Entries tagged with: northside festival
Ex Hex at MoMA Nights in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mary Timony's power trio Ex Hex, who are landing on several year-end lists, have a ton of tour dates scheduled for 2015, including two NYC shows: Le Poisson Rouge on April 23 and then they'll be back later as part of Northside Festival on June 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for LPR go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM and MHOW go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting noon on Wednesday.
No word yet if more spring/summer dates will be announced, but all currently known dates are listed below...
Black Bear Bar only has 4 pics on Facebook. This is one of them
As Ted Chase first told me, the Northside Festival showcase happening in the front room of what used to be Public Assembly (but is now called Black Bear Bar) was shut down by the police on Friday night, presumably due to noise. Yes, that's the same Friday the 13th full moon evening that Omar Souleyman postponed due to "travel issues" and The War on Drugs/Woods show postponed due to rain. We opened doors at Baby's All Right a bit late that night and Little Big League broke a string, but we were otherwise lucky. The BrooklynVegan showcase that night with Operators, mostly went off without a hitch.
Locals EULA were the band that was playing when the police turned the power off at Black Bear. Luckily for Eula fans, there's another chance to catch the band this week, and the band says, "for anyone who missed our epic 1 song set at Northside, we will be extending our set on thursday." The Thursday show they're referring to is the 6/19 show at Trans Pecos in Queens which we mentioned in a post about guitarist Alexander Turnquist who is also on the bill along with his collaborator Christopher Tignorm, and Advaeta.
EULA are releasing a new 7", "Orderly" b/w "Meadows", on July 15th via Bloodmoss Records (whose showcase they played in May). It was produced by Swans/Sonic Youth producer Martin Bisi, and EULA's next show after Thursday is the release show on July 31st at the same DIY venue Trash Talk played last night, Palisades in Brooklyn. Big Ups, Pile, and Courtship Ritual are also on that bill.
Listen to "Orderly" now, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Beirut @ 50 Kent - 6/14/14
Beirut have international dates coming up this year, but before that they graced their current hometown of Brooklyn with a one-off Northside Festival at 50 Kent this past Saturday (6/14). NYC rap crew Ratking and Gambian Kora player Malang Jobarteh provided contrasting opening sets before Zach Condon and company played a 19-song set full of old favorites and also played a new song. Luckily it didn't rain. Pictures of the show are in this post.
More pictures, with a video of the new song and Beirut's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Pink Baby
Operators / Little Big League / Motion Studies @ Baby's All Right 6/13/2013
The music portion of the 2014 Northside Festival kicked into high gear on Friday (6/13), as did Mother Nature, dumping buckets of rain on us, and postponing The War on Drugs big outdoor show. In the dry (but still moist) confines of Baby's All Right, BrooklynVegan had our official showcase and we were lucky enough to have the NYC debut of Dan Boeckener's new band Operators, plus Philadelphia's Little Big League and Brooklyn band Motion Studios. Pictures from the show are in this post.
The evening started with Motion Studies, which on record is mostly Tyler McCauley (who plays in a few other bands too) but live was a seven-piece outfit. (It did not include, however, Nick Sylvester who runs GODMODE records and plays on some Motion Studies tracks.) There's shades of danceable mid-'00s DFA but also harder rock and softer rock (they shouted out Michael McDonald before one song). Whatever sound they're doing, they definitely give it their all.
Little Big League were up next. They were having some technical problems that led to lengthy pauses between songs, but they rocked hard when they were on. When singer Michelle Zauner (aka Japanese Breakfast) wails, both on guitar and voice, this band is really a live force. They have a new split 7" with Ovlov and just released a song from that today. Stream it (via Wondering Sound) below.
Operators were the main event. "This is our fourth or fifth show ever. For us to be able to play it in New York is kind of incredible," Dan Boeckner told the crowd at Baby's All Right. That might be true of most new bands, but maybe not one fronted by the guy from Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, and Divine Fits. Still, Boeckner seemed genuinely stoked to be playing this show, beaming and sweaty. Fans of his other projects would have no trouble realizing Operators -- featuring Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown (also of New Bomb Turks) and Devojka -- was a Boeckner band, not straying too far from the dancerock he made with Handsome Furs or Divine Fits. And that husky voice is instantly recognizable as well. Even though Operators have only released one song to the public so far, the packed-in crowd was definitely into it, dancing, cheering, and left wanting more.
