Entries tagged with: The Rapture
Aughts-era NYC music scene survivors Anton Harmony (aka Radio 4's Anthony Roman) and Mod (of Elefant) have formed a new project called Orange Cassettes whose debut single "Go In The Light" is out this week via R.T.A. (Ring the Alarm), a new arm of White Iris. The record also features help from Phil Mossman (LCD Soundsystem), Jim Orso (Holy Ghost!) and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), so as you can imagine its very much in the dancefloor-friendly post-punk mode. Stream it below.
Orange Cassettes will play their first-ever show which happens at Baby's All Right on November 12 with Ludwig Persik and Cathy on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
Flyer for the show and song stream, below...
The Rapture @ House of Vans, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
One nugget of information in the Red Bull Music Academy press release -- as part of the William Onyeabor tribute -- they refer to Luke Jenner as "formerly of The Rapture." We didn't think much of it -- just sort of assumed that was old news -- but apparently they had broken up on the sly. Self Titled mag got in touch with DFA domo Jonathan Galkin who confirmed:
"I kept thinking it might blow over," label manager Jonathan Galkin said, "but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: 'Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?'"Not even a goodbye show! We'll miss ya, The Rapture. Head below for the song that put them -- and DFA -- on the map, "House of Jealous Lovers"...
In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
this is where the DFA anniversary is happening
NYCers might be familiar with the infamous commercials for the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, with the proprieters finishing off the commercial by yelling "WE MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE" at the top of their lungs. I've always thought that the venue -- which is truly fantastic in the textbook definition of the word -- might make an interesting space for a musical event. It has before, including being the home of the world-music oriented Golden Fest.
Apparently I was not alone. We've mentioned it, but never fully given it the attention it deserves. As part of the massive Red Bull Music Academy takeover of NYC next month, DFA Records will make their dreams come true by hosting their 12th anniversary of party at the dazzling space on May 25, featuring a veritable army of the DFA crew including DJs and live sets from James Murphy, The Rapture, Black Dice (live set), Juan Maclean, Pat Mahoney, The Crystal Ark (live set), YACHT (live set), Sh*t Robot (live set), Planningtorock (live set), Prinzhorn Dance School (live set, their US debut), Still Going, Nancy Whang, Tim Sweeney, Larry Gus, Dan Bodan and Marcus Marr. There are bound to be some surprises in store as well and seems likely to be a very memorable night.
Tickets are still available, but reportedly "dangerously close to selling out."
DFA-related videos and those classic Grand Prospect Hall commercials are below.
photos by Dylan Johnson
Matthew Dear / Chairlift @ Capitale, 2/21/2013
Last week (2/21) Chairlift and Matthew Dear played the high-concept Black party at tony downtown joint Capitale. The onetime bank did make for a striking setting. Chairlift were a last-minute sub for The Virgins had to drop out of the show. The night ended with a DJ set by The Rapture. Did you go? What was the scene like? Did you visit the "special sound experience by Sennheiser" and if so what was it? More pics from the Black party are below.
Chairlift @ Glasslands, 12/19/2013 (more by Robert Altman)
As mentioned, Matthew Dear is performing at the "conceptual music experience" known as "Black," which is happening on Thursday (2/21) at swanky downtown eatery/club Capitale in the historic Bowery Bank building. The Virgins were to have played this as well, but have dropped out and have been replaced by Chairlift. The Rapture are DJing, and Black also features Jim-E Stack, a "special sound experience by Sennheiser," and art installations by Charlie Nesi, Young & Sick, and Joel Walker. Tickets (starting at $40) are still available.
Matte, the producers of the event, made a video announcement for the Black party and you can watch that stylishly NSFW clip below.
Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Winnie Cheung)
BLACK: a conceptual music experience, an ode to a color that is a lifestyle, a color that defines New York. We will embrace the edge of culture in music and art, while revering its inexhaustible history. The event will feature live musical performances by Matthew Dear, The Virgins, The Rapture DJ's, and Jim-E Stack.The "conceptual music experience" known as BLACK will go down at chichi LES club Capitale on Feburary 21. It's from the same people who orchestrated the "Full Moon" party that Yacht played down by South Street Seaport last summer. Could be fun? Tickets are on sale now.
