Entries tagged with: The Helio Sequence
by Andrew Sacher
photo by William Anthony
Portland indie popsters The Helio Sequence followed their late 2000s fave Keep Your Eyes Ahead with 2012's Negotiations, a fine album but one that mostly picked up where its predecessor picked up. Now they've got a self-titled LP coming May 18 via Sub Pop, and if first single "Stoic Resemblance" is any indication, they're changing it up this time. The band's signature hooks are still intact, but the song brings in head-nodding rhythms and an air of psychedelia not found on their previous releases. Check it out below. The new album also comes with Sunrise Demos, a collection of demos from the new album's sessions, and you can stream "The Witness" from that below too.
The band is also heading out on tour in support of the new album in June, coming to NYC for two shows: June 17 at Rough Trade and June 18 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, April 10 at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/8) at noon.
In other Sub Pop news, they just signed The Gotobeds.
All THS dates are listed, with the new songs and an animated gif of the album artwork, below...
As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)
FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)
Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.
Menomena at Metro on 10.19.2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Portland pals Menomena and The Helio Sequence -- who both put out new albums last fall -- are teaming up for a co-headlining tour this fall. It slams into NYC on October 17 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/19) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with videos from both bands, below.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Helio Sequence - October (MP3)
The Helio Sequence at Siren Fest 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
The Helio Sequence are finally set to followup their 2008 breakthrough LP, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, with a new album, Negotiations, due out on September 11 via Sub Pop. Negotiations pretty much picks up where Keep Your Eyes Ahead left off -- nothing new but if you're a fan of the band it's not a bad listen. It also sounds a bit like The Walkmen. You can download the lead single, "October," at the top of this post. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.
The Helio Sequence will support the new album with a tour that kicks off in September with appearances at Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW. Surrounding their slot at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, they'll head out with Ramona Falls (the project of ex-Menomena member Brent Knopf) which brings both bands to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon.
Speaking of Menomena, they also have a new album, Moms, on the way and will be supporting it with a previously discussed tour that hits NYC on October 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, PVT have been added to that tour. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. A list of updated Menomena/PVT dates and a stream of "Heavy Is As Heavy Does" from Moms are below.
All lists of dates and all streams are below.
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 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 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
"Keane is not the coolest band to blog about when I'm all indie rock up in your business. I am a slightly apologetic Keane fan. I think there are a few bands that can make dynamic, catchy singles that can appeal to the masses while still be genuine and heartfelt. I can see the fellas sweating over lyrics in studios, rather than thinking what would sell to the Wal-Mart crowd.That quote is from Music Snobbery's review of the Keane show that took place at the Wellmont Theater in Jersey on Tuesday. They also played Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday. Portland's Sub Pop-signed band The Helio Sequence were on tour with Keane and opened both of those shows.
More than anything, and the reason I would see the band again in another few years, is that they are an unabashedly energetic live act. Sometimes, I'll take a great live act first. As for tonight, a 90-minute set filled with their hits and the obligatory Springsteen cover to soothe the Jersey folks." [Music Snobbery]
Now that the tour is over, The Helio Sequence are going on a headlining tour of their own which starts tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/28). Also playing the Brooklyn show are Ape School, and the UK's Howling Bells who are currently on tour with... Coldplay! They can trade piano rock war stories. Speaking of which, did you know that...
After listening to Tim Rice-Oxley's piano playing during a weekend at Virginia Water, Surrey in 1997, Chris Martin invited him to join his newly formed band Coldplay. However, Rice-Oxley declined because he did not want to leave The Lotus Eaters, stating "I was seriously interested, but Keane were already operational and Coldplay's keyboard player idea was dropped." [Wikipedia]Ape School, who are also playing MHOW tonight, is the new project of Michael Johnson who was in the Sub Pop band Holopaw, and in the Lilys in 2006. Ape School's self-titled album was released by Counter on April 28th. RCRD LBL has a track, and you can grab a remix Daedelus did above.
Daedelus has his own Brooklyn show coming up too - this June as part of the Northside Festival.
