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August 24, 2015

by Bill Pearis


Swedish electronic duo Korallreven (one-half of which is The Radio Dept's Daniel Tjäder) have a new single, "Here in Iowa." It's also their last. They say, "It's been magic, but there is a time for everything and an end to everything too, also with Korallreven." It's a nice goodbye, sticking to their patented balaeric dreampop sound and you can listen to it below.

Korallreven will be playing two farewell shows, one in Sweden and one in NYC as part of Cascine Records' fifth anniversary party at The Wythe Hotel on September 17 with Chad Valley, Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, and Cuushe. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Yumi Zouma are reissuing their two EPs as one vinyl record via Cascine on September 18.

Continue reading "Korallreven released new single, breaking up after NYC & Sweden shows this fall; Yumi Zouma reissuing EPs on one LP"

photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks recently cancelled her tour with K. Michelle because K was "unavailable," but Azealia said she'd be rescheduling dates. Now a handful of those new dates have been announced. No other acts have been revealed for the tour yet, but we know she'll be heading out this fall and hitting NYC on November 19 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/26) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Azealia Banks reschedules tour dates, playing Terminal 5"

by Bill Pearis

Sex Witch Bat For Lashes, TOY & Dan Carey

Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, producer Dan Carey and UK band TOY have formed a collaborative group called Sexwitch who will release their debut album on September 29. Khan and Carey had collaborated previously in 2013, covering an obscure Iranian folk song "The Bride." They got the itch to find more obscurities from around the world and after deciding on six tracks (including Skip Spence's "War in Peace"), Khan enlisted TOY as the backing band. (Dan Carey produced both TOY albums and Bat for Lashes' 2012 album The Haunted Man.) The first track to be released from the album is another Iranian song, "Helelyos," which on their cover has a distinct Can rhythm-heavy flavor to it. You can stream it below.

Sexwitch will play Saturday (8/29) at London's XOYO.

Continue reading "Bat For Lashes, TOY & Dan Carey are Sexwitch, releasing debut album in September (listen to "Helelyos")"

by Bill Pearis

Fake Palms toronto

Toronto band Fake Palms's self-titled debut album is out this Friday (8/28) via Buzz Records and we're premiering a stream of the whole thing. In the same dissonant universe as Viet Cong (or Women), Fake Palms' style is a little less obtuse, with an ear towards straightforward hooks. ("Pop" might be the wrong word but they write some very catchy songs.) If you dig dark post-punk you should definitely check it out. Pre-orders are available and you can listen to it below.

You can probably pick up a vinyl copy at Fake Palms' merch table on their current tour which is in NYC tonight (8/24) at Palisades with Baltimore's Sun Club, plus Fern Mayo, and Nap. Flyer for the show, and a list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Toronto band Fake Palms streaming debut album, playing NYC tonight on tour"

photo: Frog Eyes at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Frog Eyes

Carey Mercer's long-running Canadian indie rock band Frog Eyes will release their new album Pickpocket's Locket this Friday (8/28) via Paper Bag Records. You can pre-order it here and check out a stream of the whole thing below (via Stereogum).

Continue reading "Frog Eyes streaming new album 'Pickpocket's Locket' (listen)"

List of the Lost Morrissey novel

Coming two years after his Autobiography, Morrissey will release his first novel this fall. Titled List of the Lost, it will be published by Penguin Books in the UK at the end of September. The publisher hasn't given an exact release date yet, or a synopsis.

In other news, you can now watch the entire Morrissey Larry King Now, below...

Continue reading "Morrissey releasing first novel, 'List of the Lost,' in September ++ watch the whole interview with Larry King"

photo: Babes In Toyland in Italy this year (via Instagram)
Babes In Toyland

'90s rockers Babes In Toyland have been on a reunion tour since February, with more dates coming up including Riot Fests, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show on 9/17 at Irving Plaza. However, the reunion will continue without longtime bassist Maureen Herman who was just fired from the band, as Stereogum points out. Maureen posted the following to Facebook:

First, I'd like to thank everyone for their incredibly kind thoughts and support. I may write like a motherfucker, but I don't know if I could ever find the right words to express how much Babes in Toyland's fans mean to me. It's true that I am no longer the bassist of Babes in Toyland.

Due to personal differences, Kat and Lori have made the decision to tour with someone else. I wish them nothing but the best and hope the tour is a huge success. When Kat and I first discussed playing again, one of the things we were most excited about was the opportunity to play in front of our kids. I can't help but be grateful that our too brief reunion gave me the chance to play in front of my daughter, Anna at our show at the Roxy.

