Entries tagged with: Selebrities
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone's new album, Move in Spectrums, is out September 25. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht from Violens, the album is their most immediate, beat-driven album to date. The second single from the album is "Crazy" which is as close to "rock" as they've ever gotten. You can stream it, along with the video for first single "Somebody Who," below.
Erika, Annie and Heather will be heading to Europe next week for a tour but will be on the road in North America next month. Those dates include a NYC show during CMJ, headlining the French Music Bureau Export showcase at Highline Ballroom on October 16 with Lou Doillon and Selebrities. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with track stream and video, below.
Tashaki Miyaki @ Glasslands, August 2012 (more by Don Gochenour)
Hoax @ Acheron in January (more by Sarja Hasan)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Monogold, The Canon Logic, Tashaki Miyaki, Modern Rivals @ Pianos
Monogold's Pianos residency continues tonight and if you need a little extra incentive to check it out, LA band Tashaki Miyaki are on the bill too. Their sound -- dreamy post-VU Sunday morning strumming -- isn't anything new, but also never gets old.
Hoax, Crazy Spirit, Warthog, Pharmakon @ 538 Johnson
Perpare for war. A Hoax show in 538 Johnson will be nothing short of utter punk rock mayhem, and add in support from the great Crazy Spirit, the similarly good Warthog, and the industrial/noise of Pharmakon, you have a hell of a show. Not. To. Be. Missed.
Blanche Blanche Blanche, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, The Great Valley, Son of Salami @ Silent Barn
Blanche Blanche Blanche are still riding high off the release of this year's Wooden Ball, a freaky mix of psychedelia and art pop, and they've been playing many Brooklyn shows since. Tonight they're at DIY spot Silent Barn with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, The Great Valley, and Son of Salami.
Selebrities, Psychic Twin, Softspot, Celeste @ 285 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn's Selebrities recall the early '80s days when post-punk discovered synthesizers and pop melodies at the same time. Their new album, Lovely Things, came out earlier this summer and is worth a listen on Spotify.
Weird Womb (record release), The Dardys, Dutch Bats @ Cake Shop
Grimy punks Weird Womb release their "Ruined in the '90s" 7" this week and tonight's the official release show. Stream a track below.
New Power Generation, Secret Band @ City Winery
It's "Purple Week" at City Winery and tonight's show is not Prince (or an artist formerly known as that) but it is members of his sometimes backing band, New Power Generation, plus the promise of "very special guests." For the price of these tickets, they better be special.
Chicago @ Seaside Concerts
You may have forgotten just how many horn-filled hits Chicago had over the years, but it's more than you remember. (Or if you just watched Larry David's HBO comedy, Clear History, maybe you do remember.) Here's a good opportunity to hear them all, for free, against a beachy backdrop.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Bonnie MacFarlane, Chris Kelly, Ben Kronberg, and Jacqueline Novak.
Q-Tip (#Offline) @ Output
Q-Tip's weekly #Offline party, now at Output, aims to recreate the vibe of '90s clubs when most of us weren't staring at our phones all the time.
Father Figures, Helen Gillet, The Happy Maladies @ Death By Audio
Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is known for punk, garage, metal and most things loud, but tonight's definitely a bit different: Cincinnati's neo-classical Happy Maladies, New Orleans singer-songwriter Helen Gillet who performs with a cello, and local jazz act Father Figures.
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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by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Brooklyn synthpop act Selebrities have a new album, Lovely Things, out June 25 on the Cascine label. You may have already heard first single "Temporary Touch" and we've got the premiere of a remix of that track by their labelmates Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning). As you might expect from a bassist, Russ replaces the more driving line of the original with a fatter, funkier one, emphasizing groove over atmosphere. You can stream it below.
Both Selebrities and Rush Midnight will play tonight (6/13) at Cameo in NYC as part of the Cascine / Newtown Radio Northside Festival showcase. It's one of the more sonically cohesive nights of the fest, with every band mining some facet of early '80s electropop, including the romo-leaning Ice Choir, and the UK's Chad Valley. Tickets are still available or you can try to get in with your Northside Badge. Flyer for the show is below.
Also playing are Los Angeles duo Kisses, whose new album, Kids in L.A., was apparently based on Bret Easton Ellis' Regan-era classic, Less Than Zero, and is quite good. Carrying on with that vibe -- and pretty much nailing it -- is the video for their song "Huddle" that is only missing an Andrew McCarthy cameo. You can watch it below too.
If you can't make it tonight, Kisses will be back next month at Mercury Lounge. Stream, video and Northside showcase flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
San Francisco producer oOoOO has put out a few solid EPs on the Tri Angle label over the past couple of years, and now he's finally set to release his debut full length, which is called Without Your Love. The album will come out on June 24 via his own label which is called Nihjgt Feelings, and no, that wasn't a typo. oOoOO has released two singles from the album so far, including the super-dark "Mouchette" and "Stay Here," which features some auto-tuned R&B vocals from ML. Check those out, along with the album art and tracklist, below.
