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Monika CMJ

Greek artist Monika releases her new album, Secret in the Dark, next Friday (10/2). As mentioned, it was produced by Homer Steinweiss of The Dap-Kings & Menahan Street Band, features a lot of the Daptone players. It's a great sounding record, as you might expect from that talent pool, though don't expect classic soul. The album runs the sonic gammut from '70s style disco to modern pop with some really nice production touches. For example, "Babyboy" is a funky, midtempo groover leavened by a great string arrangement. You can stream that below.

Monika is playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on October 8 (tickets) and will be sticking around the next week for CMJ with three shows:

10/15 @ The Living Room (details TBA)
10/16 @ Berlin - (8:10 PM, more details TBA)
10/17 @ Cameo Gallery - CMJ (10:40 PM) with Beverly, Lena Fayre. Prettiots, Von Sell, T0W3RS, DJ Alex Winston (tickets)
All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the Cameo show and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Monika shares "Babyboy" from new album, playing CMJ shows, including one with Beverly (dates)"


Tickets for the Yes and Toto NYC-area shows go on fan/VIP package presale today at 10 AM. (password = TOTOXIV.) AmEx presale starts at 2 PM.

Tickets for Twisted Sister's tribute to their late drummer, AJ Pero, at Starland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Morrissey/Blondie show at MSG go on AmEx/MSG/Chase presale today at noon.

Tickets for the FREE Cloud Nothings show with Amanda X at MHOW go on "sale" today at noon.

Tickets for the Poison the Well (reunion) and Code Orange show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Helio Sequence show at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tanlines show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their Bowery Ballroom show is sold out.

Tickets for the Shilpa Ray show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Protomartyr / Gotobeds show at The Wick are still available.

Tickets for the Basement show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the MS MR show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mini Mansions (mem QOTSA) show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bob Mould and Jason Narducy shows at City Winery are on VinoFile presale now.

Tickets for the Laura Jane Grace show at City Winery are on sale now.

Tickets for the Girlschool show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets for the World Party shows at City Winery are on sale now. Tickets for their Long Island show are on sale too.

Tickets for the Bongzilla show at Acheron are on sale now.

Tickets for the Sonny & the Sunsets show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Death Vessel, Blood Warrior, Air Waves and frog are playing Palisades on May 13. Tickets are on sale now.

Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle is playing BB King's on September 8. Tickets are on sale.

Buster Poindexter is playing City Winery on June 25, July 24 and August 28. Tickets are on sale.

Alex Winston is playing Mercury Lounge on July 7. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (4/10) at noon.

$3 RSVP is open for the BV-presented Menzingers and Big Eyes shows in NJ with Cheerbleeders and NYC with Crazy & the Brains.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The snowy weather may cause some cancelations, so be sure to check with the venue before heading out tonight. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

TIbet House US benefit w/ Philip Glass, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Patti Smith, Sturgill Simpson, Dev Hynes, Ira Glass, Debbie Harry @ Carnegie Hall
A cavalcade of amazing talent comes out in force to support Tibet House US. Tickets are still available. Where else will you see Philip Glass, Ira Glass, Sturgill Simpson and The Flaming Lips all on one bill?

Will Butler, TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom
His brother Win gets most of the spotlight, but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler is a talented singer and songwriter too, as can be heard on his first solo album which is out next week on Merge. Tonight's the record release show. Sold out.

Rob Delaney, Jeffrey Joseph, Erik Bergstrom, Tom McCaffrey, Kenny Zimlinghaus, John Early, Sabrina Jalees @ Splitty
It's Splitty's weekly Myrtle Comedy tonight, and the great Rob Delaney will be stopping by, along with other funny folk. Five bucks.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their second show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho.

Punch Brothers, Gaby Moreno @ Beacon Theatre
Chris Thile is one of the more prolific guys in modern bluegrass. He reunited Nickel Creek last year, and now he's already got a new Punch Brothers album and is on tour with them too.

Hundred Waters, Mitski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Both Hundred Waters and Mitski mix folk and art pop, with the former going in a more fleshed-out and sometimes-electronic direction and the latter in a more lo-fi indie direction. Great double bill.

Regal Degal @ Elvis Guesthouse
It may not be a first, but it's a first for us: this is a "record announce" party for Regal Degal's new album, Not Now, which will be out in May via Terrible. Hey, any excuse for a party.

EULA, No Bra, GULL, Martin Bisi @ Palisades
It's the release party for local noise rockers EULA, and Martin Bisi (who produced the album) also plays a set with former members of past bands he's produced, Sonic Youth and Swans. No Bra's post-punk performance art is worth catching too.

Fox Millions Duo (Kid Millions + Greg Fox), Steve Gunn & Mary Lattimore, Laura Ortman, Matthew Regula @ Silent Barn
UPDATE: Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore are unable to join tonight due to weather conditions. The show will go on with Greg Fox / Kid Millions Duo, Matthew Regula, Laura Ortman, with a "snowy modular synthesizer workshop" and reduced admission: $8

Curren$y @ B.B. King Blues Club
New Orleans rapper Curren$y remains crazy prolific (he last released a mixtape in the fall and has an album planned for this year) and he's pretty active on the road too. Catch him in NYC tonight.

UPDATE: Curren$y moved to 3/29 due to snow.

Nude Beach, Bodega Bay, Dances @ Bowery Electric
Nude Beach make late- 70s-inspired power pop and do a ton of justice to the sound. This is one of two upcoming hometown shows for the NYC band at the moment, and it's free with RSVP.

Bloodshot Bill @ Union Pool
Tandoori Knights member, King Khan & BBQ/Mark Sultan collaborator, and solo artist in his own right, Bloodshot Bill has a voice that can go from a guttural growl to disarming falsetto, sometime within a single phrase. His take on blues and rock n' roll is best experienced live.

Haybaby, Whitewash, Chimes, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Haybaby make a promising mix of punk, post-punk and indie pop, and they recently signed to Tiny Engines for their upcoming debut LP.

