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Eminem / tUnE-yArDs / fans
ACL Festival Day 2 - Weekend 1 - 10/4/2014
ACL Festival Day 2 - Weekend 1 - 10/4/2014
ACL Festival Day 2 - 10/4/2014

...but then crowd density reared its ugly head again with the battle of the headliners: EDM master Skrillex and established rapper Eminem. From the midway point of the festival grounds, dozens of teens were spotted running full tilt in the direction of Skrillex from Major Lazer's set, while older generations seemed to migrate toward Eminem. Skrillex kicked off his bass-heavy dubstep right on time, dousing the electric crowd with lasers. In the meantime, Slim Shady got a slower start, getting underway nearly 10 minutes late and with a video intro that was lost on tens of thousands who just weren't close enough to hear. Including this one, who instead threw in the towel and headed for home. [Sound Spike]
The first weekend of 2014's Austin City Limits Festival is now over, with the city gearing back up for a second round this weekend. Although the festival's second day was marred by some intermittent showers, killer sets were still plentiful from Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond, The Rosebuds and plenty more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.

Check out pics from Day 1 and pics from Day 3. More of Day 2 below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest 2014 weekend 1 day 2 pics (Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Interpol, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, more)"

by Bill Pearis

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As you may know, Akron/Family's Dana Janssen makes electronic pop as Dana Buoy, having released his debut album under that name in 2012. He's got a new EP, Preacher, due out next week (7/22) via Middle West and we've got the premiere of one of it's tracks, "Isla Mujeres." It's big-hearted, anthemic and you can stream it below.

Dana Buoy will be on tour in August including a run with Sylvan Esso (who have two sold-out shows here in September with Dana). He's got two NYC shows too: Rough Trade on August 8 with The Rosebuds (tickets) and August 9 at Baby's All Right with Janka Nabay (tickets).

All Dana Buoy dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Dana Buoy releasing new EP, touring w/ Sylvan Esso, playing NYC show w/ The Rosebuds (dates & new track stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - In My Teeth (MP3)

The Rosebuds at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Rosebuds

The Rosebuds announced that they'll release their sixth album of original music, Sand + Silence, on August 5 via Western Vinyl. It follows 2011's Loud Planes Fly Low (and 2012's Sade cover album & Christmas album). The new record was produced by their friend/onetime bandmate Justin Vernon, and he plays guitar/synths on the album, along with his Bon Iver bandmate Matt McCaughan (drums) and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso and Megafaun (bass). Get a taste of the record from its first single, "In My Teeth," a solid dose of the band's jangly indie pop, which you can download above or stream below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.

The Rosebuds have also announced a tour surrounding the record's release which hits NYC on August 8 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster.

All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork, tracklist and trailer, below...

Continue reading "The Rosebuds releasing a Justin Vernon-produced LP, touring (dates & MP3)"

ACL

The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent, more)"

by Bill Pearis

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He spends most of his time fronting jangly indie pop band The Rosebuds, but Howard Ivans has a funky side, too. He's a member of Gayngs, and don't forget the Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in full. But now Ivans steps into the solo spotlight with a new 7" on Mattew E. White's Spacebomb records. The A-side, "Red Face Boys," is full-on funk, where the flip, "Pillows," is sexy, string-laden soul. You can stream both sides below.

Howard Ivans will be opening for White's upcoming tour, which includes in NYC stop on December 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available and all dates are listed in this post.

Matthew E White, meanwhile, plays NYC tonight (11/27) at Rough Trade. It's a free show with doors at 6:30 and White going on at 7 PM.

Single streams and tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Rosebuds' Howard Ivans released a solo 7", touring in December w/ Matthew E White (who plays NYC tonight)"

Rosebuds

The Rosebuds are one of the many acts announced for this year's Hopscotch Music Festival which happens in Raleigh, NC from September 5 - 7. Their performance there will be a special one, as they'll be performing their version of Sade's Love Deluxe album in full. Three-day Hopscotch wristbands are on sale now. If you haven't heard their version of Sade's album, you can stream it below or download it for free.

Right after Hopscotch, The Rosebuds will head north for a short East Coast tour, where they'll also be doing Love Deluxe, including a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on September 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

In other Rosebuds news, the band have contributed a new song to the accompanying soundtrack DC Pierson's young adult novel Crap Kingdom. The soundtrack also includes new, original songs from Ted Leo, Jean Grae, Free Energy, Advance Base and more. You can download the whole thing for free here and stream it below.

