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Dead

As discussed, Animal Collective are on a DJ tour which hits NYC tonight (11/14) at Brooklyn Bowl with Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin in tow. It also returns to that same venue on December 12 without Avey Tare. Tickets for both nights are still available.

While Geologist is in town this weekend, he'll stop by Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/15) to DJ their recurring Grateful Dead brunch, which as you may have guessed is an afternoon of brunch and DJs spinning Dead tunes. Saturday's show will be hosted by Schaeffer Beach (aka TAO's Rich Schaefer and Bowery Presents' Johnny Beach), goes from noon to 4 PM and is free (the music, not the brunch). Flyer below. As you may remember, Animal Collective are no strangers to the Grateful Dead, having gotten the first ever licensed Grateful Dead sample in their song "What Would I Want? Sky."

Meanwhile, to hear some Dead tunes in a live environment, the ongoing Phil Lesh & Friends residency at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre continues this weekend with shows tonight (tickets) and Saturday (sold out). You can also get tickets to their upcoming shows the following two Fridays and Saturdays -- 11/21, 11/22, 11/28, and 11/29. Phil also plays three shows leading up to New Year's Eve at that venue with JRAD. 12/30 and 12/31 are sold out, but tickets to 12/29 go on sale today at noon.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Pink Baby

Fat White Family / FWF w/ Har Mar / OBN IIIs
BV CMJ Late Show Saturday
BV CMJ Late Show Saturday
BV CMJ Late Show Saturday

If there's a way to end a five-day music festival, when you're beyond tired and maybe in a funny mental space, and somehow it's 2:30 in the morning...it's seeing Fat White Family. Which is how our 15-hour BV takeover of Baby's All Right on Saturday of CMJ (10/25 which included a day party and official evening showcase) ended. It didn't even matter that they had played hours earlier as part of our day show, they brought the insanity all over again. The day show had crazier lights and fog and opened with a psych jam, but this one was definitely more casual and got right into their best songs. The last minute late crowd was understandably not as big as the day crowd (we announced Fat Whites' 2:30am set after midnight), but almost everyone who was there was going wild, very wild, for the Fat Whites. Beers were flung to and fro, bodies atop the crowd and at least one couple was slow dancing in the middle of all this. The band was going wild too, and as he's been known to do, frontman Lias Saoudi let it all hang out. (Though one helpful audience member hilariously pulled his briefs back up.) The crowd included J. Spaceman of Spirtualized (who played NYU with the Joshua Light Show earlier in the evening) and Har Mar Superstar who, at one point, joined Fat Whites on stage. They finished their set with a encore reprise of "Touch the Leather" that seemed to rile folks up even more than when they played it maybe 40 minute earlier. All the while, they sounded great while on the knife-edge of completely falling apart. But they never did. One for the books.

Our free, impromptu late night party began around midnight with locals Sunflower Bean who are no strangers to playing Baby's All Right, and they kicked off the show with a set of psychedelic rock. NPR's Bob Boilen has since named them one of the top 10 bands he saw at CMJ.

Then came OBN IIIs, one of the artists we were excited to see this year. Orville (who is usually in pure frontman mode) was on guitar for this and their other CMJ shows. He seemed especially ornery that night. We probably all were. It was a weird set.

Pics of our two day shows at Baby's All Right are HERE and HERE. Saturday night is HERE. More from our late night CMJ capper, including a few that fall into the NSFW category, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Chris La Putt & Nate 'Igor' Smith; words by Pink Baby

Beverly / Fat White Family
Beverly
Fat White Family

For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).

With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown. 

Next up were Nashville's Bully whose fuzzy and tuneful songs helped ease into our final day. Their next two shows are opening for Kevin Drew in November.

UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.

Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.

At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.

Bo Ningen
Bo Ningen

At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.

Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.

Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.

Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.

Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).

Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.

Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt; words by Pink Baby

Dilly Dally / Tweens
BV CMJ Day Show Friday
BV CMJ Day Show Friday

The Canadian group Dilly Dally exude a combination of nonchalance and expertly-concealed nervousness. Their songs are bloody-knuckled marvels, big, hammering numbers that are grainy and gritty and yet still centered around clear and cunning pop melodies - it's like sucking into a milkshake and getting a mouthful of sand. The reference points are all late '90s - there are nods to Nirvana and L7 in both the charred scrap metal guitars and Katie Monks's roaring, blown-throat vocals. Their force and power was breathtaking, the sound of a band discovering itself in real-time and reveling in the possibilities. - [Wondering Sound]
The first of our two CMJ week day parties happened on Friday and kicked off with one of the bands we were most excited about, Toronto's Dilly Dally, playing their first US show. Even with it being Friday at noon and with Colin Meloy playing a last minute set on the street a few blocks away, there was a good crowd there for their noon set -- including a lot of label folk to see the unsigned (in America) band. As the Wondering Sound review above points out, they delivered and then some.

Then came UK grungy punks The Wytches who brought shades of early Nirvana to their early set.

Tweens, who have great rock hair to go along with their undeniably catchy, spunky indie rock, followed. At this point, we'd now seen two of our top 10 live sets of CMJ week (Tweens and Dilly Dally).

Then there was King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, no strangers to Baby's All Right, who came armed with three guitarists, two drummers, a flute and an insane amount of energy. If anyone could follow Tweens, they could. The Australian band may have played more shows during CMJ than any other band and their crazed stage presence never flagged, nor did audiences bouncing. The band's new album, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, is out on John Dwyer's Castle Face label and they've clearly nicked a few tricks from Thee Oh Sees. They barreled through their set with nary a pause for breath.

Protomartyr, whose Under Color of Official Right is one of 2014's best albums, brought a typically intense set (one of four at CMJ) characterized by inventive arrangements and killer musicianship (drummer Alex Leonard's contributions should not be undervalued). At the helm, frontman Joe Casey (wearing his free Bell's Brewery sunglasses) offered up tales of everyday life in his typical, witty and poetic off-the-cuff style. He may have also tailored lyrics for "Tarpeian Rock" for our party/commenters. Great set.

After Protomartyr, the vibe changed from post-punk cool to cathartic emo as The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die took the stage. The band fuse the genre with chamber pop-style arrangements and had multiple members singing throughout the set, including spoken word artist Chris Zizzamia joining them for a couple songs. As far as modern emo bands go, they're really a thing of their own and that was clear from Saturday's set, which unlike their Cameo show later that night, went off without a hitch.

Single Mothers
Single Mothers

Canadian punks Single Mothers followed with what had to be the most intense set of the day party. They were a 5-piece this time, adding in a second guitarist, and all five members were in 100% anger mode the entire time, never looking anything but intimidating. They showed up (a little) fashionably late, set up quick, and just did their thing and left. No frills, no nothing, just badass.

Twin Peaks wrapped up Friday's day party without tearing down any of the acoustic ceiling tiles this time, but it was still a spirited set.

At noon we gave out a keg of delicious and rare (1 of less than 10 kegs in NYC) Bell's Brewery Sweet Potato Stout. Bell's was also giving out koozies, bottle openers, sunglasses and other goodies, and was represented on three of the venues taps.

Sailor Jerry drinks were also complimentary for much of the afternoon, and the buzz of a Three Kings tattoo gun could be heard in the side room all day as people signed up to win Sailor Jerry tattoos and get inked right on the spot.

We then did it all again Saturday.

More pictures from Friday below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang / Pity Sex / The Jazz June
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday

After our Saturday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right, we went right into the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Sport, who are in the US from France for just a few shows on their way to The Fest, started a little after 8 and were unfortunately forced to play as a 3-piece due to their other guitarist's hand injury. Even with the smaller setup though, Sport sounded great. Somewhere between a hardcore band and noodly emo, there's obvious influences on their sound but they really have a cool thing going on and never sound like one particular band. A small group of people up front were clearly familiar and knew every word, but it seemed like Sport won over even those who weren't. They were a great start to what would be an all around great night.

Cayetana followed. I hadn't seen them since they opened for The Menzingers before their album was out, and they were great then too, but Saturday's show was on another level. They were super tight, and considering Augusta Koch's lyrics are a huge part of their sound it was great to hear her voice cutting through the mix loud and clear. Up next were their Philly neighbors and Tiny Engines labelmates Beach Slang, who kept the good vibes going and inspired the biggest singalongs of the night. They played all seven full-band songs from their two EPs and even though it had only been 11 days since they last played them in NYC, it was refreshing all over again.

