Entries tagged with: Single Mothers
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Single Mothers @ BV-CMJ 2014
Single Mothers released their ripping debut LP Negative Qualities last week and have been busy touring in support of it, already hitting NYC a couple times. They've now expanded their tour once again and will return to NYC for a show on December 5 at Baby's All Right (where they played BV-CMJ this year). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
We already posted one set of pictures of Single Mothers at our CMJ show, and another set from that show is in this post. More, with their list of dates and a live-in-studio session they just did for CHRW, below...
Dilly Dally / Tweens
The Canadian group Dilly Dally exude a combination of nonchalance and expertly-concealed nervousness. Their songs are bloody-knuckled marvels, big, hammering numbers that are grainy and gritty and yet still centered around clear and cunning pop melodies - it's like sucking into a milkshake and getting a mouthful of sand. The reference points are all late '90s - there are nods to Nirvana and L7 in both the charred scrap metal guitars and Katie Monks's roaring, blown-throat vocals. Their force and power was breathtaking, the sound of a band discovering itself in real-time and reveling in the possibilities. - [Wondering Sound]The first of our two CMJ week day parties happened on Friday and kicked off with one of the bands we were most excited about, Toronto's Dilly Dally, playing their first US show. Even with it being Friday at noon and with Colin Meloy playing a last minute set on the street a few blocks away, there was a good crowd there for their noon set -- including a lot of label folk to see the unsigned (in America) band. As the Wondering Sound review above points out, they delivered and then some.
Then came UK grungy punks The Wytches who brought shades of early Nirvana to their early set.
Tweens, who have great rock hair to go along with their undeniably catchy, spunky indie rock, followed. At this point, we'd now seen two of our top 10 live sets of CMJ week (Tweens and Dilly Dally).
Then there was King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, no strangers to Baby's All Right, who came armed with three guitarists, two drummers, a flute and an insane amount of energy. If anyone could follow Tweens, they could. The Australian band may have played more shows during CMJ than any other band and their crazed stage presence never flagged, nor did audiences bouncing. The band's new album, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, is out on John Dwyer's Castle Face label and they've clearly nicked a few tricks from Thee Oh Sees. They barreled through their set with nary a pause for breath.
Protomartyr, whose Under Color of Official Right is one of 2014's best albums, brought a typically intense set (one of four at CMJ) characterized by inventive arrangements and killer musicianship (drummer Alex Leonard's contributions should not be undervalued). At the helm, frontman Joe Casey (wearing his free Bell's Brewery sunglasses) offered up tales of everyday life in his typical, witty and poetic off-the-cuff style. He may have also tailored lyrics for "Tarpeian Rock" for our party/commenters. Great set.
After Protomartyr, the vibe changed from post-punk cool to cathartic emo as The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die took the stage. The band fuse the genre with chamber pop-style arrangements and had multiple members singing throughout the set, including spoken word artist Chris Zizzamia joining them for a couple songs. As far as modern emo bands go, they're really a thing of their own and that was clear from Saturday's set, which unlike their Cameo show later that night, went off without a hitch.
Canadian punks Single Mothers followed with what had to be the most intense set of the day party. They were a 5-piece this time, adding in a second guitarist, and all five members were in 100% anger mode the entire time, never looking anything but intimidating. They showed up (a little) fashionably late, set up quick, and just did their thing and left. No frills, no nothing, just badass.
At noon we gave out a keg of delicious and rare (1 of less than 10 kegs in NYC) Bell's Brewery Sweet Potato Stout. Bell's was also giving out koozies, bottle openers, sunglasses and other goodies, and was represented on three of the venues taps.
Sailor Jerry drinks were also complimentary for much of the afternoon, and the buzz of a Three Kings tattoo gun could be heard in the side room all day as people signed up to win Sailor Jerry tattoos and get inked right on the spot.
We then did it all again Saturday.
More pictures from Friday below....
The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (more by PSquared)
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and The So So Glos are already on board for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' holiday show at Webster Hall headlined by The Front Bottoms, and now it's been announced that just ten days later the full Hold Steady crew and the So So Glos will team up yet again to play New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show also doubles as Hold Steady bassist Galen Polivka's birthday party. Here's the details:
The Hold Steady will be celebrating bass player Galen Polivka's birthday in extra special style to end 2014, by having a Birthday Bash at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31, 2014. Special Guests The So-So Glos will start the evening off right before The Hold Steady blast through their 111th (and last) live show of 2014. Join in for a birthday toast at midnight as Galen enjoys day two of a new year. There are a limited number of tickets for the post-show Birthday Bash to be held downstairs at Music Hall. The Birthday ticket includes a limited edition numbered and THS-signed show poster and access to the Birthday Bash, where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing from 1am until the streets are clear from that other holiday happening on December 31.Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. For $30 extra, you can get the birthday ticket which "includes screened poster signed by the band and an invite to post-show birthday celebration downstairs where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing."
