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photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's - 4/4/15 (via @bannedinjc)
Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy wrapped up their tour over the weekend in Brooklyn with a two-night stand at Baby's All Right. The shows were presented by the band and singer Meredith Graves' new label Honor Press, and featured Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy on night 1 (4/3); and Honor Press signees So Stressed, plus Wreck & Reference and Laced on night 2 (4/4). Perfect Pussy's Captured Tracks labelmate Mac DeMarco was in attendance on night 2, as you can see in the instagrams from the shows, below.

Perfect Pussy's next Brooklyn show is a free one, happening May 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by a handful of other local punk bands, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords and Nonsense.

That show is part of a Time Out Live-curated weekend, which includes another punk show at BKNB the day earlier (5/22) with Priests, Greys, Skating Polly and Done.

Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco instagrams below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy played two nights at Baby's (Mac DeMarco showed up), playing BK Bazaar (one day after Priests)"

photo: Torche at Gramercy Theatre in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Torche

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Torche, Nothing, Wrong @ Saint Vitus
This bill is pretty amazing all around, with "stoner pop" band Torche, whose new album is their heaviest in a while and most psychedelic yet, plus heavy shoegazers Nothing and Miami's WRong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa).

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Hank's Saloon
The JSBX released their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. Tonight brings them to downtown Brooklyn's tiny Hank's Saloon which, if you've been there, you know is gonna be a wild, wild show. You had to buy the new album at Turntable Lab to get guaranteed admission tonight. Still, go early.

Neil Diamond @ Barclays Center
Brooklyn native, songwriting legend, and master showman, Neil Diamond is one-of-a-kind who will be pulling out all the stops and putting on the hits tonight at Barclays.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Invisible Familiars, Sam Cohen @ Rough Trade
Jack Ladder makes synth pop and has a voice that's gained more than a few deserved comparisons to Nick Cave. He and his very eccentric band (Kirin J Callinan included) are a sight to see, and his funny stage banter is worth showing up for too. Openers are good too: Cibo Matto/GOASTT collaborator Invisible Familiars and former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen.

Big Ups, Kissing Fractures, Swings, BBC America @ Aviv
Local Fugazi/Slint-esque post-hardcore crushers Big Ups headline this show, and they're joined by Brooklyn's folky Kissing Fractures, DC's Swings, and Ohio's BBC America.

Suboi, Sandunes, Hashback Hashish @ Baby's All Right
Vietnamese rapper Suboi made quite the impression at our SXSW party, where the crowd who came out for her was super appreciative and Suboi definitely knew how to get the onlookers in the back more involved too.

Cancer Bats, Exalt, No Way @ Cake Shop
Canada's Cancer Bats make ripping hardcore with a little stoner rock riffage thrown in too. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Shakey Graves, Nikki Lane @ Irving Plaza
Austin folk singer keeps getting bigger and bigger, and if you've seen him live it's not hard to see why. Tonight's his first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Max Richter, American Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Le Poisson Rouge
Grammy-nominated contemporary composer Max Richter is in NYC revisiting some of his older albums/pieces this week. Tonight, his second show at LPR, features a selection from his albums Memoryhouse and Songs from Before.

Tobias Jesso Jr., Okay Kaya @ Mercury Lounge
Canadian singer-songwriter TJJ recalls the early-'70s days of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and John Lennon on his new album, Goon. This is his first of two sold-out NYC shows.

Morne, Trenchgrinder, Sangharsha @ The Acheron
Boston crust-sludgesters Morne put out a live album earlier this month, but there's still nothing like their actual live show, which you can experience tonight. Good openers too.

Anoraak (live), Plastic Plates, Joakim (DJ set) @ Verboten
If you dug the Drive soundtrack, you'll probably dig Anoraak, who associate with Drive contributors Electric Youth and College.

