Entries tagged with: Tokyo Police Club
by Bill Pearis
While Tokyo Police Club are still going, frontman Dave Monks will release his first solo record, an EP titled All Signs Point To Yes, on June 16. You can get a taste with the nicely understated "Gasoline," which is a good example of the less-is-more approach to the EP. Monks elaborates:
What if this is the song, what if it just starts with me and I don't have to add anything else and I can embrace all the things that come most naturally to me?' There's definitely less stuff to hide behind. I think I was learning some of that when we were making Forcefield,to be simple and direct, but it's not always the best when you have three other guys ready to go. You can really strip it back and do that when there's just one.Listen to "Gasoline" below.
Dave, who calls Brooklyn home these days, will be going on a short tour with Fort Lean to promote the EP, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on June 16. ARMS are also on that show, and tickets are on sale. It's fitting that Dave is playing his first official NYC solo show at Mercury Lounge, since that was the same venue Tokyo Police Club played their first show here in nine years ago.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for Winter Storm Juno, which threatens to become a major snowstorm today through Wednesday with the potential for blizzard conditions and more than 2 feet of snow.Winter storm Juno is underway. Get prepared. Then get cozy. Then please enjoy the short "Juno" Spotify playlist embedded below, featuring eccentric rap giant Danny Brown, eighties indie legends Throwing Muses, Shins guitarist Jessica Dobson's band Deep Sea Diver, Canadian indie rock bad boys Tokyo Police Club, Scotlands's underappreciated Life Without Buildings, and more...
The high confidence in forecast wind and snowfall led the National Weather Service to issue blizzard warnings well in advance of the storm from the New Jersey shore all the way to Downeast Maine, including the cities of New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford and Portland. Most of the warnings are in effect from Monday afternoon or evening through late Tuesday night.
At least 28 million people are in the zone of potential blizzard conditions, and millions more will see enough snow to complicate travel.
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto's Dilly Dally is the project of Katie Monks (sister of Tokyo Police Club singer David Monks), and while her brother's been making shiny Strokes-y indie pop for the last six years, Katie is more interested in scrappier rock. Her voice can sometimes sound like a female Hamilton Leithauser, and other times like Patti Smith, but musically it's grungy indie rock. She doesn't have an album out yet, but she's got two tracks co-produced by Josh Korody (of Beliefs and Wish) and Leon Taheny, both of whom worked on the last Fucked Up album and otherwise have a pretty good resume in the Toronto scene (Josh worked with Greys, Leon with Austra, etc). It's good stuff. Check out both tracks for yourself, below.
Song streams below...
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Riot Fest Chicago keeps getting crazier. First they announced their stacked lineup, then revealed that ten of those artists would be performing classic LPs in full, and now they've added more bands to the fest including a handful of heavy hitters. New additions include Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady, Only Crime, Lemuria, Pity Sex, From Indian Lakes, Lucki Eck$, Tiny Moving Parts, The Picturebooks and Survay Says. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup, including The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion, Slayer, Descendents, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Mineral, Failure, Mastodon and so many more, at Riot Fest's site and below...
Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.
As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.
Full initial Toronto lineup below...
Since we last posted the lineup, The Shaky Knees fest in Atlanta has grown to add The Replacements and more. Tickets also went on sale and are still available. Check out the lineup, headlined by The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes, in the poster above and the full schedule at the fest's site.
Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place in Atlanta's Atlantic Station, May 9-11, 2014.
Deer Tick and The Hold Steady are both also on the lineup and out on tour together now.
Governors Ball and Hangout Fest lineups were just announced today (and Firefly yesterday and Coachella not long before that), and now comes the lineup announcement for another big fest, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The fest goes down from May 9-11 at Atlantic Station with The National, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Graveyard, Mutual Benefit and many more. There's also one headliner still TBA. Outkast?
Tickets go on sale Friday (1/17). Full lineup and flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Tokyo Police Club at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Indie popsters Tokyo Police Club are still kicking, and planning to release the followup to 2010's Champ in 2014. No title or release date has been announced yet, but they've just revealed the almost-nine-minute first single, "Argentina (Parts I, II, II)." Not that there weren't similarities before, but with this single and Comedown Machine, TPC and The Strokes are sounding more and more alike these days, if TPC aren't a bit more celebratory. You can watch the lyric video for the new song below.
