Entries tagged with: The Mary Onettes
Good news / bad news, Mary Onettes fans. First, the good. The Swedish band's new mini-LP, Portico, is out next week (3/4) and is a lovely piece of ethereal (but not chillwave) dreampop. You can stream it right now (via V Magazine) in this post.
Here's the bad: The Mary Onettes' North American tour was to have started this weekend but will not make their the Alston, MA (3/5 at Great Scott) and Brooklyn (3/7 at Glasslands) dates. No word on the other dates of the short tour as of yet. In both those cases, tourmates Heavenly Beat are still playing and the Glasslands show is now being headlined by Tei Shi (who originally was going to play the venue on 3/2). Atlanter is also on the Glasslands bill and tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: Due to visa issues, the tour is canceled. However, they are still able to play their offical SXSW showcases and will do so. Mini-LP stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Having released Hit the Waves less than a year ago, Jönköping, Sweden's The Mary Onettes return with a new mini-album, titled Portico, which will be out later this year on their longtime home of Labrador Records. You can check out the synth-drenched, typically catchy "Silence is a Gun" which makes its premiere in this post.
The Mary Onettes will be over for SXSW and will tour around their appearance there, including the Savannah Stopover and a visit to NYC: March 7 at Glasslands with openers Heavenly Beat. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Speaking of, Heavenly Beat (who are from Brooklyn but sound Swedish and made one of my favorite albums of 2013) play tonight (1/24) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with French Horn Rebellion, Rush Midnight, and Pizza Underground. That show is free.
Mary Onettes tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Palma Violets @ Pianos, January 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Youth Lagoon @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wie Shi)
today in NYC
* Baby Soda @ Barbes
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Deva Mahal @ Union Pool
* Stephane Wrembel @ Joe's Pub
* The Colbert Report Writers @ UCB
* Califone @ Brooklyn House Show
* James Blake, Falty DL @ Terminal 5
* Minnesota, DCarls @ Santos Party House
* Matt Darriau's Balling The Jack @ Barbes
* Julia Haltigan w/ Aaron Lee Tasjan @ Joe's Pub
* BBIGPIGG, Cinema Cinema @ The Grand Victory
* Paper Bird, Dana Falconberry @ The Rock Shop
* Telekinesis, Deep Sea Diver @ Bowery Ballroom
* Youth Lagoon, Majical Clouds @ The Bell House
* Toubab Krewe, Barika, Benyoro @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Capital Cities, Gold Fields, Lovelife @ Irving Plaza
* RL Grime, Nick Hook, Maxiavelli @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Dead Skeletons, Mone, Heliotropes @ Mercury Lounge
* Survival, Alan Watts, STATS, Vaporizer @ The Acheron
* Neon Indian (DJ), Optimo, Trus'me, Tanner Caldwell @ Output
* Chappo, Dead Stars, Slonk Donkerson, Jangula, Heeney @ 285 Kent
* Palma Violets, Guards, The Orwells @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Other Factors, Highway, Gimps, Mothers, The Gradients @ Big Snow
* Height, Eze Jackson, Handjob Academy, Zebra Baby @ Death By Audio
* Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Freedom Party NYC @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* Senses Fail, Such Gold, Real Friends, Major League @ Highline Ballroom
* Dead Leaf Echo, Tennis System, Wild International, Nightmare Air @ Shea Stadium
* Wooly & The Mammoth, Cheap Blue Yonder, Charly Bliss, Lydia Ainsworth @ Cameo Gallery
* Lily and The Parlor Tricks, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Raccoon Fighter, Jeremy Freer @ Cake Shop
* Max Glazer, Kenny Meez, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, Que Bajo?! (RBMA) @ Roseland Ballroom
* CREEP, EXITMUSIC, Rewards, Adam Green Albert Hammond Jr. (DJ, Blood Orange (DJ), Certain Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands
Seattle's Telekinesis are in town, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight in support of their new album, Dormarion, which came out last month on Merge. Deep Sea Diver open and tickets are still available. Telekinesis just released a video for LP track "Empathetic People" and you can watch that below.
