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Active Child has shared a second song from his forthcoming new album, Mercy. "Never Far Away" is soulful electro R&B and you can stream it below. His tour hits NYC on Mercy's release date, June 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He's added a second show, playing Bowery Ballroom the next night (6/17). Both are seated shows with Low Roar opening. Tickets for Bowery go on AmEx presale today (5/6) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (5/8) at noon. Tickets to MHOW are still available -- same link.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Active Child shares "Never Far Away" from new LP, expands tour, playing Bowery Ballroom after MHOW (updated dates)"


Active Child will soon be back with new album Mercy which is out on June 16 via Vagrant. It's his first full-length since 2011's You Are All I See. You can listen to the first single "1999" (not a Prince cover), below.

Around the new album's release, Active Child will head out on tour with Icelandic band Low Roar, and he'll stop in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/25) at noon.

All dates are listed along with the new album cover art and the new song, below...

Continue reading "Active Child shares "1999," first single from new album 'Mercy', announces tour (dates, stream)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013

Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Active Child @ MHOW - 11/14/13
Active Child

Active Child, aka electronic pop musician and harpist Pat Grossi, brought his current tour with Kendrick Lamar collaborator JMSN to NYC this week for shows at Bowery Ballroom (11/13) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/14). Like his collaborator How to Dress Well has done, he had an expanded ensemble on stage that included a string quartet and a mini-choir of backup singers, in addition to his 3-piece core band. Wasn't a long set, but the fleshed-out band helped make it a memorable one. Pictures of the MHOW show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

Meanwhile, Romanian producer Liar (not to be confused with Liars) just remixed the track "Subtle" which features Mikky Ekko, off Active Child's new Ropor EP. You can stream that remix, along with more pictures from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Active Child played 2 NYC shows with JMSN, remixed by Liar (pics, setlist & stream)"

Active Child

Though he toured last year, it's been two years since we've had anything new from Active Child. He's about to break the silence with a new EP titled Ropor, released later this year. You can stream the first released track from it, "She Cut Me," below.

Active Child will be back on the road, too, in November including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and two dates in NYC: 11/13 at Bowery Ballroom and 11/14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows -- and most of the dates on this tour -- are with JMSN, who did a lot of vocals on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/14) at noon.

All dates and the track stream are below.

Continue reading "Active Child releasing new EP, touring this fall (dates, stream)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"the most emotional show (@ Mercury Lounge for Active Child, Balam Acab, Superhumanoids and New Moods)" - Nicolette Elvie

Active Child at Mercury Lounge 5/11/12
Active Child

Active Child brought his tour with Balam Acab and Superhumanoids to NYC earlier this month for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom (5/10) and a day later at Mercury Lounge (5/11) with New Moods. After the Mercury Lounge show, Active Child DJ'd the Mondrian with DJ Sean Glass and DJ VIkas.

Speaking of New Moods, they've got a Northside show coming up with a pretty stacked local bill of Zambri, Ice Choir (featuring TPOBPAH's Kurt Feldman), and Fast Years at Spike Hill on June 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.

More pictures from the Mercury Lounge show and some videos from the Bowery Ballroom show below...

Continue reading "Active Child played Bowery Ballroom (videos) and Mercury Lounge (pics) w/ Balam Acab & Superhumanoids"

by Bill Pearis


New Moods @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
New Moods

You may remember Brooklyn's New Moods from such concerts as the 2012 BV Holiday Party with Anna Calvi and Eleanor Friedberger. We've got the premiere of a new New Moods track, "So Easy," which you can download at the top of this post. (You can stream it below.) With it's fat synth bass, it crushes like a steamroller, but with a lover's touch. Is that possible? Just listen. New Moods play Glasslands on 4/2 with tourmates Jonquil & Keep Shelly in Athens, and play Mercury Lounge on May 11 (sold out) with Active Child, Balam Acab & Superhumanoids.

Stream of the New Moods track below...

