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Beach Fossils @ Baby's All Right 9/26/2014 (photo by @the_hideous)
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EMILY MCDERMOTT: So what are you working on at the moment?

DUSTIN PAYSEUR: I've been writing a new Beach Fossils album with the whole band, which is the first time we've all written together. A lot of the time we're not actually writing--we're just making horrible nu-metal jams--but we've also made a lot of progress. I get really bad writer's block when I'm stuck in my own head for too long, so working with everybody has been nice. I also have a project called Glass Bricks with my friend Rene, and it's inspired by industrial music, but more future-based instead of throwback. Then there's this sludgy noise band, Divorce Money, and another band, Laced, that's like punk music, but more slowed down and melodic. And I'm starting a record label with my wife! There's been a lot of shit going on, [but] working on everything helps me focus. If I only have one thing, it drives me completely insane. - [Interview]

Beach Fossils just wrapped up their tour with Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas, which kicked off with two sold-out nights at Baby's All Right. The band will play NYC again during CMJ at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, October 23 with Small Black, as well as Wardell and Fiance. The show, which is also the launch party for FLOOD magazine, is free if you RSVP now. At the door, tickets will be $12. CMJ badges will be accepted too.

The only other upcoming show on Beach Fossils' schedule is Washington, DC's Rock N Roll Hotel on November 7.

by Bill Pearis

Dune Rats
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There have been a lot of Australian acts on tour in North America lately and if you wished there were more -- like, a whole lot more -- and you'll be in NYC during CMJ, you're in luck, with over 30 bands and artists from Down Under playing the fest. Most of them you can see all in one place on one day at the annual Aussie BBQ which happens this year at The Delancey on October 25. It's a free show and bands include Luluc, Dune Rats, Bad//Dreems and about 27 other acts. You can check out a sampler featuring a song from each artist playing the Aussie BBQ, and well as the full schedule, below.

Brisbane's Dune Rats, who have gone from a duo to a trio in the last year, released their debut album over the summer. It's punky, party-friendly pop and you can stream it in full below. They've got a total of five CMJ shows, as of this post, while here:

Oct 21 @ Glasslands (NIGHT)
Oct 24 @ Pianos (5:30 PM) | Planetary Party FREE
Oct 24 @ Baby's All Right (NIGHT) |Panache CMJ Showcase at Baby's All Right New York, NY
Oct 25 @ Cake Shop (3:50 PM) | PANACHE/FLAVORPILL party
Oct 25 @ The Delancey (7:20 PM) | AUSSIE BBQ
The 10/21 Glasslands show is with Wampire, Cymbals, Spires and Casual Sex and tickets are on sale now. All Dune Rats dates are listed below.

Melbourne/Brooklyn duo Luluc put out Passerby over the summer on Sub Pop and you can stream that in full via Rdio. And if you like their album, there are a lot of bands playing the Aussie BBQ who fit in a similar indie-folkpop style. In addition to the BBQ, Luluc are playing the Sub Pop CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 23 (tickets) and before that will open for J Mascis at Bowery Ballroom on October 17 (sold out). All Luluc dates are listed below.

Adelaide's Bad//Dreems make guitar pop that skews a little more towards Aussie rock legends Hoodoo Gurus, with big choruses and and ringing guitars. The band have released a string of singles and EPs (no album yet) and you can stream some of those below. Bad//Dreems play four CMJ shows:

Oct 23 @ Drom (early evening, FREE)
Oct 23 @ Pianos New York, NY (12:30 AM, FREE) | Southern Exposure showcase
Oct 24 @ Pianos (2:10 PM, FREE) | Planetary CMJ Party
Oct 25 @ The Delancey (8 PM, FREE) Aussie BBQ
All Bad Dreems dates are listed, with the other bands' lists of dates and streams, below.

Continue reading "Dune Rats, Luluc, Bad//Dreems and many more playing free 2014 CMJ Aussie BBQ ++ other shows (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Wish

Toronto's Kyle Connolly has been making music under the Wish moniker for a while now, and just released hit debut album via Hand Drawn Dracula. It's fuzzy, hooky guitar pop not that far from Yuck (or, you know, Yo La Tengo) and features members of Beliefs, Decades and other helping him flesh out his creations. You can stream the new album in full and check out the kaleidoscopic video for "All the Time" below.

