Entries tagged with: Zola Jesus
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Clocking in just under an hour, Zola Jesus reimagined some of her catalog for a special event at the Guggenheim last night (5/10) as part of the Divine Ricochet series (that also hosted Grouper/Julianna Barwick and Cold Cave). The show saw Nika Danilova, complete with light up puffy collar, revisiting her work backed by the Mivos Quartet and JG Thirlwell who did the arrangements for the performance. Though there wasn't much running into the crowd, as she often does, Nika did walk and stumble a bit along the beginnings of the rotunda. Pictures and the setlist, which we're not 100% positive is right, are in this post.
Zola Jesus doesn't have many more announced dates at the moment, but will be at Sasquatch, at Hopscotch and Outside Lands, in addition to Osheaga in Montreal in August (which is awfully close to NYC, relatively speaking), and she'll play a string of shows down under this year. All tour dates, the setlist and more pictures below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....
Zola Jesus @ Le Poisson Rouge 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
For her upcoming performance at the Guggenheim May 10, 2012, Zola Jesus has enlisted the talents of one of her most deeply admired performers, JG Thirlwell. Thirlwell is a composer/ producer/ performer based in Brooklyn, who also works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus and several others. If there is a common thread to his varied musical styles, it is a dramatic intensity and an evocative, cinematic quality. JG has collaborated with an extraordinary roster of artists including, Nine Inch Nails, Excepter, Kronos Quartet and The The; his compendium is a virtual who's who of every exceptional experimental recording artist of the last thirty years.Meanwhile, tickets are already on sale for the Grouper/Julianna Barwick show at the Guggenheim. Cold Cave tickets go on sale April 3 for members and April 4 for nonmembers.
For this performance, JG has arranged nine of Nika's songs for string quartet, and enlisted the Mivos Quartet. Nika and the quartet will perform original arrangements from her last two albums, Stridulum and Conatus, while JG acts as musical director. It promises to be a uniquely special evening for fans of both artists. Tickets go on sale April 17th for members and April 18th to the general public.
All Zola Jesus tour dates are listed below...
Zola Jesus @ SXSW 2012 (photo by manotaur)
Cold Cave have confirmed that previously mentioned Guggenheim show, and Zola Jesus, Grouper and Julianna Barwick are playing the museum in April and May too. Details below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus was an extraterrestrial apparition who looked like she could start hovering Linda Blair-style at any moment. "Swords," the glitchy overture to Zola's latest album, Conatus, ushered the four-piece band onstage through fog and a wall of artificial blue starlight, Zola positioned front and center in a flowing white gown. She didn't stay put for long. Bolstered by synth, drums and electric violinist Christiana Key (whom audience members praised by name more than once throughout the night), Zola beautifully belted out "Avalanche," "Shivers" and most of the tracks from Conatus while floating, hopping and jazzercising across the smoky stage. After a hot hour Zola was already gone and back for the encore, stationed behind a double-decker Akai keyboard while Key's violin groaned along to the somber ballad "Skin." -[CMJ]Zola Jesus lead the charge on an all-star cast at Webster Hall on 2/18. Liturgy (who is now down to a duo and a MacBook Pro) and Talk Normal opened the show. Pictures adorn this post.
Zola Jesus plays Lincoln Hall in Chicago tonight and her full slate of tour dates (including Sasquatch) are below. The dates ALSO include an appearance at SXSW as part of the Sacred Bones Showcase on 3/14 at Elysium with Amen Dunes, Led Er Est, The Men, Psychic Ills, and Wymond Miles.
All dates, pictures from Webster Hall, and Zola Jesus's setlist, below...
Zola Jesus at CMJ 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova), who is one of the many artists playing the just-announced Sasquatch! Music Festival, kicked off her tour this week and hits Austin tonight (2/3). That tour comes to NYC on February 18 at Webster Hall with Liturgy and Talk Normal. Tickets are still on sale.
Zola Jesus contributed guest vocals to the song "New France" off Orbital's first new album in eight years, Wonky, which is due out April 3 in the US. Listen to that song below, along with two videos of other tracks from the album. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.
