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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.

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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...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Caveman at Public Assembly - 10/20/12
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

Caveman played the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (10/20) at Public Assembly (their third BV-booked show in 2 years), headlining the front room right after Miguel played. Pictures from their set, which still had a large crowd (we were worried about the changeover with them on right after Miguel) are in this post.

Caveman will now make a couple more appearances in NYC this week, including Petty Fest at Webster Hall tonight (10/24) and a FILTER Magazine-presented party on Hudson RIver Park's Pier 57 on Friday (10/26) with DJ sets by Albert Hammond Jr. (of The Strokes) and Sinkane, who also played the BV Saturday day party. That show is free with RSVP but entry is first come, first served. The show runs from 8 PM to 12 AM. The flier and more pictures from the BV Saturday day party, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Dominick Mastrangelo

Ratking at Public Assembly - 10/20/12
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

Sinkane at Public Assembly - 10/20/12
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

NYC rap crew Ratking and funky synth pop project Sinkane both played a number of CMJ shows last week, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (10/20) which they were both on. Pictures of Ratking's and Sinkane's set from that party are in this post.

The two groups will team up again in NYC this week for an in-store at the Puma Store (521 Broadway) on Thursday (10/25) with DJ Physical Therapy. The show is 21+, runs from 7 PM to 10 PM, and you can RSVP to rsvp@joaonewyork.com. The flier for this show is below.

Ratking, as mentioned, also recently dropped a remix of King Krule's "Octopus" which you can stream below.

Sinkane, who since played a record release show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (10/23), has other upcoming shows in NYC, including one with !!! at Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/13) and one with ESG at Bowery Electric (11/1). They'll also be supporting Yeasayer (who main member Ahmed Gallab once drummed for) on their upcoming tour which hits the NYC area on November 13 at the Capitol Theatre (tickets). They'll also support Toro y Moi on their recently announced tour but won't be at the Webster Hall show (2/13) (Wild Belle and Dog Bite will).

A list of all Sinkane dates, a stream of Ratking's King Krule remix, and more pictures of Ratking and Sinkane from the BV day party (sponsored by Sailor Jerry, PBR, Mercy, and Raw Revolution), below...

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by Bill Pearis

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Dominick Mastrangelo

Sky Ferreira @ Public Assembly (by Amanda)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Pop ingenue Sky Ferreira played a handful of shows during CMJ week, including a sold out show at Union Hall and the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly where she impressed the still bleary-eyed with her pop smarts, vocal chops and undeniable charisma. Our party did not, however, get the cool lasers she had at her Bowery Ballroom show the night before, but there's video of it below, along with more pictures from our day party (which was sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution).

If you missed Sky at CMJ, she'll be playing a few East Coast shows next month including two in NYC: Glasslands on Nombember 28 and Mercury Lounge the next day (11/29). Tickets to Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today (10/24) at noon with a general on-sale Friday (10/26) at noon. Tickets to the Glasslands show go on sale Friday at noon.

All dates, more pictures and video from our party as well as her performing "Everything is Embarrassing" at Bowery Ballroom, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Angel Haze at Villain - 10/19/12 (via @wolverskulkbrecht)
Angel Haze

You already know what I thought of Merchandise's set at the Pitchfork showcase at Villain in Brooklyn on Friday night (10/19). Here's a bit on the rest of the stuff I saw.

Rapper Angel Haze was on when I walked in and she was probably the best act I saw at the whole show. She delivers with a fast, fierce flow and is a way confident performer. She has a style that will definitely appeal to hip hop purists, eschewing the slow flow of cloud rap and only using pre-recorded vocals if it benefited the song, not as a vice. But though she ignores current trends, she isn't overtly a throwback rapper either. Angel Haze is just a refreshing reminder of the levels that rap can be taken, something that really comes across in her powerful new song.

