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20 Watts Reviews The Raveonettes’ In & Out of Control by JohnCassillo

The Raveonettes' latest starts strong, before disappointing late

The Raveonettes' latest starts strong, before disappointing late

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD The Raveonettes’ “Suicide” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts

The Raveonettes’ fourth studio album In & Out of Control kicks off with a “Bang” — literally. Known for their particular brand of electronic indie-pop, Danish duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner deliver yet another album to solidify their position as a staple of European post-punk revivalism.

In & Out of Control starts off strong with tracks like “Gone Forever,” “Last Dance” and “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed),” which all feature The Raveonettes’ unique ability to combine a mellow ‘60s Beach Boys-influenced sound with their signature aggressively blunt lyrics.

The album contains sex appeal and attitude without ever going too over-the-top or trying too hard. Their lyrics are more in-your-face than before too, with the duo casually, harmoniously singing “You’re boyfriend’s mean and your mom’s a bitch” on the track “Suicide.” Continue reading

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Memories and Photos from Siren 2009 by Eric Vilas-Boas

Frightened Rabbit rabble-rouses at Saturday's Siren Festival

READ: 20 Watts’ exclusive interview with Siren opener Tiny Masters of Today
VIEW: 20 Watts’ festival photo gallery, under the jump

Life doesn’t get much better than listening to free live music on a blazing hot summer’s day while chowing down on some cheap, sub-par hot dogs. To all those who don’t reside in the New York area or just couldn’t make it out to Coney Island on Saturday, let’s just say we’re very sorry you missed out.

Luckily for you, however, we’ve compiled a list of the best bands that graced the stages by the boardwalk this weekend. And when they play in your area, you better not miss them. Highlights of the day ran the gamut from fifteen-year-olds to the veteran ’90s indie-rockers that make up Built to Spill. Two types of shows permeated Siren this year: those driven by gimmicks and those driven by musicianship. The best acts melded the two strains together and struck a balance.

Tiny Masters of Today, made up of fifteen-year-old Ivan and his thirteen-year-old sister Ada (with an unnamed drummer), opened up the day for the audience at Siren.

There wasn’t much of a crowd yet when they started, but considering these kids are much younger than most readers of this blog and played at the same stage and on the same day as Built to Spill and Japandroids, they held their own remarkably well. Ada even went so far as to amicably explain that the “President” referenced in one of their songs was George W. Bush, not Barack Obama. With short song lengths and smatterings of political lyrics, it’s ironic that they played some of the purest punk rock of the day despite being born twenty years after the genre first surfaced.

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Despite the heat, Japandroids rocked out like a coked-up White Stripes

Speaking of Japandroids, if there were any band at Siren with too much pent-up energy, it would be this duo. Playing garage rock like a coked-up, bastardized version of the White Stripes, Japandroids murdered their set, pulled it from the grave, and kicked it in the face like so many of the beach balls floating around the stage and crowd. Japandroids offered a warning before starting, with guitarist Brian King commenting on how much room he had to move around on the stage and how he felt like “the f**kin’ Stones” as a result.

Japandroids played one of the most dynamic, talented sets at Siren, and indeed, seemed to love doing it. When drummer David Prowse wiped his forehead with a towel after 20 minutes of nearly nonstop frenetic drumming, King chastised him for his weakness: “The f**kin’ towel? Really?”

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20 Watts Picks the Best New York City Concerts for July 13 by tjwell01
The Siren Music Festival

The Village Voice's Siren Festival is this Saturday at Coney Island

Every Monday, we’re going to keep you guys updated with 20 Watts’ weekly concert picks in New York this summer and Syracuse during the school year. There are always awesome shows in the city, and most of this week’s are the best kind — the free ones.

1) Dirty Projectors, Williamsburg Waterfront at 2 p.m. on July 19th [FREE!]

The Dirty Projectors are one of the hottest indie rock bands this summer and this concert is especially interesting, considering it’s one of their first since suffering a car crash in Michigan last months. The opening acts will be Magnolia Electric Co. and White Denim.

2) M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez, World Financial Center Winter Garden at 9 p.m. on July 14th [FREE!]

No it’s not the whole band, but one member of M83 is better than none. Anthony Gonzalez will accompany a production by video artist Janet Biggs — the shoegazing at this concert should be well worth the trip downtown.

3) Village Voice’s Siren Music Festival, Coney Island from 12 to 9 p.m. on July 18th [FREE!]

We’re most excited for Japandroids, Micachu and the Shapes, The Raveonettes and the Tiny Masters of Today. There also a bunch of other under-the-radar groups if you check out the websitel.

4) Wavves and Real Estate, Bowery Ballroom at 7 p.m. on July 15th [$13 in advance and $15 at the door]

This is the riskiest show of them all. Wavves is coming off a meltdown in Barcelona, Spain — so the show could suck, or you could witness Wavves’ reawakening. Real Estate, however, is worth checking out.

****UPDATE: According to Brooklyn Vegan, Wavves frontman Nathan Williams broke his wrist skateboarding recently but is still scheduled to play the Bowery Ballroom show. That’s bad ass.****

— Jett Wells, Editor-in-Chief

Releases of the Week, Week 3: Los Campesinos! and the Raveonettes by 20watts
February 25, 2008, 11:40 pm
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Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster
I don’t like hype, but I love this hyped album.

Los Campesinos! first gained widespread recognition from their energetic live shows followed by the successful release of their first single “We throw Parties, You Throw Knives” from their 2007 EP Sticking Fingers into Sockets. Unfortunately, hyped bands never last and never follow through on their empty promises. (Voxtrot, anybody?)

Their debut LP Hold On Now, Youngster gives hope that bands fueled by hype can actually follow through on an entire album. Hold On Now, Youngster starts with the familiar “Death to Los Campesinos!” and quickly jumps into the poppy “Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbests.” Dancey pop tunes seamlessly flow into a softer ending, which in turn, flows into the soft beginning of another familiar, “Don’t Tell Me to Do the Math(s),” which also seems to switch from slower pop into a dance song.

Barely clocking in over 40 minutes, this all-over-the-place-feel-good-about-yourself-pop-dance-album is what, presumably, Architecture in Helsinki failed to create last year. This album is all about fun pop dance songs, or as they’ve called themselves, tweexcore. But really, it’s whatever tickles your fancy. The hype surrounding them should die down, but there is no reason this band should only last one full LP, à la Arctic Monkeys.
Best Track: “This Is How You Spell “Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes And Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics”

The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust
To listen to this at a low or even semi-high volume is a sin, and the gods of music will smite you.

The Raveonettes’ newest album drifts away a bit from the lo-fi garage band tone of their earlier releases. Previously, the Raveonettes were compared to the Strokes or the White Stripes, but Lust Lust Lust pushes them in a different direction.

The Raveonettes still don’t utilize too many instruments – basically just a guitar, bass, and synth – but Lust Lust Lust adds a ton of feedback, almost to the point where some would feel comfortable labeling it noise-rock. The first track “Aly, Walk with Me” gives a feel for the rest of the album: a lot of feedback and dark vocals softly chanting well-crafted lyrics.

Lust Lust Lust is best heard as loud as possible, and to listen to this at a low or even semi-high volume is a sin and the gods of music will smite you. Their newfound style now brings comparison to My Bloody Valentine, and in the end, who would you rather be compared to: the White Stripes or My Bloody Valentine?
Best Track: “Aly, Walk with Me”

– Ryan

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