Entries tagged with: The Men
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
The Men just released a music video for "I Saw Her Face," from the band's raggedly solid new album, New Moon. The clip is very old-school VHS style, employing the popular run-the-camera-through-the-TV-and-point-it-at-the-screen technique that entertained stoners for hours on end in the '80s and '90s. You can watch it below.
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
The Men @ Bowery Ballroom
Beginning with an extended drone, The Men banged out one note with a noticeable nervous tension. All that revving of engines finally erupted in "Electric" off the band's New Moon which was released this week. The crowd went mental in turn with flying beers and bodies. Followed by burner "Without a Face," The Men kept the energy on high. And then, like on much of the new LP, they morphed into Crazy Horse mode with big, crunchy jams. While jarring, it works better live than on record. "I Saw Her Face" sounds absolutely huge at Bowery and that sense of grandiosity doesn't come across on New Moon. I still prefer the band in Punk mode, but, like Montreal's Besnard Lakes, they understand the power of dynamics and scale. Maybe Jace Lasek should produce their next record?
Last night's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (3/7) was an all-around solid-as-a-rock bill. Openers Parquet Courts had the place packed from the start. "We haven't played a show in Manhattan since getting kicked out of Cake Shop," joked Andrew Savage who, along with the rest of the band, hopped on a plane this morning to Mexico City where they play tonight. (They play Festival Nrml in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday [3/9]). Their set got off to a rough start but soon course-corrected with a succession of their short, sharp cuts off Light Up Gold.
Brooklyn's Nude Beach held the undercard slot and knocked out catchy tune after catchy tune. Not only do they look like they could be from Minneapolis in 1984 (snapshirts, flannel and denim), they sound like it too: anthemic, punky powerpop, all hooks and no B.S. Quality stuff. For those not heading to Austin next week for you-know-what, Nude Beach are playing Union Pool on March 13 with Call of the Wild, Tweens and What Next?
More pictures from last night's Bowery show below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Men at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro//BBG)
As mentioned, Brooklyn rockers The Men are set to release their fourth album, New Moon, on March 5 via Sacred Bones. Each album by The Men has had its own sound so far, so when they revealed the first single, "Electric," it was a little surprising how much like Open Your Heart it sounded, but on their newest album cut, "I Saw Her Face," they show yet another shift in sound, coming off like the Grunge Grateful Dead or Crazy Horse-via-Dinosaur Jr. You might miss them being "more punk," but they do this sound really well too. Listen to the new song below.
As discussed, The Men will be supporting the new album with a tour, which includes a sold out record release show at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with Nude Beach and Parquet Courts, and a just-announced Northside Festival show opening for the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes' incarnation of Black Flag at Warsaw on June 14. Good For You and Netherlands are on that bill too and tickets go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
A list of all dates and the new song stream below...
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
Nude Beach at 285 Kent, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
It's been a bit since we last heard from Crystal Stilts. While there's no word of new recordings, the band will be playing their first NYC show in a long while on Friday (2/15) at Lulu's in Greenpoint (Franklin Ave & Greenpoint Ave). The show is with Nude Beach and FREE with the purchase of a drink. And as you may know, all drinks at Lulu's come with a free mini pizza. Score!
Nude Beach's appearance is in addition to their upcoming dates at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with The Men and Parquet Courts (tickets) and Union Pool on March 13 with Call of The Wild, Tweens & What Next? (tickets).
Psychic Ills rang in the New Year at Saint Vitus, and the Brooklyn crew will take on Bowery Ballroom tonight as part of a record release celebration with White Hills and Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets are still available or you can try your luck at winning a few pairs AND a copy of the new LP on vinyl! Details on how to enter are below alongside all upcoming dates; NYC will serve as the tour kick-off show.
If you can't make the show, pre-order your copy of the LP via the Sacred Bones store (it's out 2/19), who are also holding preorders for the new Lust for Youth and the new LP from The Men. Lust for Youth recently released the title track to stream from that 12". Check that out below along with a Psychic Ills video flyer and all updated dates/contest details.
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As usual, Brooklyn heartland rockers Nude Beach have a bunch of local shows coming up. They just played Mercury Lounge earlier this month, and have been added as an opener to The Men's record release show for New Moon, which happens on March 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Fellow Brooklyn upstarts Parquet Courts were also added to that show, and they've got other local shows happening even sooner. Tickets for what will be a great all-around bill are still available.
