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February 10, 2016

photo: Girlpool at MHOW in April 2015(more by Amanda Hatfield)

Girlpool are currently on tour, which stops by NYC's newly-reopened Market Hotel on March 25. That show is sold out, but they added a second one in the same venue for March 26 with Palm, Fraternal Twin and 100% (aka Crying singer Elaiza Santos). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Before The World Was Big," below...

Continue reading "Girlpool expand tour, add second Market Hotel show (dates)"


The party animals at Burger Records have a lot coming up in 2016. They've just announced details for their annual two-day Burger Boogaloo which will happen June 25 & 26 at in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park. John Waters returns as host, and he's bringing his Cry-Baby star Traci Lords with him. The musical lineup includes Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence, Shannon & the Clams, The Trashwomen, Mummies, Young Fresh Fellows, Angry Samoans, Flamin' Groovies, The Dwarves, and more. Tickets are on sale. Full daily lineups are below.

Elsewhere: the 2016 Burger Revolution, a one-night worldwide event of burger-fueled rock n' roll uprising, will happen on March 5. New York shows are still being worked out, but you can see all scheduled shows (and join the Revolution yourself) here.

Burger will also be at SXSW and while details or what they've got planned is still TBA, they will be hosting Burger Records Hangover Fest IV at San Antonio's Paper Tiger on Sunday, March 20 with Shannon and the Clams, Night Beats, La Luz, White Lung, Guantanamo Baywatch, All Dogs, Vaadat Charigim and more. Tickets are on sale. You can watch a promotional video and check out the complete announced lineup below.

Continue reading "John Waters hosting Burger Boogaloo again in 2016 (lineup); Burger Hangover Fest happening after SXSW in San Antonio"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Thermals at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
The Thermals

The Thermals already released "Hey You" off We Disappear (due 3/25 via Saddle Creek), and today they shared a second track, "My Heart Went Cold." It's a Thermals song alright, and a good one at that. Listen below.

The band's tour with Summer Cannibals hits NYC on April 24 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and April 28 at Market Hotel (tickets).

Continue reading "The Thermals share "My Heart Went Cold" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips has made records with Luna and as one half of Dean & Britta, not to mention her early-'90s band The Belltower. (She was also the singing voice of Jem.) Here comes her first solo album, Luck Or Magic, which will be out April 29 via Double Feature Records. The record started as a collaboration with electronic producer Scott Hardkiss, who died in 2013. She shelved the project for a while but came back to it with help from producer Eric Broucek. The album is half covers (including The Cars' "Drive" and Dennis Wilson's "Fallin' In Love") and half Phillips originals. The first single is a gorgeous cover of Evie Sands' "One Fine Summer Morning" from 1969, and you can listen to that below.

Speaking of, Dean & Britta recorded the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach's 2015 film Mistress America, and released a 7" single last month with Britta covered Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" on one side, and they both tackle Paul and Paula's 1962 hit "Hey Paula." you can listen to the Dylan cover below as well.

Continue reading "Britta Phillips releasing first-ever solo album -- listen to her cover of Evie Sands' "One Fine Summer Morning""

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Graves at Sea

Doom band Graves at Sea are releasing an album and touring in 2016. Though they've been around for years (and ended a four-year hiatus in 2012), this is actually their first full length album. It's called The Curse That Is... and due April 1 via Relapse. So far they've released the title track, an extended riff-monster of a song that covers a ton of ground over the course of its 11 minutes. You can stream it below and pre-order the album now.

That tour will bring Graves at Sea through NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on April 17 with Order of the Owl. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream "The Curse That Is" and check out tour dates below...

Continue reading "Graves at Sea releasing long-awaited full length, touring (dates and song stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pkew Pkew Pkew

As previously mentioned, Toronto punks PUP are playing shows, including NYC on Friday (2/12) at Saint Vitus (sold out) and June 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). The openers at Vitus are their Toronto neighbors/pals Pkew Pkew Pkew.

