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Princess Century Progress

Having released the Lossy EP earlier this year, Maya Postepski (of Austra/TRST) will release her second album as Princess Century, titled Progress, on October 16 via Paper Bag. As on previous releases, it's deep in the world of cosmic disco, with arpeggiated synths always simmering and detours into dark alleys. If you like Giorgio Moroder's soundtrack to Midnight Express, you will probably enjoy this trip as well. Says Maya:

This record is quite personal / intimate for me. I hope you can come into it and see the lightness and playfulness, as well as the dark we all hold within. The sound is meant to communicate a great love and desire for affection with you. I want you to know me better.
Get to know Princess Century better right now -- a stream of Progress premieres in this post. Check it out, and the video for "Domestic," below.

Princess Century's Progress is available for pre-order now via Paper Bag and iTunes.

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photo: Action Bronson at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Action Bronson

Among this year's NXNE shows is Action Bronson's free outdoor show on 6/21 in Yonge-Dundas Square, one of the busiest common areas in Toronto. Not everyone is excited though. A Change.org petition has been launched by local activist Erica Shiner to get Bronson removed from the show for "[glorifying] gang-raping and murdering women." The petition reads:

Action bronson glorifies gang-raping and murdering women. It is an insult to the people of Toronto for NXNE, Now Magazine, Vans Footwear, and the City of Toronto to be featuring an artist on public property whose lyrics are as follows:

"Then dig your shorty out cuz I geeked her up on molly
Have her eating dick, no need for seasoning
If seven dudes are in the room then she's pleasing them
Like a trooper. Hit her in the pooper. Throw her in the shower
Then I take her out to Lupa I'm kinky, I'll hit it even if it's stinky
Put em in the shower, make the pussy brand new Ran through.
Give 'em money what I can't do Stuff her lunchbox & burn her with the candle"

Shiner goes on to say that the lyrics quoted above (from the song "Consensual Rape") are hate speech, and that "a musician who glorifies rape and violence against women should not be invited to perform at a public space in our city." The petition has 1,974 supporters as of this post, and Toronto artist Austra shared the link on their Twitter as well.

The NXNE organizers have defended their decision to book him in a new statement, which reads:

On Tuesday, May 26 a group of concerned Torontonians created a petition to remove Action Bronson from NXNE's lineup on Sunday, June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square. The petition has spawned a passionate online discussion. The Festival would like to address this topic.

Action Bronson performed at Yonge-Dundas Square as part of NXNE in 2012 with Killer Mike, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. It was a positive concert that was described by reviewers as "laid back", "a lot of fun" and a "world class hip-hop showcase". NXNE is confident the lineup on June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square will make for another enjoyable day of music in a public space.

"NXNE will also present a number of rap artists at various venues, such as Tink and Kate Tempest, who have be lauded for the undisguised feminist viewpoints in their music." says Sara Peel, Managing Director of NXNE. " "That being said, in the interest of moving forward in a positive manner, we are engaging in discussion with our community about this important issue, and looking to provide opportunities for concerned voices to be heard."

NXNE believes each and every one of these artists have the right to express their views through music, but those views belong to them and them alone. Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival showcases, as NXNE will present hundreds of artists this June - some may be considered controversial, but most are just plain fun.

There's also another Change.org petition launched by another local, James Friske, in response to Erica Shiner's, titled "Stop Feminist Extremeists from Censoring Action Bronson's Free Speech and his Performance at NXNE." It reads:
Erica Shiner and her parteners either knowingly or unknowingly manipulated the meaning of the lyrics do describe the non-consensual drugging and gang raping of the woman in the lyrics, based on the single line "cuz I geeked her up on molly" This is a loose play of language to describe his giving her molly, and her willingly taking it. All other aspects of the lyrics do not contain material that describe the woman as being used against her will, in fact the same verse contradicts the idea of it. None of the sexual acts described are illegal, and in a court of law this would not stand as proof that a rape has occurred.

There are currently 3000+ people who will be attending the free concert, and I call on The city of Toronto, Yonge and Dundas Square Management, and Sponsors to stand up for free speech in the face of censorship by an extremist minority.

