Entries tagged with: weekend
by Bill Pearis
Tamaryn and new bandmate/collabrator Shaun Durkan
Tamaryn is back with a new dancier/synthier direction and album, titled Cranekiss, that is out August 28 via Mexican Summer. For it she collaborated with Weekend's Shaun Durkan on the songs (he's in her new live lineup too) and Jorge Elbrecht of Violens produced. While she's dropped the hazy shoegaze sound of her first two albums, she's still within the same gothy universe. Says Tamaryn:
This album has a ton of range in its approach to the songwriting. Shaun Durkan, Jorge Elbrecht and I brought an array of influences to each song that seem to have worked together in a really complementary way. To me, it's all about combining influences that you wouldn't automatically think of pairing together to create something exciting.You can listen to first single "Hands Around Me" below.
Tamaryn debuted her new sound and live lineup at Mexican Summer's Marfa Myths fest in March, and she'll play Levitation Fest in Austin next weekend. Before and after Levitation she'll be playing shows in NYC: Sunday (5/3) at Pioneer Works for the Village Fete afterparty that also features a DJ set from MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and "special guests." This is a gala benefit for Pioneer Works and tickets are priced accordingly for something like this ($150).
Then after Levitation, she'll play June 2 at Saint Vitus with Cities Aviv (who has other shows too). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM. She'll also play London in June as well. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream and album artwork (designed by Durkan), below...
by Bill Pearis
Keven Tecon logged time in San Fancisco bands Wax Idols and Soft Moon but left the drummers seat of both to form his own group, Vaniish. The new quartet -- featuring fellow Wax Idols member Amy Rosenoff as well as Bay Area scene regulars Adam Beck and Nick Ott (drums) -- released their debut album, Memory Work, in June. As you might expect from the lineage (and band name), this is chilly stuff, ranging from pounding post-punk to more ethereal creations. If you're predisposed to the dark side, give this a listen below.
Vaniish will be in coming to NYC in September for a couple shows: Glasslands on 9/1 with Christines, INTERVAL and Winkie, as well as Weekend's Shaun Durkan on DJ duty (tickets). Then they'll play the 9/3 edition of Nothing Changes with fellow San Franciso band Offing, and Tiers.
Vaniish album stream below...
Woods at Baby's for BV-RBSS in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Woods, Quilt, Frankie Cosmos @ Bowery Ballroom
While they have a rep for noodling, Woods these days are song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. Tonight's a terrific bill all-around with Quilt (who are firing on all cylinders these days too), and up-and-comer Frankie Cosmos.
Jef Barbara w/ Meshell Ndegeocello, The Suzan, Shackers, Glockabelle, Les Jupes, Fluffer @ Pianos
Blurring genre and gender lines, Jef skips between minimal electro, shimmering and ethereal guitar pop, skronky new wave with forays into glam and krauty bachelor pad music -- all with élan and wit. Tonight is the first of two special shows Jef is doing in NYC this weekend with Meshell Ndegeocello on bass. Jef's on early, 7 PM.
Chromeo, Oliver @ Terminal 5
An amalgam of early-'80s electro-R&B (Cameo, Rockwell, various Jacksons), Chromeo are not afraid to embrace the cheese. And if you aren't either, it's a fun time. The band's new album White Women, is out now.
Hardcore Activity In Progress @ Knockdown Center (Red Bull Music Academy)
Following last year's Drone Activity In Progress, this year's Red Bull Music Academy will include Hardcore Activity In Progress, though it doesn't necessarily mean the genre. The very varied lineup includes ambient wizard Tim Hecker, grindcore vets Napalm Death, rapper Gunplay, jazz trio The Thing, noisemakers Wolf Eyes, more noisemakers Bastard Noise, techno producer Regis, alt-rapper clipping. and plenty more. Set times below.
Elbow, John Grant @ Webster Hall
Manchester's Elbow make "heartfelt," "anthemic" and "crowd-pleasing" not dirty words. The band's new album, The Takeoff and Landing of Everything is out now.
