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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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Tickets to see Ennio Morricone at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Cheap Trick are playing The Wellmont Theatre on February 15. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Homeboy Sandman is playing Gramercy Theatre on January 18 with YC the Cynic, I Am Many and Open Mike Eagle. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Violent Femmes at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets from their canceled Central Park show will be honored too. You must present original tickets with valid ID.

Tickets to see Damien Jurado at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Brazos and Ski Lodge are playing Mercury Lounge on December 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Blues Traveler are playing Gramercy Theatre on November 23 and 24, The Space at Westbury on November 27 and The Capitol Theatre on November 29 and 30. Tickets for Gramercy night 1 are on sale now (night 2 is sold out). Tickets for the Westbury show and the Cap shows go on sale today at noon.

Marc Cohn is opening for Bonnie Raitt at Capitol Theatre on 11/19 (tickets) at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 11/20 (sold out), and he's playing a headlining show on January 24 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.


Labor Day is past but it's still technically summer and Union Pool is running its free Summer Thunder series every Saturday through the end of the month. This weekend's show (9/14) is being presented by Secretly Canadian and is a bit of a mystery. Gentlemen Jets headline, and there's also a slot for ".?." We do know that Martin from Brazos will do a solo set (Jessie from Luyas was supposed to play with him, but she had to cancel), and J.Ek from Wye Oak side project Dungeonesse will do a DJ set, as will D.Jane Gherkin, and Bear in Heaven's Adam Wills. The party starts around 2 PM with live bands going on later in the day.

Then on September 21 it's DJ Dog Dick, I.U.D. and DJ Dago with more to be announced. September 28 will be the season finale, that they aren't announcing yet. Stay tuned.

by Bill Pearis

North Highlands at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
North Highlands

It's been nearly two years since North Highlands released their debut album, Wild One, and while they work on its follow-up, the Brooklyn group have a stopgap 7" with two new tracks. Both sides are really good, and a little more guitar-oriented than we've heard from them previously. You can stream them below.

You can hear them live too, as North Highlands are playing a record release party on Saturday (8/10) at Glasslands with Brazos and Chalk & Numbers. Tickets are on sale.

In related news, NH guitarist Mike Barron has his own band, Bennio Qwerty who traffic in muscular, precision rock. They just released a new EP, Picture Of, which is a free download on Bandcamp for the next week. You can also stream below.

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Leverage Models (aka Shannon from Stars Like Fleas and friends) are set to release their debut on October 1 via Hometapes. You may have already heard their track, "Cooperative Extensions" (which will be on the album), but the band have now made a video for it and we've got its premiere in this post.

Leverage Models have a couple upcoming NYC shows. The play open the previously discussed Indians show on Sunday (7/21) at Knitting Factory with Brazos. Tickets to that show are still available. They'll also open the previously discussed Medicine show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16, a show that Weekend is also playing. Tickets for that show are also still available.

Along with the new video, you can also stream Leverage Models' recent cover of The Associates' mid-'80s avant-pop hit "Party Fears Two," below...

Continue reading "Leverage Models made a new video, covered The Associates, ready debut album, playing shows (dates & streams)"

photos by David Andrako

The Luyas & Julian Lynch / Majical Cloudz @ Sneaky Dee's, 6/14/2013
NXNE 2013, Day 2
NXNE 2013, Day 2

After the big, free National show in Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, David Andrako hit a couple smaller club shows for his second night (6/14) at festival NXNE. With a quick stop at The Horseshoe Tavern to catch Brooklyn's Buke & Gase, he then headed over to Sneaky Dee's for the M for Montreal showcase which featured an unannounced 2 AM set from Majical Clouds (who would play Brooklyn the next night for Northside Fest).

This was also the NXNE stop for The Luyas and Julian Lynch's collaborative tour where Julian was in The Luyas for their set, and they in turn were his backing band. (It hit Northside too.) Brooklyn's Brazos was also on the bill and pictures from those bands are in this post.

Pictures from NXNE Day 1 are HERE. More Day 2 pictures below...

Continue reading "NXNE day 2 in pics (Majical Cloudz, The Luyas w/ Julian Lynch, Buke & Gase, Brazos)"


Rooftop Films Summer Series kicks off in NYC tonight (5/10) with a showing of "This is What We Mean by Short Films" featuring "some of the greatest new short films from all around the world," and will go down at Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (LES Manhattan). The series continues through the summer, featuring 45 screenings of films at multiple locations across the city. As always, most screenings are accompanied by live music, and though most of the bands aren't announced yet, the schedule does so far include yMusic, Darlene Love, Brazos and more. Darlene performs at a June 8th screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom which she also stars in.

Tickets are available for specific events at their website, and you can head below for a full listing of films and locations.

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Harlem Shakes

Not long after releasing catchy gem Technicolor Health in 2009 (stream it at Spotify), NYC band The Harlem Shakes,broke up. The album didn't break them through to the other side and there were many other life options calling their name.

