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October 21, 2014

Pity Sex at last year's BrooklynVegan show at Baby's (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pity Sex

CMJ began this afternoon (10/21), and there are tons of shows you can see from today through Saturday (10/25). If you're wondering where to find BrooklynVegan this week, we have five shows coming up:

Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
Xerxes

Tonight (10/21) at the Paper Box, BV is co-presenting the FREE No Sleep Records showcase which begins at 6 PM. That show includes a lineup of mostly post-hardcore and punk with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps for Travelers. Those who show up early will get a free No Sleep vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies).

Walter Schreifels w/ Quicksand in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Walter Schreifels

On Thursday (10/23) at the Acheron, BV is co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase which begins at 7 PM. That one features Self Defense Family, post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) with his new band The Dead Heavens, and Deep Pockets. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted too.

Twin Peaks at Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
Twin Peaks

On Friday (10/24) afternoon at Baby's All Right, we're throwing our first of two free BrooklynVegan day parties. Friday's lineup includes Twin Peaks, Single Mothers (their only CMJ show), The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches and Dilly Dally (their first NYC show). That goes from noon-7 PM, will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and Bell's Brewery will be there too with multiple varieties of the craft beer available to purchase and a free keg while it lasts. It's 21+ and again, it's free (RSVP).

The second free BV day party happens Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with 10 more bands, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts. We've already announced Bo Ningen and the rest of the lineup will be announced soon. (We promise!)

The Jazz June
jazz June

And lastly, the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday night (10/25) at Baby's All Right, starting at 7 PM. This one includes veteran emo band The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang (ex-Weston), Cayetana and France's Sport, with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo spinning between sets. It's the only chance to catch all of those bands (except Cayetana who have one more show) at CMJ this year. Tickets are available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.

Hope to see you at one. (Or all!) Flyers for all five shows are below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan events at CMJ this week (5 shows total)"

Jim Campilongo @ Living Room (more by Killdisco Design)
Jim Campilongo

Guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and The Living Room have a long history together. In fact, I think we've posted about more JC shows at Living Room than any other artist who ever played there. It seems super appropriate then that, DESPITE WHAT IT SAYS ON THE VENUE AND CMJ'S WEBSITE, Jim's new project is the first-ever show (that we know about) at the opening of the venue's new Brooklyn location tonight (10/21). Jim says:

Tonight the 18 Wheelers play two shows- the new Living Room at 9pm, then a few doors up Metropolitan Ave at Skinny Dennis from 10pm to Midnight. Really looking forward to our road trip!

DOUBLE CLUTCHING - DOUBLE HEADER TUESDAY!
LIVING ROOM "SOFT" OPENING!
ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS
JIM CAMPILONGO, GERALD MENKE, ROY WILLIAMS, SCOTT COLBERG, NICK "CRIME" ANDERSON, ZEPHANIAH O'HORA
THE NEW LIVING ROOM in BROOKLYN USA!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 SHOWTIME 9PM to 10PM
with MOSCO ROSCO 10PM and ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT 11PM
134 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg
http://www.livingroomny.com/

ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS
JIM CAMPILONGO, GERALD MENKE, ROY WILLIAMS, SCOTT COLBERG, NICK "CRIME" ANDERSON, ZEPHANIAH O'HORA
SKINNY DENNIS in BROOKLYN USA
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 SHOWTIME 10PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
152 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg
http://www.skinnydennisbar.com/

In related news, Jim recently launched a Kickstarter to raise money to record with the Honeyfingers.

My Cousin, The Emperor is listed on The Living Room's website as the first band tonight, but they sent out this message earlier today: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's performance at The Living Room has been cancelled. I will be rescheduling it for early December (although it will probably be a full-band and not a solo acoustic show). If you were planning to attend, I appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience." Jim is now in that slot. And as Jim mentions, after that, Jim will immediately head to Skinny Dennis which is on the same block (Metropolitan Ave between Berry / Wythe) for a 10 PM set.

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jessica Upton Crowe
Dilly Dally

Toronto's Dilly Dally, who we profiled over the summer and who is one of the artists we're excited to see at CMJ this week, has released the video for their new single "Candy Mountain." It follows "Next Gold" and "Alexander," and like those, it's a great slice of clear but unpolished indie rock. There's a little "Where Is My Mind" to the chorus of this one, but Katie Monks' unrestrained voice makes it her own. Check it out below.

