Entries tagged with: This Will Destroy You
photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Ghost, Purson @ Terminal 5
Ghost's third album Meliora is out now and it does what they do best -- poppy, riffy rock that's obsessed with the occult. Their theatrical live show is really where it's at though, and you can see that tonight.
Porches, Nap Eyes, Adult Mom @ Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent)
It's the last Brooklyn Flea of the season and helping send them off is a pretty good lineup, including rising band Porches, Canadian act Nap Eyes, and local regulars Adult Mom. 2 PM, free.
Nap Eyes, Tall Juan, DFONTE @ Cake Shop
Nap Eyes, who sound a bit like The Clean or The Modern Lovers or another Lou Reed descendent of your choice, play again tonight.
The So So Glos, Nude Beach, Mannequin Pussy, Big Eyes, Bueno, Bikini Carwash @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
It's the very last show of the summer at Rockaway Beach venue Riis Park Beach Bazaar, and this one's a full afternoon of quality local-ish punk.
Giggly Boys, Past Life, Naked Heroes, Wild Yaks @ Rippers
While out in the Rockaways you can pretend it's still summer at Ripper's with this rambunctious lineup.
Candiria, Netherlands, Go Deep, Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn's genre-defying heavy band Candiria are reunited and have played a couple hometown festivals (Black N Blue Bowl, Afropunk) but tonight's their first non-fest NYC show of the reunion. Good openers too.
Abigail Williams, Today is the Day, Trenchfoot, Throaat @ Bowery Electric
Black metallers Abigail Williams and noisecore greats Today Is The Day are on the road together, and tonight they hit NYC with quality local support.
Guerilla Toss, Mannequin Pussy, Nine of Swords, Nonsense @ Shea Stadium
New DFA signees Guerilla Toss just released their first EP for the label and celebrate its release tonight.
Arto Lindsay, Zs, Miho Hatori, Mayo Yamaguchi, Tygapaw @ Trans-Pecos
This is the last of Trans-Pecos Sundays in September afternoon series and they have put together another killer lineup of NYC art rock types, headlined today by No Wave great Arto Lindsay.
Christopher Tignor, SYMBOL (Chris King of This Will Destroy You), Christian Frederickson (of Rachel's) @ Littlefield
Christopher Tignor is a frequent collaborator of This Will Destroy You, and tonight he headlines this show with a TWDY member opening.
Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.
Rachel Platten, Fran Healy, Jenny Owen Youngs, Secret Someones, Tracy Bonham, Nick Howard, Hundred Hounds, The Candles, Wes Hutchinson, Ghosts of St Marks, Albis, 9 Horses @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is a tribute show for the late cellist Daniel Cho who tragically drowned in 2010. All proceeds will go to the Daniel Cho Scholarship Fund.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher
San Antonio's Bright Like the Sun worked with This Will Destroy You's Alex Bhore on their upcoming self-titled album, due next week (4/21) on Sun Sea Sky Productions (pre-order), and if you like TWDY's epic soaring post-rock, there's a good chance you'll like BLTS too. They have a similar knack for lush atmospheres, well-crafted dynamic shifts, and climactic crescendos. Listen for yourself -- a full stream of the album premieres below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
TWDY / Sannhet / Planning for Burial @ Saint Vitus - 2/27/15
Post rockers This Will Destroy You played a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Thursday (2/26) and Friday (2/27) with different openers each night. The first had their collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous, and the second had the gloomy Planning for Burial and local instrumental post-metal band Sannhet. The pictures in this post are of night 2.
Planning for Burial's set sounded a little less consistent than his recent album, as he was doing everything with a loop pedal and drum machine which just didn't fully capture what makes the album so great. But there was no denying the power of the raw, cathartic ending which had him screaming into the air without a mic.
Sannhet, whose new album Revisionist comes out this week on The Flenser (same label as PfB) and had hit the web a few days prior to the show, sounded huge. Though atmospheric black and sludge metal are influences, their approach to instrumental rock is not too unlike TWDY's and the pairing of the two of them was perfect. Sannet makes music that overwhelms you, and as good as their albums may be, there's nothing like standing in front of the band with their wall of sound towering over you.
