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March 25, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
Australian group Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders just played a bunch of shows at SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/21). Seeing them live, Jack's bravado-filled voice fits his very tall frame well, and the band rose to the challenge of the noon opening slot well. Pictures from their performance at our show are in this post. If you haven't checked out Jack's album, Playmates, it's the kind of neon-reflected-on-rainy-streets synthnoir that might've fit in on Miami Vice or Less Than Zero. You can stream it below.
The band, which includes talented eccentric Kirin J Callinan, are in NYC now and will play Rough Trade on Thursday (3/26) with former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
Kirin & Donny in "The Edge" video
Meanwhile, Kirin is playing a free show tonight (3/25) at Baby's All Right. He'll be doing two sets: one solo, and one as a duo with Dreamlanders bassist and solo artist in his own right, Donny Benet and "there may even be a surprise performance from another associated act." Again, it's free and anything with Kirin J Callinan is pretty much guaranteed not to be boring. Is Connan Mockasin in town?
You can watch a video of Kirin and Donny performing "The Edge" (which is something to behold) below. That is from Donny's album, Weekend at Donny's which is more synthy '80s style eclecticism. In addition to Kirin, features guest lead vocals from Jack Ladder, The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, and other offbeat Australian indie luminaries. You can stream that below too.
Recently reunited indie/emo veterans Kind Of Like Spitting put out their latest effort, a split LP with Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers, with Topshelf Records last month. Stream the album in full below.
Kind Of Like Spitting's tour with The City On Film and Lee Corey Oswald kicks off tonight (3/25) in Denver and winds its way around the US before closing out in Seattle in April.
We're giving away tickets to the Chicago and NYC shows, which happen at Beat Kitchen on 3/27 and Studio at Webster Hall on 4/1, respectively. NYC is also with Living Room. Contest details below.
KOLS' Ben Barnett is also set to play a solo set with Rocky Votolato and former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone the night after the full band NYC stop at Suburbia on April 2. That show doesn't have any advance tickets, it's $10 at the door.
All Kind Of Like Spitting dates, giveaway details and a stream of the split LP, below...
March 24, 2015
JSBX @ Liedy's Shore Inn 3/23/2015 (via @spins)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are in the midst of their guerilla-style Five Borough Freedom Tour, which hits a tiny NYC venue (plus one in Jersey) every day this week in celebration of their excellent new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015. Last night (3/25) was the kickoff show at Liedy's Shore Inn in Staten Island, which had Jon belting it out on top of the bar. Anybody go to that? The tour hits Cake Shop tonight (3/24) and to get tickets you had to buy the record from Other Music/Insound/Turntable Lab. That's now basically sold out (a few tickets will be available at the door) but if you'd still like to squeeze in, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details are below.
As mentioned, after this week's NYC shows, the JSBX will go out on a proper North American tour, including Bowery Ballroom on May 28. Tickets for that are still available, and we're giving away a pair for that show too. Details below.
March 18, 2015
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Kate Tempest @ SXSW, Latitude 30 3/17/2015
She admits, it's taken 10 years to get to Austin. She seems joyous, unwilling to waste a moment. "Do me a favor," she begs, "be in this room, put your phones away."Kate Tempest has already won over a lot of folks in the UK with 2014's terrific Everybody Down and she's now set to convert America, starting this week at SXSW. She played her second show in Austin last night at a BBC-presented showcase at Latitude 30 (which becomes the British Music Embassy during SXSW). Pictures from that show are in this post.
Being here makes evocative sense for her. After all, it's not just the unruly shock of hair shoved under a cap that summon specters of Janis Joplin, but the sense of a genre turned on its ear. Acid House sensibilities, trip-hop sensitivities, and grime grittiness combine as a state of the nation address to UK rap, sparking dancing in the rain-spotted crowd outside. - [Austin Chronicle]
After Austin, her tour will head east, with two sold-out NYC shows: March 24 at Mercury Lounge and March 25 at Rough Trade. If you missed out on tickets to those shows, you can win a pair to see Kate Tempest at Rough Trade. Details below.
Kate will then be back in May and June for a more extensive North American tour, including an appearance at NYC's Governors Ball. Updated dates, including remaining SXSW appearances, are listed below.
In other news, Kate (who won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for her book of poetry, Brand New Ancients) based the songs on Everybody Down on her novel, Hold Your Own, which was just published last week by Bloomsbury.
Stream Everybody Down and check out a few videos, below...