DRKWAV (ft. John Medeski, Skerik, and Adam Deitch) @ Brooklyn Bowl
This trio of prolific jam banders -- John Medeski, Skerik (Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Mad Season) and Adam Deitch (Lettuce, 50 Cent) -- teamed up as DRKWAV to make jazz fusion which resulted in their debut album, The Purge, released last week.

Alex Winston, Royal Tongues @ The Westway
Alex Winston's new singles have seen her going in a more conventionally pop direction than her 2012 debut album, and if you want to see how those translate live, you have a chance tonight.

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), A/JUS/TED, Le Youth @ Output
DFA mainstays Holy Ghost! spin like they play live -- heavy on '80s-era synths in a electro/postpunk/new wave.

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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photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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Tickets for the two BrooklynVegan-presented This Will Destroy You shows at Saint Vitus (Thursday and Friday) are on sale now.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Runaway Brother and Slingshot Dakota plus more TBA show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the recently added U2 shows at MSG go on sale today at 10AM. UPDATE: They go on sale Monday, but they're on presale now (and the first four nights are still on sale).

Tickets for the Will Butler show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Carl Barât & The Jackals show at the Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Sleater-Kinney shows go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the La Dispute,Title Fight and The Hotelier show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Joyce Manor and Mitski shows in Asbury Park and Amityville go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock and Chumped show at Warsaw go on sale today at 9:50AM.

Alex Winston is playing The Westway on January 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Left Banke (whose only original member is drummer George Cameron) are playing Joe's Pub on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Perfume Genius, Dan Deacon, Savages, Gaslight Anthem, Jessie Ware, Clark, Twerps, Honeyblood and more NYC shows go on sale today too.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.



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

Silent Killer, Blood of Heroes, SHVLFCE, Invertia, Katmai at Saint Vitus
This showcase presented by OHM Resistance will feature continuous music from the second doors open until the show ends, and will feature the first-ever live performance from The Blood of Heroes with features Bill Laswell and Dr. Isreal. There's also industrial black metal group Inverta, drum-n-bass noise from SHVLFCE, and lots more.

Bushwick Open Studios
This weekend is the annual Bushwick Open Studios, which is a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way.

The Zebras, Don't Cry Shopgirl, Gingerlys, The Arctic Flow @ Spike Hill (NYC Popfest)
Part of NYC Popfest, this day show features Australian band The Zebras, Swedish twee combo Dont' Cry Shopgirl, plus Americans the Arctic Flow and Gingerlys. FREE.

Rocketship, Spearmint, The Garlands, Stars In Coma, The Band A Part @ Cameo Gallery (NYC Popfest)
The evening Popfest show should be a good one, with legendary California indiepop band Rocketship, and the first NYC show for UK band Spearmint. Plus two more Swedish bands (Garlands, Stars in Coma) and Spanish duo Band A Part.

A Place to Bury Strangers, The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Heaven, Bloody Knives, The Teen Age, Lost Children, Autodrone, Gunfight @ Silent Barn
Part of Bushwick Open Studios weekend, this is a tribute to Dead Leaf Echo/Vandelles guitarist Christo Buffam who died earlier this year. The show is technically free but donations are highly encouraged with proceeds going to Buffam's family and to the touring musicians playing this show.

WFMU Record Fair @ 69th Regiment Armory
The annual vinylpalooza also features live broadcasts from WFMU shows, with live performances today from Dan Melchior and The Flatmates. Get in cheap with out coupon!

Dan Melchior, Liquor Store, Highlife, Pigeons @ Secret Project Robot
Melchior is a prolific dude, having released found-sound-collage LP, Slow Down Tiger, back in April and put out about five records in 2013 alone. If you dig the scuzzy side of things, Melchior's extensive back catalog is well worth digging through. Castle Face is releasing a new compilation of his work in June.

Red Bull Music Academy Closing Night @ Abrons Art Center
RBMA 2014 comes to a close with three stages and 15 artists including Elektro Guzzi (Austria), Lucrecia Dalt (Spain), Yosi Horikawa (Japan), Mike Slott (New York), Robot Koch (Germany), Nightwave (UK), Anenon (Los Angeles), Nire (New York), Nguzunguzu (Los Angeles), Nick Hook (New York), Studio Barnhus (Sweden), Octo Octa (New York), Pursuit Grooves (New York), Sis (New York) featuring Eliza Coolidge of Knox.

Alex Winston, Neighbors, LOLO @ LPR
Alex Winston's debut album, King Con, was just the right mix of accessible pop and indie-minded quirk. She's been working on new stuff lately, and maybe we'll get to hear some of that tonight.

Spoonboy, Emilyn Brodsky, Color Me Wednesday, The Goodbye Party, Bellows @ Death by Audio
Spoonboy makes a mix of power pop, alt-folk and punk which is highly addictive. His tourmates Colour Me Wednesday (from the UK) are more on the indie rock side of things, and also worth catching.

Failure @ Stone Pony
'90s spacey alt rockers Failure are back this year after breaking up in 1997 with new music and a tour. The single we recently heard, "Come Crashing" has the band in pretty fine form, so hopefully these shows will be the same. This is their second NYC-area date of the tour, and they'll be back in NYC proper on Tuesday at MHOW.

A-Trak, Cam'ron, Salva @ Terminal 5
From the two songs we've heard from A-Trak and Cam'ron's upcoming EP, it's seeming like it's gonna be filled with bangers, and some of the most exciting stuff we've heard from either of them in a while. Tonight's a good chance to hear them (and other stuff) live. LA producer Salva opens and is not to be missed.

The Strokes, Cerebral Ballzy @ Capitol Theatre
The Strokes may not be the band they used to be, but at this point their first two records are classics of the early 2000s NYC scene and especially at an intimate (for them) location like this, it should still be a treat to hear that stuff live. Not to mention, this is their first chance to catch them in the NYC-area since 2011.

Death in June @ The Bell House
Uber-influential and controversial neofolk band, fronted by Douglas P, return to NYC.

Phil Lesh @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
We're sure The Grateful Dead are still loathed by many indie rockers out there, but not all. If you're at all interested, Phil & Friends put on great shows and the setlists are loaded with fan favorites.