If you dig PUP, you'll probably like Pkew Pkew Pkew too. They're up a very similar alley of well-produced anthemic punk rock with lots of drinking references. Their self-titled debut album is due out at some point in the near future via Royal Mountain Records, the same label PUP is on in Canada (and Alvvays, Hollerado, and more). It was recorded by Jon Drew (who's also worked with PUP, Fucked Up and Single Mothers) and Ryan Mall (who's also worked with Lucero, The Bouncing Souls, and The Gaslight Anthem). "Mid 20's Skateboarder" from that album premieres in this post. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Pkew Pkew Pkew opening for PUP in NYC on Friday (listen to their new song "Mid 20's Skateboarder")"

by Bill Pearis


Los Angeles band Crescendo make dreampop that both shimmers and snarls. The band's second album, Unless, is due out next week (2/19) via We Were Never Being Boring and is superior shoegaze pop that will appeal to fans of Eternal Summers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Field Mice, and The Radio Department. Lovely new single "Tell" makes its premiere in this post and you can listen to that, along with a few other songs on the album, below.

Like a lot of bands, Crescendo will be heading to SXSW next and will be touring around it. Unfortunately they aren't heading any further east than Texas but all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "L.A. dreampop band Crescendo ready new LP 'Unless' (listen), touring around SXSW"


photo: Smashing Pumpkins at Jones Beach in 2015 (more by Greg Cristman)
Smashing Pumpkins

As previously mentioned, the Smashing Pumpkins are going on an acoustic tour with support from fellow '90s-era great Liz Phair. That tour already includes NYC shows on April 4 and 5 at Beacon Theatre, and now includes a third on April 6. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (2/12) at 11 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (2/11) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.


A few tickets for the other two shows are still available (same link). Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins add 3rd NYC date to acoustic tour with Liz Phair (BV presale)"

photo via Facebook
John Stabb

DC hardcore legends Government Issue continued their reunion last year, with vocalist John Stabb as the band's only constant member. Sad news has now come for Stabb though. He was diagnosed with cancer. A GoFundMe campaign to help him has been launched and it reads:

On Wednesday, January 20th, after feeling nauseous the night before/contemplating cancelling his History Repeated show, John Stabb went to the ER having severe pain in his stomach. He was released from the hospital two days later. After a week at home, John went back to the ER on Friday January 29th for an emergency operation.

After a week of recovery in the hospital, on Saturday February 6th, John was diagnosed with malignant stomach cancer in addition to having two intestinal tumors removed through his surgery the week before.

John's soul mate, Mina, has been by his side day and night (with short trips home to take care of their pets and to wash clothes).

...In order to assist John and Mina during this journey, this fund has been set up to assist in life expenses while John heals and goes through his cancer treatment.

Very sad to hear. If you'd like to donate, go here.

A$AP Rocky and friends modeling his Guess line

We are in the midst of New York Fashion Week 2016, the glitziest time of year in the city. In addition to all the fashion shows, there are tons of parties, many of them with a music theme. Kanye West is throwing a big one at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (2/11) which will double as a premiere party for his new album. Tickets are still available.

Most of these NYFW parties, however, are much smaller and invite-only. But that never stops people from trying to scam their way in, though. For example, A$AP Rocky will celebrate his new limited-edition Guess Originals collection with a party at Lower East Side club The Box on Thursday. He'll perform, as will A$AP Twelvyy, Playboi Carti and Cozy Boys. Rocky's Guess Originals collection will be officially be available next week (you can order online now though), and for his line the familiar GUESS logo becomes GUE$$. He talked to The Hollywood Reporter about it:

I actually looked into the archives just to see what was available and after that my main focus was silhouettes and reconfigurations, because I didn't want it to fit exactly like those jeans back then, when they were so big and baggy. I wanted to give kids today knowledge of what Guess meant to Hip Hop and the urban community in the nineties and late eighties. From the drug dealer on the corner with the t-shirt, the rapper Nas saying 'When I get dressed, it's nothing less than Guess' and Tupac in the movie Juice
Elsewhere this Fashion Week...

There's a NYFW tribute to David Bowie happening at Electric Room below Dream Downtown on Friday (2/12). The band is made up of fashion people (Michael H, Andy Hilfiger, etc), but they're promising appearances by drummer Sterling Campbell (B-52's) and Earl Slick and others. Invite only.

Ra Ra Riot will perform at Gramercy Hotel's Rose Bar on Wednesday, February 17. Also invite only but they do play Webster Hall next month.