Wish will be on tour this month, playing NYC during CMJ at Palisades on October 22 which is the Hand Drawn Dracula showcase with Beliefs, Doomsquad, Lobby, The Dirty Nil, and Blonde Elvis also on the bill. Other CMJ dates may turn up, stay tuned. Meanwhile, all tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and new video, below...

Continue reading "Wish released debut album and new video, playing shows, including CMJ w/ Beliefs, Blonde Elvis & more (dates, streams)"

Fader Fort

The Fader Fort will be back at CMJ year, once again at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with free performances by bands and DJs (not to mention complimentary drinks). Lineups haven't been release yet but will include performances from Kindness, Ryn Weaver, Foxes in Fiction and Radiohead-sampling, King Krule-covering SZA collaborator Willow Smith (yes, daughter of Will). The shows are free and RSVP opens October 16.

The new Kindness album, Otherness, comes out next week (10/14) via Female Energy / Mom + Pop and features guest appearances by Robyn, Kelela, Dev Hynes and more. You can stream it at NPR and watch the video for "This Is Not About Us" below...

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Monomyth

Halifax, NS quartet Monomyth releaed their debut album, Saturnalia Regalia!, over the summer via Canadian label, Mint. I caught them while at Pop Montreal a couple weeks ago and was impressed:

Hailing from Halifax, NS and having all four members write and sing, I couldn't help but compare them a bit to Sloan. But Monomyth sound nothing like them though. Like Sloan, the styles of the songs vary wildly depending on who's singing (one of them clearly went through a jam band phase). But the songs are uniformly terrific, ranging from powerpop to warbly indiepop.
You can stream the album in full below. Monomyth will be heading to NYC for CMJ and as of this post have three shows on their schedule, all of which are free:
October 21 @ Pete's Candy Store (7:50 PM) | Riot Act Happy Hour Party

October 24 @ Cake Shop (1 PM) | Break Thru Radio Party

October 24 @ Pianos (4:50 PM) | Planetary Party

Those are Monomyth's only dates upcoming at the moment. Full line-ups and flyers for those parties are below. Also worth checking out Monomyth's video for LP track "Patsy" which, directed by Seth Smith, depicts a very weird wedding. It's creepy and funny and be sure to watch till the end (twist!). Note: the guy playing the father is Halifax scene legend Matthew Grimson. Watch it below.

Continue reading "Canadian band Monomyth released debut LP & video (stream), playing three free CMJ shows"

by Bill Pearis

Lydia Ainsworth

Lydia Ainsworth is based in Toronto these days but has spent time in both Montreal and New York City as a music student. It was while at NYU that she began delving into pop music. She spent two years working on her debut album, Right from Real, which was just released on Arbutus, home of Grimes. Being on the same label and also making electronic-y music, Ainsworth has gotten compared to Claire Boucher, but beyond superficial similarities, their music is pretty different. (Purity Ring is closer, as is, at times, Enya.) Right to Real shows off her composer / arranger skills (it's cinematic stuff), as well as her versatile voice. But you wouldn't put it on at a club -- though a couple songs are ripe for remixing. You can stream some of it below.

Ainsworth will be here for CMJ and she's currently got six shows lined up:

Thursday October 23rd @ Baby's All Right | Gorilla Vs. Bear showcase

Friday October 24th @ Pianos | Planetary Radio day party FREE

Friday October 24th @ Arlene's Grocery | M For Montreal showcase

Friday October 24th @ Glasslands | Popgun showcase

Saturday October 25th @ Death by Audio | Arbutus Records showcase

Sunday October 26th @ Babycastles | Cardinal PR day show

Lineups for the shows are listed below.

The M for Montreal show, their annual CMJ poutine party, also features Homeshake, The Posterz, Solids, Heat, Lisa Leblac, Vesuvio Solo, The Muscadettes and a l l i e. That's not the only show the M folks are doing this year. On Tuesday, October 21 at Baby's All Right at midnight (so technically 10/22 morning) M4M will throw a late-night party with Honey, Homeshake, Calvin Love, The Mystery Lights, and OJ Pimpson. It goes till the wee hours and is FREE.