Demdike Stare, RROSE @ West Park Church
Forward-thinking electronic musicians Demdike Stare and Rrose come together for this show. Demdike Stare will be performing a score to Benjamin Christensen's film "Haxan," and Rrose will be performing James Tenney's solo gong piece "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion." The church is at 165 W 86 St.

Capsize, Young Graves, XpassageX @ Coco 66
San Deigo's Capsize are one of the newer bands on Equal Vision, but they hearken back to the label's early '00s days with bands like Converge and Give Up the Ghost.

Marc Ribot, Emeline Michel @ Greenwich House Music School
Guitar legend Marc Ribot teems with Haitian singer Emeline Michel tonight to pay tribute to Haitian classical guitar icon Frantz Casseus.

Told Slant, Free Cake For Every Creature, Florist, Trace Mountains @ Shea Stadium
Tonight Shea hosts a good showcase with a handful of local DIY bands, including The Epoch's Told Slant and Florist, twee folk singer Free Cake For Every Creature, and the LVL UP-related Trace Mountains.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

Outer Spaces

Outer Spaces, the current band of Cara Beth Satalino (ex-Witches), are currently on a tour that wraps up this weekend, hitting Brooklyn tonight and Boston on Saturday.

Tonight's Brooklyn show is at Palisades (3/13) with SoftSpot, Brooklyn indie rockers Giant Peach, and new Big Ups side project Thelonius Junk. That show's $7 at the door.

Outer Spaces' most recent release is the Garbage Beach EP, which came out on Salinas Records this past October, following last year's Creature of Nature EP and "I Was Divided" single. The new EP features Ben Salie from Pinecones on drums, and Cara's past collaborator (and Dan Deacon and Future Islands producer) Chester Endersby Gwazda on bass and keys. Like her past work (or Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Cayetana, etc) it mixes folk, pop, indie rock and punk into its own little subgenre, and probably the best example of this is the standout closing track, "Gun Song." With just an acoustic guitar and Cara's voice, that song could sound like right out of the mid-2000s folk revival, but instead she gives it an arrangement that sounds more fit for sweaty DIY shows than campfire singalongs.

Stream the EP in full below...

Continue reading "Outer Spaces on tour, playing Brooklyn tonight with Big Ups-related Thelonius Junk (dates & 'Garbage Beach' EP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sick Feeling at BV-RBSS show at Palisades in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
Sick Feeling

Last week came the unfortunate news that Ireland's Girl Band had to cancel their NYC shows (visa issues), including the one happening Wednesday (1/14) at Baby's All Right with Big Ups. On the bright side, Big Ups will instead be joined by another great band, NYC hardcore rippers Sick Feeling, as well as Flagland and Downies. Tickets are still available. It's the only upcoming date at the moment for both Big Ups and Sick Feeling.

Sick Feeling are a week away from releasing their debut album, Suburban Myth, due 1/20 on Geoff Rickly's Collect Records. You've already heard the immensely heavy lead single "Liberal Arts," and since we last spoke the band released two more equally crushing songs, "Gave Back (Suburban Myth Part 1)" and "The Americans." Check them out below.

Continue reading "Sick Feeling released two more songs from their LP, added to Big Ups' show at Baby's this Wednesday"

photos by Mimi Hong

"Went to my first "show" in 85 I think. I have never seen adoration like the crowd and @TheFrontBottoms right now." - Craig Finn

The Front Bottoms poppin' champagne / TFB & friends / Tiny Moving Parts' crowd
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
Tiny Moving Parts

The Front Bottoms and BrooklynVegan teamed up once again for the holidays this year, this time to present the Champagne Jam at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday (12/21). TFB headlined the sold-out show in the Grand Ballroom, and their set in that room was prefaced by Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and magician Magic Mike. Over in the Marlin Room, The So So Glos and Big Ups repped NYC punk, while GDP brought the alt-rap, and comedian Chris Gethard was there bringing jokes to a punk rock show (like last year). In the Studio, mathy emo was provided by Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, and still even more artists played throughout the day. Brand New singer Jesse Lacey was in attendance, though not to perform with his frequent collaborator Kevin Devine. You Blew It! weren't billed, but members were attendance to perform with their past tourmates The Front Bottoms and their other past tourmates Prawn. Tiny Moving Parts and Kevin Devine joined TFB on stage during their set too. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The Hold Steady and The So So Glos will continue the holiday celebrations with Music Hall of Williamsburg shows on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. Both were sold out, but tickets for NYE are back on sale.

