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Governors Ball 2016 returns to NYC's Randall's Island from June 3-5, and today the daily lineups have been announced. Day 1 is the day with The Strokes and Beck, day 2 has The Killers and M83, and day 3 has Kanye West and Death Cab for Cutie. Check out the full day-by-day lineups below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Torres at Bowery Ballroom - 1/21/15
The Torres / Palehound tour recently crossed paths with the Julien Baker tour in Chicago (pics). Last night (1/21), both tours came to NYC separately, and after Amanda caught Julien at Mercury Lounge (pics), she headed to Bowery Ballroom to catch Torres and Palehound. Pictures of that show are in this post.
It was sold out, and Torres and her band (who were all dressed in white) had total command over the crowd, one of the larger (not-free) crowds they've headlined for in NYC so far. Torres said on stage that Bowery is her favorite venue in the country, and this was her favorite show ever. Check out more pictures below...
photos by James Richards IV
Julien Baker / Torres / Palehound
The highly conceptual quality of the record is just as apparent in the lyrics. With the ambitious arrangements adding dimension, Elena Tonra's words combine prosaic straightforwardness and poetic complexity. Whether they're banal inner monologues, such as "I hate walking alone -- I should get a dog or something..." or more abstract lines such as "Structures of whispers/pass through our veins," Tonra's words cut straight to the marrow with a powerful lyricism. The narrative style of songs such as "Doing the Right Thing" immerses the listener in a commentary on life using sentiments that are at once individual and universal.Read the whole thing here. Julien is on tour now, and just crossed paths with the Torres / Palehound tour for a Tomorrow Never Knows show in Chicago (a great triple bill). The show happened Friday night (1/15) at Lincoln Hall, and we've got pictures in this post.
In interviews, Tonra concedes the "sadness" of the lyrics but remains unapologetic about it. The forlornness and isolation carry over from the band's previous work, but here, Tonra approaches with more candor than before. Open declarations such as "I don't want to belong, to you, to anyone" (from "To Belong") mark a liberated determination that denies ownership of the self to anyone but the speaker.
Julien's tour hits NYC on Thursday (1/21) at Mercury Lounge (sold out), and Monday (1/25) at Rough Trade (tickets), both with Eskimeaux opening. The Torres/Palehound tour also hits NYC on Thursday, at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).
More pictures from Chicago below...
The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.
That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).
Tickets are on sale now.
Illustration by Derek Erdman
AV Club have published their list of The 15 Best Albums of 2015. Besides two forward-thinking California rappers (guess which ones?) and Grimes, this list leans the most heavily on guitar rock of all the ones we've seen this year, whether it's the hushed sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker or the harder-edged Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett. You can check out the full list below, and see the writers' individual ballots here.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Morgan Walker, illustration by Claire O'Neill/NPR
The year-end lists keep coming. Today, NPR Music published their 50 Favorite Albums of 2015 list. As usual, it's all over the map genre-wise, with classical, jazz, electronic, rap, mainstream pop, lo-fi DIY, indie rock, folk, country, metal and more.
It's got some of the albums that appear on most of these lists, like Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Future, Vince Staples, Joanna Newsom and Alabama Shakes, but plenty of surprises too. It's the first list I've seen with the Beauty Pill album, and the first non-rap list I've seen with The Game. It's also got often-underrated albums from Colleen, Jazmine Sullivan and Low. And there's bound to be something on it you haven't heard yet.
Read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.
Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."
Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.
Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.
Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.
As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...
photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.
Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)
Also below is the flyer with set times...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at Pitchfok Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Sleater-Kinney's tour brings them to NYC in December for FIVE shows, and now the openers for all five have been announced. The first four are with newer female-fronted punk-related bands who likely consider S-K an influence, Torres, Waxahatchee, Perfect Pussy and Charly Bliss, and the last show (and most intimate) is with another veteran musician, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. The full schedule looks like this:
Dec 12: Kings Theatre w/ Torres (tickets)Torres also tours with Palehound in 2016, Waxahatchee plays the big Ground Control anniversary show in NYC, and Perfect Pussy (who just played the last-ever live show at Elvis Guesthouse) play the S-K show right in the middle of their December tour.
Dec 13: TERMINAL 5 w/ Waxahatchee (tickets)
Dec 14: Irving Plaza w/ Perfect Pussy (sold out)
Dec 15: Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Charly Bliss (sold out)
Dec 16: Market Hotel w/ Lee Ranaldo (sold out)
If you missed it, we just interviewed Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney. Earlier this year, Lee Ranaldo's former Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon interviewed her too. Watch the hour-long video of that below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Jennylee was Amazing - if anyone was worried." - m[ike]
"Amazing set tonight @rightonjennylee!
