Entries tagged with: The Ruby Suns
by Bill Pearis
An opera-trained singer, New Zealander Andrew Keoghan sang in Puccini's 'Turandot' at age 21, spent four years as a jazz singer, took a songwriting sabbatical in the Caribbean before settling in Brooklyn and a more pop style. He released Arctic Tales Divide in 2011 (stream it via Spotify below) and is finishing up his new album, due out in 2016, which will be his first to get released in North America. The record features duets with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Chelsea Nikkel (Princess Chelsea), plus help from fellow Kiwis The Ruby Suns, Phoenix Foundation and Lawrence Arabia.
The first single is the spare, gorgeous "Stuck in Melodies" which is a duet with Clair Duncan from NZ band Dear Time's Waste. Building slowly, the song is a real showcase for Keoghan and Duncan's intertwining harmonies. It's lovely stuff and makes its premiere in this post. Listen below.
NYC rap duo The Underachievers already had a couple quality mixtapes out, and earlier this month they finally got around to releasing their debut album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, on RPM / Caroline. The album includes a song sampling New Zealand psych pop band The Ruby Suns, another featuring Portugal. The Man, and production from Statik Selektah, Ryan Hemsworth, Lapalux, Supreme Cuts, Haleek Maul and more. You can stream it in full on NPR and check out a few tracks/videos from it below. Ahead of the album, both UA members also released solo mixtapes which you can download for free HERE and HERE.
The Underachievers will support the new album on a tour with fellow NYC rap group Flatbush Zombies, which hits their hometown on December 5 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, with the videos/streams, below.
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.
Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.
There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall, 11/7/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Hundred Waters @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Peter Hook @ Strand
* Soraia @ Mercury Lounge
* Cynthia Sayer @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Strummerville @ Bowery Electric
* Noah Kaplan Quartet @ The Stone
* The Mavericks @ Bowery Ballroom
* Marika Hughes & Friends @ Barbes
* Gerald Cleaver's Black Host @ The Stone
* Cat Power, Angel Haze, SISU @ Terminal 5
* The Drowners, The Denzels @ Mercury Lounge
* Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Highline Ballroom
* Kutral, Jared Samuel, The Sinclairs @ Trash Bar
* Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite @ Irving Plaza
* Bird Courage, Bill Bartholomew @ Pete's Candy Store
* Speculator, Alan Watts, Ian Drennan, Limited @ Silent Barn
* CSC Funk Band, Earth Eater, Zoned Out @ Death By Audio
* Shadowbox, The Mast, D. Gookin, Nitemoves @ Glasslands
* Vensaire, Genghis Hans, Sewing Machines @ Cameo Gallery
* Keith Robinson, Robert Kelly, Nick DiPaolo @ The Comedy Cellar
* Sweet w/ Chris Gethard, John Mulaney, Seth Herzog @ Slipper Room
* Katie Boeck, Harper Blynn and Friends, Jon Paul @ The Living Room
* J.P Harris & The Tough Choices, The Defibulators @ The Rock Shop
* Ana Egge, The Jewbadours, Brittany Anjou Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
* We Have The Technology, Michael Hunter, Condesa @ Pianos (Upstaris)
* Freelance Whales, Hundred Waters, II Abanico @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band @ Union Pool
* Beats in the Attic, Man Made Sun, Writer, Travis Trevisan @ Pianos (Showroom)
Like last night, tonight's Tegan & Sara show at Beacon Theatre was postponed till next month.
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The Ruby Suns released their new album, Christopher, is out today on Sub Pop. Check out their new video for single "In Real Life" below.
The Ruby Suns at MHOW in 2009 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
New Zealand psych pop crew The Ruby Suns will release their fourth full length album, Christopher on January 29 via Sub Pop. From the sounds of lead single, "Kingfisher Call Me," the new album follows in the footsteps of 2010's synthy Fight Softly, and sees the band continuing to branch away from the folkier Sea Lion. You can stream that track, and check out the album's cover art and tracklist below.
The Ruby Suns will be heading over to our shores in 2013 for a tour here which hits NYC on March 1 at Mercury Lounge and March 2 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/12) at noon and tickets for the Knit show are on sale now.
A list of all tour dates, song stream, cover art, and tracklist are below.
DOWNLOAD: Local Natives - Camera Talk (Blackbird Blackbird remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Local Natives - World News (the Soundmen remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Local Natives - Eyes Wide (Fool's Gold Remix) (MP3)
Local Natives @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
Grab a few choice Local Natives remixes above. Listen to more at their STEMS site.
