Entries tagged with: CMJ
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...
Lou Doillon comes from a talented family -- her father is French film director Jacques Doillon, her mother is Jane Birkin, and Charlotte Gainsbourg is her half-sister. Having modeled and acted since the late '90s, she began exploring her music side in the late '00s. Her debut album, Places, was released last year and owes much to '70s singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carol King. You can stream the album via Spotify and Rdio.
Doillon also recently recorded an Absolut Encore Session at Chinatown club Le Baron (much like Little Dragon and Theopholis London did) and we've got the premiere of "Questions and Answers" from that in this post. Watch the Devendra Banhart-esque performance below.
All tour dates are listed, along with the Encore Session video, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone's new album, Move in Spectrums, is out September 25. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht from Violens, the album is their most immediate, beat-driven album to date. The second single from the album is "Crazy" which is as close to "rock" as they've ever gotten. You can stream it, along with the video for first single "Somebody Who," below.
Erika, Annie and Heather will be heading to Europe next week for a tour but will be on the road in North America next month. Those dates include a NYC show during CMJ, headlining the French Music Bureau Export showcase at Highline Ballroom on October 16 with Lou Doillon and Selebrities. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with track stream and video, below.
The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).
One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.
In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.
Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.
Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.
Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.
And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
John Roderick @ Soundwave tent, Bumbershoot 2013
While The Long Winters haven't released an album since 2006's Putting the Days to Bed, the band has never officially broken up, though it's mainly frontman John Roderick at this point. However, as mentioned, he's gotten the old band back together to play the Barsuk Anniversary celebration in Seattle this November. Specifically, they'll be performing 2003's terrific When I Pretend to Fall in full, with the line-up that made and toured the record. If you've never listened to the album, you can stream it via Spotify or Rdio.
Before that happens, The Long Winters will be doing the same here in New York during CMJ at Bowery Ballroom on October 18. The band line-up for that show is Roderick, Michael Shilling on drums, and Sean Nelson on keyboard. Bassist Eric Corson, who's playing the Barsuk anniversary, can't make the NYC show, unfortunately. Like with most CMJ shows, there's a zillion bands playing and the Bowery bill also features Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, and Okta Logue. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/6) at noon.
John Roderick talked a bit about the reunion when he visited The Soundwave Tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle this past weekend during the BV-hosted portion of the day (Sunday, 9/1, which was "Barsuk Day"). He and host Dave Hill chatted while dueling it out via guitar solos. Pictures from Roderick's visit to the Soundwave tent are in this post. More of them below....
DOWNLOAD: Allah-Las - Every Girl (MP3)
Allah-Las @ Webster Hall in April (more by Joe McCabe)
As discussed, Allah-Las are coming to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on September 26. Since we last posted, that show has sold out and an earlier show that same night (with openers Make Good) has been added. Tickets for the early show are available. Both shows also feature DJ sets from Reverberation Radio (aka the Allah-Las in crate-digging mode).
After that, band jet back to the West Coast for a tour with fellow time-warper Jacco Gardner. For these shows, the band have pressed up a limited-edition 7" featuring two previously unreleased tracks. You can download "Every Girl" from it above and stream it below.
Jacco Gardner, as mentioned, will continue to tour North America after his stint with Allah-Las, including dates here in NYC during CMJ. He'll be here for most of the time, but the only announced show thus far is the Panache Booking showcase which happens at Knitting Factory on October 16. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Saint Rich, U.S. Girls, Arp, and Slim Twig. Tickets are still available. Jacco hasn't been this way since March.
All Allah-Las and Jacco Gardner dates are listed, along with that new single stream, below.
Half Moon Run at Austin's Stubbs in June (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Montreal's Half Moon Run have been touring relentlessly since the release of their debut album and are one of the many bands who will descend on NYC next month for CMJ 2013. They'll probably be playing a few times, like most bands do these days, but their major bow during the week happens October 19 at Bowery Ballroom headlining the Paradigm Agency showcase that also features MisterWives, Gospels, and Flagship. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/4) at noon.
