Entries tagged with: SXSW
by Bill Pearis
With Thee Oh Sees on an extended break, new Los Angeles resident John Dwyer has time to do other stuff like run his busy record label Castle Face and release a weird synth-heavy solo record. He's also getting his old band, Coachwhips, back together after reissuing the band's debut album last year. After a warm-up show at LA's The Smell, Coachwhips will storm Austin during SXSW playing a slew of shows -- none of which are officially part of SXSW. Those include one of Pitchfork's day parties. All dates and Austin appearances are listed below.
Coachwhips, who existed from 2001 - 2005, don't sound miles away from what Dwyer would do with Thee Oh Sees, just more raw and lower-fi -- even compared to early Oh Sees. (Coachwhips were really more about primal energy.) It will certainly be interesting to hear that material played live with a potentially more seasoned band. No word on whether Coachwhips plan more shows after SXSW (like maybe ones on the East Coast) but cross your fingers.
All dates are listed, plus the album stream of Coachwhips' debut, below...
by Bill Pearis
Post punk sounds and industrial towns seem to go hand in hand. Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's second album, Under Color of Official Right, will be out April 8 via Hardly Art and while it doesn't specifically sound like Joy Division or The Mekons or The Fall (ok maybe the Fall a little bit) or Pere Ubu, there is definitely a similar approach, attitude and intelligence. Two of the album's most immediate songs -- the angry, sneering ripper "Scum, Rise!" and the moodier, more atmospheric "Come & See" -- can be streamed below.
Last in NYC in November, Protomartyr will be on tour next month, starting in Austin for SXSW (they're playing a lot of shows there) and will hit the Midwest and East Coast afterwards. The tour includes two shows in NYC: April 12 at Death by Audio and April 13 at Cake Shop. Both those shows are with tourmates Spray Paint, and during other sections of the tour they'll do stints with Whatever Brains and Cloud Nothings.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Oakland's Tony Molina has been in bands for over 10 years (Dystrophy, Ovens, Caged Animal among them), swerving between hardcore and pop. The latter has been the focus of Molina's last couple releases which recall the catchy, crunchy pop of early-'90s Teenage Fanclub and Weezer, albeit with "ch-chunk" metal riffage and twin lead solos thrown in. Monlina knows how to pack a punch too: few of his songs hit the two-minute mark but he still makes room for verse/chorus/bridge/solo/chorus structure.
Molina released a six-song 7" last year as part of Matador's Matador Records' "Singles Going Home Alone" series. He also released the 12-track, 11-minute Dissed & Dismissed 12", originally a very limited release but is getting reissued by Slumberland on March 25. You can stream two songs from it below.
While Tony Molina hasn't announced a tour, he will play LA's The Echo on March 10 and then immediately head to Austin for SXSW. So if you're going to that, look out for him there.
Song streams below.
by Bill Pearis
Berlin/NY quartet Fenster will release their new album, The Pink Caves, via Morr Music on March 4. Like most artists on Morr (The Notwist, Lali Puna), the band incorporate electronics in a very organic way, making for earthy pop and the new album is spare, warm and quite lovely. You can stream "Mirrors" and watch an album trailer, below.
The band, who've been quiet since 2012, will kick off a North American tour with a record release show on March 4 at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium with A.M. Gems & Imaginary Friends. That tour will take them to and from SXSW. All dates are listed below...
Gainesville screamo newcomers Frameworks mentioned they'd be releasing their debut album on Topshelf Records, and they've just officially announced that it's called Loom and will be out on April 29 via their new label home. Check out the album's teaser video which features shots of the band in the studio and a clip of new music, below.
As we announced yesterday, Frameworks will play the 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX) with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and Harvey Sid Fisher. Badges and wristbands welcome.
While we anxiously await the potential Unicorns reunion, we'll at least be able to see one member, Alden Penner, who just announced a NYC show happening on April 29 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He just played a Montreal show with Hidden Cameras last night,
but this appears to be his only upcoming date announced at the moment. UPDATE: he is also playing SXSW.
Alden just released his debut solo album, Exegesis. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below...
by Bill Pearis
TEEN will release their second album, The Way and Color, on April 22 via Carpark. While still incorporating psych and krautrock textures, the new album is decidedly more soulful than their debut. The band, which features three Lieberson sisters plus new bassist Boshra AlSaadi, claim D'Angelo and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the album. You can check out the first single, "Not For Long," which is streaming below.
The band will be touring on their way to and from SXSW, including playing Savannah Stopover and a few dates with Small Black. The band will wrap up their tour in NYC opening for The War on Drugs on at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (sold out). They'll also be playing a record release show for The Way and Color on
April 24 at Baby's All Right. UPDATE: The record release show has been postponed until May 22. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and the new single stream, below...
