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astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk

At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.

The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]

We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 Day 1 pics (Replacements, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Afghan Whigs, †††, Waxahatchee, Kate Nash The Knife, more) "


Sari and Romy Lightman are not currently listed as being part of Austra's live band -- they weren't with them in September but do appear in the "Hurt Me Now" video which came out in January. One thing's for sure: they're still making their own music under the name Tasseomancy. The pair are currently putting the finishing touches on their new album, which will be out this fall, but you can check out a new song, "Reality," right now. The Lightman sisters made the song's eerie lyric video, editing together found footage, resulting in what they call "Bauhaus karaoke style." You can watch it below.

Continue reading "Tasseomancy share new song and video, working on new LP"

Field Trip

Toronto's Field Trip Festival began last year as a celebration of label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary. It's returning again this year, happening June 7 & 8 at Fort York & Garrison Common with Broken Social Scene headlining once again, but will expand beyond the Arts & Crafts roster. Interpol, The Kills, the reunited Constantines, CHVRCHES, Fucked Up, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Austra are among the other bands playing the 2014 edition. Tickets, in a variety of packages, are on sale now.

Full announced line-up is below.

Continue reading "BSS, Interpol, The Kills , Constantines, Fucked Up playing 2014 Field Trip Fest in Toronto (line-up)"


Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Austra @ Webster Hall - 9/22/13
Austra, Diana @ Webster Hall - 9/22/2013

Toronto dark pop band Austra already hit NYC once this year in support of their new sophomore album, Olympia, and this past Sunday (9/22) they brought their tour back for a larger show at Webster Hall. Austra gave an spirited performance as usual, but were unfortunately without the Tasseomancy twins, who are usually Austra's backup singers and an integral part of her live show. Their Jagjaguwar-signed tourmates DIANA opened the show, and pictures of both bands are in this post.

They continue, along with a video of Austra, below...

Continue reading "Austra and DIANA played Webster Hall (pics & video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Austra at MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Austra released their newest album, Olympia, over the summer, and on September 2 they'll be releasing the single for its track, "Painful Like," along with remixes by XXXY, Peter Van Hoesen, Heidi Mortenson, and Dinamo Azari (Of Azari & III). The album is already more percussive than its predecessor, but on XXXY's remix, he makes it even more beat-oriented, turning the track into a full-on dancefloor banger. Check out his spin on the track, below.

Austra will be returning to NYC when their tour with DIANA hits Webster Hall on September 22 for a BV-presented show. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new remix and the video for the original track, below...

Continue reading "Austra remixed by XXXY (listen) +++ updated tour dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Austra @ MHOW 6/20/2013

Austra's very good new album, Olympia, is out this week and the Canadian group played a record release party last night (6/20) in celebration of it. They played a little more than half of the new record, including first single "Home" and "Painful Like," plus favorites from Feel It Break like "Lose It" and "The Beat and the Pulse" which closed out the main set. They came back for a two song encore, doing "Hurt Me Now" and "Darken Her Horse." Full setlist below.

Opening the show was fellow Montreal band Mozart's Sister, the solo project of Think About Life's Caila Thompson-Hannant who dabbles in electro-tinged R&B pop and has a serious set of pipes.

Austra will be back this fall for the BV-presented show at Webster Hall on September 22 with DIANA. Tickets are still available. More pictures from MHOW below...

Continue reading "Austra celebrated their new LP at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mozart's Sister (pics, setlist)"

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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Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (Austra, Still Corners, Low, Cold Cave, Shannon & the Clams, Hausu, Puce Mary & more)"

Austra at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As mentioned, Austra are releasing their sophomore album, Olympia, on June 18 via Domino/Paper Bag. You've already heard the first single, "Home," and they've just released another cut, "Painful Like," which is keeping the anticipation for this album pretty high. Check it out below.

As discussed, Austra is going on a tour which hits NYC for a sold-out show on June 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mozart's Sister and a BrooklynVegan-presented show on September 22 at Webster Hall with DIANA. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "listen to another new Austra song, "Painful Like""


Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

Austra at Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As mentioned, Austra are releasing their sophomore album, Olympia, on June 18 via Domino/Paper Bag, and will be touring in support of it over the next few months. That tour hits NYC for a show on June 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mozart's Sister (sold out) and a BrooklynVegan-presented show on September 22 at Webster Hall (tickets).

