Entries tagged with: Shilpa Ray
Sleigh Bells @ T5, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Andrew WK w/ Marky Ramone's Blitzkreig @ Santos (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts continues. Tonight's options includes Kim Gordon's talk with author Alex Halberstadt (and a performance by Body/Head), and "An Evening with Funny or Die." While most events are sold out, a few tickets are always available before the show. Get there early and try your luck.
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
Attention vinyl-lovers: get up close and personal with most of NYC's indie labels and record stores and this always-fun biannual event. There's exclusives, cool merch (DFA espresso cups?), and Minimal Wave cupcakes.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Andrew W.K. (special vocal guest), FIGO @ Irving Plaza
Well it's not the Ramones (or even the Romones), but the band's longtime drummer Marky is playing their classic tunes with party aficionado Andrew WK on vocals, so it's gonna be a fun time nonetheless.
Sleigh Bells @ Le Poisson Rouge
It's a record release show for Sleigh Bells' third album, which is out on Tuesday. No suprise this relatively tiny show is sold out but you can still get tickets to see them at Terminal 5 in November.
Potty Mouth, Perfect Pussy, LORDO, Tweens @ 285 Kent Avenue
All four bands on this bill are pretty great. Potty Mouth make punk-inspired indie rock and tonight's the album release party for their debut LP, Hell Bent. Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy will probably make for the most intense set of the night, while the bluesy LODRO and garagey Tweens will keep things on a more (but not too) lighthearted side.
Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, Henry Krinkle, DKDS @ 88 Palace
Vancouver-via-Switzerland's Cyril Hahn is signed to PMR (Disclosure, Jessie Ware) and like many of his labelmates, his music skirts the line between addictive pop and inventive house. Opening is cloud rap-turning-pop producer Ryan Hemsworth.
The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, Habibi, White Fang, Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars featuring a whole bunch of bands on the cassette-loving Fullerton label. The show starts early with Colleen Green & White Fang on at 7:30 PM. If you're going -- the show's sold out -- you should get there early for them. We're also looking forward to seeing Gap Dream whose new album, Shine Your Light, is quite good.
Versus, Slothrust @ Knitting Factory
Versus were originally to have played this show tonight but are no longer on the bill -- The Skins now headline.
Lapalux, Natasha Kmeto, Alex Burkat @ Glasslands
Brainfeeder-signed producer UK Lapalux makes some pretty fine future garage, and finally got his debut LP out this year after a series of great EPs.
Teenanger @ NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Cy Barkley (& the way Outsiders), Teenanger, Pampers @ Death By Audio
Toronto's Teenanger make nitro-fueled punk that falls somewhere between The Ramones and The Buzzcocks. You can stream their new album, Singles Don't $ell, below. Tonight's DBA show is opened by awesome locals Pampers who you should definitely check out too, not to mention Nashville garage punks Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders.
Bill Orcutt, Jon Mueller @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with a solo acoustic set from blues guitarist Bill Orcutt and avant percussionist Jon Mueller.
Ex Cops, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat @ Mercury Lounge
Three good local bands and it's a free show. You need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app to do so.
Surfer Blood, Andy Boay, Team Spirit @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and are here playing MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow.
Lake, Pianos Movers, Chris Norda @ Shea Stadium
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.
Title TK, Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy, Hot Sugar @ Silent Barn
It's a record release party for Title TK, and things should get bumpin' when electronic musicians Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy and Hot Sugar take over.
Daughter, Bear's Den @ Terminal 5
Having come off a tour with The National, ethereal, folky UK band Daughter are here playing their biggest NYC show yet.
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ Webster Hall
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon and tonight's show is "Audience Request Night." Here's your chance to yell "Freebird."
Rufus, Sly Stone @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's a rare chance to catch funk/soul legend Sly Stone tonight when he opens for the also-renowned funk group Rufus.
