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photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
"I ate a CD once," admitted Foxygen frontman Sam France Monday night onstage to a full room at Knitting Factory. It was one of many probable falsehoods he told the crowd, but sometimes it's funny cause it's untrue. This was the first of three Foxygen shows in NYC this week and a Red Bull Sound Select show that BrooklynVegan curated (that's us). It was also the cheapest at only $3.00 and with four bands, a DJ and a comedian host on the bill.
France is a very charismatic frontman (my friend remarked "he's got a Jarvis Cocker thing going on") and even if you aren't totally in love with their album, with its many nods to late '60s rock, it's hard to deny Foxygen put on a very entertaining show, messing with the Red Bull sign included.
We chose the other three bands on the bill to be in tune with the pysch side of Foxygen's music. Openers Prince Rupert's Drops are in the mushroom tea variety, with harmoniously baroque pop stirred with extended jams. Amen Dunes, who played third, is more spacey, working on pure vibes at times. Songs too, but definitely Damon McMahon's music is more about floating with than active participation.
In between was LODRO and it was my first time seeing them despite their reputation for endless local gigging (like DIIV who they opened for two days earlier). They were definitely my personal favorite of the three, and the trio -- who pronounce their name "low-dro" -- make a strong impression. While best know for her stint in party rockers Friends, Lesley Hann is a commanding presence here, and maybe just a little intimidating. It could just be their intense brand of creepout blues (think Nick Cave, The Cramps' version of "Fever") is dead serious and pretty badass, aided in no small part by drummer Jigmae Baer and guitarist/singer Jeremy Cox. All three are also in Royal Baths though LODRO seems to be the focus now. Deservingly.
Chris Gethard, who days earlier was letting Zach Galifianakis give haircuts to strangers on his show, made for a very funny host, and I had fun DJing in-between sets.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows (not to be confused with Red Bull Music Academy shows) -- always only $3 -- happen each month this year and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (for instance Fake Shore Drive just announced their next one in Chicago and Bun B recently headlined one in Austin)
More photos from our show at Knitting Factory are below.
On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.
Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.
The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.
You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).
You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)
The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.
As we saw yesterday, the power is back to most of Manhattan and many more shows are starting to happen. Subways are continuing to get better too. Yesterday we mentioned that the 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains were back up, and now the J and F train are back too. Current subway outage map is here.
If you're looking for ways you can help out with hurricane relief, head to http://www.nycservice.org/.
Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Sunday (11/4).
The Bell House had been open for a few days, but they just tweeted, "Blown transformer, fire under the street, no power on our block." They're moving the "Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance" show to November 23 and are currently looking for a new location to do tonight's hurricane relief open mic.
Maxwell's, which is undamaged, finally got their power back, but unfortunately, "it came too late to enable [them] to host the Crooked Fingers/John Vanderslice show tonight," so that show has been cancelled. John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers did play a pre-transformer explosion show at The Bell House on Friday (11/2), and as hinted, John did in fact wear his Tigger costume.
Tonight's Marea show at SOB's is cancelled.
Tonight's Little Feat and Leon Russell show at Capitol Theatre has been postponed. New date TBA.
Mercury Lounge is open again and tonight's Fenster show with Howth, Norwegian Arms, and Steel Phantoms is still on. Tickets for that show are still available. Fenster were also supposed to play Shea Stadium and Muchmore's last week too but Sandy cancelled those.
As mentioned, the Molly Nilsson and Cat Martino show which was supposed to happen at Glasslands last Sunday (10/28) is instead happening at Public Assembly tonight with Amalie Bruun. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Bowery Ballroom is back up and Gary Clark Jr. plays his first of three shows there tonight.
Mossenek (featuring Mick Barr and Chuck Bettis), Yoshiko Ohara (of Bloody Panda), and Entartete play Death by Audio tonight. It's the first show ever for Entartete, the new project of Speck Brown (ex-Orphan) who formed the band after the tragic passing of Brendan Majewski. Flyer for the show is below.