Nude Beach also play their own show soon after that at Brooklyn venue Union Pool on March 13 with Call of the Wild, Tween, and more TBA. Ticket info for that show is TBA. The band were also scheduled to play with Psychic Ills at Bowery Ballroom in February but they have since dropped off that show.
A list of all Nude Beach dates and streams of two tracks off 2012's great II, below...
The Men at Saint Vitus, Dec 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men have announced the release of New Moon, the band's follow-up to Open Your Heart, which is due on March 5 via Sacred Bones. Check out the first single from the LP, "Electric," below.
As you might expect with a new album, The Men are gearing up for touring duty. After a set of dates down under, they boys will be back in North America, and will hit Bowery Ballroom on March 7 for a record release party. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/11) at noon.
All tour dates, which include a stop in Austin for Chaos in Tejas, are listed below, along with that new song stream.
The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.
The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2, go on sale. Passes are on sale.
Hard to believe, but our BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on satellite radio for over 6.5 years. It started on Sirius which then merged with XM and became SiriusXM. The station, which was originally "Left of Center" on Sirius, is now called SiriusXMU (on SiriusXM). You can currently hear the two hour show on the "indie/college" station every Wednesday at noon EST and again at midnight that night (which is technically Thursday morning in Eastern Standard Time).
At some point years ago I brought on like-minded music lover Dominic (Nick) Masi to be my co-host, and to cover when I couldn't make it. Now, though I still may pop in occasionally (my New Year's resolution!), Nick has taken over completely, hosting the show week to week with a selection of music you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com and on his own iPod. Recently Nick also started hosting a show called "Cover Me" (all cover songs) on Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, and other programs on the network too.
In his spare time, Nick now tour manages members of Odd Future - a job which was an offshoot of his huge passion for hip hop (and traveling around the continent in a van).
What were Nick's favorite records and songs in 2012? We asked him and he gave us a list of his top 10 albums and "top 15 hip hop songs of the year that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)."
You can check out both of Nick's lists, along with videos or streams for each song on his hip hop list (Odd Future songs included), below...
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
The Men @ Saint Vitus
The Men headlined a Pitchfork-produced Sandy-benefit at Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) with Widowspeak (who play Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge soon), Sweden's Lust For Youth (who also played WIERD two nights prior) and Don Giovanni-signed Waxahatchee. The show was a one-off, hometown show for the Men who will tour down under in the new year. Pictures are in this post.
I was most excited to catch The Men and Lust for Youth. The latter's synth-propelled darkwave sounded excellent in the room at Vitus, though watching the pair play was far from a live spectacle. A band like this does extremely well in a setting like WIERD at Home Sweet Home, where lights, strobes and fog are all very common-place. Made me wish I caught them there.
The Men have changed quite a bit in the past few years, so while it wasn't shocking that the band came out with four acoustic guitars in hand given some of the softer-side of Open Your Heart, it was nonetheless a side I hadn't seen before. Gone is the bubbling undercurrent of hardcore (probably my favorite era- the Immaculada/Leave Home records), with most of the tracks slanted in a Replacements-y direction but with a bit of a twang due to the addition of accordion and Rhodes. The band has definitely gone in different directions from the days of sweaty, packed-out 538 Johnson shows (pics), and I gotta say I miss those good 'ole days.
More pictures of all four bands at Saint Vitus are below.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
JANE PAIN: American label Sacred Bones is about to reissue Growing Seeds. How do you feel about the US? Why have you decided to write your songs in English and do you think it is significant at all? Are you looking forward to your upcoming American tour dates? What American bands/projects are you into right now?Swedish post-punk/darkwave crew Lust for Youth play their first of four US dates, and first of two NYC shows, at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight (12/12). $8 gets you in. The band will also swing through Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit with The Men and Widowspeak (who also play Brooklyn Bowl). Tickets are still available).
HANNES NORRVIDE (of Lust for Youth): I'm excited to visit US, I've only been there when I was very young. I'v met some really sweet people that are from the states so I hope the rest of US is like them, I don't know.
Well, writing in english feels more safe than writing in my native language. And of course I've listened to a lot of music my whole life which most have been in english so it got kind of natural.
I got this 12″ by Hieroglyphic Being, I really liked that one, Gatekeeper.
