Entries tagged with: Wavves
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic
The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.
I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM
I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.
The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP
The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM
After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.
The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP
The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP
The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Wavves at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wavves are among the awesome Riot Fest Chicago (9/12-14) lineup, and lucky for us in NYC they'll stop here for a show at Baby's All Right on September 8 right beforehand. That's a much smaller show than their last stop here at Irving Plaza, and should go down more like their Glasslands/Shea shows around Afraid of Heights' album release time. Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, with a video, below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.
The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.
TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select shows, magazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.
Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.
Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).
You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.
Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.
Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
ARS: Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne & Terri Garr (photo via @anniehartforsure)
In the course of doing what we do here at BV, we've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Glasser, Kanye West, Sarah Neufeld, Goldfrapp, Mates of State, Lou Doillon, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out Au Revoir Simone remaking an '80s Scorsese classic, plus videos from Franz Ferdinand, Wavves, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Julia Holter, Eagulls, and one of Disappears covering U2, below.
Wavves at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier today, we mentioned that a bunch of punkish bands were added to Jay Z's Made In America festival, which goes down at Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1) this weekend. Since posting, one more band that fits that description has been added: Wavves. They play the Liberty Stage at 2:30 PM on Sunday. Full schedule here and tickets here.
Meanwhile, Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves were also revealed (in an interview with Rolling Stone) as two of the radio hosts on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game that Rockstar Games is putting out on September 17. You can watch the trailer for GTA5 that came out today that features a song by Chain Gang of 1974 (Remember them? They're still a band.) below.
The game also includes a station hosted by Flying Lotus which will play much of his own music, along with tracks from Tyler the Creator, Outkast, Aphex Twin, Machinedrum, DJ Rashad, Thundercat, Clams Casino, Dabrye, Kingdom and Shadow Child.
Other hosts include Pam Grier, Bootsy Collins, Kenny Loggins and dancing outlaw Jesco White (!). And additionally, the game's score is being done by Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, and Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire).
Updated Wavves dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.
UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.
Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.
Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.
Made In America schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, former Reatards/Wavves member Billy Hayes, current Wavves member Alex Gates, and R. Stevie Moore collaborator BIG MUFF have formed the new garage rock trio Cretin Stompers. The band have since signed to HoZac Records (once home to Black Lips and Dum Dum Girls), who will release their debut LP, Looking Forward To Being Attacked, this fall/winter. The psychedelic video for the first single, "Eye of the Storm," makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with the album artwork (which the band say was "contributed personally" by William Eggleston, whose work has graced the covers of Big Star's Radio City and Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American) and tracklist, below.
Video, artwork, and tracklist, below...
Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.
Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.
The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Beach House / Baroness / fans
We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.
by Bill Pearis
Wavves @ Sub-t in Chicago, 4/1/2013 (more by Milos Markicevic)
Wavves, who were last in NYC in April as part of a small club tour, will be playing bigger places this fall when the band hits the road with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys. That's a pretty appealing trifecta of party garage pop. The tour will hit NYC on October 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM, with a Citi Cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (7/24) at 10 AM, and Livenation and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (7/25) at 10 AM. (Music Geeks password is "musicgeeks"). All tour dates are listed, along with a "skydiving tour announcement" video, below.
Jacuzzi Boys' (who were also just here, touring with Man, Or Astro Man?) new self-titled LP will be out September 10 via Hardly Art. Watch the video for single "Double Vision" and stream another track from the album, below.
Outside Lands Fest 2012 (more byAmoreena Lucero)
The 2013 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival with happen at Golden Gate Park on August 9 - 11. This year's line-up includes Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Hall & Oates, Foals, A-Track, Jurassic 5, Kurt Vile and many more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/18) at noon PDT.
This is the sixth edition of Outside Lands, and the full announced line-up is below.
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wavves/FIDLAR/surfer @ Glasslands, 4/11/2013
This was one of the wildest, crowd-surfingest, beer-flinging shows I've been to in a long time, with a crowd clearly already in weekend party mode and two acts -- Wavves and FIDLAR -- right there with them. Both bands share a similar sound, and probably recreational activities. It was a very fun night.
