Entries tagged with: The Babies
by Bill Pearis
Kevin Morby, who co-fronts The Babies and plays bass in Woods, will release his first solo album, Harlem River, on November 26 via Woodsist. The album was made in Los Angeles (where he currently lives) with producer Rob Barbato (The Babies, Bleached) and features appearances by White Fence's Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon. The latter sings on languid and lovely "Slow Train" which you can stream, along with another track from the album, below.
Morby and Le Bon will be touring the West Coast in December and those dates are listed below. NYC will get Cate on January 16 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) as part of her more extensive tour for new album, Mug Museum (out 11/12). All Morby and Le Bon dates are listed, along with Morby song streams and a trailer of Le Bon's album, below...
by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon's terrific third album, Mug Museum, is out November 12 via Wichita/Turnstile and if you haven't checked out the two released tracks so far, both are streaming below. "Are You with Me Now?" is especially good.
If you live on the West Coast you can catch Cate live this weekend where she'll be opening for Warpaint, and she'll do a longer run of dates on that side of the continent in December with The Babies' Kevin Morby opening. The East Coast, meanwhile, will get a look in January and though she hasn't announced a full tour, Cate will play NYC at Mercury Lounge on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon.
UPDATE: Full tour announced, dates are below.
In other news, Cate recently appeared with Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield for a duet of new Manics song, "Four Lonely Roads," on BBC program The Review Show and you can watch that below.
All dates are listed, along with those track streams and video, below...
The Babies and Spires are playing Mercury Lounge on September 7. Free Tickets to that show go on RSVP via Thrillcall App at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
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...
Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This year's 4Knots Music Festival, which goes down on June 29 at at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, is looking like its going to be one of the best free shows in NYC this summer. It runs from 1-8 PM across two stages, and during that time we'll get sets from Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies, Fat Tony, and Heliotropes. And now the lineup's got one more addition: local YYYs-inspired rockers Hunters. The new flyer is below. Show is all ages, and like we said, free.
As mentioned, Lil B is playing the not-free (and now sold out) 4Knots afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) that night. And that lineup's been expanded now too, now including hip hop producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. There are still a lot of second stage acts to be announced. Stay tuned.
White Fence and Paws are also playing a free show at the Seaport this Friday (6/14).
Flyers and some song streams below...
photos by Jonathan Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis
The Babies / Waxahatchee at Glasslands - 4/27/13
After Waxahatchee played the WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on Saturday (4/27), Katie Crutchfield and crew made their way over to Brooklyn for a sold out show at Glasslands with the Woods/Vivian Girls-related The Babies and the Harlem-related Las Rosas. Unfortunately, we missed Las Rosas, but pictures of the other two bands are in this post.
Though Waxahatchee's getting more ink at the moment, the room was packed, dancing and singing along (including Katie Crutchfield doing the latter) for The Babies headlining set. As much as I like Woods and Vivian Girls, I love The Babies and if you haven't gotten with 2012's Our House on the Hill, you should rectify that immediately.
The other star of the night was Glasslands' new lighting installation that made its debut last weekend, which involves clusters of white tubes that span the entire ceiling of the club and can be lit in a variety of colors. While the clouds that hung over the stage for years were iconic, these tubes are dazzling in their own way.
More pics from Saturday night are below.
White Lung @ Bowery Ballroom last weekend (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned a few times, the Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down on June 29 at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport with headliner Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts and Marnie Stern. The fest just announced five more acts: Reigning Sound, White Lung (who just played with Parquet Courts at Bowery), The Babies, Fat Tony and Heliotropes. With two stages to fill, there's still more acts to be announced.
Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright will get to know the Pier 17 stage pretty well by summer's end, as his other band, Oblivians, will play there for the Seaport Music Festival on June 7, which is also free. As mentioned, Reigning Sound recently signed to Merge Records who will release that band's new album at some point this year.
by Bill Pearis
Onetime Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters offered The Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984 and now, 29 years later, Brooklyn's The Babies have their own advice on the subject via the new video to their song "Mess Me Around." That track is one of the standouts from last year's terrific, Our House on the Hill. You can watch how their experience bumming rides below.
The band will be piling in their own van soon, as their North American tour kicks off this weekend. That tour will swing through their hometown next weekend for a show at Glasslands on April 27 with Waxahatchee and Harlem spinnoff Las Rosas. That is a rock-solid triple bill and tickets are still available.
