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After moving their show from upstate to Brooklyn Bowl which was then followed by a 50% reduction in ticket price, Saturday's Daytrotter show is now not happening at all, as the bowling alley venue has cancelled all Saturday and Sunday shows "due to the hurricane. Ticket refunds will be offered." No bowling or food on those days either. Affected artists include JBM, We Are Augustines, Guards, Doug Paisley, Des Ark, Christopher Paul Stelling, The Loom, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and (DJ) Talib Kweli.

Daytrotter's Monday show at the Living Room is still on though, and you can head to Brooklyn Bowl tonight (8/26) for a free show by Slowdance. The Dex Romweber Duo and Birds of Avalon show tonight was also cancelled, but that was a coincedence.

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Ume - "Captive" (MP3)

"@ Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. I like funky spots. I will become a regular. Live bands playing tonight. The opener is pretty good, UME" - Ariana Simmons


Ume played Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (8/13) as part of their tour which also hit Pianos two days earlier (8/11). They opened for Stockholm Syndrome at B Bowl, though we didn't stick around. Pictures and some videos from their set only are in this post.

Ume's upcoming LP Phantoms comes out August 30 via Modern Outsider. Grab the album track "Captive" above. More pics & videos below...

Continue reading "Ume played Pianos & Brooklyn Bowl (pics & video)"

photos by Grant MacAllister

B.A.D. @ Lolla

Big Audio Dynamite brought their reunion back to North America this month. It included another visit to NYC in the form of a show at Brooklyn Bowl (on 8/3) and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon where they played two songs (one was a web exclusive). They since hit Lollapalooza (on Saturday). More pictures from Chicago, both Fallon videos and the entire Brooklyn Bowl setlist, below...

Continue reading "Big Audio Dynamite played Brooklyn Bowl (setlist), Fallon (video), and Lollapalooza (pics)"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim and band brought their brand of folk pop to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (8/6) with an opening set by The Woes. The show was the same day that Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal (aka List Christee) DJ'd the venue, which was one day before Of Montreal didn't play Escape to NY.

More pictures of Langhorne Slim (and Kevin Barnes) and videos from that show, below...

Continue reading "Langhorne Slim (and DJ Kevin Barnes) played Brooklyn Bowl (pics & video)"

Q-Tip @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (more by Brook Bobbins)

"Unfortunately we have recently been told that Q-tip will have to cancel his planned tour of Europe this summer. This means he will not be appearing at The Øya festival in August. This is sad news, first of all for the fans. We know that many of you have been looking forward to seeing Q-tip in the Medieval park. We have not yet recieved much information concerning the cancellation, but we have been told that this is a health related matter as the artist has to go through an operation around the same time that The Øya Festival takes place. As you can understand, this is entirely beyond our control. We hope Q-tip will soon recover, and that he will be able to guest Øya at a later date." [Oya]
Q-Tip was supposed to hit Oya Fest in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Way Out West in Sweden, and a bunch of other festivals on a tour that was set to last August 11 - 27. Lots of disappointed Europeans right now. That said, Q-Tip says "The european tour is currently being rescheduled. Even in festival cities."

Meanwhile catch Q-Tip on the 1s and 2s at Brooklyn Bowl Sunday night (8/7), and live (I think) with the Flaming Lips, Neon Indian, and Wavves in Long Island in Sept.

UPDATE: Q-Tip cancelled his Brooklyn Bowl DJ gig too, but will be replaced by Reptar and a DJ set by Talib Kweli

photos by Andrew Frisicano

The Growlers @ FYF Fest 2010
The Growlers

The Growlers have a few shows coming up including one tonight (8/5) at Brooklyn Bowl with Wild Yaks. Entry to the show is free before 7 PM so get there early. If you can't make it before 7, Tickets are $5. The Growlers will also play a completely free show this Sunday (8/7) at the new "Rock Yard", which just replaced Rock Beach with Japanther, The Death Set, Cerebral Ballzy, The So So Glos, and CSC Funk Band. Wild Yaks, who are on the bill with The Growlers tonight, played Rock Beach earlier this summer.