Speaking of Arbutus, the Montreal label is also throwing a free day party with Cascine Records on October 25 at Wythe Hotel's rooftop Ides bar with DJ sets from TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Erika Spring, No Excuses, and Wildarms. Cascine and Arbutus will also have a special show on Newtown Radio on October 20 from 9 - 11 PM.

CMJ lineups for shows mentioned above, as well as flyers and Lydia Ainsworth's partial album stream, below.

Continue reading "Lydia Ainsworth released debut LP on Arbutus (streams), playing CMJ including M for Montreal & Arbutus showcases"

by Andrew Sacher

Rozwell Kid
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Rozwell Kid are about to kick off a tour supporting The World Is A Beautiful Place, and on November 18 they'll release their new album, Too Shabby, via Broken World Media, Derrick from The World Is' label. You can pre-order it now, and it will out digitally on Thursday (10/9) but first get a taste by listening to the full LP stream which premieres in this post. The album takes scrappy, catchy '90s-style indie rock, and injects it with Thin Lizzy-style guitar heroics. Take a listen for yourself, below.

Their tour with TWIABP (which also includes The Hotelier and Broken World labelmates Posture & the Grizzly) doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby on October 25 at The Space in Hamden, CT (tickets). All dates are listed below.

TWIABP said when the tour was first announced that they would be playing NYC though, and they've since been announced for CMJ. They'll play the FREE Topshelf/Washed Up Emo showcase happening October 24 at Cameo with Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse, Wildhoney and Sorority Noise. Stay tuned for more CMJ announcements from TWIABP.

Rozwell Kid LP stream and list of dates below...

Continue reading "Rozwell Kid releasing a new LP (stream), touring w/ TWIABP who are playing Topshelf CMJ showcase"

This is the band currently known as Me Chinese...
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Somebody noticed a Florida band called "Me Chinese" on the CMJ lineup and has since been getting the word out on social media that this band with a racist name exists and is booked on shows. The shows are happening at NYC venues like The Flat, The Paper Box and The Rock Shop (with Party Lights and many more). The band meanwhile is defending their name, but have already apparently been kicked off of the Paper Box show.

Crazy Pills front-woman Amanda B aka Tha Kitten wrote on Facebook:

I want to thank the rad, bold friends of integrity who have joined me in making it VERY clear that racist bullshit - in this case, a band's name - is plain NOT acceptable in this day and age.

The band in question's name is ME CHINESE.

CMJ bookers have somehow felt it appropriate to include them on their bills.

WHAT. THE. FUCK.

Below, see my dialog.

I am NOT posting anything to push their social media, as (1) no free publicity for these fools, and (2) I am not aiming to make them an anti-PI martyr for those who just think it's a funny name and don't understand the visceral feelings of humiliation, anger and utter loneliness and abandonment that racial slurs stir in most of us.

Y'all who speak up for those who are NOT directly related, are all the more amazing. All of you - minorities in the truest sense, who are fighting an uphill battle against this kind of bullshit - I fight for YOU and I have your back.

Thanks for having mine.

Love,
Amanda

In the comments of the same Facebook post, Amanda posted a private message from the band where they explain their name. You can read that below:

Continue reading "There's a band named "Me Chinese", and a campaign to get them kicked off NYC shows"

Eaters @ Rockaway Beach Surf Club in July (more by Amanda Hatfield) Eaters

As mentioned, Brooklyn electronic duo Eaters will be heading out with Australia's Lace Curtain for a short tour, starting this Friday (10/10) at Silent Barn with Hiro Kone and Human Resources on the bill as well. In addition to that show, Eaters will also be around for CMJ, playing the Dull Tools showcase at Silent Barn on 10/23 with Future Punx, Beth Israel, and "special guests TBA" as well as Death by Audio on 10/24 as part of the Inland Empire party with Protomartyr and more TBA. All tour dates are listed below.