Where are they now? Some of them still make music. We caught up with the group's guitarist Todd Goldstein who now writes, performs and records as ARMS and asked him. "Jose's finishing up grad school, Lexy's a writer, Kendrick has a family, and Brent is writing a novel and recording excellent albums as Thunder & Lightning. I'm actually in grad school now myself, too. We're all still in touch to varying degrees. Jose and I go to techno parties together on a regular basis."

More interestingly, I was entertained to learn via Buzzfeed that the Harlem Shakes are suddenly experiencing a sudden rebirth of sorts thanks to, yep, viral hit the Harlem Shake. So I asked Todd a few questions about that too...

BV: When did you first hear Baauer's Harlem Shake?

Todd: I found out about all this ridiculousness when my old Harlem Shakes google alert, which had been lying dormant forever, started blowing up on a pretty-much-hourly basis. I finally got curious and watched that first big video, the one with the costumed kids. The song is so generic I just sort of assumed it was a joke or some kind of obscurity, and the video seemed so tame I figured it was some kind of one-off. HOW WRONG I WAS."

How has the Harlem Shake craze changed your life?

Todd: It hasn't really changed my life so much as given my a funny story to trot out at parties. 3 months into the year, Harlem Shakes' old Twitter account has about 20,000 new followers and rising -- a mix of robots, old fans reconnecting, and (i'd hope) new fans who stumbled upon the band while trying to find another stupid dancing video. Lots of calls to reunite, a couple of offers to buy our Twitter handle, and the big one, in which the Guardian accidentally ran an old picture of us under the headline "Harlem Shakes - #1 in the US." We joked we'd "finally made it"... which was both genuinely hilarious and more than a little bittersweet. We've been broken up for 4 years! It's like someone famous having your name.

Harlem Shakes

BV: Has all the new-found attention and Twitter followers inspired any reunion talks?

Todd: I doubt the band will be getting back together any time soon, no. We're all too deep into our own post-Harlem Shakes lives these days.


Bummer, however there are plenty of ways to currently experience ARMS. Todd says they "just finished a new EP we're quite excited about--it's really rough, catchy, more immediate than our last record I think. Self-recorded it over the last few months. We're playing Cameo on April 30th for the wonderful band Brazos' residency. Maybe some shows outdoors this summer? Mostly looking forward to playing some new songs live and writing another full-length as soon as I find some time."

Watch a video of Todd performing one of those new songs stripped down, below...

Continue reading "The Harlem Shake brought attention back to the Harlem Shakes (but no plans for a reunion)"


Toronto-based duo Snowblink released their sophomore album, Inner Classics, last year via Arts & Crafts. With gossamer vocals and spare electronics over a folk-rock backbone, it's a lovely record and you can stream the whole thing below. The band's new video "Inner Mini-Mississippi" which features members Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman against a backdrop of a couple world-class Hoola-Hoop-ers. We've got the video's premiere and you can watch it below.

Meanwhile, the band are currently on tour and will be in NYC on April 14 at Bard College with Zammuto, and then April 16 at Cameo which is part of Brazos' residency there. The Loom also play and tickets are still available.

All Snowblink tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Snowblink released a new video, touring (dates, streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Empress of / Brazos @ Pianos, 3/5/2013
Empress Of

Why don't we have more early shows in NYC? It's fun to see a couple bands and still have your night ahead of you. That was our thought process with the Empress Of / Brazos show that BrooklynVegan presented last night (3/5) with fellow music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear at Ludlow St. standby Pianos. We got a sneak peak -- in live form -- at Empress Of's forthcoming Systems EP, which will be out via Terrible next month. We also got an early listen to songs from Brazos' upcoming Dead Oceans debut, Saltwater, with their opening set. (The two bands share a member, too.) Both Empress of and Brazos will be in Austin next for SXSW, and the former will grace our Saturday (3/16) day party at the old Emo's space.

More pics from last night's Pianos show are below.

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Empress Of

As mentioned, Brooklyn's Empress Of are going on a tour this year which includes SXSW and many dates supporting Jamie Lidell. Since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded and now includes another NYC show, which BrooklynVegan and Gorilla vs. Bear are proudly presenting. That show happens on March 5 at Pianos with Brazos, who share a member with Empress Of's live band. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Gorilla vs. Bear also just premiered a new track from Empress Of's upcoming Systems EP, which is due out this April via Terrible Records in the US and Double Denim internationally. The new track is called "Hat Trick" and you can stream it below. That's the cover art above.

Empress Of's upcoming shows also include a BrooklynVegan day party and a Gorilla vs. Bear party at SXSW. After the Jamie Lidell tour, Empress Of plays another NYC show on May 11 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister. All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the Pianos show, below...

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Onetime Austinites who now call NYC home, Brazos, will release their second album, Saltwater, on May 28 via Dead Oceans. You can watch the video for first single, "How the Ranks Was Won," below. Main man Martin Crane directed the collage-y clip himself. Album art and tracklist is below too.

