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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Princeton - To The Alps (MP3)

Princeton

Princeton are visiting NYC from LA this week playing three times: an early show Thursday (2/24) at Mercury Lounge, then Friday (2/25) at Cameo and Saturday (2/26) at Union Hall.

Princeton have a new single out on Hit City USA called "To the Alps" that you can download above or watch a brand new video of below. More keyboard-oriented than anything on their 2009 album, Cocoon of Love, "To the Alps" is lush, groovy and austere in a Blue Nile kind of way. Whether this is a change in musical direction or just a one-off experiment, it suits them and let's hope they explore it further.

The Cameo and Union Hall shows are both with Bell and Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone. Takka Takka also play the Cameo Show. At Mercury Lounge, The Front Bottoms open.

The flyer for the NYC dates, some Kisses dates (Jesse Kivel of Princeton's other project), and the new Princeton video, below...

Continue reading "Princeton have a new single, in NYC for 3 shows w/ Erica Au Revoir Simone & Bell (MP3, dates & new video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Au Revoir Simone - Another Likely Story (Neon Indian RMX) (MP3)

Erika from Au Revoir Simone joined Neon Indian for a song @ Governors Island
Neon Indian
Neon Indian

Special guests are usually show highlights, and this time was no exception though Erika Forster's appearance on stage with Neon Indian on Governors Island was a bit marred by the fact that you could barely hear her at first. They played a live version of the Neon Indian remix of "Another Likely Story". The second half of the song was really good though, as was most of Neon Indian's headlining set. Some in the crowd held glo-sticks and wore headdresses as they danced along to the chill waves being transmitted over the multi-colored, lit-up palmtree-decorated beach that gives everyone a beautiful view of the Manhattan and Jersey City skylines (including the performers who made note of the view at least once).

The Converse-presented "Gone to Governors" show also included entertaining and free sets by Prefuse 73, Dom, Nite Jewel, and late addition, Arizona band Miniature Tigers who were kept secret until after their Friday night Mercury Lounge show with the Spinto Band. At Governors Island, they went on at 8 and played 6 songs. I missed them by a minute (I got there before Nite Jewel went on).

Neon Indian, who produced the track "Gold Skull" on Miniature Tigers' new album, will pair of up with Miniature Tigers again, for a fall tour, and for a semi-secret, private NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall tonight (8/16). The intimate show will be taped and streamed live by MTV.com.

7:30 doors
8pm Miniature Tigers
9pm Neon Indian
I don't know if MT's opening set will also be streamed, but you can check it out if you attend the show which... you can go to for free if you win one of the three pairs of tickets I have to giveaway. Details on how to win those tickets below.

Neon Indian will be releasing "a newly mastered deluxe edition CD and double Vinyl" of their debut album Psychic Chasms "on September 28, 2010 and digitally on August 31 via FADER Label / Static Tongues"...

...The album's new version, which is augmented by Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed, contains nine bonus tracks consisting of exclusive remixes and cover versions by Toro Y Moi, DNTEL, Bibio, Javelin, YACHT and more.

Psychic Chasms was first released on indie-label Lefse Records last October and has since been embraced by numerous critics...

The full tracklist is below, with all Miniature Tigers tour dates, and more pictures from Governors Island...

Continue reading "Neon Indian & Miniature Tigers played Governors Island (pics), playing the Studio tonight (win tix, stream it live) "

Neon Indian in Austin in March (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Neon Indian

today in NYC
* KISS @ Jones Beach
* Congs For Brums @ The Stone
* Roger Kleier's El Pocho Loco @ The Stone
* Dax Riggs, Motel Motel @ Mercury Lounge
* Anamanaguchi, XXXChange @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Psychic Ills, Cave, Prince Rama @ Cake Shop
* Nite Jewel, The Samps, Blood Orange, ARP @ Glasslands
* Rubblebucket, Pretty Good Dance Moves @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Screaming Females, Big Soda, Nude Beach @ Death By Audio
* The Girls at Dawn, Rayon Beach, Xray Eyeballs @ Bruar Falls
* Chief, Frankie & The Outs, MINKS, Total Slacker @ Rock Yard
* City of Ships, Constants, Vaste Burai, Wizardry @ The Acheron
* Psychobuildings, Open Ocean, Jailbait, Mike Bones @ Union Pool
* Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, The Young Empires, Jirapah @ The Rock Shop
* Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, The Armchairs, The Lisps, Afuche @ Pianos
* The Babies, Air Waves, Total Slacker, The Girls at Dawn, Hemlock Ersnt @ Silent Barn
* Home Blitz, Fergus & Geronimo, Liquor Store, Pujol, Moonmen On The Moon, Man @ Don Pedro
* Logjam, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems, Breedlove (Harry Nilssen Tribute Night) @ 92YTribeca
* Inside Out, Merauder, Justice System, Razorblade Handgrenade, Vigilant Hotel, Activator @ Santos
* Turkuaz, Chin Chin, Deadbeat Darling, Saturday Astrology, The Fieros @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Neon Indian, DOM, Prefuse 73, Nite Jewel, Miniature Tigers @ The Beach at Governors Island
* Questlove (DJ set), These Are Powers, Treasure Fingers (DJ set), Kingdom (DJ set) (Warm Up) @ P.S.1
* Julian Lynch, No Demons Here, Big Troubles, Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers, Ducktails, Andrew Cedermark, Warlords, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Air Waves (Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase) @ Shea Stadium

