October 23, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Long Beach, CA's Bella Novela say they love both Iron Maiden and Abba "with equal levels of intensity," and it sounds like they probably love Heart and maybe Thin Lizzy too. (The artwork above also may give that away.) Not unlike The Darkness, Ghost, or High Spirits, Bella Novela take the sounds of '70s/'80s stadium rock and make them sound modern without really changing them much at all. They also sound a bit like a "less indie" version of that new Ex Hex album. Their newest album, Telemetry, is due out in the near future and we've got the premiere of its title track which pairs twin leads with glammy hooks. It's a super fun song, and you can check it out below.
iLoveMakonnen at MoMA PS1 in September (more by PSquared)
The fan was in front of the stage while Makonnen was performing "Tuesday." He reached out for a dap and Makonnen gladly reciprocated in showing love back. The fan would then grab Makonnen, pull him down, and land a punch in before being taken away and escorted. No word on why the assault took place. Nonetheless, everyone continued to turn up, despite the skirmish.You can watch a video of that below. Rae Sremmurd also played SOB's that night, and video of them playing "No Type" and "No Flex Zone" at that show is also below.
Makonnen plays FADER Fort on Saturday (10/25).
by Andrew Sacher
Dublin's Jet Setter are currently working on their debut EP and have only put out a few tracks so far, but they've already got a promising sound. Their newest single, "Dippin' Toes," is just two minutes of jangly '90s-style fuzz pop, and they squeeze some good hooks in there too. The video (filmed by Oliver Nolan) makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it, with a streams of two other singles, below.
Panda Bear has been talking about his new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper for a while now, and now it's been officially announced. It's due out January 13 via Domino. That's the album artwork above and the tracklist is below. Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, who also produced its predecessor Tomboy, worked on this one too.
He announced it along with the release of the 4-song Mr. Noah EP and put out a video for that EP's title track, which will also appear on the record. Watch that video below...
Obits at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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.
Widowspeak, Juan Wauters, Dinner, Homeshake, Mega Bog, Alex Calder, Girl Tears @ Baby's All Right
Captured Tracks has rounded up many of its acts for this day party, including Widowspeak who are playing their only CMJ today. FREE.
Purling Hiss, Mainland, Palehound, Amanda X, Rivergazer, The Kickback, Prettiots, Whiskey Bitches, Beach Day @ Cake Shop
This is NYC Taper's annual day party at Cake Shop, with a good lineup of American indie rock, including Philly's loud, awesome Purling Hiss. If you can't make it (or want to have a document of being there), recordings of all the sets will be on his site soon after. FREE.
Hunters, Gringo Star, Flowers, September Girls, Port Juvee @ Knitting Factory
LA's Culture Collide festival is presenting this day party with a couple imports from across the pond (Flowers, September Girls), Georgia garage rockers Gringo Starr, Brooklyn rabble-rousers Hunters and more. FREE.
Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, Spring King, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade
There's not a bad band on this free Rough Trade show with wild Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks headlining, and otherwise a full lineup of UK bands. There's the '90s-style indie rockers Happyness, psych/garage rippers The Wytches, the punky poppy Spring King, and more '90s-style indie rock (but maybe slightly more '90s "alternative rock") from Nai Harvest.
The Kills at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
The Kills, Moon Duo, Nuns, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a VERY intimate show for The Kills, and naturally it's sold out but maybe if you have a badge and get there super early you'll get in. If you are going, don't miss psych rockers Moon Duo.
Ballet School, Money, Marissa Nadler, PINS, Wild Nothing (DJ Set), Simon Raymonde (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is Bella Union's showcase, which features Manchester's poppy PINS and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, among others.
The Wytches, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Tweens, Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right (early)
This is Baby's All Right's official showcase and it's good the whole night with poppy punks Potty Mouth, poppy garage rockers Tweens, the crazy spectacle of Bo Ningen, young psych rockers Sunflower Bean, and psych/garage rockers The Wytches.
Saint Pepsi, Lydia Ainsworth, Tei Shi, TOPS, Ellie Herring (Ariel Pink Listening party, Sharmir DJ in front room) @ Baby's All Right (late)
After Baby's showcase, it's Gorilla Vs. Bear's late night party with live bands in the back and a listening party for Ariel Pinks' new album -- plus a DJ set from Shamir -- up front.
Beach Fossils, Small Black, Wardell, Fiance @ Brooklyn Bowl
Beach Fossils might now have the cool cache they had a couple years ago, but they remain an engaging, exciting live band. This show is free with CMJ badge or RSVP. $12 at the door.
