Entries tagged with: Total Slacker
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's lovers of all-things-'90s, Total Slacker, are set to return with their second album, Slip Away, on February 11 via Black Bell Records. The new LP finds the band tightening the reins a bit and the new album is definitely punchier than their jokey/fun debut, Thrashin'. You can stream "Keep the Ships at Bay" and watch the entertaining, horror-themed video for "Sometimes You Gotta Die" below.
Total Slacker will play a record release show at Rough Trade on February 12 with Honduras, Life Sized Maps and one more TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. It's currently the only date on their schedule.
Savages at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Au Revoir Simone @ Warsaw, 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Savages, Duke Garwood @ Terminal 5
CMJ is not a contest but Savages "won" CMJ last year. Now with an album out, they're back to rub other bands noses in it at Terminal 5. Not really, they're nice people, and their trad postpunk should sound good in the cavernous venue.
Au Revoir Simone, Lou Doillon, Selebrities, Thomas Azier @ Highline Ballroom
Attention Francophiles, here's your CMJ show with real foreigners Lou Doillon and Thomas Azier, plus French sympathizers with synthesizers, Au Revoir Simone and Selebrities.
Talib Kweli, Black Moon, Phony PPL, Smif-n-Wessun, The Underachievers, Res, Cory Mo, Meka @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
In general, this is pretty much the biggest night for rap at CMJ this year. Tonight's also the Duck Down showcase co-headlined by Talib Kweli and veteran crew Black Moon who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their '93 debut, Enta Da Stage, backed by Phony PPL.
Vic Mensa, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, World's Fair, Deniro Farrar, Key!, Bryant Dope, Kid Daytona, Eddie B, Illclinton @ Santos Party House
Plus, Noisey does their rap party tonight with party rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, cloud rap standout Deniro Farrar, and more.
Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz @ Littlefield
There's also this show with Three Six Mafia member Gangsta Boo, Oxymorrons, and Turquoise Jeep's pal Kosha Dillz.
Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, A$AP Mob, The Bots, Bishop Nehru, Isaiah Rashad @ Webster Hall
And last but certainly not least, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, who's been delaying his much-anticipated new album, headlines this show at Webster Hall. The lineup also features former Odd Future cohort Casey Veggies, three A$AP Mob members, young local rapper Bishop Nehru (who's been cutting his teeth opening for quite a few Black Hippy members in NYC), new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad and more.
Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, Mood Rings, Happy Jawbone @ Cameo Gallery
There is not a single bad band on this bill, from frequent tourmates Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow, to dream pop sound of TEEN and Mood Rings, to the psychedelic sounds of Quilt and Happy Jawbone. This is a solid show.
Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Porcelain Raft, Theo Verney @ Glasslands
Hype-loving UK music weekly NME is presenting this showcase that only doesn't have Palma Violets because they just toured here. Instead you get UK acts Yuck and Egulls, plus Aussie charmer Courtney Barnett and more.
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, US Girls, ARP, Slim Twig @ Knitting Factory
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this showcase, lining up a bunch of quality acts, including kabuki metallers YT//ST, Dutch psych prodigy Jacco Gardner and Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich.
White Denim, Calvin Love, Jonathan Rado, Zig Zags, Cotton Jones, Jacco Gardner, Courtney Barnett @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles music blog visits the other coast and has put together this line-up featuring White Denim and a solo show from Foxygen's Jonathan Rado.
Mean Creek, Shark?, The History of Apple Pie, SW/MM/NG, Joanna Gruesome, Gross Relations @ Pianos
UK indiepop acts Joanna Gruesome and The History of Apple Pie -- not to mention quality locals Shark? and Gross Relations -- highlight this Pianos show.
The Darcys, Zeus, Still Life Still, Gold & Youth, Lowell @ Cake Shop
There's more to Canada than Montreal. Explore some of our Northern neighbors' other musical cities (mainly Toronto) at this showcase. Maybe the Darcys will pull out some ther Steely Dan covers.
Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, Vattnet Viskar @ Europa
Metal Insider's CMJ showcase suffered a serious setback when Blake Judd's legal problems forced Nachtmystium to drop off the bill. However, Byzantine's first East Coast appearance in forever and a solid supporting cast keep this show solid.
Iceage @ Portland's Star Theater in March (more by Autumn Andel)
Iceage, Survival, Ivy @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron -- not part of CMJ -- will be their last one before the year ends. Even when they play a bigger place like Bowery Ballroom, Iceage act like they're in a tiny punk joint, so they should feel right at home here.
Hunters, Total Slacker, SISU, Perfect Pussy, LODRO, Tweens @ The Flat
Two of our "30 Bands Worth Seeing at CMJ" are on this bill (Tweens and Perfect Pussy), and the rest of the bill is recommended too -- SISU features half of the Dum Dum Girls, LODRO work the smoky noir vibe hard, and Hunters are always a kick live.
Young Braised, Mood Rings, Christines, Calvin Love @ Shea Stadium
Bushwick online station Newtown Radio is presenting this unofficial CMJ party with Canadian rapper Young Braised, indie sensualists Mood Rings, and Christines, the new band from Andy of Woven Bones (they sound nothing like Woven Bones).
Half Moon Run, The Preatures, Mystery Skulls, claire, Austin Brown, Bonzie, Dream Koala (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
This is one of School Night parties and is a pretty good lineup of more commercial indie bands (not that there's anything wrong with that) including Montreal's Half Moon Run and Australia's Preatures. Free with RSVP.
Running in the Fog, Mutual Benefit, Flagland, The Everywheres, Body Parts, Bent Shapes @ Muchmore's
Boston indiepop band Bent Shapes made our list of "30 CMJ Bands" too, they're jangly but not without bite.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, White Poppy, Dirty Beaches (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
The last time I saw Porcelain Raft it was just main guy Mauro Remiddi and a drummer, but he performed like it was a much fuller band. At tonight's 285 Kent show he's with Arcade Fire collaborator Sarah Neufeld, two synth artists that we recently highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup, Sapphire Slows, and Tei Shi, and more.
