Ahhhh!!!! It's that time of year again! Oh the shenanigans that are sure to ensue. One of which (and this is probably the most important of all) is our official SXSW Showcase! It's all going down on Thursday, March 14th at Red Eyed Fly (starts at 8pm), and we've got a killer lineup!
* RSVP does not guarantee entry (just gives us an idea of how many are interested in going). * Red Eyed Fly will have a limited amount of tickets at the door, but we're not sure how many. So get there early if you don't have a wristband or badge.
A lot of our bands will be playing multiple shows while in Austin this year, so be sure to check out each of their schedules below.
JAPANDROIDS 03/12 The JanSport Bonfire Sessions @ Viceland (401 Cesar Chavez St) - 11 PM 03/13 Vans SXSW Showcase @ The Mohawk (912 Red River St) - 7:30 PM
GENERATIONALS 3/13 Brooklyn Vegan Chicago & Epitonic Party @ Swan Dive (615 Red River St) - 5:15 PM 3/14 Filter Magazine & Dickie's Party @ Lustre Pearl (97 Rainey St) - 3 PM 3/14 Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 1 AM 3/15 Quantum Collective Whole Foods Party @ Whole Foods (525 N Lamar Blvd) - 1 PM 3/16 Paste Magazine Party @ Stage on Sixth (508 E 6th St) - 1 PM 3/16 Third Shift Beer Party @ Holy Mountain (617 E 7th St) - 4:30 PM
WAMPIRE 3/13 Consequence of Sound Party @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) - 1 PM 3/13 Life or Death PR Party @ Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) - 8 PM 3/14 Austin Psych Fest Party @ Hotel Vegas (1500 E 6th St) - 1:30 PM 3/14 Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 12 AM 3/15 Boost Case Party @ Malverde (400-B W 2nd St) - 3:15 PM 3/15 Bust Magazine Party @ The Pussy Palace (4407 Ave C) - 6 PM 3/15 SPIN House @ Easy Tiger (709 E. 6th St) - 12 AM 3/16 Blundertown/Sailor Jerry Presents @ Gypsy Lounge (1504 E. 6th St.) - 5 PM 3/16 REDEFINE Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) - 8 PM
SHUGO TOKUMARU 3/12 Terrorbird Party @ Red 7 (611 E 7th St) - 4:40 PM 3/13 SXSW Day Stage @ Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) - 12 PM 3/14 Brooklyn Vegan Party @ 603 Red River - 1:30 PM 3/14 We Listen For You & Sonablast Party (1106 E 11th St) @ 3 PM 3/14 Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 11 PM
DUSTED 3/14 Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 9 PM 3/15 Halifax Pop Explosion Party @ Friends (Canada House) (208 E 6th St) - 1:45 PM 3/15 Under The Radar Magazine Party @ Flamingo Cantina (515 E 6th St) - 3:15 PM 3/16 Halifax Pop Explosion @ Friends (Canada House) (208 E 6th St) - 11 PM
STAGNANT POOLS 3/13 Consequence of Sound Party @ Palm Door (401 Sabine St) - 12 AM 3/14 Slip Productions/Hood Booking Party @ The Liberty (1618 1/2 E 6th St) - 1 PM 3/14 Austin Psych Fest Party @ Hotel Vegas & Volstead (1500 E 6th St) - 4:15 PM 3/14 Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 8 PM
HAROUKI ZOMBI 3/13 Saddle Creek Records Showcase @ The Parish Underground (214 E 6th St) - 1 AM 3/14 Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 10 PM
Consequence of Sound shot some great footage of Deerhoof at their recent performance at Le Guess Who? Festival in Holland. Deerhoof play a few songs from their latest album, Breakup Song, and drummer Greg Saunier gives an awesome interview. Watch it above!
Daytrotter just posted a brand new STRFKR session from when the guy's stopped by Good Danny's in Austin, TX. The session features a few new songs that appear on the band's upcoming album, Miracle Mile. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
Deerhoof recently got the chance to record a song for "Masters From Their Day," an on-going series that documents artists recording a song in just one day. In this episode, Deerhoof work with Chris Shaw, who has worked on tons of amazing records (Weezer's Blue Album, Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, and more), on the song "Sexy, But Sparkly," which is featured on the vinyl version of our latest sampler, Hey Girl, Hey, available RIGHT HERE.
QRO Magazine wrote up a great review for Xiu Xiu's Portland show, even comparing Stewart's on-stage writhing with Morrissey. Follow the link below to read on. Also be sure to check out the live video above to see Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo performing "Hi".
Ever wonder what Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's song "What'll We Do" would sound like if it were played on a Fender Rhodes? I'm probably not the only one out there!
Will and Phil recently did a stripped down session for The Denver Post's Reverb blog where they recorded versions of "What'll We Do," "Accident," and "Yellow Missing Signs." Watch the live take of "What'll We Do" above, then follow the link below to listen to the others.
If you weren't able to stay awake to watch of Montreal perform "Dour Percentage" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wed, have no fear, because we've got the performance posted for you above. of Montreal killed it as always, and everyone had a blast!
Quick side note - the people who work at the Jimmy Fallon show gave of Montreal a disposable camera to play with backstage, so keep checking back on the Jimmy Fallon blog for the pictures. Some of them are going to be pretty awesome!
And don't forget! of Montreal's new album, Paralytic Stalks, is out now! Pick one up at your favorite local record store, or directly through us RIGHT HERE.
NME just posted a great video of Casiokids performing a stripped down version of the song "Golden Years," which appears on their latest album, Aabenbaringen over aaskammen. Check out the video above then head to NME at the link below.
To close out the Ghost Town live video series, Mike revisited the same location seen in the first video, his own home. Check out this performance of "Everyone's Asleep in the House but Me," the last track off Ghost Town.
Be sure and visit the Owen YouTube channel to see all the past videos. There's one for each song off Ghost Town.
Here's Mike doing a live performance of "Mother's Milk Breath" (track 8 off the new Owen album, Ghost Town) at Salvage One in Chicago. Be sure to check out the Owen YouTube channel for the rest of the videos in the ongoing Ghost Town live series. If you haven't had a chance to check out Ghost Town yet, you can stream it / order it RIGHT HERE.
What better place for an intimate live performance than in the middle of a high-end, bustling kitchen? For Mike's latest live video for "No Language," he hooked up with the people at Graham Elliot's restaurant in Chicago and filmed this piece. Check it out above, then head to the Owen YouTube channel to see the rest of the videos in the ongoing series.
Last week's wig shop video was probably the most interesting location for the ongoing series of live Owen videos, but I think this week's may have just topped it. Watch Mike perform "An Animal" at The Butcher & Larder in Chicago above.
"An Animal" is the 6th track off the new Owen album, Ghost Town, which is out now. Follow the links below to purchase the album through our online store and to watch more live videos.
Pick the oddest place to shoot a video, and you've got Owen's latest release. Mike Kinsella plays "The Armoire" in Heads and Threads Boutique in Chicago- surrounded by watching mannequins and wigs, not to mention fans. Shot by Craig Shimala, it features the 5th track off of Ghost Town.
While in Paris Loney Dear was filmed in an entire concert length video, featuring old and new songs. Intimate with sepia tones, blurred effects, and the backdrop of Paris' skyline, it's a must-see for all Loney Dear fans. Check it out above!
Here's the latest live Owen video for you all to enjoy. This time Mike took a trip to The Chicago Theatre to play "O, Evelyn...," which is the 3rd track off the upcoming album, Ghost Town. Check it out above, then follow the links below to watch the past 2 videos and to purchase Ghost Town.
Here's another live Owen video taken from the ongoing series Mike's doing where he plays each track off Ghost Town in a different location in Chicago. "No Place Like Home" is the 2nd track off Ghost Town, which comes out Nov. 8th. Follow the links below to pre-order the album and to check out the previous live video of "Too Many Moons."
Emil Svanängen (AKA Loney Dear) recently stopped by The L Mag's office for a nice little acoustic performance. Check out a stripped down version of "My heart" above, then follow the link below to watch Emil play the Dear John track, "Violent." Don't forget to check out Loney Dear's latest album, Hall Music, in the PV online store.
Since Owen's upcoming album, Ghost Town, is about to come out next month, Mike Kinsella's friend Craig Shimala is filming a series of live videos where Mike plays each song off the album in a different location in Chicago. The first video of "Too Many Moons" was just posted today. Check it out above and be sure to follow the Owen YouTube channel to see the others as they get posted leading up to Ghost Town's release on Nov. 8th.
Loney Dear's latest album, Hall Music, may just be one of the band's most beautiful albums to date, but if you haven't seen them live then you're really missing out on something special. The Line of Best Fit just posted a great live video of Emil playing the new single, "My heart," by himself with his acoustic guitar and some loop pedals. Check it out above.
For a more full band experience, be sure and check out Loney Dear's recent performance on Swedish TV where they deliver great performances of "My heart" and "D major" in front of a live studio audience. Follow the links below to check out all the clips.
Loney Dear recently performed a wonderful live set on Swedish radio, and the performace has since been archived on their website. Follow the link below to listen to the entire performance which includes new songs from the upcoming Loney Dear album, Hall Music.
THE DROIDS ARE BACK! Japandroids began their new North American tour over the weekend in their hometown of Vancouver, BC at The Waldorf Hotel and the excitement is only growing as they make their way through the US. Brian and Dave will be unveiling brand new songs set to appear on their long-awaited follow up to 2009's Post-Nothing, along with the classic Japandroids jams you all know and love.
For those of you that missed the Vancouver show, The Georgia Straight was there and wrote a great review of the night's festivities. Follow the links below to check out the review along with a complete list of upcoming Japandroids tour dates.
