Entries tagged with: Twin Shadow
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Alex Miller @ Pianos
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Grass Roots @ Barbes
* Melody Joy @ Party XPO
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* NY Theremin Society @ Joe's Pub
* Lust for Youth @ Home Sweet Home
* Angelica Sanchez Trio @ The Stone
* Richard Buckner @ The Mercury Lounge
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Clare @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* River City Extension @ The Mercury Lounge
* Mr. Dream, Alan Watts, Household @ Glasslands
* Amateur Blonde, Portraiture, Mancie @ Cake Shop
* Alessi, Davis, Laubrock and Rainey @ The Stone
* Deer Tick, Viking Moses, Ian O'Neill @ Brooklyn Bowl
* New Beard, The Motor Tom, The New Defense @ Pianos
* Rapstar, PC Worship, Normal Love, Lushes @ Big Snow
* Figure, Alex English DJ set, DJ Jess @ Webster Hall
* These Are Powers, Oneida, PC Worship @ Shea Stadium
* Pretendo, Snack Machine, Exploded View @ Death By Audio
* Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Lazyeyes, Quiet Loudly @ Muchmore's
* Ken Jacobs & Aki Onda: Nervous Magic Lantern @ Issue Project Room
* Stretch Armstrong, Q-Tip, Rich Medina, Clark Kent, Tony Touch @ Santos Party House
* Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Avan Lava, DJ Illyse Singer, DJ Good Goose @ Knitting Factory
* Sara Schaefer, Nikki Glaser, Pete Davidson, Emmy Blotnick, Stuckey & Murray, Judah Friedlander @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Wild Yaks, Love as Laughter, Jonathan Toubin DJ set, Frankie Rose DJ set, TEEN DJ set, Thanksgiving Brown DJ set @ Union Pool
* 12.12.12 - The Concert For Sandy Relief w/ Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl @ Madison Square Garden
Tonight is the ridiculously star-studded 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, featuring Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and many more. If you didn't get tickets it's being broadcast basically everywhere. More info on where to watch here.
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UK group Toy just released a video for their song "Make it Mine" which is from their fairly-new debut album. You can watch it below.
Twin Shadow released a new video for his live-at-KCRW version of "The Ones" and you can watch that below too.
by Klaus Kinski and Kurt Braunohler
This installment of Klaus Kinski Bugging Funny People He Adores For Their Top 10 Favorite Things of 2012 brings us face to face with the great comedic tornado that is Kurt Braunohler. Kurt entered a cherished spot in my heart chambers many many years ago when I first saw him performing with Kristen Schall somewhere. Since then I've seen him do stand-up and sketch type stuff alone or with Kristen no less than 70 million times and he has never, ever, never ever not brought his A-Game to the stage (a favorite bit, btw). His resume is extensive. Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV on Bob's Burgers (FOX), Chelsea Lately, Delocated (Adult Swim), John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life.
As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year" Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall, but only because his comedy partner (Schall) is pretty famous. And who can forget the awesome web series Penelope: Princess of Pets? Or the fact that he hosted Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal for 7 years? Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!
Kurt's list of favorite albums from this year, brought to life with my htmling and youtube embeddings, as well as a list of upcoming Kurt tour dates (no NYC), are yours to enjoy. BELOW.
The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.
If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.
As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.
The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.
From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.
If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
by Bill Pearis
Los Angeles duo Touché is a new musical project from Bram Inscore and Alex Lily, both of whom were in Obi Best if you remember them from a couple years ago. Both have long been part of the LA scene, with Bram playing with Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg and recently took over bass duties in Twin Shadow after Russ Manning left to concentrate on his project, Rush Midnight (is this a trend?). Alex, meanwhile, sang backup with The Bird and the Bee.
The duo, whose music is shiny electropop with a strong ear for hooks, will release their debut album, It's Fate, next year but the first single, the catchy "I'm a Man Not a Machine," is out now and you can stream it or watch the video below. Also below are some remixes by the likes of Daedelus and Lee Cooper (aka Twin Shadow keyboardist Wynne Bennett).
Touché will be in NYC next month for a show at Glasslands on December 19. No openers have been announced but tickets are on sale now. The duo will then be back in NYC for a show at Cameo on January 4 with Tippy Toes and Future Screens. No advance tickets for that one, just $7 at the door.
