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FrontRow: I wanted to ask you about the project with the Kadane Brothers and Will Johnson. Who does what in the band? Or is it everyone sharing everything?

David Bazan: Everyone kind of does everything. You know, generally speaking, live, when we would play shows, I play bass. It seems like Matt (Kadane) and Will (Johnson) alternate on drum duties. Then they play guitar if they're not playing drums. Bubba (Kadane) plays guitar generally. Then in the studio, we all did a lot of everything. The writing is very like ... somebody comes up with this little bit, somebody adds this little bit. The lyrics are a real hybrid of everybody's thing. It will just say who's in the band. It won't really differentiate between who did what.

Overseas is a new indie rock "supergroup," whose lineup includes David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (who played with David in Undertow Orchestra and also is/was in Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, etc), and Bubba & Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year). They released their self titled debut LP this past June, and you can stream that, along with the video for its opening track, "Ghost To Be," below.

Overseas will be doing a short west coast tour in October, but this week they'll be in NYC for two shows: TONIGHT (8/19) at Mercury Lounge and Tuesday (8/20) at Knitting Factory. Opening both shows is folky singer/songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter), who has opened for and collaborated with Yellow Ostrich and The Tallest Man On Earth in the past year. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory shows are on sale now.

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

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The Sword in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Sword
Doldrums at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Jim Bentley Memorial @ Cake Shop
Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard and more pay tribute and memorialize The Fort Studio's Jim Bentley who died last month. The show is free but donations are suggested, with proceeds going to Bentley's mother.

Weed Hounds, Technicolor Teeth, Failed States, Big City @ Death By Audio
Weed Hounds are back playing shows again, and tonight they're on a bill at Death by Audio that also includes the Nuclear Spring-related Failed States.

Radical Dads @ South Street Seaport's Front/Row stage (FREE)
Brooklyn trio Radical Dads recall the heyday of '90s-era indie rock while remaining very much in the now. This show is part of the Sound Bites Series which is booked by BV's Bill Pearis. He DJs at 3 PM and the band's on at 4 PM.

Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, and more @ Jones Beach
Get a dose of alt-rock nostalgia with the current incarnation of Alice In Chains and Jane's Addiction on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which hits Jones Beach tonight. The rest of the lineup features Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, and more.

The Sword, Castle, American Sharks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Austin stoner rockers The Sword have been on the road a lot since the release of 2012's Apocryphon, and they return to NYC tonight for a show with Castle and American Sharks. They'll be in the NYC-area again this September on their tour with Clutch.

Out in the Streets 2013 (Day 1) @ Vander-Ende Onderdonk House
Ever want to see a bunch of indie rock bands in the backyard of a historic Dutch Colonial stone house in Ridgewood Queens? You can do just that at Day 2 of the Out in the Streets Fest, featuring Toronto's Doldrums, Ava Luna, Wild Yaks, Dan Friel and Las Rosas. Doors at 1 PM and more details at the Facebook event page.

Naam, Radkey, Balam, Blackout @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn's Naam have a new LP out this year, Vow, and tonight they'll be bringing their heavy space rock to Saint Vitus, where they'll be headlining a hometown bill that also includes Radkey, Balam, and Blackout.

The Act of Estimating As Worthless, Spook Houses, Crying, Frankie Cosmos @ Shea Stadium
Spook Houses' 2012 album, Trying, was one of the better overlooked lo-fi/indie rock albums of that year, and as you may know from the many local shows they play, they deliver live too. You can catch them tonight at Shea with Crying (with whom they share a member), The Act of Estimating as Worthless, and Frankie Cosmos.

Flight of the Conchords @ McKittrick Hotel
New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo got back together after nearly four years apart. Their tour brings Brett & Jemaine to the impossibly small McKittrick Hotel for a few shows and, of course, it's sold out. On the plus side: there's talk of a movie.

Polygamyst, The Company Corvette, Marching Teeth, Gondola @ Union Pool
NYC (Polygamyst, Marching Teeth) and PA (The Company Corvette, Gondola) are equally represented on this all-stoner metal bill at Union Pool tonight. (We assume it's this Gondola and not this Gondola.)

Hannibal Buress has his weekly comedy show tonight in the front bar of Knitting Factory. He gets some of the biggest names in the biz. You never know who may show up. The show is free and fills up early.

