Entries tagged with: Savoir Adore
photo: Jenny Lewis in Chicago in 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jenny Lewis, & The Watson Twins, M. Ward @ Beacon Theatre
Ten years ago, Jenny Lewis teamed up with the Watson Twins to release Rabbit Fur Coat. That album still lives up today, and Jenny and the Watsons are celebrating by performing it at Beacon Theatre tonight and tomorrow. M Ward, who guests on the album, opens both shows.
Greg Dulli, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
The Afghan Whigs frontman kicks off his solo tour tonight, where he'll lead a stripped-down band through a selection of his own songs (from throughout his career) and covers. The talented Joseph Arthur opens. Tickets are still available.
Craig Finn @ The Appel Room
As part of the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn plays a solo show tonight. His latest release is last year's Faith In The Future, which saw him getting his mid-'80s Springsteen on.
Shuggie Otis @ City Winery
70s cult soul icon Shuggie Otis resurfaced a few years ago and we're glad to have him back playing classics like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Aht Uh Mi Hed."
Wilco, Steve Gunn @ Capitol Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year's Star Wars. Their current tour hits NYC-area venue Capitol Theater twice this week. This is night 2, and experimental guitarist/Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn opens.
William Tyler, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool
In addition to playing with Lambchop, Silver Jews and more, guitarist William Tyler cuts impressive American Primitivism records on his own. He just opened for Wilco last night, and tonight plays a headlining show.
Talib Kweli with live band @ Blue Note (two shows)
NYC rap staple Talib Kweli is possibly busier than ever this winter, with a total of nine shows in about two months. Tonight he and a live band knock out two more, and they'll do it again at the Blue Note tomorrow too.
Arrested Development @ B.B. King's
Arrested Development's 1992 debut 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... was a genre-defying smash that spawned three hit singles. Apart from a late-'90s hiatus, they've remained active since.
Styles P, Kid Capri (DJ) @ SOB's
The LOX have been back in action as of late, but that hasn't stopped Styles P from being a prolific solo artist. He hasn't gone a year without an album since 2011, his latest being last year's A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy. Bronx vet Kid Capri is on the boards tonight.
Savoir Adore, Tigertown, Arizona @ Baby's All Right
Underrated Brooklyn pop act Savoir Adore celebrate the release of their new single "Lovers Wake" with the show tonight.
"Terry Riley's In C" presented by Darmstadt Essential Repertoire @ LPR
Darmstadt's annual birthday concert this year presents a performance of Terry Riley's "In C" as performed by an eclectic ensemble including guitarist David Grubbs, clarinetist Joshua Rubin of the ICE Ensemble, and electronic musician Ben Vida.
Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
New York Dolls singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.
Chris Gethard, Jo Firestone @ Bell House
Both Jo Firestone and Chris Gethard blur the line between comedian, performance art and "other," so it's about time they put their heads together for this show they're calling "FIREGETH."
Still Flyin', My Teenage Stride, O/R/F, James Ausfahrt @ Cake Shop
Led by Sean Rawls, indie pop collective Still Flyin' has been around since the mid-'00s featuring a revolving lineup, including members of Aislers Set, Versus, Ladybug Transistor and other groups. Tonight also features NYC indie stalwarts My Teenage Stride, Love is All's James Ausfahrt, and Ladybug offshoot O/R/F. What are the chances that the opening acts will also be playing in Still Flyin' tonight? Seems likely.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn duo Belle Mare (aka Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone) released their home-recorded debut EP, The Boat of the Fragile Mind, in late 2012, and they've now recently finished up studio time at Electric Lady working on their first full length. They went in as a full band with help from drummer Rob Walbourne (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), bassist Gary Atturio (Savoir Adore), and keyboardist Tara Rook, along with producers Tom Elmhirst and Ben Baptie, who worked together on U2's Songs of Innocence, Beck's Morning Phase, Arcade Fire's Reflektor and more. The album is expected sometime this fall, but meanwhile they're first releasing "Cicada" as a single. With the song's loungey atmospheric vibes, falsetto vocals, and the final crashing crescendo, it sounds like they probably take more than a little influence from Radiohead and Sigur Ros, but they're thankfully not just copying those bands. Check it out for yourself, it makes its premiere below.
