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Twin Peaks @ Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)

As mentioned, Chicago band Twin Peaks will be playing BrooklynVegan's Friday (10/24) CMJ Day Party at Baby's All Right, the last band of the show at 5: 45 PM. That's one of six CMJ shows for the band and here's all of them:

Wed. Oct. 22 @ Glasslands (NME CMJ Showcase) - 10:20PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Rough Trade (Rough Trade Day Party) - 5PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Santos (New Shapes) - 8:30PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Glasslands (Communion) - 1AM
Fri. Oct. 24 @ Baby's All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party) - 5:45PM
Fri. Oct. 24 @ Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard) - 10:15PM
In other news, Twin Peaks just released a video for "Making Breakfast" from this year's Wild Onion and you can watch that below.

Twin Peaks also have lots of non-CMJ shows too and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Twin Peaks share new video, playing CMJ including BV free Friday Day Party (dates)"

Thurston Moore w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.


Peter Matthew Bauer, Bo Ningen, Happyness, Money, Spires, Slothrust, Strange Names @ Baby's All Right
The good folks at Tell All Your Friends PR are putting on this day party featuring former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer, plus Japanese prog metalists Bo Ningen, UK indie rock trio Happyness and more. A varied and very solid day party option.

CYMBALS, Curtin, J Fernandez,September Girls, Casual Sex, Boyd Shropshire, Flowers, Beach Day @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop is always a safe CMJ bet and today's free day party was booked by the venue itself, featuring a bunch of acts from across the pond, including English bands CYMBALSand Flowers, Ireland's September Girls and Scottish band Casual Sex. Plus: Kurt Vile cohort Boyd Shropshire, LA's J Fernandez and Florida pop band Beach Day.


Secret Chiefs 3 @ Le Poisson Rouge
Mr. Bungle member Trey Spruance leads the instrumental experimental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3, whose tour hits NYC for its first of two shows here this week (during but not part of CMJ).

The Mystery Lights, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Honey/Free, OJ Pimpson @ Baby's All Right
This is a free late night show from the folks at M for Montreal featuring a mix of Canadian (Calvin Love, Homeshake, OJ Pimpson) and U.S. acts. Starts at midnight and if you make it to the end (on this the first night of CMJ) we salute you.

DIIV, Splashh, PAWS, Nuns, Beach Day @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
DIIV are busy finishing up their new album but will play this show at North Brooklyn's one-stop shop for locally-made gifts, mini-golf, micro-brews. tasty food and live music. The other bands on the bill -- including UK indie rockers PAWS and Splash -- are good too. While most shows at BKNB are free, this one is $20, or you can get in with your CMJ badge.

Wreckless Eric, Scott & Charlene's Wedding @ Death By Audio
Punk/new wave vet Wreckless Eric is maybe best known for his 1977 hit "Whole Wide World," but he's more than that and continues to be very active. Tonight's an intimate show at the soon-closing Death by Audio and with quality support. FYI: Eric's on at 9 PM and Scott & Charlene's Wedding at 10 PM.

Tom Vek, Olga Bell @ Mercury Lounge
Tom Vek's style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he hasn't futzed with it too much over his 10-year career. Having released his third album, Luck, earlier this year he's over for a few US shows this week.

Alkaline Trio, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 1, though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Roomrunner, Celestial Shore, Heliotropes, Washer @ Palisades
Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner have a new EP called Separate out this week just in time for CMJ. This is one of a couple shows they've got scheduled, and the whole lineup is solid.

John Nolan, '68, Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues, Maps for Travelers @ Paper Box (FREE No Sleep showcase, BV co-presents)
The trusty No Sleep Records is throwing its showcase which is FREE (no badges required) which starts early at 6 PM and goes til after midnight. There's a ton of cool stuff, including a solo set from Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, a few killer post-hardcore bands (Xerxes, Aviator, Rescuer, Maps For Travelers), the reunited Felix Culpa, the punky Run Forever and more. BrooklynVegan proudly co-presents this one.

Honey Wild, Fractures, Little May, Monica Heldal, Happyness, Son Little, Elle King, Horse Thief @ Rockwood Music Hall
WFUV and Communion Records helped put this show together, featuring Oklahoma's anthemic Horse Thief (shades of Fleet Foxes), the US live debut from Australia's Little May, and the throwback indie rock sounds of Happyness.