Continue reading "The Rosebuds have a new song on 'Crap Kingdom' soundtrack, playing Sade's 'Love Deluxe' at Hopscotch fest and at a few other dates"

by Bill Pearis

xmas tree island

Are you ready for holiday music yet? Thanksgiving is basically the official start of the full-on Xmas cheer sounds to be played in stores, laundromats and everywhere else you go. If you're looking for some fresh sounds, North Carolina's Rosebuds have just released a holiday album, Christmas Tree Island, that is available digitally now.

While most Christmas albums these days generally consist of covers, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp have penned originals that are distinctly Rosebud-y in nature (twangy, lots of "whoah-ohs") and don't hit you over the head with too much tinsel or treacle. (There are sleighbells though.) It's a really nice album, actually and you can stream it below. "Melt Your Way Out" is particularly good.

Meanwhile, The Rosebuds have another new album out, a track-by-track remake of Sade's 1992 album, Love Deluxe. Says the band:

Love Deluxe, Sade's fourth album, was released 20 years ago this week. To say this album is a constant influence to The Rosebuds and the records we've made over the years would be an understatement. We've always been fans. Ivan's been covering Sade songs since I've known him--he sings them in the house, he sings them while driving, he sings them with or without a guitar in hand, he sings them when he doesn't even realize he's singing aloud. It's the language he hears music in. Ivan spent some time on the North Carolina coast where he set up a small apartment--a surf camp and home studio. He'd gone to the beach to enjoy the off-season isolation, to surf, and to work on some new Rosebuds demos we have. I was delighted when he came back to Brooklyn and presented me with his own fully-tracked version of Love Deluxe. It's only elements are the instruments Ivan drove down with, and the friends who stopped by to contribute--Rob Lackey, drums; Matt Douglas, Saxophone; Jonathan Yu, keyboards. We set about mixing it right away.
The Rosebuds' version of Love Deluxe is available as a free download from their Bandcamp and you can stream it below as well.

Continue reading "The Rosebuds released Xmas LP, covered Sade's 'Love Deluxe' in its entirety (streams)"

We mentioned before that the new Hood Internet album, FEAT (out 10/2), was a sample-free, guest-filled affair featuring the likes of Class Actress, The Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri... and AC Newman who lends his pipes to the breakbeat-driven "One for the Record Books" which we have the premiere of right here in this post. You can stream it below and watch the video for "Won't Fuck Us Over" that features Annie Hart and BBU.

The Hood Internet are currently on tour and will play NYC tonight (9/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (Rescheduled and relocated from August.) Tickets for tonight's s how are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair of tickets away. Details are at the bottom of this post. Playing with them tonight and at all shows on this tour will be Oscillator Bug who will serve as The Hood Internet's backing band for their new sample-free tunes.

Song stream, video, a list of tour dates, and contest details are below.

Continue reading "stream AC Newman's contribution to new Hood Internet LP; win tickets to tonight's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg"

Hood Internet

Remix gurus The Hood Internet will release their new album, FEAT, on September 18. This will be the band's first album of completely original material, free of samples. To fill sample void, the Chicago duo brought in a bevvy of guest stars for the album, including AC Newman, Class Actress, the Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri, and more. Tracklist with all the guest performers is below.

Before the album comes out, The Hood Internet are going on a tour which includes a stop in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on August 11. No on sale date has been announced yet. All tour dates are listed below along with a video teaser for FEAT and a stream of the duo's latest mixtape.

Continue reading "The Hood Internet releasing guest-filled 'FEAT,' touring (dates)"

The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.

Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:

28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00
APHEX TWIN + PANTHA DU PRINCE + EROL ALKAN + WILD BEASTS + CUT COPY + WASHED OUT + REAL ESTATE + MONDKOPF + ICEAGE

29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00
BON IVER + JENS LEKMAN + STORNOWAY + KATHLEEN EDWARDS + ROSEBUDS

Tickets are on sale.

Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...

Continue reading "Rosebuds playing Bowery Ballroom & Pitchfork Paris (lineup)"

photos by Amanda M. Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon walked onto the dimly lit stage at the sold out Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park last night (8/10) with his 9-piece Bon Iver, picked up his guitar, and quietly began playing the guitar riff of album opener "Perth." The band slowly began building the song into its borderline-heavy metal ending, letting us know immediately that Bon Iver are not a 9-piece band for no reason. Justin's obviously a guy who has been part of a lot of collaborations (though he needs a break from all of that), but this new lineup is far more than another collab for the record books. I mean these guys sound huge. What started out as a folk-leaning, acoustic guitar based project with sparse accompaniment from other instruments, is almost entirely the opposite now. The band that was once backed mainly by a bass drum now has two drummers behind fully structured kits and an auxiliary percussionist. Fluttering horn lines that are often indiscernible on their own, come together to create deftly beautiful atmospheres throughout the songs. Justin also now has the freedom to make as much noise as he wants on his guitar, and he definitely uses it.

