Entries tagged with: CMJ
by Bill Pearis
Manchester band Spring King make spunky, punky pop with an anthemic swagger. (Think somewhere between Wavves and Palma Violets.) This year saw their first two releases -- the very very catchy "Mumma" single at the start of the year and the Demons EP which came out last month. A few streams from those are below.
Spring King will be making their U.S. live debut here in NYC during CMJ and so far there are three chances to see them, all of which are free: an all-UK night show at Rough Trade on October 21 presented by Ben Sherman with The Crookes, fellow Mancunians MONEY, and Longfellow. Then they play the Kanine day party on October 22 at Pianos with PAWS, Girlpool, LIterature, Ultimate Painting, SEOUL, and lots more. Then they play Rough Trade's day party on October 23 with Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches and Nai Harvest.
More CMJ shows may be added as we get closer to the fest. Stay tuned. Song streams below...
by Bill Pearis
PINS n' Brogues
Manchester, UK band PINS, when not making their own rabble-rousing music, run their own label, Haus of PINS, and have a few releases lined up. One of those is by fellow Manc band Brown Brogues who bang out spirited garagey rock n' roll. Brown Brogues have a split EP with Eternal Summers (who were just in NYC) via the label soon, and have just made a video for their song "Don't Dance With My Girlfriend" which features the girls in PINS and makes its premiere in this post. Says director Sarah Jenny Johnson:
It was filmed in just a few hours in a gallery space in the northern quarter using a Canon 60D and 50mm lens. We decided we wanted to the video to be in black & white, simple and sassy yet dead funny. Everyone showed of their dance moves very well. Especially Ben. Obviously" Sarah Jenny Johnson, director.As to the song itself, Brown Brogues drummer Ben Mather chimes in:
The song Don't Dance with my Girlfriend is a school boy romance song, its a way of showing love without looking soft or actually saying the words -- passive-aggressive love, if you will. It was written in the lead up to Mark's wedding so maybe the first dance was weighing on his mind.Check out the video, plus a couple Brown Brogues streams, below.
Meanwhile, PINS will be in North America next month for a tour that includes stops in NYC during CMJ. So far only one show is on their schedule: Cameo on October 21 which is Oh My Rockness' showcase with September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, and Amanda X also on the bill. That's a good lineup and tickets are on sale.
All PINS dates are listed, along with the Brown Brogues video/streams, below...
Arizona's Burning Palms call themselves "witch rock" which is a pretty good name for the moody, airy psychedelic rock that makes up their debut LP coming October 14 via Lolipop Records. Its new single "Young Hunter" makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below. The band will also be going on a tour which begins in El Paso next week (10/9) and hits NYC for CMJ. The exact CMJ shows they're playing are still TBA so stay tuned.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Austria is not a huge country and hasn't had that many famous musicians (Mozart, Falco, Belphagor...) but that hasn't stopped Vienna's Sex Jams from pursuing their dream of making shouty-punky rock for all to hear. A cassette compilation of the group's Austrian-released music, titled Hits, will be out next month via Old Flame which will be their first US release. We've got the premiere of "Queens Club" from it in this post.
Sex Jams are in NYC as we speak, kicking off a string of dates with Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Both bands, along with Honne Wells, play tonight (10/1) at Cake Shop and Death by Audio on Friday (10/3) with White Rope on that show as well.
They'll be back in NYC for CMJ, including the Old Flame showcase at Cake Shop on October 25 with Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, YAWN, Girlpool, Girl Tears and more TBA. All dates are listed, plus the track stream and other from the cassette, below...
As mentioned, Ultimate Painting (aka James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes) will release their debut album next month via Trouble in Mind. They've shared two more tracks from the album, "Winter in Your Heart" and "Ten Street," which you can stream along with the song "Ultimate Painting" and a mix they made with some of their influences, below.
Also as mentioned, UP will be in NYC for CMJ and they've got quite a few shows lined up already with maybe more still to be announced. Here's the lowdown:
Flyers for all of those shows, plus the full lineups, are below. Before the CMJ shows, Ultimate Paiting will also play nearby Bard College on October 21. That follows a few other North American dates, all of which are listed below.
