San Francisco band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down released their new album, We The Common, this week, on Ribbon Music. The title track, “We The Common,” with it’s jangly clattering folk sound and smoky vocals, will hook you right away. Their tour to promote the new album will hit NYC in March, with shows at The Bowery Ballroom on March 22nd and at The Bell House on March 25th.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:
At the end of any great show, don’t you have that fantasy moment that the band you were grooving to all night will come out and play just one more song? Well last Friday, the audience at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Washington, D.C. got just that. Following the Bear Hands set at the end of the show as the crowd was trickling out to the porch to enjoy their last drinks and cigarettes, Val Loper and Ted Feldman from Bear Hands, Slam Donahue, and Emil from Emil & Friends rocked out to Slam Donahue’s “It’s Scary.” The show was hosted by All Things Go and curated by Cantora Records.
Cantora All Stars performing Slam Donahue – “It’s Scary” [featuring Slam Donahue, Bear Hands, Emil & Friends, and Will Griggs]:
For those of you in NYC this Thanksgiving weekend looking for a show to check out before all the overeating and family festivities begin, Junip, a mellow Swedish three-piece fronted by José González, is playing tonight at Irving Plaza. González has a successful solo career with low-voiced, introspective hits like “Crosses” and “Heartbeats” but he and his band-mates have been working toward their first full-length, the 2010 release, Fields, for some time. The video for “Always” was shot, inexplicably, at the World Air Guitar Championships.
Junip – Always:
During CMJ week there were a ton of shows to check out and one we were certainly glad not to peep was the Deli Magazine Showcase featuring Bear Hands, Brahms, Oberhofer, and Keepaway at Brooklyn Bowl. It was a killer show and a highlight of the week. Here are a few songs from that night.
Keepaway – Yellow Wings:
Brahms – Add It Up:
After playing their first NYC show last night at Santos Party House, London’s own Wolf Gang is hitting the stage again tonight at Glasslands. Front man Max McElligott was playing acoustic solo gigs as Wolf Gang for a while before forming the band a little over a year ago. McElligott describes their sound as “70s pop” with references to everyone from Talking Heads to David Bowie. Wolf Gang plays regularly around London and are touring here in the states in advance of the forthcoming debut full-length. It’s out November 22nd on Atlantic, and you can check out the first single “Lions in Cages” here. If you like what you hear, we’ll see you at the show tonight.
Wolf Gang – Back to Back:
Last night, I was one of the lucky ones. I was able to see Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall. Feeding off of the energy of the jumping, calamitous crowd, they played one of the most engaged, boisterous shows I have seen in a long time. While they do have a reputation as a band that is best enjoyed live, inviting a quarter of the crowd onstage with them towards the end of the set takes audience interaction to a whole new level. They sounded amazing, Webster proved to be an ideal venue for their loud, jangly, folk rock sound. Dawes started the night off right with a stellar rendition of their single “When My Time Comes” before being joined on stage by some members of the Zeros to cover Joe Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends,” the theme song from The Wonder Years. It was the perfect summer show.
They are playing another show at Webster Hall tonight but, unfortunately, this one is sold out too. If you don’t have tickets yet, get out there on the street and try to find them, believe me it’s worth the effort. If you can’t get in, you could always go check out Dawes who are headlining at Maxwell’s tonight in Hoboken.
We hope you don’t have any plans for tomorrow because the Aussie BBQ will be in full swing at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The showcase features a musically diverse collection of artists who all call Australia home. The Aussie BBQ has grown to be a major showcase at SXSW and last year branched out to include shows in Los Angeles and New York for the first time. The lineup is extensive so here are the acts you shouldn’t miss:
The dreamy, melodic sounds of Crayon Fields will be early in the evening. This young band has and artful pop sound and has been getting a lot of attention on the airwaves in Australia.
Oh Mercy could have poached their name from Bob Dylan’s 26th studio album, released in the late eighties, right around the time that the band’s members were probably born. There is something simple and compelling about their sound that could be great live.
Love Of Diagrams is a surf-pop punk band that is supposed to have a great, energetic live show. They are set to play more NYC shows this spring at Santos Party House and as part of a Death by Audio showcase.
Sherlock’s Daughter seem to be Australia’s answer to The Dirty Projectors. Last year they won the 2009 Sydney Music Arts & Culture award for ‘Next Big Thing’ and I think that we’re sure to hear a lot more from them state-side very soon. They’re my pick to steal the show.
Sherlock’s Daughter – Song For Old People:
Thursday, March 25th
The Bell House
149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY
21+, tickets $15
6 PM – 1 AM
FREE AUSTRALIAN STYLE BBQ