In comparison, This Will Destroy You played a much softer set, but still the kind with the ability to mesmerize. They opened with a newer one, but then took it right back to old favorite "A Three-Legged Workhorse" which really set the mood for the set. While Sannhet's light show makes them a sight to see, TWDY is the kind of thing you want to close your eyes to. The minimal stage show feels intentional -- one member even plays sitting down.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sannhet have been one of Brooklyn's best post-metal bands for a while now, and next week they'll release their anticipated sophomore album (and first for The Flenser), Revisionist. We already posted the crushing single "Lost Crown" and the title track, and now they've made the whole album available to stream. It's soaring, epic music that stays captivating from start to finish, despite the lack of a vocalist. And sure their metal ties make this a heavy album, but it's nothing that wouldn't appeal to fans of Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros as much as it would appeal to fans of Neurosis. Take a listen below, via Pitchfork.
Pitchfork also interviewed them, and they talked -- among other things -- about the band's light show, which you know is a big part of their performance if you've seen them live. Says bassist AJ Annunziata:
It's meant to be as choreographed as possible--I trigger the flood lights and the strobe lights with my foot--but it does still have a little bit of openness and responsiveness to the set. John and Chris were apprehensive about the lights because, again, it was like defining a theme or idea to the songs, and they're very much about keeping that ambiguous and interpretative. So they made a rule for me when I was making the projections: They cannot be tied to any one realistic physical thing or idea. So I did a lot of animations akin to animation experiments from the early part of the 20th century.You can see that light show in action when the band hit the road with Liturgy this spring. They also play their hometown sooner than that with the likeminded This Will Destroy You and their Flenser labelmates Planning for Burial. It's night 2 of TWDY's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus this week. Both sold out.
Last year, post-rockers This Will Destroy You put out their latest album, Another Language, and now they've made a video for its track "New Topia," directed by Lilfuchs aka. Adam Fuchs. Watch that below.
The band's tour is starting soon, beginning with a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on February 26 & 27. Night 1 is with Sannhet and Planning for Burial (sold out) and night 2 is with Christopher TIgnor and So Hideous (tickets). The rest of the tour is with Cymbals Eat Guitars. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Sannhet recently put out the title track off their upcoming album, Revisionist, due 3/3 via The Flenser. Listen below. They were also added to several dates on Liturgy's tour, but not the NYC show (still no opener for that one). All of those dates, also below.
So Hideous also have two other NYC dates coming up. One is this Friday (2/13) at Saint Vitus opening for German post-metal band Downfall of Gaia, along with VYGR, Sangharsha and Hivelords (tickets); and the other is The Acheron on March 21 with Tiger Flowers, Cyperna, Godmaker and Mary Todd (tickets).
So Hideous (photo by Bobby Bates)
As discussed, This Will Destroy You are touring and hitting NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (Feb. 26 & 27). We already announced that Planning for Burial and Sannhet are opening night 2, and we're now excited to announce that local post-metallers So Hideous and experimental composer Christopher Tignor are opening night 1. Tickets for both are still available (UPDATE: Night 2 is now sold out).
So Hideous last released Last Poem/First Light in 2014. Christopher Tignor (also of Slow Six and Wires Under Tension, and who worked with Philip Glass and did sound at CBGB and Brownies in the '90s), has collaborated with This Will Destroy You before, and he released his sophomore solo LP, Thunder Lay Down In The Heart, last year as well. Stream that and the So Hideous album below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Brooklyn instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet have signed to The Flenser for their upcoming sophomore album, Revisionist, which is due out on March 3. They've now premiered its new single, "Lost Crown," over at Stereogum, and it's more proof that this band can build one hell of a wall of sound. Check it out below.
We're also happy to announce that Sannhet and their Flenser labelmate Planning for Burial (who released the excellent Desideratum LP last year) have been added to night two of This Will Destroy You's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (2/26 & 2/27). Night 1 openers still TBA. Tickets for both are still available.