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Twin Shadow @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Twin Shadow

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Warm Up w/ King Britt, J. Cole, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Darq E Freaker, Bangladesh, World's Fair, Star Eyes, Jubilee @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up should be especially fun this weekend, with some great rappers (J. Cole, Mr. MFN eXquire, and World's Fair [okay fine, they're technically a rap group, not a rapper]), some great producers (King Britt, Darq E Freaker, Bangladesh), and more.

Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Elliphant, Million Dollar Mano @ Central Park Summerstage (FREE)
George Lewis Jr. specializes in sweeping, cinematic pop which should sound pretty sweet against the backdrop of Central Park. Support comes from Sweden's Elliphant and Autre Ne Veut.

Twin Shadow (DJ set), Lloydski, Beto Cravioto @ Output Panther Room
If Summerstage is not enough Twin Shadow for you, head to Output for the official afterparty in the venue's Panther Room.

The Impalers, Vaaska, Back to Back, Missionary @ Acheron
It's a night of ripping hardcore/punk with tourmates The Impalers and Vaaska leading the charge.

Daughn Gibson, His Golden Messenger, The Heaven's Jail Band @ Glasslands
Posessed with spine-tingling bariton, Daughn Gibson's music is a curious mix of country, postpunk and R&B. Even when the songs on his new album, Me Moan, don't quite work, there's still...that voice. Even more powerful live.

Out in the Streets Fest at Vander-Ende Onderdonk House
This two-day Ridgewood, Queens festival begins today with sets from party-starter Pictureplane, former Twin Shadow member Russ Manning's Rush Midnight, former Beach Fossils member John Pena's Heavenly Beat, and some great local indie rock bands like Heliotropes, Grand Resort, and Turnip King. And it all takes place at one of most unique spaces in the city. Full lineup and more info at the Facebook event.

Swearin', Delay, Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars, All Dogs, The Measure, PS Eliot, The State Lottery, Little Lungs, The Gibbons, North Lincoln, Ginger Alford @ Silent Barn
Salinas Records is celebrating its 10th Anniversary at Silent Barn tonight with much of the label's roster, including a reformed PS Eliot (Swearin's Alison Crutchfield on drums and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, on vocals).

Ceremony, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Give, Sick Feeling @ 285 Kent
Once a powerviolence band, now garage punk, Ceremony are at 285 Kent, which means things could be getting pretttttttty rowdy. Tourmates Ed Schrader's Music Beat open the night and their brand of stripped down post-punk rips too.

Caged Animals, Crushed Out, Kissing Is A Crime, Rosy Street @ Shea Stadium
With a new album due any minute, we should get a lot of new songs from Caged Animals tonight.

oOoOO, Mystery Skulls, Todd Pendu (DJ) @ Le Poisson Rouge
oOoOO keeps his production on the dark side, so expect very ominous moods filling Le Poisson Rouge tonight.

Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction @ Cuyler Gore Park (FREE, Early)
Soul of Brooklyn Week 2013 kicks of today with this free daytime concert (2-7 PM) in Cuyler Gore Park. The show includes avant-hip hop and R&B coming from Shabazz Palaces and their collaborators/Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction.

Soupcans @ Bowery Ballroom earlier this year (more by Dylan Johnson)

Summer Thunder w/ LiveFastDie, The Soupcans, Pampers, Foster Care, Crosss @ Union Pool (FREE)
Union Pool's warm weather Saturday series continues with of the season's best entries, full of noisy punk. Canada's Soupcans and choice upstarts Pampers are highlights of the day. Crosss, who were just added to the bill, start things at 3 PM.

Sleepies, EULA, Big Ups, Shark?, Low Fat Getting High @ Rippers
This one's gonna be a real ripper. (Get it?) Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High are two of Brooklyn's best DIY punk bands at the moment, EULA bring '80s-style noise rock, Big Ups bring '90s-style post-hardcore, and Shark? will provide all your traditionalist indie rock needs. These local bands play their hometown a lot, but it's hard to say no to seeing them all on one bill. The show, which happens on Rockaway Beach, is a benefit for Restore Rockaway.

Hyetal, Zora Jones b2b Sinjin Hawke, J. Scott, Loric @ ISA's upstairs (348 Wythe)
After Warm Up, keep the fun going at True Panther's unofficial afterparty. It runs from 10 PM to 3 Am and is totally free.

