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by Bill Pearis

Pill band Brooklyn

Brooklyn band Pill have signed with Mexican Summer and the first fruits of that come in the form of a 7" out October 30. The a-side, "Hot Glue," is pretty indicative of Pill's sound: scratchy, paranoid, with some seriously skronky sax. You can stream it below.

Pill are playing a couple shows during CMJ week: October 14 at Acheron with Weed Hounds, Expert Alterations and headliners Wildhoney (tickets); and then the Dull Tools CMJ hangover party on October 18 at Silent Barn (which, after the fire last month, they're expecting to be up and running by that point). Then in December, Pill will be on the road with Parquet Courts including the NYC date at Warsaw on 12/11 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

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photo: Blonde Redhead at Webster Hall in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blonde Redhead

Failure will begin their tour this week in Florida, eventually ending up in NYC for CMJ. When we last spoke, we mentioned the very cool varying openers for the tour (Hum, Torche, Trail of Dead and Local H) but that NYC's opener was not announced. Now it is, and it's also very cool.

Local indie vets Blonde Redhead will open the show, which happens October 14 at Brooklyn Bowl, which additional support from Whitney, the new band with ex-Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra members. Tickets are still available.

The Brooklyn Bowl show is part of the two-day FLOODfest happening at that venue, which also includes The Joy Formidable, Grace Mitchell and Oscar on 10/15 (tickets).

That same week, Blonde Redhead perform at the "Fable" show in Queens with Prince Rama. Their only other date is Santa Ana's Output Fest in November.

Failure and Blonde Redhead dates are listed, with some music, below...

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by Bill Pearis


UK trio Shopping have shared the video for "Straight Lines" from their just-released second album Why Choose?. Directed by Margarita Louca, it imagines people as furniture in a matter-of-fact, well-shot style. It's pretty clever, fits the angular post-punk vibe of the song, and you can watch that below.

As mentioned, Shopping will start their North American tour here in NYC at CMJ where they'll be playing a whole bunch of shows:

Mon. Oct. 12 @ Elvis Guesthouse (Oh My Rockness CMJ Kick off)
Wed. Oct. 14 @ Pianos (Culture Collide + Kanine Records) FREE
Wed. Oct. 14 @ Santos Party House (NME + Popgun + House Arrest)
Thu. Oct. 15 @ Rough Trade In-Store FREE
Thu. Oct. 15 @ Cake Shop
Fri. Oct. 16 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The MHOW date is also the first of their tour with Shannon & the Clams and that show also features Sheer Mag and PMS & the Moodswings. Sold out but they will be taking limited CMJ badges/showpasses. Shopping will wrap up their tour with another NYC visit, playing that Palisades show on November 21 with Priests and Arm Candy (tickets).

All tour dates are listed below...

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Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest (aka Seattle's Will Toledo) has shared the lyric video for the sprawling "Times To Die," which is on his Matador Records debut, Teens of Style (out 10/30). You can watch it below.

As mentioned, Car Seat Headrest (which is a full band these days) will be here for CMJ and they're in the running for the 2015 Most Shows award with eight shows, including BrooklynVegan's free Friday (10/16) day party at Baby's All Right (full lineup announced soon). Here's CSH's busy CMJ schedule:

10/14 @ Pianos - 1:45pm (Culture Collide party)
10/14 @ Santos Party House - 9pm (NME party)
10/15 @ Cake Shop - 6:15pm (NYC Taper party)
10/15 @ Elvis Guesthouse - 11pm (Beggars party)
10/16 @ Baby's All Right - afternoon TBD (Brooklyn Vegan party)
10/16 @ Rough Trade - 8:15pm (Aquarium Drunkard party)
10/17 @ Pianos - 12:30pm (Bowery Presents party)
10/17 @ Space 98 - 3pm (Urban Outfitters party)
One of the newly added CMJ shows is Bowery Presents' annual Saturday day party at Pianos which also includes sets from The Lemon Twigs, Whitney, Methyl Ethel, Bayonne, Nico Yaryan, Aquilo, Mild High Club, Ben Abraham, Fraser A Gorman, Zachary Cale, and Hooton Tennis Club. That's a free show and flyer is below. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Car Seat Headrest share "Times to Die" lyric video, add even more CMJ shows ++ other tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher


Former Cloud Nothings guitarist Joe Boyer's band Chomp released a 7" this past spring, and this week they'll release a new tape called Bruise Control on Mirror Universe (pre-order). They don't quite have the pop smarts of Cloud Nothings, but if you dig that band's noise punk tendencies you might find something to like here too. The full stream of the tape premieres below.

The band is also playing CMJ. Here's what their schedule is looking like:

10/14 @ The Rock Shop w/ Eternal Summers, Savak, Bird Courage, Pinact
10/16 @ The Grand Victory w/The Membranes, Cinema Cinema, Les Bicyclettes Blanches
10/17 @ Cake Shop (Official Cake Shop CMJ show) w/Gemma, Expert Alterations, Eternal Summers, Solids, Garden of Elks
10/17 @ Aviv (Exploding in Sound/Ipsum CMJ show) w/ Cold Sweats, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Playboy Manbaby, Dirty Dishes, Nonsense, Magnet School, Solids, Crosss, Needs
Their only other show is a hometown gig in Cleveland before they head to CMJ. Full tour schedule and the tape stream below...

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As mentioned, BOYTOY have their record release party tonight (10/2) at Good Room. It's also the record release party for Brooklyn psych-rock outfit Savants whose debut album is out today. You can get a taste via the video for "Dream Machine" which stars onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown. Watch it below.

In addition to tonight's show, Savants are also playing CMJ, also at Good Room on October 13 with Tall Juan, Surfbort, Scholars, Worthless, Navy Gangs, Acid Dad, Casey Hopkins Duo, Gods and Watermelon Sugar. No advance tickets for that show as of now.

Continue reading "Brooklyn psych band Savants share "Dream Machine" video starring Alix Brown from new LP, playing tonight w/ BOYTOY "

by Andrew Sacher

Carb on Carb
Carb on Carb

Carb On Carb is the New Zealand duo of guitarist/vocalist Nicole Gaffney and drummer/vocalist James Stuteley. They put out their self-titled album earlier this year, which is a solid record of '90s-style emo/punk and often has a strong a feminist bent, as song titles like "The War On Men" and "Phenomenal Ladies" make pretty clear. It's a good album, especially for anyone with an affinity for Polyvinyl Records. You can stream the whole thing below and download a copy (name your price) at bandcamp.

Carb On Carb are currently on their first-ever US tour, which hits CMJ, The Fest, and more. Their CMJ show is the New Zealand showcase at Baby's All Right on 10/13 with Marlon Williams, Anthonie Tonnon and Lontalius. That's free with RSVP.

Carb on Carb play two NYC shows right before CMJ too. The first is a matinee at ABC No Rio on October 10 with Torch Runner, Archie Alone and Control (more info); and the second is Palisades on October 11 with PUNT, Talking Dog, Terrible Terrible and Oh, Oh, Ecstasy (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Marlon Williams, who's also on the New Zealand showcase, he just signed to Dead Oceans (Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent), and will put out a new album on the label in early 2016. Ahead of that, he released the single "Strange Things" this week. Video for that, and his tour dates (including a bunch of other CMJ shows), below.

Continue reading "Carb On Carb on US tour, playing New Zealand CMJ, The Fest, & more; Marlon Williams signed to Dead Oceans"

by Bill Pearis

J Fernandez

J. Fernandez has shared the video for "Between the Channels" which is from this year's fine, underrated Many Levels of Laughter. Jerzy Rose directed the video which follows a few social situations in slow motion. There's a haircut, cereal being eaten, nudes painted, a lot of crying, and one particularly sad shot of a stuffed panda toy lying face down in a corner. It all fits the melancholy vibe of Fernandez's song quite well. Check it out below.

