Entries tagged with: Those Darlins
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Black Joe Lewis himself brings a classic James Brown howl and a raunchy sense of humor to some great talking blues moments, but what makes these guys much more than just a gimmick are the musical skills that underlie everything they do. They just groove. With another year of shows under their belt, white dude band mates Zach Ernst (guitar) and Bill Stevenson (bass) have ratcheted up their swagger enough to share the stage comfortably with their charismatic frontman.-[Hippies Are Dead]The above review comes from the March 25th date show at Bowery Ballroom, the first of two shows at the venue for tourmates Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and Those Darlins (they did it again the next night). The pair's trek is still ongoing, terminating soon in Santa Cruz before Black Joe Lewis heads to an appearance at Coachella.
After a couple weeks off, Black Joe Lewis will reemerge in Mississippi at the tail end of April for a few dates before heading out on tour with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Those Darlins will still be going strong with their seemingly neverending tour. Both bands will eventually loop back to the NYC-area to play Maxwell's within a day of each other; Those Darlins play Maxwell's on 6/11 (tickets) and Black Joe Lewis hits Maxwell's on 6/12 (tickets). Neither has a NYC show scheduled at that time, but both have plenty of free days right around then (free summer shows TBA?).
Both Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and Those Darlins recently dropped some new material. BJL's new and-Jim-Eno-produced LP, Scandalous, as well as the new Those Darlins LP Screws Get Loose, are out now. All dates and a couple of videos, below...
Those Darlins at ACL (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, who will release their Jim-Eno-produced-LP Scandalous on March 15th, will hit the road for a US tour in late March with Those Darlins, kicking off on 3/22 in Atlanta and closing down shop on the West Coast at the now sold-out Coachella (not to be confused with Bro-chella). Bowery Ballroom gets the look, and twice, as the bands will play the venue on March 25th and 26th. Tickets are still available for both shows (3/25, 3/26).
For Those Darlins, the Black Joe Lewis dates are a cakewalk- the band is currently on tour and have multiple dates from coast to coast before and after those dates well into the spring and including SXSW. All of the dates are in preparation for a pair of releases via the OH WOW DANG label: a new 7-inch due on 2/1 ("Be Your Bro" b/w "Let You Down" -- cover art below) and their second full-length Screws Get Loose due on 3/29.
All Black Joe Lewis and Those Darlins dates, together and separately, are below.
photos by Tim Griffin
""This festival is super-cool," said Strokes singer Julian Casablancas from the stage at Austin City Limits on Friday night. "Lotta stuff." It's true: The festival, now in its ninth year, packs 130 bands onto eight outdoor stages arranged around the 350-acre Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The lineup is a mix of huge rock acts (the Eagles headline Sunday) and big-name indie bands, plus DJs, country singers and the occasional rapper. With an expected attendance of around 70,000 a day, the festival similar in size, if not in spirit, to Lollapalooza. "Lollapalooza has that city energy. It's like the hot girl you want to take home," one organizer, Lisa Hickey, said. "ACL is more laid-back -- it's like your best friend." And unlike South By Southwest, the music and film showcase that takes over the Texas town every spring, ACL doesn't have much of a music-industry angle -- it's almost strictly for fans.Of those big four, Tim managed to catch three, and a bit of Vampire Weekend's favorite band Phish from afar. Phish's set included a Velvet Underground and a Talking Heads cover. Full setlist at the end of this post.
On Friday night, the packed lineup presented the crowd with a happy problem: Four big-name guitar bands -- Spoon, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, and the Strokes -- all had sets starting within two hours of each other, and seeing each set in its entirety was impossible."
Kings Go Forth pictures are HERE. The rest of the pictures from the first day of the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival (where Ezra Koenig joined Miike Snow on stage), continue, with a bunch of setlists (including Spoon's which points out that Eleanor Friedberger played a Fiery Furnaces song with Spoon) (video proof too), below...
Those Darlins @ Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Those Darlins arrive in town tonight (9/16) for a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom where I'd estimate they go on around 11:00 (after opening sets by their tour-mates The Strange Boys and Gentleman Jesse & His Men). That means they'll probably at least make an attempt to head over to Pianos for the 9pm set by their friend Jonny Corndawg who the Darlins have called "one of the most genuine country singers in Nashville." One listen to some of his lyrics, and you'll probably agree.
