Entries tagged with: Steve Gunn
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
Steve Gunn at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steve Gunn has been playing NYC a lot lately, both as a member of Kurt Vile's band and as a solo artist in support of his newest album, Time Off. His last show was at Union Pool last week (2/13), which would have been with Lee Ranaldo's band but they dropped off at the last minute.
Steve has now announced that he'll be going on a full tour with a backing band that includes Austin festivals SXSW and Austin Psych Fest, and also includes another NYC show happening on April 25 at Rough Trade. That show is with Kevin Morby, who co-fronts The Babies, plays bass in Woods has a solid solo album too. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Lee Ranaldo & the Dust at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (whose lineup includes two Sonic Youth members) recently played NYC when their tour hit The Bell House (1/11) over the weekend. There's just a few dates left on their itinerary, but the band have already announced another hometown show happening on February 13 at Union Pool. The show will be opened by Steve Gunn of Kurt Vile's live band, who also opened their Bell House show. Tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Endless Boogie at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Jammy Brooklyn rockers Endless Boogie are about to kick off a residency at hometown venue Union Pool for the month of January (something they've done before). They'll be playing every Wednesday this month, starting this week (1/8), and there's different openers every night.
Photographer and DJ Josh Wildman, a regular at the now closed Max Fish where Endless Boogie could also often be found, will be doing "his amazing freak out squelching guitar ramblings" to open up the first night (1/8) of the residency that also features Lungfish's Dan Higgs on the bill.
Syphilitic Lust, whose 1/2 show at Acheron with Mutilation Rites was cancelled, will make their next appearance as part of the second week (1/15) of the residency along with Jack Rose collaborator and D. Charles Speer & the Helix member Hans Chew who maybe you caught opening for the Boogie back at their album release show in February.
Spacin', Mike Wexler + Band, Call of the Wild, Steve Gunn and a few others TBA will likely be confirmed for the 1/22 and 1/29 dates, so stay tuned for more concrete details on that. No advance tickets for any of the four shows; admission is $9 at the door.
Endless Boogie also open one of the two sold-out Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks NYC shows in February.
Some videos and the full schedule below...
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.
The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...
Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.
Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."
On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.
It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...
Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Os Mutantes @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
4Knots Festival w/ Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts & more @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
The Village Voice has put together a pretty sweet line-up for their third 4Knots at the South Street Seaport. Kurt Vile at the magic hour sounds pretty sweet. Cross your fingers it doesn't rain, and let's hope there are no spontaneously-combusting vending machine incidents this year. 1 PM - 8 PM.
Os Mutantes, Javelin, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang @ Prospect Park (FREE)
The Brazilian psych-pop legends' joyous music is custom built for an outdoor setting like this. Support comes from local synthpop act Javelin and ceaselessly energetic Janka Nabay.
Ecstatic Summer w/ Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon & more @ Brookfield Place Winter Garden (FREE)
Ecstatic Summer 2013 begins its first of two days at Brookfield Place today as part of the River to River Festival. Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon and more will be premiering new compositions performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more. It also involves ping pong as a rhythmic device. Sounds cool! Like all River to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. UPDATE: Because the chance of thunderstorms today, the event has moved inside to Brookfield Place Winter Garden.
Endless Boogie, TV Baby, Degreaser @ Union Pool (FREE)
Another free Saturday afternoon concert option for you is Union Pool's Summer Thunder series, today with a very rock n' roll line-up. And for those worried about the weather, the bands play inside. The fun starts at 2 PM with bands going on later in the afternoon.
Hectors Pets, Skullshitter, Blackout @ Acheron (FREE)
The Bushwick punk and metal club is hosting this free afternoon show and BBQ. Added incentive: food is from the talented folks at adjacent Anchor Inn. 4 PM.
For more on-the-cheap fun, check out our NYC Free Shows calendar.
Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, Heatsick, Koyxen, Bill Kouligas @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
The summer's most foward-thinking electronic music concert series in NYC, Warm Up, begins today at 3 PM (doors at noon) in the courtyard of Long Island City's MoMA PS1. Today's show features Detroit techno veteran Juan Atkins, UK ambient musician Lee Gamble, Berlin producer Heatsick, abstract IDM wizard Koyxen, and PAN label head Bill Kouligas. This show also doubles as the final event of the PAN_ACT festival.
Rapture on the River @ Hudson River Park's Pier 26
This is the only official women's event for NYC Pride 2013, a daytime danceparty featuring DJs Dimples and Whitney Day.