What Moon Things, The Gradients, Wet Petals, Living Room, Big Neck Police @ Suburbia
What Moon Things offer a good take on gloomy post-punk with big, emotive vocals. They're from New Paltz and have tons of NY-area shows coming up (mostly in college towns), but tonight's the only one in NYC.

Yellow Ostrich, Fort Lean, Cruiser, Sun Club @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is a lineup is headlined by ambitious Brooklynites Yellow Ostrich whose new album is out now on Barsuk.

Yann Tiersen @ Highline Ballroom
Best known for his score to Amelie, French musician/composer Yann Tiersen will just released his new album, ∞ (Infinity), via Mute, which falls somewhere between modern composer and outright pop.

The Agents, DMZL @ Trans-Pecos
Part of Bushwick Open Studios,  this show features a performance by The Agents who have been playing together since the late '70s early '80s and feature downtown art scene regular Howie Seligman.

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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Tickets for the Sam Smith show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Bombay Bicycle Club show at Terminal 5 with Milo Greene go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Black Lips and The King Khan & BBQ Show shows at MHOW and Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon and 10 AM respectively.

Tickets for the 7 Seconds, Iron Chic and The Copyrights show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yelle show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour hits Gramercy Theatre on Halloween and Music Hall of Williamburg on November 6. Tickets for those shows go on sale at 10 AM and noon, respectively.

AJ Davila is playing a Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase at Gramercy Theatre on July 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Crookes are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Lucero and J. Roddy Walston & The Business are playing The Capitol Theater on July 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Crocodiles and Sisu show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day In Glasgow show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mr. Twin Sister shows at Baby's All Right are on sale now. Tickets for their show supporting The Antlers at Webster Hall are still available too.

Tickets for the Gruff Rhys show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Reigning Sound show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Brody Dalle show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Her show opening for QOTSA at Capitol Theatre is sold out.

Tickets to see Gene Ween's band FREEMAN at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Merc and Baby's shows are still available.

Tickets for the Amon Amarth show at Best Buy Theater with Sabaton and death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Extinction of Mankind) go on sale today at noon.

Amon Amarth and Sabaton's other tour dates are with Skeletonwitch. They're not on the Best Buy Theater show, but tickets to see them that same night at Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the I Am The Avalanche and Somos show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon. Tickets for Somos' show with Mat from Citizen at The Studio at Webster Hall are still available.

Tickets for the Weatherbox and Dikembe show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets for the Schoolboy Q show at Central Park Summerstage with Isaiah Rashad, Domo Genesis, A$AP members and more are on sale now.

Tickets for the No Age/Pissed Jeans side project Rat Fist show at Cake Shop are on sale now. No advance tix for their Death by Audio show.

Tickets for the Infest show at Acheron with Magrudergrind and others are on sale now. Tickets for their Wick show with Paint It Black and others are still available.

Syd Tha Kyd is playing Baby's All Right on June 6 with White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Fink is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Alex Winston is playing Le Poisson Rouge on May 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Incan Abraham show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside shows (including one with White Rabbits) are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Cat Overalls

Tickets for the Black Sabbath show at Barclays Center are on Facebook presale (password: "SABBATH") now. Live Nation/Mobile App presales start Thursday (11/21) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday (11/22) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Broken Bells and Au Revoir Simone at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Cut Copy at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Four Tet at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Haim at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Ellie Goulding is playing The Theater at MSG on March 12. Tickets to that show go on fan presale (password: "HALCYON"), and AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/22) at noon.

Thievery Corporation are playing Capitol Theatre on December 20 and Webster Hall on December 21. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/22) at noon. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).

Tickets to see The Rural Alberta Advantage at their newly-added early show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their late show at Merc is sold out, but tickets for their Glasslands show are still available.

Tickets to the Jonathan Wilson shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to David Byrne's Here Lies Love show at Terminal 5 to benefit the people of the Philippines are still available.

Tickets for the Lauryn Hill shows at Bowery Ballroom are still available.

Cyndi Lauper is playing Highline Ballroom on December 9. Tickets to that show are on sale now to Citi cardmembers.

Houndmouth are playing Bowery Ballroom on March 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 15. Tickets to those shows go on sale today at noon.

Ane Brun is playing Highline Ballroom on February 12. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Mayer Hawthorne is playing Webster Hall on February 27 and Warsaw on February 28. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/22) at noon. Tickets for the Warsaw show go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).

Alex Winston is playing Le Poisson Rouge on February 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Glasvegas at Mercury Lounge go on sale AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for their Rough Trade show.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

The Orb @ Coachella 2009 (more by Carl Johnson)
Jessie Ware in Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Jessie Ware

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

Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko @ Warsaw
Jessie Ware has the voice of a pop star and the forward-thinking production of musicians like SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Joker, all of whom she's worked with. She's an excellent performer too, and tonight's show -- her first of two in NYC this week -- should be a memorable one.

The Orb @ Webster Hall
Dub chillout pioneers The Orb have been providing the soundtrack to some people's comedown for 25 years now, and have finally made it back to NYC after cancelling the last few times they've tried to make it. Tickets are still available

Mad Professor @ The Bell House
Meawhile, The Orb's old pal, frequent collaborator, and dub maestro, Mad Professor, plays his own show at The Bell House as part of his "roots of dubstep" tour.

Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Trey Songz, Fabolous, Meek Mill, K. Michelle, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q @ Barclays Center
There's a bunch of rappers on board for this year's Power 105.1 Powerhouse, including the great Kendrick Lamar and his fellow Black Hippy member Schoolboy Q. We're most excited for those two, but with their recent hits, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Meek Mill should be pretty fun to see too.

Big Freedia @ Brooklyn Bowl
Bounce queen Big Freedia, who you may know as the world record holder for most people twerking simultaneously, the star of her new FUSE reality series, or the person behind some of the most fun live shows around, comes to NYC for a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl this week. She's promising special guests too. This is night 2.