Japandroids Tour Dates
Aug 30, 2011 - Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA Aug 31, 2011 - Bunk Bar, Portland, OR Sep 2, 2011 - The Hemlock, San Francisco, CA Sep 3, 2011 - FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA Sep 5, 2011 - Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ Sep 7, 2011 - Bryan Street Tavern, Dallas, TX Sep 8, 2011 - The Mohawk, Austin, TX Sep 9, 2011 - Hopscotch Fest, Raleigh, NC Sep 12, 2011 - Red Palace, Washington, DC Sep 13, 2011 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA Sep 14, 2011 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY Sep 15, 2011 - Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA Sep 16, 2011 - The Capital Complex, Fredericton, NB Sep 17, 2011 - Seahorse Tavern, Halifax, Canada Sep 19, 2011 - Hunter's Ale House, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada Sep 20, 2011 - L'Agitee, Quebec City, Canada Sep 21, 2011 - Le Divan Orange (POP Montreal), Montreal, Canada Sep 22, 2011 - Sneaky Dee's, Toronto, Canada Sep 23, 2011 - Schubas, Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2011 - Polyvinyl's 15-Year Anniversary @ Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, IL Sep 26, 2011 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN Sep 27, 2011 - Royal Albert Arms, Winnipeg, Canada Sep 29, 2011 - Brixx, Edmonton, Canada
Back in July during Vivian Girls' UK tour, Manchester Scenewipe met up with them at The Ruby Lounge to shoot this live performance of "Dance (If You Wanna)" off their latest album, Share the Joy. Check out the performance above then head to Manchester Scenewipe by clicking the link below.
Southern Souls was at Joan of Arc's recent show at The Garrison in Toronto, ONT and captured some great live videos of the band's set. Check out a live cut of "I Saw The Messed Blinds of My Generation" & "Love Life" above, then head to Southern Souls for more vids, including a few Owls jams! Follow the link below to check them out.
Joan of Arc are kicking off their summer 2011 tour! The tour starts in Michigan and weaves around the East Coast until coming to a close in St. Louis. Also be sure to catch them at the Polyvinyl 15-year anniversary show at Pygmalion Music Festival. Check out the dates below, or head over to the Polyvinyl tour page to see the full list of dates.
Joan of Arc Tour Dates
Aug 4, 2011 – The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI Aug 5, 2011 - The Garrison, Toronto, ONT, Canada Aug 6, 2011 - Casa del Popolo, Montreal, QC, Canada Aug 7, 2011 - Great Scott, Allston, MA Aug 9, 2011 - Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Aug 10, 2011 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY Aug 11, 2011 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA Aug 12, 2011 - Golden West Cafe, Baltimore, MD Aug 13, 2011 - The Milestone, Charlotte, NC Aug 14, 2011 - The EARL, Atlanta, GA Aug 16, 2011 - The End, Nashville, TN Aug 17, 2011 - Firebird, St. Louis, MOAug 19, 2011 - Subterranean, Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2011 - Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, ILHide More
Vivian Girls took a break from their European tour to stop by the Bowlegs studio for a live performance of "Take It As It Comes" from their recent album Share The Joy. You can check it out above. Also, if you click the link below and head over to Drowned in Sound you can see a photo set from Vivian Girls' show at XOYO in London. And just in case you missed it, click below to head over to NME to watch the official music video for Vivian Girls' "Take It As It Comes."
At the crowded Hot Doug's in Chicago, one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants, Owen sits down with AV Club to do an acoustic cover of Jane's Addiction's "Summertime Rolls." The quiet performance is an awesome contrast to the bustling resaurant behind him. Click the link below to head over to the AV Club to watch the video and read more about how it came to be.
On their way through St. Louis, of Montreal stopped at KDHX for an in-studio live session. If you missed it on air, three songs are streaming on the KDHX website: "Famine Affair," "Coquet Coquette," and "Flunkt Sass Vs. the Root Plume." Also be sure to check out the accompanying review; "From start to finish, the band proves that even in the most intimate confines, it can still make room for joyful, experimental and unpredictable rock music." Click the link below to head over to KDHX to listen to the session.
To celebrate independence day, of Montreal let loose at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis with an America-themed explosion of music and theatrics. Riverfront Times was there to catch the action, and wrote up an awesome live review of the show, which included a "slow motion swordfight by knights in Spiderman masks," "Tim Burton-esque skeleton-headed folk marauding like a bad LSD trip," and "a pig-masked pair kissing (making snout?) before an American-flagged man exercising his right to bear arms on them." Click the link below to head over to Riverfront Times' website to read the full review and see the full photoset.
Over the weekend, Deerhoof performed at an ATP-curated concert in London. Their set? Their widely-acclaimed album Milk Man in its entirety--alongside the Flaming Lips, who performed The Soft Bulletin, and Dinosaur Jr., who played Bug. Certainly a special treat for all old school Deerhoof fans. A review of the show in The Times said of Deerhoof's performance "They all performed brilliantly...an especially breathtaking spectacle to behold." If you have a subscription to The Times, click the link below to read the full review, or to check out photos from the show, click the link below to head over to The 405 blog.
music VS man, a St. Louis-based photo blog, posted a new photoset of pictures taken at the Asobi Seksu / Neon Indian show at the Firebird. In addition to some really nice shots, a brief live review is included: "[Asobi Seksu] maintained such a high intensity without compromising the pop element." Head over to music VS man to see the full photoset and read the whole review.
Missed Asobi Seksu on their recent tour? Life2Short, a Chicago-based art blog, recently shot and edited a beautiful video of the majority of Asobi Seksu's set at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, and has made the 45+ minute video available for streaming. Watch it above, and then head over to Life2Short for a quick live review of the set.
Clash Magazine made it out to Deerhoof's show at The Garage in London and published an awesome live review of the show that describes frontwoman Satomi Matsuzaki's "mesmerising stage presence." And when you're playing as intensely as Deerhoof does, it's only natural that "uncontrollable facial expressions convey a kind of demonic possession." Click the link below to read the rest of the review in Clash Magazine.
Recently, Deerhoof was part of a compilation called TradiMods vs. Rockers, which featured various indie groups collaborating with / putting a new spin on Kasai Allstar songs. Now there's an awesome video of the songs brought to life at Nuits Botanique in Belgium. Check it out above.
Brooklyn Vegan just posted some amazing photos from of Montreal's recent show with Painted Palms at The Mohawk in Austin, TX. Judging from the photo above, things got wild! Check out the rest of the photos by clicking the link below. Above photo by Tim Griffin.
Check out this Mighty Clouds live acoustic performance, which they recently recorded while on tour in Germany. Click the link below to check out more live acoustic videos, and be sure to visit our e-store to purchase the self-titled album!
Tim Kinsella of Joan of Arc is stopping by Revolver Records in Phoenix, AZ to play an acoustic set before their show at the Rhythm Room tonight! This free in-store performance starts at 6pm. Check it out if you're in the area! Click the link below for more details.
Seattle Weekly posted an awesome review of Vivian Girls' live show at the Vera Project last Friday. "The Vivs approach their live show much as they do their records: They simply crank up their amps and go." Check it out at the link below!
IndyRock uploaded a new live video of Vivian Girls from their first show in Spain on 3/25 at Planta Baja in Granada. Vivian Girls will be touring Spain until 4/2, and will return for a full US tour with Black Lips. Click the links below to check out videos and photos from the show, along with a complete list of upcoming tour dates.
Casiokids took SXSW by storm this year and debuted new material at several of their shows. This video clip shows the debut of Olympiske Leker, another awesome upbeat electropop jammer from the Norwegian quintet. The video's taken from the dancing multitudes, so check it out and feel like you're there shakin' it with the band.
STRFKR are burnin' up the highway on their way to SXSW, playing 5 sold-out shows in 5 nights: 2 in San Francisco, 1 each in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Costa Mesa. Both San Francisco shows received awesome reviews in Crawdaddy Magazine and SF Weekly, which said: "Their sound is reminiscent of MGMT, Love is All, and Passion Pit, but having seen all those bands, I can say that Starfucker definitely has a more energetic stage presence that makes it a very fun act to watch" (Crawdaddy). Click the link below to read the full review and to find a full list of tour dates, and makes sure to catch them when they pass through your town.
We're all getting ready for SXSW 2011 over here at Polyvinyl and we're psyched. This year's Polyvinyl Showcase at the Parish on March 19th will have performances by STRFKR, Asobi Seksu, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Casiokids, Joan of Arc, and Yip Deceiver. That's the showcase poster above, and you can click the link below to buy your very own limited-edition (limited to 50) silk-screened Polyvinyl SXSW 2011 Showcase poster. Check out the full list of Polyvinyl artist SXSW shows below.