Enjoy custom art installations by Young & Sick and Charlie Nesi, and video projections from Trevor Owsley, Joel Walker, and Jason Naylor. LA lifestyle shop Black Banditz will have a pop-up tatoo shop upstairs in the VIP lounge.
Flyer for BLACK and Matthew Dear tour dates, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout
James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)
Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn't catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.
Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, "After You," and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.
Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp's set:
A neon sign reading 'PULP' in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air...all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!He also wrote about the ship itself...
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines' fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below...
today in NYC
* Fashion's Night Out
* Sherita @ Barbes
* Teitur @ Joe's Pub
* Sarah Alden @ Barbes
* The Postelles @ MoMA
* DANCENOW @ Joe's Pub
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lifted Crew @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Yardbirds @ City Winery
* Left Handed Radio Live! @ UCB East
* Madonna, Avicii @ Yankee Stadium
* Varispeed performs Empty Words @ The Stone
* Fred Falke, Ghost Beach @ Santos Party House
* 'Hi Custodian' screening at @ Sunshine Cinema
* Anna Lunoe, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Matt Embree, Vinnie Caruana @ Mercury Lounge
* NYU "Mystery Concert 2012" @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Breton, The Big Sleep, Ambassadors @ Bowery Ballroom
* Liquor Store, Little Big League, Porches @ Shea Stadium
* Tim Fite, Foxes in Fiction, Molly Nilsson @ Littlefield
* Ecstasy Mule vs. John Cage vs. Ecstasy Mule @ The Stone
* The Fleeting Ends, Your Sister's Canary, We Run @ Cameo
* The Rapture, Midnight Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Denver Hughes, ShadowBox, Color War, Big Fur @ Delinquency
* Ludwig Persik, Eastern Midwestern, Visuals @ Public Assembly
* Rapstar, Alan Watts, The Dreebs, Den Svarata Fanan @ Big Snow
* Air Waves, Future of What, Love of Everything, Earthquake Party! @ Glasslands
* The Peach Kings, Morgan O'Kane, Mia Sparrow, Chris Pureka, Aaron Short @ Union Hall
* Dinowalrus, X-Ray Eyeballs, Life Size Maps, Grand Resort, Psychobuildings @ 285 Kent
* DJ Roofeo (Death Set), Jahan Lennon, WIN WIN, The Tony Castles, Sister Crayon @ Pianos
* I'm Turning Into, Miniboone, Ball of Flame Shoots Fire, The Meaning of Life @ Cake Shop
* Alex Yac, NCM, Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club, Casey Shea, Allison Weiss @ Mercury Lounge
How appropriate! Madonna plays NYC on Fashion's Night Out, which sees multiple performances at venues, stores, and many other spaces across NYC. (And other cities.) While the Material Girl isn't part of the festivities, you can see the likes of Azealia Banks, St. Vincent, Yoko Ono, Chairlift, Icona Pop and dozens more. We have highlighted lists of the free shows HERE and HERE and HERE.
The Rapture continues its three-night residency with guests Midnight Magic at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/6).
Tonight is NYU's annual "Mystery Concert" which happens at Le Poisson Rouge. Previous mystery concerts have turned out to be Animal Collective, Beirut and Big Boi. Any guesses as to who is playing tonight?
Air Waves are taking a break for a while -- perhaps recording a new album? -- and tonight's show at Glasslands will be their last any time soon.
Today is the last day to check out BrooklynVegan photo show '480 Pixels' at 92YTribeca which you can visit while checking out popular live show "Mortified", "a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers."
Like movies? We're presenting a free screening of Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best at Knitting Factory on Monday (9/10). Mark your calendars and stop by.
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Army Navy have a new video, "World's End," which features Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down fame. You can watch it below.
Nude Beach have released a new video for "Radio". Check that out below.
Best Coast performed "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" from the new LP The Only Place last night (9/5) on Conan. Video from that performance is below.
Check out streaming audio of Marissa Nadler covering Fleetwood Mac's "Save me a Place" below.
Flying Lotus's work is featured in the new short film "Until The Quiet Comes" by Kahlil Joseph. Check that out below.
Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.
Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.
Holy Ship sails in January too.
The Rapture/the scene House of Vans 6/20/2012
Let the games begin. House of Vans is officially open to the public after last night's scorching show featuring The Rapture, Tanlines and DJ Dave P. The line, which headed all the way to N12th along Kent, started moving at 8PM and though some left out of frustration, it seemed easier to enter as the night progressed.