Speaking of more, lots more pics from the whole show are below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Titus Andronicus / Eagulls @ Warsaw - 6/12/14
Brooklyn's Northside Festival began last night (6/12) with multiple shows, including Titus Andronicus / Eagulls / D'NT / Low Fat Getting High at Warsaw, one of the shows we were excited to see. LFGH and D'NT provided local support, with the former ripping through Nirvana-style (think "Negative Creep" or "Breed") punk/grunge and the latter (a duo) playing something like QOTSA-style stoner rock. Low Fat also just put out a video for "Police Cop" yesterday, which you can watch below.
Then came UK post-punks Eagulls who I'd only previously seen on CMJ/SXSW showcases, and I think benefitted from the larger stage, light show and smoke machines. (They could stand to not talk to the sound guy every 3 minutes about adjustments though.) Diversity isn't this band's game just yet (though they only have one album and one EP so far), but they're a promising group for sure and their best songs ("Nerve Endings," "Coffin") sounded on point last night.
Eagulls are also play the free outdoor Space Ninety 8 Stage on Saturday afternoon (6/14) located on Bedford between N. 5th and N. 6th. They're on at 3:40 PM and the other bands on the bill are Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers.
Finally Titus Andronicus wrapped up the show with a fairly long set (roughly two hours) that included a good amount of material off that rock opera they're working on. One would assume these songs will be pieced together in a coherent, Tommy-style matter, so I don't want to judge the new songs yet, but I will say that any fans of the last three albums are likely gonna be into these too. The songs themselves all seemed on the shorter, tighter, Local Business-y side, though they did play one borderline ballad which was a highlight of the set.
A handful of favorites were of course played from the last three albums too, and the crowd of course ate up "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ," "A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City," and the rest of them. Stage divers and moshers (or more like "pushers") galore, despite Patrick Stickles basically ridiculing both moshing and stage diving more than once throughout the set. And, like many Titus shows, a few covers were played. Patrick said his mom was in the audience, and since she grew up in the '60s he graced her and the rest of the crowd with a cover of The Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." And what seemed like was going to be a 15-second joke/teaser turned into a full cover of Semisonic's "Closing Time" (people even moshed to that!) before the actual set-closer, "The Battle of Hampton Roads." And if you're wondering if the "Closing Time" joke ever gets old, from the hundreds of people shamelessly singing along last night, I'd say it doesn't.
More pics of all four bands, videos of both Titus covers, and the Low Fat video, below...
Omar Souleyman at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bad news, Omar Souleyman fans: tonight's show at Glasslands (6/13) (part of Northside) has been postponed till August 6. due to travel issues (maybe this giant storm that is currently drenching NYC?). Dutch E Germ is still performing with a Prince Rama DJ set and the show is now completely free. Tickets from tonight's show will be honored for the new date. For refunds contact Ticketfly.
We hope we don't have to find out, but there is a Flash Flood Watch that "remains in effect until midnight EDT", right through the entire War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick show. Meanwhile, Northside Fest says "The show must go on!"
UPDATE: As of 6:30, IT IS RAINING HARD, but still no word on the show being moved or cancelled.
UPDATE 2: The War on Drugs is postponed until Sunday!
Beirut, Ratking and Malang Jobarteh play the same outdoor venue Saturday.
by Wyatt Marshall
Vilkacis at Europa - 6/12/14 (photo via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Pitchfork's Northside metal show with Pallbearer, Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis was last night, and I stopped by to check out Vilkacis's set, the one-man band's first and only since a live debut (with a live lineup) at "a basement show about a year ago," according to Michael Rekevics, the guy behind Vilkacis. You may know Rekevics from one of his other projects, among them Fell Voices, Vorde and Ruin Lust. He's usually behind the drums, as he is in Fell Voices, and one thing that the bands he's a part of have in common is relentless, furious drumming. That was on display last night as the four piece tore through a roughly twenty minute set, full of big, anthemic melodies buried behind a wall of driving guitar, bass and drums. Intensity was on high--Rekevics screamed sans mic for a good bit of a set, a bass string was popped loose by the middle of song two, and it didn't stop until it was abruptly over, after "Blood Dream in the Fever of War" wrapped up, when the drummer kicked over part of his kit and the four unceremoniously exited the stage leaving the rest of us to come back down to reality. Catch Vilkacis again at Martyrdoom, when the band plays on a stacked Tuesday lineup with Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Lord Mantis and Evoken. That will be one hell of a show.