The band also have some US dates coming up in the spring, and though a full tour hasn't been announced yet, we know they'll be in NYC to play Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and the general on-sale begins Friday (12/13) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Tokyo Police Club are playing Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.
San Fermin are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.
GZA is playing Best Buy Theater on January 18 with Datsik. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
MEN, the post-Le Tigre project of JD Samson, are playing Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/14) (moved from Rough Trade) with Tippy Toes and Colin Self. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Connan Mockasin's show that would have been at Rough Trade (1/10) has been moved to Glasslands. Arp is also opening and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for his Mercury Lounge show are still available.
Maria Minerva and Co La are playing 285 Kent on December 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Crazy Spirit, Glue, CREEM, and Chain Rank are playing Acheron on December 23. Tickets for this punk show are on sale now.
X-Ray Eyeballs, Battletorn, Concrete Cross, and Call of the Wild are playing Acheron on February 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, and Tiger Dare are playing Glasslands on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, and DJ Dubious Luxury play Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tiga is playing Output on December 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Neon Indian DJs Cameo on January 3 along with DJ sets from Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta, Airbird) and Heathered Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Hollerado at Bowery Ballroom, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ottowa's good time party rockers Hollerado will be bringing their confetti cannons into America (or perhaps buying them while here), opening a few shows for Passion Pit in the South and Midwest. Before they had back across the border, though, they'll stop in NYC for a late show at Mercury Lounge on November 7 with Royal Bangs. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon. After that, Hollerado will play a few shows in Canada with their old tour pals Tokyo Police Club. All dates are listed below.
Hollerado's 2010 debut album, Record in a Bag, reamins a fun listen, full of sing-a-long anthems the kind of which used to be heard on alt-rock radio in the mid-'90s and they are a ton of fun live. You can stream it at Spotify. The band are finishing up their second album which should be out early next year and there is video of them in the studio below.
Meanwhile, Passion Pit play SNL this week (10/13) with Christina Applegate hosting.
Tokyo Police Club at Bowery Ballroom (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Tokyo Police Club, who recently played Summerstage and Bowery Ballroom, will play the Lackawanna Music Festival, a Hoboken-based arts and music celebration going down on August 18th. The 100% free festival will feature nine bands in total, though the rest of the lineup is still to be announced.
The festival comes from hMag, who produced the rescheduled-due-to-a-hurricane hMAG Music Fest last year with The Walkmen, School of Seven Bells, The Kick Drums, Wormburner and others. Let's hope for better weather this year.
Speaking of The Walkmen, the band played Bowery Ballroom a little more than a week ago but will return to NYC to play Terminal 5 on October 18. Tickets are still available.
Lackawana Fest flyer is below.
While they were in town to open for Foster the People at Central Park Summerstage, Tokyo Police Club played their own smaller headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (6/10) with Hollerado and Team Spirit (who we missed). Here are some pictures from that one, and a rough version of the setlist (three new songs and Kelly Clarkson cover included). It all continues below...
Tokyo Police Club at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Tokyo Police Club, who are opening for Foster the People at Summerstage on 6/11, just added their own NYC show happening one day earlier at Bowery Ballroom 6/10. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/24) at noon.
All dates below...
Beirut at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by VIncent Cornelli)
Beirut are currently on an international tour that includes dates in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. They're beginning to reveal some North American dates happening later on this year, including Coachella and a NYC show happening on August 29 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (aka Summerstage). Tickets go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/11) at noon.
That makes the total Central Park Summerstage shows, as of January 2012, up to four already. The other three are Foster the People, one of which was just announced with Tokyo Police Club on June 11 (AmEx presale also starts Wednesday at noon).
All currently known Beirut dates below...
James @ Terminal 5 in March (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The annual 'Fashion's Night Out' is this Thursday (9/8), and that means free events at clothing stores all over NYC.
One of those events takes place at VPL @ 5 Mercer Street in Manhattan. Running from 6-11pm, the "Mercer x Howard Block Party" will feature a performance (DJ set most likely, though they never speficy) by James Murphy "and more". James will also DJ on 9/10 in Columbia, MD at Virgin Freefest (who also initially advertised the performance as "James Murphy solo").
UPDATE: :Block Party is cancelled.
