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September 16, 2014

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner, who played with Kevin Devine in the Goddamn Band and Miracle of 86, has sadly passed away. Kevin wrote on Tumblr:

Broken-hearted, shocked.

Mike Skinner of the Goddamn Band & Miracle of 86 passed away this weekend.

Mike played on, toured on, and/or co-produced "Make The Clocks Move", "Split The Country, Split The Street", "Put Your Ghost To Rest" & "Brother's Blood", as well as Miracle's "Every Famous Last Word" & "Last Gasp".

Mike was my friend. He was charismatic, generous, tasteful, singular, brilliant, hilarious; he was a whirlwind, a magnet.

It's impossible to overstate his contribution to the development of Miracle & KD+GDB, but, in short, he made us better, more interesting. More than almost any other person, he encouraged me to push myself, to be confident, to take my talent seriously, because he did.

Mike was dynamic, complex, and beautiful. My life's richer & a lot more more colorful for the 12 years I got to have him in it. He loved to play for you guys and took a lot of pride in the records we made & tours we did.

He leaves a wonderful family. Keep them in your thoughts.

(I think Emily Driskill took this picture a long time ago, at Stubb's in Austin.)

Rest in peace Mike.

Morby

Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.

While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.

All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Morby releasing 'Still Life,' made a new video, touring, playing CMJ with Twin Peaks & more (dates, streams)"

Diplo

Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.

The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.

List of dates and song stream below...

Continue reading "Diplo & Skrillex playing MSG on New Year's Eve, released "Take U There" ft. Kiesza (listen + dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Plaids

UK band Plaids are a week away from releasing their self-titled debut LP (September 22) on Barely Regal Records (UK), Art for Blind (UK) and Dingleberry (EU) (pre-order). It will be available through Robotic Empire in the US. Like we've said before, Plaids take on the sounds of the early days of emo when it was first evolving out of hardcore, the kind made in the late '80s by Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, and other Dischord bands of that era. They do the sound well, as you can hear for yourself by checking out a full stream of the album which premieres in this post.

Listen, with a track-by-track breakdown of the album from the band, below...

Continue reading "stream Plaids' self-titled debut album"

by Andrew Sacher

Woozy (photo by Benjamin Garrett Davis)
Woozy

New Orleans' Woozy are releasing a four-way split with Ex-Breathers, Ovlov and Gnarwhal on November 4 via Community Records (pre-order). Woozy contribute two songs, "The Other Half Lives" and "Magma Stoddard," the latter of which premieres in this post. The track combines the math rock noodling of Minus the Bear or Maps & Atlases with the fuzz pop of early Wavves or PAWS, and it's a good mix. You can check that one out below.

Woozy are kicking off a tour in Tallahassee this Thursday (9/18) and hitting NYC on October 3 at Palisades with The Great Void, Life Size Maps and Bluffing. No advance tickets at the moment, $5 admission. All dates are listed below.

Woozy member John St Cyr's other band Native America also have new music on the way. Their new album, Grown Up Wrong, will be out on November 18 via Inflated Records. Its single "Like A Dream," is a cool take on mid '60s rock, sounding something like if "Rain"-era Beatles covered "Needles and Pins." You can hear that one below too. Native America have a TBA tour, but we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ, so stay tuned for more details on that.

List of Woozy dates and both song streams, below...

Continue reading "Woozy on a split w/ Ex-Breathers, Ovlov, Gnarwhal, touring; Native America releasing an LP, playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Puddle Splasher

NJ trio Puddle Splasher (ex-Damaged Goods) are releasing their debut EP, Poor Planning, next week (9/23) via Black Numbers (pre-order), and a full stream of it premieres in this post. It was produced by I Am the Avalanche drummer Brett Romnes and mastered by Will Yip, and pulls from a batch of '90s rock influences. There's the driving "You Will" which sounds like a more polished Superchunk, and the other three are a little more atmospheric, coming off like Hum or "Everlong"-style Foo Fighters. Listen below.

Puddle Splasher also have a show coming up in their home state at Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology on October 16 with Florida's You Blew It!. That's a few days after YBI!'s tour with Citizen hits NYC's Studio at Webster Hall (10/10) (tickets).