The Hold Steady's only other announced dates are a four-night run in Toronto for The Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday celebration. The first two nights are with Single Mothers, a band who are definitely inspired by The Hold Steady. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
OBN IIIs in Austin in January (more by Tim Griffin)
We just posted a list of 10 NYC artists we think are worth catching this week at CMJ, but CMJ is also a great time to check out bands from other cities and countries passing through for the multi-venue music fest. Hundreds of artists will be here for shows over the next five days (10/21-25), so if you're feeling overwhelmed about who to see we've narrowed things down to a list of 20 we think you should check out. Of course we'd love for you to come to the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Baby's on Saturday night (10/25) with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport, but we talked a lot about those bands here and decided to highlight 20 different ones here. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands (except Slowdive who are on Rdio) which you can stream below.
Our picks are below...
As mentioned, BrooklynVegan is returning to Baby's All Right for our free day parties during CMJ on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25).... like 4 days from right now. We already told you the Friday (10/24) party would have Protomartyr, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and now we're thrilled to announce the full lineup:
FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!It kicks off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (UPDATE: we'll have their very rare Sweet Potato Stout for free while it lasts!), and a set by Dilly Dally, the Toronto lo-fi rock band who only have a few tracks out, but they all sound very promising.
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
Noon is also when Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).
Then it's the UK's The Wytches who recently released their debut LP on Partisan which is a little psych and a little garage.
By the time the Wytches get off stage, we'll start handing out complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages while supplies last.
Complimentary Sailor Jerry will still be flowing and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.
Then it's the sarcastic and smart post-punks Protomartyr, followed by lushly arranged emo band The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die.
Then the volume gets turned up for Canadian punks Single Mothers, who finally put out their debut LP after some delay this year, and Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks will wrap up the day on an equally loud note. Hopefully nobody rips down the ceiling this time!
Again, the show is totally free (no badge required). RSVP here. 21+ to enter.
King Gizzard (more by P Squared)
Listen to some of the Friday artists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Canadian punks Single Mothers are a week away from releasing their debut album, Negative Qualities (due 10/7 via XL imprint Hot Charity), and they've now made the whole thing available to stream. Following a couple strong EPs from 2010 and 2011 and a ripping live show, this debut's been a long time coming and it delivers on the promises they've been making. It's sneering, angry, sarcastic DGAF punk rock that's bound to make you feel something. There's some familiar stuff in there -- Craig Finn's wordy delivery, The Bronx's punk n roll riffs -- but the attitude and the urgency in these songs make it refreshing as hell. Listen to the whole thing for yourself, over at Pitchfork.
Single Mothers have a new set of tour dates too. Nothing in NYC announced yet but they're in the Northeast with a gap around CMJ so stay tuned. All dates are listed, with a stream of "Marbles" from the new record, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
by Andrew Sacher
Downtown Boys at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Providence's Downtown Boys are kicking off a short Northeast tour in NYC tonight, which wraps up in Connecticut two weeks later. Downtown Boys are the kind of band you just have to see live to fully experience. They make political, socially aware punk, fueled by an ace saxophone player, and though their message is serious that doesn't mean they don't have fun. Most of the members usually end up in the crowd (and sometimes fans end up on stage), making the whole show a big party. TONIGHT's show (8/15) is at Brooklyn's Shea Stadiium with support from local bands Weird Womb, Vomitface and Big Huge. $8 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.
Vomitface have other local shows coming up, including opening for Single Mothers (who just announced their debut LP) at Cake Shop on August 30. They were also added to the Studio at Webster Hall (9/25) stop of Turnover's tour with Light Years and Malfunction. Bellwether are on that show too, and tickets are on sale now.
Downtown Boys' most recent 7" came out on Priests' Sister Polygon Records. You can stream it and watch the video for "Slumford Sal," with their list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
We recently mentioned that Ontario punks Single Mothers finally finished their debut LP and now it's officially been announced. The record's called Negative Qualities and it'll be out on October 7 via XL imprint Hot Charity internationally (pre-order) and via Dine Alone in Canada. It's first single, "Marbles," is more of the raw, ripping punk of their self titled EP and singer Drew Thomson is still spitting the same kind of snide, unfiltered lyrics too: "She's all like blah blah blah blah, something about McSweeney's, something about her thesis, something about its meaning, something about whatever, something like why do you gotta be so mean?" Listen for yourself, with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
As discussed, Single Mothers have two NYC shows coming up -- August 29 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit (free), and August 30 at Cake Shop with Vomitface and more TBA (ticket info TBA too) -- and they've since expanded that into a full tour. A few of those Northeast US dates are with two fellow Canadian punk bands, The Flatliners and Solids. None of those dates are in NYC, but Flatliners and Solids play a Long Island show without Single Mothers on October 25 at Amityville Music Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Josh Sisk
Baltimore's Dope Body have announced they'll follow 2012's Natural History with a new album, Lifer, on October 21 via Drag City. Its first single, "Hired Gun," is a punk rager filled with noise guitar heroics that you should definitely play loud. Turn up and do so below.
