Entries tagged with: The Spinto Band

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Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)

As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

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Onetime Austinites who now call NYC home, Brazos, will release their second album, Saltwater, on May 28 via Dead Oceans. You can watch the video for first single, "How the Ranks Was Won," below. Main man Martin Crane directed the collage-y clip himself. Album art and tracklist is below too.

Brazos play tonight (2/22) in NYC at Mercury Lounge; an aforementioned show with The Spinto Band and ARMS (tickets). The band will then head to Austin for SXSW (perhaps playing one of the many clubs on Brazos St.). Upon their return, Brazos will do a four-week residency at Williamsburg club Cameo, playing every Tuesday from April 16 - May 7. No word on openers or advance tickets just yet. All tour dates are listed below

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Spinto Band - Shake it Off (MP3)


Wilmington, Delaware's Spinto Band are indie survivors. Having formed int the mid-'90s under the seemed-funny-at-the-time moniker Free Beer, the band switched to the current name at the dawn of the '00s and saw some success with 2005's terrific Nice and Nicely Done. The band have continued to put out charming album after charming album, with little regard to trends and public taste. Thiers is a classic pop style.

The Spinto Band just released Cool Cocoon which came out on their own Spintonic imprint. You can download album-opener "Shake it Off" above and stream the whole album below (via Spotify). They've also made some pretty great videos over the years, including "What I Love" from Cool Cocoon which you can watch below too.

The Spinto Band are going on a short run of East Coast dates, including a stop in NYC on February 22 at Mercury Lounge with openers ARMS and Brazos. Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below.

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Sufjan Stevens tickets are on sale too.

Tickets for the Cat Power show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Alt-J show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Swans show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their previously announced show at the same venue, which happens one day later with Devendra Banhart, are still available.

A bunch of hip hop shows are going on sale today.

Tickets for the Tamaryn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Caveman show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Caitlin Rose show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for her Union Hall show are not on sale yet.

Tickets for the newly-added MS MR show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for their previously announced show at the same venue are still available.

The Spinto Band, ARMS, and Brazos are playing Mercury Lounge on February 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Frontier Ruckus are playing Mercury Lounge on February 9. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at noon.

Killing Joke, Titus Andronicus, Hilly Eye and other shows are on sale now too.

The dB's

Like their Hoboken neighbors The Feelies, The dB's tend to be homebodies, not touring much -- even with a new album out, their first in 25 years. (Their last show was a record release party last month at Le Poisson Rouge.) But they do play locally, which is great for those of us in the NYC area. The dB's next show is at Maxwell's on Saturday, September 1 and tickets for that show are on sale now.

The only other dB's show listed at the moment is September 6 at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC (which is also a hometown show for singer Chris Starney). A few recent live performance videos, which you can watch below, find the band in fine form.

Also below is video from The AV Club's "Undercover" series of The Spinto Band covering dB's singer Chris Stamey's 1977 single "The Summer Sun" on a Chicago rooftop.

Continue reading "The dB's playing Maxwell's before Hopscotch Music Fest"

by Bill Pearis

Ski Lodge

Ski Lodge are putting the finishing touches on their debut LP which will be out later this summer. In the meantime, the band have just released a video for "A Game," the jangly opening track from Ski Lodge's enjoyably tuneful EP from last year. In it, a girl makes breakfast while main Lodge resident Andrew Marr strums his guitar unaware on the couch. Some people like fruit in their cereal. Apparently others like blood. Watch it below.

In other news, Ski Lodge play The Rock Shop on Thursday (5/24), opening for The Spinto Band who are playing the final week of their residency at the club. The Extraordinaires are also on the bill and tickets are still available. And look for a new single from Ski Lodge, "Just to Be Like You," which will drop in a couple weeks.

Video below...

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words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Field Music
Field Music

The members of Field Music really wanted to play a gig in the US; so much in fact, that they had a one-off show at The Bell House Saturday (1/30), flying in early that morning and returning to England shortly after their performance. It was more than enough time to make their mark.