RatKing, Amp Live, Emily Bell, YC The Cynic, Tree, Denitia and Sene, The TonTons, Wavy Spice, Tanya Morgan, Myth Syzer, Pegasus Warning @ Free Candy
There's a lot of good indie rap on this bill, including bratty local trio Ratking, upcomer YC the Cynic, trio-recently-turned-duo Tanya Morgan, and promising Chicago rapper Tree. Plus tons more.
Nothing Changes w/ King Dude @ Home Sweet Home
King Dude makes old-style country ballads in a goth/noir kind of way, and while that could sound kinda novelty, it's actually pretty haunting and really well written stuff. He plays the weekly Nothing Changes party tonight. Late.
Flying Turns, Real Magic, TV Girl, Hockey, FLASH/LIGHTS, Shy Girls, Brothertiger, Landshapes, The Epilogues, Shady Elders, StaG, South of France @ Tammany Hall
This Tammany Hall show has a number of artists working in the electronic/pop world, including Real Magic, who's all contemporary beats and big vocals, TV Girl who combine hip hop and indie pop, plus a lot of samples, and Shy Girls, who at the moment may be best known for working with the PMR-signed Cyril Hahn.
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ The Wellmont Theatre
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. Not part of CMJ.
Pattern is Movement, Leverage Models, Celestial Shore, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, Paperhaus @ Union Pool
Tonight Union Pool goes for bands who bridge the gap between experimental and pop, including notables like Pattern Is Movement, Leverage Models, and Celestial Shore.
More notable Wednesday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
There is no Big Terrific tonight because of CMJ but for other funny options, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hunters will celebrate the album with a hometown release show at Death by Audio on October 11 with a few local regulars, Total Slacker, Skimask, and Sleepies. Not long after, they'll also be doing some CMJ shows, including the one on 10/15 at Cameo with PUP, Greys, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan and Ovlov; and the Panache showcase on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake, and Big Ups. Flyer for the latter below.
In November, Hunters will kick off a full tour with Cali garage punks Audacity. That tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show on November 30 at Glasslands, which (like those CMJ shows) also includes an opening set from Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Big Ups' debut LP, Eighteen Hours of Static, comes out January 14, and as usual they have a bunch of local shows coming up, including a lot during CMJ. All of their upcoming dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Audacity is releasing a split 7" with The Coathangers on October 15 via Suicide Squeeze. The Coathangers recently revealed their contribution to the 7", "Adderall," which you can stream below. Their tour with Guitar Wolf hit NYC last night (9/29) at Santos. Anyone catch that show?
All lists of dates, song streams, and flyer, below...
by Bill Pearis
When sludgy NJ/Bushwick shoegazers Sweet Bulbs disintegrated two years ago or so, it spawned both Heaven's Gate and then Butter the Children. Heaven's Gate took some of their old band's dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction. Singer Jess Paps is much more of a belter, not unlike, say, Exene Cervenka. The group began playing to her strengths and Heaven's Gate became more of punky rock band, while still using a lot of effects pedals. The band's debut album, Transmuting, came out this week and is a terrific representation of what Heaven's Gate have become -- confident, hooky, and pretty damn kick-ass. You can stream the whole thing below.
Heaven's Gate celebrate the release of Transmuting tonight (9/27) at Silent Barn with a strong undercard: LODRO, Blanche Blanche Blanche, and Extra Feeler.
Meanwhile, for those that still miss Sweet Bulbs, the band will be doing a one-off reunion during CMJ, happening at Silent Barn on October 18. The line-up's pretty good over all, with Total Slacker, ADVAETA, Honduras, TANK, Slonk Donkerson and Haybaby. It's an unofficial CMJ show (the flyer jokingly says it's two dollars more with a badge) and more info is here.
Heaven's Gate album stream below...
One Point Twetnty One Gigawatts is a free, full-color DIY music, art and fashion magazine that comes out bi-monthy and has been around for about a year. You can pick up copies at lots of Brooklyn DIY venues and other places, and if you can't find one near you, there are also PDF and iBooks versions available too.
Issue #6 marks the zine's one-year anniversary issue with Anamanaguchi (who play MHOW tonight) on the cover. To further celebrate, they're throwing a two-day Giggawatts Festival at Silent Barn on Friday and Saturday of Independence Day Weekend (July 5 & 6) with Team Spirit, Total Slacker, Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate, Grand Resort, Dead Stars and more. Tickets to individual days are $12 or you can get a pass for both for $20.
Day-by-day line-up and Gigawatts Fest flyer is below.
Cincinnati trio Tweens make garagey, nasally, punky pop that is equal parts rauccous and infectious. Songs like "Mean" and "Rattle&Rollin'" are both especially catchy and seem prime for a label like Burger that lives for this stuff. You can stream them below along with their "Live at Mohawk" EP that isn't actually live and features a bunch of girl group covers.
Tweens caught they ear of fellow Ohio resident Kim Deal who has tapped Tweens to open for a few Breeders shows, including Monday's sold-out show at Webster Hall (5/6). After that, Tweens will play Shea Stadium on Tuesday (5/7) which is a record release show for Japanther that also features Grand Rapids. Then at Pianos on Wednesday (5/8) with LODRO, Total Slacker and new Frenchkiss signees, Drowners. That show starts early -- LODRO is on at 7 PM -- and is FREE.
Tour dates are listed, with those streams, below.
Tickets for the Beck Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park go on Beck Fan Club, Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn, and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 11 AM ("BECK2013" is the password for the fan club presale). General on-sale starts Friday, May 10 at 11 AM.
Jimmy Eat World are playing Central Park Summerstage on August 7. Tickets go on Summerstage Member, Jimmy Eat World Fan Club, and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 11 AM (Fan Club password: "DAMAGE"). General on-sale starts Friday, May 10 at noon.
Head HERE to see other Summerstage shows happening this summer.
Total Slacker, Eat Skull, Vaz, and Call of the Wild are playing 285 Kent on May 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ninjasonik are playing a video premier party The Studio at Webster Hall on May 13 with The Skins and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ladyhawke is DJing the PopGun Northside party on June 15 at Glasslands. Flying Horse DJs too. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Giraffage song stream below...
