Entries tagged with: Star Slinger
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Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is just around the corner, with a kickoff show tonight (11/7) and then starting in full this weekend, and the set times for the festival have just been released. Head HERE to check out the full, interactive schedule, where you can make your own personal schedule and also share it with others. You'll notice a couple things were switched too, like Pete Tong's show moving from 285 Kent to Music Hall of Williamsburg and Actress in turn moving from MHOW to 285.
Tonight's kickoff show starts at 10 PM at Output with Skream, MK, Oneman, and more. The rest of the festival continues from Friday (11/8) to Sunday (11/10) across multiple Brooklyn venues with sets from Evian Christ, Lunice, Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kastle, xxxy and many more.
There's also been a few lineup changes: Todd Terje had to drop off due to a family emergency, and Letherette and Andre Bratten can no longer make it due to visa issues.
As discussed, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is returning to Brooklyn venues Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Cameo, Villain, and Output from November 8-10 with sets from Evian Christ, Todd Terje, Lunice, Kastle, Skream, xxxy, and many more. Since we last spoke, there's been a few additions like Oneohtrix Point Never (who also plays MoMA PS1 soon) and Actress. Daily room lineups have also been announced and individual tickets are available for each show, including the pre-party on Thursday, 11/7. 3-Day passes are also still available.
Check out the full schedule, with ticket links, below...
BEMF 2012 (more by Oliver Correa & Amanda Rohowsky)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has announced it will return this year from November 8-10 across various Brooklyn venues. As usual, they've booked a ton of great forward-thinking electronic artists including Yeezus collaborator Evian Christ, Todd Terje, Lunice (of TNGHT), Kastle, Skream, xxxy, Rockie Fresh, Star Slinger, Groundislava, Jerome LOL, Mike Servito (The Bunker), Oneman, Nick Hook, Lamin Fofana, Jackmaster, DJ Sliink, Pete Tong, John DIgweed and more. Full initial lineup and flyer below.
This year, the festival will include shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Cameo, and new-ish Williamsburg dance club Output, where there will also be a pre-show on November 7. 3-day passes for the festival are on sale now, and tickets for individual shows will go on sale in October.
If you can't make it to the festival, you can also stream it live at Boiler Room.
Listen to the BEMF 2013 Mix by Kaytranada, along with the flyer and lineup, below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Deerhunter at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10 this year. After already leaking five artists (The Julie Ruin, Bonobo, Judge, The Walkmen, and Ice-T), FFF Fest just leaked six more.
The new announcements include FLAG (aka one of two Black Flag reunions, and who play NYC in September), Deerhunter (who also play NYC in September), Big K.R.I.T. (who plays Rock the Bells and NYC with Talib Kweli and Macklemore), Star Slinger, Daniel Johnston, and comedian Kyle Kinane.
Tickets for FFF Fest go on sale July 9 at 11 AM EST.
Star Slinger recently remixed Miguel's "Adorn." Check that out below...
Star Slinger at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
UK producer Star Slinger is set to release a new EP, Ladies in the Back, on November 26 via his own Jet Jam label and the title track from that release, which features Teki Latex, can be streamed below. He'll follow the EP with a full length, due out some time in 2013.
Star Slinger has some UK shows scheduled this month, and not much on his plate after that, but after taking a bit of a break, he'll head across the pond for a show in NYC at Glasslands on December 5 with Bondax and "very special guests." Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Star Slinger is one of the producers who contributed to Hundred Waters' remix EP, which came out this past August on Skrillex's OWSLA label. You can stream his taken on their track, "Thistle," below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Hundred Waters - "Thistle" (TOKiMONSTA Remix) (MP3)
After recently finishing up the Full Flex Express Tour with Skrillex, Diplo, Grimes, and others, art pop group Hundred Waters announced that they signed to Skrillex's label, OWSLA, and that their first release for the label will be the Thistle EP (due out 8/21). The EP features remixes of the track "Thistle" from their excellent self titled debut LP by Araabmuzik, Star Slinger, TOKiMONSTA, Lockah, Different Sleep, and Troublemaker. Our first taste of that EP comes today (via P4K) with a remix of the track by TOKiMONSTA (who was also on the Full Flex Express Tour). It's a great listen and hearing how natural Hundred Waters sounds with screwed vocals and heavy beats makes it a little less wtf that they signed to Skrillex's label. You can download the remix above and check out a trailer for the EP below. If you haven't heard their LP yet, you can stream it in full below.
