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Shakey Graves

Alejandro Rose-Garcia is probably most recognized as "The Swede" responsible for luring Julie's heart on the second season of Friday Night Lights. This is convenient because his one-man band Shakey Graves is proudly, unarguably Texan. Texas forever, they say. His fingerpicking and stomps take on the grizzled weight of the Old West, but they can also expand into balladry aligned with (true Swede) The Tallest Man on Earth. In either scenario, he's a fierce contrast to all the digitally driven bands showing up at CMJ in spades. [The L Magazine]
Austin's Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is in NYC this week for CMJ and played a couple shows already, including one with Laura Stevenson and the Cans. His last show is tonight at our Texas Takeover Party, which happens at Rebel NYC (10/18) (5 PM doors) and is being presented by our BV Austin site. Admission is free with RSVP and drinks are free while they last too. The rest of the lineup features Robert Ellis, Grandfather Child, Wild Child, The Tontons, New York City Queens, Josiah Hall, and Technicolor Hearts.

Shakey Graves recently filmed a live video for "Roll The Bones," which you can watch below. The video sees Alejandro on stage by himself with guitar, kick drum, and vintage mic, giving some insight as to what you'll probably see at the party tonight.

Continue reading "watch a Shakey Graves live session; see him live at BV Austin's Texas Takeover CMJ party TONIGHT"

Tiny Fingers

Israeli band Tiny Fingers are visiting NYC and their next show is at our BV day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. They kick off the main stage line-up at noon. Our party is 100% free, you don't need to RSVP and there will be complimentary beverages from PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy.

We caught Tiny Fingers at the Jerusalem Music Conference in August and they were one of the highlights of the festival, a powerful, tight, proggy post-rock assault who sometimes perform with a singer, and sometimes without. They've opened for Mars Volta in Israel and that's a fitting double bill. You can stream last year's Massive Fingers Spacetrip and check out some live videos at the bottom of this post.

In addition to our day party, Tiny Fingers will play the CMJ Closing Night Party at Union Square Ballroom on Saturday (10/20, 9:45 PM) with I.U.D.M., Inky Jack, The Killing Floor, Hussle Club, Figo, and Alex English.

Another group we saw in Israel, though one that is a bit more fun and quirky, are called The Raw Men Empire and they're also currently on a tour of the US and in NYC for CMJ. Dates listed at their Facebook include Pete's Candy Store and Freddy's Bar (tonight, 10/18).

After CMJ, Tiny Fingers are sticking around NYC and will play Trash Bar on 10/22, Fontana's on 10/23, Pianos on 10/24 and Lit Lounge on 10/26. All tour dates are listed below, along with the album stream.

Continue reading "Tiny Fingers are here from Israel, playing our Friday day party and other CMJ/NYC shows (dates, stream & live video)"


MS MR released their four track EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, earlier this year and also made a video for each track and an official remix for each track by Charli XCX, Twin Shadow, Chet Faker, and Tom Vek, respectively, which they've been revealing on their tumblr. You can watch all four videos and listen to the Charli XCX and Twin Shadow remixes below.

The band kicked off a tour earlier this month supporting Grouplove which hits NYC on November 2 at Terminal 5 (sold out). But you can catch MS MR in NYC this week because they're taking a short break from the Grouplove tour to squeeze in some CMJ shows. One of those happens at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/18) with MNDR, Deap Vally, IO Echo, Sky Ferreira, and Gabriel Bruce. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge.

You can also see MS MR for free at the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), where they'll be playing the front room with Braids, METZ, Savages, Deap Vally, Murals, and Tiny Fingers. MS MR go on at 4 PM before Braids' headlining slot at 5 PM.

A list of all MS MR dates, those videos and remix streams below.

Continue reading "MS MR made videos for every track on their EP (revealing remixes too), touring, playing CMJ (including BV party)"


As mentioned, the Thursday night Hype Machine CMJ party with Hundred Waters at Brooklyn Bowl has a secret guest, and all clues are leading to that guest being none other than Lee "Scratch" Perry (who played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg one month ago. How was that?). Flyer below..

Continue reading "Lee "Scratch" Perry playing Brooklyn Bowl Thursday?"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Rufus the cat getting good use out of CMJ badge (via @robotsvsghosts)

Oh hey, it's CMJ time again (Wednesday to be exact). Here's a little recap of what BrooklynVegan did on Tuesday (10/17) night with some you-are-there type Instagrams. (Follow along in real time with @Brooklynvegan on Instagram or @BVpics and @bvCMJ on Twitter.) Here we go...

Ghost Wave @ Le Poisson Rouge
Ghost Wave

I was a little thrown off Tuesday as my original plan revolved around seeing French acts Bertrand Burgalat and Juveniles at the Union Square Ballroom. When both canceled last-minute, I had zero plan. After picking up my badge (a breeze) at Judson Memorial Church, I headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for some of the New Zealand showcase that's become an annual CMJ kickoff event at the Village venue. I caught the latter half of Ghost Wave (horrible name, but pretty good classic Flying Nun-style indie) and stuck around for about half of Die! Die! Die! whose blitzkrieg punk was certainly fun to watch.

I then hoofed it over to the L.E.S. where fellow BV writer Andrew Sacher already was... (-Bill)

Indians @ The Living Room (via @llllbfgllll)
Ghost Wave

The ease of making a record by yourself in your bedroom has inspired countless artists to do so, resulting in a ton of filler, but every now and then some real gems pop up. If you're looking to find a new one of those gems at this year's CMJ, Copenhagen's Indians (aka Soren Lokke Juul) is a good place to start. He played his first CMJ show at Living Room last night (10/16) for a WFUV showcase, and though he didn't have the highest attendance (early Tuesday is tough), those who were there were attentive the whole show. Rather than hiding his voice behind reverb or distortion like many of his peers, Soren's voice is his strong point. He belted out every song while providing piano, acoustic guitar, drum loops, and ambient backing tracks. Even on his own everything was well put together, so when Soren begins playing with a full band (like the one in his 4AD Session video), it feels pretty safe to say it's gonna be great. You can catch Indians again tonight (10/17) at the Hype Machine party at Brooklyn Bowl and Thursday at Fader Fort.

Quilt @ Arlene's Grocery (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)

Boston's Quilt made their way over to NYC last night for their only CMJ show this year, the Easy Apple/Vinyl District/Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records showcase at Arlene's Grocery. The band have been in NYC a bunch of times (they called it their home away from last night) but I've somehow managed to miss them every time until last night, and glad I finally caught them. They filled the venue with trippy Haight-Ashbury vibes, and still managed to sound fresh despite their obvious lineage to an era which is almost half a century old. I guess I had assumed they'd be playing acoustic guitars, but they went strictly electric and still captured the delicate folkiness of the record -- plus it allowed them to throw in some noise freakouts. The band were charming on stage too, cracking tongue-in-cheek jokes about how Flea is no longer in their band, and they gave a shoutout to Bob Weir, who turned 65 yesterday and said he was on stage with them on spirit (which also came off as a joke, but to some extent, they weren't wrong).

If you haven't heard Quilt's self titled LP which came out in 2011 on Mexican Summer, you can stream it at bandcamp. They'll be back in NYC to open for The Fresh & Onlys on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available.  (-Andrew)

Back to Bill...

Foxygen @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)

After seeing Quilt at Arlene's Grocery with Andrew, I walked over to Mercury Lounge (a trip Michael Cera needed a car for in Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist) for the showcase put on by our West Coast blog friends Aquarium Drunkard. Waiting in line to get in I met, Foxygen singer Sam France's two aunts and grandmother who were very, very proud of him. Not sure if they had an influence on me, but I thought Foxygen was the best thing I saw last night, a confident melange of late '60s / early '70s psych pop and glam that was exemplified by the closing number that seemed to merge "Under My Thumb" and "Suspicious Minds" into a new baby. France was a funny frontman too who seems to really enjoy the frontman role. Catch them at our day party on Friday.

Tashaki Miyaki @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Tashaki Miyaki

Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki were up next. I enjoy their hazy sound (Mazzy Star-esque as noted before) but they were not completely on their game last night, though their laconic vibe is a tough follow to Foxygen's showmanship. I spent much of their set trying to figure out how leftie guitarist played his righthanded instrument upside down. (Some brains just work that way.) Still, current single "Best Friend" sounded pretty sweet, and they should be a nice soundtrack to the early afternoon of our Saturday day party at Public Assembly (where you can catch them again while getting a free tattoo).

