Entries tagged with: X
X frontman John Doe and Canadian band The Sadies teamed up in 2009 for the album Country Club. They're re-teaming for shows this weekend at branches of Hill Country BBQ, including the Brooklyn one on Friday (10/23) and the Manhattan one on Saturday (10/24). Tickets for both NYC shows are on sale now. They play the DC branch of Hill Country tonight (10/22).
The Sadies have a couple non-Doe dates in November. All are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Country Club, below.
photo: Screaming Females at Rough Trade in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females just headlined their label Don Giovanni's free annual New Brunswick show over the weekend, and they have more dates coming up. They play the Halloween show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, Convention Hell, which has them covering X, members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more, and after that they'll go on a short Northeast tour.
The tour hits Brooklyn on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Most dates have support from Potty Mouth, but no opener announced for MHOW yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster directed and starred in the new video from their labelmates/recent tourmates Vacation. It's for the song "I Wish I Could Be Someone Else" off their new album Non-Person, and you can watch it below.
photos by Kenneth Bachor
X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.
There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.
It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]
American punk icons X start their tour tonight (7/17) in Ridgefield, CT but unfortunately original guitarist Billy Zoom, who is battling bladder cancer, won't joining the band this time out. Instead guitarist Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) will be filling in tonight through the three NYC dates at City Winery (August 1-3). Remaining festival dates in August and September are yet to be determined. Tickets are still available to the City Winery shows and a portion of the proceeds will go to help cover Billy's medical expenses.
If you'd like to help out Billy directly, there's a Go-Fund-Me campaign. We wish you all the best, Billy.
All X dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Penelope Spheeris' essential, long-out-of-print Decline of Western Civilization documentary trilogy is finally getting a DVD/Blu-ray release on June 30. The first one (the punk one) is also screening as part of BAMcinemaFest on June 19 at BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with Spheeris after. Tickets are still available.
They've just announced an afterparty for the Decline screening, happening at Rough Trade (doors at 11:30 PM) featuring an local indie "all-star" band -- including Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors, Glass Ghost), Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic), Brian Betancourt (Hospitality), and Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal, Gold Dime) -- performing X's debut album Los Angeles in full. There's also VHS-loving New Jersians Citizen Blast Kane who will be covering songs by Black Flag and Circle Jerks. There may be surprise guests, too.
The Decline afterparty at Rough Trade is free with your BAM screening ticket, or it's $7 without.
Meanwhile, the real X will be here in August for three nights at City Winery.
photo: X at City Winery in 2014 (more by PSquared)
All dates are listed, with a video of X playing the classic "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline" from the original Decline of Western Civilization (which is getting a DVD/blu-ray release this month), below...
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by P Squared Photography
X @ City Winery 8/21/2014
Los Angeles rock icons X are in the midst of a sold-out, four-night run at City Winery, each night playing one of the first four albums in full. It kicked off Thursday (8/21) with John, Excene and the rest of X tearing through their fiery 1980 debut, Los Angeles. A sitdown joint like City Winery may be a strange place to hear such an adrenalized punk rock album as this (and tonight's Wild Gift), but it may fit the mood better when they get to Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World. After tearing through its nine short songs, they came back out with a keyboard player and an additional guitarist for a set of other X songs.
Pictures and setlist from X at City Winery night 1 are in this post. More below...
Los Angeles legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over four-night stands in LA, NYC and Chicago including four nights at NYC's City Winery in August:
8/21: Los AngelesTickets to all four nights are on sale now. X's first two albums -- 1980's Los Angeles and 1981's Wild Gift -- are bona fide classics (the other two aren't bad at all either). All dates are listed, along with streams of all four albums, below.
8/22: Wild Gift
8/23: Under the Big Black Sun
8/24: More Fun in the New World
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
photos by Cory Dewald
Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Blondie are set to release their third album of the 21st century, following 2011's Panic of Girls, at some point this year, and while details on that album are still forthcoming, they have announced a tour in support of it. For the tour, they'll be taking out another group of punk legends, X. That tour includes Riot Fest Chicago and two NYC area dates: September 7 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and October 4 at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM. The AC show is on 24K presale now and the Roseland show is on Live Nation/Citi Cardmember presale now. Every ticket purchased for this tour will include five exclusive tracks from the upcoming Blondie LP.