The band have three hometown dates coming up: Friday (2/27) at Knitting Factory with PROM and Ponyhof (tickets), March 22 at Cameo, and April 7 at Manhattan Inn.
Missy Mazzoli (photo by Stephen S. Taylor)
Brooklyn composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli, who's responsible for the 2012 opera Song from the Uproar (among other works), is releasing a new album with her ensemble Victoire, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and three of the Roomful of Teeth vocalists (who she's worked with before) called Vespers for a New Dark Age on March 31 via New Amsterdam Records. Vespers for a New Dark Age premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 during the Ecstatic Music Festival. A review of that on Baeble Music reads:
A year in the making, "Vespers for a New Dark Age" presents a real, raw presentation of how people confront issues with technology, death and God. The piece holds a strong emotional connection to the listener that is undeniable alongside the poetry of Zapruder. I held my breath through each sonic build-up and transition hoping not to miss a note, letting out a huge breath of air once the music had slowed down--stunned, attentive and trying to perceive my own thoughts through the intensity of the piece.The album concludes with a remix by Lorna Dune (who's also in Victoire) of "A Thousand Tongues," which features vocals from Deidre of Savoir Adore. You can listen to that remix, with a trailer for Vespers for a New Dark Age, below.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will be celebrating the album live on a short tour with a great and indie-oriented bill of Glasser and Noveller. Those dates begin with a release party in NYC on May 7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will also team up before that at a concert headlined by the legendary Meredith Monk at Carnegie Hall on March 22. Meredith will be performing with a vocal ensemble, and there's also the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Don Byron, DJ Spooky, Future Quest, John Zorn and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Missy has other upcoming events as well, including more in NYC. Her piece Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos will be performed by Shai Wosner and the Parker Quartet on January 28 at Kaufmann Concert Hall, along with works by Kurtág and Schubert (tickets), and she'll perform with ETHEL, Mivos Quarter, Marnie Breckenridge, Joey Redhage, Nathan Schram and Robert Simonds at Columbia University's Miller Theatre on February 5 (tickets). More of Missy's events can be found here.
In related news, Victoire tourmate Noveller plays a release show for her previously-discussed new album, Fantastic Planet, two days after it comes out at Cameo on January 29. That show will be headlined by Porcelain Raft, and Ponyhof opens. Tickets are on sale.
Videos and tour dates below...
JSBX @ Bowery Electric, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We just posted about Speedy Ortiz being revealed as the "secret headliner" at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on February 7, and that's not the only new addition to its upcoming winter schedule. On February 15 they'll have the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion blowing things up. Pitchfork reports that Jon and the band are currently working on a new album and, for Record Store Day '14, will release a live cover/mashup of early Beastie Boys' gem "She's on It" with Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper" which they've been playing at shows for a while. The JSBX also have some West Coast dates in April and those are listed below.
In other Bazaar news, on February 22 Savoir Adore will be bringing their danceable pop to the party. Rest of those line-ups are still TBA and the shows, like all at BKNB, are free.
Also:Bernie Worrell is no longer playing on February 14. New headliner to be announced soon.
This weekend's Night Bazaar entertainment should be fun. Friday (1/24), Macaulay Culkin's novelty act Pizza Underground are amongst an otherwise cohesive bill of slick, '80s-leaning pop with French Horn Rebellion, Rush Midnight and Heavenly Beat. Then on Saturday (1/25) it's Har Mar Superstar plus Computer Magic, Not Blood Paint, and Static Jacks.
Of course in addition to the music, there is shopping, food (they just added Pok Pok as a vendor), beer and wine, neon mini golf, ping pong, old arcade games and more.
Boat-loving duo Tennis have signed with Communion Music (the label co-run by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons) and will release their new EP, Small Sound, on November 5. It was produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins) and Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica), and you can stream the title track in this post.
Tennis will be heading out on the road next month as part of a "Communion Presents" tour that includes Savoir Adore, On an On and Night Sweats. All four bands will play the NYC date which happens at Rockwood Music Hall's new Stage 3 on November 5. (Rockwood is also the new home for the longrunning Communion series.) Tickets are on sale now. Not all bands will play every date, all of which are listed below.