Matana Roberts @ Jazz Gallery
Jazz saxist Matana Roberts defies the boundaries of her genre, bringing in elements of blues, spoken word, and more. Tonight she and her band play the Jazz Gallery.
The Smithereens @ Hackensack Street Fair
NJ college rock survivors play a free show today at 4 PM. "Blood and Roses" still sounds pretty good nearly 30 years later.
The Sun Ra Arkestra @ The Allen Room
Sun Ra may have passed on to a different plane, but his spirit lives on in the current edition of the Ra Arkestra, led by original member and saxophonist Marshall Allen. Added bonus: The Allen Room is easily one of the most spectacular rooms in NYC.
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A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth, Shark? @ Death By Audio
Last time APTBS played DbA (the equivalent of a house show), they brought in their own PA and light show making for total sensory overload. Along for the ride: Philly shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth and Shark?
Red Fang, Doomriders, Low Fat Getting High @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's gonna get loud, and probably pretty rowdy, at 285 Kent tonight with this free show (RSVPed out) that includes Pacific Northwest sludge from Red Fang, the Converge-related Doomriders, and melodic punk from Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High. Get there early, because this whole bill is ridiculous.
Modern English, Jangula @ Mercury Lounge
Sure, most people only know "I Melt with You" but Modern English had a string of good records in the early '80s on 4AD and are currently working on a new album with the core of the original band.
The Cult @ Roseland Ballroom
Gothy mystic rockers The Cult will bring the big riffs of their 1987 album, Electric, and playing that record in full. You'll probably get "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Fire Woman" too.
Blues Control, Mad Nanna, Free Time @ 252 Norman Rooftop (4 PM)
This is a rooftop show (there's a rain contingency too) with Drag City's Blues Control, plus two Aussie bands: Mad Nanna and Free Time. It's also got a 4 PM start, so duck out of work early.
A$AP Ferg, Mister Cee, DJ Spynfo, DJ Enuff @ Webster Hall
A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord is out this week, and while it might not be as diverse as his pal A$AP Rocky's recent album, it's at least as fun. Tonight he celebrates it at the Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall, which is doubling as a Trap Lord release show.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Beekman Beer Garden
The funk/soul legend comes to NYC for an outdoor show tonight, which should make for a pretty great time.
Golden Gurls, Bored Spies (ex SEAM), Bedfellows @ Cake Shop
Featuring ex members of Seam and Bitch Magnet, Bored Spies make post-rock with a strong melodic stream. Stream a couple tracks below. Baltimore's Golden Gurls (not to be confused with UK band Golden Grrrls) make fuzzy indie rock reminiscent of early '90s college rock.
Kissing Is A Crime, Caged Animals, Shilpa Ray, Grand Resort, The Veda Rays, Vinyl Thief, The Ivorys @ Pianos
It's week two of Brooklyn-via-Dominican-Republic indiepop group Grand Resort's Pianos Residency and they've got a whole slew of other bands on the bill, giving you maximum value for your live music dollar.
Clarence, Herzog, PUP, Soda Bomb @ Shea Stadium
Toronto's PUP are just another of the excellent punk bands to come out in Canada in recent years, and you can catch them tearing things up in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium tonight.
Celestial Shore, Omhouse, Zula, Half Waif @ Silent Barn
Toronto's Omhouse are in Brooklyn tonight for this show that's rounded out by some excellent indie pop locals, Celestial Shore, Zula, and Half Waif. Stream a new Zula track, "Twin Loss," below.
Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr., Danny Masterson (DJ Mom Jeans set), Alexa Chung (DJ set), Fabrizio Moretti (DJ set), Devendra Banhart (DJ set), Special Guests @ The Bowery Hotel
This is a benefit for School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis who is currently battling Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Tickets are still available.
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.
Bret Michaels @ B.B. King Blues Club
You may not know this but actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality Brett Michaels used to be in a popular hard rock band in the '80s and '90s. Look him up if you don't believe us.