Pity Sex followed, and they've come a long way since they played our CMJ day party on the same stage almost exactly a year ago. Their debut album had been out for a few months at that point, but it's really picked up steam and this time the room was packed with people who clearly knew the songs. My personal highlight was that it was the first time they played the stripped-down Britty Drake-fronted "Hollow Body" at a full-band show, and like at Webster in August they included their spot-on cover of the PIxies' "Gigantic" which is always super fun.

The show wrapped with a set from The Jazz June, the one veteran band on the bill, but their set wasn't only nostalgia. They've got a new album coming in November (their first in 12 years) and the songs they played off that fit right in with the newer bands on the bill. Of course they included old favorites too, and in a year that's had no lack of reunions from the late '90s emo scene, it was great to hear The Jazz June's stuff holding up and played in great form too.

In between sets, Tom Mullen from Washed Up Emo spun golden era emo which inspired a few singalongs from the crowd up front. Thanks to Tom, all the bands, everyone at Baby's All Right and everyone who came out to the show. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

More pictures from the whole night, below...

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Porches with Greta Kline @ Baby's All Right (via beccaliebert)
Porches

Porches played their first of two nights at Baby's All Right last night (10/17), part of the the Baby's ongoing, pre-CMJ one year birthday party. The band were also celebrating their new Terrible Records single which you can pre-order on vinyl and listen to now below. The new song "Forgive" features a guest appearance by Greta Kline who also plays in Porches and leads her own project Frankie Cosmos who opened last night, but switches the order and headlines Baby's after Porches play tonight (10/18). After Frankie Cosmos, you can catch a set by Cashmere Cat who was added to the venue's schedule today.

If you can't make it to Baby's, Porches also added a Saturday night CMJ show at the soon-closing Death By Audio. The Arbutus/Terrible/JMC Aggregatee showcase also features sets by Tops (who played the even-later show at Baby's last night), Lydia Ainsworth and Regal Degal. The flyer for that is with the two new Porches songs below...

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UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

flyer by Kevin Showkat
CMJ

This year BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's All Right for our annual free day parties on Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th during CMJ, from noon-7pm each day. Bands will be announed next week (though we already revealed Protomartyr, King Gizzard and Bo Ningen). Meanwhile RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter.

UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Sailor Jerry returns as a sponsor and of course that also means free tattoos and complimentary beverages throughout the day. Stay tuned for exact details.

We're also happy to welcome Bell's Brewery as an official BrooklynVegan show sponsor. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase, and we'll have a free keg while it lasts at noon each day.

We're also at Baby's Saturday night (a show that is fully announced, not free, and has tickets on sale). Flyer for that and the other two official showcases we're sponsoring, below...

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Connan

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual). The show tripled as a benefit for Shoe4Africa, a charity that promotes health, physical fitness and education in Africa.

The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.

A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake were then flung into the audience.

Connan

Headlining the "early show" (the "late" Ryn Weaver show started after 1am) was the free-spirited, wavy blond haired Connan Mockasin (not to be confused with Ariel Pink who also recently played an after-midnight show at Baby's). Connan warned the crowd that they hadn't played in two months and the set might be rough, but it was a typical loose, wild set from the New Zealander and his talented band (which included Ariel Pink guitarist Tim Koh for much of it), with as much between-song banter as there was music with friends -- not to mention the Big Baby coming and going, joining the band here and there.

At one point Connan said their last NYC show, which was at MHOW, had  30% of the crowd get naked and asked what we thought of that. At least a few folks, including two girls in front of us, thought that was their cue to whip off their shirts. (They then put them back on, at least for the moment.) Connan also sang happy birthday to Baby's again at midnight before closing with an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love." (The song is 10 minutes as it is.) For the encore, Connan brought his whole band back on stage, plus good friend Liam Finn and most of his band, plus Mac DeMarco and Kiki of course. Things quickly turned even more interesting as a shirtless Connan, still stuck on besting the 30% naked average, kept encouraging everyone to take their clothes off. All the male members of Connan's band obliged, as did many men in the crowd, and many women as well. Those near the front who weren't sure at first, were urged along by Conanan's keyboardist Sofia Karchi, who jumped into the crowd to help shirts over people's heads. After an improvised cover of "Tutti Fruity," it was back to banter mode. He encouraged the now at least 10% topless room to sit down, where Connan told the still-shirted members of the audience he didn't hold it against them, sheepishly admitting that if he was at a show where the singer was asking folks to get naked, he wouldn't do it. The night ended around 1 AM with a loose take on "Megumi the Milkyway Above." What was supposed to be a 30-minute set hit an hour-and-a-half.

