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As mentioned, Cold Beat, which features members of Grass Widow and Erase Errata, will play NYC Popfest on late Sunday afternoon (5/31, 5:30 PM) at Littlefield as part of the all-day show that also features Eternal Summers, Club 8 and more. Tickets are still available.

They've expanded their East Coast / Midwest tour, including a couple more NYC appearances. The same night as their Littlefield show, Cold Beat will play Silent Barn (5/31) with OCDPP (featuring Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls), In School, and Arm Candy. More info on that show here. Then they'll play Union Pool on June 10 with Dream Police (featuring members of The Men), as well as Melt which is a new Cassie Ramone project. That show is $10 at the door.

In other news, Cold Beat will have a new album, titled Into the Air, out on September 4. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Cold Beat prep 2nd LP, expand tour, add 2 more NYC shows in addition to Popfest (updated dates)"

METZ @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
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Torres @ Seaport, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

METZ, FIDLAR, Grooms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Toronto's METZ upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with their second album which has better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. Their tour with party boys FIDLAR is a bit odd, except that both groups turn crowds into a sweaty mess. They're alternating headline slots, with METZ headlining tonight. (FIDLAR headline's last night's Bowery show.) If you're going to this show, don't miss local openers Grooms whose new album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, is terrific.

Pat Jordache, Vesuvio Solo @ Elvis Guesthouse
Over the last three years, Pat Jordache has transformed from arty indie rock into a paranoid party band, with liquid bass, sinewy funk, and sonar dub. If you dig The Pop Group (or Mark Stewart's solo work), Japan, or classic 4AD band The Wolfgang Press, Pat Jordache is successfully mining a similar vein.

Screaming Females Q&A w/ Ted Leo & performance @ Apple Store
Screaming Females have two NYC appearances this week, this being the first. It's free, and in addition to performing, Screaming Females will give a Q&A with Ted Leo. They play NYC again tomorrow at the BV-presented 'Chris Gethard Show' premiere party.

Pixies, John Grant @ Beacon Theatre
While it's not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you're going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.

Torres, Aero Flynn @ Baby's All Right
Torres' new album has her diving even further into heavy rock territory at some parts, but also incorporates somber folk-inspired songs, art pop and more. Tonight's her first of three upcoming NYC shows in support of it.

Portal, Impetuous Ritual, Negative Plane @ Saint Vitus
Australian death metal band Portal and related band Impetuous Ritual just wreaked havoc on Maryland Deathfest this past weekend, and now they bring their insanity (and masks) to NYC.

Future Brown, 3D Na'Tee, Maluca, mikeQ, Rizzla @ Output
Future Brown is the dance music "supergroup" of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. Their debut album came out earlier this year on Warp.

The Catenary Wires @ Rough Trade
Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey are indiepop icons who have been at the heart of much-loved groups such as Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research, and Tender Trap. Their latest musical venture is The Catenary Wires. Where previous bands have been decidedly poppy and brash, The Catenary Wires make melancholic folk, but still with their knack for melodies. This is a free show, no purchase of any kind is required, and they'll

Cassie Ramone, My Teenage Stride, Fletcher C. Johnson, Unhappy Mondays @ Shea Stadium
This is a solid bill of local bands, including onetime Vivian Girl and Babies singer Cassie Ramone, solid garage rocker Fletcher C. Johnson and underrated indiepop band My Teenage Stride who don't play out enough for us these days. Opening act Unhappy Mondays claim to be the " 2nd greatest Happy Mondays cover band."

Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil's Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the '60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single "Estrellar" which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year's World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note -- he's at Birdland through Saturday.

STUDIO TALK: REVOLUTIONS ON-AIR with Tony Humphries, Marley Marl, DJ Red Alert, Merlin Bobb @ Red Bull Studios New York
Red Bull Music Academy's annual month-long NYC takeover comes to an end this week with just three more events. The next one is STUDIO TALK: REVOLUTIONS ON-AIR, happening tonight, and like all of their events, it should be an interesting one. NYC radio legends Tony Humphries, Marley Marl, DJ Red Alert, and Merlin Bobb will be gathered in one room to have a discussion about NYC in the 80s, and the short documentary they all appear in (watch it below).