Eaters, whose soundscapey debut album is well worth checking out, are also on a new compilation from Driftless Records titled Driftless Ambient 1, that features contributions from CFCF, Megafortress, Hiro Kone, Tim Cohen (Fresh & Onlys), Eaters and more. You can stream the whole thing, along with Eaters' album, below...

Continue reading "Eaters featured on new ambient compilation (stream it), touring, including CMJ dates (1 w/ Protomartyr) & more"

BV CMJ

Last year's BrooklynVegan CMJ shows happened at then-new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (the first two days it was open), and now that Baby's has been kicking for the past year we're excited to announce that we'll be returning this CMJ for free day parties on the Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25), plus an official night show on Saturday (10/25). Those day party lineups are still being announced but here's what the lineup for Saturday night looks like:

8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)
Get your tickets.

We're kicking things off at 8 with French emo band Sport who are only in the US for a bit on their way to The Fest, and they'll be followed by Philly indie rockers Cayetana who went from some promising demos to a very solid debut album on Tiny Engines in the past year. Then it's Cayetana's TE labelmates Beach Slang, the current project of Weston's James Snyder. They surfaced with an excellent debut EP earlier this year and got right into putting on thrilling live shows and churned out a second equally great EP last week.

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Pity Sex

The show's being co-headlined by Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex and emo veterans The Jazz June. Pity Sex first caught our ears with their 2013 debut LP on Run for Cover and only seem to keep getting better. Meanwhile, The Jazz June have been reunited for about a year now and they're not looking back. In November they'll put out the Evan Weiss-produced After The Earthquake on Topshelf, their first album since 2002, and the two singles that are out sound great. Not to mention they've got a back catalog of emo classics to pull from dating back to the mid-'90s.

DJ Tom Mullen of WashedUpEmo.com will be spinning between sets. $15 advance tickets for the show are on sale now, and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted at the door.

Stream some tracks from the bands on the lineup below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan official 2014 CMJ show @ Baby's ------lineup: The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana & Sport!"

Ex-Breathers
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Florida hardcore band Ex-Breathers put out their new EP Exbx today (10/7) via Texas Is Funny, and to coincide with the release date they've got a video for its track "Auto-Correct" (by Barrett White and David J. Dodd) which premieres in this post. Check it out below.

Ex-Breathers also have a tour coming up which hits NYC for CMJ, including three announced shows so far. They play the Texas Is Funny showcase on October 21 at Shea Stadium with Glish, Vetter Kids and The Hawks of Holy Rosary; then the Brixton Agency showcase on October 22 at Grand Victory with Creepoid, Young Statues, The Beverleys, Teen Death and more; and also the Exploding In Sound showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Krill, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Geronimo! and more. All of their dates are listed below.

Speaking of Two Inch Astronaut, they recently announced that the followup to 2013's Bad Brother is called Foulbrood and the mathy title track is out now. Stream that below. Two Inch also play the unofficial EIS show at Silent Barn on October 25 with Krill, Grass Is Green, Ovlov (acoustic), Pile (acoustic), Ronald Paris of Porches and many more.

Two Inch stream, with the Ex-Breathers video and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Ex-Breathers made a new video, touring, playing CMJ shows; Two Inch Astronaut releasing a new LP"

by Andrew Sacher

The Beverleys
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Canadian garage punks The Beverleys just followed their 3-song EP on Buzz Records with a new single, "Hoodwink," which is ever so slightly less lo-fi than the EP but still heavy on the grit (and on the hooks). Check it out below.

The band will be heading out on a tour with their labelmates HSY soon which begins in NYC for CMJ. Both bands play the Buzz Records/Ipsum Magazine showcase happening October 23 at Shea Stadium with Weaves, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang and Muuy Biien. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Bevs also play the Brixton Agency showcase at Grand Victory on October 22. UPDATE: They dropped off the Brixton show.

All dates are listed, with the Buzz showcase flyer and new song stream, below...

Continue reading "The Beverleys released a new single, touring w/ HSY, playing Buzz CMJ (and other shows)"

by Bill Pearis

Orchestra of Spheres
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As has become a tradition, one of CMJ's 2014 kickoff events is the New Zealand artists showcase on October 21 at The Studio at Webster Hall (it used to happen at Le Poisson Rouge) with PopStrangers, Orchestra of the Spheres, DOPRAH, and Chelsea Jade. Beverages will be supplied by Spy Valley Wines with snacks by Dub Pies. Tickets are on sale now or you can get in with your CMJ badge. You can stream a mix with all four artists, below.