Can't wait for the album to drop in December!!!" - Daniel Grote
Warpaint say they have a new album in the works for 2016, but in the meantime a couple of their members are focusing on solo projects. Theresa Wayman actually has a solo record and a new band BOSS, and Jenny Lee Lindberg went solo as jennylee. Her debut album right on! isn't out until December 11 via Rough Trade, but ahead of that she played a one-off at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (11/4).
Only two singles were released ahead of the show, so we were hearing most of the music for the first time last night. It's not a million miles away from Warpaint, which of course isn't a bad thing at all. Young Magic opened, and among the audience members were Torres and Jenny Lewis. Pictures continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Torres @ The Space at Westbury - 10/23/2015
Torres is currently wrapping up a tour with Garbage, which just hit the NYC-area twice. The NYC-based artist already has another show here happening soon after the tour, the Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary (with Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz and more), and now she announced her first hometown show of 2016.
It happens January 21 at Bowery Ballroom, Torres' largest ticketed NYC show yet, with well-matched local support from Palehound. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/30) at noon. Update: It's part of a short run Torres and Palehound are doing together. All dates are listed below.
We already posted pictures of Torres with Garbage at Kings Theatre, but we only posted pictures of Garbage's set from the Space at Westbury show (along with our interview with Shirley Manson). Pictures of Torres' set from that are in this post. More, with her list of tour dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Garbage / Torres @ Kings Theatre 10/24/2015
I'm not sure that I'm very mature, actually. I wish I was. [Laughs.] You know, I think when you do something for long enough, and when you put in the work and all the hours, and you do it for the sake of doing it as opposed for any other sort of external affirmation or praise or attention; when you just simply do something for a long time, you create a basis which you can stand. As an artist that is a good privilege. To create your own solid ground is phenomenal, and I certainly didn't have that in 1995, and it took me a long time to even get to a point where I felt like an artist. I didn't even feel like a musician for a decade, and yet I'd been making music since I was fifteen. I mean, that's really fucked up. [Laughs.] But then eventually I did it long enough, and with that experience comes confidence, and that changes how you relate to music, and how you relate to the world. It becomes a prism through which you can see everything. - [Shirley Manson in BV interview]After playing The Space at Westbury, Garbage brought their 20th Anniversary tour to Brooklyn on Saturday (10/24) for a show at Kings Theatre. Their tourmate Torres opened the night and more pictures are below.
If you haven't checked out our interview with Garbage's Shirley Manson, read that here.
photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.
The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).
Webster Hall show flyer below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
by Daniel Grote
I was lucky enough to make it to Torres' Elvis Guesthouse set after her Terminal 5 show with Speedy Ortiz and Courtney Barnett. I spoke to her after the T5 show and she was excited to be heading to Elvis Guesthouse, but was pretty sure they wouldn't make it at midnight. I got to Elvis around 11:40 and they ended up starting not long after, around 12:25. During her set she said that it felt like playing a band rehearsal because the space was so small. It was an intoxicating show! It's always great to have an opportunity to see one of your favorites in that setting. The setlist, as I remember it (I can't recall specifically when she played 'Cowboy Guilt'), is listed with a few more pictures below.
Torres' show was announced the day of show, just like the Sonny & the Sunsets show was, which is happening tonight (7/23).
photos by Amanda Hatfield
On Tuesday, Courtney Barnett, Sadie of Speedy Ortiz and Torres headed to the LES for an art show (pictures), and last night (7/22) those three acts played a huge sold-out NYC show at Terminal 5. All three were supporting great new albums -- Courtney's Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Speedy's Foil Deer, and Torres' Sprinter -- and all three played rocking sets. Courtney went 10 minutes past Terminal 5's 11 PM curfew, and seemed like she woulda kept on going if allowed, quipping, "I thought New York was the city that never sleeps?" We've got pictures from the show in this post.
More pictures from T5, with Courtney's setlist, a picture of Speedy's, and a video of Courtney playing "Avant Gardener," below...
photo: Torres at Courtney Barnett's art show yesterday (more by PSquared)
Tonight (7/22) is the big sold-out Courtney Barnett / Speedy Ortiz / Torres show at Terminal 5 which has been sold out for a while. After that though, Torres will play somewhere way smaller: Elvis Guesthouse at midnight. It's free, and entry is first come, first served.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
In town for tonight's big show at Terminal 5, Courtney Barnett had a showing of her photographs documenting her 2015 tour as well as the artwork from her new album, that happened Tuesday (7/21) at a Lower East Side gallery. The tour photos were of a theme -- hotel bathroom showerheads -- and the artwork, as you may have seen, is all drawings of chairs. You could buy prints of all of these -- the hanging prints all curiously bore the edition number (4/20) -- and proceeds went to benefit the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Like most gallery openings, there was free booze and they also had fortune cookies with Courtney Barnett lyrics in them. Torres and Sadie from Speedy Ortiz, who open tonight's sold-out T5 show, were the night's DJs. Fun time.
