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Caveman at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Caveman

As you probably know by now, CMJ starts today, and local indie pop band Caveman are doing a number of shows for it this year, and all of them (at least what's currently announced) are free.

The band will start their CMJ run today (10/15) at Rockwood Music Hall for a Communion-presented show with U.S. Royalty, Tor Miller, and Duologue. The show's totally free. Set times below.

They play another Communion show on Friday (10/18) at Henry, A Liquor Bar (356 W 58 St). This one's an all-acoustic show, and features stripped down sets from Caveman, along with Bad Suns and James Bay. Also free, and RSVP is open now. Caveman's on at 8:30 PM, and the full schedule is below.

Then, they'll play a free Bowery Presents showcase that next day (10/19) at Pianos with Drowners, Clear Plastic Masks, Landshapes, Eagulls, Bear Mountain, Spires, Most Thieves, Kodaline, Jacco Gardner, and Kan Wakan.

And then finally they'll play a Wild Honey Pie showcase at Cameo on Saturday (10/19) with Empress Of, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave, Hockey, Little Daylight, TV Girl, Belle Mare, Highs, Wilsen, How Sad, and Deidre & The Dark. Free tickets are available.

All dates are listed, along with show flyers, schedules, and a video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Preatures
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Holy crap there are a lot of Australian bands playing CMJ 2013. And almost all of them will be at the annual Aussie BBQ, which happens at The Delancey all day and night Saturday (10/19). It's free and open to the public with over 30 acts playing. The show features some bands we've already told you about: Courtney Barnett, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, sludgy garage rockers Reptiles, and WIM who are based in NYC at the moment.

That still leaves most of the line-up which is all over the map, sound-wise. You can check out nearly all of them via a Spotify playlist for easy perusal. The whole schedule is listed below, but here's a few highlights.

Including the Aussie BBQ, Courtney Barnett is playing a whopping eight shows this week. That includes the free BrooklynVegan party on Saturday at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right. (We'll be announcing the whole line-up soon.) As Andrew Sacher wrote previously, she makes the "kind of post-'90s lo-fi that we've heard from, well, most bands who classify as indie rock in the past some-odd years. She even tags herself on bandcamp as "slacker." But what sets her apart from the mass of samey slacker rock bands is she's got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s." All here CMJ dates:

Tue 10/15/13 Pianos
Wed 10/16/13 Mercury Lounge
Wed 10/16/13 Glasslands
Thu 10/17/13 Mercury Lounge
Fri 10/18/13 Pianos New York
Fri 10/18/13 285 Kent Ave
Sat 10/19/13 Baby's All Right
Sat 10/19/13 The Delancey
The Preatures make slightly countryish pop-rock and comparisons to Haim have been flying around. They're a little more rock (in a Strokes kinda way) than Haim, but their songs are pretty hooky. They're playing four shows total while here, starting Wednesday (10/16) at Bowery Hotel as part of the School Night party (free with RSVP). They'll also play Santos on Thursday (10/17) and the Planetary day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19).

Bored Nothing
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Bored Nothing are from Melbourne and work in hazy, swirling guitars and somewhat mopey/angsty vocals. Their self-titled album from this year is pretty good. You can also catch them tonight (10/15) at Pianos with Courtney Barnett, Total Slacker, High Highs, Saint Rich, Spires, Palehound and more. It's only $5 at the door and free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge). Flyer with all the bands is below.

Oh Mercy, also from Melbourne, make understated dusty boots rock. 2011's Great Barrier Grief is a nice laid-back listen (it's on Spotify). They also play Friday at Lit Lounge (11 PM).

Cub Sport
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On the synthy tip, there's Brisbane's Cub Sport who make "whoa-oh" effervescent style dance pop. Light as a breeze, but undeniably catchy stuff. If you're free this afternoon, you have two chances to see them on Ludlow St. They play Pianos at 2:40 PM, and then they play Cake Shop at 5 PM. They'll also play KEXP at Judson Memorial Church on Wednesday (10/16, noon), and then Union Pool on Friday (10/18, 7:40 PM).

Today's Cake Shop show is actually an all-Aussie line-up with Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, and Gossling. It's free.