For Those Darlins, it's their first of two NYC shows with the second one at Brooklyn Bowl being slightly more tempting due to, as Bill pointed out, the $5.00 price tag. But what if you could go for free? I have a bunch of tickets to giveaway for tonight's show at Bowery Ballroom? Want a pair? Details on how to get them below...
Funstix (Jessi Darlin & Linwood Regensburg)
1/2 of Those Darlins have a side-project they call Funstix and Funstix make up 1/2 of the songs on the new Those Darlins 7", "Nightjogger" ("First new song from Those Darlins since their debut that previews their forthcoming sophomore release."). Order it now. It's in stores on 9/14... which is two days before Those Darlins play Bowery Ballroom in NYC as part of their tour with The Strange Boys & Gentleman Jesse... which was just expanded to include a show at Brooklyn Bowl on September 18th. $5.00 tickets are on sale now for the new Brooklyn show. Alternatively, you can still pick up tickets for the Bowery show which will set you back $13 before charges.
The Strange Boys were here a few Sundays ago when they played the Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront with Lee Fields and !!!.
Updated tour dates below...
photos by Rachel Carr
The Strange Boys were in LA to play a FYF Fan Appreciation Show on May 8th. They also fit in a warm-up set at a Hollywood Hills house party the night before. They were joined by LA band Woah Hunx (amazingly, no relation to Hunx & His Punx). The bands played in what looks likes someone's living room (with détourned version Renoir's Le Déjeuner des canotiers on display) to a crowd that included a Vivian Girl, Nathan WAVVES and our BV-LA photographer Rachel Carr. Her pictures are in this post.
The Strange Boys will be in Toronto for a slew of NXNE shows - including one with the JEFF/Quintron & Miss Pussycat tour, and three nights in a row at Toronto venue the Silver Dollar. The first of those nights, June 17th, includes a set by the Bitters and a "special guest" who is probably WAVVES (who, like Best Coast, also has a bunch of NXNE shows that are announced).
After that, the Strange Boys straight to Europe for a long string of shows that'll take them through July. In September they join Those Darlins and Gentleman Jesse for a US tour that includes the previously mentioned show at Bowery Ballroom which is still on sale. Woah Hunx stay busy with shows along the West Coast. All tour dates and more pictures from the Hollywood show are below...
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)
Those Darlins' Nikki @ Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bad news:Nikki is all stitched up and the band plans to go on with its tour dates set for June and beyond (though they were forced to postpone their Australian tour scheduled for May). They held a benefit show on May 22nd which featured a special three-piece+guests version of the Darlins to raise money for her hospital bills (you can donate here).
This past weekend [May 15-16], Nikki Darlin of Those Darlins broke both bones in her left forearm after performing Friday [May 14th] at The Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio.
What happened? Darlins wear cowboy boots. Cowboy boots and country fields can make even the baddest darlin come down hard... and Nikki is bad. She will have surgery later this week and recover throughout June.
[Those Darlins wrote on May 18th]
Their tour dates lined up for the summer are in the South and Midwest - they'll make their way to NYC for a Bowery Ballroom show on Thursday, September 16th (a venue they played in February). Also on the bill are the Strange Boys and Gentleman Jesse. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 2nd at noon. All tour dates (including Austin City Limits in October) are below...
You can watch a recent short documentary on the band, as well as live clips from them at SXSW (playing with Deer Tick), below...
As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).
My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.
Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.
You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.
The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
photos by Tim Griffin
MG& V @ the All House
MG&V, the new project of John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit), made their debut (not counting a private performance they taped for IFC one day earlier) with a late-night set to a capacity crowd at Austin's Ale House on Friday, March 19th. Taylor's brother and bandmate Griffin played drums. Delta Spirit's Kelly Winrich played keys. Deer Tick family member Jonny Corndawg helped perform a song he also recorded and wrote with the group. As Duke Street Blog points out, "The set was filled with heartfelt Americana tunes, all featuring a healthy splash of CSN-like harmonies." Deer Tick actually played a set an hour earlier at Lucero's SXSW showcase at Red Eyed Fly (where they were joined by Nikki Darlin for a song). John ran right from show to show (as did Tim and I) (luckily we all saw Lucero earlier that same day). More pictures and a bunch of videos from both shows are below.