That show is part of a fall tour with MisterWives. They've also go European dates after that and all are listed below.
As mentioned, Seattle psych band Rose Windows are in NYC this week with Montreal's Suuns, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (9/4) (tickets). The band, whose album is out now via Sub Pop (listen via Spotify), will soon be on tour with their Pacific Northwest neighbors, The Moondoggies, which will include a stop in NYC during CMJ. While both band's CMJ schedules are still being worked out, they'll play Death by Audio on October 17 as part of Sub Pop little brother label Hardly Art's "Non CMJ CMJ Showcase" that will also include Portland's Hausu, Australia's Lost Animal and locals, The Beets (who are playing shows too).
No word on advance tickets (most DbA shows don't have them anyway) but all Rose Windows and Moondoggies dates are listed below.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may know, the CMJ 2013 initial lineup was just released (check out pictures from the announcement party), and following that announcement, Panache Booking has revealed the lineup for its official showcase. The showcase happens on Wednesday, October 16 at Knitting Factory with Canadian multi-genre psych freaks Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, '60s-style psychedelic pop revivalist Jacco Gardner, Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich, experimentalist U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy), her frequent collaborator Slim Twig, and electronic musician turned glam rocker Arp.
Tickets for the showcase are on sale now.
Saint Rich just made a video for their track "Officer," which you can watch below. They'll be in NYC even sooner than CMJ for their previously discussed Bowery Ballroom show with WIld Belle.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are releasing their new album, UZU, on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze and they recently posted the first single, "One," which you can stream below.
photos by Sarah Gainer; words by Bill Pearis
As we posted last night, CMJ held a 2013 Music Marathon line-up announcement last night (8/27) in NYC at Bowery Electric. In addition to finding out that The Long Winters, Obits, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Savages, Pelican and more were going to be here for the fest in October, those in attendance were also treated to live sets from Brooklyn sandblasters Weekend and Providence, RI's widescreen dancepop act Magic Man. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
Weekend don't currently have CMJ on their schedule but will play NYC right after as part of their tour with Disappears, which hits NYC on October 22 at Glasslands. Nothing has been added to that bill making it a must for lovers of awesome gothy, loud, motorik, postpunky rock. Tickets are still available.
Full list of initial CMJ 2013 line-up is HERE and more pics of Weekend and Magic Man are below.
The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.
They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.
We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.
Starred at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC goth label Pendu Sound has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase at Europa on October 17 this year. It's a lineup of all local duos, including Starred, Tempers, and Azar Swan (whose members were both in Religious to Damn). Tickets for the showcase on sale now.
Meanwhile, Tempers have other hometown shows coming up too, including a previously mentioned Union Pool (9/13) show with Xeno & Oaklander and Bootblacks (tickets); and another supporting Martin Rev (of Suicide) at his Glasslands (10/9) show with Infinity Shred (tickets). Stream their recent "Strange Harvest" single and their cover of Swans' "Killing For Company," below.
Meanwhile, Starred recently made a video for "LA Drugs" off 2012's Prison to Prison EP, and they had one of the standout tracks on this year's Sub Pop 1000 compilation. We recently caught them in Brooklyn and Long Island on their tour with Courtney Love.
All streams below...
Leeds, UK band Eagulls practice a brand uber-hooky, '90s-style shout-alongs with a dose of dour '80s post punk in there too, as can be heard on the two 7"s and one EP the group have released to date. The band made their stateside debut back in March at SXSW (they were one of our 40 bands to watch you may remember) and are planning on visiting NYC for CMJ in October so look out for them then.
Meanwhile, Eagulls have signed with Partisan Records who will release their debut album in 2014. While they're finishing that up, the band have a new UK-only single, "Nerve Endings," that will be out September 30 with a cover of Killing Joke's "Requiem" on the flip. You can stream stream the A-side, and a couple other videos, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:
[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.