Before the Rockwood show, Tennis will play the "School Night" series at Brooklyn Bowl on November 3. The shows are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).
Meanwhile, Savoir Adore also recently announced a show with French Horn Rebellion happening on December 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/4) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
photos by Alex Pines
Savoir Adore @ MHOW 9/21/2013
Savoir Adore headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this month (9/21), with opening sets from The Suzan and Ski Lodge. For their biggest NYC show to date, they played with a beefed-up, extra-percussive line-up joined by members of St. Lucia and Jukebox the Ghost. Pictures from Savoir Adore's set are in this post.
The band will be back at MHOW on December 6 for a co-headlining show with old pals and tourmates French Horn Rebellion. Rush Midnight open the night and tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (10/2) at noon.
French Horn Rebellion released a cover of The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" featuring Deirdre of Savoir Adore, giving the electropop classic a new jack swing twist. You can stream it below. The band are on tour this fall too and those dates are listed, along with more pics from Music Hall (including a few backstage shots), below.
by Bill Pearis
Savoir Adore @ LA's The Echo, 8/7/2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As mentioned, Savoir Adore are headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/21) with openers The Suzan, plus Ski Lodge, who were more recently added to the bill. The MHOW show is their biggest hometown show to date and they're sporting an extra-large version of the band with members of St. Lucia and Jukebox the Ghost adding extra percussion. Tickets are still available.
In our current age of instant hype, Savoir Adore have taken their time, rising steadily -- perhaps stealthily -- over the last five years through old fashioned hard work. That, and an ear for hooks and giant choruses that burrow into your head and refuse to leave. Those melodic skills can be heard on the band's second album, Our Nature, which was self-released last year and was picked up by Nettwerk this year. The new single off the album is "Regalia" and we've got the premiere of the Mighty Five remix of that song. You can stream that, and watch the video for it too, below.
Savoir Adore also did a BV Studio Session not too long ago and have a couple more East Coast shows after MHOW. Those dates are listed below.
Savoir Adore @ The Echo, 8/7/2013
Savoir Adore are currently on the West Coast, having played LA's The Echo on Wednesday (8/7) with Only You and Fever the Ghost, and pictures from that show are in this post. Tonight (8/9), they're playing a show at EVNTLive HQ which will be broadcast live at 3 PM CDT (6 PM NYC time). The band will be back on the East Coast for shows next month, including their biggest headlining NYC show to date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, Savoir Adore are the fifth band to appear in our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. The band decked themselves out in white and performed "Dreamers" from Our Nature, plus "Beating Hearts" (which was added to the LP's reissue on Nettwerk) and a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U." Big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya, Chris La Putt, and David Andrako for the great video. You can check out the footage at the bottom of this post.
If you need more to watch, the band just released the video for "Regalia." That video, plus the BV Studio Sessions, more pics from The Echo and Savoir Adore's tour schedule, are below.
Savoir Adore @ MHOW in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Savoir Adore are still riding on their second album Our Nature which, after a self-release last year, got picked up by Nettwerk back in March. The band's "Dreamers" video is closing in on one million views on YouTube and you can watch it below. The band play with pals/tourmates/collaborators The French Horn Rebellion at The Westway on Thursday (7/18) and tickets are still available.
Then in September, Savoir Adore will play their biggest headling show yet, hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21 with The Suzan as support. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today (7/17) at noon with tickets going on sale to the general public Friday (7/19) at noon. In between, the band have a couple West Coast shows lined up. All dates are listed, along with the "Dreamers" video, below.
The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.
More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.
As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.
