the Fresh & Onlys, Royal Baths, Dears, Duke Spirit, Erland and the Carnival, Dandy Warhols & more in This Week in Indie
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys
It’s an early installment of TWII this week. Most of the awesome shows (to me) seem to be tonight through Thursday.
First up we’ve got The Fresh & Onlys who are currently on tour with Clinic. They both play tonight at Bowery Ballroom with Girls at Dawn opening. I like Clinic just fine — their new album Bubblegum is good — but we’re seeing the Fresh & Onlys still riding a wave of creativity/prolificasy that has been going strong for almost two years. The band’s new album, Play it Strange, is maybe their best yet, definitely their most sonically advanced. And live, they always seem to be on. They were great at the Northside Fest back in May. I know I write about them a lot, but they really are tops. Go see them!
There was supposed to be a second Clinic/F&Os show Wednesday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg but that ended up getting canceled, so now The Fresh & Onlys will play Shea Stadium instead (11/3), sharing the bill with fellow San Franciscans The Royal Baths, plus X-Ray Eyeballs and Dutch Treat. The Fresh & Onlys and Royal Baths will also play Vassar on Thursday (11/4).
I will be speeding off to Shea Stadium on Wednesday after seeing The Dears at Knitting Factory, the first their two-night stay previewing their new, yet-to-be-titled album which won’t be out till next year. (Tickets are available for Wednesday and Thursday.) As an occasional Dears-obsessive (2004 – 2005 I wouldn’t shut up about them) I’m pretty excited about these shows, especially now that guitarist and O-Face master Patrick Krief is back in the band, as well as former members Rob Benvie and Roberto Arquilla. Drummer George Donosso [now in the High Dials] is still missed – we’ll see how new member Jeff Luciani does on the kit.
The Dears are masters of epic, anthemic songs and I’m psyched to get to hear a whole new album in this way for the first time. And if this sounds a little daunting, reviews of other shows in Montreal and Toronto where they’ve been doing the same thing have said they’re encoring with a set of favorites. And when the band is on, they can make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. Here’s hoping we get a little of that bristly excitement this time. You can check out live footage of new single “Omega Dog” at the bottom of this post.
The Duke Spirit
Also mid week: Bluesy London rock band The Duke Spirit are here playing a one-off show at the now-reopened Santos Party House on Wednesday (11/03) where five bucks gets you in the door. I was a big fan of The Duke Spirit’s 2008 album, Neptune, which matched big pop hooks with the band’s already proven muscle. The band have a new EP, Kusama, out in December — you can download “Everybody’s Under Your Spell” from their website if you give them your email address — and a new album in February 2011.
The Duke Spirit are definitely worth seeing live. All eyes tend to be on powerhouse vocalist Leila Moss, who has an undeniable stage presence and can play mean harmonica too. And for five bucks it’s kind of a no-brainer.
Erland and the Carnival
If you wish The Coral were still doing sea shantys, you might want to check out London’s Erland and the Carnival who are in town playing two club shows this week with Ireland’s Villagers: tonight (11/2) at Knitting Factory and Wednesday at Mercury Lounge. Then they’ll play a headlining show on Friday at The Rock Shop and then open for Paul Weller on Saturday (at the Apollo) and Sunday (at the Nokia Theater).
There’s a bit of that hurdy-gurdy folky seaside sound to the group — they’re recording their new record on a ship, apparently — and their debut album is pretty good if you like Pentangle, Delta blues, Love and The Doors all mixed together in a bucket. Erland Cooper is a talented songwriter, and I’m told a captivating live performer, and managed to recruit guitarist Simon Tong (formerly of The Verve, Blur and The Good, The Bad and The Queen) into his band. Will they be the next Mumford and Sons? I think they’re a little too odd for that (probably a good thing), and there’s no shortage of opportunities to see them. You can download an MP3 at the top of this post and there are a couple videos below.
A few more shows of note, day-by-day, not mentioned above:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 & WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Vocoder-loving Canadians Shout Out Out Out Out bring their many keyboards to Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday and Glasslands Wednesday (moved from Coco 66). Every time I write about this band — who are pretty fun live — I have to count the number of “outs” in their name. I can never remember. (Note to self: four “outs”.)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4
It’s a very solid bill at Glasslands tonight, with my favorite new local band, Translations (who I still haven’t seen live), Baltimore’s promising True Womanhood, raucous locals Night Manager, and ambitious, arty duo We Are All Romans.