Updated dates, song stream, videos, and album info below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
Zola Jesus during CMJ (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sacred Bones Records will take over the Spectacle movie theater in Brooklyn Thursday (1/26) at 8PM, gathering "an unearthed collection of underground weirdness, ...short films, works-in-progress, and a rare screening of the first Sacred Bones film production, Twelve Dark Noons." The evening will conclude with a "secret feature film screening" and music videos from Gary War, Zola Jesus, Amen Dunes, Moon Duo, Blank Dogs, & Pop. 1280 (whose new LP is out NOW). Check out a video trailer for the evening, as well as a trailer for Twelve Dark Noons (which features music from Naked on the Vague) below.
In related news, The Men have released the title track from their new LP Open Your Heart (out 3/6 via Sacred Bones). Stream that below in full alongside all tour dates which include their 3/7 show at 285 Kent.
Sacred Bones will also welcome the new single from Danish punk band War (not to be confused with Gary War) featuring Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Sexdrome's Loke Rahbek. Stream "Brodermordet" at Pitchfork who write:
Recorded to four-track cassette last year, the double A-side 7" single will include "At War for Youth" and "Kains Mærke", backed by the scuzzy, beat-oriented "Brodermordet". The band says the B-side is centered on a Biblical allusion to Cain and Abel's fratricide (the act of killing one's brother).---
As previously mentioned, Amen Dunes is heading out on tour with This Will Destroy You who separately play a show in NYC at the Kaufman Center on 2/9 (part of the Ecstatic Music Festival). If you want to catch both bands together in the NYC-area, you're in luck; they've since added a 2/11 tour stop at Babbio Atrium in Hoboken, NJ (on Stevens Institute of Technology campus). Amen Dunes will also play 285 Kent on February 23rd with Run DMT. More details on the 285 Kent appearance are forthcoming and all dates are listed below.
Zola Jesus will also head back our way, hitting Webster Hall on 2/18.
All streams, trailers and dates are below.
Sleigh Bells at Webster Hall (more by David Andrako)
Sleigh Bells will begin their Reign of Terror this year, with the release of their new LP which features "Born to Lose", a track you can listen to below (alongside an album teaser). Sleigh Bells will begin a reign over Florida in early February when they play a string of dates with Diplo and Liturgy. The dates will conclude by 2/14 and Sleigh Bells will soon be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on February 17. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at noon on January 11th, with regular sale hitting two days later.
All tour dates, the SB song stream and that video teaser, below.
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
Zola Jesus at KEXP during CMJ (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
After this weekend, Zola Jesus will head back home to Los Angeles for a couple of months of R&R. But the new year will bring a return to the road for the pint-sized woman with the ten-ton vocals; Zola Jesus will hit the road for a string of dates starting in February, and including a Feb 18th date with Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Zola Jesus contributed to the opening track "Intro" on the new M83 LP. M83 is also touring early next year.
All ZJ tour dates and a video below...