So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.
Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).
Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.
NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.
Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.
Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.
Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?
Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Jacco Gardner - Chameleon (MP3)
Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Dutch psychedelic wunderkind Jacco Gardner was last in North America around the time of the release of his highly enjoyable debut, Cabinet of Curiosities, swinging through NYC before and after SXSW (where he played one of our day shows). We already knew he'd be back in October for some West Coast shows with Allah-Las, but has now revealed dates of a full tour here in October. It conveniently puts him in NYC during CMJ -- is it that time already? Look for specifics on shows to emerge closer to the fest. The rest of the tour is properly mapped-out, though, and all dates are listed below.
Pelican at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Instrumental post-metal band Pelican will release their first LP in four years, Forever Becoming, via Southern Lord on October 15. The record features the track "Immutable Dusk," which you can stream below.
The announcement comes coupled with a string of dates, two of which happen in NYC. We are proud to report both are part of Invisible Oranges' CMJ Showcases, set to go down on October 17 and 18. Venue, cost and additional lineup is still TBA. Stay tuned for all the gory details.
The shows will be their first in NYC since the band played Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2009, and part of a large campaign for the band. Full tour schedule is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lord Huron have taken a serious leap in popularity since the release of their most recent album (a release they celebrated at Mercury Lounge in NYC). They announced some February dates at the beginning of January, and then sold out their 600-capacity Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in four day. Good news for those who missed out on tickets: they've announced another one happening at the same venue one day later. Tickets for the 2/24/2013 show go on sale Friday at noon.
Back in October of 2011 we were happy to host a set by Lord Huron at one of our BV-CMJ day parties at Public Assembly. While writing this post I realized we never posted the pictures afterward, so here they are, over a year late. More of them with updated tour dates, below...
Cities Aviv at Public Assembly - 10/20/12 (by Dominick)
Cities Aviv, who DJed The Flat last night (11/14) , has released his new LP Black Pleasure via Mishka. Cities Aviv, under the name Muted Drone, is responsible for production on the bulk of the LP, while the remainder comes from names like RPLDGHSTS, LWH, Froskees, and Silky Johnson. Stream that in full below and download it for free via Bandcamp.
Cities Aviv played our BV day party at Public Assembly on the Saturday (10/20) during CMJ and he was joined for a portion of it by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, who played his own set afterwards. We've already posted a bunch of pics from that party, and you can check out more of Cities Aviv and eXquire below.
Hundred Waters at Public Assembly - 10/20/12 (by Dominick)
NYC's Freelance Whales, who just played a hometown gig at Webster Hall have begun revealing some tour dates for early 2013, including a few smaller shows in the NYC area. They'll play Maxwell's on January 15 in Hoboken, Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 in Brooklyn, and The Space on January 30 in Hamden, CT. They've got some pretty great support lined up for the MHOW show and the Space show coming from Gainesville's Hundred Waters. No opener has been announced yet for the Maxwell's show. Tickets for the MHOW show and the Space show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon and tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
Hundred Waters were recently in NYC for CMJ, where they played our Saturday day party at Public Assembly (10/20), among other things. We already posted a bunch of pictures from that party, and you can check out another set of Hundred Waters pictures in this post.
More pictures, a list of all currently known dates and a couple videos are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Paul Banks at CMJ Union, 10/17/2012
Hello to all,Paul pretty much said it all there himself but tickets to the new 12/14 Paul Banks date at Webster Hall are on sale now. You can stream the Interpol frontman's new solo album, Banks, in its entirety via YouTube below along with an updated list of tour dates and some belated pics of Paul from CMJ.
Regrettably, we are going to postpone the Nov 13th Webster Hall show.
The show will be rescheduled for December 14th.
Tickets that have already been purchased are of course valid, or refundable..
