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.
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
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.
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).
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.
The New Jersey band Real Estate recently released their second album, Days. They are playing at Johnny Brenda’s on Monday, November 21st. Tickets to the 21+ show are $12.00. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Green Aisles” from the album.