You can catch J. Fernandez on tour with Detroit's Turn to Crime starting next week, and he'll be in NYC for CMJ, including the Inland Empire showcase at Cake Shop on October 16 with Turn to Crime, as well as The Gotobeds, Eaters, Tweens and Spray Paint (tickets); and Union Pool on October 17 with Tuff Sunshine, Christian Lee Hutson, Shana Falana and Stolen Jars.

All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "J. Fernandez shares "Between the Channels" video, touring with Turn to Crime, playing CMJ (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Dead Stars

Brooklyn trio Dead Stars just released a new 7" titled "Calm Punk," another fine, hooky example of their '90s indie rock worship/mastery, very much in the loud/quiet/loud mode. The b-side, "Get Thru" is more of slow-build anthemic ballad that still allows for requisite pedal-stomping. That song makes its premiere in this post and you can check it out below.

Dead Stars have a couple local shows coming up: tonight (10/2) at Shea Stadium with Kissing Is A Crime, Other Colors, and Wild Pink; and then for CMJ they'll play October 16 at The Gutter with Sharkmuffin, The Battery Electric, No Ice, Dinowalrus, Dentist and Black Flamingo. Flyers for both of those shows are below.

Continue reading "Dead Stars share "Get Thru" from new single, playing shows"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers

Eternal Summers have made a video for "The Roses," one of the prettiest songs on this year's Gold & Stone which I think is their best album yet. Using cloth swatches, animators Japhy Riddle, May Oskan, and Brendan Bellomo tell a charming tale of two lonely archers who meet in a fabric forrest. Eternal Summers consistently have superior music videos and this is no different. As for the song itself, singer/guitarist Nicole Yun tells us about "The Roses" perhaps surprising influences:

This was definitely the guilty pleasure song for us for quite a while, as we had to get comfortable with the fact that it was just so poppy! The working title was called "Jammy 3", the 3 being a reference to the fact that there was a very mild Third Eye Blind 90's radio tone to it that we all secretly enjoyed, and yet felt guilty about. As we worked it out, and especially as we arranged it in the studio, early Pablo Honey Radiohead influences (which I hoped would come through) were truly made a reality! It's definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album!
"The Roses" video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch below.

Like a lot of bands, Eternal Summers will be in NYC this month for CMJ and they've got five shows on their schedule currently:

WED Oct 14 @ Pianos (5:15 PM): Kanine Day party w/ Yung, Car Seat Headrest, Pinact, Oscar, Expert Alterations, Weaves, Beverly, Mercury Girls (Philly), Cheatahs, Wildhoney, Hin Du, Hockey Dad (FREE)
WED Oct 14 @ The Rock Shop (11 PM): International Rescue showcase w/ Chomp, SAVAK, Pinact, Bird Courage (tickets)
FRI Oct 16 - NY, NY @ Pianos (11 PM): The Deli showcase w/ Ohnomoon, Mild High Club, Weaves, Beverly, Diet Cig, Stolen Jars, Controller, The Fluids, Vundabar (tickets)
SAT Oct 17 - NY @ Cake Shop (day): Cake Shop day party w/ Solids, Gemma, Chomp, Expert Alterations, Garden of Elks (FREE)
SAT Oct 17 @ Knitting Factory (12 AM): Flower Booking showcase w/ The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Stealing Sheep, S, Lyla Foy (tickets)
The band are currently on tour in the UK with Surfer Blood. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers made an animated video for "The Roses," will be here for CMJ (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Protomartyr's third album, The Agent Intellect, is out next week via Hardly Art and you can stream it in its entirety right now via NPR First Listen. Building on the strengths of last year's Under Color of Official Right (my favorite LP of 2014), the band remain firing on all cylinders here. With a chassis (drummer Alex Leonard, bassist Scott Davidson) as precision as anything their Detroit hometown produced in its prime, the LP is a showcase for Greg Ahee's endlessly inventive guitar-playing and frontman Joe Casey's bleak, wry lyrical POV. Casey sings as much as he rants this time, which enlivens choruses of "I Forgive You," "Dope Cloud," "Clandestine Time" and the genuinely poignant "Ellen" (about Casey's mother who has Alzheimers). Is The Agent Intellect better than Under Color of Official Right? Why choose? Listen below.

