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by Andrew Sacher

Bully EP artwork

Nashville's Bully are self-releasing a self-titled EP next week (10/21), and ahead of that they've put out its lead track, "Milkman." Considering their hometown of Nashville and their love of distorted guitars, there's a little garage rock in there, but "Milkman" has big pop hooks that wouldn't have been out of place on '90s rock radio. Check it out below.

The band is on tour now, and they'll be in NYC for CMJ. They currently have three shows scheduled for then:

10/23/2014 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (8 PM) - High Road Touring CMJ Showcase w/ Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bee Caves

10/23/2014 - New York, NY @ Pianos (10 PM) - Siren Sounds PR CMJ Showcase w/ Fishing, Ages and Ages, New Myths, Spookyland, Fort Lean, Henry Hall

10/25/2014 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (9:30 PM) - DoNYC CMJ Showcase w/ Charly Bliss, Public Access TV, Made Violent

The Pianos show is free, the Shea show is $5 at the door, and tickets for the Merc show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song stream, below...

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Jonathan Toubin, who was just named Best Club DJ New York 2014 by The Village Voice, is taking his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party on the road again, intenterspersed with monthly NYC editions at Brooklyn Bowl on October 25, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 28 and March 28. This month's is a CMJ edition with Mac DeMarco as guest selector and a panel of indie rockers (TBA) as judges. Tickets for Soul Clap that (and November and December editions) are on sale now.

Mac DeMarco plays Terminal 5 next month with Connan Mockasin (who plays Baby's this week) and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who'll be here for CMJ). All Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap tour dates are listed below...

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Courtney Wilcox

Courtney Barnett's tour with San Fermin starts this week in Atlanta and just in time for that, she's got a new live video of "History Eraser," one of the standout cuts from last year's The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, which makes its premiere in this post. Part of Myspace's Wilox Sessions series, the live performance was hot at the downtown LA studio of Australian sculptor Kristian Burford. Courtney and the band sound great as usual and you can watch it below.

The tour will hit NYC during CMJ for a show at Webster Hall on October 22 with Mikhael Paskalev. Tickets are still available and if you have a CMJ badge you can try and get in with that. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.

All dates are listed, along with Courtney's Wilcox Sessions video, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett shares new live session video; tour w/ San Fermin starts this week (dates ++ win tix to Webster Hall)"


UK dance act CYMBALS have been through NYC a few times this year already but will be back again next week for CMJ 2014. They've got five shows lined up, three of which are free:

Tue 10/21/14 Cake Shop (5:45 PM, FREE) | Cake Shop day party
Wed 10/22/14 Cake Shop (9:35 PM) | Force Field PR showcase
Thu 10/23/14 Cameo Gallery (11:30 PM) | Holy Underground CMJ Showcase!
Fri 10/24/14 The Delancey (5 PM, FREE) | Willow Wood day party
Fri 10/24/14 Arlene's Grocery (4 PM, FREE) | Never Better day party
Sat 10/25/14 Pianos Upstairs (9 PM) | Pancakes & Whiskey showcase
Full lineups and flyers for their CMJ shows are below.

CYMBALS also have a new single on the way, titled "What Eternity," that will be out via Tough Love Records soon, so look out for that. If you haven't checked them out at all, it's on the dancier side of Britpop and is not too far off from what Outfit, Hot Chip and Breton are doing. Check out streams and videos below...

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by Zack Baker


Brooklyn songwriter Jack Greenleaf fills almost every song in his Sharpless project with staggering amounts of layers, all focused on creating a massive atmosphere for his vocals and guitar work to live within. The music is maximalist, especially when compared to other artists in the collective Jack is part of called The Epoch (also including Told Slant, Small Wonder, Eskimeaux, Bellows and more). Like with most projects associated with The Epoch, those artists all contribute to the newest Sharpless album, The One I Wanted To Be, which dropped this past May. The album runs the shimmering cheeriness of J-Pop and K-Pop through the lens of modern DIY rock and comes out with a full-length party that pulls the all-night-chiptune-bender sound of bands like Crying and Anamanaguchi into a more personal shell. You can stream the album in full below.