The band, who was last in NYC for a show at Governors Island, will be back in town at the end of a tour that is now one day longer. Tickets to their show happening at Webster Hall on October 29th are still on sale, but there must not be a lot left because an October 30th show was just added with the same lineup of openers: The Ruby Suns and The Union Line. Tickets for the new show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and on general sale Friday at the same time.
Updated tour dates below...
Outdoor summer shows may be winding to a close in the coming weeks, but the beach front at Governors Island is still heating up. Saturday night, Local Natives played to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd - their largest yet, according to one of the members. Young Man and We Barbarians were also on the bill.
With bigger names like Grizzly Bear (still to come) at Governors Island this summer, it's impressive that a young band like Local Natives not only earned a coveted spot as a headlining artist but also managed to sell out the huge Governors Island Beach space (3,500 capacity). After all, they only have one album to their name so far. But the LA group didn't let the occasion intimidate them. There were high spirits all around. Each member received a warm round of applause from the audience simply upon walking on stage to set up gear.
"Hello. How are you guys doing tonight?" vocalist/guitar player Taylor Rice offered by way of introduction. They launched into the slowly building tune "World News." Then, after performing a Talking Heads cover ("Warning Sign"), they stopped for a minute to address the crowd again. "Now we're a band from Los Angeles, but this is by far the biggest show we've ever played [...] we're very happy to be here."
Local Natives boasts multiple talented vocalists as evidenced by their penchant for three-part harmonies. But the group shares more than just vocal responsibilities. They often switch instruments between songs, effectively turning the stage into a game of musical chairs. Over the course of their set, the bass player, keyboardist, and second guitar player all took turns bashing on drums.
Mimicking previous shows, a number of people lined up at the exit before Local Natives had stopped playing, but instead of turning to face the gate, many people had turned sideways to get a better look at the stage. Some were even dancing in line.
After playing all but a couple of songs on Gorilla Manor, Local Natives momentarily vacated the stage, but returned after chants of "one more song" permeated the air. They concluded with a single-song encore ("Sun Hands") before officially calling it a night. The remaining people in the pit enthusiastically responded to the bonus track with hands raised, and the crowd's energy seemed to propel the band. Rice was thrashing on guitar and at this point, three members assumed drumming responsibility. At the conclusion of their triumphant set, bass player Andy Hamm whipped out a digital camera and snapped a photo of the cheering crowd to commemorate the occasion.
Like the two bands that played before them, there was certainly nothing offensive about Local Natives set. At their best, they make truly incandescent music, and all of the performers are competent and enthusiastic musicians. But in many ways, Local Natives seem to embody a safe brand of indie rock music that may cause them to ultimately get lost in the shuffle of talented (but often interchangeable) new bands.
Decide for yourselves if you haven't yet. Local Natives return to New York at the end of October to play at Webster Hall (October 29th to be exact). The Ruby Suns and Union Line open the show. Tickets are on AmEx presale now.
The NYC show is part of a larger tour the LA band is going on with The Union Line. That tour starts with The Love Language along for the trip (not the first time they shared a bill with Local Natives). The Ruby Suns replace the Love Language after ACL and continue on the road until Webster Hall. All dates and more Governors Island pics and the setlist and a video from the encore, below....
Toro y Moi @ Brooklyn Bowl - 3/26/10 (by Anna Hiort)
Toro y Moi is currently on tour with The Ruby Suns. Last night (3/26), was their NYC show at music venue and bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl (where the Grates play tonight). The show went as planned until later in the night after Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) packed up his car and was ready to leave. Still needing to get paid or use the bathroom or attend to some other matter (I'm not sure exactly what), he went back in to the club before taking off. During that short time, someone broke the lock on his car door and stole his clothes, passport and laptop!
That sucks so bad, though at least they didn't get his guitar which was also in the vehicle. Regardless, his laptop is essential to his live show so he was forced to cancel the next four dates including tonight (3/27) at The Middle East in Cambridge, and Vermont and two shows in Canada. He'll use that time to regroup, get some ID, get a new computer and meet back up with the Ruby Suns in time to play the March 31st show at Schubas in Chicago. Hopefully Chaz doesn't hold this against Brooklyn where he'll return to on May 7th to kick off a tour with Caribou. If you happen across any of his stuff, contact him. A video from the Brooklyn Bowl show below...
by Bill Pearis
Wild Beasts @ Union Pool in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Of all the things going on this week -- and there is no shortage of options as usual -- my number one pick would be for you to see Wild Beasts, who are on tour and play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/26, sold out) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (2/28) Tickets still available for the Brooklyn show and we have a pair to giveaway. Details at the bottom of this post.
