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November 24, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mothers at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Athens, GA's Mothers, one of the bands that won us over at CMJ, have announced their debut album. It's called When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, and it's due out February 25 via Grand Jury Music. It was produced by Drew Vandenberg (who's worked with their friends of Montreal and Deerhunter) and features Deerhunter's Josh McKay on vibraphone, plus McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids on bass and string arrangements. The first single, "Too Small For Eyes," is pretty bare-bones, with just singer Kristine Leschper and her mandolin, and some piano and really nice string arrangements. Check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Mothers also have a ton of tour dates coming up, including SXSW and NYC on January 29 at Palisades and February 1 at Berlin. Tickets wil be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Mothers announce debut album and 2016 tour, SXSW, 2 NYC shows & more included (dates, new song)"

by Bill Pearis


UK trio Flowers are back with their second album, Everybody's Dying To Meet You, which will be out via Kanine/Fortuna Pop in February. The LP was produced by Brian O'Shaughnessy whose very impressive CV includes records by The Clientele, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, and more. There's a bit of a rougher edge than we heard on Flowers' debut, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, and it's a little more what they sound like live. (Singer Rachel Kenedy's ethereal vocals remain the centerpiece.) You can stream two songs off the album -- "Pull My Arm" and "Ego Loss" -- and check out album art and tracklist below.

Flowers were last in America around CMJ 2014. No new dates on our side of the pond just yet, but UK dates are listed below....

Continue reading "UK group Flowers releasing second album in February, share two songs (listen)"

photo: Sports at Baby's All Right in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Ohio indie-pop punks Sports had been saying they didn't think they'd be able to really tour anymore, but they did make it to NYC for a post-CMJ show and now they're going on a short run around Christmas/NYE time.

It brings them back to NYC on December 29 at Baby's All Right for a very solid bill with Pinegrove, Vagabon and Long Beard. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

That's one of two NYC shows on Long Beard's schedule, the other being Shea Stadium (12/27) two days earlier with Fraternal Twin, Furnsss and Old Maybe.

Stream Sports' new album All Of Something, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sports touring, playing NYC with Long Beard, Pinegrove and Vagabon (dates, LP stream)"

photo: Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Russian Circles

Chicago post-metal band Russian Circles are playing a short run of three east coast dates with quality support from Cloakroom and Wildhoney. One show is in Cambridge and the other two are in NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/8 and 1/9. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Russian Circles and Cloakroom did a short midwest tour together back in October. Wildhoney just wrapped a tour with La Dispute and Envy, and they released a new EP in October along with playing BV CMJ.

Cloakroom and Wildhoney also have shows without Russian Circles. Check out those dates and a full-set video of Russian Circles from the last time they hit Saint Vitus, in 2014, below...

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EL VY No Time to Crank the Sun

The promotional side of putting out a record is probably not the most fun part of being in a band (see Radiohead's Meeting People is Easy), but it can look like (kinda) fun if its shot and shown in time-lapse, sped up motion. This is the general premise for EL VY's video for "No Time To Crank The Sun" (from debut album Return to the Moon). You get to see Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena) sit through interviews, photoshoots, live sessions, and the like. Matt's brother Tom directed it and you can watch it below.

EL VY were just in NYC for two shows as part of their just-finished North American tour, and head to UK/Europe in December.

Continue reading "EL VY share "No Time to Crank the Sun" video (watch)"

photos: Murals @ BVCMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Whitney, the new band from former Smith Westerns members Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, recorded a cover of "Southern Nights" by Allen Toussaint who we very sadly lost a few weeks back. With little more than electric piano backing, it's a lovely version of the song, and a nice little tribute, and you can stream it below.

The band will be in NYC next month for a one-off show at Baby's All Right on December 12. It's a pretty appealing lineup, with Louisville, KY's Murals and Long Island's talented Lemon Twigs. Flyer for the show is below and tickets are on sale now. Whitney say they're announcing more tour dates soon. Stay tuned.

Both Murals and Lemon Twigs have played on the same bill at Baby's before -- both were at BrooklynVegan's Saturday CMJ party. Murals have a new single out and, we hear, an album on the way soon. Lemon Twigs have a new album, produced by Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, out next year.