One note, hirsute novelty rockers The Beards were supposed to be at CMJ (and open the Aussie BBQ at 2 PM) but their visas didn't come through in time.

Not playing the Aussie BBQ is Kirin J. Callinan whose debut album, Embracism, came out earlier this year. (He played one of our CMJ parties last year.) Luckily he is playing other shows, a ton of them, including three tonight:

Tues, Oct 15 The Standard East (7:30pm) Annie O Showcase
Tues, Oct 15 Music Hall Of Williamsburg (9pm)
Tues, Oct 15 Cameo (11pm)
Thur, Oct 17 Bowery Electric (4:45pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Baby's All Right (9:30pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Secret Project Robot
Sat, Oct 19 Death By Audio (9pm)
His live show is intense, catch him if you can.

Aussie BBQ line-up and schedule, that Spotify playlist and a few flyers, below...

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PSB

Somewhat mysterious UK duo Public Service Broadcasting will be making their US debut during CMJ this week. Their only show (as far as we can tell) will be at The Delancey on Thursday (10/17) at midnight.

The group's debut record Inform - Educate - Entertain was released in the UK in May and will come out in the US on November 19 (it's already streaming on Spotify though). The album pairs driving post-rock instrumentals with audio clips taken from "archive material from the BFI [British Film Institute] and [French film library] StudioCanal along with classic American public information films." The result is pretty propulsive stuff, recommended if you like bands such as Maserati, the Books, old educational films, or '80s cut-and-paste stuff like Art of Noise or Paul Hardcastle. Stream a few tracks below.

As for their identities, a press release calls them "J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth." Their live shows in the UK sometimes involve a wall of old televisions with projections from some of those old BFI films and other vintage footage. You can get a feel for that in their many music videos, two of which ("Signal 30" and "Night Mail") are watchable below. As to what to expect from their NYC debut? They say: "Thrills. Spills. Excitement. Corduroy."

Videos and streams below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Saintseneca

Ohio's Saintseneca feature a member of The Sidekicks and a member of All Dogs, but it's not some side project; just a couple musicians from other bands taking time to help main guy Zac Little with his main project. Zac's nasally voice and stripped down songwriting could probably pass as folk punk, but the collective he surrounds himself with adds layers of dense, post-Arcade Fire arrangements that make Saintseneca a bit more epic than their DIY roots suggest. Their 2011 debut LP, Last, was a great, if somewhat overlooked example of this, but its followup, Dark Arc (due out in March 2014 via ANTI-), is already seeming like it's going to further cement it. The album's first single, "Uppercutter" (which just came out on 7" vinyl today), is maybe their strongest track yet, and you can watch the video for it (via Stereogum) below.

Saintseneca were last in NYC to play Death by Audio in June, and their current tour brings them back for CMJ this week. Their only currently-announced show happens on Friday (10/18) at Cake Shop. They're on first at 7:30 PM, followed by Holy Esque, Like Swimming, Gang of Youths, Eros and the Eschaton, and Vadoinmessico.

All dates are listed, along with that video, below...

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Savages at ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Savages

At last year's CMJ, Savages won everyone over with their intense live show, and this time around they're back, but not as some buzz band. The British post-punks play one of CMJ's largest shows, headlining Terminal 5 on Wednesday (10/16) with Duke Garwood (known for collaborations with Mark Lanegan, who coincidentally plays NYC tonight). Tickets for the show are still available, some CMJ badges will be accepted at the door, and we're also giving away a pair of tickets.

Contest details, along with the updated list of dates and a video, below...

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Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Potty Mouth

As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.

Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...

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Blind Boys of Alabama @ ACL Fest 10/11/2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Blind Boys of Alabama, whose new Justin Vernon-produced album is out now, just played Austin's ACL Music Festival on Friday (10/11) and their fall tour will hit NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on October 26 opening for Black Crowes. Tickets are still available.

But if you'd like to see them in NYC somewhere, sooner, smaller (much, much smaller), and for free, Blind Boys of Alabama will be here for CMJ and their only scheduled appearance is Friday (10/18) at Pianos (!!) as part of the Planetary Group day party that also features Courtney Barnett, TOPS, and more. The show is free but you do need to RSVP to attend. BBoA are on at 4PM and the full lineup/schedule is below.

