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Hyper-ragers swoon to Autre Ne Veut, dance to Delorean at Making Time (photos, review)

All photos by Rachel Barrish | RaddRhapsodies.com

It was billed as a hyper-rager, and it certainly did not disappoint – the March edition of Dave P‘s Making Time was a stacked triple-bill, with noisy Montreal synth rockers Doldrums, expressive R&B crooner Autre Ne Veut and Spanish dance-rock outfit Delorean.

After Doldrums’ colorful set involving puffy knit headwear and trashcan percussion, Autre Ne Veut took the stage to a tightly packed room. The project of Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin played Philadelphia this winter on a reportedly sparsely-attended lineup at Johnny Brenda’s – a drag, since his intense style of performing both requires a crowd to vibe off of and deserves a crowd to take in. The teeming crew on the Voyeur main floor seemed like a just recompense, and Ashin strutted the front row, pumped his fist in the air from off the monitor, fell to his knees, made emotive faces and sang acrobatic vocal riffs. The three-piece band worked wonders on tracks from this year’s Anxiety - particularly “Ego Free Sex Free” and “Play by Play” – and while they didn’t venture particularly far from the album arrangements, Ashin’s stage presence elevated the songs to a whole other level.

While Autre Ne Veut confirmed the live reputation I’d been hearing so much about, Barcelona’s Delorean were a total surprise. The band makes sweetly shimmering synthpop, the sort of thing that typically-speaking sounds great coming out of headphones but falls flat in performance. Not these guys, though. Their onstage energy was massive, carrying hints of torch-bearers New Order and Erasure and contemporaries Hot Chip – artists that can make electronic pop work in a band context – and the riled-up crowd totally fed off of it. Points also for slaying the late 80s club nugget “Ride on Time” by Black Box. Check out photos of the night in the gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Voyeur for Making Time, Divers at The Fire, Janelle Monae at Penn’s Spring Fling, David Bromberg Quartet at Landis Theater, Netherfriends at Church of the Advocate

ANVAutre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub.  Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin.  Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French.  Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”

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Making Time with Delorean, Jacques Greene, Autre Ne Veut & Doldrums on April 12

makingtimeautre Here’s a Making Time event you don’t want to miss. On Friday, April 12th, Dave P and the Making Time crew present Montreal DJ Jacques Green, Autre Ne Veut (one of our favorite bands we saw at SXSW), Delorean and the Montreal band Doldrums at Voyeur Nightclub. Go here for tickets and more information. Don’t forget to listen to the April edition of Making Time RADio hosted by Dave P next Friday, April 5th from 7-9PM.

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10 bands we loved at SXSW

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese

Last week at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Key editor, John Vettese, and I saw a collective 58 bands in 3 days. Here are ten that stood out:

Sir Sly – This five piece from Los Angeles have a confident and charismatic front man, grooves and hooks galore.

Little Green Cars – Dublin’s Little Green Cars charmed us with their gorgeous harmonies and finely honed control of rock and roll dynamics. Lead singers Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke are like the Buckingham/Nicks of Ireland.

PAWS – This three piece from Glasgow play very catchy, garagey, fuzzy, guitar driven pop-rock. Just the way we like it.

Nick Cave kicked off NPR Music’s SXSW shows on Wednesday night at Stubb’s with full force. He plays tonight at the Keswick. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Johnny Brenda’s, Cusses at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Jody Rogac
Photo by Jody Rogac
Autre Ne Veut celebrates the release of Anxiety at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The record follows up Arthur Ashin’s 2010 self-titled debut and references the musician’s experiences with psychoanalysis and anxiety through the lens of relationships.  With Asher’s hooky falsetto and R&B beats accented by dream-pop synths and spacious choral backing vocals Anxiety is a sonic amalgam of his life up to this point influenced by the transcendent nature of karaoke.   Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Majical Cloudz can be found here.  Watch the video for “Counting” below.

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Stream Autre Ne Veut’s Anxiety at Pitchfork Advance (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/26)

AUTREPitchfork Advance has gotten its hands on the new, magnificent Autre Ne Veut effort Anxiety ahead of it’s Software Records release next week.  Written and recorded while Arthur Ashin was participating in psychoanalysis treatments during grad school, the record is as much a cathartic release for the listener as it was for the musician himself.  Stretching from piece-y experimental compositions to full, R&B influenced tracks Anxiety pulls inspiration from psychological occurrences both lyrically and sonically with Ashin often exploring the notions of death, dreams and his own personal experiences with anxiety.  Autre Ne Veut will be at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, February 26th with Majical Cloudz for the release of the sophomore album; tickets and information can be found here (R5 tipped the show as their most looked forward to).  Stream Anxiety on Pitchfork Advance here and watch the video for “Counting” below.

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