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September 25, 2014

photo by Reid Haithcock
Punch

Fastcore rippers Punch put out their excellent third LP, They Don't Have to Believe, about a month ago via Deathwish and brought their tour to NYC's Death by Audio earlier this month. Today some unfortunate news came from the band though, when vocalist Meghan O'Neil posted to Facebook that she's leaving the band:

Punch crew- I want to confirm that I, Meghan, have left Punch. Thank you all so much for your support over the years. For most of my life I have been extremely shy, and writing lyrics and performing really helped me grow as a person. Thank you to anyone who ever told me what our band and my lyrics meant to you, you all mean so much to me. Thank you.
Bummer!

No word yet if the band are planning on continuing on without her or if Meghan has future projects in the works. Stream They Don't Have to Believe below...

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Windhand @ Saint Vitus - 9/20/14 (via Justine Morrow)
Windhand

Melodic doomers Windhand brought their tour with psych rockers All Them Witches to NYC this past weekend for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus (9/20) that also included Ilsa and Polygamyst. Riffs were crushed. Heads were banged. Full set video of Windhand and a video of All Them Witches can be watched below (videos by Frank Huang). Did you go? How was it?

Windhand have also teamed up with fellow bringers of doomy riffs and witchy psychedelia, Salem's Pot, for a split 10" that they're putting out on Halloween via Riding Easy. That split can be streamed in full below...

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Real Estate at FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Real Estate
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As previously discussed, Real Estate will make the jump to headlining NYC's big Terminal 5 (they've played there before like when they opened for Girls) on their current tour, hitting the venue in just a week on October 2. Opening the show is Peaking Lights (who have a new album coming and remixed William Onyeabor and are also playing the upcoming WO tribute), Regal Degal and DJ Tom Scharpling (of the Best Show). Tickets for the show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter, below.

Real Estate have also added Australian dates for 2015 to their tour schedule, including one show with Aussies Dick Diver (who play two NYC shows this week). Updated dates are listed below.

In addition to releasing Atlas, they've also put out some cool covers including one of The Nerves' "Paper Dolls" which was the b-side to the "Had to Hear" single, and one of The Cranberries' "Linger" which they did for A.V. Club 'Undercover.' Listen to those, with the video for "Had to Hear" and the list of dates, below...

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Neil Young at Carnegie Hall in January (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

Neil Young's already had a very busy year. He filed for divorce, appeared on Chrissie Hynde's album, unveiled his Pono audio system, and released a "low-tech" album on Third Man, to name a few things. Now he's releasing another album, Storeytone, in November via Reprise which he worked on with a full orchestra like he told Billboard he would earlier this year:

"I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic," he explains. "I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way. So I'm into doing that."
The album features his new song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?," which he's currently streaming in three versions: the orchestral version, the live Crazy Horse version, and the live acoustic version that he played at Farm Aid.

Listen to all three below...

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Lounge Lizards, vintage
Lounge Lizards

Veteran downtown sax man, Lounge Lizard leader, questionable fisherman and all-around cool cat, John Lurie and his work is being celebrated all September in a multi-arts festival called "Strange & Beautiful." There was a concert near the start of the month that featured the LPR Ensemble performing string arrangements of his music, and tonight (9/25) at Le Poisson Rouge, Antibalas & Hellbent will perform afrobeat versions of Lounge Lizards' music with the help of members of that band, Michael Blake, Steven Bernstein, Marcus Rojas, and Calvin Weston (tickets).

The festival culminates with a big show on Saturday (9/27) at Town Hall featuring the talents of John Zorn, Flea, and a whole bunch of folks who've been in Lounge Lizards over the years, including John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston, and many more. They'll be performing songs by Lounge Lizards and Lurie creation, the fictional African-Jewish musician Marvin Pontiac. Tickets for that are on sale. Might Lurie, who has been battling Lyme Disease, make an appearance himself at this show? We're told there will be surprises. A couple pictures from that show's rehearsals by Monica Dhar are below.

