Entries tagged with: Tune-Yards
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
tUnE-yArDs released her third album, Nikki Nack, this week via 4AD and though she's got a full tour with Sylvan Esso coming up that includes two nights in NYC at Webster Hall, she celebrated with some smaller release week shows including Rough Trade NYC last night (5/7).
The show focused almost only on the new album, playing most of its songs and only saving room for three cuts off its predecessor w h o k i l l, "Gangsta," "Powa," and "Bizness" (nothing from the first album). Admittedly, the new album wasn't hitting me like w h o k i l l did, but any doubts I had were gone once she played them live last night. Merrill is now joined by a pretty different band (besides longtime bassist Nate Brenner) that includes three backing vocalists, and it's really a different show than the w h o k i l l tour. Still, it's strangely complex and strangely accessible in that way tUnE-yArDs always manages to be.
She consistently has a way of pulling from several genres at once, and with her new backing vocal section, I kept getting a warped Motown vibe from the new songs that I didn't notice on the album. The new stuff made for some real standout moments too. "Rocking Chair" was a hell of an opener, and first single "Water Fountain" clearly had the crowd excited, smiling, and singing along maybe even more so than when she played her earlier material.
The show was opened by Olga Bell, who just over a week ago played her new Russian song cycle, Krai, with a full ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge, but this time was in solo mode and singing in English. (She did play a quick excerpt from Krai though.) Her set also included a cover of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" that, besides the vocals, bared little resemblance to the original but totally worked. Pictures of both Olga and tUnE-yArDs (including one of their setlist) are in this post.
tUnE-yArDs' tour with Sylvan Esso includes NYC shows on June 22 & 23 at Webster Hall. Night 1 is sold out but you can still get tickets to night 2. Sylvan Esso also play a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC at The Westway tonight (5/8). That's sold out.
More pictures from Rough Trade below...
The 2014 edition of Portland's MusicFestNW happens August 16 & 17 at the city's Waterfront Park. This year's line-up has been revealed and includes Spoon, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Haim, Phantogram, The Antlers, Girl Talk, tUnE-yArDs, EMA and more. No word on tickets yet but check out the two-day lineup below.
Sylvan Esso @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sylvan Esso's debut album is out in a couple weeks (May 13) via Partisan and the duo have just released the video for single "Play It Right." While it doesn't have the choreographed flash of the "Coffee" video, it does still feature the alluring dance moves of singer Amelia Randall Meath. Watch it below.
Sylvan Esso will play NYC on May 8 at The Westway, an official Governors Ball Pre-Party with Mother and Elizabeth Rose on the bill as well. Tickets for the Westway show are on sale now. They'll be back this summer, opening for tUnE-yArDs (whose new album is streaming) at Webster Hall on June 22 & 23. The 6/22 show is sold out but tickets are still available for the 6/23 show.
There will be more Governors Ball Pre-Parties announced soon. The official Post-Parties (Kurt Vile, Damon Albarn and more) were announced earlier today. All Sylvan Esso tour dates are listed, along with the new music video, below.
tUnE-yArDs already released "Water Fountain" and "Wait For A Minute" from her ambitious new album, Nikki Nack (due out 5/6 via 4AD) and now she's made the entire album available to listen to ahead of its release date. Check it out in full over at NPR.
tUnE-yArDs also recently made a video for "Water Fountain." Check that out, with a stream of "Wait For A Minute", below...
The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...
New song stream below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Sylvan Esso released their new 12" single "Coffee" today on Partisan and the band have made a pretty snazzy video for it. Directed by Dan Huiting, the video is set in a few different eras. Dancing is the theme as it visits an Appalachian contra-dance, a proper Durham, NC house party, and also a '50s-era sock-hop. You can watch it below and look for their album on May 13.
Having just played SXSW (including one of our day parties), the duo are currently in Europe but will be back for a tour with tUnE-yArDs later this spring that wraps up with two shows at NYC's Webster Hall on June 22 & 23 (tickets).
