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LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post

I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."

The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.

The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.

Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.

More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...

Continue reading "members of YYYs, D-Plan, Drive Like Jehu, Parquet Courts, Sebadoh & more combined for Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 (pics)"

Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery is taking place this year on December 6 at Baby's All Right. In case you're not already familiar, here's the premise:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."

Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.

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Au Revoir Simone released Move in Spectrums and will have out a new remix album, simply titled Spectrums, in July via Moshi Moshi. The 19-track record features reworks by Clock Opera, Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs, Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge and more. You can stream NZCA Lines's funked-up take on "Somebody Who" from Spectrums below.

As mentioned, Erika, Heather and Annie will kick off the 2014 MoMA Nights series on July 3, which is free with museum entry. If you'd rather see them somewhere with less art and more big screen TVs, Au Revoir Simone are also playing Brooklyn Bowl the day before (7/2) with Little Daylight and The Lower 48. Tickets are on sale now.

They have a few other shows this summer and all dates are listed, along with the NZCA Lines remix, below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone releasing remix LP, touring in July, playing Brooklyn Bowl before MoMA show (dates, remix stream)"

La Luz @ Red 7 in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
La Luz

The Museum of Modern Art's summer concert series "MoMA Nights" returns in 2014 every Thursday night in July and August in the museum's Sculpture Garden, featuring such acts as Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction, La Luz, Thao Nguyen, Tashaki Miyaki, Frankie Cosmos and more. The series kicks off July 3 with Au Revoir Simone. The MoMA Nights shows are from 5:30 PM - 8 PM and are free with museum admission.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "MoMA Nights 2014 schedule (Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction, Thao, Au Revoir Simone, La Luz, Frankie Cosmos & more)"

Au Revoir Simone @ Webster Hall in March (more by PSquared)
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Au Revoir Simone's Move in Spectrums came out last fall and the band have been on tour around the world pretty much ever since (most recently in North America with Broken Bells). What's that like? The band fills us in:

People are always asking us what being on tour is like and how it feels to get to travel to so many different countries and meet so many new people, so we thought that a great way to share our experience is by filming some of it and turning it into a video. This video is a collaboration of all the footage the three of us shot while on tour in Tokyo, Sweden, Switzerland, and London. We wanted to capture the frenetic pace of nightlife, the eclectic scenery of each venue, and all the fun people who show up every night and make our jobs so rewarding and awesome.
That video, for "More Than," definitely shows the fun side of touring and not so much the endless continental breakfasts and van monotony. (Radiohead already did that anyway.) It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

In other news, Au Revoir Simone released a remix EP, Brightness/Contrast, back in February featuring Move in Spectrums tracks reworked by David Lynch (who's a fan), Etienne Daho and Todd Rundgren, who takes on "Boiling Point" which you can stream below. Meanwhile, Erika, Annie and Heather will head to Brazil this weekend for a string of shows, and head back to Europe in June. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone made a new video, got remixed by David Lynch and Todd Rundgren, keep touring (dates & streams)"

photos by P Squared Photography

Broken Bells @ Webster Hall - 3/7/14
Broken Bells
Broken Bells

Broken Bells, the collaborative project between Shins singer James Mercer and super producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Grey Album, etc), released their sophomore album, After the Disco, earlier this year, and just brought their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at Webster Hall this past Friday (3/7). Unlike their intimate Baby's All Right show in January, where they played three songs, at this larger show they played a full set which included most of the new album and most of their 2010 self-titled debut as well. Au Revoir Simone opened the show and also joined Broken Bells on stage at the end of their set to sing with them. Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with BB's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Broken Bells played Webster Hall w/ Au Revoir Simone (pics and setlist)"

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While some may grumble at their name, LA's good times garage punks Beach Party have some cred behind them. Last year's single, "Can't Surf / Fun," was recorded by Ty Segall and the band have shared stages with Best Coast, Bass Drum of Death, and Black Lips. Check out a few tracks below.