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The Mary Onettes made a video for "Don't Forget," the second video from their new album Hit the Waves. You can watch it below.
As mentioned, Lloyd Cole will release Standards on June 21. He recently released the first video from it, "Period Piece," which nicely juxtapose's Lloyd reminiscing about his days in NYC with his son's current experiences here. You can watch it below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
Philip Ekström @ Cake Shop, 2/20/2013
As mentioned, Sweden's The Mary Onettes will release their new album, Hit the Waves, on March 12 via Labrador. The record is miles away from the driving, Cure-ish post-punk the band were known for in the past, and the new album sports a boyant, synth-heavy sound. This could be due in part to working with Studio's Dan Lissvik (who also produced the new Young Galaxy album). The band just released the album's title-track as a single and you can stream it below.
Frontman Philip Ekström was in NYC last week doing press and played a couple solo acoustic shows while here, including Glasslands on 2/18, and Cake Shop on 2/20 with The Hairs, TSINGTAO and Little Band of Sailors. With laptop backing, Ekström treated the Cake Shop crowd to a bunch of Hit the Waves' songs and we've got photos from his and The Hairs' set, plus video (courtesy Future Sweden), below...
by Bill Pearis
laughing it up with The Mary Onettes
'80s-loving Swedes The Mary Onettes will release their new album, Hit the Waves, in March via Labrador Records. The record is a decidedly more mellow affair than anything they've done before, trading their love of post-punk guitars for more romo-sounding synths. (It also kinda sounds like Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac.) But their mopey romnanticism remains intact. You can stream the album's first single, "The Evil Coast," below and watch the video.
The last time The Mary Onettes tried to tour North America, a volcano got in their way. No full band dates for 2013 just yet, but frontman Philip Ekström will be performing solo sets in NYC at Glasslands on February 19 (tickets) and Cake Shop on February 20.
Joey Bada$$ @ SUNY Purchase, 10/27/2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Future Islands @ Red 7, Austin - 11/11/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Diamond Terrifier @ Zebulon
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ray LaMontagne @ The Capitol Theatre
* Macklemore & Ryan Lewis @ Irving Plaza
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Madison Square Garden
* Metz, Yvette, Bennio Qwerty @ Knitting Factory
* Ash, We Are Scientists, Reputante @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jeremy Carlstedt and Tim Motzer Duo @ The Stone
* Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lindsay Fuller @ Joe's Pub
* Of Monsters and Men, Soley, Elle King @ Terminal 5
* Pre War, The New Colossus, Little Gold @ Cake Shop
* Love as Laughter, Heaven, Our Mountain, Katy Steele @ Pianos
* Teletextile, Monica Lionheart, My Midnight Heart @ Union Pool
* Future Islands, Talk Normal, Dopy Body @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sunglasses, Brothertiger, Genghis Hans, Alex Burkat DJ set @ Glasslands
* The Dreebs, Tonstartssbandht, Heaven's Gate, Doron Sadja @ Death By Audio
* BAM!, Easy Tells, Daniella Cotton, Vanity Belles, Christina LaRocca @ Mercury Lounge
* Joey Badass with Pro Era, Mr. Phantastik, King Mez, Mr. Ivory Snow Hot @ S.O.B.'s
* Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Smoke DZA, OCD: Moosh & Twist @ Highland Ballroom
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Sweden's The Mary Onettes will release their new single "Evil Coast" next week on Labrador records and you can stream it now below. Look for their new album, Hit the Waves, in March.
As you may remember (or maybe went to), The Crystal Ark threw a release party at Le Poisson Rouge last week for the video of their single "We Came To." That sci-fi themed clip, pretty trippy, is now online and you can watch it below.
