Entries tagged with: WNYC
by Andrew Marinaccio
Thundercat @ MHOW - 11/25/13 (via Austin Stillwell)
Stephen Bruner, more famously known by his superbassist alter-ego Thundercat (or as a onetime member of Suicidal Tendencies), keeps down to earth even when his music's whizzing past the stratosphere. Like his space-bound cohort Flying Lotus, Bruner's astral funk recalls the cosmic freedom of Sun Ra and the proggy busywork of any given tune from Sonic the Hedgehog, the latter's DNA equally ingrained in his music and lyrics. Bruner will be the first to admit as much. Walking on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night (11/25) in a wide-brimmed suede hat, tasseled red scarf, and necklace adorned with three large discs emblazoned with the Thundercats cartoon logo, he looked like himself: nerdy hobbyist and spiritual guru. He proceeded to reveal both those sides of himself with unrelenting passion and fretwork.
From his airy rendition of George Duke's "For Love I Come" to the glitched-out funk shuffle of "Daylight," Bruner and his band (including drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., also a former Suicidal Tendencies member, who matched his brother's virtuosity at every turn) bounced between worlds and off his infinitely elastic basslines, morphing album cuts into mile-a-minute jams that changed before one could pin them as mere noodling. While "Heartbreaks + Setbacks" and the retro-futuristic cool of "Tron Song" erupted into soulful arpeggiated infernos, songs like "Evangelion" and FlyLo collaboration "DMT Song" kept the set cool and meditative. Amid all the burbling bass runs and freewheeling synthetic jazz, there were plenty of slower hooks for the audience to sing along with, proving Bruner has found plenty of fellow stargazers to groove with him through his solo career.
Even with the death of Austin Peralta marking Thundercat's latest work - Bruner made shout-outs to his departed bandmate and friend in the quieter spaces of his set - his music and presence remain committedly light-hearted and magnanimous. His spirit was undeniable on closer "Oh Shit It's X," the impossibly bass-laden disco blazer where Bruner, in his glowing falsetto, recounts the dance floor antics of a high clubber. Naturally, the crowd honored his request to sing the song's central realization: "Oh shit. I'm fucked up."
While Thundercat was in NYC he also recorded a WNYC Soundcheck Session. His tour wrapped up in DC the next day, but he's got a couple one-offs left before the year ends, which are listed, along with a stream of that session, below...
Jonathan Coulton and past collaborator/tourmate John Roderick (of The Long Winters) released a Christmas album, One Christmas At A Time, together with ten original Christmas songs by the two musicians ("actually one of them is a Chanukah song, so OK, nine"). Listen to two tracks from the holiday release below.
They'll support the release with another tour together this fall which brings them to NYC on December 14 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Jonathan Coulton is also the house musician on NPR/WNYC puzzle show Ask Me Another which tapes live at The Bell House in Brooklyn . The shows are hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and tickets are on sale for five upcoming dates, all also listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt
The Luyas, MNDR, and Debo Band at The Greene Space, 10/19/2012
WNYC's "Soundcheck" had a CMJ showcase last week (10/19) at the Greene Space with a typically diverse line-up: Montreal's The Luyas, Boston-based "Ethiopian groove band" Debo Band, and New York's MNDR -- not to mention the comedy styling of funnyman and BV-contributor Dave Hill. The whole thing was broadcast live and you can listen to -- or watch -- the whole thing over at WNYC. Meanwhile check out more pictures from the event below.
Meanwhile, MNDR will DJ Le Bain on Wednesday (10/24) along with DJ sets by Nick Catchdubs and Lauren Flax, and will play Santos on October 30 with Shiny Toy Guns, Colormusic, and Static Summer. Tickets are still available.
Updated tour dates for The Luyas, MNDR and Debo Band are below.