Tue. Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ Pianos (Kanine CMJ day party FREE)
Tue. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (Panache CMJ Showcase)
Wed. Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Trouble In Mind CMJ day party FREE)
Fri. Oct. 25 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Panache CMJ day party FREE)
Ex-Harlem singer Michael Coomers will release his second under the Lace Curtains name, titled A Signed Piece Of Paper, on October 28 via his own Female Fantasy Records. The album has some indie rock a la Harlem but there's a strong '70s singer-songwriter vibe to it as well. You can stream a few songs and videos in this post.
Lace Curtains will make its NYC debut during CMJ, with October 24 at Cake Shop being the only confirmed date during the fest right now (more details on that show TBA). After CMJ, Lace Curtains will also play November 1 at Union Pool with fellow ex-Harlem band Las Rosas.
Videos and song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Italian trio Be Forest are masters of mood, making swoony dreampop informed by the classics but very much in the now. The band (who share a member with Brothers in Law) released their second album, Earthbeat, earlier this year via We Were Never Boring and you can stream the whole thing below. If you like Slowdive, '80s-era 4AD and modern stuff like The xx, you definitely should. The band also just released a cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer" which makes its premiere in this post. There are no shortage of covers of this song, but Be Forest really make it their own. Listen below.
Be Forest will be making their first trip to North America next month for a coast-to-coast tour. That starts in NYC for CMJ where they currently have two shows lined up: A day show at Cake Shop on October 22 (lineup TBA) and then a show at DROM later that night. More CMJ shows might be announced, stay tuned.
West Coast dates of their tour are with Los Angeles band Tennis System whose new album, Technicolor Blind, is out October 21. You can stream a track from that below. The band will also be here for CMJ, playing October 24 at Lit Lounge and other shows TBA.
All Be Forest and Tennis System tour dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
It's very possible that Self Defense Family are the most prolific band in post-hardcore at the moment. This year alone they've released the Try Me LP, the I Tried To Make Something You Would Enjoy single, the Two Genuine Oddities From Our Distant Past single, the split with "Meredith Hunter" (aka Self Defense Family), and most recently the Duets EP. Plus there's the "Indoor Wind Chimes" b/w "Cottaging" single due 10/14 via Deathwish and a split with Touche Amore is in the works.
We recently mentioned that they're also touring soon and though a NYC date wasn't initially announced, we're now proud to announce that they'll be here for the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (the label that put out Duets), which BrooklynVegan is co-presenting. It happens October 23 at the Acheron (57 Waterbury St) and also on the bill is post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels and quality locals Deep Pockets. $12 tickets for the showcase go on sale today (9/30) at noon.
Walter Schreifels (of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools and more) will be playing with his new backing band The Dead Heavens, whose lineup also includes Cults bassist Nathan Aguilar. They have a 7" due next year via Thrill Me Records, which Walter says has "more of a blues rock direction, like Cream or Black Sabbath."
BV is also co-presenting the free No Sleep CMJ showcase and we have more showcases TBA too so stay tuned for that.
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
Inter Arma at IO Northside 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Richmond, VA psych metallers Inter Arma are set to follow last year's excellent Sky Burial LP with the one-song, 40-minute EP The Cavern on October 14 via Relapse. The trailer is out now, and features a few clips of the song including one with guest vocals from Dorthia Cottrell of fellow Richmond band Windhand (whose tour just hit NYC over the weekend). Watch/listen below.
Inter Arma are on board for the 2015 edition of Maryland Deathfest, and the only other date they have announced so far is the Metal Injection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase happening at Bushwick's Acheron on October 21 with King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wulf and Moon Tooth. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if other CMJ shows will be added.
UPDATE: Other dates were announced including a European tour with Mantar (who we highlighted in our Fest preview). All are listed, with The Cavern trailer, below...