In related news, Tokyo Police Club have been keeping busy releasing cover songs including "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem. Listen below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"We want to know which track YOU want us to cover for each day of our 10 days of covers from 2001 - 2010. Tweet your favorite song from the 3 options listed on our site Polaroid.com/TokyoPoliceClub, including #TPC10Covers and a hashtag for the year of the cover i.e. #TPCcovers2001. We'll choose a random tweeter each day through 9/2 to win a prize bundle including a copy of our 'Champ' CD, vinyl and a signed 7"" [TPC]Last night the band headlined the free show at House of Vans with Big Freedia and others. A set of pictures from their set is in this post.
Coming up the band doesn't have many shows scheduled, but one is at the new AV Festival coming to Chicago on September 10th & 11th with HUM, Archers of Loaf, The Thermals and more. All TPC dates and more pics from House of Vans below...
photos by Chris La Putt
The lineups have been (almost) completely revealed for the three remaining free House of Vans House Parties. The series continues this Thursday (8/4) with the previously revealed lineup of Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers.
As mentioned Tokyo Police Club are playing August 18 and Big Freedia is in fact on the bill along with Against Me!, Japanther, and Team Robespierre.
As predicted, Converge and All Pigs Must Die are the bands that play August 25, though there's also a secret guest on that show too ("xxxx xxxx").
RSVP is open for all of them.
Cro-Mags, Fucked Up, Screaming Females & Pissed Jeans played the last show. A second set of Fucked Up pics from that show continue below...
Tokyo Police Club (more by Andrew St Clair)
Get ready floorpunchers, Cro-Mags, Fucked Up, Screaming Females and Pissed Jeans are about to rough up House of Vans TONIGHT (7/29) starting at 7PM. RSVP for this jam while you still can (all our VIP tickets have been awarded, congrats to the winners). The show makes two NYC Cro-Mags dates this summer (they played Bowery Ballroom in early June) and three in the past two months for Fucked Up (285 Kent and Terminal 5).
For those of you counting at home, that leaves THREE House of Vans parties on the schedule... August 4th with Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers, as well as an August 18th and August 25th show which have no official lineups announced, but...
Tokyo Police Club has just confirmed their involvement in August 18th and we hypothesize that Converge and All Pigs Must Die will play the August 25th date. Word is that Big Freedia will play House of Vans too, so my money is that she won't be sandwiched in between two hardcore bands (aka on August 18th) but stranger things have happened. (meanwhile get your dose of Bounce this Saturday at PS1 courtesy of Vockah Redu.)
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips / Modest Mouse
"Rockers The Flaming Lips have long had a reputation for extravagant live shows: Fake blood, torrential confetti downpours, animal costumes and comically oversized fists are all standard fare. The band's Sunday night set at this year's Sasquatch Music Festival was no exception, with frontman Wayne Coyne taking to the crowd in his over-sized bubble. Still, the band managed to make its big, flashy show feel like a more intimate affair.Sasquatch Fest ended Monday night (pictures from that day coming soon). Audio of many of the sets, Flaming Lips included, is archived for streaming over at NPR. Like Archers of Loaf, the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus and many others played on Sunday (the third of four days). More pictures from that day, below...
While playing the landmark 1999 album The Soft Bulletin nearly in full, Coyne chatted genially with the audience, taking frequent breaks during "The Spiderbite Song" to relate the anecdotes behind the song's lyrics. Another set highlight, "Waitin' for a Superman" -- stripped down to a delicate piano and voice arrangement -- was introduced as a tribute to departed icon Elliott Smith. Although the band was forced to exclude a couple of songs due to time constraints, it delivered a personal version of what many consider its finest album." [listen @ NPR]
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
"Tokyo Police Club at Terminal 5. These men do indie rock well" - Luke McCormick
In the awkward land of co-headlining shows there's always one band that you think should be the headliner. Personally, going in, I knew all along that Tokyo Police Club would be that band when they and Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club performed at Terminal 5 on Friday. Having been thwarted in three previous attempts to see them live (the most notable being an unfortunate corresponding time slot opposite My Bloody Valentine at All Points West in 2009) I was still hoping the band that drew me way in with their excellent Lesson In Crime EP and followed it up with two hook-laden full-lengths would be the same one taking the stage as part of "The Last.fm Festival".
