Entries tagged with: Shiner
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Future Islands was so good last night. Incredible energy and so much booty shaking. The man has soul." - Jett Wells
"Probably written more words on this band than any other over the years, but let's say it again: Future Islands are something special." - @cmgzine
"Omar Souleyman and his serious live clapping giving me everything" - Carrie Wilds
Long-running, but more popular than ever, Baltimore's dancing synth-pop act Future Islands came to NYC last night (8/7) for a free show at the House of Vans. The bill was filled out by a trio of excellent pop-minded acts: Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Divine Fits) new act Operators and local indie pop act Mas Ysa. Not surprisingly, the show was already near capacity by the time the first opener went on around 7pm. Those who RSVP'd but didn't get there early enough were being turned away all night.
Omar is a great opener for Future Islands because Omar doesn't do much. It's hard to tell if the deadpan thing is his shtick, if he's just phoning it in, or if he's just reacting to a crowd full of non-dancers. He walks around the stage in sunglasses, sometimes staring at the not-dancing crowd as he croons. His signature moves are moving his outreached arms up and down and clapping to get the crowd energized and moving. Backed only by a keyboard player and/or track, his music is booming, loud and sounds great. And It would be a great dance party if people danced, or maybe if Omar did.
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on the other hand is a dancing machine, a living meme, a sex machine. Smiling, chatting, crooning and dancing while backed by a very able and seasoned band. The crowd goes nuts and rightfully so (even with the muddy, poorly-mixed sound in the House of Vans warehouse that kind of ruined it for me, as I stood towards the back). The large, enthusiastic crowd, drunk on free Shiner beer, cheered before and after every song, and even more when Sam showed off his special moves, and even more when hit single "Seasons" came up in the Singles-heavy set list.
House of Vans is a spacious, corporate-funded, skate park and event venue in warehouse located in the heart of hip Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Future Islands know the neighborhood well, or at least certain places in the neighborhood like the small, long-running DIY venue called Death By Audio that they've played many times, and that Sam gave a shoutout to from the stage (It was hard to understand but he said, but it was something about going there the night before because it's the only place he knows).
For Operators, it was their 2nd-ever NYC show. Their first was the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase. House of Vans ended up being the first show of a Future Islands and Operators tour together. They'll hit Millvale, PA tonight. Check out all the dates for that tour, as well as the rest of the pictures from last night's House of Vans show, an Instagram video featuring some of his moves, and a stream of Vince Clarke's new remix of "Doves", below...
by Andrew Sacher
Post-hardcore vets Shiner briefly reunited in 2012, but now that that's in the past, singer Allen Epley is back fronting The Life and Times, the band he formed after Shiner's initial breakup. The Life and Times are set to release their fourth album, Lost Bees, next week (8/5) via SlimStyle Records. They've already put out one of its singles called "Passion Pit" (seriously), and they've now got a second, "Animal Collective." Just kidding. It's called "Bored to Death" and it's more of the spacey post-hardcore/alternative rock we've come to expect from Epley and his bands. Or if you're unfamiliar, from other '90s bands who reunited in recent memory like Failure and Hum. Listen below.
The band are also going on a tour with support from DC post-punks Deleted Scenes which is a pretty cool double bill. That tour hits NYC on September 13 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with streams of "Bored to Death" and "Passion Pit," below...
Pains / Hold Steady
After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).
Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.
The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.) Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.
Tweens / Ex Hex
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.
Trust / OFF!
Like the one the day before, the second of our three BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties happened on both stages of Red 7 on Friday (3/14). Outside, the show opened nicely with Columbus, OH indie rockers Connections, followed by intense garage rock trio The Blind Shake, whose members were all decked out in uniform with tight black zip-up jackets and shaved heads. Then came together PANGEA with more garage rock but more on the melodic/accessible side, and they were followed by the punky pop of Upset, who count ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler and ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel as members. After them came a wild set from more veteran musicians in the Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF!, and they were followed by ex-members of Women making shouty, jammy post-punk in their new band Viet Cong. Then came more (but darker and backed by a drum machine) post-punk from Beth Israel, and finally the show wrapped up with a headlining set from Parquet Courts...
