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Azealia Banks at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Azealia Banks

As mentioned, Azealia Banks will play Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on June 3 in East Rutherford, NJ as part of the parking lot pre-show with Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and Fred the Godson. The Harlem-born world traveller just revealed on twitter that before she heads overseas for a run of festivals, she'll play her own, much smaller show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom that night (6/3), which she's billing as "'MERMAID BALL' + SPECIAL GUESTS." She continued to tweet about the show, adding, "This is especially for the girls!", and for those who don't know, explaining, "Guys: a "ball" is a very traditional gathering of kunts, gays, queers, and weirdoes alike in which various dance contests and bizarre/epic shit goes down. Alot of really Kunty clothing gets worn and everyone has a good ass time." Ticket info and flyer coming next week (UPDATE: Ticket info announced).

Updated dates and a video below...

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photos by Chris Gersbeck


Back in action '90s-era indie rockers Chavez a big headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night (5/18) with Endless Boogie, one of a select set of dates for the sparsely active band. (Though a new album is said to be in the works.) The show served as a preview for their upcoming stops in London at ATP and at Primvera Sound in Spain. Chavez will also swing through the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago in July.

More pictures and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom are below, along with video of virtually the whole show -- including a new song still the band are still fine-tuning.

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photos by Joe McCabe

Xiu Xiu at Bowery Ballroom 5/4/12
Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (whose live show is no longer a one-man affair) are wrapping up a tour together which hit NYC on May 4 at Bowery Ballroom with support from Father Murphy. Xiu XIu's set covered pretty much his entire catalog, reaching as far back as "Suha" off his 2002 debut, Knife Play, through stuff off this year's Always, and also threw in a cover of Joy Divison/New Order's "Ceremony." He returned for an encore to cover Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" (video below). It's too bad he didn't bring out his Suicide-worshipping tourmate to help him on that one.

After Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches finish their run together this week, Xiu Xiu will continue to tour into next month with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who we recently interviewed on bvChicago. That leg of the tour won't return to NYC, but as discussed, YT//ST will play their own show here on June 13 at Mercury Lounge with YVETTE. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pics, videos, and setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show below...

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photos by Joe McCabe

Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom 4/26/12
Archers of Loaf

Archers of Loaf teamed up with fellow reunited '90s Chapel Hill band/Merge labelmates Pipe for a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on 4/26 with Hundred Visions. The show was one of two in NYC for Archers of Loaf, who also played MHOW on 4/29 with Titus Andronicus and Sun Ladders. Archers of Loaf played a solid mix of material off all four of their full lengths and reached into other parts of their back catalog as well. Here's what My Old Kentucky Blog had to say about the show:

A strong performance of "You and Me" built momentum into a one-two punch from 1996 release All the Nation's Airports, "Distance Comes in Droves" and "Scenic Pastures," which launched a sing-along that pretty much continued for the rest of the show. The vibe reached a fever pitch for "Audiowhore," which gave way to the happiest moshers I've seen. No rudeness, just a group of fans hyped up and grateful to bask in the raw, lively goodness the Archers are known for.

Their songs sounded just as fresh today as when they were released in the 1990s. Archers of Loaf are very much in good form, proving good rock doesn't have an expiration date.

More pictures, video and setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"the most emotional show (@ Mercury Lounge for Active Child, Balam Acab, Superhumanoids and New Moods)" - Nicolette Elvie

Active Child at Mercury Lounge 5/11/12
Active Child

Active Child brought his tour with Balam Acab and Superhumanoids to NYC earlier this month for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom (5/10) and a day later at Mercury Lounge (5/11) with New Moods. After the Mercury Lounge show, Active Child DJ'd the Mondrian with DJ Sean Glass and DJ VIkas.

Speaking of New Moods, they've got a Northside show coming up with a pretty stacked local bill of Zambri, Ice Choir (featuring TPOBPAH's Kurt Feldman), and Fast Years at Spike Hill on June 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.

More pictures from the Mercury Lounge show and some videos from the Bowery Ballroom show below...