R. Stevie Moore at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prolific lo-fi wizard R. Stevie Moore is on his self-dubbed "Never Ending World Tour" (appropriate for a man with a never ending discography), and after having recently wrapped up a West Coast run, he's been taking a short break before he heads to Europe later this month. But right before he leaves, he'll squeeze a NYC show in at Glasslands on April 15 with past tourmates Tropical Ooze, along with Total Slacker and a DJ set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Last month, R. Stevie's 61-track collaborative album with Ariel Pink, which came out digitally in 2012, was given a vinyl release in Japan, but they'll ship it to any country (it's also an abridged version because all 61 songs wouldn't fit on vinyl).
All dates are listed, along with a stream of that album, below...
Delicate Steve @ 4Knots Fest 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Like nearly every notable musician in the universe, Delicate Steve is going to be playing at this year's SXSW Festival and has planned a tour around the occasion. The tour kicks off on March 1 at the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ and hits NYC a few days later for a show at 295 Kent on March 5 with Celestial Shore and Total Slacker. Advance tickets are on sale now and all tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Scottish indie rock trio PAWS have just released a video for "Sore Tummy," which is probably the catchiest song on Cokefloat!, the band's debut album that is brimming with hooks. You can watch it below.
As mentioned, PAWS are coming to America for SXSW and making a tour out of thier visit. In addition to their previously-announced show at Glasslands on March 5 with Ovlov (tickets), the band are also playing Cake Shop on March 6 (additional bands TBA) and Shea Stadium on March 9 with Total Slacker and Slam Donahue. No advance tickets for either of those shows.
A list of all PAWS tour dates, and the "Sore Tummy" video, are below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Darlings are self-releasing their new album, Perfect Trip a couple weeks (January 29) which is loaded with catchy, sneary guitar pop. We've got the premeire of catchy, snotty track "Sit on It!" right here in this post and you can stream it below. I think the Fonz would approve.
The band have a few local shows lined up. Friday night (1/18) they play 285 Kent with Total Slacker, Team Spirit and The Indecents, plus TEEN on DJ duty. $8 at the door and more info is here. Then on February 8 at Death by Audio, Darlings are throwing a Perfect Trip release party with other bands TBA. And on March 8 they'll play Shea Stadium with Permanent Collection, Field Mouse and Honey Drum.
A list of all upcoming dates, album art, and song stream are below.
APTBS @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, 11/14 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
[A Place to Bury Strangers'] live show is all about sensory overload, and the smaller the room is, the harder it hits. They forwent traditional stage lights entirely, plunging the room into total darkness and illuminating themselves sparingly with splashed colors from projectors situated around the stage. Custom amplifier heads from frontman Oliver Ackermann's effects pedal company Death By Audio stood atop speaker cabinets that dwarfed everyone in the room, and every instrument on stage looked to have barely survived a war zone. Once the band plugged in and turned up, a sonic war zone was essentially what the audience was in for. -[Yardhawk]A Place to Bury Strangers and Bleeding Rainbow swung through Bowery Ballroom on November 18, part of a larger tour for the pair that included a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics), the M for Montreal festival, and Chicago (pics). A review from their 11/19 show in Boston at Middle East is above. Did you see them on this tour? How was it?
If you missed the show (as we did), you have another chance to see them this week, and support a good cause while doing so. APTBS play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit on Saturday (12/1) at 285 Kent with Liturgy, Total Slacker, Royal Baths and a DJ set from Weekend. All proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy Relief Program. Tickets ($12) are on sale.
While on the subject of Sandy relief benefits, you can still get tickets to see Hooray for Earth, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Zambri and Grooms at Pianos on Thursday (11/29). Directly after that show is another Sandy benefit, a late night (midnight - 4 AM) party with Kitty Pryde on DJ duty. This party is free, but donations are suggested and more info is here.
Royal Baths circa now
Royal Baths are opening for Moon Duo tomorrow night (10/5) at Knitting Factory and the show will be their first with a new line-up that includes Lesley Hann of Friends on bass (who seems to have left that group, along with Matthew Molnar, if their most recent 285 Kent show is any indication). Tickets are still available.
If you can't make it tomorrow night, Royal Baths have a bunch of other shows coming up, including Sunday (10/7) at Bowery Electric (whose booking seems to be getting more interesting now that Sam Mickens has been handling some of the shows there) with Larkin Grimm, Behavior & M. Lamar; Wednesday (10/10) at Glasslands with Grooms, Dum Dum Girls offshoot SISU and Punks on Mars (tickets); October 16 at 285 Kent with Forma and the Golden Awesome; and a CMJ show at Cheap Storage on October 19 with King Tuff, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker (tickets). Royal Baths tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Royal Baths' Jeremy Cox features on Blasted Canyons' version of "Venus in Furs" that will be on the upcoming Castle Face Velvet Underground tribute album we told you about. That album is out November 6. Royal Baths most recent album, Better Luck Next Life, came out back in February.
Speaking of Total Slacker, the band have had a sad week with the death of their drummer Terence Connor in a hit-and-run. The band will pay tribute to him this Saturday (10/6) at Cheap Storage with a dance party featuring DJ sets from Weird Rivers, Cool Serbia, DOM, and Prince Rama. Suggested donation is $5 and all procedes go to Connor's family. More info here.
Very sad to report that Total Slacker drummer Terence Connor has died following a hit-and-run. Our thoughts to out to Terence's family, friends and fellow bandmates. .
UPDATE: Gothamist confirms that Terence was killed on his bike in the "intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Stewart Avenue at around 5:15 a.m. " And the band writes:
Were unbelievably heart broken, our drummer Terence Connor was killed in a hit and run accident while riding his bike early this morning.RIP, Terence
Sending all our love to his family and friends.
THE SADDEST DAY -- WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, FOREVER...
