Entries tagged with: Young Buffalo
The Savannah Stopover festival might only be three years old but it already has the makings of a go-to festival. There's the charming, walkable downtown area with venues just steps from each other. You can tote your (inexpensive) alcoholic beverage around the streets. The price for a three-day pass was an insanely-reasonable $75. The festival schedule felt manageable with only about 100 bands on the docket. (And just about all of these bands are heading to Austin this week.) There were a lot of hallmarks to SXSW, and indeed one person offered up the observation that the current size of Stopover reminded him of the very early years of SXSW.
But the thing that is so important to any festival, whether it be SXSW or Coachella, is having a strong line-up. And Stopover very much had this. From Mac DeMarco on the first night through Turbo Fruits at the very last, there were solid bands up and down the schedule. It was extremely well curated. On the second day, the free Of Montreal concert in Forsyth Park was weird and wonderful among the Spanish Moss. It was the Athens band's first time performing in Savannah. Chris Cohen and Ducktails were excellent over at Knights of Columbus a little later in the evening.
And the all-Georgia lineup at the same venue on Day Three (3/9) featuring Whaleboat, Ponderosa and The Whigs was raucous. I'm sure the festival's plan, as it should be, is to continue growing. My hope is that it doesn't grow too much. Or that it at least doesn't strive to SXSW levels of attendance or insanity. Its location and size make it a perfect alternative to that monster a few states to the West.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
CMJ takes over NYC venues from October 18-22, and they just announced another round of bands that are playing. They are:
J Mascis, Shonen Knife, Gang Gang Dance, Boy & Bear, Cloud Nothings, Free Energy, T. Mills, Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Casiokids, Oberhofer, Smif-N-Wessun, Pujol, Zomby, Joker, Painted Palms, Flatliners, Robbers on High Street, Bag Raiders, Young Buffalo, Skeletonwitch, Gary Clark, Jr. and 1, 2, 3.if you click the links above, you'll see where some of those shows are happening. The previous CMJ announcement is HERE, though collectively that's still not a lot of bands announced by CMJ yet (many more have been announced by venues). Badge info here, but remember if all you want to do is go to shows, you can also just buy tickets to those shows.
The Vaccines at Bowery Ballroom (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"Due to medical reasons within The Vaccines camp, Young Buffalo and The Vaccines regretfully have to cancel their fall tour [with Tennis]."Earlier this month it was reported that Vaccines singer Justin Young was having vocal cord issues. The affected dates include Webster Hall on September 30 and October 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Young Buffalo - "Only We Can Keep You From Harm" (MP3)
Vaccines at Summerstage in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Vaccines and Tennis are going on a fall together, POPPED! Music Festival in Philly and two NYC shows included. They play September 30 at Webster Hall and October 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Young Buffalo open both NYC shows and other dates on the tour. Both NYC shows are on Amex presale now. General sale begins Friday (7/8).
You can also see the Vaccines much sooner if you want to travel to the Hamptons. All tour dates are listed below.
Young Buffalo @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Young Buffalo also opened for the Vaccines last time they played Bowery Ballroom (and are not to be confused with Young the Giant who play the Apple Store in SoHo tonight). Check out Young Buffalo track "Only We Can Keep You From Harm" which is from their new EP, Young Von Prettylips, out July 19th on Cantora Records (the band has also released an album on Fat Possum). Young Buffalo will also be around much sooner hitting Pianos on July 21st and Brooklyn Bowl on July 23rd. All of their dates, some with the Arctic Monkeys (who the Vaccines toured with and played Summerstage with), are below.
words & photos by Chris Gersbeck
The British music press would have you believe that the Vaccines' first U.S. appearance would be akin to that of the Beatles'. Was it? No, of course not. But it was a good debut performance, albeit a short one.
Mississippi's Young Buffalo opened the night (not to be confused with Young the Giant who were playing over at Mercury Lounge), with their guitarist and drummer switching instruments halfway through. Both members were great on each. Think the Dodos, but with a greater emphasis on guitar. Brooklyn's Oberhofer were next, playing a frenetic and layered performance as the crowd at the Bowery thickened. Oddly, it seemed like the audience didn't quite know what to make of them. Songs would end and there would be a sort of awkward pause before any kind of response, but that could just be because their songs generally ended with feedback. Though Oberhofer's (ultra) quiet-loud-quiet dynamic definitely got the crowd's attention more than a few times.
As skeptical as I try to be about shows like this, I have to admit--you could feel a sort of anxious vibe in the air awaiting the Vaccines' arrival. They didn't disappoint. The Vaccines' songs were uniquely structured, played with the intensity and precision of a band that's been around for years (they only just formed last year). It's "garage rock" that we may have heard before, but that didn't make it any less fun. Ending their 30 minute set with the Standells' "Good Guys Don't Wear White", most memorably covered by Minor Threat, cemented my opinion that this is a band worth checking out again.
The Vaccines and Oberhofer do it again Saturday night at Glasslands (sold out), and look for both bands at SXSW in March as well. More pictures (including the written setlist) and a video (of the band covering Minor Threat) from the Bowery show, and some other videos, below...
Chief @ Governors Island over the summer (more by David Andrako)
The Domino-signed band Chief are on tour and headlining Bowery Ballroom this evening, 12/7. Tickets are still on sale, and I have a few pairs you can win. Details, all dates and Chief's new video for "The Minute I Saw it", are below.
Opening the Bowery Ballroom show are The Dig and Oxford, Mississippi's Young Buffalo. If you know one thing about Oxford, it might be that the city is home to Fat Possum Records, and if you know anything about Fat Possum, then you know that since the label recently signed the young Oxford-local band, Young Buffalo must be at least worth a listen (self-titled LP due out in early 2011). You can listen below. Their tour dates are down there too.
Young Man @ MHOW for CMJ (more by Ryan Barkan)
Speaking of young bands, Young Man has a new single out today for "Strangers". And with that single came a new video for "Up So Fast" which you can watch below.
Canada's Young Galaxy will release their third LP, Shapeshifting, via Paperbag Records on February 8th. Grab two songs off that new album, above for free and now.
Young Prisms recently toured and played some NYC shows, and one in Boston that they were late to, partially because their tourmates Weekend had some car trouble, and partially because they were taping an Into The Woods session. Watch that below. Young Prisms are going back on tour in January. They don't list another NYC show yet, but they are playing Philly on 1/31. All dates are down there too.
Dean & Britta played Galaxie 500 in August (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 is already happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December. Turns out, Dean and friends (Britta, etc.) will be doing the same thing much sooner as part of CMJ. The new show takes place at Bowery Ballroom where they did the Galaxie 500 thing previously, one night after the same show at Rock Shop. Catch them at Bowery Ballroom again on Friday, October 22nd, on an eclectic bill with Crocodiles, Wakey! Wakey!, Brian Bonz & The Major Crimes, James Vincent McMorrow and Young Buffalo. Tickets are on sale now (you can also try and get in with your CMJ badge).
And actually, Dean & Britta do a "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" set earlier that same night (10/22) at NYU's Skirball Center. Tickets for that are up too. That makes at least two CMJ shows for Dean and Britta who were part of our own CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom in 2007.
For Crocodiles this gig comes a few days before they kick off a tour with Golden Triangle at Maxwell's.
Recent live videos are below...