In related news, the Allen Toussaint show that was to have happened at City Winery on Sunday (11/29) is now a tribute show featuring Jon Batiste and special guests TBA. The show is sold out but you can sign up for the waiting list. Proceeds go to New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, which was founded by Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville in 1985.

Continue reading "Whitney covered Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights," playing Baby's All Right with Murals and Lemon Twigs"

photo: Bettye LaVette at Clearwater 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bettye LaVette

Soul vet Bettye LaVette continues to tour in support of this year's Worthy. She's already playing NYC again at a John Lennon tribute in December, and now she has a 2016 tour announced too.

The tour includes an APAP show at NYC's City Winery on January 15 with Catherine Russell and Davina & the Vagabonds. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video of her playing "Worthy" live, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette touring in 2016, playing an APAP show (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing will soon be back with their third album, Life of Pause, which will be released February 19 via Captured Tracks. That's the album art above and tracklist is below. It's been a while -- nearly three years since Wild Nothing's last release, the Empty Estate EP -- and main man Jack Tatum made this one in Los Angeles with producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Pernice Brothers, Devendra Banhart), with sessions in Sweden with Peter Bjorn and John's John Ericsson as well. Medicine's Brad Laner also contributes to the LP. Says Tatum:

I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me. I'm terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn't need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it's own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.
You can listen to two tracks off the album -- "To Know You" and "TV Queen" -- which definitely don't sound like what Wild Nothing have done before. "To Know You," especially, which is maybe the toughest sounding song we've heard them do yet. Mind you, that is a relative term in Wild Nothing's case, but the guitars and rhythm section have a forceful drive (and a verse melody that cribs from Talk Talk). "TV Queen," meanwhile, is armed with a big pop chorus. Both are instant downloads when you preorder the album and you can stream them both via an interconnected video below.

You may have heard new songs last night when Wild Nothing played Baby's All Right with Alex G. Anybody go to that sold-out show?

Continue reading "Wild Nothing announce new album 'Life of Pause,' share songs "To Know You" and "TV Queen" (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jesse Malin

Former D Generation frontman Jesse Malin released not one but two albums this year, New York Before the War and Outsiders. He's more recently made a video for "San Francisco" off the latter, a twangy rocker that's a little like Summerteeth-era Wilco. It was directed by Dave Stekert and premieres below. You can pick up Outsiders via One Little Indian and Velvet Elk, Jesse's label with Don DiLego.

Velvet Elk is also throwing its first annual holiday benefit show on December 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Jesse and Don are both playing, as is Velvet Elk artist Hollis Brown and Hidden Cities. Tickets are on sale, and a portion of proceeds will benefit The Bowery Mission. Show flyer below.

Continue reading "Jesse Malin made a video for "San Francisco"; his label Velvet Elk throwing a holiday benefit show at Bowery Ballroom"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Angel Haze

Angel Haze celebrated her new hard-edged mixtape Back To The Woods with a Baby's show back in September, and right now she's on a proper tour in support of it. That tour included another show in her hometown of NYC last night (11/23) at SOB's. Angel's a super confident performer who had no trouble commanding the crowd, and they clearly loved her. She invited a bunch of audience members up on stage, a couple of which flashed the crowd (she did tweet beforehand: "NY BETTER TURN ALL THE WAY THE FUCK UP TONIGHT. I WANT TITTIES & MADNESS"). Rock NYC was there, and they write:

Last night she was the Babe Ruthless, flirting with the girls, her androgynous, gender neutral visage was a come on for the wimmin who were coming on to her. And she was in the mood to play -right away she upped the ante again and the place exploded. From an early rave to "On Fire", to a gigantic singalong to "The Wolves" to an energizer bunny jump along "Babe Ruthless" and to a penultimate "New York" followed by encore (Sia featured on the record) "Battle Cry", this was through the roof hip hop.
We missed the first opener, Stella, but more pictures of Angel and the second opener ShowTuFli below...

Continue reading "Angel Haze turned SOB's all the way the fuck up (pics)"