Entries tagged with: Smith Westerns
As mentioned, Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, via Mom + Pop on July 24. The record was made with producer Chris Coady (who worked most recently Beach House's Bloom) and you can watch the makeout-heavy video for first single, "Varsity," below. Awash in glistening keyboards, but highly melodic as usual, nobody's gonna compare this one to T-Rex.
The band will be on tour this summer too, including an NYC show on the day of the album's release (7/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
Outside Lands Fest 2012 (more byAmoreena Lucero)
The 2013 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival with happen at Golden Gate Park on August 9 - 11. This year's line-up includes Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Hall & Oates, Foals, A-Track, Jurassic 5, Kurt Vile and many more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/18) at noon PDT.
This is the sixth edition of Outside Lands, and the full announced line-up is below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Veronica Falls @ MHOW, Feb 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Today is the Day @ Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison for IO)
today in NYC
* Simja @ Barbes
* Many Arms @ The Stone
* Danny Tengalia @ Pacha
* Don McLean @ B.B. King's
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Celestial Shore @ The Stone
* Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Oh Land @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Alpine, MO, White Prism @ Glasslands
* Kavinsky, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Sweet Cyanide, Jak @ The Knitting Factory
* Cardboard, The Top, Free Time @ Big Snow
* What Model Citizens, Your Youth @ XPO 929
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Justin Vandervolgen, Sophie @ Cameo Gallery
* Stars, Milo Greene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Todd Barry, Jay Oakerson, Paul Virzi @ The Stand
* Primes, Daddy Don't, Sirens @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Javelin, Hard Nips, Chances With Wolves @ Glasslands
* Art Decade, Rain Machine, Kelli Rudick @ Cameo Gallery
* Literature, Ski Lodge, The Hairs, Teen Age @ Muchmore's
* Sam Lipsyte, Mike Doughty, Dave Hill @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Chris Mills @ The Bell House
* Weep, Siff-Rip-Us, Friendly Knowledge (DJ Set) @ Littlefield
* Lichens, Loud Objects, Rites Wild, Doron Sadja @ Silent Barn
* ALGO-RITHM, HOLOSOUND, Cry Baby, Das Moth @ Le Bain
* The Tossers, The Lost Brothers, Continental @ Mercury Lounge
* Napoleon, Haybaby, Hippy, Shark Muffin, Lunchbox @ Matchless
* Future Shuttle, Highllife, LF Wind, Blondes (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
* Sons Of Jove, I Am The Third, Thank You Scientist @ Bowery Electric
* Hector's Pets, Pop Zeus, A Rex & J Rex, Las Rosas @ Death By Audio
* The Veda Rays, Spires, The Pinkies, Rob Karpay @ The Grand Victory
* Todd Snider, Chuck Mead, Elizabeth Cook, Kevin Gordon @ Irving Plaza
* Silent Drape Runners, Pajama People, Phantom Power @ Ran Tea House
* Today is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp @ Studio atWebster Hall
* Darlings, Permanent Collection, Field Mouse, Honey Drum @ Shea Stadium
* Crazy Pills, Bridges and Powerlines, Kit Operations, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Lee and The Mumbles, Bill Bartholomew, The Pushovers @ Pete's Candy Store
* Veronica Falls, Cold Showers, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Small Black, Heavenly Beat, Imperial Topaz, Beach Fossils (DJ Sets) @ 285 Kent
* Palenke Soultribe, Kadavar, Grandfather, Little Children, Heyerdahl, Anni @ Pianos
* XNY, Bella's Bartok, The Mayor of Bad News, Chamber Band, Joshua and the Giant @ Spike Hill
* Soulive, Robert Randolph & Lee Fields, The Expressions Horns, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl
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UK band Cheatahs were supposed to open for Veronica Falls tonight at Bowery Ballroom but are no longer on the bill, unfortunately. They'll be here next month though, with Wavves and FIDLAR. You can stream a new Cheatahs track below.
Remember we said Ben UFO was revealing something from Mount Kimbie's new album on his radio show last night? Well he ended up premiering the track "Made to Stray," a bass-y cut with some UK style art pop vocals coming towards the end. Check it out below.
Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, on June 11 via Mom & Pop. Stream the first released track from it, "Varsity," below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Chicago band The Smith Westerns headlined the final date on their tour with Porcelain Raft and Bleached on Saturday 2/4 in Milwaukee, four days after the band hit Webster Hall on 1/31. Pictures from the NYC date are in this post.
Porcelain Raft blogged their way through the US tour and will head to Europe for a string of dates, presumably blogging on the way. Check out a recent video for "Unless You Speak From Your Heart" by the band below.
If you missed Bleached, make sure and check them out at Knitting Factory on Saturday (2/11) with their tour-mates Black Belles. Tickets are still available for the show which also features the recently-renamed Bleeding Rainbow and Habibi.
All tour dates, that video and more more pictures from Webster Hall are below...
Smith Westerns at MHOW in October (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
After releasing their sophomore LP Dye It Blonde at the beginning of this year, Smith Westerns have gone on a number of tours in support of it, most recently opening for Arctic Monkeys which culminated in a MHOW show at the end of last month. They'll continue in 2012 with a headlining tour that will bring the band back to NYC on January 31 on Webster Hall with Porcelain Raft and Bleached. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/16) at noon. Other dates on this tour haven't been revealed yet, but the tour announcement should come soon. Meanwhile those from the band's hometown of Chicago can catch them for free on 12/2 at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Speaking of Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi), he recently signed to Secretly Canadian and will release his debut full length, Strange Weekend, on the label on January 24. You can stream album track "Put Me to Sleep" below, along with the album's tracklist. The show with Smith Westerns takes place during a break in Porcelain Raft's European tour with M83. All Porcelain Raft dates are listed below.
All dates, song stream, and tracklist below...
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Toby Tenenbaum
At 10:15 PM on Wednesday night (10/19), the lights dimmed over the packed Music Hall of Williamsburg, save for a single spotlight shining over the empty stage, as the demonic organ intro of Arctic Monkeys' "Pretty Visitors" rang through the club's PA. Shortly after, the band entered the stage and Alex Turner, decked out in Gene VIncent-style leather jacket and hair, grabbed the mic and leaned over the crowd as he and the band went directly into the song's frantic first verse. Alex stuck to the mic for most of the song, only arming himself with a guitar for the song's sludge-drenched ending. Keeping up with the sludgefest they had just created, the band followed "Pretty Visitors" with "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" off this year's Suck It And See.
At this point Arctic Monkeys are used to playing much larger venues, but they still fit perfectly in the small club environment of Music Hall of Williamsburg, where they ended their North American tour. Demand from fans might be sending these guys to huge stages, but for a band whose genre of music connotes playing in a garage, smaller venues will always feel like home.
After a few of their lighter songs, Alex took off his jacket and said, "Alright, enough fucking about," before the jackhammer drums and strobelight craze of "Brainstorm." Refusing to slow down, the band went into the one-two punch of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not's "The View From The Afternoon" and "I Bet You Look Good Dance On The Floor," which began with Alex jumping off the bass drum as he struck the song's first chord. The familiar songs gave the band a chance to work in some sillier antics, like extra-long pauses (something they did quite often), but these were delivered with a slick confidence that only increased the crowd's constant approval.
The band pummeled through more excellent cuts, and though they've undergone some changes in sound over the last few years, they effortlessly blended new and old tracks with a setlist that tore down the boundaries of each album's overall sound. Before leaving the stage, Alex Turner began the crowd-singalong intro of "When The Sun Goes Down," leading directly into the band's abrupt entrance which yielded the most intense push pit of the night.
After a short break, the Arctic Monkeys returned for a three-song encore, beginning with the choppy energy of "Teddy Picker" and leading into the britpop meets stoner jam "Crying Lightning." Ending their set the way it began, keyboard samples floated through the air as Alex crooned the lyrics of their closing track, "505." Upon finishing the song, Alex flung his guitar onto the stage and walked off, ending the show after about an hour and fifteen minute set which easily could have been far longer without any complaint from the crowd.
The Smith Westerns opened the show. More pictures, video and setlist below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Remember how I was saying that one of the shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg during CMJ was not part of CMJ? It has now been announced:
Arctic Monkeys are pleased to announce a special registered members show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York on Wednesday 19th October 2011.Tickets are already on Ticketmaster, but require a password.
U.S. fans on the band's mailing list should keep an eye on their inbox for ticketing information.
This show is limited to 500 fans.
The Smith Westerns open the show like they are currently doing on the rest of the tour.
photos by Tim Griffin
James Blake / Kanye West
"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.
Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...
CMJ takes over NYC venues from October 18-22, and they just announced another round of bands that are playing. They are:
J Mascis, Shonen Knife, Gang Gang Dance, Boy & Bear, Cloud Nothings, Free Energy, T. Mills, Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Casiokids, Oberhofer, Smif-N-Wessun, Pujol, Zomby, Joker, Painted Palms, Flatliners, Robbers on High Street, Bag Raiders, Young Buffalo, Skeletonwitch, Gary Clark, Jr. and 1, 2, 3.if you click the links above, you'll see where some of those shows are happening. The previous CMJ announcement is HERE, though collectively that's still not a lot of bands announced by CMJ yet (many more have been announced by venues). Badge info here, but remember if all you want to do is go to shows, you can also just buy tickets to those shows.
Arctic Monkeys at Summerstage in May (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Arctic Monkeys, who just headlined Summerstage, are back for another North American tour late this summer and early fall. First they'll play a run of August dates which include Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. Then, after returning to Europe for a few festivals there, the Monkeys will head out on another North American run in September and October with Smith Westerns opening most of the dates. The tour doesn't hit NYC at the moment, but the band will play Atlantic City, NJ on October 14 at Showboat Atlantic City. Check Arctic Monkeys' website for pre-sale info and ticketmaster for general sale, which starts Friday (7/15) at 10 AM. Hopefully the band will find time to stop in NY while they're here.