3/16 Windish Showcase @ ND Studios A (501 N IH-35) - 1 AM 3/17 Prefix Magazine Party @ ND at 501 Studios (501 N IH-35) - 2 PM 3/18 My Old KY Blog Party @ Perkerhead's (402 E. 6th St.) - 6 PM 3/19 Filter / Dickies Party @ Lustre (97 Rainey St) - 2 PM 3/19 Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) - 11 PM
3/16 Radio Day Stage @ SXSW Convention Center - 1:00 PM 3/16 Moshi Moshi Showcase @ Beauty Bar - 1AM 3/18 Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) - 9 PM 3/19 Torchy's Party @ Torchy's Taco Pavilion (1311 S 1st St) 3/19 Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) - 10 PM
Joan of Arc
4 U !!! Party @ -The Blue Theatre (916 Springdale) 3/18 Bearded Ponies Party @ The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.) - 6PM 3/19 New Granada Records Day Party @ The Ghost Room (304 W. 4th St.) 12:45 PM 3/19 Stem and Leaf Party @ Khabele School (801 Rio Grande) - 5 PM 3/19 Polyvinyl Showcase @ Parish (214 E 6th St) - 9 PM
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
3/17 Twangfest @ Jovita's (1619 S 1st St) - 12 PM 3/17 Billions Day Party @ Mohawk - 5:10 PM 3/18 Music By The Slice @ Home Slice Pizza (1415 S Congress Ave)- 4:40 PM 3/19 Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) - 12 AM
3/16 My Old Kentucky Blog Party @ Peckerheads - 4:30 PM 3/18 Friendly Fire Party @ Lipstick 24 - 6 PM 3/18 Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) - 9:30 PM 3/19 Terrorbird Party @ ND at 501 Studios (501 N IH-35) - 2:30 PM 3/19 Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) - 1 AM
Thursday, March 10, of Montreal will be the guest on NPR's World Cafe, a nationally-syndicated NPR show that broadcasts to a half-million listeners every week. of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes will be on air for an interview with World Cafe radio host David Dye, and will play a brand new recording of of Montreal's September 2010 live show at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. Tune in to NPR from 2pm-4pm EST on March 10 to hear the broadcast. Click the link below to find your local NPR carrier, or stream the show online.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's national tour with Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club just wrapped up, and the photos are starting to roll in. This most recent set, courtesy of musicVSman, is an awesome look at the band's St. Louis show at The Firebird. Pictured above is a particularly well-timed gem of guitarist Will Knauer stage-diving into the drum kit. Click the link below to head over to musicVSman to see the whole photoset, and read about the show highlights while you're there.
It's that time of year again, where we all flood the streets of Austin--and the Polyvinyl showcase: South by Southwest. And this year we've got an awesome lineup to keep you partying until the very end. The Polyvinyl 2011 SXSW showcase takes place on Satruday, March 19th at The Parish, and will feature performances by STRFKR, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Asobi Seksu, Casiokids, Joan of Arc, and special guests Yip Deceiver. And check out that awesome poster for the show (above). See you there!
Earlier this week, 13 musicians drawn from both Joan of Arc and the Lightbox Orchestra came together at Chicago's Hideout as the Joan of Arc Lightbox Orchestra. The Lightbox Orchestra is improvisational cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm's group of musicians who take improv cues from a pre-assigned lightbulb box, directed by Lonberg-Holm. All 13 members followed Lonberg-Holm's cues via the aforementioned Lightbox and hand-made signs, and played an entirely improvised set. Click the link below for a play-by-play account of the event.
STRFKR stopped by Radio K in Minneapolis during their tour back in October to do a quick in-studio session. Well, it's up now and it sounds awesome. The band played 3 tracks: "Julius," "Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second," and an untitled track. Click the link below to head over to Radio K and hear the tracks, now streaming on the Radio K website.
Joan of Arc have been on the road, and last night they made it through the ice storm blanketing NYC to play a great show at the Mercury Lounge. The band played songs spanning their entire catalogue, and Village Voice was there to document the action with an awesome review: "Tim Kinsella and company put on a solid, rocking performance...snappy and engaging." Make sure to catch Joan of Arc when they come through your town. Click the link below to see a full list of tour dates, and to pre-order their new album Oh Brother.
Check out this awesome live session with STRFKR. After coffee and donuts, the band heads downstairs into somebody's (not sure whose) basement, and performs an intimate rendition of "Mystery Cloud" off of their forthcoming album Reptilians. Into The Woods captures the whole thing so you can check it out (above)!
In an interview with OUT Magazine, Deerhoof's drummer Greg Saunier describes the creative process behind the making of Deerhoof vs. Evil. And as an added bonus, Greg plays stripped-down versions of two songs from the album: "Almost Everyone, Almost Always" and "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" using only his Casio keyboard. Really cool to see the songs still hold up even in their most minimal form. Click the link below to watch the video interview and then watch Greg's partial rendition of Deerhoof vs. Evil.
Over the weekend in Ybor City, FL, of Montreal put on another amazing show, and Creative Loafing was there to document the whole thing. According to CL, the show "was a full-on tripped-out performance art spectacular," with "pig-headed men and women riding atop the crowd on an inflatable swimming pool boat, performer extras in black-and-white checkered full body suits stage-dancing and crowd-surfing, and stumpy brutes with oversized skeleton heads looking like they marched direct from a Tim Burton film." Click the link below to read the review and check out pictures from the show!
Joan of Arc are taking a break from recording their new album to do a set at Chicago's Second City Improv "Letters to Santa" benefit on December 14-15. The show is a 24-hour improv comedy / musical event with performances by Jeff Tweedy, The Blisters, and of course, Second City Improv. A raffle will be held at the event with some pretty awesome prizes, like Iggy Pop's original lyric book, a lifetime pass for two to Chicago's Lincoln Hall, and a private concert by Jeff Tweedy in your living room. Click the link below to learn more about the event and to get tickets.
Before their show at the Manchester Academy, of Montreal stopped in with the folks over at Manchester Scene Wipe to perform an acoustic version of "Enemy Gene." Click the link below to get up close and personal with of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes and guitarist Bryan Poole with this awesome acoustic rendition.
In support of their forthcoming album, Fluorescence, Asobi Seksu will be hitting the road in the Spring of 2011. They'll kick it off not too far from home, with an album-release party at The Mercury Lounge in New York in mid-February. From there, Asobi Seksu teams up with Brahms (featuring Cale Parks of Aloha) and heads to Seattle via Chicago. Brahms will stay with Asobi Seksu down the West Coast through mid-March, at which point Braids will take over support duties through the Southwest leading up to SXSW. Cults will jump on the last leg of the tour, working up the East Coast to wrap things up in Philadelphia at the end of March. Click the link below for a full list of dates and ticket links.
Did you miss Japandroids the last time they blew up your city? Well, the next best thing is to watch them rock out on Last Call With Carson Daly tonight! The Vancouver duo are making their second appearance on Last Call with a performance of "Art Czars": the first single from their critically acclaimed 7" singles series. Make sure to catch the television debut of "Art Czars" on Last Call tonight at 1:35am EST (12:35 CST), or be sure to set your DVRs. If you miss the performance tonight, it will be available for streaming on Carson Daly's website very soon.
In other news, Heavenward Grand Prix, the latest installment in the Japandroids 7" series, is out today! Art Czars has already sold out, so grab Heavenward Grand Prix before it inevitably follows suit. Click the link below to purchase Heavenward Grand Prix.
The only thing better than chowing down on delicious free pizza and writing a news item is listening to an of Montreal live session while doing it. of Montreal stopped by KUT 90.5 FM in Austin, Texas, to play a few stripped down versions of "Enemy Gene," "Sex Karma," and "Coquet Coquette" live on air. of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes also talked about the making of False Priest, Catholicism, and the R&B influences that permeated his youth. Click the link below to hear the interview and live sessions, streaming from the KUT website.
During the Midwest leg of their tour, Somone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin took a break to sit down with KCMP in St. Paul for a live session where the band played three tracks off of Let It Sway, their third album, and talked about the recording process. They also described what it's like to have Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie camp in your backyard, how they decide who will play which instrument on which song, and the differences they experienced in recording Let It Sway as compared to their previous two full-lengths. Click the link below to hear the entire session.
STRFKR continue to document their national tour through a series of videos called Bury Us Alive. This most recent set of reports from the frontlines showcases Cleveland, Canada, Chicago, and Minneapolis. The videos show some behind-the-scenes action at their KUOM radio session, document the subtle shifts in graffiti trends in venues across the country, and somewhere along the line, the band jumps out of the van to play in traffic. Click the links below to check 'em out.
If you weren't able to catch Joan of Arc on their current midwest tour, you should check out Music vs. Man for a great live review during the band's stop in St. Louis, MO. You'll also be able to see some amazing photos by Louis Kwok (see above). Click HERE to check it out.
Joan of Arc still have a few shows left on this current tour before they leave for a 2 week long European tour with Love of Everything. Check out the complete list of tour dates HERE.
Eager to give fans the chance to hear their new album before it hits stores (and before they hit the road), Deerhoof are leaking their new album on websites and blogs from all around the world! Stay tuned to Deerhoof's website HERE as Deerhoof vs. Evil is unveiled -- one song at a time, one week at a time -- until the album is officially released on January 25, 2011.
In conjunction with the album release, Deerhoof has announced the dates for their US tour. And although it doesn't span the entire globe, it certainly reaches a great deal of the US, kicking off in San Francisco in January and wrapping up in New York in March 2011. The band will be accompanied by Nervous Cop and Ben Butler And Mousepad for all shows. Check out the dates below, or see a full list of dates HERE.
1/28 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 1/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex 2/1 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk 2/2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium 2/3 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe 2/4 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 2/5 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club 2/6 Raleigh, NC @ King's Lounge 2/7 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 2/8 Brooklyn, NY @ Ridgewood Masonic Temple 2/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East 2/11 Bala Cynwyd, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 2/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar 2/14 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom 2/15 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 2/16 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon 2/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club 2/18 Des Moines, IA @ Blue Moose 2/19 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 2/21 Boulder, CO @ The Marquis 2/25 Seattle, WA @ Neumos 2/26 Portland, OR @ Berbatti's 3/14 New York, NY @ Le Poisson RougeHide More
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are kicking off their November-long West Coast tour today in Omaha! The tour has 18 US dates and 1 Canadian stop, all with the Lonely Forest, starting in the Midwest and then working down the West Coast until it finally wraps up in Texas and Oklahoma. Also, don't miss the awesome new Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin video for "Sink / Let It Sway," which features train-jumping acrobatics, flaming cars, and raucous house parties HERE. Check the dates below or see a full list of dates HERE.
