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October 8, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


When I caught Long Island's Broadcaster at Death by Audio last year they mentioned on stage that they had new stuff on the way. That new stuff will finally come out next week (10/16) in the form of the Spin EP on Jump Start Records (pre-order). We've got the premiere of "All The Wrong Reasons" from that EP, which has them taking cues from Husker Du and The Replacements (or the popular '90s bands who came in their wake) and delivering catchy, jangly alt-rock. Listen below.

The band will head to Gainesville in a few weeks for The Fest, where they play The Wooly on 11/1 with Caytana, Chumped, Antarctigo Vespucci and more.

Continue reading "Broadcaster releasing the 'Spin' EP (stream a track)"

by Andrew Sacher

Chris & Koen

Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp (of Mountains) released the collaborative album Early Astral back in 2011, and next week (10/16) they'll release their second and first for Trouble In Mind, The Island (pre-order). Chris' solo material often has him making full songs out of the kind of spacey guitar soloing that The Grateful Dead were known for, while Koen's deals more with droning ambience. For this project, the two musicians bring those two sounds together and the results turned out really well. Jeff Zeigler, who's worked with Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs and more, recorded it. Listen to "Cosmic Richard" and watch the video for "Long Beach Idyll" (premiering here) below.

Chris & Koen don't have any shows together coming up at the moment, but Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band do. They're currently in the midst of an October residency at Ortlieb's in Philly, and after that they play two NYC shows. The first is opening for Futurebirds at Bowery Ballroom on November 12 (tickets) and the second is Trans-Pecos on December 12 (more info TBA). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Chris Forsyth releasing a new collaborative album with Koen Holtkamp, playing shows (dates & new video)"

by Bill Pearis

The Mantles

The Mantles' new album, All Odds End, is out next week (10/16) on Slumberland. Produced by Papercuts' Jason Quever, it's still indie pop inspired by '60s paisley jangle and shambolic '80s-era groups like Television Personalities, but it's just a little more polished than usual. Not enough to buff away their scrappy charm, but definitely showered and shaved. It's also a strong batch of songs, some of their most memorable hooks and melodies yet. Definitely worth a spin and you can listen to the whole thing right now, below.

The band's only show at the moment is a record release show on October 17 at White Horse in Oakland, CA. Flyer for that show is below.

Continue reading "stream The Mantles' new album, 'All Odds End'"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

Last month, Sharon Van Etten released her cover of "Teen Angel" from the upcoming Donovan tribute album, Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan. Rock the Cause Records releases the album next week (and proceeds go to Huntington's Hope) and now NPR's got the full stream of it. Most excitingly, that means we can now hear the covers from The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and The Flaming Lips.

It feels pretty safe to assume that The Flaming Lips' sound as we know it wouldn't exist without the influence of guys like Donovan, so it's pretty great to hear their take on his 1968 song "Atlantis." They deliver the spoken word portion with pitched-down vocals and once the singing comes in, they more or less make it sound like a Flaming Lips song. It's a cool take, and definitely not just a retread of the original. Hamilton, meanwhile, gives crooning pop bombast to Donvan's subdued "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting." Listen to those, and the rest of the compilation, below.

As you may know, The Flaming Lips will soon hit the road as Miley Cyrus' backing band.

Continue reading "stream the Donovan tribute album ft. The Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, Hamilton Leithauser & more"

by Bill Pearis

Terrible Truths

Australian trio Terrible Truths have been going for the most of this decade, with a danceble sound that eschews chords in favor of guitarist Rani Rose intertwining leads around Stacey Wilson's bass. (Joe Alexander helps keep things bouncy.) They trade vocals too and it makes for a familiar (there's some scratchy post-punk in there) but fresh sound. What really makes it, though, is they always sound like they're having fun, and that energy is highly infectious.

The band have dripped out singles and EPs over the last five years, including a 7" on Mexican summer in 2012, but will finally release their debut album this week on Bedroom Suck. You can check out the video for "See Straight" as well as "Uptight," which premieres in this post, below.