Since we last spoke, Moon Diagrams (aka Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta) was added to that Bowery Ballroom show too. Moon Diagrams will also be supporting a number of dates on Ariel Pink's upcoming tour, but not the NYC show at Webster Hall (9/14) with Bodyguard and TEEN (tickets).
A list of all Moon Diagrams dates and the Hundred Waters stream and video are below.
photos by James Richards IV
Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.
Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Back in May, drill & bass master Squarepusher announced a North American tour which included a TBA NYC show set to happen on October 30. Well it turns out the NYC show will actually be on November 1 and it happens at Terminal 5 with a great list of openers; Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon. All Squarepusher dates are listed below.
Squarepusher released his new album, Ufabulum, in May and it's a pretty solid one. It opens with "4001," which is just about the only song that sounds like classic Squarepusher, and is then followed by, "Unreal Square," which brings in a bit of brostep bass wobble. The rest of the album sees Squarepusher diving into nutty jazz fusion and unstoppable breakbeats. You can stream three of its tracks below.
Speaking of Mount Kimbie, they've signed to Warp, the label which Squarepusher also calls home, and currently at work on their second album which will be released on the label. The Terminal 5 show appears to be their only announced North American date at the moment.
Holy Fuck and Bonobo will be in NY even sooner for Camp Bisco, which goes down from July 12-14 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY. They'll be joining a lineup which includes Tycho, Simian Mobile Disco, Skrillex, Amon Tobin ISAM, Big Boi, Crystal Castles, Yacht, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Shigeto, FaltyDL, Thundercat, and more. Tickets for the festival are still available. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, You can also catch Holy Fuck frontman Brian Borcherdt in NYC right after Bisco with his new project, Dusted, who play Glasslands on July 15. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Rocky at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, the Bamboozle festival goes down in Asbury Park this weekend (May 18-20). The festival, which has a continuing history of booking some of the lamest pop punk bands around, like Boys Like Girls, The All American Rejects, and Never Shout Never, has a few interesting/odd inclusions this year. For one, Bon Jovi is one of the headliners. Not only could they probably sell out an Asbury Park show without the rest of the Bamboozle lineup, but do any pop punkers want to see them anyway? Or did mom just need somewhere to be while her kids were seeing The Maine?
The other two headliners don't exactly fit the Bamboozle stereotype either: brostep tycoon Skrillex and grunge torchbearers Foo Fighters. But what's most interesting to us is within this odd mix of mall punk and Grammy Awards Winners, there's actually a handful of acts that we'd love to see, including many of our favorite new rappers, and some emo/pop punk forefathers that knew the difference between throwing a little melody into their punk and straightening their hair. If you do plan on making the trek to NJ this weekend, here's some recommendations of who to check out at the fest:
On Friday (5/18), bounce music party-starter Big Freedia, former Odd Future member Casey Veggies (who actually deserves to exist without that prefix), and Kreayshawn play the Beach Party Stage. Meanwhile, Anamanaguchi will be at the Temple of Boozle Stage. You can also catch Big Freedia in NYC on Thursday (5/17) at Santos before Bamboozle. Tickets are still available.
On Saturday (5/19), the Zumiez Stage will be graced by '90s greats Hot Water Music (who play Gramercy on 5/21-22) and The Promise Ring (who play Irving on 5/20). You can also catch some solid hip hop sets at the Beach Party Stage from A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Iggy Azalea (who plays SOBs on Thursday (5/17)). Blink-182 were also supposed to play on Saturday but they had to cancel their May dates due to illness and were replaced by My Chemical Romance.
On Sunday (5/20), fellow Jersey punks The Gaslight Anthem (who will preview new material at their sold out MHOW show TONIGHT (5/16)) and The Bouncing Souls (who celebrate their new record at Webster Hall on June 9) will be at the fest. Catch the Gaslight Anthem on Main Stage and the Souls on Zumiez Stage. Star Slinger will also play the Temple of the Boozle stage.
And last, literally last, but not least, well maybe least, and defintely WTF, this year's Paramount Stage will be closed down by none other than comedy legend Andrew Dice Clay who plays after fellow 80s & 90s entertainers Dramarama (who also play the afterparty at Stone Pony) who play after 1996 hit makers Spacehog (who you can also catch at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday).
Tickets for the festival are still available.
Did we leave anyone good out? Check out the set times below...
