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photo: Owen Pallett at MHOW in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Owen Pallett

Indie label Orchid Tapes is throwing a post-CMJ party on Sunday (10/18) evening in their living room. Most details are still TBA, but we know that they have one very special guest playing: Owen Pallett. He tweeted, "I'm playing Les Mouches songs at the @orchidtapes CMJ showcase this coming Sunday. New axe + new nails + old bad feelings." Les Mouches is Owen's old trio with Rob Gordon and Matt Smith (who he still collaborates with), and they reissued their album You're Worth More To Me Than 1000 Christians on Orchid Tapes over the summer. Stream a track below.

UPDATE: The full lineup is Owen plus Foxes In Fiction, Four Visions, Infinity Crush and Yohuna. Tickets are on sale now. Only 35 people will be admitted, and all proceeds will benefit the Silent Barn which is recovering from a fire.

Meanwhile, Orchid Tapes musician Foxes In Fiction (who opened for Owen in NYC earlier this year) opens the BrooklynVegan + Collect Records CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right tonight (10/14) with No Devotion (ex-Thursday), Wax Idols and Creepoid. Tickets are still available (proceeds go to Callen Lorde) and badges will be accepted.

Former Orchid Tapes/current Run for Cover artist Elvis Depressedly also plays a BV show tonight, opening for The Front Bottoms at Irving Plaza. They do it again tomorrow, and both shows are sold out.

Those Front Bottoms shows and the Collect showcase are just three of the five BrooklynVegan shows in NYC this week.

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photo: Dilly Dally on stage at BV-CMJ last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dilly Dally

BrooklynVegan is proud to present five NYC shows this week. Two are the sold out Front Bottoms shows happening at Irving Plaza on Wednesday (10/14) and Thursday (10/15) night. It is CMJ right now, but they are not CMJ shows, meaning a CMJ badge is not going to get you in.

A CMJ badge will get you in to our showcase tonight/Wednesay (10/14) at Baby's All Right though, as will $15, all of which is going to charity. The Collect Records-co-presented bill includes Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion, Hether Fortune's band Wax Idols, Philly shoegaze band Creepoid, and Foxes in Fiction who starts the night at 7:45pm (our curfew is 11:30).

Then, our TENTH annual free BrooklynVegan CMJ events take place FRIDAY (10/16, noon-7pm) and SATURDAY (10/17, 11am-midnight) at Baby's All Right. Both shows will have a free keg of Bell's Brewery beer while it lasts (that's a lot of beer), and then multiple varieties of Bell's will be on tap all day and night...

Friday's lineup is HERE. Saturday's lineup will be announced shortly is HERE, and will feature a 1pm set by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney and a Saturday night headlining set by Lilys! Friday and Saturday are both 18+

Follow @bvCMJ on Twitter, @BrooklynVegan on Instagram and stay tuned for more info (we'll update this post).

Friday flyer

Friday flyer

Continue reading "5 BrooklynVegan-presented shows this week, some are CMJ, one is 12 hours, TWO are FREE and have FREE BEER"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Bill Pearis

Lilys @ Baby's All Right 10/11/2015

Kurt Heasley brought his band Lilys back for shows over the weekend, including Philadelphia and two at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right. Pictures and a show report follow, but if you missed the Baby's shows -- or want to see them again -- this lineup of Lilys will play Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/17), a 10:30pm set that's part of an entire day of BrooklynVegan-presented free CMJ fun. It starts at noon and goes till midnight.

We'll announce the full Saturday lineup soon UPDATE: FULL LINEUP HERE., and it also includes daytime sets from Martin Courtney (1 PM), Stealing Sheep and lots more. Meanwhile, check out who we have at Baby's on Friday (and tonight/Wednesday)


As for this past weekend's shows: Don Devore, who spent time in the Lilys, The Icarus Line, and Ink & Dagger (and is now Sick Feeling), assembled a seven-piece Lilys that, counting Heasley, featured five guitarists, and included members of MGMT, Ducktails, Acrylics and more. The focus of these shows was on Lilys first five years when they made noisy dreampop on records like Eccsame the Photon Band and A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns. Not knowing what to expect when the band took the stage late Friday night/Saturday morning (1:15 AM-ish?), I'm happy to report Lilys were awesome.