Wavves, who are on the heels of a very catchy new album, headlined and have come a long way since the first time I saw them at SXSW 2009, the band being as tight as they need be with the punky pop material. The crowd sang along loudly while hurling themselves into each other to most of the songs, which cherry-picked from Wavves' output to date. Most of them, at least. One guy spent the whole show by the stage, Sharpie in hand, trying to get bassist (and former Reatard) Stephen Pope to sign his CD. (Dude, just wait till after show!) Nathan Williams seemed a little subdued for most of the set but lept onto crowd during the last song, surfing over to Glasslands' balcony where he pulled himself up onto it before diving back down into it.
FIDLAR's Zac Carper, meanwhile, matched the crowd the crowd leap for leap during their raucous set. Before the end of the first song he was rolling on the stage floor, a position he'd be in more than once before their set finished. Carper also let us know what FIDLAR stands for about six times ("Fuck it Dog Life's A Risk" if you're wondering) and what drug each song was about (meth, LSD, pot, cocaine, cheap beer, some were not about drugs). These guys are playing standard fare skatepunk that doesn't do a lot for me on record, but there is no denying the genuine energy they bring live. Gleeful mayhem.
Openers Cheatahs were the band I was most looking forward to. A little more on the early '90s shoegaze tip, the London-based band were tight and sounded great -- somewhere between Swervedriver and Smeared-era Sloan (their singer is actually from Canada, wonder if he's a fan) -- but they seemed to eschew most of their hookiest songs in favor of newer, more ambitious material. But maybe that's what you do when you've got the 8:45 slot, test out new stuff. Still, when they launched into their soaring track "The Swan" (from the terrific, just-released U.S. introduction, Extended Plays), Cheatahs shined.
All three bands, who've been touring together for about a month, play Brooklyn again tonight (4/12) at Shea Stadium which, as you might expect from such a small venue, is sold out. More pics from Glasslands -- including a couple of, yes, the venue's new bathrooms -- are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Billy Hayes (Reatards/Wavves), Alex Gates (Wavves/Magic Kids), and BIG MUFF (who has collaborated with R. Stevie Moore) have teamed up to form a new project, Cretin Stompers. Like the members' previous work in The Reatards and Wavves, Cretin Stompers are hashing out dirty, catchy garage rock tunes wrapped in super lo-fi production. Aesthetically, this stuff hearkens back a few years to before all the shitgaze bands found professional studios, but the melodies suggest something more sugary. After a few listens, you'll have those "oh yeah" choruses of "Eye Of The Storm" scratching around in your head.
The trio have recorded a collection of 15 tracks for their debut album, Looking Forward To Being Attacked, which will be out at some point this year. You can stream the aforementioned "Eye Of The Storm" -- which, like a few other tracks on the album, also features James Richardson, who was in MGMT's live band before they returned to being a duo -- along with two other tracks, "Randy Kraft" and "Project: Object," below.
No tour dates announced yet, but in related news, Wavves are on tour now with FIDLAR and Cheatahs, and that tour rolls into NYC soon for sold out shows on April 11 at Glasslands and April 12 at Shea Stadium.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Sharon Van Etten @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Spank @ UCB
* Schoolboy Q @ S.O.B.'s
* Andy Kozar @ The Stone
* Regional De NY @ Barbes
* Dave Nelson @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mavrothi Kontanis @ Barbes
* Slavic Soul Party @ Joe's Pub
* Ra Ra Riot @ Apple Store Soho
* 24 Hour Party People @ Videology
* Com Truise, Alex English @ WIP
* Gobby, Tezeo, DJ Tony Lowe @ Glasslands
* Mason Jennings, Charlie Mars @ City Winery
* Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hey Maseilles, Young Buffalo @ Mercury Lounge
* Abigail Washburn: Post-American Girl @ Joe's Pub
* Archipelago, Belle Mare, Ora Cogan @ Silent Barn
* Kate Nash, Supercute! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Nadastrom, Sabo, DJ Syres, Cosmo Baker @ Output
* The Dear Hunter, Naive Thieves @ Gramercy Theatre
* Plow United, Iron Chic, The Unlovables @ Knitting Factory
* Jonas Reinhardt, Holy Balm, Alice Cohen @ Shea Stadium
