Entries tagged with: SXSW
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band's live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band's very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming's voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling "FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS" was very, very into it.
Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and the dark n' dubby "Daughters." The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as "Hooting & Howling" and "All the Kings Men," the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, "Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you've ever known, in the worst place you've ever been? This is about that."
The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He'll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts', below...
Jazz hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD have announced they'll release a new album, III, on May 6 via their new label home, Innovative Leisure (Bass Drum of Death, Classixx). You can get a taste of the new album with first single, "Can't Leave the Night," which is streaming below.
The trio first caught our ears partially because of their covers of Odd Future, James Blake, My Bloody Valentine and more, in addition to collaborations with Odd Future. Those collaborations haven't stopped (they produced a track on Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 album, Doris), and they'll be joined by Tyler, the Creator as a special guest when they play the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at Red 7 on Thursday, March 18. BBNG have other SXSW shows too, and their whole schedule is below. Stay tuned for BrooklynVegan's full SXSW day party lineups.
by Doug Moore
Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.
We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.
The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).
You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...
Eagulls @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
With their ripper of a debut out now, Eagulls will be spending a lot of time touring this year. The band will fly into Austin next week for SXSW where they'll play upwards of 10 shows, so if you're heading that way too you have a bunch of chances to see them. Then the band will be back in late spring for a proper North American tour which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 13. Near the end of the tour, the band will return to NYC for the Northside Festival, opening for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw on June 12. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the regular on-sale starting Friday (3/7) at noon. Tickets for the Northside show go on sale Thursday (3/6) at noon, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
Eagulls finished their last NYC run with a late-night show at Baby's All Right in January that was pure booze-fueled mayhem (though more on the part of the audience than then band). All of their SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, along with the new video for "Possessed," below...
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
Soul legend Lee Fields stays very active with his band The Expressions, and he'll continue to do so with plans for a new album and tour dates this year. The new record, Emma Jean, comes out on June 3 via Truth & Soul and features a song written by Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. The first single is a cover of JJ Cale's "Magnolia," which you can listen to below.
Lee will be previewing the new material at SXSW this year, and he's also got plans for a European tour, an appearance at Sasquatch, and a record release show in NYC happening on May 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (3/5) at noon.
All dates, including his SXSW schedule, are listed below...
Production great Shlohmo recently announced that he'd be touring North America this year after his appearance at Coachella, and since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded. It already included a NYC show happening on May 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it now also includes one at Bowery Ballroom (5/8) a day later. Both are with Purple. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon and tickets for the MHOW show (same link) are still available. All dates are listed below.
Shlohmo will also be in Austin for SXSW, where he'll join Jeremih for his set at day 2 (3/13) of FADER Fort. The rest of that lineup includes Chromeo, Theophilus London, Eagulls, Sam Smith, Mas Ysa, Connan Mockaskin, Glass Animals, 100s and Buscabulla. The day 1 lineup includes Little Dragon, YG, London Grammar, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, The Orwells, Temples, and more. RSVP is open.
Shlohmo and Jeremih have an EP coming out soon. You can stream a track from that, along with the list of Shlohmo dates, below...
Toronto punks Greys, who we profiled ahead of the release of their February 2013 EP, Drift, have signed to Carpark Records, making them labelmates with Cloud Nothings, Speedy Ortiz, and others. Congrats guys! Carpark will release the band's debut album, If Anything, on June 17. You can check out the album trailer here and the artwork/tracklist below.
As discussed, Greys will be touring this year too. They'll be at SXSW for the Run for Cover/Brixton Agency party with The Front Bottoms, You Blew It!, Nothing and more; the Carpark showcase with Dylan Baldi solo (Cloud Nothings), Speedy Ortiz and more; and the Exploding In Sound party with Speedy Ortiz, Solids, Potty Mouth, Big Ups, and more.
They also return to NYC on March 21 at Shea Stadium with Roomrunner, Big Ups and Kal Marks (tickets), and are planning to reschedule this past Sunday's cancelled Brooklyn show with HSY and The Beverleys for some time in April or May. Stay tuned.