More pictures and some videos below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, more played Champagne Jam - pics"

Girl Band

UPDATE: Girl Band have had to cancel their shows due to problems with U.S. immigration.

Dublin Ireland quartet Girl Band (all-guys, for the record) have been making a racket since 2011 and have released a handful of 7" singles so far, most recently "De Bom Bom" which came out back in September. That song, like a lot of what they do, hits hard with noisy, loud guitars and shouted vocals in the fine punk tradition of McLusky or The Fall. (Or, the shouty punks of your choosing.) Girl Band have just signed with Rough Trade and the fruits of that should bear out in 2015.
Bill wrote the above about Girl Band recently, and since then they were announced for this year's Burgerama. Now they've added more US dates happening sooner than that -- a run of three NYC shows in January. The first happens January 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Ups, which is a very cool pairing. Then they play January 15 at Elvis Guesthouse (a new space?) and January 17 at Palisades with Slim Twig, his past tourmate U.S. Girls, and Bottoms. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now. More info on the other two shows TBA.

All Girl Band dates are listed, with a stream of a recent single, below...

Continue reading "Girl Band playing NOT playing 3 NYC shows in January"

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DBA

Les Savy Fav were the "super secret headliner" at the eighth to last Death by Audio show on Saturday (11/15) that was already stacked with great local openers who have all frequented the venue -- Yvette, Big Ups and Ovlov -- handpicked by the headliners themselves. Doors opened at 8, and even a half hour beforehand the line outside was down the block. Once they opened it moved pretty quickly though, and we heard it sold out during or right after Ovlov's opening set.

Ovlov brought their usual enjoyable set of Dinosaur Jr-isms, and (as you can see pictured below), they also brought their friend and former Exploding In Sound labelmate Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz to sing guest vocals on their last song. That was the second appearance Sadie made during DbA's final run, having played with Speedy Ortiz earlier that week.

Big Ups, another band in the EIS family, followed, pulling from the same era of American indie as Ovlov but from Dischord/Touch & Go style post-hardcore rather than the latter's SST love. They were great, and as always their singer was a thrill to watch.

Yvette were the most intense band of the night, playing in white light and powering through their industrial/noise-infected jams. The whole thing was a total sensory overload. They don't usually say much during their sets, but took the time to say thank you to a list of names associated with the closing venue.

Then came the night's secret headliner (though not a secret anymore at that point), Les Savy Fav who haven't played a show in a while. Before they went on, Syd Butler (who just ran the NYC Marathon!) said his dad was at the show, at which point Tim entered the stage dressed as a graying old man. That was only one of Tim's costumes for the night. He also appeared as a superhero not long after, and of course was shirtless for much of it. As you'd expect from a LSF show at DbA, the place was nuts for them the whole time. (It felt less overpacked than Ty Segall the night before, however.) The whole front half of the room was just a sea of bodies jumping up and down and pushed in every direction. Tim was everywhere himself too, whether he was running to the back of the crowd and back to the stage, crowdsurfing, popping back into the green room, unwinding the Christmas lights over the entrance door, or headed upstairs. Here's hoping that was not the beginning and end of Les Savy Fav's return, though we know they don't all live in the same city anymore, and Syd is especially busy with other projects (like running Frenchkiss Records and being a member of the Late Night band which LSF's Seth is also in).