Le Poisson Rouge finally reopened last night and are open tonight too. Tonight they have a contemporary classical performance by pianist Jenny Q Chai at 6:30 PM, Dan Neustadt (of The Hold Steady, Northern Bells) playing Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation at 9 PM, and the rescheduled from Tuesday Kitsune Club Night with The Twelves, Yusek, and JDH & Dave P.
Knitting Factory is also hosting Band Slam the Vote tonight, rescheduled from Thursday (11/1), with Lonesome Empire, The Nepotist, Laura Faye, Ionie, Dream Logic, Sophia Urista, and Joy and The Hansons. The show now also doubles as a hurricane benefit concert, and "all proceeds from ticket sales will go to support non-profit Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts."
UCB Theatre and UCB East are both open and UCB Theatre hosts their weekly ASSSSCAT 3000 shows while UCB East has a stand-up open mic at 5:30 PM, Indie Cage Match at 7:30 PM, Improv Nerds at 9 PM, and The Improv Nerds Jam at 10 PM.
Power is back on at The Stone in the East Village tonight (11/4) so look for a pair of shows including an early 8PM show with Victor Poison-Tete (of rat at rat r) and a 10PM show with Tamio Shiraishi and Cammisa Buerhaus.
Barbes opens this afternoon with the first of four events at the venue tonight. Two showings of Señor Calavera's JUST IN CASE, "an interactive image and music driven dramatization of the book Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, go down at 2:30pm and 4PM today, followed by a performance of The Four Bags at 8PM, Amour Obscur at 9PM and la Sabrosa Sabrosura at 10PM.
Trash Bar is hosting a Hurricane Relief Concert & Jam.
Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, and Highway Gimps play Big Snow tonight.
The Reckless Collected, The Dharma Body, Model Stranger, and Shayna Sands play Cameo Gallery tonight.
Street Smells, Easy Lover, Eastern Hollows, and No Kill play Glasslands tonight.
The Living Room is open and are hosting The Lombardi Case 1975 at 2 PM, Afro-Jersey at 7 PM, and Daniel Wayne at 9:30 PM.
The Studio at Webster Hall is hosting Get Out the Vote with Patrick Toussaint, Mad Moiselle, Siya, Shamar Forte, and Wes Cyphers.
The Schtick or Treat Halloween comedy show, was postponed from last Monday (10/29) to tonight at Littlefield. Littlefield also hosts an early show, Yellow Sneaker Sock Hop: Puppet Show and Album Launch.
Union Pool is open and holding a hurricane benefit drive. They write, "We are holding a drive for our fellow New Yorkers in Staten Island Sunday November 4th from 1-6pm. This will be the first of many drives we hold for the communities affected by the devastation that is Hurricane Sandy." Head to Union Pool's site to see the list of items they'll be accepting.
Union Hall is open and hosting Rolie Polie Guacamole with special guest Lou Gallo at 3 PM, and Eugene Mirman's Pretty Good FRiends show at 7:30 PM with host Caroline Creaghead and guests Myq Kaplan, Kendra Cunningham, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Max SIlvestri.
Justin Walter and Ryan Ferriera will perform at Zebulon, which is open for business in Williamsburg tonight.
After returning to some sense of normalcy yesterday, Joe's Pub will host Public Forum Duet: Anna Deavere Smith and David Simon early and John Kelly later at the venue.
Bad Side, Holidays, The Guts and Pity Party are ready to take on The Acheron tonight.
Brooklyn Bowl is open.
Uriah Heep plays BB King's tonight.
Santos Party House was closed last night and don't have anything listed for tonight either, but Monday's (11/5) MNDR, Colourmusic, Shiny Toy Guns, and Static Summer show is still a go. Deidre & the Dark (Deidre of Savoir Adore) (who just played NYC) also plays Santos on Monday with Gin Wigmore. However, the Etienne De Crecy show is cancelled.
Cake Shop got their power back and hosted The Luyas and Peace last night, but they have nothing scheduled for tonight.
The Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke Band play The Blue Note tonight. A portion of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross.
Tonight's Leslie West show at Iridium Jazz Club tonight has been postponed to a TBA date in January.
Arlenes's Grocery is back open and tonight they've got Lhabya, The Juvenals, ElixirOnMute, and Bear Language.
Friday's David Choi and Clara C show at Highline Ballroom has been rescheduled for tonight. However, the Acoustic Africa Tour show has been cancelled. Refunds for that one are available at the point of purchase.
Monday's Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy show at Best Buy Theater has been rescheduled for tonight. All tickets will be honored.
Terrence Hannum of Locrian has a new zine available for order now. The zine, which is based on art inspired by the pentagram, comes with a cassette that is to be listened to while viewing the zine. Check out a video preview of the zine below. Locrian has a new split with Horseback out now via Relapse Records.
Joey Bada$$ was joined by The Roots for his late night TV debut on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Check out a video of him performing "Waves" below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned previously, Savoir Adore's new album, Our Nature, is out next week and the band have just released a new single from the record. "Empire of Light" is one of the more contemplative, ethereal tracks on the album which in general is a bit more groove-oriented than their first. We've got the premiere of the track's video that has the band piled in a Sprinter van driving around sun-dappled upstate New York. You can check it out below.
Savoir Adore play a record release party for Our Nature in NYC tonight (10/9) at Knitting Factory with tourmates Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets are still available but if you're like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Contest details and the video for "Empire of Light" are below.
Peelander-Z at Googa Mooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned Peelander-Red is unfortunately leaving Peelander-Z, but is going on one final tour as a member of the band with Electric Eel Shock. That tour is already scheduled to hit NYC on October 12 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Math the Band (tickets), and now BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we'll be presenting another NYC show for the band, happening on November 23 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn, which will be Red's final show with Peelander-Z. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but we'll let you know when they are.
In related news, Peelander-Z's "sister band" Peewonder-Z play a NYC show at The Paper Box TONIGHT (10/4) with Hard Nips, Gelatine w/ Otonana Trio, and Dirty Babylon Breaker. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
We're also premiering Peelander-Z's new music video for "Get Glasses," which was recorded live at Red 7 in Austin. That video, the tour flier, and a list of all dates are below.
Freelance Whales at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As we've mentioned before, Freelance Whales new album, Diluvia, is out next week (10/9) on Frenchkiss and Mom+Pop. You can stream the album right now over at NPR. Speaking of streaming things, the band are playing an invite-only show tonight (10/1) at Knitting Factory where they'll play the album in full, but lest you feel left out, the performance will be streamed live at 7:30 PM here.
Additionally, if you'd like to actually go to this show in person, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are below. After tonight's show at the Knit, Freelance Whales will hit the road for a tour that will wind its way around America before heading back to the East Coast, including a hometown NYC show at Webster Hall on November 1. Tickets are still available for that show and all tour dates are listed below.
Veteran Irish trio Ash are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and are playing two NYC gigs as part of their year-long celebration: November 16 at Knitting Factory and November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/5) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (9/7) at noon; Knit tickets go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.
While it's about two years since Tim Wheeler (who's only 35) and the band released original material, the band recently put out an EP of covers titled Little Infinity that finds them tackling songs by Abba, The Beatles, David Bowie and others. You can stream it at Spotify.
Before the NYC dates, Ash will be out for a few shows with Weezer. All tour dates are listed below, along with a few Ash videos.
Tamaryn at Emo's in Austin, April 2011 (More by Tim Griffin)
San Francisco ethereal vibestress Tamaryn is set to release her new album, Tender New Signs, on October 16 via Mexican Summer. You can stream the first single from the album, "I'm Gone," at the bottom of this post. (It's available now on 7" as well.) She'll also be touring this fall with two NYC dates: November 9 at Mercury Lounge and November 10 at Knitting Factory.
No ticket info yet for either of those shows but you can keep checking Ticketmaster for Mercury Lounge and Ticketfly for Knitting Factory.
