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October 18, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

Pond @ Bowery Ballroom 10/17/2014
Pond
Pond

Australian head trippers Pond will drop their sixth album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, in January via Modular and you can stream first taste "Waiting Around for Grace" below. North America can get a bigger taste, though, as Pond just started their North American tour with fellow countrymen Doctopus, and are currently halfway through a two-night stay in New York City, having played Bowery Ballroom last night (10/17) with Aussie ex-pat Fascinator on the bill as well. Pics from that show are in this post and the same lineup plays Rough Trade tonight (10/19) and tickets are still available.

Pics of Doctopus (and a stream of their album) and Fascinator, plus more of Pond and their new songs stream, below...

Continue reading "Pond played Bowery w/ Doctopus & Fascinator (pics + new track stream), play Rough Trade tonight"

Sam Amidon at SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Amidon

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

Sam Amidon, Bill Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily, Cy Dune @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sam Amidon just released Lily-O, an album of reimagined folk songs featuring jazz legend and Bill Frisell on guitar, as well as frequent collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (he and Sam are both in Doveman's band). Those three will be playing together tonight as well.

Fat White Family, Jeffrey Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
The wild, debauched world of Fat White Family returns to NYC after leaving their stink all over the place back in March. The band's new single, "I Am Mark E. Smith" lays influences pretty clear and is good in its own right (stream it below).

Xiu Xiu, Yvette @ Glasslands
Jamie Stewart's experimental, confrontational music as Xiu Xiu maybe be too much for some people, but it is never boring. Catch him tonight with very intense locals, Yvette.

Frankie Cosmos, Porches, No One and the Somebodies, Eskimeaux @ Baby's All Right
It's the second night of related bands Frankie Cosmos and Porches' two-night run at Baby's and this time Frankie headlines. Like last night, it's another all-in-the-family show, this time with Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band).

Pond, Doctopus, Fascinator @ Rough Trade
They may share members/ex-members with Tame Impala, but don't call Pond a side project. Some would argue they're better at the psych-rock game. (We like them both.) We're not sure when Pond's new album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, will actually be released (it was supposed to be already) but you can probably catch songs from it tonight.

Ben Frost, Julianna Barwick, Oneirogen @ The Wick
Avant-garde composer Ben Frost released new album, A U R O R A, earlier this year and, like his previous work, it's ambient but you'd be hard pressed to call it mellow. There's a lot of tension here, which cracks open into bursts of noise. Tonight's well-curated show is the first in Pitchfork's new "Tinitus" series. You might want to consider earplugs.

Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Vallenfyre @ Best Buy Theater
Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth and Swedish power metal band Sabaton's tour hits NYC tonight, and this is a special night on the tour with support from Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Extinction of Mankind.

Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil, Evoken @ Saint Vitus
Party metallers Skeletonwitch have been on the Amon Amarth/Sabaton tour themselves, but tonight they're taking the chance to headline their own show at the smaller Saint Vitus. Tonight's with NYC black metal crew Black Anvil and funeral doomers Evoken.

Paul Collins Beat, Club For Growth, The #1s @ Cake Shop
Power pop lovers, here's one for you with former Nerves frontman headlining and very good Irish band The #1s starting things off.

The Soupcans, Slutever, Girlpool, Pink Wash @ Death By Audio
This is a great bill all around with Toronto's ripping Soupcans, two LA duos Slutever and Girlpool (currently on tour with each other), and Bleeding Rainbow/Hume-related Pink Wash.

Rakta, S.H.I.T., Survival, Mommy @ Palisades
This is the second of two NYC shows this week for Brazil's Rakta who play a loud, raw mix of gothy post-punk and tripped out psychedelic rock.

Daedelus, Spazzkid @ Villain
Production great Daedelus is currently on the road supporting his new album for Brainfeeder, The Light Brigade, and hitting rarely-used but cool Williamsburg spot Villain tonight.

The Empty Hearts, Party Lights @ Knitting Factory
The Empty Hearts are the supergroup of Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. As you may expect from a lineup like that, it's late '70s-style power pop.