House of Vans hasn't changed much (read: at all) since last year's shows. Sectioned off drinking areas from the show (police-style barricades). Plenty of free liquids of the alcoholic/non-alcoholic type to refresh the crowd. Music fans intermingling with those out for the free booze. Aside from the zillion degree temperature, last night's show was what you've come to expect from the House of Vans space.
Following a few tracks from Dave P (who entertained the crowd intermittently all night), Tanlines opened the big stage, playing their dancey-indie to a hot and sweaty room. While the band may have solid melodies laid to tape, they are far from a live force. I've seen my share of bands play to backing tracks and with an electronic presence, but the key thing missing was the understanding of the differences between performance and a live show. Limited crowd interaction and not the most interesting band to watch by any stretch of the imagination.
It has been many years since I last caught The Rapture (opening for Daft Punk out on Coney Island) and I remembered them to have a bit more Contortions mixed in with their Chic (live anyway). This was not the case but no matter, The Rapture ripped a solid and energetic set for the packed crowd. The sound in House of Vans is far from forgiving but it the crowd went wild to their steady danceable funk groove despite the extreme humidity and only a single helicopter-sized fan to cool them off. Booties did shake.
The next House of Vans event goes down on July 12th and will feature H2O, 7 Seconds with more TBA. RSVP info is forthcoming. Lots more pictures from House of Vans, including The Rapture's set list, are below.
We just posted about The Rapture's upcoming three-night stint at Music Hall of Williamsburg in September, but you can see them next week when they play House of Vans (25 Franklin St., Brooklyn) with Tanlines, JDH and Dave P on June 20. It's a free show and the RSVP page is now open.
H2O, 7 Seconds and some TBAs will play House of Vans on July 12 but the RSVP is not open for that one yet, or for four that still have no lineups (there will be six total according to the initial announcement).
Flyer for the Rapture HoV show is below.
The Rapture at MHOW in April (more by Chris Doss)
Since returning for a new album in 2011, The Rapture sure have been spending a lot of time in the live show circuit. They're currently on a European tour and have been revealing some US dates to happen this September. Early that month, they'll play North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, and will return to NYC a few days later for three shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which happen on September 5, 6, and 7. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/13) at noon.
The Rapture are also one of the bands playing House of Vans this summer.
A list of all dates and a stream of their 2011 LP, In the Grace of Your Love, are below...
Touche Amore at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Vans and FYF are excited to announce the return of the Vans House Parties to Brooklyn this summer. The first installment of the free concert series will kick off live from the House of Vans (25 Franklin Street) on Wednesday, June 20th with performances by The Rapture and Tanlines, and will feature a Dave P (Making Time/Fixed NYC) DJ Set. The show will be followed by a second Vans House Party on July 12th, with performances by H20, 7 Seconds, and more. There will be four additional Vans House Parties throughout the summer on July 26th, August 2nd, August 16th, and August 29th.Still no word on who will play any of the other parties, but we'll keep you informed.
White Mystery @ Hotel Vegan - SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* ASSSCAT @ UCB
* Kraftwerk Fest @ PS1
* Chico Hamilton @ Drom
* Furthur @ Beacon Theatre
* Hannibal Buress @ Caroline's
* Lorn, Lunice @ Public Assembly
* Pretty Good Friends @ Union Hall
* Clutch @ The Paramount (LI)
* Andrew Demetre @ Barbes
* Chris Pureka @ The Rock Shop
* Tommy Stinson @ Union Hall (new date)
* Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress
* High Highs, Indians, White Birds @ Glasslands
* Kraftwerk performing 'Techno Pop' @ MoMA
* The Black Seeds, Dub Apocalypse @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Local H, The Apple Bros., Scott Lucas @ Mercury Lounge
* 200 Years (Ben Chasny and Alisa Ambrogio), Rowan @ Zebulon
* Roomrunner, Acid Problem, Yvette, The Marsh Hens @ Death By Audio
* John Zorn improv night benefit with many special guests @ The Stone
* Chain & The Gang (feat. Ian Svenonius), Alex Minoff @ Knitting Factory
* Los Vigilantes, Freshkills, White Mystery, Mighty Fine, Bosco Delrey @ The Bell House
Coachella continues today and is streaming online.