But going on after Two Door Cinema Club and their highly polished electro-pop anthems, complete with blinding light show, Tokyo Police Club seemed to spend most of their set trying to match TDCC in both sound and arena rock grandeur, when their songs, as brash and catchy as they are, beg for slightly more nuance. Or perhaps restraint. I was a tad let down, but more on that later
Two Door Cinema Club's set, for long periods, sounded like the same song over and over - did they just play "Undercover Martyn" or "Something Good Can Work"? - with the same high hat-led dance beat as well as recorded backing track and even canned horns on set opener "Cigarettes in the Theater". "What You Know" was a highlight as Alex Trimble crunched out a solitary guitar riff and then sang without accompaniment before the rest of the band launched in to support him. Yet, even then, the catchy guitar pluck so noticeable on record was lost, such the volume of the backing track.
Bloc Party instantly comes to mind but for all the pulsing lights and clear, bigger venue ambition TDCC have a long way to go and are still short on variety before they can match that kind of live performance. But the sold-out crowd was very much into the set and prior to the sing-along of set closer "I Can Talk" (also a highlight) Trimble pulled extra applause when he mentioned how great their CMJ performance at Webster Hall was last October but that "tonight was even better."
Happy Birthday Dave Monks
That Tokyo Police Club entered to the dying strains of Bill Conti's "Theme from Rocky" (their 2010 release was, after all, called Champ), underscored how much of an underdog they may consider themselves. For a band that was set to call it a day before the Pop Montreal performance that ultimately led to them signing their first record deal, their first full-length Elephant Shell was unjustly considered a let-down on the heels of the Lesson EP (though it was featured quite a bit on Friday.)
"We're Tokyo Police Club and we're fucking excited to be here," said birthday boy and lead singer David Monks one song into their set. And you could tell how excited they were - Monks and guitarist Josh Hook pressed heads during "Nature Of The Experiment" and then Monks scurried over and pressed his head into keyboardist Graham Wright's back and then he was coaching the crowd in how to clap during "Tessellate".
But as Monks' vocals continued in a hollowed echo - like he was in a hangar instead of a terminal, it pulled more and more away from the rest of the band's sound. Monks is not shy on packing loads of lyrics into the band's sub-three-minute songs and it was frustrating to have them lost in the mix at times.
Though on songs like "End Of A Spark" which featured Passion Pit's Ian Hultquist on acoustic guitar, and the slow build of Champ's lead track, "Favourite Food" - songs that weren't straight forward postpunk - "Breakneck Speed" was another, everything fell into place and they showed why they deserve to be tops in the pecking order with their tour mates.
After they finished their set with "Wait Up", complete with audience participation on the "woo oooh ooohs" and "Your English Is Good" both Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club came out for the encore. "We're going back to 2001," said Monks (who was 14 then), before the ensemble launched into The Strokes' "Last NIght". It was fun, wonderfully timed and the crowd ate it up. It was hands down the highlight of the evening as Monks and Trimble took turns on vocals and everyone else ended up on the drum riser playing to TPC drummer Greg Alsop.
Lost in the fray were Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin who opened the night with a straightforward set of easy, indie-pop numbers. Including those from last year's subtly underrated, Chris Walla-produced, Let It Sway.
Andrew St. Clair was on hand for TPC's soundcheck and caught all three bands including the TPC birthday cake moment. More pictures from all of it, and the setlists below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
yes, that's Matisyahu & Tokyo Police Club...
Tokyo Police Club and We Barbarians played an invite-only show at the Wired Store on 12/15, much like Ra Ra Riot did a week earlier. It was the Foundations Artist Management Holiday Party and was marked by a surprise appearance from Matisyahu who joined TPC for a cover of his own "Miracle (The Hanukkah Song)". Ayad and Michael from Passion Pit didn't play the party, but they did introduce TPC after jokingly introducing themselves at Foundations interns.
After the Wired Store show, Andrew St. Clair joined TPC at Nancy Whiskey in TriBeCa where they played We Barbarians in a gentlemanly game of shuffleboard.
Matisyahu played a string of Hannukah related shows, including four NYC shows recently, and has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge. TPC have a tour coming up with Two Door Cinema Club which will hit Terminal 5. Passion Pit are playing Wellmont Theater on 12/30 and 12/31.
More pictures below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Ra Ra Riot played the pop-up Wired Store (at 692 Broadway in NYC) on 12/8 as part of a series of private events at the store. Their friends Tokyo Police Club, whose next public show in NYC is at Terminal 5, play the same place tonight (12/15)
The night before their appearance at Wired, Ra Ra Riot played "Boy" from their recent LP The Orchard on Letterman. Video of that and more pictures/setlist from the Wired Store are below...