Parallels are bringing their unique brand of dark, shimmering dance pop to Brooklyn, and whoa whoa whoa, who the heck is this band? Some information: Parallels is an electronic-pop duo consisting of Cameron Findlay (former drummer of Crystal Castles) and honey-haired front girl Holly Dodson, whose vocals combine the intense balladry of Kate Bush with the sweetness of Kylie Minogue and Madonna's true-blue era. Their sound is easily likened to classic pop sentiments of the "big guys" like New Order and Depeche Mode, but with a modern relevancy.
Parallels will be releasing a deluxe edition of debut full-length, Visionaries, on October 26 through Marigold Records. This US-exclusive re-issue features a bonus disc featuring remixes from Gypsy Midnight, Human Life, TRUST and Dark Esquire, as well as a cover of The Ramones' Pet Sematary, which you can actually snag for free below.
Want more details about their show this Saturday? Hit this link to grab a ticket.
Erika from Au Revoir Simone will also be DJing, so you know...um, GO.
Simple as that...much like MTV did with Neon Indian last month, it's another live streaming show you can watch online in the event you missed out on the chance to snag tickets to see Sleigh Bells performing at NYC's The Studio at Webster Hall tonight. Hooray for technology!
Get your dial-up Internet locked and loaded just before 10pm ET tonight, and you can watch Alexis and Derek shred the stage, as the show happens live here in NYC.
Get your friends in on this...and Tell 'Em whats up!
Additionally, NME just debuted the video for Sleigh Bells' Infinity Guitars. Schoolgirls, axes on fire and the strutting sidewalk stomping power of the duo are in full on rad mode. Check it out here!
Last week, ish got real "fashion-y" here in Beastonia. Between a number of night parties and the always fun Fashion's Night Out, this sheen little streetstomper hit a handful of cool venues and digs all in the spirit of "oh hey, who are you wearing?!" And while I've never been one to preen a ton, music and fashion go kind of hand in hand, which led me to the Prince Peter preview on Wednesday, specifically to catch the first live performance in NYC by Natalia Kills. Grouping together all of this info with the fact that she's just been announced as the supporting act for Robyn's forthwith Fall tour, we're gearing up to stomp stilettos on necks through the rest of the year!
Natalia's performance at the aforementioned event was brief, as she powered through a short medley of 3 songs: Zombie, Wonderland and Mirrors, the latter is one I simply have not been able to turn off since hearing it in full a few months prior. She commanded the platform for the few minutes she occupied it, and I'm excited to see a full stage from her...and soon we'll all be able too when she joins forces with the Swedish popstar on their North American tour.
Additionally, it should be noted that Ms. Kills came through Belly of the Beast on East Village Radio last Thursday as well. We had a rad chat, and even debuted the brand new and official Doctor Rosen Rosen remix of Mirrors.
There are more pictures from the event here, a video below, and after that, the tour dates for the upcoming Natalia Kills and Robyn trek. Color me excited!
November 5 – The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL November 6 – Club Firestone in Orlando, FL November 7 – The Ritza Ybor in Tampa,FL November 8 – Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA November 10 – Terminal 5 in New York, NY November 12 – The Sound Academy in Toronto, ON November 13 – Metro in Chicago, IL November 14 – Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis, MN November 17 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA November 19 – Venue Vancouver in Vancouver, BC November 20 – Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR November 21 – Neumos in Seattle, WA November 23 – The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
Ok, so the Best Buy Theater has existed in its former state as the Nokia Theater, but since the re-branding and re-doing of the venue under a new moniker, BBT is now home to a 2100 person capacity music hall in the midst of Times Square. Last night, the inaugural show at said space welcomed alt-rockers, Linkin Park, to the stage, for a frenzy of beats, boys and lots of black t-shirted fans. No lie, not the hugest fan of the gents here, but hell if they don't put on one heck of a show that speaks right into everything their dedicated followers love.
Playing their first full show in nearly 2 years, the boys from Agoura Hills, CA were in town to celebrate the release of their new album, A Thousand Suns, which had come out a few short hours prior to their 9pm show time. A rather polite and quiet group of concertgoers immediately turned up the noise and applause as the curtains drew, and the solitary figure of beatmaster Mike Shinoda emerged, standing behind a keyboard and microphone.
Lights flashed and more band members infiltrated the stage, before frontman Chester Bennington emerged like a whirling dervish to the ecstatic and enthusiastic screams of those in attendance. Opening with The Requiem, from the new disc, the troupe traveled through a number of songs, from what I've been told, stemmed mostly from older releases, while choosing to only perform a few choice cuts from A Thousand Suns.
Ultimately, you won't find me a hardcore LP-convert, but sure I'll give 'em their due. Energy, rock, roll and rage course through their live presence, thanks to 15+ years of giving all they've got. Good on ya.
Big thanks to Ultragrrrl and Best Buy Theater for accommodating us last night. The full gallery of pictures from last night's event can be viewed here.
Remember when I was all about Ellie Goulding for like a really hot minute? Well, I still think she's got some talent, and even though her debut album still sits a bit uneasy with me, I'm willing to give her another chance...and now I can, thanks to her her first NYC performance later this month, in advance of her debut album, Lights, getting its proper US release. Oh, wha's that? You want to go too? Alrighty then...let's contest this bad boy out!
Ellie is playing Hiro Ballroom on Thursday, September 30, and this show will be a great way to kickstart your fall: plenty of swooning sounds, emotions and Goulding's enchanting voice will chill ya to the core. Think you wanna cop deez tix? Enter as below!
Want to win the tickets to see Ellie Goulding? Start by following me on twitter if you aren't already...winners get notified by DM, and the only way we can get a hold of you is by doing as such. Next, copy and paste the below message and hit send!
yo, yo, hey @sheenabeaston, i need to see @elliegoulding on september 30 hiro ballroom, so light me up wit dem tix!