Seahaven, Adventures, Foxing, Little Big League @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Seahaven's tour hits The Studio at Webster Hall tonight with some great openers: Adventures, the band that includes 3/4 of Code Orange Kids but are more punky/less aggressive than that band, Foxing, who kind of sound like the screamo Antlers, and Little Big League, who mix a little math and a little punk into otherwise traditional indie rock.
Screaming Females, Bleeding Rainbow, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Lilth Velkor @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Screaming Females have a new live album which they're celebrating with this release show. It's a good one, though of course actually seeing them live is the way to go, which you can do tonight for free. Good openers too, including punky shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow and Screamales' Don Giovanni labelmates Marvin Berry & the New Sound.
Flagland, Greys, HSY, The Beverleys @ Death by Audio
Tonight Brooklyn venue Death by Audio hosts a triple header of rippin' Canadian punk from Greys, HSY and The Beverleys. If you like it loud, fast, and noisy, you'll dig all these bands. Local representation on the bill comes from Flagland.
The Lillingtons, Mikey Erg, Stabbed in Back @ Knitting Factory
This is one of a few rare Northeast reunion dates for '90s era punks The Lillingtons, who along with The Queers, Screeching Weasel and others, did a great job bringing back Ramones-inspired punk during that decade.
Solstafir, Junius, So Hideous @ Saint Vitus
If you like epic, heavy atmospheric rock there's no better place to go in NYC tonight than Saint Vitus. The show is headlined by Iceland's Solstafir whose post-black metal may not be as popular as other similar bands here in America but it really deserves to be. Before them it's their tourmates Junius who are more "heavy post-rock" than metal, and local openers So Hideous fit the bill perfectly.
Breton, Kid Karate, Hoodlem @ Glasslands
After a couple failed attempts to play here recently, UK dance act Breton finally make it past the visa department to play Glasslands tonight. If you like Hot Chip and Metronomy, you might want to investigate further.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, The Mystery Lights, Froth @ Baby's All Right
Seven strong Aussie outfit King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard make psych-rock not unlike Black Angels or the BJM. They also made a narrated concept album set during the American Civil War. We have a feeling this will be interesting.
Black Marble, Future Punx @ Baby's All Right
Stick around Baby's after King Gizzard for this late-night show with with a couple new wave/post punk influenced Brooklyn locals. If you have't caught Future Punx, they're especially fun.
Morcheeba @ Warsaw
Trip hop vets Morcheeba released Head Up High last year, their second with singer Skye Edwards returning to the fold. (She'd been out of the band from 2003 - 2009.) The band haven't messed with their patented sound too much but, why yes, there are a couple nods to dubstep in there too.
Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos @ LPR
Los Cubanos Postizos is guitar great Mark Ribot in party mode, with arrangements by Cuban bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez.
Metro Area, Blondes, Kevin Graves @ American Museum of Natural History
It's the May edition of One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History with a live performance by Blondes and DJ sets from Metro Area and Kevin Graves.
Walter Martin (of The Walkmen) @ Joe's Pub
The Walkmen are currently on hiatus but many of its members are currently taking the solo route, including Walter Martin who put out his new children's album this week. He'll be playing songs off that tonight, and the show's all ages, so bring your kids! For the show, Walter will play with a full band, special guests and a chorus conducted by his Walkmen bandmate Hamilton Leithauser. Other guests include Matt Barrick of The Walkmen, Kat Edmonson, members of French Kicks, and "a very special surprise guest who sings on Walter's album."
HighasaKite, Faces on Film @ Mercury Lounge
Norwegian band Highasakite were supposed to play NYC last month but ended up canceling the show so they could do a West Coast run opening for London Grammar. They made good on their promise for a make-up show, which is tonight.
Jukebox The Ghost (DJ Sets), Sinkane (DJ Set), Body Language, Frances Cone @ Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
This is a free outdoor show, and the last of the official pre-parties for the NYRR Five-Borough Series (which is run on Saturday).
Stargazy, Folding Legs @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn's Stargazy have playing regularly for about three years, honing their brand of anthemic pop, characterized by big choruses and a jetstream guitar sound.
