Entries tagged with: Weyes Blood
photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis
Kirin / Sean / Dev / Weyes Blood @ Elvis Guesthouse 4/17/2015
Kirin J Callinan invited pals Sean Nicholas Savage and Dev Hynes to test out new material at Elvis Guesthouse on Friday night (4/17). It was done mostly karaoke style, with each of them performing to backing tracks off their ipods, iphones and laptops. (Kirin and Dev both played a little guitar, too.) Dev's set was the longest, featuring maybe five new songs, most of which sounded fairly fully formed. The night ended with a group sing-a-long of "New York, New York."
The night, which was a free party also had a guest appearance by Doldrums' Airick Woodhead who sang a new song that his band would also do later that night at nearby Mercury Lounge. Weyes Blood, onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown, and PC Music's QT were also hanging out, and Spank Rock and Fascinator were the evening's DJs. For happening at such a tiny spot, Elvis Guesthouse never got too packed and was a fun, very informal night. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Elvis Guesthouse below...
The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."
The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.
There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.
Weyes Blood @ Glasslands last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Weyes Blood released her lovely new album, The Innocents, this year and in early 2015 she'll head out on an extensive tour supporting it. The East Coast leg of her tour wraps up here in NYC at Baby's All Right on January 24 with Excepter, Regal Degal, and Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk. Tickets are on sale now.
Weyes Blood's most recent NYC show was opening for Waxahatchee last week at the soon-to-close Glasslands. All tour dates are listed below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts @ Webster Hall 12/11/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Parquet Courts capped off their busy 2014 last night (12/11) with their biggest headlining hometown show yet, playing a sold-out Webster Hall. The band were in good spirits -- Austin Brown spent the first part of "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" grappling with a bottle of wine and an opener -- in front of a crowd that sang along much of the time when they weren't moshing around. (Some did both.) In addition to "Uncast..." we got a few songs off the new Content Nausea (released under the name Parkay Quarts), like set opener "Urban Ease," plus "Everyday It Starts," the title track and "Pretty Machines." The latter, which sounds a little like "Sweet Child O' Mine," was augmented by two saxophonists as well as Eaters' Bob Jones on organ. (The other half of Eaters, Jonathan Schenke, was behind the soundboard. I'm not the biggest Webster Hall fan, but they sounded great last night.) We also got pretty much what you'd want to hear off of their other 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, and Light Up Gold, including its still killer one-two opening punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." "Stoned and Starving" was the only glaring omission. I had the feeling they would've played longer but a second show was set to start at 11 PM so they called it after a three-song encore. Setlist is below.
Opening the night were more experimental, noisier sets from PC Worship and Blues Control both of whom I thought did really well in a big place like Webster. Blues Control's more new-agey material in particular worked well with the venue's acoustics.
You may recall that PC Worship and Parquet Courts formed a noise band called PCPC that toured with Thurston Moore (who was playing Webster Hall's Marlin Room last night, coincidentally). PCPC will play in NYC tonight (12/12) at Trans Pecos where they'll perform with Greg Fox's Guardian Alien, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin." It's being billed as a release party for a PCPC book that they sold on tour:
Released for PCPC's 2014 European tour, this book contains 64 pages of artwork by A. Savage and Justin Frye. This gorgeous book includes 2 risograph mini-posters and one 22 x 34″, two-color silkscreen tour poster. Limited edition, these are expected to sell out fast, don't wait. Perfect gift for that quiet weirdo in the family!The Trans Pecos show is $8 at the door. Flyer for that, plus Parquet Courts at Webster Hall setlist and videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Goodbye Party is the project of Michael Cantor, formerly of Philly lo-fi pop punks The Ambulars, who are currently on hiatus. He released a split with Spoonboy earlier this year, and now he's got a new full length called Silver Blues out this week on Salinas (also home of The Ambulars, as well as Radiator Hospital, Swearin' and others). Michael recorded the album with drummer Joey Doubek of Pinkwash (who are playing the 2015 Don Giovanni showcases) and while it's not a punk record like The Ambulars, some of the indie/power pop songs wouldn't be too out of place in that band. A handful of others, however, are more somber droning songs that aren't too unlike The Microphones. You can stream the album in full below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
The Goodbye Party will be in NYC soon to open for Waxahatchee at one of the final Glasslands shows on December 10. Also on that show is psych folkie Steve Gunn (who's been popping up on year-end lists) and powerhouse singer Weyes Blood. That's a pretty stacked show all around. Tickets are still available.
