Entries tagged with: September Girls
(photo by @joerussophoto)
Veteran UK alt-rock band James are in town this week, having played Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/21) as part of CMJ. In addition to songs off their 13th album, La Petite Mort, the Manchester band played crowd favorites such as "Born of Frustration," "Come Home" and "Say Something." Setlist below.
James have added another NYC show this week and it's in a much more intimate venue, headlining Rough Trade's free Friday (10/24) day party that also features Oscar, Pinact, September Girls and Adult Jazz. The show is all-ages and no wristband or RSVP is required.
photos by Chris La Putt
PINS @ Cameo / September Girls, CYMBALS, J. Fernandez @ Cake Shop
Before and after his visit to Puddles Pity Party, BV photographer Chris La Putt hit some CMJ shows on Tuesday (10/21). In the afternoon he went to the Cake Shop day party which had a nice selection of some of the week's busier acts, including sometimes Kurt Vile associate Boyd Shropshire, UK dance/rock act CYMBALS, Glasgow, Scotland's Casual Sex, Ireland's September Girls, and Chicago's J. Fernandez and Curtin. Then after Puddles, he stopped by Cameo in Williamsburg to check out Mancherster, England's punky PINS. Pictures from those sets are in this post.
You can also check out Amanda Hatfield's CMJ day 1 pics (Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, more) and stay tuned for lots more CMJ coverage. More from Cake Shop and Cameo below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Girlpool / Nai Harvest / September Girls / Ultimate Painting
The CMJ week day party action picked up on Wednesday (10/22) and Ludlow St is still a safe bet, as is the now-annual Kanine party at Pianos, which this year was co-sponsored by fellow indie label Slumberland and SESAC. A good portion of the BV staff was there -- we posted Flowers pictures already, and pics of the rest of the day are in this post.
Glasgow's Pinact started the day downstairs. Partially due to their two-piece set up and anthemic fuzz rock, it's been easy to compare them to Japandroids, but live they sounded a bit more like early Nirvana (his hair-covered face may have been part of this too). They were good, and definitely sounded full for a two-piece.
I missed SEOUL upstairs but caught the next act there: another two-piece rock band from across the Atlantic, the UK's Nai Harvest. Though he was going through two guitar amps and a bass amp, I noticed the lack of low end a little more with these guys, but they still put on a good show. Some of their songs (like "Hold Open My Head" and "Buttercups") have enough hooks to compete with the '90s indie rock bands they're obviously influenced by, so it'll be interesting to see where Nai Harvest go next. They played a couple new ones and said a new LP is coming next year.
After that, Literature and Girlpool played simultaneously upstairs and downstairs (respectively) and I caught a little of each. Literature's indie pop is clearly UK-inspired (down to the fake British accents) and though bands in this style can stereotypically be a little weak live, Literature were nothing of the sort. The drummer and both guitarists are super energetic on stage, and they clearly have a good time with it. At one point the singer ended up standing on one of Pianos' benches with his guitar out Chuck Berry style.
I ended up catching less of Girlpool than I wanted to (they only have a few songs out so far, it was a short set), but it seemed pretty clear that they do in fact have a lot of buzz behind them. The downstairs room was packed when I got in, but I caught their last three songs from the back of the room. They sounded good -- I wouldn't say they need a drummer but I'd be curious to hear what they sound like with one. They're definitely commanding vocalists though, and their songs are tight. You can catch them again at the free BV day party on Saturday.
The last band I caught at Pianos was another from Glasgow, PAWS, playing the downstairs room. I saw PAWS a couple times when they were supporting their first record, but this was my first time seeing them on the new album tour, and it's clear that they're only getting better. They were easily the most seasoned-sounding band I saw yesterday and a hell of a good time. They also at one point brought out the singer of their tourmates Flashlights to sing backup vocals on a song, and then PAWS acted as his backing band for a Flashlights song. - Andrew
Bill here...Meanwhile, upstairs were Spring King, who make the same kind of shouty, wordy, excited indie pop as Martha and Spook School. They were good. Much more up my alley were Ultimate Painting, the band featuring Veronica Falls' James Hoare and Jack Cooper of Mazes, who basically feed off the Velvet Underground "What Goes On" mode and they do it very well and hearing that style of guitar live is always a thrill. I then ran downstairs to catch a bit of September Girls' set in the main performance space. I'd heard mixed reports of their SXSW sets, but they seemed to have sorted themselves out, as the couple songs I heard sounded great with their harmonies and barrage of guitars.
At that point I was on DJ duty in the downstairs bar and was unable to catch any of the other bands, including Beach Day, Happyness and headliners The Ocean Blue who mixed new songs with '80s college radio hits like "Between Something and Nothing."
Before hitting Pianos, Amanda stopped by Cake Shop to catch Italian dreampop band Be Forest. Pictures from their set, plus lots more from Cake Shop, below...
As mentioned, Irish band September Girls will be making their first trip to NYC next week for CMJ and they've added a few shows since the last time we posted. Here's their updated schedule (many of their shows are free):
TUE 10/21 @ Cake Shop (Cake Shop day party) 3:30pThe Music from Ireland showcase at The Delancey on 10/24 also features Dott, The #1's, Ham Sandwich, Sisters, and Le Galaxie.
TUE 10/21 @ Cameo Gallery | (Oh My Rockness day showcase) 11:00P
WED 10/22 @ Pianos | (Kanine day party FREE) 4:20p
THU 10/23 @ Knitting Factory | (Culture Collide/ Dr Martens day party FREE) 2:00p
FRI 10/24 @ Rough Trade | (Rough Trade day party FREE) 1:15PM
FRI 1024 @ The Delancey | (Music from Ireland showcase) 7:00P
FRI 10/24 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (Kanine / Insound showcase) 10:00p
In other news, we've got the premiere of September Girls' video for "Veneer" from their debut album, Cursing the Sea. There's a seance, there's a glass of milk, it's all kinda weird. Watch it, and check out CMJ flyers, below...
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
by Bill Pearis
Let's just get this out of the way: Yes, it's another "______ Girls" band who draw inspiration from Phil Spector, VU and JAMC/C-86, but Dublin, Ireland's September Girls are quite good at what they do. (Yes their name comes from the Big Star song "by way of The Bangles.") Four of the five members (two of which were in The Chalets if you remember them) write and sing so there's some variation in the songs. Their debut album, Cursing the Sea, came out a couple weeks ago in the UK via Fortuna Pop (home of Joanna Gruesome and Shrag). I'm pre-disposed to like this kind of thing but I think it's definitely superior product.Their album is finally getting a Stateside release via Kanine on November 25. The band played SXSW this year and will return to North America for CMJ next month. So far there are two shows on their schedule: the Oh My Rockness showcase on October 21 at Cameo with Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, Amanda X, and headliners PINS; and the Kanine/Insound showcase at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on October 24 with Frankie Cosmos, Flowers, Beverly and Only Real. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now and the BKNB show is free.
Stream a few September Girls songs below...
Porches at Baby's All Right in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan's 2013 Friday CMJ day party was the first-ever show at Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, and now they'll be celebrating their 1 year anniversary with some shows including a double header of Porches and Frankie Cosmos on October 17 & 18. Frankie headlines the first night, Porches headline the next one, and there's special guests promised at both. As you may know, main Frankie Cosmos member Greta Kline plays bass in Porches and Porches singer Aaron Maine plays drums in Frankie Cosmos. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon.
Frankie Cosmos also plays a free NYC show later that month at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on October 24, which is Kanine Records and Insound's CMJ party. The rest of the lineup is good too with NYC's Beverly (who have a new video and other dates), Ireland's September Girls, London's Flowers, London's Only Real, and DJs Andy Nystrom (Insound) and Lio Kanine (Kanine Records).
Porches and Frankie have a few other dates announced too, which are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Austin garage rockers Ghetto Ghouls are releasing their self-titled LP on April 8 via Monofonus Press, and after sharing one of its tracks, "Peepshow," they're back with another, "Living Alone," which makes its premiere in this post. It's a lo-fi, distortion-covered downer punk dirge that has the singer yelling not much more than "I'M LIVINGGG ALONEEE" repeatedly and increasingly less restrained for the song's minute and a half duration. Check it out below.
Like many other Austin bands, Ghetto Ghouls will play a number of hometown shows next week for the insanity that is SXSW, including the Ping Pong day party at Hotel Vegas (3/12) with Natural Child, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences and more; the Monofonus Press day party at Beerland (3/12) with Destruction Unit, Guerilla Toss, Lushes and others; the Thread Pull Records day party at Trailer Space (3/13) with Crooked Bangs, Lie and others; the official Monofonus showcase at The Hideout (3/15) with Protomartyr, Love Inks and more; and the annual Panache Hangover Party on Sunday (3/16) with Tweens, September Girls, The Blind Shake, Calvin Love, A Giant Dog, Yvette and many more.
Their SXSW schedule in list format, and the new song, below...
by Bill Pearis
Let's just get this out of the way: Yes, it's another "______ Girls" band who draw inspiration from Phil Spector, VU and JAMC/C-86, but Dublin, Ireland's September Girls are quite good at what they do. (Yes their name comes from the Big Star song "by way of The Bangles.") Four of the five members (two of which were in The Chalets if you remember them) write and sing so there's some variation in the songs. Their debut album, Cursing the Sea, came out a couple weeks ago in the UK via Fortuna Pop (home of Joanna Gruesome and Shrag). I'm pre-disposed to like this kind of thing but I think it's definitely superior product. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify and check out videos for "Heartbeats" and "Green Eyed" below.
September Girls will be making their first visit to North America in March to play at SXSW. No other dates along the way have been added but I'm hoping they play NYC too. They've got a few UK dates as well and all are listed below.
The Cribs @ MHOW, April 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
After a stint with legendary guitar-slinger Johnny Marr joining the group, The Cribs slimmed back to their all-Jarman power trio line-up for this year's In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, their best album in a while which made Best of 2012 lists from NME and The Fly. Currently residing here in Brooklyn (where he's working on an album with Jen Turner), frontman Ryan Jarman was nice enough to give us his Top 10 Tracks of the year. He prefaces his list with this:
I tend to see end of year lists as like homework or something so it always gets done at the very last minute. However, now I live in Brooklyn I thought it was good form to make the effort for the local rag so here is my quickly thrown together top 10 tracks of the year.Ryan and Jen's band, Exclamation Pony were added as an opener to the previously discussed Mission of Burma show in NYC on January 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Ryan's top 10 picks are below, complete with commentary and streams...