Entries tagged with: Young Boys
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls @ MHOW 3/26/2013
Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse rolled through NYC, making sold-out stops at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (3/25) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/26). Pictures from MHOW are in this post. Against a neon blue heart, Dee Dee and the rest of the gang rattled through an hour set drawn from all their records (including this year's Too True), plus their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You." Setlist is in this post.
Blouse was a well matched opener, their agreeably gloomy pop brightened by psychedelic, oilpaint-esque projections. Their second album, Imperium, has been a grower for me and I was glad to finally get to see them play those songs live. Good set. The night started early with Young Boys whose singer has definitely watched live footage of The Cramps and The Birthday Party. Pics from their sets, and more from Dum Dum Girls, below.
Sandra of SISU w/ Dum Dum Girls at Merc last week (more by PSquared)
Alex Bleeker at Brooklyn Bowl in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
SISU, Young Boys, VBA, Willy Muse, Brandon of Crocodiles (DJ) @ Cake Shop
When Sandra Vu isn't busy drumming in Dum Dum Girls, she's also making gothy shoegaze with her own project SISU (which also features DDGs guitarist Jules live). Willy Muse, who you may have caught playing bass in Widowspeak, also does his own thing at this show.
Juan Wauters @ Other Music
Juan Wauters is a very busy guy, playing many hometown shows with his band The Beets and also doing the solo thing quite often, like tonight at Other Music. Free admission, 8 PM start.
Sun Araw, Mark McGuire @ Body Actualized Center
Sun Araw is prepping a new album, Belomancie (out 2/18 via Drag City), and he's also got a new piece called "The (3) Vases," which he's performing from tonight. Ex-Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire was initially DJing this show, but he is now billed as "live," making this an excellent bill for fans of ambient/experimental music.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Skies @ Manhattan Inn
Alex Bleeker spends much of his time playing in Real Estate, but his own band is quite different, giving him the opportunity to dive into bluesy psychedelia. They're playing acoustic at tonight's show, which is free and starts at 10 PM.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
You may know John Hodgman as a Daily Show correspondent, but he's also got tons of his own excellent (and hilarious) material. Tonight's another of his Secret Society shows at Union Hall.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show, Night Train, which this week features Marina Franklin, Joe Zimmerman, Sabrina Jalles, Lukas Kaiser, and Matt Koff.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
TOY @ Glasslands, 1/9/2014
All you could see was hair. Like true shoegazers, UK band TOY stayed hunched over their instruments for most of last night's Glasslands set (2/9) with frontman Tom Dougall coming up for air occasionally for vocal duty. Mostly though they vibrated on the same harmonic frequency, hammering at their instruments on a motorik groove.
This was TOY's first New York show, though they'd tried to come twice previously only to be felled by visa issues. It was worth the wait. They were genuinely terrific from opening salvo "Left Myself Behind" through to the uber-krauty title track of their new album Join the Dots which closed the night. If you have any kind of proclivity for this sort of thing (anywhere from Swervedriver to The Horrors) they are definitely worth seeing.
NYC gets another chance tonight (1/10) at Mercury Lounge, it's a late show (doors 10:30) with likeminded locals Spires on first. Tickets are still available, but apparently not many left. The band will then play a handful of other North American shows, and then will be back over in May for Austin Psych Fest. All dates are listed below.
Before TOY were Austin's Feathers who are stopping in NYC for a couple shows before jetting to Europe for a few dates opening for Depeche Mode. The band, sporting a new line-up backing creative head Anastasia Dimou, looked the part and have some catchy songs in the black-clad synthy vein but the band was a little green and it showed -- but the harmonies were on.
The night started with local band Young Boys. On record they're in the gloomy, martial-beat school of post-punk; live their Cramps/Birthday Party side comes out. Shambolic to say the least, but platinum blond frontman is a rabble-rouser and natural frontman.
Pics of Feathers and Young Boys' Glasslands sets, plus more of TOY, below..
Cold Cave @ Station to Station Arizona (more by Lucas Hodge)
The Red Bull Sound Select series of NYC shows continues this month with an East Village Radio curated show at Tammany Hall on November 20. Cold Cave will headline the show which will also features sets from local-ish acts Bad Girlfriend, Young Boys (who we've profiled), and Nothing (who played one of CMJ-week parties last month). Like all RBSS shows, this one is $3, but they're now requiring RSVP (or else it's $10). Keep your eye on RBSS's site for the RSVP link to appear. Check out the flyer below.