Beach Party will be experiencing winter in NYC this weekend, playing two consecutive nights at Baby's All Right. Friday night (1/24) is a late show with Old King Cole Younger of The Black Lips, with DJ sets by Tennessee Thomas and Skaters (tickets). On Saturday (1/25) they play as part of the benefit for the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth, that also features Tei Shi, Charlie Waters Quartet, Big Ups, and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range (tickets).

If you're going on Friday, you might want to head their early as Baby's will be hosting a birthday party for filmmaker Larry Clark (Kids). There will be a live performance of LA band reVolt: To quote the Facebook event page: "Free drinks and food will be served. Doors open at 7pm, reVolt plays at 8:30pm, and by midnight we should all be fucked up."

Flyers for the shows and Beach Party streams below...

Continue reading "LA's Beach Party recorded w/ Ty Segall, playing 2 NYC shows including 1 w/ Cole from Black Lips + Ali Forney benefit "

Factory Floor
Factory Floor
Chumped

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

Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Alarms and Controls, Slow Warm Death @ Death By Audio (BV/EIS-Presents)
We at BrooklynVegan are teaming up with our friends at Exploding In Sound Records to present this punk holiday party at Death by Audio tonight. The lineup's got the poppy punk of Chumped, Toronto's new SideOneDummy signees PUP, bluesy rockers Slothrust, Dischord Records "supergroup" Alarms and Controls (mems. of Circus Lupus, The Crownhate Ruin, etc), and Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death (fronted by John Galm of Snowing). Doors open at 7 PM, first band's on at 8, and admission is $8. Hope to see you there!

Factory Floor @ 285 Kent Avenue
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. Live, don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly.

Fred Falke, Starsmith, Friendly Greg @ Le Poisson Rouge
French house mainstay Fred Falke has been very active as of late after finally getting his debut LP in 2011 after years of singles. He returns to NYC to headline Le Poisson Rouge tonight and guests are promised.

Cass McCombs, Arbouretum @ Bowery Ballroom
The talented and prolific singer-songwriter dipped his toes into Americana on his sprawling, 22-track album Big Wheel and Other. Add to that his two albums from 2011, lets hope he can make room for a few older songs too.

Girl Unit, Eprom, Grenier @ Glasslands
Kelis's new labelmate Girl Unit makes stabbing dance beats with big, heavy synths, and he should be able to get the dancefloor moving tonight.

Thalia Zedek, O13 @ Mercury Lounge
Thalia Zedek got back with her old band Come this year, but she's still kicking as a solo artist, and her own material is very worthy as well.

Surkin, Canblaster, Beto Cravioto, Travmatic @ Output
Parisian producers Surkin and Canblaster teamed up earlier this year for a banger of a track, "Stronger." It sounded destined to be a hit in the clubs, and we'll likely find out how true that is tonight. You can watch the video for that track below.

Von Shakes, Grand Cousin, Kissing Is A Crime, Captain Baby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Kissing Is A Crime is one of the city's better new post-punk bands, and they've been playing a lot lately but if you haven't caught them yet, now's another chance.

The Shrine, Natur, Dirty Fences, Iron Force @ The Acheron
The Shrine have been on the road with Red Fang for a tour which hit Bowery Ballroom last night, but tonight the heavy retro riff-rockers headline their own, smaller show at Brooklyn punk/metal venue Acheron. Support is good (and likeminded) too, so get there early.

Au Revoir Simone (DJ set), Brian Russ (from Backwords), The Hairs @ The Flat
This is a launch party for Issue #1 of soda magazine Fizz Navigator. In addition to sets from The Hairs and Backwords' Brian Russ, Au Revoir Simone will spin tunes, soda cocktails will be served and everyone gets a copy of the first issue of the magazine.

Max Bemis, Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Sherri Dupree, Perma, Merriment @ The Studio at Webster Hall
There's a bunch of artists on this bill, but our performer of choice is Matt Pryor, who fronts The Get Up Kids but has been focusing on his solo career lately, having released a solid rock-oriented album Wrist Slitter and a collaborative EP with TGUK's James Dewees this fall. Sold out.

