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October 26, 2014

Thurston Moore Band @ Saint Vitus earlier this week (more by @PSquared)

White Fence @ Glasslands, 2013 (more by PSquared)
White Fence

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

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Juan Wauters, Tiny Ruins, Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich & Delicate Steve), White Fence @ Baby's All Right
If you don't want CMJ to end, here's one more chance to catch King Gizzard, White Fence and more for this "hangover brunch." Most of the sets will be stripped-down or acoustic, and many of them will be in the main and side bars of Baby's. Free. Also: Baby's build-your-own blood mary bar is pretty sweet.

The Thurston Moore Band, PCPC (mbrs of PC Worship + Parquet Courts) @ Rough Trade
Thurston Moore's new band/album (which includes Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass) is the most Sonic Youth-style thing he's done since The Eternal and it's good stuff. PCPC, the new band with members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship, also sound a lot like Sonic Youth and they do it well.

Dark Blue @ Rough Trade (2 PM, free)
If you're awake and not too hungover from CMJ, this is a good afternoon option to keep the fun going. Dark Blue is the new-ish post-punk band with members of Clockcleaner and Paint It Black, and today they'll be joined on drums by Sean McGuinness from Pissed Jeans/Rat Fist.

Boysetsfire, Tim Barry, War on Women, Unwed @ Saint Vitus
Melodic hardcore vets Boysetsfire have been back since reuniting in 2010, and their current tour is in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. They'll be performing 2000's After the Eulogy in full tonight. All good openers too.

SBTRKT, GoldLink @ Terminal 5
SBTRKT's new album doesn't have as many bangers as his last, but hopefully he'll still get the place moving tonight. Night 1 of 2.

Beech Creeps, Sauna Heat, Juniper Rising, Nine of Swords @ Death by Audio
Savannah, GA isn't all hoity toity Southern fancy's also home to greasy garage band Sauna Heat. They highlight tonight's show that's headlined by local experimental noisists Beech Creeps (members of Ex Models, Yeasayer and more).

Holly Jolloween Drone Marathon @ 'The Ranch' at Death by Audio kick off the last month of shows at Death by Audio, they're throwing a 24-hour drone marathon in the adjacent loft space (door is just to the right of DbA on S2nd) which started Saturday and goes through 7 PM tonight. Among the musicians involved will be Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), and Travis Johnson (Grooms). It's free.

Digitalism, Elliot Moss @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
German electronic duo Digitalsm haven't had a new album since 2011's I Love You Dude, but returned this summer with new single "Wolves" which features Youngblood Hawke. You can fill the void of new music by seeing them live tonight.

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

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October 25, 2014

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ BVCMJ 10/24/2014

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard on now at Baby's All Right for the free BrooklynVegan #cmj day show

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We're on the last day of CMJ -- White Fence just wrapped up their set at our day party and our official CMJ showcase starts in just a bit -- but for those who want to extend the music a little longer, don't forget you can catch some of more active bands this week play stripped down sets over brunch at the DO-NYC / Panache CMJ Hangover Party at Baby's All Right on Sunday (10/25) afternoon. Here's the lineup:

Panache CMJ Hangover Day Party!
MAIN STAGE - White fence 5PM
MAIN STAGE King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 4:15PM
BAR ROOM Juan Wauters 3:15PM
SIDE BAR Tiny Ruins 2:30PM
BAR ROOM Guy Blakeslee 1:45PM
SIDE BAR Christian Peslak 1PM
The show is free and, as you may have gathered, acts will be playing in either the side bar or the main bar for most of the day till things move into the performance space for King Gizzard (who were great at our Friday day party) and White Fence. If you missed them, or want to see them agian, here's another chance. You can RSVP here.

Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall in September (more by Greg Cristman)

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.


Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, White Fence, Beverly, Bo Ningen, Girlpool, Flowers, Bully, Residual Kid @ Baby's All Right (FREE BrooklynVegan day party)
It's the second of our two free day parties and this one has the consistently awesome Titus Andronicus, the debaucherous Fat White Family, psych rockers White Fence, rockin' indie popsters Beverly, the spectacle that is Bo Ningen, young LA duo Girlpool, delicate indie popsters Flowers, Nashville's punky Bully, and Austin's young riffers Residual Kid. Sailor Jerry will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages, and Bell's Brewery will be selling a variety of their craft beers, plus they'll have a free keg while it lasts. Plus: Baby's kitchen is open serving their happy hour menu all day. Hope to see you there!

