La Femme made a new video, playing BV SXSW day party, answer our 5 Questions (updated dates, stream)
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, La Femme are over from Paris for a lengthy tour of North America that is currently in Austin for SXSW. They play the French Tech party tonight (3/11) at Trinity Hall (RSVP) and their last shows of the week is the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party at Red 7. La Femme also play NYC at Glasslands on March 23, which is presented by BV and also features Future Punx and Regal Degal, making for a solid Sunday night's entertainment. (I'll be DJing between sets, too.) Tickets are still available. They'll also open for Trail of Dead on their two NYC shows (MHOW 3/28, Bowery Ballroom 3/29) at the end of March. All dates are listed below.
The band's 2013 album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, was just got a stateside release with a few bonus tracks. The band just released a video for album cut "Amour Dans Le Motu" and it's an eight-minute epic into the heart of darkness, and then the heart of a disco. Jungle warfare, topless dancers and general French sexiness abounds. Needless to say it's not exactly safe for work. Watch it below.
The band also took time out of their busy schedule to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country (or world) and why?
Probably one that we have not played yet! But of the ones that we have played, we would say The Showcave, in Eagle Rock, L.A.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly punks The Menzingers recently announced that their fourth album, Rented World, would be out on April 22 via Epitaph and revealed its lead single, "In Remission," a track with a bit more studio shine than their last release but possibly even more aggression. They've now announced a spring/summer tour of the US and Canada in support of that album which hits NYC on May 30 at Webster Hall, their largest headlining gig in NYC yet. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video for "In Remission," below...
Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the complete lineup below...
SBTRKT @ T5, October 2012 (more by Matt McGinley)
Today, SBTRKT has shared a new EP of instrumental material entitled Transitions. The six-track project is split up into three-parts, all of which will be released as 12"s. Transitions I is out May 5, Transitions II is out May 19, and Transitions III is out June 2 via Young Turks in advance of his second LP. You can take a listen to all but one number--titled "Gamalena"--at the bottom of this post. The complete EP is streaming via SBTRKT's website.
He says:"This is music written over the last year, whilst recording for my second album. Much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make. This series of tracks is titled TRANSITIONS. " - SBTRKTTake a listen to 5 out of 6 Transitions tracks below...
The New Mendicants (Joe Pernice & Norman Blake) released 'Into the Lime,' touring this spring (dates)
The New Mendicants -- aka Joe Pernice and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake -- released their debut album, Into the Lime, earlier this year. Take a listen via Rdio, and you can also hear it live if you're going to be near the Northeast this spring, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 1. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/12) at noon.
All dates and a stream of Into the Lime's "Shouting Match" lie after the jump...
DJ Rashad at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Production wizard DJ Rashad is heading down to Austin for SXSW this week, where he'll play multiple shows, including the Warp showcase, the SPIN party at House of Vans, a Pitchfork day party and more. After that he'll head north, and will stop off in NYC for a show on Saturday (3/15) at Cameo with his Hyperdub labelmate Ikonika. Also on that bill is Doctor Jeep and tickets are on sale now. Show flyer and the list of all tour dates below.
Ikonika, who is over from London, also plays a few SXSW shows, including the Surefire Boat Party with Rashad today (3/11). She recently released the "Beach Mode" single, which features guest vocals from another Hyperdub artist, Jessy Lanza, who also plays SXSW including the free BrooklynVegan Friday party. Stream that song, plus a Rashad stream and the lists of dates for both, below...
Basia Bulat @ Littlefield in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Basia Bulat welcomed her latest effort, Tall Tall Shadow, in 2013. She's coming to Austin for SXSW, where she'll play four shows including a FREE BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday, March 13 at Red 7 (one of three). Meanwhile, we asked Basia 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
BB: In America it's probably the Bowery Ballroom! I've played there a few times as a support act and headlined there for the first time in November which was really special.
Tickets for all dates, including Central Park Summerstage in NYC on Tuesday July 1st, go on presale at 10am Wednesday (3/12). The general presale password is MORNING. You can also use the BrooklynVegan presale password PHASE for the Summerstage show. Tickets go on general sale Friday (3/14) at noon.
Beck also plays The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on 3/12, and will be on Ellen on 4/1. If you haven't checked out Morning Phase yet, you can stream it via Rdio. Dates below...
