Entries tagged with: The Do
by Bill Pearis
Franco-Finnish synthpop duo The Dø released their new album, Shake Shook Shaken, last month, which further refines the band's mix of acoustic instruments and synthesizers, leaning a little more on the latter this time. You can check out the video for single "Miracles (Back In Time)" and stream the album via Rdio below.
The band will be in North America later this summer for a short tour, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on June 10. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (3/27) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The Do at Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield
French/Finnish band The Do will be coming to North America for some shows this summer. A full tour hasn't been announced but some dates have arisen, including two in NYC: July 31 at Knitting Factory and August 1 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Knit show go on sale Friday (6/8) at 10 AM and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.
The Do recently filmed a live in-studio session at Studio Pigalle in Paris. Check out videos from that session along with a list of all currently known dates below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
After shows in Montreal, Chicago, and even under a bridge in Quebec, The Do are halfway across the country in Minneapolis. The Paris/Helsinki band played their first of two NYC shows at Mercury Lounge on 9/7 with PAPA, Aislyn (who play Pianos on Friday 9/17), and Paper Raincoat. The next night, the band would take on the much larger Bell House with Dinosaur Feathers as the first steps of an overall US tour that will come to a close next week in LA.
The Do are supporting their April release A Mouthful on Six Degrees Records. Pictures from the Mercury Lounge show are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Dø - At Last (MP3)
As previously mentioned, French/Finnish pop duo The Dø visit North America this week. They kick things off on September 7th (tonight) at Mercury Lounge (tickets still on sale), continue on to the Bell House the next night (tickets), and then move to Canada before making their way across the U.S. and ending up at the Troubadour in LA on September 22nd.
A whole bunch of videos and updated tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
French/Finnish pop duo The Dø toured the US for the first time in fall of 2009. Since then, their 2008 debut, A Mouthful, came out in the US on Six Degree Records, in April. They'll be back for a North American tour this September. That kicks off with a Sept. 7 show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale. They play the Bell House the night after (no advanced tickets listed. yet?).
Their songs are firmly in the pop sphere, but incorporate elements of jangly guitar, hip-hop collage and the occasional found sound, which you can check out in the videos below. All dates for their tour are below too...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than the Stars (Others in Conversation Mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Besnard Lakes - And You Lied to Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Cinnamon Band - Buena Vista (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Princeton - Calypso Gold (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Princeton - Sadie and Andy (feat. Meredith Metcalf (MP3)
The Besnard Lakes
(This Week in Indie Pt 1, in case you missed it.)
North of the border, Pop Montreal 2009 is going on as we speak, yet one of the Canadian city's best bands, The Besnard Lakes, are here in NYC playing a show on Saturday (10/3) at Mercury Lounge. I think they must feel an affinity for New York -- Brooklyn too, as their excellent 2007 album Are The Dark Horse (one of my faves from that year) has a song called "On Bedford and Grand," a tongue-in-cheek ode to Williamsburg. As good as that album is, Besnard Lakes are even better live, though it probably depends on their ever-fluctuating line-up. In addition to scoring actor Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, the band are working on Dark Horse's follow-up, so it will be good to hear some new material. The show also features Philadelphia duo The Cinnamon Band (2/3s of defunct Jagjaguwar band The Union of a Man and a Woman) and Acrylics who I think are one of the city's best new bands.
We've got a pair of tickets to give away for this 21+ show. If you're interested, send an email with your first and last name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Besnard Lakes" and we'll pick a winner at random.
Saturday is a busy night. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (9pm), who just released a great new EP called Higher Than the Stars, headline Webster Hall (tickets), the penultimate date on their current tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars (7pm) and The Depreciation Guild (8pm). You can download a brand new remix of Higher Than the Stars title track, which strips off the original's sparkly sheen and gives it a rougher, darker coat of paint. The Webster Hall show has an early start with 6pm doors, which will have you out of there by 10pm, in time for a second show of the night if so desired. The band play Philadelphia on Sunday (10/4), then are taking six weeks off before Europe in mid-November. They are also conspicuously absent from either of the upcoming Slumberland Records Anniversary shows.
Also also Saturday (that's 10/3 if you forgot), Finland's The Dø wrap up their first-ever American tour with a NYC stop at Hiro Ballroom (tickets). One night earlier (tonight), they play a show at Pop Montreal. Their 2008 album A Mouthful is a schizophrenic mix of indie rock, dreamy folk, tribal rhythms, and even (less successful) forays into hip hop. One woulda thought the band would have been here a year ago, as A Mouthful's hype hit its pinnacle about a year and a half ago, though it still hasn't gotten a proper U.S. release. (You can get it via iTunes or Emusic, though.) The Dø's show in L.A. as part of the Oohlala Festival didn't go so well, apparently, but their show at Chicago's Empty Bottle was a hit according to Popmatters critic (and ace photographer) Kirstie Shanley:
Creating a live performance full of win, French-Finnish duo The Dø could have easily entertained an audience of thousands. Olivia Merilahti was electricity personified. Flipping her long lustrous hair, coming up to the tip on the stage and leaning into the audience were two of her frequent rock moves. Dan Levy chose to engage the audience with his sudden floor kneeling. But despite the sense of developed chemistry between he and Merilahti, it was she who truly stole the show. [Popmatters]You've got another chance to catch L.A. band Princeton, who play with Chicago's Maps & Atlases at the new Knitting Factory in Williamsburg on Sunday. Both bands are just now wrapping up a tour supporting Ra Ra Riot. Their debut, Cocoon of Love, is out now and is pretty hard not to like, full of well-dressed scholarly pop not unlike Belle & Sebastian or the Magnetic Fields (or, loathe as I am to admit it, Vampire Weekend, minus the Afrobeat influences). Princeton were to be one the unavoidable bands at this year's CMJ Festival but canceled after being offered an opening slot on Art Brut's upcoming U.S. tour, so this may be the last chance to see them for a while (well, unless you choose the Art Brut show at Maxwell's which is one of the shows they're opening).
And finally, UK legend Frank Sidebottom is visiting NYC again, here ostensibly for the Coney Island Film Festival where he'll debut his film Frank Sidebottom Saves Coney Island. I caught Frank (and his sidekick Little Frank) back in March where he played to confused locals at the 169 Bar, where he first got heckled but eventually won the crowd over with his bizarre, hilarious covers of The Fall, The Smiths, Queen and The Beatles, which includes multiple costume changes. He's playing a bunch of shows throughout the weekend, including two on Sunday (10/4) at Cake Shop and Otto's Shrunken Head. If you're even slightly curious (there are videos below) I recommend you go see him -- there's really nobody else like him.
Videos and tour dates follow...
Midnight Juggernauts' Top 10 albums of 2008
1. Gang Gang Dance, Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry)I like their list a lot. It's via Filter.
2. Sebastian Tellier, Sexuality (Record Makers)
3. Deerhunter, Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky)
4. Squarepusher, Just a Souvenir (Warp)
5. Lindstrom, Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)
6. Portishead, Third (Mercury)
7. The Do, A Mouthful (Wagram)
8. Metronomy, Nights Out (Because)
9. Late of the Pier, Black Fantasy Channel (EMI)
10. School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms (Full Time Hobby)
Sebastien Tellier plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC TONIGHT, Thursday December 11th. School of Seven Bells are at Mercury Lounge on Monday.
Check out the video for "On My Shoulders" by The Do below...