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Video of the Moment #2747: Toro Y Moi

 
By on Tuesday, 21st November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Chaz Bundick, better known by his more fanciful Toro Y Moi, released a new album this summer. Named ‘Boo Boo’, it’s got some great songs, including this downbeat, chill one that now has a music video. ‘No Show’ is another imaginative promo from the mind of Bundick, and he himself stars in the lo-fi presentation. Watch it below. ‘Boo Boo’ is now available from Carpark Records. For more on Toro Y Moi on here on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2746: Aquilo

 
By on Monday, 20th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Last Friday, electronic soul duo and SXSW 2017 alumni Aquilo released brand new music. Deciding to embrace the trend towards streaming music, ‘ii (Side A)’ is a five-track EP that will also be the first half of their upcoming sophomore album, and you can check out the video for ‘Who Are You’ from it below. It’s particularly of interest, as it’s the first one of theirs Tom Higman and Ben Fletcher have actually starred in themselves.

‘Silhouettes’, Aquilo’s debut album, is out now on Island Records in the UK and Harvest Records in America, and you can read my review of the album through here. For much more of our coverage on Aquilo, such as my interview with them in Austin and their appearance at the the British Music Embassy the last night of SXSW 2017, go here.

 

Little Comets / April 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 20th November 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Around 1 year on from their fourth album ‘WORHEAD’, which dropped back in March, and following the conclusion of a support slot with Pigeon Detectives, Little Comets have announced a new UK tour for next April 2018. The DIY band originally from Newcastle will be releasing a new EP, their first new music since ‘WORHEAD’, around the time of the tour, which begins at the start of that month. Stay tuned for that. Their spring 2018 tour is now officially on sale. ‘WORHEAD’ is now available from the band’s own Smallest Label. For more on Little Comets here on TGTF, go here.

Monday 9th April 2018 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 10th April 2018 – Sheffield Leadmill
Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Friday 13th April 2018 – Manchester Club Academy
Saturday 14th April 2018 – Birmingham Institute 2
Sunday 15th April 2018 – Bristol Bierkeller
Monday 16th April 2018 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 19th April 2018 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 20th April 2018 – Leeds Church
Saturday 21st April 2018 – Newcastle Academy

 

Video of the Moment #2744: alt-J

 
By on Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

alt-J have become known equally for their off-kilter music as well as their unusual videos. For the promo video for ‘Pleader’, the English band take on a saga from a Welsh mining town. The song appears at the end of ‘Relaxer’, their current album that was released this past summer. Read Carrie’s review of it through here. (In case you need a musical primer on the sacrifices Welsh miners and their families made in the 20th century, I recommend Public Service Broadcasting‘s ‘Every Valley’, which was released in February.) Watch the promo for ‘Pleader’ below. ‘Relaxer’ from alt-J is available now from Infectious Music / Atlantic Records. For more on alt-J here on TGTF, use this link.

 

Live Review: The Coronas with Rachel Levitin at DC9, Washington, DC, 12th November 2017

 
By on Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

As mentioned in my review on Monday of the Sherlocks gig there last week, DC9 has really come up in the world. It was previously one of my favourite places to see bands in Washington but after seeing The Coronas play there on Sunday night, I think DC9 has won the top prize. A near sold out show for the Irish rockers made for a rowdy but extremely fun and interactive show, as you will read below.

The opener for the night was local singer/songwriter Rachel Levitin, who was joined by Alex Touzinsky on fiddle. Whether it was planned or not, as soon as I saw the fiddle come out during the soundcheck, I couldn’t help thinking this was an act perfect to open for an Irish band, am I right? Though the bespectacled artist – and her adorable acoustic guitar, I might add – might be small in stature, Levitin makes up for it in sass. She seems equally at home between blues-inflected and more traditional singer/songwriter-y pop numbers.