With five guitarists (one being pedal steel), they were a wall of sound and heavy as hell at times. (I had just come from seeing A Place to Bury Strangers at Saint Vitus, so my ears took a beating Friday.) It was a hit-filled setlist, including "Ginger" (which was used in a Cadillac commerical almost 10 years ago), "The Hermit Crab" and a dozen or so others. I went to both shows, setlists were at least similar if not identical (in selection, maybe not order). Light Heat opened the shows and on Sunday, frontman Quentin Stoltzfus (who used to be in Mazarin) joined Lilys for a song. Pictures and setlist for Friday's Lilys show, and video of them playing "Ginger" on Sunday, is below.

Lighting came entirely from projections, which was the sort of vibe you want from a show like this (unless you're a photographer). They were selling the limited-edition splatter vinyl edition of Eccsame the Photon Band reissue on Friday, but it was sold-out by Sunday's show.

More pics and stuff below...

Continue reading "Lilys reunited for two shows at Baby's All Right, playing FREE BV CMJ party on Saturday night (pics / setlist / video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Methyl Ethel

This past spring, we wrote a bit about Australian trio Methyl Ethel's promising debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle (out now on Dot Dash Recordings), which is pop with a variety of prefixes (art, dream, psychedelic). They're now in NYC for CMJ, having already played two shows yesterday (10/13) and actually playing as we speak at a day show right now. Don't worry though, you still have seven other chances to catch them, including the FREE BrooklynVegan party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right. They play at 1:45 PM. Here's their full schedule:

Thu 10/15 Pianos Atypical Sounds Day Party (5:45 PM)
Thu 10/15 Living Room School Night Showcase (8 PM)
Thu 10/15 Leftfield Dot Dash Showcase (10:20 PM)
Fri 10/16 The Shop CMJ Official (11 PM)
Sat 10/17 Baby's All Right BrooklynVegan Party (1:45 PM)
Sat 10/17 Pianos Bowery Presents Party (5 PM)
Sat 10/17 The Delancey Aussie BBQ (6:45 PM)
After CMJ, they'll head back home where they've got a few shows including one with fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett. All dates are listed, with a stream of their album, below...

Continue reading "Australia's Methyl Ethel playing lots of CMJ shows, including the free BrooklynVegan Saturday party (schedule)"

by Andrew Sacher

Shana Falana

Back in March, we posted the first single from New York duo Shana Falana's (which is also the singer's name) debut album, the awesomely titled Set Your Lightning Fire Free, and that album is out now on Team Love. It makes a bit of sense to call this "dream pop," but that tag usually evokes sleepy, hazy sounds and this album roars. Shana is a real powerhouse singer and they've got pounding drums, heavily layered guitars and keyboards, and more massive instrumentation. If you've yet to hear the album, you can head below to change that.

The band is playing CMJ this week, and they have two shows lined up at the moment. The first is the Campers Rule Records showcase on Thursday (10/15) at The Flat with Gingerlys, Holy Tunics, Gunfight!, Spirit Plate and Soft Sirens; and the second is the free Team Clermont showcase on Saturday (10/17) at Union Pool with Christian Hutson, J Fernandez and Tuff Sunshine.

Album stream below...

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by Bill Pearis


UK band Outfit released their second album, Slowness, back in June. Where their debut was more in the Hot Chip realm of quirky dancepop, Slowness seems to take inspiration from Talk Talk's late '80s output. (A little like Wild Beasts in that way, too.) It's lush, sultry stuff and you can stream the whole album via Spotify, and check out other song streams and videos, below.