FlyLo (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Just a few days after we pointed out that Flying Lotus will be all over NYC in just a few days, and right after we announce that Death Grips is finally touring again and visiting NYC in November, NPR hits us with this surprise:
For the first time, NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck come together during the CMJ Music Marathon to present a showcase of singular artists. Los Angeles electronic composer Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, headlines an October 17 concert on the heels of his new album, Until the Quiet Comes. He's joined by the uncompromising noise-rap group Death Grips, playing its first New York City show since releasing a major-label debut back in April.CMJ just got a bit more exciting this year (though it is unclear if they'll be letting any badges - probably yes).
Ali Shaheed Muhammad, one-third of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest and co-host of NPR Music's Microphone Check, will DJ throughout the evening.
More artists will be announced soon.
Watch the show live from (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City at this page or via NPR Music mobile, and listen for highlights on Soundcheck. Listeners in the New York area will be able to RSVP for free tickets next week. Stand by for details.
You can pick up Flying Lotus's new album on iTunes now.
My Brightest Diamond at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) will be performing solo in NYC TONIGHT (8/23) at MoMA in the Sculpture Garden as part of MoMA Nights. The event runs from 5:30 - 8:00 PM and Shara plays form 6:30 - 7:30. The concert is included with the price of admission to the museum.
My Brightest Diamond will also be playing "Soundcheck" on WNYC with host John Schaefer on Friday (8/24) at 2:30. She'll be performing with Brian Wolfe on drums, Chris Tarry on bass, and the yMusic ensemble, who she's worked with many times.
MBD has other dates coming up including a few more in NYC, like a free show at Segal Theatre Center CUNY on October 4 as part of "Kings of Macedonia" with Andrew Ondrejak, and another on October 25 at Zankel Hall for Gabriel Kahane's program which combines selections from Come on All You Ghosts, Where are the Arms, and the premiere of a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall with songs by Ives, Schumann, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Cee Lo Green, and others.
A list of all upcoming dates including a show at Chicago's new City Winery is below.
Olof Arnalds recently finished up a new album, which is her first original album recorded entirely in English. The album was produced by long-time collaborator Skuli Sverrisson. Olof will be premiering material from the new album today (5/14) between 2-3 PM on WNYC's Soundcheck.
Olof and Skuli will play another US show on Thursday (5/17) in LA, which will be streamed live on Dublab from 10 PM - midnight PDT.
All dates and a video of Olof with her sister Klara covering Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," which appeared on her mini covers album, below...
In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.
Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".
If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.
Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...
Andrew Bird @ the Bell House (more by Jessica Amaya)
Andrew Bird will record an episode of WNYC Soundcheck at the Greene Space in NYC at 2pm on 3/30. Tickets are on sale. Andrew's tour returns to NYC for two shows at the Beacon Theater in May.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten @ The Greene Space (MP3)
Sharon Van Etten @ the Greene Space
As you know, Sharon Van Etten played a show at WNYC's Greene Space in Tribeca back on 1/17 (with Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis), one day before she played her entire new album in full at Mercury Lounge. Not only do we have some pictures of that show, you can listen to and download the whole thing too. MP3 above. More pictures and the embedded audio player below.
Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight, Q2 Music's preview concert features music and conversation with Ecstatic Music Festival composer-performers Jason Treuting, Angélica Negrón, and Jherek Bischoff as well as a conversation with composer and festival founder and curator, Judd Greenstein.If you'd like to experience that show live (as opposed to watching/listening to it online), tickets are on sale now. We also have a pair to give away. Details on how you can win are below.
Jherek Bischoff's actual Ecstatic Fest show happens on 2/4 with the Wordless Music Orchestra and special guests David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, Mirah, Zac Pennington, Carla Bozulich, Charlie Looker & Sam Mickens.
WQXR has also announced that they'll be streaming and archiving select Ecstatic shows as part of their Q2 Music series.
Greene Space pics & audio and contest details below...
Sharon at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Jessica Amaya)
In other news, Sharon, who recently announced a Mercury Lounge show happening on Wednesday (1/18) (which is now sold out), has added another NYC date to her tour. The new show is happening on February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost. The show happens after she plays MHOW on 2/24 and Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 with Shearwater, who plays with her on most of the other tour dates as well. Tickets for the new Bowery show go on sale Wednesday (1/18) at noon and tickets for the other Bowery show and the MHOW show are still available.
