Entries tagged with: Wild Flag
by Bill Pearis
After a quiet day, there's no shortage of excellent evening shows for this first night of CMJ 2011. There are just my suggestions -- check CMJ's much-improved (though still not quite helpful enough) schedule for a full rundown of official showcases.
After studying the schedule, my pick for single showcase of the night is the Lefse Records/Banter/Waaga showcase at Pianos which has more than a couple bands of interest on the bill. Among them: Denver duo Gauntlet Hair whose album is out today on Dead Oceans, featuring some densely-layerd ANCO-inspired pop. (Check out an MP3 at the top of this post.) Also playing: San Diego's Cuckoo Chaos whose song "Just Ride It" has stayed in rotation on my stereo for a while now. (You can d/l that above too.) There's also laptop Canadian Teen Daze (who maybe you caught at the Creators Project), Chicago's A Lull, Atlanta's terrific Balkans, and the blissed-out Sun Glitters. It may not have the biggest names on the bill of any show tonight, but who knows where many of them will be in six months? $10 without a CMJ badge.
Coming a close second...Public Assembly, a club no one ever seems to go to for shows in non-festival times, has one of the most solid weeks of any venue in the city. (I'm not just saying that because BV has day shows there Friday and Saturday, either.) Tonight the front room is the Car Park/Paw Tracks showcase with icy synth queen Class Actress, Southern charmer Dent May, Cleveland power-poppers Cloud Nothings, plus Young Magic, Adventure and Light Asylum side project Jimmy Whispers. In the back room, it's the Mexican Summer showcase with the goth-electro of Light Asylum, West Coast droners Date Palms, Boston indie folk act Quilt, plus Radio People, Home Blitz and Xander Duell.
Meanwhile, Merge Records is at Bowery Ballroom for what will be one of the more difficult shows for badgeholders to get into, as supergroup Wild Flag are headliners. It's sold out but they're letting in "limited badges" so if you have one, go early to A) make sure you get in, and B) to see the wonderful Hospitality whose teriffic debut album comes out on Merge in January. In between, Eleanor Friedberger, making for a fine evening of female-fronted music.
At Glasslands, our pals at Stereogum and Popgun are throwing a party with a slew of cool band they've already told you you need to see. Such bands as anthemic Jersey dudes Titus Andronicus, the instrumental magic of Delicate Steve, the nu goth sounds of Chelsea Wolfe, '90s indie rock lovers Mr. Dream, crazy catchy Canadians Holerado, and Cuckoo Chaos. $15 with RSVP. and if you have a CMJ badge you get a discount of some sort (wither badgeholders' privilege).
At Cameo, the very helpful show listing site Oh My Rockness is having their showcase which also doubles as a 7th Birthday party for the site. (Remember when you had to rely on Village Voice ads to find out when shows were happening?) It's a good line-up, too with eager beavers Dive, slinky tribal sounds of Zambri, nouveau synth poppers Adventure, Chad Valley, Even Voytas, Headless Horseman and Wise Blood. $8 if you don't have a badge.
You've got a couple opportunities to see underrated UK act The Duke Spirit tonight, both of which are free whether you have a badge or not.
If you're into gloomy postpunk a la The Chameleons or early Bunnymen, you might want to head to Lit Lounge to catch The Foreign Resort (8PM) who do that sound pretty well. You can check out a stream at the bottom of this post.
Dovecote Records is having a CMJ Kickoff party at Club Norwood tonight, with the very hotly-tipped Araabmusik, plus Supreme Cuts. 9PM. RSVP by emailing RSVP@DOVECOTERECORDS.COM but there's no gauranteed entry. Go early. Flyer below.
In the world of unofficial shows, at 285 Kent we've got San Francisco's awesome Grass Widow, plus NYC/Memphis duo Coasting, Air Waves and Baybee Teeth.
What are YOU going to see tonight? Flyers, streams and set times are after the jump.
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - The Creatures (MP3)
To quote Matador Records...