UPDATE: So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are opening night 1.
Sannhet also play Vitus with Youth Code and Statiqbloom soon. Stream their new song, along with PfB's album and a track from TWDY's latest album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.
If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.
Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...
This Will Destroy You at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Post rockers This Will Destroy You released their fourth album, Another Language, earlier this year on Suicide Squeeze, and have now announced more tour dates into 2015 in support of it. The tour includes a two-night stand in NYC at Saint VItus on February 26 and 27, presented by BrooklynVegan.
Openers for those shows and will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Most of the other dates are with Cymbals Eat Guitars, who will be in NYC themselves this week on their tour with Alex G. That tour hits Knitting Factory on Friday (12/12), and tickets are still available. Alex G also just put out a video for "Harvey" from this year's DSU. Watch it below.
TWDY in Chicago in 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Texas post rockers This Will Destroy You are set to release their fourth album, Another Language, the follow up to 2011's Tunnel Blanket, on September 16 via Suicide Squeeze. They've put out the soaring first single, "Dustism," which you can listen to, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
TWDY have also announced a tour with Future Death (whose new album was recorded by Alex of TWDY) and Silent Land Time Machine that hits NYC on Halloween at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork and tracklist, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
Texas post-rock quintet Equals put out a self-titled EP back in 2011 and they're now set to follow it with their debut full length, Tracts, on May 6 (pre-order). Like their EP, it was recorded with Alex Bhore of fellow Texas post-rock band This Will Destroy You, and if you're a fan of that band you'll likely find something to dig here too. The new single from Tracts, "Autotelic," is proggy instrumental rock from clearly-skilled musicians who sound like they know how to jam, but know how to keep it tight too. Its video (by Match Point Productions) shows the band members performing as technicolor silhouettes (like the one above), and the visuals fit their sound well.
The video premieres in this post, and you can watch it, along with their list of dates (none in NYC), below...
Polica at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Treefort Music Festival is returning to various Downtown Boise, ID venues from March 20-23, and since we last spoke, more acts have been added. Additions include Polica, Dan Deacon, Perfect Pussy, Chastity Belt (whose related band Childbirth, we just wrote about), This Will Destroy You, The Dwarves, RJD2, Blockhead, Cody ChesnuTT, Disco Doom, Iamsu, Naomi Punk, Special Explosion and many more. They join previously announced names like Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Warm Soda, and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.
The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: A Place to Bury Strangers - You Are the One (MP3)
A Place to Bury Strangers have been on a prolific streak, having released the Onwards to the Wall EP back in February and will have a new album, Worship, out on June 26 via Dead Oceans. You can download the slowly building "You Are the One" at the top of this post and stream the pounding "And I'm Up" below. The whole record is really good; Oliver Ackermann and crew keep finding new ways to manipulate noise within the APTBS wheelhouse that remains exciting. The songs keep getting better too. There are a few different album bundles for fans, including a deluxe package that includes a 7" single, "blue death" vinyl and a chance to win one of Death by Audio's famed "Fuzz War" guitar pedals.
With new album comes a tour and APTBS hit the road yesterday for a run of North American dates. West Coast shows are with This Will Destroy You and Dusted, and Midwest/East Coast dates are with Hunters, including a July 27 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No on-sale date for the MHIW date yet.
Speaking of Hunters, you can catch them in NYC even sooner when they play shows later this month with Heavy Cream.
All tour dates and that song stream are below...
the flyer (with most of the bands playing on it)
BrooklynVegan is proud to team up with M for Montreal again for a FREE Day Party in Austin on Thursday, March 15th from noon-7pm at Hotel Vegan (one of BrooklynVegan's FOUR DAYS in the venue located at 1500 E. 6th St.).
I'll let this full three-stage lineup speak for itself...
