Entries tagged with: babies
La Sera at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Vivian Girl Kickball Katy Goodman released her second album as La Sera, Sees the Light, earlier this year via Hardly Art. The album continues in the vein of the catchy indie pop of her 2011 self titled debut. You can grab two tracks from the new album, "Please By My Third Eye" and "Break My Heart" above or stream them below.
Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone's band The Babies plays Glasslands on June 6 with Nude Beach.
All La Sera dates and streams below...
The Babies @ Cake Shop - 2/6/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
285 Kent, the most difficult venue to keep track of in terms of who is playing, is hosting a show TONIGHT (Thursday, 2/9):
===| THURSDAY 2/9 @ 285 KENT AVE |====For the Babies, that will be at least their 2nd show this week, as they opened for Widowspeak and the Dum Dum Girls at Cake Shop on Monday. For Babies member Cassie Ramone, it will be at least the 2nd of three shows because Vivian Girls are also playing a free NYC event on Friday. Details below...
:: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
:::: the Babies
:::::::: Life Size Maps --- ep release
:::::::::: Heaven's Gate
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $7-$10 sliding scale donation | all ages
photos by Jessica Amaya
Dum Dum Girls @ Cake Shop - 2/6/12
As hinted earlier and then 100% confirmed before showtime, Dum Dum Girls & Widowspeak layed Cake Shop last night (2/6) with The Babies, and Punks on Mars. It looked like both Widowspeak and Dum Dum Girls were sporting new bass players. Here are some pictures.
Three of the four bands (sans The Babies) will play again at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/7, tickets) and at Maxwell's on 2/11 (tickets). Both NYC-area shows are part of a larger tour for Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak. All DDG dates, including the recently-announced Sasquatch, and more pictures from Cake Shop, below...
In other news, Widowspeak kicks off a short tour with Dum Dum Girls at Music Hall of Williamsburg Tuesday night (2/7). Punks on Mars (aka Ryan Howe) open the Brooklyn show too, and tickets are still on sale.
Real Estate at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The band begins a string of East Coast dates this weekend bookended by a pair of NYC shows. As discussed, look for the band to hit the sold-out Terminal 5 on Saturday (1/14) with Girls and King Krule (who also plays two OTHER sold-out shows this week), but ALSO look for Real Estate to team with The Babies and Dogleather to play K&K Super Buffet in Queens on January 28th. Not familiar with K&K?
K&K SUPER BUFFET is a transformer. Family-style Chinese steam-table buffet restaurant by day... soaring ceiling-ed, opulently decorated, decadent party palace and cheap-assed bar by night. Lots of rooms and zones, great sight lines and terrific vibes. Just off the Myrtle/Wyckoff L train, just over the Queens border in Bushwick Heights, aka Ridgewood, with ample parking for anyone driving in.Todd P says, "ONLINE ADVANCED TICKETS GO ON SALE SOON". All tour dates are listed below.
Real Estate will also play Coachella 2012, alongside names like Radiohead, Pulp, At The Drive In, Justice, fIREHOSE, Refused, Bon Iver, and many many more.
All tour dates and that "Easy" video is below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Widowspeak @ BV-Holiday party @ Bowery Ballroom
285 Kent is throwing a holiday party tonight (12/20) with live sets from The Babies, DIVE, and Widowspeak and DJ sets by Matt Mondanlie (Real Estate, Ducktails) and Todd P. Doors are at 8 PM and entry is only $4, and:
Hot spiced cider will be available ++ xmas tunez ++ Ric Leichtung & John "Rambo" & Todd P all in Santa suits!More info on the show below.
get in free if you work for Todd P or Ric/Rambo or JM/R or 285 KENT AVE or Market Hotel or SHOWPAPER or Shea Stadium or Big Snow or Death By Audio or Glasslands.
