July 31, 2014

by Bill Pearis

The People's Temple
Peoples Temple

Lansing, MI band The People's Temple released Musical Garden earlier this year, which is arguably their best offering to date, mixing their established garage-psych influences with solid musicianship and a very solid batch of songs. There is no shortage of this sort of stuff out there, but these guys do it better than most. You can stream a couple songs from it below.

The band will be on tour this fall, opening for Mississippi rippers Bass Drum of Death, playing NYC's Santos Party House on October 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The day before that show, The People's Temple will also do a headline show at Acheron (10/7), openers TBA.

Bass Drum of Death, meanwhile, are due for a new album, having released a single back in January via Innovative Leisure which you can stream below.

Both People's Temple and Bass Drum of Death have other shows apart from their tour together. All dates for both bands,

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Move over, James Murphy. The indie rock coffee competition is getting more crowded. In conjunction with their new album, Brill Bruisers, The New Pornographers have partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee on a limited edition signature blend called Brill Brew. Says bandleader AC Newman:

As absurd as it may seem for us to have a signature blend, I think it is important that there is some sort of marker, some flag planted in the earth, so that whoever walks into Intelligentsia, whoever drinks this, will know: 'The New Pornographers really really loved coffee.'
A 12oz bag of Brill Brew is $19.95 and comes with a download card for the new album. What does Brill Brew taste like? Stephen Morrissey (not that one)of Intelligentsia Coffee says:
After hearing The New Pornographers visit our coffee bars when they're in town, we invited them to choose an exclusive lot to call their own in celebration of their new album, Brill Bruisers. Carl tasted samples with us in the garden of our Chelsea shop in New York and chose a Kenya coffee grown by Harrison Kiongo Miti. Flavors of mango, nectarine and green apple shine in this cheerful and sweet coffee.
For those not near an Intelligentsia store, Brill Brew can be ordered online. It and the album will be available August 26.

Perhaps The New Pornographers will be selling it at their merch table on tour too? They play November 19 at Hammerstein Ballroom with openersThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets are still available.

While its brewing, check out the "War on the East Coast" video below...

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by Arielle Gordon

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Comedian, actor, and master of deprecating storytelling Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to BAM, having recently appeared in This American Life: One Night Only at BAM (which actually ended up having two nights). He returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 5, this time to premiere his new show/tour, Thank God For Jokes. His new batch of jokes should be equal parts embarrassing and hilarious, as always, and it's definitely worth grabbing tickets before they're gone. Tickets for his BAM appearance go on sale August 5 for BAM members and August 7 for the general public.

The BAM show is the kickoff to what will be a busy fall of touring. All tour dates, which include shows in NJ and Purchase NY, are listed below...

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Pussy Riot's Nadya and Maria in NYC in January (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are suing the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights over their 2012 arrest and imprisonment:

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were given an amnesty in December after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 (£71,000) each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argue that the investigation and prosecution violated their rights and amounted to torture.

"They didn't get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights," said Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the two women.

"Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all." - [The Guardian]

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were released in December as part of a Russian amnesty.

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You may remember that there were two drug-related deaths at last year's Electric Zoo Festival in New York, causing the final day to be canceled. Jeffrey Russ was one of the fatalities and now Federal prosecutors in Mahattan have brought charges agains the person they believe sold him the drugs. From the NY Times:

Patrick Morgan, who at 23 is the same age that Mr. Russ was when he died, was arrested on Wednesday in Buffalo on charges of narcotics distribution and narcotics conspiracy, after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration that zeroed in on the group of friends involved in the alleged drug deal as recounted in the criminal complaint against Mr. Morgan. Both charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.

One of the friends, who was not identified in the complaint, cooperated with the D.E.A. special agent leading the investigation, Louis Schmidt. In March, the friend met with Mr. Morgan and discussed the drugs that Mr. Morgan allegedly sold the three, according to the complaint. After the meeting, the two exchanged text messages.

"Hey it was great to see you last week," the friend who was working with the authorities texted Mr. Morgan, the complaint states. "Glad we got to talk about Jeff a little it was bugging me. Just know that I no longer blame us for giving the molly to him because it was him that made the mistake of taking too much."

Morgan is currently out on a $100,000 signature bond.

The Electric Zoo returns to Randall's Island over Labor Day Weekend with dramatically heightened drug security.

by Bill Pearis

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Portland's Wampire are back with their second album, Bazaar, which will be out October 7 via Polyvinyl. Originally a duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, Wampire are now officially a five-piece and the new album was recorded direct-to-tape at Brooklyn's The Museum, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait behind the boards. (Pre-orders are available now.) The band are still mining late-'70s / early-'80s soft rock (I have a feeling these guys own a couple Gerry Rafferty LPs), and the saxophone makes an appearance on the new album's first single, "Wizard Staff," which you can stream (via Stereogum) below.

Wampire will be opening for Temples on the West Coast leg of their current tour. All dates, plus the new track stream, below...

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Twin Peaks

Chicago's garage rockers Twin Peaks have a new album imminent (8/5), and now you can stream the entirety of Wild Onion over at Pitchfork and you can check out their video for "Flavor," below.

The dudes just got off tour with Eagulls, and as we mentioned they've got two NYC shows coming up. The first is at Mercury Lounge with fellow Chicagoans The Lemons on August 13 (tickets), and the second is at Baby's All Right on August 14 with Public Access TV in addition to The Lemons (tickets). If you'd like to go to either of the NYC shows for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to each. Details for that are below.

Twin Peaks have expanded their tour since we last posted as well. Updated tour dates, along with the video for "Flavor," below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Los Angeles band LA Font make hooky guitar pop that's equal parts '70s powerpop and '90s indie rock. I caught them in Austin at SXSW this year and they're a pretty fun live band too. Their debut album, Diving Man, came out last fall and they just released a new 7" this week. Both are worth checking out and you can stream them below.

LA Font will be making their first trip to the East Coast next month, including two NYC shows: August 24 at Baby's All Right with Swimming, and Radical Dads (tickets), and then Cake Shop on August 25 with more TBA.

All dates are listed, along with album and 7" streams, below...

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UK band Temples are currently on tour in North America and were in NYC last night (7/30) to make their network TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They played "Shelter Song" off their debut album, Sun Structures, and you can watch that below.

Temples will be back in NYC next week to play the River Rocks finale on August 7 with Here We Go Magic and Spires. That show is free. They'll also play Montauk's The Surf Lodge on August 9 which is free as well. The band will be on tour through the end of October, including another NYC show at Irving Plaza on 10/27 (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with their Fallon performance video, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Living Room at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Living Room

If you go to punk/emo shows in Brooklyn, there's a good chance you've caught Living Room at least once. They're basically the resident band at Suburbia and have opened tons of notable bills elsewhere in the area for Hop Along/Sidekicks, You Blew It!, Slingshot Dakota and others. Their new album, Moonchaser, comes out August 19 via Jetsam-Flotsam (pre-order digital or physical), and we've got the premiere of its title track in this post. The song sounds like a long lost b-side off Braid's Frame & Canvas, employing that band's anthemic yet ever so slightly off-key vocals and almost-math rock subtleties. Listen below.

The band are heading out on a tour in August, which includes multiple shows with Vetter Kids in the Southern US, and it kicks off with a hometown show at Suburbia on Saturday (8/2) with Del Paxton, What Moon Things and Bethlehem Steel. $5 at the door gets you in, and Living Room will have limited test presses of their new album available.

All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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