Their regular bands all made their fair share of appearances at SXSW this year too. Deer Tick (who played BV shows in 2009 and 2008) even had their own unofficial showcase this year at Threadgill's (with Cordawg, Those Darlins, Liz Isenberg, Chris Paddock and others on the bill). One of Dawes's shows was at the official BrooklynVegan showcase. Various videos from the week below.
Last but not least, Delta Spirit have announced a run of tour dates set for June and July. They'll bring along Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye for those. The three bands play Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st. Tickets just went on sale.
Delta Spirit's new record, History From Below, is set to come out June 8th on Rounder Records.
"All we wanted to do is put the record together one song at a time," says Delta Spirit's singer/guitarist Matthew Vasquez about History From Below. "It's been three years of straight touring off our last record so most of the songs were written in hotel rooms and tested in front of an audience. We spent spent six months of this last year making a record that sums up three years of growing up."The album was produced by My Morning Jacket's keyboardist Bo Koster and Eli Thomson, and you can check out the album art and tracklist below.
Everything mentioned, pictures, videos & lots of tour dates, below...
Move over Monsters of Folk. Monsters of Fuck are here. Well, actually they're called MG&V which stands for McCauley, Goldsmith, and Vasquez aka John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit) (we can still call them Monsters of Fuck unofficially though). This is their story:
Notoriously adverse to sitting still, John McCauley felt the urge to write and record during some of Deer Tick's recent downtime. Deer Tick chose Dawes to support a leg of their summer 2009 tour, during which McCauley and Goldsmith developed an affinity for each other's songwriting. McCauley decided that Nashville would be the perfect location to write some new songs, and invited Goldsmith to join him. As the project began to take shape, McCauley and Goldsmith decided Matt Vasquez was the man to complete their vision for the project. A few days after tape started rolling, Vasquez arrived in Nashville-never having met McCauley. The three songwriters immediately bonded and proceeded to make a timeless masterpiece. Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith also joined the group to contribute percussion.I can't comment on the "masterpiece" aspect of this yet - I still haven't heard it, but I'm excited to. And I hope to catch MG&V live when they make their world debut at the Coda Agency SXSW Showcase at the Ale House on Friday, March 19th at 1 AM. More album details still TBA.
And yes, all three of those bands will also be at SXSW on their own. Deer Tick has a bunch of shows and their own curated day party. Delta Spirit has a bunch of shows too, and Dawes plays the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille on Wednesday March 17th. They go on at 8, and if you miss them, they play more shows too. All dates and flyers below...
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)
Those Darlins @ Mercury Lounge (more by Tim Griffin)
"Flowered, lace and opaque tights paired with Converse chucks and cowboy boots trampled onto the stage of the Red Room. Those Darlins, a trio of rude-but-brilliant girls, started off what seemed like a calm, collected night; crowd members sat in a semi-circle around the stairs of the dance floor waiting for the evening to begin.That's a piece of a review from Those Darlins' November 23rd show in Vancouver with King Kahn & BBQ who finally joined the girls on tour again in San Francisco on November 18th after taking some days off due to trouble with the law (KK & BBQ had planned to play LA on the 17th, but cancelled that one too last minute).
Within moments, Jessi Darlin on guitar, Kelley Darlin on bass and lead vocals, and Nikki Darlin on baritone ukulele tore the composed mood to shreds. "It's our first day in Canada ever," shouted Kelley to a rowdy crowd, ready and willing to dance the night away with drinks in hand." [guttersnipe]
Those Darlins have a few shows left this year, and then kick of a new tour in January of next year with three new NYC & NJ shows scheduled: February 2nd @ the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, February 3rd @ Maxwell's (tickets on sale now), and February 5th at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale now). All dates below...
Christian County, Kentucky court house (Kristin Klein)
On November 16, 2009 Kristin Klein entered a guilty plea to 2nd degree possession of a controlled substance in Christian County, Kentucky. Ms Klein was driving a rental vehicle that was randomly stopped at a safety checkpoint. Officers located a controlled substance in the cab of the vehicle. Ms Klein was unaware of the contraband and the validity of her license was indeterminable at time of arrest. Under KY law a driver of a vehicle is responsible for its contents. Therefore, Ms Klein entered a guilty plea and is scheduled to appear on April 2, 2010 to provide proof of her valid license.That sucks and is good. Tour dates below...