Jeffrey Lewis, Crazy and The Brains, Heeney, L.A. Boobs @ Shea Stadium
Jeffrey Lewis is one of NYC's consistently great anti-folk singers. He plays a lot but tonight's a doubly great one because he's joined by the likeminded Crazy & the Brains.
Issues, Wilbert Gavin (of Cities Aviv), Shaun Durkan (of Weekend) @ Cameo Gallery
Durkan and Gavin are presenting this new party called "Issues" which promises "a night of 90s - 2000s heavy." Beach Fossils' Dustin Payseur, and Durkan's Weekend bandmate Abe Pedroza will be helping out too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Weekend at Bowery Electric in 2013 (more by Sarah Gainer)
As mentioned in today's What's Going On post, UK shoegazers TOY are hitting Baby's All Right tonight (5/5) for their first of two NYC shows on their current tour and a "special guest" band was promised. It was just revealed on Twitter that the special guest band is shoegazey NYC post-punks Weekend, who just played Glasslands last night (5/4). Also on the bill is The Vandelles, and Baby's are "essentially" giving away margaritas for Cinco De Mayo. Advance tickets for tonight's show are still available.
On Tuesday (5/6), TOY are at Mercury Lounge with Heaven, and tickets for that one are still available too. They also recently made a video for "As We Turn" (dir. Julian Hand) from 2013's Join the Dots. You can watch that, with the updated list of tour dates, below...
Weekend at MHOW in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Speaking of Nothing, their good pals Weekend are on the road too (without them this time), and since we last spoke that tour's been expanded to include a NYC date. The Brooklyn-via-Bay Area post punks will hit hometown venue Glasslands on May 4. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
by Andrew Sacher
"indie pop prom was everything i could dream of and more" - Sad Girls Guide
Katie & Allison Crutchfield of Bad Banana @ Indie Pop Prom (via BV Instagram)
The second annual Indie Pop Prom went down in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on Saturday (2/22), and like last year was stacked with incredibly solid bands the whole night. All of the bands were relatively "small," and there was certainly no clear cut headliner, but the 200+ capacity venue still sold out, and the place was celebratory the whole time. In prom/party mode as much as "show" mode, Baby's was decorated in balloons, most of the bands were dressed up, and all of them wished Maria Sherman a happy birthday (the show doubled as her birthday bash), two of them even got the crowd singing to her.
And it's inspiring to see how such a celebration could be sparked by bringing together these six small indie and punk bands. The crowd was warmed up by the dramatic post-punk of Syracuse's Friendless Bummer and Pity Sex's choice blend of emo and shoegaze, and by Atlanta's punky Places to Hide (maybe because the punch was starting to kick in), the crowd was dancing, smiling, and singing in a way that only increased as the show went on. Radiator Hospital followed, great as always, playing crowd favorites like "Your Boyfriend," "Do You Remember?" and of course "Our Song" which may have been the loudest word-for-word singalong of the night. (Or was that when Weekend's Shaun Durkan DJed Finch's "Letters to You"?)
After them was maybe the night's most special set, a one-off reunion from Bad Banana. Bad Banana is one of the old projects from Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and her twin sister Allison of Swearin' (both of whom played Indie Pop Prom last year), and after P.S. Eliot's one-off reunion in August, was the second time in the past few months that the Crutchfields revisited an old band following the recent success of their current ones. They were joined by Kyle Gilbride on bass and Jeff Bolt on drums (both of Swearin'), and looked like they were having a legitimately great time playing those old songs. The crowd loved it too. In a live setting without the noisy lo-fi of their recordings, Bad Banana's poppy punk isn't wildly different from what Allison does in Swearin', but while Katie is most often found playing somber Waxahatchee sets these days, it was great to see her getting another chance to rock out.
Perfect Pussy @ Indie Pop Prom (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The show wrapped up with the "secret" set from special guests "Traitor Bitches," who, as we guessed, turned out to be Perfect Pussy. The band's noise-fueled punk and intense stage show were killer as ever, and they had hands down the most wild set of the night, resulting in the only part of the show you could actually say broke out into a mosh pit. Forget the hype, if you haven't seen this band live, it's well worth it.