If you were there, or at any of these other final shows, have you checked out the "Death by Art" exhibition they have set up? The whole thing is pretty nuts and a lot of it is interactive. In addition to the art on display, make sure to check out those little rooms in the back -- different surprises in every one! There's also a net to hang out on, and a bar in the back, which as you can see in the pictures below features Death By Audio co-founder/APTBS frontman Oliver Ackermann as bartender.

Merch for sale includes special "Goodbye Death By Audio" t-shirts, posters from previous nights, and the poster for that night which in this case was designed by Tim Harrington. it's pictured below.

Lea Savy Fav at Death by Audio

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Death by Audio now has only FIVE NIGHTS LEFT. Future Punx, Priests, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash and B-Boys played last night, and Fiasco headlined the night before that (which was one night after Les Savy Fav). The rest are all top secret.

Other bigger artists who played final DbA shows include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers, Ty Segall, and Dan Deacon.

More pictures and some video from the Saturday night show, below...

Continue reading "Les Savy Fav "surprised" Death by Audio w/ Yvette, Big Ups, Ovlov & Sadie of Speedy Ortiz on Saturday (pics, video, etc)"

by Bill Pearis

Yvette in an auto garage
Yvette

Yvette are a finely tuned postpunk engine whose industrial-strength noise already sounds like it was created in a machine shop. So it seems fitting they'd play in a auto garage amongst a bunch of classic Mustangs. Thus is the case for the latest in Into The Woods' latest 'Homesick' session which Yvette took part in while in Boise, ID for the Treefort Music Festival. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

Back in Brooklyn, Yvette have played Death by Audio nearly 20 times in their existence, including two record release shows. They'll play DbA one last time on November 15 with Big Ups, Ovlov and a "super secret headliner" that the Yvette haven't even been told about yet. (At least that's what they told us.) Any guesses?

If you're going to this show (or any of the other final DbA shows) be sure to head next door for the Death by Art installation which opened last night (11/6) and is genuinely awesome.

Yvette also play with Shamir and Mister Small at Baby's All Right on November 20 (tickets). If you haven't heard Yvette's 2013 album, Process, you can stream a few track, along with the "Absolutes" video, below...

Continue reading "Yvette share new live video (watch), playing one of DbA's final shows w/ Big Ups, Ovlov and "super secret guest""

Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
Speedy

The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz played 2 NYC shows w/ Ex Hex, playing DbA; Sadie on 7" series w/ Cloud Nothings, Into It Over It, more"

Cloud Nothings at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Perfume Genius in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Perfume Genius

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Cloud Nothings, Tyvek @ Irving Plaza
Cloud Nothings returned with another excellent album this year, Here and Nowhere Else, which like 2012's Attack on Memory continued to push their indie rock further into post-hardcore territories. Their shows are always great too (partially thanks to their maniacal drummer) and Tyvek's opening set should be a good fit.

Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Perfume Genius has always been great, he takes a huge leap forward on his new record Too Bright, crossing over into previously unchartered sonic territory as far as his earlier albums were concerned.

Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time since the late '90s, this is the Fleetwood Mac most people want to see. Expect the return of songs like "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" to the setlist.

James Murphy (DJ set), Pete Tong (DJ set) @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Part of NY Super Week, coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.

Big K.R.I.T., Two-9 @ Highline Ballroom
The buzz may have died down a bit for Big K.R.I.T., but just in terms of rhymes he's still one of the best there is in the newer-school rap scene. Two-9 have been seeming pretty promising too.

Xeno & Oaklander @ The Kitchen
The 'Synth Nights' series at The Kitchen continues tonight with moody synth duo Xeno & Oaklander who will play "an all-analogue synth set accompanied by a projection of new Super 8 films by Liz Wendelbo."

