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Mazzy Star at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mazzy Star

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Mazzy Star, Psychic Ills, Mariee Sioux @ Terminal 5
Mazzy Star just released their first album in 17 years, and Seasons of Your Day finds Hope Sandoval and David Roback sounding dreamy as ever. Psychic Ills, Mariee Sioux open tonight's sold-out show.

Cold Cave, Bad Girlfriend, Young Boys, Nothing @ Tammany Hall
Tonight is the latest Red Bull Sound Selects show, featuring gothy headliners Cold Cave. Like all RBSS shows, this one is $3 but you do need to RSVP.

Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest @ Barclays Center
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. This show is doubly special because it's the first of A Tribe Called Quest's two "final" shows.

Minor Alps (Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield) @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws make a good musical couple; Minor Alps' debut is tuneful and smart, and one of 2013's underrated albums. Stream it via Rdio.

Mavis Staples, Jake La Boyz @ City Winery
Soul legend Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers) is still very active, touring consistently and continuing to release new music (including this year's Jeff Tweedy of Wilco-produced One True Vine). Tonight she returns to NYC for her second time this year for a three-night run at City Winery. This is night 3.

Rice Cultivation Society, Unicycle Loves You, All Forces, Maya Vik @ Pianos
Do you like Rhythm Nation-era Janet Jackson and the late-'80s production style of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in general? So does Norwegian singer and model Maya Vik, who mimics that style on her new EP with precision accuracy. Stream a couple tracks below.

Royal Canoe, Starlight Girls, Beast Patrol @ Glasslands
Canada's Royal Canoe make relatively arty indie pop, and tonight they return to NYC for a headlining show at Glasslands.

Joe McPhee, Richard Hell, Arto Lindsay, The Thing @ Guggenheim Museum
This show is in celebration of the Guggenheim's Christopher Wool exhibit, and features jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, punk legend/writer Richard Hell (who has been doing live readings lately), no wave vet/composer Arto Lindsay, and free-jazz collective The Thing.

David Sedaris @ Carnegie Hall
Author and humorist David Sedaris, who released Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls earlier this year, returns to Carnegie Hall for a solo evening for anecdotes, quips and stories in his typical sardonic style.

A Benefit for Corrine! @ Union Pool
Naked Heroes, Callers and many more will be performing tonight with all proceeds going to help a friend's medical costs. More details here.

Anasazi, Green Beret, Condition, Rank, The Three Muskateers @ The Acheron
NYC's make intense, gothy post-punk, and they've been playing a lot lately but are always worth catching.

Noting Changes w/ The Hunt @ Home Sweet Home
This weekly fog-machine-fueled darkwave party celebrates the reissue of The Hunt's 2009 album with a reunion performance from the now-defunct band (two of whom are now in Cult of Youth).

Fellow Project, Earworms, Suaka, Somerset Thrower @ Saint Vitus
This is a solid melodic punk show with sets from Fellow Project, Earworms, and Somerset Thrower. (Suaka are on the bill too but are a metal band.)

Satellite of Love: A Tribute to Lou Reed @ Rodeo Bar
Speed the Plough, King Missile's John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more artists will be performing songs by Lou Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM - midnight, free.

The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's playing tonight, but you can check Max's Twitter.

John Hodgman: Secret Society was supposed to happen tonight at Union Hall but is being rescheduled.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Divine Fits @ SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Spiritualized

Hollerado @ Glasslands in January (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Hollerado

My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, James Murphy (DJ Set) @ Times Square
Like they did last year, CBGB Festival is throwing a big free concert in Times Square. This year's feature's two major indie bands -- My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear -- a side project made of two major indie bands -- Divine Fits (Wolf Parade and Spoon) -- a DJ set from LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records guy/David Bowie remixer James Murphy, and The Wallflowers.

Like last year too, there are two stages -- North and South -- in two segments: 11 AM - 2PM (Lisa Loeb, The Wallflowers, Divine Fits) and 4 PM - 7 PM (James Murphy, Grizzly Bear, MMJ). The only specific set times we know are Divine Fits are at 1 PM and Grizzly Bear at 5 PM (both play the North Stage). You can kinda estimate what the other set times will be from that. More info is here.

Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockasin, Lansing-Dreiden, Linda Perhacs, Quilt, CO LA, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Weyes Blood, Soldiers of Fortune @ Pioneer Works
Day two of Mexican Summer's 5th Anniversary is another incredibly line-up of music with the U.S. live debut of avant-kiwi Connan Mockasin, a reunion of enigmatic artrockers Lansing-Dreiden, the NYC live debut of cult folkie Linda Perhacs... not to mention Spiritualized, No Joy, Quilt and more. Tickets are still available.

Kelela, Dance System, Secret Guest, J-Cush, Durban @ 285 Kent Avenue
Kelela first caught our attention when she appeared on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since made her way into the Fade to Mind universe, roping in producers like Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit, and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME, which is out now.

Meat Puppets, Enemy Planes @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the pioneers of cowpunk with 30 years under their belts, Meat Puppets have settle into a laid back groove as comfortable and familiar an an old pair of jeans. There's a reason you still love them.

Nic Lawless (& His Young Criminals), Pat DiNizio (of the Smithereens), Jon Caspi & The First Gun, Bronze Fondue, The X-Men, Creeptones @ Cake Shop
Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio headlines this night of garagey powerpop as part of the CBGB Festival.

The Features, Hollerado @ Glasslands
Tennessee band The Features are just fine, but we'd go just to see Canadian rockers Hollerado who mix hooks, smarts and chops -- plus a few well-aimed confetti cannons.

The X-Patsys, Rhys Chatham @ Issue Project Brookyln
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with avant-garde country band The X-Patsys (aka actress Barbara Sukowa and artists Robert Longo and Jon Kessler).

Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death, Ivan & The Parazol @ Knitting Factory
You get two sides of the garage coin with this tour: BDoD unleash party-friendly rippers, where Hanni El Khatib are more on the soulful side. This is the second of two NYC shows for these two groups.

Waiting for Henry, Valley Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
You know Dave Hill as a comedian and shirtless concertgoer, but did you know he can also shred? Catch his seriously impressive guitar skills tonight with his band Valley Lodge.

Fuzz, CCR Headcleaner @ Mercury Lounge
Do you pine for the early '70s monster riff days of Blue Cheer and prime Black Sabbath? Ty Segall does too, hence his proto-metal band Fuzz in which he sings and plays drums, heavy on the fills. Tonight's stop with tourmates CCR Headcleaner is sold out, but you can catch them on Sunday at Death by Audio.

Obits @ The Bell House, 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Obits

Obits, Lame Drivers, Family Curse @ The Rock Shop
Obits' third album, Bed & Bugs, recently dropped on Sub Pop and it's their most varied album to date, but still a rager -- and maybe the best thing they've done yet. Get up close tonight in the tiny confines of The Rock Shop.

Comedy Bang Bang Live @ NYU Skirball Center
Do you enjoy the awkward talk show comedy of IFC's Comedy Bang Bang? Sweater-loving host Scott Aukerman has taken the show on the road. Bandleader Reggie Watts isn't part of it but Paul F. Tompkins is, though if Reggie was going to make a suprise appearance anywhere in the country, it would probably be here. Sold out.

Solar Year, Black City Lights, Prism House, GPSYMTH @ Pianos
NYC-via-Montreal production duo Solar Year might be best known for their Grimes collaboration, but they also make some solid electronic pop of their own.

Antibalas, TUELO & Her Cousins @ Roulette
NYC Afrobeat band Antibalas are playing two hometown shows this weekend. Tonight's is a benefit for MIMA Music (whose mission is "to build a global network of arts-education programs, music education partners, and music based curriculum in under-served schools around the world"), and tomorrow they're at Highline.

Ski Lodge, Love Inks, Swimming, Napolean, Truthers @ Shea Stadium
Austin's Love Inks keep their arrangements sparse, allowing the airy charms of their songs to shine through. Their new album, Generation Club, is a winner. We like headliners Ski Lodge too, of course.

Arto Lindsay, Saint Rich, Callers, Celestial Shore @ The Bowery Electric
This is one of the better CBGB Festival shows, headlined by Arto Lindsay, who actually played CBGB a few times back in the day with his no wave band DNA. Opening are three younger local bands: Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich, indie folk-turned-indie pop band Callers, and avant-pop trio Celestial Shore.

