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February 24, 2015

peeps chillin' on the Hudson at Clearwater 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)

Croton, NY's annual two-day folk fest Clearwater Festival returns this year from June 20-21. The initial lineup has been announced, including Neko Case, The Felice Brothers, Guster, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Lone Bellow, Tom Paxton, Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, The Felice Brothers, The Mavericks and more, plus still more TBA. Tickets are on sale now, and children 12 and under get in for free.

The festival was founded by Pete Seeger and he used to perform every year before sadly passing away last year. Last year's fest had a few tributes to him.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Clearwater Festival 2015 initial lineup (Neko Case, Felice Bros, Guster, Bettye LaVette, Blind Boys of Alabama & more)"


Montreal singer Patrick Watson is back with a new album, Love Songs for Robots, which will be out via Domino on May 21. You can stream the album's ethereal title track over at NPR and watch a trailer for the album below.

Patrick will be on tour this spring and plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with The Low Anthem. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Patrick Watson announces new album, touring, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Low Anthem (dates, streams)"

photo via Cayetana Facebook
RX Bandits

Philly indie rockers Cayetana are loving the road lately. Having already played a bunch this year, they're now set to head out again supporting prog/reggae punks RX Bandits.

That tour brings the two bands to NYC on April 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale now.

UPDATE: A Great Big Pile of Leaves are on that run too as direct support, making for one killer triple bill. AGBPOL are also on board for NJ's Pinelands Music Festival on August 15 with The Early November, You Blew It! (both of whom they're touring Europe with) and more.

That's a picture of Cayetana singer Augusta Koch painting RX Bandit's ...And The Battle Begun album cover above. Check out the full list of tour dates, with videos from both bands, below...

Continue reading "Cayetana touring w/ RX Bandits & A Great Big Pile of Leaves, who are playing a NJ fest w/ Early November & You Blew It!"

by Andrew Sacher


Sannhet have been one of Brooklyn's best post-metal bands for a while now, and next week they'll release their anticipated sophomore album (and first for The Flenser), Revisionist. We already posted the crushing single "Lost Crown" and the title track, and now they've made the whole album available to stream. It's soaring, epic music that stays captivating from start to finish, despite the lack of a vocalist. And sure their metal ties make this a heavy album, but it's nothing that wouldn't appeal to fans of Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros as much as it would appeal to fans of Neurosis. Take a listen below, via Pitchfork.

Pitchfork also interviewed them, and they talked -- among other things -- about the band's light show, which you know is a big part of their performance if you've seen them live. Says bassist AJ Annunziata:

It's meant to be as choreographed as possible--I trigger the flood lights and the strobe lights with my foot--but it does still have a little bit of openness and responsiveness to the set. John and Chris were apprehensive about the lights because, again, it was like defining a theme or idea to the songs, and they're very much about keeping that ambiguous and interpretative. So they made a rule for me when I was making the projections: They cannot be tied to any one realistic physical thing or idea. So I did a lot of animations akin to animation experiments from the early part of the 20th century.
You can see that light show in action when the band hit the road with Liturgy this spring. They also play their hometown sooner than that with the likeminded This Will Destroy You and their Flenser labelmates Planning for Burial. It's night 2 of TWDY's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus this week. Both sold out.

Continue reading "Sannhet streaming new album; show with TWDY is this week"

photo: Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

NYC rapper Action Bronson sold out the release show for his upcoming Mr. Wonderful album, but he's now added a second show happening the next day at the same venue, Terminal 5 (3/25). Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

He's also part of the just-announced lineup for NXNE, and plays other festivals too, such as Sasquatch!, Coachella and more. Updated dates are listed, with his most recent single "Terry,", and a just-released trailer for the new album, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson expands tour, adds 2nd Terminal 5 show, releases album trailer"

photo: Fat White Family @ Baby's All Right in December (more by Gretchen Robinette)

The Fat White Family, last seen scuzzing up Baby's All Right's stage in December, will be back in North America for Austin Levitation fest in May and have announced tours happening on either side of that. It kicks off with a small show at NYC's Mercury Lounge on April 2 and then they'll play the larger Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30. Tickets for both those NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with AmEx presales beginning Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Cream of the Young" and a FWF edition of Amoeba Records' "What's in My Bag?", below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family touring around Austin's Levitation fest, playing two NYC shows (dates)"

iLoveMakonnen at FADER Fort - CMJ 2014 (more by Bao Nguyen)

iLoveMakonnen will have the club going up on various days of the week this spring when he heads out on her first-ever headlining tour. He's also hitting a number of festivals, including Pitchfork, Forecastle, Boston Calling and more.

The tour hits NYC on a Tuesday: April 28 at Bowery Ballroom, followed by a show the next night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (April 29). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with AmEx presales starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "iLoveMakonnen announces first headlining tour"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Dorthia w/ Windhand at Vitus in January (more by Keith Marlowe)

Dorthia Cottrell, frontwoman for Richmond doomers Windhand, is a week away from releasing her debut self-titled solo album (due 3/3 via Forcefield), and she's now put out another of its songs, a cover of Gram Parsons' "A Song For You." That's an apt choice, considering her previous singles were indebted to early '70s folk, a style Dorthia's as convincing at as metal. Check it out below.

She's also announced a March record release show happening in her hometown, followed by a full solo tour which begins in NYC on April 29 at Saint Vitus. TIckets for that show will be on sale soon. Most dates are with Nate Hall, but no opener announced yet for the NYC show.

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

Continue reading "Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell shares new song, announces tour"

by Bill Pearis

Juan Maclean

The Juan Maclean, who released the terrific In a Dream can be seen DJing regularly here in NYC (and elsewhere), but its been a long time since they've performed live. Specifically, six years since they last toured. They'll be rectifying that this spring when the four-piece band version of The Juan Maclean goes on tour. That trek kicks off with a six-show NYC residency featuring three nights at Cameo on April 16 - 17 and then Union Pool on April 23 - 25. Tickets to all six NYC shows are on sale now.

Meanwhile, in related DFA news, Museum of Love (LCD's Pat Mahoney + Dennis "Jee Day" McNany) play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/27) with Oneida and Blondes on the bill as well. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away.

Contest details, and the list of all Juan Maclean tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Juan Maclean touring w/ live band, playing 6 NYC shows (tix on sale); win tix to Museum of Love at Bowery on Friday"

photo: Om at LPR in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos' (Grails, Holy Sons) band OM have a few dates coming up this year. They were part of today's initial NXNE lineup announcement, and also playing Santa Ana's Psycho California Festival (May 15-17) with Sleep, Pentagram (performing First Daze Here), Cult of Luna, Earth, Kylesa, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Indian, Pallbearer, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Tombs and more. Tickets for that fest are on sale, full lineup below.

RIght after NXNE, they'll stop in NYC for an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Saint Vitus on June 21. Other bands TBA, but tickets are on sale now.

Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...

Continue reading "Om playing Brooklyn after NXNE (IO presents) + Psycho California w/ Sleep, Pentagram & many more"