Scott Miller tribute @ Cake Shop
The world tragically lost one of its great popsmiths last month when Game Theory/Loud Family frontman Scott Miller died. Tonight such musicians as A.C. Newman, Will Sheff of Okkervil River. Ted Leo, Doug Gillard will be paying tribute to Scott, with proceeds going to help his surviving wife and daughters. A few tickets are still available.
Donnie & Joe Emerson, Backwords @ Mercury Lounge
This sibling duo self-released their sole album back in 1979 to relative obscurity, but gained cult status over the years, culminating last year with a reissue by Light in the Attic (stream it on Spotify) and their song "Baby" being covered by Ariel Pink. We're not sure why, exactly, they're playing NYC tonight but we're not looking this gift horse in the mouth. Tickets are still available.
Lil B, Clams Casino, Keyboard Kid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you wanna keep the fun going after 4Knots, head to Brooklyn for the official after party at MHOW, which is being headlined by Lil B, and also includes sets by cloud rap producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. Sold out. If you don't have tickets, maybe pray to the Based God?
The Cat Empire, Blackalicious @ Best Buy Theater
West Coast hip hop duo Blackalicious were the last-minute replacement for Big Boi at the Prospect Park show he had to drop of off last week, and they'll be playing NYC again tonight at Best Buy Theater opening for The Cat Empire.
Dawn Richard, Wendy Williams (host) @ Highline Ballroom
Tonight, Highline Ballroom is hosting an unofficial NYC Pride Week event hosted by TV's Wendy Williams, and R&B singer Dawn Richard, whose solid album, GoldenHeart, came out earlier this year, will be performing.
Old 97s @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alt-country vets Old 97s wrap up their 3-night stay at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Tonight they perform 1997's Too Far to Care and more, and support comes from Brooklyn indie pop band Via Audio.
Archie Pelago, Cromie & Sage Caswell, Barille, REM KOOLHAUS, Nooka Jones, C-Sick @ Cameo
Like to dance all night? Percussion Lab and TURBOTAX are throwing a party at Cameo tonight (11 PM doors) with a live set from Archie Pelago and a number of solid DJs. If you are headed there, don't miss Braille, who you may also know as one half of Sepalcure.
Steve Gunn, Highlife, Loren Connors, Tom Carter @ Union Pool
After playing 4Knots twice (solo and part of Kurt Vile's band), Steve Gunn will head over to Williamsburg for a headlining set at Union Pool.
Martyrdoom @ Paper Box
Bestial Mockery, Desolate, Hour of 13 and many more play as part of this weekend's metal fest. Is it too hot to wear a studded leather jacket or a denim vest covered in patches? We'll find out later.
Destroy This Place, Shark?, Your Skull, Slow Warm Death @ Death by Audio
Ryan Allen of early/mid-00s Detroit-area band Thunderbirds Are Now!, is now fronting a band called Destroy This Place, who will make their way over to NYC tonight for a show at Death by Audio. If you're headed to this show, it's especially worth showing up early for Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death.
Eraas, Ritual Howls, Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum - DJ set) @ Glasslands
For a less controversial night of gloomy dance music, head to Glassland (right next door to 285 Kent) for Brooklyn's dark, rhythmic Eraas. They're due for a new album, so maybe they'll be performing new material tonight. The evening also features gothy Detroit trio Ritual Howls as well as a DJ set from Shannon of Light Asylum.
John Waters @ City Winery
Lover of kitch, director of filth (in the best way), Baltimore legend and filmmaker John Waters is doing a one-man-show tonight (his second night there) at City Winery. Tickets are still available.
Ha Ha Tonka, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Mercury Lounge
MIssouri indie pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are set to release a new album, Fly By Wire, on September 17 via Polyvinyl. They'll likely tour in support of that album closer to its release, but you can catch them in NYC tonight opening for Ha Ha Tonka at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can check out the song "Nightwater Girlfriend" from SSLYBY's new LP, below.
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Capitol Theatre
If you haven't managed to catch this collaborative tour yet, Port Chester's Capitol Theatre would be a lovely place to make up for that.
It's also a good night to head to Brooklyn's Big Snow, which is hosting a pretty solid lineup of Crazy Pills, Dead Stars, The Suicide Dolls, and Haybaby.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher
4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Seaport Music Festival might be wrapping up today with a show from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but that doesn't mean free shows at The Seaport (Pier 17) are done for the summer. This Saturday (6/29), the outdoor venue will host the Village Voice's annual free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival. The fest kicks off early in the afternoon (1 PM) and it will be over by 8, so you'll probably be able to catch any night shows you wanted to go to on Saturday too. It's the festival's third year and this time around they may have booked their most consistently great lineup.
Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The festival is being headlined by Kurt Vile, whose 2013 album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is one of the strongest releases of the year. The weather is looking a little iffy earlier in the day (fest is rain or shine by the way), but it looks like a good chance of sun by the time he's on, and there's not really any better way to see Kurt than outdoors on a pretty day.
The rest of the lineup is excellent too, including Memphis garage punks Reigning Sound, Brooklyn's punks-gone-country-rockers The Men, Brooklyn's Pavement-meets-Modern Lovers indie rockers Parquet Courts, Vancouver's seriously intense punk band White Lung, mathy guitar wizard Marnie Stern, YYYs-inspired Hunters, Woods/Vivian Girls-related project The Babies, rapper Fat Tony, and fuzzy indie rockers Heliotropes.
Also, since we last spoke, Steve Gunn, who is also a member of Kurt Vile's live band, was added to the lineup. His new album, Time Off, is out now, and you can stream two tracks from that release below (via FADER).
If this is your first trip to the Seaport, directions are available at Village Voice's website. It's easy to get there by subway, bus, or car, and you can also valet park your bike. Once you're there, this festival map should be of use if you need it. And, leave your coolers and beach chairs at home. There's good food down there, too, with the Smorgasbar vendors on Front St (at Fulton).
All of that fun happens for free between 1 and 8 PM, and then, if you got tickets, you can keep partying at the sold-out afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid.
Steve Gunn song streams and 4Knots flyer below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Kurt Vile & the Violators @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/16/2013
The set was strong throughout, with certain jaw-dropping standouts. The pulsing "Shame Chamber," arguably the bounciest and most radio-friendly track on Pretty Daze, came to a gripping crescendo of piercing howls, frantic guitar soloing and tireless percussion. It was almost as though Vile was baiting the FM dial only to forcefully back away and maintain his musical independence. "Girl Called Alex," a heady, wafting song that grows increasingly more agitated and electrified as the measures race by, had the crowd applauding before it was even over.-[Williamette Week]The above review comes from the Portland, OR appearance of Kurt Vile & The Violators, who headlined a sold out Bowery Ballroom last night (5/16), joined by openers Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn. Pictures from Bowery are in this post. In other Vile news, the singer recently sat in for a full acoustic performance at XPN. Stream it in full at their site.
Last night's Bowery shows was one of many on Kurt's tour, that will swing through NYC again next month to headline the 4Knots Fest. Tonight (5/16) Kurt will be on The Late Show with David Letterman. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below.
Kurt Vile at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kurt's tour brings him to NYC for a sold out show on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom with Angel Olsen (who plays her own show a few days later) and Steve Gunn (whose new album, Time Off, comes out on June 18 -- stream a new track from it here).
He then returns for the free 4Knots Music Fest on June 29 with The Men (who play Union Pool on Saturday [5/4]), Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies (who just played Glasslands), Fat Tony and Heliotropes (who also play a record release show at Glasslands).
Updated dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - "Wakin On A Pretty Day (MP3)
As mentioned, Kurt Vile is releasing his new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, this year and since we last spoke, more details on the release have arisen. It's a 69-minute double album and will be out on April 9 via Matador. Like 2011's Smoke Ring for My Halo, it was produced by John Agnello (who also works with Kurt's forefathers, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr). You can download the 9+ minute sort-of-title track, "Wakin On A Pretty Day," at the top of this post or stream it below. It follows in the path of Kurt's cleaned-up sound that he explored on Smoke Ring for My Halo and the subsequent So Outta Reach EP, and if you liked those albums, this new track should be getting you excited for the new album. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. You can pre-order the album physically or digitally now.
As mentioned, Kurt will be playing a NYC show this month with Owen at NYU on February 23, and after taking about two months off, he'll head out on a full tour with his backing band, The Violators, which kicks off at Coachella and brings Kurt back to NYC on May 16 at Bowery Ballroom. That show, and many others on the tour, is with Angel Olsen (who we just caught in Chicago) and Steve Gunn. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/15) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Though you'll have to wait until April to get the album in your hands (or you know, on your hard drive), if you're in NYC you can hear it much sooner because BrooklynVegan is presenting a listening party this Tuesday (2/12) at Electric Lady Studios. If you'd like to go, enter via the contest details we've laid out below.