And it's the second holiday party in NYC during the past week for Widowspeak who just played a dreamy set at the BV Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday with Twin Sister and Ava Luna. To keep in the holiday spirit, Widowspeak did a cover of The Wailers' "She's Coming Home" during their set. Maybe you can hear that again tonight. Some pictures from from Bowery are in this post.
Speaking of The Babies and Real Estate, they're going on an east coast tour together in January. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates yet, but it kicks off the day after Real Estate plays Terminal 5 with Girls and King Krule (1/14). Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates, pictures and show info below...
photos by Tamara Porras
AMNY: When did you discover the music of the '90s?Yuck played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Porcelain Raft this past week. Gross Magic was also supposed to play both shows, but cancelled. Cassie Ramone's band The Babies filled in, and play again at Bruar Falls tonight (she also recently DJed 285 Kent). Pictures from 10/13 adorn this post.
When I was around 17, I got introduced to some really good stuff by my friends, like Lambchop, Smog, Dinosaur Jr. and Will Oldham. That had a massive significance. It's the best feeling when someone shows you something new.
Many reviews said you seemed nervous onstage during Yuck's first shows. Has that changed?
We made these songs in Max's room without any fans. We didn't even know we'd be putting a record out. Then, suddenly, we're playing in New York. I guess it's something you get used to. Music is quite a personal thing -- it's abstract, and it's sometimes difficult to understand how people are connecting with what you're doing.
What was your first visit to New York like?
We had loads of issues with visas. We played a show at Glasslands where we had to rush from the airport and go right onstage. Then, on our second visit, we heard gunshots as we were checking into our hotel. That was interesting coming from the U.K., where we don't really have guns.
Yuck recently released a deluxe version of their self-titled LP for Fat Possum Records which includes a new song called "Soothe Me". Stream that below.
Yuck are finished with their US dates for now, excpet for a previously announced date on the Weezer Cruise in the new year. All international tour dates, that song stream, and more pictures from Music hall of Williamsburg are below.
If you live in NYC (and don't live under a rock) you are very well aware that the 4-day music/film/art extravaganza that is The Northside Festival swept through the ultra-tough, filthy, gang ridden, and decrepit streets of North Williamsburg. Sadly, because of my rigid and limited musical preferences, the list of acts playing read like a foreign phone book to me and only one band (of the, what, 250? 300? bands) was enough for me to venture out and risk life and limb in the land of bad tattoos, cut-offs, deep Vs, and big sunglasses. That band? Guided By Voices.
This is my third time seeing the Classic Line-Up (anyone else sick of hearing them referred to as The Classic Line-Up?) and, whooooo boy, did they bring the stank! Besides the music and the license to drink excessively and pump one's fist high into the air, the best part of a GBV show (ANY GBV show, including non-Classic Line-Up shows) is the camaraderie. It never fails; whenever I am at a GBV show I run into friends who I never see otherwise, but who feel closer than most of the people I know on Facebook. And it's not hard to make new friends when you and several hundred other people are double-fisting over-priced beer and singing along to the music.
The fun started for me at 6pm on the dot as I arrived moments before Wavves hit the stage. It was 80 degrees, partly cloudy, nice breeze... perfect for an outdoor show. I have never seen Wavves, but being an avid BV reader they have a reputation in tow that certainly piqued my interest. And I liked them a lot. They were just straight up rock. Nothing flashy, nothing hard to digest... just good old fashioned rock. I mean, if you want rocket science, by all means, go listen to Yes or Dream Theater. They were definitely the perfect lead in to GBV. By the time they finished, the crowd was DEFINITELY ready for GBV's scheduled 7pm appearance.