On the album's second track, "Minnesota, WI," Justin was joined by the crowd on the "never gonna break" refrains, before taking the song into the funk-edged middle section driven by Colin Stetson's bass sax and pounding drums from Matt McCaughan and Sean Carey. Skipping "Holocene," the band continued to play straight through the album for a couple more songs, touching on the country-tinged "Towers" and the eye-watering beauty of "Michicant." Justin and band then took a break from the new material to dive into some older stuff. They fleshed out the older songs to fit in with the new setup, adding textures and dynamics not heard on the original recording, and managed to not lose any of its delicacy. Lead by band member Reginald Pace on trombone, the band delivered a soulful soft-rock interpretation of For Emma, Forever Ago's "Creature Fear." By the song's building second chorus, when it would normally fade into the companion track "Team," they took the song in an entirely different direction with explosive post-rock crescendos and layers of noise guitar from Justin and Mike Noyce. The band amped the older material up even more later on when they went into "Blood Bank" off the 2009 EP of the same name. The members were soaked in red light as they propelled into a heavy distortion-ridden rendition of the track. They kicked things up even harder at the end when they took the song into a double time rock bit with more noise guitar from Justin.

After "Blood Bank," they calmed things down with the much-anticipated "Holocene" that was skipped earlier on. The audience piped in on, "And at once I knew I was not magnificent," and "I could see for miles, miles, miles." Then the entire band except Justin left the stage, and with no more than an electric guitar he played the For Emma, Forever Ago closing track, "re: stacks." As a musician whose romanticized backstory is centered around lonesomeness, taking relief from the now-large band to perform with the vulnerability that his first album was written with made as large of an impact as the orchestrations of the rest of the set did. After the song, Justin was again joined by his band for "Flume" and "Calgary" before an audible count-in lead into the new album's closing track "Beth/Rest." Say what you will about this song and its '80s lite.fm-leaning tendencies, the performance was absolutely beautiful. The band played with far too much confidence to call it "ironic" and too much genuine emotion to call it "cheesy." About halfway through, Justin stretched the song a bit with some reverb-laden vocal scat before going into the guitar/sax solos that take up the ending. He then thanked the crowd, took a bow with the band and left the stage.

The stage crew wasted no time preparing the set for 9-piece Bon Iver's rendering of "Skinny Love." Once that preparation was complete, the guys walked back out on stage to tremendous applause, Justin sat down with his resonator guitar, Matt McCaughan and Sean Carey sat behind their drum kits, and the other six members took to microphones for backup vocals, stomps and claps. The song comes off as something the band knows they can just have a ton of fun with, and that's totally fine, because with an hour and a half of really heady melancholic music, nothing is wrong with three minutes of fun. The band members then all returned to their instruments and covered Bjork's "Who Is It," like they'd been doing on tour. Reginald Pace handled the blips and clicks with some pretty impressive beat-boxing and the horn and string players interpreted Bjork's electronic textures, as Justin strongly delivered Bjork's vocal parts. The band ended the encore with the crowd sing-along "The Wolves (Act I and II)" and again bowed and left the stage. Though the "Skinny Love" setup assured us of the first encore, much to my surprise, the band returned for a second encore to play one last song -- "For Emma." The song, which is already the fullest of all the For Emma, Forever Ago tracks, fit so perfectly with the new material, that it would have convincingly been a b-side to the new album if the song had never been heard before.

The show began with a great opening set by The Rosebuds. They were joined by Justin Vernon on guitar and backup vocals for the song "Leaves Do Fall" off 2005's Birds Make Good Neighbors. Justin's bandmate Mike Noyce also came out towards the end of the song to help out with more backing vocals. Bon Iver bassist Mike Lewis also joined the band later on for a song. Their set wasn't too long, but every song was solid and the guest appearances were the perfect way to warm the crowd up for Bon Iver's headlining set.

More pictures and the setlist from the show below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & The Rosebuds played Prospect Park ------------------ (pics, review & setlist)"

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Jessica Amaya

Bon Iver

Back in June, The Awl compiled a long list of the adjectives (and a few adverbs) used by music journalists to describe the new self-titled Bon Iver album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the words chosen seemed more apt for describing a coat or a lumberjack than music: plaid-clad, wintry, warm, pretty, layered, rustic, wooly, enveloping. It was an Onion article waiting to be written. (Oh wait, that kind of already happened.)

When the origin story of an artist is as pronounced as Vernon's was with his debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, figuring out the next step can be challenging--especially when the reception was so warm the first time around. Would Vernon continue in a similar vein or break free from the web of adjectives that had carefully been sculpted by publicists and journalists? Even after The Blood Bank EP came out, the question loomed.

