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METZ @ NYC's Bowery Ballroom earlier on tour (more by Dylan Johnson)

today in Chicago
* Pet Lions, American Wolf @ SPACE
* The Ike Reilly Assassination @ Schubas
* METZ, TV Ghost, No Joy @ Lincoln Hall
* Coliseum, Sweet Cobra, Pink Avalanche @ Empty Bottle
* Slingshot Dakota, Pet Symmetry, Lifted Bells, Misbehaving @ Township

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Ghost BC @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

The Orwells @ Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Orwells

today in NYC
* Opera On Tap @ Barbes
* Tim Berne/7 @ The Stone
* Trixie Whitley @ Maxwell's
* TEETH @ Secret Project Room
* Plastic Plates, DJ Sober @ Le Bain
* Zeke Healy & Karen Waltuch @ Barbes
* Purity Ring, Mas Ysa @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ghost BC, Ides of Gemini @ Webster Hall
* Dark Star Orchestra @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Twin Sister, Empress Of, RElyse @ Silent Barn
* Eddie Money, Glenn Symmonds @ City Winery
* Foster Care, Games, Mexico Beach @ Union Pool
* Duke Dumont, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Slothrust @ Glasslands
* Gold Panda, Voices of Black @ The Knitting Factory
* Howling, Riot Fox, The Luna Laval @ The Rock Shop
* Sir Sly, Little Daylight, The Griswolds @ Brooklyn Bowl
* DIIV, X-Ray Eyeballs, DJ Dog Dick @ Mercury Lounge
* Star Rover, Indigo Street, Aye Aye Rabbit @ Big Snow
* Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Nova Social, Balthrop, Alabama, Chris Mills @ Littlefield
* Sleepies, Fat Creeps, Zebu, Turnip King @ Death By Audio
* Girl Toy, Graffiti Sunshine, Dog Water, Fume @ Muchmore's
* Drunken Sufis, Pretty & Nice, Noxious Foxes @ Cameo Gallery
* inc., Autre Ne Veut, Weeknight, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Pianos
* Janeane Garofalo, Dean Edwards, Mike Britt @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Detroit Swindle, Dirt Crew Label Night, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands
* pow wow!, I'm Turning Into, Island Twins, Milk Dick @ The Grand Victory
* Trash Talk, Cities Aviv, Low Fat Getting High, The Shackeltons @ Cake Shop
* The Orwells, The Cosmonauts, The Numerators, The Garden @ Shea Stadium
Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, James Urbaniak, Marc Evan Jackson @ The Bell House
* Novelization w/ Rob Sheffield, Sarah Knowles, Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, Heidi Vanderlee @ Union Hall
* RatKing, Mr. Mothafuckin' Exquire, Hefna Gwap, Farrington, Black Dave, Vashtie, AWKWAFINA, Hefna Gwap @ Tammany Hall
* Ducktails, Rocket and the Ghost, Brendan Rivera, Clementine & the Galaxy, TEEN, The Chevin, Cheap Blue Yonder, Fermin, Town Hall, Jade 3 and Blind Benny, Wyndham Baird, Mary Beth Doran and Amy Vachal, Tiger Darrow, Andrew Berger @ Rockwood Music Hall

The Downtown Music Festival continues tonight at clubs below Houston St. You've got Purity Ring at Bowery, inc. at Pianos, DIIV at Mercury Lounge, Ratking at Tamnany Hall and, for the brave, Trash Talk at Cake Shop. Among many others.

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The latest in the Daft Punk "Collaborators" video series is out and it's with songwriting legend Paul Williams. Watch it below.

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Rooftop Films Summer Series kicks off in NYC tonight (5/10) with a showing of "This is What We Mean by Short Films" featuring "some of the greatest new short films from all around the world," and will go down at Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (LES Manhattan). The series continues through the summer, featuring 45 screenings of films at multiple locations across the city. As always, most screenings are accompanied by live music, and though most of the bands aren't announced yet, the schedule does so far include yMusic, Darlene Love, Brazos and more. Darlene performs at a June 8th screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom which she also stars in.

Tickets are available for specific events at their website, and you can head below for a full listing of films and locations.