Hundred Waters at Villain - 10/19/12 (via @twodegreesinbebop)
Hundred Waters

Up next was Hundred Waters, one of my most anticipated bands for this year's CMJ. I'm not trying to draw any grand conclusions about their signing to Skrillex's label, which I'm still scratching my head about, but I will say that after seeing them it makes a little more sense why he would be interested. Though their album reminds me of a slightly more electronic Joanna Newsom, they're a lot louder and bassier at their shows. There's a noticeable split on stage -- the two girls stay on the left and if it was just them, they'd sound like a forgotten psych folk duo from the late '60s, and on the other side of the stage, the three guys handle drums, bass, and synths, vibing like an edgy jamtronica band. It's a weird mix, but it often meshes really well.

Hundred Waters were followed by Le1f, who I had seen the night earlier at the Studio at Webster Hall. Le1f fit in a lot better on this lineup than he did with the mostly hardcore rap lineup of the Studio show, and the larger crowd were way more into him in this environment. I'm still more a fan of his head knockers and the slower ones wash over me a bit, but still a fun set to watch.

Daughn GIbson was up next, and like Hundred Waters, his strong point is his eclectic mix of sounds. He played mostly off of his debut album, All Hell, which came out earlier this year via White Denim (he's since signed to Sub Pop) and combines gothic country with downtempo electronic music. While other beatmaker/singers like James Blake prefer to sit at their piano and let the music do the talking, Daughn is a natural born frontman and couldn't help but perform like a melodramatic barroom singer.

Then Merchandise played, after which I stuck around for a few songs by Holy Other. His new album, Held, is one of my favorite electronic releases of the year and Holy Other is really on some next level shit, but admittedly isn't much of a live act.

After I left, the crowd was treated to sets by METZ, DIIV, Joey Bada$$, and Death Grips. You can watch some videos from the show below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco / Thieves Like Us @ MHOW, 10/24/2012
Marc DeMarco
Thieves Like Us

Mac DeMarco was one of this year's CMJ's more entertaining players, his shows a mix of solid musicianship, and gleefully anarchic humor. No place was this more on display than the Captured Tracks official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (10/18) where he made jokes about his anatomy, flung himself into the crowd and made out with a (random?) girl near the stage. And some great songs too (his Mac DeMarco II had come out that week), with a backing band that could actually, y'know, play.

Less of an impression was made with the two previous bands. Dance outfit Thieves Like Us had it together but mostly lacked that certain something to make it special, though "Drugs in My Body" sounded great and the've come a long way from when I saw them open for New Young Pony Club in 2006. Openers Dignan Porch, making their first trip from the UK, were fine but not the most engaging live act.

We missed headliners DIIV (we've seen them a few times this year already) but there are more pics from DeMarco, Thieves Like Us and Dignan Porch (who are in Austin tonight [10/24]) below.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Robert Ellis / Technicolor Hearts/ Shakey Graves
Robert Ellis
Technicolor Hearts
Shakey Graves

BV Austin, in partnership with The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Mercy hangover prevention, presented a CMJ showcase of Texas bands on Thursday night at Rebel NYC. Here are some pictures from the shindig. They continue below...

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photos and video by Jessica Amaya

Foxygen / Field Mouse / Ex Cops @ Pianos, 10/19/2012
Foxygen
Field Mouse
Ex Cops

During CMJ if you find yourself on the Lower East Side with no specific plans, it's usually a safe bet that Pianos will have something interesting. For instance, BV photographer/videographer Jessica Amaya found herself at Pianos on Friday night (10/19) for The Deli's two-floor showcase and caught Foxygen and Murals downstairs (both of whom played our day party early that same day at Public Assembly, and then Field Mouse and Ex Cops upstairs.

Speaking of, Ex Cops play Glasslands tonight (10/23) with Historics and Young Boys ($10 at the door). More pics from Pianos on Friday night (plus video of Murals and Field Mouse) are below.

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photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Karoake chaos / Kirin J Callinan / Absolutely Free @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus, 2012
un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus, 2012
un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus, 2012

After a few days of utter CMJ madness, what better way to wash away your troubles than with Infinity Spaceship, the karaoke live band that specializes in punk/indie/hardcore and more. Perhaps due in part to the complimentary Raw Rev bars, Sailor Jerry's rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time) and a possible avoidance of hangover care of Mercy, the crowd at the BrooklynVegan un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus on 10/19 was more than ready to unwind by covering songs by Smashing Pumpkins, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits and many others while backed by the current and former members of On the Might of Princes, No Way, Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and more.