Outfit are in NYC for CMJ to play their first-ever North American shows with four opportunities to catch them this week:

Wednesday 10/14 @ Berlin (9:45 PM) w/ Jungle Giants, Beach Baby, High Waisted, Red Fox Run, Multimagic, New Myths, Slow Caves

Thursday 10/15 @ Pianos (2:45 PM, FREE) w/ Yung, Hockey Dad, Weaves, Landshapes, Mihael Rault, Cheatahs, Methyl Ethel

Friday 10/16 @ Living Room (midnight) w/ Cosmo Sheldrake, Landshapes, Raccoon Fighter, Norman Vladmir, JD Eicher, Christian Lopez, Lucy & La Mer, Alice Phoebe Lou

Saturday 10/17 @ Pianos (8:10 PM, FREE) W/ Narc Twain, Weaves, Vulkano, Smoke Season, Cultfever

Flyer for their CMJ shows is below.

Continue reading "Outfit released 'Slowness' (stream it), making U.S. live debut this week at CMJ"

by Andrew Sacher


Petal (aka singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz and a revolving lineup that sometimes includes members of Tigers Jaw) will release their debut album Shame next week (10/23) on Run for Cover. We already posted the driving lead single "Sooner" and now Petal revealed a much more toned-down song, "Silly Heart." It's just Kiley and a clean electric guitar, and it's a somber, gripping song that we definitely recommend checking out. Listen, with the video for another album track, "Heaven," below (via The Le Sigh).

Petal will be in NYC for CMJ this weekend, including her label's showcase and a 12:15 PM set at the FREE BrooklynVegan Saturday party at Baby's All Right. We already announced The Gotobeds and Stealing Sheep on that show and the full lineup is coming very soon HERE.

All Petal dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Petal releases new song "Silly Heart," playing BrooklynVegan Saturday party at Baby's All Right"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Stealing Sheep

My first band of CMJ 2015 was one of the ones I was most looking forward to seeing: Stealing Sheep. Over for their first-ever U.S. dates, the Liverpool trio kicked off their seven-show NYC invasion at The Living Room on Tuesday (10/13) as part of an all-British showcase that also featured another Liverpool band, Hooton Tennis Club. I'm a big fan of Stealing Sheep's new album, Not Real, which eschewed, for the most part, the faery folk of their debut album, Into the Diamond Sun, for synthesizers. But watching them songs from both albums live, the turn wasn't as radical a departure as it had seemed on record.

Rebecca Hawley (keyboards), Emily Lansley (guitar) and Lucy Mercer (drums) played almost everything live with a ramshackle, clattering charm. Dressing in matching outfits and sunglasses, comparisons to Metronomy's early DIY days (when they taped click-it lights to their chest) is pretty apt. All three sing, often trading off vocals within a song. The harmonies, a big part of their appeal, were nailed.

Apart from the tribal "Greed," Stealing Sheep played everything from Not Real I really wanted to hear -- "Apparition" was especially good -- and "Genevieve" and "Shut Eye" from their first. The band play six more shows (none today, though) including BrooklynVegan's free all-day party on Saturday (10/17, full lineup announced soon HERE). More pics from Stealing Sheep's NYC debut, below...

Continue reading "Stealing Sheep made their US live debut at CMJ (pics, review)"

FREE, THIS FRIDAY, noon-7pm at Baby's All Right....

BrooklynVegan CMJ 2015

In addition to the BV + Collect Records CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right on Wednesday, BrooklynVegan is throwing free shows there on Friday (10/16) and Saturday (10/17). The Saturday show is an all-day party, going from noon to midnight. Friday goes from noon to 7 PM. Stay tuned for more details on Saturday. UPDATE: Saturday's lineup is HERE and here's the Friday lineup.

Friday, 10/16/2015 @ Baby's All Right

12:15 Long Beard
01:00 The Album Leaf
02:00 Ezra Furman
2:45 Car Seat Headrest
3:30 Yung
4:15 Superheaven
5:15 Makthaverskan
6:00 Porches
Playing last is NYC's own Porches, fresh off signing to Domino, Pennsylvania's grungy Superheaven, post-rock vets The Album Leaf, the eccentric genre defying Ezra Furman, Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, new Matador signee (and prolific bandcamp musician) Car Seat Headrest, new Fat Possum signees Yung who are here all the way from Denmark, and New Brunswick's Long Beard.