11/1 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. 11/2 Northfield, MN @ The Cave 11/3 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry 11/4 Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop 11/5 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon 11/6 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive 11/7 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 11/10 Nampa, ID @ Flying M Coffee 11/11 Seattle, WA @ Neumos 11/12 Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret 11/13 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge 11/15 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill 11/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland 11/18 Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters Cafe 11/19 La Jolla, CA @ The Loft (UC San Diego) 11/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space 11/22 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk 11/23 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Pontiac Garage 11/24 Norman, OK @ The OpolisHide More
Joan of Arc are hitting the road across America and Europe! They'll be playing across the Midwest and the South at the beginning of November until they meet up with Love of Everything in Luxembourg for 19 awesome shows across the EU, ending in Germany at the beginning of December. Make sure to catch them so you can hear the new material they'll be road testing for the upcoming Joan of Arc Album! Check out the US dates listed below, and find the complete list of tour dates HERE.
10/27 Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club 10/28 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews 10/29 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club 10/30 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. 10/31 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon 11/2 Columbia, MO @ Mojo's 11/3 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird 11/4 Fayatteville, AR @ Dickson Theatre 11/5 Dallas, TX @ Loft at Palladium Ballroom* 11/6 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Kids love Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Even in Vienna, Austria! Phillip Dickey and Will Knauer got a chance to perform "All Hail Dracula" at the local playground while they were in Austria last week for their European tour. You can tell from the video, that these kids were stoked! Watch for the guitar lesson Will and Phil give at the end. CLASSIC.
This performace was for the video blog, They Shoot Music Don't They. Check out the version of "All Hail Dracula" above, then follow the link below to see another performace of "Phantomwise."
Inbetween stops on their European tour, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's Phillip Dickey played an acoustic cover for Groove.no. Check out Phil's version of "Kung Fu Reference" by Ass Ponys above, then follow the link below to check out the article.
During the east coast leg of the Let It Sway tour, Phil and John from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin stopped by the Baeble guest apartment in Brooklyn, NY to perform a couple songs live on the roof. Check out the video above to see a stripped down version of "Everlyn," then click the link below for a version of "Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro" along with an interview about how Let It Sway was recorded with Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla.
When was the last time you read an article that began, "Fish-headed laser robots, skull-headed kids, men in full-body lycra suits locked in mortal battle..." and didn't finish it? Check out these awesome live reviews and photo sets from the of Montreal show at Koko in London last week and catch the confetti explosions, bloodied (er, red-painted) bodies, and the swoon-inducing of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes in action.
Japandroids are set to perform Post-Nothing stand out "Young Hearts Spark Fire" for the first time ever on national TV tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly. The show airs at 1:35 Eastern and 12:35 Central. Be sure to set your DVRs if you can't stay up that late.
Praise for of Montreal's live show continues to pour in after each and every stop on their current tour with Janelle Monáe! The band's performance at Chicago's Riviera Theater on 9/25 was another success and places like Chicagoist, Time Out Chicago, and Muzzle Bees have all posted great reviews. If you missed the show (or want a sneak peak at what you're about to see) click the links below to check out the reviews. Above photo by Jim Kopeny.
Everyone likes seeing an of Montreal show...even Prince! The pop legend randomly showed up at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN last night and judging by the reviews in City Pages and the Star Tribune, it was an amazing show! If you weren't able to see the show, click the links below to check out the reviews and to see some great photos from Stacey Schwartz (above).
of Montreal recently showed some hometown love with a SWEET encore performance during their show at 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA. The band suprised the crowd by diving right into a 3-song Michael Jackson medley which consisted of "Thriller," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "P.Y.T." Check out the video above, then head to Stereogum for more.
If last night wasn't the best way to kick off this year's Pygmalion Music Festival, I don't know what is! Janelle Monae and of Montreal destroyed Canopy Club's stage and left the crowd wanting more. Luckily, I was able to snap a few photos for you all! Check them out above.
If this doesn't make you jump for joy while also feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, then I don't know what's wrong with you. Loney Dear recently made an appearance on Swedish TV show "Nyhetsmorgon" and performed an all new arrangement of "Saturday Waits" from the album Loney Noir. Check it out above, then head to The Line of Best Fit for more!
We all know that of Montreal's live show is an amazing sight to see, but it looks like they've been outdoing themselves on their current tour with Janelle Monae. The band's amazing back-to-back performances at NYC's Terminal 5 + a night at Boston's House of Blues have been highly praised in publications like Village Voice, Boston Globe, and even The New York Times, who says the show contained the likes of "fish-headed robots, skulls, angels in silver bikinis, faceless checkerboard-skinned aliens and, at one point, a blond dragon for Mr. Barnes to ride." Click the links below to check out the reviews. Above photo by Rahav Segev.
of Montreal's Pitchfork Cemetery Gates session with Solange Knowles just went live over the weekend and it sounds/looks great! In addition to performing "Sex Karma," the band also performed "Coquet Coquette" and "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse." Check out the video of "Sex Karma" above, then head to Pitchfork to see the rest of the videos.
Even though Casiokids have returned to their hometown of Bergen, Norway after their US tour w/Light Pollution, we still miss the heck out of them! I'm sure Exclaim! and Discorder feel the same way becuase they both posted excellent reviews of the band's show at Media Club in Vancouver, BC. Check em out by clicking the links below.
of Montreal's upcoming tour with Janelle Monae is fastly approaching and places like SPIN are starting to take notice. They included of Montreal's tour in their preview of "The 25 Best Fall Tours" feature. Click the link below to check it out and also to see what other bands made the cut. If you still need to get tickets for a show in your town, check out of Montreal's tour section by clicking HERE.
Hey all you East Coasters! Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's tour with Telekinesis kicks off today in St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird. If you live on that side of the US, check out the dates below and try and make it out to a show. You won't be dissapointed!
SSSLYBY 2010 Tour with Telekinesis
8/31 St Louis, MO @ Firebird - TICKETS 9/01 Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club - TICKETS 9/02 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall - TICKETS 9/03 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick - TICKETS 9/04 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo - TICKETS @ Door 9/06 Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo - TICKETS @ Door 9/07 Boston, MA @ TT the Bears - TICKETS 9/08 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - TICKETS 9/10 Washington, DC @ Black Cat - TICKETS 9/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbery - TICKETS 9/12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop - TICKETS 9/13 Columbus, OH @ The Basement - TICKETS
Casiokids recently cruised through Portland and Seattle for shows at Mississippi Studios, The Vera Project, and a great live performance on KEXP! The KEXP performance has since been archived and can be streamed HERE. The video above is from the band's Portland show @ Mississippi Studios. Click HERE for another video from the show. That monkey sure can dance!
Casiokids will be performing a live session on KEXP today at 12:00 PT. If you don't have anything going on during your lunch break, tune in by clicking the link below. They won't let you down! They're currently in the US supporting their latest compilation Topp stemning på lokal bar. Pick one up HERE if you like what you hear!
Casiokids's US tour with Light Pollution is officially underway! After flying straight from Amsterdam to San Francisco yesterday with little to no sleep, the guys got in their van, headed straight to Cafe du Nord and played an amazing set! They even brought the monkey suit! (see above)
Tonight the guys will be in Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello! You won't regret it. Check out the complete list of US tour dates below.
Casiokids US Tour
8/19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios - TICKETS 8/20 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project - TICKETS 8/21 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club - TICKETS 8/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry - TICKETS 8/25 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's - TICKETS 8/26 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick - TICKETS
of Montreal's Kevin Barnes recently played a solo show at Respectable Street Cafe in West Palm Beach, FL and some great videos and photos have surfaced online. Check out the version of "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" above, then follow the link below to check out photos on Prefix along with a review on New Times.
Did you happen to catch Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday? Our own Joe Haege from 31Knots was playing guitar with Menomena! Check out the performace of "Killemall" off the new Menomena album, Mines, above.
Also, rumor has it that 31Knots are hard at work on a new album! Stay tuned for more updates.
Here's some great footage of Japandroids performing "The Boys Are Leaving Town" at this year's Hillside Festival in Guelph, ON. The droids are still out on the road, so be sure to check the TOUR PAGE to see if they'll be in your city. Chances are they will!
Did you catch of Montreal on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night? They played "Sex Karma" with Solange! Check out the performance above. The band also played "Coquet Coquette" that night as a web exclusive, which you can see below. Enjoy!
Set your DVRs my friends, because of Montreal will be gracing your television screens with a performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this Thursday night July 29th / Friday morning July 30th (12:30am ET / 11:30pm CT). The band will be performing a new song, "Sex Karma," off their upcoming album, False Priest. Oh, and by the way...they'll be performing the song with Solange Knowles. You won't want to miss it!
If you live in the NYC area and want to see the show live, click the link below for your chance to win tickets to sit on the "Band Benches."
Love Is All have been dominating on their European tour this past month. Tons of music sites have been writing about the band, praising their latest album, Two Thousand And Ten Injuries, along with their flawless live shows. Check out articles and interviews in places like Drowned in Sound, SoundsXP, The Line of Best Fit, and more by clicking the links below. Above photo by Burak Cingi.
On top of FILTER being an AMAZING magazine, they're about to organize an AMAZING festival this October that will feature Casiokids! FILTER'S Culture Collide Festival will take place in Los Angeles, CA from October 7-10 and will feature 2 bands from participating countries (Norway, Spain, Israel, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and more) to partner up with an established U.S. band for the showcase. These U.S. bands, along with FILTER Magazine, will act as ambassadors thoughout the festival and take the international artists under their wing, sharing information about touring the States along with comparing notes about creating music. Tickets go on sale July 5, and are only $20 for the whole festival! Crazy!!! Click the link below for tickets and schedule.
