October 21, 2014
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
OBN IIIs in Austin in January (more by Tim Griffin)
We just posted a list of 10 NYC artists we think are worth catching this week at CMJ, but CMJ is also a great time to check out bands from other cities and countries passing through for the multi-venue music fest. Hundreds of artists will be here for shows over the next five days (10/21-25), so if you're feeling overwhelmed about who to see we've narrowed things down to a list of 20 we think you should check out. Of course we'd love for you to come to the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Baby's on Saturday night (10/25) with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport, but we talked a lot about those bands here and decided to highlight 20 different ones here. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands (except Slowdive who are on Rdio) which you can stream below.
Our picks are below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Some may not think so, but CMJ is still a festival than brings in folks from out of town: mainly college radio programmers and jocks on mid-semester vacation. While we at BV get excited about bands from out of town (and we have a separate list for that) who are here for the fest, there are also lots of local acts we'd recommend to anyone visiting NYC. Here are 10 that are worth seeing, no matter where you live.
Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands. Check them out below...
Jerry David DeCicca has produced albums for cult folk legend Ed Askew, and is also a member of the band Black Swans, who also toured with Ed in recent years. Earlier this year, he put out his debut solo album, Understanding Land, which featured collaborations with Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), The Breeders' Kelley Deal, and Bob Dylan/Neil Young collaborator Spooner Oldham. Its track "Another Bad Dream," a soft early '70s-style folk song, was just given the video treatment (dir. Matt Bauer) and that premieres in this post.
Jerry also has two shows coming up, one in Philly and the other in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 15 at Union Pool with the new project of Purehorsehair's Garrett Devoe. That's an afternoon show (3 PM) and takes place before the Holy Sons / Elisa Ambrogio show happening at the venue that night.
Full tour schedule with the new video, below...
Future Islands at FYF Fest 2014 (more by Adele Loconte)
Future Islands sold out their January 9 show at Terminal 5 and have now added a second show, happening the day before (1/8) also at T5 with Wing Dam and Operators. Tickets for that show are on AmEx and Fan Club presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/24) at 10 AM. It's a second night at a giant midtown venue, but it's not like they have their old Williamsburg places to play anymore. They've added a few other shows to their winter tour as well, and all dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Future Islands recently did a 4AD Sessions video and their performances of "Sun in the Morning" and "Doves" can be watched below.
the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dearest friends -Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."
You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.
When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.
It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.
Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.
We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.
Goodbye for now, but not forever.
We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.
Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.
NYC shoegazers Asobi Seksu went on indefinite hiatus in 2013 and guitarist James Hanna now has a new band, Youth Worship, which formed early this year. Youth Worship finds Hanna in more rocking mode, and "Pink Snow" from their just-released debut EP is a real stomper. (The rest of the EP is a little more in Asobi style.) That song's video, directed by Bradley Cantor, makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it, and stream the whole EP, below. The band have put the finishing touches on their first album which features guest appearances by some of the Boris folks and will be out in early 2015.
Youth Worship will play a hometown NYC show on November 3 Trans Pecos with new Captured Tracks artist Dinner, as well as Night Squad. That's their only upcoming date.
Crowbar at Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
New Orleans sludge mainstays Crowbar have spent much of 2014 touring behind their excellent new LP Symmetry in Black. Now they've announced yet another tour to go down before the year ends, this time with Unearth and Black Crown Initiate. That tour rolls into NYC on December 8 at Saint Vitus. The Vitus stop (presented by Noisey) will also include a screening of Noisey's 'NOLA' documentary, which was made by former BV writer Fred Pessaro and is really worth checking out. Tickets for that show will go on sale this Friday (10/24) at noon.
Crowbar also just put out a new video for "Symmetry in White" from their new LP, which you can watch below. The final NOLA episode
will be revealed soon (UPDATE: It's out now and can be watched below), but 'til then you can watch the latest episode, with the full list of tour dates, also below...
