Entries tagged with: Sean Nicholas Savage
by Bill Pearis
With his band Mood Rings currently in a holding pattern, William Fussel has launched a new project, titled Promise Keeper. If you liked Mood Rings' shimmery, sultry single "The Line" chances are you'll like Promise Keeper which is decidedly more on the electro/new romantic soulful pop side (by way of '80s Michael Mann soundtracks). Official singles are still to come but you can stream "Bland Luxury" below.
Promise Keeper will be on tour with Montreal's Sean Nicholas Savage starting this weekend, and that's an appropriate pairing. They'll be in NYC for CMJ, with two shows on their schedule. They're scheduled to play Silent Barn on October 15 with SoftSpot and Heat Scale (the venue, which had a fire a few weeks ago, say they expect be reopened by then. Check the facebook event page before heading that way). Then they'll be DJing as part of the Cascine/Arbutus CMJ Happy Hour party happening on October 16 at Wythe Hotel's Ides rooftop bar, which also has Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, and Better Person spinning. That's free and more info is here.
All tour dates are listed below...
photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis
Kirin / Sean / Dev / Weyes Blood @ Elvis Guesthouse 4/17/2015
Kirin J Callinan invited pals Sean Nicholas Savage and Dev Hynes to test out new material at Elvis Guesthouse on Friday night (4/17). It was done mostly karaoke style, with each of them performing to backing tracks off their ipods, iphones and laptops. (Kirin and Dev both played a little guitar, too.) Dev's set was the longest, featuring maybe five new songs, most of which sounded fairly fully formed. The night ended with a group sing-a-long of "New York, New York."
The night, which was a free party also had a guest appearance by Doldrums' Airick Woodhead who sang a new song that his band would also do later that night at nearby Mercury Lounge. Weyes Blood, onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown, and PC Music's QT were also hanging out, and Spank Rock and Fascinator were the evening's DJs. For happening at such a tiny spot, Elvis Guesthouse never got too packed and was a fun, very informal night. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Elvis Guesthouse below...
Kirin & Sean
Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:
CANADA'S GREATEST ~ YE YA HERD ME ~ Sean Nicholas Savage AND I ARE SITTIN ON A COUCH RI NOW ~ BUT CUM FRI NITE N WE'LL B DOIN BACK-2-BACK SING-A-LONG KARAOKE RENDITIONS OF OUR VERY OWN FRONT 2 BACK CATALOGUES AKA OLD + VERY VERY NEW SONGS @ ELVIS GUEST HOUSE MANHATTAN ... JUZ B CUZ WE CAN.On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.
WHAT'S MORE >> IT'S FREE. YUP. 4 FREE. R U KIDDING ME?
Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...
Heat @ Union Pool during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal was just here for CMJ, hosting a nine-hour showcase on Friday (10/24) at Arlene's Grocery with Lydia Ainsworth, HEAT, Homeshake, The Muscadettes and more. If you went, how was it? Those artists and a lot more will also be playing the ninth edition of the actual M for Montreal festival which happens in the Quebec city from November 19-22. Like the last few years, the first two days of M are more of an industry event with only "official selection" showcases, including performances by Operators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ainsworth, July Talk, HEAT and more. Then on the weekend it moves into proper festival mode with shows all over the city and bands from all over the world, including Thee Oh Sees, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins, The Blind Shake, Nils Frahm, PyPy, Moon King, and lots more.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad
Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]
Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.
Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There will be a lot of Montreal acts in NYC this weekend, and a lot of them will be at a late-night dance party on Friday (8/15) at Palisades that's being presented by Arbutus Records. The night features Austra's Katie Stelmanis DJing under the name Ketsup, plus DJ sets from Doldrums, and SMALL MOSHEEIN, as well as a live set from RAMZi. Tickets are on sale now.
To get a sense of what Katie does as Ketsup, you can stream a mix she made below. You can also stream a couple releases from RAMZi (aka Phoebé Guillemot) below as well.
Doldrums will also be playing live this weekend too, Saturday (8/16) at Silent Barn with Dadras, Patricia and another Montreal group, She-Devils. Hopefully this will be the same trio version of Doldrums that toured with Owen Pallet and features both Airick Woodhead, his brother Daniel and Maddy Wilde (both of whom are in Moon King). They were great when they played Baby's All Right back in June. That show is $10 at the door. Doldrums will be back in October, opening for EMA at Bowery Ballroom.
Speaking of Arbutus, another of the label's artists, Sean Nicholas Savage, is also in town this weekend, opening up for Blood Orange at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (8/16) afternoon. That show is free. He's also playing Friday night at Death by Audio with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper, and CE Schneider Topical. If you're unfamiliar with Savage, he blends sophisticated songwriting with a lo-fi bedroom pop aesthetic and is crazy prolific -- this year's Bermuda Waterfall was his 11th album since 2008. Stream it at Rdio and check out his 2011 cassette, Flamingo, below.