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Boris @ Le Poisson Rouge earlier on tour (more by PSquared Photography)

today in Chicago
* Chuck Prophet @ SPACE
* Gold Panda, RAC, Zebo @ The Mid
* Boris, Young Widows @ Lincoln Hall
* Emily Wells, Skating Polly @ Schubas
* Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Cubby Bear
* Sin Orden, Greys, Shahman, Half Milk @ Gnarnia
* Lisa Loeb, Jonny Polansky @ City Winery Chicago
* White Mystery, A Giant Dog, Psalm One @ Hideout
* Minor Characters, Elsinore, Brother George @ Subterranean
* Dumpster Babies, Runnies, Absolutely Not, The Sueves @ Empty Bottle
* Ulan Bator, Martin Bisi, Anatomy of Habit, Alma Negra @ Cobra Lounge

Boris play their first of two shows at Lincoln Hall tonight.

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven play Cubby Bear.

Sin Orden, Greys, Shahman, and Half Milk play Gnarnia.

Minor Characters, Elsinore, and Brother George play Subterranean.

Dumpster Babies, Runnies, Absolutely Not, and The Sueves play the Empty Bottle.

Watch Savages' entire recent London show at Ministry Of Sound, shot by The Creators Project, below.

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Foxygen @ Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)

As we mentioned in a different context, Foxygen made a new video for their song "No Destruction." Pretty Much Amazing writes:

Foxygen's "No Destruction" is one of our favorite songs of the year, so we're glad it's now got the awesome video it deserves. Brilliantly, the band's close friend Bryan Felber decided to get nostalgic, putting together a kind of supercut of some of the homemade films he worked on in high school and college with the band members before they got together to form Foxygen, and stitching it together with some new footage too. The end product is as smart as it is surreal, just like the song itself.
Watch the video below.

Foxygen arrive in NYC on Monday (5/13) for a three-night run starting with a $3.00, BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Amen Dunes (who just opened for Boris), LODRO (who also have a new video), and Price Rupert's Drops also on the bill. All ages, no advanced tickets. Want to go for free (and have your ticket waiting for you at the door)? We're giving away two pairs of tickets, and DoNYC has a pair you can win too. Details on how to enter our contest are below along with the video and more tour dates (Pygmalion and ACL included).

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The Orwells at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As mentioned several times, the Downtown Music Festival, which is hitting multiple cities this year, is coming through NYC tonight (5/10) and Saturday (5/11) for shows across various multiple LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more. Tickets (2-day passes, 1-day passes, and individual show tickets) are still available. In fact, even Trash Talk at Cake Shop still has tickets available, probably because of the $25+fees ticket price.

Since we last spoke, some additions to the lineup have been made. Garage rockers The Orwells (who have other upcoming dates) were added to tonight's Palma Violets and Guards show at Bowery Ballroom, making for an all-around great bill for fans of catchy, upbeat rock. The Orwells just revealed the Dave Sitek-produced track, "Other Voices," off their upcoming EP of the same name (due out 6/25 via East End/Canvasback), which you can stream below.

SZA, who recently put out the trippy S EP, has been added to Sky Ferreira's show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Teengirl Fantasy and Mess Kid, who were already announced for the festival but not that specific show, were also added as openers.

Onetime Twin Shadow bassist Rush Midnight (who has other upcoming shows) was added to tonight's show at Pianos with Royal Teeth and Sparxx.

LODRO (who play a BrooklynVegan-curated show on Monday), Xray Eyeballs, and DJ Dog Dick were added to DIIV"s show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Low Fat Getting High, who have a new EP on the way and other upcoming shows, open for Trash Talk and Cities Aviv at Cake Shop on Saturday.

Other shows tonight include Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) and Fat Tony at Capitale (130 Bowery), Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth, Antwon, and more at Element (225 E Houston), Beach Fossils and Cosmonauts at Cake Shop, and more.

Meanwhile, Ryan Hemsworth made a new mix in anticipation for the festival, which you can stream, along with the tracklist below. And if you were wondering, yes, it does have his remix of the Backstreet Boys' "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely."

A stream of that mix, the Orwells stream, and the updated Downtown Music Fest schedule below...