Music Hall of Williamsburg gets none more black tonight: Canuck guitar gods Black Mountain and Austin’s Black Angels will psych you out with their heavy, heavy sound. Tickets are still available, unlike the duo’s show at Bowery Ballroom the previous night.
French electropop artist Yelle is back with a new single,” La Musique,” on the Kitsune label and plays tonight at Highline Ballroom. Check out the video for the EP’s title track at the bottom of this post.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
I don’t know much about Unsolved Mysteries (who does, I guess) but their video for “You Only Live Once” (watch is below) is pretty well done. Catchy song too. They play at Spike Hill tonight.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
The Dandy Warhols are in town promoting their new compilation The Capitol Years, compiling the catchiest songs from these snarky rockers’ major label days. And they did have a bunch of catchy songs. They played the Bell House the night before (sold out) but you can still get tickets for this one at Webster Hall.
that’s it for now. Videos, tour dates and stuff, below….
The Fresh & Onlys – Waterfall
The Fresh & Onlys – 2010 Tour Dates
Nov 2 Bowery Ballroom w/ Clinic New York, NY
Nov 3 Shea Stadium w/ Royal Baths, X-Ray Eyeballs Brooklyn, NY
Nov 5 Rock N Roll Hotel w/ Clinic Washington, DC
Nov 6 Johnny Brendas w/ Clinic Philadelphia, PA
Nov 8 Paradise w/ Clinic Boston, MA
Nov 9 La Sala Rossa w/ Clinic Montreal, PQ
Nov 10 Lees Palace w/ Clinic Toronto, ON, CANADA
Nov 11 Lincoln Hall w/ Clinic Chicago, IL
Nov 12 7th Street Entry w/ Clinic Minneapolis, MN
Nov 15 Neumos w/ Clinic Seattle, WA
Nov 16 Biltmore Cabaret w/ Clinic Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Nov 17 Doug Fir Lounge w/ Clinic Portland, OR
Nov 19 Independent w/ Clinic San Francisco, CA
Nov 20 Troubador w/ Clinic Los Angeles, CA
The Duke Spirit – Everybody’s Under Your Spell
The Duke Spirit – The Step and the Walk
Erland & the Carnival – You Don’t Have to Be Lonely
Erland & the Carnival – My Name is Carnival
Eralnd & the Carnival – 2010 Tour Dates
Erland & The Carnival Tour Dates
Tuesday, Nov. 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Villagers
Wednesday, Nov. 3 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Villagers
Thursday, Nov. 4 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Villagers
Friday, Nov. 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rock Shop
Saturday, Nov. 6 – New York, NY @ Apollo w/ Paul Weller
Sunday, Nov. 7 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre w/ Paul Weller
Yelle – La Musique
Yelle – 2010 Tour Dates
Nov 04 HighLine Ballroom New York, NY
Nov 05 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
Nov 07 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX
Nov 17 Ancienne Belgique Club Brussels, BelgiumShare
Nov 19 Rust Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 20 Debaser Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 25 Hive Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 26 YELLE DJS (DJ SET) @ Ritter Butzke Berlin, Germany
Nov 27 B72 Vienna, Austria
Dec 02 Fleche D’Or Paris, France
Dec 03 Razzmatazz Barcelona, Spain
Dec 04 Low Club Madrid, Spain
Dec 17 INDRA Musikclub Hamburg, Germany
Dec 18 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 08 Queer Beats Festival Munchen, Germany
Unsolved Mysteries – You Only Live Once
The Dandy Warhols – Boys Better
The Dandy Warhols – Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth
The Dandy Warhols – 2010 Tour Dates
11/02 – Montreal, QB – Le National
11/03 – Boston, MA – Royale Nightclub
11/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House
11/06 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
11/09 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
11/10 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
11/11 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
11/13 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
11/14 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
12/01 – Victoria, BC – Sugar
12/02 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
12/03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
12/07 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
12/08 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
12/10 – Los Angeles, CA – CLub Nokia
12/11 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
12/12 – Portand, OR – Crsytal Ballroom