The show ran late, and I'm told Pallbearer didn't take the stage until nearly 1AM. An aftershow was planned at The Acheron with Savagist, Yellow Eyes and "Goat Pope," a band that according the Acheron "cannot possibly play at the same time" as Pallbearer. That performance was canceled due to the late hour, and while Yellow Eyes and Savagist performed, we'll have to wait for another day for some more info on the infamous and mysterious "Goat Pope."
For more metal at Northside Fest, Watain are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Sunday (6/15) with T.O.M.B. and Kosmodemonic. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs.
by Ian Chainey
Unnerving noise/black metal destroyers Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy have been added to the Watain and Kosmodemonic show on June 15 at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). The Pennsylvanian project -- membership: No One -- will be playing a live set of material culled from the recently released Pennhurst / Xesse compilation that collected various demos and and EPs. T.O.M.B.'s nightmarish noise assault will also be sprayed across another LP in 2014. Titled Fury Nocturnous, the full-length will feature contributions from members of Mayhem. A label and a release date have yet to be announced. You can check out the full stream of Pennhurst / Xesse and a Fury Nocturnous teaser below.
Speaking of Watain, Invisible Oranges posted an interview with singer Erik Danielsson. In the piece, interviewer Jonathan Dick got Erik to open up regarding the latest round of black metal controversy:
Black metal will always be surrounded by controversy. It evokes energies. It thrives upon powers that are counteractive to what people view as law and order and ethics and so on. What I do need to underline here, because here is where people get it wrong: one of the greatest evils that people today know, be it an alternative culture or in conservative government halls, is Nazi Germany and Anti-Semitists and all of that. That is the one thing you cannot glorify.Erik also talked about his upcoming Brooklyn performance that will feature all of the pyrotechnics and theatrics that American fans haven't been able to see before:
There's a need to set that up in the US in that medium, and for a long time we've been quite frustrated about not being able to present the whole show there and actually show our US fans, who are some of the most diehard fans that we have, the actual show that we do. I cannot say at this point whether or not it's going to be an exact setup similar to the ones we have in Europe, but it's definitely going to contain elements of a quite severe nature that haven't been possible to use yet in the States. I actually cannot wait. It's gonna be a really good and fucking powerful show, I think.Tickets are still on sale and we have a few pairs you can win for free! For details on how to enter our contest, check below.
Harvey Sid Fisher @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Some of you may have come to the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase this year that was stacked with killer punk. If you got there early, you may have also seen the somewhat odd-man-out on the bill: Harvey Sid Fisher. Who is this enigmatic dream weaver? As we wrote before:
...occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac....the album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey.If you've never heard Astrology Songs, its definitely at least worth checking out for your own star sign, but "Aries" is especially catchy.
Folks in NYC can catch the one and only HSF this week as he plays as part of the Northside Festival. He's playing the Personal Injury Records showcase at Muchmore's on Friday (6/13). It's a pretty good bill too, with the ethereal synthpop of Psychic Twin, Limited (Alex Craig of Big Troubles and Ducktails), plus Sateen and Ziemba. It's $8 at the door or free with a Northside badge.
Show flyer and samples of all 12 Astrology Songs videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
Roya is a brand new Brooklyn trio with a pretty strong pedigree: singer Rahil Jamilifard fronts Habibi, drummer Hamish Kilgour is a member of legendary band The Clean (as well as NYC's Mad Scene), and Jay Heiselmann is in Grooms (and formerly French Miami). Their sound isn't too far from what Rahil does in Habibi, and you can stream a song below.
The band just played their first show last week at Cake Shop and Roya will be playing this week at the Northside Festival, Friday (6/13) at Knitting Factory. That show is the previously mentioned Palladia & VH1 House show that Perfect Pussy are headlining, and Shilpa Ray is on the bill too. Tickets are still available, or you can try and get in with your Northside Badge (based on capacity).
The Clean will be here in August. Roya song stream below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
Little Big League at The Studio at Webster Hall in May (more by Mimi Hong)
We recently announced that the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase happens Friday the 13th at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits). We now have openers too!