All Growlers dates and more pictures that were taken back in 2010 at FYF Fest in LA, below...

Continue reading "Growlers playing 2 free shows this weekend ---- 2011 Tour Dates & some old FYF Fest pics too"

photos by Colin Kerrigan

Earth, Wind & Fire help Philly celebrate Independence Day
The Roots 4th of July Summer Jam - Philadelphia

A little after 1 p.m., the Parkway was already jammed with people who had come from near and far for the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia - and it stayed that way well into the night as the Roots repeatedly rocked the stage, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey hit some stratospheric high notes.

Many came in red, white, and blue attire, with their children, their spouses, and their dogs.

Courtney Beckett, 22, a medical assistant from West Chester, even brought her six-foot boa constrictor, Sampson.

"They're cold-blooded, so they need heat," she explained as her cousin, Zhabree Jacobs, 8, let the reptile curl around her shoulders.

And, boy, did that snake get grilled.

Temperatures pushed 90 most of the day at the Wawa Welcome America celebration Monday, as people ate gyros and cheesesteaks, swayed to music, and reunited with friends and family to party Philadelphia-style.

Organizers had no official crowd count, although Mayor Nutter said, "This might be the largest Fourth of July event ever." The event has been known to draw a million or more people.

With a pink-and-orange sunset in the background and Sara Bareilles and the Roots performing. [Philly.com]

The Roots hosted and performed at their Fourth of July Jam in Philly with Earth Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boyz II Men and others. The concert, which was billed as "the largest free concert in America," lived up to its title, though as expected at a concert that big, not everyone has a positive experience. According to Anthony Sbarro, "Way too many people at the Roots Fourth Of July on the Parkway concert. Good luck to whomever is going! I'd recommend against it." Tamika Chandler posted a video to her YouTube account of what she dubbed the "4th of July Jam Fiasco." The video description and tags read:
People arguing & fighting. I wanted to enjoy the concert but because so many people were trying to budge in front of those who were smart enough to be early and sitting down in their own seats, I ended up filming the entertaining arguments/fights that arose from this.

Parkway, Philadelphia, Philly, Jam, Concert, Fourth, 4th, of, July, Fireworks, Fights, Beer, Drunk, Arguing, Arguments, yelling, crowded, crowds, kids, pot, marijuana, smoking, wild, fiasco, rude, the roots, earth, wind, fire, &, and, PA, pennsylvania, city, mayor, nutter, police, popo, smh, penn's landing, downtown, city, delaware river, wawa, michael mcdonald, sarah bareilles

Check out her video work, and a video of Estelle and Michael McDonald performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" together, below.

In other Roots news, Black Thought plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (7/5) with J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind and DJ Suga Ray. Questlove DJs the same venue every Thursday. This Thursday is a "special free edition".

More pictures and videos from the 4th of July Jam below...

Continue reading "The Roots celebrated 4th of July in Philly w/ Earth, Wind & Fire, Estelle, Michael McDonald & more (pics & video)"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Radio Dept @ The Great Escape
The Radio Department

Swedish dream-poppers The Radio Dept are releasing all three of their albums on 180 gram vinyl. This includes the classic Lesser Matters, its followup Pet Grief, and the more recently released Clinging to a Scheme, which came out during a time the sound they helped make popular was achieving massive success.

The Radio Dept have a few upcoming shows announced at the moment. On July 15 they'll play a free show at South Street Seaport with Asobi Seksu, and then hit Pitchfork Fest the next day. The only other show they currently have schduled in North America is in Dallas in November with Memoryhouse.

Memoryhouse meanwhile have been added as opener for some of Peter Bjorn & John's upcoming dates including the 9/12 show at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is the day before Sub Pop releases the Memoryhouse EP. Tickets are still on sale. No other openers have been added to PB&J's other NYC shows yet.

Asobi Seksu also plays a show at Brooklyn Bowl (on October 1). Tickets are on sale now.

On May 13th The Radio Dept. played the BV/M For Montreal showcase at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton with The Handsome Furs. A set of pictures from that show is in this post.