Brazos play tonight (2/22) in NYC at Mercury Lounge; an aforementioned show with The Spinto Band and ARMS (tickets). The band will then head to Austin for SXSW (perhaps playing one of the many clubs on Brazos St.). Upon their return, Brazos will do a four-week residency at Williamsburg club Cameo, playing every Tuesday from April 16 - May 7. No word on openers or advance tickets just yet. All tour dates are listed below

Continue reading "Brazos releasing 'Saltwater,' made a new video, playing NYC tonight, SXSW and upcoming Brooklyn residency"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Spinto Band - Shake it Off (MP3)


Wilmington, Delaware's Spinto Band are indie survivors. Having formed int the mid-'90s under the seemed-funny-at-the-time moniker Free Beer, the band switched to the current name at the dawn of the '00s and saw some success with 2005's terrific Nice and Nicely Done. The band have continued to put out charming album after charming album, with little regard to trends and public taste. Thiers is a classic pop style.

The Spinto Band just released Cool Cocoon which came out on their own Spintonic imprint. You can download album-opener "Shake it Off" above and stream the whole album below (via Spotify). They've also made some pretty great videos over the years, including "What I Love" from Cool Cocoon which you can watch below too.

The Spinto Band are going on a short run of East Coast dates, including a stop in NYC on February 22 at Mercury Lounge with openers ARMS and Brazos. Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below.

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Sufjan Stevens tickets are on sale too.

Tickets for the Cat Power show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Alt-J show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Swans show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their previously announced show at the same venue, which happens one day later with Devendra Banhart, are still available.

A bunch of hip hop shows are going on sale today.

Tickets for the Tamaryn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Caveman show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Caitlin Rose show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for her Union Hall show are not on sale yet.

Tickets for the newly-added MS MR show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for their previously announced show at the same venue are still available.

The Spinto Band, ARMS, and Brazos are playing Mercury Lounge on February 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Frontier Ruckus are playing Mercury Lounge on February 9. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at noon.

Killing Joke, Titus Andronicus, Hilly Eye and other shows are on sale now too.

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Hot Freaks

At first I thouht this might be a 'too many cooks in the kitchen' situation. Then I freaked out a little when I found out there was an RSVP, and that it wasn't working that well. Well, it ends up that the Hot Freaks ACL (unofficial) (Dell Lounge-sponsored) (blogger) afterparties that I got myself involved in, were not only completely fun and total successes, we were able to accomodate anyone that wanted to get in to the FREE shows - stupid wristbands or not. Thanks other bloggers.

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Hot Freaks

St. Vincent re-confirmed her extreme talent on Saturday night, and Sparrow House proved that though shy, he is also very talented. Grizzly Bear played an as-always beautiful set with added breathtaking pretty-colored-lights-against-rocks-with-added-outdoor visuals (courtesy of our video team from Super Alright!). Art Brut rocked for the 15th-millionth time, and The Rosebuds turned the Mohawak (or was it Club Deville - I couldn't keep track - the party was at both places, and they're next-door to each other) into a proper dance party. The most fun I had during my entire Austin City Limits 2007 experience was during the Rosebuds actually. Even with an injured knee, Ivan (with the help of Kelly and drummer) mananged to keep it going - always high-energy, and with plenty of audience participation. It was actually only the second time I saw them - the first was at Bowery Ballroom when I fell in love - and the next will be at Bowery again (thank you so much Rosebuds for agreeing to play the Austin show and the CMJ show!) (tickets are on sale). More links, and photos by Hot Freaks-cohost Frank of Chromewaves, below....

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ACLThis September I'll be returning to Austin for my first-ever visit to the annual three-day Austin City Limits Festival (see previous post for talk of the lineup). While I'm there, I also hope to catch at least one episode-taping for the 33rd season of the associated PBS series with the same name (Austin City Limits). Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Wilco, Bloc Party, Regina Spektor, and Lucinda Williams will all be there to play the festival, and to tape a show.

Then there are the afterparties - official and unofficial. Official afterparties (or aftershows as they call them) feature many of the same bands playing the festival. They happen at night at one of the various venues around Austin - Stubb's, La Zona Rosa, The Parish, Emo's and Antone's to be exact. Anyone can buy tickets to the aftershows. They've got Spoon, The White Stripes (sold out), Common, Blonde Redhead, The National, etc..

I actually know very little about the unofficial afterparties, except that I helped put one together. It was a team effort between myself and the "Hot Freaks" otherwise known as an aquarium drunkard, la blogothèque, chromewaves, gorilla vs bear, my old kentucky blog, and you ain't no picasso. This group of 'Hot Freaks' worked together before - at SXSW. For ACL they asked if I felt like getting freaky, I said 'yes', and the rest is history.

Our parties take place at the Mohawk and at the adjoining Club Deville, on both Friday and Saturday after ACL. The shows are FREE (w/ some RSVP thing that's going to be available after Labor Day), and all of our artists are NOT also playing ACL. We have Art Brut, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, The Rosebuds, Yellow Fever, Sparrow House (Jared from Voxtrot), and more. More details below....

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