today in NYC
* NY Comedy Fest
* Alash @ Barbes
* Kraak & Smaak @ Drom
* MGMT @ Guggenheim Museum
* Louis CK @ Beacon Theater
* Eclipse Quartet @ The Stone
* Furthur @ Madison Square Garden
* Michael Ian Black @ Bowery Ballroom
* Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors @ The Stone
* Dub Trio, The Wicked Tomorrow @ Mercury Lounge
* Bosco Delrey, Cookies, Secret Music, Ropes @ Glasslands
* Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Winterpills @ Maxwell's
* Fitz & The Tantrums, Walk the Moon, Teachers @ Terminal 5
* White Laces, Pow!, Arches, The Numerators @ Death By Audio
* Girl in a Coma, The Coathangers, Noveller @ Knitting Factory
* I'm Turning Into, Conversion Party, The Thieves @ Union Hall
* Dive, North America, Daytona, Paiges @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Wooden Shjips, Birds of Avalon, Citay @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Celestial Shore, Miniboone, Bel Agosy, NY Funk Exchange, Miniboone @ Pianos
* Chaos Majik, Long Distance Poison, The Communion, Husere Grav @ Cameo Gallery
* Concussion, Worms In Women & Cattle, Syphilitic Lust, Sannhet @ Public Assembly
* Surefire Sound, Africa Hitech, Sepalcure, Mux Mool, DJ Kiva @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Red Wire Black Wire, Tiny Victories, The Dust Engineers, Empty Chairs @ Zebulon
* Night Manager, Life Size Maps, Heaven's Gate, The Fagettes, St. Claire @ Shea Stadium
* Sophia Knapp of Cliffie Swan, The Wooden Sky, This Frontier Needs Heroes @ Union Pool
* Les Rhinoceros, Kef, Toby Driver, Jeremiah Cymerman, Mario Diaz de Leon @ The Rock Shop
* Norton Records 25th Anniversary w. The 184.108.40.206's, Phantom Surfers, Dex Romweber Duo, The Alarm Clocks, The Gaye Blades & more @ The Bell House
Zola Jesus performed with M83 last night at the Music Box. Video below...
Friendly Fires @ Summerstage in Aug (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Mike McGinnis @ Barbes
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Hugh Cornwell @ Mercury Lounge
* Ace Frehley @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Derrick Hodge, Aaron Parks @ 92YTribeca
* Peter Wolf, Roy Sludge @ Bowery Ballroom
* Inter Arma, Batillus, Belus @ The Acheron
* Hallways, Drew Victor @ The Manhattan Inn
* Friendly Fires, Theophilus London @ Terminal 5
* Les Sans Culottes, Les Kitschenette's @ Zebulon
* Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, Smoke Fairies @ Webster Hall
* Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration @ the Blue Note
* North Mississippi Allstars, Shannon McNally @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chat Logs, Wishgift, LUSHES, Punks on Mars @ Death By Audio
* Mr. Barrington, Spacecamp, Luke Rathborne, Adrien Reju @ Pianos
* Amon Tobin ISAM Live Audio/Visual Show, Emika @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Fletcher C. Johnson, Infinity Hotel, These Animals, The Finks @ Cake Shop
* Los Straitjackets Rock 'n' Burlesque Spectacular, The World Famous Pontani Sisters & Friends @ Highline Ballroom
* The Talent Show w/ Reggie Watts, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein, Joseph Keckler @ Littlefield
You can watch Zola Jesus's recent concert at LPR in its entirety, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
EMA @ the Ace Hotel
If you weren't running around on weekdays seeing CMJ shows this year, maybe you were listening to the ones that were being broadcast live on KEXP at the Ace Hotel. Dominick went and saw at least three of them live. His pictures continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus performed at least four times in two days (KEXP & a private Converse/Fader thing were two of them), capping off her CMJ run in NYC with a show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/19) with her tour-mate Xanopticon. The early-ish show ended at 10PM and was one of two evening dates, including the pair's appearance at Knitting Factory the previous night.
Zola Jesus has moved on to Philadelphia to play a show at First Unitarian Church TONIGHT (10/20) with Psychic Teens. Stream all of Psychic Teens' new LP Teen below (and preorder it at Golden Voyage), and look for them at Union Hall on 11/17 with Hannibal Montana and Carved Up. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, that LP stream and more pictures from last night, below.
Zola Jesus at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On October 19, Zola Jesus, We Are Augustines, Portugal. The Man, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will perform during the day with "Matador, 4AD, and Rough Trade DJs" at night. On October 20, there will be performances by Widowspeak, Givers(who opens for Portugal. The Man at Webster Hall), Dum Dum Girls (who also plays Bowery Ballroom), and The Lonely Forest, and DJ sets by Acephale Records and RVNG INTL. On October 21, there will be performances by WATERS (who has other CMJ shows), EMA (who has two other CMJ shows), Atlas Sound, and one more TBA, and DJ sets by Group Tightener and Merge Records. You can just show up and watch, or else tune into KEXP to listen on those days.