All upcoming Touché tour dates are listed below, along with song streams.
MS MR released their four track EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, earlier this year and also made a video for each track and an official remix for each track by Charli XCX, Twin Shadow, Chet Faker, and Tom Vek, respectively, which they've been revealing on their tumblr. You can watch all four videos and listen to the Charli XCX and Twin Shadow remixes below.
The band kicked off a tour earlier this month supporting Grouplove which hits NYC on November 2 at Terminal 5 (sold out). But you can catch MS MR in NYC this week because they're taking a short break from the Grouplove tour to squeeze in some CMJ shows. One of those happens at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/18) with MNDR, Deap Vally, IO Echo, Sky Ferreira, and Gabriel Bruce. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge.
You can also see MS MR for free at the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), where they'll be playing the front room with Braids, METZ, Savages, Deap Vally, Murals, and Tiny Fingers. MS MR go on at 4 PM before Braids' headlining slot at 5 PM.
A list of all MS MR dates, those videos and remix streams below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Twin Shadow killing it to an absurd extent. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg" Joe Peltier
"Twin Shadow just brought the house down at Music Hall of Williamsburg!" - @marcellobutron
Twin Shadow @ MHOW
Twin Shadow and Niki and the Dove ended their tour in NYC with two shows last week, including Webster Hall on Thursday (9/27) and then the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (9/28). Both shows were sold out and last night was especially packed with the whole crowd going nuts for Twin Shadow. He split his set pretty evenly between his two full lengths (2010's Forget and this year's Confess) and ended with straightforward but awesomely done cover of Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure." A video of that cover is below. After the show, Twin Shadow headed a few streets over to DJ the afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl.
Twin Shadow main man George Lewis Jr. joined Niki and the Dove on stage during their opening set for a song too. Niki and the Dove will take a short break now that the tour is over, after which they'll head out again supporting Miike Snow. That tour hits the NYC area for shows at United Palace (10/19) and Wellmont Theatre (10/23).
More pictures, video, and the setlist from last night's show are below.
photos by Adela Loconte
Twin Shadow at Webster Hall, 9/27/2012
Twin Shadow played Webster Hall last night (9/27) with Niki & the Dove, his first of two sold-out NYC shows this week. Decked out in a leather motorcycle jacked (keeping with the theme of his record), George Lewis Jr had the crowd's attention the whole set, convincing many to take off their shirts for one song, and jumping into the crowd to play guitar for another. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Twin Shadow plays the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/28), again with Niki and the Dove, and will DJ the shows' afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl later tonight which is free with your MHOW ticket. (There will also be tickets at the door.) Meanwhile, former Twin Shadow bassist Russ is playing with his new band, Rush Midnight, down the street at Cameo with Splash. Rush Midnight are on at 9:30 and tickets for that show are still available.
Twin Shadow in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Twin Shadow and Niki and the Dove have been on the road together for a few weeks now, and their sold out two-night run in NYC begins tonight (9/27) at Webster Hall and continues Friday (9/28) at the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg. As mentioned, you can also catch Twin Shadow DJing the official after party on Friday at Brooklyn Bowl. Entry is free with your ticket stub from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, and otherwise $8 tickets are still available.
You'll also have another chance to catch Niki and the Dove in the NYC area when their tour supporting Miike Snow hits United Palace (10/19) and Wellmont Theatre (10/23). Tickets for United Palace and Wellmont Theatre are still available.
If you're going to Twin Shadow's shows this week, you won't be seeing bassist Russ Manning. As mentioned, Russ has left the band to focus on his solo project Rush Midnight. He's releasing his debut EP, +1, on October 30 via Cascine. The EP was produced by Twin Shadow main man George Lewis Jr. and features guest vocals on a track by Doe Paoro, who Russ has remixed in the past. You can watch the video for EP single, "The Night Was Young Enough," below.
Rush MIdnight has a few upcoming shows including one in Brooklyn this Friday (9/28) at Cameo Gallery with Splash and Rarechild (tickets) and the Ghostly/Cascine CMJ showcase at Le Baron on October 17. After that, he'll kick off a short tour in November which begins in NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all Rush Midnight dates and that video are below.