Contest details, song stream, and all dates, below...
Oneida at Ecstatic Music Fest (more by David Andrako)
As previously mentioned, live concert recording site NYC Taper just turned five years old and is throwing a party at 285 Kent on Saturday (5/12) to celebrate, with performances by Oneida, Sightings and Prince Ruperts Drops. Joining Oneida onstage will be James McNew of Yo La Tengo/Dump fame and Greg Fox (Guardian Alien/GDFX). If you can't make it, we're going to guess someone will make an downloadable audio document of it. Meanwhile peruse NYC Taper's awesome catalog of nearly live recordings. There's nearly 1000 of them at present -- like the recent Lower Dens show at Glasslands, and the Crystal Stilts/Woods show that took place at 285 Kent last weekend. The flyer for the NYC Taper show is at the bottom of this post.
While we're talking about 285 Kent, tonight (5/11) the Brooklyn venue hosts an evening of electronic avant garde and noise, with former Yellow Swan man Pete Swanson, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Forma, and SSPS.
Then on Sunday (5/13), Woodsist Records is throwing a record release party for MV&EE's Space Homestead, with a live performance by the band as well as Steve Gunn and Herbcraft. MV&EE have some tour dates coming up and those are below, along with a stream of a song from the new album....
DOWNLOAD: Woods - "Christmas Time is Here" (VInce Guaraldi Cover) (MP3)
Woods at Woodsist Fest in July (more by Natasha Ryan)
Woods are heading out on a December tour that begins today (12/7) and culminates in a hometown show at Glasslands on December 19 with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Steve Gunn, and Tide Eyed (DJ). Tickets are on sale now.
Woods are also welcoming the month of December with a cover of a song Dawes also just performed for the AV Club. It's Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here." You can grab that cover above, and stream it below along with all dates...
Bardo Pond at Music Hall of Williamsburg 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
Bardo Pond will play Death By Audio TONIGHT (11/19), as part of a Northern Spy event with Eleven Twenty Nine and Steve Gunn. Doors open at 8PM for the $10 show, and more info is here. Though Northern Spy is hosting the DBA show, Northern Spy artist Hubble will be just down the street tonight at 285 Kent, celebrating a record release and supporting Psychic Ills.
Bardo Pond recently played the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham. Clash wrote...
One of the more frustrating things about Supersonic is just how much great music you end up missing. Pioneers like Silver Apples and Tony Conrad are both sacrificed throughout the weekend, the disappointingly washed out Wolves In The Throne Room and the inconceivably overrated Skull Defekts somehow flickering onto my radar in their place. Yet a band doesn't necessarily need to be innovative or even particularly refreshing to steal the show. Bardo Pond, performing early in the evening in space number 2 and having to negotiate theirs and everyone elses hangovers delight, a gorgeously crushing celebration of wistful acid tracer trails and shoegaze psyche. That these old hands stole the show is perhaps indicative of inconsistent yet strangely satisfying blend that comprised this years festival as a whole.Listen to Thurston Moore talk about Bardo Pond HERE. See Thurston Moore on tour in early 2012.
Woodsman @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"After spreading the gospel in the Rhinoceropolis DIY scene of their native Denver, Woodsman unleashed a steady torrent of brain-burning 7"s and cassettes last year with the help of Mexican Summer and Lefse. On their new full-length, Rare Forms, Woodsman take full advantage of one of Germany's finest exports: the mechanical, "motorik" 4/4, or what Neu! drummer Klaus Dinger once called the "Apache-Beat." Still, their music evokes something more bucolic than the steel and asphalt of the autobahn. Warm guitar tones, distant melodies, grainy feedback loops, and shamanistic drumming summon panoramic landscapes and mystical milieus-- images, I think, that would come to mind even if the band hadn't adopted a pastoral namesake." [Altered Zones]Woodsman, who are set to release their upcoming EP, Mystic Places, on October 25 via Fire Talk, have a few shows coming up including two in NYC this week. They play Cake Shop on Thursday (8/25) with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Orca Team and Flower Orgy and Shea Stadium on Friday (8/26) with Steve Gunn, Sacred Harp, and GDFX. They also play a New Haven, CT show on August 31 at BAR. Grab two MP3s from the upcoming EP above, or stream the same songs with all tour dates, below...
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...