Entries tagged with: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
photo: The Blow @ Glasslands, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The lineup for Force Field PR's 10th Anniversary show, which happens at Baby's All Right on March 3, has been announced: Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Guerilla Toss, Neon Indian (DJ), plus more special guests to be announced. Tickets are still available. Flyer for the show is below.
by Bill Pearis
TEEN have shared a third track from their excellent third album, Love Yes, which is out February 19 via Carpark. Where "Tokyo" and "All About Us" were on the pop side, "Please" is more contemplative and ethereal. You can stream it below.
As mentioned, TEEN will celebrate Love Yes on Valentine's Day at Union Pool with Miho Hatori and Gemma (tickets) which doubles as the kick-off to their tour. They've extended their tour a bit, too, and updated dates are listed below.
Before that, Teeny from TEEN will team up with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart for a David Bowie tribute at Mercury Lounge on February 8. In addition to The Pains of Being TEEN (as they're calling themselves), "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am: A Tribute to David Bowie" also features White Hinterland, Best Behavior, Caroline Partamian of Scully, and Adesuwa. Sounds like fun. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
by Bill Pearis
photo: Beverly @ Pianos, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bevery have announced details of their second album, which is titled The Blue Swell and will be out May 6 via Kanine Records. The band has gone through major changes since their debut -- cofounder Frankie Rose moved to California and Drew Citron kept the band going herself with producer Scott Rosenthal and a rotating group of musicians, including former Drums member Johnny Pierce. The band's new single, "Victoria," was co-written by Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman (Drew was a live member of Pains for a while) who brought them a "Beverly-esque" demo which eventually became the song on the album. Drew told Stereogum:
We both went crazy over it, and what immediately stood out to us was the insane tone on the lead guitar. We both got really excited and took it into the studio immediately, and started laying down all the parts. Scott and I finished writing the song, and wrote the lyrics, but the lead guitar on the song is just the demo take Kip did in the lake house with his magic Japanese pedals and his humbucker telecaster."Victoria" has a chorus that may be stuck in your head before the song is over. Listen below.
Speaking of, Frankie Rose will open for Small Black at Bowery Ballroom on April 2. It's her first NYC show in ages, and only announced date at the moment. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/22) at noon.
photo: Mercury Girls @ Pianos, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philadelphia's Mercury Girls won the battle over use of their name (Toronto's Mercury Girls are now called Pavilion). With that settled, look for a 7" out early next year on venerable indiepop label Slumberland. In the meantime Mercury Girls have some shows coming up, including two NYC shows this weekend with Expert Alterations: Friday (12/18) at Alphaville that's also with Gingerlys, Big Quiet, and DJ Kip Berman (Pains of Being Pure at Heart); and Saturday (12/19) at Cake Shop that's also with EZTV and DJ Drew Citron (Beverly). Advance tickets are available for the Cake Shop show. On Sunday (12/20), Mercury Girls and Expert Alterations will play live on WFMU starting at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.
Both Expert Alterations and EZTV are featured on a year-end mix put together by Mercury Girls' guitarist Kevin Attics that has all his favorite songs of 2015. You may remember he did one last year too. Says Kevin:
The sun is setting on 2015 and, again, we're left to pick up the pieces and make sense of the last twelve months. This year saw a break-out of bands inspired by jagged, dance-y post-punk (WALL, Shopping, SNEAKS), a wave of indiepop with something to say (Spook School, Makthaverskan, Flowers), burgeoning new talent building steam (Wildhoney, Expert Alterations, EZTV, Wallflower)... oh, also Hurry managed to put out a pretty good track.Stream it and check out the tracklist below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart recently released their new "Hell" single that comes with Felt and James covers (order yours), and now they did a one-off cover of another artist: Tori Amos. Singer/main member Kip Berman recorded it himself, and it's a stripped-down take on "China" off Tori's 1992 debut album Little Earthquakes that was reissued earlier this year. Kip writes on Facebook:
Have a listen to a simple home recording I did tonight of "China" by one of my heroes Tori Amos over on Stereogum. Our last show for a while will be in Hong Kong on November 29, so I thought this would be a nice way to say thank you to all our fans and friends around the world. Without you, none of this would be possible. We get the chance to play the music we love, meet incredible people and see places we'd never get to see. To everyone that's ever supported us, let us crash on their couch, or just said hi after a show - thank you. x KipThat Hong Kong show is the day after they play the Neon Lights festival in Singapore with Chic, Mogwai, Sun Kil Moon, Blackalicious, and more.