"Debut" w/ Julianna Barwick, Porcelain Raft, more @ Knockdown Center
Sleep No More performer Emily Terndrup and La Blogotheque director Derrick Belcham are premiering their new project "Debut" tonight, and will put on the show tomorrow and Thursday as well. "Debut" merges "independent music, contemporary dance theater and large-scale art installations." The music was written and will be performed by a very impressive cast of Julianna Barwick, Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft), Ruby Kato Attwood and John Ancheta (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan), David Moore (Bing & Ruth), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Hannah Epperson, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama) and Reed Smidebush (Muuny).

Gardens & Villa, Alex G, Grand Resort @ Bowery Ballroom
The once-buzzy Gardens & Villa team with the currently-buzzy Alex G tonight for this show which also includes Brooklyn indie poppers Grand Resort, so it's a pretty cool bill all around.

DJ Quik @ SOB's
Hip hop veteran DJ Quik has been at it for over two decades, and his most recent album, 2011's The Book of David, proved he's still going strong. He finally follows that album with The Midnight Life next week and tonight he plays a release show for it.

Matthewdavid, Cities Aviv, Trabajo, The Lark Kidder Band @ Death by Audio
Brainfeeder associate Matthewdavid goes in a hip hop/R&B direction on his new album, so teaming up with local rap weirdo Cities Aviv should be a good fit tonight.

Prince Rama, Puro Instinct, Leverage Models @ Glasslands
This is a cool bill with psych freaks Prince Rama, Puro Instinct whose dream pop heads in a bit of dancier direction on their new single, and Shannon from Stars Like Fleas' current band Leverage Models.

Vulture Shit, Big Ups, Flagland, Lost Boy?, Washer @ Palisades
Pretty much every band on this bill is a quality example of the punkier side of Brooklyn indie rock. If you only catch one band on this show tonight though, we especially recommend the Fugazi/Slint blend of Big Ups.

The Bangles @ City Winery
While some associate The Bangles with the silly but fun "Walk Like an Egyptian" and shmaltzy "Eternal Flame," the band got their start -- when they were just called The Bangs (as in Lester) -- as part of LA's early-'80s Paisley Underground scene that spawned Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O'Clock.

The People's Temple, The Mystery Lights, Mirror Queen @ Acheron
Lansing, MI band The People's Temple released Musical Garden earlier this year, which is arguably their best offering to date, mixing their established garage-psych influences with solid musicianship and a very solid batch of songs. There is no shortage of this sort of stuff out there, but these guys do it better than most. Tonight they headline Acheron ahead of their show this week at Santos with Bass Drum of Death.

Jackson Browne @ Beacon Theatre
An icon of the '70s California boomer singer-songwriter style, Jackson Browne released his 14th album, Standing in the Breach, this week. But expect lots of hits -- like "Running on Empty" and "The Pretender" -- as well as new songs.

Seth Herzog's SWEET @ The Slipper Room
Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Seth Herzog's SWEET gets back to business as usual: being one of the most consistent comedy shows in the city.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)
Julian Casablancas

Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)
Blood Orange

As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.

Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?

Julian tours bigger venues in October.

UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

TFB

NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.

Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).

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Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, A MAGICIAN, So So Glos & many more playing Webster Hall! (BV Presents... the Champagne Jam!)"

Rawk Hawks

Brooklyn's Big Ups, who headlined local DIY venue Shea Stadium earlier this month (9/4), will return to the venue on Monday, September 22 as an opener for "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn and headliners "Rawk Hawks" from New York, NY. There don't actually appear to be bands called "Rawk Hawk" from New York or "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn, but Rawk Hawks was one of the fake song titles from the leaked tracklist for Julian Casablancas + The Voidz's new album which comes out this week (9/23). Cult Records, the label Julian owns, favorited Shea's tweet advertising the show, and Big Ups retweeted this person saying, "Seeing @wearebigups on Monday w/ @cultrecords at @sheastadiumbk" (Cult favorited that one too). Hmmm...

We're not sure who "Naranja Bausch" is (Mr. Twin Sister? Cerebral Ballzy? Har Mar Superstar?). Any ideas? Most Shea shows don't have advance tickets, but tickets are on sale now for this one.