Like on Saturday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts.

Again, the show is totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

Set times above. Listen to the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Friday day party lineup (Porches, The Album Leaf, Superheaven, Makthaverskan, Car Seat Headrest, Ezra Furman, free Bell's beer & more!)"

by Tatiana Tenreyro

Nicole Yun
Nicole Yun photo by Thomas James Keywood

Eternal Summers released their fifth album, Gold & Stone, via Kanine Records, fittingly, this past summer. This is their first self-produced album and one of their best. Gold & Stone is a vibrant, dreamlike record, yet it doesn't shy away from also combining punk elements that the band has previously used in other albums. Eternal Summers also experienced another first by going on their first-ever Europe/UK tour. Despite being back home for only a week, they're going to CMJ, where they will play five shows.

I spoke with frontwoman Nicole Yun about their last LP, their European and UK tour, their stunning music videos, and CMJ.


BV: You recently came back from touring Europe and the UK, your first ever European tour. How does touring in Europe/UK differ from the US?

Nicole of Eternal Summers: Yeah, it's really interesting, going over there. I think the main thing that we noticed is that every country had a different vibe. People are really serious about concerts over there. Watching shows, I barely saw anyone with phones out ever, not even to text or take photos. People were there just to really pay attention to the music. Sometimes that was hard for us, depending on where we were. In England, we had to get used to the fact that people paid so much attention that they don't move, they just watch, but then afterwards people would be like, 'Hey. I really enjoyed that'. We noticed after three shows in England, that people are just not going to move as much, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's not a good show.

But then, we noticed in Paris and Germany, people did move around a lot, but they were just so there for the show and not distracted at all. It was just really interesting because in the US, I love that generally people know how to move their neck or head, like bob around a little bit. And they can be really small, but you can tell "Okay, they're having fun." But I think, just that respect level of "I'm not even going to bring my phone out at all" is just not an American thing. I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing, but it's just one of those first things that was really super obvious to us.

It sounds like a good thing.

I think it was, and I really feel like over there, they don't really take it for granted when people come from overseas to play shows. I think people are like "I'm here for a concert and these people came from overseas to play, it gets my undivided attention." I thought it was really, really cool.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Eternal Summers (on playing CMJ, touring Europe, their new album, videos, songwriting & more)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: The Gotobeds @ Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gotobeds @ Saint Vitus

Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds will take a break from recording their first album for Sub Pop to be a part of the mayhem that is CMJ. They play four shows this week, including BrooklynVegan's all-day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right with Stealing Sheep, and more to be announced any minute. We'll have bands from noon - midnight. UPDATE: HERE's the whole lineup. Here's The Gotobeds' CMJ schedule:

10/15 - Knitting Factory (8pm): Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase with Protomartyr, S, Mass Gothic, Strange Wilds & H. John Benjamin.
10/16 - Cakeshop (7 PM): Inland Empire Showcase 7pm with J Fernandez, Eaters, Turn To Crime, Tweens & Spray Paint
10/17 - Union Pool (2 PM): Unblinking Ear Showcase! with Big Quiet, Spray Paint and Snowmans of Love.
10/17 - Baby's All Right (Time TBA): BrooklynVegan all-day party
I cornered Gotobeds frontman Eli Kasan (via email) to tell us a little bit about their new album, what to expect from this week's CMJ shows, surviving festivals, touring with Protomartyr and more.


You guys are making your first album for Sub Pop -- can you share any details? How's it going?

Better than we expected, and I feel better from the last two sessions so I can breathe a little easier. When we signed we had maybe one new song written, so we were a bit confused as to what the fuck the LP would be. We do write really fast and discard a ton of shit so Tfp (our guitarist aka COOL-U) was the one who was the least worried. He has so many songs it's crazy.