Continue reading "new New Moods (song premiere & dates)"


"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:

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2012 lineup announced (Bon Iver, Jack White, Beck, Tenacious D, Shins, Portlandia, Spiritualized & more) "

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Superhumanoids - "Geri" (MP3)

Active Child at MHOW in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Active Child

Active Child has a ton of international tour dates on the way, including Australian and European dates in February and March and a North American tour to follow with support from some pretty impressive openers, Balam Acab and Superhumanoids. The tour hits NYC twice in May, with shows at Bowery Ballroom on May 10 and the much smaller Mercury Lounge on May 11. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (2/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting on Wednesday (2/1) at noon.

Active Child recently released a video for "Hanging On," off 2011's You Are All I See. Check that out, along with a list of all the dates below.

Balam Acab kicks off a short European tour this week with labelmates oOoOO and Holy Other. Speaking of oOoOO (aka Christopher Dexter Greenspan), he just announced his new EP, Our Living is Killing Us, which is due out April 10 via Tri Angle. It features collaborations with Butterclock, who has performed live with oOoOO. The cover art and tracklist are below.

Speaking of Superhumanoids, they recently released the track, "Geri," which you can download above and stream below.

All dates, video, stream, and oOoOO EP info below...

Continue reading "Active Child going on tour w/ Balam Acab & Superhumanoids; oOoOO announced an EP"

Akron/Family @ LPR in 2010 (more by Anna Scialli)
Akron Family

today in NYC
* John Zorn @ The Stone
* Portlandia @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Juan Maclean (DJ) @ Yotel
* Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
* Jonathan Wilson @ The Rock Shop
* Mighty Fine, DJ Mick Collins @ Zebulon
* Daniel Kitson @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* O'Death, Brown Bird @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jeff Mangum @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Herman Dune, Sean Bones @ The Rock Shop
* Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Joey Baro @ Blue Note
* Big Head Todd & The Monsters @ Irving Plaza
* oOoOO, White Ring, Sibian & Faun @ Glasslands
* Colin Rogister, Justin Strauss, Eric Duncan @ Cameo
* Habibi, Yellow Dogs, Daytona, The Foxx @ Union Pool
* Big Freedia, Nicky Da B, Rusty Lazer @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lavalier, Vensaire, Celestial Shore, Rioux @ Cake Shop
* Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, Geri Allen @ 92YTribeca
* Howler, Dear Lions, Cemeteries, The Everymen @ Pianos
* Umphrey's McGee, The London Souls @ Best Buy Theater
* Blondes, The Juan Maclean (DJ) @ Museum of Modern Art
* Fujiya & Miyagi, Jangula, Dinowalrus, Aimes @ Mercury Lounge
* Great Caesar, I'm In You, Fantasmas, Damopes @ Cameo Gallery
* Akron/Family, Dustin Wong, Bad Weather California @ 285 Kent Ave
* Scarcity of Tanks, Sightings, Guardian Alien @ Secret Project Robot
* Michael Cerveris (American Songbook) @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* Justin Carter, Eamon Harkin, Motor City Drum Ensemble @ 12-Turn-13
* Agitator, Hymen Holocaust, Mongrel Bitch, Devastation Wagon @ Acheron
* White Suns, Sediment Club, Gila Monster, Bob Crusoe @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Hans Chew, Two Dark Birds, Alana Amram, Mr. O'Muck @ Bowery Electric
* The Nico Blues, The Fearless, American Darlings, Ballroom Jacks @ Don Pedro
* The Nasty, DCBR, Dead Lexicon, Powerwolves, Zombie Culture @ Tommy's Tavern
* Slick Rick, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Todd Terry, Kenny Dope, Tony Touch @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Kara Klenk, Dan St. Germain, Kate Berlant, Jordan Carlos, Adira Amram and the Experience @ Union Hall
* Eddie Roberts, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Ron Johnson, Eric Deutsch, Scott Metzger, Hagar Ben-Ari @ Brooklyn Bowl
* M. Geddes Gengras, Ancient Ocean, Beggars in a New Land, Long Distance Poison, Family Treasures @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Ace Enders (of The Early November), Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), Chris Conley (of Saves The Day), Evan Weiss (of Into It. Over It.), Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

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One more chance to catch Jonathan Wilson tonight.

Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Doors at 11:30pm.

Active Child, who recently played a show in Chicago with Tycho, released a new video for "Hanging On". Watch below...

What else?

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photos by Erik Erikson, words by Klaus Kinski

M83 afterparty above Public Assembly

M83's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 23, 2011 was, for me, one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. And their album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which came out on October 18th, was one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2011 for me. So much so that it has the distinction of being the only record I have ever illegally downloaded out of sheer impatience for the release date. Don't worry though; I bought the actual CD when it came out. Full price. In person at a retail outlet and not online. Sales tax and all. So, you know.

Active Child had been the opener for the entirety of the M83 tour, and Wednesday's Thanksgiving-Eve show was no different. As Rachel pointed out in her review of the show, Active Child went over really well with the packed room, though their energy and song structure was kind of anemic and the direct opposite of the sonic assault M83 would release upon the room later on. Though Active Child had moments of true sonic greatness, I felt that, overall, their sonic ripple didn't expand very far; whereas some bands have a sonic ripple like a boulder being dropped into a lake, Active Child were more like a marble dropped onto wet cement. There is no doubt that some of the aural textures they pulled off were incredible (and not without a hint of Vangelis), and there is no doubt that the harp playing was superior, but there was something about the monotony of the rhythms and chord patterns that almost put me to sleep. And I hate to say it but vocalist Pat Grossi came across as sounding like a cross between Jimmy Somerville with a dash of Herbert Pervert from Family Guy. Maybe it was the anticipation of M83's set that was making me impatient, but they were decent, just not my cup o' tea. But what do I know?


Moments after the clock in the town square struck 10:00pm (22:00), an alien being was summoned to a very dark Music Hall of Williamsburg stage to usher in the great M83. Top to tail, M83's 90-minute (too short!) set was an absolute feast for the senses. They kicked things off with their stellar Intro track from Hurry Up which set the tone sonically and visually for the rest of the evening's fare. Since it was the last show of the tour, I was really hoping that Zola Jesus was going to come out and crush the vocals for that one. No such luck though. Luckily Morgan Kibby was able to fill Zola's role with an impeccable set of pipes. The chest-poundingly high volume and stage lighting absolutely blew the lid off the place and got everyone's asses moving. They followed the intro with the truly anthemic and mesmerizing track Teen Angst, which is the first song I ever heard by them and essentially got me hooked right away. Prior to the album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83 had already established a MASSIVE canon of incredible music and I could hardly stand still when they crushed tunes like Kim and Jessie, We Own the Sky, and Couleurs. However, with the addition of the near flawless 23-song epic Hurry Up, We're Dreaming to their catalog, they could have relied more heavily on their new album and I would have been happy. New tracks like Midnight City, Reunion, and Wait were absolutely deafening triumphs. But I would have killed to hear songs like Raconte-Moi Histoire, Soon My Friend, the bombastic Echoes of Mine as well as Klaus I Love You (for obvious reasons). But that's just me being a prig. (Maybe some day they'll follow the recent full-album performance trend and play Hurry Up, We're Dreaming from start to finish). My only complaint is that the show was over by 11:30pm (23:30). Too short! Being Thanksgiving eve, I was ready for a boozy, long-haul shindig at MHOW, and although a 90-minute set is generous (and exhausting for all involved), even another 30-minutes would have ruled, regardless of how hot it was in there.