Julian and the Voidz leave for tour in October and that includes a NYC show with Shabazz Palaces on 11/25 at Hammerstein (tickets).

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Joanna Gruesome / Big Ups @ South Street Seaport - 8/29/14
Joanna Gruesome
Big Ups

After Joanna Gruesome's tour with Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything hit Shea Stadium on 8/26 (pics), they made their way back to NYC for a free show at the South Street Seaport on Friday (8/29), the final Seaport Music Festival show of the summer. (Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth were in Asbury Park that night.) Opening this one was NYC's Big Ups, who look and sound right out of the '90s with influences that don't go too far beyond that era's Dischord and Touch & Go bands, and a wild frontman who does the sound justice.

Joanna Gruesome's set, though it was on a much higher stage for a much more spread out crowd than their Shea set a few days earlier, was just as enjoyable in this environment as it was in that one. And really for both bands the crowds were about as good as they could be at a place like the South Street Seaport: crowded in right up to the front of the barrier.

More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome and Big Ups played the final Seaport show of the summer (pics)"

J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

Continue reading "NYC 2014 Labor Day Weekend events (Fool's Gold Day Off, Joanna Gruesome, Single Mothers, Summer Thunder, more)"

Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Perfect Pussy

We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.

The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.

Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.

Aye Nako also open the Glasslands (11/1) stop of the Ex Hex and Speedy Ortiz tour (tickets), and Big Ups open the Mercury Lounge (11/2) stop (tickets).

In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.

All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome & Perfect Pussy releasing a split (streams); Potty Mouth touring w/ Aye Nako; Big Ups add dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Ex Hex at MoMA Nights in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ex Hex

Ex Hex, the current band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), will release their much-anticipated debut LP Rips on October 7 via Merge. After revealing "Don't Wanna Lose" and "Hot and Cold," they're now back with a third LP cut, "Beast." Ex Hex has been shaping up to be the most glammy punk of Mary's projects and "Beast" is no exception. It's a real rock n roller that's definitely got a few hints of Johnny Thunders/New York Dolls in there. Check it out below.

As discussed, Ex Hex's tour with Speedy Ortiz hits NYC on November 1 at Glasslands with Aye Nako and November 2 at Mercury Lounge. Since we last spoke, Big Ups (who also open for Joanna Gruesome at the Seaport soon) were added to the Merc show. Tickets for Glasslands and Mercury Lounge are still available.

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by Bill Pearis

Courtship Ritual

Monica Salazar and Jared Olmsted are both from California but they met and formed Courtship Ritual here in Brooklyn. They describe themselves thusly:

Courtship Ritual are not a chillwave group, they are not a witch house group, they don't play EDM music and they don't play dubstep. Courtship Ritual are an original Post-Pop group of 2014, and their ditties are short, succinct and every one a potential swan song.
What do they sound like then? The most prominent components to these ears are Salazar's voice and Olmstead's liquid bass, giving Courtship Ritual a dark, mossy vibe. There's a little David J in there, maybe some early Eno or Japan, and they would make good openers for someone like Dum Dum Girls. The band's debut album, Pith, is out this week (7/22) on GODMODE (Shamir, Yvette). You can stream the whole album below.

Courtship Ritual have a couple NYC shows coming up. They play Palisades on July 31 with EULA, Pile, and Big Ups, and then they'll be back at Palisades on August 13 with Fasano, The Flag and Imperial Topaz.

Album stream and show flyers below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Flashlight O
Flashlight O

NY/NJ indie rockers Spook Houses have been quiet as of late, but their members have been involved in many ongoing projects including LVL UP, Crying, the Double Double Whammy label (home to Frankie Cosmos), and more. Both singers also have solo projects -- Colin Alexander's Flaslight O and Dave Benton's Trace Mountains -- and they'll be heading out on a tour together with those projects this August. The tour concludes in Brooklyn on 8/14 at Shea Stadium.

