Entries tagged with: Sharon Van Etten
Beck / Sun Kil Moon / disgruntled Death Grips fan
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival began on Friday afternoon (7/18) in Chicago's Union Park with a variety of acts packed into the compressed schedule. Friday headliner Beck was led up to by sets from Giorgio Moroder, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, and others...
LA via Florida experimentalists Hundred Waters kicked off the festival with a 3:30PM set on the Red stage. The quartet's delicate arrangements translated surprisingly well to the festival setting -- standout tunes "Cavity," "Out Alee," and "Down From the Rafters" were awarded additional layers of gauze-y production and live percussion. The crowd grew steadily throughout their set, and were extremely attentive on quiet numbers like the a cappella The Moon Rang Like a Bell opener "Show Me Love." -ZP
Post industrialists Factory Floor performed on the Blue stage and effectively disrupted everyone's nap in the shade with their looped heart-thumping beats and nightmarish soundscapes. The band's show was as much an experimental art performance as it was a musical one, combining everything from arpeggiated synths to random strikes on a wooden block. In addition, the band's singer created some brooding soundscapes by clanging what looked like a drum stick against her guitar's strings, occasionally making a few heavily processed vocals in a nearby mic. Overall the band performed a challenging set that rewarded anyone tough enough to stay for the whole thing. If Swans and Kraftwerk had a baby it would most likely sound like Factory Floor. -MM
Neneh Cherry's appearance at Pitchfork Fest was only her second-ever in North America despite a twenty-some-odd year career. Frequent collaborators RocketNumberNine backed the singer, and the trio delivered a fun performance. Blank Project cuts "Spit Three Times" and "Everything" saw Cherry's energy at its highest point, while Ben and Tom Page churned out their great industrial clamor. And yes, she finished her set with the classic "Buffalo Stance." -ZP
British musician and producer Bobby Krlic, otherwise known as atmospheric drone artist The Haxan Cloak, brought a live drummer to add intensity to his dark afternoon set. Familiar songs from his 2013 record Excavation morphed into grooves that were nearly danceable. (If you're wondering why this is so surprising, listen to his dropless song, "The Drop.") While fans enjoyed the tension and release of the forty-five minute set, one couldn't help but imagine it might be more appropriately suited for a small, dark room, rather than a bright, mid-afternoon festival stage. -AG
Sharon Van Etten
As I continue to see Sharon Van Etten live, her performances only get better and better. This time around, she was joined by new-ish live members Brad Cook (Megafaun) on bass and Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) on drums, in addition to usual suspects Doug Keith and Heather Woods Broderick. Sharon and her four-piece band were heavy on this year's great Are We There, but older tunes like "Save Yourself," "Don't Do It," and "Serpents" were also played. SVE provided a welcome, laid-back, early evening set, and it served as a great precursor for Sun Kil Moon. -ZP
Legendary Italian producer and composer Giorgio Moroder closed off the Red stage last night with an eclectic and seamless DJ set that drew from his long list of hit collaborations. Morodor, now 74, no doubt looked a little out of place on stage alongside the psychedelic visuals, perplexing some of the younger fest goers, but he was as lively as DJs a quarter his age, enthusiastically pointing his fingers in time with the mix, and starting a few waves and clap-alongs with the crowd, appearing to have as good of a time as his audience. The mix, a career retrospective of sorts, followed a chronological timeline, playing his disco hits including Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" (which Beck later covered in his set on the Green stage), before transitioning to the '80s anthem "Take My Breath Away" which was accompanied by visual snippets from Top Gun, featuring the
vampire ageless Tom Cruise. Not content with just playing old hits, Morodor also threw in some of his more recent work into the mix, including last year's collaboration with Daft Punk, as well as his excellent new track "Giorgio's Theme". For a guy in his 70s, Moroder showed he still has the chops to get crowds moving, cueing enough buildups and drops to satisfy any Monster guzzling EDM fan in attendance. -MM
Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." Peep his full setlist below. -AG
Pitchfork Festival continues today (7/19) with sets from Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, tUnE-yArDs, Cloud Nothings and more. If you're not there, you can stream it online.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sharon @ MHOW - 6/12/14
Sharon Van Etten released her newest album, Are We There, in May, and brought her tour in support of it to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (6/12) for her first of three sold-out NYC shows. Sharon and her band (which includes Brad Cook of Megafaun and Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five) mostly played stuff from the new album, and they were wonderful as usual. She did of course leave room for older favorites too, like "Give Out" which you can watch a video of below. Each of her three NYC shows has a different opener, last night's being Shilpa Ray (who also plays Knitting Factory tonight). Pictures of Sharon and Shilpa are in this post.
