Just Announced: Real Estate headlining “biggest Philly show ever” at Union Transfer on 4/3

With their third LP, Atlas due out on March 4th, indie rock crew Real Estate announced their biggest Philly headlining show to date, playing Union Transfer on Thursday, April 3rd. Tickets are on sale now via the venue’s website. When the band played WXPN’s Free at Noon in 2012, they debuted a new song called “In My Car.” Check out a fan video of the song below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wild Flag at The Troc, Real Estate at First Unitarian Church

Wild Flag

Many bands are loved sight unseen, but not Wild Flag. Wild Flag packed shows along the west coast before they even released their debut album. (Loved sound unheard, perhaps?) Of course, they weren’t completely mysterious. All four members had played together in some context: Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss played in Sleater-Kinney together, toured with Mary Timony’s band Helium, and played shows with Rebecca Cole’s band, The Minders. There’s more overlap to it than that, but for simplification’s sake, it’s safe to say that fans of the four women’s previous projects could anticipate what would spring from their latest collaboration. The result is a reckless kind of rock-n-roll that’s as much fun as Brownstein’s other current project, Portlandia, but deserves to be taken far more seriously.  Wild Flag performs with Hospitality and Blood Feathers at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero. –NaomiShavin

Some performers refuse to accept the marred reputation often associated with those who hail from New Jersey. Jersey born and bred indie-rock band Real Estate proudly represents its home by constructing songs with beachy themes and shore-related song titles, such as “Atlantic City,” “Let’s Rock The Beach” and “Suburban Beverage.” Vocalist Martin Courtney sings each tune in suave tenor and with such a dreamy sense of ease that one could imagine themselves lying on warm sand. Though the band now resides in Brooklyn and has traveled as far as Barcelona during touring months, it remains true to its Jersey roots through its buoyant arrangements, leading listeners back to the true beauty the shore has to offer. Real Estate performs with The Twerps and Belgrade at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. -Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Neon Indian performs with Friends at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15.


Real Estate to return to Philly, kick off 2012 spring tour April 3rd at First Unitarian Church

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

The members of Real Estate announced today that they’ll kick off their spring U.S. tour in Philly this April. The band has been touring in the States, Europe, and Australia since November promoting its album Days. “Easy”, the next single from Days, will be released on vinyl and digitally March 5th, but is available for pre-order now. Real Estate played a Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live back in January, which you can listen to here. (You can also read our review here.) Tickets for the April 3rd show at First Unitarian Church go on sale tomorrow at noon. Full tour dates below.

3- Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church
4- Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
5- Richmond, Va. @ Strange Matter
6- Raleigh, N.C. @ Hopscotch Presents at Lincoln Theatre
7- Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club
8- Oxford, Miss. @ Cats Purring Dude Ranch
9- Little Rock, Ark. @ Rev Room
10- Dallas, Texas @ Club Dada
11- Austin, Texas @ The Mohawk
15- Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
19- Mexico City, Mexico @ Caradura
20- Seattle, Wash. @ The Neptune
22- Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
23- Santa Cruz, Calif. @ Catalyst Atrium
24- San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
25- Reno, Nev. @ Holland Project
26- Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
27- Englewood, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
28- Lawrence, Kansas @ Bottleneck
29- St. Louis, Mo. @ Plush
30- Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall

1- Harrisburg, Pa. @ Appalachian Brewing Co.


Recap: Real Estate’s Free At Noon performance at World Cafe (Jan. 13th, 2012)

Photo by Joe del Tufo

Real Estate’s sunny, relaxed sound spoke for itself at last Friday’s Free At Noon. Literally: The band members hardly said a word during the entire set. Instead, they played diligently from their new album, Days, while the audience stood nodding and toe tapping. Though the show didn’t inspire dancing, the new songs from Days moved beautifully. The album is a natural progression from the band’s chillwave debut, and it’s packed with lush, catchy tracks like “It’s Real” and “Out Of Tune.” The adjective “minimalist” seems to pop up in every critical review of Days, and it seems fitting to the band’s sound and performance.

