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Glasser / Kelela
The True Panther/Terrible Records CMJ showcase went down this past Tuesday (10/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, headlined by Glasser, who's doing a few CMJ shows as part of her tour in support of her new Interiors album. The rest of the showcase included Lil Jabba, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of (who played a lot of new stuff), and forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela, who's been a pretty hot name at CMJ following the release of her CUT 4 ME mixtape. Pictures of that showcase are in this post.
Kirin J Callinan plays our FREE BrooklynVegan day party at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) today. The show goes from noon to 6 and he's on at 12:45 PM.
Kelela plays Pitchfork's electronic show at 285 Kent on Saturday (10/19).
And Empress Of has a ton of upcoming shows in NYC (CMJ and post-CMJ).
More pictures from MHOW below...
Joanna Gruesome @ Pianos upstairs (CMJ day 1) (by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Drowners (more by Luis Ruiz)
BrooklynVegan FREE CMJ ScheduleThat's two more bands of the 30 we were hoping to see added to the previously announced lineup, plus the always sexy Drowners, and one more band TBA (in addition to the 5pm band who we'll announce late Friday night. clue: we purposely put them after King Dude & Nothing).
@ Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY)
12:00 The Head and the Heart (acoustic)
12:45 Kirin J Callinan
03:15 Yamantaka//Sonic Titan
04:15 Omar Souleyman
05:15 Speedy Ortiz
12:45 Pity Sex
1:30 Courtney Barnett
3:00 King Dude
7:00 Hop Along
8:00 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
9:00 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band's NYC debut)
10:00 TBA (stay tuned)
12:00 Joanna Gruesome
01:00 Public Service Broadcasting
See you at Baby's! (which is also open with a great lineup Friday night too).
Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
We're very excited about the opening of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, near Peter Luger), partially because it's the location of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties, the first of which begins TODAY (10/18) at NOON (hope to see you there!).
Today's BV party ends at 6 PM and our next one starts Saturday at noon, but in between those two shows, Baby's All Right is hosting the VFW Group-presented This Is How We Do It showcase tonight. Music starts at 8 PM, kicking off with electro-classical Brooklynite Lydia Ainsworth, then Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, R&B-leaning trio Wet, psych band Spires, a DJ set (and exclusive CMJ appearance) from Purity Ring (which will feature special guest appearances), Oslo dance producer Cashmere Cat, and Montreal future bass producer Jacques Greene. John McSwain was also supposed to DJ, but doors are closing at 2am, so he sadly got bumped.
Baby's will also be open Saturday day AND Saturday night.
Sannhet @ The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you've looked at this site at all this week you are aware that the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon is in full swing and hopefully during the afternoon you're calling in sick and going to one of the many free day parties happening. Specifically, we'd love to see you at ours. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you get tickets?
Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck and Reference, Phantom Glue, Pyrrhon @ Saint Vitus
Pelican returns to headline the second night of our CMJ showcase tonight. They'll receive support from up-and-coming BK locals Sannhet, Kings Destroy, and Pyrrhon, plus keyboard warriors Wreck & Reference and beefy noise rock group Phantom Glue. This is sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).
Fuck Buttons, Mystery Skulls, Lichens @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is the only CMJ show for UK psychedelic electronic duo, who are currently on a North American tour. Their new album, Slow Focus, is a worthy entry into the band's already-great catalog, and fits in really well the wealth of leftfield dance music coming out this year (Jon Hopkins, Arca, Forest Swords, etc).
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Joanna Gruesome, Priests, Perfect Pussy, Courtney Barnett, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two unofficial CMJ shows that Pitchfork is doing this year, and this is their rock one. It kicks off with a solo set from Fiery Furnances' Eleanor Friedberger, followed by witty psych-pop songwriter Courtney Barnett, noise punks Perfect Pussy, post-punk rippers Priests, intense noise rockers Joanna Gruesome, traditionalist (but not retro) indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and theatrical genre-defying band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.
Vadoinmessico, Eros and the Eschaton, Gang of Youths, Like Swimming, Holy Esque, Saintseneca @ Cake Shop
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Saintseneca, who make folk punk, but a fleshed-out, multi-layered kind that isn't too far removed from early Arcade Fire. The ground-up band (who share members with The Sidekicks and All Dogs) have DIY roots, but are now signed to ANTI- for their forthcoming album, and potentially reaching wider audiences than ever before.
Bleeding Rainbow, EULA, The Flag, Psychic Blood, Little Radar, Advaeta @ Cloud City
This bill is pretty stacked, including especially notable sets from shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow (who have been previewing their punky new material at this year's CMJ), local noise rockers EULA, Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood, and local post-punk trio Advaeta.
Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Hookers @ Europa
Pioneering, influential doom metal band Saint Vitus (not to be confused with the Brooklyn venue) are still kicking, after having been rejuvenated with last year's very solid Lillie: F-65 album. Supporting them is Pallbearer, who are one of the best current bands in the world of doom.
Tourist, Figgy, Real Magic @ Glasslands
This is the NYC debut of Tourist, who used to make music that could vaguely be considered chillwave, and now has jumped on the post-Disclosure house bandwagon. That's not meant in a negative way though, Disclosure are pretty big fans of this guy themselves.
Good Riddance, The Flatliners, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The land portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcases (they have a cruise tomorrow) takes place today, with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, if you're going to this, we recommend getting there early for Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).
Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt @ Output
Ghostly International is taking over new Williamsburg dance hotspot Output for their unofficial showcase, which is headlined by Com Truise and also features Joel Ford (who's been spend much of CMJ with his new duo Ejecta), and a bunch of other good names.