White Mystery, who played Public Assembly last night are in from Chicago and play "Garage Fest" with Los Vigilantes and others at Bell House today. They also play four more NYC shows right after that.
Watch the Rapture's entire Coachella 2012 set below...
photos by Chris Doss
Like they did at Bowery Ballroom one night earlier, The Rapture played to a sold out, hometown crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (4/7). Here are some pictures, opener Ava Luna included. More of them, along with all upcoming Rapture tour dates (next is Coachella), below...
photos by Joe McCabe
The Rapture brought the dance party to Bowery Ballroom for a quickly-sold out, headlining hometown show last night (4/6). And they do it again tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and then next weekend they're at Coachella. Watch a video of last night's set-closing "How Deep Is Your Love?" along with more pictures from the Manhattan show, below...
The Rapture at CMJ 2011 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
As mentioned, The Rapture are heading out on an international tour this month with the only US dates being the Coachellas in April. They've since added a few more US shows surrounding the festival including two in their hometown of NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 6 and Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on April 7. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, 2/24 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/22) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
The Rapture head out to Japan at the end of the month, but before they do so, you can catch them TONIGHT (2/17) when they DJ the Museum of Natural History with Prefuse 73. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
All dates below...
The Rapture at CMJ 2011 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond series, which just had Dirty Projectors last month, is continuing on February 17 at Rose Center with DJ sets by Prefuse 73 and The Rapture. Tickets are on sale now.
Listen to all of what Dave Longstreth played at the last event below.
It's The Rapture's last North American show/event before their Japan/Australia tour which kicks off later this month. All Rapture dates are listed below.
Prefuse 73 are one of many collaborators on the upcoming Flaming Lips collaborative Record Store Day release, which also includes Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave, Death Cab for Cutie, Yoko Ono, and many others. You've already heard Prefuse 73's collaborations when the 4-track EP was released last year, but The Flaming Lips have been rolling out more previews of the upcoming release. Stream "Now I Understand," which features Erykah Badu, below, and check out some short clips of the Bon Iver collabs at Pitchfork.
Streams and all dates below...
Total Control @ FFF Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* Takuya @ Zebulon
* Ottokar @ The Stone
* Sasha Dobson @ Barbes
* The Kooks @ Webster Hall
* The Big Teriffic @ Cameo
* Jon De Lucia Group @ Barbes
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Blake Mackey, Balboa @ Zebulon
* Sealions & readings @ Death By Audio
* Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ Town Hall
* Little Shalimar, Chico Mann @ Union Pool
* Replacements tribute @ Bowery Electric
* Bell X1, Favourite Sons @ Le Poisson Rouge
* First Aid Kit, Alessi's Ark @ Mercury Lounge
* Joel Forrester's Secret Identity @ The Stone
* Meshell Ndegeocello, DJ Scribe @ Hiro Ballroom
* Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Little Wings, Bel Air, Money & King @ Cameo Gallery
* Los Campesinos!, Headless Horseman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brian Bonz, Harrison Hudson, Youngman Grand @ The Rock Shop
* Sam Roberts Band, Zeus, New York Rivals @ Knitting Factory
* Eleanor Friedberger, Wyatt Cenac & more on WFMU live @ UCB
* Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Green @ Highline Ballroom
* Total Control, The Men, Nude Beach & Kicking Spit @ Saint Vitus
* Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Travis Sullivan Quartet @ The Bell House
* William Tyler, Glass Ghost, Country Mice, Hartwell Littlejohn @ Glasslands
* Das Racist, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, Despot @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sexy Neighbors, Gross Relations, Lost Boy, Desert Sharks @ Public Assembly
* Ital, LA Vampires, Octo Octa, Innergaze, Magic Touch (100% Silk) @ Shea Stadium
* Yonkersville Marching Society, Escalators, Fetzig, Holy Cows, Red Measure @ Trash Bar
* James Ilgenfritz, Dither, Josh Sinton, Jeremiah Cymerman, Brian Chase @ Issue Project Room
* Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Little Annie, Transgendered Jesus, Love Butchers @ Santos Party House
The Rapture have a new video for "Sail Away" which you can watch below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
The Rapture, Crystal Castles & A-Trak played a show at DCTV firehouse in Chinatown on Saturday night (10/22). Here are some pictures from the dance party (hopefully you danced with that lineup!). They continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
As you may have heard, SPIN is throwing a Ray Ban-sponsored party in NYC Saturday night with the giant lineup that is the Rapture, Crystal Castles and A-Trak. They're giving away tickets through various methods. One of those is right here on BrooklynVegan. For instructions on how you can enter to win a pair (if you're 21+), see below.