It wasn't all covers and amateur hour though. The Saint Vitus shindig, one night before our metal show in the same venue, also featured a pair of performances including mind-blowing, gothic guitarist Kirin J Callinan and Toronto's precise, rhythmically-adept Absolutely Free. Pictures of both bands and the karaoke crowd are below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Opossom @ Public Assembly, 10/20/2012
Opossum

New Zealand band Opossom were here for multiple shows during last week's CMJ Festival, including the free BV not-CMJ day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) where they kicked off the second stage action. (Same day as Miguel.) Most articles you read about them mentions that main man Kody Nielson is brother to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson (they were both in Mint Chicks) and they get compared to them as well, but I don't think Opossom sound anything like UMO, owing more to a classic pop sound with baroque and psychedelic leanings. They're definitely worth checking out live... which you've got one more chance to do in NYC. Like Popstrangers are doing tonight (10/23), Opossom play Pianos on Wednesday (10/24) and advance tickets are available.

UPDATE: Opossom have cancelled their 10/26 Toronto date and are instead playing another NYC show at Cameo with ARMS and Montreal's Blue Hawaii (members of Braids).

The Pianos show, part of an Opossom tour (dates below), is also with Australia's Teeth & Tongue and Big Scary, two more CMJ holdovers, making this an other-side-of-the-world triple feature. Philadelphia's Grandchildren round out the bill.

More pictures from Opossom's appearance at the BV day party (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution) and tour dates are below and look for the rest of Saturday's line-up of bands soon.

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by Caroline Harrison

Car Bomb at 285 Kent, 10/20/2012
Show No Mercy CMJ

Pitchfork's unofficial Show No Mercy CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/20) at 285 Kent featured New York acts Car Bomb, Batillus, Pyrrhon, Primitive Weapons, and Theologian. Special guest Andy Stott, who played earlier in the day at a Pitchfork & MoMA PS1 CMJ show, DJ-ed starting around 1:30.

Industrial electronic group Theologian played the first set of the night, followed by Primitive Weapons who slammed through an energetic set. Singer Dave Castillo's hardcore frontman antics kept the crowd engaged.

Brooklyn's Pyrrhon played two of the new tracks up on their bandcamp during their set and anyone who worried that the bizarro metal outfit couldn't keep up the anxious intensity of their debut LP needn't have worried. Pyrrhon is even weirder than ever, and they were at the top of their game on Saturday. New York doom metal fixtures Batillus played a roaring set after Pyrrhon. Their sludgy doom was a definite genre shift following the previous three bands.

Next up was Car Bomb who assault the senses when they play. Besides immense sound and dizzying technical prowess, the band has built -- yes, built -- a number of light effects triggered by different band members. The effect is a disorienting light show not suitable for people prone to motion sickness or seizures. (Word has it that Kimbra and her band showed up to see Car Bomb.) Following the last set of the night, Andy Stott's electronic set marked a shift in the evening, and the crowd turned over.

Pyrrhon will be playing at Saint Vitus on October 27th with Tombs, 16, and Serpentine Path. Batillus will also be playing at Saint Vitus, but on Nov. 19th supporting Nachtmystium, Jarboe, Bruce Lamont (of Yakuza, who played our own BBG's CMJ showcase on Saturday), and Lord Mantis. Primitive Weapons are playing with Vision of Disorder at Music Hall of Williamsburgon November 24 and supporting Into Another at Bowery Ballroom on December 16.

Car Bomb recently self-released w^w^^w^w, their first album since leaving Relapse Records. It is available digitally on their bandcamp page, and physical copies will be available "sometime in mid-October." Andy Stott's new album, Luxury Problems, is out on October 29 via Modern Love.

More pictures from 285 Kent are below.