Continue reading "Australian trio Terrible Truths releasing debut album, share bouncy, danceable "Uptight""

Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger took time off from writing and recording her new album to appear in artist Sara Magenheimer's film False Alphabets, that was made through SoHo gallery Recess Art. In it she played the central role of a radio DJ. Eleanor took Magenheimer's script and used it as the basis for songs, the first of which -- "False Alphabet City" -- is out now and it's her first release for new label home, Frenchkiss. (She was on Merge before.) You can check it out via the video, made from footage in the film, below.

You can catch Eleanor in Brooklyn this weekend as she plays BAM Cafe Live on Saturday (10/10) at 7 PM which is free. Then she'll be playing some small shows next month on both coasts. After shows in LA and San Francisco, she'll come to NYC to play Pianos on November 9 and Union Pool on November 10 with Icewater (who are sometimes her backing band). No word on Pianos yet, but tickets Union Pool show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger signs to Frenchkiss, shares new single, playing free BAM show this weekend ++ other dates"

photos by Sachyn Mital, words by Andrew Sacher

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs

The War On Drugs' current tour has them in NYC, and head of tonight's massive Radio City show with Natalie Prass they squeezed in a way smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg show last night (10/7) for Jukely members. There was no opener, and TWOD took the stage right around 8:30 (just after Adam brought out a cake and sang happy birthday to keyboardist Robbie Bennett) so things ended on the early side compared to most MHOW shows.

I hadn't seen The War On Drugs since they were touring Slave Ambient but they've clearly come a long way since then. Last year's extremely well-loved Lost in the Dream and their recent major label deal already proved this, but last night's show even further confirmed that they're ready for the big time. Main member Adam Granduciel is a more confident frontman than ever, and shreds way harder too. Those solos don't pop out on record quite like they did last night. We got plenty of highlights off the recent records -- "Baby Missiles," "Red Eyes," "Eyes to the Wind" and more -- and they dipped back into their pre-breakthrough period a few times too.

Pictures continue below...

Continue reading "The War On Drugs played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics), playing Radio City with Natalie Prass tonight"

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Tickets to The Cure and The Twilight Sad show at MSG show go on local and Chase presale stoday at 10 AM (password: "DISINTEGRATION").

Tickets for the Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi show at Kings Theatre go on venue presale today at 10 AM (password: "KINGSFAN").

Small Black already announced a show for November 20 at Baby's All Right, and they now added a second night for November 21. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale at 10 AM, and tickets for night 1 are still available.Painted Palms open both shows. Small Black's new album is also now streaming.

Tickets for The Get Up Kids, Into It. Over It. and Rozwell Kid show at The Bell House go on sale at noon. Their Irving and Starland shows are still on sale.

Co La celebrates his new album No No with a release show at Trans-Pecos on October 16 featuring Tallesen, Jeremy Hyman, Motion Graphics, Acemo, and Max D.Tickets are on sale now.

Elvis Depressedly and LVL UP are playing Shea Stadium on December 1. Tickets are on sale now.

Eccentric DC vets Beauty Pill released their first new album in 11 years this year, and they'll return to NYC on Sunday (10/11) at Union Hall with Leapling. Tickets are on sale now.

Joseph Arthur has announced his 6th annual New Year's Day show at City Winery. Tickets are on presale for VinoFile members.

Win a pair of tickets to see Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday night, at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Janet Jackson

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced, and first-time nominees include Janet Jackson, Cheap Trick, The Cars, Los Lobos and more. Returning nominees include The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Yes, Chic, Deep Purple and more. Check out the full list below.

You can vote over at the Hall of Fame's site, and inductees will be announced in December.

Continue reading "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 nominees revealed (Janet Jackson, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The Smiths, NWA & more)"

photo: Luna @ 2015 Northside Fest (more by PSquared)
Luna Northside

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

ChameleonsVox, Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists, La Misma, Survival @ The Wick
Mark Burgess has assembled a crack band to help him perform The Chameleons' The Script of the Bridge in full tonight. He's calling this his "Farewell Tour" so if you've ever wanted to see him live, do it now. It's a full evening of dark post-punk, including Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists. Advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available at doors (which open at 7 PM).

Luna, Diane Coffee @ Bowery Ballroom
Reforming after 10 years off, Luna's VU/Dead-style strum ages extremely well -- they sounded great at Northside this summer. This is their second of three NYC shows this week.