The whole GBV atmosphere was a dream. 40 songs, 3 encores, a 99% crowd-rocking-out-and-singing-along percentage, beautiful weather, cold beers (come on people, you know that at this point in the evening price was hardly a concern)... perfection! GBV played everything from deep tracks to crowd favorites (set list below). Bob Pollard led the crowd as deftly as he led the band. Greg Demos, bedecked in a ruffled shirt and vest reminiscent of a 70s prom get up, often wielded his bass as though it was a sword. Tobin Sprout played the role of the quiet one, masterfully traversing his axe without showing too much dramatic flair or movement. And Mitch Mitchell. Jesus, between the tats, the ever present cigarette, his mighty Les Paul, and a facial expression that rarely deviates from a look of "I will fuck you up, so help me God," Mitch definitely gets the Badass of the Evening Award. Everything about the evening was perfect, and I have a feeling that this show will be the highlight of my summer. It's certainly going to take a lot to top it.
All snarkiness aside, the Northside Festival is a pretty phenomenal opportunity for people to catch a huge number of great bands, art, film, food, panels, and more for what amounts to a $60-or-so pittance. For the price, the variety of programming one can catch in a 4-day time span is rather remarkable. This year's fest boasted a much larger scope than last year and if this trend continues we can expect next year to be sensational as well. North Williamsburg, on the other hand, will no doubt be a much more grotesque and tedious neighborhood to find yourself in. But ain't that progress?
Beirut, Sharon Van Etten & Yellow Ostrich played the same temporary outdoor venue one night earlier. Pictures from the whole GBV show, The Babies and Surfer Blood included, and the full GBV setlist, below....
Vivian Girls at Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Vivian Girls recently completed a round of dates with Black Lips, which included stops at Webster Hall and Emo's, and are now out on the West Coast with No Joy. At the end of the road, Vivian Girls will cap things off with a homecoming show at 285 Kent on May 17th with Widowspeak and Colleen Green. $10 gets you into the 8PM all-ages Brooklyn show. All dates are listed below.
Then Kickball Katy will head back to her new home in time for her La Sera project to open the first of three dates she's doing with Jenny and Johnny (listed below).
Right around the same time, Cassie Ramone will play a few shows with her band The Babies on a very short run with Times New Viking including May 27th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Less than a month later The Babies open for Guided by Voices in McCarren Park. All tour dates below...
Surfer Blood @ BVSXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Surfer Blood kick off their tour with Trail of Dead at Bowery Ballroom on April 29th. That show is sold out, though tickets are still available for the one they're playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 13th (note: original tour dates said this show was at Brooklyn Bowl, but it's Music Hall).
And, Surfer Blood and the Babies have been added to the Wavves/Guided By Voices Nothside Festival show happening in McCarren Park on June 18th. Tickets are still on sale. Doors for that show are at 3pm, The Babies play at 4, Surfer Blood play at 5, Wavves at 6, and then GBV at 7.
Sharon Van Etten was recently added to the Beirut show at the same venue.
Surfer Blood, Sharon Van Etten and The Babies are 3 of 65 bands that were just added to the Northside Festival.
Wavves are also playing a free NYC show later in the summer.
Julian Lynch at Glasslands (more by Erez Avissar)
Julian Lynch has announced a new Brooklyn show happening in a short two-and-a-half weeks from now, and just a week after he and fellow Underwater Person Andrew Cedermark open for Titus Andronicus and Real Estate on New Years Eve. Julian will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on January 7th with Big Troubles and fellow Underwater Peoples Family Portrait. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon. More dates for all bands are listed below.
In addition to a DC date with Julian, Big Troubles will also play January 3 at Monster Island Basement with The Babies (aka the Vivian Girls/Woods side project) and January 21st at Glasslands with MINKS (tickets). All Big Troubles dates are listed below.
The MINKS show is the band's album release party for By the Hedge which is due via Captured Tracks on Jan 11th. The band is also on board for a tour with Dum Dum Girls which will include Bowery Ballroom on March 4th with Frankie Rose & The Outs. Tickets are still available.
Album streams of Lynch's recent Mare and Big Troubles' recent Worry, and all tour dates, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.
Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.
This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]
Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)
Sunday October 31st @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLEI suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.
:: PANACHE + TODD P HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: DAS RACIST
:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE ]
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.