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photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Yakuza / Royal Thunder @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
BV-BBG CMJ Showcase at Saint Vitus
BV-BBG CMJ Showcase at Saint Vitus

Fueled by Sailor Jerry's spiced rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time), the BrooklynVegan - BBG CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/20 (a measly $5 door fee at the door if you didn't have a CMJ badge), sold-out the venue with an eclectic mix of bands that exemplified "heavy music" in many different ways: the searing post-rock/post-hardcore/black metal of Sannhet, brooding cello loops by Helen Money, crusty metallic-hardcore from Enabler, Am-Rep-y hardcore by Fight Amp, searing bluesy hard rock from Royal Thunder and experi-metal from Chicago's Yakuza (check out our recent interview with Bruce Lamont). It was all six bands' only CMJ show.

If you missed Royal Thunder (shame on you), you can still catch them on tour with COC.

Special thanks goes out to Saint Vitus, Sailor Jerry, PBR, Raw Rev and Mercy for help making the show a reality. More pictures and video from Saint Vitus, though unfortunately no pictures of the amazing Sannhet, below...

Continue reading "BV-BBG CMJ showcase in pics/video (Yakuza, Royal Thunder, Fight Amp, Enabler, Helen Money and Sannhet)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Sacher

METZ at Public Assembly - 10/19/12
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

While much of the BV team has already seen and been sold on METZ a bunch in the last couple years, I didn't get around to it until this year's CMJ at the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) (they went on right after Savages). And having not been fully won over on the band's self titled LP (out now via Sub Pop), I admittedly didn't go into it with the same high expectations that many of the people who packed the venue had. That said, it only took me about a few seconds into their first song to "get it," and I'm 100% sold on METZ now. If anyone else out there is a naysayer, many will agree with me that METZ is really a band you have to see live. They're ruthless on stage, naturally thrashing around in the way that you just weren't seeing in indie rock's recent years when it was still rejecting punk. And lucky for METZ (and all of us), they've come along at exactly the right time, because people are showing that they really do care about this sort of stuff again.

More pictures and a video from METZ's set at the BV day party (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution) , and more tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Popstrangers @ Cameo, 10/19/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Popstrangers

New Zealand's Popstrangers played a few shows during CMJ, inclcluding the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase at Cameo on Thursday (10/18) which I stopped at briefly. The trio bring the noise, making a racket not unlike their NZ indie ancestors 3D's, all buzzsaw guitars, manic drumming and distorted, flinty bass. The band are still in town and will play Pianos tonight (10/23) with Majical Cloudz, Archie Powell & the Exports and advance tickets are available.

Carpark will release Popstrangers debut album, Antipodes, on February 26. The first single from the album, "Heaven," can be streamed below.

Also on the bill, as you may have seen, is Montreal's Majical Cloudz who are signed to Arbutus Records, who toured the UK with Grimes last month, and contributed to Grimes' album, Visions. They played the Arbutus party at Death by Audio on Friday (10/20), maybe you saw them then. You can stream a couple tracks below.

Continue reading "Popstrangers played CMJ, playing tonight at Pianos with Grimes' Montreal pals Majical Cloudz (song streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Sacher

Savages at Public Assembly - 10/19/12
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

As Bill pointed out in his review of their live debut at the Stereogum showcase, London post-punk band Savages were probably the most hyped band at CMJ 2012. I first encountered their live show at the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) and like almost everyone I know who caught them last week has been saying, believe the hype. We knew from the get-go that Savages weren't trying to be the most original band, with a sound overtly indebted to early '80s post-punk and goth rock, but at their shows, they prove that originality isn't everything when you can do it this good.

They play the kind of driving post-punk that has more to do with the genre's punk roots than the romantic new wave side, and they're a powerhouse when they deliver it. Piercing shouts and guitar noise are cemented by a driving rhythm section in exactly the way you want it to sound if you're a fan of this kind of stuff. Unlike fellow Joy Division lovers Merchandise, who are working on transforming a studio project to a live band, Savages have been spending their time establishing themselves a killer live band before they release a record (their only releases so far are a single and a live EP), and that's all you can really ask for from a band whose best trait is being abrasive.

