People, get ready to see People Get Ready - February 01, 2013
Bob Boilen of NPR saw 462 shows last year. (That's not a typo. He's just ambitious.) Anyway, Mr. Bob made a list of his favorite 243 performances of 2012 and he put People Get Ready at number one.
Like, whoa! Anyway this isn't just a numbers game. They did not get a 10.0 or a 7.5 or an 8.9. (Damn that Romanian judge!) Nope he wrote about them, and here's what he said:
No single show took my breath away the way this one did — part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars during the CMJ Music Marathon, it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm. It felt like a band creating a music video for every piece of music performed. I hope People Get Ready take this show, Specific Ocean, on the road. If they do, GO!
PGR took Bob's cue and are now going on the road with Deerhoof in April and preparing a tour of the full performance piece Specific Ocean for the fall. For now we got this:
04/04 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
04/06 - Middle of the Map Festival - Kansas City, MO
04/07 - Plush - St Louis, MO
04/08 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL &
04/09 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI &
04/11 - Crofoot Pike Room - Pontiac, MI &
04/12 - Andy Warhol Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA &
04/13 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY &
04/14 - Valentine's - Albany, NY &
04/15 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA &
04/19 - Atlas Performing Arts Center - Washington, DC
& = with Deerhoof
Oh yeah, New York City likes them too. They're opening Local Natives sold out February 1 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, and doing their own date February 8th at Mercury Lounge.
"You'd have to be a committed wallflower to not wish yourself up there with them - bouncing and grinning and throwing every muscle into the music..." wrote Anna Weiner in Deli Magazine's cover story on the band.
Point being, many nice words have been said about PGR recently, but "GO!" is probably our favorite and the band's motto in 2013.Tweet
The Gloaming visit America; Buke and Gase tour UK/USA with Battles - September 30, 2015
It's rare that our artists have not one but two major tours happening in the United States simultaneously. So, contrary to our usual practice of filling these news updates with random yuks, jokes & asides, we'll get right to the point. (But yes, technically the image we've used with this news story counts as a joke.) Here is where you Americans can catch The Gloaming. OCTOBER - 02 Los Angeles, CA: Bovard Auditorium, USC - 05 Seattle, WA: Benaroya Hall - 07 AnnArbor, MI: UMS at Michigan Theatre - 09 Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center - 10 Chicago, IL: Old Town School of ....continue....Tweet
This Is The Kit collect praise, BBC support & tour dates - August 11, 2015
This year's been a doozy for This Is The Kit (aka Kate Stables and whoever joins her aka TITK for short). We released their new, Aaron Dessner-produced album Bashed Out in April. (Vinyl came along a few months later and, hey now, links to get it in any format are here if you are so inclined.) Reactions have been universally positive, with some daring to call it one of the best British albums of 2015. (That "some" includes "us" of course.) We'll get into more details about the positive reviews in a moment but ***HEADLINE ....continue....
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Bryce Dessner, So Percussion, Aron Buke & Gase team-up - May 27, 2015
Of late, Brassland has had our most Dessner-heavy release schedule in quite some time. There is the wonderful (and still fresh) Aaron Dessner production-work on This Is The Kit’s new album Bashed Out — the Bryce-curated indie-all star compilation MusicNOW: 10 Years — and, just last week, Bryce’s new solo album Music for Wood and Strings which, amazingly, was the Hot Shot Debut on this week's Billboard Classical chart!?! (That chart debut is even more amazing if you consider the fact that most of the Billboard "classical" chart is stuff like Lindsey Stirling's dubstep violin jams and ....continue....
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Secret history of Sufjan's CARRIE & LOWELL - March 30, 2015
Oh hi. Recently we've heard some grumbling about these news updates on brassland.org. "It's so long I didn't read it," people complain. "Why do your news updates take such a roundabout way of getting to the freaking point?" one friend told us. (i.e. Note the picture that goes with this particular update, a barely relevant #selfie of Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and some dude with a hat from the most recent installment of the MusicNOW festival.) Finally others criticize: "You could say the same thing with far less verbiage." ....continue....Tweet