October 22, 2014

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.

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

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)

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...

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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.

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...

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Puddles Pity Party at Webster Hall 2013 (more by PSquared)

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...

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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


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)"


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


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 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"