More pictures and a video from Savages' set at the BV day party (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution) are below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

"Miguel is worth the wait #swoonme @brooklynvegan" - Mayuri Reddy

"Miguel's set @PublicAssembly was brief but chisel-sharp. Even his bodyguards were bobbing along. Thank you @brooklynvegan!! ML #CMJ2012" - Time Out NY

Miguel at (and outside) Public Assembly - 10/20/12
Miguel
Miguel

R&B's new favorite posterchild, Miguel stopped in NYC over the weekend and made surprise appearances at FADER Fort on Friday, which Pitchfork was at, and the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (which we announced on Friday). Here's a bit about our show...

As Miguel was preparing to go on, the venue hit capacity and there were still people lined up outside the door for the singer. It took a bit of extra set-up time to get the sound right, and his set was a short one, but the crowd seemed to agree it was still worth the wait. Due to last minute coordination issues, Miguel was unfortunately without his band and was only backed by someone on keyboards/samples, but that didn't hinder anything either. Even with the small set up, he filled the venue with rumbling bass, and Miguel, as sharp a singer live as he is on record, cut through the mix with ease. There seemed to still be a bit of uncertainty in his live show earlier this year, but whatever kinks may have existed have been worked out -- Miguel's arguably strongest point is now that he's such a confident performer. He worked the crowd with suave dance moves and show-offy vocal runs that left the crowd screaming and Miguel grinning at the power he's got up there. He opened with some earlier singles like "Sure Thing" but ended the set with Kaleidoscope Dream single, "Adorn," and at that point had everyone going wild and singing along.

Major label R&B has been slowly making its way into indie rock acceptance, and along with Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, Miguel is one of the leaders of this. But if you're still iffy on him or the whole trend in general, do yourself a favor and check him out live. I don't think anyone walked out of that room disappointed on Saturday. His next announced date in NYC happens when his tour with Trey Songz and Elle Varner hits The Theatre at MSG on December 5 (tickets). (editor's note to Miguel: cancel that tour and do your own headlining run!).

More pictures from his set at the BV day party, where we were proudly sponsored by Sailor Jerry, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Mercy, and Raw Revolution, are below...

Continue reading "Miguel @ the BrooklynVegan Saturday day party (pics, review)"

photos by Chris La Putt

The Luyas, MNDR, and Debo Band at The Greene Space, 10/19/2012
The Luyas
MNDR
Debo Band

WNYC's "Soundcheck" had a CMJ showcase last week (10/19) at the Greene Space with a typically diverse line-up: Montreal's The Luyas, Boston-based "Ethiopian groove band" Debo Band, and New York's MNDR -- not to mention the comedy styling of funnyman and BV-contributor Dave Hill. The whole thing was broadcast live and you can listen to -- or watch -- the whole thing over at WNYC. Meanwhile check out more pictures from the event below.

If you missed The Luyas while they were here for CMJ, they'll be back in NYC next week to play Mercury Lounge on 11/6 (tickets).

Meanwhile, MNDR will DJ Le Bain on Wednesday (10/24) along with DJ sets by Nick Catchdubs and Lauren Flax, and will play Santos on October 30 with Shiny Toy Guns, Colormusic, and Static Summer. Tickets are still available.

Updated tour dates for The Luyas, MNDR and Debo Band are below.

Continue reading "The Luyas, Debo Band, MNDR and Dave Hill played the WNYC 'Soundcheck' CMJ showcase (pics, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Merchandise at Bowery Ballroom - 10/21/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Merchandise

On Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, I made my way over to Brooklyn warehouse Villain, which has recently begun hosting shows, for Pitchfork's unofficial CMJ showcase. The venue's a pretty decent size, but with the wall running down the middle which separated the stage from the bar area, they could only let in 300 people. It's a nice location though, and they had great visuals for every artist, projecting footage of them performing blurred with trippy imagery onto the white wall behind the stage. I got there about a half hour before doors and was told that by the second act, the venue was at capacity, though with the always-crowded smoking pit and bar area, the crowd never felt too dense and it was easy to make your way to the front. I was there for about half the show and saw Angel Haze, Hundred Waters, Le1f, Daughn Gibson, Merchandise, and Holy Other. The whole lineup was great, but my main reason for going was to check out Merchandise, whose only other show this week was a post-CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/21) (pictured above), so I'll start there.