Escort, Midnight Magic @ Bowery Ballroom
Do you like your disco in pure, unadulterated '70s form? Bowery Ballroom should be your destination tonight.

Rooftop films w/ A K U A @ Old American Can Factory
It's the final event of rooftop films, with a series of shorts and live music from Montreal's A K U A.

Adam Ant @ Irving Plaza
The new wave star is still rocking the pirate gear and -- given the word on his last time throught -- still puts on a great show, complete with two drummers. His second of two nights in NYC.

The Octopus Project, Snuffaluffagus @ The Mercury Lounge
Austin electro group The Octupus Project are touring in support of their fifth album, Fever Forms.

Flight of the Conchords @ McKittrick Hotel
New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo got back together after nearly four years apart. Their tour brings Brett & Jemaine to the impossibly small McKittrick Hotel for a few shows. Of course it's sold out. On the plus side: there's talk of a movie.

Human Eye, Medication, Shocked Minds, The Soupcans @ Death By Audio
Detroit's wierdo garage punks are rolling through town in support of their new album, Human Eye 4: Into Unknown, which is on Goner. Toronto's Soupcans (who play Union Pool in the afternoon) are also on the bill.

Drowners, Bad Girlfriend @ Mercury Lounge
They're named after a Suede song, their singer was a male model and they've been plugging the same song ("Long Hair") for far too long, but they do have some catchy songs. Well that one song at least.

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

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

still from Arctic Monkeys' Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

In the course of a given week, we post a lot of new videos on BrooklynVegan. For example, this week we gave you ones from Krill, Love Inks, Big Dick, Restorations and more. But there are lots more we don't get around to and that's where this post comes in. You can check out Mac DeMarco hosting the new episode of Weird Vibes from the 2013 Pitchfork Fest, plus videos from Anika, Just Blaze & Baauer, Youth Lagoon, StarredCamera Obscura, These New Puritans, and a full live performance from Iceage at a festival in France.

All those can be watched below...

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Restorations (via)

Philly's Restorations welcomed their second album, LP2, earlier this year via SideOneDummy. The group share a punk backbone with the likes of The Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music, and if you're into what those bands are doing, LP2 will sit well with you too. Take a listen to the album in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

Restorations will be heading out on a fall, co-headlining U.S. tour with Weatherbox, but also have a number of their own shows. One of those is a performance at Beat Kitchen on October 8. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale next Friday (8/23) at 10AM CST.

All Restorations dates, a tour poster, and a stream of LP2 are below...

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Comedian // Twitter-fiend Rob Delaney is set to release his first book, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage., on November 5 via Random House. Here's what you can expect from the autobiography...

Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother. He played Sir Lancelot in Camelot. He has battled depression. He is funny as s***. He cleans up well. He is friends with Margaret Atwood. He is lucky to be alive. [Random House]
Mother. Wife. Sister. Human.... is now up for preorder.

Delaney will also be embarking on a U.S. tour in support of the book this fall. That tour hasn't been announced in full, but includes a performance at the Music Box Theatre on November 14. That show is being presented by the Unabridged Bookstore, and each ticket purchased comes with a copy of the book. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All known Rob Delaney dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr.

What to get the Dinosaur Jr. obsessive in your life besides expensive tinnitus surgery? Perhaps you'd be interested in the upcoming Dinosaur Jr, the coffee table book, that chronicles the veteran indie rockers from high school through the present day. It's got never-before-seen photographs, loads of old flyers, new interviews with J, Lou, Murph and former members Mike Johnson and George Berz, archival interviews and lots more.

There are two editions: the "classic" edition, and the "signature edition" that is signed by the band and comes with an additional volume as well as fine art prints. You can pre-order now and both editions will be out in November -- just in time for the holidays.

Dinosaur Jr. were last here in June for Governors Ball. Lou will be back with Sebadoh in November, and there's a listening party for their new album on Saturday (8/17) at Greenpoint's Permanent Records.

Check out a promotional Video for the Dinosaur Jr. book below.

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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Medicine, Weekend, Leverage Models @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the few legit American shoegaze bands of the '90s is back with a terrific new album and their first NYC show in eons. It's a great bill all-around, with noir postpunks Weekend and the arty pop of Leverage Models. Tickets are still available.