First is Brooklyn's Motion Studies (who we profiled in 2012). They make funky, disco/house-inspired pop and have a few releases out on the GODMODE label (Yvette, Shamir) which you can stream below. GODMODE founder Nick Sylvester (also of Mr. Dream) plays drums in what is mainly the project of Tyler McCauley who also played in Grooms, Teen Witch and other bands.
Up next is Philly's Little Big League (who perhaps you caught at The Studio at Webster Hall last month). Their mix of indie rock, punk and folkier songwriting is in line with Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Swearin', etc and fans of those bands should dig this one as well. Stream "Year of the Sunhouse" off their upcoming split with Ovlov, below.
The Range opening for CHVRCHES at T5 in May (more by Wei Shi)
The music portion of Brooklyn's multi-venue Northside Festival is almost here, beginning this Thursday (6/12) and running through Sunday (6/15), and there continue to be updates. For one, all openers for Northside's four big outdoor shows have been announced. We already knew Woods are opening the War On Drugs show Friday at 50 Kent, and we know Julianna Barwick is too. As discussed, Saturday's Thee Oh Sees show in McCarren Park will be opened by The Blind Shake and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Saturday's Beirut show at 50 Kent will include a lineup handpicked by the band of Ratking and Malang Jobarteh, and Sunday's CHVRCHES show in McCarren Park will include The Range (who also opened for them at Terminal 5) and Hunters.
The McCarren Park shows are free with RSVP (CHVRCHES closed, Thee Oh Sees still open, and the 50 Kent shows are still on sale. All Northside shows are accessible with a Northside badge though entry is subject to capacity.
Other recently announced Northside shows include the ones at Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Nick Waterhouse, Baths and Watain. Plus the Cameo/Buzz Chips/Pancakces & Whiskey showcase at Cameo on Friday with Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin and The Great Void (tickets). Check out the festival's full schedule.
And as mentioned, we at BrooklynVegan are presenting the NYC debut of Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) new band Operators at Baby's All Right on Friday (6/13). Openers for that show will be announced very soon.
Nick Waterhouse @ Bowery Ballroom earlier this year (more by PSquared)
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is part of Northside Festival this year, offering cool shows next weekend. Unlike most BKNB shows, however, they are not free. Friday, June 13 is classic R&B lover Nick Waterhouse, plus The Vandelles and DJ Jonathan Toubin. The Saturday (6/14) BKNB Northside show is headlined by Baths with the rest of the lineup TBA. And, as posted already, Sunday (6/15) it's Watain and Kosmodemonic.
Tickets for all three BKNB shows during Northside are on sale now.
This weekend's shows at BKNB are curated by Gorilla Vs Bear / Forest Family with Friday (6/6) being a strong lineup of Ejecta, Lee Bannon, Dent May, and Braveyoung with Bravves and Weekend's Shaun Durkan as DJs; then on Saturday (6/7) it's Diana, and a "Secret Super Special Guest Performance." Any guesses? Those shows are free and all ages.
There are some other additions to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. On June 20, it's former Virgins singer Donald Cumming playing his first-ever NYC solo show, plus Not Blood Paint, and Tow3rs. Then on June 21 it's a garagey bill of The Coathangers, Dameht, and Honduras.
by Bill Pearis
New York trio Old Monk are ready to release their sophomore album, Posing As Love, via Eenie Meenie. Like their 2012 debut the band take catchy indie rock and filter it through a decidedly prog/math sensibility. It equates to guitar pop that is capable of odd rhythms and hairpin time changes, without any excess -- not a single song on the album breaks the four-minute mark. The album is out next week (6/10, pre-order yours) but you can listen to the whole thing now -- an advance stream is premiering in this post. The band has also created a lyrics site with little tidbits about the references in the song, pretty cool.
Old Monk will celebrate the Posing as Love's release June 14 at Matchless as part of Northside Festival. Clouder, Miniboone, Haybaby, The Meaning of Life, and The Planes are also on the bill. The band will also play Brooklyn's The Flat on July 11 (other bands TBA), the kickoff to Old Monk's summer tour. All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...
The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.
Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.
50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.
NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.
Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.
Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.
Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.
Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Not unlike Pampers or Foster Care, Brooklyn four-piece Weird Womb make noisy punk that is both beer-fueled and kinda brainy, with pop knowhow in there amongst the empties. The band's forthcoming Laziness EP was recorded by Alex Bonenfant (Metz, Crystal Castles) and "Tanned Tits" from it makes its premiere in this post. Stream it below and look for Laziness later this summer.
