed below.
Jonathan Clancy in Detroit...
What started as solo home recordings from A Classic Education's Jonathan Clancy, His Clancyness has become a full band over the late couple years and have become as active as ACE. The band recently finished their new album in Detroit with producer Chris Koltay (Atlas Sound, Liars, Lotus Plaza) which should be out sometime in the near future.
His Clancyness are coming over from their Bologna, Italy home for SXSW and will be playing shows outside of Texas too. The only announced date so far is in NYC: March 10 at Glasslands. The rest of the lineup is still TBA but tickets are on sale now.
While we wait for the their new album, you can check out His Clancyness' cover of El Perro Del Mar's "I Can't Talk About It" which is streaming below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal songwriter Leif Vollebekk will release his new album, North Americana, on February 19. That's the cover art above and the photo was actually taken by BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. Vollebekk spent nearly two years making the album, recording it in Montreal, New York City and La Frette-sur-Seine, France and features violin work from Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld. You can stream "Off the Main Drag" below.
We've caught Leif a few times, at M for Montreal and SXSW for example, and he's an engaging live performer. He's got some shows coming up, including one in NYC on February 7 at Rockwood Music Hall, opening for Willy Mason. Advance tickets are available. He'll be at SXSW too and all tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Everything Everything released their second album, Arc, last week and if the kitchen sink bombast of their 2010 debut is a bit more focused this time out, it still pulls in so many disparate styles and elements one wonders how a group could ever arrive at a sound like this. There's a bit of Foals precision, but also flashes of R&B, '80s widescreen pop, marching band music, you name it. And they mostly make it work, at least into a sound that could only be described as "Everything Everything." You can stream the album via Spotify and check out videos for singles "Cough Cough" and "Kemosabe" below.
The band are coming to America to play SXSW and will swing through NYC on the way back, playing Bowery Ballroom on March 25. Tickets go on AmEx presale today (1/23) at noon and the regular on-sale is Friday (1/25) at noon.
Everything Everything album stream and videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Mac Demarco, who will be here next week with Ty Segall, has announced a March tour surrounding his appearance at SXSW in Austin. Most of the tour is with Captured Tracks labelmate Naomi Punk and fellow Canadian Calvin Love. The tour hits NYC before SXSW at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 1 with Eola also on the bill. Tickets, reasonably priced at $10, go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday (1/25).
If you're unfamiliar with opener Calvin Love, he released his debut album, New Radar, via Autumn Tone back in November and is sort of electropop lonely highway music. You can stream the whole album below.
A list of all Mac DeMarco tour dates and the Calvin Love stream are below...
Austin's fuzzed-out Black Angels are set to release their fourth album, Indigo Meadow, on April 2. That's the album art above and you can stream the album's zeitgeist-y single "Don't Play with Guns" below.
The Black Angels will be heading out on a two-month tour right after the album's release, including a stop in NYC on April 8 at Webster Hall. Elephant Stone and Allah-Las will open and tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday (1/25) at noon.
Openers Elephant Stone is fronted by Rishi Dir who has spent time in The Black Angels touring unit and you can probably expect him to play sitar on a few Angels songs while they're out together. Elephant Stone's new self-titled album is out February 5 on the Reverberation Appreciation Society, the label run by Austin Psych Fest (which is run by THe Black Angels). Elephant Stone will be at SXSW in Austin before the Black Angels tour and additional tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of Austin Psych Fest, The Black Angels are headlining this year's event which happens April 26 -28 at Carson Creek Ranch.
by Bill Pearis
Makers of winsome, jangly pop, Brighton, UK's Fear of Men have released a steady stream of collectible 7" singles since forming two years ago. Those hard-to-find tracks are being compiled for the band's first North American release, Early Fragments, which is out in February 13 on Kanine Records. The marbled vinyl edition is limited to 500 copies and can be pre-ordered now. You can stream a few tracks from it below.
The band are making their first trip across the Atlantic for SXSW and they'll play Festival NRMAL in Montery, Mexico beforehand. After SXSW, Fear of Men will stop in NYC on their way home, playing Pianos on March 20 with Field Mouse. Tickets for that show are on sale now. I would be surprised if they didn't add a second NYC show, but we'll see.
Videos, streams, and a list of all tour dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Man Without Country - "King Complex" (MP3)
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South Wales duo (or trio at their live shows) Man Without Country make the kind of electro-shoegaze of M83, who they've toured with and remixed (listen below), and also pull in influences from 21st century disco and Postal Service-y emotronica. They've been around for a few years, but didn't release anything until 2011's King Complex EP, followed by their debut full length, Foe, in 2012, which included almost every track from the EP. You can stream five tracks from Foe below, and four of them are also available for download above.
Man Without Country will be making their way to the US for a few shows leading up to their appearance at this year's SXSW in March, and they'll stop by NYC twice before they get there: March 7 at Pianos and March 9 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now, and no tickets for the Pianos show yet but you can check ticketweb for updates.
A list of all dates and those song streams below...
by Bill Pearis
Savages @ BV CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK post punk act Savages came to CMJ on a deafening wave of hype that they not only managed to meet but exceed with their intense, blisteringly awesome live performances (and absolutely killer rhythm section). The quartet are currently wrapping up sessions for their debut album but will be coming back to America to take on another festival: SXSW. After their visit to Austin, Savages will hit NYC for two shows: Bowery Ballroom on March 18 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 19. Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/16) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (1/18).
Video from Savages at CMJ below...
by Andrew Sacher
Glasgow's PAWS released their punky noise pop debut, Cokefloat!, last year via FatCat and after touring in support of it over in Europe a bunch, they'll finally make their way over to the US this March. They don't have much booked yet but we know they'll play SXSW and on the way to Austin they'll stop in NYC for a show on March 5 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Cokefloat! was one of the more promising debuts of 2012, and if you've yet to hear it, now that they're making their way over to our shores it'd be a good time to give it a spin. The album is packed with quick, punchy tunes that are endlessly catchy and as I've mentioned in the past, it's a must-hear for Japandroids fans. You can watch a Live 405 Session video of "Sore Tummy," a FatCat session, and listen to a spotify stream of the album below.
Sweden's The Deer Tracks are set to release their new album, The Archer Trilogy Pt. 3, on February 12 via The Control Group. You can stream "Lazarus" from the album below which is in the Niki & the Dove / Knife school of Scandinavian dancepop. As the title implies, the album is the third -- and final -- part of the band's "Archer" trilogy.
The group will be coming over for SXSW and will hit NYC beforehand, playing Pianos on March 2 and Glasslands on March 4. No advance tickets for either show just yet. Those dates are part of a full tour which will be announced soon.
Song stream below...
The Specials @ T5 April 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Specials will be returning to North America for a tour this spring which kicks off in Chicago and will include two appearances at SXSW in Austin. No specific dates just yet -- and the first leg sounds like it's going West and not East -- but we do know that vocalist/toaster Neville Staples, who has been ill, will not be joining them.
The Specials were last in NYC in April 2010.
Camera Obscura at Grand Ballroom in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Camera Obscura have been keeping pretty quiet lately. The Glasgow indie poppers haven't released an album since 2009's My Maudlin Career and haven't toured since 2010. They haven't announced any formal plans for 2013 yet but perhaps something is stirring over at the Camera Obscura camp because just yesterday (1/10) they were revealed as one of the bands playing SXSW, and they've now just announced a post-SXSW happening in NYC on March 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (1/14) at 10 AM.
We're not aware of any other dates at the moment. The video for "French Navy" from My Maudlin Career is below...