The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, The Estrogen Highs, Negative Scanner @ Cake Shop
One of the most reliable small labels in the country, Chicago's Trouble in Mind has an incredible roster of psych, garage and krauty bands. Catch some of them -- including Nashville's The Paperhead, CT's noisy Estrogen Highs, and Veronica Falls offshoot Ultimate Painting -- all in one place. Also: the full Trouble in Mind merch table will be on hand, including rarities, limited edition colored vinyl and other stuff.
White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman, LA Witch @ Death By Audio
This free show is presented by KXLU and Burger and features the Polyvinyl-signed garage rockers White Reaper, LA's crunchy Meatbodies, LA lo-fi duo Girlpool, local poppy garage-psych band Las Rosas, Austin's funny and charming John Wesley Coleman, and the femme fatales in LA Witch. Also Burger + DbA + free = bananas potential.
Hamish Anderson, The Ocean Party, Bad//Dreems, The Prettiots, Dreamers, Mainland, Gulp @ DROM
This is the only CMJ show for Gulp, the band featuring Guto Pryce (bassist for Super Furry Animals). If you like tropicalia, krautrock and spaceage bachelor pad music (and Super Furry Animals), you'll wanna be at their 6:45 performance.
Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk), J Fernandez @ HiFi Bar
Mac's been making a habit out of playing solo shows at CMJ, this being the third in a row that he does it. It's just him and an electric guitar, but he otherwise plays a bunch of Superchunk songs and it's a cool thing to experience.
Obits, Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Gem Club, S, Luluc @ Knitting Factory
This is the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase and is the glue that holds this otherwise disparate bill together. Go early for the gentler bands, including S, the current project of Former Carissa's Weird singer Jenn Ghetto; get there late for Obit's only CMJ show and Detroit's fiery Protomartyr.
Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully, Bee Caves @ Mercury Lounge
It's the High Road Touring showcase with Montreal's fuzzed-out Heat, LA's cool pop songwriter Avid Dancer, poppy Nashville punks Bully and more.
Alkaline Trio, frnkiero andthe cellabration @ 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 3, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.
Paul Collins' Beat, Twin Guns, The Johnny's @ Niagara
Former Nerves songwriter and power pop godfather Paul Collins headlines this show at East Village mainstay Niagra.
The Bad Plus, Joshua Light Show / Glasser, Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball Center
Using old-school psychedelic "liquid light" projections, Joshua Light Show has been bringing a visual element to pop music since the mid'60s and his team do incredible things. This three-day festival starts tonight with an early show featuring The Bad Plus performing Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction and a late show with Glasser. Not part of CMJ.
Open Mike Eagle, HEEMS, Princess Nokia, Louis Logic, Malportado Kids, Yung Gutted, Chris Gethard, Greer Barnes, The Lucas Brothers @ Palisades
Between Open Mike Eagle, HEEMS and Princess Nokia, there's no lack of good indie rap on this bill, and comedian Chris Gethard is great at warming up the crowd at a show too.
Fort Lean, Seoul, The Great Void, Rioux, TOMBOY, Doprah, YAWN, Zula @ Lot 45
This is the Out in the Streets Festival's CMJ show which was originally supposed to be at Radio Bushwick. It's a solid lineup, with Montreal's lush synthpop practitioners SEOUL one of the highlights.
Moses Sumney, Adult Jazz, J Fernandez, George Maple @ Rough Trade
One-man/loop-pedal maestro Moses Sumney headlines this show that also features hyped UK band Adult Jass.
HSY, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang, The Beverleys, Weaves, Muuy Biien @ Shea Stadium
Toronto label Buzz Records throws their showcase at Shea tonight with a number of their quality bands including sludge punks HSY, psych rockers Mexican Slang, garage punks The Beverleys and indie rockers Weaves.
PC Worship, Future Punx, Eaters, Beth Israel, B-Boys @ Silent Barn
Dull Tools, the label Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage and Future Punx's Chris Pickering, is throwing this party tonight with most of their excellent roster, including two of our 10 NYC Bands to See at CMJ, plus synth duo Eaters, Austin postpunks Beth Israel and B Boys. Maybe some surprises too. This will be a fun show.
Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Deep Pockets @ The Acheron (BV co-presents)
This is Iron Pier's showcase which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. Headlining is the smart, experimental post-hardcore band Self Defense Family, and there's direct support from post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) and his new band the Dead Heavens. Quality locals Deep Pockets open.