Vernon may not have shaved the beard, but judging from last night's show at the United Palace Theatre and the far-flung locales of the song titles on the new album, he has ventured out of that cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Though his music still has a hushed, intimate air about it, it is definitely no longer the work of one man.

But before Vernon and his band assumed their positions, The Rosebuds came out to showcase a handful of songs from their recent release on Merge, Loud Planes Fly Low, in addition to a few old favorites (like "Leaves Do Fall" and "Boxcar" from 2005's Birds Make Good Neighbors). Laced with boisterous choruses, pleasant duets, and anthemic guitar riffs, their set was lively, if not a bit out of place.

After a lengthy set-up (or maybe it just felt like forever), Bon Iver kicked off their set with "Perth," the opening track on the new album. Nine white spotlights cut through the darkness on stage, casting magnified shadows of each of the nine men against the backdrop. But it wasn't long before the lights began to flash rapidly and the colors came streaming in, as if to mirror the unfolding intensity of the song.

Here, of course we have the same earnest falsetto and mysterious lyrics. But the sound is boisterous and the tone, hopeful. I don't think it's an accident that Bon Iver came out, not during the cold, dark months of winter like its predecessors (including the Blood Bank EP), but on the first official day of summer, long after all the residual ice had melted. The hefty brass section (trumpet, trombone, bass sax, French horn), and the crashing percussion quickly revealed that this would be no sleeper of a set.

Justin Vernon and his talented cast of musicians (which included Colin Stetson, Rob Moose, Sean Carey, and others) played through the first four songs of the album before switching it up a bit with some cuts from Blood Bank and a cover by Björk ("Who Is It") to help mix things up. The older songs came later, including a beautiful solo rendition of "Re: Stacks.".

Between songs, Vernon addressed the crowd warmly, though not often. He didn't have to. Old and new songs alike brought thunderous applause from the undiscriminating crowd.

After wrapping up the initial leg of the set with "For Emma," Vernon and the band returned for a gorgeous three-song encore. Before launching into "Wolves," Vernon stopped to give a pep talk. This would be more than your typical sing-a-long. "When we come back on that down beat, that's when you have to just start screaming. Just no more singing words, no more thinking thoughts [...] You just start screaming," he instructed the audience.

After the mad fervor of "Wolves" died away, Vernon finished with a stripped down version of "Skinny Love" that included just a single guitar and percussion, leaving the remaining musicians to leave their instruments behind and gather around a couple of microphones to sing backing vocals. Then after a generous standing ovation, they were gone.

If you missed last night's show, you can check out the band tonight at Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn or stream last week's gorgeous show at the 9:30 Club, courtesy of NPR Music.

The full setlist, a video of the Bjork cover from the Boston show, and more picures from NYC, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & The Rosebuds played United Palace (pics, video of the BJORK COVER, setlist & a stream of the DC show)"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Rosebuds in Texas
The Rosebuds

Viscous blue light drowned the stage as the highly anticipated headliner, The Rosebuds, captured attention and hearts with "Go Ahead", an indie-rock summer anthem, plagued with melancholy, but overflowing in beauty.

From their 2007 album, Night of the Furies, The Rosebuds performed "Cemetery Lungs" with unwavering energy, beneath bright pink and fuchsia lights. Also from Night of the Furies, one of the crowd favorites was clearly the upbeat and danceable indie-folk track, "Leaves Do Fall".

Promoting their latest album, Loud Planes Fly Low..., The Rosebuds primarily performed tracks featured on that particular album, such as "Limitless Arms", "Come Visit Me", "Cover Ears", and "Second Bird of Paradise". Loud Planes Fly Low, is the first album produced by The Rosebuds since front-musicians Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard's divorce. Staying together for the sake of music, this particular album exuded more humanity and vulnerability than anything The Rosebuds produced before. -[Red River Noise]

The Rosebuds spent a Friday night (June 25) in Austin at The Parish, where they linked up with Oax and Other Lives for a show as part of their current ongoing Southwest/West Coast headlining tour. Pictures from the Texas show are in this post.

Its in Justin Vernon's home state of Wisconsin that The Rosebuds will link up with Bon Iver for a string of dates on their way back East, eventually landing at the final two sold-out dates of the tour in NYC, 8/9 at United Palace and 8/10 at Prospect Park Bandshell. Rosebuds tour-mate Other Lives will open shows for Bon Over in September. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Bon Iver, as you may have heard:

Jill Scott earns her very first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "The Light of the Sun," as the new set starts with 135,000 copies sold last week. The R&B singer's previous charting best was 2004's "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2," which peaked at No. 3. Her last studio album before a foray into acting was 2007's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3" which made it to No. 4.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver has a big week as the self-titled sophomore set enters at No. 2 with 104,000. These numbers easily best his former highs: his 2009 EP "Blood Bank" debuted and peaked at No. 16 with 23,000. Mastermind Justin Vernon's first album under the moniker, "For Emma Forever Ago," never made it higher on the chart than No. 64. [HitFix]

Jill Scott is touring in support of her album this summer too.