Merchandise have been around for a few years, but they gained a significant more amount of attention this year with their impressive Children Of Desire album. And the tunes sound great on record, but the band are still without a permanent drummer and when they tried to pull it off with a drum machine at Villain on Friday, it just didn't cut it. I spent most of their set in the front and their amps were twice as loud as the drum machine (it was a bit better in the back). I've heard people like to mosh at Merchandise shows and there were a few attempts at a pit, but with such a lack of power in the band's sound, I couldn't see the motivation for one. And when frontman Carson Cox demanded the crowd "wake up," it was hard to really agree that the crowd was at fault here. To give credit where it's due, all three members of Merchandise who were on stage were great. They had totally driving bass, sharp guitar lines, and Carson's voice was just as romantic as it is on record and it's still the band's selling point -- they just need a drummer to give them the push they deserve.

A video of Merchandise from their set at the Pitchfork showcase is below.

Continue reading "Merchandise (still drummer-less) played Pitchfork showcase at Villain, and Bowery (video, review)"

photos by David Andrako

"Main attraction of the night @araabmuzik @spinmagazine #cmj event CRAY!" - Amia Serrano

Chromeo @ DCTV Firehouse, 10/18/2012
Chromeo

It was a night for dancing not posing, but Chromeo's David "Dave 1" Macklovitch couldn't resist during the duo's DJ set at SPIN's CMJ party (brought to you by Red Diamond Wine, CABO Wabo®, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and JBL) on Wednesday night at the DCTV Firehouse in New York's Chinatown. So, just before theatrically dropping a beat and transitioning out of Moodymann's "Freeki Mutha F cker (All I Need Is U)," Dave 1, wearing his customary suit jacket, tight jeans, and hi-top poof of black curls, turned to the sidestage area and flashed his best glossy, flossy smile for a photographer, who was so tickled upon getting the shot that he ditched his camera soon thereafter to dance to a remix of the remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like." [SPIN]
SPIN threw a CMJ party at DCTV Firehouse in Chinatown on Thursday (10/18) with DJ sets by Chromeo (who DJed a few other shows last week), Araabmuzik and MNDR. More pictures from the party are below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Daughter at The Slipper Room, 10/17/2012
Daughter

Glassnote Records, home to Mumford & Sons and Phoenix among others, showcased some of their newest signees at a CMJ showcase on 10/17 at snazzy, newly-renovated Lower East Side club The Slipper Room. Daughter, who've been through NYC before and will release their debut album in early 2013, were headliners but the buzz came from Dublin, Ireland's Little Green Cars who seem to be very much in the Mumford way of radio-friendly folk (but who also aren't afraid to cover "It's a Long Way to Tipperary."

Sandwiched in between those two was Seattle's Robert DeLong who makes cheery electronic pop and who is currently on tour with The Faint. All tour dates for him and Daughter are below along with more pics from the Glassnote CMJ showcase.

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photos by Julie Schabel

Big K.R.I.T. at the Studio at Webster Hall
Big Krit

On Thursday (10/18), MTV presented a show at the Studio at Webster Hall with Killer Mike, Le1f, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Big K.R.I.T., and Flatbush Zombies. Andrew was there and you can read his full recap of the show HERE. BV photographer Julie Schabel was on the scene as well and her pictures from the show are in this post.

More pics below.