Against Me! / flyer / Touche Amore
The 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX). SXSW badges are welcome, and we'll also have some general admission tickets for sale at the door (come early!).
For this year, we kept things on the punky side with a 1 AM headlining set from the reinvigorated punk vets Against Me! who are back with a new lineup and album this year. However, it starts rather un-punk (or maybe the most punk?) with a 7:30 PM opening very special guest set from occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher, who is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac. He'll be performing all twelve! The album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey. Don't be late!
After him, the distortion pedals get turned on for Lancaster, PA fuzz rockers Placeholder, followed by Gainesville post-hardcore newcomers Frameworks (whose debut LP is due out on Topshelf this year), then '90s alt-rock radio lovers Cheap Girls (who just announced a new album), NJ's wordy folk punks The Front Bottoms, and finally post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore taking the stage at midnight right before Against Me!. That's the flyer above.
The Red 7 show is one of a few BrooklynVegan events at SXSW this year. Our metal blog Invisible Oranges will be announcing a metal showcase soon. We also have three day parties at Red 7 (3/13-15, lineups coming soon), and a BrooklynVegan/BV Austin-curated portion of the Flatstock stage on 3/15 with Austin artists Mother Falcon, S U R V I V E, and Bronze Whale.
Hope to see you there!
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Honduras have been a constant on bills for about two years now. Most recently, you may have seen them opening the Total Slacker / Perfect Pussy show at Baby's All Right last week (2/12). The band bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.
The band's new EP, Morality Cuts, is out next week via Black Bell Records and offers five good examples of what Honduras do well. We're premiering a stream of the whole thing in this post.
The band's next gig is opening for UK indie band Kaiser Chiefs' sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/19) so if you're going to that be sure to check 'em out. (PS, Kaiser Chiefs also just announced a Webster Hall show for 6/20, tix on sale 2/21 at noon.)
Honduras will then play a record release show at Radio Bushwick on March 1 with Dead Stars, Beiju and The Gradients. The band will also be at SXSW this year so look out for them there if you are going.
EP stream below...
Grungy UK duo Drenge, who were here last month, will join Manchester punks PINS, grime vet Skepta, and Sheffield, UK hip hop act Clubs and Spades to play this year's NY Sound City showcase which is happening on March 17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You may remember that Sound City is the American branch of UK music industry confab Liverpool Sound City that's happened a few times before. (It's got nothing to do with the Dave Grohl-directed documentary of similar name.) During the day on 3/17 there will be panel discussions (including one specifically about grime) and other industry events happening at The Wythe Hotel. More info on that is out the NY Sound City website.
Drenge are over for SXSW, which happens just before. PINS too, and they'll also be playing that Bella Union showcase at Baby's All Right on March 19 with Marissa Nadler, Ballet School, and Mt. Royal (plus Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde on DJ duty). Tickets to that are still available.
by Doug Moore
Nothing at BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Their two-ish week North American tour begins with a record release party for Nothing's Relapse Records debut at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie on March 2 and loops down to Texas, where the two bands will part ways. Nothing will hit SXSW for several days, including an appearance at Relapse's official showcase at Dirty Dog Bar on 3/12, which will also feature Windhand, Christian Mistress, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon (my band), and at Dallas's Spillover Music Fest on 3/16, where they'll briefly reunite with Weekend. Nothing's tour will then bring them back to the East Coast, where it will terminate with a NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on 3/20. Tickets and supporting acts are TBA, but keep an eye out.
Check out some live footage of Nothing at our CMJ party and both bands' full sets of dates below...
by Bill Pearis
The Beets' Juan Wauters released his first solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, last week on Captured Tracks. A little mellower than what his does with The Beets, it's a really nice record that sounds especially good on an overcast day like today. The album is available in a special gatefold edition with artwork (and a comic) by longtime visual collaborator Matthew Volz. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio.
He'll then open for the Vivian Girls' sold-out farewell show at Death by Audio on March 1, and then will be opening for Mac DeMarco 's upcoming tour including Webster Hall on April 9 with Amen Dunes and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available as well.
All tour dates, plus song streams and the flyer for the Baby's show, below...
by Bill Pearis
While Seattle band Tacocat have been a bit upstaged by offshoot group Childbirth, the quartet are not only still kicking but will release new album NVM on February 25. The record is part '90s indie rock attitude, part surfy twang, with a little bubblegum to make your cup runneth over. You can check out the video for "Crimson Wave" and stream another song, below.