Field Mouse, Desert Stars, All My Friends @ Cake Shop
Poppy shoegazers Field Mouse headline this solid Cake Shop bill tonight that also features the dreamy/dusty sounds of Desert Stars and poppy punks All My Friends.

Crosss, Psychic Blood, Spirit of Danger, Fever Dream @ Death By Audio
It's a great night to rock out at Death by Audio tonight with heavy psych from Canada's Crosss, noisy grunge from Western Mass' Psychic Blood, and two likeminded Brooklyn bands, Spirit of Danger and Fever Dream.

Porches, Sirs, My Dad, The Para-Medics, Full Blued @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn indie rockers Porches play a ton of local shows, and tonight's Shea show (moved from Big Snow) is an especially great one that also features sets from emo-y punks Sirs, Chicago's My Dad, and others. Porches are set to release their new album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos later this month (8/27), and they put out a new song from it this week, "Skinny Trees," which you can stream below.

Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars, American Darlings @ Union Pool
Tonight's show is a memorial/tribute for the family of Dumont owner Colin Devlin who died two weeks ago. In addition to the bands, there are raffles and all proceeds go to Devlin's family.

Chrome Cranks, Pop. 1280, Twin Guns @ Mercury Lounge
Currently celebrating their 25th year, Chrome Cranks are the kind of band who eat breath and sleep rock n' roll. Opening are garage goths Pop. 1280.

Kayo Dot, Mirrorgate, Crooked Man, Yoshiko Ohara @ Saint Vitus Bar
Toby Driver's long-running Kayo Dot defy easy categorization, part heavy riffage, part chamber ensemble.

Wheatus, Such Is Life, MC Lars, MC Frontalot @ Santos Party House
In case you were wondering, yes, the guys behind "Teenage Dirtbag" (which is currently being covered by One Direction, no lie) are still around, and their tour brings them to NYC tonight. Belt along to that chorus and have Loser flashbacks at Santos Party House (moved from Gramercy).

Harmonica Lewinskies, Sons of an Illustrious Father, The Brooklyn What, Jamboree Sunday @ SPiN
If you love ping pong AND indie rock, head to the midtown branch of this table tennis club, headlined by blues and funk group The Harmonica Lewinskis.

Adam Ant @ Best Buy Theatre, Dec. 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Adam Ant @ Irving Plaza
The new wave star is still rocking the pirate gear and -- given the word on his last time throught -- still puts on a great show, complete with two drummers.

Anamanaguchi, Ghost Beach, Crnkn @ Webster Hall
Dance Nintendo-style at tonight's Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall.

Railbird, Josh Netsky, Baby States, Khaled Dhajani @ Pianos
Brooklyn's Railbird skirt the line between dance music and indie rock, a balancing act they pull off with panache.

Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), Mina Caputo @ Bowery Ballroom
We're still waiting on that new Against Me! album, but meanwhile singer Laura Jane Grace will be doing some celebrating on the road ahead of time playing its material acoustically. The night's especially interesting because another punk singer who famously came out as transgender, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), will be opening the show. It's their second of two NYC shows this week, having played Knitting Factory last night.

Krief of The Dears, The Grownup Noise, The Letter Yellow @ Union Hall
When not playing in Montreal's anthemic Dears guitarist Patrick Krief who makes pretty soaring guitar rock on his own.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Warbeast, Author & Punisher @ Gramercy Theatre
Anselmo has been involved with a lot of big names over the years, but with The Illegals, Phil has gone solo. Get there early, Author & Punisher's man/machine meld expertly explores industrial, goth and doom at once.

Big Country @ The Wonder Bar (NJ)
While it's The Alarm's Mike Peters filling in for the late Stuart Adamson, the mountainous drums of Mark Brzezicki and the signature bagpipe guitars remain intact.