Sharpless have two CMJ shows scheduled at the moment. First they play The Needle Drop/We All Want Someone To Shout For/We Listen For You's unofficial CMJ kickoff party at Pianos on October 20 with Cakes Da Killa, Uncommon Nasa, White Reaper, Oscar and Machine Girl, which is free. Then they play the massive Miscreant Records & Father/Daughter Records-presented Concious Coupling party on October 24 at Silent Barn which goes all day (2 PM - 2 AM) with Comfy, Bad Cello, Running In The Fog, Adult Mom, Bethlehem Steel, Flagland, Attic Abasement, Mitski, Rivegazer, Girlpool, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Nicholas Nicholas, Moon Bounce, Vagabon, Leapling and fellow Epoch member Small Wonder. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

LP stream below...

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by Bill Pearis

Avid Dancer

LA resident Jacob Summers makes music under the moniker Avid Dancer, with a sound that's got one foot in a David Lynch movie and the other on tour with Lou Reed in 1973. (Both require a leather jacket.) Avid Dancer releases his new EP, I Want To See You Dance, and we've got the premiere of its closing track, an acoustic demo of "Medication," which you can stream, along with the rockin' title cut and a few other songs, below. The EP is out October 21 via Grand Jury.

Avid Dancer will be on the East Coast next week for a few shows, including a couple in NYC during CMJ. Summers will play an 8 PM solo set at Rockwood Music Hall on October 23, and then dash around the corner to Mercury Lounge for a full-band 11 PM Avid Dancer set at Mercury Lounge which also features Heat, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully and Bee Caves. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on sale now, or you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.

All dates, including a run with Cold War Kids (not in NYC), are listed, along with streams, below...

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Girlpool (photo by Alice Baxley)

As discussed, young LA duo Girlpool are going on a tour with Slutever which brings them to NYC for several shows right before and during CMJ. Since we last spoke, their schedule's been expanded and here's what it looks like now:

10/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio with Soupcans, Slutever, Pink Wash

10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn with Radiator Hospital, Allison Crutchfield (Swearin'), Slutever, Libbie 2000

10/22 - New York, NY @ Pianos with The Ocean Blue, Flowers, September Girls, PAWS, Splashh, Pinact, Happyness, Beach Day, Ultimate Painting, Spring King, Literature, Nai Harvest, Seoul

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery with Public Access TV, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio with White Reaper, Meatbodies, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman, LA Witch

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn with Small Wonder, Mitski, Sharpless, Leapling, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Flagland, Adult Mom, many more

10/24 - New York, NY @ Pianos with Wolvves, Glass Gang, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Baby Alpaca, Mothxr, The Yum Dee Days, Shilpa Ray, Waltz

After CMJ, Girlpool will join Jenny Lewis to open a few dates of her tour, including the sold-out NYC show on November 5 at Terminal 5 and the Long Island show on November 6 at The Space at Westbury (tickets). Updated Girlpool dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Girlpool's EP, which was out digitally earlier this year but taken down, will be out physically on November 18 via Wichita. Since we last spoke, they've made a second track, "Blah Blah Blah," available to stream. You can listen below. Girlpool and Slutever also just put out a split EP today which features Girlpool covering Slutever's "White Flag" and Slutever covering "Blah Blah Blah," plus a new track from each band. You can download that (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.

Continue reading "Girlpool released a split w/ Slutever, added more CMJ dates, touring w/ Jenny Lewis including T5 & Long Island"

Ben Watt at Joe's Pub in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Ben Watt

Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt released his second solo album (first in 30 years) this year and played shows in NYC and LA to promote it. He'll be returning in December to hit more parts of the U.S., wrapping up his visit with another NYC show: Le Poisson Rouge on December 9 with Porcelain Raft. Tickets are on sale now. Note that, unlike his last visit, this is a solo tour. Bernard Butler will not be with him.

