Entries tagged with: Solids
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Donovan Wolfington / Nai Harvest @ Topshelf showcase
Boston-born record label Topshelf stuffed their CMJ party with the sort of bleary-eyed, ruddy-cheeked indie rock that they've built their modest name off of since 2006, but the funereal crawl of Brooklyn folkies Lizard Kisses was asynchronously tapped to kick off the proceedings. As their set unfolded, it became clear that what the occasional Mutual Benefit collaborators lacked in buzzy guitars and adenoidal vocalizations, they made up for in upping the ante of their heart-sleeved emoting. That meant that every creeping slowcore structure and crooned romanticism was met with lopsidedly swelling strings and unearthly guitarwork. It's all off-balance and understated, characteristics that the sorts of melodramatic bands who usually bring string sections to basement shows could stand to adopt. [Spin]The above quote is from Spin's "Best of CMJ" feature, in which they deemed Lizard Kisses to have the "Best Use of Strings at an Emo Show." The show in question was the Topshelf Records showcase at Shea Stadium on October 15, which also featured Infinity Girl, Clique, Solids, Wildhoney, Donovan Wolfington and Nai Harvest. We've got pictures of that show in this post.
Donovan Wolfington and Nai Harvest also teamed up for the 'Unimpressed Fest' CMJ show at The Studio at Webster Hall a couple days later with Furnsss and more. We have pictures of that show in this pos too.
Lizard Kisses' core lineup is the duo of Cory Siegler and Marc Merza, but they have several other collaborators. As that Spin review points out, one is Mutual Benefit, and main MB member Jordan Lee features on their single "In the Morning" which came out earlier this year. You can watch the video for that below.
Clique, who were also at the showcase, are very recent Topshelf signees, and they have a new album on the way in 2016. Their self-titled 2014 album can be streamed and downloaded (name your price) at bandcamp.
More pictures and that Lizard Kisses video below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal-based garage pop duo The Muscadettes released the Side A EP this past spring, and they're ready to follow it up with the Side B EP on November 6 via PaperCup Music. We've got the premiere of one of its tracks, "Stray Cats," which is one of the band's dreamier songs. (Also its lead guitar line reminds me of the horn charts on "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band. But I digress.) You can stream it and another track from Side B, below.
The Muscadettes are playing M for Montreal's annual Friday CMJ showcase at Arlene's Grocery (10/16, 11 PM set) with Solids, Chocolat, Nancy Pants, Look Vibrant, Elliot Maginot (and free poutine at 7 PM). They've also got a couple other CMJ shows: Tuesday, October 13 at Rockwood Music Hall (5 PM set) with Lucy & La Mer, The Walking Sticks and Oh, Cassius; and then they'll also play Elvis Guesthouse on Saturday, October 17 (4:30 PM set) for the free PaperCup day party with Racoon Fighter, Little Racer, Suburban Living, The Teen Age, and Weekender.
CMJ show flyers and song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Former Cloud Nothings guitarist Joe Boyer's band Chomp released a 7" this past spring, and this week they'll release a new tape called Bruise Control on Mirror Universe (pre-order). They don't quite have the pop smarts of Cloud Nothings, but if you dig that band's noise punk tendencies you might find something to like here too. The full stream of the tape premieres below.
The band is also playing CMJ. Here's what their schedule is looking like:
10/14 @ The Rock Shop w/ Eternal Summers, Savak, Bird Courage, PinactTheir only other show is a hometown gig in Cleveland before they head to CMJ. Full tour schedule and the tape stream below...
10/16 @ The Grand Victory w/The Membranes, Cinema Cinema, Les Bicyclettes Blanches
10/17 @ Cake Shop (Official Cake Shop CMJ show) w/Gemma, Expert Alterations, Eternal Summers, Solids, Garden of Elks
10/17 @ Aviv (Exploding in Sound/Ipsum CMJ show) w/ Cold Sweats, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Playboy Manbaby, Dirty Dishes, Nonsense, Magnet School, Solids, Crosss, Needs
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers have made a video for "The Roses," one of the prettiest songs on this year's Gold & Stone which I think is their best album yet. Using cloth swatches, animators Japhy Riddle, May Oskan, and Brendan Bellomo tell a charming tale of two lonely archers who meet in a fabric forrest. Eternal Summers consistently have superior music videos and this is no different. As for the song itself, singer/guitarist Nicole Yun tells us about "The Roses" perhaps surprising influences:
This was definitely the guilty pleasure song for us for quite a while, as we had to get comfortable with the fact that it was just so poppy! The working title was called "Jammy 3", the 3 being a reference to the fact that there was a very mild Third Eye Blind 90's radio tone to it that we all secretly enjoyed, and yet felt guilty about. As we worked it out, and especially as we arranged it in the studio, early Pablo Honey Radiohead influences (which I hoped would come through) were truly made a reality! It's definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album!"The Roses" video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch below.