In addition to music, Lurie is also a visual artist and there are two exhibitions of his paintings on display as part of Strange & Beautiful: one titled "The other side of The Great Wall of Fuck" at Le Poisson Rouge's Gallery which runs through November 30; and a second, titled "There Are Things You Don't Know About," at Cavin-Morris Gallery (210 11th Ave.) which runs through October 25.

As far as the man himself, earlier this year he released a compilation of '90s-era out-of-print and live recordings of The John Lurie National Orchestra titled The Invention of Animals . You can stream a track from that, and check out a couple pictures of the rehearsals for the Town Hall show, below...

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Yelle

French electropop singer Yelle will release her new album, Complètement Fou, next week (9/30) via Kemosabe Records. You can stream the whole album (via Entertainment Weekly) below. Yelle just released a video for the title track, directed by Milord and L'Etiquette, which looks like 1991 exploded all over it, voguing and all. (That's a still from it above.) You can watch that below too.

Yelle's tour starts in a couple weeks and hits Irving Plaza on October 10 with Lemonade opening. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with video and album stream, below...

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Pop All Star Band @ Pop Montreal 2014 (via jackpineco)
All Star Pop Group

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Doe Paoro opens for My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/25). Tickets for that show are still available.

Doe Paoro is now on the road with My Brightest Diamond, but recently finished a string of dates with Bon Iver's friends Sylvan Esso which started right after Doe opened for Bon Iver drummer S. Carey (and Califone) at Le Poisson Rouge. Doe released an EP called Ink on the Walls in April. It was produced at Bon Iver's studio by S. Carey and BJ Burton (who also produced Bon Iver's group Volcano Choir and Bon Iver/Gayngs related project Poliça). Note: Bon Iver, S. Carey, Gayngs, Polica, Sylvan Esso, Volcano Choir and Doe all share a management team (and a love for autotune). Doe is also playing CMJ.

S. Carey returns to NYC to open for American Football and Owen in October.

Volcano Choir have a new video for "Tiderays". Watch below.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver-esque NY, electro-singer-songwriter Elliot Moss (who also shares a manager with Bon Iver) just opened for Nada Surf at Rough Trade and has three more NYC shows scheduled in October: School Night at Brooklyn Bowl, CMJ at Rough Trade w/ Cold War Kids, and MHOW on 10/25 opening for Digitalism. One of his songs is embedded below.

Field Report, the project of Justin Vernon's old DeYarmond Edison bandmate Chris Porterfield, just shared the title track from his new album "Marigolden". Listen (via AV Club), below. Catch Field Report live on tour throughout the fall, starting at Bowery Electric in NYC on 9/30 (tickets). All dates are also listed again below.

Finally, we told you about the all star basketball game that was going down at Pop Montreal last week.That also resulted in a halftime show by the 'Pop All Star Band' - a "supergroup featuring Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture" (and A-Trak). They covered Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Watch the videos with all the other stuff below...

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Digitalism

German electronic duo Digitalsm haven't had a new album since 2011's I Love You Dude, but returned this summer with new single "Wolves" which features Youngblood Hawke. You can watch the video for that, and stream remixes by Booka Shade (who's playing BEMF), Riton and RAC, below.

Digitalism will be heading to North America next month for a tour that hits NYC on October 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opener Elliot Moss (who's also playing other shows including CMJ with Cold War Kids). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with "Wolves" and remixes streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Little Big League at BV-Northside 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LBL

Philly's Little Big League released their impressive debut LP These Are Good People last year on Tiny Engines, and they've since signed to Run for Cover (Tigers Jaw, Modern Baseball, Makthaverskan) who will release its followup, Tropical Jinx, on October 14. So far, two songs from that have been released, "Property Line" and the title track, both of which show they're still making high quality indie rock. Check them out below.

LBL have shows scheduled for this November, including NYC on November 5 at Shea Stadium with LVL UP, Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band) and one more TBA. They play Philly two days later. Check out their full tour schedule, with the new song streams, below...

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Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Atomic Bomb
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Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.

Peaking Lights, whose new album Cosmic Logic will be out October 7, will also be in NYC two days before that to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 (tickets).

Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...

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