More streams, and show flyers, also below...
Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.
As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.
All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...
TOKiMONSTA is playing Le Poisson Rouge on October 4 with Made In Heights. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Slavve are playing a free show at Rough Trade on August 2.
Soupcans, Pampers, Ultrathin and Chat Logs are playing Death by Audio on August 2. $8 at the door.
Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam and Cousin Brian are playing Death by Audio on August 8. $8 at the door.
Boytoy, Painted Zeroes, The Howl and Honduras are playing Death by Audio on August 9. $7 at the door.
Sleepies, Kal Marks, Left & Right and Washer are playing Death by Audio on August 13. $8 at the door.
Lodro, Waltz and Electroputas are playing Death by Audio on August 14. $8 at the door.
Sean Nicholas Savage is playing Death by Audio on August 15 with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper and CE Schneider Tropical the day before his free Central Park Summerstage show with Blood Orange. DbA show is $8 at the door.
Pharmakon, Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival are playing Death by Audio on August 29. $10 at the door.
Dry The River and Nathaniel Rateliff are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general onsale Friday (7/25) at noon.
Comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Andrew Bird in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
NYC's Summerstage 2014 schedule was just announced and as always it features a number of free and not-free "benefit" shows in Central Park. Some highlights of the free shows include:
6/28 - 'Club Classics Live!' featuring Sam Sparro; Ultra Naté; Kevin Aviance; Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic); Company Freak w/ special guests. Plus DJ set by Andre Collins, curated by Jason KingPaid shows include Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.
7/8 - Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory and Luke Temple
7/9 - Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)
7/12 - Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)
7/13 - Bonobo and Cibo Matto (celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer)
7/21 - Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes, Mike + Ruthy, Nyraine, Amanda Palmer, Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root), The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc
8/2 - Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Hurray for the RIff Raff
8/16 - Blood Orange, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage (in association with Okayplayer)
Full Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
King Krule at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Phantogram @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
King Krule @ Webster Hall
Archie Marshall is an old soul trapped in a minor's body, a dichotomy made apparent on his terrific debut album, Six Feet Beneath the Moon, which mixes thoughtful songwriting with modern productions touches. Tonight's sold out.
Ida Maria @ Rough Trade
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria, once known for her wildcard electric performances, returns for her first NYC shows in some time. Will "Oh My God" still have the same punch?
Foley, The Dirty Nil, Shy Hunters, Tyburn Saints @ Glasslands
Tonight's finally the NYC debut of Canada punk rippers The Dirty Nil, who were supposed to play here in October but had to cancel at the last minute. If you like your punk quick and dirty, check this band out.
Phantogram, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Weeknight @ Terminal 5
While fans wait for Phantogram's new album, they can hear a few new songs -- like "Lights" from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack -- tonight at Terminal 5.
Sean Nicholas Savage, Zula, Regal Degal, Softspot @ Death By Audio
Prolific and a little eccentric, Montreal artist Sean Nicholas Savage mixes genres with abandon, as heard most recently on this year's Other Life, which came out on Arbutus Records (home of Grimes, Doldrums and more).
Dapwell from Das Racist (DJ set), The Kominas, Gandu Cirus, Ashni, Cerenkov, Gabe Merizalde @ Pianos
This is an afterparty for the South Asian Film Festival which is going on in NYC this week. Massachusetts band The Kominas headline, followed by a DJ set from onetime Das Racist member, Dapwell.
GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Aaron Roche @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.
Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
With close to fifty years of pop/rock songwriting and a new album out this year that at least Rolling Stone likes, Elton John takes over MSG for what will surely be a night of hits.
Nothing Changes w/ Mueran Humanos, Reverso @ Home Sweet Home
South American synth-goths Mueran Humanos headline this week's edition of the popular late-night darkwave party.
O'Death, The Woes @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn's O'Death have been kicking for quite a while now, making their dark brand of gothic alt-country.
Occultation, Survival, Yautja, Razorheads @ Acheron
Occultation, the spooky rock/metal band featuring the guitarist of weirdo black metal act Negative Plane, kick off a week-long tour with a BK appearance alongside up-and-coming Nashville grinders Yautja and locals Razorheads and Survival (not the Liturgy side project)." Or something.
Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Ali Wong, Andy Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Chris Tellez, and Joe DeRosa.
Melissa Laveaux, Stranger Cat @ Cameo
Paris-via-Ottawa singer Melissa Laveaux comes to NYC to headline this show, and there's pretty great local support from Cat Martino's new electronic project Stranger Cat.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
The Bushwick Block Party is returning this year on July 27 across multiple stages on Moore Street between Bogart & White. This year's party is being headlined by Queens rapper Action Bronson, and also features sets by Pictureplane, Jamaican Queens, MC Todd, Death Threat, World's Fair, Galeon, Full Service, The Moon Dudes, Big Ups, Joe Bickle and more, plus the Tiki Disco.
