Entries tagged with: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* John Brodeur @ Ace Hotel
* Sophie Auster @ Joe's Pub
* The Fixx @ The Bell House
* Tamaryn (DJ Set) @ MoMA
* Matt Shipp Trio @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Rodriguez @ Beacon Theatre
* Meek Mill @ Roseland Ballroom
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Purling Hiss, Axis:sovA @ Maxwell's
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Honey Dijon, Quentin Harris @ Le Bain
* Cherokee Red, Matt Nakoa @ Spike Hill
* Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall
* Green Day, Best Coast @ Barclays Center
* The View, Stanley Odd @ Bowery Ballroom
* David Grisman, Andy Statman @ City Winery
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Webster Hall
* Rachid Halihal & Layali El Andalus Ensemble @ Barbes
* Nick Warerhouse, Starlight Girls, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
* Dapwell, LE1F, Prince Rama, Heems @ Whitney Museum
* Tops, Tonstartsbandht, Gems, Jerry Paper @ Cameo Gallery
* Guardian Alien, Sister Model, Alan Watts, 333 @ Shea Stadium
* Todd Barry, D.C. Benny, David Foster @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Hess Is More, Dinmachine, 9 Volt, Vusac @ The Bowery Electric
* Greg Trooper, X/O, Ariana and the Rose @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Mansions on the Moon, Carousel, Brothertiger @ Highline Ballroom
* Bad Pilgrim, TV Tramps, Manic Sheep, Disposable Hands @ Pianos
* Challenger, Sam Buck Rosen, Starcadian, Punks On Mars @ Glasslands
* Nate Young, Jason Lescalleet, Spencer Yeh Trio, Pharmakon @ 285 Kent
* The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Tonight Alive, Citizen, The American Scene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pac Div, Johnny Polygon, Gabriel Royal, Cypher Clique, Noah Caine, Smokey Robotic @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's a pretty huge Sunday night for shows. There's a bunch of big ones like Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Webster Hall, Leonard Cohen at Radio City, Rodriguez at Beacon Theatre, and Green Day and Best Coast at Barclays Center.
For something smaller, it's worth checking out Nate Young, Jason Lescalleet, Spencer Yeh Trio, and Pharmakon at 285 Kent, Nick Warerhouse at Mercury Lounge, Purling Hiss at Maxwell's, or Guardian Alien, Alan Watts and others at Shea Stadium.
There's also some good hip hop in NYC tonight, including Pac Div at The Studio at Webster Hall and the Blues for Smoke exhibition at Whitney Museum, which includes live performances by Le1f, Heems, Dapwell, and (the not-hip hop) Prince Rama.
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Tonight's Webster Hall show is the second NYC event for Yeah Yeah Yeahs this weekend. They also played the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday (4/5) and you can watch their performance "Sacrilege" with the Broadway Inspirational Voices from that show below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Bill Pearis
Xray Eyeballs @ Bumble and Bumble 3/26/2013
Kanine Records, current home of Eternal Summers, Zambri, Fear of Men and more, are turning ten years old this year, quite an accomplishment for any label born post-Napster. To celebrate, they're throwing a birthday party at Union Pool on Wednesday (4/10) with live entertainment from Xray Eyeballs, Royal Baths side project LODRO, and Montreal's Valleys. The new album from Valleys isn't out till the end of the month, but you can pick up early vinyl at the merch booth that night. You can also pick up free Kanine cassettes and fanzines there too.
The party, which also celebrates 10 years of The L Magazine, is free with open bar but you need to RSVP.
XRay Eyeballs open for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' sold-out show at Webster Hall on Sunday (4/7). A few weeks ago (3/26) they played played an event at Bumble and Bumble's downtown salon and pictures from their performance are in this post.
LODRO, meanwhile, play Death by Audio on Saturday (4/6) with Far-Out Fangtooth, Psychic Blood, and Dont.
Flyer for the Kanine party and more pictures from that Xray Eyeballs show below...
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are scheduled to play a sold-out Webster Hall on April 7, part of a record release celebration at the venue. The band is also scheduled to play The Great GoogaMooga in Prospect Park this summer (tickets).
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who are playing the Great GoogaMooga kickoff show with The Flaming Lips and The Darkness (tickets) about a month after their sold out Webster Hall show, have released a second song from their upcoming album, Mosquito (due out 4/14). Head to the NY Times to hear the new track, "Under the Earth."
Video for first single, "Sacrilege," below...
GoogaMooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Brooklyn food, drink, and music festival The Great GoogaMooga, who we're sure have been working hard on figuring out to do things better the second time around, have announced the lineup for their second year which goes down from May 17 to 19 at Prospect Park. We just mentioned that the fest begins with a kickoff show on the Friday (5/17) with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness. The rest of the lineup includes Matt & Kim, Father John Misty, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Fields & the Expressions, and more playing on Saturday; and Sharon Jones & the Dap-KIngs, De La Soul (who recently announced a tour with LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Ice Cube), Cults, The Soul Rebels, Delicate Steve, and more playing on Sunday.
Tickets for the kickoff show and VIP Cocktail Experience tickets for Saturday and Sunday go on sale Thursday (3/28) at noon, and general admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday become available in an online ticket giveaway which runs from April 1 to 3. "Complimentary tickets will be awarded at random and recipients will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, April 10."
Full music food and drink lineup below...
The Great GoogaMooga is returning to Brooklyn from May 17 to 19 at Prospect Park this year, and the festival will begin with a kickoff show on the Friday (5/17) from 4 PM to 10 PM with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness. Whoa! Tickets for the kickoff show go on sale Thursday (3/28) at noon. More info on the rest of the festival
coming very soon HERE.
Updated YYYs dates are listed, along with their new video for "Scarilege", below...
still from "Sacrilege"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have just released the video for "Sacrilege" from their forthcoming album, Mosquito, which is out April 14. The video stars model Lily Cole as a small town girl who perhaps loves too much and pays the price. It's told in Memento-like backwards fashion. You can watch it below.
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who just played SXSW) are playing a record release show at NYC's Webster Hall On April 7 which is sold out. After that they'll make appearances at both Coachella weekends and have just announced a few other dates as well.
UPDATE: They also play a GoogaMooga kickoff show in Prospect Park with The Flaming Lips and The Darkness.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The line to get into Stubb's last night (3/15) for NPR's SXSW showcase snaked down all the way to I-35. With a line-up featuring Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, Youth Lagoon and more, it's no surprise. As the sun set, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds took the stage and delivered a powerhouse, career-spanning set. Later, Yeah Yeah Yeahs previewed much of their new album Mosquito for the crowd and Karen O was literally luminescent on stage.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
YYYs @ Union Pool, 12/08/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned a couple times, Yeah Yeah Yeah's new album, Mosquito, is due out April 16 on Interscope. If you haven't checked out the LP's gospel-inflected single, "Sacrilege," yet you can stream that below.
While YYYs haven't announced a full tour, they will be playing a record release show in NYC at Webster Hall on April 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/1) at noon.
If you're headed to Austin for SXSW, you can also catch the band at NPR's SXSW showcase on March 13 at Stubb's with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. All dates are listed below...
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have just released the first single from their upcoming Mosquito album. "Sacrilege" features assist from Money Mark and a gospel choir. You can stream it below.
Firefly Music Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dover, DE festival Firefly Music Festival had a great first year in July of 2012, and afterwards immediately announced it'd return in 2013. The 2013 festival happens from June 21 - 23 at the Dover International Speedway, and the lineup was just announced. It includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, The Walkmen, Django Django, Public Enemy, CHVRCHES, Amanda Palmer, Foxygen, Alabama Shakes, Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon, Action Bronson, The Avett Brothers, and more; and the headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster the People. The full lineup is below and you can watch the announcement video at their website. TIckets go on general sale Thursday (2/21).
Firefly happens a couple weeks after NYC festival Governors Ball, which has some lineup similarities (Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Avett Brothers, etc). That one goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and tickets are still available.
Firefly lineup below...
Dave Grohl at Deluna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Toro Y Moi @ Mohawk in Austin, Nov. 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Emuul @ The Stone
* Broad City Live @ UCB
* Jeff Garlin @ Caroline's
* Country Mice @ Mercury Lounge
* Joseph Moffett's Claque @ Barbes
* Sondre Lerche @ The Allen Room
* Cliffsides/Cenote Glow @ The Stone
* Dojo, Shopping Spree @ Silent Barn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Hayden, Lou Canon @ Mercury Lounge
* Smoke DZA, Kids These Days @ S.O.B.'s
* Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash @ City Winery
* Ludwig Persik, Cascading Slopes @ Pianos
* Little King, The Broken Stares @ Sycamore
* WIERD w/ Frank Alpine @ Home Sweet Home
* Toro y Moi, Wild Belle, Dog Bite @ Webster Hall
* Tim Dahl, Pigeons, James Tweedy @ Cake Shop
* Highlife, Pure Horsehair, Daniel Higgs @ The Gutter
* All Boy/All Girl, The Eggs, Modest Midas @ Paper Box
* Beecher's Fault, Lee and The Mumbles @ Pete's Candy Store
* Why?, Astronautalis, Dream Tiger @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Model Zeros, Sharif Mekawy, Victoria Levy @ The Grand Victory
* Big Terrific w/ James Adomian, Myq Kaplan, Streeter Seidell @ Cameo
* Ife Mora, Concertina, Teen Girl, Scientist Monthly, Jackpot @ Glasslands
* New Myths, Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Ben Kenney @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Summer & Evem Miko & The Musket, Let Me Be Bashful @ Bowery Electric
* Sound City Players w/ Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty + more @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Chapin Sisters (are The Everly Brothers), Mike Bones, Austin McCutchen, Alana Amram @ Union Pool
Serious star power tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom for Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, featuring the Foo Fighters plus his old Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic, plus Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, FEAR's Lee Ving and more. Should be interesting.