Those Darlins, Gambles @ Union Pool
Tennessee's Those Darlins started off making '70s Loretta Lynn style country but quickly grew beyond those constraints. Their third album, Blur The Line, adds a little glitter to the mix, making for sleek, snarly rock.

CocoRosie @ Webster Hall
CocoRosie are back with their first new full length in three years, and after previewing songs from it at an intimate Brooklyn show before its release, and tonight they play a much bigger NYC show, and their first one since the LP's release.

Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ NYCB Theatre At Westbury
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. They hit NYC next week, but tonight they're in the area for a Long Island show.

Bonobo, Paul Basic @ Terminal 5
UK IDM producer Bonobo released his newest album, The North Borders, earlier this year via Ninja Tune, and played Webster Hall around the time of its release. Tonight he returns to NYC for his largest headlining show here yet, Terminal 5. After the show, Bonobo DJs the afterparty at Slake.

Ginger Baker @ Iridium
One of the greatest living drummers of any genre, Ginger Baker is best known as one third of Cream but is a master of many styles. This is his first of a five-night run at Iridium, and tonight's show is part of the CBGB Festival too. 8 PM and 10 PM shows.

Glenn Tilbrook @ Wonder Bar
One half of one of the best songwriting teams of the last 35 years, Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook will pull from that deep cannon of catchy tunes tonight. Funny guy too.

Modern Life Is War @ The Studio at Webster Hall (early) and Saint Vitus (late)
Modern Life Is War had a six-year career with three excellent albums in the 2000s, and after calling it quits, they sort of unexpectedly became a super influential band, with their melodic hardcore style coming back to life in bands like Touche Amore, Defeater, and others. Now they're fully back in action with a solid new album, Fever Hunting, and an active touring schedule that hits NYC for two sold out shows tonight. Studio show will be opened by Night Birds, Deathcycle, and Wet Witch; and Vitus will be opened by Incendiary and Survival (not the Hunter Hunt-Hendrix one).

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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As mentioned, Callers are about to start a March residency at Williamsburg venue Union Pool and we now know the rest bills for each show. The kickoff show on March 7 features Olga Bell and TEEN; the March 14th show is with Fang Island; and on March 21 it's Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple and still-to-be-revealed "special guests." Tickets for each show are $8 and and advance tix for the 3/7 show are on sale now.

Flyer for the residency is below.

Continue reading "Callers announce line-ups for NYC residency (Olga Bell, Luke Temple, Fang Island, TEEN and more)"

Callers

Brooklyn/Providence crew Callers released their third album, Reviver, last year via Partisan. Originally a collaboration between Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton, Callers are now a four-piece band and if you haven't heard the new album, you can stream it below via Spotify.

The band are gearing up for a March residency at Union Pool where they'll play the first three Thursdays in the month (3/7, 3/14, 3/21). Callers are promising some exciting guests to share the bill with for these shows, including Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, and Fang Island. As full line-ups (which will include "secret guests") and schedules haven't been finalized, we don't know which dates they are playing (maybe on the same bill, maybe not) but we'll keep you informed. No advance tickets as of right now.

Album stream below....

Continue reading "Callers plan NYC residency in March at Union Pool with special guests (Fang Island, Luke Temple included)"

Callers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Callers

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* The Big Pink @ Le Baron
* Diane Birch @ City Winery
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Drew Gasparini @ Joe's Pub
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Dirty Fences, haters @ The Flat
* Ghostlimb, Old Wounds, Descender @ Lit
* Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Wale, DJ Clark Kent, Black Cobain @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hippy, Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars, Haybaby @ Glasslands
* King Charles the Martyr, Raccoon Fighter @ Mercury Lounge
* Callers, Sam Micken's Ecstatic Showband Revue @ Mercury Lounge
* Alexander Hacke, Martin Bisi, Valerie Kuehne, Paul Wallfisch, Little Annie, Sally Norvell @ The Delancey

Callers were supposed to play their album release show for Reviver at Mercury Lounge with Sam Mickens back in November but that show was cancelled due to weather and will take place at the same venue with the same lineup tonight (1/7). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

It's one of the final Precious Metal Mondays at Lit Lounge tonight, with Ghostlimb, Old Wounds and Descender, plus BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) as the night's DJ.

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Reunited Brit-poppers Suede, who are working on a new album called Bloodsports (due out this March), just revealed the first song from that album, "Barriers." Stream it below or you can download at their website.

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photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
Jeff Goldbloom
Fish

The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.

Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.

Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!

Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.

Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.

The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.

ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.

Continue reading "members of My Morning Jacket, Yuck, Hospitality & more joined forces for Rock Lottery 3 (pics, streams)"

DOWNLOAD: Callers - "Heroes" (MP3)

Callers at MHOW last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Callers

Brooklyn's Callers, who just wrapped up a tour with Wye Oak which hit the NYC area twice last week, are heading out this October as a support act for Dirty Projectors on their European tour. Upon returning home, they'll play a local show with fellow Brooklynites Sam Mickens Ecstatic Showband & Revue at Mercury Lounge on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (9/26) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/28) at noon. All Callers dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Callers will release their new album, Reviver, on October 9 via their new label, Partisan Records. You can grab the track "Heroes" off of that album above, or stream it below.

Sam Mickens is working on a new album too. It's titled Kayfabe: Laamb of G.O.D., and it was successfully funded on kickstarter earlier this month. The video for his 2011 single, "One Final Round," is below.

A list of all dates, song stream and video below.

Continue reading "Callers playing NYC show w/ Sam Mickens (who is releasing an LP) after European tour w/ Dirty Projectors (dates & MP3)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Wye Oak @ MHOW 9/20/2012 / the bouquet (via @wyeoak)

Papa Roach flowers

"Tonight is a very special night," Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak told the crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. "Tonight is the night I got flowers from Papa Roach."

As you may have seen, earlier this week Wasner participated in The AV Club's ongoing 'Hatesong' feature where they get musicians and other famous types to talk at length about a song they can't stand. Jenn chose Papa Roach's 2005 hit, "Scars," and was actually kind of sweet about it in the piece:

So, you know, it's cool to not like things, but I guess now that I'm sitting here staring at this guy's lyrics, because it's so heartfelt and like you said, it was a life-saving song, for some reason I feel like I'm having a hard time picking it apart the way that I do when I'm just laughing at it when I hear it.
As happens in this internet age, things get around quickly and the article found it's way to Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix who had a good sense of humor about it (and apparently really liked the interview) and decided to send flowers to Wye Oak's dressing room last night. Wasner tweeted, "Ok fess the FUCK up WHO DID THIS?? Is this for real??" with a picture of the bouquet. "Yes It's For Real," replied Papa Roach who then further tweeted, "those are some pretty flowers! Haha all good girl.... Take care and good luck in this crazy biz we call show! Jacoby."

"The moral of the story is, if you talk shit, people will send you flowers." Wasner had the flowers on stage last night for Wye Oak's set, which came near the end of a summer-long tour that had them on the road with Dirty Projectors. The band play tonight (9/21) with current tourmates Callers in Hoboken at Maxwell's and tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from MHOW are below.

Continue reading "Wye Oak received flowers from Papa Roach, played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Callers (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Callers at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
Callers

Brooklyn's Callers, who just played Union Pool last week (how was that?) recently signed to Partisan Records and will put out their new album, Reviver, on the label on October 9. The new single, "Howard 2 Hands," which you can stream below, sees them drifting even further from the folk-leaning sounds of their debut towards the pop direction they began toying with on 2010's Life of Love.

Callers have been added as an opener to fellow boy/girl duo Wye Oak's recently expanded tour, which was just expanded even further. After hitting NYC for the the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/20) show, the two bands will play another NYC area show at Maxwell's the next day (9/21). Tickets for both the MHOW show and the Maxwell's show are available.

A list of updated dates and that song stream are below.

Continue reading "Callers releasing LP, touring w/ Wye Oak (dates and stream)"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by David Andrako

The Walkmen @ BAM
The Walkmen

BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).

Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.

The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.

Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.

Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
Sharon Van Etten

The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.

Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)

After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.

(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)

One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).

More pictures from Thursday below...

Continue reading "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry night 1 pics & review (The Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Zs & more)"

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.

The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.