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by Bill Pearis

Helmet at Irving Plaza, March 2012 (more by BBG)
Helmet Irving Plaza

'90s alt-rockers The Toadies and Helmet are hitting the road this summer for a co-headlining tour, stopping in NYC on August 2 for a show at Webster Hall. Tickets to that show go on sale TODAY (5/18) at noon.

While the good times vibes of The Toadies and the math-rock blast of Helmet probably didn't cross paths a lot back in the day, it makes a little sense through the haze of '90s nostalgia. Hair-flying Austin trio Ume open on all dates and are absolutely worth showing up early to see.

The Toadies have a new album, Play.Rock.Music, that will be out July 31. Helmet most recent album is 2010's Seeing Eye Dog. As for openers Ume, the band (who played Hotel Vegan during SXSW) will go on a co-headlining tour with The Life and Times before hooking up with the Toadies and Helmet.

All Toadies/Helmet and Ume dates are listed below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Willis Earl Beal

Willis Earl Beal had me at his opening line, "I am gonna sing you some songs and then I am gonna get off the Goddamned stage!"...He's a born performer and for the duration of his hour long set, he sang like a man possessed! Think of the vocals of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell on You" and add a whole lot of soul with an addictively entertaining stage presence and you've got Willis Earl Beal. [accordingtog]
Willis Earl Beal opened for Wu Lyf at Bowery Ballroom on April 27, the second of two NYC shows (Music Hall of Williamsburg was the night before) and part of a string of shows supporting the UK band following their two-weekend sets at  Coachella (pictures from week 2). More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.

Willis Earl Beal mainly has European dates scheduled in the upcoming months, but he'll be in the US for a few festival dates and a free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on June 7 opening for Bobby Womack.

All Willis Earl Beal dates are listed below alongside more pics from the Bowery Ballroom show...

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by Andrew Sacher

Beach House at Bowery Ballroom (photo from Ed Droste's Instagram)
Beach House Ed Droste Instagram

Beach House released their terrific new full length, Bloom, yesterday (5/15) and played what is now considered an intimate show for the band at Bowery Ballroom the same night. They walked out around 10:15, dimly lit by purple lights, clouded by fog, and took their places in front of four striped wooden backdrops. They opened with "Wild" off of the new album, accompanied by shooting spotlights, which calmed down when Victoria's vocals came in, going completely dark except for a sole light which shined directly over her.

Though the show was something of a release show for Bloom, the band mixed up their setlist really well, going back and forth between Bloom and Teen Dream cuts in their 17-song set, which also included a couple off Devotion, and "Equal Mind," the b-side to the RSD "Lazuli" 7". Beach House, who have been doing the dream pop revival since a bit before everyone was doing the dream pop revival thing, have really got the aesthetics down perfectly at their live shows.

The visual elements of their show evoke a dream-like state just as well as the music they're playing on stage -- whether its starlike lights on the backdrop, the rising fog over a single color light flooding the stage, or the slow moving propellers that existed behind those striped wooden backdrops. And save for a few energetic moments, the band remain eerily still as all of this happens around them, as if unaffected by all of it, which gives them as strong a stage presence as guitar-thrashing rockers.

After a couple Teen Dream cuts, the band went into "Other People," the strongest track on their virtually flawless new album. Like many Beach House songs, it starts out floaty and deceptively simple, but after the pause that introduces the polychromatic chorus, all of Bowery Ballroom was swaying with the song's rhythm and chord shifts. Hearing the Bloom material live for the first time was by far the most exciting part of the show, but still, the opening arpeggios of Teen Dream's "Zebra" brought the loudest cheers from the crowd of the entire night. They followed that song with another Bloom standout, "Wishes," which fittingly saw those propellers slowly spinning again during the "wishes on a wheel" refrain.

Their pre-encore set wrapped up with Bloom's lead track, "Myth," and the band briefly left the stage before returning for Devotion's "Turtle Island." They followed that with "10 Mile Stereo," which picked up into the heaviest drumming of the show surrounded by flashing strobes. Before leaving the stage for good, Beach House ended with Bloom closer "Irene," ringing out with the repeated, "It's a strange paradise."

Beach House will return to NYC for their sold out Summerstage show on 7/23.