Much sooner than that tour though, both will play the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show happening Saturday (7/12) at Secret Project Robot with Tyvek, Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, Flagland, secret band "Muscle Car," and more. Tickets for that one are still available. Set times for that show, and the list of all Flashlight O/Trace Mountains dates (some still TBA), below.

Flashlight O released his debut album, The Truman Sho, on Double Double Whammy this past June, and any fans of The Microphones' lo-fi avant-folk should check this out. You can stream the whole thing below. Trace Mountains' stuff is pretty likeminded, as you can hear on the 3-song EP he put out on DDW in 2013, which is also streaming below.

In related news, LVL UP just announced that their new album, Hookwink'd, will be out on September 23 on DDW/Exploding In Sound. Cover art for that, below.

Dan Francia - 'Alone and Together' artwork
Dan Francia

Speaking of Flagland (who play the all-day EIS show), their member Dan Francia is releasing his first solo EP, Alone and Together, on July 19 via ECB&B. Unlike the garage rock of Flagland, Dan's stuff is more melodic indie rock with the laid back feel of prime-era Dinosaur Jr. The title track makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.

Speaking of all-day NYC shows on July 12 and Exploding In Sound, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz play the free 4Knots Festival that day with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. That starts at 1.

Speedy, and a few bands from the EIS show such as Pile and Mannequin Pussy, also play the 2-day DIY festival in Philly, OK FEST (8/1-2), that also includes Cayetana, Great Thunder, Worriers, Radiator Hospital, The Ambulars, Amanda X, Swearin', Pink Wash and a bunch more. More info on this very awesome sounding festival here. Full lineup below.

Flashlight O, Trace Mountains, Dan Francia streams and more, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Mannequin Pussy

As previously mentioned, NYC's Mannequin Pussy have signed to Tiny Engines and are giving their debut album, Gypsy Pervert, a vinyl release on the label on August 26 (vinyl and digital pre-order). If you weren't able to pick up a copy of the now-sold-out cassette or hear the album on their bandcamp while it was still up, you can now get a taste of another song from it, "Someone Like You." While previous single "Clue Juice" showed the band's raging punk side, "Someone Like You" is a slower, almost shoegaze track with singer Marisa Dabice letting out soft airy vocals in favor of the yells in the last song. You can stream it below.

The band (whose drummer recently left but is currently being replaced by Kaleen Reading) play locally a lot, and they currently have an upcoming set scheduled for the Impose/Exploding In Sound-presented all-day (noon-9PM) outdoor show on Saturday, July 12 at Secret Project Robot. Also playing are Tyvek, Big Ups, Pile, Alex G, Guerilla Toss, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Roomrunner, Ricky Eat Acid, Baked, Flaslight O, a secret band billed as "Muscle Car" and more. $10 tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below. (Unfortunately it's the same day as another all-day outdoor show in NYC, the 4Knots Music Festival with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, EIS alumni Speedy Ortiz and more.)

In other news, Mannequin Pussy also have a split with the UK's Dog Legs coming in addition to their new album. Stream the new song, with the LP artwork (designed by Perry Shall), and full lineup and flyer for the Secret Project Robot show, below...

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Black Bear Bar only has 4 pics on Facebook. This is one of them
Black Bear Bar

As Ted Chase first told me, the Northside Festival showcase happening in the front room of what used to be Public Assembly (but is now called Black Bear Bar) was shut down by the police on Friday night, presumably due to noise. Yes, that's the same Friday the 13th full moon evening that Omar Souleyman postponed due to "travel issues" and The War on Drugs/Woods show postponed due to rain. We opened doors at Baby's All Right a bit late that night and Little Big League broke a string, but we were otherwise lucky. The BrooklynVegan showcase that night with Operators, mostly went off without a hitch.