Black Dice, Ratking, DJ PIzza Party @ 285 Kent Avenue
You're probably not gonna find a more genre-diverse bill tonight than this one with noisemakers Black Dice and indie rappers Ratking.

Alex Winston, Joywave, Deidre & The Dark @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alex Winston's quirky take on pop is always a fun time live, and this bill is doubly good because Savoir Adore side project Deidre & the Dark are worth catching too.

Tamar Kali, Watermelon, Au Revoir Simone @ Brooklyn Museum
This is part of Brooklyn Museum's monthly "First Saturdays" series with free admission and musical performances. Au Revoir Simone are on at 5 PM.

Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, Heavenly Beat @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (FREE)
For the second night at Brooklyn Night Bazaar's new Greenpoint location, with a great line-up of acts, including Frankie Rose, dreampop band Mahogany and more. Free.

Guantanamo Baywatch @ Cake Shop
Portland garage surf combo Guantanamo Baywatch play their first of three NYC-area shows tonight.

Pampers @ DbA back in June (more by Devan Council)

Pampers, Degreaser, Foster Care, Call Of The Wild @ Death By Audio
Having just unleashed their terrific debut album, "thug pop" group Pampers play their record release show tonight with fellow bruisers Foster Care, Degreaser and Call of the Wild.

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Mount Moriah @ Mercury Lounge
Portland's rockabilly-leaning Sallie Ford teams up tonight with recent Merge signees Mount Moriah.

Spirit Family Reunion, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Deslondes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spirit Family Reunion revive old timey folk, country, and bluegrass, and they do it genuinely without being too retro.

Justice (DJ Set), Busy P, Breakbot @ Hammerstein Ballroom
French electro-house duo Justice haven't played NYC in just over a year, and tonight they finally return for the Hammerstein Ballroom stop on the Ed Banger 10th anniversary tour. It's just a DJ set, but they'll still probably have fun in store for us. Don't miss live performances from soft-rock loving Breakbot and Ed Banger prez Busy P.

Orange Goblin, Holy Grail, LazerWulf, Polygamyst @ Saint Vitus Bar
British stoners Orange Goblin head up a bill with healthy doses of power metal and tech death in the forms of Holy Grail and Lazer/Wulf, respectively, while Saint Vitus's own Polygamyst adds some local flavor.

They Might Be Giants, Miniature Tigers @ Terminal 5
Quirky nerd rock never goes out of style (right?), or at least it seems that way because TMBG is still kicking over three decades after forming, and still doing big rooms like Terminal 5. Plus, this year's Nanobots (their 16th album) wasn't half bad.

Steve Earle & The Dukes @ Town Hall
A hard man to pin down, Steve Earle went from straight country, to folk troubador and beyond, his honest songwriting tying it all together.

Bloodkrow Butcher, Omegas, S.H.I.T., Ruleta Rusa, La Misma @ Acheron
This bill brings together hardcore bands from all over the continent, including Boston's Bloodkrow Butcher, Montreal's Omegas, Toronto's S.H.I.T., San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa, and NYC's own La Misma.

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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Obits @ The Bell House, 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)

Cosmic Psychos

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

Obits, Prince Rupert's Drops, All Nines @ The Bell House
Obits third album, Bed & Bugs, just dropped on Sub Pop and it's their most varied album to date, but still a rager -- and maybe the best thing they've done yet. As they've done with their previous two LPs, they play a release show at The Bell House tonight.

Cosmic Psychos, M.O.T.O, Degreaser @ Cake Shop
Australian farmers/proto-grunge band Cosmic Psychos are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and are touring North America for the first time in a very, very long while. Tonight's the second of two shows at Cake Shop

'Blokes You Can Trust' screening @ Videology
While in town for the Cake Shop shows, Cosmic Psychos are also screening their very entertaining documentary Blokes You Can Trust tonight at Videology. Early screening, 6 PM.

The Beets, The Wrong Words, Lame Drivers, and Piano Movers @ Shea Stadium
San Francisco trio The Wrong Words make late-'70s style power pop, a sweet and crunchy part of your complete breakfast. Pour yourself a bowl tonight and pick up a copy of their just-released second album, Everything is Free (which you can stream at Spotify).

Beach Day, Mozes and the Firstborn @ Cameo Gallery
Florida's Beach Day do a pretty good job of bringing '60s girl group vibes into our current day, as you can hear on their Kanine Records debut, Trip Trap Attack.

Ejeca, JDH & Dave P @ Cameo Gallery
The breakout of the nu-house scene is becoming unstoppable, and tonight, another of its worthy purveyors, Belfast's Ejeca, comes to NYC for a FIXED party at Cameo. Stream a track of his below.

Odonis Odonis, Eraas, HSY @ Death By Audio
If you like your rock dark and heavy, Death by Audio is the place to be tonight. The bill's got two Toronto bands -- garage-psych band Odonis Odonis and sludge punks HSY -- and it's rounded out by local Brooklyn goths Eraas.

Alex Winston, Echo Friendly @ Glasslands
NYC singer Alex Winston has been pretty quiet since the shows she was playing surrounding the release of quirky pop 2012 record, King Con, but she's now got a new song under her belt (stream below) and her first local show in a while.

Parquet Courts, Guards, Fletcher C. Johnson @ Havemeyer Park
Parquet Courts -- here billed as Parkay Quarts -- are filling in DIIV at this free show at temporary community space Havemeyer Park. It's a free show but RSVP is closed.

Savoir Adore, The Suzan, Ski Lodge @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's widescreen pop purveyors Savoir Adore play their biggest hometown show yet tonight. For it, they've enlisted friends in St. Lucia and Jukebox the Ghost to help with extra percussion.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
It's the second of two nights for My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band at McKittrick Hotel (where they also did a residency in July).

Move D, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands
Brooklyn dance party Discovery is celebrating its four-year anniversary tonight, and coming to NYC to headline the party is German ambient house producer Move D. Stream a track of his below.

Ian Hunter @ City Winery
He's not a young dude anymore but former Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter still wears shades onstage. His most recent album, When I'm President , got pretty good reviews.