All dates are listed below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Meat Puppets @ Mercury Lounge, 4/3/2013
Legender cowpunkers Meat Puppets will release their new album, Rat Farm, this month (4/16) and are currently on tour in support of it. The tour stopped in NYC last night (4/3) for their first of two consecutive sold-out nights at Mercury Lounge. While the tour is promoting the new record, the Kirkwood brothers hit many of the high points of their 30-year career. Openers The World Takes (who also play with them again tonight) may be an unfamiliar name to some, but you may recognize their drummer as DJ Bonebrake of X.
More pictures from Mercury Lounge, including one of Meat Puppets' setlist, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
X guitarist Billy Zoom at Irving Plaza, 11/30/2012
Los Angeles (punk) rock legends X are currently celebrating their 35th year as a band and still boast the same line-up that gave us their essential 1980 debut album (and others). John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake were in NYC this weekend for two nights at Irving Plaza (11/30 - 12/1) and we've got pictures from Friday's show in this post. There's a few more dates left on X's schedule and the band plays Washington, DC tonight.
More pics from Irving Plaza (none of openers Reverend Horton Heat or Not in The Face unfortunately) are below, along with the setlist.
X at Made in America Festival (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Los Angeles rock legends X have a few scattered tour dates until late November, including stops in Orange County, CA and a pair of stops in Texas including Fun Fun Fun Fest. But then, look for the band to team with Reverend Horton Heat and Not in The Face for a string of dates that will kickoff on November 30 and December 1 at Irving Plaza and also include December 7 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets for all shows are currently on presale with a password of "soundcheck" with regular sale going down on 9/7 at 10AM.
Full X tour itinerary is below, along with video of their classic ode to their home town.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Run DMC / Pearl Jam / Drake at Made in America Fest 9/3/2012
A Run DMC reunion was one of the many highlights of the second day of the Jay-Z presented Made in America Festival which happened in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. Monday's show also featured Pearl Jam, Drake, X, The Hives and others. Jay-Z joined Pearl Jam during their set for a performance of "99 Problems".
Pictures from day 1 are HERE and more pics from day 2 are below (along with Run DMC's setlist).
Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.
If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).
A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
by Tim Griffin
Eddie Vedder & Beth Ditto @ Rock Werchter 2012 - 6/29/2012
"Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival). The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 85,000 guests daily, of which 67,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 139,000 different attendees." [Wikipedia]You saw pictures from day one. Here we go with day two..
Day two of Belgium festival Rock Werchter kicked off for me with the still-reunited, classic California punk band X playing on the main stage. I stayed for their entire, great set which means I missed Belgium band School is Cool who were playing on the other side of the park. Judging by the bubbles seen on several attendees leaving that stage though, it looked like missed a fun time. Other bands on the second day, of this festival that featured so many big names, included Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Deadmau5, The Gossip, Beirut and many others
I couldn't make it to every band on all three stages each day, obviously, but I at least have a good excuse for missing Mastodon: I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fest (many thanks to FIAF and Rock Werchter for the hospitality - and WAFFLES!). They took me behind the fences and gateways, to get a glimpse all that goes on to keep things moving. The scale and logistics were pretty mind-expanding. Some bullets:
- Rock Werchter goes for 4 days at the end on June, but initial setup begins in early May.
- More than 8000 are directly employed by the festival, with thousands more as subcontractors.
- More than 25% of the staff are directly engaged in security and safety of the venue and audience.
- Most staff are sourced locally to ensure direct local benefits from the festival.
- Rock Werchter is practically a small town, with everything but a school system on site (medical services, residences, offices, supply depots, repair stations, food services (including storage and preparation), and even on site garbage sorting and recycling.
- Thousands of large steel road plates are used throughout the facilities to protect the ground from vehicle traffic, and thousands of square meters of field and audience areas are also similarly protected using plastic and wood flooring.
No pictures from backstage, but more from who was playing on the stages, along with Pearl Jam's setlist, below...