King Khan & BBQ Show are driving through the night to make their Los Angeles show at Troubador tomorrow. Tonight's show in Phoenix is cancelled, but all further west coast dates and will to be honored. Kristin Klein is safe with the band and continuing her tenure as tour manager.
"Free at Last" (Nov 13, 2009) (King Kahn w/ Kristin Klein) (via Krisin Klein's phone)
Trooper John Hawkins of the Kentucky State Police says the duo, along with tour manager Kristin Klein, were stopped sometime yesterday afternoon in Oak Grove, Kentucky.King Khan & BBQ, who were confirmed out of jail over six hours earlier, will not be performing in Kansas tonight (11/13), but Those Darlins will be. More dates and info on the arrest, HERE.
The band was stopped in the one just north of the Tennessee state line, about an hour northwest of Nashville on I-24.
Klein [was] in custody in the Christian County Kentucky jail, charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. Her bond is $3,000. A sergeant at the jail had no information as to what Klein was allegedly caught with.
Neither the Christian County Jail nor the Kentucky State Police had any records of Arish Khan or Mark Sultan being arrested or charged with a crime. [Riverfront Times]
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Baltimore Blues No.1 (live) (MP3)
King Khan & BBQ @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The rumor started spreading as early as 7 p.m. that Arish "King" Khan and Mark Sultan weren't going to show up for their nearly sold-out show Thursday night at Off Broadway in St. Louis.John McCauley was there because his fiance is a member of Those Darlins who are on tour with KK & BBQ at the moment. Those Darlins were one of the above-referenced opening acts.
The duo that comprises the King Khan & BBQ Show missed its early evening soundcheck and were M.I.A. and incommunicado throughout the night. Even as the eager crowd filed into the packed venue and witnessed a pair of impressive (though clearly stalling) opening acts, the chatter was that the headliners hadn't been heard from since they left Nashville--their previous tour date-- around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
At approximately 11 p.m., local concert promoter Joey O'Farrell grabbed the mic and sheepishly delivered the news: The King Khan and BBQ would not be performing. No, he didn't know where they were or what had happened. Yes, Off Broadway was offering a full refund to anyone who wanted it.
Then Deer Tick singer John McCauley took the stage and delivered an impromptu set of classic rock and roll covers...
According to O'Farrell and Off Broadway owner Steve Pohlman, Khan and Sultan were arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis. The charge is rumored to be drug possession, but neither party could offer any specifics. [St Louis Riverfront Times]
Those Darlins & BBQ & King Khan running (from the law)
King Khan & BBQ were last in NYC for two end-of-October shows. From there they hit the road and played shows along the way to Austin where they were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday. That show didn't go as planned either. The rain that plagued the 2nd day of the outdoor festival caused the stage they were supposed to play on to get super wet (The Strange Boys who played before them mentioned the possibility of getting electrocuted while they were playing). King Khan didn't want to play on the wet stage, so the festival staff quickly dried it, but not in enough time. Instead the duo played a free show that night at the venue Red 7. I went to that, partly because they played right before forgetters (who were awesome) at the same venue (though in a different room). King Khan and BBQ was fun though I could barely hear them because I was deaf from just having seen Danzig.
@ Red 7 on 11/8: seconds earlier KK asked someone to stick their fist in this girl....
No word on whether King Khan & BBQ are actually in jail or whether they'll be at their show in Lawrence, KS tonight (11/13). Hopefully they're OK. Stay tuned. All dates below.
UPDATE (12:30pm): King Khan & BBQ definitely were in jail. They have been released, but their tour manager is still behind bars. The KS show is
UPDATE (1:00pm): the KS show isn't completely cancelled! King Khan & BBQ just won't be there. Jessi Darlin says "we're still planning on playin' the craziest fuckin' show in hopes of lifting any KKBBQ fans spirits and keepin' this badass tour on the move. We are so proud to be playing with this band and just want to keep the tour rollin'."
UPDATE (7:00pm): Tour manager Kristin Klein has been released from jail and charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, possibly mushrooms.