As mentioned, Protomartyr will be in NYC for CMJ, playing four shows:

10/14 @ Santos Party House: NME Showcase w/ Perfect Pussy, Hooton Tennis Club, Downtown Boys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Yung, Nico Yaryan, Car Seat Headrest, Seratones, YAK (tickets)
10/15 @ Knitting Factory: Sub Pop showcase w/ Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S, Mass Gothic (tickets)
10/16 @ Rough Trade: Aquarium Drunkard showcase w/ Omni, Lemon Twigs, DRINKS, Yoko and the Oh No's, Mothers, Car Seat Headrest, Modern Vices (tickets)
10/17 @ Adhoc Carwash w/ Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, LVL UP, Downtown Boys, Pity Sex, Potty Mouth, Sheer Mag and Whitney (tickets)
Protomartyr are touring around CMJ as well, including a post-fest run with Amanda X. All dates are listed below.

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Oranges on a toy train

RX Bandits play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on October 22, one day before their Best Buy Theater show with Circa Survive and Citizen. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets to the Life on Agony show with Walls of Jerico show at Starland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the just-added second Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins and M. Ward show at the Beacon Theatre go on AmEx/Chase/fan/Bowery/local presale today at 11 AM. Night 1 is still on sale (same link).

Tickets to the Kate Nash CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom with Balthazar go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for Jack's show at Baby's (on sale Friday).

Tickets to the just-added third Okkerville River Black Sheep Boy show at Bowery Ballroom go AmEx presale today at noon.

Ticketsto the Will Butler show with Hearing Things and Jo Firestone show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the two Gogol Bordello shows at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Vince Staples show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the DJDS (fka DJ Dodger Stadium) show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to The Ocean Blue show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Levitation CMJ showcase at Rough Trade with Ringo Deathstarr, Shannon and the Clams, Whitney, Cheatahs, Stealing Sheep, Murals, and Cloud Castle Lake go on sale today at noon.

Vaults, Gilligan Moss, Steven A. Clark, Leikeli47, and No Wyld play the Paradigm / AM Only / Windish Presents CMJ showcase at Rough Trade on October 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

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photo: Kate Nash at Coachella in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kate Nash

British alt-pop singer Kate Nash doesn't appear to have a tour announced at the moment, but she'll make her return to NYC for a CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom on October 17th with Balthazar. It'll be her first NYC show in two years, and it's a much smaller one than the Terminal 5 gig she played in 2013. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (9/30) at noon, and CMJ badges will also be accepted.

Kate recently played the all-female-fronted festival Burger-A-Go-Go where past collaborator Kimya Dawson joined her for the Moldy Peaches tune "Anyone Else But You." Watch a video of that below...

Continue reading "Kate Nash announces CMJ show, covered "Anyone Else But You" with Kimya Dawson at Burger-A-Go-Go (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

Boys Life

Short-lived but influential '90s emo band Boys Life reunited this year and signed to Topshelf for a reissue of their 1996 album, Departures and Landfalls. The reissued album is out now and includes three previously unreleased songs. You can pick up a copy here.

As previously mentioned, the band is also going on a tour, which includes a few shows with other veteran emo musicians. One of those is Chicago's Bottom Lounge on 10/17 with Bob Nanna's band The City on Film and another is NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/21 with The Anniversary's Josh Berwanger. We're giving away tickets to both of those shows. Enter below.