It's got a really funny title that I can't spoil just yet. It was done in Pittsburgh in our friends house which is where we've done everything. We recorded like 4 old-as-fuck songs and aren't gunna use any of them. The record is mellower in parts. I love artists like Nick Lowe who wrote stuff that was like love letters to different genres/styles so his records bounced all over the place and we took inspiration from that vantage point, though maybe to most it just sounds like our last record. I feel really good about the lyrics.

Should be out like May/June 2016 which feels so far away. Pitchfork gave it a 8.7 :)

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photo: Mitski at Hopscotch Fest 2015 (more by Kenneth Bachor)

NYC's Mitski was one of the artists we were excited about last CMJ, and she's only gotten bigger and better since. This year she's playing CMJ again, with just two shows scheduled, both of which are solo sets. One is the High Road Touring showcase on Thursday (10/15) at Mercury Lounge with The Maccabees and more, which is sold out, and the other is the Portals + Stadiums & Shrines show happening Friday (10/16) at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell Street). That starts at 7 PM and admission is $2 at the door.

Also on that bill is Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (who we wrote about here), Long Beard (who we wrote about here), French ambient musician johnny_ripper and Western Mass singer/songwriter Mal Devisa. Stream music from the latter two, plus some new Long Beard songs that came out since we last posted, below.

After CMJ, Mitski has more tour dates in Europe, the US, and Canada. All are listed below...

Continue reading "Mitski adds dates, including a CMJ show w/ Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Long Beard and more"

by Bill Pearis

Cool Ghouls

San Francisco paisley throwbacks Cool Ghouls have a new single, "Creature That I Am," that's out next week (10/23) via Dizzybird. This one is especially Byrds-ian and you can stream it below. They've got a new Kelley Stoltz-produced album on the way as well.

Having just wrapped up a string of shows with Shannon & the Clams, Cool Ghouls will be in NYC this week for CMJ, playing three free shows: Alphaville on Wednesday (10/14, 11:15 PM) with Beverly, Warbly Jets, and Samson the Truest; Berlin on Thursday (10/15, 7:30 PM) with Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Murals, Worthless, and S (free with RSVP), and also Thursday at Palisades for the Burger Records showcase with Michael Rault, Dirty Ghosts, Slim Twig, Modern Vices, Howardian, and Unstoppable Death Machines (more info). They'll then continue their tour, sharing a few dates with Brooklyn's Las Rosas. All dates listed below.

Continue reading "Cool Ghouls releasing new single & LP, on tour now, playing free CMJ shows w/ Beverly, Mild High Club & more "

by Andrew Sacher

photo by by Christopher Wilson

"Sometimes exes linger in the mind long after they're gone. Sometimes, they stick around as skeletons," Jenn T Champion (formerly Jenn Ghetto) writes in the description for her new video for "Remember Love." It humorously stars Jenn as herself with an ex-lover in a skeleton costume, but there's not much humorous about the song itself. It's one of the more devastating cuts off last year's excellent breakup album, Cool Choices. The video premieres below, and if you haven't picked up a copy of Cool Choices yet you can do that via Hardly Art.

S is on tour now, and as mentioned, she'll come to NYC for CMJ this week. Her schedule includes five total shows. Details on all of those, below.

Continue reading "watch S' (Jenn T Champion) new video for "Remember Love" +++ updated tour dates & CMJ schedule"

by Andrew Sacher

ATO Records CMJ 2015

ATO Records are throwing a CMJ showcase on Friday (10/16) at Knitting Factory. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) and it's totally FREE with priority going to badgeholders if the venue hits capacity.

The lineup was initially announced with Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joseph, Margaret Glaspy and "very special guest" headliners but it's now revealed that those headliners are Thunderbitch, the other band of Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard. It's a very rare show for Thunderbitch (it follows a one-off from back in 2012) and a much smaller venue for Brittany Howard than the ones she's been playing with Alabama Shakes.

Caitlin Rose is also listed on CMJ's website, but she is no longer playing the Brooklyn show.