Fashion Week continues, and though we're mostly ignoring it this time around, you'll find a flyer below for one of the many parties happening tonight. This one at Le Baron with Mike Nouveau, DJ duo Ladies Night (who are the very last act listed on this year's Coachella flyer), and more.
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Local Natives, who were just in NYC, made a video for their track "Heavy Feet" and you can watch that below.
What says "til death do us part" more than Slayer's "Raining Blood"? Check out video of a couple's wedding where the classic tune was used in a rather, er, unique way.
Challenge of the Future
We mentioned recently that Lycaon Pictus have come out of hibernation for their first album in four years. Two of the members, Aaron Diskin and Simon Marcus, used to be in 90's band Challenge of the Future (formerly Boba Fett Experience) with Nick Zinner who formed Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who have a new album on the way) when CotF broke up in 2001. Challenge of the Future are getting back together to play Union Pool on February 22 and it's for a special cause. Aaron Diskin explains:
My dear friend Sebastian Quezada passed away too young. And he left behind a beautiful daughter, Isa! She looks just like a young him! She is magic, just like him.Tickets for the Challenge of the Future reunion are $25 and go on sale today (2/8) at noon. You can listen to some Challenge of the Future here. Flyer below.
A few months ago Nik Zinner suggested we get the old band back together and stage a benefit for Isa's college fund. A couple of hours on the internet, and everybody was discovered: Seth Prouty has been space mining platinum on the far side of Uranus. Mike Guy we found editing an anarchist broadsheet out of DeMoine. Simon Marcus was easy to find: he was in the doghouse. And me? Well, I've been on the wedding circuit.
We're playing with Daddy, who're reuniting too for this event! Seb's buddies Laurel and Matt Katz-Bohen will be rockin' it, as well as Gavin Russom, on the flaming wheels of steel!
As Sebastian's least favorite of my bands, Challenge of the Future simply isn't techno enough. We will however play. Sebastian Vive!
Phoenix at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
First, Phoenix announced that their long awaited followup to 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix would be out this April, then they revealed that it's called Bankrupt! and made their first North American show announcement of 2013: New Orleans Jazz Festival. They've since been revealed as a Coachella headliner and now they've got even more North American dates scheduled, including one that's not too far from NYC: Columbia, MD's Sweetlife Festival, which goes down at Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 11 (about a 3 and a half hour drive from NYC). Their schedule currently has a week or so free on either side of of the Sweetlife fest...hmm.
And the rest of Sweetlife lineup ain't too shabby either. Joining Phoenix will be Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Solange, Youth Lagoon, Holy Ghost!, Gary Clark Jr, MS MR, and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (2/8) at 10 AM with a presale beginning on Wednesday (2/6).
The full lineup and announcement video for Sweetlife, and a list of all Phoenix dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.
Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.
by Andrew Sacher
We knew that Yeah Yeah Yeahs were going to release a new album this spring, and they've just revealed that it's called Mosquito and will be out on April 16 via Interscope. That's the amazing cover art above, designed by Beomsik Shimbe Shim. The album was largely produced by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and Nick Launay, who also worked on 2009's It's Blitz!, and there's also a track produced by James Murphy and Dr. Octagon aka Kool Keith aka Dr. Dooom aka Black Elvis etc is on one.
The band also just recently performed some new material live in Pomona, CA, which you can check out videos of below (via Consequence of Sound), along with the album trailer.
photos by Greg Cristman
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Union Pool, 12/8/2012
Yeah Yeah Yeahs teamed with Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic (a new side project from Tunde of TV on the Radio) and a DJ set from Creep at Union Pool last night (12/8). Yes, the room was absolutely minuscule for a band of the YYY's size, but the occasion was to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, specifically via Waves 4 Water (follow that link to donate if you can). The YYYs were a quartet for the evening, adding collaborator David Pajo to the mix on that rainy Saturday.