In related news, Deer Tick is releasing an iTunes Exclusive, four-song EP called "More Fuel For The Fire" on December 1st. The above free MP3 (which was also just released by the band) is not on it. The track list, cover art, and all tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Grates - Burn Bridges (MP3)
The Grates @ Pianos in July (more by Chris La Putt)
"I can't even tell you how psyched we are for this tour. I have listened to Those Darlins self titled debut more times than I can remember. Plus look at those places. Albuquerque? Where the F is that? I don't know but I am busting at the seems to find out. If you know anyone in Albuquerque please forward on this mailout and tell them to come. Tell them to bring local delights." [The Grates]With the September 15th release of The Grates' new album, Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, approaching (MP3 above), the band is preparing to head out this fall on a co-headlining tour with Those Darlins.
Those Darlins (who now feature one engaged member) don't actually hook up with The Grates until October. Before then they're almost constantly on tour, and then they leave the Grates right before Halloween and keep playing more shows. On Halloween they play a show in Houston, Texas with The Meat Puppets.
Meanwhile in NYC, King Khan & the BBQ show are playing a Halloween show (and a Mischief night show) with Dum Dum Girls (who also play a few more dates with KK & BBQ). Then Those Darlins and King Khan hook up for another 11 shows. King Khan & BBQ also now have a ton of other 2009 shows scheduled with any girls as well.
All dates, and the new Grates album artwork, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
After Deer Tick played, Senator Chuck Schumer took the Prospect Park Bandshell stage at Celebrate Brooklyn on Friday night to express his love for both Sonia Sotomayor, and the headliner of the evening, Grace Potter (and the Nocturnals).
"The woman is a phenomenon of nature, a tiny thing possessing a huge soul voice. She belts each tune effortlessly, never seeming like she needs to breathe or slow down. Whether channeling a spiritual-with-sin sound on "Big White Gate" or a sassy you-know-you-want-it swagger on "I've Got the Medicine," her gospel-blues confidence proved irresistible. Each song seemed bolder than the last, each verse brasher. Even when she played the B3 organ she seemed a fountain of channeled energy, rising to her feet to pound the keys all the harder whenever she wasn't singing." [Dylan, Etc]Chuck watched the whole show from the second row. More pictures below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The first two-thirds of the show was utterly tension-free, with the band getting by on concept. The tragic "Mama's Heart" lacked punch, and "Little Darling Pal of Mine," a Carter Family cover, was sluggish. The songs later improved in direct proportion to how involved Kelley was. Her singing on "Who's That Knockin' at My Window" and "Hung Up on Me" was forceful, and when she switched to guitar for "Cannonball Blues," the band finally appeared in full color. (Kelley founded the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, in which Jessi participated.)Like they did at the BrooklynVegan showcase at SXSW this year, Shilpa Ray and Those Darlins shared a bill on Thursday night (6/9). The NYC show was at Mercury Lounge and also featured a set by Jon Spencer's band Heavy Trash. Those Darlins also played Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday (all dates HERE). More pictures from Mercury Lounnge below...
Still, the night's best moments came toward the end, when Those Darlins didn't appear to be worried about being a good band, or even a band at all. During "Shakin' All Over," Nikki brought an awkward male fan onstage for some cringeworthy dancing, saved only by her arched eyebrow. At the encore, "Fun Stix Party" devolved into a raucous, peppy shoutfest that was also the most technically flamboyant song of the night. And after the lights came up, Those Darlins set down their instruments, walked out onto the main floor and danced as the crowd filed out. It was the loosest they'd been all night. [NY Times]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground - He Momma (MP3)
It's another busy weekend of shows, so much so I'm breaking this week's TWiI into two parts. First and foremost on tonight's (7/9) agenda is the We Are the Wiley benefit at the Shank featuring Lightspeed Champion, Adam Green and Chairlift. Besides being a great lineup in and of its own, the money goes to a good cause. As you may have read in an earlier post, Jon Wiley -- who fronts Spacecamp when he isn't playing in Adam Green and Lightspeed Champion or being an all-around good guy -- had a scare earlier this year that left him diagnosed with MS, and a mountain of medical bills. Like most musicians out there, Jon's has no insurance so please come tonight and help out. The event is co-sponsored by Wanduta, a new national organization designed to support and protect independent musicians, and all proceeds go towards Jon's medical bills.