On November 8, Kurt Vile will be releasing a brand-new 6-song EP on the 12" vinyl and digital formats, entitled So Outta Reach. The EP contains 5 original songs initially recorded during the sessions for Smoke Ring For My Halo but not used for the album, which were reworked with producer John Agnello this summer. In addition, the EP contains a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Downbound Train."Download new EP track "The Creature" above.
On the same day there will be a deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo with a new color cover. The deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc, all at the same price as a regular CD.
Kurt heads out on tour later this month with Bright Eyes who just played Williamsburg last week. Kurt played the same Brooklyn venue earlier in the summer with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag who have a new Tom Scharpling-directed video out today for "Romance". Check it out below. Wild Flag's new album (out 9/13 on Merge) is streaming too.
Kurt's next NYC show is a big headlining one at Webster Hall. All tour dates are listed below.
And speaking of Matador bands that have Manhattan shows coming up in the fall, Girls' new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost is streaming too, and that is also below...
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The first round of CMJ 2011 artists have been announced. The initial list includes Neon Indian (Webster Hall with Purity Ring), CSS (Webster Hall with EMA and MEN), Zola Jesus (KF and LPR), Wild Flag (Bowery Ballroom with Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality), Metronomy (MHOW), Portugal. The Man (T5 with Givers and Alberta Cross), Viva Brother, Wombats, The Good Natured), Kvelertak, Handsome Furs, Memoryhouse, Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Viva Brother show is on October 19 at Bowery Ballroom with 1,2,3 and Kitten. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Wombats show is on October 19 at Webster Hall with The Postelles and The Good Natured. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wild Flag, who just played Williamsburg Waterfront with Sonic Youth, have a tour coming up this fall. When we first announced the tour, we mentioned that it would stop by the NYC area three times for shows happening on The Bell House on October 15, Maxwell's on October 16, and Bowery Ballroom on October 18. If you've noticed that the Bowery Ballroom show mysteriously disappeared from Bowery's site and Ticketmaster, that's because it did. Now that the Waterfront happened, the show back up on Bowery's site and tickets go on sale Wednesday (8/17) at noon. Tickets are also still on sale for the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show. Merge labelmate Eleanor Friedberger provides support on some of the tour including The Bell House show and the Bowery Ballroom show which falls within CMJ.
Wild Flag's tour is in support of their upcoming self titled debut LP, which comes out September 18 via Merge. You can pre-order the album from the Merge webstore now. Also, check out the album trailer video and stream the single "Romance" below.
In somewhat related news, Kurt Vile, who was also on the Williamsburg Waterfront bill with Sonic Youth, added a show on November 11 at Webster Hall to his fall tour. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/19) with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/17) at noon.
All tour dates, video and song stream below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Kurt Vile and the Violators started the evening pretty early at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday (8/12), taking the stage at a prompt 6:30 PM. The crowd hadn't filled in too much yet but those who did make it out early were treated to a short, but great set. Drawing almost entirely from his recently released Smoke Ring for My Halo, Kurt's shoegazey folk rock kicked off the show well and was especially fitting on the sunny waterfront with whiffs of barbecue and cigarette smoke floating through the air.
Up next was Wild Flag, who initially won me over when I saw them open for Bright Eyes earlier this year at Radio City, but their Radio City set doesn't compare at all to what they did at the waterfront on Saturday. The all-girl indie supergroup, featuring Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony of Autoclave and Helium, and Rebecca Cole of The Minders, were greeted to tons of immediate applause as soon as they stepped out onto the stage. Unlike at Bright Eyes, where many people in attendance seemed unfamiliar with the group, this crowd was giving the band some serious support, and that might have encouraged them to rock even harder.
As Bill pointed out, Wild Flag's album is not out yet and hasn't even leaked, but even being only vaguely familiar with their material from live shows and various online singles, I was blown away by every song. The two frontwomen (Carrie and Mary) switched off lead vocal duties every other song and both of them ripped through killer guitar solos. I was a little more drawn to the Carrie-fronted songs because of how ferocious of a performer she is, but needless to say, Mary's were excellent as well. I feel more than confident in saying that Friday's show is not the last I will be seeing and hearing of Wild Flag.