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2015 lineup; Atlas Sound, Foxes In Fiction and more playing BrooklynVegan showcase"

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Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies), Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and OJ from XRay Eyeballs have formed a new group called OCDPP. Dee Dee plays drums, and OJ describes their sound as 80's LA punk influenced. OCDPP will play their first show on Thursday (4/9) at Elvis Guesthouse with Flowers of Evil (members of Crocodiles, SISU, APTBS) and Dark Tunnels. Tickets are on sale and flyer for the show is below.

OCDPP will also be playing Baby's All Right on May 15 opening for Ian Svenonius' Chain & the Gang. Future Punx are also on that show and tickets are on sale.

Chain and the Gang, who released Minimal Rock n' Roll last year, only have one other show on their schedule: May 22 at Columbus, OH's Ace of Cups.

Continue reading "OCDPP = Cassie Ramone, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & OJ of Xray Eyeballs: live debut on Thur + date w/ Chain & the Gang"

Honeyblood

Glasgow indie pop duo Honeyblood recently wrapped up a North American tour with 2:54 that hit NYC back in February, but before they go home they'll squeeze a few more dates here including another in NYC. It's a totally free one, happening Saturday (3/28) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all-around excellent lineup of Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Bong Wish and Aye Nako.

All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 LP, below...

Continue reading "Honeyblood expand tour, playing free NYC show w/ Cassie Ramone, Mannequin Pussy, Aye Nako & Bong Wish on Sat"

by Andrew Sacher

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Rocky

Long-running singer/songwrriter and former Waxwing frontman Rocky Votolato is returning this year with his eighth solo album, Hospital Handshakes, which is due out on April 21 via his new label home No Sleep. It follows releases on Barsuk and other labels, making him at least the second artist after Harvey Danger to team up with both Barsuk and No Sleep. The record was produced by former Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla, who also produced Harvey Danger frontman Sean Nelson's recent solo album and many other records.

While Rocky's often heard without too much more than an acoustic guitar, the album's lead single "The Hereafter" is the kind of catchy, driving indie rock that wouldn't be out of place on another Walla-produced album, Nada Surf's The Weight Is a Gift. And while it still retains Rocky's intimacy, there's also an undeniable Springsteen influence on those anthemic melodies. Listen below, via Stereogum.

Rocky's gonna get even more intimate when he goes on his living room tour which begins in Orcas Island, WA this week (3/12) and wraps up in Seattle in late April. Like they usually are on these living room tours, the venues are unannounced, but advance tickets for most dates are on sale.

The tour's NYC stop is technically in a living room, but it's a living room that frequently doubles as Bushwick DIY venue Suburbia. It happens April 2 with a great lineup featuring another '00s Barsuk songwriter, Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett (now on Topshelf), and former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone. This show actually has no advance tickets; it's $10 at the door.

That's one day after Kind of Like Spitting's full-band tour with The City on FIlm (Braid co-frontman Bob Nanna's other band) hits NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall (4/1). Opening that one is the No Sleep-signed Lee Corey Oswald, and the band Living Room... who live at Bushwick venue Suburbia. Tickets are still available.

All Rocky Votolato dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Rocky Votolato releasing new LP on No Sleep, touring, hitting NYC w/ Cassie Ramone & Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett"

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The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...

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Jonathan Toubin is halfway through his "2015 NYC Subway Tour" where he's got a DJ gig every night in January. Tonight (1/13) he's at LES bar Local 138 where he's spinning with Stephanie Husky and Aaron McCann. After the month's tour ends, Toubin will only slow down slightly. He's just announced the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit which happens on February 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion are headlining, with additional performances by Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve). There will also a "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA. Toubin will be the DJ for the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/14) at noon and proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

Woolen Men @ Baby's All Right in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Portland, OR trio The Woolen Men will release a new EP, titled Rain Shapes, via Loglady Records in early 2015. You can check out a song from that, "Rain Shapes" -- a driving number in the band's catchy understated style. It premieres in this post and you can watch it below.