The Crookes, Money, Spring King, Longfellow @ Rough Trade
Clothing brand Ben Sherman is presenting this show so it may be no surprise all the bands are from the UK. We're especially looking forward to Spring King whose anthemic swagger falls somewhere between Wavves and Palma Violets. Also: this show is free.

The Thurston Moore Band, PCPC (mems Parquet Courts + PC Worship) @ Saint Vitus
Thurston Moore's new band includes his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards, and unlike Thurston's last acoustic-y album, this band's more similar to what Thurston was writing in latter-day Sonic Youth. Their tourmates, PCPC, are the result of Parquet Courts and PC Worship members coming together for a collaborative project, so that should be interesting as well. This non-CMJ show is their first of two sold-out NYC shows, the next one being Rough Trade on Sunday.

Ex-Breathers, Glish, Vetter Kids, The Hawks of Holy Rosary @ Shea Stadium
This is the Texas Is Funny showcase with a good lineup of that label's bands all around, most notably Florida hardcore rippers Ex-Breathers.

Dream Police, Natural Velvet, Psychic Blood, Survival @ Silent Barn
Most interestingly, this is one of a few CMJ shows for Dream Police, the other project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, who make more avant-garde and effect-laden music than The Men's recent output. Psychic Blood are good too.

The Horrors, Moon Duo (members of Wooden Shjips) @ Stage 48
Psych out tonight with British post-punks The Horrors and the groovy drone of Moon Duo. For those who like to show-hop at CMJ, Stage 48 is out of the way, but it's The Horrors' only East Coast show this tour.

Inter Arma, King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wulf, The Moon Tooth @ The Acheron
This is the Metal Injection/MetalSucks showcase and it's headlined by the awesome psychedelic metallers Inter Arma who just put out a one-song 40-minute EP. Locals So Hideous are well-matched and the proggy Lazer/Wulf are cool too.

Weyes Blood, Guy Blakeslee, Heat, The #1s, J Fernandez, Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool
Tonight, Union Pool hosts the YVYNYL CMJ showcase which has a great and diverse lineup. There's powerhouse vocalist Weyes Blood, The Entrance Band's Guy Blakeslee, Montreal's fuzzed-out Heat, Ireland's power pop/garage rockers The #1s, the guitar pop of J Fernandez, and the new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.

James @ Webster Hall
Long-running Manchester band James formed in 1982 and were originally signed to Factory Records (home of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays). They were championed early by The Smiths but seemed saddled with underground success until "Sit Down" and then "Laid" which took the band into international stardom in the early '90s. The band have remained active since, and released La Petite Mort, their 13th album, earlier this year which finds them in much the same big anthemic, danceable style they've always worked in.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon, this being the first.

The Kills, Alec Soth, Joe Purdy, Billy Bragg @ Terminal 5
Though The Kills' intimate CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday is probably the place to be if you're a Kills fan, you can catch them playing a "short set" at this one, which is The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party, a tribute to photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank.

PINS, September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, Amanda X @ Cameo Gallery
Oh My Rockness curated this night of four excellent female-fronted bands -- including Manchester UK's PINS, Philadelphia's Amanda X -- plus the dudes that are Jersey's Vasudeva.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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BrooklynVegan will be at Baby's All Right for CMJ again this year with a Friday day party, a Saturday day party (lineup TBA very soon!) and an official Saturday night show.

BV is also co-presenting tonight's No Sleep showcase and Thursday's Iron Pier showcase.

What else?

More of today's options below...

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (CMJ, Thurston Moore, Inter Arma, Horrors, James, Secret Chiefs 3, DIIV, Wreckless Eric & more)"


As mentioned, BrooklynVegan is returning to Baby's All Right for our free day parties during CMJ on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25).... like 4 days from right now. We already told you the Friday (10/24) party would have Protomartyr, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and now we're thrilled to announce the full lineup:

FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
1:30 Tweens
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3:15 Protomartyr
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
It kicks off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (UPDATE: we'll have their very rare Sweet Potato Stout for free while it lasts!), and a set by Dilly Dally, the Toronto lo-fi rock band who only have a few tracks out, but they all sound very promising.