We didn't stick around, but as mentioned, wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver (whose next show is at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ) played her 2nd ever show even later (her first show was at Baby's two nights earlier).

More pictures, videos, songs and tour dates, below...

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by Jessica Pilot

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Ariel Pink @ Baby's All Right 10/2/2014 (via @deeaannaaa)
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Ariel Pink may have dropped the "Haunted Graffiti" from his name but remains resolutely idiosyncratic on his new double album opus, pom pom. At times chaotic, somehow Ariel pulls it all together in a manner only he would. Fusing what feels like multiple songs together into one coherent thing seems like a huge pain in the ass but here we have Ariel referencing everything from Devo-like lunacy to the drama of King Diamond to the earworm madness of commercial jingles. Some brains just work that way.

Ariel was in NYC earlier this month for a beyond-packed, scene-of-all-scenes, post-midnight show at Baby's All Right. Though Madonna was nowhere to be found, the audience was a crazy who's who of Brooklyn music, best represented by the trio of DJs for the night: Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber, 285 Kent/Palisades/Webster Hall booker Ric Leichtung and Baby's' own Billy Jones (who was also celebrating a birthday that night). Sky Ferreira, Mac DeMarco, members of Real Estate, John Norris and Marnie the Dog were just a few of the familiar faces who came out to see Mr. Pink and drink Pink Babies at the intimate Williamsburg show. Featuring mostly songs off the new album, the late late late set showed off the breadth of his vision, from the totally out-there "Dinosaur Carebears" to album-closing highlight "Dayzed Inn Daydreams."

Ariel was still or back in NYC because apparently he just visited the kids of PS 22 in Staten Island to play some songs with them (they famously covered him a few years ago). Stay tuned for the video of that to surface.

One day before the Baby's show, BrooklynVegan interviewer Jessica Pilot visited Ariel Pink at his hotel. Here is their conversation...

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Jessica: Are there any stories behind any of the new tracks that you might want to share that might be interesting to tell?

Ariel: You're making me think way too hard already. [laughs] I mean they all have their own stories.

Jessica: Is there one in particular that you think would make a cool story?

Ariel: Let me think about it for a second.

What's your favorite color?

Okay, easy: none. I don't have any favorite colors whatsoever. I've got a really long-winded explanation for it too. I'm colorblind, but that's not the reason. I'm one of the least artistically minded people you've ever met. I have no aesthetical preferences for anything.

Is that true?

It's the truth! Despite my wonderful wardrobe and attire, I actually have zero--it's only because people leave good clothes at my house that are very stylish themselves. I actually don't have a favorite color. I don't think in color.


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Baby's All Right

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right opened last year around this time -- their first show was BrooklynVegan's CMJ day party on October 18. The place has been pretty much an instant hit since. As mentioned, Baby's is celebrating its first birthday with a special week of shows, including tonight's sold out White Fence show (10/13), the Mexican Summer party with Connan Mockasin, Quilt and more on Thursday (10/16, sold out), and Wampire & TOPS late show on Friday (tickets), and Frankie Cosmos, Porches & more on Friday early and Saturday (October 17 & 18, tickets).

Other shows happening that we haven't mentioned yet include Young Magic, Princess Nokia and Prince Rama (DJ) on Tuesday (10/14) (tickets); and Caveman, Icewater, Public Access T.V., and Lily McQueen on Wednesday (10/15) (tickets). Stick around late night on Wednesday for a midnight set from Endless Boogie (tickets).

The Baby's show is one of three East Coast shows Caveman have this week. Dates are listed below. Icewater, meanwhile, have a new self-titled EP and you can stream the two tracks from that below. And Public Access T.V. will play another show at Baby's this week, a midnight set with Ryn Weaver (tickets), that starts immediately after the Connan Mockasin show.

A birthday gift for all of us: their delicious/deadly frozen Pink Baby cocktails are just $1 at happy hour this week. BV will be back at Baby's for CMJ next week, with day parties on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25), full lineups TBA, plus a Saturday night show with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport.

Happy birthday, Baby's All Right! Icewater stream below...

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Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
AM!