After their North American jaunt wraps up, The Babies head to Europe to play Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival and a bunch of other dates, all of which are listed below.
Waxahatchee at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Waxahatchee, who just headlined a sold out show at 285 Kent, has been added as an opener to the previously discussed Babies show happening at the smaller Glasslands on April 27. Las Rosas are on that bill too. Tickets for the show are still available, but perhaps with Waxahatchee being added that won't be true for long.
The Glasslands show is the same day Waxahatchee plays the free, all ages WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College with Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Swearin', Speedy Ortiz and others. Waxahatchee is also touring Europe with Tegan & Sara, and playing Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.
All dates are listed, along with a recent video of Waxahatchee (Katie solo) playing "Swan Dive" for WNYC Soundcheck in Austin during SXSW, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Babies at Cake Shop, Feb. 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Babies, whose 2012 album Our House on the Hill was one of my favorites of last year, have announced a spring tour before heading to Europe. This includes a hometown Brooklyn stop at Glasslands on April 27. No openers have been announced yet, but tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates, and the video for "Baby," are below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Marcus Foster at Webster Hall (more)
BV contributors Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all gone to their share of shows in 2012, and each has weighed in on their favorite photos that they took in 2012. Next on the list is a set from Jessica Amaya, who has chronicled her 2012 favorites below in no particular order.
More below, along with Jessica's favorite tracks of 2012.
Title Fight @ Europa, January 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Mount Eerie @ LPR, 9/16/12 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Max Johnson Quartet @ The Stone
* Nick Kroll @ Gramercy Theatre
* No Small Money Brass Band @ Zebulon
* A-Trak, ASAP Mob @ Best Buy Theatre
* The Mother Hips @ Highland Ballroom
* Tanlines, Supreme Cuts @ Webster Hall
* West End Motel, Ricer @ Mercury Lounge
* Sky Ferreira, Rewards @ Mercury Lounge
* Evan Calder Williams @ Issue Project Room
* Lydia Loveless, NGHBRS, Coasta @ Webster Hall
* Bush Tetras, Sediment Club @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Double King, Backwords, Cold Fronts @ Union Pool
* Other Lives, Indians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Oats, At Sea, Gift Horse, Jane Eyre @ Union Hall
* Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps, Big Ups @ Muchmore's
* Mount Eerie, Heaven's Gate, Advaita, These Days @ NYU
* The Gaslight Anthem, Matthew Ryan, Cheap Girls @ Terminal 5
* Nightlands, Eastern Midwestern, Eliza Hardy Jones @ Glasslands
* OSMO screening, Dj Dog Dick, Megafortress, Gem Trails @ The Lab
* Hooray For Earth, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Zambri, Grooms @ Pianos
* Cosmonaut, Peanut Butter Lovesicle, French Camp @ Cameo Gallery
* Super Vacations, Dull Edges, Sex Scheme, Residuals @ Death By Audio
* Title Fight, Pianos Become The Teeth, Single Mothers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hip Hop Gods tour w/ Public Enemy, X Clan, Black Sheep + more @ Irving Plaza
* Thomas Francis Takes His Chances, I am the Heat, Janet Labelle, Velta @ Cake Shop
* ZOZO Afrobeat, Sophistafunk, PitchBlak Brass Band, illSupremO, The Rainbow Children @ Paper Box
* 2S & 4S, Bad Credit No Credit, Not Blood Paint, Eartheater, Family Curse, Rat Attack @ Shea Stadium
West End Motel, who play a late show tonight at Mercury Lounge, is the side project of Mastodon's Brett Hinds. The band has a new album, Only Time Will Tell, and you cans stream the title track below.
A reminder that BrooklynVegan is presenting advance screenings of Only The Young and Tchoupitoulas (a double feature!) at the Knitting Factory this Sunday (12/2) starting at 7 PM and is free (first come, first served). Do come out!
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The Babies just released a video for their song "Baby" which is from their just-released debut album, Our House on the Hill, and you can watch it below.