In other Topshelf news, the label announced its annual FREE CMJ showcase, for October 15 at Shea Stadium. The lineup looks like this:

7:30 - Lizard Kisses
8:15 - Infinity Girl
9:00 - Clique
9:45 - Solids
10:30 - Wildhoney
11:15 - Donovan Wolfington
12:00 - Nai Harvest
You can listen to a Soundcloud playlist Topshelf put together of the lineup (along with a separate album stream from Clique, since they aren't on Soundcloud), below...

Continue reading "Boys Life's 'Departures & Landfalls' reissue is out now (win tix to Chicago & NYC) +++ Topshelf CMJ showcase announced"

by Bill Pearis

Spray Paint band

Spray Paint's new album Dopers is out this month (10/23) and the band have made a video for "Signal Master" which makes its premiere in this post. A barrage of quick shots filmed on tour and elsewhere, when matched with the song ("It's time to put the dog down" is its refrain), the whole thing takes on a twitchy nightmare vibe. Get the creeps below.

As mentioned, Spray Paint will be in NYC for CMJ and a couple of shows have been announced: Friday, October 16 at Cake Shop with The Gotobeds, J Fernandez, Turn to Crime and Eaters; and then later that night at Union Pool with PC Worship, Strange Wilds, and Lushes. Tickets for both of those CMJ shows are on sale now.

Spray Paint have other tour dates as well, including one at Bard College, and all are listed below.

Continue reading "Spray Paint share creepy "Signal Master" video from new LP, playing CMJ shows w/ The Gotobeds, J Fernandez & more"

Cloud Castle Lake
Cloud Castle Lake

As mentioned, Ringo Deathstarr's CMJ schedule includes a show at Rough Trade on October 17 which turns out to be this year's Levitation Fest showcase. It's a pretty killer bill that also includes Shannon and the Clams, Drinks (aka Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley), Mild High Club, Whitney (ex-Smith Westerns), Cheatahs, Stealing Sheep, Louisville, KY's Murals, Irish trio Cloud Castle Lake, and California band Residuals. It's an early start (5:30 PM doors) and tickets go on sale Wednesday (9/30) at noon.

Cloud Castle Lake released the Dandelion EP in 2014 which drew comparisons to Sigur Ros and Radiohead and you can stream it, and this year's "Glacier" single, below. Their other CMJ shows include The Flat on October 14 (6:45 PM) with Her Royal Harness, Miya Folick and Avec Sands; and then a free show that same day (10/14) at The Delancey which is an all-Irish lineup with Fang Club, Sleep Thieves, Ham Sandwich and Le Galaxie.

Continue reading "Shannon & the Clams, Drinks, Mild High Club, Whitney, Cloud Castle Lake & more playing Levitation CMJ showcase"

by Bill Pearis

Heaven's Gate

Brooklyn band Heaven's Gate are back with their second album, Woman at Night, which was released today (9/25) via Dull Tools. Like on their terrific debut album, the band whip together a variety of of noisy influences into their own whirlwind brand of rock that is aggressive, loud, tuneful, and cathartic. And in the case of "Amanda Berry" (about and sung from the POV of one of the three women held captive in Cleveland for a decade by Ariel Castro) it's harrowing and powerful. The album works best listened to loud, so turn up the volume and stream it below.

Heaven's Gate will celebrate Woman at Night tonight (9/25) at Shea Stadium with Palberta, Sleepies and B Boys also on the bill. Flyer for the show is below.

They'll also play October 18 at Silent Barn which functions as an all-day CMJ hangover event and a Dull Tools showcase with Future Punx, Pill, Eaters, Beth Israel, Steep Leans, MPHO, Sneaks, Wall, Final Bloom, Justin Frye and Order of Operations. That show starts at 3 PM and is $5 before 5 PM, $8 before 8 PM and $10 after 10 PM. Flyer is below. A couple days later, Heaven's Gate play Alphaville on October 20 with Buck Gooter, Lushes and Jellowood/Meth Biker (members of Guerilla Toss and PC Worship).