Against Me! are currently on a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem which included two big shows also with Jimmy Eat World, last night (9/12) at Philly's Mann Center and earlier tonight at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center. If you'd like to see them in the area at a much smaller venue, you're in luck. Before the tour picks up again in Boston on Tuesday, Against Me! will headline a last-minute all ages midnight show at Baby's All Right on Sunday (9/14) (so technically 9/15), after the Alice Boman show at the same venue. Tickets will be available at this link today at 8:01 PM and you can also get them at Baby's tonight. Not the first time this year Against Me! squeezed in a last-minute small NYC show.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Porches at Baby's All Right in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porches

BrooklynVegan's 2013 Friday CMJ day party was the first-ever show at Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, and now they'll be celebrating their 1 year anniversary with some shows including a double header of Porches and Frankie Cosmos on October 17 & 18. Frankie headlines the first night, Porches headline the next one, and there's special guests promised at both. As you may know, main Frankie Cosmos member Greta Kline plays bass in Porches and Porches singer Aaron Maine plays drums in Frankie Cosmos. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon.

Frankie Cosmos also plays a free NYC show later that month at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on October 24, which is Kanine Records and Insound's CMJ party. The rest of the lineup is good too with NYC's Beverly (who have a new video and other dates), Ireland's September Girls, London's Flowers, London's Only Real, and DJs Andy Nystrom (Insound) and Lio Kanine (Kanine Records).

Porches and Frankie have a few other dates announced too, which are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

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by Zach Pollack

Iasos' Celestial Soul Portrait cover art
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New-age musician Iasos has been churning out dreamy, celestial material since 1975. The Alexandroupolis, Greece-born ambient auteur immigrated to the United States at four-years old, with his family, and they briefly settled in New York City before moving upstate. Iasos made a post-college, cross-country move to California in 1968 to focus on music, which he began to perform with his group the Nova Shadow Quartet while in school. He struggled for years trying to form ensembles that might be able to recreate the music he heard in his head. Iasos released his debut effort, called Inter-Dimensional Music Through Iasos, in 1975 via his own Inter-Dimensional Music label. He's gone on to release 14 albums (most via IDM), and last year saw compilation Celestial Soul Portrait come out via Chicago's incomparable Numero Group. You can stream Celestial Soul Portrait (via Rdio) in this post.

Iasos live is an extremely rare occurrence, but when it does happen, his shows are one-to-two-hour multimedia experiences complete with self-designed visuals. NYC can experience this while celebrating the arrival of Fall at Baby's All Right on September 23 as part of the venue's first annual "Autumnal Equinox Celebration." The evening also features drink specials, the restaurant will have a special menu, and Prince Rama will DJ the afterparty.  Today only (9/2), advance tickets are just $10 and will jump to $20 after Midnight.

Then on September 25 at Body Actualized Center, Iasos will be holding a workshop titled "Using Sound for Light-Body-Activation & Healing." The artist offers further explanation:

Iasos takes you on a "guided tour" of many different ways that sound & music can be used for healing, alignment, and consciousness evolution. Iasos first gives a conceptual overview of the basic principles of "how sound healing works" and "how sound can induce increased coherence & beneficial energetic change"- and then, as he explains each concept, he will play recordings of his music that demonstrate that particular concept. The event then provides a wide range of examples, each of which is both intellectual (talking / left-brain-conceptual) and experiential / intuitive (actually listening & experiencing the sounds : right-brain-intuitive).
The workshop is on a sliding scale, $3 - $15 ("as each can afford"). More info on the workshop is here. Flyer for the Baby's show and a stream of Celestial Soul Portrait, below...

Continue reading "New-age icon Iasos released a compilation on Numero Group, playing live and holding workshop in Brooklyn"

Natural Child at Death By Audio in 2012 (more by Devan Council
Natural Child

Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. You can check out the recent video for "Firewater Liquor" below. No strangers to the road (and all good musicians), Natural Child will be heading out on tour this fall, stopping to play Baby's All Right on November 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

In related news:


All Natural Child tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.