Updated dates below...
Sharon Van Etten @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten, who recently opened for and played with The National, contributed backing vocals to a song The National wrote for the movie "Win Win". That song, "Think You Can Wait", is on the shortlist of 39 songs eligible to be nominated for an Oscar. That list, reprinted in full below, also includes songs by Jonsi and She & Him.
In other Sharon news, after the show sold out today, it was revealed that she is the secret guest playing with Ted Leo at Maxwell's on New Year's Eve! (not the first time they've shared a bill). She's also appearing on WNYC's Soundcheck on January 17th. You can buy tickets to attend the afternoon taping at the Greene Space. You can also still buy tickets for other shows she has coming up which will be in support of her new album.
Wild Beasts @ Le Poisson Rouge (by indigouniverse)
Wild Beasts played two shows at Le Poisson Rouge this week with Marques Toliver as part of a short East Coast run that also included a stop at radio station WNYC where they performed on Soundcheck. Check out a video of "Loop The Loop" from their radio performance below.
At the second LPR show, last night (7/14), they played a 13-song set (encore included) mainly consisting of material off the recently released Smother. The rest of the set was filled with 4 Two Dancers tracks and Limbo, Panto favorite "The Devil's Crayon." The 3-song encore ended with the appropriately titled "End Come Too Soon."
The full LPR setlist, WNYC video, some videos from their 7/12 Philly show and more, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Garbus, who records under the name Tune-Yards (or, as she prefers, tUnE-yArDs), was joined on stage by a bassist and a two-person saxophone section, but the most critical interaction was the one between her right foot and the pedals clustered around her microphone stand.Buke and Gass and tUnE-yArDs played a tour-ending show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, one night before both artists took part in the 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' show at Bowery Ballroom (more on that in a bit). Garbus killed it as usual. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Beating time on her hip with a drumstick, she acted as the conductor of her own personal orchestra, using the pedals to record snatches of song and stray drum hits that magically coalesced in perfect unison.
On "Gangsta," from her second album, w h o k i l l, she began by mimicking the sound of a police siren, adding the distorted thump of a bass drum and the off-beat click of a drumstick on her microphone stand. Her voice took on the gravelly patois of a Jamaican rude boy as she sang, "What's a girl to do if she'll never be a Rasta?"
On "Bizness," Garbus played a staccato melody on a ukulele, evoking the clipped sound of a West African thumb piano. She was steeped in the region's music during years spent in Kenya, and has acknowledged the influence - "Any African music it sounds like I'm stealing, I'm stealing," she told one interviewer - but her one-woman approach shields her from any risk of copying her source material too closely. On "Hatari," she sang in Swahili, but the song's hectic overreach seemed to emanate from a country wholly her own.
Garbus' tourmates Buke and Gass, who joined her for the herky-jerk of "Es-So," share her handmade approach. [Philadelphia Enquirer]
Back on 5/18, tUnE-yArDs appeared on WNYC (listen below). As pointed out in "What's Going on Monday", Merrill will again perform for WNYC but this time live in their Greene Space. The short performance is sold out, but it will be streaming live on thegreenespace.org at 7pm tonight (5/23).
tUnE-yArDs' next proper NYC show is a big free one on Pier 54 this summer. Since the initial announcement, Austra was also added as opener for that July 14th outdoor show (which makes it extra awesome). Meanwhile you can catch Austra at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (5/23), if you have a ticket (it's sold out). Austra also returns in August as part of a tour with Cold Cave.
More Music Hall pictures, and last week's WNYC appearance stream, below...
photos by David Andrako
The Mountain Goats stopped by NYC's Greene Space on Wednesday (earlier in the day than his third in a row Bowery Ballroom show) for a live WNYC "Soundcheck" radio appearance along with Suzanne Vega. Each artist performed three songs, Suzanne's were from her new play, and John's were from his new album "All Eternals Deck." Listen to the whole show, check out the setlist, and see more pictures from it, below.