Woolen Men, who played the BV-presented Red Bull Sound Select show back in April, will be on a short East Coast tour starting next week, including a few NYC shows. They'll play one of the final shows at Death by Audio on November 6 with Lame Drivers and a mystery TBA headliner. Any guesses on who that might be? That Red Bull show was headlined by Woods (and Woodsist have put out Woolen Men records)...hmm.

They'll also play Shea Stadium on November 11 with Hamish Kilgour, and Cassie Ramone, and finally Cake Shop on November 12 with Journalism and Lures.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "The Woolen Men releasing new EP (stream a track), playing East Coast dates, including NYC at DbA, Cake Shop & Shea"

by Bill Pearis

free time

Australian expats Free Time released a new 7" last month via Underwater Peoples. The A-side was an upbeat rocker (in a Feelies kind of way) called "Esoteric Tizz." The B-side, "Guess Work," is much more chill and instrospective. The video for the song, shot in stark black and white by director Johann Rashid, fits the song's vibe, a quiet portrait of New York City that looks like it could've been made by Beth B or Jim Jarmusch in 1980. That makes it's premiere in this post and you can watch it, and stream the other side of the single, below.

Free Time just played Cake Shop last night with Australian band The Stevens (who have two more NYC shows), and you've got a couple more chances to see them in the coming weeks with more Aussie bands. They play September 21 at Glasslands with Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Cassie Ramone and Liam Betson (tickets), and then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, PC Worship and Dark Blue.

Video and single stream below...

Continue reading "Free Time released a new 7" & video (streams), playing shows w/ Dick Diver, Cassie Ramone, more"

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Sonny Smith is putting the finishing touches his and The Sunsets' new album which should be out early next year. In the meantime, he and the band are gearing up for a late summer tour, including a NYC stop at Death by Audio on September 5 with Cassie Ramone and The Whips. This will be the debut of a new Sunsets lineup, featuring Shayde Sartin of Fresh and Onlys on bass and Dylan Tidyman Jones late of The Mallard on keyboards.

All dates are listed, along with streams of a few of Sonny's past releases, below...

Continue reading "Sonny & the Sunsets working on new album, going on tour, playing Death by Audio with Cassie Ramone (dates, streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Calvin Love / Las Rosas @ Seaport Music Fest 7/18/2014
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Las Rosas

With spiky hair and a black jacket with flower-accented lapels, Calvin Love looks like a character out of Less Than Zero. His music fits that too, dusty desert rock, heavy on the ethereal synths. Which made for pretty good setting sun music at the Seaport Music Fest this past Friday (7/18). He played a few new songs, hopefully he'll announce a new record soon.

Opening the night was local band Las Rosas who I had somehow managed to never see before Friday, despite playing all the time. Glad to have finally caught them: as far as '60s-style groovy surf/psych, Las Rosas do it very well, and look the part too. They're maybe NYC's version of the Allah-Las. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Like we said, Las Rosas play a lot and there are a few chances to catch them in NYC: July 31 at Glasslands with Juan Wauters and Cassie Ramone (tickets); then August 19 at Union Pool with Spider Bags (tickets). They also play two NYC shows with Shannon & the Clams: September 9 at Union Pool and September 12 at Palisades (tickets).

All Las Rosas dates are listed, plus more pics of their and Calvin Love's Seaport Music Fest show, below...

Continue reading "Calvin Love played Seaport Music Fest w/ Las Rosas who have shows w/ Spider Bags and Shannon & the Clams (pics)"

Cassie Ramone @ Trans Pecos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
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Cassie Ramone has announced her first solo record since Vivian Girls called it quits. The album is titled The Time Has Come and will be out via San Francico label Loglady on August 26. Ariel Pink plays bass on several tracks, and has also written an inner-flap style blurb:

"this is Cassie's first record. she used to sing and play guitar in the vivian girls. she recorded these songs by herself over the last year or so. she hopes you like the record. goodbye." - Ariel Pink
Maybe you saw Cassie playing some of her solo stuff at our BV-RBSS show at Baby's All Right with Woods, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men in April, or at Trans Pecos in May. Check out a song from the new LP -- "Hangin On" is streamable below.