Miniature Tigers, who played Mercury Lounge last night, has been added to the free show on Governors Island tonight. They go on first which I think is at 8. A member of Au Revoir Simone will be coming out as a guest with Neon Indian. Make sure you undestand how to use the ferry, and keep in mind that you can come late. What usually happens, is it reaches capacity early, but then people leave and they keep running boats back and forth all night. Neon Indian goes on around 11.

If you can't be there, stream the show live on Converseradio.com

The flyer for the Undewater Peoples showcase is reposted below.

What else?

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photos by Jessica Amaya

"I wish more nights would end with Au Revoir Simone
cooing a cover of Summer of 69'" - Wesley Barrow

Warsaw

Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands and CALLmeKat played a Northside Festival show at Warsaw in Brooklyn last night (6/24). More pictures from the gig below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands & CALLmeKat @ Warsaw in Brooklyn (Northside Festival) - pics "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (Jens Lekman Remix) (MP3)

Au Revoir Simone

Just like nearly every other Brooklyn band, Au Revoir Simone is playing this weekend's Northside Festival. Their show is Thursday (6/24) at Warsaw, where they play with The Hundred in the Hands and CALLmeKAT. The ladies are then heading off on a short summer tour of North America in July. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, on July 6 Au Revoir Simone release Night Light, a compilation of tracks from last year's Still Night, Still Light that have been remixed by the likes of Neon Indian, Aeroplane, Angel Deradoorian, Jens Lekman, Your Twenties, Tanlines and more. You can download the Jens Lekman remix of "Shadows" at the top of this post which is one of the more idiosyncratic on the compilation, turning the 4/4 time song into a string-laden waltz.

Au Revoir Simone tour dates are after the jump...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone releasing a remix album - here's the Jens Lekman MP3 & 2010 tour dates (Thursday @ Warsaw)"

Voluptous Horror of Karen Black (w/ more clothes on than usual)
NY Dolls

The lineup for the New York Dolls show at Warsaw in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 22nd has been filled out with opening acts performance-art/punk Voluptous Horror of Karen Black and party glam band Foxy Shazam. Tickets are still on sale. We have two pairs to give away as well. Details are below.

The Warsaw has a bunch of other shows coming up too. Details on those (and ticket links) and videos of both NY Dolls openers (including a brand new "What's In My Bag?" at Amoeba with Kembra Pfahler of Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) are below...

Continue reading "Voluptous Horror of Karen Black added to NY Dolls show (win tix), Au Revoir Simone & other bands playing Warsaw too"

Northside

"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."
That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.

Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."

If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...

Continue reading "2010 Northside Festival - tickets & intial lineup (includes Liars, Fucked Up, Les Savy Fav, Polvo & many more)"

photos by Samantha Marble

DOWNLOAD: Gators! - Dinner With the Band theme song (MP3)

The Sword @ IFC House in Austin
The Sword

IFC House at SXSW this year was a venue dedicated to all things IFC. Bands performed in front of video cameras for webcasts and possible IFC channel tv coverage. They had everyone there from Neon Indian to Broken Social Scene to The Sword who played a show in conjunction with a Dinner With The Band party at the venue. Chef & DWTB show host Sam Mason, and show creators Greg and Darin Bresnitz, were among those in attendance at the packed metal and food event. Pictures from that show are above and below.

