Entries tagged with: The Whigs
The Savannah Stopover festival might only be three years old but it already has the makings of a go-to festival. There's the charming, walkable downtown area with venues just steps from each other. You can tote your (inexpensive) alcoholic beverage around the streets. The price for a three-day pass was an insanely-reasonable $75. The festival schedule felt manageable with only about 100 bands on the docket. (And just about all of these bands are heading to Austin this week.) There were a lot of hallmarks to SXSW, and indeed one person offered up the observation that the current size of Stopover reminded him of the very early years of SXSW.
But the thing that is so important to any festival, whether it be SXSW or Coachella, is having a strong line-up. And Stopover very much had this. From Mac DeMarco on the first night through Turbo Fruits at the very last, there were solid bands up and down the schedule. It was extremely well curated. On the second day, the free Of Montreal concert in Forsyth Park was weird and wonderful among the Spanish Moss. It was the Athens band's first time performing in Savannah. Chris Cohen and Ducktails were excellent over at Knights of Columbus a little later in the evening.
And the all-Georgia lineup at the same venue on Day Three (3/9) featuring Whaleboat, Ponderosa and The Whigs was raucous. I'm sure the festival's plan, as it should be, is to continue growing. My hope is that it doesn't grow too much. Or that it at least doesn't strive to SXSW levels of attendance or insanity. Its location and size make it a perfect alternative to that monster a few states to the West.
The Wilderness of Manitoba are playing Mercury Lounge on March 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Spirit Family Reunion are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Port St. Willow are playing Mercury Lounge on February 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The Whigs are playing Mercury Lounge on March 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Superhumanoids are playing Mercury Lounge on April 2. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Foxygen, Johnny Marr, The Hives, The Postal Service and more are on sale today too.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
Zambri and The Suzan will play Mercury Lounge on August 31. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon. Zambri and Stagnant Pools were added to the Maximo Park show at Webster Hall (9/13). Tickets for that show are still available.
Tickets for the Black Moth Super Rainbow show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon. A ticket link has now been posted for their Bowery Ballroom show, but no presale for that one.
The Whigs are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 19 and Glasslands on November 10. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on AmEx presale today with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (7/27) at 7 AM.
Electric Six are playing Mercury Lounge on October 26 and 27. Tickets for both of those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon.
MS MR, who have upcoming shows supporting Marina and the Diamonds, will open for Grouplove at Terminal 5 on November 2. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (7/27) at noon.
Minus The Bear at Webster Hall (more by Matthew Eisman)
After headlining Webster Hall in July, Minus The Bear has stepped it up by scheduling a show at Terminal 5 on December 4th with The Whigs as part of a larger East Coast jaunt. Tickets go on sale on sale Friday, October 1st at noon ($25.50 advance / $30 day of show).
The band is touring off of their new and biggest LP yet, Omni, and will hit the road in middle October for a string of West Coast dates before hopping the pond to do Europe with Jimmy Eat World and then back to the US for some East Coast love.
All tour dates and some video of the band on Jimmy Kimmel Live is below...
photos by Diana Wong
"Black keys midnight show at Terminal 5 melted my face. I officially have no fuckin face!" - Joe Thompson
Despite playing a headlining show at Summerstage earlier in the evening, the Black Keys still managed to melt faces for 90 minutes and 22 songs at Terminal 5 last night (7/28). The SPIN/ZYNC show, the third in a series of five, was opened by The Whigs and Lee Fields and the Expressions (including some familiar Daptone faces)...
"But the show belonged to Auerbach and Carney -- even when they had help. About halfway into the set, two members of Fields' backing band came out to play bass and keyboard for a few numbers. The extra muscle made songs such as Brother's "Everlasting Light" sound a tad conventional when compared to the lean aggression that fired "I Got Mine," from 2008's Attack & Release, but the former song's creeping eighth note bassline and eerie, clanging keyboard stabs were thrilling in their own right." [SPIN]The show also streamed online, like the National/Suckers/Kurt Vile gig happening at the same venue will tonight. More pictures from it, with the Black Keys' setlist, below...
It's a busy week for big NYC shows. The Flaming Lips are here for two performances, starting with the gig tonight/Monday at Central Park SummerStage. Oneida opens. The Flaming Lips show Tuesday night at Terminal 5 is part of the Spin25 series of gigs running each day this week.
Spin25, sponsored by American Express's new ZYNC card (as you can see in the picture above), kicks off with Smashing Pumpkins tonight at Terminal 5, and continues with Flaming Lips on July 27th, the Black Keys on July 28th, the National on July 29th (all at Terminal 5), and Spiritualized on July 30th at Radio City. Show openers are listed below (Spiritualized, which has no opener, is the only one with tickets available currently).
THIS WEEK AT TERMINAL 5If you don't have tickets, we're offering one more chance for you to see the shows. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to each of the last four (that's all minus Smashing Pumpkins). Details on that are below...
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (w/ Kill Hannah & The Jim Jones Revue)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (w/ Fang Island)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions & The Whigs)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (w/ Suckers & Kurt Vile)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
You can also watch the shows online: SPIN & ZYNC are streaming them.
Several of the above bands have more shows this week too. The Black Keys play two SummerStage shows with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th (the second being the an early show on same night they play T5). Those two shows are also a tour kick-off for the two bands. All dates below.