Justin Vernon wants this image on his body
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.
Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.
Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).
Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).
more stuff below...
Twin Shadow at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by VIncent Cornelli)
Twin Shadow and Niki and the Dove kicked off a tour together earlier this week, and as previously discussed, it comes to NYC on September 27 at Webster Hall and September 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (both shows are sold out). If you wanna keep the party going after the MHOW show, head to the official after party a few streets over at Brooklyn Bowl (9/28) where Twin Shadow will be Djing later that night. Entry is free with your ticket stub from the MHOW show, or if you aren't going to that show first, you can buy $8 tickets just for Brooklyn Bowl.
Niki and the Dove have also been added as an opener to Miike Snow's October tour and will be back in the NYC area when that tour hits United Palace on October 19 and Wellmont Theatre on October 23. Tickets for United Palace and Wellmont Theatre are still available.
Updated dates are listed below...
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Twin Shadow at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Twin Shadow released his sophomore LP, Confess, earlier this year and has been touring in support of it. In September he'll begin a new leg of the tour with support from Sweden's Niki and the Dove which hits NYC on September 27 at Webster Hall. That show has since sold out but the two bands have just added a smaller NYC show that happens one day later (9/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/23) at noon.
Niki and the Dove released their debut LP, Instinct, earlier this month via Sub Pop. A full stream of that album, a full stream of Twin Shadow's Confess, and an updated list of dates are below.
Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.
Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.
DOWNLOAD: Poolside - "Slow Down" (MP3)
Poolside at Brooklyn Bazaar in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
LA dance duo Poolside released their debut album, Pacific Standard Time, earlier this month on their own Night & Day label. The album's single, "Slow Down," can be downloaded above and the video for the track can be watched below. Fans of R&B falsettos and chilled synths may be impressed.
Poolside are about to head out supporting Twin Shadow on his upcoming tour. They won't be there for Twin Shadow's NYC date at Webster Hall (9/27), but they'll play two of their own NYC shows before that tour starts. First, they'll DJ a Vibrations party at Hudson Terrace on July 26, which is free until midnight with RSVP. Then, they'll play a live set for a FIXED party at Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 27. That show is also free with RSVP but capacity is first come, first served.
A list of all dates and the "Slow Down" video are below...
Action Bronson at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* ROMA! @ Joe's Pub
* Leni Stern @ Barbes
* Paloma Faith @ Le Baron
* Aaron Novik @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Brian Lopez Band @ Joe's Pub
* Never Sleep Alone @ Joe's Pub
* Brazilian Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Beanie Sigel @ Apple Store Soho
* Led Er Est (DJ) @ Nitehawk Cinema
* Face To Face, Nat Rufus @ Maxwell's
* Joe Purdy, Giving Tree Band @ City Winery
* Matt Marks-Shame Remixes @ The Stone
* Smashing Pumpkins @ iHeart Radio Theater
* Destroyer, Sophia Knapp @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples @ Wellmont Theatre
* Walk the Moon, Vacationer @ Mercury Lounge
* Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dukes of Brooklyn, Chris Ayer @ Mercury Lounge
* Wintersleep, Jeff Beam, Soft Bullets @ Knitting Factory
* Future of the Left, Freshkills @ Generation Records
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Strand of Oaks @ Town Hall
* MMOTHS, Young Yeller, Jacob 2-2, Cult Fever @ Glasslands
* The So So Glos, Carnivores, Darlings, Big Ups @ Shea Stadium
* Anamanaguchi, Yellow Dogs, Hooray For Earth @ Tammany Hall
* Das Racist, Action Bronson, Trouble Andrew, Brenmar @ Red Hook Park
* Terrible Feelings, Death First, Plastic Cross, These Days @ Death By Audio
* The Dirty Pearls, This Good Robot, The Click Clack Boom, Dana Alexandra @ Santos
* The Pendulum Swings, Erin Barra, Mitchell Grey, Zoe Sundra, The Great Apes @ Cake Shop
* The Black Box Revelation, Ambassadors, Ghost Beach, Mannequin Party @ Gramercy Theatre
* Mr. Coconuts w/ Gabe Delahaye, Ted Leo, Michael Che, Emily Heller, Taylor Negron @ Union Hall
* Love As Laughter, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Heaven's Jail Band, The Blank Tapes @ Union Pool
* Tell Your Friends w/ Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Bryan Tucker, "secret famous comedian" @ Lolita
* Diamond Terrifier presents Charlie Looker, Marc Edwards & Slipstream, Time Travel, Jeananne Dara, Glockabelle, The Oracle DJ's @ Zebulon
Liam McEneaney's long-running comedy show Tell Your Friends! is hosting its LAST-EVER show at Lolita Bar tonight. I don't know if it's the last ever 'Tell Your Friends!' but it's definitely the last one at the Manhattan bar it called home up until now. Guests tonight include Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal and her Hot Tub Partner Kurt Braunohler (who we just mentioned has an upcoming Night of the Living talk show with Amanda Palmer and Tim Heidecker), Bryan Tucker and a "SECRET FAMOUS COMEDIAN." This is not to be missed. If you can't make it to Lolia, you can also catch Kurt tonight at SWEET with Bryan Callen, Jessi Klein, and Greg Barris, plus a surprise guest.