Full CMJ KEXP schedule 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.
by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Electro-goth queen Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) recently announced the release of her upcoming full length Conatus. The album will be her first full length since developing her raw goth rock into brooding synth-driven pop. Grab the lead track "Vessel" HERE. Conatus drops October 4 via Sacred Bones.
Zola Jesus will head out on a fall tour in support of the album which kicks off two days after its release in Portland, OR. The tour continues across the US and Canada through November and includes two NYC shows. Those shows happen on October 18 at Knitting Factory and October 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are not on sale yet but check Ticketfly for the KF show
and LPR's site for their show. LPR tickets now on sale HERE. Xanopticon is opening.
All dates below...
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
EMA at P4K Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Darkstar played their first US show at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. As mentioned, they'll be sticking around for a bit and will play in NYC tonight (7/18) at Le Poisson Rouge. Phaseone opens the show and tickets are still available. We're also giving away two tickets at our facebook.
TIme Out Chicago caught Darkstar's set at P4K:
On "Gold," the trio's cover of Human League, a distant house thump permeates, rolling alongside hi-hats and anchored by slow piano. This is the energy the crowd needs. People start wading in closer, whistling and fully embracing the music.Speaking of bands who played Pitchfork Festival with upcoming NYC shows, Gatekeeper play on Saturday (7/23) at 285 Kent as part of their tour with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy. The NYC show was originally scheduled for Coco66 but has been moved to 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
Clicks continue to buzz in rapid succession, and the distorted and crunchy synth found in so much of Hyperdub's output sits prominently in the mix. The lead singer looks like Brendan Fraser in Airheads, but this shouldn't make you take Darkstar any less seriously. Their February signing to Warp is big news for these Brits, a trio we'll hear more of in the future.
P4k2011's first sounds were very yin and yang. As Gatekeeper's light, blissful tunes fluttered over the trees, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) squinted into the hazy afternoon sun and began grinding out some dark, menacing music. [Chicago Sun Times]Check out pictures from Gatekeeper and EMA's sets at Pitchfork Fest HERE.
EMA has two shows on Wednesday (7/20). She'll play an early show at Mercury Lounge with Helado Negro (tickets) and a late show at Glasslands with Talk Normal and Abblehearts (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Alamaba rap duo G-Side also played Pitchfork and will play NYC on Saturday (7/23) at Tammany Hall.
Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with a Rocks Off Concert Cruise Thursday (7/21). Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom aren't on the bill like they were for the much of the tour (Pitchfork after party included) but Nguzunguzu have their own shows this week. Here's some words about GGD's Pitchfork set:
A small man waving a stick of burning sage preceded Gang Gang Dance to the Green stage--a shaman of sorts, he stayed on stage for the entire hour, waving his sage stick or a towel and nodding along to the hyperbolic pastiche of dancehall, new age, tropicalia, electronica and Middle Eastern. It's world music gumbo, but highly danceable and about as "now" as you can get.Gang Gang Dance also DJ on Saturday, 7/23 at Warm Up at PS1 with Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future, who also played Pitchfork Fest.
Lead Lizzie Bougatsos jumped off the stage to greet fans while the band continued banging out its dizzy-making tribal beats. It wasn't long before Bougatos was crowd surfing as fans reverentially passed her around the human sea. "I think when you carried me I became Jesus Christ," she said, returning to the mic. "I'm showered in your love, I'm dripping it. Drippy drippy all the way down!...If you can't act crazy on stage, there's no reason to live." Gang Gang Dance's new album Eye Contact is one of my favorites of the year so far, and live it sounds very different--much less haunted and weird, but damn good all the same. [Riverfront Times]
WU LYUF didn't play the fest, though Pitchfork probably wish they did. They share a bill with DJ Dapwell of Das Racist, who did play Pitchfork, on Saturday (7/23) at Knitting Factory. WU LYF also play the night before (7/22) at Mercury Lounge. Bass Drum of Death are on both bills.
Pitchfork Fest day one pics are HERE. Pics from the following two days are coming soon.
EMA dates and a video of Zola Jesus & EMA doing an unrehearsed cover of 'Crimson & Clover' at a pre-Pitchfork Fest show in Madison, Wisconsin, below...