This year's Bonnaroo festival was nuts! On top of the 100+ degree weather, the crowd was going bananas! NPR was at the festival and caught Japandroids as they braved the heat and destroyed the stage. Click the link below to check out a live recording of their whole set, which features the new single, "Younger Us."
Wanna get a preview of a new of Montreal song off the upcoming album False Priest? NME just posted a live video of the band rockin' a new one at their 9th Street Summerfest appearance. The song is being labeled on YouTube as "Famine Affair" and it appears in NME's "Top 10 MP3 Downloads" section. Check it out by clicking the link below.
If you've been wondering what xbxrx have been up to these past couple years, wonder no more. Equipped with a new drummer, new material, and new beach ball costumes, xbxrx are currently playing around the Los Angeles area. Check out the video above by Carnage Video to become enlightened.
Japandroids just finished up their time in the UK at Brighton's Great Escape Festival (plus a few other dates with Yuck) and the response has been amazing! Tons of places have posted articles on the band including Drowned in Sound, The Fly, Dazed Digital, Tunited, God Is In The TV, and more. If you were stuck here in the States like me and couldn't make it to these great shows, click the links below to become enlightened. Above photo by Andy Cook.
Japandroids recently cruised through the good ole Bay Area and played a show with Avi Buffalo at The Independent in San Francisco. 7x7 was there and got some great photos! Check out the one above by Misha Vladimirskiy then follow the link to view more.
We love Japandroids. Duh...We also love Indie Rock Reviews too! They wrote a great live review of Japandroids' show at Echoplex in Los Angeles. The show was part of F Yeah Fest...which is pretty much the best name for a festival ever. Check out the review and photos by Thirst'n Howl III by clicking the link below.
of Montreal has a great live review on Village Voice about their show at Columbia's Spring Bacchanal with Ghostface Killah and Wiz Khalifa. Check out the review along with photos by Rebecca Smeyne by clicking the link below.
Our very own Joe Haege (31Knots, Tu Fawning) will be starring in the upcoming film "Field Guide to November Days," from Nick Peterson & Mary Defreese. The film is based on love and relationships and was made entirely by bicycle (exept for a single drive to the coast).
"Field Guide to November Days" premieres May 14th at the Whitsell Theater in Portland, OR. Click the link below to watch the trailer, see photos, and read updates about premieres in your town.
Aloha have been touring the east coast with Pomegranates and the shows have been nothing short of amazing. YouTube user deathcabformel recorded some great footage of the band performing "Waterwheel" at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Check it out above, then click the link to see more videos from the show, like "All The Wars," "Microviolence," and "Summer Away." You KNOW you wanna check that out!
If you missed the Owen show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on 4/16, no need to worry! Indie Rock Reviews was there and they wrote up a great review of the show. Mike unleashed a few new songs (like the one above) along with a few surprises. Check out the video along with the review by clicking the links below.
On Wednesday, April 13th Love Is All stopped by the KEXP studios to perform a few songs off their latest album, Two Thousand And Ten Injuries. The session is now archived and ready to be streamed! Click the links below to check out the stream along with photos from the performace by Brittney Bollay.
of Montreal recently played a show at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL and Tampa Bay's Soundcheck online magazine was there to catch the action. Click the link below to see a few great photos by Luis Santana along with a nice review of the show by Gabriel Loewenberg.
of Montreal and James Husband are out on the road again starting today! The tour begins in Mississippi and wraps up in Florida. If you can't catch em this time, don't worry, they're also playing a bunch of shows together in May. Check out the April dates below, then head to the tour page for more.
Joan of Arc were all over the place at this year's SXSW. Lucky for you, XYZ was able to chat with Tim Kinsella about playing as a "power trio," the latest compilation - Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control, and a few other interesting tid bits. There's also some great video footage taken at the Polyvinyl showcase. Check it out by clicking the link below.
Well, they didn't actually give the band a high-five, but a few great publications such as Time Out NY, Beyond Race Magazine, Prefix, and others wrote GREAT live reviews for the band's show w/ Best Coast at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC. For everyone who wasn't lucky enough to be there (like me) then click the link below to check out the reviews.
Casiokids made the journey all the way from Norway to play this year's SXSW. They also played a few shows in NY before too! To sum things up quickly - THEY KILLED IT! Tons of reviews and photos have been popping up in places like Rolling Stone, Filter, Under The Radar, and more. Click the links below to check everything out. Above photo by Wendy Redfern.
Japandroids were nonstop at SXSW this year. They played a total of 9 times in 4 days! Now if that's not impressive, I don't know what is. Tons of publications like SPIN, The Tripwire, Pitchfork, Time Out NY, You Aint No Picasso, and others have posted some excellent reviews/photos. If you weren't in Austin for the festival, click the links below to read up on what you missed! Above photo by Matt Jordan.
Time for another photo update! Danielle and I were lucky enough to catch Casiokids as they blew everyone away at the Lose Control Party @ VICE. They're currently in America supporting their upcoming album Topp stemning på lokal bar (which you should pre-order now!). I was only able to snap a few photos before they left the stage, but this has definitely been one of my favorite shows of the festival so far. Keep checking the Tumblr for more updates!
Aside from a few road blocks (me getting food poisoning, Seth losing his ID, and Danielle and Chris getting screwed by a cabbie) the PV crew is having a great time at this year's SXSW. A few of our bands have already played a couple great parties, resulting in some fun photos. Check out one of Japandroids at the Death + Taxes day party, then click the link below to visit the PV Tumblr for more.
Woah! It's time for SXSW again! We couldn't be more excited for this year's festival, and neither can our bands! We've got Japandroids, Casiokids, Joan of Arc, and James Husband representing the Polyvinyl family this year. Check out the COMPLETE schedule for all of our bands below. Also, don't forget to check out the Facebook event for the Polyvinyl Showcase by clicking the link. You'll need a badge or wristband to get in.
Casiokids 3/16 Media Temple Party @ The Mohawk (912 Red River) - 10:45 PM
3/17 Austin Pets Alive! Party @ Epoch Coffee (221 W. North Loop BLVD) - 1:10 PM
3/17 Shout It Out Loud Party @ Creekside Lounge (606 E. 7th St.) - 4:00 PM
3/17 Giant Steps Party @ Plush (617 Red River) - 6:00 PM
3/18 Filter Magazine Day Party @ Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W. 4th St.) - 12:00 PM
3/18 Moshi Moshi Day Party @ The Red House Pizzeria (1917 Manor Road) - 3:00 PM
3/19 Lose Control Party @ Vice (302 E 6th Street) - 5:00 PM
3/20 Polyvinyl Showcase @ Galaxy Room (508 E. 6th St.) - 10:00 PM
James Husband 3/18 Sled Island/Nudie Jeans Party @ Republic Live (301 West 5th St.) - 4:10 PM
3/18 DAG Presents Showcase @ The Parlor Hyde Park (4301 A. Guadalupe St) 10:00 PM
3/20 40 Watt Day/GROOP Party @ Side Bar (602 E 7th St.) - 1:30 PM
3/20 Polyvinyl Showcase @ Galaxy Room (508 E. 6th St.) - 11:00 PM
Japandroids 3/17 Brooklyn Vegan Day Party @ Emo's (603 Red River) - 2:00 PM
3/18 Schuba's Day Party @ Yard Dog (1510 South Congress Ave.) - 1:35 PM
3/18 Death + Taxes Day Party @ Red Fez (209 W. 5th St.) - 5:00 PM
3/19 Levis @ The Levis / Fader Fort - 3:00 PM
3/19 Pitchfork Day Party @ Emo's (603 Red River) - 5:30 PM
3/20 Urban Outfitters Day Party @ Urban Outfitters Backlot (2406 Guadalupe St) - 3:00 PM
3/20 Mess With Texas @ MWTX LOT @ (1001 E. 6th St.) - 7:30 PM
3/20 Polyvinyl Showcase @ Galaxy Room (508 E. 6th St.) 1:00 AM
Joan of Arc 3/17 Dag Presents Showcase @ The Parlor Hyde Park (4301 A. Guadalupe St) – 11:00 PM
3/18 Chronic Youth Party @ East End Tattoo (1101 Navasota St.)- 6:30 PM
3/18 SESAC Showcase @ Velveeta Room (525 E. 6th St.) – 1:00 AM
3/19 Antlerbox Presents @ Liberty Bar – 5:45 PM
3/20 Coffee? No Pants! 2 Day Party @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St.) - 2:15 PM
3/20 What By Whatever - KVRX Day Party @ Domy Books (913 E. Cesar Chavez) - 5:00 PM
3/20 Polyvinyl Showcase @ Galaxy Room (508 E. 6th St.) – 12:00 AM Hide More
Japandroids have been busy cruising through Europe lately, performing at a bunch of places they've never been before. The Line of Best Fit was at their London show at ICA and had nothing but great things to say about it. Check out the full review and photos by Valerio Berdini and Paul Bridgewater by clicking the link below. Above photo by Valerio Berdini.
Before their Seattle show @ The Triple Door last month, Asobi Seksu stopped by the KEXP studios to perform a few songs off their latest acoustic album, Rewolf, including "New Years," "Meh No Mae," and others. Check out the video of "New Years" above then follow the link below to check out the rest on The KEXP Blog.
Forget this snow! It's time for some summer news. We're proud to announce that Japandroids will perform at this year's Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN which takes place June 10th -13th. Brian and Dave will share the stage with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Weezer, and more. Tickets are on sale now! Follow the link below to check out the latest updates and to purchase tickets.