Their second album, Two Dancers, was my favorite album of 2009 and I still hear some new and amazing little detail every time I listen to it. I went to all three of their New York shows last September, all of which were great. The fluid interplay between the band is something to behold -- a real case of four people working as one mesmerizing whole. And those who still haven't gotten used to their vocal style, I say go see them live and everything makes more sense. Wild Beasts are one of a kind, at the top of their game, and you're dumb to miss them.
The other undeniable show this weekend is Saturday (2/27) at Market Hotel with a line-up that almost dares you not to go: Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Beach Fossils, Grooms and Morning Benders. All bands I've written about in this weekly column more than once. Now most of these bands -- including out-of-towners Surfer Blood and Turbo Fruits -- play here enough that most people have seen them already. Except Morning Benders, recent transplants from San Francisco who have kind of blown up over the last two weeks thanks in part to a great new album, Big Echo (out March 9 on Rough Trade), as well as a killer live performance video (shot for Yours Truly) of the LP's lead track, "Excuses," that's been making the rounds. The version on the album is already pretty lovely, but here, done Phil Spector style with the Big Echo Orchestra (John Vanderslice and Christopher Owens of Girls among them) is pretty special. You can watch it at the bottom of this post, and download the MP3 of "Excuses" from The Morning Benders website for the mere price of your email address. The MP3 for "Promises" is above. Anyway, see them now before the album comes out and they no longer play places like Market Hotel.
... or the Housing Works Bookstore where they'll play tonight (2/25) with the garagey Shark? and twinkly folkies Cuddle Magic. Max Silvestri hosts. Presented by the Hype Machine, it's also a CD swap where you can take all those CDs you've ripped and trade them for others you don't have yet. Admission is $5 and at least one CD. Do bring something someone people would want to listen to, and not that CD of your cousin's ska band, OK?
The Morning Benders also play Mercury Lounge on April 22 (tickets still on sale). All tour dates for the band are at the bottom of this post.
Some more show picks shows by day:
Toro Y Moi is playing Cameo Gallery but surprise surprise: Best New Music + 75 person capacity = sold out show. There will be some tickets ($5) available when doors open at 8PM. Twin Sister are also on the bill so if you already have tickets for this, show up early and see them -- they're great. If you don't make it in, Toro Y Moi rolls back through town on March 26 where he'll play Brooklyn Bowl with New Zealand's Ruby Suns. He'll be at SXSW too. All tour dates for him are at the bottom of this post.
Patrick Bower and The World Without Magic are likely to play tunes from their new EP, The Dark Lord (of Love), at Bruar Falls. You can download the Scott Walker-esque title track at the top of this post. It's pretty different than the more beardy folk of his solo work. I dig it. The show's free and also features country-ish Beau Jennings & The Holy Tulsa Thunder and the delicate orch-folk of Balene.
North Highlands, Dream Diary and Knight School are at Death by Audio. Now is the time to catch North Highlands, who were excellent at Bruar Falls last week and I think will be taking things to the "next level" (whatever that means) soon. Dream Diary are getting really good too, especially if you like Pastels-style indiepop, and Knight School are NYC's nerdiest, funniest, catchiest, tinniest band.
And at the Bell House there's laptop shoegaze maestro Ulrich Schnauss who made one of my favorite records of the '00s, A Strangely Isolated Place, and apparently had a hand in recently coaxing Chapterhouse out of retirement. It's actually a pretty cool night if you're into dreamy soundscapes. Also on the bill is Mark Van Hoen who was a founding member of awesome '90s band Seefeel (seek out 1993's Quique) and who's made music under the name Locust since the mid-'90s. Local dreamweavers Luxa open the night.
If you weren't able to squeeze into Cameo on Thursday, Twin Sister play the equally tiny Matchless. As I said recently, they're probably the best new band I've seen in some time. I will say I'm predisposed to like their mix of Stereolab and Sade, but I was wowed when I saw them at Bruar Falls.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back in NYC, playing Mercury Lounge (tickets). They've got a new EP, Nitetime Rainbows, coming out next week that shows off their more experimental, soundscape-y side. Which side will we get Friday? This is the start of a lengthy tour which of course includes SXSW. Acrylics, who I love, are also playing the Mercury Lounge show.
Another chance to see Knight School, this time early on at Bruar Falls with awesomely loud (yet poppy) duo Sisters, sonic manipulator Noveller and the psych punk assault of Lame Drivers. After this show, Sisters hit the road with another Brooklyn duo, Coasting, for the tour heading to SXSW and then join up with Irish band So Cow after the fest. Tour dates are below.