Sonic Youth took the stage a little after 8 PM as their 5-piece incarnation of the band with Pavement's Mark Ibold, unlike last summer's NYC show at Prospect Park, when it was just the four of them. They launched right away into a handful of old material, focusing most heavily on 1985's Bad Moon Rising, and diving as far back as Confusion is Sex and the Kill Yr Idols EP. After a few more old favorites like "Kotton Krown" and "Eric's Trip," the band played a few cuts off their most recent proper LP, 2009's The Eternal. Having Mark on stage gave Kim Gordon the opportunity to put down her bass and sing. And as Kim proved when she left the constraints of a mic stand and took to the front of the stage during the pummeling "Sacred Trickster," she's an electrifying frontwoman. She carried the band as if she was solely a vocalist for their entire career.
They played material from 1983 alongside stuff from 2009, all sounding like it came from the same brilliant place. While most bands who are thirty years into their career are either fading away or living off of the nostalgia of their older material, Sonic Youth continue to sound and perform as fresh as ever. They thrash around stage with a youthful fervor that could destroy the hip-to-be-bored lo-fi scene who cite the band as an inspiration. And while you could try to argue that the similarities between their newer and older material is a negative thing, you'd be leaving out the fact that with only guitar, bass, and drums, all of it sounds like music from a time period that the rest of the world hasn't experienced yet.
Kim returned to the front of the stage around 9pm to sing "Drunken Butterfly" off 1992's Dirty. The band then left the stage after what seemed like far too short of a set. The crowd was audibly disappointmented. However, Sonic Youth quickly began making up for it when they returned for the first of three encores. Kim gave a shout out to Wild Flag and dedicated the song "Flower" to them. After leaving and returning to the stage a couple more times, the band were preparing to play their actual last song when a fan threw a ukulele to Lee Ranaldo, which he used to create the noise intro to "Inhuman." As the song progressed, Thurston Moore unplugged the bass he was playing and started making feedback with his guitar cable that he proceeded to wrap around his neck and body as he sang into the mic that he'd ripped off the stand. Mark Ibold and Steve Shelly kept what was left of the song's structure intact as Kim and Lee continued to create layers and layers of guitar noise. The band stretched the song's ending for at least twice the duration of the recorded version as Thurston kicked around stage moaning and shrieking "inhuman" and Lee swung guitars around by drumsticks lodged underneath their strings, completely stripping at least three of them. By the song's end, Thurston had uprooted the mic setup, and over a sea of fading feedback he said, "With the power of love, anything is possible," threw the mic down and walked off stage.
More pictures, a video, and setlists from the show below...
Wild Flag at Radio City in March (more by Tracy Allison)
The all-girl supergroup Wild Flag (featuring 2/3 of Sleater-Kinney), who initially formed to score the !Women Art Revolution documentary, are set to release their self titled debut on September 18 via Merge. NJ radio station WFMU will premiere the album single "Romance" on Saturday, June 18 on DJ Terre T's The Cherry Blossom Clinic show. In the meantime, you can hear a soundcloud stream of the track "Glass Tambourine," the b-side of their "Future Crimes" 7" released on Record Store Day (below). Both tracks from the 7" will be re-recorded for the full length.
The band will go on a North American tour this fall in support of the new album. The tour kicks off in early October and includes three NYC-area dates later that month. The tour hits The Bell House on October 15, Maxwell's on October 16, and Bowery Ballroom on October 18. Tickets are on sale now for The Bell House show and Maxwell's. Tickets for the Bowery show are not listed as of this post.
Wild Flag also have a few shows this summer. They open for Sonic Youth at their August 12 Williamsburg Waterfront show. Kurt Vile is also on the bill and his album Smoke Ring for My Halo is available with an exclusive bonus track on iTunes for $7.99 for a limited time only. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available.