That's all you gotta do...easy peasy. Contest will remain open until Friday, September 24 at 5pm. Go!
Precisely as that title states, last night's early show (weird, haven't seen an 8:00pm start time in a loooong while) at Mercury Lounge featured the inimitable MNDR headlining the space in NYC's Lower East Side. And while she's pretty much our good pal at this point, making us the most biased beast, um ever, we can take a step back and note that every instance in which we've caught her live show (it's been a lot) she's far exceeded previous performances. It's not that she was ever NOT good...it's that she just keeps getting better and better at every turn. Other artists: beware.
Beginning the set with a personal favorite in Caligula, MNDR was a nonstop flurry of mathematically magical music and motion. After a few more "known cuts" (she's only got a few out there!), the moment we'd had hoped would arrive came to be...and oh, it was pretty fantastic. New music, in the form of songs Diamonds and Casual Attraction, impressed beyond imagination. While the former takes cues from I Go Away in the more "oh man I feel feelings" sense, the latter is another sing-along stunner that incites jumping, dancing, high-fiving and smiling until your face breaks. Yep, it's that good.
We chatted with MNDR after the gig, and ol' girl's got some goodies coming up in the next few months. Sure, we'd share 'em now, but we need every excuse to write more writings about this incredible talent down the line.
Until then, check out the full gallery of images here, and peep the videos from last night's show below. And duh, of course we captured them new jawns, along with Caligula and the "Patty Hearst tribute song" which we still have no idea what the real title of said song is, but it is damn fine. Beast pleased!
Sporting lots of leather and no lace, Scissor Sisters returned to their hometown of New York City last night, and took Terminal 5 on a tour of their biggest hits, spanning three full-length albums which culminated in their most recent, and strongest, release, Night Work. And work the night, and the stage, they did.
Starting with the title track from said album, the entrance to the stage proved precisely what was in store for the predominantly male, and seemingly way oversold crowd. Lights, latex and limber moves abounded as Jake Shears and Ana Matronix shared vocal duties over the course of the evening, pairing up for calisthenics during Any Which Way and Whole New Way, the first of which you can catch video of below.
Small players Del Marquis and Baby Daddy take an obvious back seat to the glitz and glamour of the two frontspair, but their musical finessings proved easy to swallow, and ultimately outshone the vocals on a number of the songs. Crowd energy hit a peaked high when the troupe launched into debut hit, Take Your Mama Out, after Ana and Co. dedicated it to all the families, including their own, in the audience.
Working the night in the most sensual way, Scissor Sisters were welcomed back home with wide open, and spirited arms.
View full set of images from the show here. Video of Any Which Way is below a few choice pictures and the set list.
Night Work Laura Any Which Way She’s My Man Something Like This Whole New Way Tits on the Radio Harder You Get Running Out Take Your Mama Kiss You Off I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ Skin Tight Skin This Cat Fire With Fire Paul McCartney Night Life
Encore Comfortably Numb Invisible Light Filthy Gorgeous
Let it be known: I've never gone to a show under the premise of "oh lawdy no, I'm not taking my camera out for fear of what might happen to it...or even, me." But that all changed this past Saturday when Crystal Castles rolled through Terminal 5, on another date under the HARD NYC guise. Armed with a battalion of my closest pals, we braved the threshes of a rabid crowd and got right near stage front. Totes worth it.
Since I have no pictures, words and a few shaky, seizure-inducing videos will have to do.
Highlights of the set included Baptism (duh), Untrust Us played as the first song back in the encore, and about half of singer Alice Glass' time spent crowd-surfing and generally raging the heck out of the venue's stage. Tons of bruises subsequently sprouted up in the past two days, but frankly, the crowd, as rambunctious as it was, surprisingly held a certain camaraderie about it...even when I was desperately grasping a fellow Castle-thrashers' neck to balance myself.
Next level endorphins ran high during and after the set. One act not to miss live.
If there was ever a single, short and stacked spitter that made me so weak in the knees, that distinguishing honor would go to T.I. Far be it from me to note that he just got himself wifey-ed (he'll always be a single stud to me), but we're not here to talk rings and things...no, we're aiming to dish on the 3+ hour performance that the rapper put on last night at Capitale, as part of AXE Music's One Night Only event. If you stalk twitter, you may have seen a bevy of jawdropping tweets from those in attendance, and all warranted the gasps, oohs, and aahs that kept a'rolling out.
Bringing out his best buddies and beauties, TIP ran the gamut between songs both new and old (reminder: King Uncaged comes out on September 28), in a set that spanned 30 cuts and a guests that made you go "oh wow yes".
Starting off with the fitting track, I'm Back, the dude was a nonstop whirl of sweat, spit, sex and stealth moves as he entertained in this, his first live show since getting freed from the pinstripes. Yep, this being his premiere post-prison performance, the rapper seemed not ot have missed an steps as he brought out the likes of Cam'Ron, Mary J Blige (yeah!), B.o.B., Keri Hilson, Swizz Beats, Maino and a number of his homeboys to brrrraapp into the mic.
Highlights included the inclusion of Ms. Mary J, along with the crowd pleasers Live Your Life and the current chart-topper, Got Your Back, with the aforementioned Hilson.
Special thanks to Edelman, AXE and Sarah for hooking up a super amazing evening. Video of Live Your Life can be checked out below, and the full gallery of images reside right here.
Neon Indian is doing a live stream at 9pm tonight, and you can watch the haps go down, live here on Sheena Beaston! The gig, if you wanna go, will be held at The Studio at Webster Hall and is part of the MTV Live In NYC series, which also recently did a similar show with The Drums.