Setlist and some Instagrams from the show below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Bear in Heaven - Sinful Nature (Anika With BestMate Remix) (MP3)

Bear in Heaven at Hotel Vegan party, Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Bear in Heaven

Just a reminder that Bear in Heaven wrap up their North American tour this week with two hometown shows: tonight (5/8) at Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow (5/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows are $15 with two solid openers: synthy Portlanders Blouse and Montreal's Doldrums. After these two shows, Bear in Heaven head to Europe for most of the summer -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Bear in Heaven last played NYC back in early March at Union Pool where they were billed as "Adventure Hippies":

...watching them play last night with waves of roto-toms and giant synth pads washing over us, it struck me what that is: the Miami Vice soundtrack (Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Yello, Glen Frey, etc) condensed into one band, albeit one that also loves Yes and late '80s/early '90s techno. Which is a really strange combination, but Bear in Heaven make it work, due in part to excellent musicianship and that they clearly love playing. All three members (singer Philpot, bassist/guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney) let the O Face slip when they're in the moment, which, in their case, is endearing.
If you haven't seen them live yet in their roto-tom-loving glory, Bear in Heaven did a set for Yours Truly during SXSW (they also played one of our Hotel Vegan parties) and you can watch that below. You can also download a remix of "Sinful Nature" by Anika and Bestmate at the top of this post. And if you haven't heard their new album I Love You It's Cool, you can stream it at Spotify.

Openers Doldrums will tour with Grimes in Europe after their stint with Bear in Heaven wraps up and then head back this way for a string of dates with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, including June 7 at Mercury Lounge and June 8 at Glasslands. Those dates are at the bottom of this post as well.

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Afghan Whigs

After the reunited Afghan Whigs announced they were coming back for ATP, followed by the news that they'd be playing Lollpalooza this year after a string of European dates, the band announced a big October 5th NYC show at Terminal 5 to which tickets are still available.

But the band just announced that their first show in 13 years will happen at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 23, one night after they appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon though a "Fanclub presale" starts Wednesday at 10am (password: whigsnyc). Joseph Arthur opens.

All tour dates are listed below...

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Beach House

Just a reminder that, after a quickly-sold-out AmEx presale yesterday, tickets go on sale at noon today (5/4) to see Beach House at Bowery Ballroom on May 15. It's the same day as the Baltimore duo's fourth album, Bloom, is released via Sub Pop. Their East Coast tour begins tonight in Charlottesville, VA.

Speaking of Charm City, Lower Dens play Bowery Ballroom on July 19 and those tickets also go on sale at noon. Lower Dens, play tonight in Washington, DC, released their second album, Nootropics, this week.

All tour dates for Beach House and Lower Dens are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Beach House

Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House will play Bowery Ballroom on May 15 -- the same day they release their fourth album, Bloom. $30 tickets go on sale Friday, May 4 at noon (with an AmEx presale happening 24 hours earlier). The Bowery date, which Zomes is opening, will be the the last of a short East Coast tour (all dates are at the bottom of this post). Beach House's next NYC show will be their already sold-out, and much larger, Summerstage performance on July 23.

For the record nerds out there, Sub Pop is releasing a "Loser Edition" of Bloom on 2xLP white vinyl. If you pre-order from Sub Pop, you might just get one of 300 glow-in-the-dark vinyl copies of the record which will be sent out at random. If you haven't heard anything from the album yet, you can stream or download opening cut "Myth" (which sounds a bit like "Eyes without a Face" to these ears) below, and stream Best New Track "Lazuli." Check below for those, along with all announced Beach House tour dates (including a just-announced summer run with Wild Nothing).

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Freelance Whales

Tickets on sale at noon for a June 1st Freelance Whales show at Bowery Ballroom with Spanish Prisoners.

You can also catch Freelance Whale this year at Governors Ball.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Emily Wells @ Bowery Ballroom
Emily Wells

Love note to New York:
Dear NY,
Last night was incredible. You have made me very happy. It was an honor to play for you and the love you gave me will sit with me forever. Je t'adore.
Emily Wells headlined Bowery Ballroom last week (4/9) as part of an ongoing tour in support of a new record. Live Footage accompany her on many dates and played first on the NYC bill. Dan the Automator, who collaborates with Emily on a new project called PILLOWFIGHT, made a special appearance just for the NYC show and DJ'd right before Emily's set. Emily played violin with Live Footage and joined Dan to perform a PILLOWFIGHT song. A drummer and members of Live Footage joined Emily on stage during her set. Here are some pics. More below...