Like a lot of bands, Eternal Summers will be in NYC this month for CMJ and they've got five shows on their schedule currently:
WED Oct 14 @ Pianos (5:15 PM): Kanine Day party w/ Yung, Car Seat Headrest, Pinact, Oscar, Expert Alterations, Weaves, Beverly, Mercury Girls (Philly), Cheatahs, Wildhoney, Hin Du, Hockey Dad (FREE)The band are currently on tour in the UK with Surfer Blood. All dates are listed below.
WED Oct 14 @ The Rock Shop (11 PM): International Rescue showcase w/ Chomp, SAVAK, Pinact, Bird Courage (tickets)
FRI Oct 16 - NY, NY @ Pianos (11 PM): The Deli showcase w/ Ohnomoon, Mild High Club, Weaves, Beverly, Diet Cig, Stolen Jars, Controller, The Fluids, Vundabar (tickets)
SAT Oct 17 - NY @ Cake Shop (day): Cake Shop day party w/ Solids, Gemma, Chomp, Expert Alterations, Garden of Elks (FREE)
SAT Oct 17 @ Knitting Factory (12 AM): Flower Booking showcase w/ The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Stealing Sheep, S, Lyla Foy (tickets)
by Andrew Sacher
Short-lived but influential '90s emo band Boys Life reunited this year and signed to Topshelf for a reissue of their 1996 album, Departures and Landfalls. The reissued album is out now and includes three previously unreleased songs. You can pick up a copy here.
As previously mentioned, the band is also going on a tour, which includes a few shows with other veteran emo musicians. One of those is Chicago's Bottom Lounge on 10/17 with Bob Nanna's band The City on Film and another is NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/21 with The Anniversary's Josh Berwanger. We're giving away tickets to both of those shows. Enter below.
In other Topshelf news, the label announced its annual FREE CMJ showcase, for October 15 at Shea Stadium. The lineup looks like this:
7:30 - Lizard KissesYou can listen to a Soundcloud playlist Topshelf put together of the lineup (along with a separate album stream from Clique, since they aren't on Soundcloud), below...
8:15 - Infinity Girl
9:00 - Clique
9:45 - Solids
10:30 - Wildhoney
11:15 - Donovan Wolfington
12:00 - Nai Harvest
by Bill Pearis
Montreal band Chocolat released their third album, Tss Tss, last year -- a terrific slab of psych/prog that broke through the French language barrier into the astral plane. It didn't get much attention below the Canadian border, but if you dig this sort of trip and aren't scared of a little un-deux-trois-quatre!, you should really give it a spin, and can do so below.
Chocolat will be in NYC for CMJ, including the annual M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery which happens Friday, October 16 with Elliot Maginot, Look Vibrant, Nancy Pants, The Muscadettes and Solids.
Before that, Chocolat will play Jesse Malin's new place Berlin on October 15 with Mild High Club, Heaters (who play NYC tonight), and Worthless. They will also play Cake Shop on October 17 with Solids, Chomp (ex-Cloud Nothings), Eternal Summers, and Expert Alterations.
Tickets to the Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins and M. Ward show at Beacon Theatre go onAmEx/Chase/fan/Bowery/local presale today at 11 AM (passwords: "SOCIAL", "JENNY") but first there's the ongoing artist presale.
A-Trak and Araabmuzik play Terminal 5 on December 12. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (9/25) at noon.
Jesse Malin plays Bowery Ballroom on December 29. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (9/25) at noon.
UK electronic act Lapsley plays Rough Trade on November 9 and Merucry Lounge on November 10. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Foxygen offshoot Diane Coffee plays Mercury Lounge on November 18. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (9/25) at noon.
Duran Duran are doing a signing on October 7 at J&R Express (22 Cortlandt St). More info here.
Nai Harvest, Solids, Furnsss, Us & Us Only, Alaska, Donovan Wolfington, Whitney and Gleemer DJs are playing a CMJ show called 'Unimpressed Fest' on October 17 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
Radkey, Soda Bomb and The Teen Age play The Studio at Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets are on sale now.
Wale plays Webster Hall on December 8 (rescheduled from December 1). Tickets are on sale.
AlunaGeorge are opening for EDM star Zedd on October 2 at MSG with Madeon and Alex Metric. Tickets are on sale now.
ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons plays Town Hall on November 17 with his band The BFGs. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/25) at 10 AM with Live Nation/VIP presales starting Thursday (9/24) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Boston singer/songwriter Adam Silvestri, aka Radiator King (not to be confused with Radiator Hospital), makes the kind of folk with punk grit that Chuck Ragan does in his solo career or The Gaslight Anthem does on their more recent material. He's putting out his second album, Document Untold, on February 24, and we've got the premiere of its new single, "Hardwired." Listen below.
Radiator King will be in NYC tonight (2/5) at Sidewalk Cafe for a full-band show, and later this month he'll join his fellow Bostonians Pile on their tour, which hits NYC on February 25 at Palisades with Canada rock duo Solids and Pile's EIS labelmates Leapling. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
After their run with Radiator King, Pile basically plan to stay on the road for the foreseeable future. We previously mentioned a TBA Brooklyn show for April 28, which we now know happens at Baby's All Right with Yazan, Vulture Shit and Captain Wizard. Tickets for that one are on sale. Pile also play a Fordham show with Elvis Depressedly on Friday (2/6). All of their dates are listed below.
Pile album artwork
Pile's new album, You're Better Than This, comes out March 3 via Exploding In Sound, and so far the band have put out two songs from that. "Mr. Fish" starts off as a slower, more slack indie rocker before turning into something bigger, while "#2 Hit Single" is the Pile you know and love in full-on attack mode. Check out both below.
As for the other two bands on that Pile/Radiator King show at Palisades, Solids (who also play Cake Shop the following night) made a new video for "Off White" and Leapling are streaming their new album, Vacant Page in full (due 2/10 via EIS). Check those out below too.
In other Exploding In Sound news, Krill recently put out the seven-minute clanger "Tiger" off their upcoming album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, due 2/17 via DDW/EIS (listen below). They've also expanded their tour, and now have two upcoming NYC shows. In addition to Friday's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with Porches, Frankie Cosmos and Sheer Mag, Krill play an LP release show on March 14 at Silent Barn with local indie rockers LVL UP and avant-popsters Cloud Becomes Your Hand. All of their dates are listed below.
There's never a lack of local LVL UP shows. You can also catch them February 20 at Aviv with Quarterbacks, Crying and Long Beard; and February 28 at Shea Stadium with Liam Betson, Slight and Doubting Thomas Cruise Control.
Nor is there ever a lack of chances to catch Cloud Becomes Your Hand (maybe you caught them last weekend). To bring things just about full circle, they play Leapling's record release show on February 13 at Shea Stadium with Palm, Cantina and Felicia Douglass. Jerry Paper is DJing.
Lists of dates, videos and song streams, below...
photo: Knapsack at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk festival Pouzza Fest will return this year to various Montreal venues from May 15-17, and they've got a typically great lineup including the still-reunited Knapsack, Municipal Waste, The Dwarves, 88 Fingers Louie, Teenage Bottlerocket, No Trigger, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Chumped, Jeff Rosenstock, Solids and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Beach Slang in NYC TONIGHT (1/13) at Baby's All Right at their BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with co-headliners Hop Along and openers Ryley Walker and Aye Nako. That's $3 with RSVP or $10 without. All money goes to CancerCare.
Pouzza Fest lineup below...
Boston post-hardcore band Pile are releasing You're Better Than This, the followup to 2012's very good Dripping, on March 3 via Exploding In Sound. No music's been released from that yet, but in the meantime you can revisit their 2014 single, "Special Snowflakes," below. That's the clown artwork that the LP artwork is based on, above.
The band recently successfully funded their new van (though there's still 11 days left to donate if you wanna give them extra help and get some of the cool rewards), which means they're ready to hit the road for their tour which begins this weekend. The first date is in NYC on Saturday (1/10) at Shea Stadium with Krill (who also have a new LP coming on EIS), Baked and Swings ($8 at the door). Pile return to NYC on February 25 at Palisades with Canadian rockers Solids, EIS labelmates Leapling and Radiator King (ticket info TBA). After that, they play SXSW and have a lot of TBA dates, including a TBA Brooklyn show on 4/28. All dates are listed below.
For Solids, that Palisades show is part of a tour which includes another NYC show on February 26 at Cake Shop with Cutters and more TBA. All of their dates are listed below.