Krill (photo by Ethan Long)
Quirky indie rockers Krill released their newest EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears earlier this year via Exploding In Sound, and now they're teaming up with two of their labelmates, Ovlov and LVL UP, plus the great Radiator Hospital for a 4-way split due October 14 via Double Double Whammy/Exploding In Sound. Krill's new single "Peanut Butter" appears on the split, and you can check that out below.
Krill also have a ton of tour dates coming up this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 2 at Shea Stadium with Sorority Noise, Told Slant and Pinegrove, and then they return to NYC for CMJ. So far they're playing the official EIS showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut and Geronimo!; and then they play EIS's unofficial CMJ party/birthday party on October 25 at Silent Barn with more bands TBA. That Trash Bar show's got a great lineup all around, and chances are the Silent Barn one will too. Stay tuned. All of Krill's dates are listed below.
In related news, former Krill drummer Luke Pyenson moved to London for school after leaving the band, and while there he formed a new band, Brunch. Brunch will be coming to the US for a short Northeast tour in the fall which includes a couple of the stops on the Krill tour. They won't be at any of their NYC shows, but they do play NYC the same night as Krill's Shea show on October 2 at Silent Barn with LVL UP, LVL UP's DDW labelmate Mitski, and the Run for Cover-signed chiptuners Crying (whose Elaiza Santos sings on the new LVL UP album). Brunch put out a self-titled EP this past August, and you can stream that with their list of dates below.
Speaking of that LVL UP album, a full stream premiered over at Stereogum. You can also stream that, with the Krill and Brunch streams/dates, below...
Supersuckers are playing Knitting Factory on November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Flogging Molly are playing The Capitol Theatre on December 2. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the EIGHT Dr. Dog shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the newly added Kimbra and Empress Of show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon. Tickets for her "special collaborative set" at Le Poisson Rouge with Kneebody on September 26 are on sale now.
Tickets for the Austin Psych Fest CMJ Showcase at Rough Trade featuring A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead go on sale today at noon.
PAWS, Flashlights, Orenda Fink and Amanda X are playing a Flowerbooking CMJ Showcase at Knitting Factory on October 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM. PAWS also play Shea with Solids during CMJ.
Blue Hawaii and Ballet School are playing a PopGun CMJ party at Glasslands on October 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Wampire, CYMBALS, Spires, Dune Rats and Casual Sex are playing a PopGun CMJ party on October 21 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Matthew Dear is DJing a CMJ show on October 25 at Verboten with Roman Flügel and Daniel Avery. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
It's been a while since we've heard from Nashville's The Paperhead -- 2012, when they released their terrific single "The Picture of Her Demise" -- but the band have plotted their return. The trio still worship at the alter of Syd Barrett and Pete Townshend (circa 1966) and will release their second album, Africa Avenue, via Trouble in Mind on November 11. We've got the premiere of the very catchy opening cut, "Africa," in this post.
The Paperhead will be in NYC for CMJ with currently three shows on their schedule: The Beyond Beyond is Beyond party at Union Pool on October 22 (more details TBA); a Trouble in Mind showcase at Cake Shop on October 23 with Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, Estrogen Highs, and Negative Scanner; and a Trouble in Mind day party at Rough Trade on October 25 with the same bands. The Paperhead headline that which serves as a bridge to the evening Austin Psych Fest extravaganza there with A Place to Bury Strangers and more. More CMJ shows for The Paperhead to be announced.
Ultimate Painting, you may remember, is James Haore or Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes and their debut album is out via TiM on October 28.
Paperhead CMJ dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.
Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.
Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...
Damien Rice is playing The Box on October 16 & 18, and Warsaw in between on October 17. Tickets for The Box shows and the Warsaw show are on artist presale now (if you're on his mailing list you should have the password), and general on-sale begins Friday (9/19) at noon.
Oh Land is playing Bowery Ballroom on October 21 with Walking Shapes, Wardell and Sons of an Illustrious Father. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.
Tickets for the EIGHT Dr. Dog shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx and artist presales today at noon (anyone know the password?).
Saint Pepsi, Popstrangers, Dog Bites and Chandos are playing Carpark Records' CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 22. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Saint Pepsi also play a Pigeons & Planes CMJ show on October 23 at Rough Trade with Denzel Curry, Kevin ABstract, Sway Clarke ll and Tkay Maidza. No presale for that one, tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.
Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.
Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).
Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...
Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.
While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.
All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Woozy (photo by Benjamin Garrett Davis)
New Orleans' Woozy are releasing a four-way split with Ex-Breathers, Ovlov and Gnarwhal on November 4 via Community Records (pre-order). Woozy contribute two songs, "The Other Half Lives" and "Magma Stoddard," the latter of which premieres in this post. The track combines the math rock noodling of Minus the Bear or Maps & Atlases with the fuzz pop of early Wavves or PAWS, and it's a good mix. You can check that one out below.
Woozy are kicking off a tour in Tallahassee this Thursday (9/18) and hitting NYC on October 3 at Palisades with The Great Void, Life Size Maps and Bluffing. No advance tickets at the moment, $5 admission. All dates are listed below.
Woozy member John St Cyr's other band Native America also have new music on the way. Their new album, Grown Up Wrong, will be out on November 18 via Inflated Records. Its single "Like A Dream," is a cool take on mid '60s rock, sounding something like if "Rain"-era Beatles covered "Needles and Pins." You can hear that one below too. Native America have a TBA tour, but we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ, so stay tuned for more details on that.
List of Woozy dates and both song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Skygreen Leopards have been part of San Francisco's psych scene since the early '00s, with the core duo of Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn with various expanding and contracting bandmates over the years. The music has remained consistent, however, pastoral folk pop indebted to the city's mid-'60s flower-power scene. The band just released Family Crimes over the summer on Woodsist and you can watch the video for "Crying Green and Purple" below and check out the whole thing on Spotify.
The band are wrapping up a short tour on Thursday (9/18) at NYC's Baby's All Right. They play with Lower Plenty and Chicago's J Fernandez and tickets are on sale.
The Baby's show is the start of a tour for J Fernandez whose new EP, Memorize Now, will be out October 14 via Atelier Ciseaux. His brand of crystalline guitar pop is, at times, not to far removed from new wavers like The Monochrome Set. Check out the pleasantly foppy "Cosmic Was" below. J will be back in NYC next month for CMJ too so look out for him then. All confirmed dates are listed, along with videos and streams from Skygreen Leopards and J Ferandez, below...
by Bill Pearis
Let's just get this out of the way: Yes, it's another "______ Girls" band who draw inspiration from Phil Spector, VU and JAMC/C-86, but Dublin, Ireland's September Girls are quite good at what they do. (Yes their name comes from the Big Star song "by way of The Bangles.") Four of the five members (two of which were in The Chalets if you remember them) write and sing so there's some variation in the songs. Their debut album, Cursing the Sea, came out a couple weeks ago in the UK via Fortuna Pop (home of Joanna Gruesome and Shrag). I'm pre-disposed to like this kind of thing but I think it's definitely superior product.Their album is finally getting a Stateside release via Kanine on November 25. The band played SXSW this year and will return to North America for CMJ next month. So far there are two shows on their schedule: the Oh My Rockness showcase on October 21 at Cameo with Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, Amanda X, and headliners PINS; and the Kanine/Insound showcase at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on October 24 with Frankie Cosmos, Flowers, Beverly and Only Real. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now and the BKNB show is free.
Stream a few September Girls songs below...
Two solid (heh) fuzzy (heh heh) bands from different parts of the globe, Montreal's Solids and Glasgow's PAWS, will be going on separate tours soon that meet up in NYC for the Ipsum/Heavy Trip CMJ showcase happening at Shea Stadium on October 24. Also on the bill is another Montreal band, HEAT, Chicago's Meat Wave and NYC's Washer.
For Solids, that show falls right in the middle of their tour with Single Mothers and The Flatliners, which includes a Long Island show a day later (without Single Mothers). Tickets for LI are still available.