'Krush Groove' @ Videology (FREE)
BV's own Bill Pearis hosts this screening of 1985 hip hop musical which tells the story of Def Jam Records and Run DMC, with many of the bands playing themselves. (Russell Simmons is played by Blair Underwood, though.) Also featuring Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat"! Free.
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by Fred Pessaro
For an outsider, Tear it Up and Friends don't exactly seem like the best match for bandmates. Yet here's Pagan Rituals to prove them wrong. The gothic post-punk band, whose members have also been in Dead Nation, Kissing is a Crime, and Splitting Headache, have released a trio of tracks to the internet already, two of which will appear on on the new band's forthcoming debut 7". Look for the band to gig as well, playing their first NYC area dates on May 18th at Acheron with Altered Boys and Paranoias (tickets), and May 19 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Spires, Shilpa Ray and Toons.
Streams of Pagan Rituals tracks are below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Nick Cave @ Beacon Theatre, 3/28/2013
Visions of murder, catastrophe, transfiguration and desperate love issued from the Beacon Theater stage on Friday night, set to dirges, stomps and inexorable crescendos. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -- along with a string ensemble, the backup singers Sharon Van Etten (who opened the concert) and Shilpa Ray, and a youth choir, the Harlem Voices -- were midway through a sold-out three-night stand. Songs from their new album, "Push the Sky Away" (Bad Seed Ltd.), started and ended the set. In between they revisited material recorded over the last three decades.On Saturday night (3/30), Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds wrapped up their three-night stint at Beacon Theatre with opener Sharon Van Etten who also sang back-up for Cave, as noted in the Times review above. (He also made time to hang out with the other Nick Cave.) Song selection and order varied a little, though each night opened with "We No Who U R" from their new Push the Sky Away LP and the main set closed with "The Weeping Song," "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee," and the final encore was always the new album's title track. Setlists from Saturday and Friday (3/29) are in this post.
Mr. Cave has forged a clear identity from the start. The Bad Seeds, formed in 1983, were the more measured successors to the wild-eyed post-punk of his first major band, the Birthday Party. With the Bad Seeds Mr. Cave decided to take his time, intoning bleak, extended reveries steeped in the blues, the Bible and images of humanity pushed to extremes of violence and passion. The Bad Seeds, through various lineups -- most members of the current band have been with Mr. Cave since the 1990s -- joined him in treating songs as incantations, usually circling through just a few chords as the tension and drama build. - [NY Times]
We already posted a set of pics and the setlist from Thursday (3/28) but a second set from that show are in this post, and a few videos from various nights at Beacon are below.
James and Andy Ralph make music collectively as Writer and the Brooklyn-based sibs self-released Brotherface back in October 2012 and it's loaded with dense, gritty, anthemic songs. You can stream the album below. Also below, we've got the premiere of Writer's new video for "Cash for Gold" which features no cash, very little gold but a plethora of psychedelic imagery.
Writer begin a January residency at Pianos tonight (1/8), where they've lined up Census and Crusin' USA to play as well. Advance tickets are available. Next Tuesday (1/15) they'll play with Spookfish, plus Shilpa Ray, Cannibal Animal Machine and Man Made Sun (tickets); and after skipping a Tuesday, they'll finish their residency on 1/29 with Travis Trevisan of Tape Deck Mountain, plus Man Made Sun again and Phantasm (tickets).
Residency flyer, video premiere, and album stream are below...
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.
Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot in Feb (more by Harriet Roberts)
Like many other venues have been doing, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a Jonathan Toubin benefit which is taking place on January 12. The benefit's got a stacked bill including Chain and the Gang (whose frontman Ian Svenonius DJ'd a JT benefit at Zebulon on Christmas Eve), Eleanor Friedberger (who recently played the BV Holiday Party at the same venue), Shilpa Ray, Nicole Atkins, Two Tears, 5 Dollar Priest, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, and An American Dream. There will also be DJ sets by JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) and Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman) who both play the Here Comes the Warm Jets show at Joe's Pub in January and a DJ set by Mick Collins, who fronts The Dirtbombs, and whose other band The Gories are playing two shows in NYC this January. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale.
photos by Grant Macallister
Man Man @ Metro, Chicago, IL - 5/24/2011
The Man Man / Shilpa Ray tour has been crossing the country thoughout May, and finally reaches Brooklyn for two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg starting tonight (Tuesday, 5/31). Tickets are still available for the Wednesday show.
Man Man hit B.O.M.B. Fest over the weekend and are on the lineup of the Roots Picnic happening this upcoming weekend in Philly. A set of Man Man pictures from the Chicago show last week at Metro continues below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers are now out on tour with Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO. That tour hits Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this evening (4/12), and tickets are actually still on sale. The tour ends at Red 7 in Austin later this month, but that doesn't mean a break for Shilpa who will continue on tour for a week before meeting up with Man Man who she'll then stay on the road with until June 3rd, two Brooklyn shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg included. Tickets for both of those are still on sale too.
Speaking of Austin, that's where Shilpa wowed a packed crowd on Barbarella's inside stage on Friday, March 18th at the free BV/KF/PR day party. An unpublished set of pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with all dates, and a video, below...
DOWNLOAD: J Mascis - Not Enough (MP3)
The first BrooklynVegan Swan Dive/Barbarella Austin Day Party lineup announcement is here! (this is the first of three BV day parties happening at these connecting venues, but just one of nine total BV events.)
This one happens Friday, March 18th from noon-6pm, is co-presented by KF Records (Knitting Factory) and Partisan Records, and features an exclusive Austin day party set by Middle Brother (aka Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit). If you want to catch them though, you better get there early because the entire lineup is ridiculous and 100% free, and it looks like this.....
STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)I'm already exhausted (and we have three more similar lineups still TBA).
12:00 PM JBM
12:30 PM BOBBY
01:15 PM Holy Sons
02:00 PM Dolorean
03:00 PM John Grant featuring Midlake
04:00 PM Wye Oak
05:00 PM J Mascis
STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM David Wax Museum
01:00 PM Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
02:00 PM Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
03:00 PM Deer Tick featuring Jonny Corndawg
04:00 PM Old 97's
05:00 PM Middle Brother
STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:15 PM AgesandAges
01:00 PM Paleo
01:45 PM Warm Ghost
02:30 PM Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
03:15 PM Vetiver
04:00 PM Oberhofer
05:00 PM The Dodos
Note: We have Dolorean who is not to be confused with Delorean, yes that is Midlake up there backing the amazing John Grant, Jason Isbell will stick around to play with Middle Brother (like he did on their record), and yes Jonny Corndawg will be in the house.
I'm also happy to point out that, though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.
- FREE Blublocker sunglasses to first 50 people in the door!
- there will be FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
- we'll have loads of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
- we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea!
- you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars!
- FREE Tierras organic tequila cocktails while supplies last!
- more FREE food & DRINK details TBA!
- and there will be awesome giveaways from Partisan & KF Records
throughout the day!