Biohazard, Wrench @ Knitting Factory
Speaking of new singers, Brooklyn hardcore/metal staples Biohazard play their first hometown show in 10 years -- minus Evan Seinfeld, mind you.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), The Sugar Cute @ The Paper Box
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad is celebrating his birthday tonight with a dance party at The Paper Box. No gifts required.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Angel Olsen @ Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)

today in Chicago
* Thugfucker, Garrett B @ SpyBar
* Danzig, Doyle @ Congress Theater CANCELED
* Pixel, The Silver Sphinx @ The Burlington
* David Heartbreak, Green Lantern @ The Mid
* Govinda, Sunsquabi, Confresi @ Bottom Lounge
* Angela James, Eiren Caffall, Man Is Man @ The Hideout
* Angel Olsen, Implodes, Matthew Hale Clark @ Lincoln Hall
* The Bribes, The Hot Seats, Bones Jugs N Harmony @ Martyrs
* Black Lillies, the Deadly Gentlemen @ City Winery Chicago
* Elephant Stone, Coffin Ships, Mexican Knives @ Beat Kitchen
* Cheater Slicks, Energy Gown, Negative Scanner @ Empty Bottle
* Black Sabbath, Andrew W.K. @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
* The Horrids, The Prowl, The Hard-Onz, Eruptors @ Cobra Lounge
* We Were There, Printer's Row, Fast Decay, Julianne Mason @ The Mutiny
* The Tyme Machines, My God, The Heat, Verona Red, Souljunky @ Double Door
* Jamie Lono, Stellar Road, Chris Tiritilli & The People, Keithen Banks & IBelieve, Nonpronto @ Abbey Pub

Angel Olsen, Implodes, and Matthew Hale Clark play Lincoln Hall tonight.

Elephant Stone, Coffin Ships, and Mexican Knives play Beat Kitchen.

Cheater Slicks, Energy Gown, and Negative Scanner play the Empty Bottle.

Black Sabbath and Andrew W.K. play the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.

Tonight's Danzig show at the Congress has been canceled and he's playing Riot Fest Chicago instead.

Akron/Family have a new video for "Sand Talk." Check it out below.

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by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts

It's been a year since Parquet Courts released their terrific Light Up Gold and the band are getting set to follow that up with an new EP, Tally All the Things That You Broke. You've Got Me Wonderin' Now will be out October 8 via What's Your Rupture. You can stream the title track below.

That would make their headlining show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct. 2 a record release party of sorts. That show also features Yuppies and Future Punks (featuring PC singer Andrew Savage's former Fergus & Geronimo bandmate, Jason Kelly) and tickets are still available. Their show opening for Pixies at Bowery Ballroom on September 20 is sold out.

Song stream and Parquet Courts' tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "Parquet Courts releasing new EP in October"

photos by Vladislav Grach

El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Run the Jewels - Webster Hall, NYC - August 14th, 2013
Despot - Webster Hall, NYC - August 14th, 2013

Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."

El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]

Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.

Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.

If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and JubileeTickets for Warm Up are still available.

In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...

Continue reading "Killer Mike & El-P brought Run the Jewels & friends to Webster Hall (pics), commented on Kendrick's "Control" verse (video)"

photos by Paige K. Parsons

Chromatics / Chic / The National w/ Bob Weir @ Outside Lands 8/9/2013
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

Frontman Matt Berninger strolled into the spotlight in a three-piece suit, sipping what appeared to be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from any one of the festival's Wine Lands vendors. The band then launched into one of the best sets of the day, breaking into "Fake Empire" within the first three songs and interspersing their typically melancholy lyrical matter with a fun, humorous stage presence (Berninger made sure to note that his daughter's pre-school teacher was in the crowd, putting himself in strong position for the "Best Dad on Stage" award this weekend). And to cap it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead popped up on stage, grabbing a guitar and singing along to the bands' last number.
[Santa Barbara Independent]
The 2013 Outside Lands Festival happened last weekend across seven stages at San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park. The fest kicked off Friday (8/9) and included headliner Paul McCartney, plus sets from Chromatics, The National, Chic (subbing for an ailing D'Angelo), Jessie Ware, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns and more. Pictures from their sets are in this post.

Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.

Pics from Outside Lands Day 2 are HERE. More pictures from day one below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2013 - Day 1 pics (Paul McCartney, Chromatics, Chic, The National, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns & more)"

by Bill Pearis


Jeffrey Lewis just put out a collaborative record with The Peter Stampfel Band but already has a new three-track 7" coming out on August 27 via Rough Trade. The title track is "WWPRD" which stands for "What Would Pussy Riot Do?" The always thoughtful Lewis muses about ethics and polics, saying Pussy Riot are true heroes who put their money where their mouth is: "The world needs punk rock heroes...bands who break through walls with speakers, not just try to sell you sneakers." You can watch video of him performing "WWPRD" live in London, below.