Leapling also play NYC sooner, opening for Landlady at Union Pool on January 21 with Heaven For Real (tickets). Their new record, Vacant Page, comes out via EIS/Inflated on February 10. You can stream "Crooked" from that LP, with that Pile track, the recent single from Krill's upcoming LP, and lists of dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Lydia Ainsworth is based in Toronto these days but has spent time in both Montreal and New York City as a music student. It was while at NYU that she began delving into pop music. She spent two years working on her debut album, Right from Real, which was just released on Arbutus, home of Grimes. Being on the same label and also making electronic-y music, Ainsworth has gotten compared to Claire Boucher, but beyond superficial similarities, their music is pretty different. (Purity Ring is closer, as is, at times, Enya.) Right to Real shows off her composer / arranger skills (it's cinematic stuff), as well as her versatile voice. But you wouldn't put it on at a club -- though a couple songs are ripe for remixing. You can stream some of it below.
Ainsworth will be here for CMJ and she's currently got six shows lined up:
Thursday October 23rd @ Baby's All Right | Gorilla Vs. Bear showcaseLineups for the shows are listed below.
Friday October 24th @ Pianos | Planetary Radio day party FREE
Friday October 24th @ Arlene's Grocery | M For Montreal showcase
Friday October 24th @ Glasslands | Popgun showcase
Saturday October 25th @ Death by Audio | Arbutus Records showcase
Sunday October 26th @ Babycastles | Cardinal PR day show
The M for Montreal show, their annual CMJ poutine party, also features Homeshake, The Posterz, Solids, Heat, Lisa Leblac, Vesuvio Solo, The Muscadettes and a l l i e. That's not the only show the M folks are doing this year. On Tuesday, October 21 at Baby's All Right at midnight (so technically 10/22 morning) M4M will throw a late-night party with Honey, Homeshake, Calvin Love, The Mystery Lights, and OJ Pimpson. It goes till the wee hours and is FREE.
Speaking of Arbutus, the Montreal label is also throwing a free day party with Cascine Records on October 25 at Wythe Hotel's rooftop Ides bar with DJ sets from TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Erika Spring, No Excuses, and Wildarms. Cascine and Arbutus will also have a special show on Newtown Radio on October 20 from 9 - 11 PM.
CMJ lineups for shows mentioned above, as well as flyers and Lydia Ainsworth's partial album stream, below.
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
Two solid (heh) fuzzy (heh heh) bands from different parts of the globe, Montreal's Solids and Glasgow's PAWS, will be going on separate tours soon that meet up in NYC for the Ipsum/Heavy Trip CMJ showcase happening at Shea Stadium on October 24. Also on the bill is another Montreal band, HEAT, Chicago's Meat Wave and NYC's Washer.
For Solids, that show falls right in the middle of their tour with Single Mothers and The Flatliners, which includes a Long Island show a day later (without Single Mothers). Tickets for LI are still available.
Shea show flyer, lists of Solids and PAWS dates, and a couple videos, 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.
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Sorority Noise - Rory Shield (MP3)
Sorority Noise, who you may have just caught on tour with Special Explosion, Teen Suicide, and Alex G, will follow 2013's Young Luck EP with their first full length, Forgettable, on May 13. It comes out in the US jointly via Evan Weiss' (Into It. Over It.) Storm Chasers and Derrick Shanholtzer's (TWIABP) Broken World Media, and will get a European release via Dog Knight (Nai Harvest, Playlounge). The record's first single, "Rory Shield," recalls the '90s power pop emo of bands like The Promise Ring and Knapsack, and that can be downloaded for free above or streamed below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.
The Connecticut band has a show in their hometown on Wednesday (3/26), which is the CT stop of the Solids / Pachangacha tour. After that, they'll play a few other Northeast dates with related band Old Gray and NJ emo noodlers Prawn, including the Property of Zack-presented pre-show to the Mixtape Festival. That show takes place at Amityville Music Hall (3/28) and also includes Slingshot Dakota, Cryptodira and Petal Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
All Sorority Noise dates are listed, with the song stream, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Because Pachangacha are originally from Amherst, MA (they now live in Connecticut), it's tempting to compare them to their hometown heroes Dinosaur Jr. While that band's fuzz-fueled riffage does appear all over Pachangacha's excellent 2013 album, WEIRDHEAD, it's not blatant Dino worship by any means. There's also Pinkerton falsettos, blink-182 immaturity (there's back to back to songs called "Balls" and "Boobies"), and the reckless fun of a '90s house party band. Check it out for yourself by streaming the album below.
Since we last spoke, Pachangacha has been added to a few Northeast dates on the Solids tour, including both NYC shows: March 24 at Glasslands and March 25 at Mercury Lounge. PUP, who open most of the tour, are on both NYC shows as well. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Merc show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, PUP finally gave their self-titled debut LP a US release date (April 8 via SideOneDummy), and they've released another track from it, "Guilt Trip." Check out that song (via SPIN), with the LP artwork and tracklist, below...