More pictures and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Radio Dept vinyl reissues & live pics, Memoryhouse & Asobi Seksu shows"

The Bronx at FFF Fest (more by BBG)
The Bronx

The Bronx hits the dock in a few short hours from now (6/22), playing a Rocks Off cruise aboard the Queen of Hearts TONIGHT (6/22). The boat shoves off at 8PM with doors opening at 7. There are VERY limited tickets at the door, so make sure and get there early (like now) if you don't have 'em already.

After NYC, The Bronx will have a bit of an identity crisis, as they'll alternate from The Bronx to Mariachi El Bronx from night to night along the East Coast. Mariachi El Bronx will return to play a FREE Sailor Jerry-sponsored show at Brooklyn Bowl on 6/28 with Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and The Two Man Gentlemen Band. You just need to RSVP.

In addition, Mariachi El Bronx will also make their way back to the NYC area to support Foo Fighters with Rise Against at Izod Center on 9/26 as part of a larger tour. Tickets are still available for that show and the Foo Fighers show at Prudential Center on 11/14. You can also get Rocks Off Express Party Bus tickets for each show too (aka Rocks Off is running a bus from NYC to the shows and back).

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "The Bronx boat show is tonight, a free Mariachi El Bronx show is next week (updated tour dates)"

most photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Andrew Sacher


Let me start off by saying the Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) show at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (6/19) was the most fun I had at all of Northside Festival.

WATERS opened the sold out show, which was appropriate. Deer Tick was covering Nirvana and WATERS is the indie-folkie turned '90s-guitar-rocker Van Pierszalowski's new project. WATERS played material off their upcoming debut Out in the Light, which is being released on TBD in September. If the recordings sound as good as the songs did at Brooklyn Bowl, then Out in the Light is definitely an album to look out for. Towards the end of their set, Van said, "Nirvana are one of my favorite bands of all time and In Utero is my favorite album of all time. I'd also like to pay tribute to one of my other favorite bands of all time." WATERS then proceeded to, possibly ironically, cover Hole's "Violet." They ended the set with the one song they've released, "For The One." Catch them at their third and last NYC show on this run, this Tuesday (6/21) at Mercury Lounge before they head back to Oslo, Norway, where the band is based.

About 15 minutes, 9 guitars, and a few beer pitchers later, Deervana walked out on stage and said, "Tonight we are not Deer Tick." They proceeded to pay a more-than-sincere tribute to Nirvana. I very unfortunately never saw Nirvana, though I know Deer Tick honored them in more ways than one. Their set notably left out hits such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," and "Heart Shaped Box," in favor of the less popular, but even more revered live mainstays like "School," "In Bloom," "Aneurysm," "Scentless Apprentice," "Blew," and others. Deervana not only echoed Nirvana in their approach to live setlists, but also in their raw energy and silly stage antics.

Mosh pits broke out to every song (save for "Something in the Way") and the crowd often overpowered Deervana while singing along. Fans crowd surfed, stage dived, grabbed band members, and threw drinks in the air. "It's like playing a party in your friend's garage whose dad is really rich and bought a bowling alley," said Deer Tick/Deervana frontman John McCauley. After only an hour of thrashing around to Nirvana songs, Deervana thanked Fender for "giving them things they could break," and broke into "Curmudgeon" which they ended by kicking over their drums and destroying their guitars, aptly aided by the dropping of bowling balls on the instruments. Despite the fact that Deervana could have played for another hour without losing crowd interest, the conditions on stage made it pretty clear they weren't even doing a one-song encore.

Setlist and more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "DEERVANA & WATERS rocked Brooklyn Bowl (pics, setlist)"

Thee Oh Sees @ Summerstage in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death By Audio

Death By Audio lists tonight's show like this:

6.17 -$5- (doors are at 10pm for this show)
Well, we may know at least one band on the bill. Thee Oh Sees play Brooklyn Bowl Saturday (6/18) but list "06-17 shhhhhhh...." on their website (thanks Maxim), so it's either them or there are two secret shows. Who do you think the other bands are?