Arctic Monkeys also recently made a video for Suck It and See track "The Hellcat Spangled Shalala." The video was directed by Focus Creeps, who were also the duo behind the acid visuals of Arctic Monkeys' "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" video.
Check out both of those videos and all tour dates below...
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Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.
This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.
The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.
Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.
The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.
The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.
A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).
All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Yeasayer @ Terminal 5
Yeasayer ended their tour with Smith Westerns and Hush Hush back home at Terminal 5 on Saturday (6/18).
If the pictures below don't speak for themselves, Toby describes opener Hush Hush as very "entertaining. Filthy lyrics over heavy R&B beats from a skinny, tattooed redhead with a beard clearly off his face." (see below).
Yeasayer's 13 song set (with encore) included the three new songs they've been playing on tour, "Henrietta," "The Devil and the Deed," and "Demon Road." They debuted "The Devil and the Deed" on Conan last month. Check that video out below. The rest of Yeasayer's set was pretty hits-heavy with a slightly greater emphasis on the Odd Blood material.
You can catch Yeasayer at a much larger show in late July when they play PNC Bank Arts Center (7/28) and Nikon at Jones Beach (7/29) with The Flaming Lips and Weezer. Tickets are still on sale for both shows.
Smith Westerns @ Terminal 5
You can catch the Smith Westerns this Saturday at the House of Vans if you RSVP'd in time. According to a Van rep, "if you haven't received confirmation emails for Vans' Saturday night show, you should shortly."
More pictures from the T5 show, with both the Yeasayer & Smith Westerns setlists, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Spectrum @ Psych Fest
In addition to the previously announced 6 free shows this summer, Vans are presenting a 'Create Your Mark' event at Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 25. The show will feature performances by Spectrum, The Smith Westerns, Grand Rapids (whose Clara Balzary is one of the Create Your Mark presenters), and Chairlift with "an epic visual experience" by Joshua Light Show. The event is private but Vans is inviting 200 BrooklynVegan readers. The first 200 people who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and put BROOKLYN VEGAN in the subject line, will get on the list. The free show takes place from 4PM to 11PM and is 18+. There will also be "food, drinks, and freebies."
Spectrum toured through NYC back in April on his way to Austin Psych Fest. We have a belated set of pictures from the Austin show that are in this post. More of them, with the Vans show flyer, below...
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...
photos by Brook Bobbins
...been meaning to catch the smith westerns for some time now and friends they didn't disappoint. their breezy kinda rock was the perfect way to welcome in spring to new york. playing a set under an hour, a sold out crowd left a little disappointed that the smith westerns glassed over an encore. despite that, the infectious tune "weekend" is stuck in my head the morning after.-[sharocks the blogspot]Smith Westerns played Bowery Ballroom on Monday evening, as part of a larger set of dates with Unknown Mortal Orchestra that concludes on Saturday in Atlanta. From there, the Smith Westerns will continue on the road eventually ending up at Sasquatch Fest in the Pacific Northwest.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra also played their own show at Pianos on Sunday, and a late one with Bass Drum of Death on Saturday night at Shea Stadium while they were in NYC. After they finish their tour with the Smith Westerns, they'll prep for another tour, this time with Portugal. The Man and Telekinesis. That tour hits Webster Hall on 6/3 (tickets are still on sale).
All tour dates and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below....
Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.
The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).
Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...
photos by Shanda Boyett
The Smith Westerns played Knitting Factory on March 5, two days after a show at Mercury Lounge, and their last public stop on a pre-SXSW tour. But they're not headed off to Austin just yet. FIRST, a visit to a... department store....
Smith Westerns at 171 Lombardy (more by Ian Perlman)
Glasslands on 1/18. Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Knitting Factory on March 5th. These are a list of recent and future NYC shows that Smith Westerns have sold out. Now comes word of another one, this time at Bowery Ballroom on April 25th. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (2/16) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. By the way, all February and March shows (Merc and KF included) are with Unknown Mortal Orchestra who have an EP you can listen to at Bandcamp.
The Bowery Ballroom show precedes a stint of dates with fellow Chicago-ans Wilco, who so far have no NYC dates in their near future (nor does Jeff Tweedy). Check out all Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, and Smith Westerns dates along with some video below.
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
Yeasayer at The Metro (more by Josh Darr)
To celebrate Valentine's Day, Yeasayer has launched a new video for the heart tug'n track "I Remember" (off the ODD BLOOD LP) and the ability to send the "I Remember" digital EP as a gift to a loved one in lieu of chocolates'n'roses. The "I Remember" video was directed by dear friend Sophia Peer (Ponytail, Woods, etc) and fits snuggly with Yeasayer's previous visual efforts. The "I Remember" EP contains two aphrodisiac-like remixes by Villa and Painted Palms.Aww, how sweet! And to sweeten the deal further, Yeasayer have announced a batch of tour dates to continue the lovefest across the country. Kicking off on the West Coast on 5/21, the band will travel across the continent until they reach their home base of NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on June 18th. Tickets will probably go on sale this week.
New video and all tour dates are below.
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...