Nellie McKay @ DROM
Witty, charming and multitalented, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay just wrapped up a run of her lauded off-Broadway show, Old Hats, and tonight plays two very intimate shows.

The Upper Crust, Los Dudes, The Rakehells, Wild Rompit @ Bowery Electric
Boston's The Upper Crust have been doing their schtick -- 18th Century aristocratic fops playing AC/DC style rawk -- for nearly 20 years, and yet the joke somehow hasn't really gotten old.

Brooktober Fest w/ J Roddy Walston & the Business and more (2 PM)
This day of free music happens on the East River in WIlliamsburg (5 N 11th St) with music from J Roddy Walston and The Business The Warden and FAME, EYE RA HAZE Justina Valentine, Katie Costello, Soul Junkies, and DJ Adam (of Lordz of Brooklyn). It goes from 2 - 10 PM and has food and booze too. More info on the flyer below.

Elements Music & Arts Festival @ South Red Hook Grain Elevator
Quentin Dupieux has been making music as Mr. Oizo since the late '90s (remember "Flat Beat"?) and now records for France's Ed Banger Records. He headlines tonight's all-day Elements Music & Arts Festival in South Hook. The rest of the lineup includes FunkyStepz, David Hohme, Lee Cabrera, Alex English, Sean Glass, Bekim, The Golden Pony, Rambo Springsteen, STRONGBROS, Tinseltown, PjOE, and more.

J-Sweet, Venus X, J-Cush, Durban @ 285 Kent
This Lit City Rave features the US debut of UK grime producer J-Sweet. He'll be joined by NYC regular Venus X and Lit City residents J-Cush and Durban. Stream a J-Sweet track, "Can't Stop My Grime," below.

Metallica @ Apollo Theater
It's invitation-only for SiriusXM subscribers so if you're going, you probably know already, but these thrash legends turned mega rock stars will play Harlem's iconic Apollo Theater tonight. If you're not one of the lucky ones with tickets, you can listen to it air live on SiriusXM's Mandatory Metallica channel.

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

Alex Winston at BV-SXSW in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Alex Winston

NYC singer Alex Winston has been keeping pretty quiet lately. It's been about a year since her last hometown headlining show, but that will change on September 21 at Glasslands when she plays the Brooklyn venue with The Echo Friendly and DJ sets from Connor Hanwick (The Drums) and Peggy Wang (Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Her 2012 debut, King Con, is just the right amount of pop and just the right amount of indie. The video for its opening track, "Fire Ant," is below.

Lia Ices at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lia Ices

Meanwhile, another NYC singer that it's been even longer since we've heard from is Lia Ices. She'll be at Glasslands (9/24) three days after Alex. No openers announced for that one yet. Tickets are on sale now. The video for her song, "Daphne," which features guest vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, is below.

That same week, as discussed, Nashville's Torres plays Glasslands (9/25) too. And since we last spoke, NYC singer (plus fellow Sharon Van Etten pal) Natureboy was added to that show. WET is on the bill too, and tickets are still available.

Natureboy's new album, The Sweep, came out last week (7/23). You can stream that in full, along with the Alex Winston and Lia Ices videos, below...

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Tonight (9/6), the stylish and the lovers of free booze and music will be out in force on the streets of Soho, the Meatpacking District and other parts of NYC for Fashion's Night Out.

We posted a giant list of FNO music happenings yesterday and turns out there's way more including: Yoko Ono reveals her new collection at Swarovski Crystallized; A$AP Rocky at Adidas Originals SoHo Store (see below); St. Vincent performing at at a speakeasy themed (and Boardwalk Empire-sponsored) party at Rag & Bone; Sonlange Knowles and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear at The Ace Hotel; Theophilus London will be at The Rose Bar; Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. performs at Bloomingdale's Soho; Wild Belle at Mulberry (update: this is a DJ set); Frankie Rose and Alex Winston at Theory and more.

Basic info on these additional FNO performances/parties is below. Our previous post is here. All events are free and open-to-the-public unless otherwise noted. You can check the FNO website for more info. Some flyers below too.

What else?

Continue reading "more Fashion's Night Out free shows happening today all over NYC (St. Vincent, Alex Winston & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Alex Winston at Santos in June (more by David Andrako)
Alex Winston

Alex Winston has been doing a good deal of touring behind her debut album, King Con, this year. She's kept pretty quiet since her last tour wrapped up earlier this summer, but has just squeezed in a NYC show which happens this week. It's part of the 'School Night!' monthly shows at The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery) and goes down at the Manhattan venue this Friday (8/24) with Angela McCluskey, Bandana Splits (Dawn Landes' band), and DJ sets by Mat Devine and Computer Magic. Admission is totally free with RSVP. Doors are at 9 PM and you must be 21+ to enter. The flier for the show is below.

If you haven't heard King Con, it's a really solid album that operates in a similar realm of indie/pop crossover to Feist and the more anthemic Arcade Fire songs, and also throws in a bit of sugary Passion Pit falsettos and Joanna Newsom quirk. I've caught her live a few times too, and the show doesn't disappoint -- Alex is a totally confident, fun, and charismatic performer. You can stream King Con in full over at SPIN, and watch a couple live videos below.

Continue reading "Alex Winston playing free show at Bowery Hotel w/ Angela McCluskey & the Bandana Splits"

photos by David Andrako words by Andrew Sacher

The Cribs at Santos Party House - 6/6/12
The Cribs

The Cribs' North American tour kicked off this week and brought them to NYC for a show at Santos Party House last night (6/6) with Devin and Alex Winston. Devin, who ditched the retro slicked-back hair in favor of a mop top, and is now down to a 3-piece band, kicked off the night with a set of choice cuts from his debut LP, Romancing, which is out now on Frenchkiss. He's definitely toned down the Iggy Pop/David Johansen crazed frontman stuff, instead delivering a tamer set from behind his guitar and mic stand. The band threw some fun cuts like "Too Soon" and "I Don't Think I" into their opening set which was solid, if not a bit calculated.

