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July 23, 2014

New Pornographers

Sounds like show bookers in Detroit are definitely amusing themselves!

The Detroit show is September 6th. Most of New Porn's tour is later in the fall, and with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

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The New Pornographers declare "War on the East Coast" in post-apocalyptic new video (watch)

Jessie WareJessie Ware

Jessie Ware, who features on the new SBTRKT album, recently announced a new album and tour which brings her to NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. We said to stay tuned for ticket info but have since realized that the only way to get in to all shows on the tour is via a ballot on her site. Registration is open through July 28 at noon UK time, and if you end up being one of the lucky ones, you'll find out by July 30 with a link to buy tickets. Jessie adds, "your name will be printed on each ticket so you can't flog them to touts!"

Glass Ghost

Glass Ghost, whose lineup includes vocalist/producer Eliot Krimsky (also of Here We Go Magic and founder/drummer Mike Johnson (also of Dirty Projectors), are set to release a new album, LYFE, on September 16 via Western Vinyl. The album features contributions from Brian Betancourt of Hospitality, Joan Wasser of Joan As Police Woman, Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin, and ex-TEEN member Jane Herships. We've got the premiere of a new single from the album, "Sound of Money," which is a nice dose of arty pop that should appeal to fans of the other projects these guys are in. You can stream that, with the LP tracklist, below.

Glass Ghost are also performing during the Sound + Vision Festival. They play the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater on August 5. Here's what Lincoln Center's site says about the performance:

Centering around the music of the band Glass Ghost, the visual component of this show is based on audience data, which is mined by LYFE™, a fictional company that identifies, analyzes, and advertises users emotions. Pre-show, participants take the MyLyfe™ survey, which asks them for a selfie, their online behavior, and drawings of a better future. During the show, as the music of Glass Ghost plays, audience members witness themselves and their data on the a screen--watched, quantified, and advertised, and then digitally disrupted as the LYFE™ software acquires an error and all data is erased and forgotten. The audience is then given a chance see their authentic selves laid out in front of them. LYFE™ is a music-video concert and audience participatory work in progress set for its world premiere in April 2015.
Tickets are still available.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Glass Ghost releasing 'LYFE' (stream a track), performing at Sound + Vision Fest at Lincoln Center"

by Bill Pearis

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You may know Joel Gion as the mutton-chopped tambourine player in Brian Jonestown Massacre whose sense of humor and wry asides made him a scene-stealer in BMJ doc DiG!. (You may also know him from that one episode of Gilmore Girls.) Joel is still with the BJM but he's got a solo album, Apple Bonkers, out on August 19 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

If you're a Jonestown follower, you might recognize some of the people who play on the album: Matt Hollywood, Daniel Allaire, Miranda Lee Richards, Pete Holstrom (to name a few). Says Joel of the album:

With all the BJM members now living  so spread out across the world, I found myself increasingly missing the album making process. This feeling of disconnect is what kick started me into exploring my own song writing process and turned out to be a hugely important piece of self discovery. No more time for my beloved laziness. So I made my own music with a with bunch of friends in the studio coming and going and having a great time creating. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by this album.
With the musicians involved, it's no surprise that sonically it's firmly in the BJM's psychedelic '60s wheelhouse, but this is pretty together stuff and Gion has more up his sleeve than a tambourine. (He's not a bad singer, either, if you were wondering.) Hear for yourself, we've got the premiere of the Apple Bonkers' "Dart" which you can listen to, along with another track from the album, in this post. If you pre-order the LP you get an instant download of those two tracks.

No North American tour plans at the moment, but Joel Gion (with members of the BJM) are currently in the UK and those dates listed below. (He has another band, The Primary Colours, but that's not who is on this tour.) Joel says the band plans to be on the road on our continent later this year, stay tuned.

While we're on the subject, the Brian Jonestown Massacre released their 14th album, Revelation, earlier this year and it's by far the best thing they've done in ages. Post-DiG!, it's been easy to forget that people liked the BJM for the music before the onstage bust-ups. Anton Newcombe seems to have it together these days and Revelation is full of memorable melodies and not too much of the lengthy jamming which the band's late-'00s LPs were full of. If you dug Take it from the Man and Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, you should definitely give this one a spin. It's streaming on Rdio. No North American BJM dates either.