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Noon is also when Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).

Then it's the UK's The Wytches who recently released their debut LP on Partisan which is a little psych and a little garage.

By the time the Wytches get off stage, we'll start handing out complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages while supplies last.

The always-fun Tweens, who were great at our SXSW party earlier this year, follow, and then it's the Australian psych maniacs King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard who always bring the party.

Complimentary Sailor Jerry will still be flowing and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.


Then it's the sarcastic and smart post-punks Protomartyr, followed by lushly arranged emo band The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die.

Then the volume gets turned up for Canadian punks Single Mothers, who finally put out their debut LP after some delay this year, and Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks will wrap up the day on an equally loud note. Hopefully nobody rips down the ceiling this time!

Again, the show is totally free (no badge required). RSVP here. 21+ to enter.

King Gizzard (more by P Squared)
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Stay tuned for the Saturday day lineup (so far we've announced Bo Ningen), also stick around for our official showcase at Baby's on Saturday night.

Listen to some of the Friday artists below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Friday day party lineup (Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr, King Gizzard, Wytches, free beer, free rum, free tattoos & more!)"


Brooklyn neo-wavers Future Punx will release a new EP, titled I'm So Inspired, which will be out via Dull Tools on November 11. (The title track has been a live set highlight for some time.) They've also just made a video for "Spike Train," their contribution to the new LAMC split 7" with Parquet Courts. You can watch that below.

Future Punx also have a few CMJ shows, including the Oh My Rockness CMJ Kickoff party which happens tonight (10/20) at Baby's All Right with Doprah and headliner Tom Vek (tickets). The full schedule of their fest shows:

WED 10/22 @ CAKE SHOP NYC (5:30 PM) | Terrorbird day party
THU 10/23 - NYC CMJ (evening) @ The Silent Barn | Dull Tools showcase
SAT 10/25 - NYC CMJ (10:30 PM) @ Pianos | Birddog Promo showcase
Future Punx will also be going on a tour in November. Those dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Future Punx made a video for "Spike Train" (watch), announce new EP, opening for Tom Vek tonight ++ CMJ & more dates"

Zola Jesus at Webster Hall last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Zola Jesus concluded the US leg of her tour at Webster Hall last night (10/19), and she's got another (much smaller) NYC show happening later this week. She'll perform live at 'Urban Outfitters Afterfest presents MAKING TIME' at Le Bain at The Standard on Friday (10/24). In addition to her set, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P and Sammy Slice will all DJ. The show goes from 10 PM to 4 AM and is free with RSVP.

That's the first of two shows that DJ Dodger Stadium (the duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) have in NYC this week. The other is the Windish CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Brooklyn Bwol with Blue Hawaii, Team Spirit, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

by Klaus Kinski


I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.

While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.

The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.

You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.

by Bill Pearis

Fat White Family @ Bowery Ballroom 10/18/2014 (photo via @alexandra_rossi)
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Debaucherous UK band Fat White Family were in NYC over the weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (10/18). Lias Saoudi, the band's frontman, has a reputation for shedding clothing at shows and spent most of the Bowery set fully exposed. (Seen and called, Connan.) Did you go? How was the show, apart from being in-the-raw and in-your-face? The band were supposed to do an ultra-late-night set at Baby's All Right but it ended up not happening.

Fat White Family will be back in NYC this week for CMJ, having been added to the NME showcase at Glasslands on Wednesday (10/22) with Public Access TV, Bo Ningen, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, and Girlpool. That's a pretty great show and tickets are still available. You can get in with a CMJ badge too (based on capacity).

Meanwhile, Fat White Family, whose sound owes more than a little to The Fall, have a new single that tips their hat to that band's famous frontman. You can stream "I Am Mark E Smith," and check out a few more in flagrante (NSFW) instagrams from FWF's Bowery show, below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family played Bowery Ballroom naked, playing CMJ w/ Bo Ningen, Wytches & more ++ new single stream"

Porches with Greta Kline @ Baby's All Right (via beccaliebert)

Porches played their first of two nights at Baby's All Right last night (10/17), part of the the Baby's ongoing, pre-CMJ one year birthday party. The band were also celebrating their new Terrible Records single which you can pre-order on vinyl and listen to now below. The new song "Forgive" features a guest appearance by Greta Kline who also plays in Porches and leads her own project Frankie Cosmos who opened last night, but switches the order and headlines Baby's after Porches play tonight (10/18). After Frankie Cosmos, you can catch a set by Cashmere Cat who was added to the venue's schedule today.