Up next was Alex Winston, who the crowd really packed in for. Backed by a fairly large band, Alex began her set with King Con album opener "Fire Ant" and immediately proved her live show's come a long way since I first saw her at CMJ 2010. She was just as charismatic back then, but now she's way more consistent and the band is louder and tighter. Alex took total control of the stage, covering all corners of it as she sang, and walking into the crowd at one point too. The highlight of her set (and album) was the Arcade Fire-ish stomp of "Locomotive," but other songs shined as well, like the one slow-burner she included ("Guts") and the super upbeat "Rum Rumspringa." Alex mentioned that she'll return to Santos Party House on July 13 for a show with Mr. Little Jeans and Lovelife. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

When The Cribs finally walked on stage, guitarist Ryan Jarman hunched over his intentionally low mic stand and banged out the chords and first lyric of "Come On, Be A No One" off their recently released In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, before being joined by his brothers on the song's crashing refrain. (Also a non Jarman second guitarist -- David Jones of Nine Black Alps.) Unlike some of The Cribs' fellow UK garage rock revivalists of the early-mid aughts, they never fully took off in America (the show was moved from Irving to the smaller Santos) but right about now, they're probably rocking harder than the lot of them. Ryan jumps around on stage, whether he's doing pogos or split kicks, and if he's singing, he's dragging that awkwardly positioned mic stand wherever he goes. The crowd returns the favor as well, jumping around a bit themselves during arms-raised singalongs and push pits -- which Ryan thanked them for: "Everytime we come to New York, we get a mosh pit! I don't know if that means we rule or you rule... either way, someone rules."

After the first song, the band went into a string of older cuts which the crowd responded to most positively. The new album is one of the band's best in years, though maybe it needs some time to settle in. And by the looks of the crowd last night, it definitely will. Every song, whether it was from their self titled debut, or 2009's Ignore the Ignorant, was met by a singing-along crowd who didn't miss a beat or a word. The enthusiasm was especially high for the cuts from their first album, which Ryan acknowledged. One group of guys in the crowd kept singing the intro guitar riff to "Another Number," until the band finally got to it in their set. Afterwards he expressed appreciation for those fans that support the old school stuff, and took requests from their first album which led to an impromptu performance of "The Watch Trick," which he cut off about halfway through, saying he didn't remember it. Instead, they went into another track from that album, "Direction."

Like they've done in the past, the band played "Be Safe" off 2007's Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever, which includes spoken word verses from Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, with video footage of Lee delivering his parts projected on the screen behind them. They followed this with two of Brazen Bull's most fun tracks, "Chi-Town" and "Glitters Like Gold," before "Men's Needs" and then "City of Bugs" which ended -- like most Cribs shows -- with Ryan scratching his guitar neck against his amp, Gary sliding a drum stick on his bass neck a la Sonic Youth, and Ross kicking over his drum kit.

More pictures and setlists from the show are below.

Continue reading "The Cribs played Santos w/ Alex Winston, Devin (pics, review)"

by Bill Pearis

The Cribs at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Guy Eppel)
The Cribs

The Cribs' North American tour starts this week and a bit of news that may be a good or bad thing depending on who you are: their NYC show this Wednesday (6/6) with Alex Winston and Devin has been moved from Irving Plaza to Santos Party House. Tickets are still available. If you haven't heard the band's new Steve Albini-"engineered" and Dave Fridmann-produced album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, it's probably their best since 2005's The New Fellas. You can stream it at the bottom of this post.

The Cribs just released a video for Brazen Bull track "Glitters Like Gold" and you can watch that below, along with a stream of the whole album and a list of all Cribs tour dates...

Continue reading "The Cribs start their US tour, NYC show moved to Santos; listen to their album + new video"


Tickets are still on sale for the official BV Northside showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/15) with Caveman, Frankie Rose, and two more TBA.

Tickets for the King Khan & the Shrines show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Sebadoh's Bowery Ballroom show go on sale today at noon.

Joining Jay-Z, Rush, and Leonard Cohen, Justin Bieber is the newest addition to the artists playing Brooklyn's new Barclays Center this year. Tickets for his 11/12 show at the venue go on sale June 2 at 10 AM. He also plays Izod Center and MSG (not like it matters) but how could we not mention the day that the streets of Brooklyn will be flooded with Beliebers?

Field Mouse, who were added as openers to I Break Horses' Mercury Lounge show on Wednesday (5/30) and UMO/Doldrums' Glasslands show in June, will play Mercury Lounge on July 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/25) at noon.

Pomegranates and Kitten play Mercury Lounge on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/25) at noon.

Tickets for the Gaslight Anthem's Webster Hall show go on sale Friday, June 1 at noon.

TIckets for the El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Despot show at Irving Plaza go on sale Friday (5/25) at 10 AM. Killer Mike also plays a free Brooklyn Bowl show TONIGHT (5/24) with DIIV, The High Highs, and Beat Culture.

The 2-day Dylan Fest begins at irving Plaza tonight (5/24) with Adam Green, Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Nicole Atkins, Christoher Chu of POP ETC, and more. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away three pairs for each night. Contest details below.

Speaking of Adam Green, he plays the free Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour at Housing Works on May 29 with Wyatt Cenac, Supercute, and more.

Psychic Ills were added to The Dandy Warhol's Irving Plaza show (6/5). Tickets for that show are still available.

Alex Winston and Devin (who was just added to 4Knots) were added to The Cribs' Irving Plaza show (6/6). Tickets for that show are still on sale.

The Azealia Banks show at Bowery Ballroom is also on sale at noon.

Dylan Fest contest details below...

Continue reading "Sebadoh, Frankie Rose, Caveman, Field Mouse, Gaslight Anthem, Dylan Fest, Justin Bieber & other tickets"

photos by Chris La Putt

Alex Winston @ Knitting Factory - 4/23/2012
Alex Winston

After an opening set by Diedre & the Dark, the Frenchkiss-signed 1,2,3 played, and then came a headlining set by Alex Winston at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/23). The Brooklyn show was in support of "King Con", Alex's album that is out now via V2/Cooperative Music. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. More of them below...