The IFC Channel's rock 'n roll cooking show, Dinner With the Band, kicks off its official first season, with ten new artists, on Tuesday, April 27th (it then airs on the cable channel every Tuesday at 10:30pm). That's still two weeks away, but another party in the show's honor will happen at Santos Party House in NYC tonight (4/12). The free event will feature DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone and Vega, and live performances by Gators! (they wrote the show's theme song - MP3 above), Bad Brilliance, and CX Kidtronik. Andrew WK, along with Sam and Thu Tran, host the night which simultaneously celebrates Thu's IFC show "Food Party" (whose new season starts in two weeks too). "There will be FREE Thu Tran inspired munchies, beer and Sam Mason signature cocktails from 7-8PM". The flyer, along with more pictures from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "The Sword played an IFC party in Austin (pics), Au Revoir Simone & Vega DJ a free one in NYC tonight (flyer)"

North 4th

North 4th is the new bar/venue that took over the space at 160 North 4th between Bedford and Driggs. Somewhat low key at the moment (no website), the place has started having shows including this one that happens there tonight (4/9):

Translations
Rewards (aaron pfenning (ex-chairlift), angus t (bachelor of arts), dev (lightspeed champion, test icicles)
Landlady
Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone)
An updated picture of the venue below...

Continue reading "North 4th is a new venue sort of (members of Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, Lightspeed Champion & others tonight) "

Dinner With the Band

IFC is creating a cuisine-oriented programming block to air Tuesday nights.

After a successful six-episode run of "Dinner With the Band" that began in November, Rainbow cabler is ramping up its episode order to 10 and teaming it with "Food Party" as an hourlong block.

"Band" teams chef Sam Mason and an indie band, which performs on the show, at a Brooklyn loft. Conversation ensues about life on the road and the food the musicians eat while touring.... Programming block will air from at 10 p.m. beginning April 27. [Variety]

Ten artists will be appearing on the new season, among them Murder City Devils who will be here taping the show during the trip that also brings them to Nokia Theatre (NYC) and Theatre of Living Arts (Philly). Tickets for those (three) shows are still on sale. The full list of 2010 'Dinner With the Band' artists (which you have a chance to be in the audience for), and a video of Les Savy Fav performing on the preview season, is below...

Continue reading "upcoming artists appearing on Dinner With The Band (new IFC season premieres in April) "

The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Bowery in Oct (more by Oren Loloi)
RAA

tonight in NYC
* Alice Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Akoya Afrobeat @ Southpaw
* Tyshawn Sorey @ The Stone
* Falu, Red Baraat @ Joe's Pub
* City and Colour @ Webster Hall
* Richie Havens, John Gorka @ Joe's Pub
* Soft Black, Rope, Precinct @ Union Hall
* Hull & Goes Cube @ Production Lounge
* Daebashish Bhattacharya @ WFC Winter Garden
* NYC Winter Jazz Fest @ LPR, Kenny's Castaways, Zinc Bar
* Holy Ghost! (DJ), Classixx, Shuttle @ Webster Hall
* La Otracina, Velcro Lewis, Heavy Hands @ Union Pool
* The Dutchess & The Duke, Medication @ Mercury Lounge
* Ex-Humans, Natural Child, Bosco Delrey, K-Holes @ Don Pedro
* Teengirl Fantasy, Blondes, Light Asylum @ Monster Island Basement
* Animal Collective (DJ), Fischerspooner (DJ), Activaire DJs @ AMNH
* Passion Pit, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Joy Formidable @ Terminal 5
* Violent Soho, Right on Dynamite, The Royal Chains @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Starscream, Anamanaguchi, The Crayons, Radiates @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* My Teenage Stride, Campo Formio, Subtle Turnhips, Electricians @ Silent Barn
* Peg Simone, Wrekmeister Harmonies, MV Carbon & Zach Layton @ Issue Project Room
* GDFX, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, Invisible Circle, Shit Knife, Glam Hammer @ Shea Stadium
* King Django, The Equalibrians, The Forthrights, Royal City Riot, The Hard Times @ Bushwick Music Studios
* McCoy Tyner Trio & Gary Bartz, Francisco Mela's Cuban Safari, Jon Batiste Band, Alfredo Rodriguez @ Highline Ballroom

Midnite Till Death brings Ex-Humans, Natural Child, Bosco Delrey and K-Holes to Don Pedro. Flyer below.