Twin Peaks @ Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
As mentioned, Chicago band Twin Peaks will be playing BrooklynVegan's Friday (10/24) CMJ Day Party at Baby's All Right, the last band of the show at 5: 45 PM. That's one of six CMJ shows for the band and here's all of them:
Wed. Oct. 22 @ Glasslands (NME CMJ Showcase) - 10:20PMIn other news, Twin Peaks just released a video for "Making Breakfast" from this year's Wild Onion and you can watch that below.
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Rough Trade (Rough Trade Day Party) - 5PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Santos (New Shapes) - 8:30PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Glasslands (Communion) - 1AM
Fri. Oct. 24 @ Baby's All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party) - 5:45PM
Fri. Oct. 24 @ Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard) - 10:15PM
Twin Peaks also have lots of non-CMJ shows too and all dates are listed below...
Tickets for all US dates of the Sleater-Kinney reunion tour, including the NYC show happening 2/26 at Terminal 5, go on pre-sale today (10/21) at 9 AM. To access the presale, you have to sign up to be a member at their website.
Full list of tour dates, with a stream of a song from their new album, below...
Thurston Moore w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.
Peter Matthew Bauer, Bo Ningen, Happyness, Money, Spires, Slothrust, Strange Names @ Baby's All Right
The good folks at Tell All Your Friends PR are putting on this day party featuring former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer, plus Japanese prog metalists Bo Ningen, UK indie rock trio Happyness and more. A varied and very solid day party option.
CYMBALS, Curtin, J Fernandez,September Girls, Casual Sex, Boyd Shropshire, Flowers, Beach Day @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop is always a safe CMJ bet and today's free day party was booked by the venue itself, featuring a bunch of acts from across the pond, including English bands CYMBALSand Flowers, Ireland's September Girls and Scottish band Casual Sex. Plus: Kurt Vile cohort Boyd Shropshire, LA's J Fernandez and Florida pop band Beach Day.
Secret Chiefs 3 @ Le Poisson Rouge
Mr. Bungle member Trey Spruance leads the instrumental experimental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3, whose tour hits NYC for its first of two shows here this week (during but not part of CMJ).
The Mystery Lights, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Honey/Free, OJ Pimpson @ Baby's All Right
This is a free late night show from the folks at M for Montreal featuring a mix of Canadian (Calvin Love, Homeshake, OJ Pimpson) and U.S. acts. Starts at midnight and if you make it to the end (on this the first night of CMJ) we salute you.
DIIV, Splashh, PAWS, Nuns, Beach Day @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
DIIV are busy finishing up their new album but will play this show at North Brooklyn's one-stop shop for locally-made gifts, mini-golf, micro-brews. tasty food and live music. The other bands on the bill -- including UK indie rockers PAWS and Splash -- are good too. While most shows at BKNB are free, this one is $20, or you can get in with your CMJ badge.
Wreckless Eric, Scott & Charlene's Wedding @ Death By Audio
Punk/new wave vet Wreckless Eric is maybe best known for his 1977 hit "Whole Wide World," but he's more than that and continues to be very active. Tonight's an intimate show at the soon-closing Death by Audio and with quality support. FYI: Eric's on at 9 PM and Scott & Charlene's Wedding at 10 PM.
Tom Vek, Olga Bell @ Mercury Lounge
Tom Vek's style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he hasn't futzed with it too much over his 10-year career. Having released his third album, Luck, earlier this year he's over for a few US shows this week.
Alkaline Trio, Jenny Owen Youngs @ 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 1, though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.
Roomrunner, Celestial Shore, Heliotropes, Washer @ Palisades
Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner have a new EP called Separate out this week just in time for CMJ. This is one of a couple shows they've got scheduled, and the whole lineup is solid.