Christian Finnegan, Seth Herzog, Damien Lemon, Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, The Amigos Band @ Bell House
This is a benefit for the continued -- and much needed -- relief aid to folks ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. It's a great comedy lineup with a few surprise guests promised as well.
Xylouris & White, Invisible Familiars, 75 Dollar Bill, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings.
Gerard Way @ Webster Hall
The former My Chemical Romance frontman ditches the gothed-out stadium pop punk of his former band on his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, which instead pulls heavily from '90s Britpop. Whether or not you were an MCR fan, it's worth checking out. This is his second of two NYC shows, and it's an official CMJ show.
Lloyd Cole @ City Winery
Having made swoony, literate guitar pop with The Commotions in the '80s and solo since the '90s, Lloyd Cole remains a suave talent whose banter entertains as well.
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.
Little Kids Rock Benefit Honoring Joan Jett @ Hammerstein Ballroom
The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala (which Brian Wilson played last year) tonight honors Joan Jett. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will present Joan with the award and Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle and Jesse Malin will all be on hand to perform Joan's songs as a tribute to her.
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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BV is also co-presenting tonight's Iron Pier showcase.
More of today's options below...
October 22, 2014
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
Titus Andronicus (more by Mimi Hong)
The lineup for the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All Right was already announced, and now we're excited to announce MOST of the lineup for our free Saturday day party at Baby's All Right (which is in three days from now):
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!Like on Friday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA),
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
Headlining the show is one of the most consistently great bands in the area, Titus Andronicus. It's their only CMJ show this year and going by other recent shows, we can probably expect to hear new material.
White Fence at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
There's also psych rockers/Ty Segall associates White Fence, indie pop band Beverly (whose album but not live show includes Frankie Rose on drums), promising Nashville poppy punk band Bully, and the young but talented beyond their years Austin band Residual Kid.
TWO MORE BANDS will be announced tomorrow.
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
At noon, like the day before, Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).
Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages will also be flowing while supplies last, and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.
We're also at at Baby's All Right for our free Friday day party with Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr and more; and our official showcase on Saturday night with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Listen to some stuff from the artists playing the Saturday day party below...
The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".
"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.
The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...
Ryley Walker at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Psych folk singer Ryley Walker won us over when he came to NYC earlier this year to open for Cloud Nothings. Not only are his guitar skills impeccable, but he's super funny between songs and got the whole crowd loving him. He's back for CMJ this week and has a few shows scheduled:
10/22 Baby's All Right (day show) w/ Girlpool, Caveman, Wampire, Splashh, Celestial Shore, Icewater, White Reaper, J Ferndanez, Ronald Paris, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tonstartssbandht, Sunflower Bean, Ultimate PaintingThe two day shows are both free and tickets are on sale now for the Rough Trade show.
10/24 Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade (night show) w/ Kevin Morby (full band), Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Geronimo Getty
10/25 Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos w/ Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, The Wytches, Spookyland, Little May
Ryley put out his newest album, All Kinds of You, earlier this year. Stream that in its entirety along with a just-released cover he did of Amen Dunes (who play their own CMJ show at Trans Pecos on on 10/24), with his full list of tour dates, below...
The Strand is a NYC institution, selling "18 miles of books" for 87 years. They've just announced that some of that yardage will now be devoted to vinyl:
We cater to bibliophiles, now we need to cater to audiophiles. Stop by Strand's main floor and basement to browse some of our carefully selected LPs. You'll find 140gram,180gram, and colored vinyl, classic rock LPs from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, contemporary artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Modest Mouse, and Fleet Foxes, not to mention all the classic R&B, Blues, and Jazz that you've been craving to hear in high-fidelity. So sit back, put the needle to the groove and crack open your favorite book from the Strand.You can check out their (what looks to be new) wares at The Strand's website too which also sells music related readables like The Pitchfork Review and Bob Stanley's great Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop.
by Bill Pearis
Baby in Vain chilling in NYC (Bene in the middle)
Danish garage rock trio Baby in Vain, who had to cancel NYC shows earlier this year, are in NYC this week for CMJ and they're playing tonight (10/22) at Fat Baby and they're on at 10 PM. After CMJ, Baby in Vain will be doing West Coast dates with The Kills (who play NYC tonight and Thursday [10/23]). All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, their drummer, Bene, has a solo career of her own, making folky indie rock that's not too far off from another Danish band, Figurines (if you remember them). Her music's very catchy, a little quirky and we've got the premiere of her new single "Broken." You can stream it below. It's Bene's second single this month, and you can stream "The Mood" below as well...