Continue reading "Puddle Splasher releasing an EP on Black Numbers (stream), playing NJ with You Blew It!"

by Bill Pearis

Tape Deck Mountain
Tape Deck Mountain

Two Brooklyn-based bands are heading out on a short East Coast tour together: Tape Deck Mountain and Slavve. The tour starts and ends with hometown shows: Cake Shop on September 27 with Writer, and wrapping up at Shea Stadium on October 3 with Gondoliers and headliners Weird Womb. All dates are listed below.

Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. You can stream both of their releases in full below.

Dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and streams, below...

Continue reading "Slavve and Tape Deck Mountain touring together (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Skygreen Leopards
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Skygreen Leopards have been part of San Francisco's psych scene since the early '00s, with the core duo of Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn with various expanding and contracting bandmates over the years. The music has remained consistent, however, pastoral folk pop indebted to the city's mid-'60s flower-power scene. The band just released Family Crimes over the summer on Woodsist and you can watch the video for "Crying Green and Purple" below and check out the whole thing on Spotify.

The band are wrapping up a short tour on Thursday (9/18) at NYC's Baby's All Right. They play with Lower Plenty and Chicago's J Fernandez and tickets are on sale.

The Baby's show is the start of a tour for J Fernandez whose new EP, Memorize Now, will be out October 14 via Atelier Ciseaux. His brand of crystalline guitar pop is, at times, not to far removed from new wavers like The Monochrome Set. Check out the pleasantly foppy "Cosmic Was" below. J will be back in NYC next month for CMJ too so look out for him then. All confirmed dates are listed, along with videos and streams from Skygreen Leopards and J Ferandez, below...

Continue reading "Skygreen Leopards released 'Family Crimes' (stream it), playing NYC this week w/ J Fernandez (streams, dates)"

The Drums on Novotel roof in July (more by Wei Shi)
Drums

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Public Enemy, PE2.0, Kendo The Almost Famous @ Brooklyn Bowl
Chuck D, Flava Flav, Terminator X, Professor Griff and the whole PE crew are in full effect tonight. Bass! Bring the noise!

Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, Typhoon @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
We may not be the biggest fans of the headliner, but it's worth hitting this show for the proggy indie rock of Portugal. The Man and the art/chamber pop of Typhoon.

Wand, Honey, Florida @ Death By Audio
A night off from their tour with Ty Segall (which hits NYC on Wednesday and Thursday), LA psych rock unit Wand play this much smaller, sure to be sweatier show, at one of Williamsburg's last DIY spaces. Local band Honey are definitely worth showing up early for.

Sick Feeling, Turbogeist, Simon Doom @ Glasslands
Brooklyn's Sick Feeling including current and former members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and others, and they make a kind of killer hardcore punk that you may expect from a band with a resume like theirs. They were great at our Red Bull Sound Select show this past Friday. Catch them again tonight.

The Drums, Beverly @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Drums new album, Encyclopedia, adds some welcome dissonance to their usual helium-fueled surf pop. Tonight and Saturday's shows are sold out but there's a Sunday matinee at Rough Trade you can still get into.

Whirr, Sannhet, Cloakroom, Sad Actor @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's a good bill all around with the heavy shoegaze of Whirr, the sludgy slowcore of their tourmates Cloakroom, the post rock/post metal of locals Sannhet, and Whirr's grungy pals, Sad Actor.

Lorde, Majical Cloudz @ United Palace Theatre
Australian pop ingenue/sensation and emotional bare wire Majical Cloudz may seem like a strange match for touring partners, but here we are. United Palace is a lovely theatre, that's for sure.

Bear in Heaven, Young Magic, Wife @ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn spacerockers Bear in Heaven wrap up their album Time is Over One Day Old with two NYC shows with Young Magic. This is the first.

Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese hits NYC for five nights as part of her "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" production.

John Mayall @ City Winery
Having fostered the talents of such folks as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and others, John Mayall is British blues royalty.

Joell Ortiz & Friends @ S.O.B.'s
Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz is going solo this year with a new album, House Slippers, and tonight's the release party for that. Guests are promised, and with the album including Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9, B.o.B., Mally Stakz, Lee Carr, Sahlance, Maino and Kaydence, it doesn't seem out of the question that at least one of those will show up.

Seth Herzog's SWEET @ Slipper Room
Having just celebrated its 10th annersary last week, Seth Herzog's SWEET gets back to business as usual: being one of the most consistent comedy shows in the city.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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