March 13, 2015
by Bill Pearis
photo: Ultimate Painting @ Elvis Guesthouse 3/12/2015 (via @panachebooking)
UK group Ultimate Painting and Australia's Twerps are in NYC currently and are playing two shows this weekend:March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to both are still available but if you'd like to go to tonight's Rough Trade show for free, we're giving away a pair. Details below.
Last night (3/12) Ultimate Painting played a surprise, late night show at Elvis Guesthouse which is quickly becoming the place for secret squirrel activity. Their 40-minute set included a lot of last year's self-titled debut, plus two songs from their next album which is currently being mastered by Total Control's Mikey Young for release on Trouble in Mind later this year. (Stay tuned for details on that.) James Haore and Jack Cooper's VU/Dead-style guitar interplay comes off even better live than on record, and their rhythm section (Jack's Mazes bandmate Neil Robinson and CoCoComa's Anthony Cozzi on bass) is tight.
Next week, Ultimate Painting and Twerps will be in Austin for SXSW. Updated dates, including all announced SXSW shows, are listed, along with Rdio streams of their albums and contest details, below.
March 4, 2015
Mitski (photo by Kenneth Bachor)
Brooklyn songwriter Mitski won us over with last year's Bury Me At Makeout Creek, a great mix of folk, lo-fi indie rock, and art pop that contained one of our favorite songs of the year. Now she's signed to Don Giovanni for its TBA followup making her labelmates with Screaming Females, Priests, California X and more.
The Hundred Waters run hits NYC NYC at MHOW this Thursday, 3/5 (tix), the Screaming Females run hits NJ April 4 at Asbury Lanes (tickets), and the Speedy/Krill run hits NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 25 (tickets). All of those bands also play SXSW.
In semi-related news, Mitski's new labelmates California X's short tour hits NYC this week on Friday (3/6) at Saint Vitus with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
March 2, 2015
If you're a regular reader of BrooklynVegan, you probably know that the 2015 edition of SXSW is coming up (March 17 - 22 in Austin, TX). Thousands of artists will flood Austin for the week, playing countless shows at countless music venues (BrooklynVegan day parties included).
Though some official showcases sell tickets at the door, your best way in to the shows is with a festival badge or wristband. Those are expensive and hard to get though, so we're giving away a pair of SXSW wristbands, courtesy of IFC Fairgrounds! BV Austin is also giving away a pair, courtesy of the same fine folks! Details on how to enter the BV contest are below.
The IFC Fairgrounds is returning to Austin during SXSW 2015 from March 19-21, featuring rides, food, carnival games, giveaways and, of course, live music. It's free to attend, but you do need to RSVP. You can check out the line-up below.
And don't forget to follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more SXSW news and updates.
February 24, 2015
by Bill Pearis
The Juan Maclean, who released the terrific In a Dream can be seen DJing regularly here in NYC (and elsewhere), but its been a long time since they've performed live. Specifically, six years since they last toured. They'll be rectifying that this spring when the four-piece band version of The Juan Maclean goes on tour. That trek kicks off with a six-show NYC residency featuring three nights at Cameo on April 16 - 17 and then Union Pool on April 23 - 25. Tickets to all six NYC shows are on sale now.
Meanwhile, in related DFA news, Museum of Love (LCD's Pat Mahoney + Dennis "Jee Day" McNany) play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/27) with Oneida and Blondes on the bill as well. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away.
Contest details, and the list of all Juan Maclean tour dates, below...
February 4, 2015
photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The 25th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was announced last month, and the lineup's now been expanded. Patti Smith and Sturgill SImpson join a cast that already includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, artistic director Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, and Ashley MacIsaac. The concert takes place March 5 at Carnegie Hall. Ashley MacIsaac. Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons for the evening.
Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.
Patti's only other upcoming dates are overseas. All of her dates, and an updated list of Sturgill's, below...
February 2, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Ariel and Rick sharing a smoke in "Dazed Inn Daydreams" video
Ariel Pink has worked with director Grant Singer on all the videos from last year's pom pom, a collaboration that continues with the recently released bittersweet clip for album standout, "Dazed Inn Daydreams." The video stars Rick Wilder of cult Hollywood punk band The Mau-Mau's and you can watch it below.
You can catch Ariel Pink around North America when his tour with Jack Name kicks off this weekend. He'll be in NYC on February 25 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available, and if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair.
Contest details, updated tour dates, and the "Dazed Inn Daydreams" video, below...