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Friends at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn's Friends, already listed in the BBC 'Sound of 2012' are continuing to move up in the world. They've announced what will be their largest headlining NYC show yet: Bowery Ballroom on July 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/13) at noon. The show happens at the end of a North American tour. All dates are listed below.

The band also just revealed plans to release their debut LP, Manifest! on June 5 via Fat Possum in the US and a day earlier via Lucky Number worldwide. The album was produced by the band and mixed by Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Azealia Banks). They just dropped a new dance-punky cut from the album, "Mind Control," which you can stream below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Swervedriver @ Bowery Ballroom

"...Simply put, from the first note of opening stunner "Last Train to Satansville" (from 1993's Mezcal Head), Swervedriver dominated. A sonic tour de force dominated by vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin and tour fill-in drummer Mikey Jones (who did a TREMENDOUS job filling in for Graham Bonnar, who played with them last year but couldn't play on this tour) and augmented nicely by guitarist Jimmy Hartridge and bassist Steve George, most of this show saw Swervedriver stick to the raw, guttural, heavy punch of its first two Lps (1991's Raise and the aforementioned Mezcal Head). In addition to absolutely smashing versions of Raise-era singles like "Sandblasted," "Son of Mustang Ford" and Rave Down", we also got deep cuts like "Deep Seat," "Pile Up" and even the B-side "Scrawl and Scream". Mezcal Head was represented by a pile-driving version of "Never Lose That Feeling" along with "Girl on a Motorbike" (the first song played in the encore) and set closer "Duel". There were only several songs played from later albums (the best of which was a stunning version of Ejector Seat Reservation's "Son of Jaguar E") and "The Birds" (the finest song in their catalog, at least in this writer's estimation) didn't work quite as well as some of the other, earlier, fiercer material..." [The Big Takeover]
Swervedriver and Heaven have now completed their short tour that brought them to Bowery Ballroom on 3/31. Here are some pictures from that NYC show. More of them (including the headliner's setlist), below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

DOWNLOAD: Emily Wells - "Passenger" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Emily Wells - "Passenger (Kid Koala remix)" (MP3)

Emily Wells @ Hotel Vegan
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

It may only be an opening DJ set, but it will still be interesting to see what happens tonight, 4/9, at Bowery Ballroom when Dan the Automator shares a bill with Emily Wells who he's also collaborating with for a new project called Pillowfight which performed live at SXSW. You can watch a video clip below.

Emily also played solo at SXSW, including a set at our own Hotel Vegan. Some pictures from that are in this post too.

Tonight's Bowery show is probably Emily's biggest-ever headlining show in NYC (possibly anywhere), so go out and support. Tickets are still available, and Live Footage, who are on tour with Emily, play too.

Updated tour dates, SXSW pics, Pillowfight video, and Emily's brand new IFC-premiered video for "Passenger", below...

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photos by Joe McCabe

The Rapture

The Rapture brought the dance party to Bowery Ballroom for a quickly-sold out, headlining hometown show last night (4/6). And they do it again tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and then next weekend they're at Coachella. Watch a video of last night's set-closing "How Deep Is Your Love?" along with more pictures from the Manhattan show, below...

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photos by Kurt Christensen

Cursive @ Bowery Ballroom

Cursive is on tour now with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Conduits in support of their new album I Am Gemini (out now on Saddle Creek). That tour brought them a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom last night (4/3) for their first of two shows at the NYC venue. Their 19-song set only consisted of about half of the new album, and otherwise mixed in an even amount of material dating back to 2000's Domestica. Cursive, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Conduits will return to Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/4) for another sold out show (which we just gave out 2 tickets to on Facebook). More pictures, videos, and setlist from last night's show are below.

