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October 22, 2014

Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.

Full round 1 announced acts listed below.

Continue reading "SXSW announces first round of 2015 showcasing artists"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Peter Matthew Bauer @ Baby's / Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool, CMJ 10/21/2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
Lydia Ainsworth

CMJ got underway here in NYC on Tuesday (10/21) and our intrepid photographer Amanda Hatfield was out all day covering the action. She started at Tell All Your Friends' day party at Baby's All Right with sets from local psych-pop band Spires, hotly-tipped UK at MONEY, another UK band Happyness (one of our 20 out-of-town bands to see) and former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer.

Doprah @ The Studio at Webster Hall 10/21/2014

Next was was a trip into the city for the annual New Zealand Showcase (now at The Studio @ Webster Hall): Chelsea Jade spent much of her set singing amongst the crowd; Doprah have drawn comparisons to Portishead and The xx which aren't entirely unwarranted.

The #1s @ Union Pool 10/21/2014
The #1s

Finally it was off to Union Pool for YVNYL's showcase with Irish powerpop band The #1s, Montreal rockers HEAT, the crystalline guitar pop of Chicago's J. Fernandez, and Toronto-based classically trained singer-songwriter Lydia Ainsworth. The latter's set included a string section, though it got off to a late start due to technical difficulties.

Pictures from all bands mentioned here are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "CMJ day 1 pics: Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, Doprah, The #1s, Happyness, J. Fernandez & more"

by Bill Pearis

Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting, the band from Veronica Falls' James Hoare and Jack Cooper of Mazes, are here in NYC for CMJ and they've got a lot of shows while here. The band's eponymous debut album is out next week (10/28) on Trouble in Mind and is a great listen for a rainy day like we've got today in NYC: minimal guitar pop in the VU tradition that's mellow but not boring, and just sounds right. (That both Haore and Cooper are great songwriters helps a lot.) You can stream the whole thing (via Hype Machine) below.

One of our 20 Out-of-Town Bands to see at CMJ, you can catch Ultimate Painting a three times today: first at Baby's All Right's free "daycare" party today at 1:10 PM, then the free Kanine Records day party at Pianos (upstairs, 4:20 PM), and then at Knitting Factory at 7:30 PM with Reigning Sound, White Fence and more (tickets).

The best place to catch Ultimate Painting, though, might be at one of the two Trouble in Mind shows this week: Cake Shop on Wednesday night (10/23) and a free Rough Trade party on Saturday afternoon (10/25). Both shows feature fellow TiM bands Estrogen Highs, The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, and Negative Scanner. For record nerds those shows will also feature a big Trouble in Mind merch table stocked with the label's catalog, t-shirts, and limited edition vinyl (like Ultimate Painting's album on orange wax).

All Ultimate Painting dates (CMJ and otherwise) are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting streaming debut LP, are here for CMJ, including three shows today (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Nashville's Bandit have signed with Broken Circles who will release their debut LP, Of Life, on January 20. The new single, "Pushing," brings together late '90s/early '00s-style alternative rock, proggy riffs, and singer Angela Plake's powerful pipes. That track premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

Continue reading "Bandit releasing debut LP on Broken Circles (stream a track)"

(photo via @gmsharptteeth)

Tickets for the Sleater-Kinney reunion show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Future Islands, Operators and Wing Dam show at Terminal 5 are on AmEx and Fan Club presale now. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the Ariel Pink show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fishbone show at Gramercy Theatre go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale today at 10 AM.

Dropkick Murphys are returning to the NYC-area around St. Patrick's Day for two shows at Long Island's Paramount (Mar. 3 & 4) and three shows at Irving Plaza (Mar. 8, 9 & 10). Tickets for those shows go on venue presale for the Paramount shows and Live Nation/Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales for the Irving shows today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.

Counting Crows are playing a free and very intimate show at The Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/23) with Filligar, Mean Creek, Hallelujah the Hills, Lily & the Parlour Tricks and more. RSVP for free admission.

Tickets for the Hundred Waters show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Matmos show at Issue Project Room are on sale now.

Max Richter is playing Bowery Ballroom on December 7 and St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on March 20 with a string quintet. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale today at noon, and tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.

Cold War Kids and Elliot Moss have a small sold-out Rough Trade show on Wednesday (10/22), and they've now added a much larger show together happening March 20 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (10/24) at noon.

Dark Blue are playing a free 2 PM show on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. Because Strand of Oaks are on tour, for this show Sean McGuinness from Pissed Jeans/Rat Fist will be playing drums.

Tickets for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport happening at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

BrooklynVegan is also co-presenting the Iron Pier CMJ showcase with Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens and Deep Pockets, and tickets for that one are on sale now too.