Rachel Levitin

She explained that the story told in ‘Get Back Up’, her most recent single, was based on a real-life experience of walking and then falling on her face, which she then turned into an inspirational song. The recorded version of this song will remind you of angsty guitar rock/pop from the ‘90s. ‘Lucky Penny Blues’, which she noted was her grandfather’s favourite among all of her music so far, is on the sultrier side of things, showcasing her strong voice. No tentativeness here. Will some independent label please snap her up? Simon Raymonde, are you listening?

The Coronas

The Coronas are rather special to me, because I ‘found’ them and not because someone was pitching them to me. I had been trawling for new music to listen to from Ireland and impressed with ‘Tony Was an Ex-Con’ smoky ballad ‘Someone Else’s Hands’, I decided to write a Bands to Watch feature on them. This was back in November 2010, after they’d already released 2 albums. It probably also helped loads that my heart had just gotten stomped on by a two-timing musician and Danny O’Reilly’s melancholic thing was just the right thing for me to listen to while I bawled my eyes out. Genre-wise, The Coronas are a rock band primarily, but they also do the rock/pop mélange quite well too. We’ve written a fair bit on them since my discovery of them. I am honestly baffled why they aren’t as massive in the UK as they are in Ireland, where they regularly sell out large venues.

Given their track record back in Eire, it’s an exceptional treat to see them play in an intimate, 200-capacity venue. Judging from the booming accents lubricated by alcohol around me, I got the impression that quite a few fans came over from Ireland for this show. Impeccable thinking. Us Washingtonians hadn’t seen the Coronas in town in 6 years, at which time we were treated to a brand new, disco beat-led, yet to be titled song that turned into ‘Addicted to Progress’ on 2011’s ‘Closer to You’. Hearing it on this night, recalling when O’Reilly asked us for help to name it at the now long gone Red Palace on a cold March night in 2011, then thinking about their incredible ‘progress’ over the years in Ireland couldn’t have been sweeter.

The Coronas

Earlier this year, the Dublin quartet released their fifth album, ‘Trust the Wire’, so the set list was heavy with tunes from the LP. This included opening track ‘We Couldn’t Fake It’ and ‘A Bit Withdrawn’, explained by O’Reilly as that sweet spot you have with a partner where you can be sat with them and nothing has to be said between you two because it’s all understood. In case anyone forgot where the Coronas were from, O’Reilly jumped into the crowd with his acoustic guitar to lead a bare version of ‘Heroes and Ghosts’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut release, going into full Irish language mode on one of the verses. This surely must have wowed the youngest audience members, two boys under the age of 10 who were brought along to the show by their mother.

Then they were back to older favourites for the encore, which like nearly every song they played that evening in Washington, were met with raucous cheers. The crowd sung along to ‘San Diego Song’ and ‘Just Like That’ with gusto, at times allowing O’Reilly and band to take a breather, listening to the words being shouted back at them. It was one of many beautiful moments at this show. Yes, I know, some people just adore the 9:30 Club. But for my money, I’d rather come to DC9 and have an experience like this that won’t be duplicated anywhere else.

The Coronas

The Coronas have two more shows in North America (Friday at the Echo in Los Angeles and Saturday at Brick and Mortar in San Francisco) before they head down under for a series of club shows. They return to Dublin the first week of December for three shows at the Olympia, on the 5th, 7th and 10th of December.

After the cut: The Coronas’ set list.
Continue reading Live Review: The Coronas with Rachel Levitin at DC9, Washington, DC, 12th November 2017

 

Video of the Moment #2743: Dream Wife

 
By on Wednesday, 15th November 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s hump day. So it’s perfect for a video for a song called ‘Let’s Make Out’, right? It’s the name of Dream Wife newest single, which we assume will preview their debut album, scheduled to drop at the start of the year. For this promo, the gals hailing from England and Iceland head back to the ’80s, acting as the talent onstage at a glammed out New Wave dance. Naturally, the kids in the crowd grooving to their music are trying to do exactly what their single instructs. Watch it below. ‘Dream Wife’ will be out on the 26th of January 2018 on Lucky Number Records. For more on Dream Wife here on TGTF, follow us this way.

 
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