Twin Shadow debuted his video for "Five Seconds" last night on the Jumbotron in Times Square. Now you can watch it on the tiny screen on your laptop below.
Fiona Apple was on Jimmy Fallon last night. Videos from that (including a web exclusive performance) are below.
Also below... Mr Rogers remixed! It's pretty awesome if you haven't heard it yet.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
Twin Shadow at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
A while back we mentioned that Twin Shadow would be premiering the music video for "Five Seconds" off his new album, Confess (out 7/10 via 4AD), on a Jumbotron in Times Square this Monday (6/18) and performing afterwards. According to a tweet from Twin Shadow, he will no longer be performing in Times Square due to a permit issue but promises that the video will still make its premiere on the Jumbotron.
Niki and the Dove are in NYC this week for Northside. They played a sold out show at Glasslands last night (6/14) (how was that?) and are playing a free show tonight (6/15) at Tribeca Grand. RSVP here.
Twin Shadow at BAM earlier this month (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Twin Shadow will release his sophomore LP, Confess, on July 10 via 4AD. You've heard the first single, "Five Seconds," and now Twin Shadow has just revealed that he'll give the video for that song a pretty interesting premiere. It's going to premiere in NYC on a Jumbotron in Times Square on June 18 and will be followed by a live Twin Shadow performance directly after.
According to a press release, the event is part of Art Takes Times Square, a program presented by Artists Wanted, Chashama, and Times Square Alliance, "to present artists from around the world in brilliant lights on a massive scale in one of the most iconic locations in the world."
Twin Shadow will also be supporting his new album on a tour which includes the previously discussed NYC show at Webster Hall on September 27. Since we first mentioned that tour, Swedish indie poppers Niki and the Dove were added as openers to a portion of it, including the Webster Hall show. Tickets for that show are still available.
You can catch Niki and the Dove, whose debut LP, Instinct is due out on August 7 via Sub Pop, in NYC even sooner when they play the previously mentioned Popgun Northside party at Glasslands on June 14 with Selebrities and Beacon. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed below...
Twin Shadow at BAM last week (more by David Andrako)
He just announced that he'll support the album this summer with the "Ton Up Tour," which kicks off in Seattle at the Capitol HIll Block Party, includes Lollapalooza, and culminates in a NYC show at Webster Hall on September 27. Twin Shadow is offering a presale package on his website which includes a ticket and a limited edition T-shirt illustrated by Gianmarco Magnani. The image on the shirt is the same as the tour poster, which is pictured below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/9) at noon.
All dates and tour poster below...
The Walkmen @ BAM
BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).
Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.
The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.
Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.
Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.
Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)
After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.
(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)
One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).
More pictures from Thursday below...
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
by Bill Pearis
Twin Shadow just released the first taste of his second album, Confess, which will be out July 10 on 4AD. (That's the album's cover art above.) The song, "Five Seconds," is dark, romantic and danceable in an '80s kind of way. You can stream it along with the full tracklist, or download it for the price of your email address, below...
Last week, Twin Shadow debuted new material at Glasslands and played the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland. How were the shows? A short clip of the brand rocking out at the MD show is below.
New song stream/download widget, tracklist and a blurb about George Lewis Jr's inspiration for the new album, below..