Margaret Glaspy
Margaret Glaspy

BV readers might be familiar with Jessica Lea Mayfield, but recent ATO signees Joseph and Margaret Glaspy may be new to you. NYC-via-California singer Margaret Glaspy's planning to release her debut album in the spring of 2016, and as the two demos she's posted show, she makes raw early '70s-inspired folk. Joseph, meanwhile, is a trio of sisters from the Pacific Northwest who make harmony-laden folk, and they're also planning their debut album for spring/summer 2016. You can watch Joseph's recent ATO session video and stream Margaret's demos below.

Continue reading "Brittany Howard's band Thunderbitch playing a rare set at ATO's CMJ show (with Margaret Glaspy, Joseph & more)"

by Bill Pearis


Danish band Yung made their North American introduction with These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores, six songs of hazy, melodic indie rock with a dollop of angsty vocals. Opening cut "God" now has a video featuring what may be the weirdest karoake party ever. Snakes are involved. The video premieres in this post and you can check it out below.

Yung are in NYC this week for CMJ and tonight (10/12) play Elvis Guesthouse for the Oh My Rockness kickoff party that's with Shopping, Yvette and Big Ups. (They were previously somewhat cryptically listed as "uld" on the bill.) Tickets (5$) are on sale now. Here's the full CMJ schedule:

Mon. Oct. 12 - Oh My Rockness CMJ Kick-Off Party @ Elvis Guesthouse (8:45pm)
Wed. Oct. 14 - Kanine Records/Dr Martens's Party @ Pianos (1:00pm)
Wed. Oct 14 - NME Party @ Santos Party House (10:15pm)
Thu. Oct. 15 - Atypical Beasts Party @ Pianos (1:00pm)
You can stream Yung's whole These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores via Spotify, below..

Continue reading "watch Danish band Yung's new "God" video, see them at CMJ this week"

Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney has shared "Airport Bar," the closing track from his soon-to-be-released, excellent solo debut, Many Moons. Like "Northern Highway," this one doesn't stray too far from what he does in Real Estate, which is just fine. Stream it below.

Martin will be playing a few shows during CMJ including BrooklynVegan's free day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right with Stealing Sheep and more. Matin's set is early (1 PM) and the full lineup is HERE. Martin's full CMJ schedule looks like this:

Tuesday Oct 13 (7 PM) || Rockwood Music Hall - WFUV CMJ Showcase w/ The Suffers, Fraser A Gorman, Hooton Tennis Club
Friday Oct 16 || Rubber Tracks Studio - Fader Fort || Brooklyn, NY
Saturday Oct 17 (1 PM) || Babys All Right - Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Party (FREE)
Saturday Oct 17 || Space 98 - Urban Outfitters CMJ Show w/ Søren Juul, Car Seat Headrest, The Lemon Twigs (FREE)
After CMJ, Martin will play National Sawdust on November 20 with J.R. Bohannon (tickets). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Real Estate's Martin Courtney shares "Airport Bar" from solo LP, playing CMJ shows including BrooklynVegan day party"

by Bill Pearis


Montreal-based garage pop duo The Muscadettes released the Side A EP this past spring, and they're ready to follow it up with the Side B EP on November 6 via PaperCup Music. We've got the premiere of one of its tracks, "Stray Cats," which is one of the band's dreamier songs. (Also its lead guitar line reminds me of the horn charts on "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band. But I digress.) You can stream it and another track from Side B, below.

The Muscadettes are playing M for Montreal's annual Friday CMJ showcase at Arlene's Grocery (10/16, 11 PM set) with Solids, Chocolat, Nancy Pants, Look Vibrant, Elliot Maginot (and free poutine at 7 PM). They've also got a couple other CMJ shows: Tuesday, October 13 at Rockwood Music Hall (5 PM set) with Lucy & La Mer, The Walking Sticks and Oh, Cassius; and then they'll also play Elvis Guesthouse on Saturday, October 17 (4:30 PM set) for the free PaperCup day party with Racoon Fighter, Little Racer, Suburban Living, The Teen Age, and Weekender.

CMJ show flyers and song streams, below...