Dilly Dally's NYC debut will be the free BrooklynVegan Friday (10/24) day party at Baby's All Right. They go on first at noon. They have a few other CMJ shows too -- the full schedule looks like this:

10/24 Baby's All Right BrooklynVegan day party (noon set) w/ Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr, Tweens, The Wtyches

10/24 The Studio at Webster Hall (4:40 PM) w/ Potty Mouth, Flashlights, Beach Day, Honduras, Boytoy, Beverly, Las Rosas, Sun Club

10/25 Bowery Ballroom (9 PM) w/ The Sam Roberts Band, Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, Knox Hamilton

New video below...

Continue reading "Dilly Dally release video for new single "Candy Mountain" (watch/listen), playing BV day party & other CMJ shows"

Puddles Pity Party at Webster Hall 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Puddles

How do you feel about clowns? They aren't so much the stuff of kids entertainment anymore, more likely the stuff of nightmares. One clown that's in the "misunderstood monster" department is Puddles Pity Party, a 6'8" clown dressed up as a modern-day Pagliaccio, both terrifying and possessed with a sonorous voice. ("The Sad Clown with the Golden Voice.") Those pipes are used on an array of covers, from Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to Lorde's "Royals." Videos of both are below.

We caught Puddles when he was part of Eels' opening lineup last year and he's back in NYC, playing two back-to-back sets at Joe's Pub tonight (10/21) -- 9:30 is sold out, but tickets to the 11:30 PM show are still available.

Puddles has some other dates this month and all are listed, along with videos, below...

Continue reading "Puddles Pity Party playing Joes Pub tonight & other dates"

Radio Moscow at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Radio Moscow

As discussed, Iowa psychedelic band Radio Moscow are going on a tour with doom-metal institution Pentagram, though they're not on the NYC stop which happens November 1 at Gramercy Theatre with Blood Ceremony, Bang and Kings Destroy (tickets). Instead, Radio Moscow will be in California that day for Day of the Shred with Red Fang, Weedeater, Windhand, Bongripper, ASG, Danava and more; but they've since added their own NYC show happening right after the Pentagram tour.

The riffers will team up with Black Wail and more TBA for a NYC gig on November 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

Radio Moscow's newest album, Magical Dirt, came out earlier this year. Check out a stream of its track, "Death of a Queen," with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Radio Moscow expand tour, headlining dates after tour with Pentagram (whose NYC show w/ Blood Ceremony is soon)"

by Andrew Sacher

Wray

Like many indie bands, the members of Birmingham, AL's Wray have roots in punk, but the only thing sound-wise that's really carried over from that to this band is a love of distortion. Wray's self-titled debut LP came out earlier this year via Communicationg Vessels and it's mostly shoegazy guitars over krautrock rhythms. You can stream the album in full on RDIO and watch the videos for two tracks below.

The band only has two shows announced at the moment. One is their label's CMJ showcase happening Wednesday (10/22) at Lit Lounge with Sanders Bohlke, The Champions of Truth (Shaheed and DJ Supreme w/Akil The MC of Jurassic 5), The Dirty Lungs and The Green Seed. That's $10 at the door or free if you have a badge. Their only other show is in their hometown this November with The Octopus Project.

All dates are listed, with the videos, below...

Continue reading "Wray released an LP, playing CMJ w/ a member of Jurassic 5 and more (dates & videos)"

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Fairly new Brooklyn venue Radio Bushwick had a busy CMJ week planned until yesterday something caused all their shows to be moved/canceled. They haven't made an official statement (they did not reply to our inquiry) but The New Lines wrote in about their 10/27 Halloween show with Sansyou and more to say:

OOP - quick update - show moved to the rock shop (park slope, brooklyn) due to some sort of landlordly legal-biz - please send radio bushwick your good karmic energy (/ actual support!) as they tough it out, ok?
As for CMJ week shows, some are moving to nearby Lot 45 but here's the rundown:

--Tonight's (10/21) Hallelujah Blackout showcase with Swagger Dagger, Brett Saxon and more will now happen at Lot 45 (411 Troutman).