Updated Intelligence dates below...
Hunx & His Punx shows the crowd what hes made of (more by Jake Forney)
Hunx and His Punx will bring their zebra-stripe undergarments and trouser snake to NYC on Saturday (10/16), where they'll team up with The Babies + K Holes for night of sexy at Cake Shop. The east coast date is their only live date.
Hunx & His Punx's last show on 10/10 was billed as their "last California show of the year" and featured BBQ (Mark Sultan) on the bill. This time Hunx will go head-to-head with the one-man-band who will bless Mercury Lounge that same night with Two Tears (tickets). The Mercury Lounge show is an early one though (show at 8:30), so with some luck you should be able to catch both BBQ and Hunx & His Punx (doors at 8, and three bands). Cake Shop is right around the corner from Mercury Lounge. More BBQ dates HERE and below.
If you do opt for the double-header on Saturday you will most likely miss all of BBQ's ex-partner-in-crime (literally?) King Khan, as King Khan & the Shrines will be playing Bell House with Live Fast Die that same night (tickets). So if you need your dose of turbans and zebra-prints, then at least you can catch King Khan at Santos the night before (Friday, 10/15) (tickets) with Gentleman Jesse & His Men and Golden Triangle. All dates below.
Golden Triangle will be busy in the coming couple of weeks as well, playing two CMJ shows in addition to their previously discussed support appearance with Crocodiles at Maxwell's on 10/29 (tickets). Look for the band to play the Hardly Art show at Shea Stadium on 10/21 with Woven Bones, Circle Pit, La Sera (aka Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls & All Saints Day), and Xray Eyeballs in addition to a 10/22 show at Live With Animals with Human Eye, Greg Ashley Band, and TV Baby. Full Golden Triangle dates are below.
None of these dates will feature Red Mass, who recently played NYC x2 in addition to a string of dates with King Khan. But Red Mass will also be in NYC next week, playing Arlene's Grocery on 10/21 as part of the M for Montreal showcase featuring Random Recipe, The Luyas, Uncle Bad Touch, PS I Love You & Radio Radio. The show is Red Mass's lone US date, and Bill will soon have much more to say about this show (stay tuned).
Full tour dates and some NSFW video is below..
photos by Matthew Eisman
DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - Fried Egg (MP3)
Grass Widow @ Prospect Park
|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||The above two-Todd P listings include all the info you need to know about the Grass Widow dates happening in NYC on Monday and Tuesday night. Each show has other great bands on it as well. Last time the California band was here was when they played Prospect Park with Sonic Youth. A second set of pictures from that show, the band's new video fro "11 of Diamonds" and updated tour dates, below...
Monday September 27th @ OLD FIREHOUSE aka DCTV
:: "WHAT, NO HELLO?" - a SHOWPAPER pop up gallery opening/closing
:: curated by GABRIELLE SHAW
:: video by Alaina Stamatis, G Lucas Crane, Jesse Hlebo, & Sean Berman
:: sculpture by Olga Miasnikova
:: Beach Fossils
:::: Grass Widow
| OLD FIREHOUSE | aka DCTV
87 Lafayette St @ White St | Chinatown, Manhattan
NQRW6JZ to Canal St | 7pm | all ages | $10
Tuesday September 28th @ MONSTER ISLAND
:: the Babies ------ mems Vivian Girls, Woods, Bossy, Stupid Party
:::: Grass Widow
:::::::: Web Dating
:::::::::: Red Romans
| MONSTER ISLAND |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $tba
by Bill Pearis
Big Troubles' full-length debut, Worry, came out a couple weeks ago on Olde English Spelling Bee. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post and listen to the whole album via their Bandcamp page.
