Allow Us To Point Westward Toward Lowry

On the weekend of August 7-8-9, the inaugural All Points West Music & Arts Festival will take place at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey . Among the headliners are Radiohead, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and our cherished duo Mates of States. They’re all great acts, but allow us to direct your attention to the band at the very bottom right of the flyer above.

A 5-piece from Brooklyn, Lowry plays Americana infused folk-rock tunes with harmonica, cello, banjo, and piano — and they’re great. Their sophomore album Love Is Dead isn’t expected until later this Fall, so don’t miss the chance to check out some of the new songs live. Lowry kicks off the festival on Friday the 7th.

Buy The Walkmen’s new album AND fight cancer

The Walkmen have become something of a musical institution in New York City, and the achievement of such popularity should come as no surprise. Their sound has been compared to U2, the Velvet Underground, and The Cure – bold but worthy comparisons. And the new album You & Me, officially being released August 19th, will only strengthen the fan foothold they have thus far established. The album is crunchy, raw, but not overdone. But wait, there’s more…

Starting TODAY, fans, soon-to-be fans, cheap music lovers, and people who support cancer research can purchase You & Me on Amie Street for only $5. For every album purchased, The Walkmen will donate $5 to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Luca Vasallo, a dear friend of the band who is battling the disease.

So go do your good deed for the day AND listen to great music. And while you’re at it, consider attending one of the upcoming shows The Walkmen have scheduled:

8/18 and 8/19 – The Bowery Ballroom – NYC

8/21 and 8/22 – Troubadour – Los Angeles

MP3: The Walkmen – In The New Year

Pas/Cal is Omnipresent (And A Band Of Reformed Thieves)

Apparently we’re not the only ones completely enthralled with Pas/Cal’s I Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura . So, check it out for yourself – listen to the full album stream on Spinner and then read the review excerpts below and see if you agree.

Pitchfork says, “Taking seven years to make an album may be decadent, but it’s a decadence intrinsic to PAS/CAL’s music, executed with an attention to detail uncommon in the often-slapdash world of indie pop.”

Metromix says, “Standout “Dearest Bernard Living” recalls Of Montreal (pre-Ziggy Stardust complex) and is completely disjointed, messy, unfocused and awesome.”

Pop Matters says, “PAS/CAL makes the kind of music you don’t hear too much these days. It’s intelligent. It’s full of ideas. It has richly painted, complex characters who you’re more likely to describe as “protagonists” than to automatically assume are projections of the band’s songwriter, Casimer Pascal. And best of all, it’s dressed up in the sort of unexpected pop costume that causes you to catch your breath at the infectious spirit of it all.”

Casimer Pascal says in an Artist Direct interview:

Q: What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?

A: I purchased my first multi-track recorder by being a look-out for a kid that stole car radios. I still have one of the radios in a drawer somewhere that I had planned on installing in my own car, if I was ever able to steal enough car radios to afford one. It never happened, obviously.

Finally, I hope you’re a devoted Daily Rind reader and already read our interview with Pascal, but if not, here’s a teaser:

Q: How did you feel about your song being in a Saturn commercial? Did you get free cars? Can we have one?

A: I wasn’t happy with it until I received the check. Then it took on a certain unrecognized beauty. Bikes are the new car, I’ll help you finance one.

MP3: Pas/Cal – Glorious Ballad Of The Ignored

They May Be Dodos, But They Ain’t No ‘Fools’

Dodo duo Meric Long and Logan Kroeber sure do know how to rock out a crowd, and they proved their abilities to a packed Pitchfork Festival just over a week ago in Chi Town! They’ve been endlessly touring, hitting up all the hot spots, including Cake Shop and the Siren Festival , with Pitchfork being their latest conquest.

Luckily for all of those who were unable to make it, Pitchfork TV is playing host to some fantastic video footage of their performance of “Fools.” Long’s dual-mic setup keeps him busy during the authentically emotional flowing tune, while Kroeber turns his modest setup into a completely different kind of instrument. Their energy can be seen in the crowd, who were definitely soaking in the atmosphere of the show and feeding it back to the Dodos, creating a machine of entertainment unattainable for most.

As for now, The Dodos are taking a short but well deserved break before hitting the European road again in early August. They arrive back in the States to their home shores of San Francisco in late September, and will be warmly welcomed back in NYC days later–accompanied by another Rind fave, Au ! We can’t wait!

MP3: The Dodos – Ashley
MP3: The Dodos – Fools

Ra Ra Rawk

You’ve got to love a band that mouths the lyrics along with the lead singer. Ra Ra Riot, now on tour, made their first appearance at Siren Music Festival this past Saturday along with other notable artists Dragons of Zynth, The Dodos, Stephen Malkmus, and Broken Social Scene.

Needless to say, the crowd for the RRR set was on the tips of their toes. There was a buzz in the air (no, not an air-born illness from the beach) and they certainly lived up to it during their dynamic performance.

“Ghost Under Rocks” was clearly a crowd favorite (with most of the audience mouthing the words right along with frontman Wesley Miles and the rest of the band). When a rambunctious Miles jumped the stage/VIP fence during standout track “Dying is Fine,” the polite singer then apologized for pushing people while leaping through the crowd.

In anticipation of RRR’s first full length album The Rhumb Line, set to drop August 19th via Barsuk, most of us here at Rind HQ absolutely Ra Ra rocked out at the show. If you missed it, don’t worry; they’ll be back in NYC October 17th, and just about everywhere else in the coming months.

Pictures after the jump…