As for Bronson himself, he just tweeted this:

UPDATE: Bronson has now added, "It's so funny the song that is causing these Torontonians to have their panties in a bunch literally has never been performed, ever." And, "5 years ago a lost track. That's what u base UR argument on? HOW ABOUT THE 9 PROJECTS THAT HAVE COME OUT SINCE? Don't single me out."

by Bill Pearis

Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

There will be a lot of Montreal acts in NYC this weekend, and a lot of them will be at a late-night dance party on Friday (8/15) at Palisades that's being presented by Arbutus Records. The night features Austra's Katie Stelmanis DJing under the name Ketsup, plus DJ sets from Doldrums, and SMALL MOSHEEIN, as well as a live set from RAMZi. Tickets are on sale now.

To get a sense of what Katie does as Ketsup, you can stream a mix she made below. You can also stream a couple releases from RAMZi (aka Phoebé Guillemot) below as well.

Doldrums will also be playing live this weekend too, Saturday (8/16) at Silent Barn with Dadras, Patricia and another Montreal group, She-Devils. Hopefully this will be the same trio version of Doldrums that toured with Owen Pallet and features both Airick Woodhead, his brother Daniel and Maddy Wilde (both of whom are in Moon King). They were great when they played Baby's All Right back in June. That show is $10 at the door. Doldrums will be back in October, opening for EMA at Bowery Ballroom.

Speaking of Arbutus, another of the label's artists, Sean Nicholas Savage, is also in town this weekend, opening up for Blood Orange at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (8/16) afternoon. That show is free. He's also playing Friday night at Death by Audio with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper, and CE Schneider Topical. If you're unfamiliar with Savage, he blends sophisticated songwriting with a lo-fi bedroom pop aesthetic and is crazy prolific -- this year's Bermuda Waterfall was his 11th album since 2008. Stream it at Rdio and check out his 2011 cassette, Flamingo, below.

More streams, and show flyers, also below...

Continue reading "Doldrums playing NYC, DJing w/ Austra; Sean Nicholas Savage playing DbA before show w/ Blood Orange "

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Broken Bells @ Firefly Music Fest 6/22/2014
2014 Firefly Festival

Broken Bells (aka James Mercer & Danger Mouse) were in NYC last night (6/23), playing The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Control" from their most recent album, After The Disco. The band then stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theatre to perform a full set for the "Live on Letterman" web series. You can watch both those performances below.

Their Letterman appearances were fresh off the band's 6/22 performance at last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. Pictures from their set at Firefly are in this post.

The band have already been through NYC on a couple go-rounds (like Governors Ball), this year, and they've now expanded their current tour to include a bunch more dates, including NYC's Central Park Summerstage on September 26 with opener Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.

Some West Coast dates are with Austra. All are listed, along with more Firefly pics and Letterman videos, below...

Continue reading "Broken Bells played Firefly & 'Live on Letterman' (pics, video), playing Central Park w/ Hamilton Leithauser & more dates"

by Andrew Sacher


Manimal is releasing a Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran, on July 15, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more. Moby's cover of "Rio" was released recently (stream below), and now the cover of "Sound of Thunder" by Toronto shoegazers Beliefs can be streamed below as well. They've turned the song into one of their own (reverby vocals, swirling guitars), and it's not the first time they've put their spin on a classic song in the past year.

Check it out, plus the album tracklist, below...

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photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

The National / M.I.A. / Deafheaven / crowd
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2

For a moment there, it looked like The National's headlining set at Sasquatch - one of the band's biggest shows to date - was going to be underwhelming. For the first twenty minutes, the band felt too mellow, and frontman Matt Berninger, disinterested. And then, after "Don't Swallow The Cap", a switch seemingly went off in Berninger's head, and suddenly a middling National show turned into an outstanding, headlining-worthy triumph. After a furious "Afraid of Everyone", Berninger threw the first of many wine glasses (and later, bottles) into the air, walking away as it shattered on the ground. By the time he'd gotten to the always-intense "Squalor Victoria", he'd thrown his first microphone. By the end of main set closer "Mr. November", he'd attacked a stage banner, drank more wine, thrown a stage light, drank even more wine, dove into the crowd, crowdsurfed back, screamed at a sidestage LED screen, gone back into the crowd, drank wine (just to spit it out), and smashed whatever glass remained at that point. [KEXP]
We've already posted day 1 pictures of Washington state's 2014 Sasquatch music festival, and here's a set of day 2 (5/24), including shots of The National, Cut Copy, Tyler the Creator, Austra, M.I.A., Panda Bear, Neko Case, Washed Out, Deafheaven, Violent Femmes, The Dodos, First Aid Kit and more. Pictures continue below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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...

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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...

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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...

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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..

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