"Micachu and the Shapes (and Olly) have been stuck in LA due to volcanobiotch. So we had some drinks and a brownie waffle." - Max Goldblatt
Micachu @ LPR in March (more)
Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to play the Ether Festival in London on Wednesday (4/21), but instead they'll take The Mary Onettes' spot at Mercury Lounge in NYC for a show the same day (TOMORROW). The Mary Onettes are stuck in Europe. Micachu is stuck here in the United States. Mon Khmer remains on the bill.
Stay tuned for more show details.
The Mary Onettes are stranded
Sweden's The Mary Onettes have been forced to cancel their US tour, which was to start today (4/20) in Washington DC and included an April 21st show at Mercury Lounge, because of the Icelandic volcano that's been erupting (and canceling flights) since last week.
Three songs by the band are reposted above. A note from The Mary Onettes and those canceled dates (plus a handful of Euro shows scheduled this summer) are below...
Sweden's '80s-inspired The Mary Onettes will be coming back to the United States for an 11 date tour this April. One stop on that will be an April 21st show at NYC's Mercury Lounge with Mon Khmer. Tickets are on sale.
The first two singles from their 2009 album Island are re-posted above, along with the record's third track, "Once I Was Pretty." A live video of that song and all tour dates are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - To Where (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose - Thee Only One (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mary Onettes - Puzzles (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mary Onettes - Dare (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Carsick Cars - Zhong Nan Hai (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: The Answering Machine - Another City, Another Sorry (MP3)
Frankie & the Outs - debut show @ The Woods on Halloween
I'm barely recovered from post-CMJ cold and we've got a week that is so packed with good shows it feels like another festival is in town.
Mercury Prize nominees The Invisible are playing their first U.S. shows this week, starting with a free one tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. Their lauded debut album doesn't fit into one easy category, which befits a band on Matthew Herbert's label. It's all fairly warm and soulful, but with forays into funk, sparse ballads, electro and Krautrock. There's a lot going on and I'll be curious to see how a three-piece can pull it off live. The Invisible also play Santos tomorrow (11/5) opening for Dragonette, and then on Friday at Pianos (11/6) where they'll be on the same bill as Freelance Whales.
The Mary Onettes, here from Sweden, play their first NYC show this year, tonight (11/4) at Union Hall where they'll play with Blacklist. As I said before, like a lot of the bands on Labrador, The Mary Onettes love the '80s and wear those influences on their black-clad sleeves. But their second album, Islands, wears them a little more subtly, though they are still writing reach-for-the-stars chorus -- now with strings. I like them a lot. They also play Friday (11/6) at Studio @ Webster Hall and then Sunday (11/8) at Mercury Lounge.
San Francisco's awesome Grass Widow are also in town this weekend for a string of dates, starting tomorrow (11/5) at The Woodser with Frankie & the Outs, Air Waves and Hot Box. (There was to be a second show tomorrow, late at Monster Island, but that has been cancelled.) There are more than a few all-girl trios out there playing vaguely C-86 style indie (including fellow San Franciscans Brilliant Colors), but Grass Widow write better songs than most, and I really like both 12" EPs they've released this year.
The Woodser show was to be notable as the live debut of Frankie & the Outs, but then they went and played Halloween night at similarly named Willliamsburg bar The Woods (picture above). Frankie's debut single, "Thee Only One," is out now and is worth picking up -- though I think more for the dreamy b-side "Hollow Life" than the A-side (good as it is, and downloadable above) which is a little more of what you'd expect from someone who spent time in Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts. Frankie's got a way with harmonies, and the less that gets in the way of them, the better. There were a couple of songs The Outs did Saturday which were similarly laid back, and the best songs of the night.
Grass Widow also play Market Hotel on Friday night (11/6) along with Vivian Girls, The Bitters and Stupid Party. If you haven't heard The Bitters, the Toronto duo feature Ben Cook of Fucked Up (who play Thursday at Masonic Temple) and Aerin Fogel. They've got a single and an EP on Captured Tracks, the latter of which I dig (haven't heard the single yet). While definitely on the "low" end of the "fi" scale, Bitters are different from anything else on Captured Tracks with an early-'60s rock n' roll vibe (or early '80s West Coast punk), and Ben and Aerin's harmonies front-and-center.|
Grass Widow also play Saturday (11/7) afternoon at the Brooklyn Museum with Crystal Stilts and the Beets, a show which finally today was officially announced by the museum...
