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20 Mar
2012

SXSW is not quite right until Rachael Ray’s Feedback party arrives. If you didn’t have a badge and wanted to go to a party with all the buzz bands of the festival as well as a few artists who were only playing one show, you wanted to be at Stubb’s last Saturday. Oh, and Rachael provided all the food and booze that you could handle! Our photographer Phil DeSimone was there to get some great shots of Jimmy Cliff, GIVERS, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons performing with The Cringe and of course of Rachael! Check them out below:



THE CRINGE W/BILLY GIBBONS

THE CRINGE

GIVERS

JIMMY CLIFF

08 Dec
2011

By Morgan Bailas

American indie-pop band Givers played a fluid, dancey set to a keen crowd at London’s XOYO on Tuesday, November 8th. Local London group Zulu Winter was in charge of warming up the audience before Givers performance. Their melodic, dream-like songs were politely received by the crowd, though left everyone a bit restless and ready to dance.

Givers executed a tight and nearly flawless set that had the audience moving throughout all eight songs. Being an American band hailing from Louisiana, Givers were a long way from home, but clearly in their element once they hit the stage. It was apparent that the band not only enjoyed but also truly appreciated the warm reception they received throughout the night.

The Interaction between the two lead vocalists, Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarisco, was a true delight to watch, as they danced around and had fun with the songs. A definite crowd pleaser was whenever Lamson would play drums, hitting them with unexpected zeal and strength. Her mastery of different instruments (she also played mandolin and xylophone during the set), coupled with her sweet but low, gravelly vocals gave Lamson the potential to be the real star of the group. Regardless, it was obvious that this was a band that had no need for a front woman (or man); it was truly an ensemble where everyone was a major contributor devoted to making and playing great indie-pop songs.

There was not one audience member who left XOYO without being fully charmed by Givers, and they will certainly be welcomed back enthusiastically when they next return to London.

Check out Givers “In Light” LP, out now on Glassnote Records.

01 Dec
2011


Young Man, the project of singer-songwriter and producer Colin Caulfield, is set to tour the southeast with Givers in January fresh off of tours with the Cold War Kids and Grouplove. See below for a list of dates.

Young Man’s second full-length album, part two of a trilogy on Frenchkiss Records that began with Caulfield’s recent debut LP Ideas of Distance, will be released in May 2012. The forthcoming album was produced by John McEntire (Broken Social Scene, Tortoise, The Sea and Cake); Young Man recently premiered an alternate take of the Ideas of Distance track “Then & Now,” recorded with McEntire during the new album’s sessions at Tortoise’s Chicago-based Soma Electronic Music Studios, via IFC.com: http://www.ifc.com/news/2011/10/young-mans-then-now.php.

The follow-up to Young Man’s 2010 EP Boy, Ideas of Distance has been hailed by NYLON for its “impressive tracks…[that] have a sort of cinematic quality to them” while AOL Spinner notes that “it is…evident that this young man is, as the saying goes, wise beyond his years.” Ideas of Distance was written, recorded and mixed by Caulfield. Building on Boy’s decidedly lo-fi approach, the eight tracks on the full-length are meticulously produced, layering Caulfield’s vocal harmonies with atmospheric guitars, keyboards and percussion.

Caulfield gained widespread recognition through a series of YouTube videos performing covers of artists including Ariel Pink, Bon Iver and Beach House. His cover of Deerhunter’s “Rainwater Cassette Exchange” caught the attention of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, who called it “fantastically superior to the original” instantly garnering the attention of their active online community.

YOUNG MAN TOUR DATES

January 12 Shreveport, LA Fatty Arbuckles*
January 13 Mobile, AL Alabama Music Box*
January 14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade*
January 15 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s*
January 17 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder*
January 18 Orlando, FL The Social*

*with Givers

06 Nov
2011

By Michel R Dussack

On Thursday October 20th, Alberta Cross, GIVERS, and Portugal. The Man played arguably the biggest show of the 2011 edition of the CMJ Marathon at Terminal 5. Alberta Cross, a band with origins both in Europe and New York took the stage first and played a solid 30 minute set, winning over many new fans and surely pleasing the fan who yelled out to them that he came to the show just to see them. It wasn’t hard to see why they garner enough dedication to have people come to the massive Terminal 5 to catch a short opening set. The band plays their music with an insane amount of energy, with vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee frequently coming to the edge of the stage to get right in the faces of the fans. At one point towards the end of their set, he took this one step further, hopping off the stage and into the photographer’s pit to get even closer to the crowd. While often classified as “folk rock”, Alberta Cross is so much more than that, nearing alternative on some of the heavier tracks, and country on some of the softer tracks.