Son Lux releasing a new EP w/ Lorde & Rafiq Bhatia, touring; Sisyphus streaming new album (dates & streams)
Sufjan Stevens collaborator Son Lux is re-imagining four tracks from his Lanterns album for a new EP, Alternate Worlds, due out May 27. The new version of "Easy" features guest vocals from Lorde and a guitar solo by jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia. Listen to all four tracks from the EP below.
Son Lux also has a number of tour dates coming up, including a release show in NYC on May 13 at Le Poisson Rouge which Rafiq Bhatia opens. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Son Lux and Sufjan's collaborative project with Serengeti, Sisyphus, will release their self-titled album next week (3/18) via Joyful Noise, but you can stream it in full (via The Guardian) now. Listen to that and the new Son Lux EP, with the list of tour dates, below...
Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada was last in NYC for the 2013 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and after hitting Austin this week for SXSW, he'll return for a show on Saturday (3/15) at 88 Palace with Sango, SWTO and DKDS. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including SXSW appearances at the M for Montreal showcase and FADER Fort, are listed below.
Kaytranada was one of many producers who contributed to the Disclosure remix album, taking on their song "January," and more recently he remixed Disclosure's pals AlunaGeorge. Listen to his take on their song "Kaleidoscope Love," plus the video for his banging 2013 single "At All" and the list of dates, below...
The Front Bottoms last released Talon of the Hawk in 2013. This coming week, they'll come to Austin for SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night after playing the Run For Cover/Brixton Agency day party the same day (flyers below). Meanwhile, we cornered the band and asked them 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
FB: One of our favorite venues to play in the states is Firehouse Pizza in Normal, IL. The main reason is because Zak is a god of a man. He knows how to take care of a band and is super generous.
Peter Stampfel releasing a new LP on Don Giovanni, playing release show w/ Jeffrey Lewis & others (song stream)
Folk rock veteran Peter Stampfel, of the Holy Modal Rounders and a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, has signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) to release his newest solo album, Better Than Expected, on April 22. Peter recently released the single, "NSA Man," which you can listen to below. That's the single's artwork above, designed by Faye Orlove (who did Potty Mouth's recent "Black and Studs" video). The album artwork is below.
Peter Stampfel and his band, The Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron, will celebrate the new record with a release show on April 24 at Mercury Lounge. Opening that show is Peter's pal Jeffrey Lewis and Jrams, the Bushwick Gospel Singers (featuring Peter's daughter Zoe), and Modern Hut, the solo project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon. Show flyer, designed by Jeffrey Lewis, below.
What's going on Tuesday? (Cat Power, Gary Higgins, Sleepers Work, Liam Finn, Tibet House benefit, Lucero, Sin Fang & more)
Cat Power at Station to Station in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cat Power @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (early and late)
The solo shows Chan Marshall has been doing bring her back to the early days of Cat Power when it was just Chan on stage by herself (she does still include new stuff in the setlists though). Tonight she returns to NYC to do the solo thing here again with two shows (6 PM & 9:30 PM) at MHOW.
Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith, Phillip Glass @ Carnegie Hall
It's the annual Tibet House benefit with a typically amazing line-up.
Gary Higgins @ Baby's All Right
Back in 1973, Gary Higgins released the psychedelic folk masterpiece, Red Hash, a record totally ahead of its time that gained the recognition it deserves years later. He remains active, and tonight he performs that record in full at Baby's All Right.
Liam Finn, Shorts @ Union Pool
On his forthcoming album, The Nihilist, Finn played 67 instruments, which actually sounds about right. Anyone who's seen his live shows knows the dude can play anything. And often does! This is the second of his March "Murmuration" residencies.
Sleepers Work, Joel Ford, SHRAF @ Bossa Nova Civic Club
Sleepers Work is the alias of Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist William Flynn who has toured with St. Vincent, and others. No Turn Before The Shoreline is the first full length release from Sleepers Work which shows off his moody, ambient R&B. Tonight's the record release party for the album. Free.
Xenia Rubinos @ The Mercury Lounge
The eccentric Xenia Rubinos brings her one-of-a-kind show to Mercury Lounge tonight.
Pete Donnelly of The Figgs, Brett Newski, Miles Wick @ Cake Shop
Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Tonight frontman Pete Donnelly plays solo.
Sin Fang @ Chez Andre at The Standard Hotel
He's dropped the "Bous" from his moniker but Seabear frontman Sindri Már Sigfússon continues to make dreamy electronics-heavy folk, most recently on 2013's Flowers. This is a free show but you need to RSVP to email@example.com.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.
Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, Skinny Lister @ The Paramount
It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day week without shows from Dropkick Murphys, and this year they wrap up their two-night stand in the NYC-area with tonight's Long Island show. If you're going, be sure to catch their country punk tourmates Lucero too.
Tonight's Roosevelt show at Glasslands has been cancelled.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Julian Casablancas releases new 'Voidz' album teaser, playing secret shows on way to SXSW (New Orleans tonight)
Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has started teasing a new solo album and/or band entitled "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz". You can watch a 2 minute YouTube video he released the other day below and "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are billed as playing Fader Fort and the Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street at SXSW this week. Meanwhile JC & The Voidz played a secret show in DC on Saturday, and this is what those sexy fellas looked like:
Now we also wait for some sort of NYC announcement, and maybe even more Austin shows will pop up? You can watch that teaser below...
Mac DeMarco shares new single from 'Salad Days,' playing Other Music in-store this month (updated dates)
Mac DeMarco @ M for Montreal 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Mac DeMarco's new album, Salad Days, will be out April 1 via Captured Tracks. You can stream the new single off the record, "Brother," below. If you wanna hear more off the album and live in NYC, Mac will be doing a solo acoustic in-store at Other Music on March 27 at 8 PM. You can also pre-order the album via OM and pick it up early that night.
A week or so after that (April 9) Mac's tour hits Webster Hall with Amen Dunes, Juan Wauters, and Tonstartssbandht which is sold out. Updated tour dates are listed below...
The War on Drugs, whose tour has them in NYC for three sold-out shows this month, will release their new album Lost in the Dream next week (3/18) via Secretly Canadian, but you can now hear it in full ahead of its release. Listen, via The Guardian, below...
Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Death Cab for Cutie have slowly been announcing shows for 2014, including their upstate NY show on 5/23 with The Head and the Heart and Built to Spill, and the Boston Calling Festival, which they play on 5/24 with The Head and the Heart, Frank Turner, Jenny Lewis, Warpaint and more. (Built to Spill also play that fest the next day with Modest Mouse, Brand New, Kurt VIle, Phosphorescent and more.)
Now, Death Cab have announced a third show for that same week, and this one happens much closer to NYC on May 22 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon. You can also still get tickets to their upstate NY show and to Boston Calling.
Updated dates are listed below...
Kevin Drew streaming new LP, opening for Feist; Andy Kim opening his LP release show (dates & stream)
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew already revealed "Good Sex" and "Mexican Aftershow Party" from his new solo LP, Darlings, and he's now made the entire album available to stream ahead of its March 24 release date. Listen, via NPR or The Line of Best Fit, below.
As discussed, Kevin will play an album release show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 3. For that show, he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene).
Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the release show will be opened by Andy Kim, aka the Montreal songwriter who co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies in 1968, and has also released his own singles, like "Rock Me Gently," which was a #1 in 1974. Tickets for the show are still available.
All of Kevin's dates are listed, with a stream of his new LP and a couple Andy Kim videos, below...
The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack--some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.
"I have a long history with detective movies--almost as long as I have with rock 'n' roll," Burnett says. "I've always been interested in crime and true crime. If you listen to my records, like Criminal Under My Own Hat, you can feel it. I love Chandler and Hammett; I love detective movies." [Mother Jones]Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.
What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...
No 'Zune' jokes, please
Neil Young has been working on his own digital music format and player for a while and has just announced details. Originally called "PureTone," the company is now called Pono and promises "the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact."
What that entails is a new lossless music format and also its own portable high-resolution digital-music player (pictured above) that holds 128 gigs of music, which comes out to "about 100-500 high-resolution digital-music albums, depending on the resolution and length of the original recording." You can use memory cards for additional music. There's also an iTunes-like Pono interface.
While the lossless Pono format may only appeal to audiophile types, the player might hold some interest for others. One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the iPod was it's not-very-good internal amplifier and digital-to-analog converter. So if you've always wanted a better-sounding player... this could be it. There are some questions, such as "Will this also play my MP3s?," "Will I have to repurchase albums I already own in other formats," "Can I rip my CDs into the Pono format," "Is there cloud storage?," "Can I play Words With Friends on it?" and "If this all goes belly-up do I get my money back?" Those remain unanswered but you can pre-order your Pono player starting March 15 via Kickstarter.
Some of those questions might be addressed by Neil Young himself who will talk about Pono on Tuesday (3/11) at SXSW.