The next Red Bull Sound Select show anywhere, is in Austin Saturday as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest and Lee Fields is headlining that one. Jesse Ware does LA on 11/19 (Small Black recently did Dallas) (Debbie wasn't available).
Cold Cave, who've been trickling out songs over the last few months, last played NYC in September when they were at Glasslands. If you haven't heard Bad Girlfriend, the garagey quartet are currently working on their debut LP with Rewards' Aaron Pfenning at the controls and you can stream a few tracks below. Nothing will be touring with Weekend in January.
The last BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show was last month at MHOW with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako and Nude Becah. Our next one is in January. Stay tuned for more info on that.
East Village Radio is also the home of the Invisible Oranges radio show. Head to IO for this week's playlist and a link to the stream.
Bad Girlfriend streams and RBSS NYC flyer below...
Palma Violets @ Webster Hall, 10/9/2013 (via @sachalecca)
Palma Violets are touring their way to Treasure Island Fest in San Francisco, and played their biggest NYC show yet last night (10/9) at Webster Hall, followed by a BV-presented after-party at HiFi. Much like what Parquet Courts did last week, Palma Violets just announced they'll be playing a smaller NYC show, which happens tonight (10/10), this time at Glasslands (one of the first places they ever played here). Tickets for that are on sale now.
This was the show TOY were supposed to have headlined until visa issues forced a cancellation. Spires and Young Boys still open and there'll be DJ sets in between bands by Simon Raymonde who used to play bass in Cocteau Twins and now runs Bella Union records (the UK home of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Flaming Lips and more).
Updated dates are listed, along with a video from Webster Hall, below...
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu, have a new EP titled Light Eyes that is currently out digitally and will be out in physical formats at the end of the month. Laying off the electric guitars a bit, the new EP has an almost baroque faerie folk feel to it. You can stream the whole thing below.
Having just wrapped up dates with Marnie Stern, SISU are now playing a few headlining shows. The tour wraps up with an EP release show on Friday (5/10) at Glasslands with Yellow Dogs and Young Boys. Tickets are still available and all remaining tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Young Boys - Love Hits (MP3)
After a 7" in 2011 and a couple tracks released online last year, Brooklyn's Young Boys are set to release their debut album, New York Sun, next week (2/26). The quartet make gloomy, martial-beat post-punk with equal helpings of dissonance and melody. If you like Cold Cave or Merchandise (or '80s stuff like Lords of the New Church and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry) they are worth checking out. You can stream the entire album for the first time below and its mopey/catcy track "Love Hits" is downloadable above.
Young Boys have a couple local shows coming up. They play Saturday (2/23) at Death by Audio with You, Ritual Howls and Faten Kanaan; then their official album release party happens at Glasslands on March 3 with Xray Eyeballs and DJ sets by Brandon of Crocodiles and Punks on Mars. Advance tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Album stream below...
Brooklyn's Black Marble have a show with a pretty solid local bill TONIGHT (2/27) at the Delancey with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, and Frank (Just Frank) (DJ). They play at 10 PM and admission is $6.
Black Marble, who you might recognize in the above picture from their last project Team Robespierre, also just made a video for "Backwards" off their Weight Against the Door EP which is out now digitally via Hardly Art. You can check that video out below.
If you miss Black Marble tonight, they've got some other upcoming NYC shows including one at Glasslands on 3/9 with TRUST and DZ Deathrays. They also open Light Asylum's record release party at Le Poisson Rouge on 5/3 with oOoOO. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the LPR show are still on sale.
Black Marble aren't playing SXSW, but their label Hardly Art is hosting 2 nights of SXSW showcases at Hotel Vegas this year. Black Marble aren't on either of those, but La Sera, Xray Eyeballs, K-Holes, Jacuzzi Boys, Seapony and others are.
Plastic Flowers and Frank (Just Frank) will be sharing a bill at the Delancey tonight for the second time in less than two weeks. They both opened for Eleven Pond at Glasslands on 2/16. How was that? Plastic Flowers say it was magical.
All Black Marble dates and the video below...