Entries tagged with: CMJ
The cost of a CMJ Music Marathon badge -- which gets you into the convention floor and the many panel discussions in addition to the nighttime showcases -- has been out of the range of most non-industry music fans. But this year, CMJ is offering a Evening Showcase Pass for $159 via LivingSocial. Compare that to the current $549 pricetag for a full badge. Like with a badge, entry to shows via the Evening Showcase Pass is "first come, first serve based on venue capacities and restrictions."
Invisible Oranges' two night showcase at Saint Vitus (October 17 & 18) is headlined both nights by Pelican. BrooklynVegan will be at CMJ too and stay tuned for details on our showcases and day parties.
by Bill Pearis
Prince Rupert's Drops @ Knitting Factory in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prince Rupert's Drops' debut album, Run Slow, was one of 2012's more underheard albums, dabbling in fungal psychedelia, droney freakouts, and motorik grooves. If you haven't heard it yet you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's new single, "Stay Awake," which is three minutes of a bad trip (in a good way). Paranoia abounds and you can stream it below.
The band, like most NYC-based bands, will be making appearances during CMJ. They'll be playing the Beyond Beyond is Beyond showcase at Union Pool on October 17 with Velcro Lewis Group, Coke Weed, and Worthless. Drippy Eye Projections will be providing appropriately trippy visuals. $10 at the door, no advance tickets. You can also use your CMJ badge if you have one of those. Show flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late '60s and early-mid '70s, with hints of Pink Floyd's proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote "Mr. Busdriver." Tales of Transit City isn't only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they're fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.
Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they've heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
by Bill Pearis
NYC duo WRITER (brothers James and Andy Ralph), who released their album, Brotherface, last year, followed that up with a new 7" via Nineteen98 records over the summer. One of its tracks, "IE," has just gotten the music video treatment. Shot in Southern California's Inland Empire, not too far from where the Ralph brothers grew up, it's an homage to Jim Jarmusch's classic 1980 feature Permanent Vacation. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
WRITER have a few local shows coming up, including Wednesday (10/2) at Mercury Lounge opening for Chicago's Twin Peaks. Tickets for that show are still available. They'll also be around for CMJ and so far they have two shows during that, both on October 18 -- one at Pianos and one at The Ho_se. No details on those -- like whether they're day or night shows -- at the moment. Stay tuned.
Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, who appears on the new Danny Brown LP (listen), and just released "Banger (MOSHPIT)," the newest single off his own upcoming LP, Oxymoron (release date TBA), has just been announced for a CMJ show happening on October 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at 10 AM. Q's other upcoming shows include Barclays Center (11/2) with Kendrick Lamar and more. Updated dates are listed below.
Another hip hop show happening during CMJ is the annual Duck Down Music/Javotti Media showcase happening 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, Cory Mo and DJ Meka of 2dopeboyz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Talib Kweli will also play NYC, along with Big K.R.I.T., when the two rappers open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at MSG on 11/13, 14, and 15. Tickets for those shows are still available (but "not many left"). Talib also DJs/hosts the album release show for his Idle Warship partner Res at SOB's on 10/9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other hip hop CMJ shows include Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre on 10/18 (tix), and Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz and special guests at Littlefield on October 16 (tix).
Not during CMJ, but some other hip hop shows were just announced too.
Updated Schoolboy Q dates are listed, along with a stream of his new song, below...
by Bill Pearis
Welsh band Joanna Gruesome released their debut album, Weird Sister, earlier this month via Slumberland. It's a terrific record of riotous indiepop that has both jangly melodicism and sharp-fanged, bash-it-out aggression. (It's almost like Los Campesinos! covering Veronica Falls or vise versa.) You can stream a couple tracks below or listen to the whole thing via Spotify and Rdio.
Those coming to CMJ in two weeks can catch Joanna Gruesome live where they'll be playing their first North American shows. There are two confirmed shows so far: they'll play the Kanine Records/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 as part of a killer lineup including Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, VALLEYS and The History of Apple Pie. That show is free. They'll also a day party at The Rock Shop on October 19 with Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild and Three Thousand Crowns. That show is also free. More shows are likely to pop up as we get closer to CMJ (which is pretty close already).
Song streams and flyer for the Kanine day party below...
Emo/indie rock label Run for Cover Records has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase on October 19 at Santos Party House. The lineup includes the shoegazey Pity Sex, the slow/sludgy Cloakroom, indie rapper GDP, scrappy emo punks Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking, Hostage Calm and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your CMJ badge.
Earlier today, we mentioned that Topshelf added a second showcase too. It's free and happens on 10/18 at Suburbia with The Jazz June, Caravels, The Saddest Landscape and more, before the former two join Braid for a sold-out night at Saint Vitus on 10/19.