The groups' new album, I'll Find a A Way, features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can stream it via Spotify. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Blind Boys of Alabama released new LP, playing free CMJ show at Pianos (updated dates, LP stream)"

by Doug Moore

Hells Headbangers's Blake Judd shirt
Blake Judd shirt

If you're following metal news at all right now, you've no doubt heard about Blake Judd of Nachtmystium's recent legal problems. Judd was arrested on October 5 on theft charges; though he's only being charged with misdemeanor theft of less than $500 worth of property, his bail has been set for $25,000. Not exactly chump change for the black metal milieu.

This development was no doubt troubling for Metal Insider, whose CMJ showcase at Europa on 10/16 featured Nachtmystium as the headlining band. Earlier today, Metal Insider announced that Judd's court date has been moved to November 1, thereby ensuring that he will not be out of jail in time to play the showcase. (Nachtmystium's 10/15 date in Columbus, OH is no doubt canceled as well.) Condolences, guys.

The Metal Insider showcase is going down regardless, and the lineup remains strong; Byzantine are now headlining, with Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, and Vatnett Viskar in support. Both Black Anvil and Ramming Speed made CMJ's rundown of must-see metal bands at this year's festivities, as did Pelican, who are headlining both nights of the Invisible Oranges's CMJ showcase. You can get tickets to the Metal Insider show here and the IO showcases here.

In the meantime, Judd's public stock continues to plummet. His reputation of stiffing people on merch orders and playing fast and loose with other people's money in general has become a subject of popular discussion. Worse (better?) yet, one of the many folks he has crossed over the years has taken it upon himself to print a limited run of anti-Judd t-shirts, which you can see above. In case you're not enough of a metal nerd to catch it, these shirts are parodies of the slain Mayhem guitarist Euronymous's logo for his own Deathlike Silence label. Seriously, buy one; these things will sell for a major mark-up on Ebay in a few years.

by Andrew Sacher

The Range

We recently discussed some of the hip hop at CMJ, and now here's a breakdown of some of the electronic music.

On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.

Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.

Also on Friday at Glasslands, Disclosure's pal Tourist makes his US debut. Since we last spoke, Figgy and Real Magic were added to the bill, and tickets are still available.

Real Magic, who we profiled when he played CMJ 2011, finally released his debut LP this year, and also plays other CMJ shows.

As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.

Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.

And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.

On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.

Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.

Kelela

Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).

All mentioned streams and few others below...

Continue reading "electronic music at CMJ: The Range, Ejecta, Lee Bannon, Just Blaze, Kelela, Com Truise, Blue Sky Black Death & more"

10/18 Brooklyn 10/19 - "Prizes for Best Costumes!" (photo by PSquared)
Reflektors

Hopefully this poster we just found in Red Hook, not far from one of the new Banksys and where the Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary Fest is taking place, isn't fake! Maybe start thinking about your formal attire or costume just in case.

If it's true, that will be at least three Arcade Fire performances in NYC in less than a month because they're confirmed to play the YouTube Awards. They were also just in NYC for SNL and might be back now for tonight's "Her" premiere.

Arcade Fire's new album "Reflektor" is out October 29, the same day The Reflektors release "Reflektor". They just released another teaser called "Awful Sound" too, which you can watch below...

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by Bill Pearis

weaves

Toronto's Weaves are a pretty new band -- they formed this year -- though singer Jasmyn Burke fronted Rattail who toured a lot with bands like Makeout Videotape (Mac Demarco), Phedre, and Hooded Fang. This new venture is with Morgan Waters (who was a child actor on the CBC) and have released two singles so far -- "Motorcycle" earlier this year and "Take A Dip," the video of which we're premiering in this post. The song crashes into existence with a big rock riff, but then settles into a groove were Burke's vocals take command. As for the video, there seems to be some sort of religious sacrament going on, I'll leave it to you to interpret.

Weaves will be in NYC next week for CMJ. They're playing the Force Field showcase at Baby's All Right on Tuesday (10/15) with Joanna Gruesome, The History of Apple Pie, Free Time, Body Parts and Celestial Shore; and they'll also play Santos Party House on next Friday (10/18) with fellow Torontonians Odonis Odonis and HSY, plus Saul Williams w/ Dragons of Zynth, Rey Pila and Victory (tickets).

