Entries tagged with: The Tallest Man on Earth
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Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.
Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.
Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Matsson kept the arrangements varied, switching from a five-piece to a quartet to a duo with a few solo songs thrown in the mix. At various times, these numbers included fiddle, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, piano, pedal steel, and lots of guitars, with Matsson swapping out axes for just about every song, ensuring that each was beautifully tuned. There was also an array of crisp drumbeats and, at times, booming bass. Matsson played through every song on Dark Bird, and peppered those newcomers with an equal amount from his past catalog.The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) brought his tour in support of his fleshed-out fourth album, Dark Bird Is Home, to NYC for two shows this week: Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (6/2) at Beacon Theatre last night (6/3). It was his first-ever tour with a full band, and as the review of the MHOW show above points out, it was quite a change from his days touring solo. Another great folk singer, Hiss Golden Messenger, opened both shows. We've got pictures of the MHOW show (including one of the setlist), and those continue below...
...For the two-song encore Matsson changed into a plain white T-shirt and, for the first time that evening, went guitar-less, leaving the playing to his band as he performed the hell out of "Dreamer." The song had him transformed into a pop singer, grabbing at his hair and dramatically recoiling and waving his arms as the trumpet blared some rising tide of lovelorn despair behind him. [Village Voice]
photo: Tallest Man at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Jamie Goodsell)
The Tallest Man on Earth has expanded his full-band tour, including additional dates to his run with Hiss Golden Messenger. That run was already set to hit NYC on June 3 at Beacon Theatre (which is sold out but you can win tickets), and it now also includes a smaller NYC show on June 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/13) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Hiss Golden Messenger also added a headlining date which isn't too far from NYC. Right after playing Newport Folk Festival, he'll come to Woodstock, NY for a show at Bearsville Theatre on July 25. That's one of the first Bowery-booked shows to be announced for the Woodstock venue.
Updated dates for Tallest Man and HGM are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Andrew Bird is one of the contributors to a new compilation titled Good People Rock which benefits Montreal-based charity organization Yellow Bird Project. It's out now digitally via new Arts & Crafts imprint Madic Records. It's got artists associated with Yellow Bird (which makes unique t-shirts) covering other Yellow Bird artists, and Andrew Bird covers New Pornographers' "The Fake Headlines." It's my kind of cover in that Andrew Bird makes it his own while it's unmistakably a Carl Newman melody. The video for the song was made by directors Luke McCutcheon and Michael Yablonski with marionette artist Robin Polfuss and is quite lovely. Watch it below. Other artists involved on Good People Rock include The Tallest Man on Earth, Elvis Perkins, and King Creosote. Full tracklist is below.
Bird will be touring Europe this summer and will play a warm-up show for that at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on June 25 which he's calling "a very special performance." Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/1) at noon. Andrew's only other US show is a gala benefit for Boston's Institute of Contemporary Arts on May 16. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Tallest Man on Earth is releasing his fourth album, Dark Bird Is Home, on May 12 via Dead Oceans, and he's now made the entire thing available to stream. The album has his most fleshed-out arrangements and polished production to date, but there's a few stripped-down songs recalling his earlier material here too. No matter which mode he's in, Tallest Man's songwriting is still in excellent form. Listen over at NPR.
You can listen to the album's two singles, with the full list of dates, below...
Portland, Oregon's MusicfestNW takes place at the city's Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 21-23 and the festival has now announced this year's lineup. The 15th edition of the festival features appearances from Modest Mouse, Beirut, The Tallest Man on Earth, Belle and Sebastian, Danny Brown, Battles, Title Fight, Lady Lamb and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (4/24) at 1o AM Pacific (1 PM EDT), with early bird 3-day passes going for $105 and single-day early birds starting at $35.
Check out the lineup in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tallest Man on Earth in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Tallest Man on Earth already released "Sagres" from his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home, one of his most fleshed-out tracks yet. Now he's put out the title track, which is far more stripped down. It's just Kristian Matsson and his acoustic guitar for most of the song, and it's even more somber than the last single (which was already pretty melancholic). Listen below.
The NYC show happens June 3 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are still available (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.
Details on how to enter, with the list of dates, below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
the whole crew (via)
The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.
We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.
Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...
photo: The Tallest Man on Earth in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Tallest Man on Earth has released the first single from his upcoming fourth album, Dark Bird Is Home (due 5/12 via Dead Oceans). For someone who began as a raw, stripped-down artist, "Sagres" is his cleanest and most fleshed-out sounding song yet, but it's also still steeped in the melancholy of his last album. Check it out below.
Tallest Man has also announced a US tour that kicks off in Northampton the day after the album comes out, and culminates in NYC on June 3 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at 11 AM.
Several international dates through October will follow. All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.
S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...
by Bill Pearis
Swedish singer-songwriter Markus Svensson has been making music as The Tarantula Waltz for five years or so with an earnest, folky sound that's more Minneapolis than Malmö. Last year, he released his acclaimed third album Tinder Stick Neck, toured with The War on Drugs and opened a hometown Stockholm show for fellow Swedes First Aid Kit. He's got a new single off the album, "17," and we've got the premiere of its video, directed by Mathias Johansson and Jonas Jacob Svensson. You can watch it below.
Later this year, look for The Tarantula Waltz's new EP which was produced by Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth). That seems like a good match-up.
Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.
Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.
The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...
photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen
Solange/Tallest Man on Earth/Beach House @ Bonnaroo 6/15/2013
"I know it's hot out there," Solange told the audience during her Which Stage set, "but if I could could see you guys grinding just a little bit, that would make me so happy." And of course the audience shrieked back with approval, as her band began playing the dreamy "Bad Girls." Following her surprise appearances with Grizzly Bear and on Friday's hip-hop Superjam, it was refreshing to see Solange perform her own dreamy, soulful brand of pop. Throughout her set she shimmied, smiled and swooned along with her band, even pulling off some coordinated line-dancing with her natty and talented guitarist. - [SPIN]On Saturday (6/15) of Bonnaroo 2013, big names included R. Kelly, Bjork, Empire of the Sun and Cat Power. But there was lots, lots more going on at Bonaroo on Saturday, including Beach House, The Tallest Man on Earth, Two Gallants, and Solange, not to mention comedian Ed Helms in bluegrass mode, and David Cross. Pics from those acts and more are in this post.
If you missed them, our earlier pictures from Day 1 are HERE and HERE, Day 2 photos are HERE and here, Day 3 are HERE, and Day 4 are HERE. More photos from Saturday, June 15 (and a few from Sunday, 6/16) are below.
Outside Lands Fest 2012 (more byAmoreena Lucero)
The 2013 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival with happen at Golden Gate Park on August 9 - 11. This year's line-up includes Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Hall & Oates, Foals, A-Track, Jurassic 5, Kurt Vile and many more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/18) at noon PDT.
This is the sixth edition of Outside Lands, and the full announced line-up is below.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The Tallest Man on Earth at Town Hall - 6/20/12
In December of 2008 I ventured to Town Hall to cover Bon Iver. At the time, For Emma... had blown up over the summer and Justin Vernon and company were holding down two dates a stone's throw from Times Square. Opening for them was Kristian Matsson, The Tallest Man on Earth.
When you cover show after show the opening acts tend to run together. A great deal are forgettable, a bunch impress and you feel they're on to something but not quite there. And then there are those few that stay with you. Lykke Li opening for El Perro Del Mar, Fleet Foxes opening for Blitzen Trapper and Tune-Yards opening for Dirty Projectors are the easiest ones for me.
And then there's Kristian Matsson.
His opening set to a half-filled Town Hall had me riveted. He owned every piece of that stage, his energy and musicianship caught the attention of everyone who had the good sense to arrive early.
On June 19th and 20th, Matsson returned to Town Hall but this time as the headliner. Not so much a triumphant return as a deserved one for arguably the most talented singer-songwriter to come along in the past five years. Nobody performing today can match his output of three flawless full lengths and an EP in that time.