Inspired by k3wl orgs like Public School, Cabinet, Brooklyn Brainery, & with a general commitment to diversity, Public Assembly's putting on the Ritz: gallery shows, panel discussions & radical arts get intermixed with our normal jams: cool bands, killer late night parties, and drank. Pro-women, pro-queer, pro-art, pro-imagination, proproblem solving, fans of the radical, and understanding of your budget - we're here to provide the best week-long version of a state-funded liberal arts college we can. LiveEt cetera happens at Public Assembly from September 16 - 22 and features over two dozen lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, concerts and other learning-leaning events, most of which are free. This includes the previously discussed vintage synthesizer demo with Xeno & Oaklander on 9/16, the Gang Gang Dance / Sun Araw show on 9/21 to which tickets are still available, the back room show on September 21 with Total Slacker, Indian Jewelry, Black Marble, and Plastic Flowers which is free, and "The Emma Straub Hollywood Variety Hour" on September 22 with actor Andrew McCarthy and Magnetic Fields' Stephin Meritt.
Other events include a brewing discussion titled "How Beer Changed Everything" on 9/20, and "The Moon Presents ... A Tribute to Books" with comedian Chris Gethard and The Onion's Todd Hanson. All Et cetera events are listed below and there's more information at their website.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Colleen Green - Y Do U Call Me? (MP3)
Los Angeles resident Colleen Green is currently on tour, bringing her lo-fi punk pop to NYC tonight (9/5) at Mercury Lounge and Thursday (9/6) to 285 Kent with Total Slacker and Plateaus. All tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
If you dig Nobunny and the Ramones and bands who fall somewhere in between, Colleen's drum machine driven songs will likely appeal as well. You can download a track above and check out a few more below, including the video to her Green One EP.
Listed tour dates and streams are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Levek - Black Mold Grow (MP3)
Gainsville, FL's David Levesque will release his debut album under his Levek alias, Look A Little Closer, on September 25 via Lefse Records. You may remember 2010 single "Look on the Bright Side," which dove deep into widescreen psychedelic funk. Look A Little Closer finds him dipping even more explicitly into '60s tropicalia be it Sergio Mendez-style trippy excursions to more trad bossa nova, as well as delicate folk. It makes for a refreshing listen on these hot humid summer nights we're currently experiencing. You can download the album's first single, "Black Mold Grow," at the top of this post.
Levek just launched a little East Coast tour that will hit NYC this weekend with two shows: Friday (7/20) at Pianos with Tropic of Pisces and Bad Girlfriend (tickets), and Glasslands on Saturday (7/18) as part of good line-up that includes Dent May and The Babies (tickets). All Levek tour dates are below.
The Glasslands show is the first of four upcoming Brooklyn shows for The Babies who just wrapped up a tour of the West Coast. They're also playing July 25 at Public Assembly with Wild Yaks, Beach Day, Daytona and DJ's Total Slacker (tickets), July 28 at Union Pool opening for The Soft Pack, and August 15 at Union Pool with Deep Time. The Babies new album, Our House on the Hill, is due out on Woodsist this fall but the first single from it, "Moonlight Mile" (not a Rolling Stones cover), is out next month.
Husky from Australia / Husky from Mexico
Melbourne, Australia's indie folk quartet Husky just released their debut album, Forever So, this week on Sub Pop. (The first AU band on the label, for what it's worth.) With a love of The Hollies, CSNY and America (the band, not the country, though I'm sure they love us too) the band make delicately swooning pop that's a cut above some of the other bands working in a similar idiom. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post and the whole thing is streaming below via a Spotify widget, along with a video for "History's Door).
Husky are coming over for a North American tour in August with two NYC stops: a free Summerstage on 8/18 as part of Australia Day which also features Sheppard, High Highs, George Byrne, Maya Jupiter, Dj Ashley Feraude and Kid Zoom; and then a show at Joe's Pub on 8/21 to which tickets are on sale. All Husky tour dates are listed below.
Just so no one is confused (or perhaps confusing you more), there is also a Husky from Monterey, Mexico who are visting NYC as we speak and play 285 Kent on Friday (7/13) with Widowspeak, Total Slacker and Parquet Courts, and XPO 929 on Saturday (7/14) with Gradients, Island Twins and Parquet Courts again. They also play Cake Shop on July 24. While definitely on the rock side, they are also quite pop-oriented and you could probably convince yourself, if you didn't know better, that this Husky's Weekend Lovers EP (which you can stream via a Spotify widget below as well) was the same band as the one signed to Sub Pop. You can download their single "Miami" at the top of this post and watch the video below.
All tour dates for both Husky and Husky, plus streams and videos, are below.
The Babies play Public Assembly on July 25 with Night Manager, Beach Day, Daytona, and Total Slacker (DJ). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Brother Ali is playing Bowery Ballroom on September 27 with Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, and The Reminders. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (6/29) at noon.
Alberta Cross, who just played Governors Ball, will be back in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on September 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (6/29) at noon.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Total Slacker - Oblivion (Grimes cover) (M4A)
Total Slacker are about to head out on the road with Night Manager. Before they do, they'll play with Heaven's Gate and Turnip King at Cheap Storage in Brooklyn on June 2. Tonight (5/15), Total Slacker will DJ between sets at the Japanther/Night Manager/Wild Yaks/Eula show at the Studio at Webster Hall.
For the tour, Total Slacker have recorded a cover of Grimes' single "Oblivion" which we have for you, hot off the mixing desk (they finished it this afternoon) and free for you to download at the top of this post. Keeping the signature bass line intact, the band's version slowly builds to a post-punk crescendo that wouldn't have sounded out of place in fog machine filled dancefloor in 1981.
Additionally, Total Slacker have
given us "Brain Slime," the a-side to the band's new single which is being released on Japanese label Sixteen Tambourines. The cover art for the single is below. The Brooklynites also have a UK split 7" with Friends due out this summer.