OBN IIIs, Tonstartssbandht, Dune Rats, The Mystery Lights, Happyness, Ultimate Painting, Dinner, Gal Pals @ Cake Shop
One of Panache's zillion CMJ shows, this one's headlined by Austin's feirce and fun OBN III and seeing them in a tiny space like Cake shop will be pretty wild.

Paperhead, Ultimate Painting, Doug Tuttle, The Estrogen Highs, Negative Scanner @ Rough Trade
One of the most reliable small labels in the country, Chicago's Trouble in Mind has an incredible roster of psych, garage, postpunk and krauty bands. Catch some of them -- including Nashville's The Paperhead, CT's noisy Estrogen Highs, and Veronica Falls offshoot Ultimate Painting and the Wipers-esque Negative Scanner -- all in one place. Also: the full Trouble in Mind merch table will be on hand, including rarities, limited edition colored vinyl and other cool stuff. Also also: free show.

Krill, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov (acoustic), Roomrunner, Geronimo!, Broken Water, Pile (acoustic), Palehound, Ronald Paris (of Porches), Kal Marks, Gnarwhal, Meat Wave, My Dad @ Silent Barn
If you've been to an Exploding In Sound party before, you know every band goes hard and the fans reciprocate. We said it about Exploding In Sound's official showcase yesterday, and their all day and night (2:30 PM - 1:30 AM) unofficial show may get even crazier. $8 at the door, no badges.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Water Liars, Circa Waves, Springtime Carnivore, DMA's, The Wytches, Public Access TV, Spookyland, Amason, Little May, Bright Light Social Hour, Ryley Walker @ Pianos
Bowery Presents, uh, presents their annual Saturday CMJ day party featuring a whole lot of bands they think are worth seeing. No arguments: it's a good lineup! Catch Sweden's Amason -- featuring members of Dungen and Miike Snow -- if you can, they were great earlier this week.

Goodbyemotel, Enola Fall, DJ James Laurence, Delta Riggs, Sampology, Little May, Me, My Fiction, The Lazys, Zeahorse, Tkay Maidza, Without Parachutes, Okenyo, DMA's, Fascinator, Bad//Dreems, Phebe Starr, Dune Rats, Tom West, Spookyland, Oxford & Co, Calling All Cars , Eden Mulholland, The Cairos, Tales In Space, Sophie Hanlon, Kate Miller-Heideke, Ernest Ellis, Totara Jack, The Ocean Party, Luluc, Nova and The Experience, The Kite String Tangle, Saskwatch @ The Delancey (Day & Night)
It's the annual all-day-and-night Aussie BBQ with a disparate bunch of bands -- many of whom skew very pop -- but there's rocking stuff too, like sarcastic punks Dune Rats and Bad//Dreems. FREE.

TOPS (DJ Set), Blue Hawaii (DJ Set), Erika Spring (DJ Set), Lil Internet (DJ Set), No Excuses (DJ Set), Wildarms (DJ Set) @ Wythe Hotel
For those needing a break from seeing live music but still want to do something CMJ-y, Montreal's Arbutus Records and NYC/Paris label Cascine are throwing this chilled-out party at The Wythe Hotel's rooftop bar with many of their artists DJing. If nothing else it's an amazing view.


Pity Sex @ Webster Hall in August (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Sport @ Baby's All Right (official BrooklynVegan showcase)
This is our official BrooklynVegan showcase and there's not a band we're not excited about (if we do say so ourselves). Headlining is The Jazz June, the '90s-era emo band who are returning with their first album in 12 years and the singles we've heard from it sound like they're still in great form. Before that it's punky shoegazers Pity Sex who are co-headlining, ex-Weston rockers Beach Slang whose two EPs are all ringing guitars and endlessly relatable lyrics, the new-ish indie rock trio Cayetana who's promising debut is out now, and Sport who hail from France but have a ripping emo-y punk sound that sounds straight out of Philly or Chicago. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of badges will be accepted. Hope to see you there!

Slowdive, Low @ Terminal 5
Slowdive are more popular now than they were in the '90s, and apparently better live too. Terminal 5 is not our most favorite venue ever but we're hoping those thoughts wash away with "Alison" and other shoegaze favorites.

The Sam Roberts Band, Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, Dilly Dally @ Bowery Ballroom
Relatively unknown here in America, Sam Roberts is quite popular in his native canada, making slightly jammy heartland rock. Opening tonight is much-talked-about newcomers (also from Canada) Dilly Dally.

DJ Dodger Stadium (Samo Sound Boy Jerome LOL), Casual Sex,, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz, Aurora, Nothing But Thieves @ Brooklyn Bowl
While Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL have been impressive on their own, they're even better as the collaborative duo DJ Dodger Stadium. If nothing else, DJDS dropped one of the most infectious dance tracks of the year with "Love Songs."

Jonathan Toubin, Mac DeMarco (guest selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is the CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off Party, with Mac DeMarco as guest selector, and judges include Marnie Stern, Nick Murray (White Fence), ,embers of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Dune Rats, plus Lia Mice, and LODRO's Lesley Hann. Get ready to cut a rug.

Potty Mouth, Cold Fur, Girl Tears, Girlpool, Dead Stars, Sex Jams, Heliotropes, Yawn @ Cake Shop
This is the Old Flame showcase and it's got a great lineup of mostly punk, indie rock, or the thin line between the two. Potty Mouth are always a good time, Girlpool have a good amount of hype behind them right now, and Sex Jams are here all the way from Vienna.

Holly Jolloween Drone Marathon @ 'The Ranch' at Death by Audio
To kick off the last month of shows at Death by Audio, they're throwing a 24-hour drone marathon in the adjacent loft space (door is just to the right of DbA on S2nd) starting at 7 PM tonight and going through 7 PM Sunday. Among the musicians involved will be Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), and Travis Johnson (Grooms). It's free, stop by!

Protomartyr @ Cake Shop
Protomartyr play this late afternoon / early evening free show at Cake Shop. Protomartyr aren't playing big rooms yet, but it will still be a thrill to see them up-close-and-personal they way Cake Shop can. Look out for some killer new songs in the setlist too.

Porcelain Raft, Dave Harrington, Lydia Ainsworth, Excepter, Buscabulla @ Cameo Gallery
The once buzzier Porcelain Raft headlines the car2go/doNYC/Cameo showcase which also includes Darkside's Dave Harrington playing with a band (which should be interesting), and the hyped new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.

Steven A. Clark, Weyes Blood, Jordan Bratton, Foxes in Fiction, Ryn Weaver, Metro Boomin (DJ Set), Andrew Kuo (DJ Set) @ Fader Fort
This last night of Fader Fort skews a little more folk: Weyes Blood is definitely someone worth seeing this week if you haven't yet.

The Muscadettes, The Grizzled Mighty, Burning Palms, Pageantry, Duquette Johnston, Tom West @ Fat Baby
We only ever seem to remember LES club Fat Baby exists during CMJ. It's not a bad little room and seeing a band like Montreal's punky/new wave-ish band The Muscadettes could be fun here.

PAWS, Flashlights, Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray), Amanda X @ Knitting Factory
Good lineup for the Flowerbooking showcase including fuzz pop trio PAWS, the punky Flashlights, Saddle Creek vet Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Now It's OVerhead), and Philly indie rockers Amanda X.

Dead Stars, EULA, Radical Dads, The Teen Age, Crazy Pills, pow wow!, The Meaning of Life @ Leftfield
Leftfield is another venue you don't hear much about except during festivals. Tonight's a great lineup of local indie rock, especially if your definition of that aims square at 1994. (Dead Stars and Radical Dads, we're looking at you.)