* Dichroics, Circle of Buzzards, Dead Stars @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Prince Rupert's Drops, Sky Picnic, Zoned Out @ Union Pool
* Janeane Garofalo, Andrew Schulz @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Jean Grae, Maggie Serota, Aaron Wolfe @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Howling Hex, Young Boys, Lushes Stranges @ Bowery Electric
* Lost Boy?, Young Buffalo, Big Ups, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow
* Saadi, Mamarazzi, Mokaad, DJ Cheif Boima @ Mercury Lounge
* Goonam, Lowdown 30, No Brain, Brown Rice Family @ 285 Kent
* Warm Soda, White Mystery, Hector's Pets, Open Sex @ Cake Shop
* CALLmeKAT, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Yellow Dogs, Nightmare Air, Fan-Tan, Dead Stars @ Death By Audio
* Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sharon Van Etten @ Beacon Theater
* Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, Sara Magenheimer @ Issue Project Room
* Bird Courage, Bill Bartholomew, Vudu Sister, Kennedy @ The Rock Shop
* Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause, Jenny Owen Jones @ Irving Plaza
* Stretch Armstrong, DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Tony Touch, Rich Medina @ Santos Party House
* Dietrich Strauss, Chris Eldridge, Julian Lage, Loop Grass, Margo Valiante @ Pete's Candy Store
* Premrock, Dan Dillinger, Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils, Willie Green, Relic, B. Durazzo @ Spike Hill
* Prince Rama, Edan, Brian Degraw (of Gang Gang Dance), Eric Copeland (of Black Dice) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Vampire Weekend, Alan Alda, Cyndi Lauper, David Cross @ Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
* Viva Mayday, The Harmonica Lewinskies, The Great American Novel, Morningsiders, The Time is an Ocean @ Pianos
* Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits, Fulcrum of the Stars, Dida Pelled, Don DiLego, Roses & Revolutions, Nina Scaria @ The Living Room
* Brother Tiger (DJ Set), Chrome Canyon (DJ Set), Dickpic (Pictureplane and DJ Dog Dick), Psychic Twin, Vensaire, Silent Drape Runners, St. Lenox @ Cameo Gallery
Darkstar would have been touring the US this month and would have hit NYC for a show at Glasslands tonight, but they had to cancel their US shows due to "Visa complication." They're currently working on re-scheduling the dates.
Game of Thrones fans surely already know that the HBO series is back for its third season on Sunday (3/31). But you may not know that there is a traveling exhibition of GoT props, costumes and other stuff from the show in NYC, happening at 3 W. 57th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue). The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs from today through Sunday. Times are listed here.
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Wavves were on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and performed "Demon to Lean On" from their new album, Afraid of Heights. Maybe it's just us but bassist Stephen Pope seems to be channeling Van Halen's Michael Anthony. Check out the video below.
Meanwhile, Django Django appeared on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, performing "Life's a Beach" from their 2012 debut. You can watch that below too.
Wavves new album, Afraid of Heights (cover art above), is out today (3/26) and the band have just released a video for the title track. The clip features a couple drag queens having a fun night on the town. Oh, there may be a twist ending. You can watch it below.
The band will appear on The Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday (2/27) which must've been taped in advance, as they play Denver, CO that night. It's part of their tour with FIDLAR and Cheatahs, which rolls into NYC next month for sold-out shows at Glasslands and Shea Stadium. All tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Wavves at VICELAND at SXSW 2013 (via VICE)
If you thought King of the Beach had pop punk tendencies, on these new songs it's pretty much full blown 1995-1997 era skate punk. Your feelings on how that genre lives up in 2013 may alter your opinion on the new record, but Wavves do it well.I wrote the above after seeing Wavves at the Jansport Bonfire Sessions @ VICELAND on Tuesday (3/12) during SXSW. That was before I actually got to hear the new album (besides the two singles), and now that I finally have heard the whole thing, I'm happy to say that it lives up. You can hear it too, by heading over to NPR, where it's streaming in full.