Video and a couple other streams/videos below...

Continue reading "Toronto band Weaves released a new single/video, playing CMJ (dates & streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Heavenly Beat

Onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Pena will release Prominence, his second album as Heavenly Beat, next week (10/15) via Captured Tracks. Much like his first record, with lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats and whispered vocals, Prominence could pass for genuine turn-of-the-millenium Scandinavian indiepop (think Kings of Convenience or The Embassy). The production and arrangements are better this time, however, and make for an enjoyably featherlight listen. I like it a lot. You can stream the LP's single, "Complete," below and listen to the whole album over at EW.

Being based here in Brooklyn, it should come as no surprise that Heavenly Beat (which is a full band, live) will be playing some shows at CMJ. He'll play the Cascine showcase on Thursday (10/17) at Cameo (9:40 PM) which also features Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Rush Midnight and North Americans (tickets). They'll also play Friday (10/18) at Fontanas as part of a bill that includes Ice Choir, Cities Aviv, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Calvin Love, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort and Bright Future. Those are both pretty well-curated line-ups, and chances are if you like Heavenly Beat you'll have interest in a number of the other bands.

Heavenly Beat will also play a free day show at Spike Hill on October 19 with Dead Leaf Echo, Heliotropes, United Ghosts, and Black Books. And if you want to see them outside of CMJ, HB play Glasslands on October 24 with Color Film and Crush Distance (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with a couple Prominence track streams, below...

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San Fermin at LPR in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
San Fermin

Brooklyn chamber pop collective San Fermin (the project of Nico Muhly associate Ellis Ludwig-Leone) recently celebrated their self titled debut LP (out now via Downtown) with a release show at LPR, and they've now announced a full tour in support of the record. The new tour doesn't include any NYC dates, but the band will play a hometown gig later in the year on December 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

On San Fermin's album, vocal harmonies are handled by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn's Lucius (who have also collaborated with Wilco). Lucius also announced a tour that includes a hometown show happening on December 7 at Bowery Ballroom with Kingsley Flood. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They also play a free WFUV-presented CMJ show at Rockwood Music Hall on 10/15 with Saint Rich, James Bay and Claire.

All dates for both tours are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

TV Girl

LA snarky samplers TV Girl released their most recent EP, Lonely Women, over the summer, five bitter pills with sugar coating for easy pop consumption. They just made a video for lead track "She Smokes in Bed" which stars an anthropomorphic, aerobicizing cigarette. We've got the premiere of that which can be viewed below.

TV Girl are making their first-ever trip to NYC next week for CMJ and with five shows on their docket currently:

10/16 - New York, NY @ Tammany Hall (1:00 AM)
10/17 - New York, NY @ Pianos (5:00 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/18 - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge (8:45 PM)
10/19 - New York, NY @ Rockwood (1:50 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo (5:20 PM, FREE DAY SHOW)
Those shows, with full band line-ups (where available) are listed, along with the video premiere, another video and EP stream, below...

Continue reading "TV Girl made a new video, playing CMJ (dates, streams)"

by Wyatt Marshall

King Dude

Americana-tinged neo-folkie King Dude will be playing Union Pool on 10/19 with SISU, Weeknight and Zig Zags as part of the Inland Empire CMJ Showcase. Since we posted about that, KD haas announced a few more dates around the fest, including one just after Saint Vitus on 10/20 with Scout Pare-Phillips, Dreadlords as well as a DJ set from Ryan Martin Tickets to both of that and the Union Pool show are still available.

We've got a third option too: King Dude is also playing the Brooklyn Vegan Day party on Saturday, October 19 at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right. Their set is at 3 PM and we'll be announcing the rest of the line-up soon. Not in NYC? King Dude will be playing a couple of shows surrounding the New York dates. Those are listed below.

Meanwhile, King Dude recently released a split 7" with beer-obsessed black metal band Urfaust, and the Dude just put out another 7" on the first of the month titled Born In Blood comprised of two older songs that have been rearranged and re-recorded.