GIVERS took the stage next and the indie pop group from Louisiana proved that they could easily handle playing on a large stage, something I had doubts about after catching them at the much more intimate Ace Hotel that afternoon. Vocalists Taylor Guarisco and Tiffany Lamson frequently trade lines and harmonize together, giving the band something that easily distinguishes them from the countless other indie pop bands out there right now. Tiffany Lamson can be seen as the bands secret weapon as she provides vocals, additional percussion, xylophone, and ukulele during the bands live set. Throughout their 35 minute set, the crowd was dancing, and many in the crowd seemed already familiar with the band’s material, most notably single “Up Up Up”.

By the time Portugal. The Man took the stage, the crowd was sufficiently warmed up, though whether or not they were fully ready for the nearly 2 hour, 24 song marathon set is debatable. Kicking things off with the massive hit “So American”, it’s clear there’s something about this band that can’t be captured on their records. Perhaps it’s their high energy performances, their outstanding lighting and stage designs, or even their dedicated fans. The crowd was something completely unexpected for many who’ve never seen the band before – moshpits broke out, and crowdsurfers came sailing over the railing frequently. Opening with one of your biggest hits from your newest album usually means a band is going to focus on new material solely, and while most of “In The Mountain In The Cloud” was played throughout the night, it would be a while before the band would even think of playing another track from it.

A roaring cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” came early on, something unexpected, at least from this reviewer. This was no straight cover though – the band made it their own, making it sufficiently heavier, and dare I say it, headbanging material. Old favorite “AKA M80 The Wolf” followed and the crowd really started to go insane. A blend of older hits and newer numbers would follow, each track seemingly morphing right into the next one. Popular cover “All The Young Dudes” would come a couple songs later, prompting a massive sing-along. When the band launched into “Elephants” next, it was clear that it wasn’t just covers that the crowd knew nearly every word to. Portugal. The Man then started alternating old song and new song, each one prompting a larger cheer from the crowd. By the time the last song “Sleep Forever” came, it was hard to imagine that the band could last much longer.

After a brief encore break, they returned however, for a 5 song encore that pushed what was already an outstanding performance over the top, into one that many will not soon forget. Most notable was a brilliant cover of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, something that many bands would never even think about attempting. They would then go on to play “Guns and Dogs”, and close the show with “Chicago”, off their debut album “Waiter: You Vultures”, a real treat for the long time fans at the show. If it seems to you that Portugal. The Man crept up out of nowhere to be playing to a near sold out crowd at Terminal 5, you’d be right. Just last year they were playing at the much more intimate Highline Ballroom. However, it’s clear that they belong in bigger venues, and that the reason behind their success (not to mention loyal fanbase) is their amazing live shows.

All photos by Michel R Dussack


ALBERTA CROSS

GIVERS

PORTUGAL. THE MAN

28 Jun
2011

Givers have unveiled their new video for their single “Up Up Up.”

The song is off of their new album In Light. Pick it up on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl


20 Jun
2011

By Michael Zonenashvili

It’s a nice feeling when you think you’re witnessing a band’s breakout performance. It’s even nicer when you can tell a band feels the same way. Awestruck by the crowd’s size and relative enthusiasm, Givers stumbled over profusely thanking the crowd for every bit of applause. The crowd, in the meantime, was awestruck by Givers’ frenetic and tight live performance that night.

This was the first time I’d gone into a show not knowing who I was seeing, nor had I thoroughly dug through and studied their catalog. And damn, was it refreshing. This group of Lousiana natives had just released their debut record, “In Light” and essentially trucked through the entire album. Opening with “I Saw You First” which upon post-concert research featured a plenty extended intro, the band had won me over. Bouncy guitar riffs, on point keyboard, slap bass, island rhythms, and ping-ponging male and female vocal sections were abundant, and the band comparisons came rushing through my head.

“This is just like the Dirty Projectors! That was just like Vampire Weekend!” are thoughts that normally make me gag. Another recycled afro-pop group with the obligatory female vocalist and auxiliary percussion. Something made Givers a bit unique, however. Perhaps it was their authenticity, both in presence and music. Members had previously toured with various Cajun rock groups to establishing their musical credibility, and members bounced around the stage tongues-out, laughing, and smiling, establishing their relatability; these guys were having just as much fun as their audience.

When guitarist/vocalist Taylor Guarisco sang or played a complicated riff, his eyes would roll back into his head, seemingly looking at his own thoughts or distracting himself from the size of the crowd, but definitely immersed in his music. When Tiffany Lamson would belt vocals, she was on top, hitting the right notes when taking a break from beating the crap out of drumset from behind her fortress of instruments. This extra drumming wasn’t just fluff, but bolstered the music with drum fills ridden with intensity and purpose.

After the set closing “Up Up Up” there was a crowd chanting “Fuck Vampire Weekend.” I didn’t chant along, for why would I hate on a band that the one we’re seeing was clearly influenced by? Why can’t both bands exist in their own realms of the indie-rock world? Regardless, perhaps the crowd was swayed into believing Givers is the next Vampire Weekend was supporting their deserving of that title based on their performance. Maybe they’re right.