DOWNLOAD: Drake feat. The Weeknd "Crew Love" (Star Slinger's Jersey Refix) (MP3)
UK electronic guru Star Slinger is currently finishing up some dates in Australia and is about to kick off a tour of North America with co-headliners The Hood Internet and their Chicago neighbor Chrissy Murderbot. That tour, dubbed the "Hood Slung" tour, will be in NYC next week for a May 9 show at Irving Plaza and tickets are still available. All dates on tare below.
Star Slinger has yet to release a full LP but stays busy if his Soundcloud page is any indication. Most recently, the UK producer remixed Darque E. Freeker's new single "Blueberry" that features ostentatious Detroit rapper Danny Brown. You can stream that below, along with a just-posted reworking of Drake/Weeknd colaboration "Crew Love" which you can also download at the top of this post.
After the Hood Slung wraps up, Star Slinger will continue touring around North America, concluding with an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 4. All Star Slinger tour dates are listed below.
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black released a free 11 song mixtape on 11/11/11 called Moon Killers. The band says:
It features a bunch of new original tracks, 2 collaborations with Heems of Das Racist and remixes by Star Slinger & Phonetag and other goodies. Its full of samples from and homages to songs we love and the city that we live in. Something we could never do on a record.You can download it HERE or just listen to it below.
After 2 years of non-stop recording and touring, this project was a chance to give people who've supported us something free to enjoy. Hope you enjoy it.
Though released exactly a week ago, the band will officially be celebrating in Brooklyn tonight (11/18) at Glasslands. The band says they'll "be playing tons of material from the tape, along with a few other VERY SPECIAL surprises and guests." I'm pretty sure one of those guest is mixtape contributor Heems and that another is Rostam from Vampire Weekend. Heavenly Beat is also on the bill and tickets are still on sale. Note: doors at are 11:30PM.
G-Side at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Alabama rap duo G-Side and NYC spitter Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire are teaming up for a last minute show at 285 Kent tonight (10/28). The show also includes a 'special guest TBA' which, as Bill hinted at in This Week in Indie, is Star Slinger (who also plays Music Hall of Williamsurg tonight). More info on this show and other G-Side dates listed below. G-Side also has more NYC dates to be announced soon (stay tuned).
G-Side will be sticking around the NYC-area to play SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest on Saturday (10/29). They'll be performing alongside Fang Island, Jessica Lea Mayfield (solo), Kvelertak, Janka Nabay, R E A L M A G I C, and others. The event is technically only open to students and their guests. Complete lineup and video below.
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire was also recently announced as one of the openers for Das Racist's 11/16 show at MHOW with Despot, after filling in for Danny Brown at Das Racist's Bowery show in September which Despot also played.
All dates, info about tonight's show, Fall Fest lineup and video below...
by Bill Pearis
It never fails, the week after CMJ I get sick. So here I sit, with a big cup of green tea and a stuffy head, writing about shows that I want to go to, but probably won't. But hopefully you are in better health. There's a lot of great options this weekend.
As you may have heard, two-year-old Williamsburg club Bruar Falls is closing November 1. I live pretty close to the place, have seen a lot of great shows there and am bummed it's shutting its doors. But for Bruar Falls' Last Week Ever, it's going out in style with a bunch of great shows. Tonight (10/28) it's The Beets, Tanks Amigo, the Beachniks and, just in time for Halloween, a Misfits cover band.
Saturday night (10/29) is for you punkers out there: Stalkers, Tough Shits, Ex-Humans and Dino's Boys. And then Sunday night (10/30) it's Dive, Shark?, Air Waves and Bright Lights. And then Halloween night (10/31) is the for real last night ever with Friend Roulette, Hunktronik, Clouder and KNTRLR.
A lot of these bands are BF regulars so I imagine there will be a palpable party vibe there all weekend long. I'll miss ya.
Tonight (10/28) is the NYC debut of Wisconsin husband and wife duo Peaking Lights whose alluring, dubby album 963 came out early this year on Not Not Fun but is getting wider distribution next month via Mexican Summer and Domino imprint Weird World. You can download a few tracks from the record at the top of this post.
A lot of the strange sounds heard on the album come via homemade instruments and effects boxes that Aaron Coyes makes in the basement of his and singer Indra Dunis' home. You can find out more about this via an episode of VBS TV's Soundbuilders which is streaming at the bottom of this post. After watching that, I'm curious to see how Peaking Lights will pull off a live show, what with all the delicate McGuyver-esque gear. But the record's great and I'm hoping for the best.