Joel Gion streams, LP art and tracklist, and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Joel Gion of Brian Jonestown Massacre releasing LP w/ his solo band (streams); BJM released a new album too"

Muscle & Bone
Muscle & Bone

Asheville's Muscle & Bone and Pennsylvania's Young and Heartless both have solid albums out this year -- Peace & Light and The Pull of Gravity, respectively -- and now the two bands are gearing up for a tour together in early August. We at BrooklynVegan are happy to announce we're presenting the NYC stop of that tour, which happens August 5 at Palisades (906 Broadway) in Bushwick. Also on that show is another Penn. band Placeholder and one more TBA. Doors are at 8 PM and $8 tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Muscle & Bone recently made a video for the new album's title track, which was shot by Adam Gross and Thomas Mims. Check out that video, with streams from the other two bands on the Palisades show, and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Muscle & Bone made a video, touring w/ Young & Heartless, playing NYC with Placeholder (BV presents)"

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Mikkel Hess has been making music as Hess is More for a while now and is set to release a new album next month. With it comes a typographic shift (or perhaps just a broken space-bar on his keyboard), changing the name of his group to Hessismore and the album, due August 19, is titled Myheadisaballroom / Whoneedsaplaceanyway. That's the cover art above. Where his previous releases were more of a solo venture, the new LP was made with a steady band that's been gigging pretty regularly over the last couple years, and was recorded by Andrew Raposo (Midnight Magic, Hercules & Love Affair). We've got the premiere of the LP's groovy "Bearsong" in this post.

To celebrate the new album, the eight-piece Hessismore ensemble will perform five nights at East Village club Nublu from August 18 - 22. Tickets are on sale now. If you've never seen their live show -- tight, jazzy, krauty disco -- it's highly recommended.

Hessismore have a few other dates lined up as well, including the Wassaic Project festival in Wassaic, NY next weekend (Aug 1). All are listed, along with the new song stream, album tracklist / trailer and a live video, below...

Continue reading "Hessismore releasing new album (stream a track), celebrating with five-night NYC run ++ other dates"

SBTRKTSBTRKT

Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.

SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...

Continue reading "SBTRKT reveals more LP details (ft. Ezra Koenig, A$AP Ferg, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, more), announces tour (dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Falls of Rauros at The Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marle)
Falls of Rauros

Two of the northeast's best atmospheric black metal bands, Falls of Rauros and Obsidian Tongue, along with the NYC electronic/synth/guitar wizard Oneirogen, will be playing an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Union Pool on August 27. Advanced tickets for the Brooklyn show aren't on sale yet, but we'll let you know when they are.

Falls of Rauros just released a song on a split with Panopticon and has a new LP, Believe in No Coming Shore, due out this summer. The tracklist is below. The NYC show is part of an as yet unannounced string of dates that includes Southern Darkness Festival in Tampa, Florida on August 23rd with Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk, Weekend Nachos, Bongripper, A Storm Of Light, Lord Mantis, Primate, Magrudergrind, Mouth Of The Architect, Yautja, Sannhet, Maruta and many more.

Obsidian Tongue released one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of 2013 in A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time. They can also be found on 9/6 at Waterfront Tavern in their home state of Massachusetts.

Oneirogen is a blast to watch, a one-man force of nature that blends looping electronics with memorable guitar leads to inundating effect. You can meanwhile catch him this Saturday (7/26) at Trans Pecos as part of 'Escape From New York', " one last big celebration megashow in the city" before Matt from Skeletons moves out of the city ("This is not necessarily "THE LAST" Skeletons show, but it will be the last show by Skeletons as a local act - and the last Skeletons show until sometime around a year from now, or even later..."). PC Worship, Zs, Hubble, Charlie Looker (now also of Psalm Zero who just opened for Black Anvil), and more are on the Todd P venue Queens bill. "The party will start in the afternoon, with BBQ and baby pools - and continue with DJs into the night." More details below.

Listen to streams from the bands playing Union Pool with the other stuff below, and head over to Invisible Oranges for more about them and the show.

Continue reading "Falls of Rauros releasing LP, playing w/ Obsidian Tongue & Onirogen after Southern Darkness, before Skeletons' last local"

photos by Chris La Putt

Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
2014 4Knots Festival

Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.

Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.

We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing & others opening for Modern Life Is War; Speedy Ortiz opening for Fucked Up +++ more Speedy 4Knots pics"

Jeff & Spencer Tweedy at ACL taping in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweedy

Tweedy, the new project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son Spencer who are releasing an album this year, will make their NYC debut on September 23 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are on presale now. In addition to Tweedy performing songs off their upcoming LP, Jeff will also play a solo acoustic set of Wilco songs.

Check out the setlist and photos from his June ACL TV taping (and stay tuned for that recording to also premiere on TV).

All of Jeff's and Wilco's dates are listed, with a Tweedy video, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy touring, his band w/ his son Spencer making NYC debut at BAM (dates)"