Entries tagged with: Stepkids
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Connecticut psychedelic soul trio The Stepkids are gearing up for the release of their second album, Troubador, due out later this year on Stones Throw. The first single, "Sweet Salvation," appeared late last year on an EP of the same name, and the band more recently made a sci-fi-themed video for that track which you can watch below.
The band will be hitting the festival circuit this summer -- like Bonnaroo in June -- but have club dates too, such as one here in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on May 22 with King Holiday and Every Flavor Weather Machine. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Is it too late to say Happy New Year to all of you out there? Probably. Okay, nevermind. It is a New Year though, and the rock machine is already in full swing. If you haven't spent all your money on tickets to the chickfactor fest (I can't tell you how psyched I am to see Small Factory) there's some good options.
Top of my list this weekend is the previously mentioned Stepkids show at Knitting Factory on Saturday (1/14). Their self-titled debut made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list (#36) and don't feel it got enough attention. I wrote:
Like The Bees, The Stepkids recreate a specific era of sound -- early '70s psychedelic soul -- with such skill you might think it was some obscure Fifth Dimension album or outtakes from Psychedelic Shack. That it works beyond an exercise is mimicry shows how talented these three are.And they are crazy talented. All three members write and sing and spent time playing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent before deciding to take a stranger path in music. I do wish they'd make a 15-piece Stepkids Love Unlimited Orchestra so they could really do the complexities of the album justice in a live setting, but what they accomplish as a trio is still pretty damn impressive. (A killer light show helps in that department.) They were great when they played our day party at Public Assembly during CMJ week during which we taped them doing an acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the Tom Sharpling-directed video for "Legend in My Own Mind" which is pretty funny.
Opening for The Stepkids are San Diego band Cuckoo Chaos who also play Friday (1/13) at Mercury Lounge with Country Mice. The band have toured with Anna Calvi and were last in town during CMJ. The band play an appealing take on afrobeat-y indie rock with nice harmonies. I do really like their song "Just Ride It" which is downloadable at the top of this post. If you like that one, check out their album Woman (listen on Spotify, buy at eMusic) and consider going to one of their shows this weekend.
Radical Dads at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, December 2011
A few spots above the Stepkids on my Albums of 2011 list (#29) is Radical Dads' debut, Mega Rama, which is nine tasty chunks of shouty/catchy indie rock wrapped up in one of my favorite sleeves of the year. They're also a total blast live, as evidenced by anyone who showed up early to the BV-presented show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last month.
You've got your first chance to catch Radical Dads in 2012, as previously mentioned, Friday night (1/13) where they play Cameo Gallery. The whole evening's card is pretty stacked with local talent. Also playing are mellow folk pop band Backwords (stream their new album below), the sloppy pop of Moonmen on the Moon, Man and the electro-tinged stylings of Yanqui.
King Krule, last night at Mercury Lounge
I would mention the King Krule shows happening this weekend but as they're all sold out, you're either going or you're not. I thought he was good when I saw him at Glasslands during CMJ. He looks even younger in person, but that voice seems to be from someone 30 years older. Anyway, a few more weekend picks are below, day-by-day....
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins and many more play a Jonathan Toubin benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Next door at Public Assembly, the Juan Maclean and Com Truise are playing a party celebrating new MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Tickets were free with RSVP but list is at capacity.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
"Celebrating its 15th anniversary this month, Stones Throw is a Masada for those who never sold their turntables. There's an unspoken compact between the label and those who love what Madlib called "the old music." Collectors. Romantics. Sentimentalists.Stones Throw is celebrating their 15th anniversary at the Exchange in LA on 12/22.
"Our releases have always been whatever and whoever I've liked, whatever makes me excited at the time," says Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw's founder and resident Wonka. Wearing a gray porkpie hat and T-shirt, the San Jose-born Chris Manak looks a decade younger than his 42 years. "It's all outsider music."