Total Slacker tour dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sophia Knapp - Close to Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sophia Knapp - Into the Waves (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cardinal - Love Like Rain (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cardinal - Carbolic Smoke Ball (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - Dreamers (Golden Pony remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - Dreamers (MP3)
Del Fuegos in the '80s
Things are beginning to heat up, show-wise, as SXSW gets closer so if you're going to Austin you might do the smart thing and stay home and rest. But if you're dumb like me, there's lots of good music this weekend. To wit:
Dan Zanes these days is best known for his highly successful career as a maker of children's music, but in the '80s he fronted Boston's Del Fuegos, whose brand of no-nonsense roots rock was a college radio staple in the Reagan years. Dan and his brother Warren, plus other original members Tom Lloyd and Woody Giessmann have gotten the old band back together so 40-somethings can call the sitter and go hear him sing songs for grown ups. They play Bowery Ballroom tonight (2/23) and The Bell House on March 3.
In addition to records like 1984's The Longest Day and 1985's Boston, Mass, The Del Fuegos were one of the first "cool" bands to be accused of selling out, appearing in a
Budweiser Miller commercial (which you can watch at the bottom of this post) that, if nothing else, inspired the classic Young Fresh Fellows song "Beer Money." Seems kind of silly today, and I'm sure Del Fuegos singles like "Don't Run Wild" and "I Still Want You" have held up pretty well.
The band have recorded a new EP, Silver Star, and you can stream one of its songs at the bottom of this post, where you'll find all Del Fuegos 2012 tour dates.
Another option tonight, over at Union Pool, is Sophia Knapp who you may know from Lights or Cliffie Swan but will release her solo debut on Drag City next week. The press release for Into the Waves offers up "melodic psych pop of the 60's, Tropicalia ballads, chilly '80s New York dance records, and the seduction of Stevie Nicks or Françoise Hardy" as influences but I think it sounds uncannily like the soft-focus pop of late-'70s Olivia Newton John.
You can download two tracks from her album at the top of this post and watch the video for "Nothing to Lose" further down. In addition to tonight's show at Union Pool, Sophia plays a free record release show at Sway on Wednesday, Feb 29 (leap day), and opens for Nite Jewel at Bowery Ballroom on April 24.
Cardinal (Richard Davies on the right)
There are a lot of good shows Friday night (2/24) and we'll start with Richard Davies at Cake Shop. The Australian-born singer fronted cult band The Moles in the late '80s, and whose 1994 album with Eric Matthews, Cardinal, is a baroque pop classic. Improbably, Davies and Matthews made a second Cardinal album, Hymns, that came out last month and basically picks up where the first one left off. It's a little more indie rock and a little less harpsichord and trumpets, but it's recognizably Cardinal. You can download two tracks from Hymns at the top of this post.
Davies will also be playing SXSW next month. He can be hit-or-miss live, but is a legend and worth going to see. Also playing are What Next?, the new band from onetime Cause Co-Motion dude David Klein that also features members of The Beets and Beachniks, so expect some scratchy shambolic (maybe charming) indiepop. Check out one song at their Bandcamp page. Also playing: The Pharmacy and Intuitions.
Montreal's Pat Jordache play Glasslands Friday night (2/24). Pat was in Sister Suvi with Merrill Garbus and though his music is a little more trad-indie than tUnE-yArDs, it's still rather weird. When I saw them at CMJ, they reminded me of '80s goth but their album that dark side isn't quite as pronounced. Maybe it was the two drummer thing. Anyway, Pat Jordache make a cool racket and know how to play to a crowd. They're opening for Javellin which I realize is why most people are going to go to this show, but do get there early for Pat.
Over at Cameo on Friday, Savoir Adore are having a record release party for their Dreamers EP. The single "Dreamers" came out on Neon Gold late last year and expands on their heartfelt, big pop sound. The EP expands that 7" with a bunch of remixes, one of which you can download at the top of this post. The band are going out with fellow Neon Gold acts The Knocks and St. Lucia, touring their way to SXSW and all dates are at the bottom of this post. Savoir Adore are putting the finishing touches on their new album, Our Nature, which will be out later this year.
And finally, Spanish Prisoners are playing Knitting Factory Friday (2/24) with fellow locals Clouder. Spanish Prisoners album from last year, Gold Fools, is still a pay-what-you-want download from their Bandcamp page and is a terrific album if you haven't heard it yet. The band just released a video for "Know No Violence" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Like pretty much every band in America, they're going on tour next month, stopping in Austin for SXSW, and all tour dates are below.
And that's the main stuff for this week's TWII. A few more day-by-day picks for shows not mentioned already are below
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
We haven't heard from Acrylics in a while. See what they're up to at Cameo, with Kuroma, Tezeo, and Bright Moments.
Get trippy at Glasslands with Prince Rama, Gary War, Future Shuttle, ^w0rm b1n^, plus a DJ set from Gang Gang Dance.
Snowmine wrap up their Pianos residency tonight, playing with Tiny Victories, Decades, and Awning.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Howler - I Told You Once (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fujiya & Miyagi - Ecstatic Dancer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dinowalrus - What Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pre War - Out There (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Baths - Darling Divine (MP3)
Welcome to the Stop SOPA edition of TWII. Do you know how hard it would be to do this column without free knowledge via the internet? It would be riddled with factual errors. More so!
Minneapolis underage upstarts Howler are in town playing a whole bunch of shows. The onslaught began last night with an in-store at Other Music (their album came out yesterday), and continues with: an early show tonight (January 18) with Happy People andTiberius, January 19 at Death By Audio with Grooms andClouder, January 20 at Cameo Gallery with St. Lucia, and January 21 at Pianos with Dear Lions, Cemeteries, and The Everymen.
As mentioned, Howler's debut album came out yesterday and is titled America Give Up which kind of feels like a "just try not to like us" dare. Their sound -- a little Strokes, a little Jesus and Mary Chain, a little West Coast garage -- is indeed easy to like, even if there isn't much "new" about it. But the band have no shortage of hooks and a good dose of hard-to-fake attitude. As previously mentioned, ou can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Most of the hype is coming from the UK press who are still enamored with the Vaccines (with whom Howler's toured). I like Howler better than them and am going to make an effort to catch one of their shows this week. You should too, surely you've got one night free this week?