More pics from Union Pool are below, including one of the setlist (which included the new song "Despair" presumably from their forthcoming LP).
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Angel Orensanz in 2009 (more by Chris Goldberg)
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at the very intimate Union Pool on December 8 with Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (aka Tunde Adebimpe from TVOTR, Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer, and Josh Werner) and DJ Creep.
Tickets for the show go on sale today (11/27) at noon. Options include $75 tickets (with a complimentary Jameson cocktail) or $100 tickets (which includes a silkscreened poster designed by Tunde Adebimpe and a cocktail). All proceeds go to Waves for Water.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Brooklyn Bowl, December 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin])
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at the very tiny Union Pool on Saturday, December 8. Opening the show will be Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band which is Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio, plus Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer And Josh Werner. Between sets, duo Creep will DJ.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday (11/27) at noon are either $75 (includes a complimentary Jameson cocktail) or $100 which will also include a silkscreened poster designed by Tunde Adebimpe. All proceeds go to Waves For Water, an "international surf-based non-profit organization, whose positive, "no-nonsense" approach has provided clean water to victims of natural disasters around the globe." You can also donate directly to Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative here.
Meanwhile, word is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have completed work on their new, still-untitled, album (their first in four years) which will reportedly be out Spring 2013. Maybe they'll play some of the new songs at Union Pool.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans are back with a new double album, The Seer, due via Young God Records on August 28. The new effort features appearances from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), former bandmate Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family ( who served with him in Angels of Light) and members of Low. Gira comments:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It's the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I've ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it's unfinished, like the songs themselves. It's one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.While you're waiting for August 28 to roll around, you can check out a trailer for the DVD portion of The Seer and all listed Swans tour dates (Nothing for NYC yet).
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they'll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I'm a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!
photos by Bao Nguyen
Karen & Santi
Santigold, who is releasing her new album, Master of My Make-Believe, this spring on Downtown/Atlantic, performed material from it at her two sold out MHOW shows which happened last night (1/17) and Monday night (1/16). In a couple of days she leaves on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
At last night's show, Karen O joined her on stage to perform the track "Go," which Karen guests on. It hasn't been confirmed that this song will definitely appear on the new album, but we do know that Karen's Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner will be on it. Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) is on the album too and was also spotted at last night's MHOW show. Other people, like Q-Tip, were at the show too. NY Times commented on the extravagancies of her show, saying:
Everywhere she went during her performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, there they were: a pair of limber, stoical dancers, faces impassive behind sunglasses but with every other body part in constant and impeccable motion. At one point they wore tuxedo dresses; at another, Victorian tops with sharp shoulders paired with ruffled shorts that fluttered beautifully when they shimmied.But also spoke of an inconsistency in the performance:
Her stage show [...] has been inconsistent in the past. On Monday she was more robust if slightly absent compared with her colleagues: the magnificent dancers, worthy of their own hourlong performance, and her band, outfitted in shimmering tops and matching white headpieces. Often the songs took flight not through Santigold's voice or stage presence, but through what was unfolding around her.More pictures from the 1/17 show and some videos of new material from the 1/16 show are below.
The new album also features contributions from Switch (of Major Lazer), Greg Kurstin, and Buraka Som Sistema. She just released the video for the album's single, "Big Mouth," which was produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. You can watch that below and grab the track for free at Santigold's website in exchange for your email address.
More pics, including some of opener Spank Rock, and videos below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Karen O gets her Santa and JT on @ Brooklyn Bowl
The ongoing "I heart Jonathan Toubin" movement now has a website in addition to a Facebook. Check those sites for info on more upcoming JT benefits like the big one that happened at Brooklyn Bowl late Friday night into Saturday morning with appearances from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Reverend Vince Anderson (who plays Union Pool most Monday nights), Heavy Trash (with Jon Spencer), Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths and more. Here are some pictures. More of them below...
By Bill Pearis
Parlovr at M for Montreal 2011
It's that time of year again, so let's sing it up real pretty. Are we all in the spirit? Better be, because there's a zillion holiday parties going on this weekend, including two thrown by this very blog you are currently reading. How these parties differ from the shows we go to the rest of the year? Only a Scrooge would ask such a question. But to answer it: there's maybe more strand lights. And some Christmas songs thrown in sparsely by DJs or as covers by the bands playing. And some snowflakey sweaters. Whatever you call it, there's lot of great music to go see this weekend. Here's some of it.
