Posts Tagged ‘tour’

May 29, 2018

I HEART MOOSIQ interview : HANDSOME GHOST

We’ve been in love with Los Angeles based indie duo Handsome Ghost for the past several years (revisit some of our past features, here). The pair has liquefied our hearts to no end with their music, which they sometimes describe as “indie-prom”, likely due to the bittersweet nostalgia and dreamy romanticism that oozes from its luscious folds. We’re thrilled that Handsome Ghost is currently on tour for their debut album, Welcome Back. IHM chatted with the dashing duo ahead of their show this Saturday, June 2, at

Café

Du Nord in San Francisco. Check out our interview below. Don’t miss out on Handsome Ghost’s tour! We’re also GIVING AWAY A PAIR OF TICKETS for their SF show on Twitter! Just head over to Twitter, here, and retweet for a chance at winning, winner announced Friday morning!

I Heart Moosiq: First off, I gotta ask, Handsome Ghost… How’d you come up with a brilliant name that matches the beautifully haunting sound of your music?

Handsome Ghost: Well, thank you. The band name came about back when I was using really heavy effects on my vocals. Ghostly vocals, if you will. The handsome part started as a joke and ended up sticking. I named the band when I was pretty confident that Handsome Ghost would never actually be a “real” band…but I’m happy with the name, I feel like it fits.

IHM: Tim, I read somewhere that growing up Postal Service was a big influence on you.  If you could pick one song to describe you or as your anthem, which song would it be?

Handsome Ghost:

Yeah, absolutely. Both The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie, basically Ben Gibbard’s songwriting, were huge influences for me as I was starting to learn how to make music. The first Postal Service song I heard was “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” and I remember being completely blown away. The build throughout the song, the fact that it doesn’t follow a traditional strong structure. And at that point those sounds and tones were so innovative, not to mention how perfect the lyrics are. That whole album really moved me, but I’ll pick that song because it’s the one that introduced me to the band. 

IHM:

Eddie, I read that you were really into Taking Back Sunday. So same question to you – If you could pick one song to describe you or as your anthem, which song would it be?

Handsome Ghost:

I still listen to a bunch of those songs from my pop-punk days. I have a playlist for when I’m driving on tour with everyone else asleep. Just the hits (they’re all hits). I’d probably say “Cute Without The E”… So emotional. So so emotional. 

IHM:

How did you guys first decide to do an Acoustic album and secondly how did you guys narrow it down to those 6 tracks?

Handsome Ghost:

Welcome Back took so long to get to where it ended up, but I feel like songs can sometimes be living things. I love how the songs are arranged on the album, but we wanted to offer kinda a companion piece to the album. Maybe hearing the songs differently gives them a new meaning? We chose each of the six songs for different reasons. Some were arranged so differently compared to how Tim originally wrote them (“Shallow City” and “Here’s To Endings”), some were really important songs that we felt deserved a little emphasis. “Soft” we had done for the record but it didn’t quite fit. But we love the song and lyrically really fit the story of the album. 

IHM:

This is your first full-length album, but I’m surprised to hear you already put out two EPs over the last several years. Do you look back on those EPs and wish you would have done something differently with the sound or lyrics? Or even something as simple as the process of making those EPs. I think what I’m asking is have you guys refined the developmental process or each EP / Album / Song it’s own journey?

Handsome Ghost:

I definitely look back and wish I had done some things differently on those two EPs, sure. I’m proud of them both, and I think they represent where I was at those moments in time, but I feel like we’re better now than we were back then. At the same time, I think there’s an innocence or a naivety there, especially on that first EP, that is pretty special. I don’t listen to my own music (because it feels very awkward) but I know there are some little things on that first EP that I’d probably change now that give it a little charm, if that makes sense. But we’re always trying to get better, and if we’re lucky enough to make another album, I’ll probably feel the same way about Welcome Back. 

IHM:

If I was a performer I think my favorite song to perform would be one that the audience sings back or the one that blew up. Which song is your favorite to perform that people don’t know so well yet?