Tacocat kick off their North American tour this weekend with a string of hometown shows. Then they'll leave the Pacific Northwest for SXSW and then make their way East. NYC gets two shows: Death by Audio on March 29 and Hunter College on March 31. It's a pretty extensive tour, chances are they're playing somewhere near you, and they were a lot of fun the last time they swung through NYC. All dates are listed below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
by Bill Pearis
DTCV's new album, Hilarious Heaven, came out a couple weeks ago via Xemu/Burger and is a double LP loaded with post-VU indie rock. (Also a lot of vintage movie samples.) It's also got cover art designed by Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard (DTCV's Jim Greer was in GBV in the '90s). You can stream the whole shebang at Rdio. The band just made a video for one of the album's heavier cuts, "Alpha Waves in a Gelatinous Conductor," and its washed out 8mm look goes well with the song's Sabbath-y riffs. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
DTCV will be on tour next month. While there are no NYC dates scheduled currently, the band will be in Austin for SXSW so if you're there, keep an eye out. UPDATE: More tour dates than we originally posted, including Brooklyn's Grand Victory on March 25.
All dates are listed, along with the video, below.
Mekons frontman Jon Langford will release his new solo album, Here Be Monsters, on April 1 via Bloodshot. Says Langford, "The subtext of the album is maybe the things our civilization thinks of as fixed and immovable might actually be redundant/obsolete/discredited and it's up to us to question and find new rocks to be washed up on." You can check out the video for a track from it, the lovely "Mars," below.
Langford will be on tour this spring, kicking things off in Austin during SXSW and he'll play Brooklyn's Bell House on April 4. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the "Mars" video, below...
by Bill Pearis
How was your New Year's? Do you even remember? Chances are it wasn't as bad as the one the two guys in Diane Coffee's new video had. "New Year's" features two would-be gas station robbers whose NYE job goes horribly wrong. Not as horribly (or violently) wrong as in, say, Reservoir Dogs, but it definitely does not go well. Tighe Boudreaux Kellner wrote, directed and co-starred (with his brother Jess) in this short that's pretty entertaining. The video makes its debut in this post and you can watch it below.
The song is from Diane Coffee's debut album, My Friend Fish, which came out last year on Western Vinyl. Diane Coffee, which is basically the solo project of Foxygen's Shaun Fleming, are playing NYC later this month, opening for Gardens & Villa at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 25. Tickets are on sale now. Fleming and the rest of his band will also be in Austin next month for SXSW so look for them there if you're going.
"New Year's" video below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto dark-hued noisemakers Odonis Odonis will release their second album, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, on April 15 via Buzz Records. It's the follow-up to 2011's Hollandaze -- do these guys like brunch or what? The title also alludes to the nature of the album; side 1 is punishing goth/industrial/punk, while side 2 is more ethereal. You can stream the definitely hard-boiled "New Obsession" and watch its twisted music video below.
As mentioned, Odonis Odonis will be in NYC on Friday (2/7) playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Speedy Ortiz, Krill, Heeny and Infinity Girl. Like all BKNB shows, this one is free. And if you're going to be in Austin for SXSW, look for them there too. All dates are listed below.
by Doug Moore
Seattle's Wild Throne used to be called Dog Shredder, which was less than optimal for reasons which should be obvious. They now run the risk of being confused with the all the other "wild" bands out there, but it's still a step in the right direction.
And none of that matters when you sit down to listen to their upcoming 12" Blood Maker, which is an absolute ripper. These guys split the difference between At the Drive-In and early Mastodon. They play winding, technically-inclined heavy rock that draws on metal but doesn't belong to it; guitarist/vocalist Josh Holland delivers his lyrics in a wild, emotive howl. It's unpredictable, high-energy, catchy-as-fuck stuff.
So far, Wild Throne have debuted two of the EP's three tunes -- its title track "Blood Maker" appeared via Stereogum this week, while a second tune, "Shadow Deserts," is available via their Bandcamp. You can stream both tracks below.
Blood Maker will be out via Brutal Panda on March 4. Wild Throne will also be performing at SXSW; stay tuned for more details on that front...
by Bill Pearis
There were a lot of bands who sprung up in the wake of Coldplay's initial success -- Travis, Athlete...um, Starsailor -- and I always thought one of the better ones was London duo Turin Brakes who kept things on the more low-key folky side, only indulging in sweeping anthemicism occasionally. The band's first two albums (2001's The Optimist LP and 2003's Ether Song) are especially good, deftly mixing songrwiting and atmospherics. You may remember "Rain City" from The O.C.
Turin Brakes released their seventh album, We Were Here, last year and it doesn't mess with the formula too much. You can stream it via Rdio. The band are coming to North America next month for SXSW and will be playing shows in NYC (3/10 at Mercury Lounge) before Austin and Los Angeles (3/17 at The Troubadour). Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.
All Turin Brakes dates are listed, along with some of their videos, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pyrrhon at the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Tech-death weirdos Pyrrhon just made a new track available to stream, and, true to form, it's a warped nightmare of a song. "Balkanized" is off Pyrrhon's forthcoming album The Mother of Virtues, which is due out on April Fool's Day (heyo! -- 4/1) via Relapse. Click play if you want to know what it sounds like to cross an event horizon.
Pyrrhon will be touring in advance of the album release with fellow NYC band Psalm Zero. The tour will hit South by Southwest and lands in NYC on March 28 at Trans Pecos. That'll be a good'un--prepare to be weirded out by two of Brooklyn's finest. Psalm Zero just released a new track via Stereogum--stream it below.
Full disclosure: Pyrrhon's vocalist is none other than our very own Doug Moore, who writes about all things heavy on BV and IO. Doug, you sound terrifying. Mother of Virtues is up for preorder from Relapse.
All dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (This Is Stones Throw Records) is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its inception in 1996. Catalog highlights include hip-hop classics like Madvillain's Madvillainy, Dilla's Donuts and Quasimoto's The Unseen; retro-soul hits such as Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement and Aloe Blacc's Good Things, Dam-Funk's boogie-funk masterpiece Toeachizown, and the oddball works of James Pants and Gary Wilson. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks that put Stones Throw on the map, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON will delve into the label's enigmatic history, culture and global following.Mostly-hip-hop label Stones Throw is subject of a new documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, which hits theaters this March following screenings in select cities, including Austin for SXSW. There will also be a sneak preview screening and Q&A at Brooklyn's Indie Screen on March 2 and the official NYC opening is March 19 at Village East Cinemas (also with a Q&A). Ticket info for those screenings coming soon. Full list of upcoming screenings here. Trailer below.
To celebrate the release of the new film, Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf is going on an 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' tour with J Rocc, Jonwayne and Knxwledge. That tour hits Brooklyn the same day as the sneak preview screening on March 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (2/5) at noon. The full tour
hasn't been announced yet, but all currently known dates are listed below...
by Doug Moore
King Buzzo w/ Melvins at Housecore Horror Fest, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Melvins are about as predictably unpredictable as any heavy band out there. Their recent stunts include trying to set a US tour record by playing all 50 states in 51 days and reverting to their original early-'80s lineup for their most recent album.
For his next trick, vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne will be playing a run of solo acoustic shows in February and March, starting with a Scion Rock Show appearance in LA on 2/25. This wouldn't be such a weird move for most rock frontmen, but Buzzo is not known for his friendliness to such sensitive endeavors. As he put it himself:
"I'm looking forward to taking this show on the road! Solo acoustic is something I'd never thought I'd be doing. Maybe that's why this will work!"Osborne will also release a "commemorative 10-inch" (odd word choice, but okay) of the tour via Amphetamine Reptile on a date yet to be announced.
No NYC stop at the moment, sadly, but if you're going to be in Austin for SXSW you can catch Osborne there. All dates are listed below...
Norway's Highasakite will release their debut album, Silent Treatment, on March 4 via Propeller Recordings. You can stream "Leaving No Traces" here and watch the music video for "Since Last Wedesday" (and their Norwegian Grammy performance of the same song) below.
Like they did last year, Highasakite will be heading to North America for SXSW so if you're going, look for them there. They'll also, like last year, stop in NYC on the way back, playing
Mercury Lounge on March 17 with fellow Norwegians Team Me. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More tour dates are promised for later in the spring -- stay tuned.
UPDATE: Highasakite are now touring with London Grammar, show has been canceled.
Album art, tracklist and videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Your new album Age Of Fracture is inspired in part by Daniel T. Rodgers book of the same name. What can you tell me about the concept behind this?London electropop quartet CYMBALS just released their debut album, Age of Fracture, this week via UK label Tough Love. If your tastes skew towards the Britpoppier side of dance (Hot Chip, Outfit, Breton), this is a fizzy, hummable addition to your collection. The whole record is currently streaming on Pitchfork Advance.
Jack (Cleverly) was reading Rodgers' book at the time of writing the songs. It's not a concept album really, many of the songs were written before the record started and it took us a year to make it. But the themes of the book fit what we were doing and when Jack related to us what the concept we started to work towards that. Then when we contacted Daniel to ask for permission to use the name he was great about it and really liked the music.
Do you think once the influenced was explained from Jack that these themes started to shape the music?
I think the lyrics written by Dan and Jack definitely draw parallels to the themes of the book. In terms of sound we've always wanted to make house music with real instruments, to give it the more raw live feel that can be heard in some of our early stuff. This time around we really started to experiment with the audio in post-production and having fun with the sound of the album. Dreamtrak, who was our producer, really helped with that side of things. - [The Journalist]
CYMBALS will be making their first trip to North America in March for SXSW, so if you're going look for them there. No word on whether they'll be playing other shows along the way. In addition to the album stream, you can check out a couple CYMBALS videos below.