Shea show flyer, lists of Solids and PAWS dates, and a couple videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The reunited Felix Culpa released a split with newer band Foreign Tongues last month (August) on No Sleep (order yours), and now there's a video for one of Foreign Tongues' contributions, "Luxury," premiering in this post. Foreign Tongues singer Cameron Moretti sounds more than a little influenced by Conor Oberst, and though Foreign Tongues are a bit more polished than early Bright Eyes, their sad folky indie rock should appeal to fans of the Collection of Songs - Lifted era. You can check out the new video below.
Foreign Tongues also have a short Northeast tour coming up in October, which kicks off with the previously discussed FREE No Sleep CMJ Showcase (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) happening on October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn) with John Nolan, Run Forever, Xerxes, Rescuer, Aviator, Maps For Travelers, The Felix Culpa and more. After that, they'll hit Cambridge, Hamden, CT and Philly. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
London trio Flowers released their debut album, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, this week (9/9) via Kanine. Produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, it's delicate, pretty indiepop not a million miles away from The Sundays or the first Cranberries album. The record's many charms make take a few listens to blossom but definitely reward with time. You can check out the video for single "Joanna" and stream the whole album via Rdio below.
Tue 10/21 @ Cake ShopThe Kanine party at BKNB is with Frankie Cosmos, Beverly, fellow UK band Only Real and Ireland's September Girls. That show is free. Details on the other CMJ showcases and parties they're playing are still TBA. Before CMJ they'll be on a UK tour with Kanine labelmates Fear of Men. All dates are listed, along with video and streams, below...
Wed 10/22 @ Pianos (Kanine Records CMJ Party)
Wed 10/22 @ The Delancey (SESAC CMJ Party)
Wed 10/22 @ Cake Shop (Terrorbird CMJ Party)
Thu 10/23 @ Knitting Factory (Dr. Martins Party CMJ Party)
Fri 10/24 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (Kanine Records CMJ Party)
by Bill Pearis
You may remember we wrote about Swedish indie "supergroup" Amason -- featuring members of Miike Snow, Dungen, Little Majorette and more -- back in February 2013 right after they'd released their Carpenters-esque debut single "Margins." Since then, they put out an eponymous EP last year and a new single, "Ålen," at the start of 2014, offering up more of their lush pop. Amason have just signed to LA's Fairfax Recordings who will release their debut album, Sky City, early next year. Ahead of that, Amason have just released new single "Duvan" that definitely has shades of Buckingham/Nicks and is a fine showcase for Amanda Bergman's smoky vocals. You can stream it below.
Amason will be heading to North America next month for their first shows over here, including NYC for CMJ. The only announced appearance so far is for KEXP's annual live broadcasts, at The Cutting Room on October 22 at noon. KEXP's CMJ schedule hasn't otherwise been announced but stay tuned for that -- and more Amason CMJ shows. After the fest, the band heads to LA to play The Echo on November 3.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Wampire are set to release their new album, Bazaar, which is out October 7 on Polyvinyl. The band have just shared a second single from the album, "The Amazing Heart Attack," which is more of a driving rocker than the already-out-there "Wizard Staff" and you can stream both of those below.
Wampire will soon start their West Coast run with Temples and alfter that, they're going to hook up with Montreal band TOPS for a tour of the rest of North America. That will include an NYC stop on October 17 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's part of the Baby's All Right 1 year anniversary celebration, like the Porches/Frankie Cosmos show happening later that night.
As for TOPS, they just released their new album, Picture You Staring, via Arbutus Records. The band have become a lot more accomplished -- both with their instruments and with songwriting -- and there's a lot to like on the album, especially if you have a soft spot for late '70s/early-'80s soft rock. Especially good are the vaseline-on-the-lens ballad "Outside" (shades of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away") and terrific single "Way to Be Loved" which is built around guitarist David Carriere's irresistible riff and singer Jane Penny's cooing vocals. The video for that, directed by Fantavious Fritz and shot at Arbutus' Montreal HQ, features cameos by Cadence Weapon and Mac DeMarco (also Mac's testicles, be warned). You can watch the video and stream the full album (via Rdio) below.
Both Wampire and Porches will be around for CMJ, too, so look out for more shows to be announced as we get closer to the fest.
All tour dates are listed, along with video and streams, below...