Check out my weekly Spotify playlist featuring selected tracks from the artists playing in New York this week.
Wednesday, March 20
Low must be on a high. Their tenth full-length studio album, "The Invisible Way" (produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) is being released this week and the Minnesota band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The gig tonight at the beautiful New York Society for Ethical Culture will incorporate strings from the ACME String Quartet, which is also supporting.
Also tonight: Soulful techno from Disclosure at Music Hall of Williamsburg, commercial indie pop from Sky Ferreira at The Bowery Ballroom and well crafted indie guitar art rock from Beach Fossils at Brooklyn Bowl.
Thursday, March 21
Industrial techno rockers KMFDM formed in Paris in 1984, and although overshadowed by aesthetically similar outfits like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, attracted a loyal global following with their in-your-face sex-charged industrial metal. The band, led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko (who founded the group as a performance art project) broke up in 1999, reforming in 2002. Their most recent album "Kunst", the band's eighteenth studio release, has just been released. "Kunst" features contributions from guest musician William Wilson (Legion Within) and Swedish band Morlocks. The album cover, designed by longtime KMFDM cover artist Aidan Hughes features a "chainsaw-wielding amazon", which Facebook removed from KMFDM's page. The cover was created to support Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot. At Irving Plaza.
Friday, March 22
Although Pink made her start with R&B group Choice in 1996 — they were signed to LaFace Records (Usher, TLC, OutKast) — it was only when Alecia Beth Moore went solo at the encouragement of label founder L.A. Reid that things started to take off. Her first album as Pink, 2000's "Can't Take Me Home," was a sizeable international hit, yielding two top ten US hits "There You Go" and "Most Girls." Since then, every album has been bigger and bigger, with Pink's sixth recording, "The Truth About Love," debuting at number one in the US, Canada, Australia and Germany. The current "The Truth About Love Tour" is Pink's sixth concert tour, playing over 130 shows in North America, Europe and Australia. Sponsored by CoverGirl, the tour is expected to rock well into 2014. In support, Swedish rockers The Hives. At Madison Square Gardens. The Hives also play a solo show at Irving Plaza on Sunday night.
Also tonight: After seven years apart Garbage have decided to scratch that itch once again, with a new album "Not Your Kind of People" and world tour. "Working with Garbage again was very instinctual", said guitarist Duke Erikson at the launch of the album. "Like getting on a bicycle, with three other people", Erikson added, "We haven't felt this good about a Garbage record since the last one." At Terminal 5.
Saturday, March 23
Tyler, The Creator is the 20 year old rapper, producer, video director, visual artist and leader of LA’s acclaimed Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA). OFWGKTA are an 11 strong hip hop collective from Los Angeles who have self-released twelve solo albums over the last three years, including Tyler’s solo album Bastard. In 2011, Tyler, The Creator released his second album "Goblin" worldwide on XL Recordings. The 15 track album features the track Yonkers, the video for which saw Tyler awarded an MTV VMA. At Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Also tonight: Gentle Danish indie pop band Efterklang play The Bowery Ballroom, the eclectic grooves of multi-instrumentalist Sinkane fill the Mercury Lounge, and opera star Jessye Norman lifts the roof tonight at the Apollo Theater.
Sunday, March 24
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National and composer Nico Muhly give the music of the spheres a 21st-century spin in Planetarium, an evening of songs inspired by our solar system. At Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music.
Monday, March 25
Sigur Rós is one of the few bands whose sound was designed for stadiums like Madison Square Gardens. Sigur Rós specialize in grand, resonant soundscapes in which singer Jonsi's voice floats amidst the swirling clouds of lush melodies. Forming in Iceland in 1994, Sigur Rós (Victory Rose) rose to prominence in 1999 after "Svefn-G-Englar" was hailed as NME's Single Of The Week in September 1999. Since then, it's been a long slow build for the band, each album claiming more territory, to the point where they're now playing Manhattan's biggest stadium. Bassist Georg Hólm said of their sixth and most recent album "Valtari", "I really can’t remember why we started this record, I no longer know what we were trying to do back then. I do know session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up... did give up for a while. But then something happened and form started to emerge, and now I can honestly say that it’s the only Sigur Rós record I have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it."
Tuesday, March 26
Parenthetical Girls effortlessly combine sweet pop and experimental rock. Originally known as The Swastika Girls (after the Brian Eno and Robert Fripp composition), the band formed in Everett, Washington, in 2003 and are currently based in Portland, Oregon. Their most recent album "Privilege (Abridged)" is a compilation drawn from their extensive "Privilege" series of EPs, which began in 2010, and feature original art by Swedish illustrator Jenny Mörtsell, and hand-numbering in the blood of various Parenthetical Girls band members. At The Bowery Electric.