Fujiya & Miyagi
Also in town this week are Fugiya & Miyagi, playing Glasslands on Thursday (1/19) and Mercury Lounge on Saturday (1/21, sold out). The band have a new single out, "Ecstatic Dancer," that you can download at the top of this post. It's the kind of slinky, glammy stomper you could imagine Goldfrapp doing but with David Best's whispery vocals. No album attached to it as far as I can tell so it seems the single supports the tour, not the other way around as usual.
The band are also on the Power, Corruption & Lies Covered CD that comes with the February issue of MOJO, where the entirety of cover stars New Order's second album is covered by the likes of Destroyer, S.C.U.M. and Errors. Fujiya & Miyagi contribute a fairly wrote version of Side Two opener "Your Silent Face." (Stream it below.) The band are a good time live and are equally adept at both Neu!-style motorik and funky Can rhythms as you may already know. My favorite song is still "Ankle Injuries" but I'm looking forward to seeing them tomorrow.
Thursday's Glasslands show is with Zambri, who really impressed me at Glasslands last month, Rarechild and The Golden Filter on DJ duties. For Saturday's show at Merc, openers are Aimes, Jangulaand Dinowalrus.
Dinowalrus' second album, Best Behavior, is due out March 6 on Old Flame records. If you haven't seen them in a while, the band dropped the dissonance in favor of a sound under the influenced of late '80s Manchester. While that means some danceable tracks, it also means atmospheric rockers like "What Now" which veers closer to The Chameleons or The Sound. You can download it at the top of this post.
If you're looking for something a little more mellow, man, perhaps you should check out onetime Eisley bassist Jonathan Wilson who is here for three shows this week. He's at Mercury Lounge tomorrow (1/19) for an early show and again on Friday (1/20) for a late show with Quilt), and then hits the Rock Shop on Saturday (1/ 21).
Jonathan Wilson's Gentle Spirit made its way onto many Best of 2011 lists, coming in at #4 on MOJO's year end coverage. Pazz n' Jop notsomuch, only three votes, which landed it in a 21-way tie for #372. Mind you, Wilson's music -- which recalls the heyday of early '70s Laurel Canyon -- is prime fodder for a magazine like MOJO that has a Beatle on the cover at least once a year, but Gentle Spirit is a genuinely gorgeous album that exudes a West Coast vibe even in the coldest New York winter. Spotify users can listen to the album here.
This is the only picture on Pre War's Facebook
And finally, for many in New York the phrase "pre war" is code for "not many electric outlets and no sink in the bathroom" but maybe that will change with Pre War the rock band who have dusted themselves off from the recently defunct Conversion Party. Like that band, Pre War traffic in catchy, big-chorused indie rock. Check out "Out There" at the top of this post and you can listen to more at the band's Tumblr.
You can catch Pre War live Thursday (1/19) at Cake Shop where they play with Grand Rapids, Plates of Cake, and Hunny.
That's the big stuff for this week. Day-by-day picks not covered above are below. Fight the power!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18
Sharon Van Etten is at Mercury Lounge which if you don't have tickets, is sold out. She's got lots more shows coming up, though. Her new album, Tramp, is really good.
by Bill Pearis
2011 is winding down, holidays are on the horizon and bands, for the most part, stop touring till the new year. Not quite yet, but things are starting to slow down significantly. Which is a good chance to check out local acts if you're still itching to go see some live music this weekend.
Quilt are not local but it's a short trip down from Boston they're making to play Glasslands tonight (11/9), the record release party for their debut LP which came out on Mexican Summer this week. Like a lot of music on the label, there's a laid-back psych quality to the music and, as Andrew Sacher noted previously, Quilt have an undeniable late '60s Haight-Ashbury vibe. Maybe a few less flowers in their hair, but it's there. This kind of stuff also evokes New Zealand comparisons too whether they've ever listened to the Clean or Tall Dwarves before or not. It's a terrific record and you can download two tracks off it at the top of this post and the whole thing is up on Spotify. I heard good things about Quilt's shows at CMJ too.
It's a pretty stacked bill tonight at Glasslands. Also playing are San Francisco's Lilac who appear to be jetting in just for this show. They've also got a psych-rock thing going on, but it's filtered more through '80s UK acts like Primal Scream, the Bunnymen and the Stone Roses. (Some Velocity Girl in there too maybe.) Organ-heavy and danceable. Lilac released their first EP over the summer which is pretty damn good and you can download the single "So Young" at the top of this post and watch the video below.
Also playing are instrument-destroying, '90s-loving locals Total Slacker who released their debut album, Thrashin', not too long ago. It's a little too '90s at times -- I'm surprised they don't have an Angelfire website -- but I can't deny it's a pretty fun record. The band they remind me the most of, and this is an obscure reference, is late '80s band Christmas who later morphed into Combustible Edison. There's a similar melodic and harmony style to what they did and Total Slacker do, not to mention a love of psychedelics. You can download album cut "Secret VHS Collection" at the top of this post (and watch the video below).
I'm Turning Into
Tomorrow night (11/10) at Union Hall is a band who doesn't get enough attention. I'm Turning Into have been around for a couple years, having moved up from the DC area and quickly ingratiating themselves into the Bushwick indie community. (Two of them became My Teenage Stride's rhythm section what seemed like almost immediately.) The band's Parcel of Marbles was released on cassette (and digitally) this summer and is appropriately low-fi given the release format. More in a Robert Pollard kind of way, than the more recent garage scene that people associate with the low-fi tag. I'm Turning Into have plenty of pop smarts and its eminently likeable. You can stream the whole of Parcel of Marbles at the bottom of this post.
ARMS released their new album Summer Skills this week and they play a record release party for it this Friday (11/11) at Glasslands. Earlier this year, Todd Goldstein described the record as a "sort of sci-fi breakup album" and that comes through, I think, even without focusing on the lyrics. The fat synths give the record an epic, widescreen quality. You can download three tracks from Summer Skills via ARMS' Bandcamp site and get the whole record from your digital retailer of choice. Physical release is still TBD.
