Elm City PopFest


Panda Riot bringing Chicago ‘swirl-pop’
April 16, 2010, 1:12 pm
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We’re glad to finally get Chicago’s Panda Riot to come to New Haven. The band will be on an East Coast tour that lines up perfectly with the Elm City PopFest. I’ve been enjoying this band since I first heard their stellar full-lengt “She Dares All Things.” Panda Riot has a fun, swirling pop sound with a bit of shoegaze and a bit of dancy, sonic bliss.

From the band’s Web site:

Brian Cook, Rebecca Scott and a drum machine formed Panda Riot in Philadelphia while working on a short film. The underwater scenes and airplane shots inspired a blissful, swirl-pop sing-along, sonar sort of aesthetic that was so delightful they made a band out of it. Rebecca’s breathy soprano wafts above the dancy drum machine beats, blown out guitar booms and a keyboard plugged into a death-metal pedal. They added bassist Justin and are now based in Chicago. … Their sound has been compared to Portishead, My Bloody Valentine and The Swirlies, with a lot of hot.

And from Alternapop.com:

While the first movement of the “scene that celebrated itself” originated in southern England, the second movement seems to be coming from Chicago, and dream pop juggernaut Panda Riot is one of the best of the crop.

Panda Riot stays true to cannon, taking cues from their forefathers The Swirlies, Helium, and Velocity Girl. However, Panda Riot’s devastating noise is cut with silky and sunny anthems, replete with instantly hummable melodies. The group not only displays an affable approach to music, they also show humor whenever possible – and their cover of MIA’s “Paper Planes” became one of Hype Machine’s most popular tracks of 2008.

The group’s engaging, audio-visual-sensory overload live show has put them in front of the likes of School of Seven Bells, Twin Tigers, and Akron/Family, a WOXY Lounge session in August of 2009, as well as got R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe to grip two of their CDs (have the group tell you the story sometime) when they played Athens’ Popfest.

Check out the video for “Motown Glass” off of the band’s “Far and Near” EP:

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Roadside Attractions to open Saturday matinee

New London’s Roadside Attractions will bring a little western swing to the Elm City when they open the popfest’s Saturday matinee show. Roadside Attractions are working hard pushing their new album, Whispers, on New London’s Cosmodemonic Telegraph label, and we’re pleased to have them come to New Haven. Hopefully they’ll bring some people with them from The Wailing City.

From the Cosmodemonic web site:

Wrung from the rags of New London’s speakeasies, Roadside Attractions stir together a wicked musical cocktail, drawing from the deep well of the American songbook. Fusing honky-tonk torch vocals with swing and gypsy fiddling, swirling jazz-pop, and zydeco and ragtime harmony singing, they bring together the gems of their own original songs with a top-shelf selection of beloved American broadsides of a bygone age.

Sweet singing chanteuse Daphne Glover has her roots in the folk community where she developed her wares from an early age with The Windlasses and later the still active Ida Red. With her new outfit, Roadside Attractions, she delves into the swinging jazz of Blossom Dearie and the sexy pop sensibilities of Feist and Neko Case.

And from The New London Day:

Featuring the sultry voice of Daphne Glover, whose melodies and delivery would be at home in a ’30s Parisian café, a midnight set in a Nashville honky-tonk, or a blues juke in East Baton Rouge, the Attractions are one of the area’s finest and most unique bands. But it’s not just Daphne. Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Craig Edwards, who’s fluidly adept in styles from sea chanteys to zydeco; drummer Matt Gouette, a fine pop songwriter in his own right; and bassist Brad Bensko round out the group – across the board, this is a really intuitive unit.

The matinee show begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at ArtSpace New Haven, 50 Orange Street at Crown Street. Roadside Attractions will open the show.



This just in: The Field Recordings added to Saturday afternoon line-up
March 6, 2010, 5:58 pm
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Danbury, CT’s The Field Recordings have just been added to the Saturday afternoon portion of the pop fest. This bands been getting some major buzz around CT lately and we’re happy to have them on board. More details about The Field Recordings to come.



PopFest schedule announced

Here is the schedule for this year’s Elm City PopFest. There is the possibility more bands will be added, but this should be enough to get you excited.

FRIDAY, MAY 14
PopFest kick-off show @ Cafe Nine 9 p.m.
250 State Street, New Haven, CT
Boy Genius (NYC) with special guest Mr. Ray Neal
Veronica Falls (UK)
Steven Deal (Milford, CT)
The Wee Bees (New Haven)
The Nathan Hall Band (Southport, CT)

SATURDAY, MAY 15
Afternoon show @ ArtSpace New Haven 2 p.m.
50 Orange Street (at Crown Street), New Haven, CT
Eula (New Haven)
Panda Riot (Chicago)
Midstates (Chicago)
The Fictional West (New Haven)
Roadside Attractions (New London, CT)

ArtSpace Underground @ Elm City PopFest 8 p.m.
50 Orange Street (at Crown Street), New Haven, CT
Butterflies of Love (New Haven)
The Secret History (NY)
Procedure Club (New Haven)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
PopFest follow-up show @ Cafe Nine 9 p.m.
250 State Street, New Haven, CT
The Tyler Trudeau Attempt (New Haven)
Women’s Basketball (New Haven)
Horowtiz (UK)
Plus possible special guests

Boy Genius will return to headline the Friday kick-off show and they’ll be joined by special guest Mr. Ray Neal of Miracle Legion. Those that saw The Geniuses and Mr. Ray play during the Steven Deal record release show caught a great set. Veronica Falls will be joining us all the way from the UK. This is their first U.S. tour and we’re proud to be their first stop. The band has a great pop/shoegaze sound and they have a recent release on the Captured Tracks label. Steven Deal will be back to tear things up with his brand of powerpop.

Panda Riot and Midstates will be making a stop Saturday afternoon on their tour from Chicago. Midstates plays some great psych-influenced pop and Panda Riot should impress with their shoegaze sounds. Eula will bring the rock to the ArtSpace gallery in the early evening.

The ArtSpace Underground will feature The Secret History, featuring My Favorite’s Michael Grace as well as Lisa Ronson, daughter of glam legend and Bowie-collaborator Mick Ronson. The Butterflies of Love will close out the weekend. We’re proud to have the Butterflies of Love fresh from the success of the Mark Mulcahy tribute shows.

Come back Wednesday, May 26 for the debut of Tyler Trudeau side project Women’s Basketball as well as a visit from UK popsters Horowitz. There may be other special guests from overseas as well.

Check this blog often between now and the pop fest for special posts on all the bands.



Procedure Club

We’re very pleased to finally be able to book New Haven’s own Procedure Club for the Saturday evening ArtSpace Underground @ Elm City PopFest. Adam and Andrea create pop music in the vein of Black Tambourine, Beat Happening and The Bartlebees, among other influences. Procedure Club are in high demand in New Haven, having recently opened for Gary War at the last BAR show. They were also scheduled to open for The Beets, Beach Fossils and Christmas Island before those bands canceled due to weather. I also heard a rumor that Procedure Club may have something brewing with Captured Tracks … ? True or not … Procedure Club are hot right now and we’re glad to have them as part of ECPF.

Check out the video above from the last BAR show.