UPDATE: Young Prisms open the Mercury Lounge show and play Glasslands two days earlier (9/7) (tickets) and Starred and Cool Angels open the Knitting Factory show. Merc tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon and Knit tix go on sale Friday (8/24) at 10 AM.
Tamaryn song stream and tour dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Bitch Magnet - Mesentry (MP3)
Bitch Magnet in the day
Post-hardcore crew Bitch Magnet still have a few tickets left for their show with Moss Icon at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/25, but it can't be too many. In addition to a small sprinkling of shows across the country, the reunited trio have expanded their tour to include another date at Knitting Factory on October 26. Tickets are on sale.
All Bitch Magnet dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
Night Beats at MHOW, April 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Seattle's garagey Night Beats are currently on tour with Black Angels, which rolls into Chicago tonight (8/3) at Double Door which is one of the many official Lollapalooza afterparties. While this fuzzed-out double feature doesn't hit NYC, Night Beats will be here on Monday, August 6, headlining Knitting Factory. The show is with K-Holes and Mmoss. Tickets are still available. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to this show and details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.
The tour with Black Angels wraps up Aug 11 in Little Rock, AR but Night Beats will continue on through the South West, including a free Psych Fest/Sailor Jerry show in Austin at Red 7 on August 15 with co-headliners The UFO Club (aka Christian Bland from Black Angels and Lee Blackwell from Night Beats), Fungi Girls, Cheap Curls and Holy Wave. Austin folk can RSVP for that here.
UFO Club are releasing their self titled debut LP on August 13 (preorder), the followup to last year's split with Night Beats. You can check out cover art, tracklist, a stream of album track "July," and a live video of album track "John the Cat" in this post.
UFO Club album info, a list of all Night Beats tour dates and contest details below..
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sic Alps - Glyphs (MP3)
Sic Alps' fourth album is a bit of a change for these sludge-loving San Franciscans. The first thing you hear isn't a squall of feedback but...strings. You can hear it for yourself, "Glyphs" is downloadable above. The self titled album, out September 11 on Drag City, finds the band dipping a toe into the world of mid-fi recording and I think the band cleans up real good. They're still living in the swamp, but they've got plumbing now and it's definitely Sic Alps poppiest (in a '67 Kinks/Stones kind of way) long-player to date.
Sic Alps will take the show on the road beginning in September and will make their way to NYC on October 28 for a show at Knitting Factory. No ticket info available (or openers listed) yet. All Sic Alps tour dates are listed below.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Mean Jeans @ Cake Shop - 6/20/2012
The recently released The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore compilation release will be celebrated tonight (6/25) and tomorrow (6/26) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The comp, out via Adeline Records (aka Billie Joe of Green Day's label), features sixteen bands in total. Larry Livermore, who co-founded Lookout! Records, compiled the album. Larry says:
When Billie Joe asked me to put together this compilation, my First reaction was to say, 'Absolutely not.' I was too busy with other projects, and besides, I'd been saying for years that I was done with the music business, that people should take me out and shoot me if I ever showed any sign of wanting to get back into it," said Livermore. "But then I realized that this was an opportunity to do for a whole new crop of bands what we'd been able to accomplish at Lookout back in the 80s and 90s, which was to bring exciting and passionate music to the attention of a public that might otherwise never get to hear it. Once I thought about it in that light, it was impossible to say no...Check out The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore cover art and tracklist at the bottom of this post. Ten of the bands on the comp will make an appearance at the Knit shows. The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, Night Birds, Dopamines, and Mean Jeans play tonight/Monday (tickets). Emily's Army, House Boat, Mixtapes, Lipstick Homicide, and City Mouse play tomorrow (tickets).
...I chose the bands using the same standards I used when I was at Lookout: I looked for those bands with a certain heart and soul that sets them apart from the literally thousands of run of the mill bands out there, the heart and soul that makes them capable of giving voice not just to their own ideals and visions, but to those of a generation.