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)That's all Austin bands on the BV Austin stage. It's going to a very great day
12:00 Of Monsters & Men
12:45 Glen Hansard (of Swell Season & the Frames)
1:30 We Are Serenades (formerly Serenades, mem. Shout Out Louds)
3:00 Korallreven (mem. of the Radio Dept)
4:30 The Drums
5:15 The Wedding Present
6:15 This Will Destroy You
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Half Moon Run
1:30 Cold Specks
2:15 Cymbals Eat Guitars
3:00 The Velvet Teen
3:45 Yellow Ostrich
4:30 The Jealous Sound
Stage 3 (Volstead) (BV Austin stage)
12:15 Love Inks
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, NadaMoo!, Sailor Jerry and M for Montreal! And special thanks to GBH Design for making our awesome flyer!
This is the first full day at Hotel Vegan announced. 2/3 of the Wednesday lineup is HERE. Friday and Saturday coming shortly.
photos by David Andrako
This Will Destroy You @ Merkin Concert Hall
This Will Destroy You are really mixing it up on this tour. Last night they played the fancy Merkin Concert Hall on 67th Street as part of the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival, and on Saturday (2/11) they'll play a just-announced show at DIY space 285 Kent in Brooklyn with Wires Under Tension. Tickets are on sale for the show which happens the same day they play Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken with their tour-mate Amen Dunes (who they also played Lincoln Hall in Chicago with). Pictures from the Ecstatic gig are in this post
Last night (2/9)'s show was split into three acts:
Act 1:More pictures from the Merkin Concert Hall gig below...
A Far Cry - Steve Reich "Triple Quartet"
A Far Cry and Christopher Tignor - Christopher Tignor "Thunder Lay Down In The Heart"
Slow Six with A Far Cry
This Will Destroy You with A Far Cry
Tune-Yards @ Lincoln Hall in 2011 (more by Matt Ziegler)
today in NYC
* stuff @ Barbes
* Totally J/K @ UCB East
* Bob Mould @ City Winery
* Stripped Stories @ UCB
* Primus @ Gramercy Theatre
* Laura Cantrell @ Hill Country
* Withdrawal Method @ The Stone
* Marc Ribot, Anna Garano @ Barbes
* Cate Le Bon, Pigeons @ Mercury Lounge
* Theophilus London, Phony Ppl @ Webster Hall
* Rumer, Jason Lindner @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Snowden, Writer, Fan-Tan @ Mercury Lounge
* Bjork (Biophilia Live) @ New York Hall Of Science
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Hunters, Devin @ Maxwell's
* Madam Trashy, Noxious Foxes, Here, XNY @ Spike Hill
* Little Gold, Heaven's Jail, Corrupt Autopilot @ Union Pool
* I'm Turning Into, Old Monk, Spirit People, EULA @ Big Snow
* Jeremy Jay, Plastic Flowers, Sapphire Mansions @ Cake Shop
* Tiberius, Snowmine, Via Audio, Sea of Bees, Beat Radio @ Pianos
* Veronica Falls, Brilliant Colors, Grooms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tune-Yards (American Songbook series) @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* Afuche, Animal Tropical, Public Speaking, Jon Mizrachi @ Death By Audio
* Point Reyes, Trevor Wilson & Vocal Ensemble, No Sky God @ Glasslands
* Voodoo Glow Skulls, Authority Zero, Skyfox, Model Home @ Knitting Factory
* Future Shuttle, Notekillers, Greg Fox + C. Spencer Yeh, Dharana @ Shea Stadium
* Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Kyle Rapps, Soul Khan, Illustrate @ Southpaw
* The Body and Braveyoung, Paranoid Critical Revolution @ Saint Vitus
* This Will Destroy You, Christopher Tignor/Slow Six, A Far Cry (Ecstatic Music Festival) @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Thomas Buckner performs Robert Ashley, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Anne Guthrie, Narong Prangcharoen, + Kit Young @ Roulette
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So many fancy indie rock shows tonight. This Will Destroy You play the Ecstatic Music Fest show tonight. Check out a review and pictures from their recent Chicago show at BV Chicago. Check out their new video for "Black Dunes", below...