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Alejandro Escovedo at Clearwater 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo, who just guested with Bruce Springsteen at SXSW along with Arcade Fire and others for a performance of "This Land Is Your Land," is sticking around in his home state of Texas this month and next for a few more shows in the area. But before he heads out on a European tour in June, he'll stop by NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

June 5th is also the day Alejandro will be releasing a new record, His own PR says:

Alejandro Escovedo will release his 11th solo album 'Big Station,' June 5th, 2012 on Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Produced by Tony Visconti, 'Big Station' finds the ever-evolving Texas rocker highly-charged with spirit and purpose. The album's hard snap and sharp arrangements recall much of the great music Escvovedo absorbed as it blasted out of AM and FM radios throughout the 60's and 70's. Largely co-written with frequent collaborator Chuck Prophet, the album's 12 songs bristle with tension and hope as Escovedo fights to keep faith in a changing world and hold onto love.
The full tracklist and all dates and video of the "This Land is Your Land" performance below...

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DOWNLOAD: Dana Buoy - "Call to Be" (MP3)

photos by Chris Goldberg

Youth Lagoon @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/27/2012
Youth Lagoon

Tonight's show is where he should be in his career, just him, his guitarist, keyboards and drum machine. The drum machine created most of the joy and entertainment value tonight when it would break up Powers's wails and hushed vocals. There was a simplistic beauty in tunes like "Montana" and "July". The simple tones hang there for you to grab onto and embrace. "Cannons" is the song people seemed to respond to with his slowly building energy.

Sometimes, in our instant notoriety musical landscape, we expect greatness right off the bat. Not everyone can be a Strokes, Arcade Fire or Azealia Banks out the gate. Powers will be one of the artists who make a major impression 3 or 5 years now with one or two more albums in his catalogue. [Music Snobbery]

Youth Lagoon's tour brought him to Bowery Ballroom last night (3/27) for his first of two sold out NYC shows. Youth Lagoon's set consisted of every song on his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, and "Bobby" from the bonus 7". More pictures (though none of the openers) and a video from last night's show are below.

His tour continues tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/28) with Porcelain Raft and Cemeteries (who also open Gauntlet Hair's upcoming NYC shows). After this tour ends, he'll head out with Death Cab for Cutie and will return to NYC with them for three sold out Beacon Theatre shows (4/27-29).

Summer Bodies

Dana Buoy of Akron/Family was the opener last night and you can catch him NYC again tonight at Knitting Factory (3/28) with Wild International and Field Mouse (who opened for Polica at Rock Shop last night). Tickets for Dana Buoy's Brooklyn show tonight are available.

Dana Buoy is set to release his debut, Summer Bodies, on May via Lefse (who is also Youth Lagoon's label in Europe). That's the artwork above. Download a track from that album, "Call to Be," at the top of this post or stream it below.

More pics and video from last night's show and song stream below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Rachel Kowal

Fiona Apple

A long line of hopefuls extended down the block outside the Bowery Ballroom Monday night for Fiona Apple's second sold-out show in New York. (The first was Friday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.) Given Apple's reluctance to perform and the long gap of silence since her last album (7 years), seeing her perform was surreal - especially since she opted to skip Terminal 5 in favor of more moderately sized venues.

Say what you will of her music or her decision to tour and record again, Apple's impact on the alternative scene, and really on an entire generation of female music fans and musicians, should not be downplayed. In a world rife with Sarah Mclachlans and Natalie Merchants, artists like PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple helped to establish a much-needed alternative - something that wasn't quite punk, mainstream, precious, or sugarcoated. Her lyrics were dark, intimate, and deeply personal. Guys wanted to date her. Girls wanted to be her. The pressure was on.

As she approached the mic, Apple visibly shook. "Yes! 1996!" Someone cried out behind me. And as if in on the joke, Apple wore her long, straight hair pulled back with a scrunchie. Accompanied by a competent but low-profile four-piece backing band (which included opener Blake Mills), Apple didn't waste anytime with a slow build, opting instead to open with the punchy "Fast As You Can."

With only a mic stand to hide behind, Apple seemed ready to explode and after giving a few tugs to her scarf, pulled it off, and began to whip it around, sending glittering dust particles into the white spotlight.