Handsome Ghost:

Hah yes! It’s always cool to hear people singing along. Sometimes you hear someone singing and it’s like “daaaaaaammmmnnn….!”
I really love playing “Creatures.” It’s the last song on the album, and one that I think you kinda have to pay attention to. Playing it live is fun and it’s also nice to kinda force people to listen to it. hahah. Hopefully it makes people revisit it on the album.  

IHM:

I see that you guys have performed at some East Coast Festivals like Firefly. Is there any festival or location that you would consider a dream place to play?

Handsome Ghost:

As a young man I saw a video of Dave Matthews Band playing at Red Rocks. That’s a venue that I would just be happy to see some day. So beautiful.

IHM:

Handsome Ghost is from Boston. Here we’re big Warrior fans. We’re actually surprised how far the Celtics have come in the playoffs. Do Celtics fans feel like if they had Kyrie and Gordon Hayward this year that they would be title favorites?

Handsome Ghost:

Okay, I have a lot to say about this but I will try my best to keep it brief. I absolutely adore this Celtics team as it’s currently constituted. They just play so hard, they’re so fun to root for. Even with all the injuries, here they are giving the Cavs (Lebron is my nemesis) a run for their money. That said: Even with a healthy Kyrie and Gordon, I think the Warriors are still the favorites. Even if you play perfect basketball, if the Warriors shoot well they’re going to win. They’re just dream crushers, what can you say. If it ends up being Celtics/Warriors this year I still think my boys are going to make GS work really hard for it.

IHM:

We’re looking forward to your show at Café Du Nord and years of meeting your Celtics in The Finals.

Handsome Ghost:

Thanks! Excited for San Francisco. Such a beautiful city.

Thanks for chatting with us, Handsome Ghost! So sorry the Warriors and Celtics won’t be meeting in The Finals after all, maybe next year! 

Listen to debut album Welcome Back:


For the rest of Handsome Ghost’s Welcome Back tour dates, click here.

Handsome Ghost: Website / Facebook / Soundcloud / YouTube / Twitter

April 13, 2018
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I HEART MOOSIQ interview : LOSTBOYCROW

interviewed by Nick

LA-based electropop artist Lostboycrow, who is currently out on his nationwide Spin The Globe tour with Prelow and DYSN, was kind enough to take some time out to chat with us about his music. We are, after all, huge fans of the musician and are immensely proud to have premiered some of his music in the past. 

Lostboycrow recently completed his Traveler trilogy by releasing the final EP in the series – Traveler: The Third Legend. OC Weekly has dubbed Lostboycrow a “poetic voice of the youth." 

Listen to the full EP above.


IHM:

You became Lostboycrow when you moved to LA. Did the alias stem from a sense of feeling loss in the madness of LA? 

Lostboycrow: I think subconsciously it did. I wrapped myself in new people and names that seemed like they had always been a part of me. It was a comforting sense of disorientation. Similar to feel at home on the road.

IHM:

You’ve basically released Trilogy with all your Traveler EPs. Maybe it’s my own bias but all the song titles feel like they can be book titles.  Was your intention to release Traveler in 3 parts? 

Lostboycrow: There had been a few songs recorded prior to the discussion of the three part album, but ever since traveler the album was conceptualized, it was always three. 

IHM:

How powerful are titles for you? I cant help but connect Lost-Boy-Crow all with the word Traveler. 

Lostboycrow:

Titles are probably the most powerful to me. I often think of my titles first and work backwards because they can inspire an entire song. Entire worlds of imagination. Which is why I believe them to be so inviting – for me as a writer but even more so for all of us listeners.

IHM:

If you could create the soundtrack to any movie what would it be?

Lostboycrow:

I think I just want to remake the Newsies – but honestly there are many stories that have yet to be told on screen and I’d love to be a part of them. We shall see what happens.

IHM:

You’ve toured with various artists. Are you the type of person who needs solitude while touring or do you prefer being surrounded by others? 

Lostboycrow:

It’s a bit of both. I think I need my quiet moments and routines to maintain sanity and health. But the road feels like such a home because I am surrounded by the ones I call family. Wouldn’t trade that.