Last night's of Montreal/James Husband show in New York City was one for the books! On top of Solonge Knowles coming out and singing "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5, Susan Sarandon made a guest appearance as a naughty teacher and spanked a few pigs with her ruler! Check out all the action below, then head over to Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, You Aint No Picasso, Paste, and more by following the links. Above photo by Chris Owyoung.
of Montreal's first show of their east coast winter tour kicked off with a bang in Baltimore, MD and SPIN was there to capture it all. Check out the review of last night's show and photos by Josh Sisk by clicking the link below.
Asobi Seksu just finished their west coast leg of the acoustic Rewolf tour and the response has been great! On top of the band discussing James' 'acoustic mustache,' (it looks great James!) their intimate, acoustic set has been a real treat. The second leg of the tour starts 1/27 in Utica NY @ Mohawk Valley Community. Check out reviews/interviews on San Francisco Bay Gaurdian, Melophobe, Crawdaddy, and more by clicking the links below. Also, check out this performance of "New Years" from the band's show at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA.
Alright everyone. If you're not doing anything tomorrow night (1/22), and you're in Chicago...then listen up! The Andrew Rafacz Gallery will be hosting a special exhibition titled "Postcard Trouble," which features photographs and paintings by Joan of Arc contributors Bobby Burg and Jeremy Bolen. Right after that, Joan of Arc (along with tons of others) will be participating in the Joan of Arc Don't Mind Control Variety Show at The Empty Bottle in Chicago to celebrate the release of the new compilation - Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control. Bands performing include Owen, Tim Kinsella, Vacations, Birthmark, Pillars and Tongues, The Zoo Wheel plus a surprise guest! Intelligentsia Coffee will also be there, serving up delicious cups of their exclusive Joan of Arc Mourning Blend. Forget the plans you made with your significant other, reschedule that appointment, don't go to your night class! TRUST me, you don't want to miss it! Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the link below.
On top of me preaching the JOA gospel to you above, other publications have mentioned the show as well. The Onion A.V. Club, Newcity, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and Time Out Chicago have all written tremendous literature about tomorrow night's festivities. Click the links below to check it all out. Hide More
Headlights recently stoopped by the Daytrotter studios to record a few songs off their latest album Wildlife. Hurry over to Daytrotter to download songs like "Teenage Wonder," "You and Eye," "Secrets" and more by clicking the link below.
After getting back from an amazing UK tour with White Lies, Asobi Seksu are ready to hit the road again here in the US. This time around the band will play stripped down, acoustic sets in intimate club settings in support of their new release Rewolf. Check out the complete list of dates below. Click each date to purchase tickets.
Get your dvrs ready because Japandroids will be performing "Wet Hair" live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight (January 4th). The Tripwire just posted an article about it along with new tour dates. Check it out by clicking the link below.
If you live in NYC and want go to the show, click the link below for a chance to win seats on the benches that surround the stage. Don't forget to enter the band code: JPN
James Husband - Jamey Huggins, Dottie Alexander, and Davey Pierce from of Montreal - performed a few stripped down songs outside their practice space in Athens, GA. Athens Soundies, Optical Atlas, and TSM have all posted about it. Check out the video for "Window" shot by Jason Miller below, then follow the links to check out more.
Hey Chicagoans! Mike Kinsella of Owen will be playing a pretty awesome show with Bob Nanna, Drew Brown, and Joe Trohman where they'll perform only Morrissey covers! The show will be at Subterranean in Chicago on 12/26. All proceeds go to Girls Rock Chicago. Purchase tickets by clicking the link below.
Headlights' Seattle show with Anni Rossi and Pomegrantes was recently reviewed on The KEXP Blog. "Manning the controls and driving the melody with the keyboard, Erin Fein energetically rocked out at her Casio and belted her honey glazed pipes into the microphone." Check out the full review by clicking the link below.
Headlights recently rolled through the good ole city of San Francisco for a show at Cafe du Nord with Pomegranates and Anni Rossi. SPIN Earth was there and got a chance to chat with Nick and Tristan. Check out the article and interview by clicking the link below. Above photo by Eric Lawson.
James Husband recently stopped by the Baeble guest apartment for a live acoustic performance of songs from his latest album, A Parallax I. Songs include "While The Boys Went Down Under," "A Grave in the Gravel," and "Window." Check out the video of "While The Boys Went Down Under" below, then follow the link to watch the others.
Loney Dear got to stop by the Radio K studios for a live performace while on tour with Asobi Seksu. The band played 5 songs including "Summers," "Everything Turns To You," "Violent" and more. Check it out by clicking the link below.
This year's CMJ Music Festival was one for the books! Even though NYC was pretty much flooded the whole time, festival goers still found time to attend multiple shows and parties going on throughout the city. Nick from Headlights even found some time to crowd surf (above)! Now that everything's over, and people have to get back to their real lives, the internet world has been posting tons of articles about the Polyvinyl artists that were present at this year's festival. Check out sites like Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, Prefix, SPIN and more for articles about the festival. Above photo by Carlye Wisel.
Japandroids just stopped by AOL Spinner's The Interface to perform an awsome live set which was all caught on video. Check out the whole set beginning with "Young Hearts Spark Fire" below. Follow the link below to check out the video on The Interface.
Joan of Arc and Owen recently played an outdoor show at Northwestern University and the school's publication, North by Northwestern, was there to document it. They also sat down with both bands to talk about their latest albums, Flowers and New Leaves. Click the link below to check out the photos and interviews.
You read it right! Owen will be playing this year's Polyvinyl Records CMJ Showcase with a FULL BAND. If you missed your opportunity to see the band at the New Leaves record release shows in Chicago, come out to Brooklyn! Click the link below to purchase tickets.
Emil from Loney Dear recently sat down with QRO Magazine before their show at Dour Fir Lounge in Portland, OR to talk about the current tour with Asobi Seksu and their latest album, Dear John. In addition to the interview, QRO also filmed the show. Check it out below.
This year's CMJ is fast approaching and we couldn't be more excited for it. If you're going to be in the Big Apple for all the festivities, be sure and stop by the Polyvinyl showcase. This year's showcase will be held at Brooklyn's Bell House on Friday, Oct. 23rd and will see performances by Japandroids, Headlights, Owen, James Husband, Cale Parks and more! Doors open at 6 pm and the show runs all night, with additional DJ sets by Asobi Seksu after Japandroids perform. Check out the complete list of details and times below. Click each date for ticket info.
Headlights: 10/23 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory / Village Voice Day Party - 3:00 PM 10/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House - Polyvinyl Showcase 12:00 AM 10/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - AAM Day Party - 1:30 PM
Japandroids: 10/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands - Death + Taxes Party - 11:00 PM 10/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House - Polyvinyl Showcase - 1:00 AM
Now that the Asobi Seksu / Loney Dear fall tour has officially wrapped up with their show @ Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, PA, the blogosphere is filled with awesome reviews to read. Under the Radar, KEXP, We Heart Music, Brooklyn Vegan and others have all posted amazing reviews. Click the links below to check them all out.
Want to see what Japandroids would look like if they were playing a full set of garage anthems back in 1982? Check out the video below from Pitchfork TV for a VCR worthy performance with our favorite Vancouver duo. Songs include "Heart Sweats," "The Boys are Leaving Town," "Rockers East Vancouver," and "Crazy Forever."
Loney Dear's show with Asobi Seksu tonight in San Francisco was mentioned in 7x7's online magazine! Check out the article by clicking the link below. If you don't have tickets for tonight's show at Slims, follow the link.
Asobi Seksu have been nonstop these past couple weeks, and they aren't slowing down any time soon! In addition to their Fall North American tour with Loney Dear kicking off today at The Casbah in San Diego, their new video for "Transparence" debuted on Stereogum. The video was directed and edited by Major Lightner, produced by Michelle Moretta, and executive produced by Shiny Gold Star. Check out the video on Sterogum by clicking the link below. If the tour is stopping in your town, be sure to click the dates to get tickets. It'll be worth your while, we promise!
Japandroids' current tour with Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band has been a huge success so far. Their show at the Mercury Lounge in New York sold out so fast that they had to book another show a couple days later to make up for it. Tons of people were there including Brooklyn Vegan, Metromix NY, Villiage Voice NY, Elle, and more. Click the links below to check out reviews of the show. Photo by Ryan Miller.
Loney Dear's performance of "Violent" at the Paste offices recently made it in their 20 Fantastic Live Performaces section on their site. If you missed the performace the first time, check it out by clicking the link below. Also, the band's tour with Asobi Seksu kicks of on 9/30 at The Casbah in San Diego. Head over to the tour section to check out the complete list of dates and to purchase tickets.
For those of you who were unaware, last week was Fashion Week in NYC and of Montreal decided to throw a crazy party in celebration of the festivities. Tons of people were there covering the show including Stereogum, NBC New York, Brooklyn Vegan, and more. Click the links below to check out photos from the party. Photo by Vincent Cornelli.
This year's Pygmalion Festival was arguably the best to date. With performances by Polyvinyl artists such as Owen, Japandroids, and Headlights, it's no surprise that the locals decided to get a little wild during the Headlights set. SPINearth was there to catch the mayhem as tons of fans bombarded the stage during "Cherry Tulips." Check out the video below. Erin Fein also sat down with The Daily Vidette to chat about the new record, Wildlife. Click the link below to check it out.
If you were in Champaign, IL last night and caught Owen's performance with his 5 member band, then you were in for a treat. If you missed it, you can check it out right here thanks to our friends over at SPINearth. Check out songs like "Amnesia and Me," "Nobody's Nothing," and "Bags of Bones" by clicking the link below. Mike Kinsella also sat down with The Daily Vidette to talk about his new album, New Leaves, and the Pygmalion Music Festival. Check it out by clicking the link below.
