Entries tagged with: The Breeders
Kim Shattuck w/ Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in Sept (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies recently lost bassist Kim Shattuck (of The Muffs) after she joined as Kim Deal's replacement earlier this year, and now Shattuck has offered some insight as to how she was kicked out of the band. In an interview with NME, she says:
I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, 'We love you, New Kim!' We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: 'The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.' I was shocked...The Pixies replaced her with Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, The Entrance Band), and their tour with Paz will hit the NYC-area on 1/19 at Capitol Theatre tickets) and 1/21 at NJPAC with FIDLAR (tickets).
I get the feeling they're more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren't thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, 'Really, for my own safety?' And he said, 'No, because the Pixies don't do that.'
Meanwhile, Paz will be in NYC this week as a member of The Entrance Band who open for Mikal Cronin at Webster Hall tonight (12/11). Nude Beach and special guests are on the bill too, and tickets are still available. (The Entrance Band were also just in NYC opening for Mazzy Star.)
And lastly, former Pixies bassist Kim Deal is kicking off a tour with her band The Breeders this week. That tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall and will see the band playing their classic first two albums, Pod and Last Splash. Speedy Ortiz, who just released a new single from their upcoming EP, open both NYC shows and most other dates. Tickets for both Webster Hall shows are still available.
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...
The Breeders at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, The Breeders are playing their last Last Splash shows this December on a short tour leading up to their New Year's Eve show in Austin. Speedy Ortiz will be supporting many of the dates, including both NYC shows happening on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Details on how to enter to win, and the full list of tour dates, below.
UPDATE: In addition to performing Last Splash like they've been doing all year, the NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Austin stops will also feature full performances of their 1990 debut album, Pod.
Meanwhile, the Kim Deal-less Pixies are also touring and they'll be in the NYC-area for shows in Port Chester and NJ this January.
All dates are listed, along with contest details, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Speedy Ortiz @ BV-CMJ party at Baby's All Right - 10/18/13
Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz already announced they're opening US dates for Los Campesinos!, they've now announced they'll sooner tour in support of another band, indie rock greats The Breeders, who Speedy likely owe some influence to. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall, and Speedy Ortiz will be opening both of those dates. Tickets for both shows are still available. Updated Speedy Ortiz dates, including a European tour with Joanna Gruesome, are listed below.
As mentioned, the Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz tour hits NYC on January 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
And though Speedy Ortiz aren't opening this one, if you're in Austin, catch The Breeders on New Year's Eve which is the last of their 'Last Splash' shows.
Back during CMJ, Speedy Ortiz played our Friday (10/18) party at Baby's All Right. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and another set of Speedy are in this post. They continue below, along with a video of them playing "Ka Prow!" at that show (via Bleary Eyed Brooklyn), and their list of tour dates...
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.
The Breeders at The Bell House in April (more by PSquared Photography)
The Pixies are currently operating without Kim Deal (they just announced a tour), but Kim's keeping busy too. She's been touring with her other band The Breeders, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Last Splash all year. They already played NYC twice, and they just announced that they'll return before the year ends to play Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a recent live video, below...
photos by Wei Shi; words by Fred Pessaro
Death Grips /
Its really a sad state of affairs when a band making a scheduled appearance is news, but nevertheless it was somewhat of a surprise that Death Grips did make their headlining appearance (on the Miranda stage) at the first day of FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (8/24) while Yeah Yeah Yeahs played at the adjacent Carrie stage (yes, stages were named after Sex & The City characters). The two-day festival, which took place in LA State Historic Park over the weekend, also featured many other notables, including appearances from TV on the Radio, FLAG, a reunion set from The Locust, as well as sets from names like The Breeders, Waxahatchee, METZ, Joyce Manor, Ty Segall (who's in NYC for two shows this week), and more. Pictures from FYF including all of the mentioned artists above -- as well as shots of Jim Hamilton, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiana, Crystal Antlers, Charles Bradley, Toro y Moi, Classixx, Nosaj Thing, comedians and more -- are in this post.
We'll have pictures from Day 2 soon. More pics from FYF Fest Day 1 below...
Kim w/ The Breeders at The Bell House in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kim Deal is out of the Pixies, still in The Breeders, and she's also been dishing out a series of solo 7"s. The latest in that series is the gentle new single, "Are You Mine?" which you can watch the video for below.
The Pixies (without Kim) will be in NYC for four shows this September. All sold out.
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Kim Deal w/ Pixies in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.The above message was issued by the three remaining members of the Pixies regarding the departure of bassist/backing vocalist Kim Deal, who also sometimes sang lead on songs like "Gigantic" and "Silver."
- Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering
The band initially broke up in 1993, but had recently been reunited to tour their 1989 album, Doolittle, which they last did in 2011. Since that time, Kim has been busy touring with her other reunited band, The Breeders.
A video of the Pixies performing "Gigantic" below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Four Tet / Dead Skeletons
today in NYC
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Redfoot @ Tammany Hall
* Four Tet, Koreless @ Webster Hall
* Dessa, Brick + Mortar @ Union Hall
* Molly Ringwald @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Califone @ Secret Manhattan Venue
* Doldrums, Empress Of @ Mercury Lounge
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Corita, Big Quiet, All Forces, Luff @ Cake Shop
* New Atlantic Youth, The Split @ Cameo Gallery
* The Presets, Dragonette, Slassixx @ Terminal 5
* Dana Falconberry, Paperbird @ Mercury Lounge
* Drowners, Tweens, Total Slacker, LODRO @ Pianos
* XNY, Don Ryan, Those Clever Foxes @ Knitting Factory
* Dead Skeletons, Night Beats, Cosmonauts @ Glasslands
* Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Kelly @ The Stand
* Twenty One Pilots, New Politics, Five Knives @ Bowery Ballroom
* Father Figures, Cuddle Magic, Leverage Models @ Death By Audio
* Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Mastersons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elizabeth and the Catapult, Antennas Up, Johnny Miller @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alan Roche, Real Live Tigers, Dead Elephant Bicycles, Gabrielle Herbst @ Silent Barn
* The Tablets, Dead Sexy Shelia, The Adventures of Silver Spaceman @ The Rock Shop
* Ask Me Another with Daniel Okrent (creator of Fantasy Baseball) @ The Bell House
* Big Mean Sound Machine, Thunder Body, Fire Paint & The Love Divine, Revi Roza, DJ Jack Tripper @ Brooklyn Bowl
Wanna check out some up-and-coming bands for free? Pianos has Drowners, Tweens, Total Slacker, and LODRO tonight on the early side (starting at 7 PM) at no cost to you, the live music lover.
Icelandic psych band Dead Skeletons are in town this week, playing with Night Beats tonight at Glasslands (tickets) and tomorrow (5/9) at Mercury Lounge with Heliotropes and Mone (tickets). Check out their dark and groovy single "Kundalini Eyes" below.
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The recently-reformed Last Splash lineup of The Breeders were on The Late SHow with Jimmy Fallon last night, playing their hit "Cannonball" which you can watch, along with a web-only performance of their country-ish "Drivin' on Nine," below.
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Cincinnati trio Tweens make garagey, nasally, punky pop that is equal parts rauccous and infectious. Songs like "Mean" and "Rattle&Rollin'" are both especially catchy and seem prime for a label like Burger that lives for this stuff. You can stream them below along with their "Live at Mohawk" EP that isn't actually live and features a bunch of girl group covers.
Tweens caught they ear of fellow Ohio resident Kim Deal who has tapped Tweens to open for a few Breeders shows, including Monday's sold-out show at Webster Hall (5/6). After that, Tweens will play Shea Stadium on Tuesday (5/7) which is a record release show for Japanther that also features Grand Rapids. Then at Pianos on Wednesday (5/8) with LODRO, Total Slacker and new Frenchkiss signees, Drowners. That show starts early -- LODRO is on at 7 PM -- and is FREE.
Tour dates are listed, with those streams, below.
"Bell House so '90s right now I gotta tie a shirt around my waist. #Breeders" - @mehpatrol
(by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Ahead of their full tour in support of the 20th anniversary of Last Splash, The Breeders came to NYC for a show at The Bell House this past Friday (3/29), where they played the classic album in full and also stuck around for an encore which included material from their other early '90s releases -- three tracks from their other full length, Pod, and also some stuff from the Safari and Head to Toe EPs.
Once the full tour actually kicks off, the band will be back in NYC for a larger show at Webster Hall on May 6, which is now sold out.
More pictures from The Bell House, along with the setlist and a video of The Breeders playing their cover of The Beatles' "Happiness is a Warm Gun" at the show, below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV
After already announcing R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian as the headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, P4k has revealed that those artists will be joined by Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.
Current lineup/schedule below...
We knew The Breeders were playing their first Last Splash reunion show at the Bell House on March 29 which sold out immediately. But the Deals and co. have just announced a full tour which includes another NYC show at Webster Hall on May 6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/6) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (2/8) at noon.
So far, only East Coast shows have been announced (plus Detroit), so there may be more to come. All announced 2013 tour dates are below...
As you may know, The Breeders' Last Splash turns 20 this year and the line-up of the band that made that record is getting back together to play the album in full. While only European dates have been announced thus far (including Primavera Sound and the Deerhunter-curated ATP UK), SPIN reports that the band's first show will be here in NYC at The Bell House on March 29. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/30) at noon.