Television w/ Joshua Light Show / J. Spaceman & Kid Millions w/ Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball Center
Using old-school psychedelic "liquid light" projections, Joshua Light Show has been bringing a visual element to pop music since the mid'60s and his team do incredible things. This three-day festival continues concludes tonight with two separate shows, both of which should match well with JLS' visuals: NYC icons Television, and Spacemen 3 / Spiritualized's Jason Pierce. Not part of CMJ, fyi.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Blazing Eye, Savageheads, L.O.T.I.O.N., Face The Rail, Ivy @ Palisades
This isn't a CMJ show (only $12 though), but especially if you're in from out of town, it's a great opportunity to see one of NYC's best local punk bands, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Their organ-fueled sound pulls equally from early hardcore as it does from early garage rock, and the live show is really where it's at.

Splashh, Native America, Little Racer, Orchestra of Spheres, Roman a Clef, The Love Supreme, Future Punx @ Pianos
Roman a Clef os Ryan Newmyer and Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow with Kurt from Ice Choir producing. It sounds like a more ethereal Prefab Sprout. They're pretty new, could be cool, who knows what it like live? Also, we're fans of Future Punx. Definitely worth swinging by Pianos if you're in the Lower East Side tonight.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Moon Duo (members of Wooden Shjips), King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Prince Rama, Spires, The Wytches, Paperhead, Young Magic @ Rough Trade
Right after the Trouble in Mind party, Rough Trade has the Austin Psych Fest showcase which should seamlessly transition. It's a pretty incredible lineup of bands and goes till laaaate.

Virus, Ocrilim (Mick Barr of Orthrelm), Dysrhythmia, Geryon @ Saint Vitus
Norwegian metal weirdos wrap up their two-night stand at Vitus tonight, again with great openers: Mick Bar's band Ocrilim, instrumental metallers Dysrhythmia, and experimental death metal duo Geryon. Not a CMJ show.

Eddie and The Hot Rods, Daddy Long Legs, The A-Bones, The Bloodshots @ Bowery Electric
Eddie and the Hot Rods put out a few punk/pub rock classics in the late '70s, and tonight singer Barrie Masters' current version of the group hits Bowery Electric with great support: Norton Records garage rock vets The A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs (no strangers to the Norton scene themselves), and rockabilly band The Bloodshots.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon.

Misfits,Private Instigators, A Midnight Tragedy, Dispute to Flames, The Zombie Mafia @ Starland Ballroom
While Danzig is busy with his Samhain reunion and will be here soon, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits play their annual NY/NJ Halloween shows this month. NYC is on the 28th but tonight they're in their home state at Starland Ballroom.

Porches, TOPS, Lydia Ainsworth, Regal Degal @ Death By Audio
This JMC Aggregate/Arbutus-presented show has a great lineup with indie rockers-turned-disco rockers Porches, '80s pop lovers TOPS, new age lover Lydia Ainsworth, and unconventional pop band Regal Degal.

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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BrooklynVegan will be at Baby's All Right for CMJ again this year with a day party today and an official night show.

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More of today's options below...

Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (BV day party & CMJ showcase, Psych Fest showcase, Television, J. Spaceman, more)"

October 24, 2014


Back when Death by Audio was known as the Sugar Factory, they used to have shows in the loft space adjacent to what's now the main show space. They call that space The Ranch and it looks like they're having shows again there, starting with a marathon drone event called Holly Jolloween which starts Saturday (10/25) at 7 PM and goes till 7 PM Sunday (10/26):

To kick off the final month of madness at Death By Audio, we're hosting a 24-hour wall of sound in the loft space behind the venue. Every performance will overlap with the set before and after, so that there will not be a second of silence for the duration of the day.
Musicians involved in the droning include Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), Travis Johnson (Grooms), and lots more. The event is free and entrance to The Ranch is the door just to the right of DbA's on S. 2nd St.

List of participating Holly Jolloween drone performers below...