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Alka Seltzer

The bio reads:

Seltzer Boys is a songwriting collaboration/corporate merger between Austin Fisher (Suckers) and Anand Wilder (Yeasayer), with guitar by Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), and saxophone and studio wizardry by engineer Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Yeasayer, Oneohtrix Point Never). The Seltzer Boys project began at The Stone, a non-profit space dedicated to experimental music, as part of a live performance series curated by Yale Evelev of Luaka Bop Records. Seltzer Boys's songs employ the patient dynamics of Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk with Janet Jackson-size hooks. They are currently recording their first album and it's gonna be dank.
They play Baby's All Right tonight (8/19), their 2nd show ever. The last one was years ago. Opening the Brooklyn show will be "feminist punk band" Penis, and a new collaboration between Baby's owner Zachary Mexico (The Octagon) and Graham Smith (Kleenex Girl Wonder) called Beuys.

In related news, Delicate Steve just announced a tour with Tame Impala.

In 2012, Seltzer Boys music appeared in a snowboarding video, that you can watch below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Twin Peaks

Chicago's Twin Peaks were in town at the end of last week on their tour with The Lemons, hitting Mercury Lounge (8/13) and Baby's All Right (8/14). We caught the Baby's show which was one of the wildest shows there probably since Mac DeMarco. They literally tore the roof off the place, with Baby's acoustic tiling being a casualty of rock n' roll. A video of the roof being ripped off and pictures of the hot, sweaty mayhem, including ones of their tourmates The Lemons and opening band Winstons (not Public Access TV who dropped off the show to play with Weezer instead), are in this post.

Twin Peaks played Pitchfork Fest in mid-July. A video of bassist Jack Dolan buying records with $20 a Chicago paper gave him at the fest, can also be watched below. A full, recent KEXP performance and more pics from Baby's down there too.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Shilpa Ray @ Baby's All Right -- 5/24/2014
Shilpa Ray

Alt-punk-rock-bluegrass-appalachian-country band O'Death are not only still at it, they recently announced they have a new album on the way via Northern Spy. No other details at the moment, but it will be their first since 2011's Outside.

On June 7, O'Death will play the Wick with fellow long-running (minus hiatuses) NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray along with guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson (who also recently played with Parquet Courts, Guards, Shy Hunters, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). Tickets for the Brooklyn show, which is also Vietnam's only upcoming date, are on sale.

Meanwhile you can catch Fletcher and band at Baby's All Right tonight (5/30). They're the "special guest" opening the Hector's Pets record release show.

On Saturday week we caught Shilpa Ray at Baby's All Right. We were sad to since learn that someone took her boots! Shilpa writes:

What a crazy night! Baby's is so much fun. WAY TOO MUCH FUN. I've got a severe headache and I believe someone walked away with my boots last night. Give em back! I know you've got big feet and there is no way you're a ladies 5 1/2 - 6, so quit pretending. As for the rest of you thanks for coming out!! Loved Clapperclaw, Triptides, and D'NT. Special thanks to DJ Andrew Haynes.

I could say something rash, like I'm not drinking for the rest of this week, but we know that is a lie. Cheers to the Mid Atlantic states! Happy Memorial Weekend!!
I'll leave you with this: (yeah that's Stiv Bators) http://youtu.be/5CYN14Ki5o8

We missed Loved Clapperclaw and Triptides, but caught D'NT (who open for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw) and the intense harmonium playing Shilpa. Pictures from that show continue, along with a cover of the Pixies by O'Death you can listen to, below...

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Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Fest in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Megafaun

Megafaun kicked off their short tour in their hometown of Durham, NC last night (4/29) and it continues with another show there tonight (4/30) before hitting DC and finally wrapping up in NYC on Friday (5/2) at Baby's All Right. Opening the DC and NYC shows is, as Megafaun puts it, "a chance to see the legendary Grandma Sparrow," otherwise known as the solo project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund. The band also mentioned earlier this month on Twitter, "This will be it again for a while on the 'ol Faun front. Anticipate some special guests and a very good time. We are real excited!" Baby's All Right mentioned the guests on Facebook too, saying "Friday will be a very special night with some very special guests. Please take our word for it and be here. You won't regret it." Keep in mind that Megafaun's list of past collaborators and friends is long and impressive. Before Megafaun they had a pre-Bon Iver band with Justin Vernon called DeYarmond Edison. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.

In related news, Megafaun members are some of the many people contributing to The National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. Phil Cook spoke to Jambands.com back in October:

We are also going to record with Justin [Vernon] and [The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner] on their Grateful Dead tribute. We are going to record out stuff at Justin's studio which is going to be a trip.