Danzig, Doyle, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death @ Roseland Ballroom
Danzig is currently on tour playing music from throughout his long, multi-band career, with his former Misfits bandmate Doyle joining him on select songs each night. Don't take any iPhone videos of this one.
Saul Williams, Dragons of Zynth, Odonis Odonis, Rey Pila, HSY, Victory, Weaves @ Santos Party House
This multi-genre bill features spoken word artist Saul Williams, plus two Toronto noise rock bands, Odonis Odonis and HSY, another Toronto band Weaves, and more.
ARNOLD (M|O|D) (DJ Set), Born Gold, Pity Sex, Joanna Gruesome, Julia Brown, Homeshake @ Shea Stadium
There's a lot of good stuff on this Portals showcase, including high-energy electro-popper Born Gold, emo-shoegazers Pity Sex, Welsh noise rockers Joanna Gruesome (a favorite at this year's CMJ), lo-fi band Julia Brown and more.
The Dismemberment Plan, Wild Cub @ Terminal 5
Few bands have created as distinct a mix of indie rock and post-hardcore as The Dismemberment Plan, so it's great to see these guys back in action. Tonight's their big Terminal 5 show.
Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Town Hall
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.
Janelle Monae @ The Apollo Theater
Janelle Monae takes classic soul, funk, and R&B formulas and constantly pushes them in new directions. It always feels like a bit of an honor when an artist gets to play the legendary Apollo Theater, and considering what Janelle has done for genres that have always been at home here, this feels pretty appropriate.
YT//ST @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A, Foxtrott, Webster, VioleTT Pi @ Arlene's Grocery
It's the annual M for Montreal showcase with a full evening of Canadian acts. Of special note: Pat Jordache whose gothy/dubby/scratchy postpunk is a good mood-setter for Halloween. Also: free poutine from 5 - 7 PM for those who love fries, gravy and cheese curds all mixed up together (that does not include the founder of this blog).
Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the first).
Fuck The Facts, Fit For An Autopsy, Meek is Murder, Hivemasher, Stomach Earth @ The Acheron
MetalSucks/Metal Injection's CMJ showcase stars the long-running Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts and the deathcore band Fit For An Autopsy. Notable support will be provided by the like-minded grind/hardcore bands Meek Is Murder and Hivesmasher, plus the live debut of the excellent death/doom act Stomach Earth.
The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, Okta Logue @ Bowery Ballroom
It's been a while since The Long Winters playing NYC, and here they headline a stacked CMJ show and will perform their album When I Pretend to Fall in full.
Burger Records presents Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop, Dirty Fences @ Death By Audio (FREE)
Party-loving California label Burger is presenting this free show tonight which will surely be wild, wooly and beer-soaked. Philly's glammy Tough Shits are one of the highlights.
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Nick Waterhouse @ Webster Hall
It's a double-dose of old-school soul, with grand master Lee Fields and young true-believer Nick Waterhouse.
Calvin Love, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Heavenly Beat, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ice Choir, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort, Bright Future, Cities Aviv @ Fontana's
Do you like The '80s? Fairlight synths? Wispy vocals? Undeniable pop melodies? Do you think that Prefab Sprout, Scritti Politti and The Style Council are the best bands ever? You will probably like most of the bands on this line-up.
Tony Conrad, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with violinist and composer Tony Conrad, and a collaborative performance by Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer.
Oh Mercy, Grandchildren, Emperors, TV Girl, South of France @ Lit
This showcase is pretty much your only nighttime chance to catch LA group TV Girl during CMJ.
Yuck, Eagulls, Willis Earl Beal, Absolutely Free, Pete Bauer, PUP @ Mercury Lounge
Yuck and Eagulls both play BV day parties (and a lot of other CMJ shows) and if you're going, do check out Canadian group Absolutely Free (ex-DD/MM/YYY) who play Can-style krautrock.
Total Slacker, Sweet Bulbs, Advaeta, Honduras, Tank, Slonk Donkerson, Haybaby @ Silent Barn
This is a pretty good line-up overall, but the real draw here is that gone-to-soon shoegazers Sweet Bulbs are reuniting for one night only.
Celestial Shore, Hookworms, Spires, TEEN, Total Slacker, The Belle Game, Wilsen, Ski Lodge, Palehound, Tiny Ruins @ Pianos
One of the better overall line-ups of the night, and an easy way to tick-off some hotly-tipped CMJ bands (Hookworms, Spires, Tiny Ruins, Palehound).
More notable Friday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
If you're looking for laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Greys at Shea Stadium in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
The most intense band I had seen at CMJ so far was Joanna Gruesome, but after catching Greys at the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory last night (10/17), they give JG a run for their money. The noise punk band hails from Toronto and the most immediate comparison is their likeminded neighbors METZ (though both bands hearken back to the late '80s/early '90s), and like that band Greys are an utter force that you just have to see live. Greys set up with half of their members on the floor, encouraged the audience to tightly surround them, and were easily the loudest band on the bill. Especially if you're a heavy band, power and precision are pretty much requirements, not luxuries, but Greys have so much of both that I managed to get caught off guard by their tightness a few times. That could give a band some bragging rights, but they were humble for the whole set. No pics unfortunately (the one above is from their Shea show in July).
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:
Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.
Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.
Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.
Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.
Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.
Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.
Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.
Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Palehound @ Spike Hill 10/17/2013
Palehound just played a day party at Spike Hill (10/17), and though there couldn't have been more than ten people there, the band weren't fazed at all, and still put on a solid show. And emphasis on the word "band." Though Palehound was conceived as the solo project of Ellen Kempner, they're a full band now, and quite an adept one at that. Ellen's songwriting feels rooted in folk traditions, but the band expands upon that, working through loud-quiet-loud dynamics and slightly mathy tendencies. It's still a bit surprising that such a complete sound comes from such a new, still relatively unknown band, but hopefully they won't be playing to crowds of ten people much longer. Music like this doesn't deserve to go unnoticed.
Palehound, one of our "30 Artists Worth Checking out at CMJ," have two more shows coming up this week, including a night show at Pianos on Friday (10/18, 7:30 PM) and the Exploding In Sound show at Silent Barn on Saturday (10/19).
We've mentioned this venue a few times in the context of CMJ shows happening there (almost all of of them later moved to other venues), but we mostly kept our mouths shut about it until now (to help ensure no further complications). Located at 146 Broadway in Williamsburg, right by Peter Luger, Baby's All Right is a new music venue that we're pretty excited about, so much so that we're hosting our own CMJ shows there this year.
In fact, the Friday free BrooklynVegan day party, kicking off with The Head and The Heart at noon (less than 24 hours from this post), will be the first-ever show at the new club. Come experience it for yourself, have a free shot of rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and watch 18 bands with us for free on Friday AND on Saturday. Check out more info and the full lineups. No badges or RSVP necessary. See you there!
Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...
Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.
Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]
Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.
Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.
BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.
From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).
Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.
You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]
Now back to Andrew...
A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.
Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]
And back to Bill...
Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).
I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.
And then I went to bed. - [BP]
CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...
by Doug Moore
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks are in two-steps-forward / one-step-back mode. The band was slated to open for Godflesh this coming Saturday, but as we've mentioned a couple of times over the past week, Godflesh have postponed their tour until April. (But government shutdown that purportedly led to the postponement is over now, so that's good, right?)
On the bright side for American Sharks, they're playing tonight's Cake Shop CMJ showcase with Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, Dirty Fences, Nancy, and Tweens. They're also playing at Union Pool on 10/22, presumably to make up for the canceled 10/19 Godflesh date. Dirty Fences and Nancy will also be on that bill, along with Hector's Pets. American Sharks are also hitting the road with Clutch and The Sword in November, and they've got a music video for "Overdrive" that pays pitch-perfect tribute to the cult classic Repo Man. I guess that's more like four steps forward and one step back.
Check out the "Overdrive" video and their upcoming dates with Clutch and the Sword below...
Deerhunter @ MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FADER Fort -- a CMJ mainstay since the mid-'00s -- starts today at Williamsburg recording studio/party space Converse Rubber Tracks, providing musical performances and endless booze tonight (10/17) through Saturday (10/19). Hopefully you RSVP'd already because the list is full. If you did, they just added a big surprise headliner to Friday's (10/18) roster: Deerhunter (who were here last month) will play at 11:15 PM. Rubber Tracks is pretty small -- maybe the size of Mercury Lounge -- so get there early if you wanna get in.
One note, while tonight and Friday are at Rubber Tracks, the Saturday (10/19) Fader Fort happens at Chelsea's Eventi Hotel (851 6th Ave.) Updated line-ups and info are in the flyer below.
Pelican @ MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Speedy Ortiz @ DbA in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Pelican, Special Guest, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody, Hasj @ Saint Vitus
Both nights of our IO showcase culminate with Pelican sets, but the support bill for each is different. Tonight's features metallic hardcore legends Ringworm, along with scary doom/sludgers Primitve Man, Michigan black metal punks Aksumite (playing their first show!), and local doom troupe HASJ. Sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).
Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
This Panache showcase has a very solid lineup, including one of our 30 artists to see at CMJ, Speedy Ortiz, who put a new spin on traditionalist indie rock, Ex-Cult, lively NYC rockers Hunters, lo-fi popster Calin Love, Homeshake, and local post-hardcore rippers Big Ups.
Mike Simonetti, Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight, North Americans, Korallreven (DJ set), Bruce Smear (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
This lineup most leans towards the electronic side, with Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finland's Shine 2009, new duo Ejecta (aka Leanne of Neon Indian and Joel Ford), ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat and more.
Lee Bannon, The Range, Shy Girls, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, Ejecta, Saint Pepsi (DJ set) @ Glasslands
This Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party is another great electronic show, including Joey Bada$$ associate Lee Bannon, upcoming producer The Range, and a number of good electronic artists who veer towards warped pop.
Starred, Tempers, Butter The Children, Les Bicyclettes, Blanches @ Europa
The Pendu Sound showcase includes local goth representation from Starred (one of the standouts on Sub Pop 1000) and Tempers (who have a great Swans cover, in addition to killer original music). It would have been rounded out by another goth duo Azar Swan, but they unfortunately dropped off.
Cardiknox, Courtney Barnett, Dan Croll, Gems, Bad Suns, Wilsen, John Murry @ Mercury Lounge
The artist we're most excited about on this bill is Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit. Synth popsters Gems, folk singer Wilsen, and singer/songwriter John Murry are worth catching too though.
The Head and the Heart, Rose Windows, Papa, Rathborne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sub Pop-signed indie folkies The Head and The Heart headline this show, which is pretty intimate for their standards. If you're going, be sure to catch their psychedelic labelmates Rose Windows.
Torres, Jay Arner, Shelby Earl, Spaceships, Norwegian Arms @ Pete's Candy Store
The artist we're most looking forward to on this bill is Torres, who recently moved here from Nashville, and is playing a couple CMJ shows this week. She makes grungy alt-folk that a young PJ Harvey would be proud of, and her band is killer live too.