Wild Flag also play Sled Island June 24-25 in Calgary, AB.All tour dates and the soundcloud stream of "Glass Tambourine" below...
DOWNLOAD: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - "Senator" (MP3)
Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) @ Summerstage 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will release Mirror Traffic on August 23 via Matador (US)/Domino (UK). Like Thurston Moore, Malkmus has chosen Beck to produce the album. Mirror Traffic will be the last album to feature Janet Weiss as a member of the Jicks, who is leaving to focus on Wild Flag full time. Check out the track "Senator" above, and the tracklist and artwork below.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will head out on a month-long tour in September with Jake Morris of The Joggers replacing Janet on drums. The tour hits NYC on September 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/17) at noon.
All tour dates and Mirror Traffic art and tracklist below...
People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.
Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...
Tickets are still available for Thruston Moore's headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but his band Sonic Youth has announced a show set for this summer. Thurston and the gang will team with Wild Flag to play the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 12. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/29) at noon.
Thurston Moore is also curating The Stone for the tail end of April, and the venue welcomed a surprise appearance from Yoko Ono on Saturday night (4/23). She joined Kim Gordon who was listed on the bill "with guest". Video from that improvised performance, that also included Chris Corsano, is below.
Steve Shelley is scheduled to play 285 Kent Ave on Thursday (4/28) with Spectre Folk and will hit the road with Disappears next week.
All tour dates and that Kim Gordon/Yoko Ono video is below.
The Antlers @ The Parish
One of the highlights of my day on Thursday at SXSW was the NPR showcase at The Parish. Though I didn't arrive in time to see Colin Stetson or tUnE-yArDs (I saw the latter the following day), I stuck around for the rest of the line-up, including the grand finale: The Antlers, who, as advertised, played their unreleased upcoming album (Burst Apart) in its entirety for the first time in public. But more on that later.
I arrived to the sounds of Malian singer Khaira Arby, who Jon Pareles of the New York Times later confessed to me was his go-to recommendation for the festival. I don't typically see much world music, but there's no denying Arby's effortless ability to captivate the audience with her rich vocals and rhythmic percussion.
The Joy Formidable @ the Parish
Up next were The Joy Formidable/ I confess it was hard to get past singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan's wild stare, but if anything, the sheer intensity of her gaze was well suited to the tough indie rock strains of the London-based trio.
The energy level in the room continued to climb as Wild Flag took the stage. Not only does singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein have a dedicated fan base thanks to her past band - Sleater-Kinney, she also received quite a warm welcome from NPR Music's Stephen Thompson due largely to the time she spent blogging and contributing to the site. This familiarity imbibed an otherwise strictly rock performance with a genuine warmth that made for a compelling combination on stage. Though their current musical project is young, these veteran lady rockers put on a triumphant and confident performance. Of course, it helps that the remaining three band members (Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and Janet Weiss) each have quite an impressive musical ability (and resume), themselves.
Wild Flag @ The Parish
Next came the part of the showcase that I was most anticipating - the preview of Burst Apart. After the Antlers' 2009 release, the cinematic and harrowing concept album Hospice, I was eager to hear what course they would take in their follow-up. Apparently, one of the biggest challenges the band faced leading up to the show was figuring out how to effectively translate all of the layers and effects found in the studio recording into a live setting. Being unfamiliar with the material, it's hard to tell if they achieved this goal.
I enjoyed the chance to hear the new material without having read any spoilers online, but at first listen, it seems that Burst Apart does not boast the same kind of sparse, sweeping intensity and catharsis that distinguished Hospice... but maybe that's a good thing.
In an interview with Pitchfork a few months ago, chief singer/songwriter Pete Silberman confessed:
For a while, I thought the next logical step from Hospice was to make some very sad, post-Hospice concept record. But thinking in those terms started to feel really manipulative and gimmicky. So I just let go of that idea and, from that point on, I was much happier. In a lot of ways, this album is an easier record to listen to than Hospice; you can put it on and not feel like it has to be a severe emotional experience. It might be. But it could also be on in the background.Like Hospice, portions of the new album seem to project a dark kind of resignation to pain, sickness, and heartbreak. But in addition to the darker songs, it ended in a surprisingly hopeful, (albeit Gothic) vein as Silberman sang, "I'm not going to die alone. I stitched the stuff up so to close up the hole" in a particularly Hospice-like song.