Loud Planes Fly Low is The Rosebuds new LP, out now via Merge. Look for it at the merch table of one of their tour dates, which are all listed with more pictures from The Parish, below...

Continue reading "The Rosebuds played the Parish w/ Other Lives (who are also touring w/ Billboard #2 Bon iver) -- pics & dates"

photos by Tim Griffin

Peter Bjorn & John @ Antone's
Peter, Bjorn, and John

Peter, Bjorn & John recently announced a tour with six local dates in September, but the September 14 show at Highline Ballroom is actually not happening (they were considering it and accidentally announced it, but it is 100% cancelled). That's ok though because there are still more than enough chances to see the band. Tickets are still available for MHOW and Bowery, Maxwell's, and Brooklyn Bowl. The Mercury show is sold out. Updated tour dates are listed below.

PB&J just finished the second leg of their April, May & June North American tour. The first leg hit Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom twice, and according to a tour laminate, included a "Columbia Records Private Show." The second leg hit Antone's in Austin on June 1st. Pictures from that Texas show are in this post.

Oax opened the Austin show. Oax is the solo project of Giorgi Angelini. Giorgi has played bass in The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen, and previously sang in the band 1986 with Cully Symington, currently of Okkervil River (who play tonight). Oax releases a 5-song EP today (6/7). According to his facebook:

"The record was recorded by Giorgio Angelini in his home studio with the co-production help of Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds). The EP features guest performances by Jim Eno of Spoon and Chris Simpson (Mineral, Gloria Record). It's a hot one....and not like that Matchbox-20/Santana joint."
The Rosebuds release their new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, today too! They leave on tour on June 10th and will open for Bon Iver on a lot of dates. Oax open for the Rosebuds in Texas on June 23rd, 24th & 25th.

Check out more pictures of Peter, Bjorn & John and Oax from the Antone's show, the setlist, and updaed PB&J dates, below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John not playing Highline (updated dates), played Antone's (pics) w/ Oax (new EP out, Rosebuds too!)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Mac and Britt embrace (Triangle Music)
Mac and Britt

The much anticipated XX Merge Festival took place last week in North Carolina with a five-day (July 22-July 26), Wednesday to Sunday run of shows. Last night (Sunday)'s show with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak was the only fully announced lineup. The other four nights (and one day) were a grab bag of any number of Merge bands past and present. Did you go? What were the highlights?

Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, who recently played a pair of big NY shows, headlined the fest's first night (which also included Magnetic Fields). Superchunk, which features Merge founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, topped the bill of the second night. The third night included the reformed/reunited lineups of Spent, Polvo and Pipe.

Mac McCaughan came out on stage before [Pipe] instead of the night's emcee and announced that there was a lone protester outside. He invited him up on stage and it was Jon Wurster decked out in Phillies gear as Philly Boy Roy. He was holding a sign that said "Boycot MERGE." He complained that Merge didn't have any Philly bands on their roster and Mac said that they have bands from Jersey, which is close to Philly. You never compare Jersey to Philly in front of Philly Boy Roy. It was hilarious.

All of this led to the introduction of New Jersey punks Pipe. As soon as they kicked into their first song, beer cans and plastic bottles started flying. Frontman Ron Liberti ate it up and even put himself in the line of fire, headbutting some of the cans while kicking some back into the crowd. Liberti bounded around the stage, essentially taunting the crowd. The crowd loved the band's antics as did I (but that may have been different if I hadn't managed to stay dry). [triangle music]

You can see the partial setlist from Spoon, who headlined that night, below.

In addition to the Cat's Cradle shows (the venue for 4/5 of the night shows), Saturday featured a day show that included Julian Koster solo as Music Tapes and Mac McCaughan with violin accompaniment as Portastatic. A few videos from that set, below.

M. Ward, who's playing the Central Park Summerstage this Saturday (August 1st), played at the fest's Saturday night showcase. Zooey Deschanel joined him for a cover of the Beatles' "Birthday." Not too big of a surprise considering She & Him headlined the Sunday night show.