Continue reading "Death by Audio throwing free 24-hour drone marathon this weekend in back loft w/ Will Sheff, Excepter, Greg Fox, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Widowspeak / Homeshake / Dinner / Megabog
Captured Tracks CMJ Day Party
Captured Tracks CMJ Day Party
Captured Tracks CMJ Day Party
Captured Tracks CMJ Day Party

Captured Tracks threw a CMJ week day party at Baby's All Right on Thursday (10/23) with some of their newer signings, plus the only show this week from Widowspeak. The day featured LA band Girl Tears, Seattle's scrappy pop band Megabog, Mac DeMarco cohorts Homeshake, the part-guided-meditation-part-dance-party that is Dinner. Pictures from those sets are in this post -- we missed opener Juan Wauters (sorry, Juan).

Meanwhile, in the front room, Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco were spinning tunes. A couple shots of them, and lots more pics of the bands are below...

Continue reading "Widowspeak, Megabog, Homeshake, Girl Tears, Dinner & more played Captured Tracks' day party at Baby's (pics)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club brought their tour in support of the Mercury Prize-nominated So Long, See You Tomorrow to NYC for the second time this year at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (10/22). Their 20-song set included almost all of the new album -- their shift towards arty electronic pop and most interesting LP to date -- and others like early single "Always Like This" and a cover of Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat."

Opening were their tourmates Milo Greene (whose sound appears to be shifting from a mindie folk thing to a mindie R&B thing), and Luxley. More pictures and BBC's setlist below...

Continue reading "Bombay Bicycle Club played Terminal 5 with Milo Greene and Luxley (pics & setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Tweens / PAWS / Lee Bains III @ Arlene's Grocery 10/22/2014
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires

While Amanda was at Pianos on Wednesday (10/22), fellow BV photographer Chris La Putt was at nearby Arlene's Grocery for the Never Better CMJ day party where there was a rockin' bill of grungy Scottish trio PAWS, southern sleazy riffmongers Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, poppy/punky Tweens, and Manchester, UK's attitude-heavy PINS. Then, as a palate cleanser, he swung by Rockwood Music Hall to catch soulful Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees.

Pictures from those sets are in this post, with more below...

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Sleater-Kinney have added a 2nd NYC reunion show at Terminal 5 to their tour. The new date is on sale now!

Maxwell's in 2013 (more by Matt Schiels)

Hoboken venue Maxwell's closed as a music club in 2013 only to be sold and re-opened as a bar/restaurant earlier this year. When we last posted, we mentioned the new owners aren't ruling out live music, and now reports that there will in fact be live music. It's a little different than the stuff Maxwell's used to have though:

"We definitely want to have music back in Hoboken," said [new co-owner Pete] Carr. "We're trying to engage the local community and offer a stage for the town's local indie bands to play." And with an initial spate of concerts that includes veteran NJ cover band the Nerds next Thursday, an Eric Clapton tribute band on Nov. 7, and DJ nights on Halloween weekend, Carr and [Evan] Dean seem enthusiastic about making original live music a staple at the venue again.

...Dean and Carr then reached out to some of the people driving Hoboken's current music, including musician and promoter Dave Entwistle, restauranteur and blogger Stephen Bailey, and producer/musician Chris Gibson. Because Entwistle and Bailey have been responsible for the Hoboken Music Awards since their inception, they'll be using their new role as curators for Maxwell's Tavern's back room to do a monthly HMA Indie Night and bring the best local bands to the venue's back room.

"I don't care what the naysayers say about this not being the old Maxwell's," said Bailey.

"This is a chance to start a brand new venue, and create a whole new Hoboken scene."

...The new team will launch their first Hoboken Music Awards Indie Night on Friday, Dec. 5. "We have a really good feeling about this," said Entwistle. "The first Friday of every month will be locals night. If you play a HMA Night at Maxwell's, you'll be eligible for the next year's awards." It's a fresh approach, and we'll have a new logo, new ideas, new music," he said.

The venue's first concert is tonight (10/24) with American Idol singer Elise Testone. More info on other upcoming events and tickets at the Maxwell's website.

Ex-Maxwell's booker Todd Abramson can now be found at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Earlier this year, The Decemberists played their first shows since 2011, and now they have new music on the way... which you can preview in like 20 minutes from now. Frontman Colin Meloy tweeted that he'll be busking in Williamsburg at Bedford and N 7th at 11:30 AM and will be playing new Decemberists songs. "I'll be the bearded and bespectacled guy," he adds.