BV photographer Amanda Hatfield (her cat Rufus is at the top of this post), who had been at Ben Gibbard's intimate HiFi show earlier in the evening, tried to get in to Mercury Lounge but found it sold out, or badged-out or both. Some venues adopt a one-in-one out policy during CMJ, others give you a stamp that allows you to get back in anytime and others have the old "no reentry" policy, though you don't see that so much in the 10 years since the smoking band came into effect. Whatever way, it pays to show up early to something you really want to see.

Orwells at Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)

At midnight it was the NYC debut of Chicago's The Orwells whose album is out on Autumn Tone records (which is run by Justin of Aquarium Drunkard). All still in High School (or should be) and looked it too, they cranked out a hyper set of angst-fueled garage pop driven by wild-eyed frontman Mario Cuomo (not that one) who stalked the stage and generally went apeshit. In a well-worn Batman tee, he definitely brings the danger to The Orwells that otherwise look like someone's nice younger brothers. They were all clearly stoked to be playing New York City. They're playing many times this week, including an opening slot on our Saturday day party at Public Assembly.

Then I went to bed. It was only Tuesday, plenty of late nights to come. (-BIll)

What are you seeing tonight?


Savoir Adore played two CMJ shows last night, and one as part of the pre-CMJ Conflict of Interest party on Monday night at Rebel NYC. We missed all three, but check out a video from the Monday one, and a video of Spacehog playing "In the Meantime" at Rockwood Music Hall (true story), below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2012 kicked off Tuesday (Indians, Quilt, Foxygen, The Orwells, Savoir Adore, New Zealand bands + more)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fantasy Rainbow - Condominium (MP3)

fantasy rainbow

CMJ 2012 is kind of slim pickins for Anglophiles this year, with worthy post punks Savages taking most of the ink/slack. But if you have a jones for the Union Jack, one option is Manchester, UK's Fantasy Rainbow who are playing three shows this week: tonight (10/17, 7 PM) at The Rock Shop for the Let's Get Messy Party; Thursday (10/18, 7 PM) upstairs at Pianos for the Old Flame Records showcase (free); and Friday afternoon (10/19) for the Old Flame//Heist or Hit day part that is currently looking for a new home after Delinquency got shut down.

On record at least, Fantasy Rainbow the pseudonymn of Oliver Catt who makes a laid-back pop not too far away sonically from Real Estate. Fantasy Rainbow's debut album, Bos Taurus, is out next month in the UK and will make it's Stateside bow in early 2013. You can download the album's first single, "Condominium," at the top of this post or stream it below, along with a video for "O, Wierdo."

Continue reading "UK band Fantasy Rainbow readies debut LP, here for CMJ (dates, MP3, video)"

Takka Takka

Takka Takka whose sole announced upcoming show is the Ernest Jenning Record Company CMJ showcase at Grand Victory on 10/19 (with Dinosaur Feathers, Wild Yaks, Miniboone, and Daytona), have announced a new album, their first in four years. Listen to one of its songs, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Takka Takka announce new LP & song in time for CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

pow wow

Astoria, Queens' pow wow! are still kicking, if you were wondering, and have just released their long-cooking debut album, Don't Stop to Look, which finds the band leaving the party soul vibe of their early singles in favor of a folky jangle a la The Tyde or Felt. It's a nice little record, and you can stream the entire thing below.

Meanwhile, the band will be playing a CMJ week show at the Whatever Blog's party at The Gutter on Friday (10/19) with Wojcik, Passenger Peru and Quiet Loudly. Shortly after, pow wow! will be hitting the road with Quiet Loudly for a short East Coast/Midwest tour that kicks off on November 8 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. All tour dates are below.

Continue reading "pow wow! released debut album, playing this week, on tour in November (dates, stream)"

Ghoul sprays the crowd with blood at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

We are very sorry to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at St Vitus in Brooklyn this coming Sunday (10/21) due to massive shitdickery on our part. We'll try to make it up to anyone who was planning on going in the coming year. There's still an awesome show happening with Satan's Satyrs, No Stayer, and Destroyed In Seconds, so by all means go to the show! And if you don't mind traveling a little we will still be playing at NJDF on Saturday night. Right across the river. One PATH Train ride and you're there. -[Ghoul]
Sad to hear it. The ticket page still list Ghoul as part of the show, so no word as to refunds, etc. right now

Of course there are a few metal shows going on in NYC on that Saturday night (10/20) if you dont head to New Jersey, including the BV-BBG showcase with Yakuza, Royal Thunder, and many others (tickets).