Meanwhile, Tori Amos released the original cast recording for her musical with Samuel Adamson, The Light Princess, last month. Kip tweeted, "New @toriamos is really good. I guess when you're magnificently talented and a visionary, that doesn't go away after 25 years."
You can listen to "Darkest Hour" off that, with Pains' "China" cover, below...
photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.
In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.
Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.
Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.
Details on the songs being auctioned below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: TPOBPAH at Hammerstein in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart recently shared the James cover off their upcoming Hell EP, and now they've revealed its title track, the only original song on the EP. (The other song is a Felt cover.) It's clearer than ever that the band's shoegaze/twee pop roots are way behind them -- this is a bold pop song with disco guitar strokes, bouncy drums, thick rubbery basslines and a huge hook in the chorus. Kip Berman said in a press release that the song is "about how insufferable performances of sensitivity are when there's a good song playing and someone you want to dance with," and this is a song you'll probably want to dance to.
The EP comes out next week (11/13) on the band's own Painbow label. Stream "Hell" below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announced that they'll release a new EP called Hell on November 13 via their own Painbow label. The EP features the new original song "Hell" plus covers of Felt's "Ballad of The Band" and James' "Laid" (which, for better or for worse, you may also know as the song Matt Nathanson covered for several American Pie movies). Jen Goma (also of A Sunny Day in Glasgow) takes lead vocals on "Laid," and you can listen to that below.
photo: Fekete w/ Surfer Blood at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.The above message is from Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who's currently raising money on GoFundMe to help with his medical bills for his cancer treatment.
The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I'll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.
Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.
In addition to that fundraising campaign, a handful of artists will be coming together to play a benefit in NYC to raise money for Thomas as well. It happens Tuesday (5/12) at Bowery Ballroom and includes Surfer Blood, Cults, We Are Scientists, Julianna Barwick, Kip Berman (of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Marnie Stern & the Figs (w/ members of Les Savy Fav & Girls Against Boys), POP ETC (acoustic), Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht), and DJ Allen Blickle (of Alpaca). Tickets are on sale now.
Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for Thomas. Fuck cancer.
by Bill Pearis
Literature @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philadelphia's Literature just released the video for "New Jacket" which is off this year's Chorus, their first album for Slumberland. The hazy visuals, a mix of flowers and live footage fit the breathless rush of the song pretty well and you can watch that below. Last in NYC for CMJ, Literature have no shows on the horizon but they're about to go back into the studio for their next album.
Being the indiepop aficionado that he is, we asked Literature guitarist Kevin Attics to give us a list of his favorite songs from the last year which he did and also turned into a mix for us. Kevin says:
2014 is saying it's goodbyes at the party before it walks assuredly out the door. What did we just experience? The culmination of passion projects labored over for years (A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Gold-Bears), nascent talents throwing out the script (Girlpool, Dripping Wet, Spook School), future legends gathering steam (Flowers, Eternal Summers), and a flourishing musical community that is so tightly bound and dynamic (everyone on this mix). Also, Hurry put out a record I guess.You can stream Kevin from Literature's "Essential Songs from 2014" mix below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Would it be cool if @TheNewPornos play for too long tonight in NYC? I'm thinking we should really wear out our welcome." - AC Newman
New Pornographers / TPOBPAH @ Hammerstein Ballroom 11/17/2014
Carl Newman wasn't kidding about a lengthy set. The New Pornographers have been playing upwards of 30 songs on their current tour, and did so at Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday (11/17), including 10 of Brill Bruisers' 13 songs. With Neko Case and Dan Bejar both on this tour, it's made for a very fan-friendly, hit-filled time.
Opening this show and the whole tour were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, whose lineup currently features frontman Kip Berman's cousin Elspeth on backing vocals. Pictures of both bands from the Hammerstein show are in this post.
You can catch TPOBPAH again in NYC soon -- they play Glasslands on Monday (11/24) with Hooray For Earth, GABI, and related band Ablebody. Tickets are still available and it's one of the special shows Glasslands is doing before they close at the end of the year.
More pictures from Hammerstein and New Pornographers' setlist, below...
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are currently on tour with The New Pornographers, and both bands hit NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets). One day after their tour ends, the Pains will play soon-to-close Glasslands on November 24 with Hooray For Earth, GABI, and Ablebody. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 1 PM.