Passion Pit play the first of three shows at Terminal 5 tonight. Rural Alberta Advantage open, then play two sets in one night at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

NYC Winter Jazz Festival runs at five Village venues today and tomorrow. Tonight's music includes "big band" jazz from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and heavy improv from Jamie Saft's Whoopie Pie. Outside of that, there's still jazz royalty McCoy Tyner at Highline Ballroom. And quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing (trumpeter Peter Evans, saxist Jon Irabagon, bassist Moppa Elliot and Talibam's Kevin Shea on drums - is at Zebulon. Jon & Kevin are back at Zeb on Monday as "Jon Irabagon's One-Song Rollins Tribute Trio."

Teengirl Fantasy is at Monster Island. Flyer below. They also play Pianos on January 14th.

Julian Casablancas played "Out Of The Blue" on Letterman Wednesday night. Video below. He plays Terminal 5 on January 14th and 15th.

Au Revoir Simone performed an a cappella rendition of Kylie Minogue's biggest hit at Highline Ballroom with Alexa Wilding and Elizabeth Harper of Class Actress last night. Video below...

What else?

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Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl during CMJ (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate

today in NYC
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Real Estate, Babies @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Shitstorm, Tree Collage, Alex Chechile @ Zebulon
* Eskalators, Ava Luna, Pembroke, Zebu, The Toothaches @ Death By Audio
* Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody, Doug Gillard, Regia @ Mercury Lounge
* .357 Lover, Kissy Kamikaze, Jason Trachtenburg, Magic Brian, Miss Saturn, Roger Hailes, more @ Knitting Factory

Real Estate and Babies play a free "Faderbowl" show tonight. Later in January, Real Estate head overseas for a European tour. Then they travel with Woods in March, a tour that kicks off with a March 12th MHOW show.

Knitting Factory hosts .357 Lover Rock N Roll Circus, a new weekly residency. Flyer below.

Still Life Still kick off their January residency at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday.

Au Revoir Simone have a show coming up, did an end of the year interview for us, and you can check out their new video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (MP3)

Annie (left) w/ Uninhabitable Mansions @ Union Hall (irockiroll)
Uninhabitable Mansions

Au Revoir Simone had a very busy year, releasing their lovely third album, Still Night, Still Light, back in May. You can download the album's first single, "Shadows," at the top of this post. They toured almost constantly, and played one of the BrooklynVegan day parties at SXSW. They're DJing a party at the Madewell Store in Soho on Wednesday (12/16) from 7 - 9 with complimentary martinis (RSVP here) and will play Highline Ballroom on January 7 (with Alexa Wilding) (tickets are on sale).

ARS's Annie Hart also plays in Uninhabitable Mansions who, along with Sharon Van Etten, are opening for The Antlers at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (12/15). It's sold out. UM also play Cameo on December 20th, and Bruar Falls in January.

So, we asked a load of NYC-area bands to tell us how their 2009 went, via a handy questionnaire. As we get them back we're gonna post them. The first is from Annie Hart. Her answers below...

Continue reading "end of 2009 interview w/ Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone & Uninhabitable Mansions (who both have NYC shows soon)"

Sheff and Caws

Field Music didn't make it, but there was a special reunion set by Pulsars, followed by the super duper Wye Oak who played before special guest Rumours last night at The Bell House in Brooklyn (12/3).

As advertised (at the last minute anyway), Rumours was a Fleetwood Mac cover band. Cover song experts Loser's Lounge made up the band and a rotating cast of singers came to the stage to play individual tunes. Those vocalists included Dave Hill dueting with Erika from Au Revoir Simone, Will Sheff dueting with Beth Wawerna, Matthew Caws, Britta, Sharon Van Etten, Wye Oak, and many more. The show was in honor of Bell House booker Skippy. Well, it was his birthday party, and he even came out to help perform "I Don't Wanna Know" with Mia Riddle. The full setlist (which did not include AC Newman or Eugene Mirman - both must be out of town) with a couple of videos below...

Continue reading "Rumours (indie all-star Fleetwood Mac band) played the Bell House w/ Wye Oak & Pulsars - video & setlist"

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Bill Pearis

Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone have spent the better part of 2009 working on, promoting and touring in support of their second album, Still Light, Still Night, wrapping things up -- for now, at least -- with a Brooklyn show at the Bell House on October 24 (tickets), which is part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The Bell House is also where their new video, "Shadows," was filmed. You can watch it over at the David Lynch Foundation Television website. Lynch has been a fan ever since he and ARS were paired together for that Barnes & Noble Upstairs at the Square event two years ago. He even wrote a nice little blurb for the girls:

"I LOVE AU REVOIR SIMONE ..... THESE GIRLS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES ..... MUSIC JUST FLOWS OUT OF THEM SO NATURALLY - AND IT'S GREAT MUSIC ...... THIS VIDEO FOR "SHADOWS" - FROM THEIR NEW ALBUM "STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT" IS MIGHTY - THE COLOR AND THE LIGHT ARE STELLAR - THE MOVES AND LOOKS - MINIMAL - CLEAN - MODERN AND SOLID ..... IT ALL COMES ALONG SO WELL SUPPORTING THE GIRLS AND THEIR MUSIC ..... ANNIE, ERIKA AND HEATHER HAVE GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER - THEY'RE BIG - BUT THEY'RE GONNA BE BIGGER - THEY'RE GONNA BE REAL BIG"
I hope someone has since told David his Caps Lock was on. That Bell House CMJ show also has baroque pop band The Postmarks, and San Francisco's folk-ska ensemble Still Flyin' on the bill.

In November, Au Revoir Simone travel to China for shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Tour dates are at the bottom of this post, as are more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's Bowery show from back in June. Findlay Brown, who is also playing CMJ at the same venue (Bowery), opened that June show.

In between now and ARS's trip to China, ARS member Annie Hart will spend some time with her other band, Uninhabitable Mansions, which also features Robbie and Tyler from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Uninhabitable Mansions' debut album, Nature is a Taker, is out now digitally, with the CD version due at the end of October and vinyl in January. Uninhabitable Mansions, which now includes Annie Hart's husband (and former Dirty on Purpose member) Doug Marvin on drums, has two NYC shows coming up: a free show next Wednesday (10/14) at Cake Shop which is part of the MIXER Reading Series, then they'll play the Bell House on October 22 (part of CMJ) with Robbers on High Street, Freelance Whales (who are also on the Bowery Ballroom show Findlay is playing), Pomegrates and others. After that, they're going on a short East Coast tour, ending with a October 30 show at Union Pool. Then the band's on hold until the new year when they expect to launch a more extensive U.S. tour.

And while we're here, Robbie and Chris of Uninhabitable Mansions have another band,Radical Dads, whose new self-titled EP is downloadable for free.

CYHSY front-man Alec Ounsworth meanwhile has been doing his own thing and is appearing at Mercury Lounge during CMJ, as well as at a free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos that same day (10/22). More details TBA.

Tour dates for Au Revoir Simone and Uninhabitable Mansions, plus more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's June 28 Bowery Ballroom show are below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, David Lynch, Uninhabitable Mansions, Radical Dads & CMJ - tour dates, pictures, free music & more"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Drums - I Felt Stupid (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Drums - Instruct Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - Clever Girls Like Clever Boys More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - I Love You, You Imbecile (feat. Ida Maria) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - 1983 (Pelle & Sebastian) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelle Carlberg - 51,3 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: I Was a King - Norman Bleik (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt This Place (MP3)

Those Dancing Days @ Spaceland in LA - 05/23/09 (Clap Your Mirror Say Yeah)
Those Dancing Days

Those Dancing Days were in town this week and the Scandinavian invasion continues through the weekend. Stockholm resident Pelle Carlberg, fresh from playing San Francisco's Popfest, is here on Saturday (5/30) at Union Hall (tix). While his new album, The Lilac Time, isn't quite as strong as 2007's In a Nutshell, he's a great performer and wouldn't miss him for the world. If you like Belle & Sebastian type pop (even he acknowledges he sounds a bit like them, see the MP3 at the top of this post), funny stories, and suitcases used as drums, you shouldn't miss it either.

The other reason not to miss it is the second-ever show by NYC Popfest breakout stars The Drums. For a band who claimed to have had their first practice a mere two hours before the show, The Drums seemed to have it pretty together at Popfest, with a full band and backup singers. Their MySpace lists gloomy Manchester post punk as reference points - the main influence to me seems to be the beach. As in where the surf meets the sand. The music's a little twangy, with the most whistling heard since "Young Folks," and song titles include "The Saddest Summer," "Down by the Water" and "Let's Go Surfing." Perfect for Watusi-ing. They're a lot of fun. And they've got a June residency at the Annex and will be playing the Northside Festival if you can't make the show on Saturday.

The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Rural Alberta Advantaqge

Also Saturday night, over at Mercury Lounge, are Norway's I Was a King playing their second of three NYC shows. Their first is earlier that day at Generation Records. I have friends who saw them in Chicago and said they were great so I'm really looking forward to catching them. As I wrote previously, if you like Teenage Fanclub-y, harmony-and-feedback style pop, definitely go see them. They also play Union Hall on Sunday (5/31).