After the opening song, she walked over to the piano, took a few gulps from a ceramic mug, then marched back to the mic, shaking her head. "Ok. I was going to say this to myself," she quickly mumbled. "But I thought it'd be interesting for you to hear what I was going to say to myself. Ok. I don't want to go through this whole fucking show where it's like six songs into it, and I'm finally relaxed. I'm just going to skip that part."

Though her voice exuded an aggressive confidence, her wild eyes and stilted speech sent a different message, one of deep vulnerability. But the ecstatic crowd (who sang along to the majority of the set) was quick to forgive her nervous ticks. "THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK, FIONA!" came one cry. "Thank you for wanting me back," Apple replied.

To reward the crowd of long-time fans, Apple's set (which was nearly identical to what she played on Friday night, save for the second to last song) was heavily weighted with crowd pleasers (yes, she played "Criminal" and "Paper Bag"). But she also threw in a couple of new songs and covers, including a lovely rendition of the old Conway Twitty song, "It's Only Make Believe."

We posted one set of pictures from the Bowery show this morning. Here is a second. More them with the setlist below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/26/2012
Fiona Apple

"During [the Music Hall of Williamsburg] show Ms. Apple moved between the microphone at center stage and a piano off to the side with an array of votive candles on top. Slender and toned, she wore a green tank top; her muscles spoke loudly as her body moved in precise ways on each song. On "Paper Bag" she held her hand tight against her stomach, muscles flexing, as she swayed side to side ever so slightly. During "Sleep to Dream" she stretched up against the piano like a cat, yawning with her frame.

These were careful maneuvers that played as a contrast to Ms. Apple's voice, which can be raspy and slithery and unhinged when she so chooses. Her band -- Blake Mills on guitar, Sebastian Steinberg [of Soul Coughing] on bass and Amy Wood on drums -- matched that range, creating a vivid and flexible noise that veered from gnarled rock to dirty blues. Mr. Mills, in particular, was intense, coaxing lust and anguish from his instrument." [NY Times]

Fiona Apple played Bowery Ballroom last night (3/26). It was almost the same hour-length setlist as the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, set-closing cover of "It's Only Make-Believe" included. The most (only?) notable difference was her choice/not-choice to play Beatles song "Across the Universe" 2nd to last (after "Criminal"). It was on the Music Hall setlist, but she didn't play it in Brooklyn. In Manhattan she played it only after a fun argument with Blake Mills who started playing the first notes (without her permission?)... I couldn't fully get what she was mad/fake-mad at him about, but regardless, she played it and it was great. In fact, the whole show was great from start to finish. Music Hall wasn't bad, but Fiona was in top shape for Bowery - her voice seemed so much more on this time, and she delivered in a huge way from start to finish.

Fiona returns to NYC to play Governors Ball in June. Meanwhile she plays Boston tonight.

Here are some pictures from the Bowery show. More of them below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - "Younger Us" (MP3)

Japandroids @ Hotel Vegan (BV-SXSW 2012)
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

Japandroids, who recently played Hotel Vegan in Austin during SXSW (pictures in this post), will welcome their new album, Celebration Rock this June via Polyvinyl. As mentioned, it includes a cover of The Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy" and Japandroids' 2010 single "Younger Us," which you can download above or stream below. UPDATE: You can also listen to new track " The House That Heaven Built" at Soundcloud.

The duo are set to tour Europe, the US, and Canada this spring/summer in support of the new album. That tour hits NYC on June 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon.

All dates, more pics and the song stream below...

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Rhett playing (in the convention center?) @ SXSW 2012 (via nattibeth)
Rhett Miller

In support of his upcoming self-produced solo album The Dreamer, frontman Rhett Miller announced a Spring tour with backing band The Serial Lady Killers that will hit Maxwell's on June 7 and Bowery Ballroom on June 8. Tickets for both are on sale now at the links. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Rhett, fresh from a string of SXSW performances will play a sold out gig tomorrow night (3/23) at City Winery with Salim Nourallah. He also has some shows coming up with his 90s alt-rock cohorts in Old '97's.

The Dreamer is set to drop June 5 via Miller's own Maximum Sunshine Records. A free download for the album's first single "Out of Love" and a complete list of tour dates can be found below...

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