There are also free BrooklynVegan day parties at Baby's All Right on Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 PM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by Greg Cristman

The Empty Hearts @ Knitting Factory - 10/18/14
The Empty Hearts

The Empty Hearts, aka the band featuring Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk, brought their current tour to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory on 10/18 with Party Lights. They were introduced by The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt, which was appropriate since he named their band. In addition to performing their entire new album, they did a few Cars, Romantics and Blondie songs too, and squeezed in some other covers including "I Wanna Be Your Man." Pictures of the show (including one of the setlist) are in this post and continue, with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Blondie/Cars-related band The Empty Hearts played Knitting Factory with Party Lights (pics, setlist, videos)"

Fishbone at Afropunk 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Long-running eclectic alternative band Fishbone are still going strong, having released a new EP, Intrinsically Intertwined, earlier this year. They've also played a few festivals, including NYC's Afropunk, and have more tour dates coming up including a return to NYC before the year ends. Following an opening slot at The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Homedown Throwdown (12/26) and a NJ show in Stanhope (12/27), Fishbone will hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre on December 28 with with Shinobi Ninja. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AA with Live Nation/Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales starting today (10/22) at 10 AM.

After Gramercy, Fishbone will head across the country for a New Year's Eve show in San Diego. All of their dates are listed, with a stream of "Unstruck" from the new EP, below...

Continue reading "Fishbone playing year-end shows in Boston, NJ, NYC & more"

Courtney Barnett in Chicago in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Courtney Barnett

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.


Tweens, PINS, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, PAWS @ Arlene's Grocery
Between Tweens and PAWS, there's no lack of scrappy, driving rock at this free Never Better day party. Manchester indie popsters PINS are cool too.

Future Punx, Popstrangers, Field Mouse, Flowers, Simian Ghost, Be Forest @ Cake Shop
The folks at Terrorbird publicity/promo have put together a very solid day party, with Italy's moody dreampop band Be Forest, beguiling UK band Flowers, Brooklyn "post wave" partyband Future Punx and more. FREE.

The Ocean Blue, Happyness, Flowers, Beach Day, September Girls, Ultimate Painting, PAWS, Spring King, Girlpool, Literature, Splashh, Nai Harvest, Pinact, Seoul @ Pianos
Just a few doors down from Cake Shop is the Kanine Records party which takes over both floors of Pianos. Lovers of Britpop/indiepop/punkpop this is kind of a one-stop shop for some of the more interesting bands in that world at CMJ. Plus late '80s college rock band The Ocean Blue, and BV's Bill Pearis is DJing between bands from 5 - 7 PM.

Girlpool, Ronald Paris (Aaron Maine of Porches.), Caveman, Wampire, Splashh, Celestial Shore, Icewater, White Reaper, J Fernandez, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Tonstartssbandht, Sunflower Bean, Ryley Walker, Ultimate Painting @ Baby's All Right
This is the "1st Annual CMJ Daycare Party" and we're not sure what that means exactly but it's hard to argue with this all-day-and-night free lineup of bands, including Caveman who can fill Webster Hall.


Fat White Family at BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fat Whites

Creepoid, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen Death, Angel Dust @ Grand Victory
This is the Brixton Agency showcase which starts closer to daytime (5 PM) but goes through the night. It's pretty stacked with hardcore band Ex-Breathers, indie rockers Young Statues, shoegazers Creepoid, punky rockers Teen Death and still more.

Elle Varner, Lia Ices, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Cayetana @ Le Poisson Rouge
NPR's unofficial (free with RSVP, no badges) showcase is very varied this year. Elle Varner and BJ the Chicago Kid bring the R&B, Lia Ices brings the art pop, and Cayetana bring the guitar rock.

J Fernandez, White Reaper, PAWS, Modern Vices, CYMBALS, Literature, Megafortress, Itasca @ Cake Shop
There's a handful of worthy artists on Cake Shop's show tonight, including the guitar pop of J Ferndandez, the garage rock of the Polyvinyl-signed White Reaper, Glasgow fuzz popsters PAWS, self-proclaimed "dirty doo-wop" band Modern Vices, UK dance act CYMBALS, energetic indie popsters Literature, ambient pop artist Megafortress, and the psych folk of Itasca.

Jeff Rosenstock, The Bennies, Tweens, Dan Potthast @ Death By Audio
Former Bomb the Music Industry frontman Jeff Rosenstock still puts on fun shows with his solo band -- he packed DbA over the summer and is sure to again tonight. If you're going, poppy garage rockers Tweens are not to miss.

Turtle Giant, Be Forest, Native America, Sophie Hanlon @ DROM
Italian trio Be Forest are masters of mood, making swoony dreampop informed by the classics but very much in the now. The band released their second album, Earthbeat, earlier this year and if you like Slowdive, '80s-era 4AD and modern stuff like The xx, you definitely should check it out.