Check out this amazing performance of "Violent" by our favorite Swedes, Loney Dear. The video was taken from their show in Holland and it's a magical performance! Click the link below to check it out on YouTube.
Want to win a pair of tickets to see Owen with a FULL BAND in Chicago on Sept. 18, plus a copy of New Leaves on limited mixed color vinyl (above)? Of course you do!!! Punknews.org is hosting this awesome contest, so hurry over to their website and enter by clicking the link below.
Towards the end of their massive U.S. tour this past month, Japandroids stopped through Sacramento, CA and played a great set at The Blue Lamp. Capital Public Radio was there and caught some good footage of the band performing an unreleased song. Click the link below to check it out!
Asobi Seksu's interview/acoustic performance on MTV Iggy is now available for your viewing pleasure! There's 4 segments to the piece with songs that include "Breathe Into Glass," "Gliss," and more. Check out the first video of the series below.
Japandroids' set at Pitchfork Music Festival on 7/19 is still turning heads weeks after the event even happened! You Aint No Picasso posted a great review of the band's set with some excellent photos. Click the link below to check it out.
Our good friend Patricia wrote a great article for SPIN Earth about of Montreal's awesome performance at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. Balloons were flyin' and people were dancin'! Click the link below to check out the full article along with some great photos. Above photo by Uyen Phan.
While roaming the lands of the good ole U.S.A. Loney Dear stopped into Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, CA to perform a few songs off their latest album, Dear John. The videos were filmed by the amazing guys from Yours Truly and they look great! Check out "I Was Only Going Out" below.
Earfarm had some awesome things to say about Japandroid's show at New York's Cameo Gallery. With an hour long set that included tons of dancing and even a mosh pit, Japandroids left the crowd in a "crazy forever" mood! Check out the review by clicking the link below. And don't forget to order Post-Nothing, which comes out August 4th!
Looking for a way to spice up the end of your work day? The guys at Santos' Party House are taking over Diesel Radio today and they're bringing in Cale Parks to perform a live set. Tune in from 4-5 pm EST to check it all out. Follow the link below to listen.
Before Brian and David of Japandroids rocked the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn last Friday, they hung out with The Tripwire for a little backyard guitar playing. Brian decided to play a few Japandroids songs with a little less crunch. Check out the video of "I Quit Girls" below and follow the link to see the entire Backyard article on The Tripwire.
If you haven't seen Japandroids live yet, there's a good chance you'll be able to this fall - they're playing pretty much everwhere! The band just announced more tour dates with Mt St. Helen's Vietnam Band and The Coathangers. They're even making their way over to the UK for a one-off show. Check out the complete list of dates below.
Japandroids Fall Tour Dates:
07-10 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery 07-11 New York City, NY - Pianos
07-12 Boston, MA - Great Scott
07-14 Montreal, Quebec - Club Lambi
07-15 Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Blues Festival
07-16 Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo
07-18 New York City, NY - Siren Music Festival
07-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-20 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews 07-21 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07-23 Boise, ID - Neurolux
07-25 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party 07-28 Portland, OR - Holocene
07-29 Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
07-30 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
07-31 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland #
08-01 Visalia, CA - Howie & Sons 08-02 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock
08-07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theatre 08-08 Seattle, WA - KEXP BBQ (free show)
09-05 Victoria, British Columbia - Lucky Bar ^
09-07 Kelowna, British Columbia - Habitat ^
09-09 Calgary, Alberta - Broken City ^
09-10 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Amigos ^ 09-11 Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Lo Pub ^
09-12 Fargo, ND - Aquarium ^
09-13 St Paul, MN - Turf Club ^
09-14 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon ^
09-16 Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Festival
09-17 Detroit, MI - Magic Stik ^
09-18 Guelph, Ontario - Albion ^
09-19 Toronto, Ontario - Horseshoe Tavern ^
09-21 Columbus, OH - The Summit ^
09-24 New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge ^
09-28 Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit's Soundlab ^
09-29 Hamilton, Ontario - Casbah ^
09-30 Peterborough, Ontario - The Montreal House ^
10-03 Ottawa, Ontario - Zaphods *
10-04 Quebec City, Quebec - Le Cercle *
10-05 Boston, MA - Great Scott *
10-06 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary *
10-07 Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks *
10-08 Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class *
10-09 Chicago, IL - Schubas *
10-13 Dallas, TX - The Cavern *
10-14 Austin, TX - Emos *
10-16 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10-17 Atlanta, GA - 529
10-18 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10-19 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10-24 Halifax, Nova Scotia - The Paragon Halifax Pop Explosion
10-27 London, England - White Heat at Madame Jojo’s
- with Future of the Left # - with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band ^ - with the Coathangers *Hide More
During their recent U.S. tour this past summer, Loney Dear stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting to perform some songs from their latest record Dear John. Emil also talks about why he loves the Northwest so much and the secret power of whistling! Songs include "I Was Only Going Out," "Summers," "This Ship is Going Under," "Violent," and more. Click the link below to check out the videos.
Now that the Bonnaroo mayhem has reached its end, it's time to check out the coverage! Various sites like Pitchfork, Stereogum, You Aint No Picasso, and Soundcheck all had great things to say about of Montreal's set. Follow the links below to check out the articles and photos. Above photo by Amrit Singh.
While at SXSW this past year, Cale Parks stopped by Radio K for a live studio session that can now be streamed on their website. The set includes songs like "Two Haunt Me," "Places We've Created," "We Can Feel It," and "Every Week Ends." Click the link below to check it out.
Listen up! Japandroids will be performing live in the KEXP studios today (Tuesday June 16) at noon P.S.T. If you're in front of a computer and want to hear some Japandroids during your lunch break, then tune in! Click the link below to listen.
SPIN had some nice things to say about Japandroids' latest album Post-Nothing. 4.5 out of 5 stars...not too shabby! In addition to the review, SPIN posted an entire live set of the duo in Vancouver (below). Click the link below to check it all out. Enjoy!
Dennis Scheyer from KUSF 90.3 interviewed Loney Dear's Emil Svanängen after their San Francisco show with Headlights at Bottom of the Hill. Emil also made a playlist of the songs he's currently into right now. The interview and playlist can be streamed on the KUSF blog. Click the link below to check it out.
After a sold out show at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill, Loney Dear and Headlights caught up with SPIN Earth at Dolores Park for a couple stripped down acoustic performances. Check out Headlights' "Cherry Tulips" and Loney Dear's "Summers" by clicking the video below.
We're excited to announce that of Montreal will be playing at this year's Monolith Festival at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on September 12. To keep up with the constantly updated lineup, check out Monolith's Facebook and Twitter accounts by clicking the links below.
In September 2007, during the CMJ music festival, Picastro teamed up with La Blogotheque to film this great video. The segment is part of a group of videos called "In a Van Sessions" which features bands playing songs in the same van. Check out Picastro's "If You Have Ghosts" below. Video by Vincent Moon.
Loney Dear's show at Spaceland in Los Angeles was reviewed in the L.A. Record. The review mentions Emil's excellent use of a cappella in the song "Harm" and the fan participation in "Saturday Waits." Click the link below to read the review.
Le Cargo has some cool acoustic videos of 31Knots up on their page. The songs include "The Days & Nights of Lust and Presumption," "Imitation Flesh," and "No Sound." Check out the one for "No Sound" below.
Reviews for Loney Dear's U.S. shows are nonstop lately. Three Imaginary Girls and Confessions of a Would-Be Hipster both posted great reviews of the shows in Seattle and Los Angeles. Click the links below to check them out. Photo by Steve Louie.
If you missed Loney Dear's performance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, you're in luck! KCRW has the whole performance archived on their website with video. The sound quality is perfect and the song selection contains songs from multiple Loney Dear releases. That's 40 minutes of perfect quality Loney Dear! Check out the performance below.
Davey, Bryan and Kevin from of Montreal stopped by the Smoking Section of the Rolling Stone offices to perform an acoustic version of their latest song "Teenage Unicorn Fisting." Rolling Stone is also having a give-away contest with some nice of Montreal merch. All you have to do is write them an email explaining why you should get the stuff. Pretty easy right? Click the link below to check out the video and to enter the contest.
If you're a PC user, listen up! Asobi Seksu will be performing on Videoranch 3D May 25th from 3pm-4pm PST. Videoranch 3D is a virtual world on the internet where people can watch live performances attended by a virtual audience from all around the world. So basically Asobi Seksu will be able to see you watching them play and respond to virtual comments. This program is only available for PC users. Click the link below to download the program.
93XRT posted a live review of Loney Dear's show at Schubas in Chicago, IL. Van troubles forced Emil to book a one way flight from Toronto to Chicago with just enough time to play the show. Click the link below to read the full review.
Loney Dear and Headlights have been on tour together throughout the U.S and just stopped through Seattle at the Crocodile Cafe. Seattle Sound and the Seattle Weekly were there and wrote up awesome reviews of the show. Lots of great details and metaphors in these two. Check out the reviews by clicking the links below.
Baeble Music recently had Loney Dear in for a few stripped-down acoustic performances and an interview at the Beable Music Guest Apartment. The band plays "Here Comes The Lonely Ones" and "Violent." Click the links below to check them out.
Three Imaginary Girls posted a live review of Asobi Seksu's show with Yann Tiersen at Neumo's in Seattle, WA. The reivew talks about Asobi Seksu's intricate light show while turing the jams up to 11. Check out the review by clicking the link below.
Loney Dear's performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York with Lia Ices was reviewed on We Heart Music. The review points out the strenghts of Loney Dear's live set and gives some cool crowd insight. Follow the link below to check it out. Photo by Laura.