Levon Helm at Summerstage in Central Park (more by Chris La Putt)
The Band's Levon Helm will step outside of his weekly Midnight Ramble for a show at Wellmont Theatre on February 10th with Peter Wolf. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale Friday 11/18 at noon. The show, along with a pair of dates that he has lined up at Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY (11/18 and 5/25) are his only non-Midnight Ramble dates announced thus far. Full tour schedule is below.
Meanwhile, the Midnight Ramble continues this weekend with special guest Hook Herrera and on 12/3 Helm will welcome Jimmy Vivino (of Conan's Basic Cable band) and Dawes. Tickets for that show, and all others are still available (either seated or Standing Room Only).
Dawes will also head down to NYC & NJ that same week. Both Maxwell's shows, which Robert Ellis is opening, are now sold out though. You can catch Robert Ellis though during a tour with John Doe that hits City Winery on December 4th. For the X man, it's one of many gigs that will be keeping him busy through New Year's Eve.
All Levon and Dawes and Robert Ellis and X dates and a video below...
photos by Devan Council
X is for extreme, which is the only way I can describe Friday night's sold-out performance of X's 1980 debut album, Los Angeles, in its entirety. The show began with the viewing of X's 1986 documentary film, X: The Unheard Music, followed by the LA based band band taking the stage a little before 10pm....X played all of their landmark LP Los Angeles at Irving Plaza on 9/30, a feat they repeated the next night (10/1) at the same NYC venue, and the night before at Maxwell's. The band is currently touring and will hit Chicago for Riot Fest this week. An updated set of dates, and more pictures from Irving Plaza, below...
In front of a sold out crowd of some 1200 fans, X kicked off the set by playing "Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not." As the masters on stage played each song with pure raw energy, the audience with all their pent up anticipation burst into excitement. X's version of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" was just as an exciting rendition of the original. "Los Angeles," the title track from the album of the same name had a strong delivery propelled by guitarist, Billy Zoom's mastery of his Gretsch guitar. Besides playing the entire Los Angeles album, X played songs from their albums Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World -[Concert Log]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Yang Yang (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - "Total Decay" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - Breath the Fire (MP3)
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Hello and welcome to the ATP Runoff edition of This Week in Indie. (Aka ATPTWII.) Yes the big news is the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow's Parties which is happening this year in Asbury Park, NJ which looks to be super cool. (I would like to see The Pop Group.) There are still tickets available for most of it -- it gets a little confusing what with "Three Day Jeff Magnum" passes and other variations but this column will not get into that. We're talking bands/artists who are also playing NYC shows while here. And some other stuff too.
First and foremost, for me, is Anika who is making her North American live debut tonight (9/27) at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets still seem to be available. Her debut album snuck in late last year but made my Best of 2011 with it's mix of post-punk and dub, and I've been waiting to see her live ever since. As I wrote before:
Recorded in 12 days, live with no overdubs, it sounds like the missing link between The Slits and Lilliput. Portishead's Geoff Barrow -- his other band BEAK> is the backing band here -- gets the claustrophobic vibe just right. A lot of people have tried and failed to recreate that Martin Hannett Sound... Barrow nails it. And the material -- a mix of girl group covers and politically-charged originals -- suits Anika's Nico-esque delivery perfectly.You can download two tracks at the top of this post, cover's of Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang" and obscure British girl group singer Twinkle's "Terry." Anika is here on a limited North American tour and all her dates are at the bottom of this post. Anika's live band is a 5-piece that includes two of the three members of BEAK> (Geoff Barrow is the one who doesn't play with her live).
Opening for Anika is local act Slowdance who you may remember made L Magazine's "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list and whose debut EP, Light & Color, was just released last week. It's a "name your price" download at their Bandcamp site. The whole thing is pretty good but I especially dig the opening track "Cake" which is kind of like early B-52's minus Fred Schneider but in French.