Burst Apart will be releaesd by Frenchkiss Records on May 10th. The Antlers will head out on tour a week later with stops at both Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 19th) and Bowery Ballroom (May 20th). Both shows and much of the tour is with Little Scream who meanwhile is on tour with Sharon Van Etten. Tickets for both NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at the same time.
All tour dates and more pictures from the NPR show at the Parish, below...
photos by Tracy Allison, words by Erin Allison
Bright Eyes headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC twice this week. - March 8 & 9. Conor Oberst's Merge label-mates Superchunk and Wild Flag also opened both nights. I was there on the 2nd night which is also when the pictures in this post were taken.
Wild Flag, the all-girl group from Portland, comprised of Sleater-Kinney and former Helium members took the stage at 8pm for a rocking, half-hour long, six song set. Wild Flag also played The Rock Shop twice on March 5th.
If you would have told a younger Oberst at age thirteen that Superchunk would be opening for his band he would have "kicked you in the shins." The pop-punk band, who released their 9th album this past September, were equally enthusiastic to be opening for Bright Eyes, with singer (and Merge head honcho) Mac McCaughan telling the audience that playing a venue like Radio City alongside bands like Wild Flag and Bright Eyes "makes you feel part of something bigger."
As Oberst took the stage, members of the audience could be heard shouting "Welcome back, Conor!" Bright Eyes played a perfect mix of new and old music during the twenty-song set and three-song encore. The theme for the night seemed to be sexually explicit material, with a dash of family. Two songs were dedicated "to Nancy", the Bright Eyes frontman's mother. Oberst shared the stage with only Nathaniel Wolcott for "Ladder Song," and talked about Lent, telling all of Radio City that he had given up apologizing for the next 40 days. The politically active Oberst discussed the U.S. government trying to control the whole world and encouraged people to do what they can to make a change before playing "Old Soul Song".
There was dancing, tears, squealing audience members, and screams when Oberst jumped into the audience during the encore. Fans could not have been happier to have Bright Eyes back, and as it was eloquently put, "Coberst killed it." Free Gotham said:
"The highlight of the evening? I loved "Hot Knives," "Bowl of Oranges," "Lover I Don't Have to Love" and "Ladder Song," but the epitome of Bright Eyes had to be the performance of "Shell Games." Not only is this one of the best tracks off of The People's Key, it was without a doubt the best song of the night."The full setlists for both nights, more tour dates, some videos, and more pictures from night two, below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Wild Flag @ The Rock Shop
"For Sleater-Kinney superfans, Wild Flag sounds like a bluesier, more psychedelic endeavor: the songs are rooted in pop and punk structures, but are warped and spaced out at times, with distorted riffs that meander and melt their way through patches of loud improvisation. Though the four all share vocal harmonies, with Timony frequently taking lead guitar and vocals, Brownstein is the clear bandleader, hunching over her guitar and burning through bluesy solos, which, at times [in Boston], brought her whole body to the floor." [Boston Phoenix]Wild Flag played the first of two shows with Bright Eyes and Superchunk at Radio City Music Hall last night (3/8). They do it again with the same lineup tonight (3/9).
Wild Flag played their second of two shows at Rock Shop on 3/5, just a few hours after delivering their first blistering set that photogapher Amanda Hatfield described as "SO GOOD. Damn." Jessica Amaya took the reins thereafter. Her pictures from the late Brooklyn show, which also featured support from Yellow Fever, are in this post. They include a shot of the setlist which omits the two-song encore - a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and a cover of Patti Smith's "Ask The Angel". Videos of both of those songs and more pictures from the late show at Rock Shop are below (Radio City pictures are coming later)...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"On March 5, all-girl supergroup Wild Flag made their New York City debut with two shows at the tiny Rock Shop in Brooklyn. Featuring some of indie rock's most experienced and flat-out rocking women, the fledgling band sounded exactly like the sum of its parts. Now, for most other bands, that might seem like faint praise. However, when your "parts" are made up of two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney (guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss), ex-Helium frontwoman Mary Timony, and Rebecca Cole of the Minders, that's a sum that most bands can only dream of." [TheMST]We were at both shows, but for now, a set of pictures (including the setlist) from the early show, which Yellow Fever also played, are in this post.
