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August 31, 2015


Lucero's new album, All A Man Should Do, will be out September 18 via ATO and the band have shared another song from it, a cover of Big Star's "I'm in Love with a Girl." They recorded it at Ardent Studios in Memphis, where the original was made, and features backup vocals from Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, as well as The Posies' Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (who played in latter-day lineups fof Big Star). Lucero frontman Ben Nichols told us about the cover when Andrew Sacher interviewed him earlier this month:

With the last two albums we had gone deeper and deeper into our Memphis roots and influences. We had the Sun Studios boogie piano and the Stax Records B-3 organ and the horns. We had a blast. With the new record it was time to focus on other influences. This is the only album I've played only acoustic guitar on. So right from the start it was going to have a more subdued sound and a lighter touch. That happened to fit the mood of the songs I was writing. And the Big Star cover fit in there perfectly. I've said in other interviews that this was the record the 15 year old Ben would've loved to have recorded in 1989. A lot of what I was listening to way back then influenced this record. And "I'm in Love With a Girl" has that same innocence and that same feel. AND there was no way we were going to pass up the opportunity of having Jody [Stephens] and Ken [Stringfellow] and Jon [Auer] do harmony parts. They were all in town and we made it work somehow and the result is unlike anything on any other Lucero record.
Listen to Lucero's Big Star cover below.

Lucero's tour will hit NYC on October 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below...

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Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein's memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, is out October 27 and the Sleater-Kinney singer and Portlandia star will start her book tour that day, with a reading and Q&A at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus (10/27) and Questlove will be in conversation with her at that one. Tickets are on sale and include a copy of the book.

The next night (10/28) Brownstein will give a reading at Barnes & Noble in Union Square which is free though there's priority seating for those who buy the book at B&N. No special guests have been announced for the B&N appearance but most of the dates of Brownstein's book tour are "in conversation" with someone of note. SNL's Aidy Bryant in Philadelphia, Amy Poehler in Los Angeles, and Dave Eggers in San Francisco. All dates and special guests are listed below....

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by Bill Pearis


OBN IIIs' new album, Worth a Lot of Money, is out in a couple weeks (9/14) and the Austin rock ragers have shared another song from it. "Let The Music" is a big-riff ripper very much in the Thin Lizzy style, which Orville Bateman Neeley III and company do well. Let the music play, listen (via Stereogum) below.

As mentioned, OBN IIIs will be on tour soon, with a Brooklyn record release party at Union Pool on 9/15 with Pampers and Honey, making for a very good show. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

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the cannanes

Folks who revel in the notion that love-rock means never having to tune your guitar will no doubt grow weak in the knees upon first exposure to the Cannanes. The fluid Australian combo is willfully amateurish and occasionally a bit too cute for its own good, but the utterly unpretentious purity of the band's output is hard to deny. Their closest American corollary would probably be Beat Happening, but the Cannanes are slightly folkier, less prone to outbursts of rock primitivism. The band's debut EP is charmingly unsteady on virtually every level, from the cracks in Annabel Bleach's sweet warble to the audible string squeak that accompanies each acoustic guitar chord change. The informality only adds to the charm of songs like "You're So Groovy" and the quietly caustic "I Don't Want to Talk About Your Problems." - [Trouser Press]
Australian DIY pop royalty The Cannanes are wrapping up a U.S. tour that finishes in Brooklyn with a show at Alphaville on Tuesday (9/1) with Pale Lights and The Hairs opening. Tickets are on sale.

The Cannanes released Howling at All Hours in 2013 which was their first album in over 10 years. (The played Chickfactor 21 then as well.) You can stream that via Spotify, along with a few other song streams, below.

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photo: the Antlers @ Green Man -- Aug 23, 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
The Antlers

The Antlers just got back from a European tour which ended with a performance at Green Man where we caught them along with Sexwitch, St. Vincent, Goat and more.