Raekwon @ SOB's
Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon headlines what should be one of the crazier rap shows at CMJ tonight.
Sisqo, Tayo, Black Sheep, MIDI Mafia, Mucho Deniro, Jazmin Sisters, Oxymorrons, Phranchyze, Rye Rye @ SOB's
At the same venue as Raekwon, this show goes down, and most notably veteran NYC duo Black Sheep is on the bill. Sisqo was supposed to headline, but is now not playing.
Pity Sex, Dads, Greys, Ovlov, Kal Marks, Wild Adriatic, Midnight Reruns, Desert Sharks, Teen Death @ The Grand Victory
There's a bunch of great bands on this party, including emo-shoegazers PIty Sex, Toronto noise punks Greys, Dinosaur Jr/Sonic Youth-y rockers Ovlov, leftfield indie rockers Kal Marks, power poppers Midnight Reruns and more.
Real Estate, Jonathan Rado & The Gentlemen Jets, Hookworms, Piano Movers @ Bowery Ballroom
Real Estate are the headliners -- expect a lot of new songs -- but this will also be the first North American show for Leeds, UK band Hookworms whose debut LP is pretty terrific. (They play a BV day party too.) You can also catch Foxygen's Jonathan Rado in solo band format as well.
Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, American Sharks, Dirty Fences, Nancy, Tweens @ Cake Shop
This is the Cape Shok official showcase, meaning it's all the bands that the folks running Cake Shop really dig. It's a pretty stacked bill, with BV CMJ picks Joanna Gruesome and Tweens, plus Nancy (Spits-esque) and Austin's party-till-you-puke punks American Sharks.
Marijuana Death Squads, P.O.S., The Cloak Ox, Lizzo, Pony Bwoy @ Knitting Factory
Marijuana Deathsquads, the multi-hyphenate Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, released their new album, Oh My Sexy Lord, this week and it's a wildly schizo record with near metal guitars, glitchy electronics, frenetic drumming and heavily treated vocals competing for attention, quite often all at once. Come celebrate its release with a bunch of their Twin Cities pals tonight.
Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting, Born Gold, Float Fall, Child Actor, Shy Girls, Facts, SHMNS @ The Delancey
This is your only chance to see UK group Public Service Broadcasting that mix krauty post-rock with samples from old British educational films. Their live show, heavy on the AV, is supposed to be something else.
Menomena, The Helio Sequence, Pattern is Movement @ Webster Hall
This is another big show that happens to be part of CMJ with three artists who take indie pop to slightly more experimental places.
The Beets, Rose Windows, The Moondoggies, Lost Animal, Hausu @ Death By Audio
Sub Pop kid sister label Hardly Art throws an unofficial CMJ party at DbA with a nice showing from their roster, including Seattle's psychedelic Rose Windows, and Portland's noisey-mopey Hausu.
Billy Woods, Wreck and Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, Odonis Odonis, SISU @ Shea Stadium
This multi-genre bill takes over Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium with hip hop from Billy Woods and YC the Cynic, experimental noise from Guardian Alien, noise punk from Odonis Odonis, and Dum Dum Girls side project SISU.
Special Guests, Drowners, Rathborne, The Band In Heaven, Tweens, Dream Shake, Shark Week, Rey Pila, Dream Boys @ Pianos
This is the Frenchkiss showcase with a full slate of poppy indie, from good looking and catchy Drowners to LA jangle-poppers Dream Boys. As to the "Special Guests," who on their roster could it be?
Pittle Daylight (upstairs), The Griswolds (downstairs), Haerts (upstairs), Lovelife (downstairs), Kodaline (upstairs), Magic Man (downstairs), Morning Parade (upstairs), Wet (downstairs), The Preatures (upstairs), Panama Wedding (downstairs), claire (upstairs), Night Terrors of 1927 (downstairs) @ Santos Party House
There's a zillion acts playing this Santos show, but Australian band The Preatures are definitely one of the more talked about CMJ bands so far this week.
Here We Go Magic, Firehorse, HolyChild @ McKittrick Hotel
Here We Go Magic headline this CMJ show at McKittrick Hotel (home of the famed 'Sleep No More' experience)... this one is CMJ Badge and guestlist only.
Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ The Bowery Electric
Here's one of your many chances to catch intense Aussie KJC, plus Montreal indie pop band (and Grimes labelmate) TOPS.
More notable Thursday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
If you're looking for laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
On Tuesday, we announced that we'll be sponsoring a free after-party show Friday night (10/18) at The Omega Order Warehouse (94 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York). At the time, we mentioned that Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Flown would perform, with a headlining act in the works. That headliner will be Ramming Speed, who played the Metal Insider showcase last night and who also stopped in NYC in September. If you caught either of those dates, you know that they're pretty much the perfect band to headline an after-hours warehouse party.
Remember that the party is BYO, but there will be kegs of Victory lager on tap that you can buy a cup for (courtesy of Victory Brewing). Head over after our Vitus showcase that night (sold out, but you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you have one).
Ramming Speed also just announced a tour with metal punks Toxic Holocaust and In Defence. The tour will see Ramming Speed return to NYC one more time this year, dropping by Saint Vitus on 11/29. No advance tickets for that show just yet. All dates are listed in this post.
The tour will come on the heels of the release of Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, due out 10/29. Stream two tracks below, and if you go to the show, remember appropriate hardcore stage diving etiquette ("Thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless."). In Defence, meanwhile, is a bit of a head scratcher. It seems that they're responsible for the video below, "Black Metal Mania." Make of that what you will.