Lewis played one of the Summerscreen shows last month, and will play again in Brooklyn tonight (8/15) at Secret Project Robot. The show is final date on a short East Coast promotional tour for the book Gender & Sexuality For Beginners which Lewis illustrated and was written by Jaimee Garbacik. The latter will read excerpts from the book and the night also features The Best Thing Ever. The show is also a benefit for the ACLU.

Jeffrey Lewis will then head to the UK for the Reading and Leads festivals. All tour dates are listed, plus the live version of "WWPRD," below.

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Many Places

today in Chicago
* Havok @ Ultra Lounge
* Eddie Halliwell @ The Mid
* Bonzie, Dan Bitney of Tortoise @ Schubas
* Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Park West
* New World Ancients, Lamp, Shapers @ The Hideout
* Paige & The Reverent Few, The Choir @ Beat Kitchen
* The Please Please Me, Cobalt & the Hired Guns @ Subterranean
* Doctor Pyramid, The Highest Order, Ellis Swan @ Empty Bottle
* Cameron McGill, Touch The Clouds, Adam Rubenstein @ The Burlington
* Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arsis & Starkill @ House of Blues
* Dog & Wolf, Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band, Pale Angels, Days Off @ Township
* David Hidalgo, David Hidalgo Jr., Vincent Hidalgo, Jimmy Burns @ City Winery Chicago
* Many Places, Project Film, The Oarsman, Mr. Bear, Marki Casso, Stephen Mulcahy @ Lincoln Hall
* Voice of Addiction, Gunner's Daughter, Hot Messiah, Dead Town Revival, Back Alley Riot @ Double Door
* Star Spangled KGB, The Exploding Fishbowls, The Projectionists, Photon Pistol, L. Mounts @ Bottom Lounge

Havok headline Ultra Lounge.

Cameron McGill, Touch The Clouds, and Adam Rubenstein play The Whistler.

Local label Tandem Shop Records celebrate their 5th anniversary with a party // showcase at Lincoln Hall. The night will feature performances by Many Places, Project Film, The Oarsman, and others, plus cake(!).

The National performed Trouble Will Find Me's "This Is The Last Time" on Conan last night. Check out the footage below.

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The above is from YACHT's website for their Big Brother protest anthem, "Party at the NSA," which the band is offering up as a 99 cent download, proceeds from which are going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. On the website, when you highlight the text you just get to see the redacted words: "PLAY THE MUSIC LOUD AND ENCRYPT YOUR SECRET THOUGHTS."

The track puts its protests (lyrics are below) into an early B-52s-style new wave format and features a guitar solo from comedian Marc Maron (!). You can also stream it below.

As mentioned, YACHT will be in town at the end of the month, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 30 and then a free show at Surf Lodge in Montauk on August 31Tickets to MHOW are still available.

And speaking of Marc Maron, he is not part of the lineup of this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, but his name is.

Track stream and lyrics are below.

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by Bill Pearis


As mentioned, Obits' third album, Bed & Bugs is due out via Sub Pop on September 10. It's probably their most varied album to date, but still a rager -- and maybe the best thing they've done yet. Obits already let us "Taste the Diff" and now we've got the premiere of the nicely twangy "Spun Out" which you can stream and/or download below. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion fills us in on the tune:

This tune was originally called "Black Ice" until we realized that there is an exceptionally mediocre AC/DC song and album from 2008 with the same name. So, instead of changing the name to a great Acca Dacca number like "She's Got Balls," we decided to go with "Spun Out." When I first wrote the intro guitar part that ends up sort of doubling the opening bass line, I was thinking of trying something like what Stuart Moxham does on Young Marble Giants' "Choco Loni," but then Rick came up with those buttery Duane Eddy chords, which gave it nice twist. And for music nerds, there's an interesting change in the outro, where Greg holds his bass loop from the chorus while Rick transitions from a picking guitar part to more of a rave-up and I add some rhythmic guitar stabs. We wanted to gradually increase the tension before the song finally falls apart. Also I really like Rick's lyrics on this one, which are as heartbreaking as a classic country song. It's easy to imagine one of the great Chuck's (Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels) singing "Want a change in lighting. Want a change for life. Each link on a bad road broken. Want a change for life."
As they've done for every album, Obits are playing a record release party for Bed & Bugs at The Bell House on September 21 and tickets are still available. The band have also expanded their fall tour a bit and updated dates are listed, along with the "Spun Out" stream, below.