"Inspired by Gail's idea, and because we love Brooklyn photographers, on First Saturday we are inviting local photographers to come and shoot the bands that are playing and post their photos to the Brooklyn Museum's flickr group. Afterwards, Bob Gruen, a rock photography legend who is featured in the exhibition and has shot the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and The Clash, will look at the photos and blog about his favorites here!" [Brooklyn Museum]Grass Window then play again at Market Hotel that night, for a show with Small Black, Pictureplane, Girls at Dawn and Cale Parks (formerly of Aloha). They're also going to play somewhere on Sunday (11/8)... venue TBA. Go see them if you can.
There's also the China Underground Invasion tour this weekend, with three of Beijing's best indie rock bands: Carsick Cars, PK-14 and Xiao He. In particular, I'm excited about Carsick Cars who I've actually heard of prior to this tour thanks to a friend who is living in Beijing and occasionally sends me music. They're definitely of the Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr school of noise n' drone. I only just got their new album, You Can Listen, You Can Talk, but have been listening to their 2008 debut a lot, and am told that its "Zhong Nan Hai" is like the Beijing indie anthem. The tour hits PowerHouse Arena tomorrow (11/5), Glasslands on Friday (11/6) and Santos on Saturday (11/7).
Tonight (11/4) is also the second week of The Answering Machine's three-week residency at Coco 66. The band has also added three more NYC dates while they're here: Nov. 9 at Pianos, Nov. 11 at Bruar Falls and Nov. 12 at Cake Shop.
And finally, Saturday night (11/7) French pop band Tahiti 80 play Mercury Lounge (tickets). When it comes to Franco-pop, Phoenix get the lion's share of the attention, but Tahiti 80 have been at it almost as long (if not just as long) and have made four danceable, hook-filled albums. The most recent of which, Activity Center, came out last year in France but is just now getting an American release. The band have retreated a bit from the full-on disco that was 2005's Fosbury, and gone back to the '60s sunshine of 2002's Wallpaper for the Soul which definitely suits them better. I haven't seen them play in ages, but they were always a good live band. Opening is Brookville, the other band from Ivy's Andy Chase -- who also produced Tahiti 80's first two albums.
Videos, tour dates and flyers are after the jump...
by Bill Pearis
Sweden's Mary Onettes are back in the U.S. next week for a string of East Coast dates, including three dates in New York: November 4 at Union Hall, Nov. 6 at The Studio @ Webster Hall and Nov. 8 at Mercury Lounge. Next week also sees the release of their second album, Islands, which is out on Labrador Records (The Legends, Pelle Carlberg and The Radio Dept.). You can download the Island's first two singles, "Puzzles" and "Dare," at the top of this post. Where their first album went for more of a straight early-'80s, guitar-driven Cure/Bunnymen/JAMC gloomy pop vibe, Islands is much more lush, with layers of strings and keyboards added to mix. Though not synthy/dancey, Island's big choruses and plaintive vocals kind of remind me of Xymox's poppy 1989 album Twist of Shadows, which is not a bad thing at all.
I saw both of The Mary Onettes when they played here in May 2008 and was impressed by their ability to incorporate what are almost strictly '80s influences but not make it feel like someone else's nostalgia. Maybe it was the volume. They are quite loud. The Mary Onettes have some well-chosen openers for their three NYC shows, as well: Blacklist, with whom they played last year, will open at Union Hall; the dancey dreampop of Kordan for the Studio @ Webster Hall (you can download their new EP for free); and The Art of Shooting at Mercury Lounge.
The Mary Onettes also play Boston and Philly while in America. All 2009 tour dates and a video below...