Pop. 1280, Ukiah Drag, Herzog Rising, Nick Klein @ Trans-Pecos
Fans of the dark, noisy, and gothy shouldn't miss this show at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). Pop. 1280 and Herzog Rising are local faves, and Ukiah Drag, fresh off a tour with the likeminded Destruction Unit, should be great too.

The Sadies, The Ribeye Brothers @ Union Hall
Canadian band The Sadies have been making twangy rock for nearly 20 years, with this year's Internal Sounds being the band's 16th album.

Peter Stampfel, Daniel Bachman, Ralph E. White, Colby Nathan @ Union Pool
Cult-folk enthusiasts, take note. This bill is stacked with Holy Modal Rounder and Jeffrey Lewis collaborator Peter Stampfel, American Primitivism guitar great Daniel Bachman, Austin's avant-country singer Ralph E. White, and his noisy freak-folk tourmate, Colby Nathan.

Nick Kroll @ The Capitol Theatre
Comedian and TV star Nick Kroll performs tonight, with some good opening acts too -- Mike Birbiglia and Michael Ian Black.

Wilsen, Monogold, The Canon Logic, ARMS @ Glasslands
The folky Wilsen have played local shows with Basia Bulat and Lia Ices, and if you're into those artists, you'll probably find something to like in Wilsen too. Openers ARMS play around NYC a lot too, and are also worth catching.

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
While she's been previewing her new show "Rock Bottom," lately, Bridgett Everett's performance tonight is a "regular" show with her band The Tender Moments (which features Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz on bass).

Magneta Lane, Annie Activator, Incircles, The Breaking Sounds @ The Grand Victory
This underrated, long-running Canadian trio play their second of two NYC shows this week. Grand Victory -- itself underrated -- will be a cool place to see them.

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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Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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We just mentioned that Rough Trade's live shows are "on hold for a while" due to sound issues at the venue, and while some (like tonight's Tourist show) are being moved, others, like Andrew Bird (12/6) and DIIV (12/7), The Stepkids (12/9), Lucius (12/10) and Au Revoir Simone (12/17) have unfortunately been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Other updates via Rough Trade's Twitter: Childish Gambino's show on Sunday, 12/8 at 6PM has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg but you still need to buy a copy of his new CD at the store that day to get a wristband.

Allah Las (12/6), Langhorne Slim / Felice Bros (12/11), and Cults (12/18) have been postponed. Stay tuned for updates on where those shows end up.

Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:

1. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.

You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.

Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).

A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.

Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.

Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade's Top LPs of 2013; NYC store opens in 1 week ++ more shows announced (Glasvegas, Au Revoir Simone)"

Broken Bells at Irving Plaza in 2010 (more by Alexander Stein)
Broken Bells

Broken Bells, the collaborative project of James Mercer (The Shins) and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Grey Album, etc), are returning with a new album, After the Disco, in January via Columbia, and they've now announced a February/March tour in support of it. That tour hit NYC on March 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM, and presales, where available, start Wednesday (11/20) at 10 AM.

Au Revoir Simone are set to open on the entire tour. You can also catch them at their own hometown shows before then, including the previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/7) show with Spires, Groom, and Splashh; and a just-announced show happening on December 17 at Rough Trade NYC. Both of those shows are free.

All dates are listed, along with their new single, below...

Continue reading "Broken Bells announce 2014 tour (Webster Hall included)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Au Revoir Simone / Jacco Gardner @ Mission Sound 10/17/2013
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CMJ

On October 17, 2013, Insound and Just Managing hosted their annual CMJ Recording Lounge at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Eight bands were recorded in eight hours in whirlwind sessions helmed by Grammy winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords) and Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork). It that short span of time, they got two tracks recorded each from Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, John Murry, Dream Shake and Ski Lodge. You can check out Au Revoir Simone's "Just Like a Tree" and Jacco Gardner's "Chameleon" and photos from those sessions in this post, and you can download all 16 songs for free over at Insound.

