Keeping with their longstanding tradition, Freelance Whales put on one helluva show last night. Having just released their latest and greatest album, Diluvia (streaming here), they were very eager to play the new stuff. What’s great about watching these guys is witnessing each member spend equal amounts of time on every instrument on stage, from the banjo in one song to the xylophone on the next. And with a sprinkle of Weathervanes tunes played throughout the night, their set was stellar. Opening the night was Newdust faves Geographer, who, needless to say, were fantastic. I’ll let the videos do the rest of the talking; above is Freelance Whales’ performing one of their new tracks, “Land Features”, and below is Geographer opening their set with “Lover’s Game” from their latest album Myth.
Folk songwriter Aaron Thompson will be playing an intimate sow at the DCAC Black Box Theater (2438 18th St NW) on May 27. This is old school I know… but if you want tickets ($10) call 202-462-7833. There are only 50 seats, and Thompson is playing with a full band that includes a cello. Should be a classy time. Be there.
You know how some things just aren’t as great as you thought they’d be once you see them in person?(Like the White House or that guy you met on JDate.) Some things are better left alone to avoid disappointment, but Yelle is not one of them.The eccentric trio that is Yelle took the stage at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend and put on an incredible show that almost made up for the fact Devo had to cancel at the last minute… almost. Despite the fact that festival-goers were exhausted from spending the last 72 hours going to shows, drinking excessive amounts of Tecate tall boys and developing a serious case of black lung thanks to the dusty park grounds, once Yelle took the stage, the entire crowd caught their second wind and danced their asses off.
Exhaustion was no match for this French electro-pop band whose beats left even the hippest hipster no choice but to do engage in some serious Jersey Shore fist-pumping. Yelle put on an incredible show that left us smiling (and sweaty) as we made our way out of the park. Until next year, Fun Fun Fun…
written by Paige Briggs
Newdust and co. had the pleasure of going to Austin, Texas this past weekend for Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival lived up to it’s namesake. Some highlights were; “chillin” with Devin the Dude, watching Ariel Pink bring the rock (while wearing a dress), jamming to Toro y Moi who has now gone completely Innervisions on us, getting swooned by both Best Coast and Cults, and the laser-smoke-dance-tacular that was Delorean. Some great new discoveries were Peelander-Z (atomic punk rock for all ages) and Deakin (Animal Collective) who at times seemed meandering but mostly delivered ambient jams remeniscent of an impending desert thunderstorm. If you get a chance to go next year, please do, you won’t regret it.
We will have a few more posts reviewing artists at FFF Fest. Stay tuned…
Click here to see more photos from the show (mad props to Sarah for getting some really great shots for us)
The newly renovated Kessler Theater provided the perfect backdrop on October 9th for an amazing evening of music and all around good times, as it was the first show of The Morning Benders final stint of touring for their latest release, Big Echo. Joining them this time around and starting things off were Cults, who did a great job of setting the tone for the evening with their 60′s garage-rock infused indie-pop. You can download their debut self-titled 7″ on their bandcamp page. Next up was Twin Sister, and I must say I was absolutely blown away by them. Their stage presence was perfection, and their tunes were downright palpable. Towards the end of their set they performed a great cover of La Bionda’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” that was an instant crowd favorite. And to end the evening off as the anticipation of their arrival began to rise heavily amongst the die hard fans of the crowd, The Morning Benders took the stage and delivered a solid set of chorus driven pop gems. Their encore consisted of a new song called “Virgins”, of which you can check out a nice live video from La Blogethequehere. Overall this was a really great show, and I highly recommend you try to catch this tour on one of it’s many stops from now through January.
Check out the official tour dates at The Morning Benders website, and you can check out more live photos from the Dallas show here.
Lo-fi rockers Fergus & Geronimo are leaving the warm embrace of Denton, Texas and will be stopping in DC on their Summer tour. Come party with F&G and some of newdust’s favorite DC bands, including Long Walks On The Beach and Archivists. See ya there!
Velvet Lounge (915 U. St NW, Washington D.C)
Tuesday, August 17th 2010
The vibe at 619 Pearl St. on July 25th could not have been more laid back or chill (as was perfectly stated on Josh’s t-shirt). We all hung out in the backyard sipping on our ice cold beers and munching on hot dogs until a heavy downpour brought us indoors. And then there was music. Our friends Marmalakes & Mont Lyons both put on fantastic shows! Shout out to all those who came to hang out with us to mark our first year in the blogosphere! Cheers!
PS: If anyone has more video or pictures of the event let me know and I will post it.