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Canadian music festival Sled Island has announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition. With it comes some wider-reaching news: Robert Pollard is reactivating Guided By Voices and they'll headline the festival. There's also going to be a new GBV record, according to the band's Facebook, where Pollard plays all the instruments. The live shows will be with a new lineup of Guided by Voices as well featuring Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Nick Mitchell (guitar), Mark Shue (bass). Pollard last brought the GBV name out of the attic in 2014. (He's got a new solo album too.) Stay tuned.
As for the rest of the initial Sled Island lineup (which is being guest-curated by Peaches), it includes Built to Spill, Deafheaven, Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Psychic TV, The Sonics, Duchess Says (who just played Megaphono in Ottawa) and more. Sled Island happens June 22 - 26 in Calgary, AB and tickets/passes are on sale now.
Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal band Suuns and fellow musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart spent a week playing and recording together in 2012. Both bands became busy with their own separate albums but returned to the recordings in 2013 and 2014, mixing, editing, with the results being the self-titled Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart album which will be released via Secretly Canadian on April 14. Says Suuns' Ben Shemie:
It's not a Suuns record, it's not a Jerusalem In My Heart record. It's really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.You can check out the pulsating, arpeggiated and hypnotic "Gazelles In Flight" from the album, below.
Suuns, minus Jerusalem in My Heart, will be touring with Chicago's Disappears next month, including a show at Rough Trade NYC on February 28 with Christines playing as well. Tickets are still available.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Disappears will release their new album, Irreal, via Kranky on January 19. These guys don't sit still long, musically, and the new album is very different from what they've done before... though you could still call them krauty post-punk. It's bleak, heavily rhythmic, and more than a little creepy, with lots of space for tension. That headroom and anxiety can really be heard on "Halcyon Days," which slowly builds for nearly three minutes before singer Brian Case steps to the mic. It's dubby, in a Jah Wobble/PiL kind of way, with a haze of feedback floating in the ether. Stream it (via The Quietus) below.
Before Disappears hit the West Coast with UK band Hookworms, they'll tour the East Coast with Montreal's Suuns which makes for a pretty perfect pairing. The NYC show happens at Rough Trade on February 28 and Christines are on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new Disappears song, Irreal's chic album art and tracklist, below...
photos by Bruno Simões
The Faint @ MHOW - 5/14/14
When Omaha dance punks The Faint last visited NYC, they were riding the nostalgia train, performing 2001's Danse Macabre in full at Terminal 5. But when they returned this past Wednesday (5/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it was to support their new Doom Abuse album, their first in six years. The show was their first of three NYC shows on their current tour with their Nebraska neighbor Darren Keen and Montreal's krauty Suuns. We don't have the exact setlist from the MHOW show (anyone know it?), but the sets have been pretty similar all tour including most of the new album, with plenty of Danse Macabre, Wet From Birth and a few others. Unfortunately we missed the openers, but pictures from The Faint at MHOW are in this post.
The Faint, Suuns and Darren Keen do it again on Saturday (5/17) at Webster Hall and Monday (5/19) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows are still available.
More pictures below...
APTBS @ MHOW 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers are putting the finishing touches on their fourth album which should be out late summer / early fall 2014. If you'd like to hear the album before that, the band are going to be testing out new songs from the LP at Brooklyn's The Wick on May 15. Spires (who open for The Horrors tonight) and APTBS' DbA buddies Grooms are opening. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Before that, A Place to Bury Strangers will play the kickoff party for the Psycho de Mayo Festival which happens at Santa Ana, CA's The Observatory Constellation Room on May 10 with Gnod and Cold Showers. They'll then be DJs at the actual Psycho de Mayo Fest which also happens at the Observatory (same locale as Burgerama III) on May 11 and features Pentagram, Suuns, Saint Vitus, Prince Rama, Dead Moon and more. Full lineup and Psycho de Mayo flyer below...
Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.
In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:
The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).
Stream some Azar Swan below...
