Entries tagged with: Sharon Van Etten
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn folk pop singer Natureboy (aka Sara Kermanshahi) kicks off a residency at Pianos TONIGHT (6/7), which will take place every Thursday night in June. Each show is with a pretty solid lineup; tonight it's Caged Animals, Christine Horberg, Vorhees, and St. Claire. Other artists appearing during the residency include Shenandoah & The Night, Shilpa Ray, Cat Martino, She Keeps Bees, Doug Keith, The Roadside Graves, and more. On the last night of the residency (6/28), Sharon Van Etten, who sings on Natureboy's album, will be DJing and it wouldn't be too surprising if she joined in on vocals during Natureboy's set while she's there. The full schedule and flier for the residency is below and tickets for all four shows are on sale now.
Natureboy's album can be streamed in full at her bandcamp and it's a pretty enjoyable listen. Check it out for yourself over there and stream some tracks below.
The Walkmen @ BAM
BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).
Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.
The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.
Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.
Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.
Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)
After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.
(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)
One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).
More pictures from Thursday below...
In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.
Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".
If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.
Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
Grimes in Austin in February (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Todd Barry @ Caroline's
* Jandek @ Vaudeville Park
* Keyboard Kid @ New Museum
* Dr. Dog, Purling Hiss @ Terminal 5
* Grimes, Born Gold @ Mercury Lounge
* Escort, DFA DJ sets @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lexie Mountain, Harrius @ The Stone
* Mr. Oizo, fat&ugly, wazabi @ Webster Hall
* Livia's Castle of Enchantment @ UCB East
* Kakande, DJ Jamie Register @ Zebulon
* Keyboard Kid, Darwin @ Santos Party House
* Kim Ann Foxman, Shaun J. Wright @ Le Bain
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's at Loews Regency
* Rhett Miller, Salim Nourallah @ City Winery
* Bird of Youth, Harlan, Matt LeMay @ The Rock Shop
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* You Won't, Allison Weiss, Basement Batman @ Glasslands
* Com Truise (DJ), Beacon (DJ), Heathered Pearls (DJ) @ Glasslands
* Bowerbirds, Dry the River, Mandolin Orange @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hull, Batillus, Mutilation Rites, Trenchgrinder @ The Acheron
* Jared Evan, Zak Downtown, Emergency Service @ Santos Party House
* Your 33 Black Angels, The Above, Gringo Star, Organs @ Union Pool
* Gunfight!, Raccoon Fighter, Brown Brogues, Kay Leotard @ Cake Shop
* A Storm of Light, Mustard Gas and Roses, Magic Circle @ Saint Vitus
* Eastern Anchors, Roadside Graves, The Brixton Riot, Lieder @ Maxwell's
* Luscious Jackson (DJ), Twin Shadow (DJ), Matt Corby, Husky @ The Bowery Hotel
* Nguzunguzu, Salva, DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, DJ Weird Magic, Thomas @ 285 Kent Ave
* Landlady, Strange Shapes, Banned Books, Jane Eyre @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Marguerito, Strawberry Hands, Brick and Mortar, Field Mouse @ Shea Stadium
* Keyboard Kid, Darwin, Hugs Reunion with Andrew Kuo & Josh Wildman @ Santos Party House
* A Pale Horse Named Death, Dropdown, Breakage Rising, Code 6, Vincent Price is Right @ Knitting Factory
* Juan Maclean and his Shinging Skin Friends (DJ), Break It Up, Violent Bullshit, 2s and 4s, Turing Machine (DJ) @ Cameo Gallery
* Bernie Worrell Orchestra, The Chapin Sisters, Andre Lassalle, Jimmy Destri, Matt O'Ree Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mux Mool, The So So Glos, Osekre and The Lucky Bastards, Not Blood Paint, Bosco Delrey, EULA, The Press, Fan-Tan, The Assembly Line, Hard Nips, U Say USA, Night Manager, Celestial Shore, Blue Chip Village @ Public Assembly
Nellie McKay is at Feinstein's in NYC through March 31.
BrooklynVegan Presents Fiona Apple at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Aputhumpu Fest continues at Public Assembly tonight with The So So Glos, Mux Mool, EULA, and others. Check out the full festival lineup and participating venues here.
We're hosting an advanced screening of The Island President on Sunday and giving away tickets to see Radiohead.
Sharon Van Etten played Conan earlier this week. Video below...
