Entries tagged with: The Maccabees
photos by Guy Eppel
The Maccabees @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/14/2013
While they never quite got the attention in America that their mid-'00s contemporaries Bloc Party or Arctic Monkeys did, The Maccabees have remained popular in the UK and pulled in enough expats and Anglophiles for two NYC shows last week (2/14 at Bowery Ballroom, 2/16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg), as part of a North American tour with openers Reputante. Did you check out one of the shows? What did you think? Pics from the Valentine's Day show are in this post.
Speaking of Reputante, their jaunt with The Maccabees was the first American tour for the Brooklyn band. The group just released an "unofficial" video for their song "Safe & Sound" which makes good use of clips from Sarah Polley's 2012 film "Take This Waltz" starring Michelle Williams. You can check that out below.
The Maccabees have been on the road for almost a year now, since releasing GIven to the Wild, which has been on a few year-end lists in the UK like NME, The Fly and Q. They've already come to North America for a couple headlining shows and as opening act on Florence and the Machine's tour. Now the band have announced that they'll be returning for a headlining tour in February with Reputante (ex-Levy) which hits NYC on February 14 at Bowery Ballroom and February 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/12) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
The Maccabees that are coming to North America in February are an indie rock band, but the Jewish rebel army that they're named after just so happen to be celebrating the success of their revolt from 2,000+ years ago this week (aka Hanukkah). We're on night 3 now and tons of celebrations have been going down like Yo La Tengo's shows and many others, including one by The Maccabeats, who derive their name from the same group.
A list of all dates and a video from Given to the Wild are below.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....
by Bill Pearis
Django Django at Glasslands, March 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize, an award voted on by a panel of music industry professionals and journalists honoring UK albums of the year, was just announced:
The Maccabees - Given to the WildOdds seem pretty good for Alt-J (who play Bowery Ballroom tonight), who have not only made a great album with An Awesome Wave, but also the kind of album the Mercury Prize voters like. Though, though we shouldn't count out Micheal Kiwanuka's Home Again or Jessie Ware's Devotion. Now in its 20th year, this year's Mercury Prize will be given out November 1. (I am rooting for Django Django.) Last year's winner was Let England Shake by PJ Harvey.
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky's Edge
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough
Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
Sam Lee - Ground of its Own
Field Music - Plumb
Django Django - S/T
Roller Trio - S/T
Plan B - Ill Manors
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
Wild Belle at Internet Week 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Wild Belle, who recently moved from Chicago to Brooklyn were added as an opener to The Maccabees' show at Webster Hall on June 13. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.
The Webster Hall show is currently one of two shows scheduled for Wild Belle, the other being in their previous hometown at Millenium Park. You can stream "Keep You" -- the Wild Belle track that's been floating around the internet for a few months -- at the bottom of this post. The band also recently recorded a live session at BBC's Maida Vale studios which will broadcast on Huw Stephens' show on June 13 at 7 PM EST.
Speaking of The Maccabees, they've also got upcoming dates opening for Florence & the Machine this summer.
A list of all Wild Belle dates, contest details, and song stream below...
Florence & the Machine @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Like Yanni, O.A.R., 311, and Jimmy Buffett, Florence & the Machine is going to headline the very big amphitheater in Long Island known as the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater this summer! The NY show is part of a just-announced tour that hits Jones Beach on 9/15, Saratoga Springs on 9/16, and Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on 9/18. It also visits Hollywood Bowl and other places that are listed below. Tickets for most of the shows go on sale on 5/11 with a City presale for the Jones Beach show starting Tuesday, 5/8, at 10am (and other presales happening after that too).
Support on the new shows will come from The Maccabees (who also have a headlining Webster Hall show coming up) on most dates, and The Weeknd (who just played his first shows ever) on some.
All tour dates are listed below...
Maccabees at MHOW in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
The Maccabees have been spending most of 2012 touring behind their new atmospheric rock record, Given to the Wild, which dropped at the beginning of this year. The UK press have been loving it. The American press, not so much. Maybe that's partly why their dates have all been overseas so far. But for those in the US who do want to see the band, they've just announced their first North American show of 2012, which goes down in NYC on June 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/30) at noon.
Two videos from the new album and all dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Jack Penate - Tonight's Today (MP3)
Jack Penate @ Pianos on June 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
In early June, UK singer Jack Penate flew all the way to the U.S. for a pair of NYC dates at Bruar Falls and Pianos. Then, in mid-June, Swedish trio Miike Snow made a similar, albeit more extended trip , playing a pair of NYC shows with the Maccabees and Hatcham Social...
"...[Miike Snow] was definitely not my thing, but they were good and what they did, and in general people [at the Music Hall of Williamsburg show] seemed to be pretty excited about them. There definitely seemed to be a buzz going on about them, but I'm not so sure I get it. However, they seemed like perfectly nice dudes and I was happy to see them get a positive response.Miike and Jack will return to tour the country together this September and October. Dates include a pair of shows at the Mercury Lounge on September 15th and 16th, and a show at NJ venue Maxwell's on September 19th. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge shows go on AmEx presale today (Wednesday, June 24th) at noon. General sale starts Friday, June 26th at noon, which is the same time tickets for the Maxwell's show go up.
