By Michel Dussack
On March 16th, Moving Mountains played an intimate (compared to when I saw them opening for Biffy Clyro and Thrice) show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, treating the packed and sweaty venue to a 13 song set that included some special treats. It’s seems that the band’s entire full length ‘Waves’ is one big hit among their fans, though they opened the show with two of the more popular songs on it (which also happen to be the two first songs on the album), ‘My Life Is Like A Chase Dream’ and ‘Where Two Bodies Lie’. This one-two punch of a show kickoff set the tone for the new several songs including other fan favorites like ‘The Cascade’ and ‘Tired Tiger’.
It’s not particularly surprising that every time I see this band they have more followers in tow, as their blend of indie and post-hardcore is surprisingly accessible. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear their music on the radio, that is, if New York had a rock radio station anymore. Vocalist Gregory Dunn is where the band truly shines as his dynamically ranged voice, which can go from softly singing delicate lines to screaming at the drop of a hat, is what sets the band apart from most of the rock world right now. That’s not to say that he carries the band, this is indeed a team effort and it’s hard to imagine any of the songs having the same weight without Nicholas Pizzolato’s crashing drumming, Mitchell Lee’s thumping bass lines and Frank Graniero’s extremely powerful guitar riffs.
After a truly stunning and energetic rendition of ‘Alleviate’, which saw the crowd starting to mosh a bit up front, the band left Dunn alone on stage to perform solo versions of ‘Keep Your Head Above’ and ‘Sol Solis’. The technically weren’t acoustic as they were still performed on an electric guitar, though it’s hard to imagine the songs any more stripped down. While the songs sounded great and the audience loved them, it should still be noted that they effectively killed the great energy created during the previous song. Soon enough, the entire band returned for four more songs, and they had no trouble recreating the lost energy from the crowd, winning them over yet again before ending the night with the 10 minute long masterpiece of ‘With One’s Heart In One’s Mouth’ and walking off the stage.
If you’re a fan of The Naked and Famous, you know how amazing their music is and what a great show they put on live. If you haven’t bought their album Passive Me, Aggressive You, you can just stop reading this and buzz off. We’re kidding.. kinda. Say you bought the album on CD or iTunes but you didn’t have the vinyl. Or maybe you really like the singles “Young Blood” or “Punching In A Dream” and have seen them on TV but you don’t know about the rest of the album. We’re changing that today, my friends.
Up for giveaway today is ONE Passive Me, Aggressive You vinyl. It’s pretty, it’s shiny, and it sounds great!
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Next Friday, April 6th, Enter Shikari headline will headline Irving Plaza in New York City. This is the band’s first US tour in support of their new album A Flash Flood Of Colour, which debuted at #1 on UK’s Official Album Chart, #67 on Billboard Top 200, and #4 Top Rock Albums on iTunes (#42 overall albums).
This will be the first time that North American audiences will witness Enter Shikari play a full set in the style that has taken them to selling out 5,000 capacity rooms in the UK. We know that you want to be there and we’re going to hook you up! We have ONE pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader!
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Enter Shikari with At the Skylines and letlive
Friday April 6, 2012
17 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
In support of The Temper Trap’s self-titled release, out June 5th on Glassnote/Columbia Records, the band has exclusively announced new tour dates with Rolling Stone.com for a North American tour starting June 5th in New York City and ending June 19th in Vancouver. The band is currently playing a handful of sold-out underplay shows in major cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. At these shows they’ve debuted new tracks including “Need Your Love” and “Rabbit Hole.”
Visit Rollingstone.com who spoke to lead singer Dougy Mandagi about the upcoming summer tour and new album: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-temper-trap-announce-north-american-tour-20120329
Check out two new tracks from the upcoming album:
“Need Your Love” http://soundcloud.com/the-temper-trap/need-your-love
“Rabbit Hole” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZJdYNJ1CDg
‘The Temper Trap’ is the follow up to 2009’s debut long-player ‘Conditions’. Featuring the singles “Fader,” “Love Lost” and “Sweet Disposition,” the album was one of the breakthrough successes of the year and has now sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. The latest release will be the band’s first as a newly-expanded five-piece outfit following the permanent addition of Joseph Greer on keyboard and guitar. The self-titled album will feature 12 new songs recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix).
