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October 20, 2014

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Greek band My Drunken Haze are based out of Athens and make '60s style garage rock with dreampop flourishes. They're set to release their self-titled debut (pre-oder) on November 3 and we've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Yellow Balloon." The song's got a jaunty, Kinksy vibe to it and you can listen below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Zola Jesus @ Webster Hall - 10/19/14
Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus wrapped up the US leg of her tour in support of her new album Taiga in NYC last night (10/19) at Webster Hall. Backed by a horn section, a light-up mountainous prop, a keyboardist and a powerhouse drummer, Zola played the new album in full and returned for an encore of two of her biggest older songs, "Vessel" and "Night." The old songs got the biggest cheers, but the new stuff sounded great and Zola was on fire performing them. She ran all over Webster's stage and broke out into berserk dance moves during the album's more frenzied parts (like the Yeezus-esque beats of "Hunger"), several hair whips included.

More pictures of the show, including shots of openers Lee Bannon and Martin Rev (of Suicide), and a couple videos, below...

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Sleater Kinney

Sleater-Kinney put out a surprise new song over the weekend and now a full international tour for 2015 has been announced! The tour, which will be their first shows since 2006 (not counting their brief on-stage reunion with Pearl Jam last year), hits NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for all US dates go on presale Tuesday (10/21) at 9 AM. The T5 show goes on sale to the general public Friday (10/24) at noon. All dates are listed below.

They've also confirmed that they will in fact release a new album called No Cities To Love on January 20 via Sub Pop. The album was produced by John Goodmanson. The new single, "Bury Our Friends" (featuring Miranda July), is streaming below with the LP tracklist. Pre-orders are available now.

Sleater-Kinney's new career-spanning boxset, Start Together, is out this week.

On our BrooklynVegan Blog Radio show on SiriusXMU, we have played a Sleater-Kinney song on every show for years, and said that it wouldn't stop until they reunited. Does this mean we stop?

List of tour dates and song stream below...

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Over the weekend it was revealed that the new Sleater-Kinney boxset contains a surprise a 7" with a new song reportedly called "Bury Our Friends." We already posted a short snippet, and since then a full stream of the song has come out. (The lyric video below features longtime collaborator Miranda July.) As mentioned, it's rumored that the song will appear on a new album called No Cities To Love, possibly due out January 20, 2015.

UPDATE: The album is confirmed and a full 2015 tour is announced!

Check out the song below...

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Wampire @ Bowery Ballroom 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Wampire

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Tom Vek, Future Punx, Doprah @ Baby's All Right
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. Tonight's also got Future Punx who are worth

Wampire, Wannabe Jalva, The Peach Kings, Monogem @ Brooklyn Bowl
Portland band Wampire, whose second album was just released, bring a love of late '70s to their brand of indie rock. Tonight's show part of this week's It's A School Night series, free with RSVP. They'll be all over CMJ too.

Free Time, The Ocean Party, Shorts, Emma Russack, Ernest Ellis @ Cameo
Australian ex-pats Free Time have a laid-back guitar style not too far off from Real Estate (and are signed to that band's old label, Underwater Peoples).

Gerard Way, The Eeries @ Irving Plaza
The former My Chemical Romance frontman ditches the gothed-out stadium pop punk of his former band on his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, which instead pulls heavily from '90s Britpop. Whether or not you were an MCR fan, it's worth checking out. This is his first of two NYC shows, the other being during CMJ.

Dead Congregation, Mausoleum, Pissgrave, Svart Crown, Immortal Bird @ Saint Vitus
Filthy old-school death metallers Dead Congregation released their sophomore album Promulgation of the Fall, via Profound Lore earlier this year.

Dads, Nai Harvest, Tiny Moving Parts, Chris Gethard, Clam @ Studio at Webster Hall
This triple bill has '90s-emo lovers Dads, promising UK indie rockers Nai Harvest (who also have two CMJ shows), and the noodly post-hardcore of Tiny Moving Parts. Plus, the always funny Chris Gethard is on board too.