Last night's show was part of the Northside Festival which continues (the music portion, at least) through Sunday. Her next two shows (not part of Northside) are tonight (6/13) at Bowery Ballroom with Amen Dunes and Saturday at Bowery Ballroom with Jana Hunter.
More pictures, and that video, below...
Karin of the Knife & friends performing 'Heartbeats' @ Westway (5/1/2014)
The Knife celebrated the end of their sold out 2-night run at NYC Terminal 5 late last night with an afterparty at nearby Westway. Among those in attendance and on the dance floor was Bill Murray may have no idea who the Knife are, but regardless he got to see lead Knife vocalist Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson (aka Fever Ray) perform "Heartbeats" LIVE during a karaoke session at the club.
At first they played the song as part of the karaoke and she didn't get up to sing, but after much cheering from the crowd which included the Knife backup dancers, she eventually did get up and do it when they played it again. The Knife are not performing the hit song on this tour (and when they do it is as part of a massive production), so that was a rare treat for those in attendance at the intimate ex-strip club near the West Side Highway in Manhattan. Pictures and videos of the action are in this post. Watch below.
Hours earlier, possibly while the Knife was still playing Terminal 5, Bill Murray was spotted with Emma Stone at the Rum House bar at the Edison Hotel... by Sharon Van Etten who snapped a picture of the two actors performing a duet at the piano, much to the delight of one lucky bachelor party that was also happening there.
Pictures of the Knife at Terminal 5 are HERE. More pictures and video from Bill Murray's night, below...
Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Fest in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Megafaun kicked off their short tour in their hometown of Durham, NC last night (4/29) and it continues with another show there tonight (4/30) before hitting DC and finally wrapping up in NYC on Friday (5/2) at Baby's All Right. Opening the DC and NYC shows is, as Megafaun puts it, "a chance to see the legendary Grandma Sparrow," otherwise known as the solo project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund. The band also mentioned earlier this month on Twitter, "This will be it again for a while on the 'ol Faun front. Anticipate some special guests and a very good time. We are real excited!" Baby's All Right mentioned the guests on Facebook too, saying "Friday will be a very special night with some very special guests. Please take our word for it and be here. You won't regret it." Keep in mind that Megafaun's list of past collaborators and friends is long and impressive. Before Megafaun they had a pre-Bon Iver band with Justin Vernon called DeYarmond Edison. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.
In related news, Megafaun members are some of the many people contributing to The National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. Phil Cook spoke to Jambands.com back in October:
We are also going to record with Justin [Vernon] and [The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner] on their Grateful Dead tribute. We are going to record out stuff at Justin's studio which is going to be a trip.The tribute will also feature members of Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Vampire Weekend and more. The National's Matt Berninger also gave an update on the project not long ago to Billboard:
I know the members of Megafaun have deep roots in the Phish world, but were the Grateful Dead an influence on you as well?
Not as much growing up but it has been a more recent thing. My dad was a big Deadhead and he'd take us all to Phish shows to kind of see where the scene was going. So I got into them through him but Phish was one of the bands that my brother and I grew up listening to at jazz camp. Growing up in a kind of removed area, camp and that music opened up our eyes to so many things.
Speaking of the Grateful Dead project, is the National doing a song for that?In other Megafaun news, related band Sylvan Esso just released a new video and announced they'll be playing a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC before their tour with tUnE-yArDs.
MB: Yes. And there's a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about "Box of Rain" for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together.
Do you think the surviving members like Bob Weir and Phil Lesh would play on it?
