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Les Savy Fav / February and March 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 30th November 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

Les Savy Fav will be touring the UK in February and March. Read Luke’s review of their latest album, ‘Root for Ruin’, here.

Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – London Heaven (NME Brats show)
Wednesday 23rd February 2011 – Cardiff Globe
Thursday 24th February 2011 – Manchester Moho
Friday 25th February 2011 – Birmingham Sounds Bar
Saturday 26th February 2011 – Liverpool Kazimier
Sunday 27th February 2011 – Sheffield Corporation
Tuesday 1st March 2011 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Wednesday 2nd March 2011 – Newcastle Cluny

 

NME Awards Shows / February 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010 at 9:30 am
 

This year, the NME Awards will take place 23 February 2011 at 02 Academy Brixton. In the lead up to the awards show, NME puts on live performances in London’s best gigging venues during the month of February. And yesterday, the music magazine announced the line-ups for the February 2011 shows. Tickets for these shows go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 November, at 9 AM.

Tuesday 1st February 2011 – Metronomy at London Heaven
Wednesday 2nd February 2011 – Los Campesinos! and Summer Camp at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 3rd February 2011 – The Duke Spirit at London Heaven
Wednesday 9th February 2011 – Mystery Jets (pictured above) at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 11th February 2011 – White Lies and Crocodiles at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tuesday 15th February 2011 – The Naked and Famous at London Heaven
Tuesday 15th February 2011 – Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan and Cherry Ghost at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 16th February 2011 – Edwyn Collins at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 17th February 2011 – Miles Kane at London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Thursday 17th February 2011 – Noah and the Whale at London Koko
Friday 18th February 2011 – Yuck and Cults at London Bush Hall
Sunday 20th February 2011 – Carl Barat, the Heartbreaks and Foreign Office at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Monday 21st February 2011 – Alex Winston at London New Players Theatre
Monday 21st February 2011 – Mona and Neon Trees at London Garage
Monday 21st February 2011 – Warpaint and Twin Shadow at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Monday 21st February 2011 – Frankie and the Heartstrings and Veronica Falls at London Heaven
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Caribou, Factory Floor and Walls at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Les Savy Fav at London Heaven

 

Video of the Moment #344: Les Savy Fav

 
By on Thursday, 18th November 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Get yer skateboards out. Here’s the promo vid for Les Savy Fav‘s ‘Let’s Get Out of Here’, deemed by Luke to be the best track off their latest album, ‘Root for Ruin’. Reminds me of carefree younger days.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsFoEjhwjGU[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Les Savy Fav – Root for Ruin

 
By on Friday, 24th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Sometimes there are bands that just deserve to be famous. Those bands who you simply know are good but whenever you mention them to someone else you’re looked at like you just slapped their grandmother. It simply defies belief that some bands just aren’t famous, despite being head and shoulders above the current top five bands in the charts. One of these bands is Les Savy Fav.

Since their debut album in 1997 ‘3/5’, Les Savy Fav have been tearing up venues across the world but still remain underground in the music scene. Their latest offering ‘Root For Ruin’ should hopefully change all that and propel them into the limelight they surely deserve.

Kicking off with ‘Appetites’ their something of a new vibe about the band. No longer are they a post-hardcore outfit with indie undertones, instead they’ve grown into a punkier version of their former selves whilst still getting a message across. Vocalist Tim Harrington’s vocals working incredibly well with the music that the rest of the band are creating, you can feel the passion for music amongst them all.

The best track on the LP though is ‘Let’s Get Out Of Here’. A happy feel good song pushed forward by Harrington’s brilliant vocal ability and the indie/punk tinged music behind him just compliment each other tremendously. Despite the lyrics not being particularly inspired it’s catchy and has the potential to be a massive hit.

‘Root For Ruin’ does have the odd bum note. A few of the tracks do feel a bit out of place and don’t add anything new to the album. Songs such as ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Excess Energies’ don’t lead anywhere and at times your mind wanders off into nothingness. The latter song somewhat similar to Future Of The Left.