The War on Drugs, Natalie Prass @ Radio City Music Hall
The War on Drugs are still riding high off last year's Lost in the Dream, a slightly psychedelic take on '80s heartland rock that was successful enough to earn them a major label deal for its followup. Tonight they make the jump to headlining NYC's Radio CIty Music Hall, with the buzzed-about Natalie Prass opening.

Television, Lower Dens, Viet Cong @ House of Vans
It's been almost four decades since NYC legends Television released the landmark album Marquee Moon, and they're unfortunately without Richard Lloyd these days, but their live shows still have plenty of the magic that made that album so special. Excellent support comes from dream poppers Lower Dens and post-punks Viet Cong.

Lucero @ Webster Hall
Lucero have toyed with a handful of styles in their 15+ year career, and for this year's All A Man Should Do they return to a softer sound, with frontman Ben Nichols playing only acoustic guitar for his first time on record. Tonight's show has them playing both an acoustic and an electric set.

The Roots, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Talib Kweli (DJ Set) @ Central Park Summer Stage
The Central Park Summer Stage season wraps up tonight with one of hip hop's busiest groups, The Roots. There's excellent support from Marsha Ambrosius (who reunited her group Floetry this year and contributed to Dr. Dre's new album) and Bilal (who contributed to Kendrick Lamar's new album). Talib Kweli DJs.

Alex G, Ronald Paris, Forth Wanderers @ Baby's All Right
Alex G's new album and first for Domino, Beach Music, comes out this week. It's a hazy, quirky, and kinda slowcore-ish record. Tonight's his first of two NYC shows in support of it.

"Fable" w/ Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) @ Knockdown Center
The people behind "Debut" have a new production called "Fable," which, like its predecessor, merges independent music, immersive dance theater and large-scale art installation. Porcelain Raft's Mauro Remiddi and Bing & Ruth's David Moore composed the score for each night, but each night has a different artist giving an improvisational performance. Tonight it's Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld. "Fable" runs through October 17.

Crying Music (with Zac Pennington, Jherek Bischoff & Steven Reker), Jen Goma @ (le) poisson rouge
Parenthetical Girls singer Zac Pennington, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, and choreographer Steven Reker (of People Get Ready) debuted their new project 'Crying Music' on the West Coast already, and tonight they bring it to the East. We're not 100% sure what to expect, but it sounds promising. A Sunny Day In Glagow's Jen Goma opens.

Diane Cluck @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
If you like the type of introverted and/or psychedelic folk of the late '60s or its mid-'00s "freak folk" revival, Diane Cluck has been doing that sound well for years. Last year's Boneset was a great, if not a little overlooked, record.

Monika @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's the record release party for Greek singer Monika's new album, Secret in the Dark, which just came out via Other Music. The record was made with members of the Daptone family and they'll be in her band tonight. 11:30 PM doors, FREE.

The Growlers, Babe Rainbow @ Irving Plaza
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain last year which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well.

Lame Drivers, Woolen Men, EZTV, Gingerlys @ Shea Stadium
Portland's Woolen Men rail against Big Real Estate on their terrific, angry new album Temporary Monument, which they're supporting tonight. The whole lineup is good.

Fresh 102.7 Fall Fest 2015 @ The Theater at MSG
New wave survivors Duran Duran are probably the most interesting act on this very mainstream pop concert put on by this adult contemporary radio station.

Robot Chicken Season 8 Party @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is a screening party for the new season of Seth Green's Adult Swim series Robot Chicken and is part of NY Comic Com/Super Week. There's free bowling and prizes as well. RSVP for free entry (based on capacity, natch).

President Bill Clinton @ Highline Ballroom
For prices ranging from $150 to $10,000, you can see our former president in the same club you'd normally see mid-size rock and rap shows. Honorary ambassador Raven-Symoné and Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, will be in the house too. And also, OAR's lead singer will perform, if you're into that sorta thing.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

MS MR, Jack Garratt, Verite @ Terminal 5
Glam pop duo MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) released their second album, How Does it Feel, featuring more of their anthemic dance pop.

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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