DOWNLOAD: Blessed Feathers - "Winter Sister" (MP3)

Blessed Feathers

Wisconsin folk duo Blessed Feathers released their debut EP, Ocean of Weeds, earlier this month, and you can stream the entire thing below. The EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) and also features Thor Harris of Swans. You can also grab a free MP3 of one of its tracks, "Winter Sister," at the top of this post, and check out the video for another, "Holyoke/Springfield," below.

The band just landed in NYC for CMJ, and you'll have a number of chances to see them, including the free BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19), where they'll play an opening set in the back room at noon.

In addition to that, they'll play the SESAC showcase at Cake Shop tonight (10/17); the Popular/MCT day party at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/18) with GHXST, Savoir Adore, Ambassadors, Santah, and Royal Canoe; the Fred Perry Artist Lounge at Stratosphere Sound Recording Studios on Thursday with The Luyas, Poor Moon, Foxygen, Ape School, So So Glos, Slug Guts, and Bleeding Rainbow; the Planetary Group day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19) with The Orwells, The Intelligence, San Cisco, Turbo Fruits, Rah Rah, Twerps, The Trouble with Templeton, Tim Chaisson, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Elephant Stone, and Ditka; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on Saturday (10/20).

A list of all Blessed Feathers dates, a flyer for their CMJ shows, EP stream, and video are below...

Continue reading "Blessed Feathers are here for CMJ (including BV Friday day party) -- dates, EP stream, video, MP3"

by Bill Pearis


New Zealand's Opossom (aka former Mint Chick Kody Nielson and brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson) is visiting NYC this week for CMJ, and will play the BV day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which runs from noon - 6PM and is totally free. Full schedule is still to be revealed but Eternal Summers, Cities Aviv and The Orwells will be there too.

We profiled Opossom over the summer, and if you haven't checked out his album, Electric Hawaii, yet you can stream it at the bottom of this post. If you like Uknown Mortal Orchestra and have a fondness for trippy, groovy psych-pop, it's well worth a listen.

In addition to our day party, Opossom will play the Team Clermont showcase tonight (10/17) at Union Pool that's headlined by Matthew E. White; the Windish showcase at Pianos on Thursday (10/18, 9 PM) and then at the Wild Honey Pie showcase at Bar Matchless later that night (11:40 PM); the Bowery Presents party at Pianos on Saturday afternoon (4 PM) and the Cape Shok showcase as Cake Shop later that night (9:15 PM).

Opossom will be playing other North American shows while here, and all tour dates are listed below, along with the album stream.

Continue reading "Opossom is here, playing many CMJ week shows including Saturday BV day party (dates)"

this is happening Saturday....

As you know, we'll be serving complimentary Sailor Jerry drinks at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (70 N. 6th St) this Friday (10/19) AND Saturday (10/20), but on SATURDAY we're ALSO giving out FREE TATTOOS from noon-6pm (first come, first served).
To quote Sailor Jerry:

The Sailor Jerry brand was inspired by tattoo legend, Norman Collins, a true visionary with intense dedication to his craft and an unwavering rebellious and devil-may-care attitude. In honor of Collins' and the spirit of bad add music everywhere. We are proud to have artists Matty No Times and Jeremy Sutton from Three Kings Tattoo Parlor on hand giving complimentary tattoos at our Sailor Jerry Pop-Up Tattoo Shop. Even better, right after you get fresh ink stop by the bar and have a shot on Sailor Jerry Rum.
The tattoo choices are Anchor, Panther, Cherry, Dice, Swallow, and Sailor Girl, but there's a catch! We'll have a dart board and you have to shoot and get whatever tattoo it lands on! Crazy people can start lining up at 11:30am Saturday at Public Assembly...