The Crutchfield sisters play NYC again TONIGHT (2/24) at Saint Vitus for the BrooklynVegan/Shiner/Transmission-presented show which features Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder (aka Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band). The show is free but you had to RSVP, which is now closed. Swearin' have other dates too.
by Doug Moore
Nothing at BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Their two-ish week North American tour begins with a record release party for Nothing's Relapse Records debut at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie on March 2 and loops down to Texas, where the two bands will part ways. Nothing will hit SXSW for several days, including an appearance at Relapse's official showcase at Dirty Dog Bar on 3/12, which will also feature Windhand, Christian Mistress, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon (my band), and at Dallas's Spillover Music Fest on 3/16, where they'll briefly reunite with Weekend. Nothing's tour will then bring them back to the East Coast, where it will terminate with a NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on 3/20. Tickets and supporting acts are TBA, but keep an eye out.
Check out some live footage of Nothing at our CMJ party and both bands' full sets of dates below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing at Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the bands that most won me over at this past CMJ was Philly shoegazers Nothing, who were heavy, atmospheric and deftly melodic in so many of the ways that make for a great rock band. So it's exciting to hear that they've finally officially announced their debut LP, Guilty of Everything, which will be out on March 4 via Relapse. It features their previously released single, "Dig," plus eight other tracks. Check out the new album trailer, artwork, tracklist, and a stream of "Dig," below.
As discussed, Nothing are about to kick off a tour with Weekend, which begins in NYC at Bowery Ballroom this Friday (1/10). Since we last spoke, NYC's experimental metal collective Vaura (mems. Kayo Dot, Dysrhythmia, Azar Swan, etc) has been added to that show as an opener. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates, including SXSW, are listed, along with the trailer, stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
Ex Hex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like last year, right before SXSW brings a ton of bands to Austin for about a week, many of the same bands will stop in Savannah, Georgia for Savannah Stopover, which goes down across various venues from March 6-8. The initial lineup includes Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Tweens, Ski Lodge, Ex Hex, Big Ups, Caitlin Rose, Pile, Bleeding Rainbow and more. Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now.
Initial lineup and flyer below...
Nothing @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Weekend just wrapped up their tour with Chicago's Disappears, a tour that included stops in Philly (10/20) and NYC (10/22) with fellow dark-and-heavy noisemakers Nothing (who had just played a BV CMJ week party). Weekend and Nothing will be touring again in January, hitting East Coast and Midwest spots, kicking off with a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on January 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, November 8 at noon with an AmEx presale starting November 6 at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with a couple streams, below...
Eternal Summers at MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Wednesday's) daytime picks today (Tuesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Joanna Gruesome, Valleys, The History of Apple Pie, Mood Rings @ Pianos
For fans of indie pop and shoegaze (not to mention Anglophiles), this free day party is hard to pass up with UK bands Eagulls, Joanna Gruesome and The History of Apple Pie all on the bill, plus the one-two punch of touring pals Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow, and the dreampop of Valleys and Mood Rings. Beach Day too. Flyer and set times below.
Weekend, TEEN, Coke Weed, Tunde Olaniran, Flashlights @ Cake Shop
This free Terrorbird day party features shoegazey post-punks Weekend, dream pop band TEEN, the VU-ish Coke Weed and more. Flyer and set times below.
Special Guest, Arc Iris, Hunters, Jesca Hoop, Diego Garcia @ Ace Hotel
This show kicks off at noon with Elefant's Diego Garcia, followed by singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop, lively rockers Hunters, and Providence indie pop collective Arc Iris. Plus there's a special guest, and Ace Hotel says "trust us, it's good." Set times below.
The Melodic, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Them Swoops, Juliette Commagere @ Fontanas
The band we're most excited for on this bill is Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, whose music spans indie pop, prog, and metal (to name a few), and whose live show is quite the spectacle. They're on at 3:15 PM.
