As in yearspast, 25 hand-picked musicians will gather early that Saturday morning, put their names in a hat which will then be drawn to form “bands” who then must write songs, rehearse and perform them that night.
Lots of brand new music on this week’s edition of BrooklynVegan Blog Radio on SiriusXMU, including songs from St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, Django Django, No Age, Prettiest Eyes, tUnE-yArDs, Sleigh Bells and more.
Torres’ 4AD debut is called ‘Three Futures’ and the title track and its video are out now. Before her tour, Torres will play a free NYC show in celebration of NPR’s upcoming list of the 150 Greatest Albums by Women with Hurray for the Riff Raff, Lizzo, Ronnie Spector, Rickie Lee Jones, and more.
Among the participants in the marches included many musicians, like Best Coast, members of The National, Haim, Amanda Palmer, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YaRdS, Grimes, Michael Stipe, Tegan & Sara, Madonna, Janelle Monae, Regina Spektor, members of Wilco, Perfume Genius, Kim Gordon, Chelsea Wolfe, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Eleanor Friedberger, Torres, Mary Timony, Angel Olsen, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Dan Deacon, and more.
Tegan & Sara have already played two intimate NYC shows surrounding the release of their new album Love You to Death, and they’ve got a tour of larger venues coming up in late summer/early fall. That tour just got a pretty great opener…
Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist
Memphis native Julien Baker brings her debut solo LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. K. Ross Hoffman explored Sprained Ankle for a Key profile last week, noting that that the songs are “harrowing stuff; an impressionistic but unflinching annal of addiction, self-loathing and spiritual crisis…” set up against “unadorned but graceful melodies and simple, minimal acoustic guitar and piano arrangements.” Listen to “Something” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Abi Reimold here.
Torres is Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. In a stunning essay that NPR Music’s Ann Powers wrote about Torres’s music, Powers says, “Scott’s skill and ambition as a lyricist thrills, especially given her young age, 24.” Torres just released her … Continued
Torres, who opened for Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer last December, will return to Philadelphia to headline Boot & Saddle on Saturday, June 27. Tickets are on sale now here. You can find her full schedule here.
Torres’ sophomore album, Sprinter, will be out on May 5. She has just released a new video for the album’s lead single, “Strange Hellos.” Watch it below.
Finally, Out of Town Films has just released a session with Torres, during which she performed “Cowboy Guilt.” Watch that below as well.
Catchy magazine headlines and conversations overheard on the train might lead you to suspect a mass exodus out of NYC, but recently Brooklyn snagged Mackenzie Scott of the songwriting project Torres away from Nashville. For many artists, nostalgia is an easy route, but Torres’ songs rarely allow that kind of distance — there is something dangerous and she’s touching it now, she has a fresh cut and she’s washing it now. Scott will sing a statement with grace and tolerance but repeat the line until it drives her mad enough to shriek it. Torres primarily utilizes guitar and drums with ...