Matsson was flanked by a line of guitars to his right and a grand piano to his left, but everything else was very much the same as that winter night a few years back. And the sold out crowds were his. Shunning the static singer-songwriter schtick, Matsson was at ease as he stalked the stage, buzzing from one end to the other, leaning out over the crowd or staring up into the balcony as he strummed his guitar in between verses. The crowd clapped rhythmically along at the start of "King of Spain" and gave an appreciative applause as the opening strains of "Where Do My Bluebird Fly?" echoed out into the hall.
Matsson's voice was at its plaintive, pleading best on the gorgeous piano ballad (and title of his new record), "There's No Leaving Now," nearly cracking as he shouted the last refrain, "Your fear of the leading light / if they are with you and your heart won't fail." It was the night's most affecting moment. Despite his leanings toward the guitar, the man can write a stirring piano song and it would be great to hear more of them as he continues to evolve his sound, as he does on the new record.
During the encore Matsson played a piano rendition on the night's penultimate song "The Dreamer." And as the show reached its conclusion Amanda Bergman, Matsson's wife, came out to sing on "Thrown Right At Me," both of them inches away from each other as they sang. She departed before the song ended leaving Matsson to soak in the second standing ovation of the night.
Strand of Oaks opened both nights at Town Hall. We posted pictures from the first night HERE. More pictures from last night, the second, below...
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by Chris La Putt
"although each song is basically the same, The Tallest Man on Earth was blissful tonight @ Town Hall" - Christopher CJ Smith
DOWNLOAD: Strand of Oaks - "Maureen's (MP3)
The Tallest Man on Earth at Town Hall - 6/19/12
Halfway through his set at Town Hall last night, Kristian Matsson--also known as Tallest Man on Earth--set his acoustic guitar down and clumsily stumbled to the other side of the stage, sitting down at a grand piano. "I can't really play this thing over here; it's hard," he mused softly into the microphone. "But I like to sing." He carefully placed his hands on the keys, fluttering his fingers just enough to make the audience doubt what he had just said, and squeaked out the first words to the title track of his recently released LP There's No Leaving Now, a song about overcoming the fear of failure. The concertgoers watched as this man, solo among his five guitars and single piano, earnestly shared his demons--a recurring image throughout the night. [Village Voice]The Tallest Man On Earth brought his tour to NYC last night (6/19) for a sold out show at Town Hall with Strand of Oaks. He played most of the tracks off of his great new album, There's No Leaving Now and old favorites like "Love Is All," "Kind of Spain," "Where Do My Bluebirds Fly," and "The Gardener."
Opener Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter with drummer Chris Ward from Pattern is Movement) is set to release a new album this year titled Dark Shores. You can grab the first single from that album above and check out the lyrics to the track on bandcamp.
The Tallest Man on Earth and Strand of Oaks will play Town Hall again tonight (6/20) and tonight's show is also sold out.
More pictures and setlist from last night below...
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
The Tallest Man on Earth @ Webster Hall 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Tallest Man on Earth @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Shame on me for ever having any doubts about The Tallest Man On Earth's ability to sell out Town Hall in NYC. Not only has he done it, he added a 2nd show at the same venue! June 20th is sold out. The new date is June 19th and it goes on sale Friday, 4/13, at 11am.
It was also just revealed that The Tallest Man is playing Lollapalooza which means we'll probably see more dates announced between the NYC shows and the early August Chicago festival. All currently known tour dates, which also include the Newport Folk Festival, are listed below...
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/23/2012 (photo by kylewhodigs)
The Bowerbirds played a sold out, headlining show at Bowery Ballroom last week. If you missed it, NYC Taper has a recording, and tickets are on sale now for their next NYC show which is at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
And speaking of bands signed to Dead Oceans and NYC shows, tickets go on sale at 11am for the Tallest Man On Earth show happening at Town Hall on June 20th.