Entries tagged with: Sleepyhead

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by Bill Pearis

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Sleepyhead have centered around singer/guitarist Chris O'Rourke and drummer Rachael McNally since 1989 when they formed while students at NYU. With a sound that was both noisy and winsome, Sleepyhead released records on Slumberland, Homestead and other labels in the '90s. O'Rourke and McNally, now married, still make music and with new bassist Derej Van Beever, Sleepyhead just released Wild Sometimes, their first album in 15 years, via stalwart Chicago indie label Carrot Top. You can stream the whole thing below and check out the video for "Life is Hard" which co-stars the bandmembers' kids.

Sleepyhead have a couple live dates coming up, including one at NYC's Union Hall on Saturday (9/13) with The Special Pillow (featuring former Sleepyhead bassist and Hypnolovewheel member Dan Cuddy) and Tim Foljahn (Two Dollar Guitar). Tickets for that show are on sale. The band also have a Boston-area show coming up and dates are listed, along with video and album streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kastle

It's not really news anymore that artists have been emerging all over the world who stylistically fit the description of "UK bass," even if they don't hail from the location that the genre implies. We've heard great interpretations of the music from NYC's FaltyDL and Montreal's Jacques Greene (just to name a couple), and with his Stay Forever EP that came out this past June, San Francisco producer Barrett Richards, aka Kastle, continues to offer his spin on it from his home out west. Stay Forever follows two equally impressive EPs from 2011 (Time Traveler and So You) and some various singles, all of which fit nicely into the post-dubstep niche of atmospheric bass, clunking garage beats, and chopped vocal manipulations. You can stream some songs from those EPs and Kastle's remix of Frank Ocean's "Pyramids," below.

Kastle, who you may have seen with Kingdom, Dunes, and Sleepyhead at Drom this past July, will be supporting Stay Forever with a tour of North America and Australia/New Zealand which kicks off this Friday (9/28) in Barrett's hometown of San Francisco. The tour brings him back to NYC on October 6 at Glasslands for a show with Sleepyhead, Lamin Fofana (who just played a Weird Magic party), and Sonkin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all tour dates, the tour flier, and those song streams are below...

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by Andrew Sacher

LOL Boys

As mentioned, Bass Squad are hosting the "On the Rocks" summer residency at Drom, which kicked off in May with Baauer and Flosstradamus, continued in June with Nicky Da B and Heartbreak, and in July with Kingdom and Sleepyhead. The August party at Drom goes down tonight (8/2) with LOL Boys, Sound Pellegrino, Thermal Team, Sleepyhead, Crisp, and Alex English. It's a 21+ party, $15 admission, and runs from 10 PM to 4 AM. The flier for tonight's show is below.

LOL Boys just released their Changes EP, which includes four original songs and remixes of the title track by Shlohmo and Anenon. Though it's a little hard to their name seriously, LOL Boys' music is a different story. The new EP works as the chill, sunny afternoon cousin of the ghostly Shlohmo, who they've shared multiple bills with. All vocals on the album (though heavily manipulated) were performed live by guest singers Heart Streets and Angelina Lucero. You can stream the EP in full below or purchase it for $6 on bandcamp.

Speaking of Bass Squad, they're also doing a show at Slate on August 30 with Brenmar (who plays NYC tonight), Sinjin Hawke (who plays NYC twice on Saturday [8/4]), and XXYYXX.

Flier for tonight's show, the LOL Boys EP stream and a list of all dates below...

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