The Saturday show (which is an early one) is with Canadian trio The Rural Alberta Advantage, who also headline tonight (5/29) at The Bell House. The band won over crowds at SXSW, including at least one Pitchfork writer:

The percussive, stripped down indie-folk trio plays acoustic everything, but there's nothing quiet about them. Frontman Nils Edenloff sings in a strained yelp and plays his guitar like he's mad at it. This is the kind of band you imagine would do just fine unplugged. And at the end of their set, they did just that, walking to the center of the room and making their voices do all the work...

Edenloff held everything together, but multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole did more to make this band fun to watch. She's a totally winning stage presence, grinning huge and clapping along when she didn't have anything to play. And her xylophone dings and backing vocals added warmth and stillness to the driving songs. Every one of those songs, according to Edenloff, concerns the Canadian province that gave the band their name. And every one of those songs just goes for it, in a racing-toward-the-sun kind of way. This band could be huge.

The band's excellent self-released 2008 debut, Hometowns, just got picked up by Saddle Creek who'll release it in July.

And if you need more earnest Canadians, Rock Plaza Central are in town, at Cake Shop on Monday (6/1) and the Bell House on Tuesday (6/2).

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A few short bits:

Grant HartTwo great alt-rock icons are in town: X are at Bowery Ballroom all weekend (playing what you asked them to play). Tonight (5/29) and Saturday are sold out, as is but there are still tickets for Sunday's show. And former Husker Du drummer/singer Grant Hart will play Cake Shop tonight (5/29) and the Bell House on Monday (6/1).

Au Revoir Simone kick of their summer tour tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you haven't heard their new, critically-acclaimed album Still Night, Still Light (which I still have to look up to make sure I'm getting the title correct), it really is very good. Also on the bill and on the tour is The Antlers.

Did you get tickets for Art Brut Week? At this point, everything except the Monday (6/1) show is sold out and it's likely to go soon. If you haven't heard Art Brut Vs. Satan, maybe it's time rediscover the brilliance of Eddie Argos.

Select tour dates and videos after the jump...

Continue reading "Pelle Carlberg, X, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Drums, Au Revoir Simone & more in This Week In Indie"

alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
Jeff Lewis

[In the UK, Jeffrey Lewis] will sell out venues that hold up to 800 fans. Back in America, though, a headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom is the highest-profile gig he'll play behind his new Rough Trade album 'Em Are I, and even that seems a bit excessive to him. "If we were hitting, like, 150 or 200 people everywhere around the States, that would be totally fine," he says. "Once it starts getting above, like, 400, it just takes it into a different context." [Village Voice]
That Jeffrey Lewis Bowery Ballroom show happened on Wednesday, May 20th. It was the CD release show for his latest record, 'Em Are I, out now on Rough Trade. Were you there?

Jeffrey's previous record, 2007's 12 Crass Songs, was exactly that - an LP of Crass covers. About.com asked him about that...

Lots of aging punks got mad at the Dirty Projectors with their Black Flag album [Rise Above]. Did you find similar resentment?

"Mine was a very different record to the Dirty Projectors'. Black Flag songs are not so big on the content removed from the context, so putting them into this modern, art-rock, hipster context takes away whatever it is that makes those songs meaningful. With the Crass stuff, it wasn't a case of obscuring the message, but focusing it, by giving their lyrics a straight-forward presentation. In that way, it was like the opposite to the Dirty Projectors' project, so there was total irony in the fact that those records came out around the same time, and were always compared to each other. I do get some flack from the most devoted of Crass fans, but Crass themselves were really nice about it. I was talking to Dave [Longstreth] of the Dirty Projectors and he was saying that they just never heard any word from Black Flag at all. They tried getting in contact and met with no response. So it was pretty cool that Crass were so welcoming and supportive of me."

From Lewis' popularity overseas, it's not suprising that the songwriter calls the UK's Rough Trade Records home. After his current tour of the Northeast, which includes some dates with Au Revoir Simone, Lewis will meet with the Brits in Art Brut to perform as the "special guest" on the last night of that band's 5-day Mercury Lounge run (no We Are Scientists this time around).

Lewis recently said goodbye to his NY Times Measure for Measure blog with a final post. Coming up, look for the singer to update his 2008 Daytrotter session with a visit to the Rock Island studio in June.

Video from Lewis's May 20th Bowery show, and one of Jeff playing with Emmy the Great, plus all tour dates, below...