Meanwhile check out Friday's lineup.

photos Chris La Putt

"Listen, I just watched OFF! and The Spits. I know nothing about with binders or whatnot, but Keith Morris lectured me about voting. #punk" - Scare Gardscare

The Spits @ Irving Plaza - - 10/16/2012
The Spits

CMJ at Irving Plaza (where there are big shows every night this week) began Tuesday night with the touring combo of OFF!, The Spits and Double Negative. It was a night of angry-not-punk rock... From a recent Rolling Stone article:

"With part of the hardcore mentality there became this batch of rules," [OFF!'s Keith] Morris tells Rolling Stone. "If somebody says, 'Well, you're hardcore' or 'You're punk rock,' I'm not gonna argue with you - except I'm not any of that stuff. I'm 57 years old. I'm just angry, and I'm pissed off."
Though it continues:
"What we're doing now is kind of like a party," Morris says. "And we invited some of the bands that we believe are the best to be playing with us, to make this special, to make our party on wheels something that we want a lot of different people to come to."
The party on wheels continues TONIGHT IN NJ (for those who missed the Irving show because they were home watching the debate).

Check out more pictures from NYC, OFF!'s setlist included, below...

Continue reading "OFF!, The Spits & Double Negative played CMJ @ Irving Plaza (pics & setlist), play NJ tonight (Wednesday)"

Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)

We've completed our coverage of this past weekend's Austin City Limits festival with a set of pictures from Sunday, Die Antwoord (like the above) included.

Die Antwoord have a new and controversial video for "Fatty Boom Boom" which you can watch below.

Still no word on the identity of the body found near Austin Music Hall.

Maybe you heard it's CMJ week here in NYC and we're already tired and we haven't even seen any shows yet. But we are pumped to be throwing two day parties on at Public Assembly. Saturday's line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out Friday's (10/19, including METZ, Savages and The Intelligence) here.

We also are sad to report that, despite what the flyer says, Sharon Van Etten is NOT playing that Thursday day party at Ace Hotel.


A "Million Muppet March" is being planned in Washington DC on November 3 (three days before the election) to protest Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS if elected president. The second of three Presedential Debates happens tonight at 9 PM EDT... UPDATE:

Speaking of, Menomena just toured through NYC and played Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom.

The Lollipop King is suing South Park.

Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Beyonce playing Super Bowl; Million Muppet March, Die Antwoord, Godspeed!, Julie Dorion, Lollipop King, ACL & more"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADThe Orwells - Mallrats (La La La) (MP3)


Elmhurst, IL garage rock brats The Orwells are in NYC this week for CMJ, playing five shows, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (10/20) at Public Assembly that we haven't announced the full line-up for yet, though Eternal Summers are playing it. But soon we will reveal all.

The band released their debut album, Remember When, earlier this summer on Aquarium Drunkard's Autumn Tone records and you can download the ridiculously-catchy "Mallrats (La La La)" at the top of this post and watch its video below. Given their label, it may not surprise you to learn that The Orwells play tonight (10/16, midnight) at Mercury Lounge as part of the Aquarium Drunkard showcase that also features Dent May, Tashaki Miyaki, Foxygen, Calvin Love, Rafiq Bhatia, and Murals. That's a pretty good show.

You can also catch them on Wednesday (10/17, 8:30 PM) at Santos for the Noisey/Vice showcase; Friday (10/19, 1:20 PM) at Pianos for the Planetary Group day party; and then Saturday (10/20, 6:30 PM) at Pianos for the Bowery Presents day party.

A list of all Orwells' CMJ appearances is below.

Continue reading "The Orwells are here, playing Saturday BV day party and other CMJ week shows"

Lawrence Arabia @ CMJ 2012 (more by Andrew St Clair)