The Webster Hall show and many of their other August/September shows are with fellow Canadians DIANA, who just signed to Jagjaguwar in the US and Paper Bag in Canada. Their debut LP, Perpetual Surrender will come out on August 20 and you can watch the video for its single, "Born Again," below.

Regarding Austra's upcoming album, in a recent interview with Stereogum, singer Katie Stelmanis talked about the differences recording this one with her band, as opposed to entirely solo like Austra's debut:

Yeah, it's something that I was kind of craving. I feel like when you hear a solo record from someone you can kind of always tell that it's a solo record. Like, if literally one person did everything on the record it's like you're following their train of thought. Everything is predictable and fits into this certain box. It's one person's idea, and I was very aware of that, and I wanted to create something that's a little more dynamic. And so doing that I wanted to bring in more ideas and bring in other people and it made it more interesting for me because I was able to bounce ideas off of other people and just co-writing with people was pretty new and fun.
The album's single "Home" is being released this summer with remixes from NYC producer Ital and Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson.

Stream both of those remixes, along with the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Austra remixed by Ital and Kevin Saunderson (listen); tour w/ DIANA starts soon"

Austra at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As mentioned, Austra are releasing a new album, Olympia, on June 18 via Domino/Paper Bag. The band just made a video for the album's excellent single, "Home," and have also announced a new string of tour dates. The new dates see Austra coming back to NYC for a show on September 22 at Webster Hall with DIANA. That show happens about three months after their previously discussed NYC show on June 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mozart's Sister. Tickets for the MHOW show are still available, and tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday, May 10 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/8) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Austra announce more dates (Webster Hall included)"


As mentioned, Austra's new album, Olympia, is out June 18 on Domino/Paper Bag. Eschewing programmed beats, the record was made with her very talented live band. You may have already heard first single "Home" but Austra has just released the video for the track. Directed by Noel Paul & Stefan Moore, the cip was mostly shot in one long take. Watch it below.

Austra, who played one of our 2013 SXSW day parties, will play a record release show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 20 with Mozart's Sister opening. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: They also announced more dates including another NYC show, happening on September 22 at Webster Hall with DIANA.

Continue reading "watch the video for Austra's "Home""

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)

We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.

There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?

We've written about the Sacred Bones comp, the Astralwerks comp, Old 97s, Frightened Rabbit, Austra, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Titus Andronicus Check out our new list below...

Continue reading "a guide to Record Store Day 2013"

Austra @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)

Austra's new album, Olympia, isn't out for another two months (6/18) but folks who are in NYC can get a very early legal listen tonight (4/10) at an official listening party at Chinatown club Le Baron. The event is free and after the album is played in full there will be DJ sets by Austra's Katie Stelmanis and Maya Postepski. Flyer for tonight's event is below along with the few upcoming tour dates Austra has scheduled. Those dates include Music Hall of Williamsburg which is now being opened by Mozart's Sister who comes to NYC herself later this month.

Meanwhile, if you're out looking for exclusives on Record Store Day (4/20), keep an eye out for a 12" titled "Mayan Drums," which is a collaboration between Austra and German electro singer Gina X.

Postepski, who just launched her own solo project, Princess Century, remixed Heidi Mortenson's track "Dele Af Kroppen" and you can stream that below.

Continue reading "Austra DJing at free NYC listening party for new LP tonight, releasing collaboration w/ Gina X for #RSD13 ++ more news"

SXSW photos by Kevin Figueroa and Sarah Frankie Linder

Princess Century
Maya Postepski

Maya Postepski, who you may know as the drummer of Austra and/or one half of the duo TRUST, now has her own solo project, Princess Century, and she'll release her debut LP for that project, Lossless, on April 29 via Kennington Recordings. Her first single for the album, "Twin House," is a similar type of darkwave to Austra and TRUST, but while those projects both have pretty theatrical singers, Maya's soft voice is hidden in the mix on this track. Check out the video for the track, along with the Lossless album art and tracklist, below.