Mean Jeans is currently on tour supporting their recent Mean Jeans on Mars LP. The band swung through Cake Shop on June 20 alongside Hollywood, Liquor Store and Foster Care. Pictures of three of the four (we missed Hollywood) from that Manhattan show are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mean Jeans - Anybody Out There?(MP3)
One of the most spirited crowds I experienced at this year's SXSW was during Mean Jeans' set at the Dirtnap Records showcase. The room was packed, the pit went half the way back and everyone in it seemed to know the words to every song. It was a super fun show.
The Portland party punks are currently on tour which slams into NYC tonight (6/20) at Cake Shop where they'll play with Liquor Store and Foster Care. If you can't make it tonight they also play June 25 at Knitting Factory with The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, The Nightbirds and Dopamines (tickets). The band are out supporting their new album, Mean Jeans on Mars, which rips through 13 snearing, uber-catchy punk anthems in about half an hour. You can download "Anybody Out There?" at the top of this post and watch the video below, along with a list of all tour dates.
Kitty Pryde @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY (tiny_owl)
"...Pryde bounced through new cuts like "Orion's Belt" (though featured guest rapper Riff Raff was unfortunately not in attendance) and "smiledog.jpg," as well as older tracks like "Thanks Kathryn Obvious," which caused quite the reaction with its "I can go a lot harder than Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada" Kreayshawn reference. Though the crowd first took it as a diss, Pryde became slightly embarrassed, pausing to laugh and make clear that the lyric was not a dig before professing her love for Kreayshawn, New York Times journalist Jon Caramanica and hip-hop writer Andrew Noz in individual shoutouts.That Rolling Stone review comes from the much hyped Kitty Pryde show that took place at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn as part of the Northside Fest on Friday night. Billboard, Village Voice, NY Mag, and Pitchfork were there too. Vice just premiered her new video, which unlike the live show, does have Riff Raff, who just signed to Mad Decent, in it. Watch that and a live video from the NYC show, below...
The Daytona Beach native closed her set with "Okay Cupid" and "Give Me Scabies," the latter of which samples Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable smash "Call Me Maybe." As the crowd sang along, people seemed pleased, excited, and energized by Pryde's endearing confidence and charisma. "This is my first show where I didn't know anyone, so if I did bad, I'm sorry," she confessed as she left the stage..." [Rolling Stone]
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers have a come a long way in the last two years. Now a three-piece, the band combine a tense energy, musicianship, and increasingly-skillfull pop smarts into an effortless package. It's new wave in the best sense and you could almost imagine them in between Athletico Spizz 80 and The Go-Gos in Urgh! a Music War. The band's new album, Correct Behavior, is packed with potential singles and we got most of them -- "Millions," "Wonder," and "You Kill" -- last night at Knitting Factory as part of the Kanine Records/Terrorbird showcase at the Northside Festival. Maybe it's because I had been listening to the new album a lot and knew almost every song they played, but Eternal Summers were the best I've seen them...yet.
Eternal Summers will be back in NYC on July 26 for a show at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still available) and will be back again August 12 to play the free afternoon Sound Bites Series (which I curate) at Fulton Stall Market down by South Street Seaport. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.
Before them on the Knit bill were their old freinds Bleeding Rainbow (the two bands shared an early split 7"). In turing from a duo to a four-piece, have become a pretty powerful force themselves, though the harmonies have a little ways to go in matching the instrumantal skills and songwriting which are already there. The vocals got better as the set went on, though, and when Rob and Sarah nailed them, they recalled X by way of early-'90s Sonic Youth.
The rest of the evening was good too: percussive-heavy Zambri slinky and danceable (more than a little Siouxsie in their music); Hollywood, FL's Beach Day make appealing bubblegum garage despite wishing they'd thought harder about coming up with a band name; and Air Waves' aimiable jangle.
Headliner Class Actress packed the room, but I chose sleep. More photos from the night are below.
