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August 6, 2013

by Bill Pearis

still from "It's Not Enough" video

In the UK, bands such as TOY and the Horrors are reproducing shoe-gaze sounds pioneered by yourself, MBV and Ride amongst others. Do you feel you fit nicely into this landscape now as they've made it credible again?

I honestly have no earthly idea. It would be absurd for us to attempt to fit in anywhere though. We made this record for ourselves mainly and with no regard for any type of success other than of the personal variety.

Was there a shoegaze scene in the US in the early 90s? How did you fit in with the grunge and alt-rock explosion?

There was not much of a scene at all. Only a handful of unrelated bands in far-flung regions. We benefited from the alt-rock explosion in that it was easy to get a major record deal by playing noisy guitar pop in 1991 but it was really just a ruse so we could make big budget weirdo art records. It was a good ride while it lasted.

You were signed to Creation in the UK in the early 90s. What was it like working alongside Alan McGee at that time, who was otherwise trying to push something eccentrically British - in spite of the "American sound"?

It was great getting to raid the promo closet at the Creation office for vinyl. That was probably the best part of working with him - getting the first Moonshake 12 inch for free.

 - [The Glass Magazine]

Medicine's first full-band album in 18 years, To the Happy Few, is out today (8/5) via Captured Tracks. Beautiful, noisy and full of sonic left turns, Brad Laner and the rest of the group pick up right where they left off. You can stream the whole thing on Spotify and Rdio, and we've got the premiere of the video for LP standout "It's Not Enough," which you can watch below..

As mentioned, Medicine will play a NYC release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16 with openers Weekend and Leverage Models, making for a very solid show. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "Medicine released 'To the Happy Few' and new video (stream); NYC record release show is next week (win tix)"

July 25, 2013

Love Language

Raleigh indie rockers The Love Language released their new record, Ruby Red, this week, and they've just also put out the video for its single, "Calm Down," which features a Cameo by Laura Ballance of Love Language's Merge labelmates Superchunk. Check out the new video below.

As discussed, The Love Language are supporting the new album on a tour with another solid indie rock band, Eternal Summers. That tour comes to NYC soon for shows on July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 1 at Glasslands. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are still available, but we're also giving away a pair to each show. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Updated dates are listed, along with the new video and contest details, below...

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July 23, 2013

photos by Loren Wohl

Gaslight Anthem
Gaslight Anthem

As discussed, Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are doing some shows this year, including three in NYC this month: July 26 on Pier 26 with The Bouncing Souls; July 27 at Irving Plaza with Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause, fellow NJ band The Scandals, and Frances & the Foundation; and July 28 on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady. The Irving Plaza show is a Red Bull Sound Select show, which is free for those who requested and received a ticket. Those tickets are all reserved now (and will be sent out soon), but we're giving away another pair. Details on how to enter are below.

Tickets for both Pier 26 shows are still available, but we're also giving away pairs of tickets to those. For the 7/26 show with Bouncing Souls, enter our contest on the BrooklynVegan Facebook, and for the 7/28 show with The Hold Steady, details on how to enter are below.

In honor of that RBSS show, Gaslight frontman Brian Fallon and Scandals frontman Jared Hart teamed up to release a five-song split acoustic EP that the two artists recorded. The EP includes acoustic versions of Gaslight Anthem songs "Handwritten," "She Loves You," and "45," in addition to Scandals songs "All Nighters" and "Sirens." You can listen to the EP for free at Red Bull Sound Select's website (registration required). The pictures above are from that recording session.

Contest details below...

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July 16, 2013

Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Music Frees All Festival returns to various NYC venues this weekend (7/17-21) including Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bell House. The main event of the festival happens on Saturday (7/20) at the Bell House with Antibalas, The Stepkids, Pegasus Warning, and DJ Prince Paul. Tickets for that individual show are on sale now, as are tickets for the entire festival. Proceeds will go to help producer Scotty Hard (De La Soul, Black Sheep, etc) who, in 2008, was paralyzed from the chest down after a stolen car broadsided the taxi he was in. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a free festival pass. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Other artists playing this weekend include Xenia Rubinos, Cuddle Magic, EMEFE, Chicha Libre, Zongo Junction and more. Full lineup and flyer below...

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July 11, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Fortune Howl - "Interzone Export" (MP3)

XXYYXX at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Young upstart producer XXYYXX will be touring this summer, and as discussed, that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week. The first happens on Friday (7/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Chrome Sparks (live), Fortune Howl, and DJ True Panther Sounds. That show is totally sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

The next day, XXYYXX will head to Long Island City for this week's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (7/13) with MK, Ryan Hemsworth, Bondax, Gobby, and James K, making for a great all around bill. Tickets for this Saturday's Warm Up are still available.

UPDATE: Pete Swanson replaced Bondax on the lineup.

If you want to keep the fun going all the way to 4 AM on Saturday after Warm Up, head to Tribeca Grand Hotel, where Ryan Hemsworth and a few others will be DJing all night (tickets). Flyer below.

XXYYXX made the mix for this week's Warm Up, and it includes tracks by Ellen Allien, Floating Points, Holly Herndon, Lapalux, Thundercat, Janet Jackson ft. Nelly, and more, in addition to a new XXYYXX song. You can stream that mix and check out the full tracklist, via FADER, below.

XXYYXX was also just added as the opener to many dates on the previously discussed CHVRCHES tour, including the NYC show on September 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. After the run with CHVRCHES ends, XXYYXX will head to Austin for the just-announced Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of his tour dates are listed below.

Also in XXYYXX's mix is a new track from his Relief in Abstract labelmate/fellow Orlando resident Fortune Howl (who also opens the MHOW show). The track, titled "Interzone Export," is off of his upcoming new album, Earthbound, which is due out on July 30 via Relief in Abstract. Unlike XXYYXX, who makes future garage dancefloor bangers, Fortune Howl focuses more on songwriting and this new track sees his post-Panda Bear vocals awash in glitchy folktronica and psychedelia. We've got the MP3 downloadable above, or you can also stream it below.

All dates are listed, along with all song streams, contest details, and flyer for the Ryan Hemsworth party, below...

Continue reading "listen to a new Fortune Howl song, see him w/ XXYYXX (who made a new mix & is touring w/ CHVRCHES) -- dates/streams"

June 20, 2013


The Northside Film Festival wraps up tonight (6/20), and includes the BrooklynVegan-presented free showing of A Band Called Death at Williamsburg Cinemas. That screening is "sold out" but if you have a ticket, show up early because it's first come, first served to ensure a packed house. A limited number of Northside film badges will be admitted too.

If you can't make tonight's screening, A Band Called Death opens in limited release next Friday (6/28), including a week run at Cinema Village in NYC where the band will be present at certain screenings on Sunday, June 30. For agoraphobics and people who don't live in major markets, the film is also available as a digital download and on-demand (check your local cable/satellite provider).

Death will be in town that weekend as they play Le Poisson Rouge on July 1 and tickets are still available. You can also try and win tickets, as we have two pair to give away. Each pair of tickets also comes with a Death t-shirt (only one per pair of tickets) and we'll award a t-shirt to a third winner as well. The shirt is modeled to look like the ones the band made in the '70s (as seen above). There's a picture of the new t-shirt below.

Trailer for A Band Called Death, contest details and the t-shirt pic, below...

Continue reading "our screening of 'A Band Called Death' is tonight ++ plus win tickets to Death's LPR show and a Death t-shirt"

June 13, 2013

Martin of Limp Wrist w/ Los Crudos at Chaos in Tejas '13 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Amidst the crush of Northside shows that start today is a little band named Limp Wrist. The queercore punk favorites will play the Williamsburg fest at a sold-out Union Pool on Saturday (6/15), and a non-Northside show at Le Poisson Rouge on 6/16 with Hoax (who also recently played Chaos in Tejas), Nomad, Give and S.H.I.T. which are part of a string of dates. Tickets are still available for LPR, or you can try your hand at winning a pair! Details on how are below.

Continue reading "Limp Wrist play NYC this weekend, win tickets to LPR show"

June 11, 2013

Hundred Waters (more by Cory Dewald)
Hundred Waters

This Thursday night, June 13, BrooklynVegan is hosting a free, invite-only show in LA with Sonos featuring live performances by Hundred Waters and IO Echo, and a DJ set by Groundislava. We'll also have photos on the wall by BV photographers Amanda Hatfield, Dana (distortion) Yavin, David Andrako, Sarah Frankie Linder, Wei Shi and Debi Del Grande.

We can't post all the details, but we have tickets for some BrooklynVegan readers who in turn will get all the info they need to show up. Do you live in LA or will you be there Thursday and want to go? Do you like Sapporo beer? Want free tickets? Details on how to get some, below...

Continue reading "Hey LA, wanna come to a private Hundred Waters, IO Echo & Groundislava show on Thursday night?"

June 5, 2013

Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5, 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
J. Mascis

Prepare for a triple dose of J. Mascis this weekend. First up, Dinosaur Jr. play twice on Friday (6/7): first at Governors Ball and then one of the fest's official afterparties happening at  Irving Plaza that night. Blown-out bluesman Reignwolf opens the show (and also plays Govs Ball) and you can check him out in a video below. Tickets are still available for Dinosaur Jr., but you can try your hand at winning some, we've got three pair to give away. Details are below. Good luck!

Then on Saturday afternoon (6/8) at Union Pool, Mascis plays again with one of his other bands, the instrumental, psychedelic blues-jamming Heavy Blanket. You can find out just how heavy a blanket can be by streaming a couple tracks below.

The show is part of the BrooklynVegan-presented edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder series (that kicked off last week) and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.

Invisible Oranges is also proud to sponsor a Summer Thunder event on June 15th with Inter Arma and Pyrrhon.

Song stream, videos and contest details below...

Continue reading "J. Mascis' Heavy Blanket plays free Summer Thunder show at Union Pool on Saturday; win tix to Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza"

May 31, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Spinal Tap

The landmark film This is Spinal Tap will celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year. While films like Albert Brooks' Real Life paved the way, Spinal Tap really launched the mockumentary format into public concsiousness, spawned a zillion catchphrases ("This one goes to 11," "What's wrong with being sexy?") and remains scarily true to life -- just watch Anvil! or DiG! for proof.

In addition to being flat-out hilarious, This is Spinal Tap boasts great songs too, written by the film's stars, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and director Rob Reiner. The soundtrack is getting its first vinyl reissue since its initial release via The Control Group on June 11, which comes in a gatefold sleeve with original liner notes from Rocklopedia Brittanicus.

BrooklynVegan is happy to be presenting a release party at Williamsburg's Passenger Bar that night (6/11) from 8 PM - 11 PM. Mike V of The Everymen and D. Jane Gherkin will be spinning tunes and there will also be Brooklyn Beer specials. We're also giving away a copy of the vinyl reissue. You can enter ahead of time (details below) and pick up the prize at the party (we'll let you know ahead of time if you won).

Do come out. In the words of Tap keyboardist Viv Savage, "Have... a good time...all the time." Check out a classic Spinal Tap clip below...

Continue reading "This is Spinal Tap getting vinyl reissue: BV-presents Release Party (and win a copy!)"