In the upstairs offices -- made up of four large rooms and a small studio -- a pencil sketch of Manak's late musical partner, Charizma, is framed above his desk. It starts a mini Stones Throw wall of fame, including the label's most iconic artists, the late J Dilla, Madlib and MF Doom. To a generation of underground rap fans, the trio might well be Mount Rushmore, a holy trinity that has accounted for six of its seven top-selling records in the United States: Madvillain's Madvillainy; J Dilla's Donuts and Ruff Draft; Jaylib's Champion Sound; and (Madlib alias) Quasimoto's The Unseen and The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. (The seventh is Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement.) Madvillainy, the top seller, has moved just north of 150,000 copies." [LA Weekly]
Madlib isn't currently on the bill, but he just played an LA show at the Echoplex on Saturday night (12/10). A few weeks earlier Madlib played a show in San Francisco with Freddie Gibbs who he just released a collaborative EP with. Listen to "Thuggin'" below. Stay tuned for a full album in 2012.
UPDATE: JRocc and Freddie Gibbs are also playing the Brooklyn show.
Stones Throw signee The Stepkids play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn four days earlier. Tickets are on sale. All Stepkids dates are listed below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
"YO LOS ANGELES...what a night. thank you." - Frank Ocean
by Andrew Sacher
Frank Ocean @ the El Rey
Frank Ocean concluded his tour, which didn't include a NYC show (though it is reportedly being postponed), at LA's El Rey Theater last night (11/15) to a sold out crowd. Like he's been doing at the other shows on his tour, he played some Nostalgia/Ultra cuts, Beyonce's "I Miss You," which he co-wrote, his Watch the Throne contributions, some new material, and of course, played Guitar Hero. He was also joined by fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator for "She" off Tyler's Goblin LP, which Frank sings on. He debuted a new track, "Super Rich Kids," which will presumably appear on the new album he's been working on. Videos of "She" and "Super Rich Kids" and more pictures from the show are below.
Speaking of his new album, according to an interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, he is choosing to not collaborate with Kanye West, who he previously worked with on Watch the Throne. "I'm a big fan. He's a big influence on my music," Frank said. "I told him, 'As much as I want to work with you, I kind of want to do this without you.' I kind of want to do it on my own."
In other Frank Ocean news, SBTRKT recently remixed the single, "Thinking About You," which Frank released over the summer. You can listen to the original and SBTRKT's remix below.
Speaking of Tyler, the Creator, SPIN reports that he will release his third album, Wolf, in May. Tyler mentioned taking influence from The StepKids for the album musically, and that he'd be changing things up lyrically as well, because "talking about rape and cutting bodies up" just doesn't interest him anymore.
"The StepKids, a psychedelic, jazz-influenced band he likes, play on his laptop. "My new album [Wolf, expected to released in May 2012] is gonna sound like this," he says. "I wanna make the music I actually get all my influence from. I don't know how, but I'm gonna try shit like this out. I'm gonna make a band or something.""More pics from the LA show, videos and song streams below...
STAGE 1 (front room)Finally! Here is the lineup to our 100% free not-CMJ day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/22), one day after our free Friday day party in the same place!
12:00 Street Chant
01:45 Purity Ring
04:00 Vockah Redu (New Oreleans bounce)
05:00 Idle Warship
This Saturday show is going to be non-stop action starting right at noon with New Zealand's Street Chant on the main stage (and We Barbarians in the other room). I'm excited for everyone, but the over the top antics of both Peelander-Z (after the dance pop party that is Brooklyn's Friends) and bounce artist Vockah Redu (who will warm up the crowd for Idle Warship) should make for a very memorable afternoon in more ways than one.
In addition to free music, here are some more reasons to stop by Saturday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.
See you Saturday!
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Into the Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - Hey Joe Kelly (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gospel Music - This Town Don't Have Enough Bars for Both of Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Radiation City - The Color of Industry (MP3)
I think Wednesday is my favorite day for CMJ day parties. You get a lot of good bands, but it's not insanely packed like the weekend shows. And this year, there are a lot of great Wednesday afternoon options.
