Entries tagged with: Solids
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Mathy post-hardcore unit Native recently wrapped up a tour with O'Brother and Daylight, but it won't be long before they head out on the road again. Later this fall, they'll be doing a run of dates with Montreal noise rockers Solids that brings the two bands to NYC on November 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Solids will release their debut full length, Blame Confusion, next week (10/8), which follows a couple 7-inches. The LP puts them in the long line of Canadian loud rock bands that have been breaking out as of late; Japandroids are probably the most appropriate point of reference here (not just because they're also a guitar/drum duo), but also METZ, Fucked Up, Big Dick, and countless others. Like those bands, Solids like to rage, almost always playing in double time and piling on the distortion whenever they can... but underneath all the noise they can't help but not-so-subtly hide catchy power pop melodies. You can stream their whole record (via Exclaim) below.
Native's newest album, Orthodox, can also be streamed, along with those tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.
The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.
If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.