LP stream below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Wilco @ The Capitol Theatre
Though Jeff Tweedy and his son just released their terrific Tweedy album, the Wilco train rarely stops rolling, and tonight is on night 2 of its first of three shows at The Cap'. It's a lovely room and tickets are still available.
Pianos Become The Teeth, Gates, Frameworks @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Pianos Become the Teeth stopped screaming on their new album, but they didn't stop writing intense music -- quite the opposite, this is some of their best material yet. Tonight's the NYC release show and there's quality support too.
Weyes Blood, Tonstartssbandht, King Cyst, DJ Joshy @ Glasslands
Weyes Blood's new album is out now, and it's a good one but her powerhouse vocals really come across in a live setting. This whole bill is good too, with experimentalists Tonstartssbandht and King Cyst, the psychedelic project of Big Troubles' Luka Usmiani. Drippy Eye Projections will be there to provide just the right kind of visuals for this lineup.
PC Worship, Ashcan Orchestra, Mario Diaz De Leon, Hair Jail, Mister Matthews @ Trans-Pecos
PC Worship have been regulars on the noise scene in Brooklyn for a while now, but their new album is their most song-oriented (and possibly best) stuff yet. They've had a busy year, and any chance to catch them is a good one.
Holly Miranda & Ambrosia Parsley, Benjamin Biolay, Chris Maxwell @ Rockwood Music Hall
Parsley y Miranda start their four-week residency tonight with Chris Maxwell, and French songwriter Benjamin Biolay (who doesn't play the US hardly ever).
Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as DFA 1979) @ Baby's All Right
One thing Halloween always means in the music world is cover shows galore, and Baby's is getting an early start by throwing one tonight.
The Felice Brothers and the Nun Neil Young All-Stars @ Brooklyn Bowl
Another early Halloween party is tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with folk rockers The Felice Brothers. There will be a costume contest judged by the 'Bros themselves, and "more Halloween excitement!"
Anoraak (live), Alan Blancato, In The Night @ Cameo
College and Electric Youth will both be here separately in the the next month, and tonight you can catch the remaining third of 2012's Drive tour, Anoraak (who's also a College collaborator), playing a live set at Cameo.
Carl Cox @ Output
Veteran British DJ and general dance music legend Carl Cox helped pioneer house and acid. He's still raving, as you can hear tonight.
The Memories @ Cake Shop
Portland, OR duo of Erik Gage and Kyle Handley (who are both in White Fang too) write songs mainly about girls and getting high, the two pillars of rock n' roll -- though The Memories fall more on the lo-fi pop end of the spectrum.
Purling Hiss, Meatbodies, Yonatan Gat, Dream Police @ Death by Audio
Philadelphia's Purling Hiss make classic"-style indie rock, with fuzzy guitars and big hooks, and an affinity for Neil Young style jams (and volume). Also on the bill are Meatbodies, whose main man is Chad Ubovich (of Mikal Cronin's band) and who make crunchy jams in the general Ty/Ohsees idiom. Plus former Monotonix man Yonatan Gat, and a Men side project Dream Police open. This will be a good show to see at DbA.
Mozart's Sister, Jerry Paper, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos (Basement)
Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant (Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes), mixes mid-'90s dance and R&B influences, Thompson definitely brings her own strong personality. She's always been an engaging performer, so this is definitely worth checking out.
Jon Langford @ The Bell House
Following the sold-out premiere of documentary Revenge of The Mekons at Film Forum is this afterparty featuring Mekons frontman Langford.
Captain Sensible, Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica @ Bowery Electric
The Damned are playing Irving Plaza on Halloween, but before that guitarist Captain Sensible will play this spooky edition of the Sally Can't Dance Party with appearances from Fred Armisen and legendary NYC drag queen Mistress Formica. We're hoping the Captain plays "Brenda" or at least "Jet Boy Jet Girl."
Brother Ali, Bambu, DJ Last Word @ Knitting Factory
Conscious rapper Brother Ali doesn't have any new records to support this time around, but he's got over a decade of standout material to pull from.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Some may not think so, but CMJ is still a festival than brings in folks from out of town: mainly college radio programmers and jocks on mid-semester vacation. While we at BV get excited about bands from out of town (and we have a separate list for that) who are here for the fest, there are also lots of local acts we'd recommend to anyone visiting NYC. Here are 10 that are worth seeing, no matter where you live.
Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands. Check them out below...
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual). The show tripled as a benefit for Shoe4Africa, a charity that promotes health, physical fitness and education in Africa.
The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.
A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake were then flung into the audience.
Headlining the "early show" (the "late" Ryn Weaver show started after 1am) was the free-spirited, wavy blond haired Connan Mockasin (not to be confused with Ariel Pink who also recently played an after-midnight show at Baby's). Connan warned the crowd that they hadn't played in two months and the set might be rough, but it was a typical loose, wild set from the New Zealander and his talented band (which included Ariel Pink guitarist Tim Koh for much of it), with as much between-song banter as there was music with friends -- not to mention the Big Baby coming and going, joining the band here and there.
At one point Connan said their last NYC show, which was at MHOW, had 30% of the crowd get naked and asked what we thought of that. At least a few folks, including two girls in front of us, thought that was their cue to whip off their shirts. (They then put them back on, at least for the moment.) Connan also sang happy birthday to Baby's again at midnight before closing with an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love." (The song is 10 minutes as it is.) For the encore, Connan brought his whole band back on stage, plus good friend Liam Finn and most of his band, plus Mac DeMarco and Kiki of course. Things quickly turned even more interesting as a shirtless Connan, still stuck on besting the 30% naked average, kept encouraging everyone to take their clothes off. All the male members of Connan's band obliged, as did many men in the crowd, and many women as well. Those near the front who weren't sure at first, were urged along by Conanan's keyboardist Sofia Karchi, who jumped into the crowd to help shirts over people's heads. After an improvised cover of "Tutti Fruity," it was back to banter mode. He encouraged the now at least 10% topless room to sit down, where Connan told the still-shirted members of the audience he didn't hold it against them, sheepishly admitting that if he was at a show where the singer was asking folks to get naked, he wouldn't do it. The night ended around 1 AM with a loose take on "Megumi the Milkyway Above." What was supposed to be a 30-minute set hit an hour-and-a-half.
We didn't stick around, but as mentioned, wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver (whose next show is at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ) played her 2nd ever show even later (her first show was at Baby's two nights earlier).
More pictures, videos, songs and tour dates, below...
As mentioned, the Fader Fort is back for CMJ 2014 at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with Kindness, Weyes Blood, ILoveMakonnen, Foxes in Fiction, TOPS, and more. Full lineup is listed below and RSVP is now open. Note it's 21+ only.
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
photos by PSquared
Lansing-Dreiden / Weyes Blood at Mexican Summer Five, 2013
Mexican Summer threw the two-day Mexican Summer Five fest in Red Hook last year to celebrate their half decade of existence. This year, they'll be doing it again, albeit on a slightly smaller scale with two back-to-back shows at Williamsburg venues. On October 15 at Glasslands its Jorge Elbrecht's Lansing-Dreiden, who have only played a handful of live shows ever. (Jorge is also in other bands like Violens and the new Coral Cross.) Also notable is the first US show by Chilean psych rock outfit La Hell Gang, whose new album Thru Me Again just came out on the label. (Stream a few tracks below.) Arp and new Mexican Summer signee Jefre Cantu-Ledesma round out the bill.
