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Swearin' at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) @ Baby's All Right
Now that The Walkmen are on hiatus, many of the members are taking on solo endeavors, including Peter Matthew Bauer, whose sound has more of the indie rock grit of the band's early days than the directions the other members are taking.

The Orwells, Twin Peaks @ Bowery Ballroom
Chicago invades NYC this weekend with their gutbomb deep dish pizza and fresh-faced bratty rock n' roll, the latter in the form of The Orwells and Twin Peaks. Should make for a fun, wild show.

Cults, Empress of @ MHOW
Shoe mogul Steve Madden is presenting this free show with anthemic pop combo Cults and Empress Of. While tickets were free, all have been claimed.

Deer Tick (American Songbook) @ Lincoln Center - The Allen Room
The American Songbook Series, which puts "American singers, songwriters, and composers in intimate concerts at The Allen Room," continues tonight with twangy bar rockers Deer Tick.

Kaki King, Glowing Pictures @ BRIC House
Tonight Kaki King brings her innovative guitar playing to BRIC House, the multipurpose venue/studio/learning center from the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn.

Tensnake, Juan Maclean, JDH & Dave P @ Output
German house producer Tensnake just remixed Duke Dumont, and he's got a similar knack for thumping house in his own material too. This whole bill is also pretty stacked, with DFA's Juan Maclean and FIXED's JDH & Dave P.

The Preatures @ Mercury Lounge
Ever wonder what it would be like if The Strokes and Haim were one Australian band. It might sound a little like Sydney's The Preatures, who were last here for CMJ. Sold out.

Richard Buckner @ Union Hall
Buckner's 2013 album, Surrounded, is somber with thick, haunting atmospheres, and some rich vocal harmonies that add a comforting warmth to the whole thing too. It's the kind of music that translates flawlessly to an intimate room like Union Hall.

Lapland @ Rockwood Music Hall
Lapland, the moniker of Josh Mease, makes ethereal folk that's not afraid of synthesizers or '70s soft rock. Tonight's show is a release party for his new album. It's a free show. You can watch a video below.

Swearin', Cassie Ramone @ Cake Shop
Swearin' deliver an excellent take on '90s rock with elements of Weezer, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr and more, but without ever sounding redundant. It makes for a thrilling live show too, and should get much crazier at tonight's Cake Shop show than tomorrow's much larger Music Hall of Williamsburg show. Cassie Ramone of the now-defunct Vivian Girls and The Babies opens with a solo set.

Cascading Slopes, Llamano, Listening Center @ Cameo Gallery
Cascading Slopes is the new electropop solo project from Connor of The Drums. His debut album , just out, is titled Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers, which may give you a good idea of the band's approach. They headline a new series called ELECTRICAL NIGHTS that promised to be an  "intimate evening of analog synthesizers, education, time travel and love."

Le Rug, Aaron Maine of Porches, Make It Up, Akhbar @ Silent Barn
Armed with an old drum machine and garage sale keyboards, Le Rug make nasally, attitude-heavy pop. Also on the bill is Porches frontman Aaron Maine whose songs should work well in solo format.

French Horn Rebellion, Damn Right!, Late Guest at the Party @ Glasslands
This show was originally supposed to be headlined by UK dancepop act New Young Pony Club who had to postpone for visa reasons. The party vibe remains, though, with FHR taking over the lead slot.

Ukiah Drag, Ivy, PC Worship @ Death By Audio
The Ukiah Drag make psych punk with a hint of western flavor. Following last night's show opening for The Men, you can catch them headlining this smaller NYC gig tonight.

Pontiak, Norman Westberg, Kid Millions / Jim Sauter Duo @ Union Pool
It's a great night for experimental music with Virgnia psych rockers Pontiak, whose new album INNOCENCE, is out on Thrill Jockey now, plus Swans member Norman Westberg, and a duo set from Oneida member Kid Millions and his collaborator Jim Sauter.