The band play Thursday (9/23) at Glasslands with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Christmas Island, and The Babies (the latter two also just opened for Wavves at MHOW). Big Troubles also have some CMJ dates announced too, including a pretty sweet Saturday, October 23rd all day capeshok/inflated showcase at Bruar Falls with Woven Bones, Eternal Summers, Pregnant, Shrag, Sweet Bulbs, Mathemagic, Dead Gaze, Flight, Oberhofer, Rooftop Vigilantes, and Frankie Rose & the Outs.
For Frankie Rose, that makes at least two shows you can catch her and band at during CMJ, though it's unclear if either show is "official".
Woven Bones also play the Hardly Art show happening at Shea Stadium that week.
As a onetime '90s shoegaze obsessive, Worry really pushes all my buttons. It's got that gauzy mix of effects-laden guitars, distortion and melody down pat. And while I can hear specific touchstones -- The Boo Radleys, Medicine, Drop Nineteens as well as some of the more obvious ones -- the songs definitely stand on their own. You don't need to have remembered Revolver and Moose to appreciate the album --Worry is choc-ful of catchy songs. And with a live drummer replacing the sequenced beats on the record, they're good live too.
A couple music videos and all upcoming Big Troubles live dates are below.
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"problematic wavves fan named pedro making this interesting." -stadiumsshrines
"Wavves just lost their shit. It was mad awkward." -surefirenelc
Wavves show was awesome. High energy, banging my head, throwing myself into the mosh pit, just what I needed." -draindesert
"Wavves is pretty alright for a band but they have to cool it with their unfunny BANTER. I'm talking to you fat-drummer-man. #playalready" -TheEnthusiast
"I might not be a dude-but I have a total boner for @wavveswavves right now." -haitlincandella
Wavves taking pulls off of a not-cigarette @ MHOW Tuesday night
How many people bought the now infamous Waaves weed grinders at the merch table last night? If you weren't able to roll one up then maybe you caught a contact high as Wavves smoked a fatty on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/21), Wavves' 2nd headlining NYC show in less than two months. The Babies (featuring Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls) and Christmas Island provided support for the green-friendly band who had their fair share of supporters and detractors, on twitter, and at the show where the band was heckled by mystery patron "Pedro" for the duration of their set.
Wavves plays Madison Square Garden with Phoenix and Dirty Projectors in less than a month from now (10/20). Tickets are still available.
Video of Wavves smoking pot at Lollapalooza HERE. More pictures from Music Hall, including one of the setlist (which they didn't actually follow), and a couple of videos from the show (screaming fan included), below...
Cassie Ramone (the Babies) @ Death By Audio on 8/13 (more by Eric Rex)
"My solo stuff is hard to describe, I haven't been too active about it because I'm really shy, and it's hard for me open up. With Vivian Girls Katy is not shy, she's really good at saying, "listen to my band, come and see my show!" Which I think is awesome, and is one of the reason we were able to do so well because she's so enthusiastic about everything she does, but I'm not like that, I'm more introverted with my artistic endeavors. My stuff that's not Vivian girls is more folksy I would say. I have some keyboard organ songs, it's all over the place really, but I think I'm going to try to record an album over the summer, if I can get it together enough." [CASSIE RAMONE]Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls keeps herself busy. In addition to her side-project called the Babies, Cassie is, like A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys (and her VG bandmate Kickball Katy), working on a solo album. Maybe she'll play some of those songs at her solo show happening at Don Perdo in Brooklyn tonight (8/19). The Impose-presented gig will also feature a headlining set by White Mystery and more. Flyer below.
White Mystery was last here from Chicago in April, and have no more NYC shows scheduled after tonight, but are on tour. All dates and videos from their Cake Shop show (which I posted one other time coincidentally in a post that was topped by a picture of Cassie Ramone) below.
The Babies played Death By Audio with Ty Segall and Royal Baths over the weekend. Their next scheduled show is September 24th at Cake Shop where they'll share a bill with Garotas Suecas, Sundelles and Holger.