Before we get into it, I would like to say that Spotify has been a giant help in checking out music from bands playing and if you have the service, I recommend using it. (If you don't, chances are someone you know has invites to give out.) Much easier than Googling for Bandcamp, Soundcloud or (heaven forbid) Myspace sites. Spotify doesn't have everything, but it has most everything. I've got a CMJ 2011 Playlist that I update when I find something new and interesting which you're welcome to check out.
[editor's note/update/disclaimer: Spotify has partnered with us on all BV CMJ events this year, but Bill did not know that when he wrote that above paragraph, so please no conspiracy theories!]
Anyway, day shows:
PICK OF THE DAY: Under the Radar party at Public Assembly has a line-up that is pretty hard to beat, including one of my favorite bands of late, Still Corners whose chilly, majestic debut, Creatures of an Hour, came out last week on Sub Pop. Check out an MP3 of new single "Into the Trees" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole album at the bottom. Public Assembly is good and dark, ideal for their trippy accompanying lightshow. Still Corners also play Public Assembly Wednesday night which must be nice for them not having to schlep their gear around. They also play tomorrow at our day party at Knitting Factory and then the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night.
Also playing at Public Assembly: Norway's super-fun Casiokids, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger (who maybe you caught last night with Wild Flag at Bowery Ballroom), the retro funk of The Stepkids (who also play our TBA Saturday party at Public Assembly), plus Chad Valley, Porcelain Raft. It's kind of a slam-dunk show.
THEN AGAIN... the folks at Terrorbird Media have put together a pretty great show at Cake Shop. It kicks off with newish, shit-hot Brooklyn garage-soul band The Immaculates who are worth showing up early for. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. Then it's Virginia's Eternal Summers who have really come into their own since expanding from a duo to a trio.
Then it's Gospel Music which is Owen Holmes who used to be in CMJ 2007 buzz band Black Kids but now makes indiepop somewhere between Stephin Merrit and Jonathan Richman (which is a definite sweet spot for me.) Holmes got help from Hefner's Darren Hayman, Camera Obscura's Traceyanne Campbell and others on last year's Duets EP, but for his full-length debut, How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL, he shares the mike full-time with fellow Jacksonville resident Madeline Long. Check out an MP3 of first single "This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us" and watch the video (which features his old Black Kids pals) at the bottom. Gospel Music's other CMJ dates are down there as well.
Of course the nice thing about the Lower East Side is that every venue around there has a day show. At Pianos there's the We Listen For You party with Arms, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Jr. and Headless Horseman in the main room; upstairs it's the Big Hassle Media party with Radiation City, Aeroplane Pagaent, Clubfeet, Marques Toliver, J. Viewz, Pyramids and Army Navy.
If you're in the Ludlow area, do try and check out Portland's Radiation City (3PM) who've made one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop. Papercuts covering The Free Design? Add in some Mazzy Star smokiness and you're almost there. Check out "The Color of Industry" at the top of this post, and go seem them live at some point this week. Radiation City also play the PASTE party at The Living Room today too (4PM) and have shows this week, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
That PASTE party, which goes from 4 - 7 PM also features Lord Huron, Santah and The Lonely Forest.
And finally over at Fontanas (which you may remember from BV day parties of old or episodes of Louie) is this year's Pirate! Island party with a pretty good bunch of bands too: Canada's Hollerado, Nick Diamonds, Fairmont, Army Navy, The Great Book of John and The One & Nines. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Click through for flyers (including a couple day shows I didn't mention), streams, videos and set times. I'll have Wednesday nighttime picks a little later.
photos by Tim Griffin
Dum Dum Girls @ the Mohawk
The Bowery Ballroom show is part of CMJ, and Dum Dum Girls will also play at least three other shows while they're in NYC for the festival. We already mentioned their 10/20 KEXP Ace Hotel taping. They also play two other shows that day. They are the 1am special guest playing the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night, and before that they make an appearance at the Thompson Hotel as part of SmartLounge, a Wednesday/Thursday party that will also include sets by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, DOM, Small Black, Little Red, Araabmuzik, The Stepkids, Gotye and others. You need to download an app to get in. You'll also find more details at the link.