As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)
FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)
Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.
The Head & the Heart at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Head & the Heart are going on a tour with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down this year which comes to NYC on November 5 at Terminal 5 (tickets) and November 6 at Webster Hall (sold out), but they've just announced that they'll be in NYC even sooner for a smaller show during CMJ happening on October 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their Sub Pop labelmates Rose Windows and Rathborne. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your CMJ badge. Updated dates are listed below.
Rose Windows who played Le Poisson Rouge earlier this month, also play the previously discussed Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Death by Audio on 10/17 with The Beets, The Moondoggies, Animal Tropical and Hausu. Their debut LP, The Sun Dogs, came out earlier this year and that can be streamed, along with the updated list of dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Henderson, NV post-hardcore band Caravels have been putting out solid EPs, splits, and 7"s for a few years now, and earlier this year they released their first full length, Lacuna, via Topshelf Records. Musically, it's a pretty dynamic record, often indebted to post-rock and '90s slow-emo, but with raw, backgrounded vocals that take the approach of early screamo and heavy indie rock. It's been a good year for this type of stuff and Lacuna is no exception. Stream it in full below.
Caravels will be heading out on a tour with their labelmates Have Mercy, which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and ends in Gainseville, FL for The Fest. Both bands play the previously discussed Topshelf showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/19 with Braid, The Jazz June, and Enemies, which is now sold out.
It's since been announced that Caravels, Enemies, and The Jazz June (who are reuniting for these shows) will also play the free unofficial Topshelf CMJ party at Suburbia (10/18) a day earlier. That show also includes another great modern screamo band The Saddest Landscape (who also open our sold-out BV-presented Touche Amore show), Prawn and My Fictions. All ages, 7 PM start, and like we said, totally free. Flyer below.
And while we're on the topic, Topshelf just released a free 78-track 2013 sampler with tracks from a bunch of their bands plus a ton of their friends from other labels like Speedy Ortiz, Slow Warm Death, Radiator Hospital, The Sidekicks, Field Mouse, Lemuria, Owen, Porches, Pity Sex, Cloakroom, Calculator, Creative Adult, and more.
All Caravels dates are listed, along with the LP stream and tour flyer, below...
by Doug Moore
Primitive Man at Saint Vitus, July 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Primitive Man are a pretty negative band. How negative? If you go on their Bandcamp and look at the lyrics for their Relapse debut Scorn from earlier this year, only lyrics for the eleven-minute title track are listed. The lyrics are:
"No one is listening. No one fucking cares.Yikes. Incidentally, that isn't what it sounds like frontman Ethan McCarthy is actually saying, though his choked delivery make it hard to tell. It's pretty common for metal bands not to publish their lyrics, but it's less common for one of them to explain so succinctly why they didn't bother.
Nonetheless, Scorn rules -- its combination of doom, hardcore, and noise is caustic enough to scour the scum out of your sink, which is (weirdly) a good thing. How much does it rule? Well, we've asked them to play our official Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/17 (tickets) You should all come to that show because it is going to rule extremely hard. BUT, if you can't make it to NYC for CMJ, you're in luck; Primitive Man have announced a run of US dates during the week around the Vitus date.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of Scorn in its entirety and tour flyer, below.
Toronto punks PUP have some killer tracks out like "Lionheart" and "Reservoir," and they'll finally be getting a debut full length out on October 8 via Royal Mountain Records. They've also got a bunch of (mostly Canadian) shows for the coming months, including a return to NYC (they last played Shea in August) for CMJ. Their full CMJ schedule hasn't been announced yet, but we do know they'll be playing Cameo on October 15 with fellow Toronto punks Greys, '90s-inspired CT indie rockers Ovlov, and Brooklyn's lively Hunters. Stay tuned for info on any more PUP CMJ shows.
Many of PUP's dates in their home country are with fellow Canadian rockers and confetti cannon wielders Hollerado who released their new album, White Paint, back in March. Their video for "So It Goes" is in this post. Though Hollerado, who were last here in January, don't appear to be joining PUP for their Cameo show, Hollerado have their own NYC date happening a few days earlier at Glasslands on October 12 with The Features. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for both bands are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
Hospitality @ Brooklyn Bowl, Sept. 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Superior indie pop band Hospitality are busy working on their follow-up to their 2012 debut which is inching up on two years ago. No official word on LP#2 yet or a tour, but Hospitality will be coming out of show-playing hibernation for CMJ. They'll play Glasslands on Saturday, October 19 with Philly duo Pattern is Movement and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now. Hospitality will also be DJing a Merge Records night at Ace Hotel on Wednesday, October 16. Details beyond that are still to be announced.
Pattern is Movement, meanwhile, will also play a single release party Philadelphia's Union Transfer on October 24. Tickets for that show are on sale too.