Adventure, CO LA (Matt Papich of Ecstatic Sunshine), and Weekends were supposed to play Death by Audio Friday night, but that show was cancelled. Weekends will instead open for Dom at Brooklyn Bowl.

To add to the mystery, a "Surprise special guest" is also listed on the Saturday Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show that Yellow Dogs, and Emil and Friends are also playing. Who's playing that one?

All Thee Oh Sees dates below...

Continue reading "secret show @ DbA Friday night? Thee Oh Sees? Secret band Saturday too? "

Drive By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers recently trucked through the area, hitting Wellmont Theater in NJ on Saturday, June 11th with Alejandro Escovedo. If you missed out or were just hoping for a NYC show, your wish is granted. Drive-By Truckers will play a last minute show back at Brooklyn Bowl THIS MONDAY, June 20th at 8pm. Tickets go on sale at noon today (6/16). This show is not as small as their last NYC show, and they recently played Brooklyn Bowl too, but it's still much more intimate than Terminal 5 where they've also recently played. Also, stay tuned to the BrooklynVegan Facebook for a chance to win tickets., and a signed poster (like the above).

The Brooklyn show is one day after they hit the Clearwater Festival up in Croton-On Hudson, and one day before they appear on Letterman. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers played Wellmont, playing BROOKLYN BOWL MONDAY, Letterman Tuesday & other dates"

DOM at BV-CMJ 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The openers have been announced for the free shows happening at Pier 54 this summer. We already mentioned that Austra is opening the tUnE-yArDs show on July 14. It was also revealed that Class Actress open the Metronomy show on July 28, and DOM open the Deer Tick show on August 11.

In related news, DOM announced that the Family of Love EP, their follow up to Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, will be released August 9 via Astralwerks. The EP was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Bjork). "I want to pump out as many records as possible," Dom said, "and actually make a difference in pop music. No matter how a.d.d. it all sounds, the more I write, the more I really wanna do this thing."

DOM also play Brooklyn Bowl on June 17 as part of Northside Festival. Tickets are available. Deer Tick also plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl, but as Deervana (and it is sold out).

All DOM and Deer Tick dates and the EP tracklist below...

Continue reading "DOM releasing new EP, opening for Deer Tick @ Pier 54, also playing Northside Fest (dates)"

Thee Oh Sees @ Tip Top in 2010 (more by Rebecca Smeyne)
Thee Oh Sees

"Thee Oh Sees perch comfortably atop a vibrant Bay Area garage-rock scene. It's a spot they've earned for a number of reasons: seniority (the band has been bashing since 2005, and head Oh See John Dwyer fronted primal pounders the Coachwhips before that); an inhuman prolific streak (being an Oh Sees completist is like being a member of a fabulous record-of-the-month club); and the simple fact that the band is one of the best live acts on the West Coast, East Coast or anywhere in between, delivering a blur of hip-shaking, revved-up mayhem every time it's onstage." [Washington Post]
Like Ty Segall, fellow California bruise cruisers Thee Oh Sees, who are appearing at the return of Bruise Cruise in 2012 have added a NYC show to their 2011 summer tour. They play Brooklyn Bowl on June 18 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for the "Tell All Your Friends" showcase are on sale now, or you can try to use a Northside badge to get in.

And speaking of bands playing the Bruise Cruise, don't forget that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have cancelled their current tour (5/28 @ 285 Kent included).

