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Empire of the Sun @ Pier 26, 9/5/2013
Empire of the Sun, Alpine @ Pier 26 - 9/5/2013

The duo outfit themselves in pastel muumuus, sparkling headdresses and smeary face-paints, making them look like either intergalactic figure skaters or Aztec cousins to Siegfried and Roy. Not since A Flock of Seagulls has a pop group presented a look this flat-out ridiculous.

The good news? They meant it that way.

"We want our artists to look ridiculous," says the duo's Nick Littlemore. "We like flamboyance. We looked around at all these indie artists wearing boring clothes and staring at their shoes and we thought, 'Where are our Eltons? Where are our Bowies?'" - [NY Daily News]

Australian galaxy invaders / over-the-top pop band Empire of the Sun touched down in NYC on Thursday (9/6) at outdoor venue Pier 26 as part of their summer tour. Opening the show was fellow Aussies (and writers of catchy tunes in their own right), Alpine. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Right after Empire of the Sun were this weekend's two Passion Pit shows at Pier 26 which were the last of the season...and the venue, it looks like, due to noise complaints from neighbors. Too bad. More pics from Empire of the Sun and Alpine below...

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Still Corners in Chicago 6/11/2013 (more by Chase Turner)

Cold Cave in Chicago, 10/25/2013 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Cold Cave

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

Still Corners, Imperial Topaz @ Mercury Lounge
Dream pop duo Still Corners just wrapped up two sold-out NYC shows with CHVRCHES on their ongoing tour, and now they're sticking around for a headlining show at Mercury Lounge tonight. If you haven't heard their sultry second album, Strange Pleasures, you can correct that right now via Rdio or Spotify. Support at tonight's show comes from excellent like-minded local duo Imperial Topaz. Tickets are still available.

Austra @ Other Music
Austra put out their terrific sophomore album, Olympia, this week, and before their tour hits NYC tomorrow for a sold-out MHOW show with Mozart's Sister, they'll be stopping by downtown Manhattan record store Other Music for a free in-store at 8 PM. You can listen to their new album on Spotify.

Cold Cave, Boyd Rice @ Saint Vitus
A late night rendez-vous with Cold Cave sounds pretty appropriate, especially in the dark, church-themed recesses of Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. There, Wesley Eisold will present new material from his cavalcade of new 7"s released this year, and be joined by the ever-controversial Boyd Rice. Totally worth the extra yawns tomorrow morning. Sold out.

Low, Mike Doughty @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Slowcore vets Low returned this year with a new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, and already celebrated it with some shows around the time of its release. Now they're on the road again for some shows with Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, and are swinging through NYC again tonight for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Maybe they'll play a long drone set?

Laurie Anderson @ Rockefeller Park
Tonight is night 2 of Laure Anderson's River to River Festival performances. Last night was the "stories" portion, and tonight is "songs." Laurie will be joined by Richard Devine (electronics), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), Jacob Garchik (horns), Ches Smith (drums) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello).

Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Lurve @ Union Pool
Australian ex-pats Scott & Charlene's Wedding, who have a new album, Any Port In A Storm (due out 7/22), on the way, will be playing a one-off Brooklyn show at Union Pool tonight before heading out on their European tour. Lurve open the show.

Shannon & the Clams, Las Rosas, Hector's Pets, The Foxx @ Death by Audio
Oakland, CA's super-fun Shannon & The Clams bring their tour with Mikal Cronin (which just hit NXNE) to NYC tomorrow for a Bowery Ballroom, but before that, Shannon plays a headlining show at Death by Audio tonight. If you haven't heard the down-n-dirty rock n' roll party that is their new album, Dreams in the Rat House, you can stream it via SpotifyLas Rosas (ex-Harlem) and Hector's Pets, who both just did some gigging during Northside, are on tonight's bill too, as are The Foxx.

Conveyor, Twin Peaks & more @ Pianos
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks are still in town after coming down to visit for Northside. If you missed them on Saturday, they're playing Pianos tonight as part of Conveyor's June residency there.

Hausu @ Cake Shop
This portland combo take minor chord mope and crush it under the force of overdriven guitars. Their debut album, Total, is out next week (6/25) via Hardly Art. You can stream it via SPIN and can probably pick it up tonight at the merch table. Also on the bill: Palm and Grey Nurse.

The B-52s, The Go-Go's @ Roseland Ballroom
After canceling a recent NYC-area date, new wave legends The B-52s appear to still be on for tonight's Roseland show with The Go-Go's. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Crstyal Fighters, Alpine @ Webster
If you're going to see British/Spanish dancepop outfit Crystal Fighters' sold out show tonight, do get there early and check out Australia's Alpine, whose debut album is finally out in North America and worth a listen. (Stream it via Rdio.) The band also recently covered Radiohead's "Just" for the AV Club's "Undercover" series and you can watch that below.

