Owen releasing a covers album, shares Smoking Popes cover; American Football “wouldn’t rule out” new material – BROOKLYN VEGAN

by Andrew Sacher

As you might have heard, American Football are reunited this year (and they just added four New Year’s shows in Chicago), but singer Mike Kinsella is keeping busy in other ways too. On December 2 he’ll release an album of covers under his Owen alias via Polyvinyl. Appropriately titled Other People’s Songs, the record will feature covers of Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me! and Smoking Popes. The Smoking Popes song he chose, “Under The Blanket,” just premiered over at Stereogum and you can take a listen below. He does a great job with it and really makes it sound like an Owen song, which he’s proved he’s pretty good at on past covers like his version of The Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.”

In other news, a new article on Buzz Weekly mentions that there may be new American Football material:

“There are no plans to record any new material currently. I wouldn’t rule it out, but the logistics of doing it are tough,” [guitarist Steve] Holmes said. “That said, I do have a few parts in my back pocket for potential new songs. Mike and I have worked on one of these so far, and we may try to finish it up to include in this run of shows.”

The American Football NYC run begins this month with sold-out shows at Webster Hall on 10/10 with S. Carey, 10/11 with Into It Over It, and 10/12 with Matt Pond. Right before that, Owen plays the smaller Studio at Webster Hall on 10/9 with S. Carey (also sold out).





“WHUT. ARE. YOU. WRITING? WHUT IS SO IMPORTANT? LET ME SEE. NO, GIVE IT, GIVE ME YOUR FUCKING—AGH!” Charli XCX is grinning, a drink in her hand, pushing my drink into my face, spilling vodka on us both as she tries to steal my iPhone. It’s sometime after midnight in a back room of Baby’s All Right, the South Williamsburg, Brooklyn club the 21-year-old has just shut down with a DJ set. Covered in sweat and alcohol, she has the phone in her hand, and types away furiously in my notes. “Put that in your article,” she laughs, shoving it back at me. She sashays out the door of the club, friends in tow, on her way to a victory cigarette.

After dinner, we drive to Webster Hall, where Swedish rapper Yung Lean is about to make his stateside debut.

Charli’s been talking about the show all day; she met him and his crew, the Sad Boys (Yung Sherman and Yung Gud—pronounced Yung G-YOOD, which means “Yung God” in Swedish, Charli explains), over a year ago on a trip to Sweden, and has been singing their praises ever since. After Charli weaves through the crowd and squeezes through the door to a packed, weed-scented greenroom, the tense group of Swedish teenagers receives her well, immediately perking up in her presence, hugging and high-fiving her. At one point, Yung Gud starts screaming at Charli, in warbled, off-kilter English:

“I’M SO-A FAN-CEE!” Charli frowns at him, and then playfully pushes his bucket hat down on his face. This seems to be a pattern of sorts. The first time she met Rostam Batmanglij, she explained, he approached her outside a South by Southwest show and started screaming at her: “I! DON’T! CARE! I LOVE IT!”

As the show starts, Charli stands at the back of the venue and starts bouncing up and down to the music, dancing and rapping along. It’s a surreal scene: chart-topping Charli XCX, at the Yung Lean show, among the crowd, leaning against a mirrored column. Taped above her is a flyer that reads, in large, red letters: “CHARLI XCX. TICKETS ON SALE SOON.” I’m not sure she notices it.

Charli XCX plays the Grandball Room at Webster Hall October 7th 2014 – Get tickets here


Detroit hip-hop luminary Black Milk performs with band in NYC October 17 – AXS.COM