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
TV Ghost @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)
TV Ghost morphed from discordant post-punk noise to something much more textured on their new album Disconnect (stream it via Spotify). Their live show remains pretty intense, though, and the band have made their way through NYC a couple times this year already, and will do so again this month as part of their tour with Sweden's Holograms. That's a good double-bill and it hits Brooklyn on December 6 at 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
The band have given us their Top 10 LPs of 2013. In democratic fashion, each of the five members picked two records. Check out their list below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Rose Windows @ LPR 9/4/2013
The Suuns/Rose Windows tour stopped in NYC on Wednesday night (9/4) at Le Poisson Rouge (a first set of photos from that show is here). Brooklyn locals Dinowalrus opened to a relatively empty house, but they seemed to take it in stride, and by the end of their set the room had started to fill.
Seattle's Rose Windows -- self-described "hard hitting hippies" -- absolutely wrecked the audience with their blend of heavy psych rock that sits somewhere between Fairport Convention and Black Mountain with just a touch of stoner doom acts like Electric Wizard or Sleep. Their debut album, The Sun Dogs, is a lush, warm recording and I had my doubts that they would be able to successfully capture that same feel live. But Rabia Shaheen Qazi's smoky voice and the admittedly excellent sound at Le Poisson Rouge quickly converted me.
Rose Windows did seem an odd choice to open for the droning, shoegazey yet danceable Suuns. The band launched straight into their unrelenting set, seemingly unaware of the audience. Admittedly, Suuns is not really my speed, but it was hard not to appreciate their careful balance of precision and urgency. They play with a hypnotic intensity that isn't effectively communicated on record.
Suuns and Rose Windows hit the Hopscotch Festival in North Carolina this weekend. Rose Windows will be back during CMJ for the Hardly Art showcase at Death By Audio on October 17, so if you didn't catch them this time around, definitely check them out next month. They are well worth it.
You can check out our first set of pictures from this show here, and more pics from this second set are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Suuns @ Le Poisson Rouge, 9/4/2013
Suuns' tour swung through NYC on Wednesday (9/4) at Village spot Le Poisson Rouge and the venue's intense lighting made the Montreal band's claustrophobic postpunk vibe all the more menacing. Opening was Seattle psych-rockers, Rose Windows, and the ever-morphing sound of Brooklyn's Dinowalrus. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Rose Windows, as mentioned, will be back in NYC for CMJ. So far, their only announced show is as part of the Hardly Art Non CMJ CMJ Showcase at Death by Audio on October 17 with fellow Seattle band Moondoggies, Portland's Hausu, Australia's Lost Animal and The Beets. Look for more CMJ shows to be announced closer to the fest.
More pics from LPR below....
As mentioned, Montreal's Suuns are here this weekend, playing Glasslands on Friday (6/14) as part of the Northside Festival that kicks off today. It's Popgun's official showcase and Amen Dunes and Tempers were recently added to bill. Tickets are still available or you can use your Northside badge to get in (admission based on capacity).
If you can't make it on Friday, the band have announced fall tour dates that include one in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 4. That show (and others on the tour) is with opener Rose Windows, whose debut album comes out this month via Sub Pop. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14). All tour dates are listed below.
If you've never seen Suuns live before, you can check out a full set from their KEXP SXSW 2013 showcase below.
Suuns @ Mercury Lounge, 4/15/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Montreal's Suuns were here just a couple weeks ago, having played a headlining gig at Mercury lounge as a warm-up to their tour with Besnard Lakes which has since wrapped up as well. The band are in Europe right now and will do a few West Coast shows before a well-deserved break. The band will however, be making a quick trip down to NYC in mid-june to play Glasslands on June 14. That show will be Popgun Booking's official Northside Festival showcase. (Feel free to take the L Train.) The rest of the bill hasn't been anounced yet, but tickets are on sale now.
All Suuns tour dates are listed below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Suuns @ Mercury Lounge, 4/15/2013
Montreal's Suuns are about ready to hit the road with their neighbors Besnard Lakes (whose Jace Lasek produced their new LP, Images Du Futur). Before that, though, the band are warming up with a few headlining shows, like last night (4/15) at NYC's Mercury Lounge. The band's sinister take on Kraut and prog really takes off live in a way that their records haven't quite conveyed, due in large part to how frontman Ben Shemie intensely twists himself around his guitar and microphone onstage. Pictures from last night's show are in this post.