The Fixx back in the day
With all the bands aping the '80s synth sound, here's a little bit of the real thing. Moody new wavers The Fixx will release their tenth studio album, Beautiful Friction, on July 17. It was made with the line-up that gave us hits "Red Skies," "One Thing Leads to Another," and "Saved by Zero."
The band are playing a few shows this summer, including Sunday, June 10 at Knitting Factory and tickets for that show are available. All listed tour dates are below, plus a few classic Fixx videos.
by Bill Pearis
Seattle's Beat Connection are back with a new album, The Palace Garden, which will be out June 19 on Moshi Moshi/That Tender Age. Still dancing in the balaeric realm, the new album is a little less hazy than it's predecessor -- you can stream two tracks below as well as check out the LP's cover art and full track list.
The group, who have expanded from a duo to a four-piece, are going on tour to support the new album, stopping in NYC on July 5 at Knitting Factory with White Arrows, Teen Daze and Rioux. Tickets for that show are on sale. All upcoming dates are listed below.
The Do at Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield
French/Finnish band The Do will be coming to North America for some shows this summer. A full tour hasn't been announced but some dates have arisen, including two in NYC: July 31 at Knitting Factory and August 1 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Knit show go on sale Friday (6/8) at 10 AM and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.
The Do recently filmed a live in-studio session at Studio Pigalle in Paris. Check out videos from that session along with a list of all currently known dates below.
Heliotropes at Knitting Factory 5/23
Three alleged members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, charged with "hooliganism", have been remanded in jail, facing up to 7 years criminal punishment for allegedly participating in the punk-prayer Virgin Mary, Send Putin Away that publicly demonstrated for human rights and against the current oppressive regime under Putin. The case illustrates the gross level of violations against human rights in Russia and requires immediate attention. The detained activists now need the support of the world's community.Local psych-rockers Heliotropes, plus Tinvulva and Shady Hawkins will play a Benefit for Pussy Riot on June 12 at Death By Audio, that notably also features a DJ set from The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock. $7 gets you in the door. There's a flyer for the show at the bottom of this post.
Heliotropes new single "Moonlight" came out last week on vinyl but you can download it for free via their Bandcamp, which we have streaming below. You can also watch a video of them playing that song from their recent Knitting Factory show (5/23) and check out more pictures from the show below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Frisicano
Saturday Looks Good to Me
Saturday Looks Good to Me played their first New York City show in four years at the Knitting Factory on Friday, as part of NYC Popfest. Since disbanding the group in 2008, Thomas has been focusing on various projects: mainly his dream-pop duo City Center but also touring with upbeat outfit Swimsuit, which shares some members with the new Saturday Looks Good to Me iteration. The six piece band backed Fred and singer Carol Catherine Gray (who also plays fiddle) with synth, guitar, bass and drums. The group's Jonathan Richman-like simplicity and soulful beat carried old favorites ("Empty Room" "Alcohol," "The Girl's Distracted," and encores "Dialtone" and "Money in the Afterlife") as well as promising new songs. Thankfully the band has plans beyond this reunion tour: from the stage, Fred said to expect a new record in the fall.
The rest of Friday night's Popfest line-up included Barcelona's fizzy Cola Jet Set, energetic, wild haired Texans Wild Moccasins, fantastic Seattle trio Orca Team (whose performance we already wrote about), and openers Catnaps who did a glockenspeil-assisted cover of Joy Division's "Disorder," not the type of thing you associate with an indiepop festival.
More Popfest pictures are below, along with video courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn.
The Gaslamp Killer at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
The Gaslamp Killer has a pretty light touring schedule this summer, save for a few festivals, but he'll be in NYC for a show on June 21 at Knitting Factory with "special secret guests." Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Radiohead will probably be long gone by the time June 21 rolls around, but it's at least worth noting that some of the special friends Gaslamp played with around Coachella included Thom Yorke and his Brainfeeder label boss Flying Lotus.