All Thee Oh Sees tour dates below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees on tour in Europe, add Northside show (dates)"

Big Audio Dynamite at Roseland (more by Chris Gersbeck)

"If there was any disappointment it was they have been playing the same set at all these shows... I would've liked a couple more songs from 1989's Megatop Phoenix (that album's single, "Contact," was conspicuously missing) but hopefully we'll get some different tracks next time. And I sure do hope there is a next time."
-said Bill after the B.A.D. show at Roseland
We since found out that Big Audio Dynamite will in fact return to North America to play both Lollapalooza (August 6) and Outside Lands (August 14), and now there's even more good news. B.A.D. have started announcing pre-Lollapalooza U.S. dates including Boston, Philly, and another NYC show, but this time the NYC gig is at the much more intimate Brooklyn Bowl on August 3rd! Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Thursday, 5/19 at noon. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Big Audio Dynamite announce more shows, Brooklyn Bowl included! (2011 dates)"

photos by Tamara Porras

Matthew Houk & Kim Krans

"About three quarters the way through the night, The Taking It Easy band left the stage to Houck to perform mostly solo. Joined by Family Band's Kim Krans on the song "Endless Pt. 1" off of Aw Come Aw Wry, and then briefly by his aforementioned metal god keyboard player on an electrifying version of "Wolves" from his 2008 album Pride, Houck turned down the volume but not the energy. If anything, his charisma and charm, which allowed him to pull off a key/capo change right in the middle of "My Dove, My Lamb" and receive only a mild chuckle from the audience, managed to fill the space that had once been occupied by the screech of feedback and the pounding of drums. After a few more solo numbers, the rest of the band finally returned to stage to close out the show, ending with an absolutely devastating version of the song "Los Angeles" that sent the crowd home entertained if not slightly unsettled." [ChunkyGlasses]
Phosphorescent & Family Band ended their tour together Wednesday night at Brooklyn Bowl. More pictures from that show below...

Continue reading "Phosphorescent & Family Band played Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Phosphorescent @ the Parish in Austin

Phosphorescent has been on tour since before Coachella. Let's give Matt and band a proper welcome home at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (5/11). Tickets are still on sale, and if you act quick you can try and win a pair on our Facebook too.

Back on May 5th, Phosphorescent played a show at The Parish in Austin, Pictures from that show are in this post. They include an audience member who helped Matt sing "Wolves" on stage, and opener Family Band (who also open the Brooklyn show). More of those pictures, a recent La Blogoteque Take Away Show video, and more upcoming dates (Bonnaroo included), below...

Continue reading "Phosphorescent & Family Band played the Parish (pics) & a Take Away Show (video), play Brooklyn Bowl (tonight)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Michael Hurley @ Brooklyn Bowl
Michael Hurley

Jonny Corndawg @ Brooklyn Bowl
Johnny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg completed his April residency at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/25) with an impressive lineup of openers that included Jason Isbell (who played Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier) and folk legend Michael Hurley who Jonny is now on a short tour with. And Rude Bear was even there. More pictures and a video from the night, below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg played Brooklyn Bowl w/ Michael Hurley & Jason Isbell (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit @ Bowery Ballroom
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Hayes Carll, and Shovels and Rope played a show together at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night (4/22). The show was part of a tour that ended at Brighton Music Hall in Boston one night later, but Jason is back to join Jonny Corndawg at his final residency show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (4/25). The previously-undisclosed final lineup looks like this:

Jason Isbell - 8pm
Michael Hurley - 9pm
Stray Dawg (Jonny Corndawg film) - 10pm
Jonny Corndawg - 10:15pm
Act now and you can still win a pair of tickets to the show. You can also buy them.

If you miss tonight's show, Jonny is back on June 1st to open for Roger Alan Wade of Jackass at Mercury Lounge.

Shovels and Rope play the Bell House on May 18th with the Felice Brothers who have added a 2nd show at the same venue on May 19th. Tickets are on sale for both.

Hayes Carll plays Summerstage this summer with Emmylou Harris. More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show, and Hayes's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell played Bowery Ballroom w/ Hayes Carll (pics), playing Brooklyn Bowl w/ Jonny Corndawg (tonight)"

Pharoahe Monch @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch's latest tongue-twisting LP W.A.R. is out now via Duck Down Records and Monch has a pair of dates scheduled in the coming weeks. He'll head to Santiago, Chile to play a date on May 15th with Heltah Skeltah and Das Efx, and will play Brooklyn Bowl on May 10th with Jean Grae, Boogie Blind, J Period, and DP One. Tickets are on sale.