Suuns' time with Besnard Lakes ends before that band's NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 3 (tickets), as Suuns will be heading to Europe for shows. All dates are listed, along with more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
still from SUUNS' "2020" video
As mentioned, Montreal's SUUNS will release their second album, Images Du Futur, on March 5. You may have already heard the slow-building track "Edie's Dream" but the band have just released a more typically driving number, "2020," in video form courtesy director Sabrina Ratté. Says the band:
Sabrina is a good friend and an amazing video artist. We've wanted to work with her for some time and this video was the ideal project. We shot some shots and she did her thing. What a trip.Indeed. Her high contrast black-and-white approach may leave marks on your retinas. You can check it out below.
Suuns are going to be touring all over the place in the first half of 2013, with appearances at SXSW, Austin Psych Fest and Sasquatch. They'll also play a headlining set in NYC at Mercury Lounge on April 15 (tickets still available) right before joining The Besnard Lakes for a string of North American dates. Updated tour dates are below.
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 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 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's Suuns make their return with new album Images Du Futur which is out March 5 on Secretly Canadian. The band just released a video for the brooding, relatively gentle "Edie's Dream" from the album and you can watch that below.
Suuns will head out on tour this spring to support the new record, including a stop in NYC on April 15 at Mercury Lounge. Advance tickets are not available yet, but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. I caught them in November at M for Montreal and they are still a live force.
A list of all tour dates, "Edie's Dream" video, cover art and tracklist for Images Du Futur, are below.
by Bill Pearis
Suuns at Casa Del Popolo, 11/14/2012
The 2012 M for Montreal festival kicked off last night in its namesake city with a pair of conjoined shows at La Sala Rossa and Casa Del Popolo which is just across the street on Saint Laurent Boulevard. The evening began with instrumental quartet Esmerine whose neo-classical sound included cello, an orchestral xylophone (which was sometimes bowed) and elaborate projections that were somewhere between shadow puppet theatre and animation. I have a feeling the short set times M allows (most bands got 25 minutes) was a hindrance for Esmerine whose music hinted at Godspeed builds... but without that type of explosive payoff. Would love to see a proper set.
Blue Hawaii at Casa Del Popolo, 11/14/2012
Next I shuffled across the street to catch duo Blue Hawaii, featuring Raphaelle Standell-Preston from Braids on vocals/loop pedals and Alexander Cowan who manned a bank of samplers. I'd missed them at CMJ (and at our own CMJ show in 2011) and am usually a little wary of electronic acts like this in a live setting but the two managed to be pretty compelling, thanks in no small part to the stage presence of Raph who clearly enjoys being able to move around more, even if her repeated tries at getting the crowd of "international delegates" (journalists, music supervisors, etc) to dance. Certainly the music warranted it, their upcoming album Untogether imagines a world where the Cocteau Twins were produced by The Aphex Twin. There's also a sonic similarity to many of their Abutus Records labelmates (Grimes, D'Eon) but Blue Hawaii have their own sound.
Eight and a Half at Sala Rossa, 11/14/2012
Back over at Sala Rossa, it was Eight and a Half, a project from Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil of The Stills along with Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene. Their debut album came out earlier this year and is pretty good, with the kind of drama the Stills were known but set against throbbing analog synths. Live, it was a little underwhelming though Hamelin gave it his best, still swinging for the bleachers, persona-wise, throwing himself into his guitar in a way maybe the music didn't warrant. Or maybe it was just the crowd.
Mozart's Sister @ Sala Rossa, 11/14/2012
Next up was Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant of Think About Life (and Shapes and Sizes before that) which brings and electro twist to R&B style pop. Anyone who has seen her other bands live before knows she has an amazing set of pipes and a magnetic stage presence to match, which is more than enough to carry the minimal live show which included a guy on bass and a second singer (last night was the debut of this configuration). It was also enough to make up for the sound issues that were clearly frustrating the hell out of Thompson-Hannant, who cracked jokes through her annoyance.
