Entries tagged with: Widowspeak
photos by Jessica Amaya
DIIV with kids at Brooklyn Bowl
DIIV came to Brooklyn Bowl yesterday (1/13) for two hometown shows, an all ages KidRockers show around brunch time (11:30) with their Captured Tracks labelmates Widowspeak, and then a night show with Magic Trick (aka Tim Cohen of Fresh & Onlys, who is sticking around NYC to open for Father John Misty at a sold out Webster Hall show tonight). We were there for the early show, which was hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon/Sweet) and Craig Baldo, and pictures of that one are in this post.
More pictures below...
by Bill Pearis
Murals @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Louisville, Kentucky's dreamy Murals had a productive 2012, releasing their lovely debut album, A Passing Cloud, and toured constantly, including a slew of CMJ performances (including one of our day parties). The band recently recorded a Daytrotter session which went up today and includes a couple nice new songs. The band also gave us a list of "the 10 best things we encountered in 2012" that is mostly music (and almost none of it released recently) with a movie or two in there as well. Check that out below.
Murals have more shows coming up, including a few dates on the previously announced Widowspeak (who have a new album out this month) tour. Their dates together include the previously discussed NYC show which happens on January 22 at Mercury Lounge with Prince Rupert's Drops and Alex Laliberte of Vensaire. Tickets for that show are still available.
Murals' best-of list and a list of all tour dates below...
The Men @ Saint Vitus
The Men headlined a Pitchfork-produced Sandy-benefit at Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) with Widowspeak (who play Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge soon), Sweden's Lust For Youth (who also played WIERD two nights prior) and Don Giovanni-signed Waxahatchee. The show was a one-off, hometown show for the Men who will tour down under in the new year. Pictures are in this post.
I was most excited to catch The Men and Lust for Youth. The latter's synth-propelled darkwave sounded excellent in the room at Vitus, though watching the pair play was far from a live spectacle. A band like this does extremely well in a setting like WIERD at Home Sweet Home, where lights, strobes and fog are all very common-place. Made me wish I caught them there.
The Men have changed quite a bit in the past few years, so while it wasn't shocking that the band came out with four acoustic guitars in hand given some of the softer-side of Open Your Heart, it was nonetheless a side I hadn't seen before. Gone is the bubbling undercurrent of hardcore (probably my favorite era- the Immaculada/Leave Home records), with most of the tracks slanted in a Replacements-y direction but with a bit of a twang due to the addition of accordion and Rhodes. The band has definitely gone in different directions from the days of sweaty, packed-out 538 Johnson shows (pics), and I gotta say I miss those good 'ole days.
More pictures of all four bands at Saint Vitus are below.
DIIV at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Brooklyn's DIIV just played their last date with Japandroids last night (12/11) and have dropped off the remainder of the dates (there were only three left) and will now play Late Night with David Letterman on Thursday (12/13).
The band also have announced two NYC shows, both happening at Brooklyn Bowl on January 13. The first show is a matinee (11 AM doors, show at 11:30) which is being presented by KidRockers and will be opened by DIIV's Captured Tracks labelmates Widowspeak, and hosted by Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo. The show is all ages until 6 PM and children under 2 get in for free. Everyone above the age of 2 will have to buy tickets. But then at 6 PM doors open for a second DIIV show which is free with RSVP but 21+, and Widowspeak isn't on that one.
As mentioned, Widowspeak will release their new album, Almanac, on January 22 via Captured Tracks. The band have just revealed another cut from that album, "The Dark Age," which you can stream below. Widowspeak have other upcoming local shows including the Sandy benefit at Saint VItus on Friday (12/14) with The Men, Lust For Youth, Waxahatchee and DJs Calen Braaten (Sacred Bones) and Jenn Pelly (tickets). Widowspeak will also be touring a bit in support of Almanac on a run which includes another hometown show happening on January 22 at Mercury Lounge (tickets).
Song stream and all lists of dates are below...
JANE PAIN: American label Sacred Bones is about to reissue Growing Seeds. How do you feel about the US? Why have you decided to write your songs in English and do you think it is significant at all? Are you looking forward to your upcoming American tour dates? What American bands/projects are you into right now?Swedish post-punk/darkwave crew Lust for Youth play their first of four US dates, and first of two NYC shows, at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight (12/12). $8 gets you in. The band will also swing through Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit with The Men and Widowspeak (who also play Brooklyn Bowl). Tickets are still available).