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by Jonathan Dick

Fucked Up

It wasn't that long ago that Canadian hardcore post punkers Fucked Up announced their indefinite hiatus. Unlike the all too chic hiatuses wrought upon the otherwise unsuspecting horde of fans, followers, and tweeters, Fucked Up were taking a break for the sake of family. That's the thing. Despite winning the 2009 Polaris Prize, multiple Best Of features, and the damn near universal acclaim from critics and fans alike, Fucked Up is essentially a side project for its members. When life provides the opportunity for the members to come together and create more music, they end up creating something like David Comes to Life. It's a fascinating thing to consider when so much of Fucked Up's music concerns the suburban odyssey and the inherent dangers of domesticity.

Having recently announced a tour including a few US dates, the concerns of fans have been allayed at least temporarily until the new album (yes, they're working on one) comes out. I had a chance to shoot lead guitarist Mike Haliechuk a few questions about the band's success and what lies ahead.

Read it below...

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Huey Lewis

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Huey Lewis And The News @ Seaside Summer Concerts (FREE)
While it was never really hip to be square, it does seem like a fun evening to catch Huey Lewis & The News performing their mega-platinum 1983 LP, Sports, in its entirety by the beach at Coney Island. For free. Got some extra time on your hands? Get there early and recreate the "If This is It?" video in the sand. 7:30 PM.

Nick Hook, Cakes Da Killa, H.O.M.E. Team, Flash Frequency @ 285 Kent Avenue
The most exciting part of this bill (to us at least) is NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, who isn't too far removed from Mykki Blanco or Le1f. He's sure to have the place going pretty wild.

Xenia Rubinos, Rizzla @ Brooklyn Museum
Eclectic performer Xenia Rubinos released her debut album, Magic Trix, which is out now on Ba Da Bing. See her tonight as part of Brooklyn Museum's "Audiophile" concert series that is free with museum admission.

Metalleg, The Shackeltons, Detroit Rebellion, Bird To Prey @ Cake Shop
While long-running PA band The Shackletons are the best-known name on this bill, you might want to check this show out for Providence, RI duo Detroit Rebellion make loose, groovy blues a la early Beck; or perhaps Metalleg's glammy, punky powerpop. Streams of both are below.

Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin' @ House of Vans
It's the last US show for Kid Dynamite before they officially end their reunion, and that should make things as kids pile on each other to these songs for the last time. The support is great too, coming from raw pop punks Joyce Manor (who play their own Brooklyn show on Saturday), Dischord supergroup Red Hare, and emo-y lo-fi band Swearin' (who also play another show on Saturday, and have even more coming up too).

Tristan Perich, Meehan/Perkins Duo @ MoMa
The MoMA Nights series continues tonight with a show on the contemporary composer side. Regular museum admission applies.

Omar S, Big Strickt, FIT, Turtle Bugg @ Output
Omar S returned this year with an excellent full length album of deep house, Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself. Presumably, you'll be hearing some of those jams as he gets the entire place dancing all night. Stream the album's title track below.

Habibi @ Fulton Stall Market, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Habibi, Total Slacker, Grand Resort, Young Boys, Retail, Dead Young Friends @ Pianos
This is Week 1 of Grand Resort's Pianos residency, and they've put together a pretty good line-up of bands for the kickoff show. Close your eyes and you might think you were in Bushwick instead of on Ludlow St.

Har Mar Superstar, Sky White Tiger, Heloise & The Savior Faire @ The Bowery Electric
When he's not going to pretend Replacements practice, Har Mar Superstar has been playing around NYC a lot recently. Catch him tonight on this party-oriented bill at Bowery Electric.

The Phantom Family Halo, Old Baby, Catherine Irwin @ Union Pool
Psychedelic indie rockers Phantom Family Halo and Young Widows-related band Old Baby team up for a Union Pool show tonight, making for a pretty good show at a pretty small venue.

Jose James @ Pier 40
The soul singer recently opened for Shuggie Otis in Central Park and soon will be back for a Bowery Ballroom show, but tonight, you can see him in another outdoors environment on Pier 40.

Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), Mina Caputo, Allison Weiss @ Knitting Factory
We're still waiting on that new Against Me! album, but meanwhile singer Laura Jane Grace will be doing some celebrating on the road ahead of time playing its material acoustically. The night's especially interesting because another punk singer who famously came out as transgender, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), will be opening the show. Laura and Mina do it again tomorrow night at Bowery Ballroom too.

KRS-One @ S.O.B.'s
This Bronx hip hop legend headlines a show at SOB's tonight.

Talib Kweli (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Questlove is taking a night off from his weekly Bowl Train DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl and letting Talib Kweli handle the boards tonight. The party starts at 11 AM.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Andrew Sacher

Krill at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Boston indie rockers Krill put out their new album, Lucky Leaves, earlier this year. It's a fine collection of loud rock songs indebted to the lo-fi of '90s bands like Built to Spill, but with the vocal quirks of someone like Spencer Krug. They've now made a video for its opening track, "Theme From Krill," which you can check out, along with a stream of the whole album, below.

Krill have been doing some shows this year (including a few in NYC) and they've now got a full tour coming up which includes two more NYC shows. The first happens on August 19 at Silent Barn with Advance Base (the current project of Owen Ashworth formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), Thin Hymns and Frankie Cosmos; and the second is on September 6 at 285 kent with Darlings. They also play a New Brunswick show a day earlier at Cooler Ranch (9/5) with Speedy Ortiz and Aye Nako (we first mentioned the show before Krill was added and the venue was still TBA). All tour dates are listed below.

Krill's September shows will be with new drummer Ian Becker, as regular drummer Luke will be heading overseas to study in London.

Krill frontman Jonah Furman also recently contributed vocals to a Kal Marks song off that band's upcoming new album, Life Is Murder, which is due out September 17 via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf. Krill themselves also recently went back to Silent Barn (where they recorded Lucky Leaves) to lay some new tracks down, so stay tuned for that as well.

All dates are listed, along with the new video and LP stream, below...

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Charli XCX @ Montreal's Osheaga Festival 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

As discussed, UK-based singer Charli XCX will be embarking on a fall North American tour in support of this year's True Romance. That tour includes a performance at Lincoln Hall on September 13 with Kitten and LIZ. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available, and we've also got a pair to give away! Details on how to enter to win can be found at the bottom of this post.

Charli also recently stopped by The A.V. Club's offices to take part in their Undercover series. She chose the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" and you can check out the video footage, along with her full 2013 tour schedule and contest details, below...

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Phantogram @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

New York's Phantogram are close to finishing up their second full-length album. Their well-received debut LP, Eyelid Movies, hit stores in the U.S. in the winter of 2010 and was followed by the Nightlife EP in 2011. You can get a feel for what they've been cooking up in the studio this summer by checking out a brief teaser clip at the bottom of this post.

Phantogram will be debuting some new material and a new live show on tour throughout North America this fall. That tour includes a performance at the Vic Theatre on October 9. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (8/16) at 10AM CST.

All Phantogram dates and that album teaser are below...

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Jason Rosenthal (L) w/ Chris Enriquez at the OTMOP show at Saint Vitus last year

RIP to Jason Rosenthal, guitarist/vocalist of On the Might of Princes, Vehicles and The Brass, who passed away yesterday. He was only 35 years old. OTMOP posted their eulogy last night:

it is with insane sadness that i have to write and say that jason rosenthal, singer/guitarist for On the Might of Princes, passed away last night. i don't know what to say. of course he and i have had many differences, but at the heart of what we did and what we shared, is an overwhelming amount of passion for the beauty and struggle of a long on/off friendship and trying to keep a sinking musical ship afloat. he gave so much of himself through his music, and touched so many hearts... helping us along through our hardships and loves. i'm not going to post any particular song right now, but encourage you to find the song that hit with you the most, and blast the fucking shit out of it. goodbyes like this are not good, but the flame unique people like him leave behind will warm us until we join him somewhere. be strong and hug the people you love everyday.

with love and never forgotten feedback,

OTMOP called it quits for good officially in middle June, cancelling a set of shows in the process due to personal issues.

Jason Rosenthal, you will be missed. Streams and live footage of On The Might of Princes below...

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