Check out more pics from "Art by Courtney Barnett" below...
Fresh off her appearance at this past weekend's Pitchfork Fest, Courtney Barnett is back in NYC for Wednesday night's sold-out show at Terminal 5. Before that, she'll be displaying some of the photographs she's taken on her current tour as well as some of her artwork at a private gallery exhibition TONIGHT in NYC featuring DJ sets by Torres and Speedy Ortiz's DJ SAD13, both of whom are opening for Courtney at T5. Again, this event -- which goes from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Manhattan -- is private but if you'd like to go we have a few guest list spots to give away. Enter to win below...
photos by Carly Hoskins
Torres @ Mercury Lounge - 6/26/15
Writing this, I still get the chills thinking of how TORRES did start her show on Friday, letting everybody indulge in a really long intro to Son, You Are No Island, while burning an inscent, to wave away any bed spirits and set the mood.Torres played her second of two headlining NYC shows on her tour in support of this year's great Sprinter at Mercury Lounge on Friday night (6/26). (The first was at Baby's All Right back in May.) It's the last time you'll see her somewhere that small in the NYC-area for a while, as her next shows here are with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22 (sold out) and with Garbage (who are playing their debut in full) at The Space at Westbury on October 23 and Kings Theater on October 24 (tickets).
Like on her two albums, her live show balances between the quieter, more introspect and the heavier rock numbers: New Skin comes after the softer opener and is being followed by Sprinter and then A Proper Polish Welcome. Fortunately, TORRES is not one of those artists who have a beef with fans snapping photos, asking at any moment icily for "paying attention please and putting the stuff away". In contrary! She's not only okay with the attention she gets, but she even encourages it at times and puts on an extra charming smile or a special rocker guitar "pose". [Glam Glare]
The Mercury Lounge show was opened by local ambient musician Ancient Ocean, aka John Bohannon who used to be a member of Torres' live band. Pictures from that show continue below...
Garbage's great 1995 debut album turns 20 this year, and in celebration of that they'll give it a re-mastered reissue later this summer with remixes and previously unreleased versions of songs from the album. They're also playing it in full on a North American tour dubbed the '20 Years Queer Tour' that goes down this fall with support from Torres (that's a good double bill).
The tour hits the NYC-area for two shows: Long Island on October 23 at The Space at Westbury and Brooklyn on October 24 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon and 10 AM, respectively, and there are Live Nation/venue presales for the Brooklyn show starting Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Torres will also be here sooner for a show with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22. Tickets are still available. Watch the video for "Strange Hellos" off her new album, with the list of tour dates and a stream of Garbage, below...
If you miss out on getting tickets in the BV presale, you'll have another chance in the general on-sale starting Friday (5/1) at noon. Full tour schedules for all three artists are HERE.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Courtney Barnett at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Courtney Barnett's tour in support of her great new album will have her in NYC for three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom in May, and now she's added more dates which will have her back in NYC for a much larger show this summer
Courtney plays Terminal 5 on July 22 and it's a killer triple bill with support from Speedy Ortiz and Torres. TIckets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon, and there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Updated tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Speedy Ortiz are on tour now in support of their own great new album, having hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (4/25) with Mitski and Krill. The new songs sound killer live, and they worked nicely against other highlights like "Indoor Soccer" from 2012's Sports EP, "American Horror" from last year's Real Hair EP, and "Swim Fan" from the "Taylor Swift" single.
Updated dates for all three artists, and a few videos/song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Shervin Lainez
Torres is a week away from releasing her sophomore album, Sprinter, on her new label home of Partisan Records, and she's now streaming it in full. It's a diverse record, with PJ Harvey-style rock songs, somber folk-inspired songs, and a short divergence into eccentric pop with "Cowboy Guilt." Check out the whole thing, over at NPR.
Watch the video for the title track below...
photo: Torres at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like we said earlier this week, Torres just keeps adding NYC shows to her tour schedule. She just played a WNYC Soundcheck session at The Greene Space earlier this week (which you can watch below), and she's now added two more NYC shows for after the new album comes out. She hits Baby's All Right on May 27 with Aero Flynn and almost a month later plays Mercury Lounge on June 26. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, and tickets for Merc go on sale today (3/6) at noon.
Torres also has a ton of SXSW shows announced. The poster with her current schedule, and list of tour dates, below...