Asobi Seksu's current tour with Yann Tiersen has been turning heads everywhere. Evil Monito Magazine was at Los Angeles' El Ray Theatre on May 2 and had some great things to say about the show. Follow the link below to check out the review.
Asobi Seksu will perform live on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic today. What a way to start off the morning! The band starts playing at 11:15 a.m. Pacific, so hurry up and get your online streaming on! Follow the link below to stream the show.
Modern Mystery posted a great review of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Check out the video of the song "Modern Mystery" and the review below. Oh, and don't forget to check out Will's awesome lumberjack beard!
Headlights have been on a touring rampage this past month with The Love Language and their show at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY was featured on We Heart Music. Click the link below to check out the review and then head over to our tour page to check out Headlights' upcoming dates with Loney Dear.
Asobi Seksu's tour with Yann Tiersen has been gaining tons of recognition. Tiny Mixtapes reviewed Tuesday's show at Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, providing insight into how the shows have been going. Click the link below to check out the review.
of Montreal stopped by a few radio stations for some acoustic performances recently. The first, from 89.7 WTMD Baltimore, is a jammed out version of the Skeletal Lamping track "Beware Our Nubile Miscreants." The second video, taken from 90.7 WFUV, is a Beatles cover of "I'm So Tired." The videos have all been posted to Pitchfork, You Aint No Picasso, Stereogum. Check out WFUV's blog, The Alternate Side, for an acoustic performance of the newest unreleased song "Croquet, Croquet." Enjoy!
of Montreal's 3 night stretch at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York has been gaining much notoriety throughout the blog world. Not only did Janelle Monae stop by for these shows, but of Montreal unveiled 2 new songs! Click the links below to check out coverage from FUEL TV, Brooklyn Vegan, Prefix, The Tripwire, and photos by Cory Schwartz of Getty Images. Above photo by Rez Avissar.
Asobi Seksu's show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York has gotten a ton of recognition lately. Amongst the sold out crowd was The Ice Cream Man! From what I hear, there wasn't any ice cream for Asobi Seksu, but there was a sweet review on the website with photos by Bobby Lin. Click the link below to check it out.
Woxy.com posted a SXSW recap of Asobi Seksu's live session. The band kicked off their stay at SXSW by performing 4 songs for Woxy.com. Click the link below to check out the recap and to hear the songs.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin brought the rock at their show at Schuba's in Chicago on Monday. Venus Zine wrote a review of the show with some great pictures by Emily Chow. Click the link below to check it out.
Asobi Seksu's sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in NY has been gaining tons of recognition. Brooklyn Vegan posted a review of the show with some great photos by Tim Griffin. Click the link below to check it out.
Loney Dear is featured on Daytrotter today! If you aren't familiar with Daytrotter, it's pretty much the best music site there is. Awesome live performances, cool drawings, and great articles to read. Click the link below to hear Loney Dear perform "Everything Turns To You," "I Was Only Going Out," "Violent," and "In With The Arms."
After months of touring, Asobi Seksu returned to their hometown of NYC and played a sold out show at The Bowery Ballroom on April 2. Venus Zine and Free Williamsburg both had great things to say about it. Click the links below to read the reviews. Photo by Clarissa Roudabush.
Asobi Seksu was featured on the blog Phawker with a concert review of their show at Johnny Brenda's. On top of there being a review, there's also a "Top 5 Things To Know About Asobi Seksu." Click the link below to check it out. Photo by Adam Bonanni.
The LAist had some great things to say about Asobi Seksu's show with Bell at The Troubadour on March 14. The review compares Yuki's voice to that of an "angel." Click the link below to read the full review.
VOX posted a great review of Asobi Seksu's show with Bell and Resplandor @ The 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis. They also posted the song "Thursday" for streaming. Check it out by clicking the link below.
The Bathysphere posted some nice photos from the Headlights show on March 16, @ Mojo's with the Pomegranates and Gentleman Auction House. Click the link below to see all the photos by Meghan Sundermeier.
Loney Dear have been busy at SXSW this year. They've already played 7 times, and we're only up to day 2! Popwreckoning posted a review of Wednesday's show at the Radio Room. Follow the link below to check it out. Photo by Bethany Smith.
of Montreal will be performing at The Hollywood Bowl with the legendary Grace Jones and Cambodian psych-pop band Dengue Fever Sunday, July 26, at 7:00 PM. Tickets just went on sale, so follow the link below to get yours before it's too late!
Swedish Tv Today aired a great segment on Loney Dear with some amazing live videos. The band performed "Violent" and "Everything Turns To You." Emil also sat down for a couple interviews. Click the links below to check out the videos.
Be sure and tune in to KEXP on Wednesday, March 11, at 12 noon to hear Asobi Seksu perform live on the show. The band will be playing four songs and doing an interview. Click the link below to check it out.
If you're going to SXSW this year, make sure to swing by the Polyvinyl Showcase. Asobi Seksu, Headlights, Loney Dear, Cale Parks, City Center (Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good To Me), and Common Loon will be playing at the Habana Calle Friday, March 20. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm.
Our bands will be playing a bunch of other places at SXSW in addtion to the showcase. Check the schedule below:
Asobi Seksu 3/19 5:25 PM Gigantic Music Party @ Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th Street) 3/20 11:00 AM WOXY Session (Listen at www.woxy.com) 3/20 1:00 AM Polyvinyl Showcase @ Habana Calle 6 Patio (709 E 6th St)
3/21 2:30 PM Filter Magazine party @ Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St)
3/20 12:00 AM Polyvinyl Showcase @ Habana Calle 6 Patio (709 E 6th St)
Loney Dear 3/18 9:00 AM WOXY Session (Listen at www.woxy.com) 3/18 1:45 PM Forcefield PR & Terrorbird Day Party @ Red 7 (611 E 7th St) 3/18 3:00 PM Paste Magazine Party @ Radio Room (508 E 6th St)
3/18 5:00 PM Leonard Cohen Tribute Party @ Waterloo Records (600 N Lamar Blvd #A)
3/19 5:00 PM Team Clermont Party @ Flamingo Cantina (515 E 6th St)
3/20 1:00 PM Shout It Out Loud Music Party @ Club Primos (1700 E. 6th Street) 3/20 2:25 PM Under The Radar @ Flamingo Cantina (515 E 6th St)
3/20 4:00 PM Export Music Sweden Party @ Habana Calle (709 E 6th St)
3/20 11:00 PM Polyvinyl Showcase @ Habana Calle 6 Patio (709 E 6th St)
3/21 4:30 PM Coffee! No Pants! Party @ Red Eye Fly (715 Red River St)
3/18 1:15 PM KUOM Live Session (Listen @ http://radiok.cce.umn.edu)
3/18 4:00 PM SESAC Day Stage Cafe @ Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St)
3/19 5:30 PM King Street House Day Party (3100 King Street)
3/20 5:00 PM Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.) 3/20 10:00 PM Polyvinyl Showcase @ Habana Calle 6 Patio (709 E 6th St)
John Elder filmed and produced a great of Montreal segment with footage from their show at The Pageant in St. Louis for WSIU, a local PBS affiliate. There's also an interview woven in with Kevin Barnes and some ninjas. Check out the video below!
Last night's Loney Dear / Andrew Bird show at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles was reviewed on Stereogum today. The band's a cappella closure was met with "pindop silence and a partial standing ovation." Check out the full review and photos by clicking the link below. Photo by Andrew Youssef.
Brooklyn Vegan posted some great photos of Wednesday's Cale Parks/Passion Pit show at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Check out the article and the rest of the photos taken by Leia Jospe by clicking the link below.
NPR posted a live Loney Dear show on All Songs Considered. The show was recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday with Andrew Bird headlining. To check out the entire show, click the link below.
AOL Spinner hosted an Interface session at their LA studio featuring of Montreal. The session includes a stripped down performance, photos, and an interview. To check out all the material, click the link below. Photo by Collin Erie.
of Montreal have just announced their east coast American tour dates. If you want to see if they're playing near your hometown, check out the dates below. If you want to see their full schedule, head over to the tour section of our website.
4/13 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle 4/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar 4/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 4/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 4/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 4/19 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place 4/20 - Boston, MA @ Paradise 4/21 - Boston, MA @ Paradise 4/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero 4/23 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theater 4/24 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note 4/25 - Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
of Montreal stopped by KEXP last fall while on tour to perform some stripped down live versions of songs from Skeletal Lamping. The performance is now archived and available for download. Click the link below to download the whole performance.
Pygmalion Music Festival descends on Champaign-Urbana IL again this year. This is the 4th year of the festival and promises to be the best yet. Bands such as Yo La Tengo, Dan Deacon, and Black Mountain will play this year.
As always, Polyvinyl is heavily involved in the festival. We have Headlights, The M's, Owen, Decibully and new additions to the Polyvinyl family Asobi Seksu all playing this year. Polyvinyl will close the festival with a proper showcase Saturday night Sept 20th at the Canopy Club with Asobi Seksu, Headlights and The M's playing together. For more information on the festival and tickets click the link below.
The M's will perform live on KEXP at 9:00 AM CST on July 18th as part of KEXP's remote broadcast in Chicago. The band will perform several songs from their new album Real Close Ones with the help of a full horn section. Listen live on the 18th at www.kexp.org.
Our official showcase is being held in tandem with Flameshovel and features Polyvinyl artists Cale Parks and Picastro on October 19th at The Delancy. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Cale and Picastro will also be playing a special day party at Galapagos Art Space that same day. The party begins at noon with Cale set to play in the back room at 3:00 PM followed by Picastro at 4:00 PM.