John Nolan, '68, Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues, Maps for Travelers @ Paper Box (FREE No Sleep showcase, BV co-presents)
The trusty No Sleep Records is throwing its showcase which is FREE (no badges required) which starts early at 6 PM and goes til after midnight. There's a ton of cool stuff, including a solo set from Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, a few killer post-hardcore bands (Xerxes, Aviator, Rescuer, Maps For Travelers), the reunited Felix Culpa, the punky Run Forever and more. BrooklynVegan proudly co-presents this one.
Honey Wild, Fractures, Little May, Monica Heldal, Happyness, Son Little, Elle King, Horse Thief @ Rockwood Music Hall
WFUV and Communion Records helped put this show together, featuring Oklahoma's anthemic Horse Thief (shades of Fleet Foxes), the US live debut from Australia's Little May, and the throwback indie rock sounds of Happyness.
The Crookes, Money, Spring King, Longfellow @ Rough Trade
Clothing brand Ben Sherman is presenting this show so it may be no surprise all the bands are from the UK. We're especially looking forward to Spring King whose anthemic swagger falls somewhere between Wavves and Palma Violets. Also: this show is free.
The Thurston Moore Band, PCPC (mems Parquet Courts + PC Worship) @ Saint Vitus
Thurston Moore's new band includes his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards, and unlike Thurston's last acoustic-y album, this band's more similar to what Thurston was writing in latter-day Sonic Youth. Their tourmates, PCPC, are the result of Parquet Courts and PC Worship members coming together for a collaborative project, so that should be interesting as well. This non-CMJ show is their first of two sold-out NYC shows, the next one being Rough Trade on Sunday.
Ex-Breathers, Glish, Vetter Kids, The Hawks of Holy Rosary @ Shea Stadium
This is the Texas Is Funny showcase with a good lineup of that label's bands all around, most notably Florida hardcore rippers Ex-Breathers.
Dream Police, Natural Velvet, Psychic Blood, Survival @ Silent Barn
Most interestingly, this is one of a few CMJ shows for Dream Police, the other project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, who make more avant-garde and effect-laden music than The Men's recent output. Psychic Blood are good too.
The Horrors, Moon Duo (members of Wooden Shjips) @ Stage 48
Psych out tonight with British post-punks The Horrors and the groovy drone of Moon Duo. For those who like to show-hop at CMJ, Stage 48 is out of the way, but it's The Horrors' only East Coast show this tour.
Inter Arma, King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wulf, The Moon Tooth @ The Acheron
This is the Metal Injection/MetalSucks showcase and it's headlined by the awesome psychedelic metallers Inter Arma who just put out a one-song 40-minute EP. Locals So Hideous are well-matched and the proggy Lazer/Wulf are cool too.
Weyes Blood, Guy Blakeslee, Heat, The #1s, J Fernandez, Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool
Tonight, Union Pool hosts the YVYNYL CMJ showcase which has a great and diverse lineup. There's powerhouse vocalist Weyes Blood, The Entrance Band's Guy Blakeslee, Montreal's fuzzed-out Heat, Ireland's power pop/garage rockers The #1s, the guitar pop of J Fernandez, and the new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.
James @ Webster Hall
Long-running Manchester band James formed in 1982 and were originally signed to Factory Records (home of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays). They were championed early by The Smiths but seemed saddled with underground success until "Sit Down" and then "Laid" which took the band into international stardom in the early '90s. The band have remained active since, and released La Petite Mort, their 13th album, earlier this year which finds them in much the same big anthemic, danceable style they've always worked in.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon, this being the first.
The Kills, Alec Soth, Joe Purdy, Billy Bragg @ Terminal 5
Though The Kills' intimate CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday is probably the place to be if you're a Kills fan, you can catch them playing a "short set" at this one, which is The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party, a tribute to photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank.
PINS, September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, Amanda X @ Cameo Gallery
Oh My Rockness curated this night of four excellent female-fronted bands -- including Manchester UK's PINS, Philadelphia's Amanda X -- plus the dudes that are Jersey's Vasudeva.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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