Needless to say, we were VERY excited about rocking out for our hometown crowd. But it will just have to wait.
Basically, Sandy managed to disrupt the preparations that are necessary to put on a good concert.
Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this causes any of you.
But I hope to see you ALL in December. You bring your cherubic faces, and I will bring the rock.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Heliotropes / Mount Moriah @ Cake Shop - 10/18/12
On Thursday (10/18) during CMJ, we stopped by the NYCTaper day party at Cake Shop to catch sets by BV faves Heliotropes, Merge signees Mount Moriah, and Port St. Willow.Pictures of those sets are in this post.
If you missed Mount Moriah, they'll be on tour in November, including a NYC stop at Union Pool on 11/11 and advance tickets are on sale now. All dates, with the rest of the pictures, below...
photos by Matt Schiels, words by Andrew Sacher
Pissed Jeans @ Knitting Factory - 10/18/12
Between Pissed Jeans, METZ, and King Tuff, half of this year's Sub Pop CMJ showcase was basically a punk show, a pretty awesome move in 2012 for the label that over two decades ago brought us Mudhoney and a pre-major label Nirvana. The lineup was rounded out by the less punk but still great Daughn Gibson (who we also caught at Villain), Poor Moon and Debo Band. It went down on the Thursday (10/18) of CMJ at Knitting Factory, and we stopped by for headliners Pissed Jeans, who you can see pictures of in this post.
METZ, who we missed at that show but saw when they slayed at our Friday day party, are continuing to tour (they play Chicago this weekend) and will be back in NYC for amazingly-not-sold-out shows on November 19 at Mercury Lounge with Hunters and November 20 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show and the Knitting Factory show are still available. If you missed these guys during CMJ (and even if you didn't), these shows are highly recommended.
More pics of Pissed Jeans from the Sub Pop showcase, a video of METZ from the Pitchfork showcase, and an updated list of METZ dates are below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
The Walkmen @ T5, 10/18/2012
Forefathers of NYC's current indie rock scene, The Walkmen headlined Terminal 5 last Thursday (10/18) which was the penultimate date on their fall tour supporting their seventh album, Heaven. The show ended up being opened up to CMJ badges, which made it probably the biggest show of the festival. In addition to their rousing set, the T5 show also featured Dum Dum Girls (who played Glasslands the night before) and the spooky, beautiful sounds of Daughter, who also played other CMJ shows. Pictures from Terminal 5 (and The Walkmen's setlist) are in this post.
In other Walkmen news, Hamilton Leithauser (who we spotted in the crowd for Father John Misty's MHOW show this week) recently spoke to FUSE about Heaven, Frank Sinatra and other subjects, and you can watch a video of that below. Also below, Sandy, Jules and Malia of Dum Dum Girls visit Japanese monster chat show Gorburger and things get strange.
photos by Tracy Allison
Twerps / The Orwells
Before BV photographer Tracy Allison made her way to the Panache showcase at Public Assembly on Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, she stopped by Pianos for the Planetary Group day party where she caught Twerps, The Orwells, and San Cisco. Twerps were over from Australia for a number of shows before and during CMJ, and they're continuing to tour North America this month and next. That show was one of a few that we caught The Orwells bringing their high-spirited young punk 'n roll (including our Saturday day party). More pictures from the Planetary party are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Slow Magic / Levek / TOPS @ Pianos 10/16/2012
It seems like forever ago (only last week) but the first day of CMJ (Tuesday, 10/16) back before we became covered in handstamps and wristbands, we headed to the Lower East for early day parties, like the one Portals thew at Pianos. There we caught Montreal's dreamy and danceable TOPS, Florida's breezy, jammy Levek, Delaware trio Mean Lady, plus Brooklynites Young Magic, and the similarly named but very different Slow Magic, whose laptop-and-drums style (while masked) was much more aluring than we thought it was going to be (definitely the pleasant surprise of the afternoon).
More pictures from the show are below.