Filed under: News of Note | Tags: Dan Deacon, Downbeat Keys, Hamilton College, Matt and Kim, MNDR, Passion Pit, The Death Set, The Dirty Projectors, YACHT
PREVIEW THE ARTIST: Matt and Kim’s MySpace
PREVIEW THE EVENT: Matt and Kim @ Hamilton College
Hamilton College pretty much solidifies its reputation as an indie-rock college, now that they’ve booked Matt and Kim for April 10th at The Annex. Earlier this semester they booked YACHT and MNDR, and have also nabbed Passion Pit, The Dirty Projectors and Dan Deacon for May 7th. I’ve seen Matt and Kim twice, and they’re a fun show overall. The opening acts are The Death Set and Downbeat Keys.
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: bluegrass, Chocolate Makes You Happy, Cumberland Gap, Dan Deacon, Dear God, folk, Hyunhye's Theme, I Hate Myself, Impossible Feeling, jamie Stewart, Secret Motel, Xiu Xiu
PREVIEW: VISIT Xiu Xiu’s Myspace
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts
The unique thing about Xiu Xiu‘s sound is just how damaged it feels. Not damaged in the sense of recording quality, but rather damaged in the emotional, even spiritual feeling of their songs. With Xiu Xiu, nothing is ever safe or stable. One could say that the group sounds like how post-traumatic stress disorder feels.
From their self-deprecating lyrics to the haunting moan of Jamie Stewart’s vocals, all of the tracks on Xiu Xiu’s latest release, Dear God, I Hate Myself evoke the sensation of a person who is desperately trying to hold himself together, only to inevitably collapse back in on himself for the hundredth time. Continue reading
Filed under: News of Note | Tags: Dan Deacon, Hamilton College, News of Note, Passion Pit, The Dirty Projectors
While waiting for MNDR to open up before tonight’s much anticipated YACHT concert at Hamilton College, Travis Rosenblatt, a representative from the Campus Activities Board, passed along some amazing news: Passion Pit, The Dirty Projectors AND Dan Deacon are scheduled to perform at the school on May 7th at 2 p.m.. The school doesn’t even know about this yet, but they’ll find out soon like the rest of Central New York. It’s an all-star lineup and shouldn’t be anything short of spectacular. Excited yet?
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 3Oh!3, Bassnectar, Buffalo, Cobra Starship, Cold Cave, Cursive, Dan Deacon, deer tick, Free Energy, ithaca, Neon Indian, Passion Pit, Rochester, Sleigh Bells, Syracuse, The Flaming Lips, The Hold Steady
The Spring Central New York concert lineup is turning out to be pretty legendary. Don’t have a car? Carpool with some friends, because star-studded gigs like these don’t come every year when you’re stuck on the banks of the Erie Canal. The highlights are everywhere, whether it’s Neon Indian and Passion Pit in Buffalo, or Sleigh Bells in Syracuse or The Flaming Lips in Ithaca.
Filed under: 20 Watts Radio | Tags: 20 Watts Radio, A Pretty Girl Is Like..., Answer to Yourself, Back to the Life, Beach House, BLK JKS, Cold Cave, Cold War, Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix), Dan Deacon, Daphnia, Deadbeat Summer, deer tick, Falling From The Sun, Front Porch/Back Porch, Gentle Sons, In the Summertime, King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One, Lake Michigan, Lakeside, Life Magazine, Lil' Hipster, LMFAO, Longform, M79, Magnetic Fields, manchester orchestra, MGMT, Mike Posner, Mouth's Cradle, My Papa's Waltz, My Parents Lied, Neon Indian, Neutral Milk Hotel, norway, Phoenix, Red F, Rogue Wave, Rome, Slow Club, Smith Hill, Spoon, stars, Team B, Tessellate, The Album Leaf, The Antlers, The Dodos, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Real People, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Soft Pack, the static jacks, the white stripes, The Youth, Tokyo Police Club, Untitled, Vampire Weekend, Weekends And Treehouses, When I Go, Where Have You Been?, Yo La Tengo, You Can Make Him Like You, Young Prisms, Your ex- lover is dead
Hear the show recording here
Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com
It is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on our great selection of awesome tunes. We’ll be bringing you some very important updates about the Syracuse music scene you really must hear. So if you are thinking of what to do this semester we have we the inside scoop. Show starts at 10pm sharp: OUR BRAND NEW AND AWESOME TIME SLOT ON AUDIOCANDY. To tune in Click Here.
Show Playlist Below:
16. Back to the Life- Spoon
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Air Waves, Dan Deacon, Editor's Picks, Kimya Dawson, Nicole Schneit
PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Air Waves’ “Shine On” MP3
When asked why her band name Air Waves is spelled as two words rather than one, singer, Nicole Schneit responds, “If it’s one word, it’s the transmission of sound. If it’s two words, it’s just the air and the water.” Like the elements, Air Waves’ sound is familiar, but more comforting than hackneyed — or, as Dan Deacon better puts it, “The music [Nicole] writes is like a favorite blanket wrapped around you.”
Evolving from Nicole Schneit’s singer-songwriter career, Air Waves is now a three-person band. Schneit’s pre-pubescent boy-like voice is reminiscent of Kimya Dawson, except far less cutesy and annoying. It adds a childlike innocence to their music, especially in the already playful “Shine On.” Download Air Waves’ 5-song EP, or check them out at one of their many upcoming Brooklyn performances.
— Carly Wolkoff, Managing Editor
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: andrew bird, Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, Beirut, breakfast at sullimay's, Common, Dan Deacon, Dirty Projectors, Eminem, Grizzly Bear, Matt + Kim, Wilco, Yo La Tengo
My grandmother hasn’t acknowledged the existence of an album since Frank Sinatra’s Nice ‘n’ Easy. Thus, the idea of her listening to the latest from Beirut, Common or Yo La Tengo isn’t just comical — it’s downright ridiculous. It’s also the concept behind Breakfast at Sulimay’s, a video blog/online television series that you (and your grandma) are gonna want to check out, if you haven’t already.
From the corner of what appears to be a B-grade suburban diner, three lovable senior citizens don headphones, jam to the latest from the likes of Andrew Bird, Matt & Kim and Bat for Lashes, and deliver their ruling on the tracks.
My grandmother would surely grimace and pronounce that Dan Deacon’s “Snookered” was in headache-inducing poor taste.
Joe, Ann and Bill are totally down, though — they love Dan Deacon! They love Eminem! And of the latest from Grizzly Bear, they say:
“Is this… English?”
Priceless! Youth is wasted on the young.
— Caitlin Dewey