Savoir Adore at Knitting Factory in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
today in NYC
* Hag @ The Stone
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Fukimaki Miura @ Barbes
* Gael Rouillhac @ Barbes
* Justin Veloso @ The Stone
* Sophia Knapp @ Ace Hotel
* Black Guard, Valor @ Saint Vitus
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Milo Greene, Savoir Adore @ Maxwell's
* Hannibal Buress @ The Knitting Factory
* Joey Arias, Kristian Hoffman @ Joe's Pub
* Polyenso, Author, Walking Tree @ Paper Box
* Deftones, Periphery @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Kestrels, Soccer Mom, Relations @ Cake Shop
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel @ Mercury Lounge
* Wooden Wand, Steve Gunn, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool
* Girls Names, Lazyeyes, Sapphire Mansions @ Cameo Gallery
* Cigarette, Cloud Become Your Hand, Richie Quake @ Silent Barn
* His Clancyness, Tweens, LODRO, Basement Batman @ Glasslands
* Horrible Present, Juan Wauters (of the Beets), Brothers In Law, Missing Doucments @ Death By Audio
There's a few good foreign bands playing NYC tonight on their way to SXSW. Belfast's Girls Names are at Cameo, Italy's His Clancyness are at Glasslands, and another Italian band, Brothers In Law, is at Death by Audio.
If you're going to the Milo Greene show at Maxwell's tonight, get there early for Savoir Adore.
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Hip hop producer Harry Fraud put out a new mixtape, Adrift, which features tracks with Action Bronson, Juicy J, Smoke DZA, A$AP Twelvyy, Curren$y, Pusha T, Troy Ave, Danny Brown, and more. Stream it below and download it for free at DatPiff.
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ra Ra Riot @ MHOW, 1/22/2013
Congratulations are in order for Ra Ra Riot, who released their latest LP, Beta Love, via Barsuk yesterday (1/22). The release was celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with Savoir Adore, the first of two NYC shows.
You could sense a change in the crowds temperament when the band reached back and delivered "Too Too Too Fast", "Can You Tell", "Oh, La", "Ghost Under Rocks", and "Boy." The band took a risk and covered U2′s "Two Hearts Beat As One" and they surprisingly nailed it. You wouldn't normally put Ra Ra Riot and U2 cover band in the same sentence, but trust me, it worked.Hopefully you got into the sold-out show and if not, then maybe you streamed it on Youtube. If you did neither, you can still catch the archived show streaming below. Ra Ra Riot, who have been without Alexandra Lawn for almost a year now, play NYC again on Friday (1/25) at Webster Hall with Guards (sold out).
To no surprise the grand royal was "Dying Is Fine." It's arguably the bands finest moment to date. It's where the bands energy and the crowds reciprocation connected to form their own super-group. Hearing the song in such a magical moment caused a whole bunch of memories to come flooding back to me that were associated with that song years ago.-[We All Want Someone To Shout For]
More pics and a stream of last night's show are below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - "Beta Love" (MP3)
Ra Ra Riot at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As discussed, the band will support that album with a tour, which hits NYC for a hometown show on January 25 at Webster Hall with Cults-related band Guards (who also have a new album coming). Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available, but if you'd like to see Ra Ra Riot in a smaller venue, you can catch them a few days earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 22 with Savoir Adore. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/4) at noon and if you can't make it, you can watch it from the comfort of your own home when it streams live on the Bowery Presents YouTube channel.
An updated list of dates and those song streams below...
Savoir Adore at Knitting Factory last month (more by Sachyn Mital)
There's a few chances to catch Savoir Adore singer Deidre Munro in NYC this weekend. First, she'll play tonight (11/2) with her solo project-turned-band Deidre & the Dark at Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood, Queens (657 Fairview Ave) with fellow Brooklynites Ski Lodge and French Horn Rebellion (DJ). The show is a halloween party and there will be prizes for the best costume. $8 advance tickets are still available and it's $10 at the door with a costume, $12 without.
Then on Saturday (11/3), Deidre will play again, this time as a member of Savoir Adore with another Brooklyn band bill of Jarana Beat and Slowdance at the Brooklyn Museum. The show is part of Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, for which admission is totally free and includes access to galleries, tours, an interactive space, a light show, and more. The full schedule for this Saturday is HERE. Though note: "Please note, due to Hurricane Sandy the programming schedule for the November 3 Target First Saturday may continue to change", AND NO DANCING.
In related news, right next door to the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden will be reopened with free admission all weekend, starting today and lasting through Sunday.
A video of Savoir Adore playing "Dreamers" at WFUV below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Rufus the cat getting good use out of CMJ badge (via @robotsvsghosts)
Oh hey, it's CMJ time again (Wednesday to be exact). Here's a little recap of what BrooklynVegan did on Tuesday (10/17) night with some you-are-there type Instagrams. (Follow along in real time with @Brooklynvegan on Instagram or @BVpics and @bvCMJ on Twitter.) Here we go...