Wavves are on tour now with FIDLAR and Cheatahs, and that tour comes to NYC in April for tiny shows at Glasslands (4/11) and Shea Stadium (4/12), which are way sold out. Videos for "Demon to Lean On" and "Sail to the Sun" below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Divine Fits at VICELAND at SXSW 2013
I'll spare you the boring details of my day's worth of delayed flights, but after finally landing in Austin at 10 PM last night (3/12), I darted over to The Jansport Bonfire Sessions @ VICELAND (which, for those of you in Austin, is located on 401 E Cesar Chavez, right across from the Austin Convention Center) and got there a few songs into Wavves' set. Wavves always bring a good time but this was more packed and wild than I'd seen them before. They used the show to preview a lot of their new album, Afraid of Heights, and if you thought King of the Beach had pop punk tendencies, on these new songs it's pretty much full blown 1995-1997 era skate punk. Your feelings on how that genre lives up in 2013 may alter your opinion on the new record, but Wavves do it well.
Up next were Japandroids, who picked up where Wavves left off and made things even wilder. After telling the security guards to leave the stage because they were "sucking the life out of the show," and repeated challenges aimed at the crowd that we weren't going hard enough, the energy level and spirit never stopped rising last night. Because it's SXSW, the set was short, but they included all the choice tracks -- "Fire's Highway," "Young Hearts Spark Fire," "The House That Heaven Built," etc. -- and for a band whose shows are always fun, last night may have been the best I've seen them.
Finally, Spoon/Wolf Parade related supergroup Divine Fits closed out the night. Granted it was almost 1 AM when they started, and their music is less ferocious than the two previous bands, but the crowd did calm down and began to filter out a bit. They did more of Britt Daniel's songs than Dan Boeckner's, and though I'm personally on Team Dan, it was still a solid set all things considered. For a "supergroup" the band have great chemistry on stage, and they're a lot more humble than they're allowed to be given their past projects (which is a good thing).
VICELAND continues tonight with IO Echo, Austra, Merchandise, Icona Pop, and The Joy Formidable. And Divine Fits, Japandroids, and Wavves all have more shows too (click the links for more info). One of Japandroids' next shows is tonight (3/13) with Iggy and the Stooges, The Specials, and Ghostface Killah.
More pictures of Divine Fits' set from last night and Wavves' new video for "Demon To Lean On" below...
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
by Andrew Sacher
Wavves at McCarren Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As mentioned, Wavves are finally getting around to releasing the followup to 2010's KIng of the Beach this year. The record is called Afraid of Heights and will be out on March 26 via Mom + Pop. It features guest vocals from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and guest drumming from The Bronx's Jorma Vik. The band just revealed the album tracklist and cover art, which you can check out below.
Late last year, Wavves made a video for the album's opening track, "Sail to the Sun," and they've just revealed another album cut, "Demon to Lean On." The songwriting and cleaner production (the record was done with pop producer John Hill) has the band sounding more pop punk than ever. Frontman Nathan Williams will tell you he was listening to Weezer's Blue Album everyday while making the record, but you'll hear the snotty anthems of blink-182 in there too. Check out both tracks below.
Wavves will be supporting the record this spring, which kicks off after SXSW, with support from LA brats FIDLAR and UK pop shoegazers Cheatahs. That tour hits NYC for two very intimate shows (for Wavves' standards): April 11 at Glasslands and April 12 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Shea Stadium show go on sale Friday (2/1) at 9 AM.
A list of all dates, stream, video, album art, and tracklist below...
