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April 14, 2015

photos by Samantha Saturday

Coachella 2015 - Day 1

Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]
Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.

Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.

Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...

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by Bill Pearis

(photo by Wernersson)

Sweden's Les Big Byrd, which features Joakim Ã…hlund (Caesars, Teddybears) and Frans Johansson (Fireside), will release a new EP, titled Stockholm Death Star, on May 4 via Anton Newcomb's A Recordings. The instrumental title track is a motorik groover that rockets along, and makes its debut in this post. Have a listen, and check out a couple videos from last year's very good They Worshipped Cats, below.

Les Big Byrd will be making their first trip to North America for Austin's Levitation Fest and California's Desert Daze next month and will play a other shows shows while here. Dates include two in NYC: May 11 at Baby's All Right and May 12 at Cake Shop. Tickets to Baby's show will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, along with the song premiere, below...

Continue reading "Les Big Byrd ready new EP (stream a track), touring around Austin Levitation & Desert Daze fests, including 2 NYC shows"

by Bill Pearis


Lamont "Bim" Thomas just released Know America, his second album this year under the Obnox moniker (Boogalou Reed came out back in January), continuing his hot creative streak. It's a concept album about hijacking a radio station to bring his vision of rock n' roll to the airwaves. His vision is blown-out but very soulful and goes well beyond typical garage rock. There's a lot going on besides just fuzz. You can stream it in full below.

Obnox has a few tour dates lined up, including one in the NYC area on May 16 at WFMU Monty Hall in Jersey City with Wilful Boys. Tickets are on sale now. All dates, including a stop at Calgary, AB's Sled Island fest, are listed below.

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April 13, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along already released "Waitress" and "Powerful Man" from their upcoming album Painted Shut (due 5/5 via Saddle Creek), and today they offered up a third track, "Texas Funeral." Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most distinct voices in current indie rock, thanks in no small part to the way she goes from softer singing to a raspy yell without any warning or interest in holding anything back. When she brings that yell in on "Texas Funeral"'s chorus of "NONE of this is gonna happen to me!" it's the same type of cathartic release you get from "Stranger in India, I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard!" or "Meteor, meteor, make me young!" or any of the other lines you can't go to a Hop Along show without hearing the crowd shout. And like the last single, this one's got another ripping solo from Joe Reinhart, whose guitar playing is as important an element of the new record as Frances' voice. Listen below, via Stereogum.

Hop Along's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). As mentioned, Thin Lips are opening both of those shows, and since we last spoke, Crying were added to the Rough Trade show. Hop Along also recently added Field Mouse and Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) to several other dates on the tour.

Thin Lips also have a new release coming on May 5, Divorce Year, on Seagreen Records. Its new single "Nothing Weird" came out recently via Stereogum, and you can also hear that below, along with the new Hop Along song and updated list of tour dates.

Continue reading "Hop Along share new song "Texas Funeral"; Thin Lips, Field Mouse, Crying & others opening on their tour"

by Bill Pearis


US Girls, aka Meg Remy, has signed with 4AD who will release her new album later this year. With the signing announcement comes "Damn the Valley," US Girls' first track for the label, an excellent, dubby collaboration with producer Onakabazien that gets its inspiration and title from Sebastien Junger's War memoir. (It reminds me a little of an old 4AD act who also mixed electronics, dub and girl group elements: Colourbox.) You can check out the official video, which Remy shot in Washington DC, below.

You can catch US Girls live next month, and the short tour wraps up in NYC at Elvis Guesthouse on May 20. That show also features a DJ set from Meg's friend/collaborator Slim Twig and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
At The Gates

The Decibel-presented At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre tour wrapped up last night with a sold-out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Doom, At the Gates and more, opened the show. They were a bit less my thing personally than the rest of the bill, but sounded tight. They also played a last-minute late show at Saint Vitus after the Inter Arma / Yautja show at that venue. Anyone go?

Up next was Pallbearer. They could only play a three-song set, due to the fact that they were opening and most of their songs near or pass the 10-minute mark, but their brief set had them sounding excellent as ever. I'd only seen them in smaller, darker venues before, but a big stage with smoke machines and a more elaborate light show suited them well. Not that that should come as a surprise -- Pallbearer's music is the kind of thing that towers over you in any environment, so seeing the band literally look bigger than ever only added to the intensity.

Converge followed, and they weren't supporting a new album or anything (their most recent is still 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind), but they cherry-picked a handful of favorites from Jane Doe and on, giving us "Dark Horse," "Aimless Arrow," "You Fail Me," "Concubine," and more in their all-killer set. Jacob Bannon is one of the most consistently exciting hardcore frontmen around, and last night's show was no exception to this. His screams are constantly a force, his stage moves are iconic, and it's always refreshing to see Bannon do his thing, considering how many imitators you see at other hardcore shows. And the rest of Converge is never a bore on stage either. Kurt Ballou's fretwork is always dizzying to watch, and the sheer force that he, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller can make as just a trio never ceases to amaze.