Hospitality haven't played live in at least six months, due mainly to their bass player's duties in White Rabbits. He won't be at Bruar Falls on Saturday so we'll be seeing a slightly different line-up of the band but I'm glad to have them back. Singer Amber Papini is quite the charming singer. They're opening for Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums -- who are also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Friday.
Another local band that hasn't played in ages: The Hundred in the Hands, whose song "Dressed in Dresden" I listened to a lot last summer. It's the only song on their Myspace, apart from about 10 different remixes. It's a good track, but I'm curious to see how many other songs they have. With Glasslands doors at 11 and two other bands on the bill (Ra Ra Rasputin, Esque) it'll be a late night.
Go see Wild Beasts. Seriously.
That's it for this week. Videos, Wild Beasts contest, and tour dates are after the jump.
Neon Indian @ Mercury Lounge (more by Erez Avissar)
Neon Indian finished their three-night NYC run with a show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (12/17). Toro y Moi didn't open that show like he did at the two previous gigs which were both at Mercury Lounge, but he will play Brooklyn Bowl on March 26th when he opens for The Ruby Suns. Tickets are now on sale...
"[At Brooklyn Bowl, the] electronic musician known also known for his recordings under the name VEGA, blasted off into the lo-fi synthy stratosphere along with his three compadres, including what looked like a 17 year-old D&D player (cape included) and a cute girl in hot shorts that acted as band cheerleader. Playing tracks exclusively from their excellent debut LP Psychic Chasms while doctored images from teen-angst film The Doom Generation played behind them, Neon Indian had fun and looked good doing it. Their brand of dance music has a whimsical, nostalgic feel to it without sounding forced." [NY Press]Pitchfork just named Psychic Chasms the 14th best album of 2009. VEGA was just added to tonight's show (12/18) at Market Hotel with Tanlines. Future Islands canceled due to illness.
And the Market Hotel show is actually one of two appearances Neon Indian band members are making in Brooklyn tonight. Neon Indian (aka drummer Jason Faries) is also listed as a DJ at the new Germs party at Europa. More details on both shows below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Meric Long of The Dodos
The New Gay: When did you first realize you were straight?The Dodos (Frenchkiss) are on tour with Ruby Suns (Sub Pop), and last night (10/13) they played their first of two NYC shows together. It was at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tonight (10/14) happens at Bowery Ballroom.
Logan Kroeber of The Dodos: In highschool after I broke up with my third boyfriend I realized I was fooling myself just going with the norm of homosexuality. I decided then and there to go against the grain and face the shame of dating chicks.
TNG: What is your least favorite stereotype about straight people?
LK: That the sexual acts I perform are not also condemned in the Bible. I can sin too even if I'm not gay!
The Ruby Suns played a few new songs from their album that's coming out early next year. The Dodos setlist included much material from their album that came out this year. Highlights included the encore and a song they played all in the dark with LED's on Meric's fingers and on the xylophone mallets. You can see it in one of the pictures which are continued below....
The Dodos @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
Club Planet: At what point did you realize The Dodos were taking off (har har) ?The Dodos have announced their fall tour. All dates are with The Ruby Suns, and that includes shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/13) and Bowery Ballroom (10/14). Tickets for both go on AmEx presale at noon, and general sale on Friday. All dates, and the cover art for their previously mentioned new album, below...
Meric Long: I'd say around the time Visiter came out, in March, and we'd just done South By Southwest. We were driving through Austin when we started getting a ton of calls from different people who were like, "You're invited to come play Siren," or "You're invited to come play the Pitchfork Festival." I remember just driving the car around, answering all these phone calls. Our manager kept calling our phone, and every time I saw her name light up I wondered, "What next?" It was a really exciting time, and there was a profound moment where I realized that we were not going to be home much for the rest of the year.
Friday October 24, 2008 @ Pianos in NYC
Upstairs room:Three labels, one small CMJ show.
Pretty & Nice 8:00 - 8:30 pm
The Coathangers 8:45- 9:15pm
Cotton Jones: 8:30-9:00pm
Death Vessel: 9:15pm-9:45pm
Dutchess and the Duke: 10:00pm-10:30pm
sBACH: 10:45pm- 11:15pm
Oxford Collapse: 11:30-12am
The Ruby Suns: 12:15am-12:45am
Sub Pop has Death Vessel, Oxford Collapse and The Ruby Suns.