Oh, and speaking of the Greene Space, "Battle of the Boroughs", the Bronx edition, goes down at the venue tonight (4/1).
Mountain Goats @ Planned Parenthood Rally (more by Chris La Putt)
The Mountain Goats will kick off a tour on March 24th in Richmond, VA. That includes THREE SOLD OUT Bowery Ballroom shows with Megafaun on March 28, 29 & 30, and now a March 30th WNYC Greene Space appearance with Suzanne Vega as well (I think Billy Bragg was originally on the bill too). Tickets for that 2pm appearance which will be broadcast on WNYC, are on sale.
All tour dates, a UK run included, below....
photos by Peter Applebaum
The Walkmen in Camden, July 2010
"Lisbon, the fifth album by critically acclaimed band The Walkmen, is due September 14 with iTunes pre-orders beginning August 10. The album's first single "Angela Surf City" is currently available via iTunes. This summer and fall the band will embark on a nationwide tour in support of the record including newly announced stops in Montreal (October 8) and Chicago (October 13).As that blurb points out, you can catch the Walkmen twice tonight - first when they open for Grizzly Bear on Governors Island (the sold out show that Gang Gang Dance is also opening) (update: day-of-show tickets were just released), and second on Fallon on your TV.
The band will also be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 12, the same day they perform in New York City at Governors Island with Grizzly Bear. Additionally, they [were] on WNYC FM's Soundcheck on August 10 at 2:30pm EDT;
Lisbon was recorded over a two-year period in warehouses on Girard Ave. in Philadelphia and on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn." [PR]
The Walkmen's recent appearances included the WNYC thing and Camden's XPoNential Music Festival in July. The pictures in this post are from the latter. More of them, along with a stream of the WNYC appearance (which includes new songs), updated tour dates (many with Japandroids), and info on how to take the ferry to Governors Island tonight (8/12), below...
Hallogallo 2010 @ Lincoln Center (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Two streams are embedded below. The first is the complete Hallogallo performance from Lincoln Center via WNYC. The second is the appearance Michael Rother made on Brian Turner's show on WFMU yesterday. The latter includes interviews with Rother, Steve Shelley & Aaron Mullan, and segments of their Primavery Sound show along with a bunch of Rother's recorded material (Harmonia, Neu and solo stuff included). Check it out....
The National on WNYC's Soundcheck
The National's Brooklyn Academy of Music show on May 15th will be going on presale tomorrow (May 6th) at 10am. Tickets are here (pw: "VIOLET"). They go on general sale through BAM May 7th at 10am. Apparently you don't actually need a ZYNC card to get the tickets. You can also try to win your way in (and get flights and a hotel) through KEXP and via KCRW.
The show is a benefit for the Red Hot Organization (which the Dark Was the Night project also supported) and will be filmed by Don't Look Back D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus for an Internet simulcast on YouTube.
The National recently appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck, and videos of their performance on that show are posted below...
The National @ The Bell House in March (more by Bao Nguyen)
There's still no word on what will be happening at the The National-curated High Violet Annex May 11th-15th. But the band will be playing at another downtown space today at 2pm for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets are long sold out, but you can stream the band's performance at the Greene Space online (video and audio) at WNYC.org or listen on the radio at 93.9 FM and AM 820 (DJ Rob Swift performs too.)
Speaking of Moby, his LES vegetarian/vegan cafe Teany is officially reopening today after a being closed since last June because of a fire. Eater says, "The interior has been restored to its former look, and there's been no word of any menu changes."
Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Chamber group Clogs played live (and spoke) on WNYC on Monday. You can listen at their site (and download it above).
Wednesday night (tonight, 3/24) is Clogs' record release show at The Bell House in Brooklyn. They've confirmed that Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden (who also played with them on WNYC and was a special guest at the Regina Spektor show at Irving Plaza Tuesday night) will be their guests. Whether Sufjan will sing or not isn't 100% clear, but like Shara, he does sing on the new album.
