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Loney Dear recently performed a wonderful live set on Swedish radio, and the performace has since been archived on their website.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.