This Labor Day weekend they get back on the road for a Northeast tour that includes shows with Death Cab For Cutie, and some more-intimate shows with Port St. Willow. Looking for something to do over Labor Day Weekend? Woodstock, NY is a great place to visit, and you can catch The Antlers at the now-Bowery-booked Bearsville Theater on Saturday (9/5). Tickets for that show are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

Death Cab meanwhile come to NYC on September 12th for their headlining show at MSG which Explosions in the Sky is opening. Their tour also included a NJ date with Passion Pit at the Camden venue Van Halen just played. Who caught that one? Twin Shadow opens for DCFC in North Carolina.

The Antlers played two Brooklyn shows with Spoon in June, and were recently remixed by Darkside's Dave Harrington. You can listen to that along with their tour dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

Temporary Monument

Woolen Men's terrific new album, Temporary Monument, is out this Friday (9/4) via Woodsist but you don't have to wait till then -- a stream of the album premieres in this post. (Pre-order yours.) As mentioned before, it's a focused, angry blast at the current state of affairs, specifically the real estate boom that has changed the literal landscape of their hometown of Portland (and Austin and Brooklyn and San Francisco, etc etc etc). With their usual mix of postpunk and indie rock influences, Woolen Men have never sounded more energized. Listen below.

The band will be on tour in September, staying on the West Coast unfortunately for the rest of the country. Hopefully they'll head East later this year. All dates are listed below.

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photos by Mimi Hong

Darwin Deez @ Baby's All Right 8/26/2015
Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez previewed songs off his forthcoming third album, Double Down, at Baby's All Right last week (8/26). He and the band, who still take breaks for some choreographed dance moves every few songs, played new singles "Time Machine" and "Kill Your Attitude" in between older favorites like "Constellations" and "Bad Day." Pictures from the sold out show (including pics of openers Strange Names and Junior Prom) are in this post.

Darwin Deez will be touring Europe this fall, and playing a few North American shows on their way home. Those include another NYC show, happening at Rough Trade on December 8. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (9/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

the goon sax

The Goon Sax formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2013, bonding over a love of wistful, strummy indie pop like The Pastels, and The Apartments. (They're all still in high school, by the way.) Their sound is in much the same mould, as you can hear on the endearing "Sometimes Accidentally" which makes its debut in this post. The song is the first track to be released from The Goon Sax's debut album, Up To Anything, which is coming out via Chapter Music in early 2016. If you like The Twerps and/or Dick Diver, this should be going your way. Have a listen below.

The band will be on tour in Australia later this year and those dates are listed below. Let's hope the visit the other side of the world next year.

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August 28, 2015

Lonie Holley

Outsider artist and improvisational musician Lonnie Holley, just played London's Meltdown Fest on Monday (8/24) which was a collaborative performance with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor. (This year's Meltdown, which also featured Young Marble Giants, was curated by David Byrne.) You may remember that Lonnie was part of the Arthur Russell tribute shows at BAM earlier this year and he'll be back in NYC this fall, performing at Artists Space Books & Talks on October 6. The show is presented by Issue Project Room and tickets are on sale now.

In other news, a major showcase of Holley's work, titled "Something to Take My Place" just opened at South Carolina's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. It's his first solo exhibit in over 20 years and features a residency, exhibition, video, concert, and monographic catalogue. It runs though October 10. The Halsey Institue commissioned a 20-minute documentary on Holley, also titled "Something to Take My Place," and you can watch that in full below.

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Soft Lit
Soft Lit

NYC electro-leaning label GODMODE will have a very busy second half of 2015, releasing six EPs before year's end, including noisemakers YVETTE's Time Management on October 2, plus ones by Fasano and Hand of God (both were just released digitally), as well as Fitness (9/11), synthy R&B duo Soft Lit (9/25) and Malory (10/30). All of them will be released on a limited edition megacassette titled You've Been Sweating Wrong Your Whole Life that will be out 10/30. You can stream Fasano and Hand of God's EPs in full, plus watch the new video from Soft Lit (Tara Chacon and Tyler of Motion Studies) below.

There will also be GODMODE parties happening at Elvis Guesthouse featuring "five nights of slightly antagonistic dancing and deliberately bad mixing." The next one happens September 9 and is curated by Fitness.

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