Continue reading "The Muscadettes releasing new EP (stream two songs), playing M for Montreal showcase & other CMJ shows"

Silent Barn

Silent Barn say they're nearly done with repairs and reconstruction of their show space following the fire two weeks ago, and are scheduled to reopen "in about 1 week." That means a lot of their CMJ week shows will stay put, like the Sean Nicholas Savage / Promise Keeper show on Thursday (10/15), and the Dull Tools CMJ hangover show on Sunday, October 18. Whether the Wichita Records 15th Anniversary party with Adveata, Cheatahs, Murals, Oscar and Dreamcrusher on Wednesday (10/14) will stay remains to be seen.

You can see the full list of upcoming events (some have been moved to other venues) which include a few benefits, like tonight's sold out show with Alex G, Frankie Cosmos and more. Silent Barn will host cat adoption event "Meow Day" in their backyard on Sunday (10/11).

by Bill Pearis

photo by Alex De Mora

Cheatahs have made a video for "Signs to Lorelei," the new single from the band's forthcoming second album, Mythologies. The video was directed by Cherise Payne (FKA Twigs, The Horrors) and was shot mostly underwater, which fits the song's warped, warbled vibe. The new album is more shimmery dreampop than the pedal-stomping fuzz of Cheatahs' first album. The video premieres in this post and you can watch it below.

As mentioned, Cheatahs will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing a whole bunch of shows:

10/13/2015 @ Cameo Gallery (11:30 PM) - Cameo + TAYF CMJ Showcase
10/14/2015 @ Silent Barn - Wichita Recordings CMJ Party
10/14/2015 @ Pianos (1:45 PM) - Kanine Records & We Are Collide Day Party FREE
10/15/2015 @ Pianos (5 PM) - ATYPICAL BEASTS Official CMJ Showcase FREEE
10/16/2015 @ Berlin (7:10 PM) - ROSQUATCH: A Hairy & Sweaty Showcase
10/17/2015 @ Pianos (3:45 PM) - BirdDog Promo CMJ Party FREE
10/17/2015 @ Bowery Electric - Holy Underground + CBP CMJ Party
As for the 10/14 show at Silent Barn, which is a Wichita Records 15th anniversary party, the venue (which had a fire last month) is saying it expects to be open by CMJ, but you might want to visit their facebook before venturing out. Cheatahs are playing a few other North American shows while over here, and all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Cheatahs made a video for "Signs for Lorelei," playing lots of CMJ shows"

Collect BrooklynVegan

The future of Geoff Rickly's Collect Records looked uncertain after he severed ties with backer Martin Shkreli, who was revealed as a greedy price gouger of a drug often used to treat AIDS patients, but the label is pushing forward. The Collect Records & BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase is still on for October 14 at Baby's All Right, though unfortunately Nothing have dropped off the bill. Tickets are still available and ALL proceeds go to Callen Lorde, a health center that "provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities -- in all their diversity -- regardless of ability to pay."

A limited amount of CMJ badges will also be accepted. Vinyl Me, Please will be at the show giving away records and gift bags.

The lineup is now No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. It's an early show. Our curfew is 11:30pm. Stay tuned for any more updates and for the lineups of the unannounced BrooklynVegan day parties at the same venue. Meanwhile, listen to music from the bands playing below...

Continue reading "Nothing cancelled; BV/Collect official CMJ show now a benefit"

by Bill Pearis

Promise Keeper

With his band Mood Rings currently in a holding pattern, William Fussel has launched a new project, titled Promise Keeper. If you liked Mood Rings' shimmery, sultry single "The Line" chances are you'll like Promise Keeper which is decidedly more on the electro/new romantic soulful pop side (by way of '80s Michael Mann soundtracks). Official singles are still to come but you can stream "Bland Luxury" below.

