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Starred at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Starred

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...

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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.

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by Andrew Sacher

Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

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.

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.

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.

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.

Night Birds also have some dates with Zero Boys, including a NYC show on August 29 at Europa with Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets for that show are still available.

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...

Continue reading "punk roundup: Black Flag, Descendents, Good Riddance, Night Birds, Angry Samoans, Casualties, Teen Agers and more"

DOWNLOAD: Jacco Gardner - Chameleon (MP3)

Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Jacco Jardner

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.

If you haven't heard Cabinet of Curiosities yet, you can stream it via Spotify or Rdio, and download an MP3 of its single, "Chameleon," above and check out the video below.

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Pelican at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pelican

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.

 

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lord Huron

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...

Continue reading "Lord Huron adds 2nd big show (updated dates +++++++++ belated BV-CMJ pics)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo and Amanda Hatfield

Cities Aviv at Public Assembly - 10/20/12 (by Dominick)
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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.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo and Amanda Hatfield

Hundred Waters at Public Assembly - 10/20/12 (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Paul Banks at CMJ Union, 10/17/2012
Paul Banks

Hello to all,

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.

Best,
Paul Banks

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.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Heliotropes / Mount Moriah @ Cake Shop - 10/18/12
Heliotropes
Mount Moriah

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...

Continue reading "Heliotropes, Mount Moriah & Port St. Willow played Cake Shop; Mount Moriah touring in November (pics, dates)"

photos by Matt Schiels, words by Andrew Sacher

Pissed Jeans @ Knitting Factory - 10/18/12
Pissed Jeans

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.

Continue reading "Pissed Jeans played the Sub Pop CMJ showcase (pics) with METZ (who are on tour)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

The Walkmen @ T5, 10/18/2012
The Walkmen

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.

Continue reading "The Walkmen played T5 with Dum Dum Girls and Daughter (pics, setlist); Hamilton talks to Fuse; DDGs talk to 'Gorburger'"

photos by Tracy Allison

Twerps / The Orwells
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.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Slow Magic / Levek / TOPS @ Pianos 10/16/2012
Slow Magic
Levek
TOPS

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.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Early Graves at Knitting Factory, Oct 2012 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
Early Graves

In just four days, Early Graves will unleash the galloping Red Horse (see what I did there?), a brutal, crusty hardcore record that tips it hat to everything from grind to black metal to Slayer. Stream all of Red Horse for the first time below.

Early Graves just returned from a string of dates with Skeletonwitch that included an NYC stop ad Knitting Factory, as well as a return to play with Pig Destroyer (who have a new album) during CMJ. The band currently has only one live date on their calendar -- 11/2 at Metro in their native Oakland -- so until they make another roound across the states, live vicariously through video of their CMJ set below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

DOWNLOAD: Blue Hawaii - In Two (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Blue Hawaii - In Two II (MP3)

Blue Hawaii @ Bowery Electric for Sam Mickens CMJ - 10/18/2012
Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii

Braids side project Blue Hawaii, who played the 2011 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with Braids, have come up a lot on this site since right before CMJ 2012 (which Braids also played). But we haven't yet mentioned "Untogether", their new full length due 1/22/2013 on Arbutus Records. Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered two MP3s off it which you can download above.

Electronic duo (as Jon Pareles referred to them) Blue Hawaii played at least 5 CMJ shows this year, one of which was the official Sam Mickens showcase at Bowery Electric with ZZZ's. We have some pictures of both bands from that show in this post.

Blue Hawaii are still in NYC and play two more shows this weekend. We've mentioned both. Tonight/Friday (10/26) you can find them at Cameo with ARMS and Opossom, and Saturday they open for Grimes at Bowery Ballroom. Those seem to be their only upcoming dates at the moment.

More pictures from Bowery Electric and some streams below...

Continue reading "Blue Hawaii releasing 'Untogether' (MP3s), played CMJ w/ ZZZ's (pics), play two more shows this weekend (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sam Flax @ Pianos
Sam Flax

One of our most anticipated new artists at this year's CMJ was psych pop artist Sam Flax, who came over from California for a few shows before and during CMJ, including the I Guess I'm Floating day party at Pianos on Thursday, October 18. Sam and his band played the upstairs lounge and had the place packed. More pictures from his set at that day party are below.

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Thurston Moore & Loren Connors @ Public Assembly
Thurston Moore

Tonight was characterized by a distinct lack of guitar music, and there's no better fuck-you to the six-stringer than a full set of duelling guitars. I know, it seems like I'm contradicting myself, but there was almost nothing resembling structure or melody in the dissonant, jarring and all-around enveloping performance from Thurston Moore and his storied companion Loren Connors when they took the stage at Public Assembly. Instead, they offered up a dynamic set of skronking avant-garde sound play, building atmospheric and slightly unnerving sounds out of two guitars and a stage full of pedals. Best of all, they understood the importance of brevity, offering up a self-contained piece that never felt self-indulgent. [FFWD Weekly]
Like they did at Spy Music Festival, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore teamed up with guitarist Loren Connors for an experimental dual-guitar at the Northern Spy/LQQK CMJ showcase at Public Assembly on October 17. Pictures from that show are in this post.