The Temper Trap on tour:
6/5 New York City – Terminal 5
6/7 Boston, MA – House of Blues
6/7-10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
6/10 Dallas, TX – House of Blues &
6/11 Austin, TX – Stubbs &
6/13 San Diego, CA – House of Blues &
6/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium &
6/16 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield &
6/17 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom &
6/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox &
6/19 Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl &
& Crocodiles will be opening
1. Need Your Love
2. London’s Burning
3. Trembling Hands
4. The Sea Is Calling
6. This Isn’t Happiness
7. Where Do We Go From Here
8. Never Again
10. Rabbit Hole
11. I’m Gonna Wait
12. Leaving Heartbreak Hotel
British cult-icons Kasabian are in the midst of their triumphant return to North America. Despite a five year lapse between tours on this side of the Atlantic, the band is experiencing the sort of raucous crowds that would be expected from a band that regularly tours through these cities. The band’s electric live shows have been keeping fans enthralled from the opening song through to the encore, leaving the crowd hoping that they will not have to wait as long between tours next time around.
The pure energy of their live performance, as shown here in this live video of “Days Are Forgotten” from their NYC show, has become a trademark of the band. As a a result, they were a natural choice for a live concert stream as part of the newly minted partnership between Youtube and Bowery Presents. In case you missed the original performance, or would like to relive it, Bowery Presents has posted select songs from Kasabian’s set as a Youtube Playlist on their channel, and the band has also shared a Photo Gallery from the show taken by the band’s photographer.
Kasabian is touring in support of the release of their latest full length albumVelociraptor!. In preparation for the tour, Sergio has also made a video for “Neon Noon”, the closing track from the album. Sergio had this to say regarding the inspiration for the video. “I was at home turning off Ennio’s night light and I noticed that it was projecting psychedelic images on my shirt, so I decided to shoot a little video for “Neon Noon” using my phone and four mirrors. I hope you enjoy it – Sink Like A A Stone – Sergio x”
3/29 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
3/31 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
4/1 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
4/2 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/3 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/6 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Center
4/7 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
4/9 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
4/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox @ The Market
4/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
More on Kasabian:
White Rabbits performed “Danny Come Inside” and “Are You Free” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Watch both songs in the video below and pick up their album Milk Famous on Amazon
The Naked and Famous are on a spring headline tour in support of their album Passive Me, Aggressive You. They’ve brought along Vacationer for the tour. Last Friday night, they played Stubb’s in Austin. Our photographer Jennifer Murtha was there to get some great shots of both bands.
TNAF Tour Dates
Mar 30 Grand Central Miami, FL
Mar 31 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Apr 1 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Apr 2 The National Richmond, VA
Apr 4 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Apr 5 Sound Academy Toronto, ON
Apr 6 Crofoot Ballroom St Pontiac, MI
Apr 7 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH
Apr 9 The Vogue Theater Indianapolis, IN
Apr 10 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Apr 12 The Gargoyle Saint Louis, MI
Apr 13 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Apr 14 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
Apr 15 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Apr 17 The Midland by AMC Kansas City, MO
Apr 18 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Apr 19 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 21 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
Apr 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Apr 24 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
Apr 25 The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Apr 26 The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Jun 1 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS
Electric Guest a/k/a Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton have just finished up a successful run of live dates including a grand slam slew of performances at this year’s SXSW. Now, as the countdown to the April 24th release of their debut LP Mondo (Downtown Records) begins, the band have revealed a brand new website; an interactive puzzle which once completed unlocks streams of non-LP bonus track “Jenny” and an acoustic version of their first single “This Head I Hold”. Point your browsers to www.electricguest.com to take a stab at unlocking these two aural pleasures.
The album version of the single debuted at #38 last week on the Alternative Radio Charts and is gaining spins by the minute.
Critics took notice of Electric Guest as they made their first visit to Austin’s SXSW where they played several showcases including Filter Magazine’s party and the Third Man Records Texas Stand-Off. The Austin Chronicle predicted “most eyes will be on Electric Guest,” and The Los Angeles Times said “singer Asa Taccone graces the songs with a romantic falsetto,” while Billboard picked up on their “electro-pop flair” citing them as on of the “Top 20 Breakout Bands” at SXSW. Be sure to catch the duo’s rousing live show as they kick off the second leg of their U.S. tour in Visalia, CA on April 10th.
04/10/12 – Visalia, CA – Visalia Fox Theatre
04/25/12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/26/12 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
04/27/12 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
04/29/12 – Toronto, ON – Underground at The Drake
04/30/12 – Montreal, QC – Il Monotore
05/01/12 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
05/02/12 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
05/04/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
05/05/12 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
05/07/12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/08/12 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s
05/09/12 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
05/10/12 – Austin, TX – The Parish