OFF! at Deluna Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

tonight in NYC
* Sarah Goldfeather @ Barbes
* Mika @ Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier @ Zebulon
* Ben Gibbard, Beth Wawerna @ HiFi Bar
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Terminal 5
* Virgil Moorefield Ensemble @ The Stone
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Beacon Theater
* SSPS, Father Finger, Phemale @ Big Snow
* The English Beat, Paul Collins @ BB King Blues Club
* OFF!, The Spits, Double Negative @ Irving Plaza
* Weekend, The So So Glos, Skaters @ Shea Stadium
* Autodrone, Foxes in Fiction, Datalog @ Spike Hill
* The Heavens Atheist Gospel Trombone Choir @ Joe's Pub
* The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Wharton Tiers, Aquadora, Neg Fi @ XPO 929
* Light Asylum, LE1F, True, Kirin J Callinan, Regal Degal @ Glasslands
* FORMA, The Golden Awesome, Royal Baths @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Little Green Cars, Wax Poetic, Savoir Adore, Indians @ Living Room
* Clemm Rishad, Max Burgundy, Yo Majesty, Gliffics, Dujeous @ Paper Box
* Strange Talk, Robert DeLong, Gemini Club, Doe Paoro @ The Bowery Hotel
* Dancing Heals, The Split, Holy Wave, Old Bricks, Zulu Wave @ Muchmore's
* The Ettes, Blaudzun, The Strange Familiar, Capsula @ Santos Party House
* Natureboy, Eli Mardock, Conveyor, Pree, The City and Horses @ Living Room
* White Gallery, Math the Band, Young Evils, Ducky, Future Screens @ Cake Shop
* James Iha (DJ Set), Luke Jenner of The Rapture, Sean Glass (DJ Set) @ Site/109
* Gwar, DevilDriver, Cancer Bats, Legacy of Disorder @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Chrome Canyon , Metz, Roomrunner, Moon King, Mood Rings, Heavenly Beat @ Cameo Gallery
* Tubetops, Clementine & the Galaxy, Danny Chait, The Indecent, The D.A. @ Alphabet Lounge
* Yan Wagner, We Were Evergreen @ CMJ Union
* Malachai, Ursula 1000, Good People, Inkie, Archie Pelago, DJ Milo @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Six60, Die! Die! Die!, Ghost Wave, Popstrangers, Lawrence Arabia, Tom Lark @ (le) poisson rouge
* Dent May, The Orwells, Tashaki Miyaki, Foxygen, Calvin Love, Rafiq Bhatia, Murals @ Mercury Lounge
* Mean Creek, Sydney Wayser, Young Hines, Joywave, Earthquake Party!, The Lost Brothers @ Union Hall
* Psychobuildings, Virginia Plain, Test House, Zachary Cale, Plates of Cake, Woodsy Pride @ Union Pool
* Sparxx, Caged Animals, EULA, Gunfight, Squareheads, So Cow, Surfing , Imaginary Friends @ Legion Bar
* Friend Roulette, Royal Canoe, A Severe Joy, You Won't, Happy People, Yellow Red Sparks, Cult Fever @ Pianos
* The Floorwalkers, Taurus, Black Taxi, Spacehog, Darlingside, Teddy Geiger, Marit Larsen @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Mister Lies, Psychic Twin, Cemeteries, Mean Lady, Levek, Cuckoo Chaos, Field Mouse, Teen Daze, Way Yes @ Pianos
* Caddywhompus, Prince Rupert's Drops, The Revivalists, Quilt, The Midnight Hollow, Street Smells @ Arlene's Grocery
* Heliotropes, Leda, Beach Day, Backwords, The Suzan, Easy Lover @ Public Assembly
* Friend Roulette, Zula, Making Movies, Rice Cultivation Society, Joshua McCormack, Howth, sean0sean @ The Rock Shop
* Everest Cale, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Blonds, Swear and Shake, Town Hall, John Delore, Backwords @ The Delancey
* Levek, Young Magic, Mean Lady, Slow Magc, TOPS, It's Rain In My Face, Blue Hawaii, Tjutjuna, Yung Life, Stag @ Pianos
* Team Spirit, Slam Donahue, Zulu Pearls, You Won't, Murals, Isaac Delusion, Incan Abraham, Spanish Prisoners @ Pianos
* Ambassadors, The Jane Doze, The Last Royals, Born Cages, Gospels, Ace Reporter, Starlight Girls @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Thieves Like US, Teen Daze, Delicate Steve, Dent May, Heavenly Beat, Mac DeMarco, Bleeding Rainbow, Young Evils, Grand Resort @ Webster Hall
* Harris Trucks, The Netherlands, Dirty Fences, Gentleman Hall, The Raw Men Empire, Live Footage, Optic Yellow Felt, TV Club, Capelle @ Fontana's
* Basement Batman, Teen Commandments, Brick & Mortar, Wild Adriatic, No Way Jose, Glocca Morra, Luther, Dave Wakeling (of The English Beat) @ Spike Hill
* RAC, Alex Winston, Savoir Adore, Viceroy, Ghost Beach, Robert DeLong, Blackbird Blackbird, Queen of Hearts @ Santos Party House

The 2012 CMJ Festival starts today and about 90% of the above shows are associated with it. You can follow @bvcmj on Twitter for more coverage. What's on your CMJ agenda?

Speaking of, we finally announced the lineup for our Friday (10/19) day part at Public Assembly which starts at noon. Check out the line-up here.