More Rock Shop pictures below...
Wild Flag in San Francisco (more by Taylor Keahey)
today in NYC
* BAIO DJ set @ Drom
* Miramar @ Barbes
* Oleta Adams @ BB King's
* Clinton Curtis @ Joe's Pub
* The Left Banke @ Joe's Pub
* Randy Newman @ Town Hall
* Elliot Sharp @ Issue Project Room
* Annie Gosfield @ The Kitchen
* Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
* Bon Jovi @ Madison Square Garden
* Hour of 13, Natur, Pilgrim @ Cake Shop
* Dave Burrell, Leena Conquest @ The Stone
* Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos @ Barbes
* Akron/Family, Delicate Steve @ Bowery Ballroom
* Esben & The Witch, Wise Blood @ Mercury Lounge
* Light Asylum, Mirror Mirror, Ablehearts @ Coco 66
* The Beets, The Twitchers, Teardrops @ Bruar Falls
* Wild Flag, YellowFever @ The Rock Shop (early & late)
* Cradle of Filth, Nachtmystium @ Starland Ballroom (NJ)
* Black Dice, Luger, Other Crimes @ Secret Project Robot
* Khaira Arby, The Sway Machinery, Nettle @ The Bell House
* Little Gold, Exit Music, The Art of Shooting @ The Delancey
* Grimes, Doldrums, Megafortress, Toby Aronson @ Glasslands
* Smith Westerns, Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Knitting Factory
* Middle Brother, Dawes, Deer Tick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Shivers, Scott Rudd, Jamie Lee Hodgkin @ The Schoolhouse
* Miike Snow, Major Lazer, Santigold, DJ Mehdi, So Me @ Terminal 5
* Lord By Fire, Windhand, Facedowninshit, Bad Dream @ The Acheron
* Dinosaur Feathers, Motel Motel, Levek, Ohnomoon @ Cameo Gallery
* Soulive, Robert Randolph, The London Souls, DJ Logic @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Kyle Bobby Dunn, Phantom Fauna @ St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church
* The Psychic Paramount, Talk Normal, Eleven Twenty-Nine @ Death By Audio
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, White Laces, Andrew Cedermark @ Shea Stadium
* Evolver Dance Party w/ DJ Spooky, Joro Boro, Brian Degraw @ Santos Party House
* Gary War, Publicist (Sebastian from Trans Am), Innergaze, Arid Hunter @ Psychotropa
* Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane (Ecstatic Music Festival) @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Deluka, Zoobombs, The Almighty Terribles, J. Aims & The Milk Bottles @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Juggs, Atlantic/Pacific, Vs. Antelope, The Quiet Celebrations, Amber & Little Criminals @ Pianos
* Dr. John & The Lower 911, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Ava Luna, PC Worship, The So So Glos, White Suns, Friends, Snowden Snowden, New Humans & more @ 74 Pine St
* QxRxBx anniversary w/ Making Friendz, Rad Pony, People at Parties, Darlinda Just Darlinda @ Public Assembly
* Greg Mayo, Josh Dion, Evan Watson, Derek James & The Lovely Fools, Martin Rivas, Jones Street Station, Morgan Karr @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Golden Age Of Hip Hop Part 3: Birthday Celebration For Eric King w/ K-Solo, Special Ed, Chubb Rock, The Crash Crew, Lord Finesse, Super Love C, MC Shan & more @ Irving Plaza
tickets to tonight's ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: TIMOTHY ANDRES & GABRIEL KAHANE show are $10 off w/ code IVES.