Continue reading "Downtown Music Fest is here; Orwells, SZA & more added; Schedule updated; Ryan Hemsworth made a mix"

Cocorosie at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

today in NYC
* DJ Spooky @ The Met
* Curren$y @ B.B. Kings
* JDH & Dave P @ Le Bain
* CocoRosie @ Paper Box
* The Dilated Pupils @ The Stone
* Sophia Knapp, MoMo @ The Flat
* Todd Rundgren @ Gramercy Theatre
* Shout Out Louds, Haerts @ Webster Hall
* Old Ceremony, Northwood @ 92YTribeca
* Geoff Rickly, John Nolan @ Saint Vitus
* Denitia and Sene @ Open Road Rooftop
* Small Black (DJ set) @ 7 Dunham Gallery
* Mamie Minch and Her Business @ Barbes
* Woe, Mutilation Rites, Mortals @ The Acheron
* Yellow Dogs, SISU, Young Boys @ Glasslands
* Hooray For Earth, Zambri, Beacon @ Glasslands
* Royal Teeth, Rush Midnight, Sparxx, NSR @ Pianos
* Beach Fossils, Cosmonauts, The Garden @ Cake Shop
* Palma Violets, Guards, The Orwells @ Bowery Ballroom
* Aaron Freeman (of Ween) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Drop Electric, The Mast, Psychic Twin @ Knitting Factory
* Steve Lugerner, Tiny Hazard, IOW, Celestial Shore @ Big Snow
* Earl Sweatshirt, Antwon, Ryan Hemsworth, Branchez @ Element
* Violators, Outernational, The Dead Tricks @ The Bowery Electric
* Sky Ferreira, Teengirl Fantasy, SZA, Mess Kid @ Mercury Lounge
* Mission of Burma, Merchandise, Library Time @ LaGuardia Place (12:30 - 4:30 PM)
* NGUZUNGUZU, Rinsed, Kingdom, Kilo Kish, Nire @ Tammany Hall
* James Blake (DJ), FaltyDL, Obey City @ Museum of Natural History
* Heaven, Tennis System, Nightmare Air, Dead Leaf Echo @ Union Pool
* Metro Area (DJ), Gerd Janson, Bok Bok, L-Vis 1990, DKDS @ 88 Palace
* The Stationary Set, The Midnight Hollow, Joseph King @ Cameo Gallery
* Black Hippy, Fat Tony, Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), D'eon @ Capitale
* Shellshag, Black Wine, Swearin', Dave Hill, Chris Gethard @ Death By Audio
* D. Vassalotti (of Merchandise), Blond God (of Merchandise), Horoscope @ 285 Kent
* French Horn Rebellion, Nancy Whang (of The Juan MacLean and LCD Soundsgystem), JPATT (of The Knocks), Ghost Beach, Ernesto (of Penguin Prison) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wooly and Mammoth, Port St. Willow, Derek James, Anais Mitchell, Plume Giant, The Loom, Noble Hunter, Alice and the Glass Lake, Josh Elkes @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Martha Wainwright, Joan As Police Woman, Bridget Everett, Murray Hill, Amber Martin, Nathann Carrera, Thomas Bartlett, Lance Horne @ Le Poisson Rouge

The Downtown Music Festival begins tonight across various LES venues. Tonight's shows include Earl Sweatshirt at Element, Black Hippy at Capitale, Palma Violets at Bowery Ballroom, and more. You can still grab tickets to most of them.

Mission of Burma, Merchandise and others play the free daytime NYU Strawberry Fest, and then at night, members of Merchandise will bring their solo projects over to 285 Kent. You can catch Merchandise during Northside too.

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Foxygen made a video for their song "No Destruction," which you can watch below. Don't forget that you can catch Foxygen at our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13) with Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops ($3 at the door).

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by Andrew Sacher

Courtney Love

Say what you will about Courtney Love's solo material or the current state of Hole (not counting their surprise classic lineup reunion at Public Assembly last year), but the first two Hole records are 90s alt-rock classics, and if the lead singer of those albums is heading out on a solo tour, it's at least as notable as Billy Corgan's version of the Smashing Pumpkins touring. We briefly mentioned that Courtney would be doing some NYC-area shows this year, and have since realized they're part of a short Northeast tour she's doing in June.