IHM:

What are some typical routines for you as you tour? Do you explore the city or is it monotonous as driving into the city, soundcheck, eat, perform, then onto the next one? 

Lostboycrow:

It can be very routine. Perhaps monotonous to some but again, there are so many variables on the road and life in general that I’m very ok with that. It makes it easier once you’re in the swing of things. However I’m a traveler and I love to see people and places and touch the earth everywhere we go. The rest All kind of depends on the routing.

IHM:

Since this is the final segment of the trilogy, and you’ll be ‘traveling’ to tour it, how do you feel about the journey of this Traveler arc in your career? Is there a cathartic release like with ‘Sigh for Me’? Do you feel like a Phoenix has rises from these beautiful ashes?  

Lostboycrow:

It’s a beautiful arc. I feel like it’s really the first installment of Lostboycrow and everything has been leading up to this album. Everything after this album will be palpably different and exist intentionally on many different planets. It’s an interesting crux.

IHM:

It may be too forward thinking but What kind of artistic path or evolution do you see yourself taking on next? 

Lostboycrow:

I’m two albums ahead. I can’t wait to finish up what I’ve started and share the stories that are dying to get out.

IHM:

The tour ends on 4.20 in Santa Ana. Do you have plans on celebrating the tour by enjoying the sights and sounds of Coachella?

Lostboycrow:

No plans for Coachella. Not really a big festival guy and I always love to travel on my own terms after a tour as well (: I’m going to finish up the next album and get lost with people I love.

Find out more about Lostboycrow’s Spin The Globe tour, here. He’ll be back in the Bay on April 17th, when he headlines Cornerstone in Berkeley. Tickets are available, here. Follow Lostboycrow and his music on via website, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, or Spotify.

January 26, 2018
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It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but tomorrow night, IHM finally gets to take in the wondrous sounds of Australian-based, Netherlands-born, Iraqi-Syrian singer songwriter WAFIA live. She’s out on the road after having just released her new EP VIII, and she’s making her San Francisco debut at Popscene. I predict a transcendental, heart rending experience and a superb Friday night of live music. The 24 year old musician serenades us with grace and beauty on The Ending from her new EP. The track even features a guest cameo by FINNEAS, the gifted artist and brother to pop wunderkind Billie Eilish whom we’ve eagerly featured many times in the past, too. The Ending is a heart wrenching ballad and an understated lullaby built on heartbreak and anguish. Tender keys trickle next to WAFIA’s svelte voice. There’s a fragility to be found in The Ending, an ephemeral beauty that sweeps us off our feet. It’s a gorgeously balletic song that evokes British project RITUAL with its supple orchestral flourishes and aching vocals. 

Wafia says of her new record: “Writing this EP, I got really obsessed with the realization that nothing I ever make will be tangible. Even my voice, the only instrument I use, is intangible but so are any feelings and emotions that I write about. VIII is an exploration of that, as well as necessity and transparency.” VIII, out on Future Classic, can be streamed on Soundcloud, here. Support via other platforms, here. And learn more about her tour, here

October 27, 2017
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My social feeds were abuzz with excitement at the news of a new Lane 8 tour. The San Francisco native also whipped us into an ecstatic frenzy by revealing a new song named No Captain, featuring none other than long time alt R&B and synthpop favorites, Poliça. Channey Leanaugh lends her signature voice to this glassy sprawling, epic swelling electronic masterpiece. No Captain is sublimely enthralling. It engulfs us thoroughly, a swift reminder of Lane 8′s brilliance. Lane 8 will be releasing a new album, Little By Little, on January 19th. You can catch him live at SnowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe at the end of the year or Holy Ship early next year. Find out more about his massive tour next year, here.

Hallucinating On A Spiritual Level – Elohim Show Review

October 20, 2017

Reviewed by Nicholas Shutes

Hallucinating on a Spiritual Level – is what I dubbed the Alison Wonderland and Elohim Tour. The ’Sensation‘al Elohim has been one of my favorite up-and-coming artists. I was first introduced to her live show when she opened for LANY at Popscene SF in 2015, and she always dazzles the crowd.