--Wednesday's (10/22) Noise Love CMJ showcase with Honduras, Skull Practitioners and more is also going to Lot 45.

--Thursday's (10/23) Out on The Streets showcase with Seoul, Fort Lean, Rioux, Tomboy and more is also now moving to Lot 45.

--Friday's (10/24) Bird Dog Promo showcase with Boytoy, Beverly, Dilly Dally and more will now happen at The Studio @ Webster Hall.

--Black Bell CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) is canceled.

That's all we know about so far.

by Andrew Sacher

Mitski

As discussed, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Mitski is releasing a new album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, on November 11 via Double Double Whammy (pre-order). It's her first for the label and follows two indie/classical-style albums, but this one sees Mitski applying her strong sense of songwriting to the kind of DIY rock that label is known for (and members of its "house band" LVL UP have been backing her at shows). The clash ends up sounding something like Torres, Sharon Van Etten, or the newest Angel Olsen album. It's good stuff, and fans of those three should give this a listen.

She's already put out three singles from the album, and all of them have been different. The first, "First Love / Late Spring," is a dose of singer/songwriter pop, maybe the closest to her older material, but the next single, "Townie," changed any idea of her you may have had with its rougher '90s-style indie rock and Mitski's wailing vocals. Then came "I Don't Smoke," a distortion-coated slab of lo-fi with those powerful pipes intact once again.

Now she's returned with a fourth single from the album, "I Will," via NME. This one starts with minimal backing -- just bass and drums -- but similar to a song like Waxahatchee's "Brother Bryan," Mitski makes it sound like a folk song. Eventually keyboards come in too, adding a few more layers but still keeping the song from crossing over into a bigger pop territory. Hear it for yourself, plus streams of the other three, below.

Mitski has one show lined up for CMJ this week which is the Miscreant & Father/Daughter party on Friday (10/24) at Silent Barn that goes all day (2 PM - 2 AM) with Girlpool, Sharpless, Rivergazer, Adult Mom, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Small Wonder and many more. Tickets are just $5 and still available.

After that, she'll head out on a tour with Johanna Warren which begins in NYC on November 13 at Silent Barn. All dates are listed, with the streams, below...

Continue reading "Mitski released "I Will" from new LP, playing CMJ, touring with Johanna Warren (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Somos at The Studio at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Somos

Somos and Sorority Noise both put out their debut albums this year, Temple of Plenty and Forgettable, respectively, and now they've teamed up for a split EP that's due out next week (11/4) via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). While Somos' debut was mostly punky indie rock, they've slowed down for their two contributions here, giving themselves space to experiment with new layers and more complexity. And while much of Sorority Noise's album was crunchy pop rock, the last three tracks had them moving in a more somber direction as well, which is what they continue here. A stream of the full EP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

Both bands have interesting futures ahead of them too. Somos recently announced that they left Tiny Engines for their new label home of No Sleep and are planning to put out a new album for the label in 2015. Meanwhile, Sorority Noise recently mentioned that two of their members left the band but they'll be moving forward.

Both bands have shows coming too. Sorority Noise are playing The Fest but first will play the Topshelf CMJ showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) happening Friday (10/24) at Cameo with The World Is A Beautiful Place, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse and Wildhoney. That show is free with RSVP (no badges required). You can also catch TWIABP at the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All RIght, and Tom from Washed Up Emo DJs our official BV showcase.

Somos have a ton of dates, including the previously announced run with Modern Baseball, Foxing and Crying that hits NYC on December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at MHOW. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

All Somos dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Sorority Noise releasing a split w/ Somos (stream it), playing Topshelf CMJ w/ TWIABP, Empire! Empire! & more"

Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$

As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.

Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.

Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Dej Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.

And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-headlining tour which hits NYC for a CMJ show on Friday (10/24) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Remy Banks, D.R.A.M., Kevin Abstract and JK the Reaper. Tickets for that show are available.

We also highlighted NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa in our list of local artists to catch at CMJ.

Lists of Deniro/Denzel dates and Joey/Vince dates, and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & Vince Staples add CMJ to tour + Deniro Farrar, Rae Sremmurd, Dej Loaf & more hip hop at CMJ"

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