The tour hits Philly, Boston, and Maryland, before culminating in four NYC-area shows: June 26 at Warsaw in Brooklyn, June 27 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, June 28 at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, and June 29 at The Paramount in Huntington. Tickets for the Warsaw show are on sale now, tickets for the Stone Pony/Paramount shows go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM, and tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon.

The Paramount show and the non-NYC-area shows on the tour are with Brooklyn goths Starred, but no openers have been announced for the Warsaw, Cap, and Stone Pony shows yet. Starred's impressive Prison to Prison EP came out last year, and we've since heard new material from them on the Sub Pop 1000 compilation. Their contribution, the dark folk dirge, "Doomed," is one of the standouts on the compilation and the best track I've heard from Starred yet. You can listen to "Doomed" 34 minutes into the full album stream of Sub Pop 1000 below.

UPDATE: Starred have been announced as the openers for the Warsaw and Stone Pony shows as well.

All Courtney Love dates are listed, along with the Sub Pop stream and some classic Hole videos, below...

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Palma Violets @ Pianos, January 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Palma Violets

Youth Lagoon @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wie Shi)
Youth Lagoon

today in NYC
* Baby Soda @ Barbes
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Deva Mahal @ Union Pool
* Stephane Wrembel @ Joe's Pub
* The Colbert Report Writers @ UCB
* Califone @ Brooklyn House Show
* James Blake, Falty DL @ Terminal 5
* Minnesota, DCarls @ Santos Party House
* Matt Darriau's Balling The Jack @ Barbes
* Julia Haltigan w/ Aaron Lee Tasjan @ Joe's Pub
* BBIGPIGG, Cinema Cinema @ The Grand Victory
* Paper Bird, Dana Falconberry @ The Rock Shop
* Telekinesis, Deep Sea Diver @ Bowery Ballroom
* Youth Lagoon, Majical Clouds @ The Bell House
* Toubab Krewe, Barika, Benyoro @ Brooklyn Bowl
Capital Cities, Gold Fields, Lovelife @ Irving Plaza
* RL Grime, Nick Hook, Maxiavelli @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Dead Skeletons, Mone, Heliotropes @ Mercury Lounge
* Survival, Alan Watts, STATS, Vaporizer @ The Acheron
* Neon Indian (DJ), Optimo, Trus'me, Tanner Caldwell @ Output
* Chappo, Dead Stars, Slonk Donkerson, Jangula, Heeney @ 285 Kent
* Palma Violets, Guards, The Orwells @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Other Factors, Highway, Gimps, Mothers, The Gradients @ Big Snow
* Height, Eze Jackson, Handjob Academy, Zebra Baby @ Death By Audio
* Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Freedom Party NYC @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* Senses Fail, Such Gold, Real Friends, Major League @ Highline Ballroom
* Dead Leaf Echo, Tennis System, Wild International, Nightmare Air @ Shea Stadium
* Wooly & The Mammoth, Cheap Blue Yonder, Charly Bliss, Lydia Ainsworth @ Cameo Gallery
* Lily and The Parlor Tricks, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Raccoon Fighter, Jeremy Freer @ Cake Shop
* Max Glazer, Kenny Meez, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, Que Bajo?! (RBMA) @ Roseland Ballroom
* CREEP, EXITMUSIC, Rewards, Adam Green Albert Hammond Jr. (DJ, Blood Orange (DJ), Certain Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands

Seattle's Telekinesis are in town, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight in support of their new album, Dormarion, which came out last month on Merge. Deep Sea Diver open and tickets are still available. Telekinesis just released a video for LP track "Empathetic People" and you can watch that below.

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The Mary Onettes made a video for "Don't Forget," the second video from their new album Hit the Waves. You can watch it below.

As mentioned, Lloyd Cole will release Standards on June 21. He recently released the first video from it, "Period Piece," which nicely juxtapose's Lloyd reminiscing about his days in NYC with his son's current experiences here. You can watch it below.

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Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

To all our Chicago friends, we're very sorry to inform you that we have to postpone our show at the Metro tonight [Thursday, May 9], as there's been a death in the family. We've always had an amazing time playing for you, so we hope you understand and we promise that we'll be back as soon as we can.