One of tonight's shows, the France Rocks showcase at the Union Square Ballroom lost both Bertrand Burgalat and Juveniles from the bill today, we are sad to report.

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Bloodiest at Saint Vitus, Nov 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Saxophonist, vocalist and all around Chicago rennaissance man, Bruce Lamont welcomes Beyul today, the new LP from his long-running experimental metal outfit Yakuza. The longplayer is Yakuza's first LP in two years, and it has been just as long since the band last appeared in NYC with Triptykon. That will all change when Yakuza headlines the BV-BBG CMJ showcase on 10/20 at Saint Vitus with Royal Thunder, Fight Amp, Enabler, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets for that event (just $5) are still available, or get in with your CMJ badge.

With Beyul out now and CMJ officially here, we asked Bruce Lamont about the new record, his other projects and hometwon of Chicago. That conversation is below.

Continue reading "An interview with Bruce Lamont of Yakuza (whose album 'Beyul' is out now)"

King Tuff @ Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
King Tuff

We've known King Tuff were going to be at CMJ this year, as part of their tour with The Intelligence, but now we know the specifics. Kyle and the band will play three times next week: The Sub Pop showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/18 (11:20 PM) with Pissed Jeans, Metz, Daughn Gibson, Poor Moon and Debo Band, then the Inland Empire showcase at City Reliquary on 10/19 (7 PM, invite only) with Sinkane and more, and finally DIY space Cheap Storage on 10/20 (midnight) with Royal Baths, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker. The band have extended their tour as well, with newly-added West Coast dates. Updated tour schedule is below.

King Tuff also have a new single out, "Screaming Skull," that isn't pulled from this year's self-titled album on Sub Pop. You can stream it below and buy it from Sub Pop or the merch table on tour.

Meanwhile, we just revealed that The Intelligence will play our BV day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), headlining the back room at 5:15 PM. Check out the FULL SCHEDULE for Friday here.

Meanwhile, The Intelligence play Maxwell's on Wednesday (10/17, tickets) with Ba Babes, then the My Social List free day party at Public Assembly on October 18 (4:30 PM) with Roomrunner, Wild Yaks and Royal Baths, then later that night at Death by Audio as part of a killer bill with Montreal krautrockers Absolutely Free, locals Parquet Courts and Viva L'American Deathray Music. The DbA show is not affiliated with CMJ and $7 gets you in at the door.

King Tuff dates and song stream are below.

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DIIV at River Rocks, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

DIIV already revealed they'll be headlining the Captured Tracks CMJ show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (10/18) and will also play the KEXP CMJ day show at Union Square Ballroom on Thursday and also at Fader Fort (RSVP) that same day too, not to mention the Pitchfork party on Friday (10/19).

The band will also be the secret guest at the Life or Death PR CMJ show Saturday night (10/20) at 92YTribeca that also includes Twerps, Slug Guts, Mac DeMarco and more (though no 2nd secret guest as originally announced). $10 at the door, or get in with your CMJ badge. More info here.

Full line-up for the 92YTribeca show, set times and the flyer, and DIIV tour dates, below...

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We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Friday looks like...


BrooklynVegan FRIDAY DAY PARTY - 10/19/2012

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Tiny Fingers (from Israel)
01:00 Murals
01:45 Deap Vally
02:30 Savages
03:15 METZ
04:00 MS MR
05:00 Braids

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:00 Blessed Feathers
12:40 Foxygen
01:25 FIGO (live)
02:10 IO Echo
03:00 Sky Ferreira
03:40 Doldrums
04:30 Toys That Kill
05:15 The Intelligence

That's 15 bands in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. If you have to work, call in sick!

And show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. You can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars. Get your photo taken in our free photo booth courtesy of PBR and Poggled.

Saturday lineup (same time, same place) coming soon...


Meanwhile you'l also find us, or our BV Austin site to be more specific, repping Texas at Rebel (a free and official CMJ party), and at Saint Vitus on Saturday night.

Astoria duo Foxygen will release their new album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, via Jagjaguar in January 2013. Sam France and Jonathan Rado seem to be taking the entirety of 1969 (Stones, Love, Scott Walker, Ennio Morricone, Curtis Mayfield, VU, etc) and cramming it in a blender, making one big psychedlic pop cockail. You can stream the album's trippy, groovy single, "Shuggie," at the bottom of this post. Also below is a stream of their Take the Kids Off Broadway EP which came out over the summer.