The video for Hospitality's "Eighth Avenue" is below.
by Doug Moore
You already knew that Pelican would headline both nights of Invisible Oranges' two-night 2013 CMJ showcase. And now I'm pleased to announce the rest of line-up. The shows will take place on October 17 & 18 at Saint Vitus:
10/17Buy tickets for the show on 10/17 here, and for 10/18 here.
Wreck & Reference
In related news, Pelican debuted a new song from their upcoming LP, Forever Becoming, over at Noisey today. Stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
The U.S. Open just finished a week or so ago, but if you still need a tennis fix, might I suggest Yuck's new video for "Middle Sea"? In it, fro'd drummer Jonny Rogoff (looking McEnroe-esque), faces off against someone more than twice his elder and the two clearly have a rocky history. Filial issues play out on the court: words are had, rackets are thrown (more McEnroe!), and sports drink is spilled. You can watch the video below.
Yuck's new album, Glow & Behold, is out October 1 and the band doesn't seem to have been slowed down much by frontman Daniel Blumberg's departure, as they're still cranking out the catchy '90s style indie rock in the vein of Teenage Fanclub, Versus and Sebadoh, with a little MBV-style glide guitar dappled across at least a couple tracks.
Yuck will be spending the early part of October on tour with Pixies in Europe but will be in NYC for CMJ. The only announced show so far is at Mercury Lounge on 10/18. The whole line-up is pretty good, featuring UK noisemakers Eagulls, soulful crooner Willis Earl Beal, and Montreal's krautrocky Absolutely Free. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon. If you have a CMJ badge you can get in with that too, based on capacity of course.
All Yuck tour dates are listed, along with the "Middle Sea" video, below.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Canadian costumed-face-painted-progressive-psychedelia collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have already announced they're coming to our side of the border for CMJ, and it's since been revealed that they'll be doing a quick North American tour after that as well. Those dates include another NYC-area appearance on Halloween (10/31) at Basilica in Hudson, NY (where the Basilica Sound Scape festival just happened). That show is with Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (who also has NYC shows coming up), plus special guests Tanz Praxis (featuring C. Lavender). Tickets for the show will be available via Basilica's site soon.
YT//ST's one currently announced CMJ show is the Panache showcase happening on October 16 at Knitting Factory with Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, U.S. GIrls, Slim Twig, and Arp. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your CMJ badge.
YT//ST also just made a video for "One" off their upcoming album UZU (due out 10/29 via Suicide Squeeze), which you can watch, along with the list of all tour dates, below...
Boys Noize, who normally plays larger NYC venues like Webster Hall and Roseland Ballroom, is doing two nights at the more intimate Williamsburg dance club, Output on October 22 and 24. Tickets to those shows go on sale today at noon.
Sammy Hagar celebrates "FOUR DECADES OF ROCK" at The Capitol Theatre on October 23. Tickets go on sale today at noon. \m/
Josh Berwanger (of The Anniversary) is playing a CMJ show at Mercury Lounge, and since we last spoke the full lineup has been announced. Josh will be joined by No Way Josie, Hockey, Wild Adriatic, Gemini Club, Marmalakes, and The Attic Ends. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Glasser at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Glasser is releasing her sophomore album, Interiors, on October 8 via True Panther. It's the followup to her debut, Ring, which came out on the same label back in 2010. Glasser already made a video for one of the album's singles, "Shape," and now she's got another for the track "Design." Check it out below.
Following the release of the new album, Glasser will go on a tour which hits NYC for CMJ. She'll play the True Panther/Terrible Records showcase on October 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Other artists TBA. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon, or you can try to get in using your CMJ badge.
All dates are listed, along with both music videos, below...
by Doug Moore
Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Metal Insider have announced the details of their 2013 CMJ showcase. The show will be on October 18 at Europa and will feature Nachtmystium, who were supposedly on hiatus for the year and who haven't come around since their November 2012 Vitus date in support of Silencing Machine. Byzantine (who haven't played NYC in six years), New York's own Black Anvil, Ramming Speed (who played a sold-out Vitus gig with Windhand last week), and Vattnet Viskar round out the lineup. Tickets are available now.