Tickets will of course be valid at the new Metro date (which will be announced soon), but refunds will also be available at the point of purchase. We'll give you news on the new show as soon as we're able.

Love, Charles and the Extraordinaires

Unfortunately, Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires have had to cancel tonight's performance at Metro due to a death in the family. A new date will be announced shortly, and as seen above, all tickets will be honored. Stay tuned for more details.

Daughter @ CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

today in Chicago
* Daughter, Wilsen @ Lincoln Hall
* Charles Bradley @ Metro POSTPONED
* Body Language, Duke Dumont @ The Mid
* Lisa Loeb, Cameron McGill @ City Winery Chicago
* Reds and Blue, Man Is Man, Mere Oracle @ Hideout
* Ladytron (DJ set), The Heaven Malone @ Beauty Bar
* Oyarsa, Sun Splitter, Winters In Osaka @ Empty Bottle
* Order of the Owl, Cokegoat, Vega, Braver @ Ultra Lounge
* Mobb Deep, Nick Coury, C-Hu$tle, Aerias @ Double Door
* Blizzard Babies, Blasted Diplomats, Roach Beach, Pink Torpedo @ Quenchers

Daughter headline Lincoln Hall tonight.

Oyarsa, Sun Splitter, and Winters In Osaka play the Empty Bottle.

Blizzard Babies, Blasted Diplomats, Roach Beach, and Pink Torpedo play Quenchers.

Iron & Wine played "Low Light Buddy Of Mine" on Conan earlier this week. Check out the footage below.

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Joseph Arthur has been working on a new album, minus a few van hiccups, for a while now and has just recently dished the details. The record is called The Ballad of Boogie Christ, will be out June 11 and is being funded in part via Pledgemusic campaign. Says Joseph:

Boogie Christ is unlike anything I've ever done before. It's a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it. It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I've made in 17 years of putting together records."
You can watch a video for "Saint Of Impossible Causes" and stream another track, "All the Old Heroes," below.

As mentioned before, Joseph Arthur will be playing Bowery Ballroom on June 13 and tickets are still available. Turns out that's the start of a short U.S. tour and all dates are listed below.

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photos by Jono Bernstein

James Blake @ T5, 5/8/2013
James Blake

Last night's sold-out, all-ages show at Terminal 5 featured a musician who knows exactly what he's doing, but a crowd that didn't really know how to respond. The average music fan might only be familiar with Blake's self-titled debut record, and his most recent Overgrown. Both albums aren't necessarily what you'd put on at a dance party, but are rather made for those moments when you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, sitting on your couch, unable to sleep, staring at a lit candle or playing video games. - [Village Voice]
After appearing on Letterman the night before, James Blake's tour with Falty DL hit Terminal 5 lat night (5/7), the first of two stops at the Westside venue for the pair. They'll hit T5 again  on Thursday (5/ 9), While that show is sold-out, you can still get tickets to see both of them DJing at the Museum of Natural History on Friday (5/10).

More pictures from Terminal 5 are below.

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Little Boots @ L.A.'s Echoplex earlier on tour (more by Wei Shi)

today in Chicago
* Deer Tick, Twin Peaks @ City Winery Chicago
* Little Boots, Avan Lava, Feathers @ Lincoln Hall
* Alice Russell, ¡ESSO! Afrofunk Jambeat, DJRC @ Township
* The Cliks, Swimsuit Addition, The Recruitment @ Ultra Lounge
* Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Royal Thunder @ Reggie's
* The Mirandas, The Morons, Max Clarke & The Cut Worms @ Empty Bottle

Deer Tick play their second of two shows at City Winery Chicago tonight.

RSVP for free admission to The Mirandas, The Morons, and Max Clarke & The Cut Worms at the Empty Bottle.

Little Boots, Avan Lava, and Feathers play Lincoln Hall.

We're giving away a four-day pass to HoZac Blackout Fest 2013.

The Breeders played "Cannonball" and "Drivin' On 9" on Fallon last night. Check out the footage below.

The National have a new video for "Sea Of Love." Check it out below.