MB: I think so. I don't know. That's a good question. I don't want to say "yes" but certainly Bob Weir ... we've done a couple things with him already and he's the nicest guy. All the surviving members are totally supportive of the project. They sent everybody box sets that we could pass around. They just opened up their entire catalog to us. They've been 100% behind it. I'm not sure who's signed up.
Updated Megafaun dates are listed, with videos (including one of Sharon Van Etten fronting Megafaun), below...
by Bill Pearis
Sharon Van Etten has just released the video for "Taking Chances," the first single from her album Are We There which is out in May. An homage to the opening titles of Agnes Varda's classic 1962 film, Cleo From 5 to 7, director Michael Palmieri has Sharon at a tarot card reading that goes quietly surreal. Entirely coincidentally, a photo of Varda features prominently in the artwork of Are We There. The video is a good match for the haunting, spacious production of the song and you can watch it below.
photos by P Squared Photography
The War on Drugs @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/19/14
The War On Drugs put out their excellent new album, Lost in the Dream, this week (3/18) via Secretly Canadian, and brought their current tour in support of it to Bowery Ballroom last night (3/19) for their first of three sold-out NYC shows. The show was a family affair, opening with Sore Eros, a collaborator of TWoD's friend and past collaborator, Kurt Vile. Then came Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band, whose new album features TWoD's Adam Granduciel. His band featured other members of SVE's band, in addition to members of Megafaun (and Sharon could be spotted in the audience). (Less "in the family," but The Julie Ruin's Kenny Mellman was in the crowd too.) Finally The War on Drugs headlined, playing almost all of Lost in the Dream, plus a good amount of its predecessor, 2011's breakthrough LP, Slave Ambient, and a track from 2010's Future Weather EP. Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
The War on Drugs do it again tonight (3/20) at Bowery Ballroom with White Laces and Lantern, and Friday (3/21) at MHOW with TEEN and Sore Eros. Both sold out.
More pictures from night 1 below...
Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
Full lineup below...
Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
The 2014 Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15, and the initial lineup was just announced. It includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, a co-bill with Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, Beach Fossils, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Mas Ysa, Luke Temple, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, Big Ups, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit and more. As usual, there will be two big free shows in McCarren Park on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Lineups for those shows, other specifics on the Northside schedule, and many more artists TBA. Badges are on sale now.
The film portion runs from June 16-19 and more details on that are here.
Full initial music lineup below...
by Zach Pollack
Sharon Van Etten just recently detailed her forthcoming LP, Are We There, which is due out on May 27 via Jagjaguwar, and has now shared the album's lead single "Taking Chances." It's a hazy, slow-grooving number with a nice distorted chorus and you can take a listen to it at the bottom of this post. As discussed, SVE brings her tour to NYC for shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 12 (as part of the Northside Festival), and Bowery Ballroom on June 13 & 14 (tickets). In addition to the tour, she'll also play the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival.
Take a listen to Are We There's "Taking Chances" below...
Sharon Van Etten just played an intimate benefit show at Union Pool this past Sunday (2/23), and she's since announced a full tour for spring and summer that includes three larger NYC shows happening on June 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (part of Northside Festival) and June 13 and 14 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/26) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
Sharon also revealed more details on her upcoming album, Are We There. She recently posted the trailer video (which you can watch again below), and she's now announced that it will be out on May 27 via Jagjaguwar. She's also shared the album artwork and tracklist, which you can check out below.
Sharon Van Etten working on 'Are We There'
As mentioned, Sharon Van Etten's new album, Are We There, will be out in May via Jagjaguwar. While we haven't gotten a full song yet, you can hear a good bit of one song via a teaser trailer for the album which shows Sharon and her band making the record. You can watch that below.
Sharon also has yet to announce a tour, but she'll be playing Union Pool this Sunday (2/23). It's a benefit for Jeffrey Kish (who has played on and arranged songs for Sharon) who had had surgery yesterday (2/19) following a bad carpentry accident last week. (The doctors seem optimistic about his recorery.) The Union Pool show also features The Fakers, Lone Wolf, Kyp Malone & Friends, and Iran. It's $20 at the door and all proceeds go to Kish's medical/recovery costs. You can also donate here.