The date came after the band canceled performances in New York City and Chicago late in 2009 due to illness, and this occasion was far from ideal circumstances as well. But even with jetlag, horse throats and only a handful of rehearsals together as a new line up under their belts, Field Music played with inspiration and intrepid musical awareness.

Founding member Peter Brewis wasn't sure after the show whether the band sounded fully meshed yet, but as he and brother David calmly swapped out handling guitars and drums throughout then night, they demonstrated their confidence as leaders of a rapidly congealing group. New bassist Ian Black and multi-instrumentalist Kev Dosdale followed the Brewis' assured approach as the group tackled many new numbers from the band's revelatory, soon-to-be-released new album, Field Music (Measure). Powerful songs like "All You Ever Need To Say," and "Clear Water" added darkness and grit to the intelligence and grace that categorized their previous output. "I think we were listening to a lot of Led Zeppelin," said Peter, speaking of the recording of Field Music (Measure).

The Zeppelin flavor was most evident in the sparse but loudly punctuated drumming that frames many of their new creations. But other harder-edged influences abounded, sitting well with the more artsy inspiration they take from bands like Television and Steely Dan. Basically they've added some balls to their brainy youthfulness.

Speaking of youth, openers The Mugs and The Spinto Band were also at their most juvenile this night, to the enjoyment of the crowd. They both cater in a bouncy kind of indie hodge-podge, and there was a lot of bouncing by the two bands during their respective sets. The Mugs brought out a bullhorn for one number, and The Spinto Band brandished kazoos and clanged lots of cowbell. There were good ideas brought forth by both, and each of the two groups played with enough heart to somewhat mitigate their poorly defined musical identities and moments of lackluster songwriting.

It's not easy to balance the adolescent hopefulness of such spirited music with the ability to act well above your age. Field Music seems to have just the right measure of both.

Field Music return in March while on tour with The Clientele. More pictures from the Bell House with Field Music's setlist, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt this place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Frank, AB" (MP3)

TRAA @ Pianos - their first NYC show (photo by Fred Wilson)
The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage is playing SXSW next week, with shows that include the eMusic Official SXSW Showcase on Thursday, March 19th. They go on right before Grizzly Bear. After that, the band has a short tour booked with The Spinto Band which brings them to Brooklyn's Bell House on Sunday, April 5th. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

The Rural Alberta Advantage's first-ever NYC show took place January 27th, 2009, at Pianos (pic above). In attendence was eMusic's 17 dots blog, who wrote, "The room was packed, everyone knew every word to every song, the energy was perfect...To anyone who witnessed their performance, it's now a God-given fact that this band is going to make it. Whatever 'it' is these days, they will achieve it." A few months earlier eMusic also ran a feature on them.

The indie-pop trio's sound is greatly bolstered by drummer Paul Banwatt - who fills space in the band's songs sound with a fury of drums that competes with the harmonies of Amy Cole and Nils Edenloff for most immediately gripping element. BV wrote previously that when discussing the Canadian band (from rural Alberta, in fact), "it's hard not to mention Neutral Milk Hotel." That comparison comes from both Edenloff's vocal delivery and lyrical subject matter (wistful innocence, notalgia, but less antiquated and fatalistic than NMH) and the fact that both fill musical space with a similarly unnerving amount of sound - be it organ, drums, trumpet, or voice.

TRAA's debut, 2008's Hometowns, is available from the band; a remixed version of song "Sleep All Day" is up on Green Go's Myspace.

All tour dates and a pair of live videos from the band's NYC debut @ Pianos below...

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Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Fun Fun Fun Fest

If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.

One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...

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DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - Dying is Fine (MP3)

Ra Ra Riot (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ra Ra Riot

(someone told me that) Ra Ra Riot are the special guest at Union Hall tonight (July 17). It's the first show of the Spinto Band residency. Ra Ra Riot are also playing the Siren Festival on Saturday. The track in this post is off their Barsuk debut - The Rhumb Line (out August 19).