As you may know, Toronto punks PUP have been known to cover Jay Reatard's "My Shadow," which they've done live and also recently recorded. Like we've said before, they don't change it up much, but they do a good job with it and make it sound like a PUP song. That song's now got a music video, which makes its premiere in this post. You can check out below.
As discussed, PUP have a bunch of tour dates coming up, including a headlining show in NYC this Friday (2/21) at Cameo with Appomattox and Spirit of Danger. Tickets for Friday's show are still available. Then they'll hook up with fellow Canadians Solids to support them on a bunch of their North American dates, including SXSW and NYC on March 25 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). Still no opener announced for Solids' Glasslands show (3/24).
New video, along with the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
At our BV-presented Death by Audio show in December, Toronto punks PUP played a cover of the late Jay Reatard's "My Shadow" from his 2006 LP, Blood Visions, and they've now offered a studio recording of that cover. They don't stray too far from the original, while still making it sound like a PUP song. You can stream it (via NME) below. PUP will also be re-releasing their debut album via their new label, SIdeOneDummy, this year.
Since we last spoke, PUP were added to many of the dates on fellow Canadian rockers Solids' upcoming tour, including their NYC show happening on March 25 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). They weren't announced for their 3/24 show at Glasslands (and no one else is yet either). PUP also headline their own NYC show even sooner on February 21 at Cameo. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Solids at BV M for Montreal show in 2013 (more by Maximillian G. San Juan)
Montreal fuzz rock duo Solids were part of the just-announced new round of artists playing SXSW, and while they're on our side of the border, they'll be doing a number of other US shows too. Their tour brings them back to NYC for shows on March 24 at Glasslands and March 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now, and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Solids put out their debut LP Blame Confusion in their home country last year, and they'll be giving it a US release via their new home of Fat Possum on February 8. You can stream the single, "Traces," along with the list of dates, below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
photos by Maximillian G. San Juan / M for Montreal; words by Bill Pearis
Duchess Says @ Cabaret Underworld, 11/22/2013
M for Montreal and Brooklyn Vegan have partnered for shows/parties at CMJ, SXSW, The Great Escape and more, but this was the first year we actually presented a show at M for Montreal. The fest, now in its eighth year, happened over the weekend and our show (co-presented with CMJ) happened at the grungy Cabaret Underworld on Friday (11/22) with an all-Montreal line-up of We are Wolves, Duchess Says and Solids.
I've seen electropunks Duchess Says a number of times over the years, though mostly with US crowds in half-filled rooms where mischievous dynamo singer Annie-Claude heads into to the crowd to mess with people who don't know what to expect. This show, everyone at the way-sold-out Underworld knew what to expect and were ready to pay Annie-Claude's insanity in kind. This was easily one of the most sweaty, bonkers shows for me in recent memory (mind you I don't go to that many shows with bonkers potential anymore). I don't think there was any point where someone wasn't aloft. Except for when Annie-Claude had everyone hunch down on the floor and she covered the crowd with a giant piece of blue paper.
Openers Solids, newly signed to Fat Possum, had the crowd going too, providing their own light show in the form of two painter lights -- one hanging over the band, the other over the crowd. Both were swatted at and swinging for most of the set. They get compared to Japandroids a lot -- similar two-piece setup -- but Solids lean a little more indie rock. They're also little less intense, but just as loud and I thought their set was pretty terrific.
After the intensity of Duchess Says' set, I fought my way to the back of Underworld and never made it back up close for We Are Wolves set -- which was a little theatrical, with masks and props to go along with their gothy, synth leanings. But the crowd was into it.
You can read recaps of M for Montreal day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE, plus check out a few photos from Mac DeMarco's closing-night set HERE. More pics of Duchess Says and Solids (none of We Are Wolves, unfortunately) below...
Montreal band Solids released their debut LP, Blame Confusion, last month in Canada. (You can stream it below.) For those looking to physical procure a copy in America, the duo just announced that they've signed with Fat Possum who will release the record stateside on February 8.
Folks in the Northeast can see them live this week on their tour with Native. That tour hits NYC on Wednesday (11/13) at Saint Vitus with locals Bennio Qwerty playing as well. Tickets are still available.
Next week the band will be back in Montreal where they'll be part of the 2013 M for Montreal. Specifically they'll be playing Cabaret Underworld on November 22 with Duchess Says and We Are Wolves, a show that BrooklynVegan is presenting with CMJ. If you're in Montreal that night, do come! Tickets are still available.
All tour dates are listed, along with the steams, 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...