M83 has had some serious success in recent years, but right now M83 are freaking huge. The sheer success of this recent tour coupled with the fact that Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is an absolute modern masterpiece of dance, shoegaze, dream pop and whatnot is no doubt going to launch them into a higher stratosphere of popularity. We were lucky enough to get Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg on this past tour, but I wouldn't expect such intimacy next time around. I'd wager that they are officially a Terminal 5 and larger act now. Without exaggeration, this M83 show was one of the most fulfilling and mind-blowing concert experiences this 34 year old sack of doodie has ever experienced and I am holding onto the experience like grim death because they simply don't cross my path enough.

I didn't go to the afterparty that was right next door above Public Assembly, but photogrpaher Erik Erikson did. His pictures from the show and afterparty, and the MHOW setlist I found on the floor, and a video, below...

Continue reading "M83 @ MHOW -- another review, more pics, including some from the afterparty"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

M83 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Riding from a wave of hype and good press surrounding their string of CMJ shows last month, Active Child showcased their unique sound to a decent crowd Wednesday night and no doubt played an integral role in making the show one of the most in-demand tickets of the month. Though backed by a drum machine and a couple of laptops, Active Child managed to achieve a sound that was surprisingly thunderous at times, but for me, it was the delicate touches - Pat Grossi' dynamic Owen Pallet-esque voice or the unexpected swipe of a harp - that set them apart from their R&B-influenced, laptop-wielding contemporaries.

When it was time for M83, they kicked off their lively set with the aptly named "Intro," wasting no time to showcase their bigger, more confident sound. Energy coursed through the venue both on stage and off, and the two groups fed off each other's fervor from the time the house lights dimmed to the rousing two-song encore. The crowd's ecstatic cheers became something of a challenge, and stepping into the mic, singer/guitarist-turned-motivational speaker Anthony Gonzalez responded to the call with a resounding, "Carry on! Carry on!" (No, there was no appearance by the LA-based Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus who lends her vox on the album, but of course singer/keyboardist Morgan Kibby easily filled the role.) From there, it wasn't long before Kibby pulled back her long, curly hair and everyone danced around in the barrage of blue flickering lights.

Without such excitement, M83 would hardly have been successful executing the ambitious sound of this year's double-album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, but everything about the Thankgiving eve show - the crowd, the lights, the knowledge that it was the final night of the tour - propelled it, making M83's bombastic sound soar. Though many bands exude confidence, few simultaneously rise to a comparable level of competence. Initially Kibby's vocals were hardly audible in the mix, but instead of stuttering or gesturing awkwardly to the sound guy, she grabbed the mic, pulled it closer, and powered through with poise. Even the drummer seemed to be somehow in control of his facial muscles and didn't suffer from the typical assortment of odd facial tics as he delivered propulsive beats.

As if taking a few moments to rest and recharge before the finale, M83 slid into a few slower songs toward the end of their set, starting with "We Own the Sky," which gave Kibby another opportunity to shine on vox. But by "Midnight City," which features the first of two extended sax riffs, they had returned in full force.
Though they opted to omit playing anything from the first two albums, they did throw in a couple from 2005's Before the Dawn Heals Us and a number from 2008's Saturdays = Youth, including one of my favorites, the dark 80s-influenced electro pop gem "Kim & Jessie."

Given their popularity, I confess I'm still surprised M83 didn't opt to play one show at a larger venue (like the dreaded Terminal 5), but I'm certainly thankful with their choice to play a couple of more intimate shows, Webster Hall included, instead. It was about time I heard their music as it deserved to be heard - not through a pair of headphones, but in a space full of sweaty, exuberant fans.

The full setlist and more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "M83 & Active Child played Music Hall of Williamsburg -------- (pics, review, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

As I mentioned briefly yesterday, I'm heading out to the M for Montreal festival which happens tonight through Saturday (11/16 - 19). This is the 6th Edition of the fest, and the fourth that I've attended. Once a showcase for up-and-coming Montreal bands that the festival organizers deemed "export-ready" and that took place primarily at one club (the two-stage Juste Pour Rire), M4M has expanded to include other parts of Canada in the last few years.