Flyer for the benefit, and the new Sharon Van Etten album trailer, below...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Sharon Van Etten at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sharon Van Etten announced that she'll follow 2012's Tramp with a new album, Are We There?, which is due out this May. Confirmed collaborators include Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, and Efterklang affiliate Peter Broderick.
She hasn't officially released any music from it yet, but this Sharon Van Etten fan tumblr says it's confirmed that some of the songs she's been playing live will make the cut, including "Nothing will Change," "Tarifa," and "Your Love Is Killing Me," which you can watch live videos of below.
The tumblr also says that tracks called "You Know Me Well," "Pay My Debts," "Afraid of Nothing," and "Break Me" are confirmed, and a new song she played at Pickathon is likely to appear as well. Check out more details (including "possible" and "unlikely" songs) here.
Sharon doesn't have a tour announced at the moment,
but she'll be at SXSW. UPDATE: Sharon is not going to SXSW afterall.
You may know Doug Keith as a member of Sharon Van Etten's band but he's also a solo artist and will release a new album, Pony, on February 11 via The Village Label. The record was recorded with drummer Zeke Hutchins, who also plays with Doug in Sharon Van Etten's band, plus Brad and Phil Cook of Megafaun. A few months back, he revealed the first single from that album, "Pure Gold In The 70s," which features a guitar solo from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, and he's since released a second single, "Harvest Home."
Now, we're premiering a third track from the album, "You Can't Stand To Be Alone," in this post. If you're a fan of the folk rock that Doug's pals like SVE and Megafaun make, you might want to dig into Doug's solo stuff too. You can listen to all three of those tracks, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, 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.
The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...
"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.
"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."
"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.
"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"
The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.
Leverage Models have released a video for their song "Sweep" (from their new self-titled debut) that features vocals from Sharon Van Etten. The video features her, too, and the whole thing was shot on an iPhone (albeit one decked-out with a SLR lens adapter). It's a nice-looking video and you can watch it below.
Having just come off a few CMJ shows, Leverage Models will play NYC this Friday (11/1) at Mercury Lounge with Spirit Animal. It's the late show, doors at 9 PM, and tickets are still available. It's the only show on their current schedule.
Jon Wurster as John Denver
Back in April, ATO Records released The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which featured covers of the singer by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten, My Morning Jacket, Evan Dando, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, and more. Now, the J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten cover of "Prisoners" has been given the video treatment by Funny or Die, which, needless to say, means it came out pretty funny. The video stars Superchunks's Jon Wurster as John Denver and Aimee Mann as a female John Denver. Both of them have animal puppets as friends and (spoiler alert) they meet at the end. Check it out below.
For her performance on Tuesday, Ms. Barwick similarly surrounded herself with a small cast of extras to recreate her "Nepenthe" songs: the guitarist Scott Bell; the violist Rose Nelis; and the singers Sharon Van Etten, Kate McGuire, and Taraka and Nimai Larson.To celebrate the release of her fantastic new ambient pop album, Nepenthe, Brooklyn's Julianna Barwick played a hometown show at Judson Memorial Church (8/20) on the day of its release. As mentioned in the above review, Julianna was joined by a number of guests during her set, including Sharon Van Etten and Taraka and Nimai Larson of Prince Rama, who sang with her. Check out a new, high quality video of the three singers joining her for "Crystal Lake" from the new album, below.
As they performed, soft lights played in a circle overhead, alternating with video by Derrick Belcham: snowy, windblown Icelandic landscapes morphed into eerie scenes of Ms. Barwick floating serenely in a lake, a long, white dress billowing around her. Returning alone for an encore, Ms. Barwick performed the title track from "The Magic Place." A feeling of homecoming could scarcely have been more evident. [NY Times]
Not long after the release show, Julianna headed a bit north to play Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on September 13, where she was was part the day that included Pig Destroyer, Evian Christ, Pharmakon, Richard Hell (reading), and more.
by Bill Pearis
Leverage Models @ MHOW in August (more by PSquared Photography)
Leverage Models released their self-titled debut today via Hometapes. If you dug the band's "Cooperative Extensions" single (which kicks off the LP) chances are you'll be down with the rest of it that owes much to that early-'80s era when postpunks decided they could change the world by going pop. (I'm talking ABC, Spandau Ballet, The Associates... there's some Talking Heads in there too.) You can stream "Sweep" that features Sharon Van Etten below, and listen to the whole album via Spotify and Rdio.