Jimmy Eat World @ The Space at Westbury
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show offers up a special $5 edition -- guests all a surprise.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike has been playing big rooms for his new show, "Thank God for the Jokes," he continues to hone his craft at these intimate "working it out" shows at Union Hall. Sold out.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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October 19, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin

Erasure @ ACL Live -- 10/18/2014
Erasure & Superhumanoids @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014

Though openers still haven't been announced for Erasure's two big New Year's shows at Terminal 5 in NYC (tickets), a variety of artists will be alternating as support for the English synthpop duo for the rest of the year. A non-Hare Krishna group called Shelter, a group called Nights, Chad Valley and Superhumanoids are among those sharing the bill with Erasure over the nest two months. The latter are on tour with them now and opened the show last night at ACL Live in Austin. They'll do the same at the same place tonight (10/10). Pictures from night one are in this post, and continue below with all tour dates and a stream of the new Carter Tutti remix of their new single "Reason"....

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Zola Jesus at Catalpa Fest 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Zola Jesus

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Zola Jesus, Martin Rev, Lee Bannon @ Webster Hall
Zola Jesus' new album Taiga is her first for a bigger label (Mute) and her most accessible, but it's still the Zola Jesus we know and love. Cool support at this show from Suicide's Martin Rev and electronic producer Lee Bannon.

Radiator Hospital, Allison Crutchfield, Slutever, Girlpool, Libbie 2000 @ Silent Barn
This is a cool bill all around with the always-fun Radiator Hospital, Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield (playing off her very good solo EP) and two lo-fi LA duos, Slutever and Girlpool.

Tyondai Braxton, Olga Bell, Paul Lansky, Nate Boyce, Daniel Lopatin, Lucky Dragons, Roomful of Teeth, Holly Herndon, more @ MoMA PS1
This is an all-day event called Sound/Source, an "exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds." Lineup includes former Battles member Tyondai Braxton, current Dirty Projectors member Olga Bell, Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Holly Herndon and more.

Arto Lindsay (Noise Quartet), Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Ornament @ Death by Audio
Death by Audio is sadly closing soon, but they've been having tons of great shows go down before that. Tonight's especially cool with no wave pioneer-turned-great experimental composer Arto Lindsay playing with his Noise Quartet.

Filmstrip, Ghost Punch, Enney, Eleanor @ Palisades
Filmstrip have a new LP coming out and the last we heard from it was the single "Waiting On A Train" which wasn't too far removed from The Men's punkish country rock. It's good stuff.

Only Crime, Iron Reagan, Ma Jolie @ Saint Vitus
This show has two bands with impressive lineups: Only Crime (Good Riddance, Converge, Black Flag, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Modern Life Is War, etc) and the heavy thrashers Iron Reagan (Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour). Opening is younger band Ma Jolie who make noodly post-hardcore.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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October 18, 2014

Porches with Greta Kline @ Baby's All Right (via beccaliebert)
Porches

Porches played their first of two nights at Baby's All Right last night (10/17), part of the the Baby's ongoing, pre-CMJ one year birthday party. The band were also celebrating their new Terrible Records single which you can pre-order on vinyl and listen to now below. The new song "Forgive" features a guest appearance by Greta Kline who also plays in Porches and leads her own project Frankie Cosmos who opened last night, but switches the order and headlines Baby's after Porches play tonight (10/18). After Frankie Cosmos, you can catch a set by Cashmere Cat who was added to the venue's schedule today.

If you can't make it to Baby's, Porches also added a Saturday night CMJ show at the soon-closing Death By Audio. The Arbutus/Terrible/JMC Aggregatee showcase also features sets by Tops (who played the even-later show at Baby's last night), Lydia Ainsworth and Regal Degal. The flyer for that is with the two new Porches songs below...

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Pond @ Bowery Ballroom 10/17/2014
Pond
Pond

Australian head trippers Pond will drop their sixth album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, in January via Modular and you can stream first taste "Waiting Around for Grace" below. North America can get a bigger taste, though, as Pond just started their North American tour with fellow countrymen Doctopus, and are currently halfway through a two-night stay in New York City, having played Bowery Ballroom last night (10/17) with Aussie ex-pat Fascinator on the bill as well. Pics from that show are in this post and the same lineup plays Rough Trade tonight (10/19) and tickets are still available.

Pics of Doctopus (and a stream of their album) and Fascinator, plus more of Pond and their new songs stream, below...

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Sam Amidon at SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Amidon

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sam Amidon, Bill Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily, Cy Dune @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sam Amidon just released Lily-O, an album of reimagined folk songs featuring jazz legend and Bill Frisell on guitar, as well as frequent collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (he and Sam are both in Doveman's band). Those three will be playing together tonight as well.

