Entries tagged with: Sleigh Bells
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Sleigh Bells at FYF 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers and Cults will play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at Terminal 5 on December 14. More artists may be added too. Tickets are $40 and will go on sale Thursday (11/29) at noon. All proceeds will go to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
Meanwhile, Grizzly Bear will return to The Late Show with Letterman a couple days before the T5 show (December 12) and will perform "Yet Again" from this year's Shields.
Flyer for the benefit show is below.
The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY opened a few weeks back and if you've been curious to check the new venue out -- complete with astral projections on it's planetarium-esque dome -- but have yet to pull the trigger on tickets, today might be the day. It's "Fee-Free Friday" at The Cap, meaning any tickets you purchase online today via Ticketfly are free of service charges.
Some upcoming shows you might be interested in include Tuesday's Dirty Projectors / Lavender Diamond show (9/25), Regina Spector on 10/3, Sleigh Bells and Araabmuzik on 10/5, Fiona Apple on 10/10, Yeasayer on 11/13, and My Morning Jacket's three-day run in December.
The Fee-Free Friday offer runs till midnight tonight.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.
We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells, who have toured this year with a number of interesting openers, including Liturgy and Diplo, Black Bananas, Javelin, Elite Gymnastics, and others, have just announced another tour, and this time support comes from hip hop producer Araabmuzik. That tour hits the NYC area for a show at the newly renovated Port Chester venue Capitol Theater on October 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at 11 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Araabmuzik in NYC even sooner at the free East River Park show on Monday (8/20) with a stacked lineup of Teengirl Fantasy, Flosstradamus, and Nick Hook (of Cubic Zirconia).
A list of all dates, the tour flier, and videos from both artists are below.
Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.
Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.
Holy Ship sails in January too.
Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.
If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?
More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.
WHY? are back with a new EP, Sod in the Seed, due on August 14 via Anticon/City Slang. Stream the title track below. Still no word on that new LP which would be their first since 2009's Eskimo Snow, but this should whet our palate for a bit.
Shortly following the release of Sod in The Seed, the crew will hit the road for four weeks of US dates in late August and rope in a variety of Anticon openers like Doseone, Serengeti and DJ Thanksgiving Brown to play support. Look for those four in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/13. Tickets go on sale at noon Thursday (6/28).
Anticon staple Jel will DJ some of those WHY? dates, but Jeffrey Logan has a few balls of his own to juggle in the meantime. Look for Jel on the road supporting Sleigh Bells (like at Converse City Carnage on July 21), as well as dates with DJ Abilities, Class Actress and others as part of a North American trek in the weeks before that WHY? jaunt.
And while we're on the subject of Jel and Anticon, Jel teams with Odd Nosdam to hammer out production on the new Serengeti LP C.A.R.. Due on July 31, check out the tracklisting below and stream "Talk to Me" at Pitchfork.
All listed WHY? and Jel tour dates, tracklist of the WHY? EP and a variety of streams are below.
Here's the official word on those free Kills & Sleigh Bells shows:
The Converse City Carnage shows are all ages, standing room only, rain or shine, and free to the public. Although these are free shows, you must have a physical ticket in order to enter the venue.---
Tickets for the July 21st Sleigh Bells show can be ordered for free via Ticketmaster by visiting www.bowerypresents.com/conversecitycarnagesleighbells anytime after 12:00 PM EST on Friday, June 22nd. There will also be a limited amount of physical tickets available at the following Converse retail stores as of June 22nd at 12:000 PM EST. All tickets are subject to availability.
-Converse SOHO 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012
-Converse GARDEN STATE Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall 1 Garden State Plaza Paramus, NJ 07652
Tickets for the August 18th The Kills show can be ordered for free via Ticketmaster by visiting www.bowerypresents.com/conversecitycarnagethekills anytime after 12:00 PM EST on Friday, June 22nd. There will also be a limited amount of physical tickets available at the following Converse retail stores as of July 13th at 12:000 PM EST. All tickets are subject to availability.
-Converse SOHO 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012
-Converse GARDEN STATE Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall 1 Garden State Plaza Paramus, NJ 07652
All tickets are subject to availability.
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
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DOWNLOAD: How to Dress Well - "Here In Heaven 3" (Elite Gymnastics Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "Minneapolis Belongs To You 3" (LOL Boys Remix) (MP3)
Brooklyn's Lemonade, whose new album Diver comes out later this month via True Panther, will play a local show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 2 with Teengirl Fantasy and Elite Gymnastics. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (5/16) at noon.
Last month, Lemonade released a 12" for Diver single, "Neptune" featuring remixes from Mike Simonetti, Sinjin Hawke, Pasternak, and Jacques Renault. Grab the original HERE and stream all four remixes below.