An updated list of Breeders tour dates is below....
by Bill Pearis
Ahhhooohooh! The Breeders' classic second album, Last Splash, will be 20 years old in 2013 and they are celebrating with a deluxe reissue and play-the-album tour. Not only will they play Last Splash front-to-back, but it'll be the line-up of The Breeders that made the album, too, which means original bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim MacPherson in addition to the Deal sisters who have kept the Breeders' flame alive with different rhythm sections.
No dates have been announced yet other than the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, U.K. which happens June 21 - 23, 2013 which is curated by Deerhunter. They are promising dates in Europe and the U.S. so stay tuned.
As for the reissue, it's being dubbed LSXX and will be out in April. No tracklisting yet. A couple Last Splash videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
R. Ring is Kelley Deal of the Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline and will play The Rock Shop on May 12, opening for Gem Club (their only upcoming date) and Mercury Lounge on May 13 with Beast Make Bomb. Both shows are part of a quick East Coast jaunt, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Those expecting Breeders-style raucousness should know R. Ring are much more low key and folky, but some of that Deal rasp and snarl is still there. The duo's debut single came out via Misra on Record Store Day which you can listen to here. Look for a more formal release from R. Ring later this year. You can also watch a couple R. Ring videos below as well, along with all tour dates.
words and pics by BBG, additional Sonic Youth pics by Samantha Marble
Unlike Friday (and Sunday), people weren't throwing devil horns on Saturday. With the Saturday lineup dominated by indie acts, including many longstanding ones (Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Dave Pajo/Papa M, Shellac, The Breeders, etc etc) there were less shirts that repped the heaviest of the heavy, like Dystopia, Grief and Electric Wizard, and more "vintage look" Judas Priest and Dio with bowl cuts, and 80's style librarian glasses. In other words, there was a definite crowd shift from day one to day two at the 2010 edition of ATP New York.
While cruising through the lobby on my way to my first performance, Text of Light with Lee Renaldo, I paused to catch Helen Money (on tour with Shellac) at the "Lobby Stage". The 10+ minutes of Text of Light was a bust - squalls of guitar feedback with wailing sax made for a fascinating few minutes, but grew tiresome quickly. Helen Money's looped cello was already gone by the time I had returned from the second stage, but I wish I hadn't left. Later on I would catch Frankie Don at the lobby stage, who played hits of the 70s and 80s with Casio presets while the drunk, acid-drenched, and generally out-there spazzed on the dance floor. It was my own personal Tim & Eric Awesome Show episode.
Fuck Buttons were the first band I caught on the main stage, and the tribal drumming, rumbling saw wave bass tones, and pulsing electronic soundtrack were well-represented in the Stardust Room. The band's live show stuck to their recent recorded output and was quite the contrast with my next conquest, the out-there chamber-folk of Fursaxa on stage two, complete with cello and harp. I preferred the former.
After a bit of Tortoise's jazzy math post-rock rhythms, I scooted down to Sleepy Sun (playing Knitting Factory Monday night) on the second stage; the Cali psych-rock band impressed me so much in the exact same room last year. Their set was not as impressive this time around, but more so than The Breeders who played the larger stage later that night and were a touch messy/off-key as they stammered through hits like "Divine Hammer".
On the other hand, Shellac (who also played in 2009) and Papa M killed it though in much different ways. Shellac's treble-y stomping punk rock was a triumph, and their Kutsher's set ("We are Shellac, and we only play ATP shows") included recent faves like "The End of Radio" and "Steady As She Goes". The band nixed their now famous Q&A session during their show due to their shortened set time, so their usual dry-sarcastic humor didn't play out as much this go around. Hopefully they have no curfew Tuesday at the Bell House. Papa M delivered ambient-y guitarscapes on the second stage, impressing immensely.
If you live in NYC, you've probably had your share of live Sonic Youth experiences. I've seen them at least six times. But whether it was the atmosphere, perfectly balanced soundsystem, or the band having a particularly ripping night, SY delivered probably my favorite Saturday set, focusing primarily on earlier material (Daydream Nation was a focal point it seemed). The sound in the Stardust Room was (still) flawless, and they closed out the night with a bang (set list below).
I also saw bits of Avi Buffalo, The Books and Hallogallo on Saturday. I completely missed BEAK> (stay tuned for our coverage from their Bowery Ballroom show though), Sian Alice Group, and Apse (catch them Monday and Wednesday night in NYC). I also missed Explosions in the Sky, but Sam caught them (her pics coming soon).
Read about Friday HERE. Sunday coverage is coming. Saturday (with more pics also coming later), continues below...