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Ghostface at Prospect Park in June (more by Ryan Muir)
Ghostface

Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Yakuza

tonight in NYC
* Rush @ Prudential Center
* Bern Nix @ The Stone
* Reigning Sound @ The Bell House
* Chromeo, Questlove @ Tribeca Grand
* Crosby Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre
* Kimbra, The Stepkids @ Webster Hall
* Small Black, Moon King @ Brooklyn Bowl
* MV & EE, Gap Dream, Herbcraft @ Big Snow
* Wild Nothing, Braids, Weekend, Forma @ Bowery Ballroom
* Com Truise, Poolside, Bonde Do Role @ Gramercy Theatre
* Theophilus London, Chip Tha Ripper, Phony Ppl @ Gramercy Theatre
* Kyp Malone, Monogold, Kelli Rudick, Bird Courage @ Autumn Bowl
* Andrew Cedermark, Twerps, Julian Lynch, King Cyst @ Shea Stadium
* LE1F, Labyrinth Ear, High Highs, American Royalty @ Cameo Gallery
* Doldrums, TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Majical Cloudz, Eola @ Death By Audio
* Car Bomb, Batillus, Pyrrhon, Primitive Weapons, Theologian @ 285 Kent
* Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Leaf Echo, Screen Vinyl Image @ Ding Dong Lounge
* The Psychedelic Furs, The Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield @ The Capitol Theatre
* Yakuza, Royal Thunder, Fight Amp, Enabler, Helen Money, Sannhet @ Saint Vitus
* Foxygen, Ghost Wave, Sleepies, Team Spirit, Bad Cop, Metalleg @ 59 Canal Street
* Holy Other, Vatican Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Orthy, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poission Rouge
* Sweet Lights, Correatown, Piney Girl, Backlights, Leland Sundries @ Pete's Candy Store
* Free Energy, Delicate Steve, Hundred Waters, The So So Glos, Conveyor @ Public Assembly
* Goose Hut, Mozart's Sister, Blue Hawaii, Solar Year, Valleys, C T Z N S H P @ Cameo Gallery
* Doldrums, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Troy Ave, Prince Rama, The So So Glos @ Knitting Factory
* Pictureplane DJ set, Doldrums, Ratking, Dj Dog Dick, Haleek Maul, Normally Important @ Glasslands
* Poolside (DJ set), Twerps, Mac DeMarco, Prince Rama, Slug Guts, Maria Minerva, Sky Ferreira @ 92Y Tribeca
* Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Troy Ave, World's Fair, Nick Catchdubs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* DIIV, Kilo Kish, Maria Minerva, Sky Ferreira, Mac DeMarco, Slug Guts, Jozef van Wissem, Twerps, Starred @ 92nd Street Y
* The Orwells, Savages, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Opossom, Murals, Zulu Pearls @ Pianos
* Sinkane of Yeasayer, Slowdance, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves, Weeknight @ Union Pool
* Lemonade DJ set, Supreme Cuts, Night Panther, Gracie, Field Mouse, Murals, Francisco The Man, Opossom, Magmana, My Dear Mycroft, Old Monk @ Cake Shop
* Hunters, Starred, Levek, Psychic Twin, Trap.Avoid, Decades, Bloodnstuff @ Pianos
* She Keeps Bees, Heliotropes, Young Adults, Slothrust, Pile, Yvette, Mr. Dream, Roomrunner, Speedy Ortiz, Fat History Month, Trabajo, Geronimo!, Ovlov @ Paper Box
* Har Mar Superstar, Eternal Summers, The Sundelles, Fergus and Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads @ Pianos
* Tunabunny, Orca Team, Chalk & Numbers, Beach Day, Eureka California, Bam Bam @ Public Assembly
* Blonds, The Stationary Set, PushMethod @ Arelene's Grocery
* Filligar, Turbo Fruits, Incan Abraham, You Won't, Cultfever @ The Living Room
* Unicorn Kid, DJ Mike Simonetti, Jerome LOL, Jensen Sportag DJ set @ Glasslands
* Barcelona, Born Ruffians, Choir of Young Believers, JJAMZ @ Spike Hill
* Soulive, Lettuce, Maceo Parker, Robert Randolph, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires @ Terminal 5
* The Weather Balloons, The Hairs, Radical Dads, Gross Relations, Lost Boy?, Puppies, I'm Turning Into, Haybaby, Butter The Children, Fan-Tan, Hippy @ Legion
* French Horn Rebellion, Gemini Club, Eytan & The Embassy, Nicos Gun, BEST FRIENDS, Noah Chenfeld @ The Studio at Webster
* The Frontier Brothers, Sphynx, Black Taxi, Quiet Company, Deadbeat Darling, The Modern Electric, Wild Adriatic, Black Wing Halo @ Mercury Lounge
* The Figgs, KB Jones, Enemy Planes, The Melismatics, Goldenboy, Golden Bloom, Apollo Cobra @ The Rock Shop
* Hank & Cupcakes, The Honey Brothers, The Skins, The Ugly Club, Joann Erdos, Blonde Summer @ Fontanas