Continue reading "Heaven's Gate released new LP 'Woman at Night,' celebrating tonight, playing CMJ hangover show w/ Future Punx & Eaters"

by Bill Pearis


Montreal band Chocolat released their third album, Tss Tss, last year -- a terrific slab of psych/prog that broke through the French language barrier into the astral plane. It didn't get much attention below the Canadian border, but if you dig this sort of trip and aren't scared of a little un-deux-trois-quatre!, you should really give it a spin, and can do so below.

Chocolat will be in NYC for CMJ, including the annual M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery which happens Friday, October 16 with Elliot Maginot, Look Vibrant, Nancy Pants, The Muscadettes and Solids.

Before that, Chocolat will play Jesse Malin's new place Berlin on October 15 with Mild High Club, Heaters (who play NYC tonight), and Worthless. They will also play Cake Shop on October 17 with Solids, Chomp (ex-Cloud Nothings), Eternal Summers, and Expert Alterations.

Continue reading "Canadian psych band Chocolat playing CMJ including M for Montreal showcase w/ Solids & more"

by Bill Pearis

Hockey Dad

Hailing from Wollongong, Australia, duo Hockey Dad released their debut EP last year, five songs overdriven earworm pop. Just barely out of high school, they toured with fellow Aussies DZ Deathrays and have an infectious new single "Can't Have Them" out now, and will release their debut LP in 2016. You can watch the video for "Can't Have Them" and check out the EP, below.

Hockey Dad will be making their first trip to the States to play CMJ next month. Shows announced so far include a free Kanine/Dr. Martens day party at Pianos on Wednesday, October 14 with Yung, Car Seat Headrest, Pinact, Oscar, Expert Alterations, Weaves, Beverly, Mercury Girls (Philly), Cheatahs, Wildhoney, Hin Du, Eternal Summers and Shopping, plus Kip from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin from Literature/Mercury Girls, Paulie (Newtown Radio), and the person writing this post as DJs in the front room. Flyer is below.

Then Hockey Dad play later Wednesday night at Cake Shop for the SEASAC showcase with Hooton Tennis Club, Expert Alterations, Kim Logan, These Reigning Days, and Slum Sociable. More shows for Hockey Dad may be announced as we get closer to CMJ.

Continue reading "Australian duo Hockey Dad released EP & new single (listen), playing CMJ including shows w/ Cheatahs, Beverly & more"

by Bill Pearis

Ringo Deathstarr

Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr will release their fifth album, Pure Mood, on November 20 via Club AC30. It's their biggest-sounding album yet as you can hear from soaring first single "Guilt." Listen below.

Ringo Deathstarr will be on tour this fall, hitting NYC during CMJ. They've currently got three shows lined up:

Thu, Oct 15 @ Alphaville w/ Dead Leaf Echo, Lazyeyes, Nailbiter, Vallens, Chastity and Beliefs
Fri, Oct 16 @ Black Bear (10:30 PM) w/ Good Morning, Soft Cough, Boosegumps, Pinact, Mumblr, Oso Oso
Sat, Oct 17 @ Rough Trade: Reverberation Appreciation Society showcase (lineup TBA)
All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ringo Deathstarr releasing 'Pure Mood' in November, share "Guilt," touring, playing CMJ"

Mass Gothic

Noel Heroux quietly put his band Hooray for Earth to bed (as in, to sleep with fishes) at the end of last year and is now making music under the name Mass Gothic. He also signed with Sub Pop, who will release his debut album sometime next year. Mass Gothic make their "official live debut" at the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 15 with Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, and S (tickets) but will "trainwreck some new music" tonight (9/24) at The Gutter with Philosophical Zombie and Garage Sail. That show is $5 at the door. Mass Gothic also play Cambridge, MA in October. All dates are listed below.

Tonight's Gutter show is being thrown by Killer Wail Records, the label run by Heroux and Jessica Zambri. (Zambri's solo album as Solvey came out on Killer Wail.) They'll be putting out Philosophical Zombie's debut album, Loneliness Is Blue And Not Blue, on November 7. You can check out the sludgy-but-poppy "Savage Mercy" from the album, below.