The National's Padma Newsome and Bryce Dessner are permanent members of Clogs. Bryce's twin brother Aaron and the National's Matt Berninger aren't, but will also play with the group when they perform at the Big Ears Fest in Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend.
Full Big Ears schedule at their site.
To celebrate the release of the new album "Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You" (U.K 15th Feb / U.S 16th Feb) I'll be playing a special set of songs at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn (map). I'll be joined by a few guests and it is completely free!Lightspeed Champion's last NYC show was supposed to be at Bowery Ballroom in January. It was cancelled, though Dev did show up to sing some songs with his backing band Spacecamp at the show they played instead at Coco66 that night. Sound Fix flyer and the new video for "Marlene" below...
You will also be able to purchase the new album at the instore as well as my new short story collection Bad Era Of Me.
DOWNLOAD: Fiery Furnaces - The End Is Near (MP3)
Fiery Furnaces @ East River State Park in August (more by Bao Nguyen)
Playing with Elbow in a few days--at the MEN arena. Sometimes referred to as the M.E.N. arena. What a name, no? -Fiery FurnacesThat Manchester show with Elbow kicks off the Fiery Furnaces' September/early October European tour. They return to North America for a set of shows later in the fall. As part of that, they'll play a November 4th gig at Maxwell's. Tickets are on sale. And though the bill doesn't list it, the band have announced that all November dates are with Cryptacize and Dent May.
WNYC recently ran a contest to see who could make the best video for the group's song "The End Is Near" (MP3 posted above). The winning entry, and a few others, are posted with all tour dates below...
Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is opening for Neko Case on the summer leg of her Middle Cyclone-supporting tour. Lytle also has his own headlining shows planned. Those include NYC shows on July 10th at Union Hall and July 11th at Bowery Ballroom. Union Hall tickets are on sale now; tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (today) at noon.
Lytle released his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter, in April on Anti (also Case's label). He'll be on NPR's Talk of the Nation this afternoon (6/11).
The Decemberists, who played Radio City June 10th, will also be on NPR today. They're broadcasting live at 2pm from the Greene Space in Manhattan for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets to watch the show "sold out" yesterday in 10 minutes after Colin Meloy announced the show on the air, however, Greene Space writes, "Doors will open at 1:15 and will close at 1:45. Any ticket not claimed by 1:45 p.m. will be released to the public."
All tour dates for Jason Lytle and Neko Case (who's playing APW, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and more) below...
DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear on AOL's the Interface (MP3)
When they weren't busy talking to the NY Times, Fader, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, or one of the many other publications who wrote about them this month, Grizzly Bear stopped by the AOL studios for a session with the Interface. MP3 and picture from that above.
Their new album Veckatimest was released Tuesday, and last night (5/28) was the first of two shows for the band at Town Hall in NYC. Tonight (5/29) is the second. Here We Go Magic is the opener on the whole tour. Pictures are coming, but in the meantime, last night's setlist is below...
As some already pointed out, Grizzly Bear will not be appearing on Letterman tonight (5/20). As you can see from Ed's Twitter above, they disappointingly got bumped.
They will however be appearing on WNYC tomorrow (5/21), and at least one person (who tunes in tonight @ 8) will get to go:
WNYC will be kicking off the 69th Annual American Music Festival with a LIVE IN-STUDIO set by the Brooklyn-based band GRIZZLY BEAR, including songs from their anxiously-awaited forthcoming album, Veckatimest, on THURSDAY, MAY 21 at 7pm.More details on the American Music Festival below...
One lucky WNYC listener will win a pair of tickets to enjoy the band's performance in-person in the WNYC's studio state-of-the-art music studio.
Interested parties should tune in to WNYC's Evening Music on 93.9FM and streaming online at wnyc.org tonight, Wednesday May 20, during the 8pm hour, and wait for host Terrance McKnight to ask listeners to email in. The 10th email to land in the email@example.com inbox wins!