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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Low @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 09/20/11

Having waited a long time to see LOW; it was a treat to have the stars align this time around, to see them at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The crowd filling the venue for Low's poignant, slow-core performance was an eclectic mix: hipsters to goths, rockers to old-peeps, all the way to those apparently melting into the wall-paper...

Supporting their latest album "C'mon", as well as representing a formidable portion of their catalog; Low expressed what appeared to be audible-painting of a road-trip across across the abandon southwest: dusty unkempt roads, intermittently stopping in for supplies at near deserted outposts of civilization.

Their melodies, one after another: melancholy-slow in tempo and lyrically intense, hypnotized the audience as well as myself. As the evening came into focus, the set became less akin to standard song structure & presentation, and more kind of a 90 minute dive into an introspective landscape of loss and emotion that we all have a connection to at some level.

At the end of the evening I felt like I'd been at a combination of a long group therapy session, mixed with a lot of peyote, and and a friend's band playing out in the desert: Very cool, but not what i had expected...

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

SET-LIST: El Rey Theatre
Nothing But Heart
Hand so Small
You See Everything
Try To Sleep
Silver Rider
Especially Me
Sweet Sunflower
Violent Past
Last Snowstorm of the Year
Dinosaur Act
When I Go Deaf

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Joy Formidable @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 09/14/11

Gracing Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, The Joy Formidable hit the stage, and in little time showed that their current buzz is something worth actually paying attention to. Formed in North Wales and later settling in London, the members (as well as touring lineup) consist of: Ritzy Bryan on Vocals/Guitar, Rhydian Dafydd on Bass, and Matt Thomas on Drums. The trio opened the night with "A Heavy Abacus" from their sophomore & latest album "The Big Roar." They played a good selection from it, as well as touched on songs from their first release "A Balloon Called Moaning." Having an interesting mix of vibes, their sound filled the evening air with thick chords, primal drum-beats and celestial vocals.

Sounding vocally like a cross between 'Yeah Yeah Yeahs' & 'Garbage', and instrumentation-wise between 'Foo Fighters' and 'Arcade Fire', the band wove in and out of their long but entrancing set, from the 'Cranes' like vocal chanting on "Austere", to the poppy but chaotic (and apropos titled) sounds of "Whirring."

Only recently being turned on to The Joy Formidable in the last few months, I wasn't sure what to expect from the concert. Not to sound too sold on them, but in short: their performance was pretty damn impressive. Song after song, their compositions, stage presence, and confidence were that of a far more established band. By the end of the evening, the trio went on to impress a sold-out El Rey Theatre, as well as myself.

I would highly recommend seeing them live, as well as picking up their latest album "The Big Roar." You won't regret it....

Clovis IV: Photos & Review

SET-LIST: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
A Heavy Abacus
Greyhounds In The Slips
The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
The Magnifying Glass
I Don't Want To See You Like This


09/07 Vancouver, BC @Rickshaw Theatre
09/08 Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW
09/10 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
09/11 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
09/13 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Lounge
09/14 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
09/15 Las Vegas, NV @Cosmo Boulevard Pool
09/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmo Boulevard Pool
09/19 Co. Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
09/21 St Louis, MO @ Firebird
09/22 Cincinnati, OH @ Mid Point Music Fest
09/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Popped Festival!
09/24 Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/25 Tampa, FL @Orpheum
09/27 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
09/28 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
09/29 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
09/30 Rochester, NY @Water Street Music Hall

10/13 Birmingham Institute
10/14 London Forum
10/15 Manchester Academy 2
10/16 Dublin Whelans
10/18 Belfast Limelight
10/19 Glasgow Oran Mor
10/20 Newcastle Riversid
10/21 Cardiff Swn festival
10/24 Paris Nouveau Casino
10/25 Brussels Botanique Orangerie
10/26 Tilbourg 013
10/29 London Battersea Power Station - Freeze Festival

11/05 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 Duluth, GA @ Gwinett Arena
11/08 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
11/11 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
11/13 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/14 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
11/16 Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nadine Carina music video & Magic Box LP

Liverpool, UK. based Nadine Carina just released a music video for her lovely track "The Garden" off her album Magic Box which will be released in September via Stattmusik. The video was filmed by Ilaria Pezone in Italy.

The Garden by Nadine Carina

Friday, September 09, 2011

Sleep ∞ Over "Casual Diamond" video

Not sure exactly what's going on? Girls with swords in nightwear but digging this tune "Casual Diamond .".The project titled Sleep ∞ Over is a solo project, by Stefanie and she is joined by a live band on tour, comprised of fellow Austin psych jammers Christine Aprile, Eli Welbourne, and Jesse Jenkins. Here album Forever, available September 27th, 2011 on Hippos In Tanks.

Sleep ∞ Over - Casual Diamond (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Christine Aprile on Vimeo.

Lana Del-Rey "Blue Jeans" video

Kevchino Likey!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Cloud Seeding "Ink Jar" video & Marissa Nadler Tour Dates

Boston-based songstress Marissa Nadler and NY collaborative project Cloud Seeding have released a brand new video for the track "Ink Jar," as Nadler prepares for a set of North American dates with James Vincent McMorrow and a European fall tour. Spearheaded by Brooklyn-based guitarist Kevin Serra, Cloud Seeding is a music singles project conceived as a space of collaboration to showcase vocalists he admires. Nadler is the first vocalist to team up with Serra, penning the vocals for this song. Directed by Christopher Arcella, the video features actors Ray Lorini and Vera Balyura on a cosmic love journey and can be watched at below.

Marissa Nadler On Tour

09/09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
09/10 - Boston, MA - Bright Music Hall*
09/11 - Montreal, QC, Canada - La Sala Rossa*
09/13 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Elmo
09/15 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Inn*
09/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall*
09/17 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center*
09/23 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live w/ Sharon Van Etten
10/04 - London, United Kingdom- Bush Hall
10/06 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
10/07 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich/Turmzimmer
10/08 - Copenhagen, Denmark- Pumpehuset
10/09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10/10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Hendriksberg
10/11 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
10/12 - Bergen, Norway - Perfect Sounds Forever
10/14 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
10/15 - Turku, Finland - Dynamo
10/16 - Helsinki, Finald - Kuudes Linja