And you'll get to see Lightspeed Champion play his killer new stuff (he was great at Mercury Lounge a couple weeks back), headliners Chairlift who have gotten better as a live band every time I've seen them, and the always unpredictable Adam Green. And I wouldn't be surprised if Spacecamp didn't play a couple songs too, seeing as they're the backing band for both Adam and Lightspeed. Admission is $15 and is 21+.
Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground
Philadelphia's Mewithoutyou and Atlanta's The Dear Hunter (not Deerhunter) and on tour together and are playing tonight (7/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tomorrow (7/10) at Bowery Ballroom. But I'm not hear to talk about them. Opening for both shows are Seattle's Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground who are one of the city's best bands though maybe you've never heard of them as they don't play outside of their hometown too often. A musical collective that expands and contracts anywhere from 10 to 15 depending on the show, Kay Kay are led by Kirk Huffman and Kyle O'Quin who have other many bands on thier own. (Huffman in particular stays very busy.) Their self-titled debut is clearly in love with the lush, baroque pop of the late '60s and early '70s: think The Zombies (or Colin Blunstone's first solo album), The Left Banke, and Harry Nilsson. If you wanted more recent comparisons, Jellyfish, Jason Falkner or The Format. It holds up to those comparisons pretty well too, as you can hear on their highly-recommend self-titled debut, which was released on vinyl and digitally last year and came out on CD in May of this year. It's too bad they aren't doing a headling date of their own somewhere, but who knows when they'll make it back this way?
Those Darlins @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
And a couple other recommended shows tonight: I've been really enjoying Those Darlins' just-released debut album which is sort of like garage rock Tammy Wynette -- and they are a lot of fun live. The whole bill is solid: Jon Spencer's rockabilly explosion Heavy Trash, and the amazing Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers. And if you can't make it tonight, they play Southpaw tomorrow (7/10) with Country Mice and the So So Glow.
Finally, if you haven't seen The Drums yet, they play Public Assembly tonight, but you've got lots of chances to see them.
Tour dates, videos and flyers after the jump....
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)
Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Leia Jospe)
Titus Andronicus will be playing the Colt 45/Vice Magazine party at Glasslands on Thursday, July 9th (tonight). The band's MySpace reveals that The So-So Glos will also be appearing (though the show flyer, below, only lists a "special guest"). The show is free with RSVP, though there's limited capacity.
The So So Glos are also playing a show on Friday, July 10th at Southpaw with Those Darlins who play a show with Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray at Mercury Lounge tonight. All dates below.
Titus is also scheduled to play July 10th with Real Estate at the first of the Whitney Museum's four July rock shows. That's still happening -- the concert is free with admittance to the museum which is free from 6-9pm on Fridays - so it's a free show, but first come, first served.
The MySpace schedule for Real Estate, who just played in Brooklyn on July 4th, lists an additional NYC date for San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys. That show, the Mexican Summer/Insound party at Cameo Gallery on July 16th,
can be added is not actually part of the Fresh & Onlys extensive upcoming schedule. The show is happening, but the Fresh & Onlys aren't playing it. Actually on the bill are Woods and Golden Triangle.
A flyer for the Glasslands show, with all tour dates, below...
This week's music release list may be relatively short, but several of these discs are already among my favorites of the year, including Bowerbirds' Upper Air, Those Darlins' self-titled debut album, and Tiny Vipers' Life On Earth. Bowerbirds are now on tour with a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Wednesday (7/8).
The Drive-By Truckers' Live from Austin Texas captures the band's latest Austin City Limits performance, complete with audio and video cut from the broadcast.
Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt collects covers from Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and Willie Nelson.
Scott McCaughey, who is doing a bunch of touring this summer, marks a rare double this week with new albums out from both of his bands, The Minus 5's Killingsworth and Young Fresh Fellows' I Think This Is.
Other albums sent my way that I can recommend include Cass McCombs' Catacombs, Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, Oneida's Rated O, and The Rural Alberta Advantage's Hometowns.
The week's reissue highlights are Matador Records' vinyl releases of two Yo La Tengo albums (Electr-O-Pura and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, New Pornographers' Electric Version, as well as Cat Power's The Covers Record. Yo La Tengo have a new album coming out soon too.
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Have I left any interesting releases off the list?
Kaiju Big Battel @ the Yard (more by Chris La Putt)
Kaiju Big Battel returns to Warsaw in Brooklyn for a show this Friday, April 3rd. Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears are opening. Tickets are on sale.