Updated TPOBPAH dates are listed, along with their video for "Kelly," below...
"Finally I can tweet freely about our LP, 'Brill Bruisers'. Let me save you some blog-reading: It's our best one yet." - @ACNewman
The New Pornographers will release their sixth album, Brill Bruisers, via Matador on August 26. It's their first album since 2010's Together and was made in Woodstock, NY (where frontman AC Newman lives these days) and Vancouver, and features contributions by Dan Bejar and Neko Case. Says Newman, "This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster." The album's up for pre-order now that comes with a 3-D poster (and glasses) of the artwork. You can check out the album's title track below.
The band will be on tour this fall, inlcuding a stop at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17. That show and others on the tour will be opened by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with a BrooklynVegan presale beginning on Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and LiveNation presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, cool interactive album art and tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
It's time for NYC Popfest, the annual four-day celebration of all things jangly, often cute, usually well-dressed and, ocasionally, twee. Over 30 bands are playing this year and I'll be covering all of it day by day. Here's a look at tonight's kickoff show (5/29) which, as usual, happens at Cake Shop. Advance tickets are still availble (and should be at the door too)
Headlining is Dressy Bessy who have been around since the '90s heyday of Elephant 6 (guitarist John Hill is also in Apples in Stereo). Fronted by Tammy Ealon, the band make crunchy powerpop that never gets too sweet. You may remember their cover of The Free Design's "Bubbles" from The Powerpuff Girls. While the band hasn't made an album since 2008's Holler & Stomp, Ealon reactivated the band in 2012, releasing a few digital singles and a best-of compilation cassette via Burger.
Making for a nice leadup will be undercard The Besties who were an '00s-era mainstay here in NYC and played the 2008 edition of Popfest. The band broke up the next year, but are back together for at least this show. Other news: The Besties' final bow, 2008's Home Free, is getting it's first-ever vinyl release.
Filling the UK quotient for the night is "vegan straight-edge pop group" Martha who just this week (5/26) released their new album, Courting Strong, which is out on Fortuna Pop (Joanna Gruesome, Shrag) in the UK, and Salinas (Swearin', Radiator Hospital) in North America. The record was produced by MJ of Hookworms and is ten songs of hooky, punky guitar pop and you can stream the whole thing below. Martha's Popfest appearance is part of a full North American tour -- most shows with Salinas labelmates Delay.
Also playing the Cake Shop show: Charleston, SC's Tape Waves whose airy jangle is sort of like a female fronted Real Estate at their most-straightforward (check out new single "Stay All Night" below); and NYC-via-the-Dominican-Republic's Franny and Zooey who swiped their name from Salinger and their sound from '60s pop radio (stream last year's Bananafish EP below).
In between sets,
Kip from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will DJ. UPDATE: Kip had to cancel last minute, as Pains are flying out on tour.
Previews of Friday, Saturday and Sunday's NYC Popfest action are still to come. Meanwhile, check out streams from all five of Thursday's Popfest bands below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"thank you @thepainsofbeing for a wonderful night of tunes and for covering my favorite Katy Perry song" - Sad Girls Guide
"The @thepainsofbeing show was awesome till they covered katy perry..." - Estelle Goodwin
Pains @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/22/14
NYC indie pop collective The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just wrapped up their tour with the UK's Fear of Men (whose Jessica Weiss was playing with Pains on this tour in place of Drew Citron who's busy with Beverly) and Ablebody (whose Christoph and Anton Hochheim are currently full time members of Pains) in their hometown at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/22). The tour is in support of Pains' third LP, Days of Abandon, which came out earlier this month via Yebo, and the set included a large amount of that album plus a few faves from the previous two. Days of Abandon is the band's calmest sounding record, but their new lineup is anything but calm on stage. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Pains also included a cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in last night's set (you can hear a clip on Vine). If that sounds like a weird or ironic choice to you, consider earlier this month singer Kip Berman told Billboard:
I love that "pop" can mean a lot of things, but on some level there is something that unites our music with Katy Perry and Beyonce, or Aztec Camera and Orange Juice. To us, we always aspire to be pop without having to explain it in terms of micro-genre. When we started people would always say we were "lo-fi" pop or "dream pop" or "indiepop." And I get why people say that, but to us what's most important in our music is pop, not whatever becomes before the hyphen.In other news, speaking of Beverly, during NYC Popfest (though not an official Popfest show), they play an afternoon backyard BBQ show at Trans-Pecos (6/1) with Pam Berry (Glo Worm, Cat's Miaow, The Shapiros), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and '90s Slumberland band Rocketship. Beverly also play a record release show at Baby's in June.