All dates are listed below, along with the flier for the Brooklyn show...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Popfest Mix (ZIP)
Burning Hearts @ NYC Popfest 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
It's NYC Popfest time again. Popfest happens Thursday - Sunday (May 17 - 20) at various venues around Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can still get 4-day Festival Passes ($50) that will get you into all the weekend's shows, or you can buy tickets to individual shows.
There's a couple quick ways to check out all that's going on: Popfest has put together a free downloadable mix (linked above) with all the bands playing this year; and I put together a Spotify playlist with a couple songs from all the Popfest bands that have songs available on the service. If that's not enough, here's a little more about what's ahead, and this post covers Thursday and Friday night's shows. Saturday and Sunday preview will be later this week.
THURSDAY, MAY 17 (CAKE SHOP)
Like usual, Popfest kicks off Thursday (5/17) at Cake Shop. Headliners are Finland's Burning Hearts who were last here for Popfest 2009. The band's new album, Extinctions, mixes shimmery synths, jangly guitars and cooing guitars. You can stream the whole album at the bottom of this post. Burning Hearts also play a free show at LES store Ivana Helsinki (251 Elizabeth St.) and the Rock Shop on Monday (5/21) as part of a post-Popfest hangover show with Vancouver's Sleuth, the Philippines' Outerhearts and Orca Team (more on them below),
Staying in the same part of the world, Swedish powerpop band Speedmarket Avenue are also playing Thursday night. It's been four years since the band released their last album but, but a recently posted new song on their website gives hope for new musical activity. Hopefully we'll get a preview of their new album this week.
FRIDAY, MAY 18 (KNITTING FACTORY)
Friday night is at Knitting Factory with headliners Michigan's Saturday Looks Good to Me who haven't played NYC since the band dissolved in 2008. Main man Fred Thomas is promising a new album, so good to hear this will be more than just remember when.
For me the band I'm most excited to see Friday is Pacific Northwesterners Orca Team whose music is like a '50s dance party on a submarine with Tim Gane piloting. Their new album, Restraint, is out June 14 on the Happy Happy Birthday to Me label and is a little less specifically retro (and all the better for it). If you can't make it Friday night, Orca Team play two non-Popfest shows while here: a free show at XPO 929 (aka Party Expo) on Saturday (5/19) and they're also playing that 5/21 show at the Rock Shop with Burning Hearts and others.
As I said above, look for a preview of Saturday and Sunday's Popfest events later in the week. Meanwhile, the full NYC Popfest schedule (bands, set times, etc) is below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Millions (MP3)
Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012 (more)
Roanoke Virginia's Eternal Summers will release their second full-length LP, Correct Behavior, on July 24 via Kanine Records. The band have just released "Millions" from the album which, deservedly, got Best New Track on Pitchfork. With barely a hint of reverb, "Millions" is the shiniest, poppiest thing we've heard yet from the band, a major step forward for them.
Eternal Summers, who recently reissued previous EPs and 7"s on one record, are also lining up summer dates, which include visits to Toronto's NXNE Festival (June 13) and Northside Festival (June 14 at Knitting Factory). Click through for all tour dates, plus Correct Behavior artwork and tracklisting.
Lotus Plaza at Austin Psych Fest last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt's project Lotus Plaza just wrapped up a tour with Disappears in support of his great new album, Spooky Action at a Distance, which included a Brooklyn show at Glasslands (4/19) and Austin Psych Fest (click the link for more pics). Unlike most of Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox's shows as Atlas Sound, Lockett has been playing with a full band on his Lotus Plaza tour.
The band is continuing to tour during the first half of this month and after a short break, will hit the road again in July surrounding Pitchfork Festival which brings them to NYC on July 18 at Mercury Lounge and July 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/4) at noon. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
All dates and a video of Lotus Plaza at Glasslands from a Pitchfork "+1" episode below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Alex Winston @ Knitting Factory - 4/23/2012
After an opening set by Diedre & the Dark, the Frenchkiss-signed 1,2,3 played, and then came a headlining set by Alex Winston at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/23). The Brooklyn show was in support of "King Con", Alex's album that is out now via V2/Cooperative Music. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. More of them below...