!!! at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Doveman @ LPR, 1/14/2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TEED @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
today in NYC
* Grass Roots @ Barbes
* Lettuce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Luluc @ The Mercury Lounge
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theater
* Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
* WIM, Northern Bells @ Cameo Gallery
* Alexis Cuadrado Quartet @ The Stone
* Hess Is More, Ducky @ The Mercury Lounge
* Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ The Paper Box
* Oneohtrix Point Never @ NYU Kimmel Center
* The Rolling Stones @ The Prudential Center
* Ancient Sky, Bubbly Mommy Gun @ Union Pool
* School of Seven Bells @ Roosevelt Field Sony Store
* Dropkick Murphys @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Bear Hands, Joywave, Slam Donahue @ Glasslands
* Sera Cahoone, Rayland Baxter @ Knitting Factory
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Webster Hall
* House of Blondes, Teen Commandments @ The Rock Shop
* Richie, I'm Turning Into, Shorts Band @ Death by Audio
* !!!, Sinkane, Yellow Dogs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gigamesh, Sean Glass DJ set, Alex English DJ set @ The DL
* Dolores Boys, Eye, Phantom Family Halo, IYEZ @ Saint Vitus
* Starring, Sam Buck Rosen, Lushes, Eartheater @ Shea Stadium
* Julio Bashmore, Paul Raffaele, Rem Koolhaus @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Young Mothers, Lips, Johanna Samuels, Tuff Sunshine @ Cake Shop
* Blue Scholars, The Physics, Brothers From Another @ Bowery Ballroom
* Taperecorder, Vulture Shit, Old Monk, Low Fat Getting High @ XPO 929
* Five O'Clock Heroes, Clinton Curtis, Blaire Reinhard @ Bowery Electric
* Grand Resort, Eastern Hollows, The Meaning of Life, Soft Skull @ Big Snow
* Jon Glaser, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Adira Amram @ The Bell House
* Doveman, Sandra Bernhard, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen, The Perennials, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady @ le Poisson Rouge
* Indian Bastards From Hell (Heems & Dapwell of Das Racist), Hieroglyph Thesaurus, Free Blood, Hagfish and Poet Lounge, Dan Friel, Fox/Crane/Bear, Diamond Terrifier @ Ran Tea House
Irish indiepop band The Frank & Walters were supposed to play Mercury Lounge but that show got cancelled.
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Eleven years ago today, the great Chuck Schuldiner passed away. His work in the US death metal favorites Death lives on, and will forever. RIP, Chuck.
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Wavves will be back with a new album, still untitled, in 2013 but to tide you over they've made a video for the first released track, "Sail To The Sun," which you can watch below.
New Zealand's Popstrangers, who were last here for CMJ (and a little after), have a new video for "Heaven" which will be on their debut album, Antipodes, out in February. Check it out below.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Big Boi releases his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, next week (12/11) via Def Jam. His solo debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, is still my single favorite hip hop album of the new decade so naturally I've been seriously anticipating VLADR since Big Boi mentioned he began work on it. And admittedly, the album is a bit overshadowed by its predecessor, due in part to lacking a song as huge as "Shutterbug." But though the album never hits a moment as large as that one, it's still a winner in its own right.
Vicious Lies opens up like a classic OutKast album, with a short, slow and pretty intro track that leads right into a blunted headknocker, "The Thickets," which appropriately features Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who worked on a lot of early OutKast. The bar continues to raise on the next track, a rhythmic club track up there with "Tangerine" or the Big Boi-featuring Janelle Monae track from that same year, "Tightrope." The album plateaus a bit there but more standouts start appearing later on with tracks like "Thom Pettie," a dirty synth track with a great hook from Little Dragon and a characteristically abrasive verse from Killer Mike. Later on we get "Lines," which is probably the best track on the album thanks to a killer chorus from Phantogram that doesn't leave your head once its in there (A$AP Rocky is on the track too). But the most interesting moment of the album has to be "Shoes For Running," which is carried by a hook sung by Wavves dude Nathan Williams. The only thing stopping it from being a total head scratcher is that Nathan toured with GZA and Killer Mike (which itself was a head scratcher) and I still can't decide if it's one of those fun indie/rap collabs like Kid Cudi and MGMT's "Pursuit of Happiness that you'll be hearing all year, or just plain weird. But the fact that I'm still going on about it must say something.
Before that, Big Boi will stop by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (12/7) to perform "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon, who were initially supposed to guest on the song's recording, but were replaced on the album by Kelly Rowland.
Since we last spoke about the album, Big Boi has (legally) revealed two more of its tracks, the Kid Cudi-featuring "She Hates Me," and the T.I. and Ludacris-featuring Atlanta boasting party "In the A," both of which you can hear below. In related news, TI just revealed his storied track with Andre 3000, "Sorry," which will appear on his upcoming Trouble Man LP and can also be streamed below.