At The Gates

Finally At the Gates wrapped up the night, making their first NYC appearance since 2008. The difference this time though is they had a new album to support (2014's At War With Reality), their first since 1995's ridiculously influential Slaughter of the Soul. The new songs sounded great last night, but it was the Slaughter of the Soul songs that got the whole crowd going wild every time. After opening with "Death and the Labyrinth" off the new LP, they gave us the unbeatable one-two punch of "Slaughter of the Soul" into "Cold," and for the next six and a half minutes the energy both on and off stage was at an ultimate high. Admittedly, it didn't stay that way the entire time and their set did feel a little long (especially compared to Converge's), but the show went out with a bang. They returned to the stage with SotS opener "Blinded by Fear," gave a little hype-y stage banter before "Kingdom Gone" from their debut ("New York do you like death metal? Because we don't like death metal... WE LOVE DEATH METAL!!!!), and ended the night on a high note with At War With Reality closer "The Night Eternal."

More pictures, and AtG and Converge's setlists, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Protomartyr have a new split-single with Kelley Deal's band R Ring that will be out via Hardly Art in June (digitally, you can get it on Tuesday, April 14). Kelley also sings on Protomartyr's side, "Blues Festival," which is a cautionary tale of hyped bands: "Hell is forever being local support / Hell is opening up a five-band bill / Hell is headlining the Blues Festival." Stream it below.

Protomartyr will headline a three-band bill in NYC on Wednesday (4/15) at The Wick which BrooklynVegan is presenting. It's part of their tour with new Sub Pop signees The Gotobeds, and Grooms are on the bill as well. Tickets are still available and we're giving a couple pairs away.

The single with Protomartyr is one of two splits R Ring (which is Deal with Ampline's Mike Montgomery) are releasing. The other is with Kentucky garage rockers Quailbones and will be released in July via Sofaburn Records. You can stream R Ring's side, "Singing Tower," below. R Ring are heading out on tour this week. No NYC shows have been announced but all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Protomartyr share new song "Blues Festival" from split 7" w/ Kelley Deal's band R Ring (who are touring)"

photo: Treasure Fleet in Chicago in 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Treasure Fleet

Punk-meets-psych-pop supergroup Treasure Fleet (mems of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and Smoking Popes) are heading out on a two-week US tour this May. It begins with two hometown Chicago shows, hits the NYC-area three times, and ends back in Chicago for Do Division Fest.

The NYC shows happen on May 22 at Cake Shop and a Sunday matinee on May 24 at Saint Vitus, and there's also a TBA Long Island show (5/23) right in between. Other bands and more info on the Cake Shop show TBA, but the Vitus show will have them joined by local DIY vets Shellshag, melodic punks Big Eyes, and Past Life. Tickets are on sale for that one. List of all dates and the tour flyer, below.

Big Eyes also just played their first of two BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11). More on that soon. The second one happens Tuesday (4/14) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, with Crazy & the Brains also on the bill and BV's Andrew Sacher DJing between sets. Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without. Get there early.

Treasure Fleet dates and a couple song streams below...

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Former Ghosts

The Native Sound split 7" series continues next week (4/14) with a split from Former Ghosts and Funeral Advantage (pre-order). Former Ghosts is Freddy Ruppert's project, and the songs on the split include frequent collaborators Zola Jesus and Xiu Xiu on "Past Selves" and Tearist's Yasmine Kittles on "Last Hour's Bow." Meanwhile, Funeral Advantage are a Massachusetts band who make reverby indie rock. A full stream of the split premieres below.

Zola Jesus' tour includes a Northside Festival show at Brooklyn's Warsaw on June 14 (tickets). Xiu Xiu played NYC earlier this month and has a split with Merzbow coming out on Record Store Day this weekend.

Stream the new split, with Funeral Advantage's tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "Former Ghosts (ft. Zola Jesus, Xiu Xiu & Tearist) streaming split with Funeral Advantage (listen)"


The Juan Maclean's six-show Brooklyn residency is coming up, happening this Thursday - Saturday at Cameo (4/16 - 4/17) and next week at Union Pool (4/23 - 4/25). These will be the first live shows the Juan Maclean have done in a long time and here's what Juan and Nancy Whang have to say:

We're excited to get The Juan MacLean live band up and running again after six years. We think it will be fun and a little scary to rev up the engine at this series of Brooklyn shows. Every show will be a bit different as we work out new songs. There'll be songs from all three albums and we're psyched to be playing songs from "In A Dream" live for the very first time.
Tickets are still available to every show except this Friday (4/17) and Saturday (4/18, though tickets may be available at the door). We're also got a pair of tickets to give away to the 4/23 Union Pool show. Details are below.

The different openers for all the shows have also been announced, and include Delia Gonzalez, Gavin Russom, Computer Magic, Heidemann, DJ sets from Midnight Magic, Shit Robot and more. Show-by-show lineups for all six Juan Maclean shows are listed below...

Continue reading "The Juan Maclean announced openers for Brooklyn residency which starts this week ++ win tickets to 4/23 Union Pool show"