All dates are listed, with the LP artwork and tracklist, and a stream of the Drift EP, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Casket Girls - Secular Love (MP3)
The Casket Girls @ Mercury Lounge, 2/18/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Casket Girls were just through NYC as part of the Graveface Roadshow which is currently on the West Coast. Soon, they'll be in Austin with 27% of the world's other musicians for SXSW and if you're going to be there, they've got a lot of shows. A flyer for their appearances there is below.
If you haven't checked out Casket Girls' new album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, its very catchy stuff, pop played with dirty synths. You can download "Secular Love" off the album above and stream it below.
All dates and SXSW appearances are listed, along with song stream and flyer, below.
photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.
As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)
After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on IM to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...
Australian baggy scene revivalists Jagwar Ma will be in North America next week, starting in Austin during SXSW playing one of Red Bull Sound Select's shows on 3/13 (RSVPs are open for these shows) and then touring around till Coachella. Those dates do not include a NYC date, but the band will be visiting again this summer, playing Webster Hall on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/5) at noon. It's the only summer date in North American at the current time.
Liam Finn kicks off his residency at Union Pool tonight (3/4) which includes shows every Tuesday in March with different guests each time. Tonight's guests will be Brooklyn psychedelic pop band Zula, who you may have caught at Glasslands last night (3/3) with Landlady and Friend Roulette. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Zula will also be in Austin for SXSW, and upon returning to Brooklyn, they'll play another hometown show on March 22 at Shea Stadium with Celestial Shore, Tiny Hazard and Body Parts.
All dates are listed, with some streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
One of the bands
playing the Burger Revolution show at Union Pool on Saturday (3/8) (with Threats and BOYTOY) are Baby in Vain, a three-piece from Denmark who are still in their teens and make bluesy sludge rock. You can check out a couple songs -- and a sort-of endorsement from Thurston Moore -- below.
UPDATE: And the old "VISA ISSUES" strike again. It looks like the band are still playing SXSW but the other, non-Austin dates -- like the two NYC ones -- are off.
Song streams and SXSW dates are below.
After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and
Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).
UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.
Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.
Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...
We mentioned briefly that Israeli shoegaze trio Vaadat Charigim would be playing with Fat White Family at Pianos on March 21 (tickets). That is the last date on their short North American tour that starts with shows in Austin during SXSW. There is also another NYC date, happening March 20 at Death by Audio with openers TBA. All tour dates are listed below.
Last fall, Vaadat Charigim released The World Is Well Lost via Warm Ratio/Burger and it's loaded with effects-drenched dreampop. They don't sing in English, but this kind of music was never really about the lyrics anyway. It's pretty cool stuff and you can stream the whole record while perusing their US show list, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Greys at Shea in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Toronto punks Greys, who have a killer EP and an even more killer live show, will be returning to the US for SXSW (where they'll play the Carpark showcase, Exploding In Sound showcase, and others), and they've got other dates including NYC shows before and after. The first is at
Death by Audio on Sunday (3/2) with two fellow Toronto punk bands HSY and The Beverleys, and the second is at Shea Stadium on March 21 with Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups, and Boston indie rockers Kal Marks. Advance tickets for the Shea show are on sale now, no advance tix for DbA. All Greys dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Sunday's Greys/HSY/The Beverleys show was cancelled due to Greys' van breaking down, but all three bands are looking to reschedule for April or May. Stay tuned.
Readers of this site should be familiar with all the bands on those bills, but we've never had a chance to talk about The Beverleys. Like so many other Canadian punk bands we've been hearing lately, this trio absolutely rips. Less on the noisy/heavy side than Greys and HSY who they share that DbA bill with, The Beverleys have more elements of dark '80s post-punk and grungy '90s rock, and the sneering vocals are pushed to the forefront, which only gives them more attitude. They have other dates with HSY, all of which are listed, with a stream of their 3-song EP, below.
Some of you may remember Irish band Dott who played a few NYC shows a couple years ago. The band's debut album, Swoon, came out in December via Graveface and it's extremely catchy stuff, harmony-laden early-'60s-meets-early-'90s indie rock. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio. The band have just made a video for album standout "Talk to You" and we've got the premiere of that in this post.
Dott are flying over to the U.S. to join the Casket Girls and Stargazer Lilies as part of the Graveface Roadshow as it heads towards Austin for SXSW, including the official Graveface showcase on March 14. The Graveface Roadshow already made it's way through NYC, but Dott will play here after Austin, hitting Cake Shop on March 16.
