Today we have a special treat from Portand, Maine indie-folk group Builder Of The House. It’s the project of Robert Cimitile and Elliot Heeschen, who recently released their new EP Hourglass, their first release on Louisville record label, sonaBlast! Records.
Builder of the House have a brand new music video for “A Plot In Falmouth,” and they have given us the honor of premiering it to the world. It’s a smokey and mysterious track and its video features an all too perfect short film, that gets tied into footage of the band playing along. The video was directed by Derek R. Brigham, Rob Cimitile, and Will Porensky.
On Thursday night New York duo Tanlines played a sold out Bowery Ballroom, their second New York show in two days (they played Rough Trade NYC the night before). The shows came one week ahead of the release of their brand new album Highlights (out via True Panther Sounds), their first new album in three years. The show featured a great opening set from the one-man show Mas Ysa who had a firm hold over those early enough to catch him. Read the rest of this entry »
Chastity Belt will be playing alongside Courtney Barnett next week for three sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom, along with a show of their own at Rough Trade. The shows are in support of their new album Time To Go Home, which is out now via Hardly Art.
The group recently released their music video for album track “Joke,” using footage they took of themselves out on the road for their recent spring tour across the country. Shake weights are involved. It’s great.
The last time I saw DIIV perform live, it was when they opened for My Bloody Valentine at Hammerstein Ballroom. It wasn’t the ideal atmosphere to catch Zachary Cole Smith’s band live, but they played two new songs that night (one of which was “Dust”), marking it as the beginning of phase two of DIIV’s career.
Here we are in spring 2015, and DIIV have just announced that their anticipated sophomore album is entitled Is the Is Are, and will see a release later this fall via Captured Tracks. Following the announcement, the band played an intimate late night show (starting a little after midnight) at Baby’s All Right to showcase some of the new songs off the album. Read the rest of this entry »
L.A.’s HEALTH haven’t released an album since 2009’s Get Color, making a new album from them long overdue. This makes the announcement of a brand new album exciting. It’s entitled Death Magic, and it will be released on August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.
With the announcement comes a rather interesting music video for the album’s first single “New Coke.” The song is a mesmerizing display of dark synth’s that start off in Crystal Castles (now former member Alice Glass actually cameos in the video) territory, before coming harder with a bit of a heavy crunch. There’s a lot of slow-motion vomit that is apparently real, album details are shared, and the video ends with a phone number attached to a message that states “if you need to talk.”
According to fans, including a friend, if you call the number the bands very own John Famiglietti (who directed the video) will answer and talk to you. Apparently we can expect a small one-off show in NYC soon and some more proper tour dates this fall that should be announced soon. If you’re brave enough, you can try for yourself. The number is 213-259-3841.
In March, New York septet All Boy/All Girl released a limited edition EP entitled Trophy via Grind Select Records (stream it on bandcamp), full of chamber pop songs that experiment with folk, avant-garde jazz and orchestral indie rock.
One of these songs is called “Lion,” a beautiful song about “a pursuit of greatness, and how that pursuit can be alienating. The lion stands in as a metaphor for the power hungry politician or the greedy wall street banker, who finds that the view from the top is a lonely one.” It’s a haunting track that lingers with you during and long after your listen.
Today we have the honor of premiering their brand new music video for “Lion” with you guys exclusively. Shot in black and white by director Sara Montironi, it’s a wonderful accompaniment for the song, with some of the best cinematography you’ll find from a music video all year.
Mac DeMarco has had quite a year. With the release of the highly acclaimed Salad Days last year, his popularity surged and seems to have no limit. He’s got no plans to slow down, but instead has announced a brand new mini album called Another One, and will be released on August 7 via Captured Tracks. That’s the album art posted above. The announcement comes almost a year to the day that Salad Days was announced.
The eight-track mini-LP was recorded entirely by himself at his home in Queens somewhere in between his hectic touring schedule. It’s being described as having a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility, haunting and warm” with an overall feeling of “lost love, or perhaps love never found.” Read the rest of this entry »
Last year a group named Deers caught the attention of many music fans and bloggers (including us) with a set of wonderful singles. But earlier this year they were forced to change their name because Montreal rock band Dears thought the name was too similar and threatened them with legal action. Deers soon became Hinds, and now the rest is history. Last month played a ton of shows at SXSW and garnered a great deal of buzz along the way. Now it seems like the old name is all but forgotten, allowing the era of Hinds to become in full effect. Read the rest of this entry »
It was late in December 2012 where English pop-singer Jessie Ware made her live debut in New York City, playing the more than intimate The Box NYC. It was no secret that she was bound for much bigger things, which made the intimate showing that much more special. It certainly had me spoiled, as that was the only time I saw her live prior to her headlining show at Terminal 5 on April 1.
Last year Ware returned with her sophomore effort Tough Love, and has seen her stock rise even more than it did with her beloved debut album Devotion. Her fanbase has grown significantly in the two years plus since I last saw her perform, so much so that she packed out Terminal 5 with relative ease. She played a 17-song set full of the best cuts from both albums, with a full rich sound propelled by her live backing band.
What’s not to like about Ware? She writes great songs, has a beautiful voice, and is a very cheerful spirit that makes you feel welcome to join along. So much so that at her sold out Terminal 5 saw a marriage proposal go down on stage that Ware helped a fan orchestrate prior to the show. Find the video of that below along with a photo set of Ware’s performance.
Jessie Ware Setlist:
2. Champagne Kisses
4. If You’re Never Gonna Move
5. Tough Love
6. Keep On Lying
7. You & I (Forever)
8. Sweet Talk
9. Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe
10. The Way We Are
12. No to Love
13. Sweetest Song
14. Taking in Water
15. Want Your Feeling
16. Wildest Moments
17. Say You Love Me
Bang Gang is the project of Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson, who you may know as one half of the electro-pop duo Starwalker (along with Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air). On June 9 he’ll release his new album The Wolves Are Whispering, his first in seven years.
He’s already shared the chilly first single “Out Of Horizon,” and last Friday he released its official music video, a haunting visual journey which was wonderfully directed by Luis Vanegas.