The Helio Sequence, Weekend, Cub Sport, Bear Ceuse @ Judson Church
Seattle radio station KEXP begins their annual run of free live performance broadcasts today with Bear Ceuse (whose member Adam Horne is responsible for Indie Kidz Songs), Australian synthpop act Cub Sport, shoegazey post-punks Weekend, and finally Sub Pop's indie pop duo The Helio Sequence. Set times below.
Jamaican Queens, In The Valley Below, Float Fall, Bonzie, Misun, Luluc, Eden Mulholland @ Pianos (Upstairs)
The artist we're most excited to see here is Bonzie, who's a young Chicagoan with some pretty strong folk songs. You can stream a few of those below. She's on at 3:50 PM.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)
FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)
Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.
photos by Sarah Gainer; words by Bill Pearis
As we posted last night, CMJ held a 2013 Music Marathon line-up announcement last night (8/27) in NYC at Bowery Electric. In addition to finding out that The Long Winters, Obits, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Savages, Pelican and more were going to be here for the fest in October, those in attendance were also treated to live sets from Brooklyn sandblasters Weekend and Providence, RI's widescreen dancepop act Magic Man. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
Weekend don't currently have CMJ on their schedule but will play NYC right after as part of their tour with Disappears, which hits NYC on October 22 at Glasslands. Nothing has been added to that bill making it a must for lovers of awesome gothy, loud, motorik, postpunky rock. Tickets are still available.
Full list of initial CMJ 2013 line-up is HERE and more pics of Weekend and Magic Man are below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Weekend / Leverage Models @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/16/2013
Medicine played their first NYC show in nearly two decades over last Friday (8/16), with support from Weekend and Leverage Models. We already posted one set of pictures and a review from that show, and now we have another that are in this post.
Weekend's tour with Disappears recently added a few more shows, including the NYC stop which happens October 22 at Glasslands with Nothing opening the evening. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below. Disappears new album, Era, is out next week on Kranky.
Leverage Models, meanwhile, will release their full-length debut on October 1 via Hometapes. Their record release show also happens at Glasslands on October 3. They've gathered pretty great support, too, from Maria Minerva, Butterclock and Tippy Toes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates for Weekend are listed, along with more pics from the Medicine/Weekend/Leverage Models show, below.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Medicine @ MHOW, 8/16/2013
After an 18-year absence, LA ethereal noisemakers Medicine returned with To the Happy Few, which surprisingly picked right up where they left off, as weird and beautiful and dissonant as ever. The record is very much a studio creation, at least to my ears, and I wasn't sure what Medicine would do about translating it to a live setting on Friday (8/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Much like the album, the show was an extremely happy surprise: Medicine were genuinely terrific. Playing as a four-piece, this was Medicine the rock band and the new songs slid into that mode no problem, with not much reliance on backing tracks that I could tell. Singer Beth Thompson still sounded angelic, and bandleader Brad Laner unleashed a squall from his guitar. Mid-set we got the one-two punch of their two best-known '90s songs, "Time Baby" and "Never Click," which sounded great as ever. Full setlist and pictures from the show are in this post. Here's hoping we don't have to wait as long for them to play here again.
This was a good show all-around, with a lot of people there to see Weekend as well. The band, who played basically in the dark, kept things tight, with songs flowing into each other and not much in the way of stage banter. Their set here was also less reliant on new album Jinx, with more cuts from Sports and Red than they've included at other shows this summer. Weekend will be on tour with Disappears this fall and have just announced their NYC date: October 22 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale now.
Openers Leverage Models were odd men out on the bill, sonically at least, with three percussionists (including a guy on syn-toms), a saxophonist and a very energetic lead singer (Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas). The band clearly draws from mid-'80s "new pop" groups like The Associates and early Spandau Ballet and, as someone who likes that stuff, I thought it worked pretty well. Leverage Models will play a release party for their debut album at Glasslands on October 3 with Maria Minerva and Butterclock and those tickets are on sale now.
More pictures from MHOW, below...
by Bill Pearis
Weekend's second album, Jinx, isn't out till next week (7/23) but you can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR. If you're a fan at all of mid-'80s style gothy postpunk (Chameleons, The Sound, Comsat Angels), Jinx will hit the sweet spot. It's a great record.