In addition to their upcoming Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 17 (tickets), Au Revoir Simone are also playing a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 with Spires, Grooms and UK band Splashh who will be performing as a duo for this show. Splashh also play the Bazaar the night before (12/6) with TEEN, Forest Fire and Valleys. They're flying over just for these shows which are being presented by Kanine Records. All BK Night Bazaar shows are free.

Check out Jacco Gardner and Au Revoir Simone streams, and more pics from their sessions, below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner & more recorded sessions for free comp (pics, stream & download); ARS add Brooklyn show"

ARS with a "French KISS" in Vancouver (via @AuRevoirSimone)
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Tomorrow (11/2) is the first Saturday in November which means it's the monthly First Saturdays event at Brooklyn Museum with free admission and live music. Au Revoir Simone, who released Move In Spectrums in September just played a couple CMJ shows, will play (5 PM) along with Tamar Kali and Watermelon. Again it's free and open to the public.

Au Revoir Simone's next NYC show will be part of the family-friendly Kidrockers afternoon concert series, which returns to Brooklyn Bowl on November 17. Ski Lodge play as well, with hosts Seth Herzog and Roger Hailes, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

The next Kidrockers show after that is December 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Small Black and Radical Dads (Herzog and Craig Baldo host) and tickets for that show are on sale now as well.

NOTE: We've also announced our Friday & Saturday BV shows

Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Jacco

One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).

Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).

Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.

Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.

Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.

Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.

Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.

Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.

Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.

For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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kexp cmj

As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:

WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)

THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)

FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)

The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

ARS: Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne & Terri Garr (photo via @anniehartforsure)
ARS

In the course of doing what we do here at BV, we've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Glasser, Kanye West, Sarah Neufeld, Goldfrapp, Mates of State, Lou Doillon, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out Au Revoir Simone remaking an '80s Scorsese classic, plus videos from Franz Ferdinand, Wavves, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Julia Holter, Eagulls, and one of Disappears covering U2, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (Au Revoir Simone, Franz Ferdinand, Father John Misty, Julia Holter, Waxahatchee, Wavves & more)"

Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon comes from a talented family -- her father is French film director Jacques Doillon, her mother is Jane Birkin, and Charlotte Gainsbourg is her half-sister. Having modeled and acted since the late '90s, she began exploring her music side in the late '00s. Her debut album, Places, was released last year and owes much to '70s singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carol King. You can stream the album via Spotify and Rdio.

Doillon also recently recorded an Absolut Encore Session at Chinatown club Le Baron (much like Little Dragon and Theopholis London did) and we've got the premiere of "Questions and Answers" from that in this post. Watch the Devendra Banhart-esque performance below.

She'll also be touring next month, including opening for Au Revoir Simone at Highline Ballroom on October 16 which is during CMJ (tickets).

All tour dates are listed, along with the Encore Session video, below.

Continue reading "Lou Doillon recorded an Encore Session, touring this fall, opening for Au Revoir Simone during CMJ (video, dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Au Revoir Simone

As mentioned, Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone's new album, Move in Spectrums, is out September 25. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht from Violens, the album is their most immediate, beat-driven album to date. The second single from the album is "Crazy" which is as close to "rock" as they've ever gotten. You can stream it, along with the video for first single "Somebody Who," below.

Erika, Annie and Heather will be heading to Europe next week for a tour but will be on the road in North America next month. Those dates include a NYC show during CMJ, headlining the French Music Bureau Export showcase at Highline Ballroom on October 16 with Lou Doillon and Selebrities. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with track stream and video, below.

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone release second single from new LP, touring in October including CMJ (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

ARS

Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone, who are celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year, are back with their new album, Move in Spectrums, which will be out via Moshi Moshi/Instant on September 24. Cover art is below. The record was produced by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht, who also produced ARS member Erika Spring's 2012 solo single (and albums by No Joy, Ice Choir and others). ARS' brand of synthpop has always been pretty minimal but they seem to be heading into decidedly more dancey territory here, which is a good thing I think. At least on the album's first single is "Somebody Who," which you can stream below.

The ladies haven't announced any tour dates in their hometown or anywhere else in North America, but they will be playing shows in Europe around the release of the album. Those dates are listed below.