today in NYC
* Red Baraat @ Barbes
* Socalled @ Joe's Pub
* Matt Munisteri @ Barbes
* Tony Malaby @ The Stone
* Gordon Voidwell @ Lincoln Center
* Knyfe Hyts @ Secret Project Robot
* Jake Shimabukuro @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Daniel Carter @ Issue Project Room
* Nettle (DJ Rupture), Lamin Fofana @ Zebulon
* Disappears, Soft, Sundelles @ Cake Shop
* Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai @ The Stone
* The Capstan Shafts, Cabinet @ The Rock Shop
* Daniel Wayne, Hey Battlefield @ Public Assembly
* Dan Deacon, So Percussion @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Joan of Arc, Soft Circle, La Big Vic @ Shea Stadium
* Young The Giant, The Static Jacks @ Mercury Lounge
* Linfinity, The Stepkids, Robbers On High Street @ Pianos
* The Vaccines, Oberhofer, Young Buffalo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Only Son, The Candles, Yellowbirds @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Shark?, Quiet Loudly, Gunfight!, Magnetic Island, Quilty @ Coco 66
* King Tuff, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Nude Beach @ Knitting Factory
* Evan Dando, Juliana Hatfield, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Maxwell's
* Nightlands, The Tony Castles, Dustin Wong, Regal Degal @ Glasslands
American Hi-Fi, Mr. Dream, Living Days @ Mercury Lounge
* Little Dragon, Theophilus London, Billygoat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Little Death, Lady Rizo & The Assettes, Little Wolf @ Le Poisson Rouge
* An evening with The Jayhawks performing Hollywood Town Hall @ Webster Hall
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea @ Rose Theater
Check out This Week in Indie, but note that Weird Wives is not playing tonight - not at Cake Shop or Death By Audio or anywhere (they cancelled their tour).
Shilpa Ray plays a record release show at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday. Check out her new video for 'Heaven In Stereo' below...
DOWNLOAD: Acid Mothers Temple - "In O" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acid Mothers Temple - "In A" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers - "Heaven In Stereo" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers - "Venus Shaver" (MP3)
photos by Greg Cristman
Acid Mothers Temple @ Knitting Factory
Acid Mothers Temple, in the form of Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO, will return to tour North America in March. That tour hits Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on April 12th. Tickets are on sale.
The last time Acid Mothers Temple was at Knitting Factory was last April. A lost set of pictures from that show adorn this post. Acid Mothers Temple released their latest LP In O To Infinity via Important Records. Two MP3s above come from that release.
Almost all of Acid Mother's upcoming tour, including the Brooklyn show, is with Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers who have a new LP on the way. Teenage and Torture will be released on January 18th via Knitting Factory Records. Dig on a pair of songs from that release, including the previously posted "Venus Shaver" that appears on the 7", above.
Help Shilpa celebrate that new LP at a show happening on Friday, January 21st at Brooklyn Bowl with Soft Black and She Keeps Bees. Tickets are on sale for the gig which is one of two Shilpa has scheduled this month. The other is in Buffalo.
All dates and more AMT pictures below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
Diamond Rings @ Knitting Factory
We're used to putting our mp3s on shuffle... why not shows, too? My music ADD came out in full force last Friday. I decided to make full use of my 'sick' day and somehow managed to see a whopping 16 bands (maybe a personal record?). I got my day started early with the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Public Assembly. With bands playing in the two neighboring rooms, it was all too easy to flit back and forth, which allowed me to catch four bands in under 90 minutes: The Phantom Band, The Luyas, Lower Dens, and Times New Viking. Though I saw only partial sets of the first and last, I made time to see the entirety of my two favorite. The Luyas never cease to charm - even when there are technical problems, and I enjoyed my first encounter with Lower Dens - another one of those notoriously ubiquitous CMJ bands.
Up next, I headed over to the Knitting Factory to take in part of the Distiller showcase. I was glad to learn that I only missed a couple of songs from S. Carey. Sean's soul-warming voice and classical training provided a nice respite from the overwhelming contingency of scuzzier, under-rehearsed bands. After seeing S. Carey open for The Tallest Man on Earth at a recent Webster Hall show, it was nice to see him in a smaller, more intimate setting. He also played a Brooklyn Vegan party at Public Assembly, but on Saturday
Bringing the energy back up was John O'Regan, the glam-man-spectacle behind Diamond Rings. When he had finally assembled his gear, he had time only for an abbreviated set - even for CMJ standards: just four songs - just enough to get the kids dancing. Up next was Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - a band I had not made note of on my hastily scrawled itinerary. Imagine my surprise when instead of the Southern rock-tinged folk music of Cotton Jones, I was met by a feisty female with a pension for shrieking lyrics about STDs and assaulting the audience with her abrasive stage 'banter.' ("We have a new 7" for sale. Just give me your fucking money because I want it.") Time to hit the bar for some free SoCo. Since the shows were running a bit late, I stayed only for about half of Cotton Jones (a folksier She & Him except the she - Whitney McGraw - is more than just a pretty face).