After seeing her multiple times at Lollapalooza I honestly was more excited to catch her than the headliner at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA when the show was announced. Especially since this year she’s come out with tracks from a few of my favorite Chicago producers Whethan and Louis The Child.

As someone who follows her on Twitter I’ve been loving all the reactions to people discovering their new love Elohim. Wandering through the crowd at The Fox and hearing people ask “Who is this? She’s killing it!” made my heart smile with joy. It’s always thrilling to ride “The Wave” when an artist blows up.

Seeing how Elohim has done several festivals, is opening for Alison Wonderland and Jai Wolf to finish the year, I can’t wait till she’s headlining her own shows! Additionally I cannot wait to hear this unreleased song.

When you get the opportunity do not miss your chance to catch her show!

Follow Elohim on: Twitter / Soundcloud / Facebook

Learn more about her upcoming tour dates, here.

December 13, 2016

It was unfortunate, to say the least, that I missed Bear’s Den’s sold out show in San Francisco the last time they were in town. Lucky for me, the British band has announced a fresh new tour to begin the new year and I’ll get another chance when they stop by the Great American on January 18th. Along with the good news comes a brand new beauty of a tune named Berlin, on which the band waxes ever touching with their pastoral emotive rock. Melt away to the tender melancholy and dewy panorama of Berlin. Find out more about Bear’s Den’s forthcoming tour on their website. And if you happened to miss their album Red Earth & Pouring Rain, get it here, and prepare for a moving experience, one I couldn’t stop listening to on repeat after its summer release. 

July 12, 2016

Today brought us a ton of pleasing tour news. Not only is Bon Iver coming to the Fox Oakland this Fall, but RY X is stopping by San Francisco, too! I know where I’ll be both those splendid evenings to come. RY X, an Australian artist also known for his work with The Acid, has graced the pages of IHM many times over, always moving us with his atmospheric dream folk and poignant indietronica. Alongside his announcement of both a North American and a European tour this morning comes a video for Salt, a track off RY X ‘s excellent live recorded debut album Dawn. I’m always more than ready to be whisked away by RY X and his emotively heavy aesthetics, which on Salt are much like James Vincent McMorrow meets Buckley in a cinematic Sigur Rós setting. Head here for more information about RY X’s forthcoming tour. Debut album Dawn is available from iTunes.

March 28, 2016

POP ETC Interview – March 2016

*interviewed by Amy

It was a pleasure to chat with Brooklyn based indie band POP ETC as they embarked on their current tour alongside BANNERS and The Moth & the Flame. They’ll be performing here

tonight (Monday, March 28th), in San Francisco, at the Social Hall. More tour details can be found on their website. POP ETC’s recent album Souvenir is a fabulous must listen, regardless if you’re new to the band or have been a fan since they were known as The Morning Benders. Stream Souvenir off Soundcloud or Spotify, and purchase the album from iTunes, Amazon, or POP ETC’s online shop. Read on for some much insightful conversation!


IHM: Hey guys, congratulations on putting out such an amazing album in Souvenir!  I recall you posted on your socials that you really took your time with this one. How long did the three of you actually take to build such a cohesive release, and when it’s such a meticulous process over a prolonged length of time, how do you come to the final conclusion that… YES, this is it, we’re ready for the world to listen to our baby?

POP ETC (Chris): We took almost 3 years to make it, and yea, deciding when it was finished was definitely one of the most difficult parts. There’s no way to tell really, except when all three of us feel it’s complete. We made a promise to ourselves early on that we wouldn’t release anything until all three of us were 100% happy with it.

In the case of “Souvenir,” I was writing every day, so we wrote tons of songs. Over a hundred songs. We threw away a lot of songs. But slowly there was a kind of theme, or maybe it’s better to put it as a kind of feeling that sort of started to emerge, and certain songs that felt threaded together. The songs started to feel like a family of songs, and that’s when we knew the album was nearing completion.