CMJ will be part of a U.S. tour for Wellington's Orchestra of the Spheres whose second album, Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music, came out last year via Fire. The band incorporate nervy new wave and motorik rhythms into their psych-pop sound and you can watch the new video for single "2,000,000 Years" and a Spotify stream of the album, below. In addition to the NZ showcase, Orchestra of Spheres will also play the Bird Dog showcase at Pianos on October 25 with Ski Lodge, Beverly, Splashh, The Love Supreme, Native America and Roman a Clef. Tickets are on sale now, and all tour dates are listed below.

Popstrangers, who have played the NZ CMJ showcase before, are also playing the Carpark showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 22 with Saint Pepsi, Dog Bite and Chandos. Tickets are on sale now.

Christchurch duo DOPRAH released their debut EP this past summer and you can check out a video for "Stranger People" below. They'll also play Oct 23 at Radio Bushwick, with SEOUL, Fort Lean, The Great Void, Rioux, Tomboy, YAWN, and Zula.

Formerly known as Watercolours, Chelsea Jade released the Portals EP in 2012 and a remix EP last year. She just released a new single, "Night Swimmer," which you can check out via its video below. The NZ showcase is her only CMJ appearance announced so far.

Streams, dates and NZ@CMJ flyer below...

Continue reading "Orchestra of Spheres released 2nd LP, touring, playing NZ@CMJ showcase w/ Popstrangers & more (dates, streams)"

Nai Harvest

We previously mentioned that UK indie rock two-piece Nai Harvest would be touring North America with Dads and Tiny Moving Parts, hitting NYC right before CMJ on October 20 at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since announced that they'll squeeze in two free CMJ day parties while they're around.

The first is the Kanine Records day party happening at Pianos on October 22 with Pinact, Girlpool, PAWS, September Girls, Literature, Ultimate Painting, Spring King, Happyness and more (full lineup on flyer below). Then they play Rough Trade on October 23 with Twin Peaks (the band, not the TV show that's coming back), Happyness, Spring King and The Wytches.

Updated tour dates are listed, with the Kanine day party flyer and a stream of their 2014 EP, below...

Continue reading "Nai Harvest playing two free CMJ day parties during North American tour (updated dates)"

obits

Obits have a new video for "Machines" from last year's Beds & Bugs which makes its premiere in this post. The song is one of the ones guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote and sang, and he offers a few thoughts on it and the video:

"Machines" is the only tune I sing on our last album, Bed & Bugs(https://www.subpop.com/releases/obits/bed_and_bugs). And it's one of three songs on the LP that wasn't recorded live in the studio as a band. I originally tracked it in my apartment with a nylon-string guitar and a drum machine, as a simple demo to share with the other guys. But then I fiddled with it a bit, adding an organ and some overdubbed guitar lines. Alexis, Greg and I worked on it at a couple of practices, giving it more swing, while keeping it relatively spartan, hoping for a Can-like vibe (Greg and I were particularly obsessed with "Millionenspiel" from their recent Lost Tapes release). But, when it came time to focus on the album, we decided we liked the murky drone of the demo, so we transferred it to the 8-track and Greg and Alexis played together over the last half of it for more of a live feel and better overall dynamic range.

Alexis shot the video in my apartment on a sunny afternoon, letting
the light bleed in and wash out the image in parts. Then he sent his
cut to our friend Nick in Toronto (from the awesome band Biblical), who incorporated the stock footage to break it up a bit, so it wasn't just four and half minutes of an unshaven middle-aged guy doing karaoke to his own band. I don't know how often people watch these things these days, but I think this captures the mood of the song pretty well, despite not having the budget to make the video we wish we could have.

You can check out the video for "Machines" below.

Obits have a couple NYC shows coming up as well. They'll play the Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 23 with Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club and S. Tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on November 22 with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. That show is free and you can RSVP to skip the line.

Those two shows are Obits' only ones on their current schedule. Apart from that, Sohrab adds "we're writing music for our next album, which is provisionally entitled Mark Kozelek: Content Provider." New video and flyer for the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase, below...

Continue reading "Obits made a new video (watch), playing BK Night Bazaar & Sub Pop CMJ showcase w/ Protomartryr, Lee Bains III & more "

by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr @ West Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Protomartyr

Unless something truly amazing comes along this year in the next three months, Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right seems like a likely contender for my favorite album of 2014. (It is certainly the most quotable.) The band have been through town a few times already this year and will be back in NYC later this month for CMJ, including the free BrooklynVegan day party at Baby's All Right on Friday, October 24. Rest of the lineup and more details about the rest of what we've got planned for CMJ still to come.

Protomartyr will also play that night at Death by Audio for the Inland Empire showcase with Eaters and more TBA. They're also playing free early evening show at Cake Shop on Saturday (10/25, 6:15 PM). And before all those Protomartyr play the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/23 with Obits, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club and S (tickets).

The band's only other non-CMJ at the moment is one in their hometown of Detroit on 10/14 with Lace Curtains and Eaters. All dates are listed below.

Protomartyr recently recorded a La Blogothèque take-away session, performing stripped down versions of "What the Walls Said" and "Scum, Rise!" at France's Route du Rock fest. Watch that, and stream Under Color of Official Right, below...

Continue reading "Protomartyr recorded a "take away" show (watch), playing CMJ including free BrooklynVegan day party"

Beth Israel @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Austin post punks Beth Isreal will release The Loaner EP via Dull Tools in early 2015. You can watch a teaser video for it below. Before that, the band will be touring soon, playing NYC on October 23 at Silent Barn. That's the Dull Tools showcase during CMJ week with Future Punx, Eaters, and B Boys also playing.

All dates are listed, along with the EP teaser and stream of this year's Dental Denial album, below...

Continue reading "Beth Isreal releasing new EP, touring, playing Dull Tools CMJ show with Future Punx & more (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Happyness

Young London trio Happyness coulda dropped into American college radio circa 1999 with a laid-back sound somewhere between Summerteeth and Terror Twilight. As mentioned, the band released Weird Little Birthday and an EP this year and both are worth checking out. Knowing the difference between mellow and boring, these guys write effortlessly melodic songs loaded with all sorts of great, seemingly tossed-off asides (and at least one Prefab Sprout reference) that will have you reaching for the lyrics sheet (or wishing you had one). Streams below.

Happyness will be in NYC for CMJ and you have no shortage of chances to see them, many of which are free:

Tue 21 Oct (4:20 PM) - Baby's All Right (TAYF day party, FREE)
Tue 21 Oct (8 PM) - Rockwood Music Hall (WFUV showcase)
Wed 22 Oct (6:15 PM) - Pianos NYC (Kanine party, FREE)
Wed 22 Oct (9:30 PM) Glasslands Gallery (NME showcase)
Thu 23 Oct (4 PM) - Rough Trade day party (FREE)
Fri 24 Oct (2:30 PM) - Rockwood Music Hall (Missing Piece day party, FREE)
Fri 24 Oct (8:40 PM) - Baby's All Right (Panache showcase)
Sat 25 Oct (2:30 PM) - Cake Shop (Flavorpill / Panache day show, FREE)
All dates are listed, along with CMJ flyer and EP streams, below.

Continue reading "Happyness playing lots of CMJ shows (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Spring King

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...

Continue reading "UK band Spring King released single and EP (streams), coming to NYC for CMJ including three free shows"

by Bill Pearis

PINS n' Brogues
PINS

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...

Continue reading "Brown Brogues ready split w/ Eternal Summers, made a video w/ PINS who are touring & playing CMJ (dates, streams) "

Burning Palms

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...

Continue reading "Burning Palms releasing debut LP, touring, playing CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

Sex Jams

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...

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CMJ Flyer

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:


Wed. Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ Pianos (Kanine CMJ day party FREE)
Wed. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (Panache CMJ Showcase)
Thu. 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)
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.

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Lace Curtains

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...

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Be Forest

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...

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