Entries tagged with: Smoke Fairies

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It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....

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photos by Kurt Christensen

Smoke Fairies

Dawes headlined a sold out show at Webster Hall last night (10/27). Both Blitzen Trapper & Smoke Fairies opened the show which was part of a tour that lasts through mid November. Pictures from the NYC show are in this post, Halloween decorations included.

Dawes will return to the area by themselves to play three shows in December. First up is the annual WFUV Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theater on December 5th with the massive lineup of Dawes, Mavis Staples and The Head And The Heart. That should sell out quick when tickets go on general sale Friday (10/28) at noon. Dawes will spend the next two days at the more intimate Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are on sale now for December 6th and December 7th. Dawes play New Year's Eve in Minneapolis.

More pictures from Webster Hall below...

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Dawes at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Ryan Barkan)
Dawes

Dawes and Blitzen Trapper are going on a co-headlining tour with support from Smoke Fairies and The Belle Brigade on select dates. Tickets will go on presale via each of the bands this Friday (8/5) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The tour hits NYC on October 26 at Webster Hall with Smoke Fairies. Tickets for that show go on general sale Friday (8/12) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.

Meanwhile catch Dawes in NYC TONIGHT (8/2) when they open for Alison Krauss at Beacon Theater like they do on the rest of her tour.

Catch Smoke Fairies sooner when they hit Rockwood Music Hall on August 22nd. An updated set of summer dates for them is listed below.

Dawes and Blitzen Trapper are also giving away a 6-song split EP in honor of the tour, which you can grab, alongside all dates, below.

Continue reading "Dawes & Blitzen Trapper going on tour w/ Smoke Fairies & others (dates)"

Smoke Fairies at iTunes Festival (via iTunes UK)
Smoke Fairies

Smoke Fairies kick off a tour with Rasputina later this month. As mentioned, the tour does not include any NYC dates, but Smoke Fairies will return to NYC on August 22 at Rockwood Music Hall (one of the two NYC venues they played last time they were here).

Smoke Fairies recently played iTunes Festival in London with Seasick Steve. Seasick Steve records on Jack White's Third Man Records, the same label that released Smoke Fairies' "Gastown/Riversong" 7" in 2009. Jack played with Seasick Steve at the festival, along with his Dead Weather bandmate Alison Mosshart and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. If you missed the show, you can watch the whole thing at iTunes along with performances by Beady Eye, Cat's Eyes, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys and others. The iTunes Fest presents a new show every day in July. Upcoming shows include Mogwai, Coldplay and Moby.

Jack White's old band The White Stripes uncovered two unreleased tracks via the Third Man Vault. Listen to "Signed D.C." and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" below.

Jack also recently collaborated with underground hip hop mainstay Black Milk. You can read Black Milk's account of the experience at his blog and stream the songs. The 7" is available at Black Milk's webstore.

Updated Smoke Fairies dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Smoke Fairies add a show, watch iTunes Fest online, listen to unearthed White Stripes & Black Milk too"

Through Low Light and Trees

British folk duo Smoke Fairies release their first full-length album in the US, Through Low Light and Trees, today, June 14. The album, released in the UK September 6, 2010 via V2/Cooperative Music, was produced by Head who is known for working with PJ Harvey and Black Francis. The new US version of the CD also comes with a disc of bonus tracks. Check out the video for "Strange Moon Rising" and more of their music below.

You may remember Smoke Fairies from their "Gastown/Riversong" 7" which came out all the way back in December 2009 on Jack White's Third Man label. He also produced the single and contributed drums and guitar along with Jack Lawrence. The duo more recently reminded the US of their existence when they released a double a-side single "Hotel Room/Strange Moon Rising" for Record Store Day through 453 Records

Smoke Fairies are heading out on a US tour in late July with Rasputina. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates but the duo do have two NYC dates scheduled as part of a short trip here this month. After visiting Toronto for NXNE and then Boston, they play Rockwood Music Hall on June 21. They play the Manhattan venue right before Lisa Hannigan plays a sold out show on the same stage (no advanced tickets for the Smoke Fairies set though). They also open for My Gold Mask the next night, June 22 at The Rock Shop. Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn show

Rasputina play their own NYC-area show with The Wilderness of Manitoba at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ on July 17. Tickets are still available.