IHM:

The album is entitled Souvenir, your second full length after changing your name to POP ETC.  I’ve noticed that the diverse songs on the release seem to bring together your older material as The Morning Benders with the POP ETC sound on your prior release. Care to shed some light on the choice of title? Is it a souvenir in the sense of what you take away from it, going forward, or is it a souvenir in the sense of it being a compendium of the past?

POP ETC (Chris):

Since I try and write every day, the songs I have been writing really start to take on the moods and events of my day to day life. Sometimes I would wake up and write a happy song, sometimes I would wake up and write a darker song. It could be inspired by anything from the weather that day, or something I was going through in a relationship or something in my life. I think we take for granted how every little thing affects our mood and the way we feel every day.

In a way this album is a “Souvenir” for us, it captures the feeling of what our lives have been like for the last few years. It’s a kind of time capsule. But beyond that, we also love the idea of people buying this album and having a souvenir for themselves, that they can then live with and listen to. I love how certain albums for me when I put them on instantly transport me back to the times when I discovered them or listened to them most. I hope “Souvenir” can be like that for some people down the line.

IHM:

Was there a song on Souvenir that was particularly hard to reveal, perhaps due to how much it divulges to the world of your own personal lives?

POP ETC (Chris):

Not really. I can be a pretty private person, so I’ve always enjoyed having songwriting as an outlet to explore things that I might not feel comfortable expressing face to face with someone. Of course, it’s also a matter of being able to write about things that wouldn’t really come up in conversation, or something more abstract that you can’t express with just words. But to answer your question, I don’t really feel I have a choice when it comes to writing songs that I am going to be singing. I need to write songs that are personal to me, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to sing them with conviction.

IHM:

Being an 80’s baby, I love how a multitude of the songs on Souvenir have that 80’s retro feel. Was this a specific decision to incorporate that sort of sound, because it’s something you happen to love, too?

POP ETC (Chris):

Of course we love a lot of those bands from the 80s, but it actually happened pretty haphazardly. Like I was saying before, we wrote so many songs, many of them had completely different sounds. It wasn’t until we wrote “Running In Circles” and “Please, Don’t Forget Me”, that we kind of honed in on that sound. We just really liked how the sounds from that era were mixing with the sentiment behind these songs. The combination seemed to create a feeling that we were always after, we just didn’t know it until we happened upon it by mistake.

IHM:

A lot of things have changed in the music world between the time you released 2008 debut album Talking Through Tin Cans and this year’s Souvenir. Has the advance of the digital age and the shift in the way people consume their music made a huge impact on the way you crafted and released Souvenir?

POP ETC (Chris):

Yes and no. The way we made the album was basically the same way we always make albums, we just took a lot longer this time. We’ve always been interested in writing full albums though, from day one. Even as listeners have gravitated away from that, with streaming, and listening to more single songs and curated playlists, etc, we still like to make albums. I think that just comes from growing up listening to The Beatles and Brian Wilson and these guys that really tried to make the album a cohesive, artistic statement. We love that format.

That said, when we released “Running In Circles” we actually hadn’t finished the album, which was pretty different for us. We had all the songs pretty much outlined, but much of it wasn’t recorded yet. The album actually didn’t end up coming out until a year later. So that ended up being a bit of a different, more modern approach.

IHM:

I know that when you changed your name to POP ETC, it was meant as a reference to being a versatile band that writes and delivers genre defying music that not only may be considered pop music, but could venture into the realm of many other genres, hence the “et cetera”. I’m curious if any long time fans from your The Morning Benders days completely misconstrued the change and missed the point of the “ETC”?

POP ETC (Chris):

To be honest, through the name change and just through making music for a while, I’ve come to just let go of all those expectations. Obviously in a perfect world everyone would get to hear the explanation from the artist themselves, and get to clarify anything they were confused about, and we’d all be on the exact same page, but it just doesn’t work like that. I feel that I can only keep making music as long as I’m passionate about it, and that means following inspiration wherever it takes me, and to a large degree, blocking out all the outside noise and feedback. I hope that doesn’t come off selfish, because we care about our fans so so so much, and we try to constantly show them that. I think our fans know that. But in the end, it’s the only way we can continue doing what we want to do, and stay true to ourselves.