Stream Born in Blood and check out more King Dude dates below...

Continue reading "King Dude released new singles, adds NYC shows during CMJ, including a BV day party (updated dates, stream)"

FADER Fort

FADER Fort is returning to NYC for CMJ this year, and will be at small Brooklyn recording studio / performance space Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. The full lineup and schedule hasn't been revealed yet, but so far FADER has announced that Travi$ Scott, The Internet, Kelela, Glasser and The Bots will be there. The full lineup will be posted on Monday (10/14). As always, FADER Fort is totally free but you need to RSVP, which is open now.

If you can't make it to the show(s), you can stream them live on TheFADER.com, powered by Dell.

Flyer with more info below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pusha T
Pusha T

Pusha T spent most of the '00s as one half of respected hip hop duo Clipse, and more recently he's struck out on his own, releasing multiple mixtapes, and becoming a frequent Kanye collaborator. This week (10/8), he finally put out his first official solo album, My Name Is My Name, which was produced almost entirely (and executive produced) by Kanye West. You can hear hints of Yeezus in the production, but while 'Ye used his own record to see how far he could push the boundaries of hip hop, for this one he keeps his beautiful dark twisted fantasies within the classicist realm of the genre. 2 Chainz and Big Sean, who are becoming the dynamic duo of goofy guest verses, show up to lighten the mood on "Who I Am," The-Dream gives Pusha a dose of PBR&B (sorry) on "40 Acres," and Kendrick Lamar appears in characteristic game-murdering mode on what may be the album's best track, "Nosetalgia." You can watch the video for "Nostetalgia" (via NPR), along with a full stream of the album (via Myspace), below.

Pusha T is about to go on a UK tour with collaborators Chase & Status, but before that he'll play a couple US dates, including NPR's CMJ showcase, which happens on October 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. The rest of the lineup is stacked, including Syrian pop star Omar Souleyman (who has a new Four Tet-produced album on the way), NYC pop duo Cults (who have other shows too), and a DJ set from A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad (who also DJed last year's NPR CMJ showcase). The show is free with RSVP, which opens today (10/10). Check @NPRHipHop and @NPRMusic for updates. If you can't make it, you can also watch the live stream on NPR Music.

All Pusha T dates are listed, along with the video and LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Pusha T released 'My Name Is My Name,' touring, playing NPR CMJ showcase w/ Omar Souleyman & Cults (dates, LP stream)"

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse will be in NYC next week for CMJ, opening for Lee Fields & the Expressions at Webster Hall on October 18. It's an early show, Nick's on at 6:30 PM and tickets are still available. The day before that (10/17) he'll be at the MOSCOT store on the Lower East Side for a solo set. He's on at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP.

After the Lee Fields show, Nick is sticking around NYC for a special CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 19. Nick will be the Guest Selector for the evening, and guest judges include Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls). Tickets are on sale now and you can also get in with your CMJ badge.

The Bongos @ Maxwell's final night (more by Ken Bachor)
Bongos

Hoboken scene vets The Bongos reunited for Maxwell's final night as a club and have kept going. The band's "lost" album, Phantom Train, finally saw release last week (10/1) after nearly two decades of half completion. Frontman Richard Barone talked with NJ.com about it:

"There was a lot of very time-consuming work that had to be done to listen to all those different takes and none of us had the time to do it back then," he said. So weeks became months, and months became years, And the years stretched into decades without Phantom Train ever being finished.

Barone finally found the impetus to complete the project when old friend Marty Scott announced that he wanted to restart his old label Jem Records (which had released Drums Along The Hudson in the U.S.)

"It really took a lot of time," Barone explained. "First those old tapes had to be baked in a convection oven so they wouldn't fall apart. The companies that made recording tape in the old days did the right thing for the environment by leaving out certain chemicals but what they did was bad for the longevity of the tape itself. Once the tapes had been baked, I was able to transfer them all to digital and then get to the process of mixing everything down."

You can stream a few tracks from Phantom Train below.

With the new album out, The Bongos plan on continue to play shows. They'll be at CMJ next week, playing The Living Room on October 15. Their set is at 8 PM and the other bands playing that showcase are Quiet Company, Black Boys, Popular Culture, and my education. Tickets are on sale, or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge or Evening Showcase Pass if you have one of those.

Streams below...

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by Bill Pearis

Eagulls

UK band Eagulls will be in NYC next week for CMJ and we already knew they were playing the free Kanine/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 and an evening showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 18 (sold out, but some badges will be accepted).

The band have added a few more shows while here: they'll play the NME showcase on October 16 at Glasslands with Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Courtney Barnett, and Theo Verney (tickets); and the Bowery Presents day party on October 19 at Pianos (line-up TBA). They're also playing one of BrooklynVegan's CMJ-week shows too, more on that very soon. All Eagulls CMJ dates -- with set times and full show line-ups where available -- are listed below.

Meanwhile, Eagulls have released the b-side to their new UK 7" which is a cover of Killing Joke's "Requiem." You can check out the video for the killer a-side, "Nerve Endings," below as well.

Continue reading "Eagulls share Killing Joke cover, add CMJ shows including BV party (dates, stream)"

by Doug Moore

Pelican at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pelican

Pelican will be busy for the next few weeks. As you're already no doubt aware, they'll be playing Invisible Oranges's CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/17 and 10/18, along with Ringworm, Sannhet, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Wreck & Reference, and a host of others. (Tickets for both nights are still available; get them before they're gone.) Pelican also have an ensuing run of dates in November afterwards, which you can check out below.

They're also about to spend a lot of time packing CDs and LPs into boxes, because they've started a preorder for their new full-length, Forever Becoming. The whole album is currently streaming over at Pitchfork, and it makes a strong sales pitch for itself. Pelican have drifted on and off my radar over the years, but this album is the heaviest and most vital they've sounded since they broke through with The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw in 2005. It's worth your time.

All Pellican dates are listed, along with three Forever Becoming jams and an IO-debuted music video, below.

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by Bill Pearis

TOPS
TOPS

Our friends at M for Montreal will be down for CMJ again for their showcase which, as in years past, happens at Arlene's Grocery on October 18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A and Foxtrott. Tickets are $10 at the door, or you can get in with a CMJ badge or Evening Showcase Pass (based on capacity, of course).

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who formed in Montreal but now reside in Toronto, are probably the best-known band on the bill, and will release their new album, UZU, on October 29. The multi-hyphenate band are better known for their theatrical live shows which you should witness if you can. They're on late at 1 AM. UPDATE: YT//ST are now playing at 10 PM. They play 285 Kent at 1 AM later that night (see below).

YT//ST are also playing at least two other shows during CMJ: the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on October 16 with Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, U.S. GIrls, Slim Twig, and Arp (tickets); and the unofficial Pitchfork show with Speedy Ortiz, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett (tickets). (Currently both P4K and M have Y//ST's settimes as 1 AM, some shifting will likely happen at Arlene's.) After CMJ, they'll play Basilica Hudson on Halloween, which sounds like a pretty good time, too.

TOPS played CMJ last year and are working on the follow-up to 2012's Tender Opposites which came out on Arbutus Records (Grimes, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii). You can stream that, in all it's lite R&B indiepop splendour, below.

It's been almost two years since Pat Jordache last played NYC and they've undergone a somewhat radical reinvention since then into dark postpunk territory, though not your average influences, pulling from Jah Wobble style dub, and mid-'80s 4AD (to my ears at least). You can stream their three digital singles from this year below ("O.M.O." is excellent). You can also catch Pat Jordache at Silent Barn on October 17 with CAMP (who also play the M showcase) and Chicago's J Fernandez. More info on that show here.

Pat also plays in CAMP, who share a similar vibe, with some slinky funk -- complete with '80s-style watery bass, -- on their track "Little Boy Blue," which reminds me of, um, Kajagoogoo. (In a good way? Maybe Japan is a more palatable comparison.) You can stream it below.

Kandle is Kandle Osborne whose father, Ben, is the singer of long-running extremely popular (in Canada) Canadian band 54-40. Sam Golberg of Broken Social Scene produced her debut EP (streamable below) and plays in her live band.