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Continue reading "What's going Thursday? (Swearin', Peter Matthew Bauer, Deer Tick, Orwells, Cults, Cascading Slopes, Kaki KIng & more)"

by Bill Pearis

line to get in Other Music on Record Store Day 2012
Other Music

As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:

We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.

While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.

Over at In Living Stereo on Great Jones, they'll have live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert's Drops, plus free PBR from noon. More info here.

Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Wild Nothing

Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).

Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Kim's Video & Music promises "DJ sets from some of your favorite local artists and DJ's" but they don't name names. They are, however, open at 8 AM.

Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.

still from Cake Shop's RSD video
Cake Shop

Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.

Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."

Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.

Co-Op 87 (via)

For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:

"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"
Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.

As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,

And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.

And if you're in the Windy City, BV Chicago and Saki Records are throwing a RSD party with live performances from Pink Avalanche, The Beets, Twin Peaks and more.

BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.

Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.

Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.

Continue reading "a guide to NYC #RSD13 in-store performances & special events"

by Bill Pearis

Mozart's Sister

Next up was Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant of Think About Life (and Shapes and Sizes before that) which brings and electro twist to R&B style pop. Anyone who has seen her other bands live before knows she has an amazing set of pipes and a magnetic stage presence to match, which is more than enough to carry the minimal live show which included a guy on bass and a second singer (last night was the debut of this configuration). It was also enough to make up for the sound issues that were clearly frustrating the hell out of Thompson-Hannant, who cracked jokes through her annoyance. - [BV @ M for Montreal 2012]
Caila released Hello, her second EP as Mozart's Sister, last month. Synthpop and R&B are filtered through Thompson-Hannant's idiosyncratic style and you can stream the whole EP below. She's also putting the finishing touches on her debut album but will bring Mozart's Sister to NYC at the end of the month for two shows: April 26 at Cake Shop and April 27 at Cameo with Joywave and Cascading Slopes (Jacob from The Drums' other project). Dates are below too.

Continue reading "Mozart's Sister (Caila from Think About Life) released new EP, playing NYC shows this month (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

El Sportivo

Brooklyn band El Sportivo & The Blooz will release their debut album, Nights & Weekends, next week (2/26) via White Iris, the label that gave us early tastes of Best Coast, Guards and FIDLAR. As the band's name implies, they've got a dusty, bluesy rock sound and we've got the premiere of the album's lead track, "Breaks My Heart," which you can stream below.

The band will play a record release show in NYC on February 27 at Pianos which is also part of the last week of Cascading Slopes and Ludwig Persik's residency there. Rumors and Twin Wave also play and advance tickets are available.

El Sportivo & The Blooz will also play another NYC show at The Gutter on March 9. They've got a couple LA shows this week as well and all tour dates are listed below...

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Cascading Slopes at Cameo, 1/31/2013 (via @FreshBread)
Warm Soda

Cascading Slopes is a new project from Jacob Graham of The Drums. Unlike his other band, this is 100% synthesiser-based music. His debut album, Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers, is out soon and "took two years to complete from its inception and was made using strictly voltage-controlled instruments." Jacob has been keeping a synth blog, Mild Slopes, for some time now. While no tracks from the album have been released yet, you can stream a portion of non-LP track, "Other Worlds," below.

The band made their live debut last week (1/31) at Cameo with Leverage Models. If you missed it, New York has a few chances to see them as the'll start a February residency at Pianos on 2/13 that will continue for the two following wednesdays (2/20, 2/27). All three nights also feature Ludwig Persick, and the 2/13 show also has TV Baby and Club Girls. Then the 2/20 show also has The Drowners and King Holiday, and then the final night of the residency has El Sportivo & the Blooz, Rumors and Twin Wave. Advance tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

A flyer for the Pianos residency and a video trailer are below.

Continue reading "Cascading Slopes is Jacob from The Drums' new band, NYC residency this month (streams)"