IHM:

When POP ETC was The Morning Benders, you were based right here in the Bay, out of Berkeley. In fact, our respective time in Berkeley likely overlapped back in the mid 2000’s! How does living in Brooklyn compare to living in the Bay, and do you miss Berkeley a lot? Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Berkeley? Would you ever want to move back to the Bay Area?

POP ETC (Chris):

Apples and oranges! I love them both. I definitely miss Berkeley and the Bay, sometimes. I miss Cheese Board. And Chez Panisse. I love those spots. San Francisco is such a beautiful, singular city. I definitely miss just getting to see the the bay and the bridges and the fog and everything. I miss the mexican food. I definitely think there is a chance we’ll end up back in California some day, but honestly, who knows. Either way, we all grew up there, so it’ll always be a part of us.

IHM:

You’re about to embark on tour alongside The Moth & the Flame and BANNERS for SiriusXM and Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour. How excited are you to get back on the road to play songs off the new album, and do you miss touring?

POP ETC (Chris):

This tour has been AWESOME. We were in the studio so long, there were times when we lost sight of what we were doing, so it’s great to finally be out in the world playing these songs, where you get to see people respond to them in real time, and talk to them after the show and hear about how the music affects them. AND the other bands are super great and nice!! We’re one big happy family! It’s the best!!

IHM:

Chris, I sometimes see you speaking Japanese, seemingly fluently (I don’t know Japanese), in clips you post on POP ETC’s socials. I recall reading that you spent some time in Japan. Is there a very strong fan base for POP ETC in Asia, and do you plan on heading over there for some shows soon?

POP ETC (Chris):

I am definitely NOT fluent, but I am trying my best! Our band does do pretty well in Asia, and specifically in Japan. I’ve actually done quite a bit of production and songwriting stuff over there as well, so I spend a lot of time in Tokyo, that’s when I started picking up the language. We just confirmed that we are going to be playing at Summer Sonic in August. It’s a really great festival in Tokyo and Osaka, so we’re super excited. I think Radiohead and this awesome Japanese band we love called Sakanaction are headlining it, so we’re really looking forward to it!

IHM:

Do you listen to a lot of new and emerging bands and artists, if so, do you have any current favorites to recommend?

POP ETC (Chris):

Yes!! Lately we’ve been listening to a lot of our friends’ bands and we’d love to spread the word about them- WATERS, Mainland, PHASES, Declan McKenna, Dreamers,  Blake Mills… to name a few!!

IHM:

When the three of you aren’t bunkered down writing tunes or traveling around, enrapturing crowds from the stage, what are some of your favorite ways to unwind and have fun?

POP ETC (Chris):

We love food. We are constantly looking for new restaurants and new dishes and cuisines to try. In New York there are countless areas to explore, you could honestly spend a lifetime just doing that.

IHM:

Thank you, POP ETC, for taking the time to chat with I Heart Moosiq. We heart POP ETC! 

POP ETC (Chris):

Thank you!!


POP ETC’s Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud

January 20, 2015
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German trio Pool returns to grace IHM with more of their crunchy uptempo indie rock splendor, courtesy of a new video they’ve premiered for dance rocking treat Innervisions. Like other tracks I’ve shared from these fellas in the past, Innervisions is a punchy, catchy, dance rock leaning tune, full of buoyant guitar and a vibrant bass line.The video is crafted out of footage from their days on tour last fall, supporting The 1975. The track is available for free off Soundcloud. Pool is working on a debut album for release in spring. They also just announced some dates for the German leg of their album tour in April.

August 5, 2013
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Today brings us yet another gorgeous new tune from the amazing London Grammar. They also officially announced their first tour in the US this fall, which includes a stop in San Francisco which I’m very much looking forward to. Take a look at the dates below. I spent some time visiting some live clips and acoustic performance by London Grammar over the weekend, and they blew me away. I can only imagine how great this new tune, Feelings, will sound live. Feelings is the b-side on their EP for their song Strong, which we heard last week. London Grammar’s debut album If You Wait comes out on September 9, and I’ve already pre-ordered!