Busdriver, clipping., Milo @ Mercury Lounge
This is an excellent triple bill of out-there alternative hip hop, and all three are supporting new releases -- Busdriver's Perfect Hair, clipping.'s CLPPNG, and Milo's a toothpaste suburb.

Psychoegyptian, Haleek Maul, Dre Green, Neuport, Ponyo, EU1OGY @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos has a typically eclectic bill tonight mostly with rap, electronic and alt-R&B.

Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really.

Bill Cosby @ The Paramount
Comedy legend and fancy sweater lover Bill Cosby has gotten a little preachy with age but is still a funny guy. One of the greats. He'll do two performance tonight.

Leisure Cruise, Mister Lies, Frances Cone, Summer Underground, DJ Toy @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is always a good place to stop by at night for drinks, midnight snacks, arcade games, and shopping, not to mention free music. Tonight's lineup leans towards electronic pop.

Blue Oyster Cult @ The Space at Westbury
Hard rock veterans Blue Oyster Cult's influence is undeniable and they have no lack of great tunes to pull from at tonight's show on their hometown of Long Island.

Finch, Maps & Atlases, Wounds @ Gramercy Theatre
While we're not crazy about the headliners, math rockers-turned-indie popsters Maps & Atlases are always worth catching.

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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Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (Sam Amidon, Fat White Family, Xiu Xiu, Frankie Cosmos, Pond, Ben Frost, Vallenfyre, more)"

October 17, 2014

UPDATE: The album is confirmed and a full 2015 tour is announced!

7" that comes with new Sleater-Kinney box set (via @chadparks)
Sleater-Kinney

Ever since Wild Flag "ran its course," rumors/whispers of a Sleater-Kinney have been rampant. They just got louder. On Tuesday (10/21), a seven-LP Sleater Kinney box set, titled Start Together, is coming out via Sub Pop. Pre-orders shipped and started to arrive, and contained a mysterious bonus 7" with a plain white label only reading "1/20/15," as first pointed out by Twitter user Chad Parks. (January 20, 2015 is indeed a Tuesday aka typical release day for albums.) The song is reportedly called "Bury Our Friends," and you can listen to a snippet that another early box set receiver, Kevin Zidek, uploaded to YouTube (listen below).

Wondering Sound, meanwhile, wondered about it and put the song into Shazam which brought up an album cover-like image with the title No Cities Left To Love:

No Cities to Love

Is a new album on the way? Listen to that 10-second clip while you speculate, below.

UPDATE: The album is confirmed and a full 2015 tour is announced!

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney reforming? New vinyl box set contains surprise 7" with "1/20/2015" written on it (listen to a snippet)"

UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

flyer by Kevin Showkat
CMJ

This year BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's All Right for our annual free day parties on Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th during CMJ, from noon-7pm each day. Bands will be announed next week (though we already revealed Protomartyr, King Gizzard and Bo Ningen). Meanwhile RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter.

UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Sailor Jerry returns as a sponsor and of course that also means free tattoos and complimentary beverages throughout the day. Stay tuned for exact details.

We're also happy to welcome Bell's Brewery as an official BrooklynVegan show sponsor. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase, and we'll have a free keg while it lasts at noon each day.

We're also at Baby's Saturday night (a show that is fully announced, not free, and has tickets on sale). Flyer for that and the other two official showcases we're sponsoring, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan CMJ 2014 free day parties: Save The Date"

by Andrew Sacher

#1s

Dublin's The #1s (aka The Number Ones) put out their self-titled debut LP over the summer via Deranged Records (once home to Fucked Up and White Lung). The band, who count Angel Olsen tourmate Cian Nugent as a member, write sharp late '70s-style power pop tunes but deliver with the rawness of '60s garage rock. If you're into either of those things, this record should hit right away. Check it out in full, below.

The #1s will be in NYC for two shows that are just around the corner. First, they play Cake Shop on Saturday (10/18) opening for The Paul Collins Beat (Paul's band The Nerves is likely an influence on The #1s), with Club for Growth and Now People on the bill too. That's $10 at the door to get in. After that, they play Grand Victory on Monday (10/20) as headliners with Miracle Sweepstakes, Henry Schiller and Garcia Peoples opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

UPDATE: They also stick around for CMJ and currently have two shows scheduled. The first is the YVYNYL showcase at Union Pool on Tuesday with Lydia Ainsworth, Heat and J Ferndandez (tickets); and the second is the Music of Ireland showcase at The Delancey on Friday (10/24) with September Girls, Dott, Ham Sandwich, Sisters and Le Galaxie.