Zola Jesus during CMJ (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sacred Bones Records will take over the Spectacle movie theater in Brooklyn Thursday (1/26) at 8PM, gathering "an unearthed collection of underground weirdness, ...short films, works-in-progress, and a rare screening of the first Sacred Bones film production, Twelve Dark Noons." The evening will conclude with a "secret feature film screening" and music videos from Gary War, Zola Jesus, Amen Dunes, Moon Duo, Blank Dogs, & Pop. 1280 (whose new LP is out NOW). Check out a video trailer for the evening, as well as a trailer for Twelve Dark Noons (which features music from Naked on the Vague) below.
In related news, The Men have released the title track from their new LP Open Your Heart (out 3/6 via Sacred Bones). Stream that below in full alongside all tour dates which include their 3/7 show at 285 Kent.
Sacred Bones will also welcome the new single from Danish punk band War (not to be confused with Gary War) featuring Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Sexdrome's Loke Rahbek. Stream "Brodermordet" at Pitchfork who write:
Recorded to four-track cassette last year, the double A-side 7" single will include "At War for Youth" and "Kains Mærke", backed by the scuzzy, beat-oriented "Brodermordet". The band says the B-side is centered on a Biblical allusion to Cain and Abel's fratricide (the act of killing one's brother).---
As previously mentioned, Amen Dunes is heading out on tour with This Will Destroy You who separately play a show in NYC at the Kaufman Center on 2/9 (part of the Ecstatic Music Festival). If you want to catch both bands together in the NYC-area, you're in luck; they've since added a 2/11 tour stop at Babbio Atrium in Hoboken, NJ (on Stevens Institute of Technology campus). Amen Dunes will also play 285 Kent on February 23rd with Run DMT. More details on the 285 Kent appearance are forthcoming and all dates are listed below.
Zola Jesus will also head back our way, hitting Webster Hall on 2/18.
All streams, trailers and dates are below.
This Will Destroy You at Emos last month (more by Tim Griffin)
This Will Destroy You will team with Amen Dunes (who played 285 Kent last night) for a set of dates in late January and into February. The trek, which charts a path most through the Midwest, East Coast, and into the South, will include a stop in NYC at the Kaufman Center at NYU on 2/9 with A Far Cry and Slow Six. The show is part of the previously discussed Ecstatic Music Festival and tickets are still on sale for the invidiual show or the entire festival.
This Will Destroy You recently released the "Black Dunes" single, which features the album track and a remix. Stream that, as well as their recent LP Tunnel Blanket below. The band also recently scored The Deep Field.
All dates below...
This Will Destroy You at Knitting Factory (photo by Nicholas Daughtry)
In addition to an upcoming appearance at Austin Psych Fest along with Spectrum, Black Angels, Roky Erickson and many others, This Will Destroy You have a set of U.S dates up their sleeve, to lay down their heavy post rock power at dates from coast to coast. Kicking off at Homegrown Fest with Neon Indian & School of Seven Bells, the band will hit the West Coast with Pure X & Sleep Over before heading East to pick up dates with Nighty Night that will include Bowery Ballroom on June 2nd. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at noon.
This Will Destroy You are also the proud parents of a new baby, the Tunnel Blanket LP, which is currently up for preorder in CD & 2LP form via their label Suicide Squeeze. Check out the track "Black Dunes" below for a taste, alongside a video of the band at IFC House at SXSW and all tour dates....
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Autolux @ Bowery Ballroom
While Maxwell's is normally filled with locals excited and ready to see their favorite act perform, Los Angeles fuzzy rock trio Autolux seemed to have attracted more people from New York City than the Mile Square.Autolux completed their three-night run in the NYC-area on Sunday night at Maxwell's. All three shows, like tonight's in Philly will be, were with This Will Destroy You, though as of 9/1 Gold Panda takes over as opener on the tour.
"How many people here are actually from Hoboken?" bassist and lead singer Eugene Goreshter asked the crowd during Sunday's sold-out show.
