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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Popfest! New England November 9 - 11, Northampton, MA
4th Annual POPFEST! NEW ENGLAND 2007
In year FOUR of Popfest! New England, Skipping Stones Records continues the Popfest tradition with a roster of international and quintessential indie pop gems.
Popfest! New England will descend upon Northampton, MA for its fourth year, every night from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2007, including a Sunday afternoon show. Dare to love music that is wrapped in a little bow, true to its feelings and not too shy to wear its heart on its sleeve. There’s still a need for homespun pop and twee in this world and there’s no shame in liking it.
The line-up to date + their myspace includes:
St. Christopher, York, UK
Bears, Cleveland, OH
Brown Recluse Sings, Philadelphia, PA
Bunnygrunt, St. Louis, MO
Colin Clary + a Magog, Burlington, VT
eula, New Haven, CT
My Teenage Stride, New York, NY
Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Brooklyn, NY
Pants Yell!, Cambridge, MA
Professor Pez, Bergen, Norway
Silly Piano Pillows, Friendsville, PA
Surefire Broadcast, Hammonton, NJ
The Baskervilles, New York, NY
The Besties, Brooklyn, NY
The Fawns, Northampton, MA
The Grade Grubbers, Buffalo, NY
All shows @ The Elevens, 140 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA. A three day pass for Popfest! New England is $40 for all 4 shows and individual days are $13 if pre-ordered or $15 at the door ($6 for the Sunday afternoon show). All shows are 21+, please have proof of age. Advance ticket sales will be available online beginning September 15 at:
Popfest! New England Website
Popfest! New England Myspace
For more information, please call Skipping Stones Records at 203-558-1168
or email Popfest@SkippingStonesRecords.com.
The schedule is subject to change!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The Year Zero - "Think if My Bloody Valentine went pop and added the singer from Deerhoof."
The Year Zero has been taking their ambient dreampop onto the streets for quite a while, but have now reached a plateau with some talented back-up players:
Read it here:
The Year Zero / LA Record Review
Or right here:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2:
The Year Zero have been a band for a few years now, but with their newest line-up, I think they have hit their stride. I first came upon them when they had just added a bass player to a strictly drum-machine-and-guitar live act built around songs by vocalist Lili De La Mora and guitar player Rodney Sellars. At the time they seemed shy and timid—very dreamy, but a little dark. Their recordings didn’t quite translate live. Maybe the setting had a bit to do with it, but this show brought it all together. Lili first got up and sang two songs with only an acoustic guitar. She used to seem so shy, but now her beautiful voice commands your attention. After the rest of the band joined her, everyone just slipped into place like they’ve been doing this forever. And most of them have—all members are Long Beach music veterans who will probably be recognized from other bands, but they add a perfect element to the Year Zero that was missing before. The bass player smacks her gum to the beat, the drummer gives just enough effort to show that he cares (but not too much), and the keys are the perfect complement to the vocals. Think if My Bloody Valentine went pop and added the singer from Deerhoof. (KO)
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Morning by The Charade, from their first album "The Best is Yet to
Gravity Girl by superfallingstars, from their first album, "Swimming Across the Sound"
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Prison Song, by The Besties, from their album "Singer"
The Truth About Stars by The Year Zero, from their album "Oceania, I Will Return"
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Dream On by Celestial, from their album "Dream On"