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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Samantha Marble

As previously mentioned, Brooklyn's 1-800-BAND are releasing a new EP, Diver Blue, next week (4/8) via Almost Ready Records (pre-order). The band are devotees late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick), and the band's bio -- which is re-written overtop a vintage press release -- declares "Let's Have a Good Time" at the very top. 1-800-Band aren't looking to reinvent the wheel, they're out to have fun playing hook-and-riff-filled pop. A full stream of the EP makes its premiere in this post, and you can listen below.

1-800-BAND also have some previously announced shows coming up, including two in their hometown. The first of those is a record release show on Saturday (4/5) at Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn). They'll have the EP on sale ahead of its release date at that show, and that one's a FREE SHOW with FREE BEER.

They also play night 1 of Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, co-presented by Trouser Press, on May 9 at The Bell House with '70s-era power pop vets Dwight Twilley and Pezband. Night 2 of the fest includes Shoes, Paul Collins and more, and you can still get tickets to either day or a 2-day pass.

All 1-800-BAND dates are listed, with the EP stream and a video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Trouser Press' first and last issues

Named after a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song, The Trouser Press was a fanzine created by Ira Robbins and Dave Schulps in 1974 that began it's life as a "sort of British rock collectors magazine" that, as the decade progressed, became one of the sources for punk, power pop, and new wave. The magazine stopped publication in 1984 but it spawned the very influential Trouser Press Record Guide that was considered by many (this writer included) to be the indie/alt bible of the pre-internet era (it's all archived online and it's still a great resource).

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of it's first publication, Trouser Press will be throwing a party at NYC's Bowery Electric on March 23 with "bands, booze, tunes, stories, and souvenirs." Ira Robbins says it will be a "private party that's open to the public," as much a reunion and celebration of a big anniversary...that also happens to have some bands relevant to what Trouser Press was all about.

To that, performing at Bowery Electric that night will be infamous early-'80s NYC punks Sic F*cks, original Max's/CBGBs era band The Planets (fronted by Binky Philips), and tribute act Pin Ups who used to just perform the Bowie album of their name in full, but have expanded their repertoire to include more '60s-era British invasion rock songs. Robbins says there will be presentations, speakers and other things to go along with the music. No advance tickets, with other details still TBA.

Meanwhile, Trouser Press will also be co-presenting the two-night Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, which happens May 9 & 10 at The Bell House. The 5/9 show is headlined by Dwight Twilley, best-known for his 1975 hit "I'm on Fire" and who went on to make some great, underheard albums in the late '70s/early-'80s. That show also features Pezband who were from Chicago and made terrific Beatle-esqe pop (not unlike Cheap Trick) in the late '70s, plus local up-and-comers 1-800-Band who we recently wrote about.

The 5/10 show is headlined by legendary Chicago quartet Shoes who carried on the Raspberries tradition of pop perfection in three minutes or less in an era when it was definitely out of fashion. Also playing is Paul Collins, who at this point is almost synonymous with powerpop, having fronted The Nerves and the American band The Beat. (He toured with Flamin' Groovies last year.) The night kicks off with Brooklyn's Games who put out their very good debut album on HoZac back in 2012.

Tickets to the Brooklyn Power Pop Fest in both single night options or as a two-night pass, are on sale now.

Trouser Press published 95 issues in its 10-year existence and Robbins is interested in releasing a digital archive of some sort, "though in a way that doesn't involve every waking minute of my life to make." Anybody want to help him out?

Videos/streams of bands playing the Trouser Press events, below...

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Brooklyn's 1-800-BAND will release a new EP, Diver Blue, on April 8 via Almost Ready Records (Liquor Store, Nobunny), and you can get a taste of that now from the title track, which makes its premiere in this post. The song's got some serious vibes of The Cars and other 1978/79 power pop/new wave bands, and if you're into that stuff you might dig 1-800-BAND too. You can check it out below.

1-800-BAND play locally a lot (maybe you've seen them?), and you'll get another chance to catch the band in their hometown this Sunday (2/23) at Death by Audio with Hector's Pets, Ar-Kaics and Chickenhawks. They're also playing at Record Grouch on April 5 (968 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn), and night 1 of the Brooklyn Power Pop Festival at The Bell House on May 9 with Dwight Twilley and Pezband (tickets). More on that in a sec.