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Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG


If I told you that a band featured 3/4 of Code Orange Kids, you might think you have an idea what they sound like. Yet Pittsburgh's Adventures use only some of the influences found in that project, adding in splashes of indie riffs on their latest EP Clear My Head With You. Due on June 18, the result is something akin to Superchunk or post-hardcore as you can tell by the first track to sneak its way out of the gates, "Promise," which is streaming below.

Order yours at No Sleep and while your there you can also order the new Xerxes as well (here).

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Smith Westerns

As mentioned, Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, via Mom + Pop on July 24. The record was made with producer Chris Coady (who worked most recently Beach House's Bloom) and you can watch the makeout-heavy video for first single, "Varsity," below. Awash in glistening keyboards, but highly melodic as usual, nobody's gonna compare this one to T-Rex.

The band will be on tour this summer too, including an NYC show on the day of the album's release (7/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Smith Westerns release first video from 'Soft Will' and announce summer tour (dates)"

Four Tet / Dead Skeletons

today in NYC
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Redfoot @ Tammany Hall
* Four Tet, Koreless @ Webster Hall
* Dessa, Brick + Mortar @ Union Hall
* Molly Ringwald @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Califone @ Secret Manhattan Venue
* Doldrums, Empress Of @ Mercury Lounge
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Corita, Big Quiet, All Forces, Luff @ Cake Shop
* New Atlantic Youth, The Split @ Cameo Gallery
* The Presets, Dragonette, Slassixx @ Terminal 5
* Dana Falconberry, Paperbird @ Mercury Lounge
* Drowners, Tweens, Total Slacker, LODRO @ Pianos
* XNY, Don Ryan, Those Clever Foxes @ Knitting Factory
* Dead Skeletons, Night Beats, Cosmonauts @ Glasslands
* Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Kelly @ The Stand
* Twenty One Pilots, New Politics, Five Knives @ Bowery Ballroom
* Father Figures, Cuddle Magic, Leverage Models @ Death By Audio
* Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Mastersons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elizabeth and the Catapult, Antennas Up, Johnny Miller @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alan Roche, Real Live Tigers, Dead Elephant Bicycles, Gabrielle Herbst @ Silent Barn
* The Tablets, Dead Sexy Shelia, The Adventures of Silver Spaceman @ The Rock Shop
* Ask Me Another with Daniel Okrent (creator of Fantasy Baseball) @ The Bell House
* Big Mean Sound Machine, Thunder Body, Fire Paint & The Love Divine, Revi Roza, DJ Jack Tripper @ Brooklyn Bowl

Wanna check out some up-and-coming bands for free? Pianos has Drowners, Tweens, Total Slacker, and LODRO tonight on the early side (starting at 7 PM) at no cost to you, the live music lover.

Icelandic psych band Dead Skeletons are in town this week, playing with Night Beats tonight at Glasslands (tickets) and tomorrow (5/9) at Mercury Lounge with Heliotropes and Mone (tickets). Check out their dark and groovy single "Kundalini Eyes" below.

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The recently-reformed Last Splash lineup of The Breeders were on The Late SHow with Jimmy Fallon last night, playing their hit "Cannonball" which you can watch, along with a web-only performance of their country-ish "Drivin' on Nine," below.

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Sharon Jones

The soulful sounds of the great Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings return with Give The People What They Want, the new album which will see the light of day August 6 via Daptone Records. The announcement comes with an appropriately funky new single in "Retreat!" -- streaming below. The cover art, which you can see above, includes a photo taken by BV photographer Kyle Dean Reinford.

SJ's dates this summer are rather limited thus far, but you can catch the singer next weekend in Brooklyn at the sold-out The Great GoogaMooga on May 19. All tour dates are listed below.

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Jeffrey Lewis

The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.

You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.

Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.

After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...

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photos by James Richards IV, words by Milos Markicevic

Purity Ring at Metro on 5.03.2013
Purity Ring

Purity Ring played two sold-out shows at Metro this past Friday (5/3) with fellow Canadians Blue Hawaii. Blue Hawaii's Raphaelle Standell-Preston introduced herself and told the crowd to excuse her if she didn't dance due to a back injury. She instead politely requested that the crowd dance on her behalf, which they did. Folks raised their hands in the air, as if at a rave, while Blue Hawaii effortlessly layered and looped vocals alongside airy beats. Feeding off the crowd's energy, Preston even danced a little despite her injury.