In other news Watt is releasing an EP featuring remixes of album cuts "Golden Ratio" and "Nathaniel" by Ewan Pearson and Charles Webster. That'll be out via Watt's Buzzin Fly label on November 17.

Porcelain Raft also has a sole CMJ date scheduled, the car2go/doNYC/FreeWilliamsburg showcase happening on October 25 at Cameo with Darkside's Dave Harrington Group, Excepter, Lydia Ainsworth and Buscabulla. The show is free with RSVP.

All Ben Watt tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ben Watt prepping remix EP, touring, playing NY w/ Porcelain Raft, who plays CMJ w/ Dave Harrington & Lydia Ainsworth"

Living Room's old LES spot (more by Amanda Hatfield) / new space in Williamsburg
Living Room

The last we spoke about NYC venue Living Room, they had closed their Ludlow St location (next to Pianos and Cake Shop) but were promising to move to a new space. Their plan currently is to soft open during CMJ at their new Williamsburg location of 134 Metropolitan between Berry and Wythe. (Though there's no sign outside currently, or really any sign that it's about to be open.) That's not too far from Glasslands (or the soon-to-close Death by Audio) and if Max Fish had actually opened in Williamsburg (to have been at 132 Metropolitan), they would've been neighbors again.

So far, their schedule for CMJ includes shows with Mosco Rosco, Have Mercy, Fort Lean, Frances Cone and more. You can check out their full schedule as it stands at the moment, below...

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Gulp, the Welsh baroque/psych/kraut/tropicalia group which features Super Furry Animals bassist Guto Pryce, released the very good Season Sun over the summer. That album's closing track, "I Want to Dance," is the basis of a new EP which is out this week (10/14) via Everloving/Sonic Cathedral, featuring three previously unreleased tracks. You can listen to the whole thing -- a stream of the EP premieres below.

In other news, Gulp will be making their NYC debut next week for CMJ. Right now they've just got one show: Drom on October 23 (6:45 PM), with Hamish Anderson, The Ocean Party, Bad//Dreems, The Prettiots, Dreamers and Mainland. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with a CMJ badge.

EP stream and a video below...

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September Girls

As mentioned, Irish band September Girls will be making their first trip to NYC next week for CMJ and they've added a few shows since the last time we posted. Here's their updated schedule (many of their shows are free):

TUE 10/21 @ Cake Shop (Cake Shop day party) 3:30p
TUE 10/21 @ Cameo Gallery | (Oh My Rockness day showcase) 11:00P
WED 10/22 @ Pianos | (Kanine day party FREE) 4:20p
THU 10/23 @ Knitting Factory | (Culture Collide/ Dr Martens day party FREE) 2:00p
FRI 10/24 @ Rough Trade | (Rough Trade day party FREE) 1:15PM
FRI 1024 @ The Delancey | (Music from Ireland showcase) 7:00P
FRI 10/24 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (Kanine / Insound showcase) 10:00p
The Music from Ireland showcase at The Delancey on 10/24 also features Dott, The #1's, Ham Sandwich, Sisters, and Le Galaxie.

In other news, we've got the premiere of September Girls' video for "Veneer" from their debut album, Cursing the Sea. There's a seance, there's a glass of milk, it's all kinda weird. Watch it, and check out CMJ flyers, below...

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Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)

As discussed, Xerxes are releasing a new album, Collison Blonde, on October 21 via No Sleep and also playing their label's CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) that same day. Since we last spoke, they released another song from the LP ("A Toast") and played two others from it in an Audiotree session ("Use As Directed" and "Nosedive"). You can watch the Audiotree video and stream "A Toast" below. They also added more tour dates around that showcase, including a run with Coliseum surrounding both bands' appearances at The Fest. All of their dates are listed below as well.