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.
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)
The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.
Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.
ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.
Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Antlers recently got back from Europe and played their largest hometown show yet at the sold out Webster Hall on 12/10 with Canadian band Suuns. The majority of The Antlers' set was material from 2011's Burst Apart, which they played almost every song off of, but though it was given less attention at the show, a CMJ reviewer believes, "the Antlers' strongest album when performed live is Hospice, not Burst Apart." To quote Amanda, the Antlers "totally owned that room. Was amazing."
NYCTaper recorded the show and you can download a free zip file of the files at their website. More pictures, videos and setlist below...
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - "VCR" (The xx cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - "Sa Sa Samoa" (ft. Julianna Barwick) (MP3)
The Antlers at Moogfest (more by Diana Wong)
We recently mentioned that Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are planning a tour together that hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 24 and Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Tickets for both NYC shows are available for AmEx presale now, and general sale starts Friday (11/11) at noon. All dates have also since been announced and are listed below.
After the tour, Sharon will go on a string of dates with The War on Drugs, who open for The National at Beacon Theatre the night before Sharon does. Sharon's new album, Tramp, comes out February 7 via Jagjaguwar.
Sharon's friends and fellow Brooklynites The Antlers are following their release of Burst Apart, which came out earlier this year, with the (together) EP, which features material from the Burst Apart sessions. It includes collaborations with Neon Indian, Bear In Heaven, Nicole Atkins, and a cover of The xx's "VCR," which you can download above. The EP's tracklist is below. The Antlers are currently on a European tour and will return to NYC for a Webster Hall show on December 10 with Suuns. Tickets for that show are still available.
We have started recording our second album! We have also started this blog where we will post our inspirations + pictures + favourite songs. We hope you enjoy it! Lots of Love, The xx---
Julianna Barwick, who is also a guest on Sharon's album, recently released the Matrimony Remixes EP, which features remixes of two of the tracks off of her most recent LP, The Magic Place, which came out earlier this year. The entire EP is available to stream and download for $5 on bandcamp and features remixes by Diplo & Lunice, Helado Negro, Alias Pail, and Prince Rama. Julianna also provided guest vocals to Korallreven's debut LP, which comes out November 15 via Acephale. Her vocals appear on the song "Sa Sa Samoa," which you can download above.
All dates and (together) tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
Suuns @ The Rock Shop in January (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
It's Canadian two-fer at Mercury lounge tonight (10/7) with Montreal's Suuns and Kingston, Ontario's PS I Love You. It's a late show after a Robbers on High Street record release party (Suuns doors are 10:15PM) and tickets are still available (a Nirvana tribute band also plays a free show after them, at the same venue - doors at 1am for that one). Both bands play Boston tomorrow night. All dates are listed below.
Suuns have a new 12" single, "Bambi/Red," coming out November 15 on Secretly Canadian and you can stream both sides at the bottom of this post. Says the band:
With a couple weeks off this summer in Montreal, we thought we'd take a crack at a few new songs. Stark and futuristic, these are extended jams that may or may not materialize as condensed versions of themselves on records to come. Open air textures, repetition and exploration were the name of the game for us on this one, and the finished product is a refined mining of the ideas that came out. "Bambi" is a creepy story of love lost and found, while "Red Song" is just that: a song about color.If you wished Suuns debut, Zeroes QC, had more electronic-leaning tracks like "Area" (downloadable above), you're going to like this new single. "Bambi" is screaming for a full-on dancefloor remix.
As for PS I Love You, the band just released Figure it Out, a compilation of early singles, covers (Madonna, Rush) and other leftover tracks like their colaboration with Diamond Rings, "Leftovers," which you can download above. Diamond Rings, by the way, opens for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall tonight -- maybe he'll zip on over after his set to play with PS I Love You? We'll see.
The stream of the new Suuns 12" is below, along with tour dates.