They also have some other spring dates in other cities, all of which are listed below...

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California X at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Cali X

Priests at MHOW in October (more by Wei Shi)

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

California X, Perfect Pussy, Yvette, Flagland, Blessed State @ Shea Stadium
Every band on this five-band bill is worth seeing, and this much talent in the tiny Shea Stadium is sure to turn into a total mess (in the best way possible). There's Amherst sludge rockers California X, seriously intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, noisy art rockers Yvette, Brooklyn garage punks Yvette, and Northampton mid-'80s style hardcore punks Blessed State.

Priests, Noun (Marissa Paternoster), Heavy Bangs, Arm Candy @ Silent Barn
This show is the live music portion of Fvck the Media's public editorial meeting. Meeting starts at 7 and then by 8 we get Arm Candy, Heavy Bangs (the new band of Cynthia from Radiator Hospital), Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Noun, and passionate DC post-punks Priests.

Holograms, TV Ghost, Heaven's Gate @ 285 Kent
Sweden's Holograms offer up a bleak postpunk landscape on their new album, Forever, which should sound good in the industrial confines of 285 Kent.  TV Ghost's gothy sound -- and locals Heaven's Gate -- make more an all-around noisy/angsty evening.

San Fermin @ Ace Hotel
While they play Music Hall of Williamsburg next week, chamber pop outfit San Fermin play a free show today as part of Ace Hotel's "Five at Five" series.

The Soupcans, BBIGPIGG, Fins, Desert Sharks @ Cake Shop
Toronto's The Soupcans make speedy post-hardcore filled with all the anger, sarcasm, and weirdness you need. They're in NYC for two shows this weekend, both of which should get pretty intense. Connecticut noise rockers Fins are on tonight's bill and they're worth catching too.

Andrew Cedermark, Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Cameo Gallery
Ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark has been on his own for a few years, having last released his Home Life album this year.

Household, Aye Nako, Air Waves, Sapphire Mansions @ Death By Audio
This whole bill is good, though we'd especially recommend catching Aye Nako who do pop punk right, and Household who are celebrating the release of their new Elaine's EP. It's also a release show for Sapphire Mansions' new mini-LP as well, so be sure to visit the merch table.

TEEN, Forest Fire, Splashh, Valleys @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are curated by Kanine Records, who offer up a good bill tonight, with UK band Splashh (in a stripped down line-up), Montreal's ethereal Valleys, and local band TEEN. It's free and you can do some holiday shopping while you're there too.

Negative Approach, The Casualties, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Europa
Tonight Europa's got a double-header of classic punk from Negative Approach and The Casualties, and local openers Nuclear Santa Claust do justice to the sound those (and other) bands helped create.

The Range, Octo Octa, Obey City @ Glasslands
It's a solid night of IDM at Glasslands with upcoming Rhode Island producer The Range and Brooklyn deep house regular Octo Octa.

A$AP Ferg, Joey Fatts & A$hton Matthews, Overdoz, 100s @ Irving Plaza
Rocky wasn't the only A$AP member to put a great record this year. A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord was a solid statement of its own that made Ferg more than just "part of A$AP Rocky's crew" and "Shabba" is up there with the best rap singles of the year.

Mori @ Pop Montreal (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Born Cages, MORI, Double Life @ Glasslands
New Montreal band Mori make slinky, alluring dancepop on their debut EP. We liked them last month at Pop Montreal. Worth a look.

French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Rush Midnight @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
FHR and Savoire Adore are BFFs, collaborate together and are often tourmates, so don't be surprised if you can't tell where one band stops and the next starts tonight. Adding to the dancepop vibes are the Police-ish sounds of Rush Midnight.

Revenge, Abazagorath, Krieg, Woe @ Saint Vitus
Canadian war metal band Revenge descends upon NYC for a two-night stand at Saint Vitus this weekend. Local black metallists Woe kick things off, and they are not to miss.

Flosstradamus, Been Trill, DJ Spinz @ Terminal 5
Flosstradamus have been putting on great dance parties for years, and now they're bigger than ever before, taking on a sold out show at NYC's huge Terminal 5.