The Hush Now also played the Knitting Factory show, and Diamond Rings (whose new album is streaming) played a few other shows during the week. If you missed him, he's back December 4th to play Glasslands, and is touring a lot between now and then. All dates with more pictures from the whole Distiller show, below...
Patti Smith at Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Park Slope venue Southpaw will host Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Outernational, and Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye on November 11th. Tickets for this 21+ acoustic Fortnight Journal Benefit are on sale. The show is one of four upcming dates for Patti Smith, who will also play a trio of sold-out dates at Bowery Ballroom leading up to the new year (12/29, 12/30, 12/31).
The Southpaw show is one of two lined up for Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, who will play Pianos three days prior with Zambri and Arpline as part of a residency for Hooray for Earth who are also on the bill. A few weeks later, they'll hit the road with a reunited Cornershop to play a string of dates, but will not be on board when the band plays Irving Plaza (on 11/19, tickets).
All Shilpa Ray dates and some video from their appearance at Knitting Factory during CMJ is below...
DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers - "Venus Shaver" (MP3)
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers at SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers have a new LP on the way called Teenage & Torture, but it won't surface until Jan 11, 2011 (via Knitting Factory Records). So to sate your taste for everything-Hookers, Shilpa Ray will release the new 7" Venus Shaver, on sale in mid-October. The 7" features the title track (downloadable above) and a b-side called "Natural Selection". Check it out.
In the meantime Shilpa Ray will take her act out for a pair of (known) CMJ shindigs, the Distiller showcase on 10/22 at Knitting Factory and the Windish showcase on 10/23 at Arlene's Grocery. On the non-CMJ tip, Shila Ray will also hit Pianos on 11/3 with Hooray for Earth, Arpline, and Zambri.
The Pianos show is part of a residency for Hooray for Earth who has different openers on four November shows at the LES venue. Tickets are on sale for all of them.
All dates and the 7" art is below.
"TINDERBOX Music Festival aims to create more space for women musicians by bringing together and promoting established and emerging female artists. Rooted in the vibrant New York City music scene, TINDERBOX fosters community by providing opportunities to perform, collaborate, and connect. TINDERBOX donates 100% of net proceeds to organizations involved in giving rise to the next generation of women musicians."Head over to Southpaw after you're done perusing the Atlantic Antic on Sunday. The Tinderbox Music Fest features 18 female artists on 2 stages and looks like a lot of fun. It kicks off at 3:30pm and will probably run until at least midnight. Advanced tickets are on sale for $17. The full lineup (Bitch, Shipa Ray, Larkin Grimm, Jenny Owen Youngs and many more included) with set times and some videos below...
Blondie is playing Nokia Theatre on August 31st. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Fountains of Wayne play Bowery Ballroom on October 7th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Tickets are still on AmEx presale for the recently added Arcade Fire & Spoon show at Madison Square Garden. They go on general sale Saturday at 9am.
Tickets are on sale at noon for Wild Nothing & Blank Dogs at Bowery Ballroom.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin & Telekinesis are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 8th. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Tickets are on sale at noon for Slash's show at Terminal 5.
Tickets are on sale at noon for Jamie Lidell at Webster Hall.
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Best Coast / Male Bonding shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Dark Star Orchestra are playing Nokia Theatre on October 2nd. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Shilpa Ray and Frankie Rose (and their bands) share a bill at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5th. Tickets are on sale.