The No Sleep/BV CMJ showcase, which is free and happens October 21 at The Paper Box, also includes Aviator, Rescuer, The Felix Culpa, John Nolan, Run Forever, Maps For Travelers and more. It starts at 6 PM, and those who show up early will receive No Sleep's 2014 12" vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies), which includes new and unreleased music from Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Maps For Travelers, Old Lines, Puig Destroyer, Lee Corey Oswald and more. Those in attendance will also have a chance to win a No Sleep 2014 Vinyl Subscription, an Orbit Basic Turntable from U-Turn Audio, a gift certificate from Keep Company, and a snowboard and outfits from Glamour Kills.

Full tracklist for the No Sleep sampler, and the Xerxes dates/streams, below...

Continue reading "Xerxes shared songs from new LP, add dates w/ Coliseum; No Sleep giving away free vinyl sampler at CMJ showcase"

Tweens at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Garage pop/punks Tweens are touring this year, including a trip to NYC for CMJ, where they've got a few shows currently announced. First they play the Never Better free day party on October 22 at Arlene's Grocery which has a cool lineup all around of PAWS, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires and PINS. That night, they open the previously discussed Jeff Rosenstock show at Death by Audio, which now also includes Australia's The Bennies and Dan Potthast. That's $8 at the door. All of Tweens' dates are listed below.

The Never Better show is one of two free day parties Never Better is putting on at Arlene's, the second happening October 24 which also has a good lineup of White Fence, Wampire, Cymbals and Concord America. Both are free, no badge required, with RSVP to rsvpwed@neverbetterpromo.com.

Set times for both Never Better shows, with the list of Tweens dates, below...

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Mac w/ Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Superchunk just wrapped up the few 2014 dates they had scheduled, including Riot Fest Chicago in September and The Jam Room Music Festival in Columbia this past weekend (10/11), but singer Mac McCaughan has an upcoming show scheduled. He'll play NYC during CMJ on October 23 at HiFi Bar, the bar on Avenue A that used to be Brownies (where Superchunk have played) which only rarely hosts live music now. The show will be opened by J Fernandez (whose new EP comes out this week), and $8 tickets are on sale now.

Mac played solo at BV's CMJ show last year and at the Merge showcase in 2012, making this his third solo appearance at CMJ in a row. Watch a video of him playing "Learned to Surf" at last year's show, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Estrogen Highs

New Haven, CT band Estrogen Highs are back with a new album, Hear Me at the Number Station, which just came out via Trouble in Mind. The band are in the proud post-VU noisepop tradition as The Moles, The Pastels, GBV, and Pavement. (Etc, etc.) The new record is 18 songs in 34 minutes, with plenty of hooks and and an appealingly shambolic sound that seems on the edge of falling apart but never does. You can stream the whole album (via Noisey) below.

Estrogen Highs will be in NYC for CMJ, playing both Trouble in Mind shows: an evening show at Cake Shop on October 23 and a free day party at Rough Trade on October 25 . Both shows are will The PaperheadDoug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting and Negative Scanner. They've got a few other shows coming up as well, all dates are listed, along with show flyers and the album stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pet Sun

Canada's Pet Sun recently put out their debut EP, Feel Like I'm Going Away, on Sleepless Records. It's an album of mostly poppy mid-fi garage punk a la Wavves and Black Lips, but with a few slower, trippier dirges too. You can stream the whole thing below, as well as check out the brand new video for its track "Gimme Your Soul" (one of the poppier songs) which premieres in this post.

The band have a few dates scheduled at the moment, including a trip to NYC during CMJ where they'll play The Flat on October 24 with Weird Womb and more TBA. No word yet if they'll be playing other CMJ shows while they're here.

All currently known dates are listed, with the new video and LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Canada's Pet Sun released an LP, made a video, playing CMJ with Weird Womb (dates & streams)"

Beach Fossils @ Baby's All Right 9/26/2014 (photo by @the_hideous)

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

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


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...

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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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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
Rozwell Kid

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...

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This is the band currently known as Me Chinese...
Me Chinese

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.


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.


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:

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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...

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