Posted in To Do | music on October 20, 2011

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Silver Swans - He Doesn't Know Why (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tunabunny - Only at Night (MP3)

Metronomy (more by Chris La Putt)

My big pick for tonight would be Metronomy at Music Hall of Williamsburg but it's sold out. There will be badges let in but, you know, get there early. Their new album The English Riviera is one of my favorites of the year, "The Look" is a contender for Single of the Year and Metronomy's show at River Rocks this summer was one of my favorite concert moments of 2011. If you have a badge and like them at all you should try to go.

Also playing are Class Actress whose album Raproacher was released this week. While I'm not sold on the C.A. live experience I do like the album -- it got a 7.1 on Pitchfork today. Caged Animals are before that (I like their album quite a bit) and True Womanhood.

Silver Swans

Keeping things dancey but much more accessible (in a physical, get in the show kind of way) are San Francisco's Silver Swans who play tonight at The Delancey (10PM). Their album Forever is in the can just waiting for someone to release it, and it's terrific I think. A little Knife-y at times but they're doing their own thing. You can download Silver Swans' slinky cover of Fleet Foxes "He Doesn't Know Why" at the top of this post. If you can't go tonight, they play Bruar Falls tomorrow at 8PM.

Tunabunny

My other call-out pick for Thursday night is Tunabunny who are from Athens, Georgia and play Bruar Falls at 11PM. Yes, the name is kind of horrible but give them a listen, it's well worth your time. The quartet have a ramshackle, dissonant sound that is a little early '80s (Raincoats, Pastels) and a little early '90s (Helium, first album Breeders, Scrawl) but there are some quality pop hooks amongst the calamity. The band just released their second album, Minima Moralia, on the Happy Birthday to Me label. It's good!

The Bruar Falls show is a HBTM showcase that also features Red Pony Clock, Eureka California, Flash to Bang Time, Afternoon Naps and Fishboy. Tunabunny also play the Ace Hotel on Sunday night (10/23) for those who need one more night of rock music.

As for whole showcases to check out, Sub Pop and subsidiary label Hardly Art have put together a combo roster of heavy hitters: Xray Eyeballs, GEM CLUB, Jacuzzi Boys, Memoryhouse, Still Corners, J Mascis and headliners Dum Dum Girls. Sold out but they will accept some CMJ badges...so go early... the whole lineup is killer. And go early 'cause you never know what Xray Eyeballs' frontman OJ is gonna do. They've also got a new zombified new video which you can watch over at Impose. If you miss it, J Mascis also plays our day party Friday. Still Corners play our day party at Knitting Factory today.

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Snarky online video show Weird Vibes has put together an authentic alt line-up for you to carefully consider and tweet about at Cameo: Keepaway, Pat Jordache, MillionYoung, Headless Horseman and Weekend (who play our own CMJ showcase Friday night).

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Or you could go see a bunch of French indie bands at Santos. That will probably be pretty entertaining. (I mean that for real.) Zenzile, The Inspector Cluzo, Stranded Horse will rock you en Francais. Also it's free if you RSVP.

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If you're out in the Gowanus/Park Slope area, you can head to Littlefield for a very sweet lineup of local talent, including Frankie Rose's only CMJ show and likely last one ever with this line-up of her band. She says her new record, our early 2012 on Slumberland, is too different and will need a rethink on how to play it live. Consider me intrigued, Frankie.

The other bands on the bill include Widowspeak, Talk Normal, Blues Control, Amen Dunes and Noveller. Littlefield is a really cool venue, so hit this one and just relax and know you're staying in one place all evening. Who needs all this running around?

King Krule

UNNOFICIAL NIGHTTIME ACTION:

I was really impressed with King Krule last night at Glasslands, despite some shitty sound, whose set was one part jazz pop and one part early '80s Mike Leigh. He's the real deak. Catch his at Shea Stadium tonight as part of the Gorilla Vs Bear/YoursTruly party that also has Grimes, Dent May, Main Attrakionz, Gauntlet Hair, The Bins & Bleached. The show is free but you need to RSVP.

International Tapes is throwing a shindig at 285 Kent with Com Truise, Dom, Laurel Halo, Porcelain Raft, La Big Vic and Beige. All ages, $10.

OK, that's a lot of good suggestions. Go see some music tonight! Flyers and videos are below.

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Metronomy - Everything Goes My Way

Silver Swans - Meet Me Somewhere Nice

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Comments (15)


It's all about Slowdance at the Knitting Factory tonite.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:03 PM

POPGUN AT GLASSLANDS DUH

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TINY VICTORIES

TURBO FRUITS

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WEEKEND

YOUNG MAGIC

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Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:05 PM

Hey, Alright! Hipster Urkel Is Back!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:29 PM

seriously? SERIOUSLY?! has the world run out of names for bands that you must settle on ... tunabunny? don't get me wrong, the little chicklette, or, bunny i should say, hiding behind the book is quite adorable. still. that name ... ugh.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:33 PM

wnyu showcase is going to rule

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:38 PM

He's the gay love child of Urkel, Green Velvet and Lamar from Revenge of the Nerds!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:24 PM

285 kent info is wrong:

Widowspeak
-DIVE
--Amen Dunes
---Woodsman
----Dustin Wong
-----Hoop Dreams

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 4:08 PM

Tunabunny and King Krule? No thanks sounds like bad processed old food.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 5:34 PM

what's up with Shea Stadium. set times. peeps on fb are buggin out with RSVP stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 6:47 PM

If Hipster Urkel and Frohawk got in a fight, who would win?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:07 PM

I imagine it would be a draw seeing as no one really wins a slap fight.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 8:04 PM

Tunabunny should rebrand themselves as Tuna Taco. At least that's more honest.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 7:43 AM

I love it

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 8:29 PM

Are you lovin' it jordon ?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2013 9:55 PM

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