By: Amanda Mester AXS Contributor Sep 8, 2014

Fans of J Dilla are notoriously devoted to him as their favorite producer. Since his death, his hometown of Detroit was left with a gaping hole, and no producer has come as close to assuaging the wounds of Detroit hip-hop heads as much as Black Milk has. The 31-year-old has worked with Busta Rhymes, Slum Village, Lloyd Banks, and Pharoahe Monch (just to name a few), and has been steadily climbing the rungs as a superstar producer. He released his first solo album, Sound of the City, Vol. 1, in 2005, which served as an ode to the city which first inspired him to pursue the production of hard-hitting, sample-heavy material. Having since released four other solo projects, he reached his most successful point of his career with 2010′s Album of the Year, which reached the number 28 spot on the U.S. R&B charts. Along the way, he has produced projects for former Slum Village member Elzhi, and has been a featured artist on songs by Georgia Anne Muldrow and Guilty Simpson, among others. He has also dabbled in rapping, taking a page out of J Dilla’s playbook. In a move that helped to formulate himself as more than just a hip-hop beat maker, Black Milk released a sing with Jack White of the White Stripes called “Brain.” In conjunction with fellow Detroit hip-hop artist Danny Brown, Black Milk released an EP fittingly titled Black and Brown, a project which introduced his production style to a vast swath of rap fans already familiar with Brown.

His most recent album, No Poison No Paradise, features front man of the Roots Black Thought, Detroit neo-soul prince Dwele, and jazz pianist Robert Glasper. He really began to hone his lyrical prowess on this project, becoming an emcee who delved into story-telling and character creation in an effort to paint a somewhat autobiographical tone to the album. Back in April, he released an EP titled Glitches in the Break, available for only $8 through his Bandcamp page. Ever the developing artist, Black Milk has just returned from a European tour with a live band, proving that he can pack fancy jazz clubs in Germany just as fully as he can hip-hop specific venues in Detroit. With appearances on the horizon in Austin, Philadelphia, Burlington, Chicago, and Canada, Black Milk and his Nat Turner live band are performing a hybrid of neck-breaking hip hop and a rhythm-based jam session. Named after a slave-rebellion leader, the band will be joining him on stage at the Studio at Webster Hall on Friday, October 17. The show is19+ and has tickets available for $15. For a preview of what you can expect from the hugely talented musicians hitting the stage, watch the video above.


Augustana @ Webster Hall 11/20 – mxdwn.com

Dan Layus, Josiah Rosen, Kyle Baker, and Simeon Lohrmann started Augustana in 2002. At the time the band members were attending Greenville College in Illinois together. Upon forming, they re-recorded a song Layus had previous written called “More Than a Love Song”. The band was originally going to be named The Looking Glass, but another local band already had the name, so they settled on Augustana. Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays, their self-released debut album, came out in 2003. It was followed by the Mayfield EP, which was also self-released. They relocated to Southern California and shortly thereafter Josiah Rosen joined the band. Justin South also joined the band at this time.

Augustana then toured in support of bands like Dashboard Confessional, Snow Patrol, Cartel, OneRepublic, The Fray and the Goo Goo Dolls. Their second full length All the Stars and Boulevards came out in 2005 off of Epic Records. It included the single “Boston,” which was featured on Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays. Rosen left the band after the release. Augustana then again went on several tours. Afterwards they released Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt and the Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt EP in 2008.

Their fourth record Augustana was released in 2011. The band left Epic Records that same year. The majority of the band members left Augustana at that point as well. Laysus stayed on, continuing to tour and perform under the name Augustana. In 2014 Layus announced that the band has signed to Washington Square Music. Life Imitating Life, the band’s first record on the new label, was released in April 2014.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Augustana at Webster Hall
125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Time: 7:30 PM

Age Restriction: 18+

Tickets: $25



Indigo Child: Raury Talks Genreless Music and Not Wanting to Be “Just Another Rapper” – THE FADER


The Atlanta 18-year-old is on his way up

On a breezy afternoon in early September, I’m waiting for Raury in the lobby of the fancy midtown hotel he’s staying in, a space that feels slightly above his status, but is indicative of where his rising star will soon take him. As the multi-talented singer-rapper-producer gets dressed upstairs, across the room, the lobby DJ starts his early evening set with some ambient R&B while men in suits huddle around the bar with their trophy girlfriends sitting quietly by.
These are the last few hours of Raury’s whirlwind week in the city, and he’s readying himself for a packed night that’ll include a “dinner obligation” (likely with reps from his new label, Columbia Records) and a DJ set at super-exclusive West Village club Up & Down. Tomorrow, the 18-year-old will briefly return to his hometown of Atlanta before embarking on a Europe trip that’ll wrap just in time for his New York debut at Webster Hall, followed by an opening slot at OutKast’s #ATLast Festival.