Meanwhile, the band will be playing a load of shows this week for CMJ, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. They'll play early (12:45 PM) in the back room. The lineup also includes Murals, METZ, Deap Vally and Doldrums and more, not to mention complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy drink.

Foxygen's other CMJ shows are as follows: tonight (10/16, 10 PM) at Mercury Lounge for the Aquarium Drunkard showcase; Thursday (10/18) at Brooklyn Bowl for the Hype Machine's party; then on Friday (10/19) after our party they'll play Bowery Ballroom (8 PM) for the High Road Touring showcase, then upstairs at Pianos (10:20 PM) for the Deli Magazine showcase; and two shows on Saturday (10/20) first at Pianos (4:30 PM) for the Bowery Presents party and then that night at Fuzz NYC (10:45 PM).

The band will also support Of Montreal for a few shows in December, including Webster Hall on 12/11 (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.

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Doldrums at MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Doldrums (the project of Airick Woodhead) are in NYC this week for a number of CMJ shows, including the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge (10/17), the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery (10/19), the Bug Fights showcase at Glasslands (10/20), the Tumblr showcase at Knitting Factory (10/20), the Pitchfork/PS1 show at MoMA PS1 (10/20), and the Arbutus showcase at Death by Audio (10/20).

We're happy to announce that you can also catch them, free of cost, at our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19). We'll also have complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy hangover prevention drinks, and the rest of that Friday lineup is coming soon announced!

Airick's brother Daniel's band Moon King will be here for CMJ too. He'll share that Arlene's Grocery (10/19) bill with Doldrums (and some on-stage collaboration isn't out of the question). Moon King will also play the Oh My Rockness showcase at Cameo TONIGHT (10/16), the Noisey showcase at Santos (10/17), the Windish showcase at Pianos (10/18), the Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/19), the Deli Mag showcase at Pianos (10/19), and a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (10/20) with Small Black. Tickets for that BBowl show are on sale now, or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.

Lists of all Doldrums and Moon King dates and videos from both artists are below.

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Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eternal Summers

Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.

Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and . Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.

Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.

The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.

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Passion Pit @ BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit, who just played Saturday Night Live, just announced they'll headline Madison Square Garden on February 8 with openers Matt & Kim. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/19) at noon. Pretty amazing they were playing Pianos just four years ago. Updated Passion Pit dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, some of you may have noticed Ayad Al Adhamy is no longer in Passion Pit, deciding instead to focus soley on his group Team Spirit. The band have signed to Vice & Warner Brothers and NYC will have a bunch of chances to see them this week during CMJ, including the Banners showcase at Pianos tonight (10/16); the NYC Taper day party at Pianos on Wednesday (10/17); the Noisey CMJ showcase at Santos later Wednesday night; and the Fuzz showcase at the Swat Bar on Saturday (10/19). They've also got a few dates with White Denim and Maps and Atlases and their full tour schedule is listed below, along with a stream of their EP from earlier in the year.

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Hundred Waters at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hundred Waters

Gainesville's Hundred Waters are in NYC this week for a number of CMJ shows, a handful of which we've already mentioned, including the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (10/17) (tickets), the Hype Machine party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (10/18) (free with RSVP), the I Guess I'm Floating day party at Pianos on Thursday (10/18) (free), the Deli Mag showcase at Pianos on Friday (10/19) (tickets), the Pitchfork showcase at Villain on Friday (10/19) (free), and the Consequence of Sound showcase at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) (tickets).

We're also happy to announce that Hundred Waters will be playing the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20). That show is totally free and there will also be free PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy drinks. Full lineup TBA, but meanwhile you can see who is playing our Friday party.

If you haven't heard Hundred Waters' self titled debut album, which came out this past February, it's been a steady grower all year. Since its relatively quiet release, the band have built more and more buzz, eventually leading to them touring with Skrillex, who re-released the album on his OWSLA label, along with a remix EP. Though signed to OWSLA, Hundred Waters don't fit sonically with their labelmates, instead operating in a realm of baroque art pop more similar to the recent output of Joanna Newsom and My Brightest Diamond. A stream of the entire album, their recent video for bonus track, "Hydrodictyon," and a list of all dates are below.

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