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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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March 25, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

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
Donny & Kirin

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.

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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...

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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.

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March 18, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kate Tempest @ SXSW, Latitude 30 3/17/2015
Kate Tempest

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."

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]

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.

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...

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March 13, 2015

by Bill Pearis

photo: Ultimate Painting @ Elvis Guesthouse 3/12/2015 (via @panachebooking)
Ultimate Painting

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.

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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.

Mitski's upcoming tour includes dates supporting Hundred Waters, supporting her new labelmates Screaming Females, and supporting Speedy Ortiz (with Krill).

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.

Continue reading "Mitski signed to Don Giovanni; California X will be here soon with Ovlov (win tix!)"