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.

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Sit Kitty Sit Take Over NYC This Week; Tickets on Sale Now

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Sit Kitty Sit are currently making their way through the East Coast on a lengthy tour which stops in New York this week. You can catch the group at the Rock Shop (11/20) and Pianos (11/19) respectively. The heavy hitting duo bring to life elements of drums meet piano, accompanied by singer Kat Downs flawless vocal work. Drummer Mike Thompson brings the music to a whole new level with his intricate playing. Sit Kitty Sit currently have a new video out for “Birmingham,” off the latest masterpiece, Everlasting Fire, out now. Check out their New York dates below and try to make it out if you can!

11/19 – Pianos – 7pm / 21+ / $8

11/20 – The Rock Shop – 8pm / 21+ / $8-$10
Tickets HERE

Mean Jeans Embark on North American Tour


One can not simply listen to Mean Jeans and not without feeling a hint of Punk legends, The Ramones. Ever hear of them? Yea, we thought so. The group who just released On Mars (Dirtnap Records), last Tuesday, will be heading on the road come May 11th. This marks the second album for the group, who have been becoming all a-buzz in the indie and pop punk world alike. The tour spans the country, so you will certainly be able to get your Mean Jeans fix by Summer’s end. Check out the tour dates below, with some accompanying tunes and videos to coincide.

Download “Hangin Tuff” HERE

Watch Mean Jeans “Anybody Out There”

TOUR DATES

May 11 Seattle, WA – Funhouse
May 12 Vancouver, BC – 360 Glen Warehouse
May 25 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
May 26 Oakland, CA – 1234 Go! Fest @ Vitus
Jun. 8 Baltimore, MD – Golden West
Jun. 9 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups (w/ Shaved Women)
Jun. 10 Cleveland, OH – Now Thats Class
Jun. 11 Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
Jun. 12 Chicago, IL – Crown Tap Room
Jun. 13 Detroit, MI – PJ’s Lager House
Jun. 14 Toronto, ON – NXNE (@ the shop under Parts & Labour)
Jun. 16 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Explosion
Jun. 17 Montreal, QC – l’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle
Jun. 18 New Hampshire – Dover Brickhouse
Jun. 19 Boston, MA – Radio
Jun. 20 Manhattan, NY – Cake Shop
Jun. 21 Wilkes Barre, PA – Bones Bar
Jun. 22 Philadelphia, PA – Golden Tea House
Jun. 23 Baltimore, MD – INSUBORDINATION FEST
Jun. 24 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
Jun. 25 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Jun. 26 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong (w/ the Shirks)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Get Dirty In New Video, “Critical Drain”


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin can write a good song but they can also pull a good stunt, as shown in their latest video “Critical Drain,” which just premiered on the MTVu website. The video, directed by the band’s friend Brook Linder and filmed in the band’s hometown, features some standard performance shots but mostly shows the band members dragged around on the ground. They even get splashed with paint in the process! Although they did their own stunts and didn’t get hurt, I wouldn’t recommend trying this at home. Watch the video HERE.

And because the band just released, via Polyvinyl, the album Tape Club, which compiles all the best of what they’ve discarded over the years, they’re also touring! Are they coming near you? Check it out below.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:
9/24 – Polyvinyl’s 15 Year Anniversary @ Pygmalion Festival, CHAMPAIGN, IL w/ Braid, Deerhoof, Japandroids, and more
10/26 – Firehouse Pizza & Pub, NORMAL, IL
10/27 – MOTR, CINCINNATI, OH
10/28 – The Current, RICHMOND, VA
10/29 – Tremont Music Hall, CHARLOTTE, NC
10/30 – Local 506, CHAPEL HILL, NC
10/31 – The End, NASHVILLE, TN
11/04 – Firebird, ST. LOUIS, MO
11/05 – Mojo’s, COLUMBIA, MO
11/30 – Hi Dive, DENVER, CO
12/1 – Urban Lounge, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
12/2 – Neurolux, BOISE, ID
12/3 – Tractor Tavern, SEATTLE, WA
12/5 – Biltmore Cabaret, VANCOUVER, CANADA
12/6 – Mississippi Studios, PORTLAND, OR
12/8 – Hotel Utah, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
12/9 – Bootleg Theater, LOS ANGELES, CA
12/10 – Soda Bar, SAN DIEGO, CA

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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Announce North American Fall Tour

Detroit’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. may have just finished a national headlining tour supporting their debut album, It’s A Corporate World,  but they’re not done touring yet. They’re gearing up for another trip on the road starting on August 5th through September. During that time, they’ll be appearing at music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Philadelphia’s Popped! Festival as well.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

9/12 – Las Vegas, NV – Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan
9/13 – Las Vegas, NV – Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan
9/14 – Las Vegas, NV – Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan
9/18 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
9/20 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
9/21 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
9/22 – Washington, D.C. – The Red Palace
9/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Popped! Festival
9/24 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom