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October 8, 2015

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.

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October 7, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep have shared the video for "Apparition," the latest single from this year's fantastic Not Real. The video was made by one of the best in the biz, Dougal Wilson, whose CV includes LCD Soundsystem's "Tribulations" and Jarvis Cocker's "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time." For "Apparition," he constructs a seemingly one-shot stunner centered around the very British folk tradition of Morris dancing. You don't really see videos this technically complex and cool like this anymore (not since the heyday of Michel Gondry) and it's one that bears rewatching. Check it out below.

The band will be here next week for CMJ and have added a few more shows while here, including BrooklynVegan's free day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right. Here's Stealing Sheep's full CMJ schedule:

10/13 @ The Living Room 8pm - Official Showcase
10/16 @ Cake Shop 2:50pm- Terrorbird Showcase (FREE)
10/16 @ Niagara 10:50pm - Official Showcase
10/16 @ Baby's All Right 1am - Heavenly Showcase
10/17 @ Baby's All Right - Brooklyn Vegan Showcase (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade 7:45pm - Levitation Showcase
10/17 @ Knitting Factory 10pm - Flower Booking Showcase
Stay tuned for full details on all of BrooklynVegan's CMJ week shows and parties.

Continue reading "Stealing Sheep go Morris dancing in "Apparition" video, add more CMJ shows, including BrooklynVegan day party"

by Bill Pearis


It's been a couple years, but Louisville, KY's Murals are back with a new label, Firetalk, and a new single, "Violet City Lantern," which is out next week (10/16). This is a little more lush than we've heard Murals be before, with a pastoral feel not unlike some of Caribou's Andorra. Check it out via the song's video below.

Murals will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing five shows:

10/14 - @ Silent Barn: Wichita X Fire Talk X Silent Barn w/ Cheatahs, Adveata, Oscar, Dreamcrusher (info)
10/15 @ Berlin - Dirges and Daydreams Party w/ Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Cool Ghouls, Worthless, S (RSVP for free entry)
10/16 @ Fulton Stall Market: Seaport Music Fest Showcase w/ Celestial Shore, Michael Rault, Haley Bonar, dirty Ghosts, S, The Teen Age, Arms, EMEFE, Lazyeyes, Spritzer, Tiny Hazard, Mothers, The Album Leaf (FREE)
10/17 @ Silent Barn: - Label Fair Day Party w/ Turn To Crime, Crosss, ADVAETA, BBDDM, Murals, Pinact, Fern Mayo (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade - Levitation Showcase
Silent Barn, which is currently closed following the fire last month, expects to be to be open by CMJ (you might want to check the Facebook event pages before heading out there, though). Flyers for some of those CMJ shows are below.

Continue reading "Murals release new single "Violet City Lantern," playing CMJ"

Crying Music

Parenthetical Girls singer Zac Pennington, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, and choreographer Steven Reker (of People Get Ready) have a new project called Crying Music. It's already been performed in LA and Seattle, and this week it comes to the East Coast at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/8). Opening the show is Jen Goma, who's previously collaborated with Jherek and played in People Get Ready. (She offers up a preview of her look for the show via instagram, below.) Tickets are on sale. We don't fully know what to expect from the show, but you can watch a 30 second clip of one of the LA shows, below.

Jen Goma also plays in A Sunny Day In Glasgow , who announced a double EP earlier this week.

Continue reading "Zac Pennington & Jherek Bischoff bringing 'Crying Music' to NYC (watch a clip of the LA show)"

photo: Beach House at FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Beach House

Beach House released their fifth album, Depression Cherry, earlier this year, and they already announced their sixth album... to come out next week. The band tweeted, "We are releasing our 6th full length LP on October 16th!!! It's called Thank Your Lucky Stars. More info soon" and "We are very excited, it's an album being released the way we want. It's not a companion to depression cherry or a surprise or b-sides." Two albums in one year. Exciting!

According to Stereogum, the tracklist is as follows...

Continue reading "Beach House announce second album of 2015, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars,' due out next week"

photo: Kacey Musgraves at Farm Aid 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Kacey Musgraves

The indie world's pop country crossover star of the year, Kacey Musgraves, has been touring like crazy this year. We recently caught her at Farm Aid and in a few days she'll play the second weekend of the Austin City Limits festival.