Then on October 16 at Baby's All Right, Connan Mockasin headlines a line-up that also includes Boston's Quilt and Weyes Blood (whose new album will be out the week after this show). The Baby's show is also a benefit for the Shoe4Africa charity which "facilitates health, social and educational programming within East African communities."
Tickets for both shows are on sale now. Flyers for both nights, plus (very) belated sets of pics of Lansing-Dreiden and Weyes Blood from Mexican Summer Five and La Hell Gang streams, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tiny Ruins / Tashaki Miyaki / Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right 8/10/2013
Both New Zealand folk act Tiny Ruins and LA's hazy Tashaki Miyaki were in NYC for a few shows last weekend, crashing into one another's paths at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10). It was an especially well-chose lineup, with Brooklyn's Belle Mare and the always-magical Weyes Blood on the bill as well, making for a lovely Sunday evening coming down. Pictures from the night are in this post.
Experimentalist Sun Araw put out a new album this year and recently announced a tour with Weyes Blood. They don't play NYC together on the tour, but Weyes Blood just played Baby's All Right this week (8/10) and will do so again on 8/22. Right before they head out together, Sun Araw also hits Baby's All Right for a two-night stand (9/3 & 4). Special guests are promised. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Updated Sun Araw dates are listed, with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
When you talk about Weyes Blood it's hard not to talk about her powerhouse vocals, and those come across loud and clear on "Hang On," the first single from her upcoming album, The Innocents, due out October 21 via Mexican Summer. There's higher production here than on its psychedelic predecessor, 2011's The Outside Room for Not Not Fun, but it's not like those psych elements are lost entirely or anything. Check it out for yourself below.
Weyes Blood will be touring with Sun Araw in September, but before she leaves home she's got two Brooklyn shows, both at Baby's All Right. First, she plays there this Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Tashaki Miyaki and Belle Mare (tickets). Then on August 22 she returns to open for Kevin Morby and Steve Gunn (who are touring together) with American primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman on the bill as well (tickets).
All of her dates are listed, with the new song stream and LP tracklist, below...
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile's band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. The first track from the album was just released -- the ramblin', Stonesy "Milly's Garden" -- and you can stream it below.
Gunn will be touring for most of the late summer and into the fall, including a stint with The Babies' Kevin Morby (who he's played with before). Those two will play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes Blood. Tickets are on sale now. Steve will also be on tour with old pals The War on Drugs for some European shows. All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
As mentioned, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki will be in NYC next month for MoMA Nights on August 7. That show is free with museum entry. In addition to that, the band will be playing a couple of other shows while here: The Studio at Webster Hall on August 9 with Dinowalrus, Honey Wild, and Turnip King (tickets); and then August 10 at Baby's All Right with Weyes Blood, Belle Mare and headliners Tiny Ruins (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Takashi Miyaki released a new single back in February with two new tracks and not too long ago put up another new song on their Soundcloud. The band don't stray too far from their lazy day VU/Mazzy Star vibe, but they do it well. Stream those new songs below.
The Out in the Streets Festival is back for a second year, happening again at Ridgewood's Vander-Ende Onderdonk House on July 26 & 27. Bands this year include A Place to Bury Strangers, Body Language, Cities Aviv, Hunters, Ski Lodge, Honduras, Weyes Blood and more. In addition to the music, there will be art, food vendors and a giant slip-n-slide. Two-day passes are currently on early bird discount. All announced 2014 performers are listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
The Entrance Band frontman Guy Blakeslee must have a little more time now that his bandmate Paz Lenchantin is often busy playing bass in the Pixies, because he's releasing his first solo album in ten years, Ophelia Slowly, next week (6/10) via Everloving. The record has some pretty diverse sounds, but new single "Told Myself" is a bare-bones contemporary folk song with little more than Guy's acoustic guitar and impressive vocal range. That song makes its premiere in this post and can be listened to below.