I have three pairs of tickets to giveaway to tonight's MHOW show. Details on how to win, and all tour dates, below...
GG Allin & Tesco Vee "Throbblehead" dolls (on sale now at Aggronautix)
tonight in NYC
* Momus @ Highline Ballroom
* Estelle, DJ Cassidy @ MoMA
* Here We Go Magic @ Union Pool
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Jenny Scheinman & Robbie Fulkes @ Barbes
* Keane & the Helio Sequence @ Wellmont Theater
* A Camp, Gentleman Reg @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nate Wooley, Dennis D Anderton @ The Stone
* Hull, Witches Tit, Flaming Tusk @ The Charleston
* Opeth, Enslaved @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
* JEFF the Brotherhood & Turbo Fruits @ Death By Audio
* Sessions at Santa's w/ Light Asylum, Tim Dewit, Ryan Sawyer @ Santos
* Wolves in the Throne Room, A Storm of Light, Krallice @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Dig, Those Dancing Days, Five O'Clock Heroes, Jaguar Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Unwigged & Unplugged (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer) @ Beacon Theatre (Spinal Tap)
A belated shout for...
Stephen Bruton, a real-life guitar hero who played with everyone from Kris Kristofferson to Elvis Costello, died Saturday [May 9th] in Los Angeles.RIP
The Fort Worth native was 60 and had been in California working on the soundtrack to Jeff Bridges' new movie, Crazy Heart, said his wife of 13 years, Mary Keating-Bruton.
[Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
Completely unrelated, but sorta cool: the GG Allin and Tesco Vee bobbleheads you see up there.
Keane and The Helio Sequence play Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday.
Momus is performing a three-hour career retrospective at the Highline Ballroom tonight; check out a poster for the event, below...
Thrones opened for A Storm of Light and Wolves in the Throne Room at Europa the other night. Video below...
Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin & Buddy Miller (Three Girls and their Buddy) are playing Wellmont Theater in NJ on June 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Keane, Mat Kearney and Helio Sequence are playing Radio City Music Hall on May 27th. Tickets are on sale.
photos by Leia Jospe
STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, THE HELIO SEQUENCE, BEACH HOUSE, TIMES NEW VIKING,This free, outdoor, all-ages, two-stage show happens in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.
JAGUAR LOVE, THE DODOS, ANNUALS, FILM SCHOOL, PARTS & LABOR, DRAGONS OF ZYNTH, THESE ARE POWERS and more to be announced!
Sub Pop is now confirming a lot of the rumors and then some.....
the Helio Sequence, Sub Pop showcase, SXSW (more by Ryan Muir)
The Helio Sequence played Bowery Ballroom in NYC the other night, and it looks like the next time they'll be back in NYC is to play the free Siren Festival in Coney Island on July 19th with the Dodos and many more TBA (thx anon). More tour dates below.....
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long (MP3)
Handsome Furs, SXSW 2008
The Sub Pop showcase was one of the greatest official lineups at SXSW this year (Friday, March 14, 2008).
BOURBON ROCKS STAGE (inside)Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper are currently on tour together. The March 29th Bowery Ballroom show (which also has Ola Podrida on the bill) is still not sold out. Handsome Furs are opening for Spoon at Terminal 5, and playing Bowery Ballroom without Spoon even sooner. No Age have a Bowery Ballroom show coming up, and Pissed Jeans have one scheduled at Knitting Factory.
Love As Laughter - 8pm
Sera Cahoone - 9pm
Grand Archives - 10pm
Kelley Stoltz - 11pm
Fleet Foxes - 12am
Blitzen Trapper - 1am
BOURBON ROCKS PATIO STAGE (outside)
The Ruby Suns - 8:30pm
Pissed Jeans - 9:30pm
Handsome Furs - 10:30pm
The Helio Sequence - 11:30pm
No Age - 12:30am
The Ruby Suns just played two NYC shows, and they're coming back soon with Foals (also on Sub Pop). All those dates and pictures of them from SXSW are HERE. The rest of the SXSW showcase photos are below....