"Hello, and welcome to Portland, Oregon," quipped James Mercer, as he and Danger Mouse greeted the freezing crowd at Mog Day Party on the final day of SXSW. A 40-degree drop in temperature from Friday caused flip-flops and t-shirts to be replaced by hoodies, coats and gloves. Broken Bells were just one of several excellent bands that filled the indoor and outdoor venues of the Mohawk.
I finally made it downtown before 2pm by taking the rather efficient Metro Capitol bus. Traffic along I-35 into downtown took almost an hour the day before from just 10 minutes north. Arriving a little after noon Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers were already on inside. Ray was squeezing the hell out of that squeezbox and her raspy, scowling voice was alarming so early in the day. It certainly set a tone. And Free Energy complete with free cassettes started things outside with their unabashed good times garage rock.
Back inside The Dum Dum Girls were up next with more of the same hazy lo-fi pop that drummer Frankie Rose was laying down the night before on the same stage with her band. I skipped back outside for Demolished Thoughts though Andrew WK (an advertised member along with Thurston Moore and J Mascis) was absent and the bassist for Fucked Up was filling in. It was thrashing punk stuff with silly songs like the 45-second "I Hate Kids" (those were the lyrics) followed by the 45-second "I Hate Sports" (some videos below).
Then it was back inside for a little dance - hip hop with Rye Rye and then back outside for Broken Bells - who kept busy at the festival. For a band only a couple months old they were tight and the songs sounded great. Inside again for Freelance Whales and then back outside for The Antlers, back inside for Real Estate and finally back outside for the Black Keys who straight up killed. Mercer and Danger Mouse (who produced the Keys' Attack & Release) and members of the Antlers were sidestage rocking out. The crowd was hanging over rails and pushing in toward the stage. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had everyone riveted and rocking. Certainly the most polished performance of the day, perhaps the festival.
Unexpectedly, as I ventured back to the convention center, I stumbled upon Fanfarlo about to perform in Brush Square with free drinks (Shiner Bock!) and heaters to keep the tent warm. Fantastic live show. "If we knew there were going to be so many photographers, we'd have done better," quipped multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas about the the band's appearance.
For the evening it was all about finishing strong. I made my way to the Victorian Room at the Driskill for Miss Li who was great and her band was stellar, over to St. David's Bethel Hall to see some Texas bands as part of the Western Vinyl Showcase, including an unimpressive Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. I decided to go all out and dashed over to Barbarella for the excellent Best Coast who also played a couple of new songs that sounded really good. Back to St. David's for the ambient Sleep Whale (formerly MOM) from Denton, TX down to Paradise for crazy afro-beat inflected dance music courtesy of New York's Tanlines (it was a full-on dance party.) Finally, it was back over to St. David's for the beautiful, classical-leaning experimental band Balmorhea.
Brooklyn four-piece SUCKERS will be releasing their debut full-length, Wild Smile, on June 8 through NYC tastemaker label Frenchkiss Records (Les Savy Fav, The Dodos, Local Natives, The Antlers and more). The album was recorded, produced and mixed in NYC by Chris Zane (Passion Pit/Walkmen), except for "It Gets Your Body Movin'" (produced by Anand Wilder and Chris Moore) and "Save Your Love For Me" (Chris Moore), and was mastered by Joe Laporta (Vampire Weekend). SUCKERS will also be joining labelmates Local Natives for tour dates in May - scroll down for dates.Coincidentally, Suckers will also share a bill with Local Natives at the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal SXSW day party (3/20 @ Galaxy Room). Not coincidentally, they'll share a bill with Local Natives at the Frenckiss showcase happening at the same venue the night before.
The first single from the album, yet to be announced, will be released in April. In the meantime, check out the SUCKERS' cover of The Raveonettes track "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)" from their album In and Out of Control (out now on VICE Music).
Suckers' pre-SXSW tour with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers kicks off at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on March 10th. Tickets are still on sale. Suckers' tour with Local Natives kicks off April 22nd and hits NYC for two now-SOLD OUT shows at Bowery Ballroom. New album tracklist and all dates below...
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's March 10th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge with Suckers and Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers is part of a larger tour for the bands that includes a trip to Austin for SXSW. At the fest, MBAR will be playing the Saddle Creek Showcase on Thursday, March 18th at Maggie Mae's with Common Loon, Unwed Sailor, Pomegranates, The Mynabirds, UUVVWWZ and The Rural Alberta Advantage.
In Austin, Suckers play the French Kiss/Mom+Pop show on Friday, March 19th with Freelance Whales, Local Natives, An Horse Galaxy, The Antlers and Les Savy Fav. Suckers will also play the free BrooklynVegan & M For Montreal show at Galaxy Room on Saturday, March 20th (noon-5:30pm). Other announced bands on that bill so far are Roky Erickson (backed by Okkervil River) and Andrew WK. Full lineup TBA shortly.
Suckers are playing this...
Shilpa Ray actually played the official BV SXSW show in 2009, and Miles Benjamin played one of our CMJ parties the same year. All upcoming dates and MBAR live videos are below...
Rain Machine @ BAM Opera House (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As pointed out in the comments, Noveller's Brooklyn Valentine's Day show at Glasslands will be happening instead at Coco 66. The lineup for that includes Bad Credit No Credit, The Shivers, comic Caroline Contillo and DJ Ropstyle .
Instead, Glasslands (before its Neon Indian/French Horn Rebellion/Cubic Zirconia DJ party) will be hosting a Valentine's Day show with TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone & friends. There'll be sets by Rain Machine (Kyp's band), Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Kyp is a huge fan, a friend, and appears on his album), Iran (also Kyp's band) (sometimes) and Candles of Paradise.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's backing band shares members with Holly Miranda's (its a night off from her Tegan & Sara-supporting tour) and Holly's forthcoming album, The Magician's Private Library, was produced by TVotR's Dave Sitek who also produced Iran's Dissolver (which came out last year). In related Sitek news, Dave also has a remix on the new 12" from DOOM (who plays NYC with Mos Def on February 26th).
Miles Benjamin is also playing a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 10th with Shilpa Ray and Suckers. Tickets just went on sale.
And to complete the TVotR roundup, we should mention that Tunde is one of the guest vocalists on the new Massive Attack record, and TVotR's "Wear You Out" was recently remixed by Brooklyn MC Bisco Smith, re-linked above.
Some classic TV on the Radio videos (and others you'd probably rather not see) are posted below...
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ SXSW 2009 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
It was approximately a year ago that Shilpa Ray left her band Beat The Devil to focus on her own project with her own band that she calls Shipa Ray and The Happy Hookers. That would make 2009 not only their year, but their first year.
My own excitement for the band came right around January/February when I first heard their 8-song unreleased CD-R. Soon after that they accepted my invitation to play the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, and they've managed to keep busy all year. Shilpa ended up self-releasing their album, and she and her hookers have played numerous shows in NYC - too many to count, but they've included a Woodstock tribute at Castle Clinton, a residency at Pianos, and this year's CitySol festival. And they're ending the year strong. They just opened two NYC gigs for the Fiery Furnaces, are opening for Grant Hart of Husker Du this Saturday at 92YTribeca (12/19), and now have a glowing recommendation from Nick Cave.
Shilpa answered some questions about her year. Read them below...
National Post: What new band gets you going?Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers will open both Fiery Furnances shows this weekend in addition to the Grant Hart show happening the weekend after that. All dates below...
Nick Cave: Have you heard of Shilpa Ray?
National Post: Who?
Nick Cave: F--k! I know someone new you don't. She plays the harmonium. She has a band called the Happy Hookers, I think they're called. She has a great voice, she writer great songs, great lyrics.
National Post: I love the harmonium.
Nick Cave: She's really good at it. But I'm not gonna write a book about Shilpa Ray...