Ghost Wave @ Le Poisson Rouge
I was a little thrown off Tuesday as my original plan revolved around seeing French acts Bertrand Burgalat and Juveniles at the Union Square Ballroom. When both canceled last-minute, I had zero plan. After picking up my badge (a breeze) at Judson Memorial Church, I headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for some of the New Zealand showcase that's become an annual CMJ kickoff event at the Village venue. I caught the latter half of Ghost Wave (horrible name, but pretty good classic Flying Nun-style indie) and stuck around for about half of Die! Die! Die! whose blitzkrieg punk was certainly fun to watch.
I then hoofed it over to the L.E.S. where fellow BV writer Andrew Sacher already was... (-Bill)
Indians @ The Living Room (via @llllbfgllll)
The ease of making a record by yourself in your bedroom has inspired countless artists to do so, resulting in a ton of filler, but every now and then some real gems pop up. If you're looking to find a new one of those gems at this year's CMJ, Copenhagen's Indians (aka Soren Lokke Juul) is a good place to start. He played his first CMJ show at Living Room last night (10/16) for a WFUV showcase, and though he didn't have the highest attendance (early Tuesday is tough), those who were there were attentive the whole show. Rather than hiding his voice behind reverb or distortion like many of his peers, Soren's voice is his strong point. He belted out every song while providing piano, acoustic guitar, drum loops, and ambient backing tracks. Even on his own everything was well put together, so when Soren begins playing with a full band (like the one in his 4AD Session video), it feels pretty safe to say it's gonna be great. You can catch Indians again tonight (10/17) at the Hype Machine party at Brooklyn Bowl and Thursday at Fader Fort.
Quilt @ Arlene's Grocery (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Boston's Quilt made their way over to NYC last night for their only CMJ show this year, the Easy Apple/Vinyl District/Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records showcase at Arlene's Grocery. The band have been in NYC a bunch of times (they called it their home away from last night) but I've somehow managed to miss them every time until last night, and glad I finally caught them. They filled the venue with trippy Haight-Ashbury vibes, and still managed to sound fresh despite their obvious lineage to an era which is almost half a century old. I guess I had assumed they'd be playing acoustic guitars, but they went strictly electric and still captured the delicate folkiness of the record -- plus it allowed them to throw in some noise freakouts. The band were charming on stage too, cracking tongue-in-cheek jokes about how Flea is no longer in their band, and they gave a shoutout to Bob Weir, who turned 65 yesterday and said he was on stage with them on spirit (which also came off as a joke, but to some extent, they weren't wrong).
If you haven't heard Quilt's self titled LP which came out in 2011 on Mexican Summer, you can stream it at bandcamp. They'll be back in NYC to open for The Fresh & Onlys on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. (-Andrew)
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Foxygen @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
After seeing Quilt at Arlene's Grocery with Andrew, I walked over to Mercury Lounge (a trip Michael Cera needed a car for in Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist) for the showcase put on by our West Coast blog friends Aquarium Drunkard. Waiting in line to get in I met, Foxygen singer Sam France's two aunts and grandmother who were very, very proud of him. Not sure if they had an influence on me, but I thought Foxygen was the best thing I saw last night, a confident melange of late '60s / early '70s psych pop and glam that was exemplified by the closing number that seemed to merge "Under My Thumb" and "Suspicious Minds" into a new baby. France was a funny frontman too who seems to really enjoy the frontman role. Catch them at our day party on Friday.
Tashaki Miyaki @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki were up next. I enjoy their hazy sound (Mazzy Star-esque as noted before) but they were not completely on their game last night, though their laconic vibe is a tough follow to Foxygen's showmanship. I spent much of their set trying to figure out how leftie guitarist played his righthanded instrument upside down. (Some brains just work that way.) Still, current single "Best Friend" sounded pretty sweet, and they should be a nice soundtrack to the early afternoon of our Saturday day party at Public Assembly (where you can catch them again while getting a free tattoo).