After a show in Tempe with Pharmakon, Soren and Foreplay, the final Lust for Youth date in the US in 2012 will appropriately come at the Sacred Bones 5 Year anniversary party on 12/21/12. There the band will join Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth (who just played Union Pool), Psychic Ills (who play NYC on New Year's Eve) and many more as fire rains down upon the earth during the impending apocalypse (if you follow the Mayan calendar).
Head below for some streaming tracks from Lust For Youth, The Men, and a Sacred Bones 5th Anniversary mix, right beside the LFY tour schedule.
Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:
12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EPDoors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...
The Men at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men will join Widowspeak (who play Mercury in Jan), Lust for Youth (who also play WIERD) and more TBA at St. Vitus on December 14 as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit being presented by Pitchfork. Tickets are on sale. The show is the only current US date scheduled for the Brooklyn-based band, so make it count, NYC... and for a good cause.
All other tour dates for The Men are below, alongside a stream of their excellent Open Your Heart.
The Men at Pitchfork, Chicago, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men said:
We're playing a show this Sunday with our very good friends and one of the best bands in the world, Destruction Unit, who are on tour all the way from the Sonoran Desert. Come out, it's gonna be wild.Since then they wrote "The show at Don Pedro tonight is ON. Don't need no subway trains in hell." Pampers and The Guts are also on the bill. Flyer is below.
Destruction Unit also played the mega-show at Acheron on Friday (10/26) alongside names like Leather and Shoxx.
The one off NYC appearance is one of the Men's last scheduled shows before they head to Not Dead Yet. In January they play a sting of dates down under. Their tour schedule is below...
Chaos in Tejas 2013 (5/30 - 6/2) expands yet again with some mammoth additions to their lineup! Among today's announcements are names like Framtid (from Japan, playing their first and only US show!), Infest (who are also playing MDF), Total Control, the Men, Iron Lung, the Marked Men, Effluxus, Absu, Mammoth Grinder, Mitochondrion, Screaming Females, Step Forward, UV Race, Wiccans and Wrathprayer.
Full lineup so far is below, with 100+ bands still TBA. The announcement comes on the heels of last month's batch of bands that included Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Abigail, Manilla Road, and more. Ticketing info for the weekend are forthcoming.
Check out the current Chaos lineup, as well as releated video, below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.
We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Vampire Weekend/Ty Segall/Araabmuzik crowd - Pitchfork Fest 2012
Thank god for the Chicago Transit Authority. Several "cooling stations" (city buses) that provided respite from the onslaught of heat and humidity at the third day of Pitchfork 2012 in Chicago's Union Park (7/15), a weather pattern which replaced the previous days' periodic downpours. The heat, combined with squirt guns & bikini tops, helped create the perfect setting for performances from the sunny tennis-sweater rock of Vampire Weekend and dream pop of the oh-so-aptly named Beach House.
Random thoughts on the day: Personal highlights for me included a stretch of bands that were unfortunately all clustered across the three stages in the afternoon: Milk Music, Iceage, The Men, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Chavez. From catching moments of Kendrick Lamar on the Blue Stage, it was proven to me that he's an excellent live performer, a sentiment clearly echoed by Lady Gaga (who looked on during his set). Onohtrix Point Never's material is compelling, but doesnt fit well on an outdoor festival stage. And it's confirmed, this reviewer still detests Vampire Weekend.
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Pictures from the third and final day of Pitchfork 2012 are below, including pictures of all bands mentioned above, as well as King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Araabmuzik, and The Field. If you didnt make it to Chicago, maybe you streamed it? If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, make sure to check out pictures from day one (one set HERE, another HERE) and day two (HERE and HERE) along with video from the festival to complete your desktop Pitchfork Festival experience. Hopefully from an ice cold room.
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.
Redd Kross in Chicago in May (more by John Yingling)
What would have been the great double bill of Superchunk and Redd Kross at Beekman Beer Garden (7/6) during CBGB Festival appears to be no more. Redd Kross are now scheduled to play Music Hall of Williamsburg that night (7/6) instead. That show is with The Men, who we first thought were playing CBGB Festival at Gramercy Theatre that night (7/6) but that turned out to be JD Samson's band MEN. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Wednesday (6/20) at noon.
Both Redd Kross and The Men are also part of the recently announced FYF Fest lineup.
As for Superchunk, the CBGB Festival schedule doesn't list them playing any show at the moment but Superchunk's tour dates do still list "CBGB Festival" from July 5-8. Stay tuned for more info on this.
Updated dates listed below.