The pictures in this post are from a recent DDG show in Austin at the Mohawk (the one Mark Sultan also played). More of them, and all DDG dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Horrors @ Webster Hall
"Those who arrived early got a special surprise with The Stepkids. Hailing from Connecticut and with an album on the way from L.A. label Stones Throw, The Stepkids are the band you absolutely must see as soon as possible. The trio took the stage dressed in all white, and the house lights dimmed to near complete darkness. Swirling, brightly colored images projected off their outfits and the screen behind the group as they moved from one blissfully psychedelic tune to the next. Their harmonies are tight and their rhythms even more so. As the projections moved into shades of blue and green, it felt like the audience had dove headfirst into some funky, underwater paradise. As the set progressed, so did the intensity of the rhythm, until they concluded with "Cup Half Full," a tune so rousing that the crowd seemed almost unprepared for it." [LA Weekly]The Horrors & The Stepkids brought their tour to Webster Hall on Tuesday night (10/4). Here are some pictures and the headliner's setlist. More below...
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "I Let Love In" (Nick Cave Cover) (MP3)
Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Stereogum and PopGun are co-presenting a CMJ showcase with Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Mr. Dream, and Hollerado at Glasslands on October 18. Tickets are $15 with RSVP.
PopGun are also co-presenting the True Panther showcase at Glasslands, the Weird Vibes showcase at Cameo on October 20 with Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Headless Horseman, Pat Jordache and others, and the Yours Truly showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Active Child (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Born Gold, The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, Inc., and Ava Luna. PopGun also do their own showcase at Cameo on October 22 with Teen Daze, Art Vs. Science, and others. RSVP is open for all of the showcases.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, she's got other CMJ shows scheduled including Europa on October 19, the Life or Death CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on October 20, a Pendu/Impose showcase at 285 Kent on October 22, and more TBA. She also recently recorded a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "I Let Love In." You can download that cover at the top of this post. Chelsea and her band also recently performed for an I-N Session. Check out a video of that performance below. In December, she'll go on a North American tour with The Black Heart Procession, though that tour unfortunately does not include any East Coast dates.
All dates and video below...
Spotify Late Nights at Mercury Lounge continue this Thursday (8/18) with Delicate Steve, The Stepkids, Parlovr and DJ Young Elz (RCRD LBL/Our Show). Admission for the 21+ show is free, doors are at 10 PM and the show is first come, first served. Those in attendance will receive an access code for Spotify US.
The Stepkids also head out this September supporting The Horrors on their tour. The tour culminates on October 4 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. The Stepkids will release their self titled debut LP on September 27 via Stones Throw. Grab two tracks from that album above, and watch a video for another below with all dates....
The Stepkids will release their debut LP on September 27th via Stones Throw, and have provided a new video for "Wonderfox" to tide us over. View director Henry DeMaio video's of spacey Steely-Dan-goodness below and/or stream samples of the psyche-funky grooves at the Stones Throw site & two full songs at the Stepkids site. Stepkids will play a FREE show in NYC next week (July 12th) supporting Antibalas at Fort Greene Park.
Where: Fort Greene ParkThe show is one of a handful of dates scheduled for the the Stepkids, all of which are below with that new video, and album details...
When: Tuesday, July 12th, 6 to 9PM
Join Antibalas for a free homecoming in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. The band is excited to be back home and playing to their friends and family. It's been awhile, so make sure you don't miss the show!
Joining Antibalas that evening will be DJ Frank Gossner (VOODOO FUNK) and an opening set by The Stepkids.
DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - "Shadows on Behalf" (MP3)
Relive the glory days before Fat Beats closed up shop at the Fat Beats Pop-Up Store, open in celebration of Record Store Day on 4/16. Kicking off at noon and lasting until 11PM, Fat Beats will open up their DUMBO Warehouse (110 Bridge St. 3rd Floor) with fellow groove devotees WaxPoetics and host performances from CSC Funk Band (performing Gang Starr material!), The Stepkids, Chico Mann, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Neek the Exotic & Large Professor, DJ Center, Mista Sinista, !llmind, Amir, Eternia, Danny Dann the Beat Mann, Masta Ace, Maticulous, Kev Brown & Kaimbr, Ray West, "and many surprise guests". Oh, and it's FREE.
If you miss it, Fat Beats will be hosting a monthly pop-up shop/event at the same location. Check the updated fatbeats.com for updates.
Stepkids recently dropped the new Shadows On Behalf 12" via Stones Throw; download one track from the 12" above, stream another below. The band is on board for several Brooklyn dates in the coming weeks, including April 15th at 525 Waverley Ave, April 21 at Brooklyn Bowl with Delorean ("Limited Admissions at Doors"), and 6/4 at Bell House with Dennis Coffey/The Dirtbombs (tickets). All tour dates, and streams of the 12" are below.
DOWNLOAD: Moon Duo - Mazes (MP3)
"Moon Duo will release a new full-length album Mazes on March 29 via Sacred Bones Records. The vinyl edition of this LP is hand silk-screened and comes with a 22" x 22" reversible poster. For a limited time select retailers will carry a free bonus CD available with purchase featuring six tracks on Mazes remixed by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Purling Hiss, and Psychic Ills amongst others."Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada) are currently on the road in support of that new LP which you can sample by downloading the title track above (right over the cover art).
Maybe you caught Moon Duo at Cake Shop last night (3/26) with Jacuzzi Boys. Maybe you'll catch them at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (3/27) as part of a a pretty great bill that also includes Coconuts (who released an LP on No Quarter exactly a year ago) and The Stepkids (who recently signed to Stones Throw).
All tour dates (may with Blank Dogs) and the new album's tracklist, below...
As Bill pointed out, France's Tahiti 80 are in town and headline Mercury Lounge this evening (3/10). What he didn't mention was that Connecticut's The Stepkids are opening that show. It's their sole NYC date before they head to Austin for SXSW where they'll play a bunch of shows including one for their label Stones Throw. In April they return to NYC to play a show at Littlefield with Emil & Friends. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - "Legend In My Own Mind" (MP3)
Linfinity, Waking Lights, and Sister Anne will take on Pianos TONIGHT (1/13), as part of a residency for Linfinity at the venue in January. One week later (1/20) Linfinity returns with The Stepkids & Robbers on High Street while the final week will include Contramono, Monuments and Actualities. Listed set times for each show are below. There are no advance tickets, and the 1/20 show is the only upcoming Stepkids appearance
Of course, an awful lot of work went into bringing the Bridgeport-based band to this point. Guitarist/singer Jeff Gitelman and bassist/singer Dan Edinberg's collaboration dates back to jazz gigs they played in high school. In adulthood, Gitelman's session work culminated with a stint as Alicia Keys' guitarist, while Edinberg toured with reggae-rock band ZOX. Joining forces again in 2008 with drummer/singer Tim Walsh -- a songwriter and recording engineer in his own right -- they worked together on, and ultimately created, an entire album.The Stepkids use classic 70s soul, funk, and psychedelia as a jump-off, but their unique cocktail will be on full display when Stones Throw releases their new LP in April. Check out "Legend In My Own Mind" which is downloadable above and streaming, along with some videos and all Linfinity dates, below...
To find their own distinct sound, they realized they had to embrace the sounds they'd tried to run from. "I couldn't dedicate my time to writing another R&B song," Gitelman explains in a recent phone conversation. "We never wanted to make a photocopy of an old Motown record. ... We wanted a collage -- make a photocopy and then scribble all over it."-[Fairfield County Weekly]