Juste Pour Rire closed shortly after last year's festival, so this year has expanded to other venues while also widening in scope. They've partnered with other international festivals (Osheaga, CMJ, SXSW) and have more bands than ever (including a few not from Canada). Bands this year include M83, Karkwa, The Barr Brothers, Active Child, Bran Van 3000 (remember "Drinking in L.A."?), CLAASS, Misteur Valaire, Anoraak, Random Recipe and the debut of Absolutely Free, the new band from 4/5s of  DD/MM/YYYY. Full line-up is here.

In total there's nearly 60 bands playing, which might not seem like a crazy amount for a festival. But M for Montreal is designed with little to no overlap, so if you attend the whole thing you see all the bands. It's going to be a busy week.  Look for more coverage (including my lovely point-and-shoot photography) coming later this week.

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
fun fun

Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]
Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).

Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 2 pics (part 2) -- Spoon, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Tinariwen, Purity Ring & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Braids/Blue Hawaii @ MHoW
Blue Hawaii

Like she was when in February, Canada's Raphaelle Standell-Preston was fighting a cold when she returned to NYC to play the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (10/21). That didn't stop her from performing at the show twice though! Her electronic and atmospheric duo project Blue Hawaii bravely opened the show to the smallest audience of the night at 7pm (less than one hour after the BV day party at Public Assembly ended right next door). She then sang again at 10pm in Braids, but this time to the largest audience of the night. The room was packed to capacity as Braids performed their "absolutely beautiful" music. Seeming overwhelmed by their grand reception, Raphaelle thanked the crowd over and over as they ended their set and their tour with Pepper Rabbit who played at 8.

There's a rumor that the BV showcase may have been Pepper Rabbit's last show ever. Hopefully that's not true. To quote Hannah Angst, "Pepper Rabbit puts on an amazing show- I love when so few people can make that much noise." Maria Sherman said that, "the best part of [the] pepper rabbit show [was] John Norris screaming every lyric."

After Pepper Rabbit and before Braids, came Active Child who some say stole the show.

After Braids came the final set of the night, and that was from the great San Francisco post-punk band Weekend (I feel like it doesn't need to be written anymore that Weekend is not to be confused with The Weeknd or Weekends, but at least one person asked me to clarify this weekend, so I think I should keep writing it). Metro.us saw Weekend and says:

Bringing your own lights is an effective move that makes you stand out from the thousand other bands. You can better capture what you know as the es-sence of your own music. Weekend brought three long red tube lights to put beside their instruments, evoking electric heaters, warming up their icy goth rock sound.
Those lights did look super cool as the band closed out the Friday night show on a very loud note.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Sorry if for some reason you couldn't get in! More pictures below...

Continue reading "BV CMJ 2011 showcase @ MHOW w/ Braids, Active Child, Weekend, Pepper Rabbit & Blue Hawaii (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "I Let Love In" (Nick Cave Cover) (MP3)

Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Chelsea Wolfe

Stereogum and PopGun are co-presenting a CMJ showcase with Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Mr. Dream, and Hollerado at Glasslands on October 18. Tickets are $15 with RSVP.

PopGun are also co-presenting the True Panther showcase at Glasslands, the Weird Vibes showcase at Cameo on October 20 with Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Headless Horseman, Pat Jordache and others, and the Yours Truly showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Active Child (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Born Gold, The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, Inc., and Ava Luna. PopGun also do their own showcase at Cameo on October 22 with Teen Daze, Art Vs. Science, and others. RSVP is open for all of the showcases.

Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, she's got other CMJ shows scheduled including Europa on October 19, the Life or Death CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on October 20, a Pendu/Impose showcase at 285 Kent on October 22, and more TBA. She also recently recorded a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "I Let Love In." You can download that cover at the top of this post. Chelsea and her band also recently performed for an I-N Session. Check out a video of that performance below. In December, she'll go on a North American tour with The Black Heart Procession, though that tour unfortunately does not include any East Coast dates.

All dates and video below...