As mentioned, oOoOO will be going on a tour with Groundislava, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, both artists will play their own shows at Brooklyn venue Glasslands before the tour begins. oOoOO's show is a previously discussed date happening on May 23 with Selebrities and Dark Sister. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win tickets are below.
In related news, we recently posted pictures and a video from oOoOO collaborator Butterclock on BV Chicago.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams and album info, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn quartet Selebrities will release their new album, Lovely Things, on June 25 via the Cascine label. You can stream the crystalline first single, "Temporary Touch," and check out album art and tracklist below.
The band have a couple local shows coming up. They'll play Glasslands on May 23 with oOoOO and Dark Sister (tickets); and then Cameo on June 13 for what is an extremely stacked bill if you like '80s style synthpop. Chad Valley headlines, and the line-up also includes fellow Cascine artists Kisses, Rush Midnight and (non-Cascine band) Ice Choir, plus DJ sets from Airbird and Chocolate Bobka (there's a name we haven't heard in a while). Tickets to that show, a Cascine & Newtown Radio showcase which is part of the 2013 Northside Festival, are on sale now or you can try and get in with your Northside badge if you have one of those.
Speaking of, Rush Midnight (aka onetime Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning) just released a new single, the laid back and sultry "Don't Give Me Your Love," while he finishes up his debut album. You can check out the video for the song and a remix by Lemonade, below. Rush Midnight plays Friday night (5/3) at Mercury Lounge with Candide and Rioux. Tickets to that show are still available.
And more related news, Kisses (which is Jesse Kivel of Princeton and Zinzi Edmundson) will release their second album, Kids in LA, on May 14 which is also on Cascine. The album was produced by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs, and the two bands certainly share a love of classic pop and vintage synthesizers. This is superior modern synthpop with big hooks and fresh production and you can stream a couple tracks (including terrific single "The Hardest Part") below.
Kisses and Chad Valley tour dates are listed, along with previously mentioned song streams, below.
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
by Bill Pearis
Jonquil member Hugo Manuel released his debut album as Chad Valley last November via Cascine. The album, which features guest appearances by Twin Shadow, El Perro del Mar, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is glistening dancepop that takes '80s influences and brings them into the now. (His voice is, at times, eerily reminiscent of Tears for Fears' Roland Orzibal.) You can stream the whole thing below.
Chad Valley are going on tour this spring, including two shows in NYC; April 12 at Glasslands with Rush Midnight (tickets); and Mercury Lounge on April 13 with Selebrities (tickets). All Chad Valley dates are listed below.
If you're interested in seeing the openers for both of Chad Valley's NYC shows before April, Rush Midnight and Selebrities are playing together with Bowmont and fellow Cascine recording artist Wildarms on DJ duty at Glasslands on Thursday (2/28). Tickets are still available and the flyer for that show is below.
Brooklyn dance duo French Horn Rebellion released the Love is Dangerous EP at the tail end of last year. The record contained "Cold Enough," which paired the band's already '80s-pop-leaning sound with vocals from actual '80s pop star Jody Watley and you can stream that track below. The EP's title track, meanwhile, featured vocals from The Knocks' JPatt and you can stream that below too, plus a few remixes.
French Horn Rebellion play Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/18) where they'll make their debut as an eight-piece band. Helping out will be Le Tigre's JD Samson. Also playing are synth-poppers Selebrites. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other tour dates lined-up and those are below, along with those song streams.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Cocorosie / Jean Grae
The third annual Tinderbox Music Festival went down across three stages at Webster Hall this past Sunday (11/11). The festival aims to showcase "powerful, diverse, and innovative female artists and female-fronted bands" and this year's fest included Cocorosie, Jean Grae, Selebrities, Sirius Plan, Mal Blum (who plays Mercury Lounge on 12/11 with Zoe Boekbinder and tickets go on sale Monday [11/19] at noon), and more.
The festival doubles as a benefit show, and like in past years proceeds went to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Girls Write Now, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, but due to recent circumstances, this year they also donated part of the proceeds to New York Cares to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Glamour Magazine talked to Sierra from Cocorosie right after the show:
Glamour: How do you feel right now after this amazing performance?What, what was the question? Read the rest of the interview at Glamour (yes, Glamour).
Sierra: I feel very lucky. I feel really blessed. The main thing we try to do is find our fear and run towards it. So lucky to have [Bianca] because there have been moments when I didn't have the courage to go through what I have, so I feel great. There are artists who have to do this, totally solo. I don't think I could do that, so working with fear is a big thing for me. For young artists and women, working with fear is probably what inspires us the most.