Pharoahe Monch recently joined Buckshot for a performance at the Comedy Awards of "Jon Cryer Will Fuck You Up" featuring the Two & A Half Men star. Check out video from that comedic performance as well as a recent interview below.

Continue reading "Pharoahe Monch released W.A.R., played the Comedy Awards, playing Brooklyn Bowl w/ Jean Grae"

words & photos by Ben Lozovsky

Go Team

The Go! Team returned after a three-year lull stateside, bringing their outrageous Saturday morning cartoon funk assault to Brooklyn Bowl Saturday (the second of two NYC shows that included Bowery Ballroom earlier in the week).

On what might be the band's final tour ever, according to group founder Ian Parton, there was never an air of finality or remembrance. From the second the booming beat proclamation that introduced opening number "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." rang out, it was unwaveringly go time for The Go! Team. The band rarely dialed down the raucousness while highlighting the understated yet notable growth on their third and latest album, Rolling Blackouts. There's a darker mood to many of the tracks on the disc, including album bookends "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." and "Back Like 8 Track." On numbers like those, the band managed to provide a seesaw soundtrack for all the pissed-off tweens out there hell-bent on revenge on whoever their oppressor might be. This is monkey-bar brawl music, with a nuanced adult edge- tighter production, unpredictable structure shifts, and jarring atonal horn and orchestral samples demonstrated the band's interest in augmenting its template with intrigue and sophistication.

The band has also embraced its girl power side more than ever. MC Ninja's assault was never much concerned with showcasing the delicacy and emotional depth of the fairer sex, but new tracks like "Ready to Go Steady" and "Secretary Song" have a doo-wop and garage-pop girl group pureness and softness to them. The bitter-sweat jangle of sunny "Buy Nothing Day," one of the standouts of Blackouts, was like an empowering acknowledgement of the confusing burdens of female adolescence.

Even as their music gets more nuanced, the band still bewilder with their live performance. All six members frantically ran around the stage, switching between guitar, drums and keyboards, as well as odder instruments like melodica, steel drums, banjo, and even a type-writer. They created walls of sound and guitar distortion, broke them down with crisp chorus singing, and leaped and cheerleaded at any moment that felt big enough (which was at least several times a song).

They might have had a bit too much fun, because as the band finished their performance with a giant group dog pile, Ninja appeared to have hurt herself fairly bad while caught in the middle. She was carried off-stage when she couldn't lift herself up, and was later evaluated by medics in an ambulance outside, flanked by all her concerned band mates.

Ninja later posted this message to Facebook:

Ninja says: Ended up in hospital last night after the Brooklyn show. A band member body-slammed me in the ribs! (All in the name of rock) Thought I had a punctured lung. X-rays showed no broken bones but I'm still sore. Spent the night in a Manhattan A&E with Sam and kept expecting an actor from Grey's Anatomy to walk past. It happened on stage and I think the crowd thought it was part of the show. Nuff scary.

Also, thank you Brooklyn for braving the violent weather to watch our violent show.

Even as an unpleasant end to a riotous and enthusiastic performance, it was proof that this team sticks together through it all. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Go! Team played Brooklyn Bowl, Ninja left in an amublance (but is ok) -- pics & setlist"

words & photos by Ben Lozovsky

Morning Teleportation
Morning Teleportation

Without insider knowledge, it would be hard to discern where Morning Teleportation was based. Below the surface of flippant freak and awe, the band's boisterous concoction of aggressive Manhattan new wave, longhorn state roadhouse blues, crisp Appalachian finger picking and bittersweet Northwestern sentiments could be from anywhere in the lower 48. At Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (4/08), the second of two nights in New York, the group presented it's bicoastal Indie atlas, stopping briefly for souvenirs and snapshots just about everywhere in between. Woody Guthrie would have been proud.

Guthrie spent time in Oregon, where the members of Morning Teleportation currently reside. Although his stay was brief, the place he called "a paradise" was highly inspirational to his work. During his short month traveling along the Columbia River, Guthrie wrote 26 songs, including some of his most recognized works like "Roll On, Columbia, Roll on." Commissioned by the government, many of those numbers were written essentially as propaganda pieces to promote the region.