Smoke Fairies contributed to MOJO Magazine's 'Harvest Revisited', a tribute to Neil Young's Harvest. Villagers, Phosphorescent, Sam Amidon and others appear on the compilation. Check out Smoke Fairies' take on "Alabama" below with more dates, videos, and other stuff.

Continue reading "Smoke Fairies released an LP in the USA, playing NXNE, NYC & shows w/ Rasputina (dates)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Laura Marling @ MHOW at BV-CMJ 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Laura Marling

Laura Marling will be in New York tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) as part of her US tour that runs through May. Tickets are still on sale for tonight's Music Hall of Williamsburg show (tomorrow's City Winery gig is sold out).

Laura Marling's current tour comes on the heels her sophomore LP, I Speak Because I Can, which came out in the US at the beginning of April. The record builds on her vigorously personal debut with songs that are measured yet fiery, taking inspiration from wartime love letters and fables, as well as fellow folkies (at a recent gig she covered upstate songwriter Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game"). The rest of the year will have Laura touring the world, playing for a second time at Glastonbury (and other high-profile UK gigs like at London's Serpentine Sessions in Hyde Park), and recording and releasing a third LP.

On this tour, Pete Roe, Laura's pianist and banjo player, will be opening with his own material from an EP due out in June (a track from it is streaming here). Also on the tour are dusky-voiced London duo Smoke Fairies. They released a single on Jack White's Third Man Records late last year (which features Jacks White and Lawrence on drums and bass, respectively), and just released Ghosts, a compilation of singles and b-sides, in the US.

Laura talked with me over the phone about her upcoming projects, tours and playing New York. That's below...

Continue reading "an interview with Laura Marling (who plays MHOW tonight)"

Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Fest this summer (more by Chris La Putt)
Elvis Perkins

tonight in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* The Besties @ Asbury Lanes
* Ian McCulloch @ The Studio
* Crystal Antlers @ Cameo
* Nitzer Ebb @ Gramercy Theatre
* Darmstadt @ Issue Project Room
* Mew, Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall
* Quest For Fire, Naam & Weird Owl @ Pianos
* Espers, Azita, Doug Paisley @ Drom
* The Sights, The Figgs @ Cake Shop
* A Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall
* Sloan, Magneta Lane @ The Bell House
* Raphael Saadiq, Anjulie @ Terminal 5
* The Wrens, Palomar @ Maxwell's (early)
* The Wrens, Bob Fields @ Maxwell's (late)
* Sebastien Schuller, Hoferlanz @ Sycamore
* Alicia Hall Moran, Gordon Voidwell @ The Kitchen
* Brendan Benson, Cory Chisel @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Beets @ the Degenerate Craft Fair @ Silent Barn
* Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings @ Market Hotel
* Red Mass & Golden Triangle @ Live With Animals Gallery
* The Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, Von Haze @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bowerbirds, Dave Godowsky @ Bowery Ballroom
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Mike Yaniro benefit w/ Sightings, Pink Reason, York Factory Complaint (w/ Genesis P-orridge), White Suns @ Death By Audio
* Pissed Jeans, Yellow Tears, Old Men @ Columbia U's Lerner Party Space

Details on the Pissed Jeans show below...

The Wrens' first set tonight will be Meadowlands in full; the second, all new songs.

Elvis Perkins is in town for two shows. Tonight at Bowery and then Saturday at Music Hall. His video for "Chains, Chains, Chains" below...

The Beets plays the Degenerate Craft Fair.

Bowerbirds open for Elvis tonight, but not tomorrow. Instead they're at Union Pool on Saturday with Sharon Van Etten.

Brendan Benson is at LPR tonight and Maxwell's on Saturday. His new video for "A Whole Lot Better" below.

Jack White recorded two new songs with the band Smoke Fairies.

Amazon's 25 days of free Christmas songs continues. They also have Diana Krall's Christmas album on sale for $2.99 and a compilation of 99 songs for $5.00, one of many albums they're selling for that price now.

Ornette Coleman tops Amazon's list of "100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time".

Richard Buckner plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Black Sheep play Santos Party House on Saturday.

Rihanna got inappropriate with a mannequin last night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Video below...

Amanda Palmer does Tegan & Sara. Video below...

a new Lightspeed Champion video, below...

What else?

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