Eternal Summers also have a new video, this one for "Good As You" which is the fourth one they've made from their terrific 2012 album, Correct Behavior, and you can watch that below too.
by Bill Pearis
The Babies @ Glasslands, 6/6/12 (more by Tamara Porras)
There have been a lot of benefit concerts here in NYC to aid Hurricane Sandy victims and there are likely to be even more to come. There certainly are a lot of people who still need our help. Here are a few we just learned about.
The Babies record release show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (11/13) we already alerted you to has become a Hurricane Sandy benefit of sorts. You can get $2 off the door with a donation for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Here's what's needed:
-Heavy duty cleaning supplies: bleach, industrial trash bags, contractor bags, brooms, mops, buckets, simple green, work gloves, gogglesYou can stream The Babies' new album, Our House on the Hill (out 11/13), in full over at SPIN and is really good, well worth a listen. The Babies have become a formidable live force too and, if truth be told, I like them more than either Vivian Girls or Woods (with whom they share members and I like just fine). We're also giving a pair of tickets away to this show (which also features Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and the Sundelles) and details are at the bottom of this post (And if you win, bring extra stuff!).
-Warm clothing, like heavy coats, gloves, hats, scarves.
-Diapers, baby food, bottles, formula.
-Food in general but specifically food that is appropriate for children (snack foods, cereal, rice, pb&j, bread)-
-Some places need flashlights & batteries, especially C or D.
Also on Tuesday in Williamsburg, the Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes guys are throwing a Sandy relief benefit at Cameo featuring Moon Hooch, Emil & Friends and Erika Spring with DJ sets from Computer Magic. $5 at the door with 100% of the door and 10% of the bar going to the Red Hook Initiative. Flyer for the show is below.
Backing up a bit, on Sunday afternoon (11/11) at Matchless there's a benefit show with BV faves Heliotropes, DC bandShark Week, plus Zula, and Fantasmes. The party goes from 3 - 7 PM and is a $10 donation at the door. 100% door + 10% bar will be donated to New York Cares.
Shark Week are also playing another Sandy relief benefit the night before (11/10) at XPO 929 with Love Darling, and Clinical Trials. $8 at the door, more info here.
Flyers and contest details are below.
The Babies have announced details on their second album, Our House On The Hill, which is due November 13 via Woodsist. The album was recorded back in February in Los Angeles with producer Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, The Fall, Cass McCombs). You can stream "Get Lost" from the album below, where you can also check out the cover art and tracklist.
The band will celebrate the album's release with a show at Knitting Factory the same day (11/13). No details on openers or advance tickets just yet, but the show will be the start of a fairly extensive North American tour that will have them on the road till the holidays. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
What do you when you're the drummer of Real Estate but you leave the band just before they start getting way bigger? Form a disco band! At least that's what Etienne Pierre Duguay, who sat behind the band's kit until 2011 when he was replaced by Jackson Pollis, did. He's now in the Brooklyn band Splash who surfaced earlier this year and just wrapped up a tour with fellow Brooklyn backwards pop thinkers Friends. Their single, "Ever Before," which you can stream below, is filled with '80s pop radio cliches, but if you wait over two decades and make it lo-fi, even the cheesiest stuff becomes indie accepted, right?
If you missed the Splash/Friends tour, the two bands will team up again for a NYC show on August 3 at 285 Kent with Janka Nabay, Helado Negro, and Uumans. Maybe Friends will go topless again? Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Splash have other upcoming NYC shows too, including Summerscreen at McCarren Park on August 15 with Ducktails and The Babies, and Glasslands on August 24 with Puro Instinct, Outer Limitz, and a Dev Hynes DJ set. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available.
A list of all dates and song stream below...
Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hollywood, Florida's Beach Day are visiting NYC again, playing two shows: tonight (7/25) at Public Assembly with The Babies (of a few shows the Babies have going on), Wild Yaks and Daytona; and Cake Shop Thursday (7/26) with charming local indie poppers Chalk & Numbers, and Island Twins. All Beach Day tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned before, Beach Day have signed with Kanine Records who just released the band's debut 7". Echoing early '60s pop, it's custom-made for sunny weather and comes on white vinyl, to match your jeans. You can stream both sides of the single below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Levek - Black Mold Grow (MP3)
Gainsville, FL's David Levesque will release his debut album under his Levek alias, Look A Little Closer, on September 25 via Lefse Records. You may remember 2010 single "Look on the Bright Side," which dove deep into widescreen psychedelic funk. Look A Little Closer finds him dipping even more explicitly into '60s tropicalia be it Sergio Mendez-style trippy excursions to more trad bossa nova, as well as delicate folk. It makes for a refreshing listen on these hot humid summer nights we're currently experiencing. You can download the album's first single, "Black Mold Grow," at the top of this post.