"I can't remember a better show in the last five years--maybe 10--than the one Parquet Courts put on at the Brooklyn Vegan day party. It all depends on the show, right? Sometimes you can be transformed by an arena show or knocked over by some random punk band in a shoebox. But this was seeing a band that is RIGHT NOW! They have 1.5 albums under their belt, they have no fat, they have no gimmicks, they just flat-out torched the landscape. This was it, this is what seeing live music is about, this show--THIS BAND--is why I love music so much. A jaw dropping show." [The Portland Mercury]
Parquet Courts photos by Tim Griffin
Meanwhile, inside things got off to an eccentric danceable start with Parisian band La Femme, who were part new wave, part surf rock, part ye-ye, and highly entertaining. (NYC: We're presenting their show this weekend at Glasslands.) It stayed in upbeat mode for psych rock trio The Entrance Band, but then calmed down a lot for the orchestral indie pop of Mutual Benefit. Tomas Barfod was supposed to go on next but had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, though once Classixx took the stage it returned to dance mode. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys followed with a set that was partially solo, partially with accompaniment and fully entertaining, and then we got downtempo electronic pop from Jessy Lanza before inside stage closed with the gothy house pop of Toronto's Trust.
Gruff Rhys / MixRadio thing & Marshall stack
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson, not to mention all the Veri organic soda that was on hand to keep you hydrated. We also let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too. Maybe they fed you a free piece of pizza?
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible. Pictures from Thursday HERE. Check out more pictures from the whole day Friday below (and a second set at BV Austin)...
Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.
Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.
Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.
Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.
Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.
Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).
One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...
Travis Morrison @ F F F Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shiner Beers, who we recently teamed up with for a free show in NYC and who will join us at our upcoming Austin day parties, were also a sponsor of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. At that fest that they asked musicians to play one song in front of their parked van. They dubbed the high quality results "Shiner Van Sessions", and today we premiere two of them, and another over at BV Austin.
The Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison sounds just perfect in the outdoor setting with nothing but an electric guitar and a microphone as he plays "No One's Saying Nothing" off his DC band's 2013 reunion album Uncanney Valley. California's Cayucas don't sound so shabby themselves stripped down and harmonizing a rendition of "Will The Thrill" from their 2013 Secretly Canadian release Bigfoot. Watch and listen below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.
Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.
Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").
The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.
Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.
More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...
Census at 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed Shiner show with Errortype:11, that was set to happen at Irving Plaza, has been moved to the Gramercy Theater (8/11). Tickets for the show are still available or you can roll the dice and try to win a pair, AND with a vinyl copy of the recently reissued Shiner LP The Egg! Details on how to enter are below.
The lineup for the Gramercy Theater show has since been expanded, and now includes Brooklyn's Census. Census wade in the waters spilled by shoegazey 4AD forefathers and the pre-shaven head Billy Corgan on recent demo tracks. The band, which shares a member but not an aesthetic with Cults, has spent a few nights supporting names like The Growlers and The Young in the recent past. Stream their demo below and download your copy at Bandcamp.
Contest details and that Census stream are below.
Art for Shiner's The Egg
Shiner was a band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002.Shiner called it quits with a show in their native Kansas City in January of 2003, with its members taking to projects like Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, The Life & Times, With Knives, and many others.
Close to ten years later, the band is back for a quintet of reunion shows in the US in celebrate of The Egg's reissue, due on August 7th. The dates include stops in Lawrence, Kansas, Chicago, LA and NYC at Irving Plaza on August 11th with Errortype:11. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Errortype:11 shares members of Primitive Weapons, who will team with Whores, Family, and Tiger Flowers at Saint Vitus on June 13th. Tickets are on sale. As previously mentioned, Whores will also play Union Pool on June 15th with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, and Fight Amp as part of a Brutal Panda/BV-BBG Northside event. Tickets are still available, or get in with your Northside badge.
A listing of all Shiner tour dates and a teaser video for The Egg reissue are below.