The Maccabees played next. I had never listened to them either, but people were really fired up for them, especially the British chick next to us who rolled solo to the show because she loves the band so much. She guaranteed my friend and I that we wouldn't be disappointed by them live. I was skeptical, but she turned out to be right. They were really loud, energetic, and fun to watch. The tunes were catchy and the performance was tight. I don't know that I am going to run out and buy the album, but it was a great show to go to for free." [Before They Make Me Run]
Miike Snow's self-titled debut is out now on Downtown Records. The new disc by Jack Penate, Everything Is New, will be out August 18th on XL Recordings. The first single from that, "Tonight's Today," is available above. A pair of Penate videos, including one for "Tonight's," are below, with all tour dates...
photos by Leia Jospe
Interview Magazine: Anything special planned for the U.S. tour?Reverend Billy marched in the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island on Saturday (6/20). Later that night, The Maccabees, along with Miike Snow, and Hatcham Social played their first of two NYC shows together. It took place in Williamsburg - at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Round two for the UK bands goes down tonight (6/22) at the much smaller Mercury Lounge. How was the show? And how were Hatcham Social at Don Hill's and Cake Shop? More pictures from MHOW below...
The Maccabees: We met a New Yorker the other day called The Reverend Billy. He's an anti-consumerist guy who walks around to the Disney stores and bludgeons Mickey Mouse teddy bears or goes into Starbucks with a choir and sing free-trade songs. I met him at an interview the other day in London and I gave him my email because I wanted him to come emcee the gig. I figured I might say it to you and he might read it and come out so I quit bugging him.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Hatcham Social - So So Happy Making (MP3)
London's Hatcham Social are direct musical descendants of Orange Juice, Echo & the Bunnymen or, more recently, Clearlake: scratchy but melodic, with an occasional flair for the melodramatic, and very, very British. In the UK, they're signed to Fierce Panda, the label that first gave us Art Brut and, um, Coldplay; in the U.S they're with TBD Records, home of White Rabbits and Radiohead. Hatcham Social's long-time-coming debut, You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil, was co-produced by Tim Burgess of the Charlatans with whom they'll be touring this fall.
Before that, they'll be playing a handful of choice NYC shows over the next week or so, including Thursday's (6/18) Twee As Fuck party at Cake Shop that also features most of Slumberland's current roster: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Crystal Stilts, and Cause Co-Motion. Tickets ($10) to that show, by the way, can be bought in advance at either Cake Shop or Bruar Falls daily from noon to 10PM. Please note: "ONLY 200 TIX AVAILABLE!" Um... 200 people can fit in Cake Shop? UPDATE: Sold out, but tickets will be available at the door. Go early if you don't already have a ticket and want to get in.
Additionally, Hatcham Social are playing Mondo @ Don Hill's this Friday (6/19), and two dates with The Maccabees and Miike Snow: Saturday (6/20) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Monday (6/22) at Mercury Lounge.
Check out the MP3 of "So So Happy Making" above, and there are videos, flyers and tour dates after the jump.
The Maccabees are coming to the US for what at this point is just a two-night NYC run. For that, the band's previously announced Music Hall of Williamsburg show on June 20th will be followed by a Monday, June 22nd gig at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale.
Both show will feature Swedish trio Miike Snow. That band
The Maccabees playing "Love You Better," off that album, and the video for their new single "Can You Give It," are posted below, with all updated Maccabees and Miike Snow tour dates...
The Maccabees @ Knitting Factory in 2007 (more)
No prizes for guessing which band have been hogging the Maccabees' stereo. Wall of Arms makes use of epic production, eerie chants and the general feeling that Orlando Weeks is singing like the world's about to end tomorrow (which, of course, it may well be). If this all sounds a bit Arcade Fire, note that production credits go to Markus Dravs, who worked on Neon Bible. [Guardian UK]That's a review of the latest record from UK band the Maccabees, out now on Fiction Records. The band has extensive tour dates scheduled for Europe, in both May/June and again in the fall.
The band comes stateside in June. So far the only public date is a Brooklyn show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 20th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 6th at noon. Stay tuned for more announcements.
All tour dates with a video for new song "Love You Better" and a BBC doc on the Maccabees, below...
The Maccabees downstairs @ Pianos (BV CMJ) - Oct 20, 2007
Scott Matthews upstairs @ Pianos (BV CMJ) - Oct 20, 2007
Pianos (a music venue on the Lower East Side in NYC) is five years old. They're celebrating tonight (Oct 30) with a free show and $1.00 drinks between 5-6pm and 1-2am. Bear Hands (10), Ford & Fitzroy (11), and Ruthless Thomas (12) are all on the bill. The above photos are by Bao Nguyen
CMJ put up the initial schedule for this year's music marathon (Oct 16-20, 2007). I looked real quick and didn't see any surprises, but check it out and let me know what you find. Also, save these dates....
BrooklynVegan parties at or during CMJ 2007 in NYC
- Tues Oct 16 - official showcase @ Bowery Ballroom (6pm - 1am) (tix)
- Wed Oct 17 - day party @ Pianos (12pm - 6pm) (FREE) w/ Meat Puppets, Celebration & more TBA
- Fri Oct 19 - day party @ R Bar (LES) (12pm - 8pm) (FREE) w/ Yo Majesty & more TBA
- Sat Oct 20 - day party @ Pianos (12pm - 7pm) (FREE) w/ Tiny Masters of Today, The Maccabees & more TBA
- Sat Oct 20 - afterparty @ 205 (LES)(10pm - 4am) (FREE) w/ King Oppression (Professor Murder) & more TBA
Finally another danceable UK rock band I'm really excited about (see Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party) - one that will still likely play a bunch of smaller venues in the U.S. (doesn't count). They're currently on tour with Bloc Party (in Asbury Park TONIGHT), and like Bloc Party - The Maccabees played their first NYC at Knitting Factory (last night - June 6, 2007). Sold out, and full of rowdy British kids, the band tore through a set that left me wanting much more...
Tickets are back on sale for the June 6th Noisettes/Maccabees show at Knitting Factory in NYC. If you were listening to my Sirius radio show with guest DJ Never Forget on Tuesday, you heard us/him play the "South Central remix" of The Maccabees' song X-Ray.
Stream the UK band's whole new album at AOL. All tour dates below...