Live, the band do a good job of bringing the record's widescreen ambitions to life, complete with a percussionist on syn-toms, a saxophonist and singer Shannon Fields who is not afraid to go all-in on the frontman role. You can see it for yourself this week when Leverage Models play a record release show at Glasslands on Thursday (10/3). Maria Minerva, Beca (replacing Butterclock who was originally supposed to play) and Tippy Toes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You've got a couple more opportunities to catch Leverage Models in NYC: they'll open for Tunde Adebimpe's (of TVOTR) Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band at Union Pool on October 13, and then they'll play Mercury Lounge on November 1. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/2) at noon. The band will also be playing CMJ shows (none announced yet) so keep an eye out.
Song stream below....
Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.
It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).
No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.
by Andrew Sacher
Alex Winston at BV-SXSW in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC singer Alex Winston has been keeping pretty quiet lately. It's been about a year since her last hometown headlining show, but that will change on September 21 at Glasslands when she plays the Brooklyn venue with The Echo Friendly and DJ sets from Connor Hanwick (The Drums) and Peggy Wang (Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Her 2012 debut, King Con, is just the right amount of pop and just the right amount of indie. The video for its opening track, "Fire Ant," is below.
Lia Ices at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Meanwhile, another NYC singer that it's been even longer since we've heard from is Lia Ices. She'll be at Glasslands (9/24) three days after Alex. No openers announced for that one yet. Tickets are on sale now. The video for her song, "Daphne," which features guest vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, is below.
That same week, as discussed, Nashville's Torres plays Glasslands (9/25) too. And since we last spoke, NYC singer (plus fellow Sharon Van Etten pal) Natureboy was added to that show. WET is on the bill too, and tickets are still available.
Natureboy's new album, The Sweep, came out last week (7/23). You can stream that in full, along with the Alex Winston and Lia Ices videos, below...
Big Star tribute @ Summersage (photo via @brunobocchese)
We didn't get the album in order, although the exact ordering of the album has always been a bit ambiguous anyway. One dissenting voice in the crowd was complaining loudly that no-one was mentioning Alex Chilton, the perfect reply came from the stage via Django Haskins (who among performing was the designated announcer) who said "everything we're doing tonight is about Alex Chilton". In essence, what could have been an event laboured with sentimentality was dealt with love, everyone (performers and audience) knew why we were there, because Chilton's songs have touched us, we got a few nice anecdotes during the evening but the songs speak for themselves.Big Star's Third: An Orchestrated Performance happened as part of Central Park Summerstage on Sunday (6/30) with Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, the dB's Chris Stamey, Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, Mitch Easter, Pete Yorn, Ken Stringfellow, as well as only original surviving Big Star member, drummer Jody Stehpens, and more. Did you go to the show? How was it?
One highlight of the evening saw one of my favourite singers, Sharon Van Etten (who also lives in my neighbourhood, I keep hoping I'll bump into her one day!) deliver a beautiful duet with Ken Stringfellow on Dream Lover. - [Some Other Sucker's Parade]
If you're looking for more Big Star, the new documentary on the band, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, opens in NYC today (7/3) at the IFC Center. Jody Stephens will be at the 7:45 showing (tickets) for a post-screening Q&A, and will also introduce the film at the 10:10 PM screening (tickets). The filmmakers, who will also be around tonight, will participate in a post-screening Q&A at the 5:15 showing on July 4 (tickets). The film, which is also available on demand, opens Friday (7/5) in Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow. All playdates are below.
Forty years ago a mob of rock critics gathered for a convention cooked up by a promoter for the Memphis band Big Star, which played a praised set. That image of a cherished, practically mythic concert for an adoring and grateful few helps lay down the mood for "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me." A well-sourced account of a perfect, broken dream, Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's slightly shaggy documentary captures what it's like to discover music so good it seems as if it were made just for you.You can watch a trailer for the film below.