Fat White Family, Bo Ningen, Public Access TV, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, Girlpool @ Glasslands
UK music mag NME and the Hate Hate Hate label are throwing this stacked party with the debaucherous (and possibly naked) psych rockers Fat White Family, the wild Bo Ningen who defy genres and are a sight to see, the UK-hyped rockers Public Access TV, raucous Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks, '90s-style indie rockers Happyness, psych/garage rockers The Wytches, and LA lo-fi duo Girlpool. A pretty good bill all-around.

Reigning Sound, White Fence, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Shonen Knife, Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band), Ice Balloons, Ultimate Painting @ Knitting Factory
The most exciting part of this Panache showcase is it's the only chance during CMJ to see the Reigning Sound, but it's otherwise stacked from top to bottom with other great bands too.

Alkaline Trio, Murderburgers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 2, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Wish, Doomsquad, Beliefs, Lobby, Blonde Elvis, The Dirty Nil, Dead Leaf Echo @ Palisades
Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula brings together a mostly Canadian lineup with some of more interesting underground indie rock going on North of the border, including '90s-leaning Wish, the glammy Blonde Elvis, punkish trio The Dirty Nil, shoegazy Beliefs and more.

Lia Mice, Lost Boy?, Yawn, Shark?, Dead Stars, Radical Dads @ Pianos Upstairs
Folks from out of town looking to get a good dose of Brooklyn's best practitioners of old school, '90s-style indie rock, well here you go: Shark?, Dead Stars and Radical Dads do it as good as any.

Secret Chiefs 3, Atomic Ape @ Saint Vitus
Mr. Bungle member Trey Spruance leads the instrumental experimental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3, whose tour hits NYC for its second of two shows here this week (during but not part of CMJ).

Tonstartssbandht, TOPS, Moon King, Calvin Love, Nicholas Nicholas @ Shea Stadium
If the Palisades show didn't offer enough Canadians, head to Shea to catch Moon King's only CMJ show (they're great), TOPS (danceable '80s-ish pop), the suave Calvin Love and arty and hard-to-pronounce headliners Tonstartssbandht.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene, Luxley @ Terminal 5
Bombay Bicycle Club have changed it up on every album so far, and this year's So Long, See You Tomorrow may be their best yet. This big show is part of CMJ, but you might want to get there early if you're trying to use a badge to get in.

Tune In Tel Aviv @ Leftfield
Oleh! Records ("Israel's Music Export) is presenting the return of their Tune In Tel Aviv showcase this year, which is represented by the country of Israel and features Israeli artists Kokoro, Dorine Levy, Skyroads and Snir Yamin.

Slingshot Dakota, Koji, Creepoid, Off & On, Meghann Wright @ The Acheron
This is the City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase, and it's the only CMJ show for the energetic Mates of States-y duo Slingshot Dakota. Philly shoegazers Creepoid are not to be missed either.

Bosco, Okay Kaya, Dark Waves, Go Back To The Zoo, TOPS, Flowers @ The Delancey
Both UK band Flowers (gentle and jangly) and Monteal's TOPS ('80s-ish soft rock, in a good way) are worth catching...they also both play a ton of shows this week.

Cakes Da Killa (w/ Astrolith), Money Mark (and TT), DDM (w/ Normaling), JuiceBox, Ami Dang, Ponyo @ The Flat
NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa delivers killer rhymes over equally killer production -- fans of Mykki Blanco or Danny Brown should dig. Beastie Boys collaborator/Atomic Bomb! member Money Mark should be interesting as well.

Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band), LA Witch, Prince Rupert's Drops, Paperhead, Worthless @ Union Pool
Psych-heavy label Beyond Beyond is Beyond always put together a good showcase, and this is no exception with Nashville's The Paperhead, West Coast punks LA Witch, local band Prince Rupert's Drops and more. Plus: Drippy Eye Projections will make the place feel like the Fillmore East. Groooovy.

San Fermin, Courtney Barnett, Mikhael Paskalev @ Webster Hall
While Courtney Barnett played several small CMJ shows last year, this time the wordy Aussie folkie is back for just one larger show, a co-headlining gig with San Fermin.

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, this being the second.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
For something completely different (and not part of CMJ), David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of cabaret.

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 Friday day party, a Saturday day party (lineup TBA very soon!) and an official Saturday night show.

BV is also co-presenting Thursday's Iron Pier showcase.

What else?

More of today's options below...

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (CMJ, Courtney Barnett, Fat White Family, Literature, Nai Harvest, Creepoid & more)"

October 21, 2014

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

FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
1:30 Tweens
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3:15 Protomartyr
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
12:45 Bully
1:30 Flowers
2:15 Girlpool
3:00 Bo Ningen
3:45 Beverly
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family 
6:15 Titus Andronicus

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)


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)

Tuesday (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 9 more bands including Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Girlpool and many more, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts.

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!) More flyers below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan events at CMJ this week (5 shows total) --- Friday & Saturday @ Baby's All Right"

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!

134 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg

152 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg

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.