Listen to some new Toxic Holocaust cuts, watch the In Defence video, check out some live footage of Ramming Speed from that September date, and check out their full tour schedule below.
by Andrew Sacher
Omar Souleyman @ Le Poisson Rouge - 10/16/13 (via @linyeezy)
Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman is in NYC for CMJ for this week, and he just played the NPR showcase at Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/16), which also featured sets from rapper Pusha T, indie pop band Cults, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest). Did you go to the show? How was it? For those who weren't in attendance, NPR streamed the whole thing live, and they'll be hosting an archive of the full show soon, so stay tuned for that.
Omar Souleyman's only other CMJ show is the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/18) (happening a venue to be announced VERY soon) with The Head and the Heart (acoustic), Speedy Ortiz, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Hookworms, Eagulls, and Kirin J Callinan. The party runs from noon to 6 PM and Omar's on at 4:15. It's totally FREE (no badge, no RSVP), and we hope to see you there! More info here. Right after CMJ, Omar begins a European tour (Pitchfork Paris included), and all dates on that tour are listed below.
The tour and his CMJ appearances are in support of his new album, Wenu Wenu, which comes out next week (10/22) via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record was produced entirely by electronic wizard Four Tet (who also just dropped his own album), who gives it a sharper edge than some of Omar's earlier work but without changing his sound or Westernizing it. You can stream the full album at NPR.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of the album's title track and a live video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The biggest surprise for me at CMJ so far had to be Welsh band Joanna Gruesome, who I caught yesterday (10/16) at the Kanine Records/SESAC party at Pianos (one of many CMJ shows the band has). I arrived a few more minutes before they started, and the crowd was already packed in all the way back to the door. And once they came on, the buzz for this band became pretty clear. From the sounds of their noise pop debut Weird Sister (out now on Slumberland), I expected something a bit more restrained and stripped down, but Joanna Gruesome are a beast of a live band. They wail on their guitars in that post-Sonic Youth style that always tends to be welcome in indie rock, they have the stage presence of a band who have toured relentlessly (they deserve to be playing this many CMJ shows) and the intensity of singer Alanna Gruesome (née Alanna McArdle) is no small part of that. Her balance of piercing shouts and softer twee-pop singing can get a bit buried on the record, but at Pianos yesterday, she took command over the entire room.
Joanna Gruesome have more shows coming up this week, and all of them are listed, along with full lineups, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Menomena @ Ace Hotel
On Wednesday (10/16), Chris stopped Ace Hotel for a free day show presented by MyMusicRX, which is part of the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).
"Kids and teens facing a serious illness across the country can register to receive free music medicine at MyMusicRx.org. On any given day, 24/7, they can play free online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, watch exclusive video greetings from their favorite artists, and connect with other youth.The lineup included Arc Iris (Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem's new band), Jesca Hoop (who opened for Placebo at Terminal 5 the night before), Diego Garcia (Elefant), and special guest Menomena who headline Webster Hall Thursday as part of a bigger tour with the Helio Sequence.
But it's not just for kids--music lovers of all ages can download the free MyMusicRx app to purchase their iTunes music (5% of proceeds go to CCA). They can even prescribe music as medicine, sharing songs that match a kid's mood or lifts their spirits."
Arc Iris and Diego Garcia share a NYC bill again at Highline Ballroom on 10/22.
CMJ continues, two BrooklynVegan parties included.
Pictures from Ace Hotel are in this post. More of them below...
Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).
Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).
Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.
Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.
Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.
Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.
Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.
Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.
Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.
For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Doug Moore
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
The new Doomriders album, Grand Blood, came out yesterday. As you may recall, they're also playing a string of support dates for the extremely awesome-looking High On Fire/Kvelertak tour going down in November, including the November 15 NYC date at Webster Hall (tix available here).
To celebrate, we've got a lengthy interview with Newton over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
Is there a particular Doomriders song that you use for a particular purpose?Read the whole thing over at IO. You can purchase Grand Blood here; we've got a song streaming and the full run of High on Fire dates below.
There's a number of different ones. There's one song in particular called "The Chase" that Jeb, our bass player, sings on. It's really mid-tempo, a head bobber, but it's good to throw in the middle of a set because when I'm usually screaming my head off, it gives me a bit of a rest. "Jealous God" is a good song to let everybody tune but build some tension, because it opens with me just hitting that one note for a while, so we can kind of raise the intensity using feedback, different effects and things. It's like when you sequence an album. You want it to take you on a journey.
The new one's sequenced really well―the last four songs, from "Back Taxes" into "Gone to Hell," just blitz to the end.
The last record was a lot more expansive―I think we put too much material on the last record. With this one, I wanted you to put it on and listen from beginning to end. You have a record like that, that is paced so well that when it ends you want to start it all over? That was the goal. Think of the album like a Pixies song. You need to have the loud and the quiet, the fast and the slow. We're all just really excited to play all the new songs. If it was up to me, we'd just go out and only play the new songs.
Speaking of celebrating, we've also posted a preview of our Friday night (10/18) CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus. As with our Thursday event at Vitus, Pelican will be headlining, but with a different support lineup: Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon. And don't forget about our late-night free show/boozefest at the Omega Order warehouse on Friday with Aksumite, Phantom Glue, Flown, and a special guest headliner.
Doomriders dates are listed, along with a song from Grand Blood, below.
set times are at the bottom of this post...
Okay, so we might be a little late with this announcement (and someone cancelled while I was writing this post), but we are now very excited (and relieved) to finally announce most of the lineups for our 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ parties.
UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, we still can't say the venue yet. Stay tuned for that announcement coming Thursday, but we promise it will be fairly convenient.
THE VENUE IS ANNOUNCED: It's Baby's All Right! (146 Broadway in Williamsburg)
Omar Souleyman (photo by David Andrako)
here we go...
On FRIDAY (10/18) we're going from noon to 6 PM and kicking things off huge with an acoustic set from The Head and the Heart at noon (the same Sub Pop-signed band whose upcoming shows at Terminal 5, Webster Hall and MHOW are all sold out).
Kirin J Callinan under Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (by Tim Griffin)
From there we change the energy drastically with a set by Kirin J Callinan (who is with a full band this year, unlike last year), Leeds band Eagulls who are followed by Leeds rockers Hookworms, who are followed by theatrical indie-metal-pop-prog band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman (!), and finally indie rockers Speedy Ortiz!
Mac Superchunk (photo by Chris La Putt)
Then, on SATURDAY (10/19), we're going 10 straight hours, from noon to 10 PM, with local psych band Spires, followed by the emo-shoegaze of Pity Sex, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST that will be announced Friday night, alt-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, and the NYC debut of Ex Hex -- the new band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave)!
UPDATE: Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Drowners & more added! Party now goes till 2am.
Both of these shows are 100% FREE, no RSVP necessary. No Arcade Fire. No Banksy. There is free food and drink and ink though.
Come by and pick up a free Raw Revolution bar to snack on and a complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drink, AND A FREE TATTOO. Sailor Jerry is bringing in Three Kings Tattoo artists who will be giving out complimentary tattoos right there in our venue (again)! Tattoos are first come, first served, as is admission to the shows.
1) One late announcement
2) Two free shows
3) 18 artists
4) Free drinks
5) Free tattoos till 6pm each day (designs pictured above)
A venue to be announced Thursday Baby's All right
A special guest playing Friday to be announced Thursday night Omar Souleyman
A special guest playing Saturday to be announced Friday night Pallbearer
9) JUST ADDED: four more bands Saturday!
And thanks to Vinny's Music for the gear!
See you there?
Also, don't forget, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also hosting three shows. There's the 2-night official showcase at Saint Vitus with Pelican headlining both nights, and a number of openers each day (Ringworm included). And the late night show happening afterwards.
Full schedule for both of our parties below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Ariel Pink / Fresh & Onlys / the crowd @ Mexican Summer Five 10/11/2013
Brooklyn label Mexican Summer celebrated its fifth birthday last weekend with Mexican Summer Five Years, a two-day celebration at Red Hook space Pioneer Works featuring much of the label's roster (and a few friends). This has been a big year for NYC label anniversary fetes, and while I dug the scene at DFA's and had a good time at Captured Tracks', hands down this was the best of the three and had a great time both days.
I was wondering if I would, though, on Friday night (10/11) as it took me more than an hour to get there from my Williamsburg apartment. G train (and some walking) or bus, it's a slow trek out there and I was a little grumbly on my way, but that all melted away when I got inside Pioneer Works. What an amazing, cavernous space, formerly used to build ships and tanks, with an almost as big outdoor courtyard where you could hang out if you didn't want to watch one of the bands. People did just that, not to mention taking in the music line-up, doing a little record shopping, checking out some of the space's art and generally had a relaxed time. It felt more like a party than a concert.
But on that tip, they did a great job with the stage, lighting and sound -- though it certainly helped that most of Mexican Summer's artists benefit from natural reverb and echo.
A late start by me, I missed Home Blitz, Bob Trimble (who was joined by Quilt for a song or two) and most of Mike Wexler's set. But The Fresh & Onlys were great. Their rhythm section couldn't make the trip from San Francisco, so it was singer Tim Cohen, guitarist Wymond Miles and a pickup bassist and drummer (snares and brushes mainly). With Tim playing acoustic, the songs took on new form and allowed you to really appreciate the craft -- and the genuinely amazing, creative guitarwork Wymond Miles brings to the equation. I know I verge on F&O superfan status, but they deserve all praise. Their new EP, Soothsayer, is worth checking out.
The good vibes (and acoustics) also helped with Tamaryn's set. She's starting to come out of her shell a bit too. Tamaryn used to play in near darkness but now has a projected video backdrop and, for this show at least, some dramatic lighting which put her in cool silhouette for most of her set.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti closed out the night. I am a casual fan and know of his rep as being shambolic, but they played what I thought was a terrific set, and Halloween-themed projections (including a clever appropriation of the Scooby Doo opening titles for their band name). Jorge Elbrecht, who would play the next night with his old project Lansing-Dreiden and just released a collaborative single with AP, is now a Haunted Graffiti member and brings no small amount of technical abilities on guitar. That collaborative single, "Hang Onto Life, with its chorus of "You screwed the pooch, now face it," was probably the highlight of the set. Pictures from night 1 of Mexican Summer Five are in this post.
We'll have pics from day 2 -- with Connan Mockasin, Linda Perhacs, Langsing-Dreiden, Spiritualized and many more -- are on the way. Meanwhile, you can download a free Mexican Summer fifth anniversary sampler here. If you live in NYC, you can catch Mexican Summer bands Quilt and Happy Jawbone Family Band (both of whom were excellent at MS5 on Saturday) tonight (10/16) at Cameo as part of the Mexican Summer/Kanine/Carpark showcase.