Austra at BV-SXSW 2013

Meanwhile, Austra have a new album on the way too, and they were just in Austin for SXSW to preview material from it, which they did at one of our BrooklynVegan day parties. We already posted pictures of that party in full, and two more sets of Austra pictures are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "Maya Postepski (Austra/TRUST) releasing debut solo LP as Princess Century (video) ++ more Austra pics from BV SXSW"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Austra / APTBS / the crowd
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 16th, 2013
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 16th, 2013
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 16th, 2013

We wrapped up our stay at The Main and The Jr (aka old Emo's) with our fourth and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16). Unfortunately, Foxygen had to drop off at the last minute because the singer lost his voice. They would have played the outdoor stage (Pianos Stage), where we still saw sets from the arty synthpop of Empress Of, the loudest set of all of our day parties from A Place to Bury Strangers, and a super fun set from catchy UK rockers Palma Violets. Then came the sexy R&B of Autre Ne Veut, followed by a set by Austra, who were previewing expansive material from their upcoming sophomore album, Olympia. Then finally, the outdoor stage was wrapped up with a set from psychedelic pop New Zealanders Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Inside, the show kicked off with the catchy indie pop of TEEN, followed by rockin' UK band Peace, and then three consecutive synthpop groups, Feathers, MS MR, and Doldrums. Then the show took a louder turn with an adrenaline-pumping set from White Lung, bouncy young garage punks The Orwells, and finally King Tuff.

In addition to the music, we had an interactive photo and video booth set up by Oxygen tattoo show, "Best Ink". The second season (hosted by Pete Wentz who made a surprise appearance in their booth) premieres April 3rd. Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Zazoo, and Redigi.

More pictures from Saturday's party below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday day party in pics (UMO, King Tuff, Austra, Orwells, APTBS, Palma Violets & more)"

This is Day 4 of four BrooklynVegan SXSW Day Parties this year...


As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP

We've announced Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is on the way. HERE IS SATURDAY..

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan free SXSW 2013 Saturday day party lineup (UMO, Austra, King Tuff, Autre Ne Veut, Foxygen, APTBS, White Lung, Palma Violets, Doldrums & more)"


Austra has announced their sophomore album, Olympia, which will be released on June 18 via Domino. Unlike 2011's Feel it Break, which was made primarily by Katie Stelmanis alone, Olympia was a band effort with all instruments played live in the studio with no programming or loops used. Drummer Maya Postepski (also of TRUST), had a big hand in shaping the sound of the new album. "There is a major percussive element running through every song," says Stelmanis. "This is the album where we discovered rhythm." You can check out "Home" from Olympia below.

Austra, who was here recently opening for The xx, will be premiering Olympia material at SXSW next week, including a visit to our Saturday (3/16) day party at the old Emo's space. Austra have also announced a few American live dates around the release of the album, including one in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 20. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/7) at noon. All Austra tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Austra announces new LP (stream a track), playing BV day party and more SXSW shows ++ NYC and other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Hervé - "Gold" (feat. Maria Minerva) (MP3)

Maria Minerva
Maria Minerva

Lo-fi pop artist Maria Minerva teamed up with LA dance four-piece Pharaohs for the track, "Miraculous Feet," off Pharaohs' debut full length, Replicant Moods, which is due out on April 20 via 100% Silk. Maria takes lead vocals which gives the track an overall feel more similar to her music than Pharaohs', but Pharaohs' Chic-style bassline and post-punk drums make the song beefier and dancier than most of Maria's work. You can stream that track below.

As mentioned, Maria Minerva and Pharaohs are teaming up for a NYC show this Saturday (3/2) at 285 Kent with Octo Octa and Magic Touch (8 PM doors, $10 admission), but Pharaohs will be landing in NYC even sooner to play Cameo on Thursday (2/28) with Jonas Reinhardt, SHAMS, and a DJ set from Suzanne Kraft. Advance tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now. Both Maria Minerva and Pharaohs will also be in Austin this March for SXSW.

Maria Minerva also has a new release of her own on the way; the Bless EP, which will be out on April 2 via Not Not Fun. The EP's first single, "Black Magick," continues in the vein of her Will Happiness Find Me? album, and you can watch the video for that track below. Maria will play a release show for that EP in NYC on April 18 at Cameo Gallery with Butterclock (more on her in a minute). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In addition to her own EP and collaborating with Pharaohs, Maria also contributed vocals to "Gold," the new single off UK producer Hervé (aka Joshua Harvey)'s new album, The Art of Disappearing, which comes out on March 4 via Cheap Thrills. Maria's airy vocals and Hervé's downtempo rhythms work great together and you can hear the collaboration by downloading the track above or watching its video, below. That album also features a killer collaboration with Austra (who are playing BrooklynVegan SXSW shows) on the track "Save Me," which you can stream below as well. Other collaborators on the album are Niki & the Dove and Seasfire.