Continue reading "CMJ shows @ Glasslands & elsewhere (Titus Andronicus, Chelsea Wolfe, Weekend, Active Child & more)"

Braids @ Mercury Lounge (more by Andrew St. Clair)

Though you may have noticed it on Music Hall's site already, I'm excited to announce the lineup of the 2011 BrooklynVegan official CMJ showcase, happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, October 21st. It looks like this:

7pm Blue Hawaii
8pm Pepper Rabbit
9pm Active Child
10pm Braids
11pm Weekend
Tickets go on sale today (9/16) at noon, which is also when the BV Holiday show (happening at the same venue) goes on sale. Both will have tickets also available at the Mercury Lounge box office (unless they sell out before you get there), and the CMJ show will of course also let in CMJ badges.

Montreal's Braids (not to be confused with Braid), covered countless times on this site also played a BV-SXSW 2011 party and are currently nominated for the Polaris Award. I'm honored to host them twice in one year.

Blue Hawaii, more of a rarity, is Braids front-woman Raphaelle's solo project. You don't see Blue Hawaii's name on a bill very often, though maybe you just caught them when they opened for Braids at Mercury Lounge on September 6th. Get there early! Raphaelle on stage once is something not to be missed, let alone twice in one night!

Active Child @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Active Child

Active Child, whose last NYC was a sold out one at Bowery Ballroom just last week, will play an early 9pm set even though they could probably be headlining the night themselves. No lack of BV Active Child posts too if you want to find out more about the LA-based ex-choir boy harp playing artist (Active Child also played a BV SXSW party in March 2010).

Pepper Rabbit also recently shared bills with Braids, though not in NYC where Pepper Rabbit also just headlined their own Mercury Lounge show. Grab the Freelance Whales remix of of their song "Rose Mary Stetch" HERE if you don't have it yet.

Weekend @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Last but far from least is Weekend (not to be confused with The Weeknd or Weekends) who also played the same BV SXSW party in 2011 that Braids did (Malajube, who are in NYC now, played that show too). I'm excited to have them back too! To quote one BV contributor who I think speaks for most of us, "Weekend are one of my favorite new bands of the last year." Maybe you just caught them at one of their two packed NYC shows earlier this month. They played both Mercury Lounge and Glasslands with Talk Normal. Download/listen to their new track "Hazel" below.

NOTE: This is one of two official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcases. The other is much heavier and on a boat. Stay tuned for free day party announcements too.

Continue reading "BV-CMJ 2011 official showcase @ Music Hall of Williamsburg -- lineup & tickets"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Active Child
Active Child

One Thirty BPM: Now that you're going out on your own tour do you feel extra pressure as the headliner?

Active Child (Pat Grossi): Of course! We've done five support tours in the US and UK and Europe and there's still pressure doing that because you're live and you want to impress and get new fans and impress the band you're opening for; there's all this pressure. But then when you're the headliner everyone's there to see you so you don't want to get shown up!

One Thirty BPM: Do you get any comfort from knowing that you're playing to an audience that will be more familiar with your material?

Active Child (Pat Grossi): Yeah, I think so. It seems like every show I play I get more comments from the people who have never heard of me before, but I'm definitely excited to play for an audience that is there specifically for my music.

Glowsticks came out to play at Active Child's sold out headlining show with Com Truise & Young Athletes League at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (9/10). Here are some pictures. They continue below...

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DOWNLOAD: Active Child - 'Playing House' w/ HTDW (Chad Valley remix) (MP3)

Active Child @ Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Active Child

As recently mentioned, the harp playing electro-dream popper Active Child is now out on a tour that hits Bowery Ballroom in NYC this Saturday (9/10). Tickets are still on sale. Com Truise and the UK's Young Athletes League open the NYC show and other dates on the tour.

As also previously mentioned, Jonquil member Chad Valley joins the tour on 9/12 in Boston and stays on through the end. New Yorkers don't get Chad on the bill, but Chad does hit NYC for CMJ at LPR on 10/20 and then again on 10/26 at Terminal 5 with Friendly Fires and Theophilus London. All dates are listed below.

