EL VY Proves to Be More Than Just a Side Project, with Debut Release, “Return to the Moon”

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The much buzzed about EL VY creates an inspiring album, Return to the Moon, out now via 4AD. Consisting mainly of Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls/Menomena, what the duo creates is something honest, heartfelt, and truly unique.

Like when all high profiled musicians break off from their main band, there seems to be a bit of a back and forth skeptical reaction that travels throughout the internet. I believe it was in Pitchfork that I had read a blurb stating that Berninger and Knopf were “incompatible” as musicians. To be honest, yes, they kind of are incompatible as musicians; but on the bright side, that is exactly what makes this combination work well.

The first two singles shined light on the blending of two parties; first with “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)” and the follow up “I’m the Man to Be.” The first singles were definitely a departure from Berninger’s deep and heavy sounds of The National, but it allowed us to see a more upbeat version of what he has to offer. Knopf on the other hand, brings a stunning element of instrumentation to the table that sometimes provides a lively vibe, and other times, a haunting and unusual sound. The mixture of these elements seem to work completely, as they weave throughout each track of the record.

The biggest misconception that a listener can have going into this, is that it’s going to sound like a “National” record. It’s not. Then Berninger would just be working on National songs right now (Right? Right.). What would be the point? The voice is there, but the content isn’t always as heavy. You’re going to dance, you’re still going to get depressed as hell, and you are going to love every moment of it.

Releasing a series of lyric videos directed by the multi-talented Tom Berninger, it provides multiple songs with an intimate look to capture your attention even more. Tracks such as “Happiness Missouri” bring a haunting, yet determined sound into play, while harmonies fill the album in pieces such as “Silent Ivy Hotel,” or the chilling musicianship of “Paul is Alive.” Songs such as “No Time to Crank the Sun,” offers up Matt’s signature delicate crooning, as “Need a Friend,” shares a more vibrant sound, that brings Knopf’s intricate brand of musicianship to the table. Together they create a truly special musical experience within Return to the Moon.

Each piece on the record is strong enough to stand on their own, which is perhaps why the group decided to release a track one at a time leading into the record. Return to the Moon is perhaps the finest record of 2015; mark my word.

EL VY is currently on tour, recently kicking off their Eastern U.S. dates, with two stops in New York. Friday at Bowery Ballroom, and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. See you there kids.

Oberhofer Premiere “Gotta Go” On Pitchfork, Sign To Glassnote Records

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Brad Oberhofer is on a roll. Recently signed with Glassnote Records, Oberhofer will be releasing their debut album in the early months of next year. While we wait for that, he just premiered on Pitchfork the single “Gotta Go,” which will be released through White Iris and will come out physically on October 4th. You can get “Gotta Go” HERE.

On top of that, the band will be joining Les Savy Fav on stage on September 6th at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in New York after a year touring with bands like Twin Sister, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian and Bear In Heaven. Needless to say, the Tacoma native has the indie music scene at his feet.

Real Estate Announces New Album

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People don’t always think very much of New Jersey, especially when its standout celebrities right now are the cast of Jersey Shore. Real Estate proved that not all that comes out of the Garden State is terrible with their first self-titled album released in 2009. Can they keep it up? We’ll find out on on Tuesday October 18th, 2011 when they release the follow-up, Days, which was recorded in Upstate New York through the late winter/spring of 2011 with Kevin McMahon.

For now, we know the album is made up of nine new recordings and a revisit of last year’s standalone single “Out of Tune.” You can listen to the first single off the record, “It’s Real,” HERE. It’s due out on September 27th in the US and October 10th in the UK. In the meantime, the band is touring around the US and Canada for the rest of July so check below to see if they’re headed near you!

The Trews Head North With The American Badass

Hard-rocking Canadians The Trews have just kicked off a foot-stomping tour of Canada with fellow rocker (and Bourbon conniesseuer) Kid Rock.

The band recently released their fourth full-length album, Hope & Ruin on Bumstead Records, and now will be melting faces throughout the Great White North.

The group is rapidly drawing attention for their subtle balance between catchy pop and gruff hard rock. Besides a Canadian conquest, the group will also be tearing up (sonically) New York, playing a batch of shows near the end of June.

Listen to their song “One by One” right here…

and to check out the Trews live, head North (or NE) right about…

June 22 – Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre

June 23 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall

June 24 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Fairgrounds w/ The Tragically Hip

June 25 – Bobcaygeon, ON – Bobcaygeon w/The Tragically Hip and Sam Roberts

June 28 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

July 1 – Darthmouth, ND – Alderney Landing

July 6 – Buffalo, NY – Art Park

July 8 – Sarnia, ON – Bayfest @ Centennial Park

NYC Weekly Show Rundown!

Noah and the Whale, Luke Rathborne @ Bowery Ballroom

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

British Sea Power, A Classic Education @ Maxwell’s

The Sounds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Royksopp @ Webster Hall

Noah and the Whale, Apex Manor @ Bowery Ballroom

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

British Sea Power, A Classic Education @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Cheval Sombre, Jump Into The Gospel, Polock, The Lines, Ravens & Chimes @ Piano’s

Atlantic /Pacific @ The Rock Shop

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour @ (le) poisson rouge

Devotchka, Mariachi El Bronx @ Highline Ballroom

Fujiya & Miyagi, Project Jenny/Project Jan, Body Language @ Santo’s Party House

Polock @ The Rock Shop

The Beets, Beachniks, Las Robertas @ Union Hall

The Damnwells, Harper Blynn (formerly Pete and J), Howard Jennings @ Bowery Ballroom

Devotchka, Mariachi El Bronx @ Highline Ballroom

J Mascis, Kurt Vile, Call Of The Wild @ Mercury Lounge

Alexi Murdoch, Sam Amidon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Cold War Kids, No Age, Baths @ Radio City Music Hall

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Those Darlins @ Bowery Ballroom

J. Mascis, Kurt Vile, The Violaters @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Queens of the Stone Age, Dough Rollers @ Terminal 5

White Out with Thurston Moore @ White Stone

The Drums, Big Trouble, Patrick Cleandenim (DJ Set) @ Tribeca Grand Hotel

 

Erasure Re-release ‘A Little Respect’ To Support LGBTQ Youth


British giants, Erasure, have released a remixed version of their smash hit ‘A Little Respect.’ The updated song, which has become sort of a gay rights anthem over the years, will also feature a new video shot in New York. All the proceeds will go directly to The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School, in New York, and the True Colors Fund. In the wake of the recent gay bullying and suicides, Erasure felt it necessary to raise awareness, tolerance, and money for those organizations promoting the cause.

The band has also announced their Total Pop! tour for Summer 2011, taking place in spectacular woodland areas of the UK. Tickets go on sale December 10th at 9 AM. Buy your tickets here.