Beach Day, Butter the Children & more @ Shea Stadium
Poppy Florida trio Beach Day released their debut album. Trip Trap Attack, this week and you can stream it at Rdio or Spotify. They'll be celebrating its release tonight at Shea Stadium with Hellbirds, Butter The Children, and Hippy playing as well.

Puce Mary @ Home Sweet Home
Denmark's Puce Mary (aka drone/industrial artist Frederikke Hoffmeier) came over to NYC for the Northside Festival, where they played the Pitchfork showcase with a mostly Danish lineup of Iceage, Lower, Loke Rahbek, Age Coin, and Lust for Youth. She's sticking around NYC for own show tonight at Home Sweet Home's "Nothing Changes" party. You can stream a Puce Mary track below.

J. Cole @ Irving Plaza
Rapper J. Cole brings his Dollar & A Dream tour to NYC tonight. Each venue he's playing on this tour is being announced day of the show, and it's been revealed that tonight's show is at Irving Plaza. Admission is $1 at the door. First come, first serve.

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

For laughs (like tonight's Big Terrific at Cameo), check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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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 Bill Pearis


Following an early live outing from Prince Innocence, she effortlessly commands the attention of the jostling room, her performance is completely natural, professional and expressive. Bounding around the small stage in a brilliantly baggy t-shirt, proudly brandishing the Chess Club Records crest, she is a bundle of frenetic energy, an energy which translates into the music she produces so succinctly. The opening to 'Maiden' blasts out early in the set; its crystal clear guitar riff, rumbling bass synth and manufactured drums are a potent song-writing weapon used to full effect.

With another twinkling opening hook that summons an almost Yuletide feeling, latest track 'Glass' comes flying out next and is a definite highlight. "What a pleasant sensation!" is belted out at the top-end of her powerful range, confirming how prolific a chorus-creator MØ is as. The aforementioned 'Pilgrim' and the closing 'Crazy For You' are equally impressive; the former making use of the fidgeting monochrome projection behind, showing playful, immaculately timed visuals of vintage horn sections and swing dancing. - [The Line of Best Fit]

With only three released tracks to her name, Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted -- you can call her -- is already garnering a lot of attention and comparisons to other female electronic artists who shall remain nameless. You can stream all those songs below. MØ is in NYC as we speak playing a couple shows here before heading to SXSW. She's at Santos tonight (3/7) for a FREE Popshop party with Watch the Duck; and will play Glasslands on Friday with Alpine and White Prism (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.

Some in NYC may have caught her during CMJ 2012. She was here with a film crew and you can watch a short documentary about her CMJ below.

Continue reading "Danish singer MØ is here, playing NYC before SXSW (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Dune Rats - "Red Light, Green Light" (MP3)

Dune Rats

Speaking of Australia, Brisbane fuzz rock duo Dune Rats (aka Danny Beus and BC Michaels), who were one of Andy from Cake Shop's "21 Amazing Experience of 2012", surfaced with two EPs in 2011, Sexy Beach and Social Atoms, and they're planning to follow that with another EP, titled Smile, and eventually a debut full length at some point this year. No exact details on those releases exist, but the band recently released a single, "Red Light, Green Light," which you can download for free at the top of this post. It's of the Wavves-y stoner/beach rock variety and you can watch the video below, which consists entirely of both members smoking a variety of bongs (and I'm pretty sure they're actually doing it).

Dune Rats will be coming to the US for a tour surrounding SXSW this March which hits NYC on March 20 at Cake Shop (other bands TBA), March 21 at Shea Stadium with The Beets, Hard Nips, Juniper Rising, and Heeney, and March 24 at Sons of Essex. A list of all dates and the tour flyer below.

Their SXSW shows include the annual Aussie BBQ, and Dune Rats are only one of many Aussie bands coming over to Austin for SXSW, including Alpine, Flume, Kirin J Callinan, WIM, and others. The full list of Australian bands that will be at SXSW is below.

Continue reading "Dune Rats working on new EP, coming to the US for tour (download a song & watch them smoke weed in its video)"

by Bill Pearis


Australian sextet Alpine released their debut album, A is for Alpine, back in August in their native country. With crisp staccato rhythms, slinky bass and the honeyed vocals of Phoebe Baker and Lou James, it's bright, effervescent, danceable pop with at least three terrific singles -- "Villages," "Gasoline" and, especially, "Hands" -- all of which you can check out below in video form.

The album is getting a belated North American release and by that time the band will have visited here for shows surrounding the 2013 SXSW Festival, including two shows in NYC: March 7 at Mercury Lounge and March 8 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (12/12) at noon with a general on-sale Friday (12/14) at noon. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Friday at noon as well. No other North American dates have been announced at this time.

Videos and streams are below.

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