The thing that makes music timeless are the qualities that Beyonce, The Ronettes, The Ramones, Blondie or The Pastels share -- not the things that differentiate them. Maybe someday we'll get there and our songs will just exist in the supermarket or The Gap in a matter of fact way -- like they just belong there, because that's where pop songs live.
More pictures from the Pains show below...
by Bill Pearis
Christoph and Anton Hochheim are current members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (guitar and drums, respectively) but also make music on their own as Ablebody. (They were also both in The Depreciation Guild with former TPOBPAH drummer Kurt Feldman.) Sonically indebted to '80s UK indie (they've been known to cover The Servants' "The Sun, a Small Star"), the brothers make dreamy janglepop with dash of melodrama. Ablebody will release a new single, "After Hours," next month and you can stream the A-side (and a few other tracks) below.
The Hochheims are going to be extra busy soon, as Ablebody are now opening on The Pains of Being Pure At Heart / Fear of Men tour which starts next week and concludes at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on May 22. Tickets are still available.
Before that you can catch Fear of Men, meanwhile, in NYC where they're playing three free shows over the next week. All TPOBPAH/FoM/Ablebody dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below..
Pains at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may know, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are releasing their third, comparatively lighter album, Days of Abandon, on May 13 via Yebo. They've already shared the single "Simple and Sure" and its video, and now they've unleashed another single, "Eurydice." Check it out below.
Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gigstock is a 2-day mini-festival which "[mixes] showcase-length sets with conversation" going down at NYC's Greene Space on April 9 and 10 (located at 44 Charlton St). The festival, co-presented by WNYC Soundcheck and OhMyRockness, has a pretty great lineup, with local indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Parquet Courts on day 1, and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst with Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow on day 2. You can get tickets for day 1, day 2, or pick up a 2-day pass now.
Meanwhile, you can also catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Rough Trade NYC on Friday (3/28), which is sold out but we're giving away tickets to. And catch them again when their tour with Fear of Men hits Bowery Ballroom on May 22 (tickets).
Conor Oberst also has a tour with Dawes that hits The Space at Westbury on 5/22 and Central Park Summerstage on 7/27 (tickets), and James Vincent McMorrow brings his tour to NYC for sold out shows on 4/9 at Bowery Ballroom and 4/11 at MHOW.
TPOBPAH @ BV SXSW 3/15/2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new album, Days of Abandon, is out next month on Yebo Music and this week they released a video for single "Simple and Sure." Set at a dinner party (singer Kip Berman's the butler), it takes aim at our ADD culture, animated GIFs in particular. Says Kip:
I'm taken aback at how many online outlets now reduce their content to a series of GIFs, assuming a minute long video or a single paragraph of text to be too burdensome. We're as much prisoners of our need for constant distraction and instant sensation as the trapped guests at the dinner party.You can watch the "Simple and Sure" video below.
After a tour around SXSW, The Pains are back home in Brooklyn and play Rough Trade on Friday (3/28). That show is sold out but we've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details below.
And speaking of, Fear of Men made a video for their single "Luna" and you can watch that below.
by Bill Pearis
Bad Sports @ Burgermania, Hotel Vegas
I'm not sure how many artists I saw over the course of five days at SXSW but it was a lot. My week started (Kelley Stoltz) and ended (La Luz) at Hotel Vegas which was probably my favorite place to see bands in Austin. In between I tried to catch everyone on my list, and luckily quite a few of them played our day parties at Red 7. So of these, many were expected, but there were a couple nice finds too. Here's my Top 10 artists I caught at SXSW:
Jarvis Cocker (Wednesday @ Austin Convention Center)
I missed Jarvis and (Pulp guitarist) Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" DJ night on Tuesday (and didn't get to see the Pulp documentary) but I did happen into Jarvis' talk, titled "Extra Ordinary," at the Convention Center the next day. It was an hour-long discussion -- complete with PowerPoint presentations -- that framed his lyrical style of finding beauty (and humor) in the mundane. As you would expect, it was witty, urbane and nobody wanted it to end.
Hospitality (Thursday, Merge Showcase @ The Parish)
I didn't really intend on seeing Hospitality (a band I've seen many times, but not since their new LP) at SXSW but the hour they were playing was free on my schedule...and I'm so glad I did. Not only did the songs off Trouble sound great, but the band took their expanded musical palette to the songs off their debut, offering up radical reworkings that made their whole set fresh and exciting.