Guy also has some shows coming up, including NYC dates on June 17 at Mercury Lounge with another impressive singer, Weyes Blood, and June 19 at Rough Trade opening for Robert Francis & The Night Tide. Tickets for the Merc show and the Rough Trade show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is a three-day arts and culture festival, hosted annually by the volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick (AiB). Now in its eighth year, this celebration of our neighborhood's vibrant community and local art scene is free and open to the public. The festival dates are May 30th through June 1st, 2014. Open studios hours vary per artist, so check the directory for precise times. Most studios are open 12pm - 7pm on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st.As in previous years, live music plays a big part in the Bushwick Open Studios' 2014 weekend (May 30 - June 1). The opening night party happens on Friday (5/30) at Radio Bushwick with performances by Silverteeth, Culture Vulture, Life Sized Maps, Star Rover, and Broke MC. $10.
BOS is New York's largest open studios event, encouraging hundreds of artists to open their doors and share their work. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a series of events, performances, and panels, coordinated by AiB. Participating artists, spaces, and events are listed in the official BOS directory online, on our iPhone app, and in our printed map book. The free printed map will be available to pick up at official BOS 2014 Hub spaces during the festival.
Late night Friday at Body Actualized Center, Newtown Radio is throwing a Bushwick Open Studios afterparty with Weyes Blood, Regal Degal, Max McFerrin, Fast Times, and Poolboy 92. $10, doors at 10 PM with a Brooklyn Brewery midnight happy hour.
On Saturday (5/31) at Silent Barn is the big, all-day tribute to Christo Buffam, the guitarist from Dead Leaf Echo and The Vandelles who died back in March. The event is headlined by A Place to Bury Strangers and features nearly 20 bands. No cover but donations (which go to Buffam's family and some of the touring bands on the bill) are strongly suggested.
Also on Saturday (5/31) at Bizarre (12 Jefferson St.) there will be a free Electronic Music Showcase featuring "local, up-and-coming electronic music producers." UPDATE: the lineup of that is onlyponyoni, XUPSTAR, We Are The Wilderness, ADDISON, FENEX, The Azerbaijan A/V Club, DATALOG, droneclone, Lukas Ligeti, Ys, Kasata Sound. Vermillion Bird, and Stéphane Bonenfant. It goes 10pm-4am.
Then on Sunday (5/30) at Radio Bushwick it's Chief Happenstance Vs. Men United, Jeremy and the Symbols, The Morning Sea, Purmamarca, Brett Saxon and Jon Mizrachi. $5 at the door.
Flyers for some of the shows below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Pink Baby
Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic. The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.
The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.
Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!
Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.
A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.
In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.
Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...
Dan Croll brings his tour to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on 4/17 which is now sold out. As discussed, he also plays a Northside Festival show, and it's now been announced that that show happens on June 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that one go on sale today at noon.
Houndmouth are playing Brooklyn Bowl on June 21. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band is playing Mercury Lounge on June 17 with Weyes Blood. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. Also catch Weyes Blood at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Woods, The Woolen Men, and Cassie Ramone.
Wisconsin indie pop band PHOX, who just opened for Laura Mvula in NYC and who release their debut album Slow Motion on 6/24 via Partisan, play their own NYC show on July 23 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.
Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).
Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:
-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.
The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .
This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain, Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
New England psych band Mmoss called it quits last year, but guitarist Doug Tuttle is still making melodic and trippy music on his own. His self-titled solo debut came out earlier this year on Trouble in Mind, and is an enjoyable trip down the rabbit hole. You can stream the whole thing (via SPIN) below.
Doug is playing a few East Coast shows this week, including the Shy Hunters show at Baby's All Right on Thursday (2/27) with Backwords on the bill as well (tickets). He'll play Alston, MA on Saturday (3/1) with Quilt and Weyes Blood, which sounds like a pretty great show. He'll also be playing Austin Psych Fest in May.
Album stream below...