Check out more pics from Friday below.
by Bill Pearis
We've mentioned that UK band Hookworms, who we profiled back in April, are one of our "30 Artists Worth Seeing at CMJ." One of the places you can see them is at the free Friday BrooklynVegan day party (details soon we swear!). It's one of five appearances for the Leeds quintet:
Thursday 10/17 - Bowery Ballroom 9 PMAs I wrote before, Hookworms "practice a visceral blend of noise, drone, motorik rhythms and impassioned vocals that basically demands to be listened to at top volume" which will hopefully be the level they'll be playing at for their CMJ shows. The band's terrific debut album, Pearl Mystic, was released by Domino imprint Weird World in September. Maybe even better is the band's non-LP single "Radio Tokyo / On Returning." You can stream that single and a few LP tracks in this post. The band are currently finishing up their second full-length. Catch them this week if you can.
Friday 10/18 - BV day party (time TBA)
Friday 10/18 - Fader Fort 7:30 PM
Saturday 10/19 - Knitting Factory 2 PM
Saturday 10/19 Death by Audio - 11:30 PM
Streams and more details on their CMJ shows below...
The small organization behind [CMJ] is facing a lawsuit of nearly $1 million over a failed merger.Meanwhile, CMJ continues today (10/16) with day shows and night shows. You can check out our list of 30 artists to see at CMJ and browse our CMJ tag for more.
The case has its origins in a deal announced four years ago by CMJ and its founder, Robert K. Haber, to merge with Metropolitan Entertainment, led by the veteran New York concert promoter John Scher. The men said they had plans for CMJ tours and other joint programs, but the deal, which valued CMJ at $2.4 million, was never completed. According to a lawsuit filed by Mr. Scher in May, relations between the companies broke down.
In his suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Mr. Scher says that CMJ has failed to repay nearly $600,000 in loans that Metropolitan made in 2009 and 2010 to help keep the festival afloat. With interest, that debt is now nearly $800,000, the suit says. It also seeks $99,000 in other fees as well as repayment of legal expenses.
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the solo project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu (the live band also features DDG guitarist Jules), are one of the many bands here for CMJ. They've added shows to their busy week, now with five total (plus a radio appearance), including one tonight:
10/16 - WED 9:45pm - Brooklyn, NY - The FlatWe should note that the Saturday Fader Fort happens at Eventi Hotel in Chelsea and not at Converse Rubber Tracks (where the 10/17 & 10/18 Fader Fort dates are happening.) Sandra will also be one of the guest judges at Saturday's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl.
10/17 - THU 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
10/18 - FRI 5:00pm - WNYU 89.1 FM
10/18 - FRI 10:00pm - New York, NY - The Delancey
10/19 - SAT 2:15pm - New York, NY - FADER Fort
10/19 - SAT 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
If you haven't heard SISU's new album, Blood Tears, it's an alluring mix of gothy postpunk and shoegaze styles that doesn't timestamp itself to a particular year. You can stream a couple tracks off the record below and hear the whole thing via Spotify. SISU also just recorded a faithful cover of Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs nugget "If You Don't Cry" and we've got the premiere of that in this post.
SISU's full CMJ schedule (including the other bands at their shows) are listed, plus the Magnetic Fields cover and a few other streams, below...
Savages at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Au Revoir Simone @ Warsaw, 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Savages, Duke Garwood @ Terminal 5
CMJ is not a contest but Savages "won" CMJ last year. Now with an album out, they're back to rub other bands noses in it at Terminal 5. Not really, they're nice people, and their trad postpunk should sound good in the cavernous venue.
Au Revoir Simone, Lou Doillon, Selebrities, Thomas Azier @ Highline Ballroom
Attention Francophiles, here's your CMJ show with real foreigners Lou Doillon and Thomas Azier, plus French sympathizers with synthesizers, Au Revoir Simone and Selebrities.
Talib Kweli, Black Moon, Phony PPL, Smif-n-Wessun, The Underachievers, Res, Cory Mo, Meka @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
In general, this is pretty much the biggest night for rap at CMJ this year. Tonight's also the Duck Down showcase co-headlined by Talib Kweli and veteran crew Black Moon who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their '93 debut, Enta Da Stage, backed by Phony PPL.
Vic Mensa, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, World's Fair, Deniro Farrar, Key!, Bryant Dope, Kid Daytona, Eddie B, Illclinton @ Santos Party House
Plus, Noisey does their rap party tonight with party rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, cloud rap standout Deniro Farrar, and more.
Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz @ Littlefield
There's also this show with Three Six Mafia member Gangsta Boo, Oxymorrons, and Turquoise Jeep's pal Kosha Dillz.
Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, A$AP Mob, The Bots, Bishop Nehru, Isaiah Rashad @ Webster Hall
And last but certainly not least, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, who's been delaying his much-anticipated new album, headlines this show at Webster Hall. The lineup also features former Odd Future cohort Casey Veggies, three A$AP Mob members, young local rapper Bishop Nehru (who's been cutting his teeth opening for quite a few Black Hippy members in NYC), new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad and more.
Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, Mood Rings, Happy Jawbone @ Cameo Gallery
There is not a single bad band on this bill, from frequent tourmates Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow, to dream pop sound of TEEN and Mood Rings, to the psychedelic sounds of Quilt and Happy Jawbone. This is a solid show.
Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Porcelain Raft, Theo Verney @ Glasslands
Hype-loving UK music weekly NME is presenting this showcase that only doesn't have Palma Violets because they just toured here. Instead you get UK acts Yuck and Egulls, plus Aussie charmer Courtney Barnett and more.