Low Fat Getting High, Huntronik, Hundos, Haybaby @ The Grand Victory
Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High make fast 'n' catchy punk songs, and with almost no time between songs, their shows feel even faster. It's a total blur and a great time.

Anna von Hausswolff, Noveller @ Union Hall
Master of the church organ, AvH will bring her cathedral vibes -- and otherworldly voice -- to Union Hall tonight.

Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, Frank Bango @ The Bell House
While both members of The dB's, Stamey and Holsapple tonight are playing their collaborative 1991 album, Mavericks (made while the dB's were broken up), in full.

Darlene Love @ BB King's
The "He's a Rebel" singer and '60s girl group icon delivers the hits tonight

Liquor Store, Hector's Pets, 1-800-Band, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
NJ garage rockers Liquor Store are about to head out on a tour of the US, but before they leave they play this local tour kickoff show tonight.

Math the Band, Stephen Brodsky, Chumped, Kerbivore @ The Gutter
This is a pretty diverse and all-around great happening at The Gutter tonight. Math the Band have played shows with Peelander-Z and Andrew WK which makes a lot of sense because they're also a "party-first-songs-second" kind of band. Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky is playing solo, Brooklyn's lyrical, scrappy pop punks Chumped are always worth catching, and Staten Island indie rockers Kerbivore are pretty solid too.

Painted Zeros, Turnip King, No One and the Somebodies, Hippy, Gingerlys @ Emet
This is a benefit for all-ages concert listings zine Showpaper, featuring a host of quality local bands.

The Saddest Landscape, My FIctions, Trophy Scars, Sleep Bellum Sonno @ Stevens Institute Of Technology
Tonight, Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology gets a killer post-hardcore show in their Jacobus Lounge with likeminded bands The Saddest Landscape and My Fictions who just released a collaborative split which hopefully means some collaborating tonight. Hometown art rockers Trophy Scars are on the bill too.

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

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by Andrew Sacher

Blues Control at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Blues Control

Psych rockers Blues Control released their newest album, Valley Tangents, via Drag City in 2012, and they're about to kick off a tour in support of it which begins with two NYC shows this month and continues across the US and Canada through March. The NYC shows happen on Friday (1/18) at Cozy Royale (434 Humboldt St) with Sightings and 1-800-BAND and January 26 at Shea Stadium with Home Blitz, Illegals, Trepanning, and DJ GDFX. Both shows are all ages, the Cozy Royale show is $8 at the door, and the Shea Stadium show is $10. After the tour ends, they'll play the Deerhunted-curated ATP in the UK (which just expanded its lineup).

The band recently recorded a live Drag City Limits session video for Valley Tangents single, "Iron PIgs," which was filmed on the other side of a doorway from the room they're in and is blurred even more by the dark room and spastic light show. It fits their sound well. You can watch that video and check out a list of all dates below.

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Power Popalicious

Conceived and curated by power pop legend Paul Collins (co-founder of THE NERVES, THE BREAKAWAYS and THE BEAT), the fest will bring together some of the finest young guitar-driven power pop, garage rock and punk-pop bands from the eastern seaboard and Canada. Of the lineup, Collins says, "Power Pop-A-Licious 2 is a unifying rally cry for the thriving rock-n-roll subculture, and is a means for power pop fans of all ages to discover a wealth of talented new acts in one power-packed weekend."

Power-pop-A-Licious 2 is ground zero for a burgeoning DIY power pop scene fueled by the devotion of its fans, the immediacy of the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Each day will feature bands from the East Coast that are left right and center of the new generation of the guitar driven melodic rock scene. Collins adds: "Today's power pop bands blend punk, garage, retro-power pop, and psychedelic into one swirling sound. Personally I am not a purest about power pop, I am more interested in promoting bands that have cool songs and use electric guitars to get their point across."

Power Pop-A-Licious 2 was originally scheduled to take place at Asbury Lanes back in November but got postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. It's now happening at Cake Shop here in NYC on February 1 and 2 and, in addition to a set from Paul Collins & the Beat, includes Montreal's Kid Sentiment, Portsmouth, ON's The Connection and Kurt Baker, Toronto's Pow Wows (not to be confused with Brooklyn's pow wow!), Brooklyn's Party Lights and more. Full schedule is below and advance tickets are on sale now.

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