As mentioned above, support at Maria Minerva's EP release from comes from oOoOO collaborator Butterclock (aka Laura Clock), who released her debut EP, First Prom, earlier this month. A limited CD pressing of the EP is available at the Fantasy Music webstore. Butterclock also has some European shows coming up, which are listed below, and more US dates will be announced soon. The video for "Don't" off her EP is below.

oOoOO also has some dates of his own coming up, including one in NYC which happens on May 23 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with all mentioned song streams and videos, below...

Continue reading "Maria Minerva readies new EP, adds NYC show w/ Butterclock +++ related news on Pharaohs, oOoOO & Hervé"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The xx and Austra @ Hammerstein Ballroom, 1/24/2013
The XX

The xx played Hammerstein Ballroom last night (1/24). The show was a make-up date for their show at the Bronx's Paradise Theatre that was supposed to happen back in October but got canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. Did you go last night? Austra, who is due for a new album sometime, opened the show and she's still got  Sari and Romy Lightman as indispensable backing singers.

Both bands play Hammerstein again tonight (1/25) and it's sold out. If you're looking for something to do after the show, Austra DJs late night at Glasslands with Heathered Pearls also on the decks. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from The xx and Austra at Hammerstein below...

Continue reading "The xx and Austra played Hammerstein Ballroom (pics), do it again tonight"

Heathered Pearls

Heathered Pearls is the moniker of Polish ambient musician Jakub Alexander who now lives in Brooklyn. He recently released his debut LP, Loyal, out now via Ghostly International. Lush and transportive, you can stream the entire LP below.

New York has a couple chances to see Heathered Pearls live. Tonight (1/18) he plays the "Connections" party at Ran Tea House with with Rioux, Prism House, and Certain Creatures. It promises to be an "exploration in electronic psychedelia" and is $5 before midnight, $7 after. More info here. Then he's also on the bill (DJing) for Austra's upcoming DJ night at Glasslands on January 25 . Tickets are still available.

Flyer for "Connections" party and album stream are below...

Continue reading "Heathered Pearls released 'Loyal' (stream it), playing shows"


Tickets for Governors Ball 2013 (June 7-9) go on a limited holiday presale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Yes show at Beacon Theater, where they'll be playing The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One in full, go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the newly added Tegan & Sara (who don't play with The Killers tonight) show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Don Giovanni showcases with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Stormshadow, Lemuria, Jeffrey Lewis, Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, and more go on sale today at noon (2-day pass option included).

Tickets for the newly-added Desaparecidos show at Webster Hall with Joyce Manor and States & Kingdoms go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Stars shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bob Mould shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Frightened Rabbit show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ultraista and Prefuse 73 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Maccabees shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Man Man and Murder by Death show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Ruby Suns show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

TIckets for the Mount Moriah and Blessed Feathers show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Annuals, Slam Donahue, Ludwig Persik, and Tab the Band show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Alpine show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Glasslands show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mykki Blanco show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ex Cops show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. TIckets for their Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for tonight's Webster Hall show where they open for Paul Banks are still available.

People Get Ready are playing Mercury Lounge on February 8 with Color War. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Trey Anastasio shows at Capitol Theatre and Wellmont Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Austra is DJing Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A bunch of shows at Town Hall just went on sale.

Geoff Rickly of Thursday recently released his first solo material, and is playing an acoustic show at The Sutdio at Webster Hall on February 2 with Vinnie Caruana and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (12/18) at 10 AM.

Lower Dens @ Chicago's the Riv, 10/1/2012 (more by Grant McAllister)
Lower Dens

Baltimore's Lower Dens went into new, motorik directions on their second album, Nootropics so it makes sense that tracks from the record might work well in the remix world. Hence, the Nootropics Remixed EP which takes three cuts off the album and puts them into the hands of Trentemøller, Cex, and Steve Moore. You can stream Trentemøller's excellent recrafting of Nootropics standout cut "Brains" below. You can buy it directly from Ribbon Music, and if you buy any Lower Dens title, you'll get Nootropics Remixed for free.

Meanwhile, Lower Dens shared with us their picks for Best of 2012. All four current members contributed lists and none of them were straight LP lists, mixing media with inclusions for live shows, books, food, film and ephemera. Check them out below, along with that "Brains" remix.

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