Sylvan Esso (Thursday @ BV day party and Chevrolet Courtyard)
A real suprise, as I am against laptop acts in general, Sylvan Esso really made it work. A good set of songs anchored things, but it was the stage presence and chemistry between singer Amelia Randall Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn. One of the few times my first thought wasn't "get a live drummer" though, now that you mention it, that wouldn't hurt.
Gruff Rhys (Thursday @ St. David's Historic Sanctuary & BV Friday Day Party)
One of the true talents of the last 20 years, Gruff Rhys could probably read the SXSW schedule and make it entertaining. At the church (and at our Friday day party), he previewed his new album, American Interior, which is a high-concept project that involves a book, film and mobile app. It worked with just an acoustic guitar (and a few handmade signs) too.
La Femme (BV Friday day party @ Red 7)
As they made my #3 album of 2013, I knew I was going to like La Femme live. I didn't expect them to be so genuinely awesome, especially in the tough noon opening slot. They sounded great, oozed Frenchiness, were a blast to watch. Expectations way exceeded. I can't wait to see them do a full set on Sunday (which BV is presenting).
Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday @ Chevrolet Courtyard & BV Saturday day party)
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.
Protomartyr (BV Saturday Day Party @ Red 7)
Dressed in grey Dockers and a button-down shirt, Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey looked like he was performing our day party slot on his lunch break. He kept one hand in his pocket, chewed gum and barely moved. But not unlike Mark E. Smith or David Thomas, there's a seething indifference seeping out of that shirt collar, and to me that dichotomy -- and the general badassedness songs on Protomartyr's new album -- was about as punk as it gets.
Fat White Family (BV Saturday day party)
Another of the bands I was most excited to see, Fat White Family brought a genuine sleezy rock n' roll attitude. Most of bandmembers were shirtless and sweaty by the second song, and frontman Lias Saoudi had an undeniable louche...is charm the right word? These are boys you don't bring home to mom. You can catch them this weekend in NYC.
Curtis Harding (Saturday, Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Burgermania boasted some 60 bands across Hotel Vegas' four stages, with a new group starting every 15 minutes. Most of them being on the Fullerton, CA record label that was as much the star as the bands. (Their t-shirt booth, sporting about 10 styles, sold out of everything except XXLs.) I think I caught about 15 over the course of four hours. I arrived in time for the soul-garage of Atlanta's Curtis Harding, whose magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one. Look for his album on Burger later this year.
Bad Sports (Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Having enjoyed all three albums by Bad Sports a lot (very Damned/Buzzcocks-style punk), I somehow never realized the band was fronted by OBN III's Orville Neeley until I saw them on stage as part of Burgermania. Having only seen Neeley in wildman OBN mode, it was cool to see him channel that energy into a guitar, ripping out one burner after another.
Other sets I liked: Kelley Stoltz, Coachwhips, Gap Dream, LA Font, SVPER, Cosmonauts, Cate Le Bon, Tweens, Warm Soda, The Hold Steady, Christopher Owens, Destruction Unit, Cherry Glazzer, Peter Matthew Bauer, Shocked Minds, Bleeding Rainbow, Connan Mockasin, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Arthur Beatrice (and probably something I forgot).
Bands I missed who I wanted to see: Boogarins, Withered Hand, Bo Ningen... Spandau Ballet?
A few more Instagrams (including a few bands that fell outside the Top 10) below...
Pains / Hold Steady
After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).
Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.
The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.) Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.
Tweens / Ex Hex
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.
TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom 2013 (more by Bruno Simões)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are pretty consistent with their love for '80s and '90s indie, but they don't repeat themselves, and continue to navigate new territory on their upcoming third album, a quieter, poppier record than the Corgan riffs of 2011's Belong.
Folks attending SXSW this week can get an early taste of Days of Abandon (and TPOBPAH's new line-up) and their schedule includes the Saturday BrooklynVegan free BrooklynVegan day party. (For those that aren't, they'll be touring soon too.) Nice guy frontman Kip Berman, a genuine music lover, put some thought into our 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
Kip: I'm not going to include NYC, because hometown shows are always super special. But the Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama is incredible. They have these airstream trailers that serve as the "back stage" area, they feed bands good food, and everyone that works there is pretty awesome.
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:45 Fat White Family
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....