Vivian Girls have upcoming shows too - soon even. You can catch them in their college town of New Brunswick, NJ on Saturday night at a place called Fuck Mountain. It's a basement show. Big Troubles and Coasting are also on the bill which is convenient for Coasting drummer Fiona who is in both bands. Vivian Girls are also playing ATP NY. All dates below..
photos by Eric Rex, words by BBG
"DBA is as packed as i've ever seen it. Royal baths on now,
Ty Segall up next." -soundbitesnyc
"saw #tysegall at death by audio last night. incredible show, but i can't believe people moshed to every ty segall song. drank like 10 #pbr" - Sean McKeown
"about 4x as many people crammed in as last time. bodies everywhere. sweaty flying ones." - 9000
And apparently Death By Audio on 8/13 was so packed for the Ty Segall show that they started to stack people on top of each other. DBA was one of two NYC shows for the sugar-y San Fran garage rocker, with the FIRST taking place a day earlier at Cake Shop. Featuring support from Royal Baths on both dates, DBA also got sets from The Babies (mems of Vivian Girls, Woods, etc) Moonhearts (formerly Charlie & The Moonhearts), and The Zulus. Cake Shop (the day before) got The So So Glos and Weekends. Pics from DBA are below.
Both Ty Segall and Royal Baths are touring in support of LPs. Royal Baths will welcome their debut LP in September via Woodsist, while Ty Segall's fun new album Melted is out NOW via Goner.
The Babies are scheduled to play Cake Shop on Sept 24th in support of Garotas Suecas, alongside Sundelles and Holger. It's one of two dates for Garotas Suecas, with the second just two days earlier at Knitting Factory.
Tons of pics from Death By Audio and the crowd-surfin' mayhem is below, though unfortunately none of Royal Baths (Eric had escaped to the back of the room at the time)....
Elvis Perkins @ MHOW in December (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
More bands have been added to the Northside Festival 2010, happening June 24-27 at venues around Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Those new additions include Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Male Bonding, Sondre Lerche, Tame Impala, A.A. Bondy, Air Waves, The Golden Filter, Slow Club, The Babies, Starring, Takka Takka, Lower Dens, Frankie & the Outs, The Fresh & Onlys and The Grates. The full list is below, and the fest's full schedule (with more new bands) is expected this week. A partial schedule is below.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland, A.A. Bondy and "special guests" will be playing a Sunday afternoon show at Newtown Barge Park - tickets are on sale. Other lineups at that park include Titus Andronicus, Male Bonding and Cults (Sat afternoon); Liars, Fucked Up and High Places (Sat night); and Les Savy Fav, Polvo and Grails (Sun night) at the park venue. Tickets are still on sale for all of them, or you can just get a badge which lets you run around to multiple shows.
BrooklynVegan will be hosting three shows during Northside, all on the same night (6/26) - Jucifer and Gloominous Doom at Union Pool, Floor, Javelina, and Hot Graves at Europa earlier that night (tickets), and Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM and ZAZA at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).
The festival has joined with NYC film houses BAMcinamatek, IFC Films, Indiewire, Rooftop Films and others to show movies at indieScreen, the new Williamsburg movie theater. Details on those films (which include movies by Todd Solondz and James Franco) and the video for Male Bonding's song "Year's Not Long" is posted below...
by Bill Pearis
There's a lot going on in the wild world of Woodsist Records. Firstly is the Woodsist night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on June 25 that's part of the Northside Festival (June 24 - 27). The show features Real Estate, Woods, The Fresh & Onlys, Moon Duo and Sic Alps. Tickets ($15) go on sale Friday (4/30) at noon. This and the Brooklyn Vegan show with Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, Zaza and DOM on June 26 are two of four Northside events at Music Hall of Williamsburg this year (Thao and Mirah is another).
Woodsist is also doing two mini-festivals on the West Coast next month: June 12 at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur and June 15 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The line-ups differ slightly, but both shows feature Real Estate, Woods, Kurt Vile, The Mantles and The Art Museums. Full line-ups for both shows are at the bottom of this post.
