Entries tagged with: Torres
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...
photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres' sophomore album Sprinter comes out May 5 via Partisan, and she's continuing to play shows in her current hometown of NYC ahead of its release. Last week, she opened for Timber Timbre at Bowery Ballroom, and this week she'll play a live WNYC Soundcheck session at The Greene Space on Tuesday (2/3) afternoon (12:30 PM). Admission is free with RSVP.
She was also announced today for Pitchfork SXSW. Updated dates are listed, with the single from her upcoming album, below...
photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Torres already has a bunch of tour dates scheduled for this May, and is playing SXSW in March, and she's since scheduled a NYC appearance to take place before that. She'll be opening the second of two Timber Timbre shows at Bowery Ballroom on that band's ongoing tour. She plays February 24, and Thus Owls open a day earlier. Tickets for both are still available.
Torres' second album, Sprinter, comes out May 5 via Partisan. Listen to excellent lead single "Strange Hellos," with her updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Torres has been playing new songs live for a while now, and she's finally announced the followup to her excellent 2013 debut LP. It's called Sprinter and will be out on May 5 via her new label home of Partisan Records. PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis produced it and PJ's bassist Ian Oliver backed Torres on the record, as did Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley. Working with PJ Harvey collaborators is a good fit for Torres, who gets a bit of a To Bring You My Love-style howl out on new single "Strange Hellos." Like her recent live shows predicted, the new song dives deeper into the heavier rock vibe that her debut only hinted at. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.
Torres also announced a tour which follows her previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show and SXSW. The BK Bazaar show is this Friday (1/30) and also features Mainland, Heliotropes and Ancient Ocean. Like most BKNB shows, it's free.
All dates are listed, with the tracklist and new song, below...
photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.
Full round 3 list below...
Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.
She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)
Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...
Torres at the Seaport in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly folk rockers Strand of Oaks are on tour now and about to headline their largest NYC show yet on Thursday (12/4) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, the similarly-minded Torres was added to a few dates including last night's Toronto show (12/1), the upcoming Philly show, and the NYC show. You can still get tickets to both NYC and Philly. Updated dates are listed below.
In other news, Strand of Oaks main man Timothy Showalter just told Philly.com that his favorite albums of 2014 are Sun Kil Moon's Benji, Marissa Nadler's July, Sharon Van Etten's Are We There and Ryan Adams' self-titled, the latter of which includes the song "My Wrecking Ball" that Strand of Oaks recently covered. You can stream that below. Strand of Oaks' own 2014 LP, Heal, was a favorite of his Philly neighbors, Restorations.
Hear Ya also just put out a live session video of Strand of Oaks playing "Shut In" from their new record. You can watch that, with the Ryan Adams cover and list of dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Torres / High Highs
The free Seaport Music Festival continued this past Friday (7/25) at this year's location on Fulton St. at Water St., headlined by Torres and with an opening set by High Highs. Torres, sporting an awesome Angel Olsen shirt with nothing but "UNFUCKTHEWORLD" in large bold font, played only three songs off her self titled debut LP, and otherwise treated the crowd to a set of entirely new songs. Her backing band was also different this time around, and she screamed more than I've ever seen her. New stuff sounded good, and hopefully a set with that much of it means a new album is on the way. High Highs were playing some new stuff too, and their set of kinda-psychedelic indie pop was a nice mix with Torres' grungy alt-folk. Pictures of the show are in this post.
The next Seaport Music Fest show is this Friday (8/1) with Snowmine and The Cakset Girls. More pics of Torres and High Highs below...
Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.
More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:
Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, AlvvaysAs always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
Torres at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alt-folk singer Torres is one of the many musicians with a release planned for this year's Record Store Day (Saturday, 4/19). She contributes the new song "The Harshest Light" to a split with Ohio indie rock band Motel Beds whose contribution, "Tropics of the Sand," features vocals from indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders. You'll have to wait til RSD to hear the Torres song, but you can listen to the Motel Beds/Kelley Deal song (via Stereogum) below.
That split is coming out via Misra Records, who also release the Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy compilation on 12" vinyl for RSD with tracks by Kelley Deal's R. Ring, Motel Beds, Phosphorescent and more. Tracklist for that one, and album artwork for both RSD releases, below.
The currently Brooklyn-based Torres also has an upcoming show here happening on May 6 at Glasslands with Young Unknowns, Eastern Midwestern and Photo Ops. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream, tracklist, and artwork below...
Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.
Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.
Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.
Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.
Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.
Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).
One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...
Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) released her great self-titled debut LP back in early 2013. She's been touring hard in support of it ever since, including an appearance in Austin for SXSW 2013. Mackenzie is back for another round with SXSW (her full list of dates is below), during which she'll play the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we asked her 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
Torres: Red Rocks Amphitheater! (I spoke with my future self and she told me to say that.)
2) What would your metal band name be?
Severed Corn on the Macabre.
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.
The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.
Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.
Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Marnie Stern / Torres @ Baby's All Right - 1/28/14
Earlier this week, doNYC hosted a two-night celebration of their one year anniversary at Baby's All Right with a rowdy FIDLAR/Big Ups/Amanda X show on Monday (1/27) and an equally notable Marnie Stern / Torres / Porches show on Tuesday (1/28). Porches, who are a regular on the local live circuit, were a late addition to the bill and seemed to win over much of the crowd. Torres' grungy folk was great as always, and she took the opportunity to show off a few new songs.
Marnie closed out the night, and though her funny stage banter (usually about her vagina) and unconventional guitar playing are always highly entertaining, she was very drunk and took things a bit over the top. She went on a lengthy, belligerent rant, screaming about stretching her vagina across the stage, and made so much intentional, blaring feedback in between songs that a chunk of the crowd left early. Not everyone was turned off though, one instagram commenter said:
She is so drunk and it's amazing. And by "amazing" I mean it's sloppy, uncomfortably sexual and the feedback is killing me. Good stuff. More great bands need show public displays of drunkenness, forgetting all the words to your songs is so punk.What did you think? Pictures from the show are in this post.
There's never a lack of Porches shows in NYC and you can catch them again this weekend, 2/1, at Cameo Gallery with Howth and Stranger Cat. They also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in February with Widowspeak and Jessica Pratt. All of their dates are listed with more pictures below...
Sharon Van Etten at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sharon Van Etten announced that she'll follow 2012's Tramp with a new album, Are We There?, which is due out this May. Confirmed collaborators include Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, and Efterklang affiliate Peter Broderick.
She hasn't officially released any music from it yet, but this Sharon Van Etten fan tumblr says it's confirmed that some of the songs she's been playing live will make the cut, including "Nothing will Change," "Tarifa," and "Your Love Is Killing Me," which you can watch live videos of below.
The tumblr also says that tracks called "You Know Me Well," "Pay My Debts," "Afraid of Nothing," and "Break Me" are confirmed, and a new song she played at Pickathon is likely to appear as well. Check out more details (including "possible" and "unlikely" songs) here.
Sharon doesn't have a tour announced at the moment,
but she'll be at SXSW. UPDATE: Sharon is not going to SXSW afterall.