BV photographer Amanda Hatfield (her cat Rufus is at the top of this post), who had been at Ben Gibbard's intimate HiFi show earlier in the evening, tried to get in to Mercury Lounge but found it sold out, or badged-out or both. Some venues adopt a one-in-one out policy during CMJ, others give you a stamp that allows you to get back in anytime and others have the old "no reentry" policy, though you don't see that so much in the 10 years since the smoking band came into effect. Whatever way, it pays to show up early to something you really want to see.
Orwells at Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
At midnight it was the NYC debut of Chicago's The Orwells whose album is out on Autumn Tone records (which is run by Justin of Aquarium Drunkard). All still in High School (or should be) and looked it too, they cranked out a hyper set of angst-fueled garage pop driven by wild-eyed frontman Mario Cuomo (not that one) who stalked the stage and generally went apeshit. In a well-worn Batman tee, he definitely brings the danger to The Orwells that otherwise look like someone's nice younger brothers. They were all clearly stoked to be playing New York City. They're playing many times this week, including an opening slot on our Saturday day party at Public Assembly.
Then I went to bed. It was only Tuesday, plenty of late nights to come. (-BIll)
What are you seeing tonight?
Savoir Adore played two CMJ shows last night, and one as part of the pre-CMJ Conflict of Interest party on Monday night at Rebel NYC. We missed all three, but check out a video from the Monday one, and a video of Spacehog playing "In the Meantime" at Rockwood Music Hall (true story), below...
DOWNLOAD: Blessed Feathers - "Winter Sister" (MP3)
Wisconsin folk duo Blessed Feathers released their debut EP, Ocean of Weeds, earlier this month, and you can stream the entire thing below. The EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) and also features Thor Harris of Swans. You can also grab a free MP3 of one of its tracks, "Winter Sister," at the top of this post, and check out the video for another, "Holyoke/Springfield," below.
The band just landed in NYC for CMJ, and you'll have a number of chances to see them, including the free BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19), where they'll play an opening set in the back room at noon.
In addition to that, they'll play the SESAC showcase at Cake Shop tonight (10/17); the Popular/MCT day party at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/18) with GHXST, Savoir Adore, Ambassadors, Santah, and Royal Canoe; the Fred Perry Artist Lounge at Stratosphere Sound Recording Studios on Thursday with The Luyas, Poor Moon, Foxygen, Ape School, So So Glos, Slug Guts, and Bleeding Rainbow; the Planetary Group day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19) with The Orwells, The Intelligence, San Cisco, Turbo Fruits, Rah Rah, Twerps, The Trouble with Templeton, Tim Chaisson, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Elephant Stone, and Ditka; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on Saturday (10/20).
A list of all Blessed Feathers dates, a flyer for their CMJ shows, EP stream, and video are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Copenhagen 4AD signees Indians (the project of Søren Løkke Juul ) already released some great singles this year and he's now announced that he'll release his debut album, Somewhere Else, on January 29 via the label. The album will include his new single, "Cakelakers," which you can stream/download via a widget below. If you enjoyed his other singles, this one's further proof that his album is something to look forward to.
Indians will be in NYC this week for CMJ, where he'll play the WFUV showcase at Living Room TONIGHT (10/16) at 7 PM with Savoir Adore (7:40), Wax Poetic (8:20), and Little Green Cars (9:00); the Hype Machine "Handpicked" show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (10/17) with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Virgins, The Neighbourhood, Sua, Jjamz, and DJ Goldroom (free with RSVP); and the Fader Fort at Converse Rubber Tracks on October 18.
Speaking of Little Green Cars, who also play the WFUV showcase at Living Room today, the Glassnote-signed Dubliners are also playing a KEXP show at CMJ Union (10/18) and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos (10/20).
A list of all Indians dates and the MP3 widget are below.
photos by Sachyn Mital
Savoir Adore @ Knitting Factory, 10/9/2012
Savoir Adore celebrated the imminent release of their second album, Our Nature, with a record release show at Knitting Factory last night (10/9) and pictures from their performance are in this post. If you missed their show last night, NYC folk can catch the band twice on Tuesday (10/16): at 7 PM they'll play the WFUV showcase at The Living Room; and then they'll hit Santos later (10:25 PM) as part of the Neon Gold CMJ showcase with Queen of Hearts, Blackbird Blackbird, Robert DeLong, Ghost Beach, Alex Winston, RAC and Viceroy (tickets). The band are also out on tour with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe and those dates are here.