Photos by Michael Zonenashvili

16 Jun
2011

It’s only been a little over a week since GIVERS released their debut album In Light on Glassnote Records but you should’ve been in love with these songs for several months. It was nearly two years ago when Dirty Projectors handpicked the five-piece Louisiana indie pop rock group to open for them on their east coast tour. Then Ra Ra Riot took the band on the road with them. The band’s continued success led to a spot at the Austin City Limits festival where the band would meet with Daniel Glass, CEO of Glassnote Records (Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club). It was only a matter of time before the band would hit the studio to record In Light.

Watch “In My Eyes” on KCRW

After a successful run at this year’s SXSW festival (where TIME Magazine raved about the band), the band has been on a headlining tour across the country. Tonight, they bring their infectious sound to the Bowery Ballroom in New York City (tickets). You better get your tickets NOW as we’re pretty sure that there won’t be any left at the door!

Watch GIVERS perform “Up Up Up” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

GIVERS
Thursday June 16, 2011

8PM
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $18 BUY

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14 Jun
2011

GIVERS made their late night television debut tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They performed their single “Up Up Up” off of their new album In Light.

Watch the song below and pick up the album on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

13 Jun
2011

GIVERS will be performing their springy single “Up, Up, Up” TONIGHT on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, fresh off a dynamite set at Bonnaroo this weekend. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based five-piece, whose debut album In Light dropped last week, are nothing short of ebullient, tying together ecstatic ribbons of melodies into songs that leave you no choice but to smile upon hearing them. In listening to In Light, it’s easy to hear what propelled the band so quickly. The album is adventurous- a blend of sultry Afro-pop, heavy percussion, spangling guitars and downright danceability. GIVERS are all energy and spark – having opened for the likes of The Dirty Projectors and Ra Ra Riot, their live set is a perfectly honed showing of dizzying energy and jubilant melodies. Don’t miss GIVERS on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT and check them out on tour – full list of dates are below!

Praise for GIVERS:
“Givers’ five members, three of whom sing and two of whom wield percussion at any given moment, are known for swapping roles with ease. Due out June 7, In Light reflects that knockabout, anything-goes vibe, just in time for the season that suits it best.” – NPR.org

“[GIVERS] use a myriad of instruments to create lush, magical Afro-pop gems soaked in irrepressible joy.” – Nylon

“Just try not to smile or dance (or both) when GIVERS sing…I bet you can’t. These five young musicians from Lafayette, LA, are, as their name says, givers. And what they give is bubbly, fun and energetic while showing some serious musical chops.” – Time.com “Ten Bands that Rocked SXSW 2011”

Check out GIVERS live:
6/14/2011 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
6/15/2011 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
6/19/2011 Cambridge, MA The Middle East
6/20/2011 Montreal, QC Il Motore
6/21/2011 Toronto, ON The Garrison
6/23/2011 Columbus, OH The Basement
6/24/2011 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
6/26/2011 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
6/27/2011 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
7/30/2011 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon

07 Jun
2011

GIVERS’ debut album – In Light – is out today on Glassnote Entertainment Group. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based five-piece are nothing short of ebullient, tying together ecstatic ribbons of melodies into songs that leave you no choice but to smile upon hearing them. In listening to In Light, it’s easy to hear what propelled the band so quickly. The album is adventurous- a blend of sultry Afro-pop, heavy percussion, spangling guitars and downright danceability. This debut is the most rewarding and joyous album you’ll hear all year. Live, GIVERS are all energy and spark – having opened for the likes of The Dirty Projectors and Ra Ra Riot, their live set is a perfectly honed showing of dizzying energy and jubilant melodies. The band has been named the ‘Best of What’s Next’ by PASTE Magazine and a ‘Band to Watch’ by Stereogum, They performed at this year’s SXSW, Sasquatch and will even be taking on the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The band is also currently touring from coast to coast. Tour dates are posted below.

Praise for GIVERS:
“Givers’ five members, three of whom sing and two of whom wield percussion at any given moment, are known for swapping roles with ease. Due out June 7, In Light reflects that knockabout, anything-goes vibe, just in time for the season that suits it best.” – NPR.org

“[GIVERS] use a myriad of instruments to create lush, magical Afro-pop gems soaked in irrepressible joy.” – Nylon

“Just try not to smile or dance (or both) when GIVERS sing…I bet you can’t. These five young musicians from Lafayette, LA, are, as their name says, givers. And what they give is bubbly, fun and energetic while showing some serious musical chops.” – Time.com “Ten Bands that Rocked SXSW 2011”


Check out GIVERS live:
6/7/2011 Dallas, TX The Loft
6/8/2011 Austin, TX Antones
6/10/2011 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/14/2011 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
6/15/2011 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
6/19/2011 Cambridge, MA The Middle East
6/20/2011 Montreal, QC Il Motore
6/21/2011 Toronto, ON The Garrison
6/23/2011 Columbus, OH The Basement
6/24/2011 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
6/26/2011 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
6/27/2011 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
7/30/2011 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon