INDIE NEWS REEL

by charles poladian

With so much shit going on in the indie world, it’s nice to have the most important happenings of the past 1/2 week summarized in a couple sentences with accompanying headlines. Cue the QC Indie News Reel to catch us up multimedia style on some cool shit you may or may not already know about…

NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL IS ALL SYSTEMS GO

Get your art, music, and culture on in Brooklyn starting June 11th. Northside Festival, presented by L Magazine, is promising concerts, galleries and showcases. All the venues are located in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Check out the homepage for showcase details and badge info.  Bands announced so far include Sunset Rubdown, Bishop Allen, The Dodos, Bill Callahan, Vivian Girls, The Van Pelt, Brightblack Morning Light, Asobi Seksu, and John Vanderslice. Seriously, don’t hesitate on this. The festival is set on focusing on local artists, local music and musicians and checking this out helps your fellow artist out. Celebrate your scene this June! O’Death

JACK WHITE ON DRUMS AND WHEN YOU CAN SEE HIM

The Dead Weather’s a band and their first public show is set for April 14th. No big deal unless it’s a band that includes Jack White and his Raconteurs partner Jack Lawrence teaming up with Dean Fertita and Alison Mosshart from The Kills. Tickets are on sale Wednesday at 10 Am. The show is going to be at the Bowery Ballroom. Now let’s all watch the clock.

Artist: The Dead Weather
Song: Are Friends Electric?
Artist: The Dead Weather
Song: Hang You From the Heavens


HOLY FUCK IT IS HARD TO FIND A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS

No longer a philosophical quandary, Canadian noise rockers Holy Fuck and Brooklyn’s own loud rockers A Place To Bury Strangers are hitting the road.  This includes 2 New York Shows. Crocodiles are set to open, so get there early and see this buzzed band. Tickets on sale for the 5/22 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and the 5/23 show at The Bowery Ballroom. Is there a way to train your eardrums?

Artist: Crocodiles
Song: I Wanna Kill

THE CLICHE’ THAT ALL BANDS SOUND HORRIBLY ON SNL

Was shattered when Phoenix played 3 songs late Saturday night. They played “Too Young” during the credits, but “Lisztomani” and “1901” in their entirety.  They are also on tap to play Terminal 5 6/19. Damn June is stacked.  Tickets go on AmEx Presale Wednesday @ 11AM and General Public this Friday @ 12PM.

WHEN AN ACTOR BECOMES A MUSICIAN & NOT SOMETHING META

We all know Joaquin Phoenix and his delving into rap, lunacy, or Andy Kaufman meta comedy method acting. But let us give some love to people who are trying. Ryan Gosling, ladies know him from The Notebook but he was getting his serious acting on with Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl, has a band called Dead Man’s Bones. It’s not a joke and it has a great idea using children choirs with this melancholy Americana inspired music.  New video (below) for “Name In Stone” includes Gosling and two choirs making a trip around a cemetery.

AKRON/FAMILY NEW ALBUM, NEW SONG, NEW TOUR

Pennsylvania’s own progressive folksters Akron/Family’s new album Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free is primed for release May 5th with a stop at the Bowery Ballroom the day after (tix on sale now). Check out the breezy cool “River”. The lyrics roll through your ears while the song spans outward with musical flourishes. You have to love that joyous outro of “You and I and a flame make three”.

Artist: Akron/Family
Song: River

STEP RIGHT UP & ANNOUNCE A NEW SHOW HERE

Several bands have updated their tours. Reunited Throbbing Gristle added a third NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on April 17, get tickets now.

Animal Collective added another show at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on August 15th. Tickets are sold out for their Terminal 5 show, available for their August 14th show and on sale today at noon for the new show.

Further, The Shins have another date at Terminal 5 on May 21st. Their first show at Terminal 5 on May 18th is sold out. Tickets on AmEx presale at Noon and public on sale starts Friday.

It just keeps going! Grizzly Bear is adding a third show to their tour itinerary. The previously announced stops in New York City at the seated Town Hall on May 28th and 29th will now include a stop at the standing room Music Hall of Williamsburg. AmEx presale begins at noon, with general on sale Friday at noon.

Last but certainly not least, the legend himself David Byrne is playing a show at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park June 8th. But this is tricky. If you are with money and want to donate to the green cause go here. Tickets start at $350 (ouch) and includes cocktails, dinner, performance, and after party. Or you could be part of the unwashed mass (including me) and go for free. Get ready to wait in line for that chance.

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