A K U A spent time recently as one of Solange's backup singers and, recently, has been collaborating with Twin Shadow drummer Andy Bauer, the results of which can be heard on this year's One's Company EP, which you can stream some of below.

Foxtrott
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As for Foxtrott, that is the name Marie-Hélène L. Delorme records under. Her music is definitely dance pop but don't look to compare her to other one-named Montreal singers -- it draws from a variety of global influences and is pretty good. Judge for yourself: a few tracks are streamable below.

As M for Montreal has done every year, the night starts off with a "poutine party" that is free and open to the public. During that time (5 - 7 PM) there are a couple Francophone acts playing, Quebec city rapper Webster and VioleTT Pi.

Song streams, videos, and the M for Montreal showcase schedule below...

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Deniro Farrar at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Deniro Farrar

The hip hop CMJ show announcements keep coming. Noisey is throwing one of their Rap Parties on Wednesday, October 16 at Santos Party House with Vic Mensa, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, World's Fair, Deniro Farrar (who also plays SOB's a day earlier), Key!, Bryant Dope, The Kid Daytona, Eddie B, Illclinton, and DJ Meka (of 2dopeboyz). The show is totally free but RSVP is required.

As discussed, sooner than that, Noisey does another Rap Party at Santos this Wednesday (10/9), which is the NYC stop on Black Milk's tour and also includes The Doppelgangaz (who play that same SOB's show as Deniro Farrar), Black Dave, Quelle, and DJ Sober. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meanwhile, Meka also DJs the Duck Down CMJ showcase, which happens on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, and Cory Mo (tickets).

Flyer for Noisey's CMJ show below...

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by Bill Pearis

Joanna Gruesome

We mentioned that noisy Welsh pop act Joanna Gruesome are coming over to NYC next week for CMJ, and at the time we knew of two day shows: Pianos on October 16 and The Rock Shop on October 19. Since then, the band have officially come in the running for this year's Most Shows During CMJ Award, with nine eight appearances listed now, including the Pitchfork unofficial show at 285 Kent on October 18. Here's the rundown, with times where available:

10/15 Brooklyn, NY - Ran Tea House (Force Field PR showcase)
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Kanine Records/SESAC party) - 3:30pm
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Old Flame Party) 7:45pm
10/17 New York, NY - Cakeshop (Capeshok Presents) midnight
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Portals Music) 9:00pm
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Pitchfork showcase) 11:15pm
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop (Lost Colony party) [day]
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (Agency Group showcase)
Joanna Gruesome, whose debut Weird Sister is a terrific example of non-wimpy indiepop, just released the video for one of the records' standout cuts, "Sugarcrush," which features some pretty cool animation (and a talking cheeseburger) by Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond. You can watch that below.

Full lineups of the shows mentioned, where available, are below too.

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Cults at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cults

Poppy NYC duo Cults are set to go on a fall tour that includes a hometown show on November 26 at Webster Hall (tickets), but sooner than that you can catch them at a much smaller show.

During CMJ, they'll headline a Conflict of Interest party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 15 with special guests TBA. It's a free show, as long as you either have a CMJ badge, or if you RSVP.

Cults' new album, Static, comes out the day of the Brooklyn Bowl show via Columbia, and you can now stream it in full on NPR. Updated dates are listed, along with the video for its track "High Road," below.

Since we last spoke, Atlanta dream pop band Mood Rings (whose debut LP, VPI Harmony, came out this year via Mexican Summer) were added, along with SACCO, as openers to Cults tour, including the Webster Hall show. This also means Mood Rings have dropped off the Cymbals Eat Guitars tour, which they were supposed to be on. That tour still hits NYC without Mood Rings on 11/23 at Knitting Factory with Grooms and Daniel James taking their place (tickets).

Mood Rings aren't on Cults' Brooklyn Bowl show, but they do have their own CMJ shows scheduled, including the Carpark/Mexican Summer/Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Happy Jawbone (tickets); the unofficial Newtown Radio party at Shea (10/16) with Canadian rapper Young Braised, plus Christines, Calvin Love, and Rose Quartz DJs; and a free show at Ace Hotel (10/17).

All Mood Rings dates are listed, along with the list of Cults dates and that video, below...

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