The MHOW show will be the first NYC show for Minneapolis K-Pop influenced electronic duo Elite Gymnastics, who just wrapped up a tour with Sleigh Bells and Javelin. They've got a bunch of free releases on their tumblr, including the recently released RUIN 3, which compiles covers and remixes of tracks from the impressive RUIN 1 and 2, which have since been combined for a not-free vinyl release on Acephale. RUIN 3 includes remixes by CFCF, LOL Boys, and Physical Therapy and a cover by How to Dress Well, all of which you can download above or stream below. It also includes remixes by Natalie Bootleg and Anime Skyscraper, the latter of which you can stream below.
Their next release, RUIN 4, is available for pre-order at the Acephale webstore as a bundle with poster, buttons, and t-shirt. The CD includes two previously unreleased tracks from the RUIN sessions, all of RUIN 3, and more TBA.
Speaking of Sleigh Bells, they've announced a set of July tour dates that include Making Time 12th Anniversary HYPER-RAGER in Philly. All dates are listed, along with the above-mentioned streams, below...
DOWNLOAD: Javelin - "Soda Popinski" (MP3)
Javelin at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Brooklyn's Javelin are heading out on tour this spring supporting Sleigh Bells. Electronic duo Elite Gymnastics are also on the tour, and as Pitchfork points out, it will be the first time Elite Gymnastics head out on a full tour.
In support of the tour, Luaka Bop will release two of Javelin's 12"s ('Javelin' and 'Javelin 2') digitally on April 17. They had previously only been available on limited edition vinyl. You can download "Soda Popinski" off the Javelin 12" above.
Sleigh Bells will play the NYC area when they open for Red Hot Chili Peppers at Prudential Center in NJ this May.
All Javelin dates below...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 on 2/17 (more by Chris La Putt)
Like Santigold is currently doing, controversial SNL stars Sleigh Bells will open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on a string of dates this May including the sold out shows on May 4 & 5 @ Prudential Center in NJ. Before then, Sleigh Bells will be out on a headlining tour of Noth America - mostly out west. All dates are listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Sleigh Bells' Reign of Terror has begun, first with a show at Terminal 5 on February 17th with Black Bananas and Wet Witch (that was streamed online) and then with a Saturday Night Live appearance the next night. Pictures and videos from both NYC events are in this post.
Reign of Terror is the band's latest LP which hit store shelves this week (2/21). You can check out some live videos of some of the tracks below along with video from their Saturday Night Live appearance, which the Washington Post called "lousy". Judge their tunes for yourself at the New York Times.
Pictures from T5, live videos from the stream & SNL, and more tour dates are below.
Ed Askew @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Bananas (formerly RTX) kick off their tour with Sleigh Bells tonight (2/16) in DC and hit NYC at Terminal 5 on Friday (2/17). That show is sold out but if you don't have tickets you can stream it live at 10:30 on Friday at the Bowery Presents YouTube page. Black Bananas' new album, Rad Times Xpress IV is out now on Drag City and you can watch the new video for its single "TV Trouble" along with a new tour diary video below.
Speaking of Drag City artists, psych/folk singer Ed Askew has
three four upcoming NYC shows including two this week. He plays Union Pool TONIGHT (2/16) with Neal Morgan and Metal Mountains and Vaudeville Park on Friday (2/17) in Brooklyn with Neal Morgan and Jay Pluck. After a long break, he'll play another NYC show in May at Judson Church on May 8 in Manhattan. All dates are listed below.
In other Drag City news, a Drag City-signed special guest will appear at the upcoming Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem show at LPR (3/5) with Matteah Baim. Any guesses?
All dates and videos below...
Sleigh Bells @ The Studio in 2009 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"Sleigh Bells will make their network television debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, February 18th, airing on NBC at 11:30 pm EST. The Brooklyn duo will be playing the brand new songs "Comeback Kid" and "End of the Line" from their forthcoming album Reign of Terror, which will be available on February 21st on Mom+Pop Music. The band will be performing on the show hosted by Bridesmaids star and SNL alum Maya Rudolph.Sleigh Bells are currently on tour with Diplo and Liturgy and headline a sold out show at Terminal 5 with Black Bananas on 2/17. All dates are listed below...
Sleigh Bells' Washington D.C. and Toronto shows, on Feb 16 and Feb 18 respectively, have been rescheduled for late March. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows. The new dates and venue details are below.
Sleigh Bells will also appear on the cover of SPIN Magazine's new-look March/April issue, which hits newsstands on February 28th."
The above-pictured tweet is courtesy of Diplo who is currently out on the road with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy as opener. Lirtugy's next NYC show is with Zola Jesus and Talk Normal at Webster Hall (where fans will probably not make any weird faces), and their next NJ show will be part of a 2-day Metallica festival in Atlantic City called "Orion" (where they'll probably play so early, no Metallica fans will actually see them anyway).
Speaking of Zola Jesus, her tour just pit the Parish in Austin with Talk Normal and local Austin band Technicolor Hearts. Check out pictures at BV Austin.
Speaking of Diplo, he's on the cover of the new Billboard with Skrillex and A-Trak.
Liturgy's new video for "True Will" and all their curent tour dates are below...
Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
today in NYC
* Katy B @ Drom
* Bryan Jacobs @ The Stone
* Plastic Flowers @ Public Assembly
* Kevin Hufnagel @ The Stone
* Dan St. Germain @ UCB West
* Pop. 1280 @ Home Sweet Home
* Rain Machine, Bow Ribbons @ Zebulon
* Wet Ink Ensemble @ Issue Project Room
* Wintersleep, ARMS, Writer @ Glasslands
* Christina Courtin, Erin Ivey @ Union Hall
* Cass Mccombs, Frank Fairfield @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jake & His Very Own, Megan Reilly, Will Hunt @ Pianos upstairs
* Team Genius, Ximena Sarinana, Lucius @ Mercury Lounge
* Oceanographer, Money/Paper/Hearts, Eagle Hawk Falcon Owl @ The Grand Victory
* Magnetic Island, Trabajo, Bambara, The Human Highlight Reel @ Death By Audio
* Heaven's Jail, Cookies, Spider & Friends, Pony Bones @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Tiberius, Celestial Shore, Jesse Scheinin Band, Julia Easterlin, Ilan Bar-lavi @ Pianos
* Lucinda Black Bear, Dare Dukes & The Blackstock Collection, Brother Reverend @ Union Pool
* Dave Hill, Shaina Feinberg, Glennis McCarthy, Eugene Mirman, Ask Roulette, Stuckey and Murray, Surprise Musical Guest @ Littlefield
* John and Molly Get Along w/ Baratunde Thurston (author of How to Be Black, Jack and Jill Politics blog, The Onion) , Erik Bergstrom (Grimmer Tales) , Brent Sullivan (It Gets Betterish) , Will Hines (UCB) and Erin Judge (Live at Gotham) @ Le Poisson Rouge
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Sleigh Bells have a new video for "Comeback Kid". Watch that below.
DOWNLOAD: Black Bananas - "Rad Times" (MP3)
Jennifer Herrema soldiered on with RTX following the demise of Royal Trux on 2001. Now RTX has evolved into Black Bananas, who are welcoming their debut LP Rad Times Xpress IV via Drag City on 1/31. Art below.
Here's how Black Bananas was described in a recent press release:
"Black Bananas is set for the next all-inclusive rock and roll crusade, the one that includes even and especially all the shit you don't like, woven into all the shit you can't live without. This has been the name of Jennifer's game from day one; she owns the blueprints and if you don't know by now, don't even bother to Google it, cuz understanding is an investment not an action. Jennifer Herrema is not schizophrenic nor does she don many hats. She is simply a singer and simultaneously, a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock, and Black Bananas is the latest addition to the oeuvre."Why do I have a headache all of a sudden? Check out "Rad Times" from the LP above and a video album teaser below.
Black Bananas will celebrate Rad Times Express IV with an LA release party, followed by a string of dates supporting Sleigh Bells. Those dates include the now-sold-out Terminal 5 on February 17th. Full tour schedule, the album art and that album teaser below.
Sleigh Bells at Webster Hall (more by David Andrako)
Sleigh Bells will begin their Reign of Terror this year, with the release of their new LP which features "Born to Lose", a track you can listen to below (alongside an album teaser). Sleigh Bells will begin a reign over Florida in early February when they play a string of dates with Diplo and Liturgy. The dates will conclude by 2/14 and Sleigh Bells will soon be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on February 17. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at noon on January 11th, with regular sale hitting two days later.
All tour dates, the SB song stream and that video teaser, below.
Sleigh Bells at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
RCRDLBL and Bing are presenting a show at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on December 15 with Smoke and Mirrors and special guest Diplo. The 21+ show is free but RSVP is required. The flier for this show is below.
Diplo also just announced a Florida tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy. The tour, which has been dubbed the 'Paradise Lost' tour, will be in support of the new Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror, which is due out on February 14 via Mom + Pop. No music from the album has been released yet (except for the riff-heavy album trailer) and a lot of the track titles share names with other popular songs and/or bands ("Born to Lose," "Leader of the Pack," "Comeback Kid," "Never Say Die," "D.O.A." etc). The album trailer and tracklist are below.
Speaking of Liturgy, they recently recorded their first ever Daytrotter Session, playing songs off of their Aesthetica album, which came out earlier this year. You can listen and download the entire session for free HERE.
All dates, video, fliers, and other stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (feat. Bobby Gillespie) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (Dillon Francis Remix) (MP3)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
CSS @ Bowery Ballroom
The last time we mentioned CSS, they had no North American dates announced. Since then, they've added a string of North American dates with fellow party starters MEN in October, including October 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets ($20 advanced) go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
CSS have a new single, "Hits Me Like A Rock," off their upcoming album La Liberacion. The track features Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream). Grab the MP3 and a Dillon Francis remix of the same track above.
All tour dates, and a yet another set of pictures from their Bowery Ballroom show in May with Sleigh Bells and Princeton, below...