Continue reading "Alex Winston played Knitting Factory with 1,2,3 (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Alex Winston - Waiting Round To Die (Townes Van Zandt) (MP3)

Alex Winston @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Alex Winston

Alex Winston's debut album, King Con, has been out for a bit, but as of this week you can also get it on CD via V2/Cooperative Music (it's also streaming it at SPIN). Not available on the CD is Alex's take on Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting 'Round to Die." Download above, Stream below.

Alex has a few shows coming up, one in DC, one in PA, and one on April 24 at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. All dates are listed, along with two videos and the cover stream, below...

Continue reading "Alex Winston 'King Con' CD released, dates scheduled; here's a Townes Van Zandt cover (MP3 debut)"

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today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* moe @ Hiro Ballroom
* Liam Finn @ The Rock Shop
* Laura Gibson @ Other Music
* Cosmic BB's, Hoist @ Zebulon
* New Music Observatory @ The Stone
* Chairlift, Violens, Dive @ Bowery Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Presents: Meah Pace @ Union Pool
* Comedy Central Corporate Retreat @ UCB East
* Stew and the Negro Problem @ Joe's Pub
* Smoke Dza & Spaceghostpurrp @ Highline Ballroom
* right Light Bright Light, Nova Social @ Cake Shop
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* White Suns, The Dreebs, Platinum Vision, Rapstar @ Death By Audio
* Hot Tub w/ Rob Cantrell, Sara Schaefer, surprise guests & more @ Littlefield
* Dan Neustadt plays Wolf Parade's "Apologies to the Queen Mary" @ Knitting Factory
* Remembering Master Storyteller, Jean Shepherd: With Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Olbermann @ Paley Center
* Tony Scherr Trio w/ Anton Fier & Rob Jost, Highspace w/ Jim Campilongo, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch & Jeff Hill @ Living Room

Jerry Seinfeld is taking part in an event at the Paley Center and tickets are still on sale.

Like Arcade Fire before them, Joanna Newsom (taped in August) and Fleet Foxes (taped in October) apppeared on an episode of Austin City Limits which you can now watch in full online. Check out the video below...

Alex Winston released a video for the song "Choice Notes" off her upcoming debut album (King Con is due 3/6 via V2/Cooperative). Check it out below...

What else?

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photos by Chris La Putt

Alex Winston

""If I don't see y'all clapping, I'm going to go down there and make you clap!" Thus spoke Alex Winston singing "Medicine," her final song at Mercury Lounge. Despite the tune's infectious nature, there were, in fact, some people not clapping in the audience, and Miss Winston did not approve. Following up on her threat, she jumped into the crowd to sing, instantly upping the energy level even as her show was winding down. It's this type of "devil may care, just have a good time" attitude that personifies Winston's live show. Blazing through a short-but-sweet, 40-minute set, she jumped around, did a rock power slide, played a song almost entirely by herself and generally made sure that, if anything, people would remember her having fun on stage." [CMJ]
Alex Winston headlined the show at Mercury Lounge last night (4/5). Dirty Gold, Two Lights and Warm Ghost were also on the bill. A set of pictures, and a video from the show, below...

Continue reading "Alex Winston, Warm Ghost, Dirty Gold & Two Lights played Mercury Lounge (pics & a video)"

DOWNLOAD: Alex Winston - Sister Wife (Star Slinger remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Gold - California Sunrise (MP3)

Dirty Gold
Dirty Gold

Though they have a limited amount of songs streaming at their MySpace, and on their Bandcamp, there's no denying that the young (they're in high school) San Diego band Dirty Gold make instantly enjoyable tunes that make me want summer to get here faster. Five of those tunes will be the focus of an EP coming via Autumn Tone Records on April 12th, and one of them has a beach-scene-filled video that you can watch below. "California Sunrise" MP3 above.

You can also catch the trio live in NYC now. They played Cake Shop last night, continue with a 21+ show at Mercury Lounge tonight, April 5th (their published set time is 7pm which probably means 7:30), and then they finish their NYC vacation Wednesday at Union Hall. Their next show after that is back in California on April 16th at The Loft at UCSD in La Jolla (their EP release show).

Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is especially interesting, and a show we've mentioned in the past thanks to its headliner Alex Winston, who earlier today performed with no shoes (info on why HERE), and who has no other upcoming dates but this one at the moment. She just played a BV party at SXSW and before that Maxwell's. Her song "Sister Wife" now has a Star Slinger remix which you can download above.

Alex Winston @ BVSXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Alex Winston

The Mercury Lounge bill is rounded out by Two Lights and Warm Ghost (who also played a BV SXSW show). Want to go for free? I have two pairs of tickets for tonight's show that you can win right now. Details and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Dirty Gold are here from CA, playing Mercury Lounge w/ Warm Ghost & Alex Winston & other dates (WIN TIX) ++ MP3s "

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Timothy Griffin

Menomena (by Tim)

After 14 hours of BrooklynVegan shows on Wednesday with barely a break (Emo's and then Swan Dive), and while BBG was holding down a stage at Emo's again, we returned to Swan Dive on Thursday, but this time with the addition of the two connecting stages at Barbarella for another full day BrooklynVegan Day Party. The 3-stage affair featured 19 bands, DJ Anika, and comedian Brody Stevens as host.

The day couldn't have started better, as we had one of the artists I was most excited to see playing live on the Swan Dive stage right at noon, and that was the tall, well-dressed and significantly bearded Josh T Pearson. I only wish I wasn't still hecticly dealing with issues after the doors opened so I could have been one of the people sitting down and enjoying his solo set of songs taken from his new album Last of the Country Gentlemen which is out on Mute on March 29. What I did hear sounded great.

Meanwhile, Savoir Adore kicked things off on the outside stage while Shannon & the Clams got things going inside Barbarella. Navigating the three stages and not getting lost was definitely one of the challenges we gave attendees at the venues we camped out at for day shows all week.