Things have been moving fast for Raury since the release of his anthemic and glorious “God’s Whisper,” which preceded his Indigo Child debut, an affirming mission statement that arrived just two months after his high school graduation. Three years in the making, Indigo showcases the forward-thinking musician’s pop-leaning sensibilities, expert songwriting and laid-back rapping prowess, establishing Raury as a crossover talent with the ability to soundtrack American summers, not just summer festival stages.

When Raury finally appears in the lobby, he’s draped in an oversized knit hoodie and strappy leather sandals, looking more like a kid on a comfy vacation than a major label-signed star with dinner obligations. For a while, he shirks those concerns as we head up to the pool deck and he splays out on a cabana and speaks, calmly but deliberately, about his adolescence, ambitions, and various artistic outlets. His excitement and nervousness are apparent, his pure joy to be the subject of an interview tangible. For any fan of genuine people finding success, watching Raury step into his self-imposed spotlight is nothing if not reassuring.

Over the course of an hour, Raury also discusses having his first song placed in a feature film (the ScarJo-starring Lucy), finding creative counterparts in Lorde and Chance The Rapper, and how “Hey There Delilah,” a 2006 popcorn ballad by the Plain White T’s, inspired him to learn guitar.

Raury plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight, Uncapped in Philadelphia tomorrow, and opens for OutKast this weekend at the #ATLast Festival in Atlanta.

Read the full interview: http://www.thefader.com/2014/09/22/raury-interview-indigo-child

James released ‘La Petit Mort’ (streams), playing Webster Hall – BROOKLYN VEGAN

Posted in music | tour dates on September 17, 2014
by Bill Pearis

Long-running Manchester band James formed in 1982 and were originally signed to Factory Records. They were championed early by The Smiths but seemed saddled with underground success until “Sit Down” and then “Laid” which took the band into international stardom in the early ’90s. The band have remained active since, and this week (9/16) released La Petite Mort, their 13th album, which finds them in much the same big anthemic, danceable style they’ve always worked in.

James will be in NYC next month for a one-off at Webster Hall on October 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM.




Sept. 16th’s Clean Bandit concert at Webster Hall in NYC was not your typical dance music affair the band serenaded the audience with every kind of music possible including reggae, dance-pop, classical and soul. Since the bands genre-less take on dance music fell outside of typical EDM, the crowd also did as well; ravers and non-ravers alike rocked out to Clean Bandits eclectic stylings.

For their U.S. tour, Clean Bandits Jack Pattison, Grace Chatto, Neil Amin-Smith and Luke Pattison were joined by touring singers Elisabeth Antwi and Florence Rawlings, who took care of the infectious hooks and catchy lyrics. Clean Bandit played a great mix of tracks from their debut record New Eyes.

Opening for the band was Lizzo a U.S. hip-hop artist who also joined Clean Bandit on the albums track New Eyes. For classical music fans, Clean Bandit satisfied their palettes with a dynamic performance of Mozarts House also the opener on their album. The band also played prime dance tracks Extraordinary and Come Over, which featured the bands diverse influences from all over the world.

When it came time for the encore, Clean Bandit tricked the audience into thinking their hit Rather Be would be played, but instead surprised audience members with a cover of Robin S.s Show Me Love a soulful rendition of the memorable ’90s track. Of course, the band couldnt leave without playing Rather Be so the end to the concert was an epic performance of the track with Antwi and Rawlings killing it on vocals. Vocalist Jess Glynne wasnt able to make the tour, but Antwi and Rawlings could have had you fooled with their vocal range.

Seeing Clean Bandit live ultimately made me realize that more bands need to have the energy and diversity in sound that they do the band is definitely a must-see for future U.S. tour dates.


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