We already knew Dope Body are coming to NYC for a free show on August 29 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Single Mothers, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit (that is a killer lineup), and they've since scheduled a full tour for this October. That tour brings them back to NYC on 10/16 at The Studio at Webster Hall and 10/17 at Palisades. No openers announced for those shows yet. Tickets for Webster and Palisades are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Guerilla Toss - '367 Equalizer' Artwork
Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss followed 2013's Gay Disco LP today (7/15) with a new EP, 367 Equalizer, on Infinity Cat. Like the last LP, it combines elements of dance-punk, no wave, noise and more for its wacked-out sound. You can stream the EP in full below.
Though Guerilla Toss don't have a tour announced at the moment, we know they'll be playing Hopscotch and day 2 of the free Ipsum/Dead Labour End of Summer Blowout happening August 29-30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Day 2 also includes Flagland, who Guerilla Toss just played NYC with on Saturday (7/12), and two more TBA. Stay tuned.
As discussed, day 1 includes Single Mothers, Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit. While Single Mothers are here, the Canadian punks will also be getting in a smaller NYC show a day later at Cake Shop on August 30. Pricing info and more bands TBA. Hopefully we'll hear something off their debut LP by then.
Stream the new Guerilla Toss EP below...
by Andrew Sacher
Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Ontario punks Single Mothers have been promising their debut LP for a loooong time, and it looks like it may finally be coming soon. Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm (whose label Secret Voice released their self-titled EP) recently tweeted, "Hell froze over and Single Mothers finished an LP and it's very very good." The record will be released via XL imprint Hot Charity.
Meanwhile, we did just get new music from Single Mothers singer Drew Thomson. He put out a solo EP on Secret Voice last year and returned last week (6/24) with a new 7" single on No Sleep. It's more on the alt-country side than the punk of his main band, sounding something like a sad Wilco with some of the Craig Finn vocal stylings Drew also does in Single Mothers. You can stream both tracks, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" and "Oxy," below.
Single Mothers don't have a tour announced at the moment, but we do know they'll play The Fest and will be coming to NYC for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 29 with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit, which is an all-around solid lineup of rowdy bands. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout which also includes a show the next day (lineup TBA).
Revisit Single Mothers' self-titled EP, with streams of Drew's new songs, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Shellshag at Death by Audio - 6/6/14 (via)
Florida's multi-venue punk fest The Fest has added even more bands to its 2014 lineup including 7 Seconds (who are touring), Shellshag, Single Mothers, RVIVR, Pet Symmetry, Only Crime and more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.
We just caught Shellshag in their hometown of NYC as the local representation on this past Friday's (6/6) Death by Audio stop of Martha (UK) and Delay's (Ohio) ongoing tour. Shellshag and their eccentric setup (if you haven't seen them, the duo face each other while Shag drums standing up and Shell plays guitar through a multi-color light-up speaker) were great as always. They debuted a new song and also covered Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," which you can watch a clip of, below. Shellshag return to Death by Audio this Friday (6/13) with Benny the Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact and Dogjaw.
Delay were another highlight of that show, with a punky set in the Thermals/Superchunk vein (high-energy stage show too). You can now stream their new album, Circle Change (out via Salinas), in its entirety below. Recommended.
List of Fest additions and Shellshag video also below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
YT//ST / Foxxtrott @ Arlene's Grocery 10/29/2013
The 2013 M for Montreal happens at various clubs across its namesake city from November 20 - 23. Like last year, in addition to it's industry conference/showcase side earlier in the week, the Friday and Saturday shows are part of M Fest which like a smaller scale CMJ or Pop Montreal with over 75 bands playing over those two days. This year's bands include Mac DeMarco, Born Ruffians, The Dears' Murray Lightburn, Thundercat, Thus:Owls, Laura Mvula, Young Galaxy, Pat Jordache, A Wilhelm Scream, Grand Analog, High Dials, Damien Robitaille, The Damn Truth, Kandle and more.