Other XX Merge artists who recently stopped in NYC include The Clientele and Richard Buckner (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg last Sunday), Versus and Superchunk (they played South Street Seaport last Friday), and Spent (they played Coco 66). Spoon didn't play a NYC show, but they were spotted in the audience of Paul McCartney's third of three shows at Citi Field in Queens. Destroyer is on his way up. He plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club) played Le Poisson Rouge and Maxwell's before XX Merge, and now he's on his way back for a show at The Bell House.

Lineups for each night of XX Merge, with videos, and a bunch of setlists, below...

Continue reading "Merge celebrated their 20th w/ 5 days of shows in North Carolina (lineups, reviews, pics, video setlists...)"

DOWNLOAD: Guv'ner - Bay's Way Cruel (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Guv'ner - Help Me (MP3)

XXMerge

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Merge bands of the past and present will converge for 5 days of live music, July 22-26th in the heat of the sunny North Carolina summer. We are calling these 5 days of live music and mayhem, XX Merge.

XX Merge Wednesday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 26th
4 nights at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
1 night at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC on UNC Campus Details of additional music & bedlam yet to come!

GuvnerFeaturing over 25 of your favorite Merge artists including...Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, Spent, M. Ward, The Rosebuds, Destroyer, Guv'ner, Polvo, Pipe & The Broken West. Many more bands both expected and unexpected still to-be-announced!

5-Day Passes are $150 and will get you in to all XX Merge festivities. Passes will go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th at 10 AM EST via catscradle.com and mergerecords.com. 5-day passes are nontransferable. A limited number of tickets for individual Cradle shows and the Memorial Hall show will be made available at a later date.

And this interesting tidbit from their FAQ's: "We will announce a (nearly) complete list of Merge bands who will be playing prior to the festival, but you will have to come to each show to find out who is playing on which night. We think it's more fun that way!"

The Rosebuds are now in the midst of their April tour that brings them back to NYC for two shows soon.

M Ward is also playing Coachella and Central Park Summerstage this year. All dates below.

Check out the video for Spent's "Umbrella Wars", below...

Continue reading "XX Merge - ticket info & initial festival lineup announced (Guv'ner, Spent, Pipe, Spoon, Conor & M Ward included)"

Telekinesis at Home Slice Pizza in Austin - March 20, 2009 (lindseykron)
Telekinesis

Seattle's Telekinesis have an album coming out on Merge Records in April. This weekend they're in NYC on a tour with Say Hi that hit The Bell House in Brooklyn last night (3/28) and visits Mercury Lounge in Manhattan tonight (3/29). Last week they were in Austin for SXSW...

"The showcased songs came from Telekinesis's upcoming self-titled debut, which was produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, and the similarities between the two artists were apparent. Songs like "Coast of Carolina," with its jutted blasts of guitar, could almost pass for a Walla solo song or early Death Cab tune if its more famous counterparts were given an adrenaline boost." [Austin 360]
Phil and the Osophers and Joe and the Flying Spoons are also on the Mercury Lounge bill. All dates and a video below.

And speaking of Merge and tonight (3/29), The Broken West are opening for AC Newman at the Bell House.

The Merge / Barsuk showcase that Telekinesis played at SXSW was held at the Parish on Saturday, March 21st. The Wooden Birds, Ra Ra Riot, Say Hi, Lou Barlow and The Rosebuds were also on that bill.

The Rosebuds have some shows scheduled in April, two of which are in NYC. The first is at the Bell House on April 16th with Megafaun. The show is open to the general public and tickets are on sale. The second is three days later - Earth Day - at 92YTribeca, and is only open to kids and their parents (Ages 3-13 recommended. Adults must be accompanied by a kid and vice versa). More info and tickets HERE. All dates below...

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Max Tundra
Max Tundra

Max: "Well, I get very distracted from my work: someone will phone me up and say there's a strange looking puddle in the street, d'you want to come and look at it?' and then I'll go do that for four hours. The music's also very labor-intensive to record, there's loads of dense programming. And I only ever record one song at a time; it just feels like I'm cheating on one song if I'm working on another. It'd take me six months to work on one song, then four months to do the next one."

About.com: Did you ever feel like you'd never complete it?

Max: "Certainly. As recently as a year ago, I was thinking: this is going to take me the rest of my days. But I did it. And the feeling of elation when I did it was so strong. Any time I'd gone to family engagements or out with friends, it was always: 'How's the album going?' Finally I was able to say: 'well, it's finished.' And after having that question asked of you for six years, that felt amazing."

As previously pointed out, Max's latest album was his first in six years and his show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night (1/16) was his NYC debut. The Rosebuds headlined, and then Max played his 2nd NYC show one night later at Le Poisson Rouge. More Bowery pictures below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds live on KEXP, January 2009 (MP3)

The Rosebuds @ Mercury Lounge (CMJ 2008) (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds kick off a short tour tonight/Wednesday (1/14) in Baltimore. The NYC show is Friday, and as Bill pointed out, the Bowery Ballroom lineup recently got much more interesting with the addition of Max Tundra. The Love Language is also on that bill. Tickets are still on sale.