Weird Womb have a few East Coast gigs lined up this month, including a few here in Brooklyn. They'll play Saturday (6/7) at Grand Victory with The Brats; The Deli's Northside Fest showcase at Silent Barn on June 12 with Big Ups, Lost Boy?, Butter the Children, BOYTOY, No Shoes, and Dead Tenants; and then also play 258 Johnson Ave on June 21 with Unstoppable Death Machines and more TBA. All tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
Carrboro, NC garage punk trio Flesh Wounds just recently welcomed their new Bitter Boy 7" via local indie heavyweights Merge Records. "Bitter Boy" is backed by both "Kennel Cough" and "Let Me Be Clear," and 7"s are available for purchase via Merge's webstore. You can hear the full 7" via Merge Radio, and stream the title track, along with a stream of their 2014 self-titled 7", below.
Next week, Flesh Wounds will be embarking on a June US tour surrounding their appearances at NYC's Northside Festival. They play Exploding In Sound's official showcase at Baby's All Right on June 15 with Creepoid, Ovlov, Krill, Guerilla Toss and others (tickets) and will also play the PopGun party at Glasslands that night with Swearin', Radiator Hospital and Bent Shapes (tickets).
All Flesh Wounds dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
Dan Boeckner w/ Handsome Furs in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brooklyn's Northside Festival is just around the corner (June 12-15) and we're proud to last-minute-announce that the official BrooklynVegan showcase will happen on Friday the 13th at Baby's All Right. It's an early show (8 PM doors, over by 11), and will be the NYC live debut of Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) with his Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown (also of New Bomb Turks) and Devojka. There's two openers TBA, and $15 advance tickets are on sale now. Limited Northside badges also welcome. 21+.
Devojka (of Operators), Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) & friend (via)
Operators, whose upcoming album will have guest vocals from Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves (picture from the studio above), played their first-ever show this past November in San Jose, and last month they made their Canadian debut during Canadian Music Week. One of their shows was at the Silver Dollar which The Toronto Star caught and wrote:
Operators, rounded out by enigmatic Macedonian electronics whiz Devojka, came into CMW hard, though. The trio's first, utterly blazing midnight set at the Dollar on Thursday left a representative sample of Toronto's music-industry intelligentsia -- label reps, promoters, festival programmers, publicists, bloggers, critics and jaded scenesters in general -- tizzying about in a froth of unanimous excitement this writer has rarely witnessed in his two decades on the job.That show was also the one where fellow Canadian band Japandroids joined Dan Boeckner & co. joined them for a cover of Wolf Parade's "This Heart's On Fire." You can watch a video of that, with a video of one of their original songs, below.
Operators slayed, in other words. I went back for the other two shows just to make sure I wasn't delusional, and I wasn't alone. There were numerous fellow "three-peats" in the room on Saturday, and by then pretty much every friend with whom I'd witnessed the first show had returned for a second taste with at least one other friend in tow. Clearly, Operators were the CMW band to beat this year.
Dan was also recently interviewed by Noisey, and discussed the new band's sound:
My main impression of Operators' sound is how direct and immediate it is. It's really hook-heavy. Of course your past projects have been pop-oriented to varying degrees, but this seems like a more aggressive step in that direction. Why did you decide to go down that route?The band also have an upcoming appearance scheduled for Sled Island.
I felt like I needed to push myself after the Divine Fits record. I really liked that record, and there was a vibe to it, but given what was going on in my personal life when I recorded it... the songs that I contributed to that record were really dark. I toured the record and I cheered up a lot. With Operators, the gear lends itself to repetitive grooves, and I've always loved pop music. I was like, okay, I'm going to push myself with the vocals and the melodies of these songs. If we're going to have the same bass line running through this song, we're going to need a keyboard hook in it, there needs to be a vocal hook in it, and it needs to be really, really direct. It needs to be immediately accessible. I just really didn't want to make a record that was ponderous, like a think piece record. I wanted to make something that people could dance to, that had a ton of weird, noisy crap going on, but at its core was pop music. That's what I wanted with the band. We experimented with s lot of different formats, and this is what we hit on.