Moonmen on the Moon, Man
And finally, Friday is November 11 which makes it 11/11/11 which is kinda cool and might "mean something" to numerologists. (Though not as much as November 11, 1111 did. That was a party.) To the folks at Cake Shop, it's an excuse to have 11 bands play in one night. You might expect an appropriate cover charge, but it's actually half that. Yes $5.50 gets you in, probably the first time ever the door will have had to deal with coins which should make the door person real happy. Amongst the bands playing are Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man who have been gigging around a lot lately and have become pretty good. If you like early '90s indie like Eleventh Dream Day or Madder Rose, check 'em out. There's a whole bunch of songs up on their Bandcamp page to listen to.
Cake Shop is still looking for that 11th band (or maybe its a surprise guest?) but the rest of the line-up is American Darlings, Celestial Shore, Mainland, Birdhand, Young Heel, Corsair, Edelweiss, Night Manager and Normally Important.
That's it for this week. A few day-by-day picks follow for shows not covered above.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
It's week two of Miniboone's Thursday's in November residency. If you go tonight you get a free copy of their just-released debut album, On Miniboone Mountain. You can download a couple tracks right now at their Bandcamp.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Yang Yang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Terry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - "Total Decay" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - Breath the Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mikal Cronin - Get Along (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mikal Cronin - Apathy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Howler - I Told You Once (MP3)
Hello and welcome to the ATP Runoff edition of This Week in Indie. (Aka ATPTWII.) Yes the big news is the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow's Parties which is happening this year in Asbury Park, NJ which looks to be super cool. (I would like to see The Pop Group.) There are still tickets available for most of it -- it gets a little confusing what with "Three Day Jeff Magnum" passes and other variations but this column will not get into that. We're talking bands/artists who are also playing NYC shows while here. And some other stuff too.
First and foremost, for me, is Anika who is making her North American live debut tonight (9/27) at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets still seem to be available. Her debut album snuck in late last year but made my Best of 2011 with it's mix of post-punk and dub, and I've been waiting to see her live ever since. As I wrote before:
Recorded in 12 days, live with no overdubs, it sounds like the missing link between The Slits and Lilliput. Portishead's Geoff Barrow -- his other band BEAK> is the backing band here -- gets the claustrophobic vibe just right. A lot of people have tried and failed to recreate that Martin Hannett Sound... Barrow nails it. And the material -- a mix of girl group covers and politically-charged originals -- suits Anika's Nico-esque delivery perfectly.You can download two tracks at the top of this post, cover's of Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang" and obscure British girl group singer Twinkle's "Terry." Anika is here on a limited North American tour and all her dates are at the bottom of this post. Anika's live band is a 5-piece that includes two of the three members of BEAK> (Geoff Barrow is the one who doesn't play with her live).
Opening for Anika is local act Slowdance who you may remember made L Magazine's "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list and whose debut EP, Light & Color, was just released last week. It's a "name your price" download at their Bandcamp site. The whole thing is pretty good but I especially dig the opening track "Cake" which is kind of like early B-52's minus Fred Schneider but in French.
I mentioned BEAK> who, in addition to sharing members with Anika, will also be performing their own set at ATP and have also just released a split EP with Toronto's proggy, mathy DD/MM/YYYY who are playing Friday night at Cameo with like-minded noisemakers Yvette and Bambara. DD/MM/YY are on short East Coast tour while here for ATP and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
If you like DD/MM/YY or have been curious about seeing them live, you should go to this show... because they're breaking up at the end of October and the Cameo show is their last NYC show before doing so. I last saw them at M for Montreal two years ago, where I wrote:
Also impressive live are Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY who have clearly gotten much tighter than the last time I saw them (Don Pedro's, like three years ago). It's proggy-mathy, but bordering on chaos too. I'm not that crazy about their records -- a little too much going on at one time for my poppier tastes -- but I'd go see them again, no question.Don't get too sad about them calling it quits, as four of the five are regrouping under the name Absolutely Free and will make their live debut at M for Montreal this year.
More ATPTWII action: London trio Factory Floor play two NYC shows this week: tomorrow (9/28) at Knitting Factory with Apache Beat and FAN-TAN, and then Thursday (9/29) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Londoners Walls.
Factory Floor get a lot of Joy Division comparisons and JD/New Order drummer Stephen Morris is a fan, remixing last year's "Wooden Box" single. But apart from looking sad in their press shots, Factory Floor are more in the minimal wave camp with drone and repetition being their weapons of choice. Their new single "(R E A L L O V E)" is basically a goth/industrial/techno/Krautrock ode to Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder's "I Feel Love" and is pretty awesome.
The band's next release will be on DFA in November. Judging from live clips on YouTube (like them performing "(R E A L L O V E)" at Rough Trade which you can watch below), Factory Floor are intense live and you might want to rearrange your show schedule to see them.
The Soft Moon
And rounding out the ATP-related shows are San Francisco's The Soft Moon who were supposed to be opening for Mogwai (who had to cancel) but will now play 285 Kent on Saturday (10/1) with White Ring and Beige (video flyer below), and the Wierd Party next Wednesday (10/5). Their new EP, Total Decay, is out on Halloween via Captured Tracks and you can download a track from it (and one from their debut album) at the top of this post. If you like '80s 4AD goth (Clan of Xymox, Xmal Deutchland) you're probably already going.
Speaking of goth, in a totally different way we've got Veronica Falls in town for two shows: tonight (9/27) at Glasslands and tomorrow (9/28) at Pianos. Their debut, out last week on Slumberland, is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I wrote about it over at Sound Bites which I will quote here:
The band get the C-86 tag a lot but, apart from The Velvet Underground (which has inspired 95% of all indiepop), New Zealand seems to be a bigger influence anyway. "Misery" and current single "Bad Feeling" could both be Bats songs. (The Verlaines are a clear influence too, and I bet someone in the band loves The Chills' "Pink Frost.") But this is not a band you really sit around playing "spot the influence" to, as you're too busy swooning to the gorgeous melodies and Roxanne Clifford's truly lovely voice.When I said "goth" above, I mean more in an old school romance kind of way. Love and death, often intertwined. If you're on Spotify you can listen to the album here. They're great live, do go see them. Tonight's Glasslands show is with German Measles, Tanks Amigo and Darlings; the Pianos show is entirely TWII-endorsed, with McDonalds, Heaven's Gate and The Hairs.