Although only a smattering of hands peeked out of the crowd, this didn't mean that the rest of the city couldn't get a taste of what Autolux had to offer. While Autolux is composed of Goreshter, guitarist Greg Edwards and drummer Carla Azar, the amount of sound they make not only fills the confines of Maxwell's but also leaves you with aftershocks of distorted bass chords and drumbeats. Even with earplugs lodged into one's ears, the sound seems to creep through and make your eardrum vibrate a bit more than it's used to. If all that happens, then Autolux have done their job. Usually compared to the likes of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, the volume level can outdo even the largest group of prepubescent teenyboppers at a Justin Bieber concert. [Hoboken Patch]
Oberhofer was also the opener at the Bowery Ballroom show and that's where the pictures in this post are from. More of them, with the Manhattan and Brooklyn setlists (they're almost identical actually), below...
Autolux @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Autolux shows at Maxwell's, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. This Will Destroy You will open all three of those dates and the first leg of the tour. Gold Panda, who play NYC as part of their upcoming tour with HEALTH, takes over opening duties starting in DC. All dates with openers below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Phantogram @ Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Ryan Muir)
"When you go out at night in a place like Saratoga Springs, people just want to hear 'Freebird' covers, Journey covers, at the bar all night," [Phantogram's Saratoga-born Josh] Carter said in a recent phone call during Phantogram's tour with the Antlers. "We had to set up the community ourselves by doing DIY shows."Phantogram are on tour now with the Antlers on the West Coast. They go down the coast of California again this June with the xx (after both play Sasquatch).
Carter, a guitarist, and keyboardist Barthel have been friends since junior high. When Barthel finished college in Vermont and Carter quit the band he played with in New York City to work on his solo material, both wandered back to Saratoga Springs and rekindled their friendship over trips around town scanning the dollar bins for records. They shared a mutual love for Motown classics, drony indie-rock, and '60s French pop, like Serge Gainsbourg. [Seattle Weekly]
Then there's more touring on top of those, including shows with Light Pollution (who recently played Mercury Lounge). Both bands play Maxwell's on Tuesday, May 18th (tickets still on sale) and Bowery Ballroom on May 19th (tickets still on sale), the second of which has the lush, female-fronted Railbird, also from Saratoga Springs, on it too.
Light Pollution will be also back on June 8th and 9th as part of a tour with This Will Destroy You. Ticket info for those and all tour dates are below...
It's hard to find time to discover new music at Fun Fun Fun Fest because so many bands I already like play (and many of them at the same time), but exploring can still be done, sometimes accidentally and especially in the early hours. That's when I came across Austin's The Black and White Years (who I have since found out were just in NYC for CMJ) (they played Bowery Ballroom on 10/20). The impressive voice of their mustached frontman Scott Butler channels David Byrne and other greats. They have the new wave sound of Devo, and the legendary Ohio band's good looks too.
Before their set was finished I headed to the appropriately named Black stage (aka where Danzig would play later) to see some of Philly hardcore band Reign Supreme who were thrilled to be playing on such a big stage at such a big festival. They sounded good despite the early hour and having just lost their drummer (he quit) (their manager or someone was filling in), especially to the five-or-so floor punchers who must have gotten a good night's sleep the night before.
From there I walked around the grounds a little. The festival, in addition to having four stages of music, has plenty of things to look at and spend money on (food, posters, glass pipes, etc) scattered throughout the park (not the least of which was the mechanical bull which I featured prominently in the pictures of Day One). Then I caught some of Texas post-rock band (think Explosions in the Sky) This Will Destroy You, but not for long because that's about the time it started to rain. The rain didn't stop me from getting soaked for almost the entire rest of the day, but at this early point I decided to take shelter at least until Fuck Buttons came on.
I hoped/thought the rain would stop actually, if not for Fuck Buttons, then definitely for Mika Miko who were up after them. Everyone was optimistic that it was going to pass quickly, but it never really did until right before the end of the day (before Danzig went). I watched Fuck Buttons from various angles, trying to stay dry and get used to getting wet. Read all about their recent NYC show with Growing (who also played Sunday at the fest, but before I got there) HERE. More pictures from Sunday below...