Promise Keeper will be on tour with Montreal's Sean Nicholas Savage starting this weekend, and that's an appropriate pairing. They'll be in NYC for CMJ, with two shows on their schedule. They're scheduled to play Silent Barn on October 15 with SoftSpot and Heat Scale (the venue, which had a fire a few weeks ago, say they expect be reopened by then. Check the facebook event page before heading that way). Then they'll be DJing as part of the Cascine/Arbutus CMJ Happy Hour party happening on October 16 at Wythe Hotel's Ides rooftop bar, which also has Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, and Better Person spinning. That's free and more info is here.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Promise Keeper (Will from Mood Rings) shares first track, touring with Sean Nicholas Savage, playing CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep have shared the video for "Apparition," the latest single from this year's fantastic Not Real. The video was made by one of the best in the biz, Dougal Wilson, whose CV includes LCD Soundsystem's "Tribulations" and Jarvis Cocker's "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time." For "Apparition," he constructs a seemingly one-shot stunner centered around the very British folk tradition of Morris dancing. You don't really see videos this technically complex and cool like this anymore (not since the heyday of Michel Gondry) and it's one that bears rewatching. Check it out below.

The band will be here next week for CMJ and have added a few more shows while here, including BrooklynVegan's free day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right. Here's Stealing Sheep's full CMJ schedule:

10/13 @ The Living Room 8pm - Official Showcase
10/16 @ Cake Shop 2:50pm- Terrorbird Showcase (FREE)
10/16 @ Niagara 10:50pm - Official Showcase
10/16 @ Baby's All Right 1am - Heavenly Showcase
10/17 @ Baby's All Right - Brooklyn Vegan Showcase (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade 7:45pm - Levitation Showcase
10/17 @ Knitting Factory 10pm - Flower Booking Showcase
Stay tuned for full details on all of BrooklynVegan's CMJ week shows and parties.

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by Bill Pearis


It's been a couple years, but Louisville, KY's Murals are back with a new label, Firetalk, and a new single, "Violet City Lantern," which is out next week (10/16). This is a little more lush than we've heard Murals be before, with a pastoral feel not unlike some of Caribou's Andorra. Check it out via the song's video below.

Murals will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing five shows:

10/14 - @ Silent Barn: Wichita X Fire Talk X Silent Barn w/ Cheatahs, Adveata, Oscar, Dreamcrusher (info)
10/15 @ Berlin - Dirges and Daydreams Party w/ Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Cool Ghouls, Worthless, S (RSVP for free entry)
10/16 @ Fulton Stall Market: Seaport Music Fest Showcase w/ Celestial Shore, Michael Rault, Haley Bonar, dirty Ghosts, S, The Teen Age, Arms, EMEFE, Lazyeyes, Spritzer, Tiny Hazard, Mothers, The Album Leaf (FREE)
10/17 @ Silent Barn: - Label Fair Day Party w/ Turn To Crime, Crosss, ADVAETA, BBDDM, Murals, Pinact, Fern Mayo (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade - Levitation Showcase
Silent Barn, which is currently closed following the fire last month, expects to be to be open by CMJ (you might want to check the Facebook event pages before heading out there, though). Flyers for some of those CMJ shows are below.

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Brooklyn's SAVAK, the band co-fronted by Sohrab Habbibon (Obits) and Michael Jaworski (The Cops, Virgin Islands), are currently working on their debut album but will be playing some shows as well. During CMJ they'll be at The Rock Shop on October 14 for the International Rescue showcase with Eternal Summers, Bird Courage, Pinact and Chomp. For that show they'll be augmented by keyboardist James Canty (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up) and a sax player. Tickets are available and you can use a CMJ badge/showpass as well.

SAVAK will also be opening for The Ex and Ken Vandermark on October 22 at The Bell House with DJ /Rupture (a show that was originally supposed to happen at The Wick). Canty will play with them at that show too. Tickets are still available. You can also catch SAVAK in Philadelphia on November 10 at Boot & Saddle with Dischord vets Soulside (whose Alexis Fleisig was also in Obits).

Sohrab will also be doing a solo show at Threes Brewery on October 21 with Steve Curtis (Hem, Little Silver) and Ray Rizzo (Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes, Papa M) and that's free. Flyer for The Rock Shop show, plus live recordings of SAVAK at Cake Shop, below...

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