Updated tour dates, plus the "Coffee" video, below...
tUnE-yArDs at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, tUnE-yArDs is releasing a new album, Nikki Nack, on May 6 via 4AD, and since we last spoke she's released its first single, "Water Fountain," the album artwork and tracklist. You can check out all of that below.
She has an upcoming NYC show at Rough Trade (5/7), which is long sold out, but she's also just announced a more proper tour which hits NYC for larger shows at Webster Hall on June 22 and 23. Both of those shows, and many other dates on the tour, are with Sylvan Esso, who put on a great set at our BV Thursday SXSW party (pics of that coming very soon). Tickets for the Webster Hall shows are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
A few of tUnE-yArDs' dates are also supporting Arcade Fire on their tour (but not in NYC). All dates are listed, with the new song, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
Full lineup below...
tUnE-yArDs has announced that she'll release her third album, Nikki Nack, which follow's 2011's excellent w h o k i l l, on May 6 via 4AD. You can preview it with a megamix of clips from the album, below.
She also announced some dates that include a few festivals (Sasquatch, Free Press Summer Fest, NXNE, Firefly and Pitchfork) and a NYC show the day after the album's release at Rough Trade (5/7), a much smaller venue than her 2012 show at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (3/5) at noon, and will probably go pretty fast.
All dates are listed, with the megamix, below...
NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.
Full lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.
My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]
by Andrew Sacher
Deltron 3030 aren't the only alternative hip hop group making a long-awaited comeback this year. Bay Area duo Latyrx (aka Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker) are planning to release the followup to their sole album, 1997's The Album, on November 5. The album, appropriately titled The Second Album, features guest appearances by Zion I, Busdriver, The GIft of Gab, Corey Glover (of Living Colour), and more, in addition to production by tUnE-yArDs, Chris Funk (of The Decemberists), Jel (of Anticon), and more.
The album's newest single is the laid back cut "Exclamation Point" (produced by and featuring Forrest Day), which is out today and makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with the video for another track "Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!)," album artwork, tracklist and list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...
Yoko Ono is releasing a new Plastic Ono Band album this year, the first one since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. It's called Take Me to the Land of Hell, and was produced by Yoko herself, along with Sean Lennon and CIbo Matto's Yuka Honda. Sean and Yuka will be releasing it via their Chimera Music label on September 17. It also includes some interesting guests, like tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Cornelius and Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), and will feature remixes by Mike D & Ad Rock and Cornelius. Get a taste of the new album with the song "Moonbeams," which you can stream below.
Yoko, who turned 80 this year, doesn't appear to have a tour scheduled at the moment, but she does have a show here in NYC two days before the album's release at Bowery Ballroom (9/15). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.
Song stream below...
Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.
Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and
MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.
Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).
Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.
Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.
Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...
Back in 2010 we asked tUnE-YarDs, Fucked Up, Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Deer Tick to cover songs by Katrina & the Waves for a tribute CD in celebration of their hit song "Walking on Sunshine" (which Sam and FU both covered). We released those five tracks online, but the EP never got an official digital release until now! Find all five songs, along with a bonus one recorded by Dawn Landes, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify AND RDIO.
Meanwhile, Sam Amidon just released an album on Nonesuch and is touring. Fucked Up play Governors Ball this weekend and House of Vans this summer. Doveman aka Thomas Bartlett just played with the National at Barclays Center and is producing a new record for Dawn Landes who is currently touring Europe but will be back to play Rockwood Music Hall on July 9. Tune-Yards recently played the Tibet House Benefit and played with Roomful of Teeth at Lincoln Center where Thomas Bartlett (Dovemen)'s band (one of the many) The Gloaming is playing outside in July. Deer Tick recently played two nights in Chicago and is on the lineup of a new Boston fest happening this fall.
"Highlights of amazing @tibethouseus concert: Ira Glass dancing, Jim James singing, & Patti Smith & Phillip Glass performing a Ginsberg poem." - Ann Napolitano
Jim James and Ariel Pink (via Force Field)
The 23rd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert went down at Carnegie Hall last night (2/21) with Jim James, Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs), Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Rahzel, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Smith, and artistic director Philip Glass, with backing from Scorchio Quartet, dancing from This American Life's Ira Glass, and an opening Monk chant.
