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April 24, 2015

LOOPER

Stuart David has been making music as Looper since 1998 when he was still a member of Belle & Sebastian (he left in 2000). What started as a project with his wife, Karn, turned into a four-piece band and Looper released three albums between 1998 - 2002. (Looper's song "Mondo '77" was used in a lot of commercials and movies.) Then in the mid-'00s Stuart began suffering from chronic fatigue which all but ended his creative output. He's been getting better and 2015 makes a flurry of activity for him. He released The All-Night Cafe, a memoir of the early days of Belle & Sebastian, and a new Looper album, Offgrid:Offline which just came out via Mute. You can stream that in full, via Rdio, below.

That new album is also part of a career-encompassing Looper box set titled These Things, which rearranges the songs into five mixtapes categorized by genres. You can read more about that (and listen to it via Rdio) below. The box set also features liner notes by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. We've got a copy of both the These Things box set and The All-Night Cafe memoir to give away. Details below.

Belle & Sebastian, meanwhile, will play NYC's Radio City Music Hall in June.

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Little Dragon tour

Little Dragon's most recently announced show, a Governors Ball aftershow at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl (not to be confused with Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas which they're also playing), sold out quickly. It's not on the poster above, but it happens the night before they end their North American tour at Governors Ball. Their festival set, on Saturday, June 6th, happens the same day as Bjork, SBTRKT, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere, and more. Tickets to that are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest, and listen to stream of the band's recently-released Chet Faker remix of "Pretty Girls", below...

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April 19, 2015

photos by David Andrako

Bjork @ City Center - 4/01/15
Bjork

NY got SEVEN chances to see Bjork already this year, at Brooklyn's new King's Theatre, at Carnegie Hall, and at Manhattan's City Center where the last show took place on April 1st. Exclusive pictures from that one are in this post, along with the setlist which you can see below.

Bjork's next gig is also in NY, this time as co-headliner of the 2nd day of Governors Ball 2015 at Randall's Island. My personal favorite day this year, Saturday (June 6th) pairs Bjork with SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere and more. Tickets are still available for that day, and for all three days (though individual tickets for Friday are now sold out). WE ALSO HAVE A PAIR OF SATURDAY TICKETS YOU CAN WIN. Details on how to enter, with more pictures of Bjork, below...

Continue reading "Bjork played 7 NY gigs (pics); WIN GOVERNORS BALL tix (with Bjork, Future Islands, SBTRKT, Little Dragon, more)"

April 15, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Residuels at Beerland in Austin
Residuels

Philly garage punks Residuels have covered The Stooges and had the cover praised by Iggy Pop himself. They just opened the Philly stop of The Sonics' tour, and this Thursday (4/16) they'll be in NYC to open for the Buzzcocks show at Irving Plaza. So you probably have an idea of what you're getting from them -- classic-sounding stuff inspired by '60s garage rock and early punk -- and they do it well. Listen to their recent cassingle, "Valley Of Fire" (with Stoogers cover "I Got A Right" on the flip), below.

The Buzzcocks/Residuels show also has Otherworldy Things on the bill. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

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April 14, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Tallest Man on Earth in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tallest Man

The Tallest Man on Earth already released "Sagres" from his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home, one of his most fleshed-out tracks yet. Now he's put out the title track, which is far more stripped down. It's just Kristian Matsson and his acoustic guitar for most of the song, and it's even more somber than the last single (which was already pretty melancholic). Listen below.

Since we last spoke, fellow folk singer Hiss Golden Messenger was added as an opener to several dates on Tallest Man's tour (which will be full-band), including his NYC show.

The NYC show happens June 3 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are still available (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.

Details on how to enter, with the list of dates, below...

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photo: The Antlers at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Antlers

The Antlers were added as an opener to some dates on the upcoming Spoon tour, including the Brooklyn show happening June 16 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.

Details on how to enter to win, with The Antlers' list of tour dates, below...

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April 13, 2015

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The Juan Maclean's six-show Brooklyn residency is coming up, happening this Thursday - Saturday at Cameo (4/16 - 4/17) and next week at Union Pool (4/23 - 4/25). These will be the first live shows the Juan Maclean have done in a long time and here's what Juan and Nancy Whang have to say:

We're excited to get The Juan MacLean live band up and running again after six years. We think it will be fun and a little scary to rev up the engine at this series of Brooklyn shows. Every show will be a bit different as we work out new songs. There'll be songs from all three albums and we're psyched to be playing songs from "In A Dream" live for the very first time.
Tickets are still available to every show except this Friday (4/17) and Saturday (4/18, though tickets may be available at the door). We're also got a pair of tickets to give away to the 4/23 Union Pool show. Details are below.

The different openers for all the shows have also been announced, and include Delia Gonzalez, Gavin Russom, Computer Magic, Heidemann, DJ sets from Midnight Magic, Shit Robot and more. Show-by-show lineups for all six Juan Maclean shows are listed below...

Continue reading "The Juan Maclean announced openers for Brooklyn residency which starts this week ++ win tickets to 4/23 Union Pool show"

Bryan Ferry w/ Todd Terje @ Coachella 4/10/2015
bryan and todd

Todd Terje & the Olsens made their US live debut at Coachella on Friday (4/10), turning the stage into a jungle-themed cocktail bar. Their set offered up one of the weekend's surprises: Bryan Ferry came out to sing on his and Todd's cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary." The set also included singles "Delorean Dynamite," "Strandbar" and finished with "Inspector Norse" and a flock of dancers covered in Christmas lights. Video of "Johnny and Mary" and "Inspector Norse," and the setlist, are below. Did anyone stay up to watch the live broadcast?

Todd Terje & the Olsens will bring the party to NYC on July 21 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details below.

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April 10, 2015

photo: Morrissey in Austin, 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Morrissey

As you may know Morrissey is giving the North American tour another go and hopefully he'll remain in good health for the duration. Tickets for his June 27 Madison Square Garden show with special guests Blondie go on sale today at noon, but if you'd like to for free we're giving away a pair. Details below.

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April 8, 2015

by Bill Pearis

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Moon King's new album, Secret Life, is out next week via Last Gang. The duo of Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde have grown a lot, musically, since their last record and Secret Life is a much more nuanced work, with baroque and electronic elements woven into their dreampop sound. Check it out for yourself -- you can stream the whole thing now, via Fader, below.

The band's tour with Doldrums (aka Daniel's brother Airick) -- Moon King have their own set and play as part of Doldrums as well -- hits NYC next week, playing Mercury Lounge on April 17 (tickets) and Baby's All Right on April 18 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets for the Baby's show on Facebook.

Doldrums, meanwhile, have just shared the video for "Loops," directed by Lily X, which is one of the standout cuts on his very good new album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare. That album is out now via Sub Pop and can be streamed below, as well.

Continue reading "Moon King streaming 'Secret Life' LP; Doldrums share "Loops" video ++ win tix to their Baby's All Right show"

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