I’ve posted about Lower Dens a few times on this blog, but never as the main event. It’s Jana Hunter’s new band, and they’re very good. Think Jana’s solo stuff: atmospheric, guitar with lots of space, strange and simultaneously familiar- but a bit rockier. This Baltimore act is going places, so check them out now. Inoculist is a Brooklyn band that keeps popping up in cool places, like Whartscape. Their songs have the same sort of low fidelity cool that a lot of their peers have, but their music is based on really great guy/girl vocal melodies. It’s pretty cool! Check out their MySpace. I also like Gross Relations, totally MySpace-based. Of course I do. Their “influences” section is nearly entirely based on 70s NYC punk + GBV. The songs seem to point to a lazy punk, that I’d like to check out in person. It reminds me a little of Handglops, but a bit more listenable.
Category Archives: Show Of The Day
Wavves hater or not, you have to admit that his new album, King of the Beach, is at least a lot of fun. Personally, I think it’s more than that. I might even say it’s a perfect slacker anthem album, and it will be on repeat in my apartment until the weather stops making me want to go to the beach every day. If his recent show at the Knitting Factory is any indication, Wavves’ live show keeps getting tighter and better, though I’m not sure he can carry a space as large as Bowery (his show at the large Brooklyn Bowl was abysmal). The Smith Westerns put out one of my absolute favorite albums of last year, and their tough-as-nails-teen-heartthrob vibe makes for a fun live show. Plus, it’s Total Slacker’s Bowery debut! After months of constant playing, they totally deserve this next step.
Someone saved all the amazing free shows for the end of the summer. Three awesome women will be performing this afternoon, making this a don’t-miss Central Park show. St. Vincent, of course, is the fabulous songstress behind last year’s Actor. She’s also got great taste in music videos. tUnE-YaRds also came out with one of the most innovative albums of 2009, Bird-Brains. And Basia Bulat is a Canadian-based singer-songwriter. Check out her beautiful songs on her MySpace.
Free Sonic Youth! Free Sonic Youth! Sonic Youth at Irving Plaza in 2001 was the first concert I ever went to. I was a very innocent 15. I went with my older brother and sister, and a drunk girl passed out in front of me. My only complaint about the show was everyone was just standing around instead of getting into it. All of those impressions seem hilariously funny now, and I’m excited that this FREE show tomorrow will be my first time seeing the tock and roll legends since. If you’ve never had a chance to catch them before now, this is a great opportunity!
The two openers are also extremely cool. Grass Widow is a group out of San Francisco who play fairly basic garage rock, but with frequent layered twists. They take classic bass lines and guitar riffs and turn them into something new. I’m really loving them. Check out the track below. Talk Normal, from Brooklyn, play dark-tinted drone rock. It’s very moody, and sort of makes my insides squirm, but in a good way. And it’s all free! And in the most beautiful park in New York!
I’ve been bumming pretty hard on music recently. It’s one of those dry spells where nothing new seems to capture your interest. This, however, has pulled me out of my slump. It’s hosted by the wonderful blog, Microphone Memory Emotion, and is decidedly one of the best lineups of the summer. You’re probably already familiar with Julian Lynch, Ducktails, and Big Troubles. I’ve never blogged about La Big Vic before, though. They reside in a place of wonderful “scapes,” dream-scapes, haze-scapes, sound-scapes. It’s a lot of beautiful noise, and somehow ends up being catchy pop music. I’m loving it right now, and you should definitely get to this show early to check them out. Campfires, from Chicago, also play beautiful, beautiful music. It’s steeped in lots of guitar and has that sort of magical Pavement-y feeling, but sound more like experimental Velvet Underground. Sort of. Point being, I like them a lot. Get to this show early, and stay late!
The National. Beach House. The National. Beach House. Outside! This is one of those really, really great big shows, worth getting excited about. The show is way sold out, but it will totally be worth it to grab a ticket off of Craigslist. Both of these bands have “Best of 2010” albums out, and The National certainly put on a beautiful live show. If you can, make it out to this one. A Brooklyn evening for the ages.
Well, you missed your chance to see Ariel Pink at a tiny venue. The has-been-around-making-so-much-music-forever-but-is-finally-getting-the-deserved-recognition artist of 2010 is moving on up and out to Irving Plaza, for the best non-free show to hit this city since the summer touring slump started. I feel a little guilty talking him up too much because a lot of bloggers have been onto him for awhile, whereas I’ve only been listening for the last year and a half. So, I’m a little late to the game, but his new album is pretty great and you should check it out if you haven’t listened yet. It’ll be on all sorts of 2010 best of lists. Puro Insticnt, who used to be Pearl Harbor, are the immediate support. I wasn’t so thrilled by their set at SXSW: it was interesting, but not entirely competent. I suspect some of their success has stemmed from the fact that they market themselves as two very beautiful women playing rock. But still, they’re an interesting LA band and worth checking out. And of course, Magic Kids, one of our favorites, are opening up the show, armed with new songs from their forthcoming album, which I hear sounds all grown up and better than ever. This is THE place to be tomorrow night, so make sure you don’t miss out. Ariel Pink single and new Magic Kids song below.