Morning Teleportation's own music might as well be used as state-approved examples of Portland's much needed musical expansion. Maybe it's the 10% unemployment or the 80% racial homogeneity there, but either way PDX folk have no choice but to diversify. The band still maintains many of the local trademarks: the plaintive, at times melancholy vocals, the earnest emotion, the springy jangle that could turn dark and weighty with little foreshadowing. It's not surprising that Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock produced their debut album. That's where the comparisons cease though; instead of a steady barrage of rain-soaked Pacific gloom, there's a recurring sentiment of rejuvenation, a picturesque scene from after the storm.

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Continue reading "Morning Teleportation & Nicos Gun @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

Jonny Corndawg @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Ryan Barkan)

"Expecting the usual d-bag bands who take their sweet time getting on stage, I arrived at 9:30 p.m. to find Dawes in full swing with some character on stage with them, wearing a horse cardigan, cowboy hat and Mariah Carey-fade sunglasses. What?

The Western-looking character, I later learned, was Jonny Corndawg who brought a Nashville twang and some knee-knocking dance moves to the stage. Post-performance, he threw out some of his ghetto airbrushed t-shirts denoting "nasty memories."" [Kelly Shea]

Jonny Corndawg's previously mentioned April residency at Brooklyn Bowl kicks off at the Williamsburg bowling alley music venue tonight (4/4), and then continues each Monday this month with different openers (Michael Hurley opens the final one).

Tickets are on sale for all four Brooklyn dates ($5.00 in advance, $7.00-day-of), and you can definitely pick them up at the door, OR... you can enter to win one of TEN PAIRS that we're giving away for EACH show. PLUS, every winner will also get a free veggie corndog (they'll be selling varieties at the venue) (they're not vegan, but they're not meat either and they got them just for us). In other words, we're giving away FORTY PAIRS OF TICKETS (and 40 veggie corndogs). Details on how to enter, with a a pre-beard video documentary on Jonny, details on Corndawg's new album (that he needs help funding), and more tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Corndawg residency starts tonight (WIN some tix & a corndog)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Warpaint @ Brooklyn Bowl

"Letter by letter, they spelled out the words 'Billie Holiday' until they didn't register anymore, the sort of sing-songy chant you might hear on a playground. The letters, glazed in reverb and sung in unison, slurred into one another over the slack strum of guitar. Out of nowhere, the song suddenly cribbed lyrics from a girl-group anthem from the 1960s, Mary Wells's 'My Guy': 'Nothing you can say/ Can tear me away/ From my guy/ Nothing you can do/ 'Cause I'm stuck like glue/ To my guy.'

The song in question was called 'Billie Holiday,' and it encapsulated the hypnotic powers of the band singing it at the Paradise on Tuesday night. Warpaint is essentially a modern girl group, but one that lingers in a haze of '60s psychedelia and '80s shoegaze. The Shangri-Las on Quaaludes, if you will."-[BostonGlobe]

That review is from Warpaint's date with The Paradise in Boston on 3/29, the day before they would hit Brooklyn Bowl with tourmates PVT & The Family Band and one of two NYC dates in total (they also played Bowery Ballroom the next night). Pictures from Brooklyn Bowl adorn this post. More of them, with dates too, below...

Continue reading "Warpaint, the Family Band & PVT played Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

Bear Hands @ Stratosphere Sound, CMJ 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
Bear Hands

Head to Brooklyn Bowl today, Oscar Sunday (2/27), first for the free COLLECT-I-BOWL Record Show, and then for the next edition of "Local x Local" with a free show by Bear Hands.

Bear Hands also have a not-free show coming up at Knitting Factory on March 14th with Johnossi and Dinowalrus. They leave right afterwards for Austin where they'll play what the Cantora Records Showcase at the Victorian Room at the Driskill on 3/17 with Reptar, Computer Magic, Secret Music, Superhumanoids and Slam Donahue. They're probably playing other parties too, but they don't currently list them at their site.