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The Soft Moon @ 285 Kent, October 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
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today NYC
* Uri Caine @ The Stone
* Writer, Census @ Pianos
* Diane Birch @ City Winery
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Momenta Quartet @ The Stone
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* The London Souls @ Bowery Ballroom
* Napoleon, Spires, Swimming @ Big Snow
* The Soft Moon, Majical Cloudz @ Mercury Lounge
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* Julian Lynch, Andrew Cedermark, Cassie Ramone @ Glasslands
* Leland Sundries, Ruby Rae, Olivia Mancini & The Mates @ Cake Shop
* Kria Brekkan, Aaron Roche, Gabrielle Herbst & Swoon Shop @ Silent Barn
* Lazy Talkers, Ace Reporter, Shit Show, Bears In A Temple For Midgets @ Cameo Gallery
* Mancie, Paper Doll, Tori Sparks, Alyson Greenfield, DJ Alex Flash @ Knitting Factory
* Pat Kiernan's New Year's Resolutions Ultimate Pop Culture Trivia Night @ Highline Ballroom
* Beginnings w/ Erika Forster & Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone), Molly Crabapple, Josh Patten @ UCBEast
* Soldiers of Fortune, Frankie Teardrop, Erin Durant, Ramsden @ Death By Audio

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This month's edition of Beginnings at UCB East features Erika Forster & Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone), SNL writer Josh Patten and Molly Crabapple (DC Comics) talking about how they got their start in show biz. Don't forget Erika plays solo at 285 Kent on Thursday (1/10) with Class Actress.

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ERAAS just released a video for their track "Ghost," which is from their 2012 debut album. You can watch it below.

Sky Ferreira made her late night TV debut on Fallon last night (1/7) when she performed "Everything is Embarrassing." You can watch the video of that performance below.

What else?

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Class Actress @ River Rocks 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)Class Actress

Class Actress and Erika Spring are playing a free show in NYC at 285 Kent this Thursday (1/10) with DJ sets from Neon Indian, Chairlift, and Lemonade. The show is all-ages and more info can be found here.

Class Actress is currently working on her follow-up to 2011's Rapprocher. Erika Spring, meanwhile, is both working on her solo debut and the new Au Revoir Simone album...both of which should be out this year.

Flyer for the 285 Kent show below...

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Hunx as Gayracula
Halloween costumes

All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...

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We mentioned before that the new Hood Internet album, FEAT (out 10/2), was a sample-free, guest-filled affair featuring the likes of Class Actress, The Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri... and AC Newman who lends his pipes to the breakbeat-driven "One for the Record Books" which we have the premiere of right here in this post. You can stream it below and watch the video for "Won't Fuck Us Over" that features Annie Hart and BBU.

The Hood Internet are currently on tour and will play NYC tonight (9/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (Rescheduled and relocated from August.) Tickets for tonight's s how are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair of tickets away. Details are at the bottom of this post. Playing with them tonight and at all shows on this tour will be Oscillator Bug who will serve as The Hood Internet's backing band for their new sample-free tunes.

Song stream, video, a list of tour dates, and contest details are below.

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Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.

The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.

Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.

A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Erika Spring - Hidden (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Erika Spring - Hidden [Jensen Sportag remix] (MP3)

Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) will release her debut EP on the Cascine label next week (7/10) and is playing a record release show in NYC on July 12 at the Ivana Helsinki Space (251 Elizabeth St). It's a free show, 8 - 10PM.

Produced by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht (who also plays drums in her live band), the songs on Erika's EP are much more lush, rhythmic and slinky than the minimalist vibe of her band Au Revoir Simone though definitely similar melodically with Erica's distinctive, delicate vocals. You can download "Hidden" at the top of the post as well as the funky '80s vocodered Jensen Sportag remix of the song.

The only other Erika Spring dates we're currently aware of are a few west coast shows with Alt-J (who also have upcoming NYC shows). All of her dates are listed below, along with the EP cover art and streams of both versions of "Hidden."

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