Montreal's Parlovr are visiting, playing two shows. Tonight (12/15) they play the Popgun Holiday Party at Glasslands and then tomorrow (12/16) at Mercury Lounge with Shout Out Louds offshoot thing Serenades.
I'm on record as being a fan of this trio who I most recently saw at this year's M for Montreal. I'm not sure any of their records have quite captured the band's live energy, which is why you should go see them. But the recorded version of my favorite song, "Hell/Heaven," comes pretty close. You can download it above. Live, there's lots of flying hair (via singer/guitarists Alex and Jeremy) and flying limbs (lanky drummer Louis) that fits well with Parlovr's spiky indie rock. The band have recorded a holiday track called "Spike the Eggnog" which judging from the video (you can watch below) the spiking involves something much stronger than whiskey.
The Popgun Holiday Party tonight looks to be a good time, with Bell and TWII-faves North Highlands playing as well. There's also a "+ Special Guest" listed as well, no idea who that might be but the Popgun folks usually don't throw around that phrase too lightly.
Tomorrow's show is with Serenades which is a Swedish super-duo consisting of Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and Markus Krunegård of Laakso. Their album Criminal Heaven is out next year in the U.S. and is chock-full of sparkling pop that seems aimed directly at the charts. It's slicker than Shout Out Louds (Laakso were pretty shiny, though they sang in Swedish) but still maintains that sharp melodic sense and shaggy, sad-eyed lyrical bent. You can download a track at the top of this post. Serenades also play tonight (12/15) at Knitting Factory.
There's also the Brooklyn Night Bazaar which runs tonight through Saturday. The enormous space (40,000 square feet!), the layout of which was based on the set of Lars Von Triers' Dogville (!!!), is a holiday shopping, eating, drinking and live music extravaganza as you have probably already heard. Tonight (12/15) is James Murphy DJing, along with Poolside, the Crystal Ark Party Machine and Midnight Magic. Saturday night (12/17) is The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus and Wakey! Wakey!
Friday (12/16) is the BrooklynVegan Presents night with a SPIN Album of 2011 winners Fucked Up, plus Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, and Radical Dads. Frankie Rose and myself will be spinning tunes before the bands start and between sets. And only $10, so that's only two bucks a band. What a bargain! Tickets will be available at the door too. I am DJing starting at 5PM, Frankie will be there from 6PM and bands start at 7PM, with Radical Dads up first. (Then Caged Animals, Big Troubles, Dom, and Fucked Up.) If you're coming, do make an effort to get there in time for them, they're awesome. As are all the bands on the bill I think. Shop, eat, rock out, eat and shop some more, rinse repeat. Say hi.
In addition to DJing our party tomorrow, Frankie Rose is also playing an acoustic set at Glasslands on Saturday (12/17) as part of a Jonathan Toubin benefit that also features Xray Eyeballs, K-Holes and The Stalkers. Frankie Rose's new album, Interstellar, is out in February and I think will surprise a lot of people. She is definitely out of the garage on this one, ditching the reverb and embracing synthesizers, jangly guitars and her inner pop star. Like a lot of folks this year, The Wake seems to be an influence. Fans of Craft Spells are gonna like it.
And to wrap up BV holiday party related items, Saturday's fest with Twin Sister, Widowspeak and Ava Luna is sold out! Hope you got tickets! If you're going, we're raffling off a load of cool prizes -- like every Domino release of 2011 -- with all proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.
And last but not least we've got Atlas Sound here for two shows this weekend:The Bell House on Saturday (12/17, tickets still available) and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (12/18, sold out). Andrew Sacher wrote about Atlas Sound's new album Paralax a few weeks ago which I'm gonna quote:
The flow of the album subtly works in the slower, more ambient cuts to space out the relatively high amount (for an Atlas Sound record) of pop standouts. Like many pop experimentalists before him, Bradford Cox has mastered the art of leaving his own weird touch on even the simplest tune. This comes across most strongly on "Mona Lisa," a re-recording of a track that appeared on his Bedroom Databank collection. The song is carried by the sort of upbeat acoustic guitar rock that Bowie experimented with on Hunky Dory, and Bradford sings with a fragile falsetto that brings to mind Lennon's "#9 Dream."I'll add that Parallax has a post-2AM vibe to it and some of Cox's best songs yet. It also reminds me, a bit, of Spoon too.
That's the big stuff. Some more picks, day-by-day, follow.