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April 15, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Residuels at Beerland in Austin
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.
April 14, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tallest Man on Earth in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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.
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...
photo: The Antlers at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
April 13, 2015
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...
Bryan Ferry w/ Todd Terje @ Coachella 4/10/2015
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?
April 10, 2015
photo: Morrissey in Austin, 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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.
April 8, 2015
by Bill Pearis
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.
April 7, 2015
Seattle garagepunk progenitors The Sonics are on the East Coast this week with shows happening in NYC and Asbury Park, NJ -- both with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. The latter was supposed to happen on Thursday (4/9) at the Stone Pony, but due to "ongoing area construction" it will now happen at The Wonder Bar (still on 4/9). Tickets are still available and if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair. Details below.
Before that the Sonics play Irving Plaza on Wednesday (4/8) and tickets are still available for that show too. We're also giving away tickets to the NYC show on our Facebook.
P.S. speaking of NJ, hope to see you Saturday night in New Brunswick too.
April 1, 2015
by Bill Pearis
the deal is done...
Pittsburgh's The Gotobeds have inked with Sub Pop who say "keep your ears open for new music in the near future." That's them signing their life away, above. If you haven't checked out 2014's Poor People Are Revolting, which came out on Gerard Cosloy's 12XU label, here's what I wrote about my #5 LP of last year:
From the title down, Poor People are Revolting is attitude-heavy, snarling, railing-against-everything punk-informed indie rock. The Gotobeds (featured a couple members of Kim Phuc) play like Protomartyr's smartass younger cousins, armed with punny titles, big hooks, shouty choruses and a love of The Fall. If you dig Protomartyr and Parquet Courts, this is essential listening.You can stream The Gotobeds album, and check out their new video for "Affection" and their full performance at The Wick (opening for Sleaford Mods) back in November, below.
Next week is the start of The Gotobeds' tour with Protomartyr (who made my #1 album of 2014), which hits NYC for the BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Wick on April 15 with Grooms on the bill as well. That's a great show! Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving a couple pairs away. Details below.
Protomartyr, meanwhile, will head to Toronto after the Protobeds tour to open for METZ at their two hometown release shows celebrating their new LP (part of Candian Music Week 2015). All dates for Gotobeds and Protomartyr, plus streams and videos and the flyer for The Wick show, below...
March 25, 2015
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words 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.