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, US Girls, ARP, Slim Twig @ Knitting Factory
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this showcase, lining up a bunch of quality acts, including kabuki metallers YT//ST, Dutch psych prodigy Jacco Gardner and Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich.
White Denim, Calvin Love, Jonathan Rado, Zig Zags, Cotton Jones, Jacco Gardner, Courtney Barnett @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles music blog visits the other coast and has put together this line-up featuring White Denim and a solo show from Foxygen's Jonathan Rado.
Mean Creek, Shark?, The History of Apple Pie, SW/MM/NG, Joanna Gruesome, Gross Relations @ Pianos
UK indiepop acts Joanna Gruesome and The History of Apple Pie -- not to mention quality locals Shark? and Gross Relations -- highlight this Pianos show.
The Darcys, Zeus, Still Life Still, Gold & Youth, Lowell @ Cake Shop
There's more to Canada than Montreal. Explore some of our Northern neighbors' other musical cities (mainly Toronto) at this showcase. Maybe the Darcys will pull out some ther Steely Dan covers.
Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, Vattnet Viskar @ Europa
Metal Insider's CMJ showcase suffered a serious setback when Blake Judd's legal problems forced Nachtmystium to drop off the bill. However, Byzantine's first East Coast appearance in forever and a solid supporting cast keep this show solid.
Iceage @ Portland's Star Theater in March (more by Autumn Andel)
Iceage, Survival, Ivy @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron -- not part of CMJ -- will be their last one before the year ends. Even when they play a bigger place like Bowery Ballroom, Iceage act like they're in a tiny punk joint, so they should feel right at home here.
Hunters, Total Slacker, SISU, Perfect Pussy, LODRO, Tweens @ The Flat
Two of our "30 Bands Worth Seeing at CMJ" are on this bill (Tweens and Perfect Pussy), and the rest of the bill is recommended too -- SISU features half of the Dum Dum Girls, LODRO work the smoky noir vibe hard, and Hunters are always a kick live.
Young Braised, Mood Rings, Christines, Calvin Love @ Shea Stadium
Bushwick online station Newtown Radio is presenting this unofficial CMJ party with Canadian rapper Young Braised, indie sensualists Mood Rings, and Christines, the new band from Andy of Woven Bones (they sound nothing like Woven Bones).
Half Moon Run, The Preatures, Mystery Skulls, claire, Austin Brown, Bonzie, Dream Koala (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
This is one of School Night parties and is a pretty good lineup of more commercial indie bands (not that there's anything wrong with that) including Montreal's Half Moon Run and Australia's Preatures. Free with RSVP.
Running in the Fog, Mutual Benefit, Flagland, The Everywheres, Body Parts, Bent Shapes @ Muchmore's
Boston indiepop band Bent Shapes made our list of "30 CMJ Bands" too, they're jangly but not without bite.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, White Poppy, Dirty Beaches (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
The last time I saw Porcelain Raft it was just main guy Mauro Remiddi and a drummer, but he performed like it was a much fuller band. At tonight's 285 Kent show he's with Arcade Fire collaborator Sarah Neufeld, two synth artists that we recently highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup, Sapphire Slows, and Tei Shi, and more.
RatKing, Amp Live, Emily Bell, YC The Cynic, Tree, Denitia and Sene, The TonTons, Wavy Spice, Tanya Morgan, Myth Syzer, Pegasus Warning @ Free Candy
There's a lot of good indie rap on this bill, including bratty local trio Ratking, upcomer YC the Cynic, trio-recently-turned-duo Tanya Morgan, and promising Chicago rapper Tree. Plus tons more.
Nothing Changes w/ King Dude @ Home Sweet Home
King Dude makes old-style country ballads in a goth/noir kind of way, and while that could sound kinda novelty, it's actually pretty haunting and really well written stuff. He plays the weekly Nothing Changes party tonight. Late.
Flying Turns, Real Magic, TV Girl, Hockey, FLASH/LIGHTS, Shy Girls, Brothertiger, Landshapes, The Epilogues, Shady Elders, StaG, South of France @ Tammany Hall
This Tammany Hall show has a number of artists working in the electronic/pop world, including Real Magic, who's all contemporary beats and big vocals, TV Girl who combine hip hop and indie pop, plus a lot of samples, and Shy Girls, who at the moment may be best known for working with the PMR-signed Cyril Hahn.
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ The Wellmont Theatre
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. Not part of CMJ.
Pattern is Movement, Leverage Models, Celestial Shore, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, Paperhaus @ Union Pool
Tonight Union Pool goes for bands who bridge the gap between experimental and pop, including notables like Pattern Is Movement, Leverage Models, and Celestial Shore.
More notable Wednesday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
There is no Big Terrific tonight because of CMJ but for other funny options, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Kendrick Lamar at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher aired last night (10/15) and featured cyphers from TDE (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and new signee Isaiah Rashad), A$AP Mob (Rocky, Ferg, Twelvy, Nast, and Ant), Lil Kim & Action Bronson, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more. As you may have heard, Kendrick's verse in the TDE cypher included a much-talked-about diss at Drake. You can read his entire verse (via Complex) and watch videos of the above-mentioned cyphers, below.
Meanwhile, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Mob (Ant, Twelvy, and Nast) are teaming up for a NYC show together TONIGHT (10/16) at Webster Hall as part of CMJ. The show also includes TDE's new signee Isaiah Rashad, in addition to former Odd Future associate Casey Veggies, young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru (who has opened for more than one Black Hippy member in NYC), and The Bots. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.
Videos and Kendrick lyrics below...