Watch those videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Cleveland band Herzog released their terrific new album, Boys, a couple weeks back. As I wrote previously, Boys is '90s-style indie/alt rock, loaded with hooks and extremely quotable lyrics (via lyricist-in-residence Tony Vorell who doesn't play with the band live). If you haven't checked it out yet, you should, and you can stream the whole album below.
Herzog are in NYC this week, playing Glasslands on Wednesday (6/4) with Education Reform, Meghann Wright, and Sinaloha; and then Bowery Electric on Thursday (6/5) with Grave Pool, Shark Week, and Black Brick. If you can't make those shows, Herzog will be here again next week for Northside Festival, playing the (deep breath) Terrorbird Media, Carpark Records, Kanine Records & InSound showcase at Cameo on June 12 with TEEN, Saint Pepsi, Las Rosas, Chandos, Dog Bite, Piers, and Valarie. Tickets for that show are on sale, or you can use your Northside badge (badge entry subject to capacity).
All Herzog dates are listed, along with the stream of their new album, below...
Woods @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
In the band's own words: "Fresh off of the release of their eighth official album, With Light and With Love, Woods are pleased to announce a new single for Captured Tracks due July 8th featuring two brand new non-album songs, "Tambourine Light" and "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday," meant as a companion piece to the album. You can pre-order the single here." Listen to "Tambourine Light" below.
Catch Woods on tour this summer and fall. New Yorkers who missed the band at Baby's All Right (4/22) and Bowery Ballroom (5/16) have another chance on 6/13 when the band open for The War On Drugs at the big Northside Festival show at 50 Kent. If you already bought a ticket for this show, consider youself lucky to get such a fine, fine opener. All of the band's dates, which take them to Chicago for Wicker Park Fest, to Portland for Pickathon, to Big Sur for their own festival, back to Austin (where they recently played Psych Fest), to San Francisco for Outside Lands to all over Europe, are listed below.
On October 24, possibly as part of CMJ, the band plays another NYC show, this time with psychedelic light show pioneers Joshua Light Show at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (a venue we've seen the Joshua Light Show do a series of performances at before). We'll post more details about that one as they surface.
Dates and song below...
Marnie Stern at The Wick earlier this month (more by Erik Erikson)
As previously discussed, Cincinnati garage pop punks Tweens are going on a June tour which includes the Gothamist/Impose Northside Festival show at Rough Trade NYC on June 13 with Amanda X. Since we last spoke, that show has gotten even better: the queen of guitar heroics and sexual stage banter, Marnie Stern has been added to the bill. She's playing solo. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your Northside badge.
Tweens have also just announced an August tour with Crocodiles (whose members have been busy with side projects this year). That tour doesn't hit NYC, but the list of all places it does hit can be found below.
Crocodiles do play NYC without Tweens though, first on July 24 at Death by Audio and then again on August 31 at Baby's All Right during their brief run with Sandra Vu's (of Dum Dum Girls) band Sisu. (Brandon of Crocodiles is both married and in a band with Dee Dee of DDGs.) Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale today (5/30) at noon. No advance tickets for the DbA show.
In related Crocodiles news, Wartime (Chuck from Crocs' solo project) just made a video for single "(War)time Won't Let Me" and you can check that out below.
UPDATE: A previous version of the post listed the Baby's All Right show for July 25. There was a mix up and the date is in fact August 31.
All dates are listed, with the Perfect Pussy remix of Tweens, below...
Animal Collective at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Animal Collective's two main songwriters, Panda Bear and Avey Tare, are currently busy with their solo projects, which is probably at least partially why we haven't heard from AnCo in a while. But the main band will be going on a short DJ tour which kicks off in Seattle tonight (5/28) and makes its way to NYC during Northside Festival to hit Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can get in for free with your Northside bage.
All AnCo DJ dates are listed below...
LA indie popsters Incan Abraham put out their debut album, Tolerance, earlier this year via White Iris, and they'll continue to tour in support of it this June. That tour hits NYC for two Northside Festival shows including a PopGun party at Glasslands on June 14 with Little Sur and Crush Distance; and the White Iris showcase on June 15 at Cameo with White Rabbits, Rathborne, Ski Lodge, Ludwig Persik and Cathy. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
After that, they play a third NYC show on June 16 at Mercury Lounge with support TBA. Tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (5/30) with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, with a video, below...