The party runs from noon to 11 PM, and as usual, it's being presented by Bushwick pizza place Roberta's, so there will be tons of pizza from them plus a bunch of food trucks, including one from Action Bronson. 10% of all pizza sales benefit St. John's Bread & Life. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer for the party below.
In related news, you can also catch Jamaican Queens (ex-Prussia) sooner than that when they bring their tour with Sean Nicholas Savage to Brooklyn on July 18 at 285 Kent (tickets). Since we last spoke, art pop band Blanche Blanche Blanche and Regal Degal were added to that show as well.
Bushwick Block Party flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Montreal's Arbutus-signed Sean Nicholas Savage has been at it for a few years now, but he's been getting a lot more attention this year, possibly due in part to the increased success of his Montreal friends/Arbutus labelmates (Grimes, Doldrums, Majical Cloudz). Sean's new album, Other Life, came out this week (5/28), and it should appeal to fans of the nostalgia-pop of Ariel Pink or John Maus. We previously posted one of its tracks, "She Looks Like You." If you missed it, you can stream that one below, along with two other album cuts, "More Than I Love Myself" and "Lonely Woman," and the video for the title track (via Pitchfork).
Sean will be supporting the new album on a short North American tour this summer with Prussia-related band Jamaican Queens. That tour hits NYC on July 18 at 285 Kent. Advance tickets for that show are not on sale at the moment, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with streams and video, below...
Mykki Blanco at Official BV SXSW 2013 Showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is on a tour now, which includes a previously mentioned hometown show on April 2 at Bowery Ballroom. Since we first posted that show, openers were announced -- DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, and Ian Isiah -- and tickets are still available. The tour also hits the Ivy League circuit with stops in Princeton, NJ for a Princeton University show at Terrace Club and New Haven, CT for a Yale University show at Toad's Place. All tour dates are listed below.
Mykki's Yale show is with Pictureplane, who he also shared a bill with at the BrooklynVegan Official SXSW showcase (pics of that are HERE and HERE), along with Beat Culture and Physical Therapy. Pictureplane is also heading out as a support act on the second leg of Crystal Castles' upcoming tour.
Meanwhile, Doldrums, who also played a BrooklynVegan show at SXSW this year opens the first leg of Crystal Castles' tour. His tour also hits NYC for shows on April 13 at 285 Kent with Arbutus labelmate Sean Nicholas Savage (listen to a track below) and on May 8 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the 285 Kent show and the Mercury show are still available.
All Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, Crystal Castles, and Doldrums dates are listed, along with a stream of Mykki's free mixtape and that Sean Nicholas Savage track, below...
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
by Bill Pearis
Making good use of those year-long visas, Montreal trio Parlovr are heading back down to the States next week for a short North East tour, with two stops here in NYC: Wednesday, July 21 for an early show at Mercury Lounge and and Friday, July 23 at Knitting Factory. Both show are with fellow Montreal act Suuns. (More on them further down this post.)
Parlovr's 2008 debut just got a belated stateside release -- download "Pen to the Paper" at the top of this post -- and the band are about to head back into the studio for its follow-up. As I've said before, they're an entertaining live band. Here's what I wrote from last year's M for Montreal:
The band's self-titled, self-released 2008 album does not do them justice, making them sound like a Wolf Parade Jr. Live, Parlovr are way more energetic, fun and melodic -- though it may have also had something to do with a fair amount of new material in their set. Singers Louis Jackson and Alex Cooper semi face each other from opposite sides of the stage rocking back and forth like manic Drinking Birds, flipping their '90s skate rat hair around, while mountain man drummer Jeremy MacCuish holds down the beat. They clearly enjoy playing, and it's a lot of fun to watch too.Be sure to watch Parlovr's two new Takeaway shows which are at the bottom of this post. One of them features an unexpected run-in with a Montreal councilman, the outcome of which probably wouldn't happen in NYC.
After their U.S. jaunt, Parlovr will head back to Montreal, where they'll play a free warm-up party for the Osheaga Festival on July 29 at Cafe Campus that is being sponsored by Brooklyn Vegan, M for Montreal, Canadian music mag Exclaim and Blue Skies Turn Black. The 2010 Osheaga Festival is July 31 and August 1, with Arcade Fire, Weezer, Pavement, The National and Metric among the bands playing.
Meanwhile, Suuns will continue on in the U.S. after their dates with Parlovr. The band, who until just a couple month ago were known as Zeroes, will hit the road, opening for some of the dates on Land of Talk's fall tour. (Their portion of the tour will end before Land of Talk plays Bowery on November 6 though.) The band's EP, Zeroes, is quite good, sounding a little bit like Clinic -- dark and claustrophobic but also capable of going epic, as on "Arena" which you can download at the top of this post. This will be a good double-bill.
Those two Parlovr takeaway shows, flyers and tour dates for both Parlovr and Suuns are after the jump.