The last night of CMJ! Do it up. Among your choices is the official BV/BBG CMJ Showcase at Saint Vitus with Yakuza, Royal Thunder, Fight Amp, Enabler, Helen Money, Sannhet.

Or if you're at our free day party at Public Assembly, you could just stick around for the NYC Popfest showcase with Tunabunny, Eureka California, Orca Team, Chalk and Numbers,Beach Day, and Bam!Bam!

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Like the one that happened yesterday with DIIV, there's also a free invite-only Bonnaroo365 party at The Hoodie Shop with High Highs, Elle King, Daughn Gibson,and The Stepkids.

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What else?

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

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BrooklynVegan SATURDAY DAY PARTY - 10/20/2012

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 The Orwells
01:00 Hunters
01:45 Sinkane (DFA)
02:30 Eternal Summers
03:15 Hundred Waters
04:15 Miguel
05:00 Caveman

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:15 Opossum
01:15 Tashaki Miyaki
02:00 Choir of Young Believers
02:45 Kitty Pryde
03:45 Ratking (XL)
04:30 Cities Aviv
05:15 Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

Like Friday, there is about 15 artists in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. Unlike Friday, we will also be giving out FREE TATTOOS on Saturday.

Like Friday, 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.

Pop up tattoo shop flyer and some videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Killer Mike (via BV Instagram)
Killer Mike

I spent most of my Thursday night (10/18) at the Studio at Webster Hall show for the MTV-presented show with Killer Mike, Le1f, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Big K.R.I.T., and Flatbush Zombies. The show got off to a late start but were sets were quick and so was turnover, so by the time Flatbush Zombies began their closing set, they were actually a bit ahead of schedule. Despite this great lineup in a relatively small venue, the place never filled up, but the small crowd was a pretty dedicated one, with most people sticking around for every act.

Killer Mike kicked things off, coming out with little introduction to "Big Beast," the biting opening track on his excellent 2012 LP, R.A.P. Music. Killer Mike's made a few notable guest appearances early on his career (Outkast's "The Whole World" and Bone Crusher's "Never Scared," the latter of which he played last night) and had his own hit around then with "A.D.I.D.A.S," but though Mike has continued to release albums and mixtapes since then, he's gone pretty under the radar until we were hit with the impact of R.A.P. Music. He focused much of his set on it, following "Big Beast" with "Untitled," "Go," and an a cappella version of "Reagan," which Killer Mike prefaced with a story about how he's not a political rapper, he's a social rapper, and the message of that song is for us to vote for politicians who will look out for our communities and the ones that surround us. Killer Mike's set was one of the best (if not the best) sets of the night, and he definitely set the bar too high as an opener, but he had to play early so he could head over to Irving Plaza for his show with GZA.

Le1f (via BV Instagram)
Le1f

Up next was Le1f, whose set was remarkably different from the rest of the bill. While most of the other acts delivered rowdy beats and crowd-working rhymes, Le1f stayed introverted with a passive flow over slower, bass swelling tracks. He was joined by two dancers on stage, both (like Le1f) decked out in camouflage. He did have a few bangers, which, just based on the mood of the show, came off best, and in that environment it would have paid off to focus more on those. But a solid set nonetheless.

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