The National also play Celebrate Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 27th with Beach House opening. They'll be back in September for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Owen Pallett who opens both Arcade Fire shows at MSG next week.
Contest details and dates below...
Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival 2010 takes place in Golden Gate Park from August 14th-15th. Headlining acts for the fest include Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green. Other acts include Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The Budos Band, Dawes, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power Janelle Monáe and Tokyo Police Club. The full lineup (which will be added to) is below.
Two-day passes go on sale Tuesday, June 2nd at 1pm EST. Single day tickets go on sale Sunday, June 6th.
A video trailer for this year's fest and the lineup is below...
Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."
Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...
Built to Spill @ Webster Hall Oct. 2009 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Built to Spill and The Black Keys are both opening for Kings of Leon on their North American tour this summer. Their travels together don't come near New York City though. The closest Kings of Leon get is the Altantic City Borgata, and that's with The Whigs opening. Tickets are on sale (and only $125).
The Black Keys' upcoming NYC shows are two nights at SummerStage in Central Park (the full lineup for which just got fully announced) with the Morning Benders. (Check out their "sexy new video" if you haven't already.)
Ends up, Built to Spill will be in NYC too this summer - they play a Wednesday, July 28th show at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on Live Nation presale Thursday at 10am. General Sale starts Friday at 10am.
All Kings of Leon tour dates and their other openers (The Features, The Stills) are below...
Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Clearwater Festival, the annual benefit for the Hudson River environmental group of the same name, will be happening this year at Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park on June 19th & 20th. Pete Seeger, the non-profit's founder, plays every year - joining him this year will be Steve Earle, Rhett Miller, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Felice Bros and more. More of the initial lineup is below. Tickets to the fest are on sale (and currently almost half the door price). Pictures from last year's day one are HERE and day two are HERE.
A bit farther Upstate in Hunter, NY, the three-day Mountain Jam will be happening June 4th-6th. The lineup for that includes Gov't Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool, Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), These United States, Justin Townes Earle (note dad, playing above) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band (the same, except grandpa). The full current lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.
Later this summer (in July), Camp Bisco will be in Mariaville, NY.
Lineups so far for both fests are below...
Kings of Leon @ Madison Square Garden - Jan 29, 2009 (spochat)
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed that people often mistake him for singer James Blunt or an insurance salesman. The singer said a woman who works next door to the band's Bakery recording studios in London is convinced that he is a door-to-door salesman. "She asked me the other day if I was in insurance," he told XFM. "And if it's not insurance or a lawyer, it's another singer. "The other ones I get are James Morrison and James Blunt and I always say, 'Yep!' because you should never disappoint somebody." Martin joked that he would rather be confused for Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. "If I could sing like that I'd be massive," he said. [Gigwise]The Whigs opened for Kings of Leon at the sold out show at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (1/29). KOL's setlist below...
Golem are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 12th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Tickets recently went on sale for Cat Power's upcoming shows at the Apollo.
Tickets are on sale for three upcoming Final Fantasy shows.
A whole bunch of other tickets recently went on sale too.
photos by Chris Graham
Kings of Leon are playing right before Radiohead at All Points West on Saturday. Kings of Leon are also playing a show at Webster Hall on September 23rd - the same day their new record comes out (see above).
Only By The Night's first single, the explosive and memorable "Sex On Fire," will be available on Itunes and impacts at radio next week. The song received its first public airing yesterday, Tuesday, August 5th, on MySpace Music, the band's MySpace page and kingsofleon.com The video is being shot in Los Angeles this week and is being directed by the renowned Sophie Muller.Tickets go on sale August 15th. All tour dates and openers below...
photos by Chris Graham
The Sasquatch Music Festival went down in Gorge, Washington this past Memorial Day Weekend. More pictures from day one below....
DOWNLOAD: The Whigs - Right Hand On My Heart (MP3)
WKYK @ Obama Benefit, Knitting Factory - Jan 29, 2008 (Anya Garrett)
* Santa Dads @ Cake Shop
* Joanna Newsom is at BAM
* Treasure Fingers DJs HUGS
* The Shackletons are at Midway
* Plaid is playing Knitting Factory
* Spank Rock & GZA are at Studio B
* Takka Takka play Cake Shop w/ Bell
* Supersuckers are playing Blender Theater
* Baby Dee & Sxip Shirey are playing Joe's Pub
* James Blackshaw is playing Issue Project Room
* Team Robespierre & NinjaSonik play Death By Audio
* The Felice Brothers & AA Bondy are playing Mercury Lounge
* World/Inferno Friendship Society & Gutbucket @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Whigs, The Spinto Band, and Plants and Animals @ Music Hall
Back, and front. What else?
* Happy Hannukah!
* Weekly comedy shows
* Daniel Kitson's third show @ Union Hall
* Yo La Tengo & Versus play Maxwell's
* Matisyahu plays Roseland Ballroom
* Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
* Dirty Projectors, Sidetrack, White Williams & Julianna Barwick play Bowery
* Ted Leo & The Pharmacists are playing Music Hall of W
* Johnathan Rice & The Whigs are playing Knitting Factory
More tour dates and songs by The Whigs @ MySpace. I'm not a huge fan, but I can't say the same for my friends @ Aquarium Drunkard, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Stereogum. Do you want to go to the Knitting Factory show? First person to e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Whigs) wins. Include your first and last name. Winner will be contacted. What else?