After partnering with the M folks at CMJ, SXSW and other festivals, BrooklynVegan will be co-presenting (with CMJ) our first show at the actual M for Montreal with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says (who've played M/BV shows at CMJ and SXSW) and Solids (who we've written about) at Cabaret Underworld on November 22. This will be the first time in ages that We Are Wolves and Duchess Says shared a bill together in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, and the poster for that show is below.
You can check out the full M for Montreal line-up below and tickets for some of the other shows are on sale too. We'll be there the whole week so look for coverage then.
Some of the artists playing this year's fest were down for CMJ a couple weeks ago, playing the official M for Montreal showcase which happened at Arlene's Grocery on October 18. Our photographer was there for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who played our party earlier in the day), and A K U A, plus Kandle (who played last year's M) and Foxtrott (who we've written about), both of whom will play M for Montreal. Pictures from their sets are in this post. Later in the night there were sets from Pat Jordache and related soft rock project CAMP, and others.
Full list of M for Montreal 2013 peformers, the flyer for the BV presented show, and more pics from the M4M CMJ showcase, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Upstate, NY hardcore band Drug Church is the new-ish project of Self Defense Family/End Of a Year frontman Patrick Kindlon, who released their debut full length, Paul Walker, earlier this summer via No Sleep. The album followed a 2012 EP on the same label, and a 7" from this past June that came out via Secret Voice, the Deathwish imprint run by Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm. Drug Church doesn't stray too far from the straightahead hardcore/punk of Kindlon's other project, but they're both good, so who's complaining? Stream Paul Walker and a track from their 7" below.
This fall, Drug Church will be heading out on a tour with NJ emo duo Dads (whose Pretty Good EP is out now on 6131). That tour comes to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on October 17, which is during CMJ. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
Meanwhile, after that tour, Self Defense Family will head out on a European tour with Touche Amore and Touche drummer Elliot Babin's melodic punk solo project Dad Punchers, who recently released his These Times Weren't Made For You 7" via Secret Voice (stream it in full below).
UPDATE: Since we last spoke, a Self Defense Family NYC show has also been announced, happening on September 29 at Saint Vitus with Deep Pockets and a special guest. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Touche Amore also have US dates, including a run with AFI that hits NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall (sold out) and a BV-presented headlining show at 285 Kent (10/9) a day earlier with Geoff Rickly's band United Nations and The Saddest Landscape (also sold out). Updated tour dates are listed below.
In other Secret Voice news, the label also recently released a solo cassette by Single Mothers frontman Andrew Thomson, titled Honesty Is A Confidence Problem. It's got a real Craig-Finn-meets-acoustic-emo vibe, it's really good, and it can be streamed below. Single Mothers will be in NYC when their tour with A Wilhelm Scream hits The Studio at Webster Hall on November 15 with Lugosi and The Reveling. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, and all streams, below...
Single Mothers at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
New Bedford, MA melodic hardcore mainstays A Wilhelm Scream and Ontario's promising punk newcomers Single Mothers will be heading out on a tour of the US and Canada this fall. The two bands begin their run together in NYC on November 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall and stick around the area for a NJ show at Asbury Lanes (11/16) the next day. Studio tickets go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM, and Asbury tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
A Wilhelm Scream are saying that their new album, Partycrasher, will be out at some point this year via No Idea. Not much info has been revealed about that, but they did release a new single back in the spring called "Number One," which you can stream below.
Single Mothers, who also play Riot Fest Toronto, have been promising their debut LP for a while now, and we're still waiting for that to be officially announced as well. Meanwhile, you can stream their 2011 EP, below.
All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Death at BrooklynVegan SXSW party - 3/15/13
Rediscovered Detroit protopunk legends Death are still around, and as they mentioned at our BrooklynVegan Thursday SXSW party, they've got a new album coming out this year. Though details on that album are still sparse, we'll most likely get a chance to hear some of the material when they play a one-off in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check LPR's site for updates.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale now. Rough Francis and The Everymen open the show.
At our SXSW party, Death played our punk-oriented stage which also included sets from Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Milk Music, Single Mothers, and Rough Francis (whose lineup features sons of the members of Death). A belated set of pictures of Death and all the other bands on that stage is in this post.
More pictures, and a full stream of Death's 1974-recorded, 2009-released For The Whole World To See, below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.
Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!
For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Mirrored Media, ASCAP, and Redigi.
Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.
The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.
Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!
More pics from Thursday's day party are below.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Quicksand are going on a full reunion tour this month which culminates in the band's hometown of NYC on January 30 and 31 at Webster Hall. Quicksand have tapped some pretty great bands to support them on the tour. Single Mothers will open the first leg, followed Title FIght joining Quicksand for a number of dates, and Cymbals Eat Guitars will open the last four dates, including both NYC shows. The first NYC show is long sold out but tickets for the second night are still available.
An updated list of dates with openers below...