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The Antlers @ Cake Shop (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The AntlerS

Frenchkiss Records will be re-releasing a remastered version of Hospice, the debut new album by NYC band The Antlers, on August 18th (and digitally on June 16th). That means they are now label-mates with Sean Bones WHO they are playing with (listed as "special guest") at The Delancey on May 20th (flyer below). One day later you can catch The Antlers with White Rabbits and Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom (you can also catch Cymbals Eat Guitars at the opening Rooftop Films party tonight). And you can catch the Antlers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 29th with Au Revoir Simone who they are then going out on tour with before meeting up with Cotton Jones for even more touring. All dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (MP3)

Au Revoir Simone @ Union Pool - Apr 13, 2009
Au revoir simone

Au Revoir Simone have announced more dates for their upcoming US tour. As mentioned before, tickets are already on sale ARS's two upcoming NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 29 and Bowery Ballroom on June 27.

The Brooklyn trio played a fun, packed show on Monday at Union Pool as a warm-up for this extensive haul on which they're about to embark. They stuck mainly to tracks from their upcoming album Still Night, Still Light which is out May 18 on the band's own Our Secret Record Company label - a double 10" vinyl version included. The first single is "Shadows" and you can download the MP3 of it at the top of this post.

Tour dates and video of ARS performing "Shadows" at Monday's Union Pool show after the jump...

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by Bill Pearis

1/3 of Au Revoir Simone @ Radio Room in Austin (BV party) (by Ryan Muir/Metromix)
Au Revoir Simone

Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone release their second full-length, Still Night, Still Light, next month and are about to head out on on a European tour (where their album comes out this month). As a warm up though, Annie, Erika and Heather are playing a "secret" show this Monday (4/13) at Union Pool. Tickets are also on sale now for two upcoming proper NYC shows: May 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which will start their U.S. tour and then Bowery Ballroom on June 27 which comes at the end. Full dates are still pending.

Still Night, Still Light was produced by Thom Monahan who is a member of The Pernice Brothers and has recently twiddled knobs for Vetiver, Little Joy, and The Broken West. Au Revoir Simone played a really nice set last month as part of the Brooklynvegan day party during SXSW, and footage of them performing new song "All or Nothing" is at the bottom of this post. You can also check out early versions of three songs from the new album (which I like a lot) over at The Recess Sessions, which were filmed by Vincent Moon of La Blogothèque Take-a-Way show fame.

SXSW video and all known tour dates, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano

Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John had some problems at their Wednesday SXSW debut, as reported by the Associated Press and a few others:

The start was delayed and, when they finally started playing, equipment problems caused long interruptions and ruined the set. The unsympathetic crowd heckled and booed.

"It was an awful show," said Peter Moren, the band's lead singer, able to smile painfully about it in an interview Friday. "But it's also good that stuff like that happens occasionally. Otherwise you become bigheaded.

To be fair, that was just one of the band's three official SXSW shows - and they had no such problems at their planned-to-a-T W Hotel gig in New York on Tuesday (3/17), which served to show off material from the group's new record Living Thing (out March 31st on Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International).

The night started out with free pink martinis and wine, as media and industry folk (many running around with cameras) hobnobbed with VIPs and guests at the formal event, part of the W NY Hotel's Wanderlust luxury music event series. The crowd settled into place just in time for the angelic, mid-paced opening song "Just the Past," which announced the atmosphere-heavy mood of the band's new album.

Probably my favorite tune of the night came with "It Don't Move Me," a Faint-esque electro mash-up with claves, snapping synth drums, and locomotive bass. Its lyrics seemed to highlight the band's departure from melody-driven "Young Folks"-style songs with lines like "History is done...I can run much faster when nothing weighs me down." In that uptempo vein, the band suceeded - the propulsive dance chorus of "Lay It Down," for example ("Hey, shut the fuck up, boy," it goes) worked even in the cold, cavernous room.

The creepy children's-voice sample of single "Nothing to Worry About," however, didn't do anything to breach the gap created by the echo-heavy vocals and already distant atmosphere of the event (though the massive, resounding PA sounded great soaking into the sound-proofed walls).

But the band works best on crowd-centered energy, built upon songs like "Young Folks," the night's of-course encore. The guys jumped through the hit accompanied by Heather D'Angelo from Au Revoir Simone and someone named Chris, who furiously pounded out the song's usually subdued bongo part.