Those Darlins are playing Southpaw on July 10th. Tickets are on sale.
All Points West goes on pre-sale today at noon.
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Call it folk, country, rock, folk/rock, alt-country or Americana, the young members of Rhode Island's Deer Tick write and play some of the most soulful, inspired music around, littered with lyrics as sharp as a shot of whiskey and rapid-fire guitar solos strong enough to blow the dust off your boots.Deer Tick, pictured above and below at the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase at Club De Ville on March 18th, has a Brooklyn show coming up - June 9th at Music Hall of Williamsburg to be exact. They're opening for Jenny Lewis whose last NYC show was headlining the Apollo Theater. $22 tickets go on sale Friday, April 3rd, at noon. More dates TBA soon. More SXSW pictures below...
Though the band's Wednesday night performance at Club Deville exploded immediately, Deer Tick found its footing on Friday night a few songs in with a galloping rendition of "Art Is Real (City of Sin)."
"There gotta be some old recipe/'Cause I gotta get drunk/I gotta forget about some things," the loopy-eyed frontman Joseph John McCauley crooned in his raspy howl, cigarette stuck between his guitar strings.
But that was one of the only songs the band played from its 2007 release "War Elephant." The rest were a tantalizing preview of the forthcoming "Born on Flag Day," due out in June. [Austin 360]
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Those Darlins & Deer Tick @ the BV SXSW showcase - Mar 18, 2009
"In a world of emo-boys and reluctant band leaders, Those Darlins, country-punk pals from Murfreesboro, Tenn., had a comically leering sexuality and the kind of abandon that seems scarce these days. Their punk hootenanny sensibility reminds us that you don't have to act serious to be taken seriously. South by Southwest, with its quick set ups and tear downs, is always technically challenged, but when these girls blew an amp, they vamped with the kind of jokes and entreaties that can't be rendered here..... After they borrowed an amp from their friends and tour mates in Deer Tick, they borrowed the whole band as well, with the boys serving as accessories as the girls sang a kind of homage to a bird..."The music portion of SXSW ran from Wednesday to Saturday (most of it). Looking back, it went by so fast. At the same time, it feels like Wednesday was so long ago. For me, it started out with the BrooklynVegan/Solid PR day party on one of the three Emo's stages, and ended right down the block the same day with six bands at the official Brooklyn Vegan showcase (two of the four BV parties this year). Jacob Blickenstaff stopped by both shows, and went a few other places, as you can see in the pictures below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Opening with the baleful, empathetic harmonies of "Trouble Weighs A Ton," Auerbach brought a naked emotion and a touch of pathos not typically found in his Keys' performance. For the most part, Auerbach's solo set didn't deviate too greatly from The Black Keys' brand of heavy blues....That description is from the Those Darlins, Hacienda, and Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) show at Bowery Ballroom on March 3rd.
On "When The Night Comes" and "Goin' Home," Auerbach delves into the doleful acoustic style of the blues, generating earnest pleas from the depths of soul. It's a fine contrast to the menacing stomp of songs like "The Prowl" and "I Want Some More" and reveals Auerbach as more than a one trick pony. When Auerbach follows wherever his reverb-heavy guitar takes him, good things usually happen. Even if he didn't turn the reverb on ultra for "Heartbroken In Disrepair," the superlative song resounded mightily. [Earvolution]
"Dan Auerbach has his first solo album out, but solo is hardly how he presented his music Tuesday night in New York. Backed by San Antonio band Hacienda and Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket chipping in as a second drummer and percussionist, Auerbach was clearly enjoying the give and take he perhaps misses with The Black Keys.....All three bands are at SXSW this week.
...Openers Hacienda hung out in the subway tunnel with us before the show for a bit of chat....Those Darlins were indeed. They won us over and we'll be chatting up the band in Austin at South By Southwest." [Palestra Music]
Those Darlins' schedule includes the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club DeVille tonight, (Wed, March 18th) and the My Old Kentucky Blog/Aquarium Drunkard party happening Peckerheads on Sixth the next afternoon.
San Antonio's Hacienda visits Headhunters and The Parish (both tonight) and Emo's Jr on Thursday (3/20).
Also playing in Austin tonight (3/18) is Dan Auerbach at the Parish with Hacienda. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...