Locals EULA were the band that was playing when the police turned the power off at Black Bear. Luckily for Eula fans, there's another chance to catch the band this week, and the band says, "for anyone who missed our epic 1 song set at Northside, we will be extending our set on thursday." The Thursday show they're referring to is the 6/19 show at Trans Pecos in Queens which we mentioned in a post about guitarist Alexander Turnquist who is also on the bill along with his collaborator Christopher Tignorm, and Advaeta.

EULA are releasing a new 7", "Orderly" b/w "Meadows", on July 15th via Bloodmoss Records (whose showcase they played in May). It was produced by Swans/Sonic Youth producer Martin Bisi, and EULA's next show after Thursday is the release show on July 31st at the same DIY venue Trash Talk played last night, Palisades in Brooklyn. Big Ups, Pile, and Courtship Ritual are also on that bill.

Listen to "Orderly" now, below...

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Eagulls

As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.

Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.

You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.

Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:

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by Bill Pearis

Weird Womb

Not unlike Pampers or Foster Care, Brooklyn four-piece Weird Womb make noisy punk that is both beer-fueled and kinda brainy, with pop knowhow in there amongst the empties. The band's forthcoming Laziness EP was recorded by Alex Bonenfant (Metz, Crystal Castles) and "Tanned Tits" from it makes its premiere in this post. Stream it below and look for Laziness later this summer.

Weird Womb have a few East Coast gigs lined up this month, including a few here in Brooklyn. They'll play Saturday (6/7) at Grand Victory with The Brats; The Deli's Northside Fest showcase at Silent Barn on June 12 with Big Ups, Lost Boy?, Butter the Children, BOYTOY, No Shoes, and Dead Tenants; and then also play 258 Johnson Ave on June 21 with Unstoppable Death Machines and more TBA. All tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ Baby's All Right 5/16/2014 (via @brooklynvegan)
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Australia's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard were in NYC over the weekend for back-to-back shows at Baby's All Right on Friday (5/16) and Saturday (5/17) that wrapped up their post-Psych Fest tour. I trudged out through the rain on Friday and enjoyed their set. Armed with two drummers and three singers, King Gizzard mostly kept things moving/interesting, with their brand of psych that falls somewhere between Thee Oh Sees and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They did definitely test my tolerance for jamming when, 30-minutes in, they announced they only had one more song. What they didn't mention was, that last song was about 20 minutes long. Despite the torrential downpours that night, there was a decent crowd there too, most of whom seemed pretty into it.

If you missed them last weekend, King Gizzard are sticking around NYC and have a couple more shows on the horizon. They play Saturday (5/24) at Rockaway Beach Surf Club with Mystery Lights and DJ Jonathan Toubin. That's a day show and is free. They'll also be playing the Panache Booking Northside Festival showcase at Baby's All Right on June 12 with Hunters, Juan Wauters, Mac DeMarco's other band, Walter TV, as well as Homeshake, Big Ups, and DJ Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are on sale now or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those (note badge entrance based on capacity).

Flyers for both upcoming NYC shows and a few King Gizzard steams, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn resident Davey Jones (no, not the late Monkees singer) stays busy. He plays in TOONS and Baked, but makes his own music as Lost Boy? and has done so for six or so years with help from a revolving cast of friends. You may have seen Lost Boy? on tour with Titus Andronicus last year. Jones is set to release a new Lost Boy? EP, Wasted, via Exploding in Sound (onetime home of Speedy Ortiz) on May 27. Pre-orders are available.The EP's "Goodbye Galaxy" is two minutes and change of bouncy, catchy indie rock that ends all too soon. (Musically, it's not too far away from Parquet Courts' skronk.) That song makes its premiere in this post.

Folks in the NYC area can catch Lost Boy? at The Deli Magazine's Northside showcase on June 12th at Silent Barn with Big Ups, Butter The Children, Weird Womb, BOYTOY and Dead Tenant.

Be on the lookout for a Lost Boy? album later this year. In the meantime, stream "Goodbye Galazy" below...

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