The band will play an NYC release show the same day the record is out at Clocktower Gallery. The only way to get tickets is to pre-order Jinx (LP or CD) via Insound. If you can't make Tuesday's show, Weekend are also opening for Medicine at MHOW on August 16 and will be touring with Chicago's Disappears in the fall. (Still no NYC dates for that tour.) Updated dates are below.
Leverage Models (aka Shannon from Stars Like Fleas and friends) are set to release their debut on October 1 via Hometapes. You may have already heard their track, "Cooperative Extensions" (which will be on the album), but the band have now made a video for it and we've got its premiere in this post.
Leverage Models have a couple upcoming NYC shows. The play open the previously discussed Indians show on Sunday (7/21) at Knitting Factory with Brazos. Tickets to that show are still available. They'll also open the previously discussed Medicine show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16, a show that Weekend is also playing. Tickets for that show are also still available.
Along with the new video, you can also stream Leverage Models' recent cover of The Associates' mid-'80s avant-pop hit "Party Fears Two," below...
Deafheaven's second NYC show this week with Marriages , scheduled for July 4 at 285 Kent, has added more for your patriotic, loud entertainment dollar. In addition to a DJ sets from Shaun of Weekend and
Jenn Pelly (turns out she can't make it), the show will also feature performances from Montreal dark ambient crew AUN and Brooklyn industrial-noise gang Theologian. Tickets are still available for this InvisibleOranges sponsored show and doors are at 10PM.
This is in addition to their original, now sold-out NYC date at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (7/2) which features support from Nothing.
by Bill Pearis
Weekend have shared a second track from their upcoming second album, Jinx which is out July 22 via Slumberland. You can stream the pounding, rhythm-section-heavy "It's Alright" below. The vinyl version of Jinx, just like their first LP, Sports, comes as a double disc of 45RPM 12"s in a gatefold sleeve with a fold-out poster. You can check out the packaging below.
Weekend, who were just added to Medicine's record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16 (tickets), have just announced a fall tour and some of those dates are with Chicago's Disappears. Don't be surprised if they add a Brooklyn date sometime around the album's release, too.
All tour dates are listed, along with the LP packaging and new track stream, below.
No Joy / Weekend @ Glasslands, 5/17/2013
No Joy's tour swung through NYC this week, with two shows for the Montreal shoegazers, first at Mercury Lounge (5/15) and then at Glasslands last night (5/17). The band's new album, Wait to Pleasure, is very much a studio creation, with producer Jorge Elbrecht of Violens buffing some of their more jagged edges in favor of more a lush sound that would've been right at home on 4AD Records in 1988. It's a terrific record, but I was happy to see no laptops or headphones at their show last night. While still in possession of honeyed vocals from Jasamine White-Gluz (using a harmonizer to great effect), songs like "Hare Tarot Lies" took on more pummeling form. This was especially true of show-closer "E" (which is opens their album) that is kind of their "You Made Me Realize," disintegrating into pure noise.
For fans of goth-leaning shoegaze, this was a great show as support came from Weekend who moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn last year, and even more recently adding a fourth member, Nick Ray, to the band. With Ray on bass, singer Shaun Durkan now plays second guitar. One might expect that to result in an even greater din, but last night's show was a bit turned-down, volume-wise, for the band. (It was still plenty loud.) Which maybe suited the set, which was made up almost entirely of Weekend's forthcoming album, Jinx, that trades white noise for liquid basslines, dark dance grooves and much hookier songs. The new direction suits them well and if you haven't heard first single "Mirror" you can stream it below.
Weekend's next show will be during the Northside Festival where they'll play Knitting Factory on June 15. Tickets for that show just went on sale today. They've got a few shows in California in July, too, and all dates are listed below.
I missed openers Grand Resort, but they have a few shows coming up including tonight (5/17) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge where they'll play with Minneapolis' great BNLX. Those dates, along with more photos of No Joy and Weekend, are below.