Wild Flag makes their NYC debut tonight (at early and late shows at the Rock Shop). NPR debuted their first studio song yesterday. Listen at their site.
Middle Brother make their NYC debut tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg and play again Sunday at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are with Deer Tick and Dawes whose frontmen are both also in Middle Brother. Jonny Corndawg will play a few songs at the NYC shows too.
Middle Brother, Deer Tick and Jonny Corndawg are all also on the lineup of the just-announced BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party @ SXSW.
Deer Tick's John and Ian recently completed a solo tour. Along the way they stopped at The Met in Rhode Island. Ryan Henriquez filmed the song "Baltimore Blues, No.1" and you can watch the great-sounding video, below...
Not only do we now not need to wait until Bright Eyes' two Radio City shows to see Wild Flag, the Sleater-Kinney-member-heavy band will make their NYC debut in the intimate Rock Shop. They'll play the Brooklyn venue twice on Saturday, March 5th - early w/ their tour-mates Yellow Fever and late with no opener (click the links for tickets that go on sale Thursday at noon). All dates below...
"heading to NYC to play the PORTLANDIA premiere!" - The Thermals
"OMG just saw Carrie Brownstein at the airport SHE'S ON OUR FLIGHT!!!" - The Thermals
"whoa there's a lot of sluts on this flight. c u in NYC!" - The Thermals
"good flight. I finally learned what the mile high club is. I always thought it meant getting stoned in Denver" - The Thermals
The Thermals @ 2009 Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
"Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!Forbidden Friends have no upcoming live dates, but (not counting the private party that Hutch has been tweeting about - see the top of this post) The Thermals do, as do Portlandia guest stars and Thermals' Kill Rock Stars label-mates Corin Tucker and the Decemberists.
Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!
Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)
Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band." [Kill Rock Stars]
Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC, but you can watch it now in the video embedded below.
The Thermals, after the Portlandia party (1/19), have some dates scheduled on the west coast followed by a European tour with The Coathangers. Their list of dates, and Carrie's new band Wild Flag's updated set of dates, and pretty much every upcoming Kill Rock Stars-artist tour date currently listed by the label, is below...
Conor Oberst (more by Chris La Putt)
Those hoping that Wild Flag might schedule a headlining NYC show on the day before they open for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall, are out of luck, but Wild Flag did add a 2nd NYC show, as did Superchunk. They will both open for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall on March 8th (on sale soon) and March 9th (sold out). Bright Eyes also added a bunch more dates, and they are all listed below.
Wild Flag also added some more dates since we last spoke. All of their and Bright Eyes' dates, below...
Ben Kweller just toured through NYC, hitting the Rock Shop in Park Slope for two performances on Saturday night (11/27). Those who chose the early show were treated to guest appearances by both Adam Green and John Shade (who has a show coming up with Mountain Man). Those who chose the late show also got Green and Shade, but won with an appearance by Conor Oberst who joined Ben for a rendition of Bright Eyes song "Another Travelin' Song." A video of that is below.
You might remember Bright Eyes as that band/project Conor led before he started calling himself by his actual name. You may remember seeing Ben Kweller and Conor Oberst play together on stage when Ben opened for Conor at Terminal 5 in 2008.
If my calculations are correct, it's been a bit over three years since "Bright Eyes" played NYC. That November 2007 show was at Radio City Music Hall with Thurston Moore and the Felice Brothers, and earlier that year Bright Eyes played seven nights in a row at Town Hall with special guests that included Britt Daniel, Ben Gibbard, and Ben Kweller.
On March 9, 2011 Bright Eyes will return to NYC and to Radio City Music Hall for a sort-of-all Merge Records bill that will include opening sets by Superchunk and Wild Flag (Conor put out a solo album on Merge and Wild Flag are signed to Merge too). Radio City tickets ranging in price from $25-$39.50 will go on general sale Saturday, December 4th, at 10am, but a presale begins somewhere on December 1st at noon for that show, and for Bright Eyes' only other scheduled gig: June 23rd at Royal Albert Hall in London. There's also an AmEx presale for the NYC show starting Wednesday at noon.