Again, thank you all for being incredible fans and friends, and let's have a kickass rest of the year, shall we? I look forward to interacting with you all on my current and future creative projects.

Bummer to hear. Updated Babes In Toyland tour dates are listed, with a video of a recent show, below...

Continue reading "Babes In Toyland fire bassist Maureen Herman, reunion tour treks on (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Colleen Green / Mannequin Pussy / Tweens
Colleen Green
Mannequin Pussy

Colleen Green brought her tour with Mannequin Pussy to NYC over the weekend for two shows, Cake Shop on Saturday and Palisades on Sunday (8/23). Pictures of the latter are in this post.

Larry & the Babes opened with a set of dull '50s/'60s pop-inspired indie rock and sounded like they could use a few more practices, but Tweens quickly upped the energy in the room with their sugar-high garage rock. Tweens are always fun live and last night was no exception. They worked a few new songs in which all sounded great, and of course had the place bopping around for "Be Mean." Then it was Mannequin Pussy, who added a bassist since I last saw them which was definitely a big plus. Their indie rock-meets-hardcore formula was already tight, but the fuller band made it even better.

Speaking of full bands, Colleen Green had been advertising this as a full-band tour, which would make sense seeing as this year's I Want to Grow Up is her first full-band album. Unfortunately, despite saying it'd be a trio, it was just her and drummer Casey Weissbuch (also of Mitski's band and ex-Diarrhea Planet), and I left feeling disappointed. I think I Want to Grow Up is a very good record, but without a bassist or at least a bigger guitar setup, the songs just felt empty.

Tweens play NYC again at Cake Shop tonight (8/24). More pictures from Palisades below...

Continue reading "Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy & Tweens @ Palisades (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Sea Lion

Sea Lion, aka Gothenberg, Sweden' Linn Osterberg, releases her debut album, Desolate Stars, on Friday (8/28) via Turnstile Music (home of Perfume Genius, Cate Le Bon and more). Made in her bedroom, it's little more than Linn's delicate voice and electric guitar but there's an undeniable spare, ethereal beauty to it. (Pre-order yours.) We're premiering a stream of the entire record and you can listen below.

Continue reading "Swedish singer Sea Lion releasing spare, ethereal debut, 'Desolate Stars' (listen)"

photo: Tweens at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Dalek, Publicist UK, Azar Swan @ Saint Vitus Bar
Industrial rap crew Dalek headline tonight, with support from Relapse-signed Publicist UK (who are from Brooklyn) and gothy pop act Azar Swan.

Kamasi Washington @ Blue Note (2 shows)
Jazz musician Kamasi Washington has been having a pretty busy year. He appears on Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat's new albums, and he also has his own, The Epic, out on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label (Thundercat features on that album too). Tonight he begins his two-night stay at the Blue Note with 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets each night.

Tweens, Moral Panic @ Cake Shop
Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens haven't reinvented the wheel or anything, but their live show is a high-energy sugar rush. They're super fun.

Graham Nash @ City Winery
In addition to being a member of The Hollies and one of folk rock's most famous supergroups ever, Graham Nash has a very worthy solo career, including the classic 1971 LP Songs for Beginners. You'll likely hear stuff from all three of those things and more tonight.

Sam Cohen, Adrienne Lenker, Keenan O'Meara @ Manhattan Inn
Part of this intimate Greenpoint venue's "At the Inn" series, tonight's features onetime Yellowbirds and Apollo Sunshine frontman Sam Cohen, whose solo debut from this year is well worth checking out. Free but donations are suggested.

Sun Club, Fake Palms, Fern Mayo, Nap @ Palisades
Toronto's Fake Palms make low fi post-punk, not entirely dissimilar to Women and Viet Cong, though with a little more straightforward songwriting. (Not a bad thing at all.)

Baked, Zula, Flagland, Gnarwhal, Fond Han @ Silent Barn
You may know a thing or two about '90s indie rock being back, and one of the most consistently solid homes for those types of bands is Exploding In Sound Records. The label is throwing an extended weekend of shows in Brooklyn and Boston, which continues tonight.

"Ask Me Another" @ The Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features Sonia Manzano and Emilio Delgado who you might know better as Sesame Street's Maria and Luis.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide @ Union Hall
It's another night of Chris Gethard's Career Suicide shows, for which he promises "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life."

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
This is an extra-loaded Brooklyn Comedy Festival edition of Night Train, with guest host Seaton Smith, plus Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Michelle Buteau, Kevin Barnett, and Charles McBee.

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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