Woods, who also have a show coming up at Abrons Arts Center in May, will be releasing their third album, At Echo Lake, next week. Clocking in just under 30 minutes, it's full of catchy West Coast-ish folk pop. It might be their best yet. You can download "I Was Gone" at the top of this post. The band is touring the West Coast leading up to those two mini-fests. All dates are below.
The Fresh and Onlys
The Fresh & Onlys will be here a full month before the Northside Festival too, playing with Golden Triangle and The Babies at Monster Island (which now has real, permanent stage!) on May 14, and Cake Shop on May 15. The band continue to release records at a Pollardian rate, with a fantastic new EP, August in My Mind, our on Captured Tracks (download "Diamond in the Dark" above), a split 7" with Golden Triangle, and at least two other singles out this year already. There's a video for "Vanishing Cream" at the bottom of this post, which is a single on French label Plastic Spoons. They've also finished their third album which will be out on In the Red sometime this year.
Moon Duo, which features Wooden Shjips' Erik Johnson and Sanae Yamada, released an EP on Woodsist earlier this year -- check out "Stumbling 22nd St." at the top of this post. I caught them the final, cold night at SXSW where I was a little worn out and cranky at that point for their droney, extended Loop-meets-Suicide two chord jams but I could imagine digging it more under sunnier circumstances.
Real Estate also have many more dates coming up between now and the end of August. Sic Alps are touring and reporting that a Captured Tracks Fest is happening in NYC again this summer too.
Woodsist Fest lineups, videos and everyone else's tour dates below...
"I'm smelly, but saw the Vivian Girls and conquered the PATH" - Samantha Onorato
Titus Andronicus w/ Cassie from Vivian Girls @ SUNY - 4/14 (OpenEye)
That's Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls on stage with Titus Andronicus at the SUNY Purchase student center on 4/14. Her other band The Babies also played that show.
Vivian Girls played with the Grates and Reading Rainbow at Maxwell's in Hoboken last night (4/23). The show was to celebrate 5 years of MusicSnobbery. Titus Andronicus's tour continues with a show at the same venue tonight (4/24). The sold out gig also has Harlem and Spider Bags on the bill, BUT FIRST: Los Campesinos! will play Maxwell's after all. After rescheduling and then cancelling the show completely, Los Campesinos! have re-rescheduled their show at the NJ venue for 3PM TODAY ("NOTE: if you bought tix @ Ticketweb for 4/17 or 4/21 you will need to re-buy. We regret the inconvenience.").
Los Campesinos! kick off the rest of their tour Sunday in Boston. The new date for the NYC show at Irving Plaza is Monday, April 26th.
Harlem played a show last night at Monster Island Basement (originally scheduled for Market Hotel), and at Mercury Lounge the night before that.
"The three-piece [Best Coast] are definitely a good time, packing thick, retro bass and drum lines that could have been ripped from '60s girl groups, and then speeding it all up for scruffy, Ramones-inspired power pop. It's a proven winning formula when it works, and work it does on humorous, peppy anthems such as "Wish He Was You."" [La Times]Best Coast played to a sold out crowd at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Tuesday night (4/6). Bethany Cosentino mixed a handful of new songs (the best of the lot, for me, continues to be "Boyfriend") with crowd favorites like "When I'm With You" and "This Is Real". Ali Koehler of the Vivian Girls guested on drums. Her VG bandmate, Cassie Ramone, was on stage earlier with excellent openers, The Babies, and Canadian band, The Bitters, were slotted in between.
The Bitters and Best Coast share a bill again tonight (4/7) at Mercury Lounge. More pictures from last night including one of the BC setlist, below...