That was Thurston's last scheduled US show for a while (he's in Australia right now), but as usual, there are other chances to catch other members of Sonic Youth in NYC. Steve Shelley's Spectre Folk is playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (10/28) with Sic Alps and PC Worship. Tickets for that show are still available.

Lee Ranaldo has upcoming shows too.

More pics from Thurston and Loren's show below.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore & Loren Connors played Public Assembly (pics); Spectre Folk opening for Sic Alps on Sunday"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo

Hunters @ BrooklynVegan day party @ Public Assembly (10/20/12)
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

Brooklyn's own Hunters can be found headlining a local show at Death By Audio tonight (10/26) with Slutever and These Days. Flier at the end of this post. UPDATE: Hunters also open for METZ at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Hunters were one of the 14 bands who played the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday. You saw one set of pictures from the whole show, but here's another of Hunters. They continue, along with a new video of the band performing on the roof of Factory Studios in Brooklyn, below...

Continue reading "more Hunters BV-CMJ pics, new video, another show tonight"

photos by Tracy Allison

Dent May / Mac DeMarco
Dent May
Mac DeMarco

On Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, Panache Booking threw their showcase at Public Assembly and we stopped by to catch some of their roster, specifically Dent May, Mac DeMarco, Turbo Fruits, (three of the more consistently entertaining acts who played constantly this year) plus the sweet retro-fueled rock of The Paperhead and Gap Dream.

Post CMJ: Gap Dream will soon be out with King Tuff; Turbo Fruits will soon join up with White Lung; and Dent May has a tour of Florida in December. No NYC dates for any of them on the known horizon, so hopefully you caught them last week. All tour dates for those three are listed below, along with more pictures from Public Assembly.

Continue reading "Dent May, Mac DeMarco, Turbo Fruits, The Paperhead & Gap Dream @ Public Assembly (pics)"

PGR

On Friday, my last day at CMJ, I hit the jackpot and walked away with something I'll remember for years to come. The band was People Get Ready, but honestly this was more than a band -- this was the best mix of performance art and music I've seen in decades. Watching this show, called Specific Ocean, felt like seeing a a group create a live music video for each song. The buoyant, celebratory work took place at a large, black box theater space at New York Live Arts, and was full of the kind of surprises I want out of music and theater. - [NPR's Bob Boilen]
NYC pop band/performance art ensemble People Get Ready is Steven Reker, former Yeasayer drummer Luke Fasano, James Rickman (ex-Lizzie Truile, ex-Slow Gherkin), and Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow). Reker used to be in David Byrne's band and the onetime Talking Head recently plugged them in an email:
A few years ago, I toured with some wonderful musicians and dancers. Among them was Steven Reker, whose group, People Get Ready, just released their debut, full-length digital record on Brassland Records. Good group, good songs, but there's more...

I saw an earlier iteration of the group at the Kitchen here in NY. They integrate dance, movement, performance, music and singing in a way I haven't seen before, and it's very promising. It is something I've been trying to do in recent years as well, and People Get Ready are taking it to places I haven't seen before.

People Get Ready played three nights at NY Live Arts during CMJ week which was also when the band's self-titled was released (10/16). You can stream the whole thing below. If you missed those shows (like we did) you can go see them at Glasslands on Saturday (10/27) for their official record release party. As it's a tiny stage there, you're just getting the band version of PGR but you're more than welcome to dance yourself. The show also has Future of What on the line-up and tickets are still available. Flyer for the record release party and the album stream are below.

Continue reading "People Get Ready released debut LP (stream it), playing NYC record release party"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Savages absolutely killing it at Mercury Lounge #CMJ2012" - Will Barton

"@Savagesband Ruling Mercury" - Daron Watson

"Being blown away at Mercury Lounge by Savages." - Cheryl Waters

Savages

If there's any band who universally lived up to their hype at this year's CMJ, it had to be London's Savages. Everyone at BV loved them, we caught their sets at the Stereogum showcase and at our own day party. We also went over to Mercury Lounge after our Friday party (10/19) to catch them again, where they were headlining a sold out show with Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco, and Emma Louise (who recently signed to Frenchkiss). J. Thoven was on that bill too but we missed their set. Pictures from the rest are in this post.

Meanwhile, Choir of Young Believers (who were also great at our Saturday day party) and Daughter are on a tour that hits Chicago tonight. Daughter also played the Glassnote CMJ showcase while they were in NYC.

Videos of Savages tearing it up during "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands" at Mercury Lounge, and more pics from the show are below.