I know the members of Megafaun have deep roots in the Phish world, but were the Grateful Dead an influence on you as well?

Not as much growing up but it has been a more recent thing. My dad was a big Deadhead and he'd take us all to Phish shows to kind of see where the scene was going. So I got into them through him but Phish was one of the bands that my brother and I grew up listening to at jazz camp. Growing up in a kind of removed area, camp and that music opened up our eyes to so many things.

The tribute will also feature members of Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Vampire Weekend and more. The National's Matt Berninger also gave an update on the project not long ago to Billboard:
Speaking of the Grateful Dead project, is the National doing a song for that?

MB: Yes. And there's a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about "Box of Rain" for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together.

Do you think the surviving members like Bob Weir and Phil Lesh would play on it?
MB: I think so. I don't know. That's a good question. I don't want to say "yes" but certainly Bob Weir ... we've done a couple things with him already and he's the nicest guy. All the surviving members are totally supportive of the project. They sent everybody box sets that we could pass around. They just opened up their entire catalog to us. They've been 100% behind it. I'm not sure who's signed up.

In other Megafaun news, related band Sylvan Esso just released a new video and announced they'll be playing a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC before their tour with tUnE-yArDs.

Updated Megafaun dates are listed, with videos (including one of Sharon Van Etten fronting Megafaun), below...

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RBSS

We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.

Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).

Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:

-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!
The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.

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The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .

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This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother BrainBouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.

This RBSS show happens right before Woods' tour which hits NYC at the bigger Bowery Ballroom on May 16 with Quilt and Frankie Cosmos. Tickets for that are still available.

Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

"indie pop prom was everything i could dream of and more" - Sad Girls Guide

Katie & Allison Crutchfield of Bad Banana @ Indie Pop Prom (via BV Instagram)
Bad Banana

The second annual Indie Pop Prom went down in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on Saturday (2/22), and like last year was stacked with incredibly solid bands the whole night. All of the bands were relatively "small," and there was certainly no clear cut headliner, but the 200+ capacity venue still sold out, and the place was celebratory the whole time. In prom/party mode as much as "show" mode, Baby's was decorated in balloons, most of the bands were dressed up, and all of them wished Maria Sherman a happy birthday (the show doubled as her birthday bash), two of them even got the crowd singing to her.

And it's inspiring to see how such a celebration could be sparked by bringing together these six small indie and punk bands. The crowd was warmed up by the dramatic post-punk of Syracuse's Friendless Bummer and Pity Sex's choice blend of emo and shoegaze, and by Atlanta's punky Places to Hide (maybe because the punch was starting to kick in), the crowd was dancing, smiling, and singing in a way that only increased as the show went on. Radiator Hospital followed, great as always, playing crowd favorites like "Your Boyfriend," "Do You Remember?" and of course "Our Song" which may have been the loudest word-for-word singalong of the night. (Or was that when Weekend's Shaun Durkan DJed Finch's "Letters to You"?)

After them was maybe the night's most special set, a one-off reunion from Bad Banana. Bad Banana is one of the old projects from Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and her twin sister Allison of Swearin' (both of whom played Indie Pop Prom last year), and after P.S. Eliot's one-off reunion in August, was the second time in the past few months that the Crutchfields revisited an old band following the recent success of their current ones. They were joined by Kyle Gilbride on bass and Jeff Bolt on drums (both of Swearin'), and looked like they were having a legitimately great time playing those old songs. The crowd loved it too. In a live setting without the noisy lo-fi of their recordings, Bad Banana's poppy punk isn't wildly different from what Allison does in Swearin', but while Katie is most often found playing somber Waxahatchee sets these days, it was great to see her getting another chance to rock out.

Perfect Pussy @ Indie Pop Prom (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Perfect Pussy

The show wrapped up with the "secret" set from special guests "Traitor Bitches," who, as we guessed, turned out to be Perfect Pussy. The band's noise-fueled punk and intense stage show were killer as ever, and they had hands down the most wild set of the night, resulting in the only part of the show you could actually say broke out into a mosh pit. Forget the hype, if you haven't seen this band live, it's well worth it.

Perfect Pussy will be back in NYC when their tour hits Death by Audio on 4/4 with Friendless Bummer and Mercury Lounge on 4/5 with Green Dreams and Tumul (tickets).