All dates are listed, alsong with the flyer for the Graveface SXSW showcase and Dott's new music video, below.
by Bill Pearis
We mentioned that UK band Fat White Family would be crossing the Atlantic to leave their stink on Austin during SXSW, including the BV Day party at Red 7 on March 15 with Connan Mockasin and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. (Full line-up announced soon!) After Austin, the band will be invading NYC, playing Pianos on March 21 with Israeli shoegazers Vaadat Charigim and more; and Union Pool on March 22 with Flame Proof Moth. Tickets to both Pianos and Union Pool are on sale now. The band are currently raising money for these US shows if you'd like to contribute (they met their goal).
If you haven't delved into the lurid world of the Fat Whites, they occupy similar seedy territory as Birthday Party, The Fall or Clinic or Beggars Banquet-era Stones: moody garage rock with lyrical tales straight out of an Irvine Welsh novel. (Sample song titles from their debut album Champagne Holocaust: "Is It Raining In Your Mouth?" and "Cream of the Young.") If you like to mire in the filth occasionally, Fat White Family will meet you at the bottom.
The band have a new single, "Touch the Leather," due out March 10 via Hate Hate Hate that you can stream below. The music video for it -- which is NSFW in a naked bottom kind of way -- and a few other videos are below too.
Pains in Chicago in 2011 (more by James Chadwick)
As discussed, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22 via Yebo, and they've just released its first single, "Simple And Sure." Check it out below.
The band are also touring soon, including 2 NYC shows, and they'll be at SXSW, where (among other shows), they will play the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, March 15 at Red 7 with Connan Mockasin and lots more to be announced soon.
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Ski Lodge released Big Heart last year, and have just followed it up with a new single, "Our Love Is Over Now." Fitting for the title, it's an angsty, minor chord ballad and you can stream it below. The track comes just in time for the band's tour with Vancouver's The Belle Game which kicks off here in NYC at Glasslands on Friday (2/28) with the Starlight Girls, who will be on a few of their tour dates as well. Tickets are on sale now.
The band's tour will take them south and southwest, hitting The Savannah Stopover before the Austin madness of SXSW, followed by dates on the West Coast. Then later this spring, Ski Lodge will play another NYC show, opening for Tennis at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 10. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Ski Lodge tour dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below.
by Doug Moore
Invisible Oranges and BrooklynVegan are pleased to announce that we'll be hosting our second annual SXSW metal showcase on Thursday, March 13, at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St. in Austin, TX). People with festival badges and wristbands are welcome, and additional tickets will be available at the door. Doors are at 7pm, and the show begins at 8. Here's the lineup and running order:
INVISIBLE ORANGES @ SXSWWe're extremely excited to bring such a diverse lineup of bands together; if you're not familiar with some of these acts, you can stream their music below. See you in Austin.
1:00 - Black Tusk
12:00 - Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In)
11:00 - Kayo Dot
10:00 - Yautja
9:00 - Wild Throne
8:00 - Venomous Maximus
Ben Kweller at Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Singer/songwriter Ben Kweller was recently in NYC to open for Guster and he's now set to head out on a headlining tour this spring which brings him back to NYC on May 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale bginning Friday (2/28) at noon. Ben will also be in Austin for a free show during SXSW. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Connan Mockasin @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
New Zealand's Connan Mockasin was just here last month but will be heading back to North America next month for SXSW, where his shows there will include the free BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7 on Saturday, March 15. Set times and the rest of that line-up will be announced soon. He'll also play the official Mexican Summer SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 14 with No Joy, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt and more. Flyer for that is below.
After SXSW, Connan will tour with Australian Kirin J Callinan for what could be the most eccentric North American tour of the spring. That will hit NYC for two shows: Bowery Ballroom on May 1 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 2. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/26) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with a Valentine's Day interview and an "It's Choade My Dear" video, below...
UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
As mentioned briefly in our official showcase announcement, the free BrooklynVegan Austin day parties this year will take place at Red 7 on two stages on Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15 (noon-6pm each day). Stay tuned for the full lineup announcements and more information coming soon, but meanwhile save the dates!
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: THURSDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
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