Continue reading "Savages played Mercury Lounge w/ Choir of Young Believers, Daughter, San Cisco & Emma Louise (pics, videos)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, Chris La Putt & Nate "Igor" Smith, words by Andrew Sacher

The Orwells, free tattoos & Kitty Pryde @ Public Assembly - 10/20/2012
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party
Kitty Pryde

The second free 2012 BrooklynVegan not-CMJ party went down on Saturday (10/20) at Public Assembly after our Friday party, which happened at the same venue the day earlier. We already talked about how great Miguel was, and posted pics of Caveman, Ratking and Sinkane, but the day was packed with ten other of our great artists, all of who you can see pictures of in this post.

It was the Saturday morning of CMJ, so if you were there when doors opened at noon, you were probably stumbling in hungover from the night before (unless of course, you had copped yourself some of the Mercy hangover prevention drink at our Friday party). But young Chicago-suburb punks The Orwells did a fine job of waking everyone up, including those who were camped at the door to be first in line for the free tattoos we gave out for six hours straight. As the tatto guns started buzzing, the Orwells were blasting the early but nice-sized crowd with their raunchy garage punk led by frontman Mario Cuomo's unforgiving Iggy Pop-style stage presence. Meanwhile, New Zealand psych pop project Opossum were warming up the rest of the party attendees in the back room.

Energy levels stayed high in the front room as Hunters followed, and the back room were treated to dreamier sounds by LA's Tashaki Miyaki. Then came sets by the funky Sinkane, the great, orchestral Choir of Young Believers, a strong set by indie pop band Eternal Summers, and a more than charming one by Kitty Pryde. Kitty, who spent part of her set in the crowd, was the first of four rappers in the back room, with her set followed by Ratking, Cities Aviv, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who went on after watching Miguel from the front row on the other stage) (Miguel returned the favor). And the front room was wrapped up by Hundred Waters, one of this year's buzzed about bands at CMJ, whose set we reviewed from the night earlier, and then Miguel and Caveman.

Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty.

More pictures from the Saturday party are below.

Continue reading "BV Saturday day party pics (Hundred Waters, Orwells, Hunters, Kitty Pryde, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, free tattoos, Caveman, Miguel & more)"

photos by Diana Wong

So So Glos / The Luyas / Bleeding Rainbow @ Stratosphere Sound 10/18/2012
The So So Glos
The Luyas
Bleeding Rainbow

Just like in CMJ's past, Fred Perry and recording studio Stratosphere Sound (the studio owned by James Iha, Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Ivy's Andy Chase) teamed to record eight band in eight hours on Thursday of CMJ week (10/18). With Grammy winning producer and engineer (not to mention Edsel bassist) Geoff Sanoff at the helm, The Luyas, Poor Moon, Slug Guts, So So Glos, Foxygen, Blessed Feathers, Ape School, and Bleeding Rainbow did guerilla session of two or three songs that will be made available on an Insound mix tape sometime in the future. Meanwhile check out more pictures of all eight bands below.

Continue reading "Slug Guts, The Luyas, So So Glos, Bleeding Rainbow & more played the Fred Perry artist lounge at Stratosphere sound (pics) "

photos by Amanda HatfieldDominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Deap Vally @ Public Assembly (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Foxygen @ Public Assemby (by Amanda)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Our Friday not-CMJ day party (10/19) at Public Assembly, our first of two day-long, two-stage shows at the venue over the weekend, had my favorite one-two punch of the entire 2012 CMJ week: Savages followed by METZ both of whose performances we wrote about already (click the links). But I'll add that even though it was a shorter set (that didn't include "Flying to Berlin"_ than when I caught them at Glasslands earlier in the week, Savages were more, relaxed, more electrifying at our show. And METZ bring their insane level of energy (and volume) to every show they do, day or night, and they knocked the crowd for a loop. CMJ in a nutshell right there.

The rest of Friday's line-up was highly diverse: Israeli prog rockers Tiny Fingers; Wisonsin folk duo Blessed Feathers; the retro-fueled shenanigans of the terrific Foxygen; Murals' laid-back dreampop; FIGO and Toys that Kill bringing some punk; Deap Vally bringing riffs and sex appeal; IO Echo's gothy shoegaze pop; MSMR's big pop sounds (a little like an indie Sophie Ellis Bextor?); Doldrums on what was one of their 8000 highly energetic shows that week; Braids' new, electronic direction; and the brainy fake surf of The Intelligence.

Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty. If the PBR and Poggled photographer took your picture, look for it on our Facebook.

We already posted pictures from this party of METZ, Savages, and Sky Ferreira. More from the whole show, below...

Continue reading "BV Friday Day Party pics (Deap Vally, Foxygen, Murals, Toys That Kill, Braids, Io Echo, The Intelligence, Savages, METZ + more)"