J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten @ the Mohawk (pic by jaredeberhardt)
Sharon Van Etten kept it minimal at SXSW this year. She played NPR's big, annual, and still-streaming show at Stubb's, and the showcase of her label at the Mohawk which is where, to quote jaredeberhardt, she "pulled J Mascis out of the audience to play an encore." J was in Austin to play a single show with Dinosuar Jr. Check out a video clip of Sharon & J jamming, below. Check out Sharon on Conan O'Brien tonight (3/20), and at one of the tour dates listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Shearwater @ Bowery Ballroom
Shearwater completed a tour with Sharon Van Etten over the course of two nights in NYC over the weekend. Pictures from their opening set at Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 are in this post (pictures of Sharon are HERE).
Shearwater is currently on the road for a string of US and European dates, including SXSW (where they'll play a Stereogum party), and a stint with St. Vincent. None of the shows with St. Vincent hit NYC but Shearwater will make a stop here for their own show during the tour at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6. Tickets for that Manhattan show are on sale now.
Pics, dates and stream, below...
Sharon Van Etten & alien balloon @ Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten's recent round of East Coast dates came to a close over the weekend with a trio of homecoming shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. The first and second shows featured support from Shearwater and went down on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery; pictures of Sharon from both adorn this post. Sharon's next date was at Bowery Ballroom on the following evening (2/26) with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost (no pics).
The Saturday show was especially joyous, being that she was back home, it was at her favorite venue Bowery Ballroom (where it once seemed like a big deal that she sold out for just one night), her family was in the house, she was celebrating a birthday, there was a huge balloon alien on stage that was a gift from the Antlers (who were all in the audience), and it was her last date with Shearwater who came out for the encore to play as one big happy band with Sharon and crew. (like they have on other dates of the tour). "Sharon Van Etten melting hearts and faces" I tweeted from the show.
Sharon Van Etten boards a plane later this week for a short string of dates in Europe, but will be back on US soil in time to play two shows at SXSW: the big NPR show at Stubb's with the just-added Fiona Apple and the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans showcase at Mohawk Patio on 3/15 with Brazos, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, and The War On Drugs. SVE will also play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, Newport Folk Fest, and the Dessner-curated fest at BAM in Brooklyn this year View all of her current tour dates below.
Shearwater pictures and dates HERE. All Sharon tour dates and pictures, below...
The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.
Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.
The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.
3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.
Full lineup below...
ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six critically acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.Tickets, which were slightly delayed from original estimates, go on sale Monday at 10am (but are on PRESALE NOW). Initial lineup below...
We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSE GONZALEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.
After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I'll Be Your Mirror event co-curated and headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).
As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we're very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities.
Frankie Rose releases Interstellar this month (2/21) and as Bill points out, she's left the garage pop of her debut behind in favor of synthy, jangly pop. It's a huge step up from her last album and you can stream the entire thing at SPIN. She plays a record release show for the album at Knitting Factory on February 21 with Dive and Night Manager.
The new album from Dr. Dog, Be The Void, is out this week (2/7) and streaming at Conan O'Brien's website Team Coco. Watch the video of their performance on the show last night (2/8) below. Also, don't forget to grab your tickets for their Terminal 5 show on 3/23 while they're still available. More tour dates HERE.
Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are touring together in support of their upcoming albums which are both currently streaming on NPR. Listen to Sharon's HERE and Shearwater's HERE. Their tour hits NYC on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out but Sharon plays Bowery again the next night (2/26) and tickets are still available.
Islands' new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is due out February 14 via ANTI- and you can stream the entire thing below. Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 2/25 at LPR. Tickets are still available.
Instrumental hip hop producer Mux Mool released his new album, Planet High School, digitally this week and that can be streamed in full below (via FADER).
Field Music will release their new album, Plumb, on February 14 via Memphis Industries. You can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Tennis's new album, Young and Old, is due out February 14 via Fat Possum and you can stream it in full below (via P4K). Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/5 at MHOW. The Bowery show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still on sale.
It's not exactly an album, but Fucked Up's 15+ minute "Year of the Tiger" single which features Jim Jarmusch, Austra, and Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says, can be streamed below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten @ The Greene Space (MP3)
Sharon Van Etten @ the Greene Space
As you know, Sharon Van Etten played a show at WNYC's Greene Space in Tribeca back on 1/17 (with Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis), one day before she played her entire new album in full at Mercury Lounge. Not only do we have some pictures of that show, you can listen to and download the whole thing too. MP3 above. More pictures and the embedded audio player below.
Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight, Q2 Music's preview concert features music and conversation with Ecstatic Music Festival composer-performers Jason Treuting, Angélica Negrón, and Jherek Bischoff as well as a conversation with composer and festival founder and curator, Judd Greenstein.If you'd like to experience that show live (as opposed to watching/listening to it online), tickets are on sale now. We also have a pair to give away. Details on how you can win are below.
Jherek Bischoff's actual Ecstatic Fest show happens on 2/4 with the Wordless Music Orchestra and special guests David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, Mirah, Zac Pennington, Carla Bozulich, Charlie Looker & Sam Mickens.
WQXR has also announced that they'll be streaming and archiving select Ecstatic shows as part of their Q2 Music series.
Greene Space pics & audio and contest details below...
photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Christopher Paragraph
You know that moment at the end of a tied basketball game when someone puts up a three at the buzzer and the whole crowd is fixated and breathless? That's basically how the crowd was as Sharon Van Etten took the stage Wednesday night at Mercury Lounge (1/18), silently focused as the band set up, as if waiting for some kind of historic proclamation. Though it provided some initial awkwardness, the crowd loosened up as the set moved on, though never really losing that initial fixation. Clearly, this was an audience already enamored with her and eager to hear new songs, which she provided, running seamlessly through her upcoming Jagjaguwar debut "Tramp," from top to bottom.
Many of these songs were played live for the first time, though clearly the band had nailed down their parts from recording and/or rehearsing. This was no practice run-through. It came across more as a showcase of what they've accomplished. The band seemed totally at ease with the songs, as if they could easily play them drunk and backwards (which may be necessary seeing as they are about to embark on a two month tour with Shearwater and The War On Drugs). They make the most out of what they have, frequently switching off between harmonies, bass, guitar, keys, and organ, never overplaying and tastefully articulating the well-composed parts. In particular, Zeke Hutchins (drums) provided the perfect amount of "power without powering." His style is musical and fits the songs in a way that (unfortunately) is kind of rare these days.
The opening song "Warsaw" initially felt like a departure, hinged on a heavy churning drone, with a keyboard bassline that made the song feel far more electronic than any of her past work. But the following song, "Give Out," quickly recalled the lyrical, emotional power than Van Etten has come to be known for. In fact, it may be the best example of this yet. Now settled in, and blown away, the audience erupted and was fully in the palm of her hand, where they stayed for the duration of the set. The last time I saw a crowd so silent was A.A. Bondy at Bowery Ballroom (who happened to be the house music after the Sharon show. Coinicidence? Yes.) It was one of those shows where people, shockingly, weren't constantly checking their cell phones. As if looking down for a second might cause them to miss an important moment.
After seeing this show, not just musically but in terms of Van Etten's appearance and demeanor, it makes all her work to-date more relevant, or at least puts it in a clearer perspective. Her past songs, and I'm a big fan of them, now seem to be mere skeletons of this new record. They clue the listener in, like signposts on the road to where she currently is artistically: a definite peak, but by no means at her capacity. She was bigger than Mercury Lounge Wednesday night and everyone there knew it. On this new material, Van Etten has a voice that can reel you in like Mazzy Star, but with the songwriting of someone like David Bazan.
Miraculously, not a single person called out requesting any of her old songs. The crowd was more than content getting an intimate preview of what's to come. And if this show was any indication, we can expect big things.
More pictures, the setlist (aka the new album tracklist), and a video from Mercury Lounge below...
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)
The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.
Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.
ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.
Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Howler - I Told You Once (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fujiya & Miyagi - Ecstatic Dancer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dinowalrus - What Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pre War - Out There (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Baths - Darling Divine (MP3)
Welcome to the Stop SOPA edition of TWII. Do you know how hard it would be to do this column without free knowledge via the internet? It would be riddled with factual errors. More so!
Minneapolis underage upstarts Howler are in town playing a whole bunch of shows. The onslaught began last night with an in-store at Other Music (their album came out yesterday), and continues with: an early show tonight (January 18) with Happy People andTiberius, January 19 at Death By Audio with Grooms andClouder, January 20 at Cameo Gallery with St. Lucia, and January 21 at Pianos with Dear Lions, Cemeteries, and The Everymen.
As mentioned, Howler's debut album came out yesterday and is titled America Give Up which kind of feels like a "just try not to like us" dare. Their sound -- a little Strokes, a little Jesus and Mary Chain, a little West Coast garage -- is indeed easy to like, even if there isn't much "new" about it. But the band have no shortage of hooks and a good dose of hard-to-fake attitude. As previously mentioned, ou can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Most of the hype is coming from the UK press who are still enamored with the Vaccines (with whom Howler's toured). I like Howler better than them and am going to make an effort to catch one of their shows this week. You should too, surely you've got one night free this week?
Fujiya & Miyagi
Also in town this week are Fugiya & Miyagi, playing Glasslands on Thursday (1/19) and Mercury Lounge on Saturday (1/21, sold out). The band have a new single out, "Ecstatic Dancer," that you can download at the top of this post. It's the kind of slinky, glammy stomper you could imagine Goldfrapp doing but with David Best's whispery vocals. No album attached to it as far as I can tell so it seems the single supports the tour, not the other way around as usual.
The band are also on the Power, Corruption & Lies Covered CD that comes with the February issue of MOJO, where the entirety of cover stars New Order's second album is covered by the likes of Destroyer, S.C.U.M. and Errors. Fujiya & Miyagi contribute a fairly wrote version of Side Two opener "Your Silent Face." (Stream it below.) The band are a good time live and are equally adept at both Neu!-style motorik and funky Can rhythms as you may already know. My favorite song is still "Ankle Injuries" but I'm looking forward to seeing them tomorrow.
Thursday's Glasslands show is with Zambri, who really impressed me at Glasslands last month, Rarechild and The Golden Filter on DJ duties. For Saturday's show at Merc, openers are Aimes, Jangulaand Dinowalrus.
Dinowalrus' second album, Best Behavior, is due out March 6 on Old Flame records. If you haven't seen them in a while, the band dropped the dissonance in favor of a sound under the influenced of late '80s Manchester. While that means some danceable tracks, it also means atmospheric rockers like "What Now" which veers closer to The Chameleons or The Sound. You can download it at the top of this post.
If you're looking for something a little more mellow, man, perhaps you should check out onetime
Eisley bassist (different Jonathan Wilson!) Jonathan Wilson who is here for three shows this week. He's at Mercury Lounge tomorrow (1/19) for an early show and again on Friday (1/20) for a late show with Quilt), and then hits the Rock Shop on Saturday (1/ 21).
Jonathan Wilson's Gentle Spirit made its way onto many Best of 2011 lists, coming in at #4 on MOJO's year end coverage. Pazz n' Jop notsomuch, only three votes, which landed it in a 21-way tie for #372. Mind you, Wilson's music -- which recalls the heyday of early '70s Laurel Canyon -- is prime fodder for a magazine like MOJO that has a Beatle on the cover at least once a year, but Gentle Spirit is a genuinely gorgeous album that exudes a West Coast vibe even in the coldest New York winter. Spotify users can listen to the album here.
This is the only picture on Pre War's Facebook
And finally, for many in New York the phrase "pre war" is code for "not many electric outlets and no sink in the bathroom" but maybe that will change with Pre War the rock band who have dusted themselves off from the recently defunct Conversion Party. Like that band, Pre War traffic in catchy, big-chorused indie rock. Check out "Out There" at the top of this post and you can listen to more at the band's Tumblr.
You can catch Pre War live Thursday (1/19) at Cake Shop where they play with Grand Rapids, Plates of Cake, and Hunny.
That's the big stuff for this week. Day-by-day picks not covered above are below. Fight the power!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18
Sharon Van Etten is at Mercury Lounge which if you don't have tickets, is sold out. She's got lots more shows coming up, though. Her new album, Tramp, is really good.
Sharon at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Jessica Amaya)
In other news, Sharon, who recently announced a Mercury Lounge show happening on Wednesday (1/18) (which is now sold out), has added another NYC date to her tour. The new show is happening on February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost. The show happens after she plays MHOW on 2/24 and Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 with Shearwater, who plays with her on most of the other tour dates as well. Tickets for the new Bowery show go on sale Wednesday (1/18) at noon and tickets for the other Bowery show and the MHOW show are still available.
Updated dates below...
Sharon Van Etten at Maxwell's, New Year's Eve (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten, who recently appeared on Fallon, will release her great new album, Tramp on February 7 via Jagjaguwar (preorder it) and tour in support of it, hitting NYC on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both are still on sale.
Sharon will play NYC way sooner though, at the smaller Mercury Lounge on January 18 and tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (1/11).
Updated dates below...
I spy a Dessner...
Three of last night's big events in NYC:
* Sharon Van Etten & Fred Armisen were on Fallon.
* Van Halen played Cafe Wha?. Jimmy Fallon was in the audience.
* Portlandia Season 2 had a premiere party at The Museum of Natural History. Fred Armisen was (obviously) in attendance.
Watch videos of Sharon and Fred (who also played music) on Fallon, including a Fred Armisen web exclusive, below...
"ATTN HOBOKEN! I WILL NOT BE DROPPED TONIGHT!" - kurt braunohler
"Pink shirt on. Ready to party like it 3012" - kurt braunohler
"Happy New Year to everybody! I didn't get to reply last night because I was watching @TedLeo and @kurtbraunohler be awesome." - Tom scharpling
"Omg @scharpling 's here @maxwellsnj for @tedleo NYE& I didn't even say hi - @kurtbraunohler was hilarious - Sharon Van Etten & band=amazing!"
- Bella Allen Farrelly
"Last 2 nights w/@kurtbraunohler, @obitsband, @sharonvanetten, & the AMAZING AUDIENCES: I count myself lucky to be among such excellence." -Ted Leo
Ted, Kurt & Phamacist @ Maxwell's
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists rang in the new year at Maxwell's with not-surprise guest Sharon Van Etten and comedian opener Kurt Braunohler who also opened for Ted and Obits at The Bell House one night earlier. Pictures from the NJ show, where Kurt Braunohler tried to crowd surf again, and possibly got dropped again, are in this post.
Ted played a predictably excellent set and covered 'I Wanna Destroy You' with Sharon Van Etten whose opening set included a new backing band lineup. Doug Keith is still there, but there was a new guy on drums and a new backup singer/keyboard player/additional guitarist lady. When they played "Don't Do It", they did this new thing with looped sorta spooky vocals in the beginning and it was so beautiful. The new songs sound amazing. I can't wait for the album.
Sharon will hit the road for a string of dates in February that include Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom, and before that she'll make an appearance at the Greene Space. Tickets are still available for that WNYC Soundcheck session, as well as both Bowery and MHoW.
More pictures and some video from Maxwell's on New Year's Eve, below.
Sharon Van Etten @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten, who recently opened for and played with The National, contributed backing vocals to a song The National wrote for the movie "Win Win". That song, "Think You Can Wait", is on the shortlist of 39 songs eligible to be nominated for an Oscar. That list, reprinted in full below, also includes songs by Jonsi and She & Him.
In other Sharon news, after the show sold out today, it was revealed that she is the secret guest playing with Ted Leo at Maxwell's on New Year's Eve! (not the first time they've shared a bill). She's also appearing on WNYC's Soundcheck on January 17th. You can buy tickets to attend the afternoon taping at the Greene Space. You can also still buy tickets for other shows she has coming up which will be in support of her new album.
The National & friends @ Beacon Theater (by sarabel17)
Last night, 12/13, was the second National show at Beacon Theater. Sharon Van Etten opened the show and then joined the National again on stage for "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", as did Wye Oak (who open tomorrow and play the Rock Shop tonight) and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, as you can see in the video below...
The War On Drugs at Cameo in August (more by Jessica Amaya)
The War On Drugs recently kicked off their December tour which includes the sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on December 11 and the not-sold out show one day later opening for The National at Beacon Theater (12/12) (tickets). Though Still Corners were originally scheduled to open the Bowery show along with Arc in Round, it appears they've since dropped off and TEEN will be taking their place.
The War On Drugs will tour North America again in 2012 around the time of SXSW, which they've recently been added to, which brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 6. Most of those dates are with Sharon Van Etten, who also opens for The National at one of their Beacon Theater shows (12/13) (tickets). She's not scheduled to play at their MHOW show (no one else is either). She has her own headlining NYC shows at MHOW on February 24 and Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Both of her shows are with Shearwater and tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of The War On Drugs, The National, and Sharon Van Etten, Aaron Dessner of the National interviewed Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs, and during the interview, they talked a bit about Sharon Van Etten. Eventually it turns into them talking about each other's music and comparing recording techniques. You can read the whole thing at The A.V. Club.
Pitchfork.tv just posted a video of the band performing "Come to the City" in NYC earlier this year and an interview with the band. You can watch that video below with all tour dates...
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - "Serpents" (MP3)
Speaking of female singers who collaborate with members of The National, Sharon Van Etten recently revealed the first track off her upcoming album Tramp, which comes out February 7 via Jagjaguwar. Download that track, which is titled "Serpents" at the top of this post. Buy the single, which comes with non-album track "Mike McDermott," at iTunes. That's the single's cover art above.
Sharon's also one of the openers for The National's six Beacon Theater shows (12/13) and her upcoming tour hits NYC twice (MHOW on 2/24 and Bowery Ballroom on 2/25). Tickets for all three of those shows are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below...