The only other show we're currently aware of his a Halloween show in Dublin. All dates are listed, with the LP stream and a video, below...

Continue reading "The #1s released LP, playing NYC (1 show w/ Paul Collins) before CMJ"

gizzard

Australia's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have a new album on the way, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, next month via Castle Face and the band recently shared another song off the album. Check out the fairly gentle "Hot Water" (most of the album is in crazy psycho overdrive) along with the previously released "Cellophane," below.

As mentioned King Gizzard will be in NYC for a whole bunch of CMJ shows, including BrooklynVegan's free Friday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right. Protomartyr are also playing that and the rest of the lineup will be announced very soon (we swear). Here's their entire CMJ schedule:

WED 10/22 @ Baby's All Right | CMJ Brooklyn Magazine Party
WED 10/22 @ Knitting Factory | Panache CMJ Showcase (tickets)
FRI 10/24 @ Baby's All Right (FREE) | CMJ Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
SAT 10/25 @ Pianos (FREE) | Bowery CMJ day Party
SAT 10/25 @ Rough Trade NYC | Austin Psych Fest CMJ Party (tickets)
SUN 10/26 @ Baby's All Right (FREE) | Panache CMJ Day Party & Hangover Brunch

After CMJ, King Gizzard will open, along with free spirit Connan Mockasin, for Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5 on November 4 (tickets). They've got lots more dates on their current tour, and all are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "King Gizzard share 2nd song from new LP, add more CMJ shows including BV free Friday day party (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

artwork for 'THE BEST OF THE BEST SHOW'
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There's a lot of news in the world of Tom Scharpling. Firstly, he announced the return of much-loved, much missed The Best Show, which ran for 13 years on WFMU until going off the air inĀ December 2013. (Dave Hill took over his time slot.) Where is still unknown but its return starts in November with comedy co-conspirator Jon Wurster and engineer AP Mike. Scharping did just announce that the show had a new email address: BestShow2014@yahoo.com. Could this be a clue as to where The Best Show will call home?

In other news, some of Scharpling & Wurster's best Best Show bits are being compiled on a massive, 16-CD box set, which is being released by the Numero Group (!) in March. Here are all the details:

75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive with all of the calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.
Also, pre-orders come with a piece of the phone Wurster used to make his first call to The Best Show ("Rock, Rot & Rule") and was smashed to bits by Wurster and Scharpling, as can be seen in a video below. When announced, demand was so high it crashed Numero Group's website!

There's a third "secret project" that Scharpling will announce soon. Meanwhile, check out the Scharpling & Wurster box set video, and a special mix Tom made for The Best Show's 14th anniversary (not for folks who don't want to hear a sampled Chris Hardwick repeatedly shout "POINTS!"), below...

Continue reading "'The Best Show' returning in November, 16-disc Scharpling & Wurster box set coming in March 2015"

James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)
James Blake

As you may know, James Blake has been sharing new music during his BBC Radio 1 Residency. He did so again last night and FACT has a radio rip of the song, "Building It Still." Listen below.

James' tour with Airhead hits NYC for an intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 1. That went on sale today and not surprisingly sold out instantly.

Continue reading "James Blake reveals new song, "Building It Still" (listen)"

No Sleep

As we've mentioned, BrooklynVegan is presenting a few events during CMJ and one of those is the No Sleep Records showcase happening October 21 at The Paper Box which starts at 6 PM and is FREE. The set times have now been finalized and they look like this:

Maps For Travelers: 6:00 - 6:20
Foreign Tongues: 6:35 - 6:55
In Between: 7:10 - 7:30
Rescuer: 7:45 - 8:05
Run Forever: 8:20 - 8:40
Aviator: 8:55 - 9:15
The Felix Culpa: 9:30 - 9:50
Xerxes: 10:05 - 10:25
Chris Farren: 10:35 - 10:55
'68: 11:10 - 11:40
John Nolan: 11:50 - End
If you show up early, you can get a No Sleep vinyl sampler which are being given away and limited to 150 copies.