Real Estate’s set up is fairly simple: a keyboard, two guitars, a bass, and a drum set. The band was originally formed by Martin Courtney, Matthew Mondanile, Alex Bleeker, and Etienne Pierre Duguay. The core members, Mondanile, Bleeker, and Courtney, met in high school and their beach-rock-packaged nostalgia for their younger days garnered immediate comparisons to the Beach Boys. The addition of keyboardist Jonah Maurer in 2011 was a big move for the group. The group also replaced Duguay on drums with Jackson Pollis last year. Despite changing its line-up, Real Estate hasn’t lost any of its warm, nostalgic charm. In fact, the members seem to have delved deeper into it. The group’s video for “It’s Real” features Courtney, Mondanile, Bleeker, and Pollis watching mock-archival footage of the three original Real Estate members playing with a beloved family dog that somehow seems to belong to each of the boys equally.

Real Estate’s commitment to revisiting the quiet moments of their friendship with understated, simple sounds makes it nearly impossible for the group’s performance to be exciting. Watching them is a bit like stumbling upon one of their high-school jam sessions. They communicate what to play with glances and nods, and the lyrics are nearly unintelligible. For the majority of their set, Real Estate seemed stuck down memory lane, with only a vague awareness that the audience wanted to join them. Real Estate’s dazed performance picked up suddenly, though, when they decided to play an encore for the audience at World Café Live after the show ended. They came back on goofy and conversational, as if they’d simply been shy in front of company. They talked about New Jersey, Fishtown, and the Giants. They decided to play a song they claimed they hadn’t played live in two years, and they sounded thrilled to be performing it. Real Estate closed the afternoon not with another sun-drenched song from Days, but with “Snow Days,” the polar opposite. Ending on a softer, more emotional track from their debut gave the audience a view into the deeper side of the group’s dynamic, and couldn’t have been a better note to end on. —Naomi Shavin

Set List:

1. Easy
2. Green Aisles
3. Municipality
4. Out of Tune
5. It’s Real
6. Wonder Years
7. In My Car
8. Younger Than Yesterday
9. Snow Days (Encore)


Listen to Real Estate’s Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

From NPR Music:

Real Estate doesn’t take long to set a tone of wistful, rose-colored nostalgia on Days, its second album of reverb-y beach-pop. Given thatThe Beach Boys made a virtually eternal career out of a similar formula — cheery romanticism that masks an undercurrent of alienated melancholy — it’s easy to get behind the band’s winsome charms, which are surprisingly well suited to the arrival of cool weather. The band’s music may cry out to be heard through a beachside boom box on the New Jersey shore, but singer-guitarist Martin Courtney’s words look back in bittersweet regret: “Our careless lifestyle / It was not so unwise,” he sings in the chorus of “Green Aisles.”

You can listen to the performance in its entirety here.


Watch the new video for “Easy” by Real Estate (performing a Free At Noon concert at WCL this Friday)

Real Estate has just released the new Tom Scharpling-directed video for the song “Easy” off last year’s album Days, which came out in October via Domino. The New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based indie-rock band will be dropping World Cafe Live on Friday, January 13th, for a Free At Noon concert before heading out the following night for a series of dates in support of the album. Tickets to the show are free, but you have to RSVP, which you can do here.

You can watch the video for “Easy” below (from Funny Or Die).


Just Announced: Real Estate to perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday, Jan. 13th

This just in: Real Estate will be dropping by World Cafe Live on Friday, January 13th, for a Free At Noon concert. The New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based indie-rock band will be heading out on the road the following night for a series of dates in support of its sophomore album, Days (released in October by Domino). Tickets to the show are free, but you have to RSVP—which you can do here (once tickets become available). Tickets for tomorrow’s Free At Noon concert with The Front Bottoms are still available; you can RSVP here.


Video: Watch two new live tracks by Real Estate (performing Nov. 11th at Johnny Brenda’s)

Psychedelic beach-rock outfit Real Estate debuted two new tracks, “Green Aisles” and “All The Same,” at a recent performance in Manhattan’s Webster Hall during a FADER release party. The new songs come from the group’s sophomore album, Days, which drops next Tuesday. The performance was the start of a long tour for the members of Real Estate, who will be stopping at Johnny Brenda’s next month (Monday, November 11th) as one of many dates throughout Europe and the US. In the meantime, you can catch footage of the group performing those new tracks via FADER.