Continue reading "Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux is now Mass Gothic, signed to Sub Pop, playing The Gutter tonight ++ CMJ other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Soren Juul

Soren Juul used to go by the name Indians, but now he's just using his regular name. His first release as Soren Juul is a 3-song self-titled EP that came out earlier this month via 4AD. He hasn't changed up his style too much, which means he's still making lush dreamy pop. Check out all three tracks below.

Soren has dates coming up, including one show in NYC. It's a KEXP CMJ show happening October 19 at City Winery with a cool lineup all around: Joseph Arthur, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, and Kevin Devine. Tickets are on sale now. He also has shows supporting Julia Holter and his 4AD labelmates El VY, but not in NYC. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Kevin Devine, BrooklynVegan is presenting his upcoming December shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf). Tickets are currently on KD's artist presale, and the general on-sale starts Thursday (9/24) at noon.

Continue reading "Soren Juul (fka Indians) has a new EP on 4AD, playing shows, NYC w/ Joseph Arthur, Hamilton Leithauser & Kevin Devine"

by Andrew Sacher

Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos already has some CMJ shows coming up, and now she announced that in November she'll tour with All Dogs. That tour includes a NYC show on November 22 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (9/25) at noon. All dates, including Frankie's current CMJ schedule, are listed below.

The show will be a release party for Frankie's new four-song EP, Fit Me In, which comes out November 13 via Bayonet. She made it with frequent collaborator/Porches frontman Aaron Maine and the first official single is "Sand," which is a little more danceable than her last album and kinda feels like half a song. You can listen below.

All Dogs' debut album Kicking Every Day is out now on Salinas.

Continue reading "Frankie Cosmos releasing new EP, touring with All Dogs after CMJ (dates, song stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Monika CMJ

Greek artist Monika releases her new album, Secret in the Dark, next Friday (10/2). As mentioned, it was produced by Homer Steinweiss of The Dap-Kings & Menahan Street Band, features a lot of the Daptone players. It's a great sounding record, as you might expect from that talent pool, though don't expect classic soul. The album runs the sonic gammut from '70s style disco to modern pop with some really nice production touches. For example, "Babyboy" is a funky, midtempo groover leavened by a great string arrangement. You can stream that below.

Monika is playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on October 8 (tickets) and will be sticking around the next week for CMJ with three shows:

10/15 @ The Living Room (details TBA)
10/16 @ Berlin - (8:10 PM, more details TBA)
10/17 @ Cameo Gallery - CMJ (10:40 PM) with Beverly, Lena Fayre. Prettiots, Von Sell, T0W3RS, DJ Alex Winston (tickets)
All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the Cameo show and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Monika shares "Babyboy" from new album, playing CMJ shows, including one with Beverly (dates)"


CMJ is less than a month away and the fest have just released the schedule, which you can peruse by time or venue. There's also a free mobile app that can be downloaded via iTunes or Google Play. A few new additions to the 2015 lineup have been announced. Empress Of, who just played Music Hall of Williamsburg and Pop Montreal, has been added to the Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 (tickets). Other newly-added artists include Jessica Lee Mayfield, Kaitlyn, LACED, Oberhofer, PC Worship, Wet, and the sold-out Dungen/Quilt show at Baby's (which we figured was a CMJ show already). CMJ is selling showpasses ($149) again this year, which is like a badge but you don't have access to the industry side of the festival. Like badges, entry into official shows is based on capacity.

Speaking of Baby's, they'll be serving late night breakfast during CMJ from Tuesday (10/13) through Saturday (10/17). Details are still TBA. BrooklynVegan will be spending a lot of time at Baby's during CMJ with an official showcase on Wednesday and free day parties on Friday and Saturday.

Rough Trade, meanwhile, has been designated as the "official Brooklyn hang spot" for CMJ and you can get 10% off select merch with your badge.