Entries tagged with: Thieves Like Us
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Mac DeMarco / Thieves Like Us @ MHOW, 10/24/2012
Mac DeMarco was one of this year's CMJ's more entertaining players, his shows a mix of solid musicianship, and gleefully anarchic humor. No place was this more on display than the Captured Tracks official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (10/18) where he made jokes about his anatomy, flung himself into the crowd and made out with a (random?) girl near the stage. And some great songs too (his Mac DeMarco II had come out that week), with a backing band that could actually, y'know, play.
Less of an impression was made with the two previous bands. Dance outfit Thieves Like Us had it together but mostly lacked that certain something to make it special, though "Drugs in My Body" sounded great and the've come a long way from when I saw them open for New Young Pony Club in 2006. Openers Dignan Porch, making their first trip from the UK, were fine but not the most engaging live act.
We missed headliners DIIV (we've seen them a few times this year already) but there are more pics from DeMarco, Thieves Like Us and Dignan Porch (who are in Austin tonight [10/24]) below.
by Bill Pearis
DIIV at River Rocks, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DIIV will headline the Captured Tracks CMJ showcase which is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Mac DeMarco, Thieves Like Us, and Dignan Porch rounding out the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/19) at noon.
DIIV are currently on tour with their labelmates Wild Nothing, while Mac DeMarco's tour has him making his way across the South and Southwest. Mac Demarco's new album, Mac Demarco 2, will be out October 16 and you can stream a track from it below.
Meanwhile, this will be the first-ever tour for London's Dignan Porch whose second album, Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen, came out earlier this month. Melodic and jangly, the album should appeal to fans of early Go-Betweens and Flying Nun (as well as Jay Reatard's less vitriolic side). You can stream the whole album at Spotify. In addition to the Captured Tracks showcase, both Dignan Porch and Mac DeMarco will play the Panache CMJ showcase on October 19 at Public Assembly with Twerps, Turbofruits and more.
And not to be left out, multinational dance combo Thieves Like Us (yes, named after New Order's song which was named after a movie) will be playing a few North American dates in October beginning at Glasslands on 10/11 with Heavenly Beat and New Myths. (Tickets are on sale.) If you haven't checked out the group's album, Bleed Bleed Bleed, from earlier this year it blends aloof Italo cool with a little more of a beating heart than you might get with that scene. You can stream it at Spotify.
Chances are all four of these bands will add additional CMJ-week shows to their schedule so keep your eyes peeled as the fest gets closer. Tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.
by Bill Pearis
I mentioned a while back that John Peña was looking to turn his Swedish-style indiepop Heavenly Beat solo project into a real live band and it looks like he's done so as the trio version of the group (as seen above) are making their debut Wednesday night (8/8) at Public Assembly with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, and You. (That's You, the band, not you you. Unless you are in You. Then it is you.) It's $8 to get in before 9 PM and $10 after. You can also buy your tickets online.
The only other upcoming Heavenly Beat show at the moment is at Glasslands on October 11 with fellow Captured Tracks band (and real Swedes) Thieves Like Us and tickets to that show are on sale now. Jon did just make a video for the song "Tradition" and you can watch that below, along with a stream of the entire Heavenly Beat album.