One of my favorite sets at CMJ was seeing Radical Dads at Bruar Falls on Saturday night and reminded me just how good they've become. In fact, I'd go as far to say as they're one of Brooklyn's best bands right now. Certainly one of the more unheralded. If you like Wild Flag, I urge you to check out RD's debut album Mega Rama which has a similar vibe but is much less hyped. There's a streaming player at the bottom of this post.
I'm happy to report that Mega Rama is getting a belated vinyl release in December via Loud Baby Sounds. You can pre-order it now. The album art is one of my favorite record covers of the year and have been dying to own a big 12" version of it -- not to mention getting to play it on my turntable. Also on the vinyl tip, Radical Dads also have a 7" coming out in December, "Skateboarding Bulldog," which you can stream or download via a widget at the bottom of this post.
But more than maybe anything I suggest going to see them live which you can do tonight (10/28) at Spike Hill where they'll play with Plates of Cake, Quilty, and Conversion Party. Cover's only five bucks.
If glitchy dance music is more your thing, the weekend has two very good options. Star Slinger, who was supposed to play here in the spring but had to cancel, is finally making his NYC debut at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28). After a bunch of head-turning remixes and download tracks, Star Slinger recently released his first "official" single, "Dumbin," via Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound which you can stream or download at the bottom of this post.
After the MHoW, which also has SHLOMO and Shitego on the bill, you might want to swing over to 285 Kent where there's a "secret guest" headliner. (G-Side and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire play as well.) Though not mentioned out-and-out, they do link to Star Slinger's website on the Facebook invite.
Then Saturday night (10/29), the Fixed party at Cameo has UK act Gold Panda who's been remixed by Star Slinger and is following up last year's excellent Lucky Shiner with his spin on the latest installment of K7!'s DJ Kicks series. In a bit of Brooklyn weekend synergy, GP's track "An Iceberg Hurled Through Northern Clouds" just got remixed by Peaking Lights and you can stream the remix of that below.
The Fixed party at Cameo also features Lemonade, Blondes and an open bar from 8 - 10. Gold Panda then heads the next day (ouch) to Moogfest in Ashville, NC.
Saturday night has a pretty killer show at Glasslands. Obits headline and are still driving on the high octane tank of gas that is their second album, Moody, Standard and Poor. Perhaps even more exciting, for some folks, is opener Office of Future Plans which is the new thing from Jawbox man J. Robbins.
And finally, a little preview into early next week. Don't forget that the Wax Idols/Terry Malts tour hits Cake Shop on Tuesday (11/1) and Shea Stadium on Wednesday (11/2) for a double dose of San Francisco style fuzz. As I wrote elsewhere on this site:
Wax Idols are the new group from Hether Fortune, who has spent time in Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires. Fuzz pedals crash into jangly guitars, vocals are high sneer but also full of harmony, and there's room for both girl group balladry and a tough cover of Wire's "Sand in My Joints." The band's debut, No Future, is out next month on HoZac and is quite good. You can check out "Dead Like You" from it at the top of this post.Other bands on the Cake Shop bill are still TBA but the Shea Stadium show also features Sundelles, Habibi, and the ever-present Dive (if you haven't seen them yet, you're making an effort not to).
As for the Terry Malts, their debut 7" on Slumberland from earlier this year is three quick blasts of sunny pop covered in a thick blanket of white noise. (Somewhere between '80s West Coast punk and C-'86 lies their sound.) It's the new project from most of the guys in Magic Bullets, a band that has been put in cold storage -- they played their final show August 24. They've got a new 7" out in about a month, and you can download "Distracted" from the first one at the top of this post.
That's the main stuff. More daily picks are below.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Pixies continue to tour their best album, Dolittle, tonight at Asbury Park Convention Hall with Surfer Blood opening.
Meanwhile... Tanya Donnely, who was in the original line-up of the Breeders (not to mention Throwing Muses and then Belly) is doing a show at Joe's Pub. She'll be aded and abetted by Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, writer Rick Moody, as well as Magnetic Fields cohorts Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol, plus Carrie Bradley who was also in the Breeders at one point (and folk rock band Ed's Redeeming Qualities).
Memory Tapes at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Electro-indie popper Davye Hawk aka Memory Tapes is prepping Player Piano, his follow up to 2009's Seek Magic, for a July 5 release via Carpark. He'll go on a short European tour the day of the release in support of the album, but first will play a single US show at Mercury Lounge on July 1. Tickets go on sale this Friday (5/27) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/25).
He released the first single from the album, the disco-y "Wait In The Dark," which can be downloaded above. An early version of the track "Today Is Our Life," which is also on the new album, appeared earlier this year on a "Love SIC Disco" compilation. The video for this track can be watched below.