Purity Ring took the stage after a brief intermission and began their set with the wobbly "Amenamy," which made the packed venue go wild. Their pulsating cocoon lights didn't hurt either. Corin Roddick's interactive setup was also on full display, as he tapped his light-up triggers to build the beat. Meanwhile, Megan James floated around the stage looking like a ghost in her white dress. She later grabbed an industrial looking torch that illuminated her and nearby audience members, and occasionally perched herself on top of a speaker, crooning into her mic. The band performed all of Shrines, as well as a cover of Soulja Boy's "Grammy" before telling the audience, "See you in a few hours!"

A set of pictures from their 5/3 early show at Metro are in this post. More below...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Doom at Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Let's face it, reunions rarely measure up to what we hope they'll be. In that rare column of bands that still have it is UK crust greats Doom, who blessed both Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas in 2011.

The live dates were positively incendiary, and hopefully the band will be able to channel that force into a recording now that they have announced the new album Corrupt Fucking System, due on Black Cloud Records this summer. The LP features "Stripped, Whipped & Crucified," a track that makes its first appearance on the Moshpit Tragedy retrospective 25 Years of Crust. Currently up for pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp, you can stream it in full at Invisible Oranges or below.

Fingers crossed for more live appearances.

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by Bill Pearis


In addition to the four-day extravaganza happening May 30 - June 2, the good folks at NYC Popfest are also putting on a Northside Fest showcase at Spike Hill on June 15. The night is headlined by someone I am personally super-excited about: The Jazz Butcher. Pat Fish has put out records under variations of the name since the mid-'80s, making droll, often heartfelt VU-inspired guitar pop with a rotating cast of friends, including Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J and Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, and many his records came out on legendary UK indie label, Creation.

The bandmate that most JBC fans care about is guitarist Max Eider who really put the Jazz in the Jazz Butcher. Max Will be accompanying Pat for this NYC visit and they'll play as a duo. Pat and Max released a new Jazz Butcher album, The Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, last year and you can stream the whole thing below, along with some classic JBC material. To say that I am a Jazz Butcher superfan is to put it midly. Pretty sure they haven't played NYC since 2000 (anybody at that Mercury Lounge show?) so this exciting news. If you can't make the Northside show, Pat and Max will play Cake Shop on Monday, June 17 as well. Some people (me) will go to both. These are their only North American shows.

Backtracking a bit, the rest of NYC Popfest's Northside lineup is pretty cool too. Texas Bob Juarez and Mike Stone who are both in the current line-up of Television Personalities. Also on the bill, the hyperactive pop of Atlanta, GA's Gold-Bears and their neighbors Small Reactions. That is a good show! Advance tickets are not on sale as of yet. Limited Northside Fest badges will be accepted too.

The Bats
the bats

There is more Popfest news. As mentioned briefly in the Speedy Ortiz post, Popfest's Saturday night (6/1) show was originally supposed to take place across both stage of Public Assembly. As half the venue will be closed for renovations, that show has been mostly moved to The Bell House where New Zealand's great The Bats will headline the evening that also includes sets from UK groups Tigercats, Flowers, The Hobbes Fanclub and The Proctors as well as Sweden's Azure Blue. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ringo Deathstarr, however, will still be playing at Public Assembly that Saturday night for a technically-still-official Popfest show that now also has Speedy Ortiz, Sua, and Advaeta on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now and Popfest passes (also still available) will be accepted.


And since our last Popfest post, they've added a film screening as well. On Friday, May 31 at Videology in Williamsburg, they'll show K Records documentary The Shield Around the K. The screening's at 5PM and is free and open to the public. Director Heather Rose Dominic will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

And in related news, this seems like a good place to mention that Cherry Red Records is putting out Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980 - 1989 in July. The five-disc box set is a pretty comprehensive look at the scratchy, twee, shambolic, sweater-inclined genre. A few of the tracks are seeing their first official release. It includes tracks from 2013 Popfest bands The Monochrome Set, Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, and The Jazz Butcher. You can check out entire tracklist below.

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