Levek just launched a little East Coast tour that will hit NYC this weekend with two shows: Friday (7/20) at Pianos with Tropic of Pisces and Bad Girlfriend (tickets), and Glasslands on Saturday (7/18) as part of good line-up that includes Dent May and The Babies (tickets). All Levek tour dates are below.
The Glasslands show is the first of four upcoming Brooklyn shows for The Babies who just wrapped up a tour of the West Coast. They're also playing July 25 at Public Assembly with Wild Yaks, Beach Day, Daytona and DJ's Total Slacker (tickets), July 28 at Union Pool opening for The Soft Pack, and August 15 at Union Pool with Deep Time. The Babies new album, Our House on the Hill, is due out on Woodsist this fall but the first single from it, "Moonlight Mile" (not a Rolling Stones cover), is out next month.
DOWNLOAD: Deep Time - Homebody (MP3)
As we mentioned previously, Austin, TX's Deep Time (formerly YellowFever) release their debut album today (7/10) via Hardly Art. The whole record is streaming but if you want something to download, we've got the MP3 premiere of the album's moody new single, "Homebody," which you can download above.
The band have expanded their previously-announced tour, including a second NYC date, happening at Union Pool on August 15 with The Babies. That's the day before their show at 285 Kent (8/16) with just-added opener Talk Normal.
Updated Deep Time tour dates are listed below...
The Babies play Public Assembly on July 25 with Night Manager, Beach Day, Daytona, and Total Slacker (DJ). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Brother Ali is playing Bowery Ballroom on September 27 with Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, and The Reminders. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (6/29) at noon.
Alberta Cross, who just played Governors Ball, will be back in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on September 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (6/29) at noon.
photos by Tamara Porras
"A. I love glass lands B. I love the babies. What a great show!" - Lara Hodulick
The Babies at Glasslands - 6/6/12
The Babies joined up with new Other Music Recording Co. singees Nude Beach, plus Marvin Berry & The New Sound, Highway Gimps for a show at Glasslands on Wednesday (6/6). More pictures from that show are in this post.
You'll have plenty more chances to catch Nude Beach in NYC.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dent May - Best Friend (MP3)
Dent May's new album, Do Things, is out June 12 via Paw Tracks, and those expecting more of his magnificent ukulele may be in for a surprise. Having traded his signature instrument for synthesizers, drum machines and electric guitar, Do Things sounds like May has spent the time between albums listening to that Orange Juice box set and his baritone croon works well with his new, funkier sound. You can download the very OJ-ish single "Best Friend" at the top of this post and watch the video for it below.
Dent plays 285 Kent tonight (5/18), the last date of a short East Coast tour, and shares the bill with Family Portrait, The Babies, William Tyler and Ducktails on DJ duties. He then takes a month off before launching an extensive North American tour with Quintron and Miss Pussycat that will not hit the East Coast unfortunately. All Dent May tour dates are listed below.
While we're on Kent Ave, right next door at Glasslands tonight (5/18) is Big Troubles who have taken most of 2012 off. They play with The Hairs and Punks on Mars. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Punks on Mars are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles. They just released their new 7" EP, Hey Tiffany, and it's got a compressed early-'80s new wave feel to it. Fans of Cleaner from Venus, Chris Stamey-era dB's or even Ariel Pink might want to take a listen -- you can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post.
That stream, along with the Dent May video, and a list of all dates below...
Brooklyn band Nude Beach's new LP II has a a pronounced punk edge, while falling somewhere between the Americana of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Replacements. The sunny, well-crafted, and damn-near infinitely playable straight-up rock n' roll long-player, out now on vinyl, is currently streaming in full below. Order your copy via No Idea or get the digital via the band.
Nude Beach will play Glasslands on June 6th, joining Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Highway Gimps as support for The Babies. Tickets are on sale. The band will also hit Philadelphia on June 19th at Kung Fu Necktie as support for Reigning Sound (tickets) during that band's string of dates (that hit NJ).
Stream the new LP and check out some live video below.
Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list: