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April 4, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Strand of Oaks at Town Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks, the project of Tim Showalter, already has a few albums of bare bones folk music under his belt (he recently toured and collaborated with The Tallest Man on Earth to get an idea), and he's now signed to Dead Oceans (also home to Tallest Man) for his next album, HEAL (due out 6/24), which sees him changing things up a bit. The first single, "Goshen '97," features guest guitar work from Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis, and it's not so far removed from the fuzzy, melodic rock that Dino Jr have become known for. Tim's voice is still shaky like a folk singer's (he reminds me a bit of Chad Vangaalen on this one), but now he's piling on layers of distortion and dueling guitar solos that are a far cry from the somber sounds of his last record. Listen to that song, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Strand of Oaks will announce more tour dates in the future, but at the moment he does have two shows scheduled, both happening in NYC. First, he plays a rather intimate show at Pianos on May 6 at 7pm sharp. That's a private show, but if you'd like to go, we've got a few pairs of tickets to give away, and more details on that are below.

Then, he plays a public show on June 26 at Mercury Lounge, two days after the album's release. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/4) at noon.

Song stream, album artwork, tracklist and contest details, below...

Continue reading "Strand of Oaks releasing LP on Dead Oceans (stream the song w/ J Mascis), playing NYC (win tix to private Pianos show!)"

April 3, 2014

Kelela at MHOW in 2013 (More by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

As previously mentioned, alt-R&B singer Kelela plays Rough Trade NYC tonight (4/3). It's her first of two shows at the venue, including another on Friday (4/4), and though both are sold out, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to each show. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Kelela also has a few upcoming North American festival appearances, including DC's Broccoli City Festival, SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock, Toronto's NXNE, upstate NY's The Hudson Project, and Chicago's Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kelela playing 2 sold out NYC shows this week before festivals (win tix!)"

March 27, 2014

TPOBPAH @ BV SXSW 3/15/2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
TPOBPAH

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new album, Days of Abandon, is out next month on Yebo Music and this week they released a video for single "Simple and Sure." Set at a dinner party (singer Kip Berman's the butler), it takes aim at our ADD culture, animated GIFs in particular. Says Kip:

I'm taken aback at how many online outlets now reduce their content to a series of GIFs, assuming a minute long video or a single paragraph of text to be too burdensome. We're as much prisoners of our need for constant distraction and instant sensation as the trapped guests at the dinner party.
You can watch the "Simple and Sure" video below.

After a tour around SXSW, The Pains are back home in Brooklyn and play Rough Trade on Friday (3/28). That show is sold out but we've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details below.

And if you just can't make Friday's show, TPOBPAH will play Bowery Ballroom on May 22 as part of their tour with Fear of Men. Tickets are still available.

And speaking of, Fear of Men made a video for their single "Luna" and you can watch that below.

Continue reading "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart share "Simple & Sure" video ++ win tix to their sold-out Rough Trade show"

March 21, 2014

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After four months of being closed for renovations and soundproofing (a mere week after they first opened), Rough Trade's music venue finally has the green light to reopen. Tonight (3/21) there's two shows: Rathborne and Streets of Laredo early (tickets), and How to Dress Well late (sold out). Saturday night (3/22) is Elysian Fields, Melvin Van Peebles Menage A Trois, and The Aspiring Me (tickets); and Sunday has Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in conversation with JG Thirlwell, which is free, followed by a book signing.

Other notable upcoming shows: The Allah-Las (3/27, sold out), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (3/28, sold out), and I Break Horses on 4/18 (tickets). Also upcoming is Ben Watt w/ Bernard Butler to which you can still get tickets (Joe's Pub is sold out), but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.

Full Rough Trade schedule is here. If you're going there, don't forget to check out the big Moog installationGlad to have you back open, guys, and glad to not have to write "Rough Trade cancels/moves more shows" anymore.

Contest details below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade's music venue is open; How to Dress Well plays there tonight ++ win tix to Ben Watt"

March 7, 2014

Upset
Upset

Upset -- the new band fronted by former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler, along with Patty Schemel (Hole), Jenn Prince, and a rotating fourth member (which did/does include Kickball Katy, Kyle Gilbride from Swearin', Rachel Gagliardi of Slutever) -- released their punky, poppy debut LP, She's Gone, back in 2013 via Don Giovanni, and they've now paid tribute to one of their punky influences, 7 Seconds, whose song "Not Just Boys Fun" they recorded a cover of. Check out that cover below.

Upset will also be heading to SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 14 at Red 7, which also includes Parquet Courts, Beth Israel and more TBA. (full lineup coming very soon, we promise!) You can check out their whole schedule below.

In related news, Kyle Gilbride, who produced She's Gone and performed as a member of Upset at the Don Giovanni showcase in February will play NYC tonight when his band Swearin' brings their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/7) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders. It's the band's second NYC show this week (they played Cake Shop last night with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone), and was recently moved to MHOW from Rough Trade. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Continue reading "Upset covered 7 Seconds, playing SXSW including BV day party; Swearin' playing MHOW tonight (win tix!)"

February 25, 2014

Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts fourth album, Present Tense, is out today (2/25) via Domino. While decidedly more synth-heavy than anything they've done before, the record is still very much in the band's lusty, decadent universe. The album's second single, "Sweet Spot," is maybe its best song, with the signature interplay between vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming in full effect. You can stream it below. The band also recently made a mix for FACT which opens with them covering Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and you can stream that below too.

The band will be in the US next week, playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. That show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets we've got two pair to give away. Details are below.

Meanwhile, Wild Beasts will be doing an in-store set at Other Music the day before their MHOW show (Monday, 3/3) at 8 PM. That's free and open to the public. Flyer for their NYC appearances, "Sweet Spot" and FACT mix streams, as well as contest details, below...

Continue reading "Wild Beasts released new LP, covered Leonard Cohen (streams), add Other Music in store ++ win tix to MHOW show"

Duo de Twang

As mentioned, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang are playing two late 'Sleep No More' shows at the McKittrick Hotel this week (2/26 & 2/27). Thursday is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Wednesday show, and you now have one more chance to catch the Primus frontman while he's in town. Earlier in the evening, before the second McKittrick show (2/27), Duo de Twang will be playing a very intimate show at a secret Brooklyn location. BrooklynVegan is presenting the show, and we'll reveal the location on Thursday morning (we can say it's at 7 PM). Tickets will only be available at the door, and will be extremely limited due to the size of the room, but if you want to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Details below.

If you can't make the show, it will be streaming live via TourGigs.com at 7 PM EST. Updated Duo de Twang tour dates, which also include SXSW, are listed below.

Continue reading "Les Claypool's Duo de Twang playing secret, BV-presents NYC show, which will stream live ++ win tix! (updated dates)"

February 19, 2014

Lost in the Trees at Lincoln Center in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Lost in the Trees

Indie folk band Lost in the Trees are currently in NYC. Their tour with All Tiny Creatures hits Bowery Ballroom TONIGHT (2/19) and they just finished performing/being interviewed on WNYC's Soundcheck. If you missed it, you can listen later when the archived link goes up later today.

Tickets for tonight's Bowery Ballroom show are still available, but if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Lost in the Trees also just performed in the Moog Sound Lab, and you can check out that session, along with the updated list of tour dates and contest details, below...

Continue reading "Lost in the Trees are here, played WNYC Soundcheck, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (win tix! +++ Moog Sound Lab video)"

February 12, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Pharmakon @ RBMA, May 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)

As discussed, noisy/experimental/industrial tour-de-force Theologian will be performing at the Nothing Changes party tonight (2/12) along with Nick Klein, who traffics in noise-laced experimental electro. The show at Home Sweet Home, as always, and starts at midnight.

The upcoming Nothing Changes schedule is rolling out, with forthcoming performances from upcoming tourmates Damien Dubrovnik and Helm (2/19), as well as Virile Games (2/26), who just released an EP, Wounded Laurel (a reissue of an earlier 2xcs), on Hospital Productions. You can see the Nothing Changes schedule through most of March below.

As mentioned, Dubrovnik and Helm are playing Baby's All Right on 2/18 with New York noise-maker Pharmakon. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below. For our readers in Austin, we're also giving away tickets to the Dubrovnik/Helm date on 2/17 there.

Nothing Changes schedule, Pharmakon dates, and giveaway details below...

Continue reading "'Nothing Changes' upcoming schedule (Theologian, Damien Dubrovnik & more) ++ win tix to Pharmakon @ Baby's"

February 11, 2014

Yellow Ostrich

As mentioned, Yellow Ostrich are releasing their new album, Cosmos, on February 25 via Barsuk. We're got the premiere of a live video of the band performing the single "Shades" and you can watch that below.

While the band's tour hits NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 4, Yellow Ostrich are playing a private NYC show on Wednesday (2/12) at Pianos, showcasing much of the new album. BrooklynVegan is presenting the show and, though it's invite-only, we are giving a few pairs away to lucky BV readers. The show is early -- the band's on at 7 PM -- and details on how to get tickets are below.

If you can't make the show, tickets for Yellow Ostrich's Bowery show in April are still available. They'll also be at SXSW too. Updated tour dates are listed, along with the live video and another Yellow Ostrich album track stream, below...

Continue reading "Yellow Ostrich share new live video, playing private show at Pianos this week (win tix!)"