More pictures of many of the artists who played the festival, Cocorosie crowdsurfing included, and a few videos, below...
This Sunday (11/11) is the third-annual Tinderbox Music Festival which "powerful, diverse, and innovative female artists and female-fronted bands." We already mentioned that the line-up includes headliners Cocorosie but will also feature Jean Grae (who playes the Hurricane Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory on Thursday), Selebrities, Lili Haydn, Computer Magic, Hard Nips and more. Full line-up, which takes over all three stages at Webster Hall, is below.
Like the two years past, Tinderbox fest goes to support the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Girls Write Now, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, but this year part of the net proceeds will go to New York Cares helping with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief. Tickets ($25) are still available. We're also giving a pair of tickets away and details on how to enter are below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
Com Truise at Public Assembly earlier this month (more by Ryan Muir)
Princeton, NJ's Com Truise and Tobacco teamed up for some dates, including one in Philly last night (4/18) and another in Brooklyn tonight, Thursday (4/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Beacon, Shine 2009, and Selebrities. Tickets are still available.
The shows with Com Truise are the only dates listed on Tobacco's calendar other than a show at Poughkeepsie's Vassar College on 4/20. Com Truise, on the other hand, will continue touring the US this month, head to the UK in May, and was just announced on the lineup of this summer's North Coast Music Festival in Chicago along with the Rapture, Dan Deacon, Big Boi and many more.
All tour dates, a video for Com Truise's "Hyper Lips" and a few remixes are below...
The "special guest" playing Pianos Friday night with Selebrities is Puro Instinct whose tour with John Maus just brought them to both Glasslands and Mercury Lounge. Pics from Mercury Lounge are on the way, and we already talked about Glasslands (though briefly). If you missed it, Bill wrote:
" I caught [John Maus and Puro Instinct[ at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young."What did you think?
The Pianos show is a benefit for human trafficking survivors and advanced tickets are on sale. Slowdance, Yvette, Care Bears on Fire (even younger than Puro Instinct) and Blissed Out DJs are also on the bill.
Updated Puro Instinct tour dates, and a video they posted with a current Kickstarter campaign they have going, below...
by Bill Pearis
Night two of the Northside Festival (6/17). Lots of good options. This is what I recommend. Whole schedule is here.
Apart from the outdoor Beirut show, I think the only show that is gonna prove to be tough to get into (for badgeholders) is the Sacred Bones/Stereogum showcase tonight at Public Assembly, due mainly to it being the U.S. debut of Denmark quartet Iceage. Their sound is on the punkier side of post-punk, slashy and tense and not without melody. Their live shows, in Denmark at least, are intense. Mind you, this won't be NYC-ers only chance to catch them.
The show is sold out so if you have a Northside badge you probably want to get there early. And of course Iceage are not the only reason to check out this show, and know if you like Iceage most of the bands should probably appeal to your sensibilities as well, even if you're going in blind. The Men were apparently awesome the other night at DBA, slaying down some sludgy Dino Jr style punk; and Cult Of Youth are like the Birthday Party doing sea chantys (kind of?). There's also Purient (Dom of Cold Cave), Pop. 1280 (anthemic indie rock w/ synth), Lost Tribe, Yellow Tears and Anasazi.
If you're over that way and find yourself shut out of Public Assembly, you might want to amble on down to Music Hall of Williamsburg just to check out the scene. I don't know a lot of the bands on the bill but I do like Selebrities who make New Order style pop. Their EP, Ladies Man Effect, is a free download over at their website and is worth doing so. Also playing MHoW are quality yelpy indie rockers Darlings, plus Like Diamonds, Rocky Buisness and Memberz Only.
Other good options for friday: Kanine Records has, like, most of their bands playing at Knitting Factory tonight, including Surfer Blood who'll also play the outdoor Guided by Voices show tomorrow. Also playing: Grooms, whose new album, Prom, is out next month; Eternal Summers who I think just keep getting better (and are pretty rockin' as a trio now); indiepop combo Dream Diary, Pepper Rabbit (folk pop from L.A.) and the tribal sounds of Zambri.
Or you could go to Glasslands to see Frankie Rose which is likely to be her last show for a while as she's gonna concentrate on making her second album for Slumberland. Her San Francisco pals and labelmates Brilliant Colors are also on the bill, who I like a lot too. There's also Regal Degal whose Speckled Fruit EP is worth seeking out at the merch table, plus Sherlock's Daughter (a band I thought only existed to open for canceled Charlatans shows).
I caught Aaron Pfenning's (ex-Chairlift) new group Rewards a couple weeks ago and was impressed, they play Cameo tonight at 9:15.
You could also blow off Northside for what might be cool overload at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Disco for Gavin Russom's Crystal Ark.
And if you need some new tunes, my new Summer Fridays mix is up over at Sound Bites. Flyers below...