Meanwhile, you can stream Our Nature in full over at My Old Kentucky Blog. More pictures from Knitting Factory are below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned previously, Savoir Adore's new album, Our Nature, is out next week and the band have just released a new single from the record. "Empire of Light" is one of the more contemplative, ethereal tracks on the album which in general is a bit more groove-oriented than their first. We've got the premiere of the track's video that has the band piled in a Sprinter van driving around sun-dappled upstate New York. You can check it out below.
Savoir Adore play a record release party for Our Nature in NYC tonight (10/9) at Knitting Factory with tourmates Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets are still available but if you're like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Contest details and the video for "Empire of Light" are below.
Complex is throwing a big, free, multi-genre, non-CMJ party during CMJ at Brooklyn's House of Vans on October 18. The show's got two stages -- a rap and a rock stage -- with the rap stage being headlined by Action Bronson and the rock stage by Interpol frontman Paul Banks. The rest of the lineup includes The Alchemist, Ratking, Ka, Spaceghostpurrp, Savages, Savoir Adore, and a surprise special guest. RSVP is required for the free show and you must be 21+. The flier is below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Action Bronson in NYC even sooner when he plays a free show at Public Assembly on October 10, and he'll also be back for a show at Highline Ballroom on October 30 with Cypress Hill.
We also just mentioned that Hot Charity signees Ratking have CMJ shows scheduled including free shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge on October 19 and a not-free show at Glasslands on October 20.
Savages have a number of CMJ shows scheduled too. They're playing Mercury Lounge on October 19 with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, Emma Louise, and J. Thoven. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but you can still try to get in with your CMJ badge. They also play the Stereogum showcase with Dum Dum Girls, Guards, Port. St Willow, IO ECHO, and Icona Pop (DJ) (tickets), and it was just announced that they'll play the free Bowery Presents day party on October 20 at Pianos with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Opossom, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
The flier for the Complex show and an updated list of Action Bronson and Paul Banks dates are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Andrew WK at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As part of David Blaine's Ultrabook Experience event, "Electrified," Andrew W.K. will perform a unique keyboard solo using a tesla coil powered instrument in which David Blaine will be imprisoned as 1,000,000 volts of party music surge through his body. Presented by Intel, "Electrified" will find the master magician this weekend standing on a 20-foot-high platform at Hudson River Park Pier 54 in New York, surrounded by seven towering metallic orbs - or tesla coils - that will stream 1 million volts of electricity around him for 3 days and 3 nights. The sounds W.K. creates with this groundbreaking new musical instrument will send electric currents through Blaine's entire body!The "Electrified" event will go down 10/5 - 10/8 but you can look for Andrew WK to play his solo on Sunday 10/7 at 7:30PM at 13th St and 11th Ave. Alternatively, check it out on youtube who will streaming the entire event.
UPDATE: There's an RSVP
Besides that "electrifying" performance (I'll be here all week!), Andrew WK will be hosting/DJing The Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ Conflict Of Interest show on 10/15 at Rebel NYC (251 West 30th Street, New York) alongside performances from Savoir Adore, Team Spirit, Pacific Air and The Hounds Below. Doors are at 7PM and the show is free with RSVP.
by Bill Pearis
CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.
Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."
Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.
The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Stars / Diamond Rings at Webster Hall, 9/22/2012
Stars played twice in NYC on Saturday (9/22), playing an "early" show (meaning done at the usual time) at a sold-out Webster Hall followed by a later show that night at Mercury Lounge with Savoir Adore. Both shows, and the rest of their current tour, are in support of Stars' fine new album, The North.
The tour with Diamond Rings, who joined them at Webster Hall with California Wives, stretches till late November, at which point Stars will hop the pond to play a string of dates in the EU. Diamond Rings, meanwhile, will continue to tour North America with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on December 4 in support of his new album, Free Dimensional. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (9/28) with a AmEx presale happening Wednesday (9/26).
All Stars and Diamond Rings tour dates and more pictures from Webster Hall are below.