As these shows usually go, the participating musicians all collaborated with each other on stage throughout the show. Some highlights include Ariel Pink being joined by Philip Glass at one point and then Merrill Garbus at another, Patti Smith reading Allen Ginsberg's "Wichita Vortex Sutra" as Philip Glass played backing piano, and the concert's final song, which saw everyone but Pink coming on stage for Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."
If you were there, did you see Uma Thurman in the audience? She was there with her father, Robert, a Buddhist writer who is President of TIbet House US, and who, along with Philip Glass, gave an introductory speech at the concert.
The full setlist and a couple shots of Jim James' set below...
Beak> at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in strong
* Trailing @ The Stone
* Zac Taylor @ Spike Hill
* Joey Arias @ Joe's Pub
* Ian Hunter @ City Winery
* Tim Noyes @ The Ace Hotel
* Henry Dawson @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Lysander Piano Trio @ Barbes
* YOB, Hull, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Sick/Sea, Davey Curlijets @ Cake Shop
* Hospitality, Ex Cops @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hyemen & Metalfunkel @ The Grand Victory
* Beak>, Chrome Canyon @ Bowery Ballroom
* Louis Logic, Ceschi Ramos, Spoken Nerd @ Union Pool
* Mice Parade, Norwegian Arms, Dan Lippel @ The Knitting Factory
* Adam Masterson, Jersey Budd, Ben Rabb @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Lee Bains II & The Glory Fires, BOYS, Steel Phantoms @ Shea Stadium
* Foxes in Fiction, Four Visions, Gem Trails, Expensive Looks @ Glasslands
* Oceanographer, Bear Language, The Rotaries, Poor Remy @ Cameo Gallery
* The Inns, NCM, Not Your Queens English, Men and Whales @ Mercury Lounge
* The Sweethearts, The Dardys, Adult Dude, David King's Confirmed Bachelors @ Pianos
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Back in May, tUnE-yArDs went to Austin to tape an episode of Austin City Limts (pictures of that performance are HERE), and the video aired on PBS last night (2/9). You can watch the performance, which featured four tracks from 2011's w h o k i l l, below. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are on the episode as well.
tUnE-yArDs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert will return for its 23rd year at Carnegie Hall on February 21. Like in past years, artistic director Philip Glass will perform and he's brought along a typically awesome and diverse lineup of Jim James (whose band My Morning Jacket just kicked off a 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre), tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers can be purchased via Tibet House US. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.
Rahzel also took part in the 2012 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Check out pictures from that.
In related news, Patti Smith recently announced that she's working on a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Roomful of Teeth - "Quizassa" (written by Merrill Garbus) (MP3)
Roomful of Teeth (photo by Nicholas Whitman)
Roomful of Teeth played an Ecstatic Summer show with Merrill Garbus (aka the brains behind tUnE-yArDs) to perform some compositions that Merrill had written for the group along with some tUnE-yArDs songs as well. Some of those compositions will appear on the new self-titled Roomful of Teeth album, which is due out October 30 via New Amsterdam Records. One of those songs, "Quizassa," can be downloaded above, and it's instantly noticeable that Merrill had something to do with it. The album also features songs composed by William Brittelle, Caleb Burnhans, Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The album tracklist and cover art are below.
Roomful of Teeth will also play a free show in NYC on Thursday (10/4) at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The show starts at 10:30. They'll be performing material from their album and also the NY premieres of new works by Missy Mazzoli.
Album info is below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned previously, tUnE-yArDs bassist Nate Brenner has a solo project coming out under the name Naytronix and the album will be out October 9 via Plug Research. We've got the premiere of the band's new video "Don't Walk Away" which you can watch below. With its horn-filled arrangement, it's a catchy little number. There's also a stream of it too, along with the Yalls remix of the track.
Naytronix have also just been tapped to open for Why? for part of their upcoming tour, though not at the NYC stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg in September. Hopefully Naytronix will schedule a show here soon. Meanwhile, you can check out all announced Naytronix dates listed below, along with the video and song streams.
photos by James Richards IV
Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.
Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...