Jasmine

In sadder news, The Rosebuds' dog Jasmine recently passed away. In her honor they made a video for their new song "Nice Fox" using footage from a time they took Jasmine to the lake. The song appears on their new record Life Like which is out now on Merge.

""In the Backyard" is a chilling, but darkly funny song, one that never gives in fully to bleakness like Night of the Furies did. And, like many other songs on Life Like it hints at something better. Something far off, perhaps, but better nonetheless. And with help from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Portastatic's Matthew McCaughan, and many others, Life Like feels like the product of a community. Of people coming together to make something positive, without losing sight of their clear-eyed reality. The Rosebuds have long threatened to be the best, and smartest, pure pop band going, and with Life Like they take a big step towards becoming exactly that." [PopMatters]
Whether The Rosebuds will be playing the recently announced XX Merge Festival is still unknown (probably?), but all other tour dates, and the sad video for "Nice Fox", below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Max Tundra - "Which Song" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Max Tundra - Playboy (Hot Chip) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Max Tundra - promo mix 2008 (MP3)

Max Tundra
Max Tundra

Enigmatic Brit artist Max Tundra has been releasing music for 10 years but only just released his third album, Parallax Error Beheads You, back in October -- his first in six years. One of the reasons for being such a slowpoke probably has something to do with the way he makes them:

The main technology behind this and all of my albums has been the Commodore Amiga 500 - bestselling home computer at the time - running a $1 public domain software tracker program. The sounds don't emerge from the Amiga itself however; the machine is used to control various synths, samplers and the like. I look at columns of numbers all day on the screen of a black and white television; these digits relate to pitches, durations and tones. A lot of the noises on my record are real; the cello, bass guitar, drums, piano, trumpet and others are all rehearsed and played by me, but sometimes I will use realistic fake versions of these noises. Each song is recorded in a different way; drumkits are recorded on mono cassette recorders twice, then stuck together on the left and right of a mix; string arrangements are planned and then layered up; each note of an electric guitar is sampled so that it can be sequenced in ways too complicated for my fat fingers to play at full speed. And then I have a cup of tea and sing my heart out.
Seems like a painstaking and annoying way to make a record to me, but there's no denying the results: his albums don't sound like anybody else's. (Well, maybe just a little like Scritti Politti.) Max is making his NYC live debut this week, opening for The Rosebuds at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (1/16, tickets) and a headlining FIXED show at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (1/17, tickets). I'm curious to see how he'll pull it off his music in a live setting as well as how much equipment he'll have. What concert reviews of his I've read have been favorable (like this one from December).

Darren Hanlon
Darren Hanlon

A few more options for you this week. Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon has two NYC shows this week: tonight (1/13) at Googies (above The Living Room), and tomorrow (1/14) at the Bell House where he'll be trading off songs with Graham Smith of Kleenex Girl Wonder in the venue's front lounge. It's a free show. Hanlon's shows are as well known for his witty between-song stories and banter as he is his lovely folk-pop, so if you are fans of Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock or fellow Aussies The Lucksmiths (with whom Hanlon spent a brief stint in the late '90s). He's a charmer.

Ida MariaAs I mentioned a while back, Ida Maria is in town this week playing Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/15) and Union Hall on Friday (1/16) and I am super-psyched for this. Both shows are sold out, but Union Hall usually has a few tickets available night of show if you get there right as doors open (which is 8PM, but Ida's not on till 10).

The Soft PackAlso this week: The Muslims make their first New York appearances since switching their name to The Soft Pack. Their EP, which made my Best of 2008 list and has already sold out two vinyl pressings, is getting re-pressed in February under the new moniker with an additional three songs. Maybe they'll have those with them at the merch table for these shows? They play Mercury Lounge on Friday (1/16) and Union Pool on Saturday (1/17). Both shows also feature their 1928 Recordings label-mates the Browns.

Speaking of name changes, SpaceKamp, who I've written about before, now spell their name as SpaceCamp. Same great sound, now with more C. In addition to working with Adam Green, Spacecamp are helping Dev Hynes with the new Lightspeed Champion record as well. (Video of Dev and Spacecamp in the studio below.) They play Zebulon on Friday (1/16) and maybe you can quiz them on the new spelling if you go.

Videos and such after the jump...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - Life Like (MP3)

The Rosebuds @ the Merge CMJ showcase @ Mercury Lounge
The Rosebud

The Rosebuds are coming back to NYC to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 16th. Tickets go on sale December 1st at noon. Last time they were here was exactly a month ago to play a couple of shows during CMJ including one for their record label Merge at Mercury Lounge (10/25). Their new album Life Like is out now on Merge.