The final song on the LP however is fantastic. ‘Clear Spirits’ is a big sounding epic close to the album. Les Savy Fav tend to take inspiration from a lot of genres of music and they seem to have perfected the art of stadium rock. It has a very atmospheric quality about it with the delay on the vocal track. Whilst listening to it you can imagine thousands of fans packing into an arena singing along with their lighters out. That is what Les Savy Fav should be and with ‘Root For Ruin’ – despite its flaws – could be the album to prove to the casual music fan that music is more than what’s on the radio.

8/10

‘Root For Ruin’ is available now from Frenchkiss Records.

 

Bands to Watch #194: Les Savy Fav

 
By on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

As I sat there the other day scrolling through my iTunes and generally not knowing who to listen to I cropped up on an old favourite of mine, Les Savy Fav. After listening through their third album ‘Go Forth’, I figured it was time to see what they’ve been up to lately and on the brink of releasing a new album things can again only look good for this band.

Forming in 1995 this group have managed to produce five albums, all of which add something different to their repertoire. Not content with plodding along at the same pace, churning out track after track, Les Savy Fav have tried to produce something new which each LP.

Obviously influenced by bands such as Fugazi, the New York quintet are masters of the noise rock subgenre and often deviate into the realms of indie, art rock and post-punk. Arguably their best album is 2007’s ‘Let’s Stay Friends’ which propels them from just a post-hardcore outfit into different territory in which they flourish. Tracks such as ‘Brace Yourself’ and ‘Scotchgard The Credit Card’ are fantastic examples of this.

The new album ‘Root For Ruin’ is another step forward for the band and even though it’s possibly not as hard hitting as some of their previous work, the band seem to have matured and written some catchy as hell rock songs. Watch the video for ‘Brace Yourself’ below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwv-sGRThLM[/youtube]

 

Preview: Northside Festival

 
By on Friday, 4th June 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn may be the hipster capital of the world, but the Northside Festival is looking to be well worth wading through throngs of the bespectacled and skinny-jeaned. So named for it’s location in venues throughout the North side of Brooklyn, the art and music festival is now in its second year. Its stated goal is to “celebrate that community of independent musicians, filmmakers and artists in the place where it thrives the most, shining a light on the sheer talent and creativity that Brooklyn cultivates”.

Organized by the L Magazine and a collection of other NYC-based blogs, record labels, promoters and industry types, last year’s event saw the likes of the Hold Steady, Bill Callahan and others, and this year the lineup is shaping up to be just as good, if not better. Most of the set times and locations for bands’ performances have yet to be finalized, but here are just some of the bands that will be gracing Brooklyn stages as a part of Northside Festival: ?uestlove (DJ set), Au Revoir Simone , The Fiery Furnaces, Fucked Up, Jody Porter (of Fountains of Wayne), Les Savy Fav, Lissy Trullie, Male Bonding, and Wavves.

In addition to all of this great music, the festival also includes Northside’s inaugural FilmFest, as well as a number of exhibitions, special events and musical performances at more than 25 local art galleries (with help from the Williamsburg Gallery Association).

Four-day Northside badges go for a mere USD50 (approximately £34 at the time of this writing)and grant you “access on a first-come, first-served basis to every show taking place during the festival, in addition to all Northside art and film events. You’ll also be able to walk into tons of local bars and restaurants that will be offering discounts to badge holders on food and booze”. Because entry for badge-holders is first-come, first served, if there is a show you really want to see, it may be best to purchase individual tickets, most of which will be sold at the door the day of the show. Some of them are on sale now, and are listed with ticket links on the festival’s website.

The festival is also running a contest which can be entered here. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a coveted iPad 3G, two VIP All Access badges and a free t-shirt. The two Runner-Up Winners will get two VIP All Access badges and two t-shirts each, and the five 3rd Place Winners are given a regular festival badge and a t-shirt. Please note this contest is open to US residents only.

 
 
 

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