HANNES NORRVIDE (of Lust for Youth): I'm excited to visit US, I've only been there when I was very young. I'v met some really sweet people that are from the states so I hope the rest of US is like them, I don't know.
Well, writing in english feels more safe than writing in my native language. And of course I've listened to a lot of music my whole life which most have been in english so it got kind of natural.
I got this 12″ by Hieroglyphic Being, I really liked that one, Gatekeeper.
After a show in Tempe with Pharmakon, Soren and Foreplay, the final Lust for Youth date in the US in 2012 will appropriately come at the Sacred Bones 5 Year anniversary party on 12/21/12. There the band will join Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth (who just played Union Pool), Psychic Ills (who play NYC on New Year's Eve) and many more as fire rains down upon the earth during the impending apocalypse (if you follow the Mayan calendar).
Head below for some streaming tracks from Lust For Youth, The Men, and a Sacred Bones 5th Anniversary mix, right beside the LFY tour schedule.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's psych-pop group Prince Rupert's Drops dropped their debut album, Run Slow, a few weeks ago via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. It's a well-steeped cup of mushroom tea, brimming with ragged guitars, drone outs and enough melody to keep the straight interested. You can stream the whole thing below.
Prince Rupert's Drops have a couple local shows coming up. They'll play Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks (tickets); and then again at Mercury Lounge on Jan 22 opening for Widowspeak at their record release party (tickets).
Album stream is below.
The Men at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men will join Widowspeak (who play Mercury in Jan), Lust for Youth (who also play WIERD) and more TBA at St. Vitus on December 14 as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit being presented by Pitchfork. Tickets are on sale. The show is the only current US date scheduled for the Brooklyn-based band, so make it count, NYC... and for a good cause.
All other tour dates for The Men are below, alongside a stream of their excellent Open Your Heart.
DOWNLOAD: Widowspeak - "Ballad of the Golden Hour" (MP3)
Widowspeak at MHOW earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Brooklyn's Widowspeak will release Almanac, the followup to their 2011 self titled debut on January 22 via Captured Tracks. The album was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Swans, Real Estate). They still sound a good deal like Mazzy Star on their new single, "Ballad of the Golden Hour," which you can download above, and check out the full tracklist and cover art below (via Pitchfork).
Widowspeak will support the new record with a few shows in January, kicking off with a hometown gig at Mercury Lounge on January 22. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.
A list of all dates, the album cover art and tracklist are below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Woods @ MHOW, 11/3/2012
"Bend Beyond" and also [Woods]'s last two albums -- "Sun and Shade," from last year, and "At Echo Lake" from 2010 -- have reflected a real leap forward for this band, which is fluent in 1960s-style psychedelic-edged folk and rock. Perhaps it was just a coincidence that the last song to play over the house speakers before Woods took the stage... was by Kippington Lodge, a British psych-pop band that was one of Nick Lowe's first outfits -- but probably not. -[NY Times]Woods played Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/3 with Widowspeak and Purling Hiss, the final show of a their fall tour that included a short stint opening for The Walkmen. Look for Woods to take a bit of R&R before hopping on a plane to Australia in the new year. Tour dates, promoting the spankin' new Bend Beyond, are below.
If you missed the MHOW appearance (or were there and would like to experience it again), NYCTaper has the whole thing in audio form for download. More pics from the show are below.
Hunx as Gayracula
All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
The 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's BAD contains a previously-unreleased, disconcertingly-upbeat anti-abortion song, "Abortion Papers," which you can stream below.
Reggae group Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have tackled Radiohead and the Beatles, just released a "Thriller" tribute album called "Thrillah."
Blonds are not to be confused with Blondes who played 100 Troutman the other night.
Teengirl Fantasy were supposed to play that show but will play a no-longer secret show at 285 Kent tonight instead.
Adam Ant is on tour and we got some pictures from his Austin show.
Big K.R.I.T. played Irving Plaza last night (9/20), and was joined by special guests Slim Thug and Paul Wall who teamed up to perform the Mike Jones favorite "Sill Tippin'". Video of that is below.
Do you agree with Forbes that Williamsburg is the third hippest neighborhood in the United States?
Did you get your new iPhone 5?
Pussy Riot, who were just awarded a LennonOno Peace Prize, are still locked up, and it still sucks, as the Dave Hill Remix of Peaches' "Free Pussy Riot" reminds us. You can watch the video for the original at Vimeo.
Europe and the US approve the Universal purchase of EMI.
Fiona Apple, who is out of jail, will play Houston tonight.
More stuff below...