No openers have been announced for the Bowery show yet. Maybe they'll grab The Ladybug Transistor to play with them again, like they did at Bowery before, and like they did at the show they played at the Bell House during CMJ. ABC News was at that Bell House show. Video features are posted at their site called "The Mix". One video is of Wye Oak who also played that show, and who played with The Rosebuds again at the Merge showcase.

We already talked about the Merge show a little - The Music Tapes part anyway, and I gushed a bit about Wye Oak from one of their other CMJ shows at Pianos, but the rest of the Merge pictures were unpublished, until now... All of them and all Rosebuds and Oakley Hall tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Broken West - Aucioneer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - Life Like (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lambchop - Slipped Dissolved and Loosed (MP3)

RosebudsLambchop

Three more MP3's from three of those new Merge releases just mentioned in that super-sized Merge post.

photos by Chris Graham

DOWNLOAD: Portastatic - Some Small History (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Koster - Jingle Bells (MP3)

Superchunk @ Bumbershoot - Sept 1, 2008
Bumbershoot

Saturday 10/25/2008
Merge Records CMJ Showcase @ Mercury Lounge, NYC w/
* The Music Tapes
* Wye Oak
* Portastatic
* The Broken West
* The Rosebuds
* Oakley Hall
That's a great lineup for Mercury Lounge. No advanced tickets, approximately 150 tickets sold at the door, and another 100 go to CMJ badgeholders.

The Music Tapes (Julian Koster)'s new album is out on Merge this week. The Singing Saw At Christmastime (from whence the above Chrismas MP3 came) is out October 7th. He/they'll also be touring before CMJ as part of Elephant 6's Holiday Surprise Tour. One day Elephant 6, the next Merge - lots of sleeping around, kind of like...

...Conor Oberst whose new self-titled album is out now on Merge (and not on Saddle Creek or Team Love- two labels he founded). Conor's tour dates are HERE.

Wye Oak, another band that recently came out with an album on Merge (and is playing the showcase) are on tour as we speak. They're next Brooklyn show happens before September is over.

The Rosebuds will be playing at least one more show during CMJ, probably with the Ladybug Transistor who aren't on the Merge showcase, but could be. The Rosebuds' new album Life Like is out October 7th and some of the new songs are streaming at MySpace.

The Broken West, in addition to October 25th, are also playing Mercury Lounge on September 21st. That earlier show has them opening for Bobby Bare Jr. Tickets are on sale. Their new album Now or Heaven is out this week. All tour dates below.

The Broken West will also bid a fond farewell to drummer, Rob McCorkindale. A new baby and other family commitments have made Rob's departure necessary, but everyone will miss him! Sean McDonald will take over the skins and join Dan, Brian, Ross and Jeff on the road this fall.
Oakley Hall is playing Webster Hall on September 24th with Calexico.

Though not playing the CMJ show, Lambchop shares that MErge affiliation. Kurt Wagner (Mr Lambchop) plays Joe's Pub on October 8th. OH (Ohio) is out October 10th.

You can now subsribe to SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years.

And last but not least you'll notice that one of Mac (Mr. Merge himself)'s bands is on this Mercury Lounge CMJ bill too. Portastatic has a 2-CD compilation of singles (covers included) coming out this week. The entire "Some Small History" tracklist is below.... right under the rest of the pictures (and a rough setlist) from Superchunk's set at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on Labor Day.....

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Bell House

In the shadow of the famous and brooding Kentile Floors sign in the burgeoning and classic neighborhood of Gowanus, The Bell House, a gorgeous new and unique music venue and lounge, will open its doors on September 18 at 6pm with free admission to the public. The Bell House is a magnificent two-room music and events venue located at 149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. It was crafted out of an old 1920's warehouse once used as a printing press, but more recently used as a fly-by-night shipping company.

Conceived and created by the friends behind Union Hall (Park Slope) and Floyd (Brooklyn Heights), The Bell House are thrilled to be pioneers of sorts adding a prominent performance space to Brownstone Brooklyn. The main space boasts 25 foot wooden arched ceilings, a 450 square foot stage, and unobstructed views from any part of the room. "Brownstone Brooklyn needed a major music venue and event space, and we found a beautiful old building near the Gowanus that was seemingly designed for live music," said co-owner, Jim Carden. "We'll be able to graduate the bands we've championed at Union Hall to a space like no other in New York City and be able to host acts that were simply too big for the stage there", adds co-owner and talent buyer Jack McFadden

Press release continued, and an updated initial lineup, below...

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