Archived entries for shows

New Artist: Saint Michel


some boys in stripes (maybe) are here from France on Monday for a special show. Saint Michel are in from France, Versailles to be specific (Daft Punk, Air and Phoenix all hailed from here). And if that isnt dreamy enough then be sure to watch the video for their single ‘Katherine’ to get your heart rate /crush going …and fall for their beautifully heartbreaking lyrics for ‘Katherine’ below.

Monday’s show will be in NYC at Le Baron and if you havent been to Le Baron yet,  dont miss this one. Le Baron is open 11-4am daily, located on Mulberry Street. Encore is running this one and an RSVP is required.

Alt-J Live

alt-j glasslands

We just posted about alt-J a few weeks ago, so this is a quick update on their live shows and more shows to come.  The U.K. foursome played Mercury Lounge and Glasslands this week with Illumntr one night and Soft Spot and Mon Khmer the latter.  They’ll be back in NYC on September 12th at Bowery Ballroom to kick off their North American tour (full tour dates HERE).  Tickets to the NYC show are still available.  FTB recommendation: buy 1.  Or more.  The band’s debut An Awesome Wave will be released on September 18th in the U.S. (it’s already out in the UK).

Alt-J – Dissolve Me

alt-J: “Fitzpleasure” (Dave Sitek Remix) by Atlantic Records

** Photo credit BrooklynVegan

The Lumineers Live

the lumineers

The Lumineers performed at Central Park Summerstage last night between opening act The Milk Carton Kids and headliners Old Crow Medicine Show.  One of the highlights of the evening was the sound of the crowd coming to attention and buzzing in anticipation to welcome the Denver-based Lumineers as they took the stage.  Since their self-titled debut was released in April, the newcomers have steadily gained attention and a strong following with one of the strongest albums of 2012 so far.  Every song has become a favorite as I’ve listened to the album over and over again, and their live performance last night was as equally captivating.  My only criticism – more songs and play for longer next time please!

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

The Lumineers – Stubborn Love

New Artist: IV Wolves


The Dance Floor Aint The Only Thing This Mix Got Wet is a 14 track remix by Detroit’s IV Wolves including his reworks of Tyga, SBTRKT, and the Dusty McFly one below that I love:

IV Wolves – Dusty McFly: I’m Out Here (IV Wolves Remix)

Efterklang at the Sydney Opera House


I wish I was going to be in Sydney on May 26th – 1. because it would be cool and 2. because it would be cool to go to this concert.  Efterklang will be performing live at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony.  The concert will double as the world premiere of their new album Piramida, which will be released later this year on 4AD and Rumraket.

Here’s a bit about the show: For the concert we have engaged composers Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Choir of Young Believers) and Daniel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm) to help our new songs to fully integrate with the Sydney Symphony orchestra, which will be conducted by Matthew Coorey.

More info HERE.

Some tunes:

Efterklang – Modern Drift (Oh No Ono’s Cologne to Paris Remix)
Efterklang – Raincoats (Trentemøller Remix)

bretonLABS New Mix


Just press play and then get back to work…!!

THE DIAMOND TILE MIX – bretonLABS by bretonlabs

One of our new favorite UK acts, Breton will be next touring in London March 28th, Manchester March 29th and Leeds March 30th.

I saw them earlier this fall, opening for Ghostpoet, at Scala, and as their reputation precedes them of “must see live,” after seeing their performance, I can’t wait to catch them again. Energetic, fun, and such good beats, period.

Kaskade Fire & Ice


Kaskade is playing at my house, my house.  Well, fine, across the street from my apartment on Saturday night.  (Now you all know where I live, creepy).  For the weekend, for Halloween, and for everyone going to this on Saturday, here’s Kaskade with Dada Life and Dan Black from his new album Fire & Ice.

Kaskade & Dada Life Feat. Dan Black – Ice

Oh, hello again

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TALL SHIPS at PIANOS Photo Credit: Caleb Olson (Paper Gardens Intern)

Hello.  It’s been a while.  Two months to the day, actually.  Wow.  Thanks to SL for holding it down from London Town.

Well, now I’m back.  I have my giant red headphones on, listening to some of the bands we checked out at CMJ last week, getting ready to get back IN this.

We kicked off our week last week at The Syndicate / Conflict of Interest party with Boy & Bear, Chiddy Bang, etc.  I’ve always wanted forthebeat to hit up a Taco Bell FEED the Beat party.  For our first encounter, we hit up Rebel NYC.  While I would never want to find myself at this establishment  more sober than not before midnight again, I would definitely check out this sketchy, uncomfortably close to Penn Station locale super intoxicated, post 2 am with some great, great bands.  It was the perfect spot to kick off the week.

I didn’t catch too, too much last week, but what I did see were some of the acts I was most excited to check out, like Caveman and Tall Ships.  Here are a few songs to listen to…

A Lull – Weapons For War
Caveman – Decide
Tall Ships – Vessels
Tall Ships – Plate Tectonics

New Artist Part Deux: Breton

I lost teeth and gained wisdom.

We wrote about Breton a few weeks ago but wanted to post on them again as 1/2 of us saw Breton live last night at London’s Scala. They opened for Ghostpoet and played about 7 tracks, which sadly did not include their new single, Edward the Confessor/Kensington System. But they did play The Well live and some other great ones from earlier EPs. They have three EPs to date: December 2010′s “Counter Balance,” July 2010′s “Sharing Notes,” and “Counter Balance Remixes,” released July 2011 which includes a Temper Trap remix of one of their singles titled “December.”

Breton- The Well
Breton- Pace Maker

Breton will be playing some festivals coming up including the SWN Festival on October 21st in Cardiff, then on to London Calling in Amsterdam on November 11th, then onto Trans Musicales in Rennes, France on December 2nd.  Really hope I get to see these guys again soon. If you have the regional opportunity, definitely go see them live.

New Artist + New Remixes: Friends Electric

It’s happened. Oh, yes it can happen once a month, once a week or 20 times a day but it hasn’t really hit me since Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” but here is the new repeat obsession by Friends Electric: “Golden Blood.” With these types of tracks, it has that je ne sais quoi + I can’t resist the repeat.

Entre l’original:

Friends Electric- Golden Blood

Et le remix: (it all sounds so much prettier in French..)

Friends Electric- Golden Blood (Bright Light Bright Light Heart Strings Remix)

And oh my, oh my, warning you need to be awake for this one:

Friends Electric- Golden Blood (The Dirty Tees Rework)

Check out an older single Wall Of Arms from Friends Electric on Vimeo. Friends Electric are from Wales, UK. They are currently touring the UK. They play London on October 26th before heading up North. Full details on their schedule here.

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