Woods at Storm King Art Center in May (more by Jessica Amaya)
Woods will release their new album, Bend Beyond, on September 18 via the band's own Woodsist Records. You can stream two of its tracks, "Cali in a Cup" and "Size Meets the Sound," along with the cover art and tracklist, below.
Woods, whose touring lineup now includes drummer Aaron Neveu of Mmoss (who Woods recently toured with), will be supporting the new album with a tour. They in Europe as we speak and upon returning home later this month, they'll go on a run with The Walkmen. It seems likely that more dates will be announced, because after that there are only a few more shows currently scheduled, including a NYC show, which happens on November 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Brooklyn band Widowspeak (who they shared a bill with in May) and Purling Hiss. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (9/4) at noon. All currently known Woods dates are listed below.
You won't have to wait that long to catch Widowspeak in their hometown of Brooklyn though. They play Brooklyn Bowl on September 27 with Vensaire and Hard Bop. That show is free with RSVP or $5 at the door.
All lists of dates, song streams cover art and tracklist are below.
Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.
The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.
Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.
A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.
Husky from Australia / Husky from Mexico
Melbourne, Australia's indie folk quartet Husky just released their debut album, Forever So, this week on Sub Pop. (The first AU band on the label, for what it's worth.) With a love of The Hollies, CSNY and America (the band, not the country, though I'm sure they love us too) the band make delicately swooning pop that's a cut above some of the other bands working in a similar idiom. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post and the whole thing is streaming below via a Spotify widget, along with a video for "History's Door).
Husky are coming over for a North American tour in August with two NYC stops: a free Summerstage on 8/18 as part of Australia Day which also features Sheppard, High Highs, George Byrne, Maya Jupiter, Dj Ashley Feraude and Kid Zoom; and then a show at Joe's Pub on 8/21 to which tickets are on sale. All Husky tour dates are listed below.
Just so no one is confused (or perhaps confusing you more), there is also a Husky from Monterey, Mexico who are visting NYC as we speak and play 285 Kent on Friday (7/13) with Widowspeak, Total Slacker and Parquet Courts, and XPO 929 on Saturday (7/14) with Gradients, Island Twins and Parquet Courts again. They also play Cake Shop on July 24. While definitely on the rock side, they are also quite pop-oriented and you could probably convince yourself, if you didn't know better, that this Husky's Weekend Lovers EP (which you can stream via a Spotify widget below as well) was the same band as the one signed to Sub Pop. You can download their single "Miami" at the top of this post and watch the video below.
All tour dates for both Husky and Husky, plus streams and videos, are below.
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - "I Don't Care" (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
House of Vans, who already hosted their first House Party of the summer on June 20 with The Rapture and Tanlines, and has their next one scheduled for July 12 with H2O, 7 Seconds, and more, will also throw a "Classic Summer Party" on July 21. Dum Dum Girls and Widowspeak will play the Brooklyn space that day with a DJ set from Finger on the Pulse and live video installation from Radical Friend and Discipline. RSVP for that show is now open.
This Classic Summer Party falls five days before the third Vans House Party (7/26), which along with 8/2, 8/16, and 8/29, has still yet to announce their lineups.
Last month, Dum Dum Girls wrote a theme song for an issue of Rookie Mag. You can grab an MP3 of that track above, and check out a list of all DDG's dates below...
by Bill Pearis
So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door. Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.
Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).
I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.
Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.
There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.
I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.
Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - Kimi in a Rice Field (Spanish Prisoners remix) (MP3)
Spanish Prisoners' most recent album, Gold Fools, is only about eight months old but the Brooklyn band have a new cassette-only release, Prior Art, which will be out June 26 and "contains reworkings of songs by Clams Casino and Twin Sister, as well as remixes by shape shifters Sun Glitters and Rimar, mixed with gooey ambient stretches and swirling electronic interludes."
The Spanish Prisoners remix of Twin Sister's "Kimi in a Rice Field" -- which you can download at the top of this post -- gives the song a distinct '80s R&B thump while keeping Andrea Estella's vocals floating atop.
Spanish Prisoners have a couple notable shows coming up. They play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (6/1) opening for Freelance Whales (sold out), and will then play Knitting Factory on June 9 with 2:54 and Widowspeak (tickets are still available). The band has a few more additional dates as well and they're all listed below along with the cover art and tracklist to Prior Art.
photos and videos by Jessica Amaya
A couple of Brooklyn bands in a unique NY setting on Sunday. More pictures and a couple of videos, below...