Three of Memory Tapes' European dates are with Star Slinger who also just announced a headlining NYC show.
All tour dates, album art, tracklist, and the video below...
Star Slinger and his 7-inch inspiration
No makeup U.S. tour yet for Star Slinger, who cancelled his March/April trek earlier this year. But a few dates have bubbled to the surface, including 10/7 at the Troubador in Los Angeles and what will be his first-ever NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/28. Tickets for the Brooklyn gig are on sale now.
Star Slinger, who is currently working on official remixes for Foster The People, Daedelus, Washed Out & Toro Y Moi, recently released remixes for Alex Winston, The Morning Benders and many more, in addition to a mixtape featuring songs by Three 6 Mafia, R.Kelly, Fonda Rae, Tyler, The Creator, Slum Village and many others. Stream the tape and a bunch of remixes, below...
Though they have a limited amount of songs streaming at their MySpace, and on their Bandcamp, there's no denying that the young (they're in high school) San Diego band Dirty Gold make instantly enjoyable tunes that make me want summer to get here faster. Five of those tunes will be the focus of an EP coming via Autumn Tone Records on April 12th, and one of them has a beach-scene-filled video that you can watch below. "California Sunrise" MP3 above.
You can also catch the trio live in NYC now. They played Cake Shop last night, continue with a 21+ show at Mercury Lounge tonight, April 5th (their published set time is 7pm which probably means 7:30), and then they finish their NYC vacation Wednesday at Union Hall. Their next show after that is back in California on April 16th at The Loft at UCSD in La Jolla (their EP release show).
Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is especially interesting, and a show we've mentioned in the past thanks to its headliner Alex Winston, who earlier today performed with no shoes (info on why HERE), and who has no other upcoming dates but this one at the moment. She just played a BV party at SXSW and before that Maxwell's. Her song "Sister Wife" now has a Star Slinger remix which you can download above.
Alex Winston @ BVSXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Mercury Lounge bill is rounded out by Two Lights and Warm Ghost (who also played a BV SXSW show). Want to go for free? I have two pairs of tickets for tonight's show that you can win right now. Details and other stuff below...
"five years ago, J Dilla passed away, aged 32... and his name crops up more than any other. There's a whole generation of musicians drawing influence from his soulful, psychedelic thump. One of them is Darren Williams, better known as Star Slinger. He's spent the last 10 months building an impressive body of work, from eccentric beat tapes, remixes of artists as diverse as Cocteau Twins, Deerhunter and Nicki Minaj and a saucer-eyed collaboration with Teams. Like Dilla, Star Slinger makes dense, weird music that's fun and accessible, beats that bare scrutiny and "tear the whole fuckin' club up."" [FADER]Star Slinger was supposed to be on tour with Braids and Baths. Blackbird Blackbird replaced Star Slinger on Saturday night's sold out show at Knitting Factory, and Houses and True Womanhood are now the only openers at the sold out show at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday.
Star Slinger was also supposed to play Glasslands in Brooklyn tonight (2/15). Instead you can head to the venue to catch Braids who were added a few days ago, and unlike the Mercury Lounge show, tickets are available. Geotic and Shigeto are also on the bill. Baths has the night off, but tickets are still available if you want to catch him when he opens for Cold War Kids at Radio City in March. All Braids dates below...
by Bill Pearis
If you've got tickets to one of the Radio Dept. shows this week, be sure to get there early to catch Montreal's Braids, who I just saw play in their hometown a couple weeks ago for the M for Montreal Festival. I said then:
Braids use their voices more as another instrument than a conveyor of lyrics. There are points during their set when the harmonies meld with the band's stretched out grooves to achieve ethereal bliss worthy of The Cocteau Twins. Their set is better than the one I'd seen at Knitting Factory back in May, not to mention besting many of the "official selections" at M the following days.If you didn't get tickets to one of the two shows with The Radio Dept, you can still catch Braids Monday night (11/29) at Mercury Lounge where they play with Arms. That's a good double bill! Maybe, just maybe, Braids will have copies of their debut LP, Native Speaker, which isn't out officially till January 18. Seven warm, long and languid tracks, it's a dreamy start to 2011. You can download album opener "Lemonade" at the top of this post, along with the same track in remixed form.
Braids will be back in 2011, hitting the road with Baths and Star Slinger -- a tour that hits NYC on February 12 at Knitting Factory. All Braids tour dates below...