3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "National-curated BAM Festival lineup announced (Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon, Antlers, Zs & many more)"

Colin at SXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Colin

Avant-saxist Colin Stetson, who was just added to ATP NJ, has some other dates scheduled this summer. Those dates include a NYC show on August 12 at 92YTribeca with Callers. You can also catch Colin performing as part of Bon Iver's 9-piece band on Bon Iver's tour with The Rosebuds which includes sold out NYC shows at United Palace and Prospect Park in August. Colin also recorded on the recently released album which recently made No. 2 on Billboard.

The 92YTribeca show is after Callers finish up a tour with another weirdo-instrumentalist Nat Baldwin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but the Dirty Projectors member plays on July 29 at Union Pool with Nomo. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of weirdo-instrumentalists, Colin Stetson also tours with Emily Wells who "will crush any preconceived notions you ever had about classical music and hip hop". They don't play any dates together in NYC but Emily will play on July 12 at Tammany Hall, August 14 and 21 at Ace Hotel, and November 12 at St. Peter's Luterhan Church (at 9:30am and 4:45pm). Emily is also currently working on a new full length "Mama" and scoring a documentary film about the beat writer Richard Brautigan (author of cult classic Trout Fishing In America).

All tour dates for all artists mentioned here, below...

Continue reading "Colin Stetson, Emily Wells, Nat Baldwin & Callers shows"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano

Our Band
Our Band

The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...

Continue reading "'Our Band Could Be Your Life' in pics, video & review (Dirty Projectors, St Vincent, Dan Deacon, Ted Leo, Wye Oak & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - "Civilian" (MP3)

Wye Oak @ Rock Shop on 1/27 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Wye Oak

Wye Oak have announced more dates, and as predicted, they will return to NYC to headline Bowery Ballroom in April. The NYC date is April 14th, and with their tour-mates Callers. Look for tickets to go on sale this week.

Wye Oak are currently out on the road with Cold War Kids in Europe, and will kick off their next fun of North American dates a few days after they release Civilian on Merge Records (home of Grammy superstars Arcade Fire).

Wye Oak just played NYC shows four nights in a row, one at Rock Shop, and three at Beacon Theater with the Decemberists who they continued on tour with.

All tour dates are listed below...

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Wye Oak @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Wye Oak

One day after they open for the Decemberists for three nights in a row at Beacon Theater, Wye Oak will play a private record release show at the intimate Rock Shop in Brooklyn. You can't buy tickets to the show, but I have four pairs that four lucky winners can win. Details on winning your way into the 1/27 show are below.

Wye Oak stay on the road with the Decemberists through February 4th (then Mountain Man take over as opener for Colin Meloy and gang). Wye Oak then get back on the road in March for four nights with Lower Dens whose only other announced show at the moment is February 25th gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg which goes on sale Friday at noon.

After playing with Lower Dens, Wye Oak will go out on tour with Callers who can also be found at Union Pool in Brooklyn on January 29th with Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors and Teen. Callers released an album called "Life of Love" via Western Vinyl in 2010.

Wye Oak's new album, Civilian, will be released by Merge Records on March 8th. You can pre-order it now. Lower Dens, who released their full length Twin-Hand Movement back in July, released a new single called "Batman" this week. You can listen to that song, with all tour dates for all bands and contest details below...

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Here we go magic

"To date, Luke Temple has been unconfined by genre. His full-length debut Hold a Match for a Gasoline World presented heartfelt folk tunes and expansive pop numbers filtered through a unique outsider perspective. Last year's follow-up Snowbeast was an avant statement full of interwoven light and dark imagery recorded entirely in his Brooklyn bedroom.

Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke's self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material. Luke recorded the album at home using analog synths, a cassette 4-track, and his trusty SM-57 mic, coloring the sound with warmth and creating textures you want to wrap yourself in." [says Luke's PR/bio]

The rebranded Luke Temple has a bunch of shows coming up including some with Department of Eagles which includes the sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on January 19th. There's also February 15th at Southpaw, March 3rd at Le Poisson Rouge, SXSW, and a whole bunch of non-NYC/Austin dates across the country, BUT FIRST the old-original-actual Luke Temple will be playing a solo show tonight, January 16th, at Le Poisson Rouge with Jonah Smith.

Definitely check out the three tracks streaming at MySpace. All dates below...

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