The Rapture were just on a tour that brought them to La Zona Rosa in Austin on 10/12. Here are some pictures from that show too. More of them with the contest details, below...
The Rapture @ Webster Hall (photo by davidoliva)
"Embrace for a moment the idea that the most important band to emerge from early-2000s New York wasn't the Strokes but the Rapture. Sure, the Strokes went on to arenas, to overblown follow-up albums, to myth, all while the Rapture idled, then fizzled, then reconstituted, only to fizzle some more.The Rapture are now touring the United States.
But that's because there was no way to recapture the specific high of the Rapture's breakthrough, particularly the 2002 single "House of Jealous Lovers," which was the sparkplug of New York's dance-punk revival and remains that scene's greatest document. But while many rock micromovements of the day were ingested by the mainstream, the Rapture stayed small, a champion of a world preoccupied with itself and the preoccupation of few others. It lived as subculture. It died as subculture. It remained a pulsing memory.
At least that's the best way to explain how almost a decade after those earliest hits the Rapture -- Luke Jenner, Gabriel Andruzzi, Vito Roccoforte -- is still able to play to a full Webster Hall, as it did on Friday night, in what was as much a celebration of a lapsed idea about New York as a vital incubator as it was of the band that was once its soundtrack."
Speaking of DFA-signed bands, YACHT is playing a show at Brooklyn's Dekalb Market on October 9th. The market is a free place. The show is not free. More details below...
photos by Ryan Muir
The Rapture @ SPIN
The Rapture, whose last proper NYC show was a sold out one at Music Hall of Williamsburg, play a sold out show at Webster Hall tonight (9/23) as part of a larger tour in support of their recently released DFA album. Tonight's show, with Chain and the Gang, is now sold out. Earlier this week the the Rapture played six songs at an invite-only event at SPIN's NYC offices...
"Opening with a newbie, "In The Grace of Your Love," the guys warmed up the already-sweaty room before delving into four classics: "Get Myself Into It," "W.A.Y.U.H.," "House of Jealous Lovers" and "Echoes." The band's antics showed not an ounce of age, which can sadly often cripple performers aiming to reestablish themselves years later. The Rapture, however, moved and wailed with the energy and passion of teenagers and immediately brushed aside any notion that time had gone by.A few pictures from that event are in this post. They continued below...
I was close enough to see Luke Jenner close his ultramarine blue eyes and grip the mic as if he were right where he should be. Gabriel Andruzzi switched off between saxophone and cowbell, and to be honest, I am not sure which was more captivating. I have seriously never seen a cowbell upstage anyone before, and on Tuesday night, I'm confident I did." [Huffington Post]
by Bill Pearis
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Welcome to the first day of Autumn! The air is crisp, it's a pleasure to be outside...which is where you'll be on your way to the many good show options this week. Where to start...
I guess I should mention R.E.M.'s decision to "call it a day." It's the right thing to do... but I sorta wish it'd happened 13 years ago. The post-Bill Berry records had their good songs, but it was never really R.E.M. to me. But their first decade, few bands were as important and influential. Hopefully they continue to make music on their own (Peter Buck's got like four other bands anyway), and cross our fingers that doesn't mean a Micheal Stipe solo album of "standards."
This leads nicely into this week's first real item: Big Troubles' record release party tomorrow night (9/22) at Glasslands. Mitch Easter, who produced R.E.M.'s first two albums, was behind the boards for their new album, Romatic Comedy, which is out next week on Slumberland.
Those familiar with Big Troubles' sludgy, shoegazy debut album, Worry, might wonder if it's the same band this time. Working with Let's Active's Mitch Easter (who twiddled knobs on R.E.M.'s first two albums [and Pavement's Brighten the Corners), the band have cleaned up into a sparkling pop band. It's a dramatic transformation, not unlike the one Easter helped make happen with '90s shoegaze band Moose on their debut album, ...XYZ. With crazy catchy song after crazy catchy song, Romantic Comedy is a terrific album. You can download "Misery" at the top of this post.