"Market hotel busted by twenty cops!" - The Smith Westerns
Saturday night's Smith Westerns show at Market Hotel got cut short thanks to a group of cops that showed and told everyone to leave (possibly due to a noise complaint, possibly due to "business inspection", maybe because The Smith Westerns were peeing all over the place, or possibly just because the cops felt like shutting it down). What this means for the large DIY venue
remains to be seen. Upcoming shows there include High Places (April 8), Trans Am (April 18), Harlem (April 23), Sleigh Bells (May 11), and Pissed Jeans (June 19). The next scheduled show is Tuesday, April 6th with Darwin Deez. Hopefully it's still happening.
As of this writing I'm not sure if The Smith Westerns ever got to play anywhere Saturday night. There was talk of the show moving to Party Expo, but that didn't seem to happen. Regardless, you can catch the band at their next NYC show which takes place tonight, Easter Sunday, at Mercury Lounge with Male Bonding (who played MHOW with The Soft Pack last night) and So Cow.
For So Cow it's one of two NYC shows on his current tour (all dates below). The next one takes place a few days later, April 7th at Death By Audio with Sunday Times, The Surpriser (ex Cause-comotion) and The Babies (pictured above).
For The Babies the Death By Audio show is one of many chances to see the Vivian Girls/Woods side project this month. The very next chance happens to be tonight (4/4, Easter) at Don Pedro with WetDog who Bill said were good the other night (they played Glasslands and Death By Audio). If you don't remember that Wetdog were playing this third NYC show tonight, that's because it's actually not in their tour dates (but it is listed by the venue and the Babies).
The Babies are also playing with Best Coast and The Bitters at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/6) (tickets still on sale). Maybe you caught Best Coast when they opened for Japandroids at Bowery Ballroom. You can also catch them Monday night (4/5) at the Meatlocker in Montclair and Wednesday (4/7) at Mercury Lounge with The Bitters again (tickets) (no other Bitters dates anywhere).
The Babies will soon also kick off a very short tour with Titus Andronicus in CT on April 11th. That tour hits Rodrigues Coffee House at Fordham University in the Bronx on April 13th and SUNY Purchase the next day. Titus also plays a Babies-less early Men Can Stop Rape Benefit show at Red Hook High School on Sunday, April 11th (before the CT show).
Red Hook flyer and lots of dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Four Score And Seven (part one) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Four Score And Seven (part two) (MP3)
by Andrew Frisicano
Titus Andronicus celebrated the release of their new record, The Monitor, with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, March 6th. The album's raucus, conceptual layers peeled back on stage to reveal the taut five-piece underneath. For two members of the band, keyboardist David Robbins and violinist/guitarist Amy Klein, it was only their third show with the group. The warm reception to the new-album tunes - with sing-alongs from the amazing, stand-out album opener (above) to its amazingly-depressing closer - no doubt set the bar high for the band's upcoming slew of album-supporting shows (including BrooklynVegan Emo's day party on Wednesday, March 17th in Austin).
On stage, frontman Patrick Stickles brought along an American Flag, but left out the LP's guests and Lincoln quoting transitions. He did a bit to humanize the record's kitch, sending a song out to his brother in the Navy, who he credited for getting the band on their whole nautical kick (a bit more personal than the Ken Burns doc and other sources often mentioned). He also did his part to play den mother to the young crowd - it was the first time I've ever heard anyone in a band tell an audience, "It's time to start to thinking about winding down."
In a lot of ways the 1.5+ hour show seemed like the opening of a new book for the band. The melding of History and personal history is something that The Monitor does without shame, and with both those arcs closed, the Bowery show felt like a new beginning. As part of the encore, Patrick treated us to a solo cover of the Replacements' "Treatment Bound" (which you can get from NYCTaper).
The openers were all great: Cloud Nothings played rough-around-the-edges power pop; Vivian Girls/Woods side-project The Babies are quickly becoming one of my favorites with popppy mid-set combos like "All Things Come to Pass" and "Meet Me in the City;" and Parts & Labor's effects/synth-laden sound added some eclecticism to the show. Cloud Nothings and Parts & Labor both have shows in NYC and elsewhere coming up, which are laid out below along with more pictures from the show...