After Shannon came Hunx & His Punx who Shannon also plays with. As Andrew pointed out, "Hunx seemed pretty annoyed about the five-show day ahead of him. "Come see the last one," suggested Hunx, saving the goods for that final push. The Punx band showed off admirable chops though, with the drummer pounding away and girl-group-style backups by the bassist." Andrew continues:

"Out at the venue's back stage, Dominique Unique Young had a two-man band providing soulful hooks for her club bangers, which were just fine in the brutal sunlight. And then at Swan Dive, Rural Alberta Advantage made a push for anyone, like me, who hasn't checked out their new disc, Departing, yet to do so soon (live, drummer Paul Banwat easily does the work of two guys)."
Before Dominique came Alex Winston, complete with full band three backing singers. Dominique ended her set early, giving Brody lots of time to talk before late-addition Beans went on. Beans was great and is the coolest guy I met in Austin. That's around when Bill got there:
"...arriving just in time to catch the end of Fergus & Geronimo and Beans' sets. Trying to navigate between the two connected clubs -- blazing sunshine at the patio stage, pitch black for the Barbarella inside stage -- was a bit tough.

I watched most of Yuck's set and thought they sounded great. Not the most exciting band to watch, but that's okay, not everyone can bounce around the stage like Superchunk to whom they owe more than a little sonic dept. Speaking of, Mac McCaughan was their for their whole set which I thought was kind of awesome. I asked him if he was there to collect royalties from Yuck. He laughed and said, "No way, I love these guys!"

From there it was out to the Patio for Obits' set. There's something about their pedal-to-the-metal rock that sounds a little better in Texas. Plus they played the two songs I really wanted to hear: "You Gotta Lose" from the new album Moody, Standard and Poor, and their first-ever single "One Cross Apiece."

After scarfing down some tacos (courtesy of the El Diablo truck in Barbarella's backyard, yes a sister truck to the one here at Union Pool), I caught a little of Screaming Females, rip-roaring as usual, and Menomena."

Menomena went on to a packed Swan Dive after Damien Jurado and one of Sub Pop's newest signings Memoryhouse played (both of whom I pretty much missed while dealing with technical difficulties on other stages). Gentleman Jesse & His Men and Pete & The Pirates (a UK band who many I know consider one of their favorites, and their set this day definitely didn't disappoint) also played the inside stage.

Mellowhype (by Tim)
Mellowhype (Odd Future)

But the main attraction of the day goes to... Mellowhype who were playing their second-ever show as Mellowhype (their first was a day earlier at their new label Fat Possum's party at Club DeVille), and who brought the whole Odd Future crew with them (anyone who was in Austin anyway), Tyler included. It was a beyond-packed house full of excitement...

"The assembled crowd of hipsters, blipsters, and media types went nuts when the beats dropped, as this still-teenaged hip-hop collective has been drawing favorable comparisons to early Wu-Tang, especially in terms of production aesthetic and overall energy." [Houston Calling]
You can watch some of the action in videos below.

Thanks to Izzoz, Line 6 (the mics), Korg (keyboard), Vox (amps), Blackstar (and amps), Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, ASCAP, NadaMoo, Raw Revolution, Sailor Jerry, SPARKS, all the bands, Zach, Nevona, our bartenders, sound guys, Ramone, everyone who stopped by and anyone else I'm forgetting.

Lots more pictures and videos from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Thurs Austin day party pics (Mellowhype, Yuck, Menomena, Obits, Beans, Rural Alberta Advantage & more)"

Screaming FemalesRural Alberta Advantange
MenomenaDominique Young Unique

We've lost our mind and are doing nine BrooklynVegan shows at SXSW this year. It all starts Wednesday during the day on two stages at Emo's, and continues Wednesday night at Swan Dive where we might as well stay overnight because Thursday at noon is when we start the first of three day parties in a row at the same place (Swan Dive) and Barbarella (they connect).

And the FREE Thursday lineup is:

STAGE 1 (Swan Dive)
12:00 PM Josh T. Pearson
1:00 PM Pujol
2:00 PM The Rural Alberta Advantage
3:00 PM Damien Jurado
4:00 PM Memoryhouse
5:00 PM Menomena

STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM Savoir Adore
1:00 PM Alex Winston
2:00 PM Dominique Young Unique
3:00 PM Beans
4:00 PM Obits
5:00 PM Mellowhype (Odd Future)
HOSTING & JOKES BY: Brody Stevens

STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:00 PM Shannon & The Clams
12:30 PM Hunx & His Punx
1:15 PM Gentleman Jesse & His Men
2:00 PM Pete & The Pirates
3:00 PM Fergus & Geronimo
4:00 PM Yuck
5:00 PM Screaming Females

And that's just Thursday! Check out Friday on the same three stages! Saturday still TBA.

Some notes: Mellowhype (aka Hodgy Beats and Left Brain of Billboard cover stars Odd Future - and whatever other Odd Future members decide to come along) are only playing one other show - their label's showcase at Club DeVille. Listen to David Fricke and get to Swan Dive in time to see Josh T Pearson. Shannon & the Clams and Hunx & His Punx share members, and have even been known to show their members. There are lots of bands with "and" in their name playing the Barbarella Inside Stage. Brody Stevens is funny! Anika will be spinning vinyl between sets during the second half of the day. I am super excited to be hosting Screaming Females for a second time.

This party will also have:

AND THANKS TO:and of course to Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude for creating the racy flyer you see below....

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Free Thursday Austin Day Party lineup ----------- (3 stages @ Barbarella & Swan Dive)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Alex Winston

Alex Winston played a show at Maxwell's on 3/9, and will soon be off to SXSW where she'll play a BrooklynVegan Day Party at Barbarella at 1pm on Thursday, March 17th, and other shows. All dates and more pictures from the NJ show, below...

Continue reading "Alex Winston played Maxwell's (pics), headed to SXSW"

Alex Winston

Alex Winston added more tour dates to her schedule since we last spoke. Tickets are still on sale for March 9th at Maxwell's, and tickets go on sale at noon today (2/4) for an April 5th NYC show at Mercury Lounge. All dates and a new video for "Locomotive", below...

Continue reading "Alex Winston has a new video, adds NYC show (dates)"