The rest of the country will get to see them soon, as they're heading out on tour with their Slumberland labelmates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who headlined Bowery Ballroom this week) and then later with Real Estate who they play Bowery Ballroom with in November. All 2011 Big Troubles tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with the video for their single "Sad Girls."
Cuffs is the new band from former Pants Yell! frontman Andrew Churchman (one of Big Troubles is also in the band). They are at the same time more pure pop than PY! were and also more rockin'. They're good live.
The Ice Choir is the new project from Kurt Feldman who plays drums for Pains of Being Pure at Heart and used to front The Depreciation Guild. It's funky synthpop that sounds an awful lot like...Scritti Politti?! It's true. Listen to the songs on Bandcamp and compare with this. I'm very curious to see what The Ice Choir will be like live. Will Kurt wear a while suit with giant shoulder pads? I hope so.
Wild Beasts are back, playing two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Friday 9/23 and Saturday 9/24) with BOBBY opening both shows. The band's third album, Smother, has been a real grower for me and find myself going back to it a lot. It's definitely a subtler album than Two Dancers that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post and there's a new video for "Bed of Nails" below.
Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold, transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is back again playing keyboards with the band on this go-round which is an added bonus for some of us. I haven't seen them tour this album yet, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend's shows. All Wild Beasts tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
So Girls' new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost debuted at #37 on the Billboard which is pretty impressive -- and also means they'll be playing much bigger places next time they roll through town. Their Bowery Ballroom shows this weekend are sold out, natch, but you can try and squeeze into Other Music tonight (9/21) for their free in-store.
What else? '90s-rocking locals Diehard are set to release their debut album, The Times We Didn't Have Fun, next week and it's a ripper, full of big riffs, bigger choruses, oohs and ahhs, and hooks o' plenty. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. You can listen to the whole shebang at their Bandcamp page.
The band are throwing a record release party this Friday (9/23) at Bruar Falls with likeminded pals Radical Dads, Shark? and Thunderclap also playing.
Cave @ Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cave are here this weekend, playing Saturday, September 24 at soon-to-be-closed Live With Animals (with Amen Dunes, K-Holes & PC Worship), and then Sunday, September 25 at Cake Shop. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
As I wrote earlier this week, the band's new album Neverendless finds finds them locking onto a groove and staying with it in the Neu!/Spacemen 3 tradition. You can download the "Adam Roberts" (the album's spaciest cut) at the top of this post and watch the video for the album's chugging, motoroik single, "WUJ," below.
Dive @ Shea Stadium
And finally, two bands I wrote about last week -- Dive and Heaven's Gate (MP3s for both above) -- play again together tomorrow night (9/22) at 285 Kent, with Dustin Wong and Prussia. At the time, I hadn't seen either play live but remedied that last Friday at Shea Stadium. Both bands were very good, but different than I was expecting.
Heaven's Gate are much less shoegazy than their old band Sweetbulbs, with more of a blues-punk vibe (think Cramps or maybe JSBE or early YYYs). But their best songs still have some of that melodic swirl to them.
As for Dive, their recordings are very Beach Fossils-y (frontman Cole Smith is in the band). But live, Dive are a motorik dynamo, very Krautrock at times. There's a lot of flying hair, the band are whirling dervishes on stage. I was impressed. Dive are also playing Pianos earlier Thursday night (9PM) if you want to catch them there.
Here are some more picks, by day, not mentioned above:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Cymbals Eat Guitars play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their new album, Lenses Alien, is more '90s style indie rock guitar heroics, maybe a little more pop than their first. Hooray for Earth and Beige open.
Though if you're a '90s indie rock fan, you might instead be seeing Olivia Tremor Control and The Music Tapes at Le Poisson Rouge. OTC's Dusk at Cubist Castle remains a '90s classic. if you can't make it, NPR will be streaming it online.
Or if the '80s is more your thing, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are at Irving Plaza.
There's also the Hipster Puppies Cassette Release Party at Public Assembly. Music critic and frequent Twitter fighter Chris Weingarten is putting out a mix tape companion to his book which is based on his tumblr. Zs, Dinowalrus, Mountains and Burning Star Core all play sets. More info here.