It was the energy of that track that broke through the mingling suits and clanking martini glasses, reaffirming the power of the single - a reaction I'm sure the band hopes to recreate with new-album songs at its many scheduled dates this summer.

Coming up, Peter Bjorn and John return to Europe, then set out on a US tour with Chairlift, visiting NYC for two basically-sold-out NYC shows at the end of April (MHOW and Webster Hall).

Afterward, PB & J travel with Depeche Mode, playing two NYC gigs at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are on sale for the August 3rd and the recently added August 4th shows.

More pics from the W New York hotel show, below...

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SXSW

This free BrooklynVegan show takes place on two stages at Radio Room in Austin, Texas this Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2009 from noon-6pm. Set times, more info, and answers to (hopefully) all FAQ's below...

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photos by Chris Becker

Dirty on Purpose @ Mercury Lounge in NYC - Dec 31, 2008
Dirty on Purpose

Dirty on Purpose said their final goodbyes at Mercury Lounge in NYC on New Years Eve. As announced less than a month earlier, they're "going the way of the dodo", but "reserve the right to change our minds and get back together in six months". Regardless, as they also pointed out, there are pleny of side other projects to keep them busy and us entertained.

Joe and the Flying Spoons (Joe's band) and Purse Snatchers (Doug's band) have a show scheduled this Sunday (1/4) at Cake Shop with Uninhabitable Mansions. As we've also pointed out before, Uninhabitable Mansions includes CYHSY's Robbie and Tyler, and Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart who is also in Purse Snatchers.

Au Revoir Simone's Erika Forster used to be in Dirty on Purpose. As you can see from the picture above, they brought her back to join them for their final show at Mercury Lounge that A Place to Bury Strangers headlined (and helped ring in 2009) (Mr. Brownstone played the late-late show in the same club later the same night).

Purse Snatchers also have a show coming at Cake Shop (again) on February 26th with Coin Under Tongue who are also playing Death By Audio on February 28th with Sisters. Death by Audio is the warehouse space in the same Brooklyn building that houses Death By Audio the effects pedal company which is owned by Oliver Ackermann whose band is A Place to Bury Strangers and who oversees is associated with the new Death By Audio label (where all the bands do everything for themselves according to the below comment). The two bands currently signed to the Death by Audio label are Sisters and Coin Under Tongue. George from Dirty on Purpose is in Coin Under Tongue.

More pictures from New Years Eve below...

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By Andrew Frisicano

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ChristmasWith holiday mixes in the air, Amnesty International has released I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas, a benefit comp featuring No Kids, Blitzen Trapper, Parentheitcal Girls, Sally Shapiro, and more (full tracklist below).

Then there's the free all-Swedish Xmas mix up at Swedes Please. Among the songs posted is the new duet between The Hives and Cyndi Lauper, "A Christmas Duel," video below (or buy the song on iTunes).

ChristmasSpeaking of Cyndi and good causes, True Colors is auctioning off a chance to hang out with the Best Electronic/Dance Album nominee as part of its first annual online charity auction to benefit GLBT equality groups the True Colors Fund, CenterLink, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

The package includes "1-hour voice lesson, plus lunch, with Cyndi Lauper, in NYC. 2 roundtrip domestic coach tickets on American Airlines and a 2-night stay at Hotel on Rivington included." It's currently going for $4,000. Full list of items on auction here.

ChristmasAnd speaking of Christmas music and female 80's icons that have toured for True Colors...

"Blackheart Records, the rock label Joan Jett started over 25 years ago, has released its holiday compilation record, and it's available at the iTunes store. The 11-song digital album features rocked-out holiday standards and originals recorded by Jett and Blackheart bands including Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Cute Lepers and more."
You can grab "Silent Night" at the top of this post for free. Full tracklist below.

Also for download up there is a selection of holiday MP3's from the inbox.

Other Christmas album options this year include new ones by Sufjan's friend Rosie Thomas and Neutral Milk Hotel's Julian Koster, and one by The Raveonettes. For a Christmas show, check out the always fun McGarrigle Christmas Hour this Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall. Guests this year include Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Emmylou Harris and Justin Bond.

Videos (including one by Glasvegas) and tracklists below...

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Barack Rock
Barack Rock! continues to update its pro-Obama website with free music by bands like The Teenage Prayers, Bell, Sam Champion, Ra Ra Riot, Frank Bango, Clipd Beaks, Mobius Band, Tapes n Tapes, Sera Cahoone, Port O'Brien, Salt & Samovar, Bear Hands, Au Revoir Simone, Foreign Islands and many more.