M83 at Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"It's a double album," Gonzalez tells SPIN, adding that it will have a conceptual element. "It's mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I'm really proud of it. If you're doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I've done that with this one. Overall, it's pop -- and very epic. Anyone who loved M83 before, they'll love this album even more. People that hated me, they're going to hate this, too."M83 plans to release the ambitious double album this October. A teaser video called "Echoes..." for the album was uploaded onto his website recently. Check that out below.
Sonically, Gonzalez says he's splitting the difference between the slick, synth-pop of Saturdays and the more ambient work of Before the Dawn. Short interludes will be interspersed among longer tracks, and Gonzalez is testing out new instruments like acoustic guitar. He hasn't quite nailed down song or album titles yet -- Gonzalez just wrapped up mixing the album two weeks ago -- but he does reveal that guests will include Zola Jesus and Brad Laner from Medicine, the cult noise-pop band who were once signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings in the '90s. Beck and Nine Inch Nails' bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen is also contributing.
"The track that Brad sings on is just gorgeous -- he did incredible work on that," says Gonzalez. "And Zola's track is very orchestral and very big. It's almost like a duet." [Spin]
M83 will go on a North American fall tour in October and November in support of the new album. The tour kicks off on October 15 in Mexico, includes Moogfest and ends in NYC on November 22 at Webster Hall. Ticket presale is available on M83's site now. Check ticketmaster for updates on general sale.
M83 album guest Zola Jesus has her own new album on the way too.
All tour dates and album teaser video below...
A couple days ago, Zola Jesus started a countdown clock on her website indicating news was the on the way. Well, say hello to the follow-up to the breakthrough Stridulum and Valusia EPs. Conatus, Zola Jesus's new LP is due on October 4th via Sacred Bones. Check out the lead single "Vessel" available for download above and streaming below. Nika Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) will mostly play dates in Europe this summer, with a few notable stops in the US for Pitchfork and in LA in late August. Full tour schedule is below.
Meanwhile, Sacred Bones affiliates Cult of Youth hit the road on July 12th with a show at Knitting Factory supporting Cold Cave (tickets), linking up with Austra and Iceage for dates along the way. Full tour schedule is below. If you make it out to the shows, swing by the merch table to pick up a copy of COY's new The Devil's Coals 7" featuring the title track and a cover of Martial Canterel's "Sidestreets" on the flip. Cult of Youth also have a new LP, and you can check out a new track "Lace Up Your Boots" available for download above/streaming below.
Iceage recently played Public Assembly with Prurient and a sweaty 285 Kent with Fucked Up and Jeff The Brotherhood. They'll be back in August to play Cake Shop on 8/20 and Secret Project Robot on 8/21 to polish off the remainder of their US Tour.
All tour dates and that Zola Jesus song stream is below.
by Bill Pearis
Naked on the Vague
It's spring, it's Passover/Easter, flowers are blooming...let's talk goth. Sydney, Australia's Naked on the Vague are here this weekend for two shows: tonight (4/22) at Coco66 with Sacred Bones labelmates Trust and Silk Flowers, and then Saturday (4/23) at Bowery, kicking off their tour with Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth.
Naked on the Vague's new platter, Twelve Dark Noons, which is also the name of a new film that made its U.S. debut last night (yes I'm a little behind) at 92 Y Tribeca, and the band played an "experimental music" set beforehand. Tonight's show is a little more normal for the band -- it's the record release party -- though may not be normal to you depending on what you listen to.
Core duo Lucy Cliche and Matthew Hopkins have recently expanded the band to a four-piece, making for a fuller-sounding dark and doomy racket. Hopkins describes the new album as "Dracula fronting the B-52s." I'm not sure that's how I;d describe it, but this is certainly a more accessible record than last year's Heaps of Nothing which came out on Siltbreeze. If you like the '80s goth touchstones, you'll be into this. Check out "Clock of 12's" at the top of this post and the video is below.