There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs ("Misery," "Bad Feeling," the effervescent "The Box") are equals to early singles "Found Love in a Graveyard" and "Beachy Head" which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the original versions.
Ty Segall plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/29) and we've given him a lot of love over the last few years. He's awesome. If you're going, do get there early and see opener Mikal Cronin who plays in Ty's band and used to front Charlie & the Moonhearts. I liked the Moonhearts just fine, but playing with Ty seems to have done wonders. Mikal's self-titled LP on Trouble in Mind (produced by Ty) is far and away the best thing he's ever done, is one of my albums of the year, and I like it more than Segall's Goodbye Bread to be honest.
The album has great song after great song, killer hooks and harmonies -- SoCal garagey surf-pop at it's finest. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post.
Friday is the last night of Monster Island Basement and the DIY venue is going out a big show featuring Regal Degal, Total Slacker, La Big Vic, Hume and Royal Baths. It's the record release party for Total Slacker's debut album, Thrashin', which got a 6.7 on Pitchfork today:
Total Slacker's sense of humor is the album's driving force, and it's both overt and weirdly specific. The lyrics, for the most part, are a goofy celebration of the slacker caricature. Between the references to weed and various snack foods, and the record's languid pace, Rountree perpetuates the archetypal slacker character with his nasal whine. The track "Thyme Traveling High School Dropout", for example, is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-style branding for a guy who goes back to the 18th century because marijuana isn't illegal then. And the title "Stealing From Salvation Army" says it all-- he plans on doing just that after he wakes up in the afternoon. That's pretty much the whole album. Thrashin' largely depends on buying into that character and thinking it's funny, or at least interesting, for 40 minutes.With Total Slacker's propensity for instrument-destroying, this last night at Monster Island could be a doozy.
And finally, Minneapolis band Howler are playing their first NYC shows this week: Thursday (9/29) at Glasslands and Friday opening for Tapes n' Tapes at Bowery Ballroom. The band just signed with Rough Trade who put out their EP, This One's Different, not too long ago. They're getting more UK press than here in the States. NME gave the EP 8/10 saying:
Howler are musical pizza. They're not a band you define yourself by. They're a band you dance to. Which is not to say that Howler are stupid, or people who like Howler are stupid. They just don't feel the need to prove that they're clever.Everybody likes Pizza, right? The review goes on to make a Razorlight comparison, so this pie must have extra cheese. You can download a Howler track at the top of this post.
The title of this first EP by Rough Trade's most recent signings is both misleading and spot on. There's nothing much different about these Minneapolis boys at all, with their sexy bedhead hair, skinny limbs and small-child-romping-at-a-family-wedding goofy energy. Their bratty guitar pop is as familiar as skin, but also as warm and lovable. But then, how many flat, formulaic takes on this same sound are also-running around out there? Howler are different because they make commonplace components fly with a brilliant nonchalance.
And that's the big stuff for this week. Slightly smaller stuff is below, day-by day:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Portland duo Viva Voce are at Mercury Lounge tonight. They don't get enough attention -- apart from just being two of them there's no "angle" per se, besides good songs and great musicianship -- and their new album The Future Will Destroy You is pretty good.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Somebody is playing Roseland tonight, can't remember who.
Rick Ross / DFA1979
One Hanson Place, the cavernous ground-floor space of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, served as the venue for a free-if-you-could-get-in Vice-sponsored concert on Thursday. As expected, the Weeknd didn't appear (he canceled the week before). Instead, the main attractions were Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, a half dozen other bands, free beer and liquor and the Art Deco interior itself. A second stage in the basement--located inside a room-sized vault, with giant metallic doors at its entrance--featured acts like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Anamanaguchi, Hanni El Khatib, Total Slacker and the Men. A-Trak was supposed to play, but cancelled after the sudden passing of his friend DJ Mehdi.
Tanlines kicked off the upstairs with songs that were aided by the high-vaulted ceilings and the reverb-heavy acoustics. Death from Above 1979 didn't fare as well; their songs already sound blown out and distorted on record, and the live show sacrifices any remaining fidelity for raw power. That said, both Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler--one in white, one in black--put on spirited performances, thrashing around, with Sebastien at one point crawling along the bank teller windows into the crowd.
Rick Ross took the stage around 1am, after a brief intro set from Maybach Music Group rapper Stalley. The boss's set of about 35 minutes sped through songs that included "John," "9 Piece," "Hustin", "BMF", "MC Hammer," DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" and "I'm On One," Waka's "O Let's Do It," and "Tupac Back" and "Ima Boss" (both Meek Mill's songs I think technically), at least for a chorus or two. Directly in front of the stage, where Ross' verses and exhortations were crystal clear, you could really get a sense of his imposing presence (DJ seemed genuinely afraid after starting one song too soon) and his ability to queue up any tune and make it totally his.
The amount of people upstairs was comfortable and not-overpacked; the downstairs, then, could be described as sadly under-attended. Unknown Mortal Orchestra had the benefit of playing before the main-stage acts started and sounded great. Hanni El Khatib, who played as a two-piece, shuffled out grungy, Americana-influenced rock, but to an audience of only about 50. One of the most pleasant surprise for me was Anamanaguchi, who I haven't seen in a few years. The quartet has molded themselves into an impressive instrumental outfit--with their NES as a less-dominant member--as they navigated their songs' post-rock-inspired swoops and climaxes with skill.
The Men closed the night with a post-2am set for the stragglers that hadn't yet succumbed to the hazards of the open bar. On my way downstairs I passed a handful of people doubled over, getting carried out by the EMTs. Downstairs wasn't much safer: at one point, a mic stand went flying into the crowd landing squarely on someone's head (hope you're alright dude).
More pictures from most of the night below...