If you can't make it to Baby's, Porches also added a Saturday night CMJ show at the soon-closing Death By Audio. The Arbutus/Terrible/JMC Aggregatee showcase also features sets by Tops (who played the even-later show at Baby's last night), Lydia Ainsworth and Regal Degal. The flyer for that is with the two new Porches songs below...

Continue reading "Porches released a single, add DbA CMJ show, finishing 2-night run @ Baby's (where Cashmere Cat was added tonight)"



flyer by Kevin Showkat

This year BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's All Right for our annual free day parties on Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th during CMJ, from noon-7pm each day. Bands will be announed next week (though we already revealed Protomartyr, King Gizzard and Bo Ningen). Meanwhile RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter.



Sailor Jerry returns as a sponsor and of course that also means free tattoos and complimentary beverages throughout the day. Stay tuned for exact details.

We're also happy to welcome Bell's Brewery as an official BrooklynVegan show sponsor. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase, and we'll have a free keg while it lasts at noon each day.

We're also at Baby's Saturday night (a show that is fully announced, not free, and has tickets on sale). Flyer for that and the other two official showcases we're sponsoring, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan CMJ 2014 free day parties: Save The Date"


Australia's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have a new album on the way, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, next month via Castle Face and the band recently shared another song off the album. Check out the fairly gentle "Hot Water" (most of the album is in crazy psycho overdrive) along with the previously released "Cellophane," below.

As mentioned King Gizzard will be in NYC for a whole bunch of CMJ shows, including BrooklynVegan's free Friday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right. Protomartyr are also playing that and the rest of the lineup will be announced very soon (we swear). Here's their entire CMJ schedule:

WED 10/22 @ Baby's All Right | CMJ Brooklyn Magazine Party
WED 10/22 @ Knitting Factory | Panache CMJ Showcase (tickets)
FRI 10/24 @ Baby's All Right (FREE) | CMJ Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
SAT 10/25 @ Pianos (FREE) | Bowery CMJ day Party
SAT 10/25 @ Rough Trade NYC | Austin Psych Fest CMJ Party (tickets)
SUN 10/26 @ Baby's All Right (FREE) | Panache CMJ Day Party & Hangover Brunch

After CMJ, King Gizzard will open, along with free spirit Connan Mockasin, for Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5 on November 4 (tickets). They've got lots more dates on their current tour, and all are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "King Gizzard share 2nd song from new LP, add more CMJ shows including BV free Friday day party (updated dates)"

No Sleep

As we've mentioned, BrooklynVegan is presenting a few events during CMJ and one of those is the No Sleep Records showcase happening October 21 at The Paper Box which starts at 6 PM and is FREE. The set times have now been finalized and they look like this:

Maps For Travelers: 6:00 - 6:20
Foreign Tongues: 6:35 - 6:55
In Between: 7:10 - 7:30
Rescuer: 7:45 - 8:05
Run Forever: 8:20 - 8:40
Aviator: 8:55 - 9:15
The Felix Culpa: 9:30 - 9:50
Xerxes: 10:05 - 10:25
Chris Farren: 10:35 - 10:55
'68: 11:10 - 11:40
John Nolan: 11:50 - End
If you show up early, you can get a No Sleep vinyl sampler which are being given away and limited to 150 copies.

BV is also co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase on October 23 at Acheron with Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens and Deep Pockets (tickets).

The official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday, October 25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).

BV will also have free day parties at Baby's All Right on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25) with Protomartyr, Bo Ningen and more TBA.


Brooklyn duo Jack & Eliza released their charming No Wonders EP last month, conjuring up early '60s pop like Ricky Nelson or The Everly Brothers. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio and we've got the premiere of the video for "Floodlights" in this post. Directed by Chloe Pang, its impressionistic asthetic fits the song nicely. You can watch below.