Woods at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Woods kicked off a tour with Mmoss last month surrounding Austin Psych Fest which included a NYC-area show at Maxwell's on 4/20 (how was that?). The tour is wrapping up this weekend with a Philly show last night (5/4), a NYC show tonight (5/5) at 285 Kent with Crystal Stilts, and a show at Storm King Art Center on Sunday with Widowspeak (who kick off a tour with 2:54 in June).
For Crystal Stilts, tonight's show is their only non-festival date, though they've been playing more and more lately. As far as festivals, they're on the lineup of this year's Capitol Hill Block Party.
All dates and a video of Woods at Austin Psych Fest below...
by Bill Pearis
Widowspeak at BV-SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Dirty Beaches and Widowspeak have added another show to their already busy schedules. Both bands will play Shea Stadium this Saturday (4/21), co-headlining a party for the newly-relaunched NewtownRadio.com. Also playing are Black Marble and Family Portrait. Advance tickets ($12) are being sold for this one. Also there's open bar by Brooklyn Brewery (8PM - 9:30PM) & Sailor Jerry (11PM - 2AM) .
Dirty Beaches will begin their tour with Xiu Xiu in a couple weeks which hits Bowery Ballroom on May 5. (All Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches dates are below.) The two will also share a Record Store Day 7", with Xiu Xiu covering Erasure's "Always" on one side and Dirty Beaches taking on Francois Hardy's "Tu Ne Dis Rien" on the flip. You can stream both sides of that RSD release at the bottom of this post.
Widowspeak, meanwhile, will play also play the WBAR-B-Que at Barnard College on April 28 with Bush Tetras, Dam Funk and more. After that the band plays Knitting Factory on June 9, the start of their tour with 2:54 that also hits Mercury Lounge. Widowspeak also did a recent Newtown Radio Session, performing "Half Awake" that you can watch below.
Click through for tour dates, streams and videos...
Dam-Funk at Union Pool (more by Erez Avissar)
It's that very special time again...Friends, make sure and head to the WBAR-B-Q on April 28th at Barnard College. The show will feature FREE performances from Bush Tetras (who just played a show at LPR), Widowspeak, Dam Funk, Forma, Archie Pelago, Night Birds, Midtown Dickens, Mike Slott, and Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans) across two stages. More details below.
WBAR Barnard College Radio is pleased to announce WBAR-B-Q XIX happening Saturday, April 28th from 2-10 PM at Barnard College in New York City
2 stages, 9 acts, 8 hours of music, free BBQ, ALL FREE, ALL AGES, ALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC...
Come early for the free food and BBQ starting at 1:30 PM, stay for the jams
TELL ALL YER FRIENDS
The show is one of four NYC-area shows scheduled for Widowspeak, who also play Maxwell's on 4/13 with Crystal Stilts and two NYC shows on their tour with 2:54. Their full tour schedule is below alongside some video.
Crystal Stilts, who recently reappeared on a bill with Sonic Boom are going on a four-show tour starting with a show at SUNY Stony Brook on Thursday (4/12). From they they hook up with Widowspeak for three shows beginning at Maxwell's on Friday (4/13). All dates are listed below...
2:54 @ BV-SXSW 2012 @ Bar 96 (more by Tim Griffin)
2:54 have announced a full tour with Widowspeak that includes the previously mentioned Mercury Lounge show (tickets) and adds a Brooklyn show happening two day earlier at Knitting Factory (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Also below you can listen to a Wild Beasts reworking of 2:54 song "You're Early" which is also the B-side to the song's single which is out next week. More than just a remix, the track features vocals by Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe, in addition to those by 2:54 singer Colette Thurlow. Check that out, along with the new video for the original version of the song, and all tour dates, below...
2:54 at BV SXSW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK band 2:54, who were just in the US for two NYC shows and SXSW where they played the official BrooklynVegan showcase, are about to kick off a tour on their home continent, but they'll be returning to our side of the Atlantic this June. So far, only a few North American shows have been announced, and one of those is a NYC show which happens on June 11 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/30) at noon.
No opener for this show has been announced yet but Widowspeak is listed as an opener for some of the other US shows and is opening at Mercury Lounge too.
All currently known dates and a video (and UPDATE: a NEW video too), below...
Widowspeak @ Death By Audio - March 24, 2012
Brooklyn DIY venue Death By Audio is celebrating five years, and Saturday night's special bill included Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Shark?, and a headlining set by Widowspeak (who just played one of our parties in Austin). Pictures from the whole night, and video of three of the bands, below...