Pretty & Nice and Dutchess and the Duke represent Sub Pop's sister label Hardly Art who now represents six artists in total including Le Loup who are opening for Stereolab at Irving Plaza on October 4th.
sBACH (member of Hella), Cotton Jones (ex-Page France) and The Coathangers (friends with the Black Lips) are reppin' Suicide Squeeze. The Coathangers signing was announced September 4th. Cotton Jones was announced in August.
Sub Pop usually does a sell-out show at the larger Bowery Ballroom, so they're definitely taking it easy this year. Merge's is small too.
Check out the Pianos flyer below...
photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: The Ruby Suns - Tane Mahuta (MP3)
Ryan McPhun and Amee Robinson, otherwise known as The Ruby Suns, are another fantastically creative New Zealand band representing the bursting music scene that has been infiltrating the arts global community over the past few years. The extreme-sports-loving, Flight of the Conchords rearing, Lord of the Rings inspiring land of the ferns charms our ears and hearts thanks to the youthful chirpings of the Ruby Suns. Signed to Lil' Chief Records at home, Memphis Industries in Britain, and SubPop in the States, the band formed in 2004 after Californian escapee Ryan moved to Auckland and started playing with several local bands, among them The Brunettes. Embraced by the stellar artists with whom they have been fortunate enough to share a stage, from Throw Me A Statue to labelmates the Fleet Foxes and to the Dodos, it is easy to understand why they are so well-liked and are continually paired with bands that reflect the same energy as theirs. [KEXP]The Brooklyn show went Vivian Girls --> The Ruby Suns --> Tilly & The Wall. The Ruby Suns also recently played their tribal-infused indie rock at the Pitchfork and Sub Pop Festivals. Unfortunately they just don't put on a very engaging live show. Someone else was more harsh...
"Their sound is a combination of Afro-pop, Brazilian Tropicalia, and late 80's Manchester beats. Sounds interesting, right? Not the way Ruby Suns play it." [Have You Heard]To be fair, Ryan didn't think they were that bad at SXSW. More pics from their Music Hall set below...
photos by Leia Jospe
Foals (from the UK) finished up their North American touring last week with shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken (May 7th) and Union Hall in Brooklyn (May 8th).
The band will probably acknowledge that tonight was not their best effort. They were caught in traffic, resulting in a short sound check from a tired band at the end of their tour. They even mentioned how frustrated they were with how they are sounding, but they enjoyed Maxwell's Pina Coladas. [Music Snobbery]Both shows were with their Sub Pop labelmate The Ruby Suns (from New Zealand).
I'm not sure how to describe their sound, I guess I can say its easy listening. Lots of cool percussion and sounds. I like a few songs, well more like all of them. [Randomnights's Weblog]Foals also played a show at Bowery Ballroom a couple of weeks earlier (that Leia was also at). More of Leia's pictures from the Maxwell's show below....
Sub Pop is now confirming a lot of the rumors and then some.....
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Sera Cahoone - Only As The Day Is Long (MP3)
Handsome Furs, SXSW 2008
The Sub Pop showcase was one of the greatest official lineups at SXSW this year (Friday, March 14, 2008).
BOURBON ROCKS STAGE (inside)Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper are currently on tour together. The March 29th Bowery Ballroom show (which also has Ola Podrida on the bill) is still not sold out. Handsome Furs are opening for Spoon at Terminal 5, and playing Bowery Ballroom without Spoon even sooner. No Age have a Bowery Ballroom show coming up, and Pissed Jeans have one scheduled at Knitting Factory.
Love As Laughter - 8pm
Sera Cahoone - 9pm
Grand Archives - 10pm
Kelley Stoltz - 11pm
Fleet Foxes - 12am
Blitzen Trapper - 1am
BOURBON ROCKS PATIO STAGE (outside)
The Ruby Suns - 8:30pm
Pissed Jeans - 9:30pm
Handsome Furs - 10:30pm
The Helio Sequence - 11:30pm
No Age - 12:30am
The Ruby Suns just played two NYC shows, and they're coming back soon with Foals (also on Sub Pop). All those dates and pictures of them from SXSW are HERE. The rest of the SXSW showcase photos are below....
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: The Ruby Suns - Tane Mahuta (MP3)
The Ruby Suns' album "Sea Lion" came out on Sub Pop on March 4th, they played the Sub Pop showcase at SXSW on March 14th (photos in this post), and now they're in NYC just in time to celebrate Christ rising from the dead tonight (March 23) at Mercury Lounge. They also play Union Hall tomorrow (Monday). Both shows are with Le Loup who originally had Bodies of Water as their tour partner until Bodies of Water moved on to the Sons and Daughters tour instead. The Ruby Suns are also coming back to NYC in May - that time with their labemates Foals. All tour dates and more photos below....