Her tour comes to NYC soon after that on October 24 at The Apollo with openers Sugar & The Hi-Lows. Her current schedule runs all the way through December of 2016, including New Year's Eve in Austin. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kacey Musgraves on tour, coming to The Apollo soon (dates)"

photo: Jim Konya with Nunslaughter at the Acheron in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Negative Approach

Sad news out of Cleveland today, as Jim Konya, (aka Jim Sadist, Jim Satanic, Lord Mazillion, other wonderful alter egos), drummer of numerous Cleveland metal acts like Nunslaughter and Schnauzer has passed away following a stroke suffered three weeks ago:

"A lot of people think of him as some crazy heavy-metal badass in satanic rock band T-shirts," says Bill Peters, a heavy-metal DJ at WJCU 88.7/FM who befriended Konya when he would call in to the radio station to make song requests. "But the Jim I know is the kind of person who would offer rides to strangers at the end of the night - a good person and very giving." - []
The Cleveland music community had rallied together to try and raise money to help support Jim in the wake of his medical problems. The memorial page on Facebook where friends and fans are posting memories of Jim is a great testament to the impact he had on the Cleveland scene and heavy music in general.

Rest in Peace Jim. Watch a video of Nunslaughter playing at Obscene Extreme Fest last year below.

Continue reading "Nunslaughter drummer Jim Konya, RIP"


Brooklyn's SAVAK, the band co-fronted by Sohrab Habbibon (Obits) and Michael Jaworski (The Cops, Virgin Islands), are currently working on their debut album but will be playing some shows as well. During CMJ they'll be at The Rock Shop on October 14 for the International Rescue showcase with Eternal Summers, Bird Courage, Pinact and Chomp. For that show they'll be augmented by keyboardist James Canty (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up) and a sax player. Tickets are available and you can use a CMJ badge/showpass as well.

SAVAK will also be opening for The Ex and Ken Vandermark on October 22 at The Bell House with DJ /Rupture (a show that was originally supposed to happen at The Wick). Canty will play with them at that show too. Tickets are still available. You can also catch SAVAK in Philadelphia on November 10 at Boot & Saddle with Dischord vets Soulside (whose Alexis Fleisig was also in Obits).

Sohrab will also be doing a solo show at Threes Brewery on October 21 with Steve Curtis (Hem, Little Silver) and Ray Rizzo (Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes, Papa M) and that's free. Flyer for The Rock Shop show, plus live recordings of SAVAK at Cake Shop, below...

Continue reading "SAVAK recording debut album, playing CMJ, added to The Ex & Ken Vandermark show (which was moved to Bell House)"

photo: Empress Of at Terrible Records CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Empress Of

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right is about to turn two -- you may remember their first show was the 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ party -- and in what's becoming a tradition, they'll throw themselves a birthday party. It's just after CMJ, October 20, with Empress Of, Moses Sumney, and a special guest. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/9) at noon. Flyer below.

That's just one of three NYC dates on Empress Of's current tour. She opens the sold-out Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 and also plays the stacked Cymbal X Terrible Records X Cameo CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Cameo on October 16 with Le1f, Porches, Kirin J Callinan, Deradoorian and more. It's FREE with RSVP or a CMJ badge. Flyer below. Empress Of's very good debut album is out now on XL/Terrible. Video for "Standard" off that album and her list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Empress Of touring, playing Baby's 2nd birthday party with Moses Sumney, Terrible Records CMJ, and more (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Pill band Brooklyn

Brooklyn band Pill have signed with Mexican Summer and the first fruits of that come in the form of a 7" out October 30. The a-side, "Hot Glue," is pretty indicative of Pill's sound: scratchy, paranoid, with some seriously skronky sax. You can stream it below.

Pill are playing a couple shows during CMJ week: October 14 at Acheron with Weed Hounds, Expert Alterations and headliners Wildhoney (tickets); and then the Dull Tools CMJ hangover party on October 18 at Silent Barn (which, after the fire last month, they're expecting to be up and running by that point). Then in December, Pill will be on the road with Parquet Courts including the NYC date at Warsaw on 12/11 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Pill sign with Mexican Summer, releasing new 7", share "Hot Glue," playing CMJ before tour with Parquet Courts"