I mentioned BEAK> who, in addition to sharing members with Anika, will also be performing their own set at ATP and have also just released a split EP with Toronto's proggy, mathy DD/MM/YYYY who are playing Friday night at Cameo with like-minded noisemakers Yvette and Bambara. DD/MM/YY are on short East Coast tour while here for ATP and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
If you like DD/MM/YY or have been curious about seeing them live, you should go to this show... because they're breaking up at the end of October and the Cameo show is their last NYC show before doing so. I last saw them at M for Montreal two years ago, where I wrote:
Also impressive live are Toronto's DD/MM/YYYY who have clearly gotten much tighter than the last time I saw them (Don Pedro's, like three years ago). It's proggy-mathy, but bordering on chaos too. I'm not that crazy about their records -- a little too much going on at one time for my poppier tastes -- but I'd go see them again, no question.Don't get too sad about them calling it quits, as four of the five are regrouping under the name Absolutely Free and will make their live debut at M for Montreal this year.
More ATPTWII action: London trio Factory Floor play two NYC shows this week: tomorrow (9/28) at Knitting Factory with Apache Beat and FAN-TAN, and then Thursday (9/29) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Londoners Walls.
Factory Floor get a lot of Joy Division comparisons and JD/New Order drummer Stephen Morris is a fan, remixing last year's "Wooden Box" single. But apart from looking sad in their press shots, Factory Floor are more in the minimal wave camp with drone and repetition being their weapons of choice. Their new single "(R E A L L O V E)" is basically a goth/industrial/techno/Krautrock ode to Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder's "I Feel Love" and is pretty awesome.
The band's next release will be on DFA in November. Judging from live clips on YouTube (like them performing "(R E A L L O V E)" at Rough Trade which you can watch below), Factory Floor are intense live and you might want to rearrange your show schedule to see them.
The Soft Moon
And rounding out the ATP-related shows are San Francisco's The Soft Moon who were supposed to be opening for Mogwai (who had to cancel) but will now play 285 Kent on Saturday (10/1) with White Ring and Beige (video flyer below), and the Wierd Party next Wednesday (10/5). Their new EP, Total Decay, is out on Halloween via Captured Tracks and you can download a track from it (and one from their debut album) at the top of this post. If you like '80s 4AD goth (Clan of Xymox, Xmal Deutchland) you're probably already going.
Speaking of goth, in a totally different way we've got Veronica Falls in town for two shows: tonight (9/27) at Glasslands and tomorrow (9/28) at Pianos. Their debut, out last week on Slumberland, is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I wrote about it over at Sound Bites which I will quote here:
The band get the C-86 tag a lot but, apart from The Velvet Underground (which has inspired 95% of all indiepop), New Zealand seems to be a bigger influence anyway. "Misery" and current single "Bad Feeling" could both be Bats songs. (The Verlaines are a clear influence too, and I bet someone in the band loves The Chills' "Pink Frost.") But this is not a band you really sit around playing "spot the influence" to, as you're too busy swooning to the gorgeous melodies and Roxanne Clifford's truly lovely voice.When I said "goth" above, I mean more in an old school romance kind of way. Love and death, often intertwined. If you're on Spotify you can listen to the album here. They're great live, do go see them. Tonight's Glasslands show is with German Measles, Tanks Amigo and Darlings; the Pianos show is entirely TWII-endorsed, with McDonalds, Heaven's Gate and The Hairs.
There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs ("Misery," "Bad Feeling," the effervescent "The Box") are equals to early singles "Found Love in a Graveyard" and "Beachy Head" which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the original versions.
Ty Segall plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/29) and we've given him a lot of love over the last few years. He's awesome. If you're going, do get there early and see opener Mikal Cronin who plays in Ty's band and used to front Charlie & the Moonhearts. I liked the Moonhearts just fine, but playing with Ty seems to have done wonders. Mikal's self-titled LP on Trouble in Mind (produced by Ty) is far and away the best thing he's ever done, is one of my albums of the year, and I like it more than Segall's Goodbye Bread to be honest.
The album has great song after great song, killer hooks and harmonies -- SoCal garagey surf-pop at it's finest. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post.