Jack & Eliza will be playing CMJ, with four shows to see:

Tuesday, 10/21 @ Pianos (10:30 PM) | Banner's CMJ Showcase
Wednesday, 10/22 @ The Delancey (2:15 PM) | Pancakes & Whiskey day party
Wednesday, October 22nd @ Rockwood Music Hall (10:15 PM) Deli Mag CMJ showcase
Saturday, 10/22 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (7:00 PM) | The Wild Honey Pie showcase
Flyer for their CMJ shows, and the new video, below...

Continue reading "Jack and Eliza made a new video, playing CMJ shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Creepoid at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)

Philly's Creepoid have had a very busy year so far. They put out a full length and an EP, both of which did justice to the shoegaze and slowcore bands of the '90s. They also did a ton of touring, and won us over at their NYC show with Dinosaur Jr. Now even more shows are on the horizon, as they're one of their many bands who will be in NYC for CMJ. Here's what their schedule looks like as of now:

10/22 - Brixton Agency Showcase at Grand Victory (5:45 PM) w/ Angel Dust, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen Death

10/22 City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase at Acheron w/ Singshot Dakota, Koji, Off & On, Meghann Wright (tickets)

10/24 Inland Empire/Hardly Art Showcase at Death by Audio (10:45 PM) w/ Protomartyr, Love As Laughter, Eaters, special guests

10/25 Graveface Records/Noisey Ghost PR Showcase at Lit Lounge (11:30 PM) w/ Serengeti, Dott, White Lighters, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Cancers, Ugly Kids Club

They've also got a Philly show in the middle of CMJ, and right after CMJ they play Union Pool on 10/26 with Drone Ranger ($8 at the door) and then open for Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion at Glasslands on 10/28 with Ricky Eat Acid and Black Clouds. Tickets for that show are still available. Full list of tour dates (including The Fest) below.

There's other good bands to catch on all of those bills, like Protomartyr (who also play a BV party) and Slingshot Dakota. Another one that's not to miss that we haven't highlighted before is White Lighters, who plays with Creepoid at the Graveface/Noisey Ghost showcase. White Lighters is the solo project of Nothing's Brandon Setta, and while he keeps things acoustic for this project, the songwriting style and shoegazy tones that he uses in Nothing are prevalent here too. His newest album, As Far As You Can As Fast As You Can, came out earlier this year and can be streamed below.

Streams of Creepoid's album and EP, a video, and their list of dates, also below...

Continue reading "Creepoid touring, playing many CMJ shows w/ Protomartyr, Slingshot Dakota, White Lighters (Brandon of Nothing) & more"

by Bill Pearis

the Muscadettes

One of the better up-and-coming acts at the 2014 Pop Montreal festival were duo The Muscadettes. Comprised of twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge (plus a drummer live), they make super-catchy, riffy rock with shouty choruses and hooks a'plenty. The band currently have a five-song EP out and will release their debut album next year. NYC can catch them next week when they play CMJ with four shows scheduled at present:

October 24 @ Lit Lounge (8:15 PM) | PaperCup showcase
October 24 @ Arlenes Grocery (2:45 AM [yikes]) | M for Montreal
October 25 @ The Shop (1 PM) | PaperCup CMJ day showcase
October 25 @ Fat Baby (12:30 AM)
Full lineups for their shows, show flyers and the EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Montreal duo The Muscadettes playing CMJ (dates)"

Cayetana in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)

NPR is returning to Le Poisson Rouge on October 22 for their showcase during CMJ this, but this time it's an unofficial show (no badges). They've got an eclectic lineup headlined by R&B singer Elle Varner, and also featuring another R&B singer (and Black Hippy, Big K.R.I.T., Chance the Rapper collaborator) BJ the Chicago Kid, plus singer/songwriter Lia Ices and Philly indie rockers Cayetana. Admission is free with RSVP.

Cayetana also play the official BrooklynVegan showcase happening 10/25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang and Sport (tickets).


As mentioned, the Fader Fort is back for CMJ 2014 at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with Kindness, Weyes Blood, ILoveMakonnen, Foxes in Fiction, TOPS, and more. Full lineup is listed below and RSVP is now open. Note it's 21+ only.

Continue reading "Fader Fort full 2014 CMJ lineup revealed, RSVP open"

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...

Continue reading "Bully releasing an EP, touring, playing CMJ (dates & stream)"


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...

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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.

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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...

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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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