The UK and NYC shows will be in support of a brand new Bright Eyes album, that is coming out on Conor's label Saddle Creek on February 15th, 2011. It's called The People's Key...
"Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band's own ARC Studios, The People's Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.Full tracklist below.
Additional Bright Eyes players on The People's Key: Andy LeMaster, (Now It's Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream)." - Saddle Creek
The Radio City show is one day before Wild Flag (the Sleater-Kinney band) plays DC.
Ben Kweller opens for Pete Yorn at Terminal 5 on March 11th.
The Kweller/Oberst video, all dates, and the tracklist below...
photos by Taylor Keahey
Those heading to Texas this March have SXSW 2011 to look forward to, but is Wild Flag making their way to NYC? The band made up of 2/3 of Sleater-Kinney (Brownstein & Weiss), Rebecca Cole (the Minders) and Mary Timony (Helium, Autoclave, Soft Power) will play the East Coast for a string of dates that (so far) include Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda's on 3/6, but nothing closer. The full (small) list of currently announced dates is below.
Wild Flag completed a West Coast run earlier this month with Grass Widow, San Francisco at Bottom of The Hill on 11/18 included....
"The members of Wild Flag prepared their own gear, but when it came time to play, Brownstein decided her bottle of Bud Light just wouldn't do. "I would love a Jameson on the rocks," she said -- but there was no traveling anywhere inside the club at this point. So after a few reminders and moments of sincerety-implying silence, a full amber glass came surfing along the top of the crowd. "I'm watching that thing, no roofies," she said -- as the anticipation crested -- then the band kicked out a false, note-length start, and then, on the second try, Wild Flag detonated its sonic bomb, a hybrid of shrill, Sleater-Kinney-flavored punk and fortified grunge riffage, led by two face-shredding guitars." [SF Weekly]More pictures from that show, with the dates, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
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Corin Tucker had more than one leg at Bowery Ballroom... (photo by killerfemme)
The Corin Tucker Band played Maxwell's on 10/23 (with Screaming Females) and Bowery Ballroom on 10/26 as part of a short leg of East Coast dates in support of the new LP 1,000 Years. The shows were part of Tucker's first tour in the East since selling out Webster Hall with Sleater-Kinney in 2006 as part of the band's final leg of dates before going on hiatus. Flanked by a supporting cast of Sara Lund of Unwound and Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears, Tucker's new project won over the crowd at Bowery with a combination of bombast and tranquility:
At Tuesday night's show, the turned-to-11 jams (like "Riley" and "Doubt," the latter of which sounds the most like Sleater-Kinney) got the biggest reactions, but Tucker's quieter moments were the most stunning. The band paused for a brief acoustic interlude (including strings) for runs through gorgeously-arranged new epics like "It's Always Summer" and "Dragon," both of which began small and swelled to surprising crescendos. "Miles Away," which opened Tucker's encore and features little more than her gentle, dynamic voice and a rolling piano riff, is lovely on the album but became a full-blooded torch song on stage. Sleater-Kinney's songs mostly all swirl and no release, but Tucker's new approach seems to be about resolution. -[MTV]Meanwhile Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney have a promising new band of their own called Wild Flag also featuring Rebecca Cole (the Minders) and Mary Timony (Helium, Autoclave, Soft Power). The band will record their debut LP for Merge Records and tour on a larger scale in 2011, but so far have only scheduled a handful of West Coast dates (below).
And in case Wild Flag and The Corin Tucker Band just don't do it for you, take comfort in the fact that Tucker also recently told the Seattle Weekly the following in response to questions about a Sleater-Kinney reunion: "We're all still friends and we have talked about doing Sleater-Kinney in the future again... I'm hopeful that that will happen."
The Corin Tucker Band's 1,000 Years is out now via Kill Rock Stars. Video from Tucker's Maxwell's and Bowery Ballroom sets are below, along with all Wild Flag dates...