Friday is the last night of Monster Island Basement and the DIY venue is going out a big show featuring Regal Degal, Total Slacker, La Big Vic, Hume and Royal Baths. It's the record release party for Total Slacker's debut album, Thrashin', which got a 6.7 on Pitchfork today:
Total Slacker's sense of humor is the album's driving force, and it's both overt and weirdly specific. The lyrics, for the most part, are a goofy celebration of the slacker caricature. Between the references to weed and various snack foods, and the record's languid pace, Rountree perpetuates the archetypal slacker character with his nasal whine. The track "Thyme Traveling High School Dropout", for example, is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-style branding for a guy who goes back to the 18th century because marijuana isn't illegal then. And the title "Stealing From Salvation Army" says it all-- he plans on doing just that after he wakes up in the afternoon. That's pretty much the whole album. Thrashin' largely depends on buying into that character and thinking it's funny, or at least interesting, for 40 minutes.With Total Slacker's propensity for instrument-destroying, this last night at Monster Island could be a doozy.
And finally, Minneapolis band Howler are playing their first NYC shows this week: Thursday (9/29) at Glasslands and Friday opening for Tapes n' Tapes at Bowery Ballroom. The band just signed with Rough Trade who put out their EP, This One's Different, not too long ago. They're getting more UK press than here in the States. NME gave the EP 8/10 saying:
Howler are musical pizza. They're not a band you define yourself by. They're a band you dance to. Which is not to say that Howler are stupid, or people who like Howler are stupid. They just don't feel the need to prove that they're clever.Everybody likes Pizza, right? The review goes on to make a Razorlight comparison, so this pie must have extra cheese. You can download a Howler track at the top of this post.
The title of this first EP by Rough Trade's most recent signings is both misleading and spot on. There's nothing much different about these Minneapolis boys at all, with their sexy bedhead hair, skinny limbs and small-child-romping-at-a-family-wedding goofy energy. Their bratty guitar pop is as familiar as skin, but also as warm and lovable. But then, how many flat, formulaic takes on this same sound are also-running around out there? Howler are different because they make commonplace components fly with a brilliant nonchalance.
And that's the big stuff for this week. Slightly smaller stuff is below, day-by day:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Portland duo Viva Voce are at Mercury Lounge tonight. They don't get enough attention -- apart from just being two of them there's no "angle" per se, besides good songs and great musicianship -- and their new album The Future Will Destroy You is pretty good.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Somebody is playing Roseland tonight, can't remember who.
OMD @ Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
As Tune-Yards starts her second of two NYC shows at LPR tonight (9/20), OMD will be beginning their first of two shows at Irving Plaza. And I don't know what is about right now and two-night stands, but Wedneday and Thursday have two Beirut shows (both shows with Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier) and two Opeth shows.Thursday and Friday bring two Wilco shows (tickets went back on sale today) and two Girls shows (who also play Other Music while they're here). Old school East Coast punks (sort of) Blondie (who cover Beirut on their new album) just played two shows at Highline Ballroom. Old school West Coast punks X begin a two night run at Irving Plaza soon, but not before the two Radiohead shows at Roseland Ballroom with Four Tet and friends go on sale, sell out and happen (though Radiohead does overlap with X's Maxwell's show). Megafaun also play two NYC shows next week, as do Mogwai with the Soft Moon. Jay-Z & Kanye West will spend
9/27 & 9/28 11/5 & 11/6 at the Izod Center in NJ. Portishead and Jeff Mangum help end September and begin October with two shows each as part of ATP in NJ. Portishead follow it up with two more shows at Hammerstein Ballroom. I think that's a good place to stop. What else?
X's John Doe is in NYC to to promote his new album "Keeper" which follows his release from earlier this year, a collaboration with Jill Sobule. John will make three live/tv appearances while he's here. Tonight (9/7), catch a free performance at 7pm at Soundfix Records in Brooklyn. Thursday (9/8) catch John at Rockwood Music Hall where he'll probably play a longer show. Thursday night watch him on Letterman!
If you miss him, John won't be gone long, but when he returns it will be the more punk rock version of himself. X just announced a show at Maxwell's that happens on their fall tour that also includes two NYC shows and a gig in Asbury Park.
Back when we last posted X tour dates, which were then updated to include Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, there was a "Thursday, September 29 @ TBA". Ends up that show, which is one day before the band plays its first of two shows at Irving Plaza, is taking place at Maxwell's in Hoboken. $40 tickets go on sale Thursday, 9/1 at noon. The NJ show, like all shows on the tour, will include a performance of Los Angeles in its entirety and a screening of The Unheard Music.