Fat White Family, Jeffrey Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
The wild, debauched world of Fat White Family returns to NYC after leaving their stink all over the place back in March. The band's new single, "I Am Mark E. Smith" lays influences pretty clear and is good in its own right (stream it below).

Xiu Xiu, Yvette @ Glasslands
Jamie Stewart's experimental, confrontational music as Xiu Xiu maybe be too much for some people, but it is never boring. Catch him tonight with very intense locals, Yvette.

Frankie Cosmos, Porches, No One and the Somebodies, Eskimeaux @ Baby's All Right
It's the second night of related bands Frankie Cosmos and Porches' two-night run at Baby's and this time Frankie headlines. Like last night, it's another all-in-the-family show, this time with Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band).

Pond, Doctopus, Fascinator @ Rough Trade
They may share members/ex-members with Tame Impala, but don't call Pond a side project. Some would argue they're better at the psych-rock game. (We like them both.) We're not sure when Pond's new album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, will actually be released (it was supposed to be already) but you can probably catch songs from it tonight.

Ben Frost, Julianna Barwick, Oneirogen @ The Wick
Avant-garde composer Ben Frost released new album, A U R O R A, earlier this year and, like his previous work, it's ambient but you'd be hard pressed to call it mellow. There's a lot of tension here, which cracks open into bursts of noise. Tonight's well-curated show is the first in Pitchfork's new "Tinitus" series. You might want to consider earplugs.

Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Vallenfyre @ Best Buy Theater
Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth and Swedish power metal band Sabaton's tour hits NYC tonight, and this is a special night on the tour with support from Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Extinction of Mankind.

Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil, Evoken @ Saint Vitus
Party metallers Skeletonwitch have been on the Amon Amarth/Sabaton tour themselves, but tonight they're taking the chance to headline their own show at the smaller Saint Vitus. Tonight's with NYC black metal crew Black Anvil and funeral doomers Evoken.

Paul Collins Beat, Club For Growth, The #1s @ Cake Shop
Power pop lovers, here's one for you with former Nerves frontman headlining and very good Irish band The #1s starting things off.

The Soupcans, Slutever, Girlpool, Pink Wash @ Death By Audio
This is a great bill all around with Toronto's ripping Soupcans, two LA duos Slutever and Girlpool (currently on tour with each other), and Bleeding Rainbow/Hume-related Pink Wash.

Rakta, S.H.I.T., Survival, Mommy @ Palisades
This is the second of two NYC shows this week for Brazil's Rakta who play a loud, raw mix of gothy post-punk and tripped out psychedelic rock.

Daedelus, Spazzkid @ Villain
Production great Daedelus is currently on the road supporting his new album for Brainfeeder, The Light Brigade, and hitting rarely-used but cool Williamsburg spot Villain tonight.

The Empty Hearts, Party Lights @ Knitting Factory
The Empty Hearts are the supergroup of Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. As you may expect from a lineup like that, it's late '70s-style power pop.

Busdriver, clipping., Milo @ Mercury Lounge
This is an excellent triple bill of out-there alternative hip hop, and all three are supporting new releases -- Busdriver's Perfect Hair, clipping.'s CLPPNG, and Milo's a toothpaste suburb.

Psychoegyptian, Haleek Maul, Dre Green, Neuport, Ponyo, EU1OGY @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos has a typically eclectic bill tonight mostly with rap, electronic and alt-R&B.

Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really.

Bill Cosby @ The Paramount
Comedy legend and fancy sweater lover Bill Cosby has gotten a little preachy with age but is still a funny guy. One of the greats. He'll do two performance tonight.

Leisure Cruise, Mister Lies, Frances Cone, Summer Underground, DJ Toy @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is always a good place to stop by at night for drinks, midnight snacks, arcade games, and shopping, not to mention free music. Tonight's lineup leans towards electronic pop.

Blue Oyster Cult @ The Space at Westbury
Hard rock veterans Blue Oyster Cult's influence is undeniable and they have no lack of great tunes to pull from at tonight's show on their hometown of Long Island.

Finch, Maps & Atlases, Wounds @ Gramercy Theatre
While we're not crazy about the headliners, math rockers-turned-indie popsters Maps & Atlases are always worth catching.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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