The metal lineup around CMJ weekend is starting to fill out. The Invisible Oranges showcase, featuring two headlining Pelican performances, will go down on October 17 and 18. Lineup and venue details are still emerging; stay tuned for those. As we mentioned, the MetalSucks/Metal Injection showcase -- featuring Fuck the Facts, Fit for an Autopsy, Hivesmasher, Meek Is Murder, and Stomach Earth -- is at the Acheron on October 18. Tickets are available now. And Godflesh's first NYC date in basically forever is on October 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available for that one, somehow.
by Bill Pearis
Helsinki, Finland duo Shine 2009 will release their second album, Our Nation, on October 15 via Cascine in North America and Modular in the rest of the world. The record skirts the line between indie pop and dance music, a tightrope act that Scandinavians seem particularly adept at. The late-'90s/early-00s seem to be of particular inspiration here, to my ears at least, drawing from things like Kruder & Dorfmeister's K&D Sessions, jungle breakbeats, and effervescent, acoustic-y Swedish pop. It's a terrific LP. If you liked that Kings of Convenience remix album, Versus, UK act Bent or Swedish outfit The Embassy you should check out the album's two released singles, "Eurozone" and "Older," below. (You should check them out even if not, too.) You can also stream CFCF's remix of "Eurozone" which basically turns it into a Stereo MCs song. That's below as well.
Shine 2009 will be in NYC next month for CMJ. No specific shows have been announced yet, but dates will surface once we get closer to the fest.
by Andrew Sacher
The Jazz June in 2000
Philadelphia emo vets The Jazz June helped define the melodic emo sound of the mid-late '90s along with bands like Braid, The Promise Ring, Christie Front Drive, and others, and initially called it quits not long after their 2002 record, Better Off Without Air. They last reunited back in 2007, and now they're coming back once again for another "rebirth" of The Jazz June.
The reunion kicks off when the band plays the official Topshelf Records CMJ showcase on October 19 at Saint Vitus with atmospheric post-hardcore band Caravels, emo-y alt-rockers Have Mercy, post rockers Enemies, and one more TBA. Tom Mullen (Washed Up Emo) DJs between sets. Tickets for the show are on sale now, and a limited number of CMJ badges will be allowed in too. There's also a free exclusive 7" available for everyone in attendance which includes "Hundred Years" by Caravels and a previously unreleased Prawn song. Show flyer below.
Not long after, Have Mercy will open for another reunited emo band, Knapsack, at their previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/17) show. I Hate Our Freedom (who also play a show with Sainthood Reps and I Am the Avalanche) are on that bill too. Tickets are still available.
Topshelf CMJ showcase flyer, and streams from all bands playing, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder have announced that they'll be returning with a new album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, on October 22 on vinyl via Threshold of Pain (the band is self-releasing it digitally). It's the followup to their 2011 debut, Algorithms, and like that album, they brought in producer Kurt Ballou of Converge, whose technical, breakneck-speed metallic hardcore is likely a precedent for Meek's sound (as is Botch, who they're known to cover). Check out an album teaser video of Meek is Murder and Kurt Ballou in Kurt's Godcity Studio, along with the tracklist, below.
Meek Is Murder also have some local shows coming up. One of those happens this Saturday (9/14) at The Grand Victory with Tiger Flowers (who they have a split music video with, watch below), Johnny Booth, Hive Smasher, and NYC's atmospheric metallers So Hideous (who also have a new LP on the way, trailer below). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Then in October, they play the Metal Injection/Metal Sucks CMJ showcase on October 18 at Acheron. The show's being headlined by grindcore boundary-pushers Fuck the Facts (who have a new EP out), and also includes Fit For An Autopsy, Hivesmasher, and the live debut of Stomach Earth, the new project of The Red Chord's Mike McKenzie. Tickets for that one are on sale now, and the show flyer is below too. And finally, after CMJ they team up with So Hideous again for a show on October 26 at ABC No Rio.
Videos, LP tracklist, and show flyers below...
Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O'Connor currently is putting the finishing touches on his second solo album but will release a new single, "Jacqueline," later this month via Chapter Music. Like his 2011 solo debut, "Jacqueline" is glammy, elegant synthpop and we've got the premiere of the track in this post.
As mentioned, Geoffrey will be in NYC next month for CMJ. No confirmed shows announced yet, but be on the lookout. If you're wondering, Crayon Fields are still together and working on new material too.
"Jacqueline" stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Boston indie rockers Kal Marks will be releasing their first official full length album, Life Is Murder, next week (9/17) via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf, but they've now made the entire thing available to stream ahead of its release. Like we said, it's a great mix of '90s-style loud rock and weirder, Modest Mouse-y indie, and you can check it out (via Stereogum) below.
Kal Marks also have a ton of tour dates this year, including one in NYC on October 10 at Shea Stadium with a great lineup of LVL UP, Palehound, and Frankie Cosmos. The flyer for that show is below. Kal Marks also have two CMJ shows scheduled, including
one at Cameo on 10/17 and the Exploding In Sound showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Bad History Month, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Palehound, Pile, Porches, Speedy Ortiz, and Two Inch Astronaut.
You can also catch Palehound and Frankie Cosmos together even sooner when they play Silent Barn on September 17, making for a great night of anti-folk-inspired indie.
All Kal Marks dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...