The Crutchfield sisters play NYC again TONIGHT (2/24) at Saint Vitus for the BrooklynVegan/Shiner/Transmission-presented show which features Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder (aka Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band). The show is free but you had to RSVP, which is now closed. Swearin' have other dates too.

by Andrew Sacher

MV & EE in a Brooklyn church in 2009 (more by Nathan Miller)
MV & EE

MV & EE, the psychedelic project led by the duo of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder but often featuring multiple collaborators (past contributors include J. Mascis, members of Chelsea Light Moving, and more), recently returned with a new album, Shade Grown. For this album, they recorded with their longtime backing band The Golden Road, and you can get a taste of it by streaming the single, "Cocola Parabola (Sugar On Snow)," a jammy trip through droning atmospheres and psych-rock guitar noodling, below.

This month, MV & EE are playing their first Northeast shows in support of the album. They just played Northampton, MA last night (2/16), and tonight (2/17) they kick off their "Aquarian Shade" residency in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right. The residency has them playing two sets each night with special guests a both. They do it again the next Monday (2/24), and both shows are totally FREE. They also specify tapers are welcome.

Stream the new single below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cheatahs
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UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.

Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.

Eternal Summers "Gouge" still
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Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.

In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.

All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...

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Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Sebadoh

More Rough Trade shows this month are moving due to the still-unresolved sound/noise issues they're dealing with, including Friday's Lanterns on the Lake show (2/7) which is now an early show at Baby's All Right (doors 7:30 PM) with Jesse Woods and Andy Shauf (tickets); and Saturday's Mutual Benefit show (2/8) which is now at Knitting Factory (tickets).

Moves since we last posted include: the American Royalty show with Ghenghis Hans on 2/13 is now at Baby's All Right (doors at midnight, tickets here).

Juan Wauters was to play a record release show at RT on  February 15 with Household and Las Rosas. That has been moved to the next day (2/16) at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Glasvegas's 2/20 show has been moved to Knitting Factory and tickets are still available.

Sebadoh's 2/25 show with Octagrape is now at Baby's All Right and tickets are still available.

Quilt's 2/28 show with Weyes Blood is now an early show (doors 7:30 PM) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still available.

Surfer Blood were to have played on March 3 with Wake Up. That show has moved to Glasslands and tickets are on sale now.

Cities Aviv (2/18) and Water Liars (3/1) have been canceled.

Lastly, as mentioned, Sondre Lerche's two shows at RT on 2/21 and 2/23 are now one show at Baby's All Right on 2/20. Tickets are still available.

by Bill Pearis

Sondre Lerche: "Master Of Jevning" (via Sondre's instagram)
Sondre

Sondre Lerche and Kato Ådland's score for Norwegian thriller The Sleepwalker (some may know it as Søvngjengeren) is out now and you can stream the very dreamy "You Sure Look Swell" below and listen the the whole thing via Rdio. The film just made it's US premiere at Sundance a couple weeks ago and you can check out the not-in-English trailer below.

As you may know, Sondre was to play two shows at Rough Trade this month (Feb. 21 & 23), but do to the venue/record store's not-quite-resolved sound/noise issues, those shows have been combined and moved to Baby's All Right on a new date, February 20. All tickets honored and refunds available at point of purchase. Tickets are also still available.

After that Sondre heads to Japan for a short tour. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sondre Lerche released 'The Sleepwalker' score (listen), moved his two Rough Trade shows into one at Baby's All Right"

photos by P Squared Photography

Broken Bells @ Baby's All Right - 1/31/14
Broken Bells

Broken Bells (aka Shins singer James Mercer and production wizard Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley and others) will release their funky new album After the Disco this week (2/4), and ahead of its release they stopped in NYC for a very short show at new-ish Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right on Friday (1/31). Their show was the first of three shows at the venue that night (before Mark McGuire and Eagulls), and beginning at 6 PM, saw them playing only three songs, followed by a screening of a short film with music from the band. It was a free show, part of Tumbrl's "IRL" series, that you had to RSVP for, so at least they weren't worried about anyone getting "their money's worth," but still... three songs? You could also check out Danger Mouse's photography which was hung all over the venue during the event, so there was that too?

Broken Bells will go on a full tour soon which brings them back to NYC on March 7 at Webster Hall (sold out), and will presumably feature them playing more than three songs. They'll also be back in NYC for Governors Ball in June.

Pictures of the Baby's All Right show are in this post. More below...

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