Opening tonight are Toronto duo Trust who played earlier in the week at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home. You may recognize Maya Postepski if you've seen Austra play live (she's their drummer). Along with singer Robert Alfons the duo "combine dark synth arpeggios, live and programmed drum beats with haunting, effected vocals." Hear all those things in Trust's debut single, "Candy Walls," which is downloadable above. (And watch the well-photographed, vaguely creepy video below.) Similarities to Postepski's other group are evident, which is to say if you like Austra but wish the songs were sung by a guy who kind of sounds like the Crash Test Dummies dude...Trust is pretty close to that. And not a bad thing. Locals Silk Flowers open tonight's show.
the Fresh & Onlys
Keeping thing within the Sacred Bones realm, San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys are here tomorrow (4/23) at Music Hall of Williamsburg as they're on tour with Crocodiles. The band have been on a prolific tear for the last two years but have kind of slacked off in 2011. It's April and they've only just released their first record on the year. But it's a good one, Secret Walls (on aforementioned label), continues the band's differentiation from the SF garage scene they were lumped in with. There's not one rocker amongst its six tracks. Which is not a bad thing at all. Tim Cohen's songwriting just keeps getting better and the EP's expansive sound here is a great showcase for the superior musicianship found in all corners of the band. Lovely stuff.
Shifting gears, tonight at Pianos are Karkwa from Montreal who you might remember won the Polaris Music Prize in 2010 for Les Chemins de Verres, the first-ever Francophone album to receive the award. Yes, that means they sing in French though that really shouldn't stop you from digging them. I've described them before as the French-Canadian Radiohead, which is reductive but gets you there. So if you can listen to Sigur Ros and not worry about what they're saying, you can do the same for Karkwa. Check out their video for single "Le Pyromane" at the bottom of this post. They play giant rooms in Canada so to be in a room as tiny as Pianos should be interesting.
As previously mentioned, former Swell Maps and Television Personalities guy Jowe Head is here, playing tonight at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (5/23) at Cake Shop. Tomorrow's show is especially enticing, as it's the NYC debut of Cuffs which is the new band from Andrew Churchman who fronted much-loved Boston band Pants Yell! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.) Cuffs also has Pants Yell! drummer Casey Keenan, as well as "a member of Reports and the blonde kid from Big Troubles."
Cuffs are working on some real recordings as we speak but you can listen to some demos at their Bandcamp site, one of which you can download at the top of this post. For those familiar with Churchman's previous band, you already mostly know what to expect here. He's still writing delicate indiepop, though Cuffs have a little more groove. I remember him saying at Popfest (PY!'s last NYC show) that the new stuff would be more Prefab Sprout influenced and you can hear that lonely jazzy sound in "Albert Kroft."
Pants Yell! were always a louder, more rocking band live than on record, and I bet the same holds true for Cuffs. There also seems to be a little jammy-ness with them too (maybe the Big Troubles factor), so I'm really curious/excited for tomorrow's show.
That's the main stuff this weekend, but there are a few more day-by-day picks below.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Personal & the Pizzas, who played last night at Maxwell's, are at Cake Shop tonight laying on the cheese with Georgia's Barreracudas and Los Vigilantes. Personal & the Pizzas and the Barreracudas also play Bruar Falls on Sunday (4/24).
The Bass Drum of Death show tonight mentioned up the post is also with So So Glos, Xray Eyeballs, and Night Manager.
If you like The Drums, check out The Young Friends (who are signed to the Drums' Holiday Records) at The Gutter with Beacon and Kosovo.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
It's a hard-to-pass-up bill at Glasslands tonight, with Hunx & His Punks, Shannon & the Clams (who played Cake Shop already this week), the wonderful Grass Widow and the K-Holes. Catch Grass Widow again on Sunday (3/24) at Death by Audio with Talk Normal.
And if you want to see that show, chances are you wish you could see Davilla 666 (who played Cake Shop earlier this week too), The Beets and Xray Eyeballs at Knitting Factory.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Personal & the Pizzas play Bruar Falls.
That's it for this week. Tour dates and videos are below...