BV is also co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase on October 23 at Acheron with Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens and Deep Pockets (tickets).

The official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday, October 25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).

BV will also have free day parties at Baby's All Right on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25) with Protomartyr, Bo Ningen and more TBA.

by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Irving Plaza - 10/16/14 (via Vishal Manglani)
Mwy

Back in the mid-2000s, before there was an emo revival but long after emo had become a dirty word, a few bands from "that scene" were coming out with boundary pushing music that could easily defy being pigeonholed into said scene (but often were anyway). One of these bands was mewithoutYou. While mewithoutYou were never emo, they were certainly grouped with those bands (perhaps being labelmates with Underoath and Futher Seems Forever had something to do with this), and even at this point almost anything remotely emo, post-hardcore, punk, pop punk, etc is called "emo revival." mewithoutYou shifted sounds several times throughout their career (which is still going strong), and arguably their most compelling stuff came when the post-hardcore of their early material took a turn towards art rock, resulting in two near-perfect albums. The first of those was Catch For Us The Foxes, which they're currently playing in full on tour for its 10th anniversary. I've always thought that its followup, 2006's Brother, Sister, is their crowning achievement so far (and my fingers are crossed for a tour of that one in 2016), but Catch is a close second for me and many fans consider it their best, which was very clear at last night's (10/16) NYC stop of the tour at Irving Plaza.

I've caught mewithoutYou a few times on recent tours, but neither the band nor the crowd have been as intense as the both were last night. It was clear that mewithoutYou are having a great time revisiting the album, with all of the members smiling and acting more lively on stage than they were even earlier this year. They sounded great playing those songs too. They were super tight, and those ten-year old songs sounded fresh (partially thanks to great newer bands like La Dispute keeping that sound alive). And the crowd was loving every second, yelling every word, and clapping surprisingly in time with a few of the more off-kilter drum beats. There was one moment when Aaron Weiss leapt into the crowd (something I've never seen him do) and the surrounding fans all mobbed the people who caught him.

mewithoutYou (via Kelsey Peters)
mwy

The band left the stage for only a minute or so after playing the album before returning for an 8-song encore that touched on all four of their other albums. Brother, Sister was really well represented, with five songs total including two of the "Spider" songs used as transitions. The other albums all got one each, and whether it was the dissonant post-hardcore of "Gentlemen" or the major key folk of "Goodbye, I!" the band stayed in great form and the crowd kept eating it up.

The Appleseed Cast (via Washed Up Emo)
Appleseed Cast

mewithoutYou weren't the only band to get excited about at this show though. The whole East Coast leg of the tour has had a great triple bill with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along. The Appleseed Cast are veterans themselves, and those guys actually do have emo roots -- their 1998 debut, The End of the Ring Wars, is an excellent SDRE-inspired album, though they'd never sound that way again and good luck hearing those songs live these days -- but like mewithoutYou, by the 2000s they were also operating in a realm that couldn't exactly be tied to one scene. It was still sorta emo, but more often it was gorgeous post rock, and that side of them was on display during last night's very solid set. They included a few tracks from their newest LP, 2013's Illumination Ritual, but otherwise picked major highlights from the early-mid 2000s years like the guitar noodling of "Fishing the Sky," the atmospheric pop of "Here We Are (Family in the Hallway)," and the truly beautiful post rock build of "On Reflection."

And while two veterans on one bill is a great time, you don't want to get too caught up in nostalgia so it was very welcome that the much newer and also great indie/emo/whatever band Hop Along opened. Hop Along basically always win us over and last night was no exception. Frances Quinlan is always on fire as a singer, but especially last night with her voice turning into a roar even more than usual. Like other recent sets, they included some new material (really, when are we getting that new album?) and we got live staples like "Kids on the Boardwalk" and "Tibetan Pop Stars" from Get Disowned and their great 2013 single, "Sister Cities."

mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast's setlists below...

Continue reading "mewithoutYou celebrated the 'Catch For Us The Foxes' 10 year anniversary w/ Appleseed Cast & Hop Along (review, setlist)"