Chad Valley just finished a remix of of Active Child's song "Playing House", one of the best on the new album "You Are All I see" (out now on Vagrant). It's the song that features the complimentary R&B stylings of How to Dress Well. That remix makes its debut here. Grab it above!

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photos by Tim Griffin

Active Child @ Emo's Inside
Active Child

"With immaculate vocals that are almost as enchanting as a Gregorian chant, ex-choir boy Pat Grossi, better known as Active Child, has put together an album that is enthralled in a romantic mystery of love. Active Child was once part of the Philadelphia Boys Choir as a youngster and is also fluent in playing the harp. Even though he is being compared to artists like James Blake and Bon Iver his musical background has given him the space to create music that is just as intriguing to the ear." [Karmaloop]
Active Child is out on tour now, working their way towards NYC for a September 10th show at Bowery Ballroom with Com Truise and the UK's Young Athletes League. Want to go? We have a pair of tickets to give away. Contest details with more tour dates, a remix of Hanging On by White Sea, and pictures from Active Child's show on 9/2 at Emo's in Austin, below...

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DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)


Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.

The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.

Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."

Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.

Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.

Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...

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DOWNLOAD: Chad Valley - "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" (Courtship Remix) (MP3)

Active Child at Le Poisson Rouge in May (more by David Andrako)
Active Child

Pat Grossi aka Active Child will follow up last year's Curtis Lane EP with the full length album You Are All I See on August 23 via Vagrant Records. The album was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Cass McCombs, Glasser) and features a collaboration with How to Dress Well. The Adult Swim Singles Program has a download for the album track "Hanging On." Stream the How to Dress Well collaboration called "Playing House" below.

Active Child will go on his first headlining tour with a full band in support of the album this August and September. The tour begins with a month-long residency at The Echo in LA followed by a month of North American dates with support from Com Truise and Chad Valley on select dates. The tour hits NYC on September 10 at Bowery Ballroom with Com Truise. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Chad Valley, who isn't on the NYC bill, will be touring in support of his recently released EP Equatorial Ultravox. Grab the Courtship remix of "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" above and watch the video below.

All tour dates, videos, tracklist and stream below...

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photos by David Andrako

James Black @ LPR
James Blake

James Blake has the element of surprise working for him. The 22-year-old Londoner first became known last year as a producer of dubstep, the British club-music micro-genre marked by throbbing, reverberating bass.

But that was "a long time ago," Blake said on Monday night during his first Philadelphia performance, at a sold-out First Unitarian Church, where the show was moved to from Johnny Brenda's to accommodate demand. "Well, not that long. But you know how the Internet is."

Yes, we do. The Internet is a place where an evolving artist can grow up, and be scrutinized, in public long before putting out a full-length album. And when he does put out an eponymous full-length - as Blake did, in January - he can generate even more buzz by displaying talents more multifarious than those that dweeby, techno, knob-twiddlers are expected to possess....

...in an hour-long set, Blake demonstrated that his audience-relating skills have improved considerably since he performed in March at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. And the depressive tendencies in Blake's highly emotive music were balanced by the lush textures that cushion his languorous tunes, as well as the promise of a bright future that clearly lies ahead. [Philadelphia Enquirer]

James Blake and Active Child toured from DC to Philly to NYC where they played sold out shows at both Bowery Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge. The latter took place late last night - James went on at 1am, and the pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below...

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Active Child
Active Child

In case you're wondering who will be playing the opening set at the sold out James Blake shows happening tonight/Wednesday at Bowery Ballroom (afterparty at Tammany Hall) and tomorrow/Thursday at Le Poison Rouge, it's Active Child who also opened DC and Philly, and who will continue on to Toronto, Chicago and Minneapolis. All dates and a recently "See Thru Eyes" live acoustic session video, below...

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