Cassie's other band, The Babies, seem to be on hiatus since Kevin Morby (who used to be in Woods) moved to the West Coast. Kevin is currently working on his second solo album and will be on tour with Steve Gunn this fall. They'll play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes BloodTickets for that show are on sale now.

Kevin's also doing a stint with Real Estate as well as other dates. All are listed, along with the new Cassie Ramone song, below...

Continue reading "Cassie Ramone readies solo LP feat. Ariel Pink (stream a track); Kevin Morby working on new LP, touring (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Cretin Stompers

It took a while but Cretin Stompers -- featuring members of Wavves/Reatards, Barbaras and Big Muff Radio -- are finally set to release their debut album, Looking Forward To Being Attacked, next week (5/13) via HoZac. Under the haze of lo-fi production lie a bunch of very catchy tunes, some on the punky side, some on the glammy powerpop side. You can stream five songs from the album below.

The band will celebrate its release this Friday (5/9) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The show, curated by the folks at 1.21 Gigawatts, also features Habibi, Heaven's Gate and Dances. The band will have the album at the merch table for early purchase. Like all BKNB shows, this is free. Flyer below.

On Saturday night (5/10) at The Flat, there is a show with Lodro, Honduras, Baby Acid and a "Secret Headliner" that's billed as "mems of Jay Reatard/Wavves." We don't know for sure who that is but...draw your own conclusions. The night also features DJ sets from Tamaryn and Cassie Ramone. More info here.

Flyers for both shows, plus Cretin Stompers song streams, below...

Continue reading "Cretin Stompers releasing debut LP (streams), playing NYC this weekend w/ Habibi, Heaven's Gate & more"

photos by Chris La Putt

AJ Davila / Cassie Ramone
AJ Davila
Cassie Ramone

Last night (5/4) at Trans Pecos, Todd P's new venue in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), there was a pretty great bill of mostly local music from the noisy Tonstartsbandht, the dark LODRO, a solo set from former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks and, from Puerto Rico, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila and his band Terror Amor. We caught the latter three, and pictures of those are in this post.

They continue below...

Continue reading "AJ Davila, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans Pecos (pics)"

LODRO @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LODRO

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

Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn
In the US for the William Onyeabor tributes, the Hot Chip singer will be previewing his new album at this free matinee show. Special guests are being promised.

Bladerunner Trio (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayerdrummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, you can catch them tonight.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Bowery Ballroom
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's held up very well.

Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest @ City Winery
A singer-songwriter for over 30 years (best known for "Tom's Diner" and "Luka"), Vega just released her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles where she samples 50 Cent on one track, believe it or not.

Weekend, Cities Aviv, Grey Zine @ Glasslands
Weekend moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, dialed back the reverb and upped the melody/danceabilty in the music, the result of which was last year's terrific Jinx. Volume level remained constant: deafening.

Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie band Matt Pond PA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Emblems, for this current tour which makes two stops in NYC, this being the first.

Jessy Lanza, Ricky Eat Acid @ Santos Party House
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub.

The So So Glos, Juan Wauters, Flagland, Krill, Patrick Stickles (DJ set), Baked (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos are no strangers to Shea Stadium (some of them live there) and are ofter at their raucous best at their home. This stacked lineup is being billed as a "Tooth Fairy" benefit, with all proceeds going into the mouth of a friend.

CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

Skull Defekts, Sannhet, Surviva @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Much like they did in 2011 for Peer Amid, Daniel Higgs and Swedish experimental rockers Skull Defekts have joined forces for new album  Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown which juxtaposes Higgs' beautiful, fractured poetry spewed over a tense arrangement. Higgs will be with the band tonight.

Tonstartsbandht, LODRO, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans-Pecos
This is a pretty killer bill, with Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartsbandht, the dark-n-stormy LODRO, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, former Vivian Girl guitarist Cassie Ramone and more

Majical Cloudz, Spencer Madsen (reading), Kool A.D. (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading) @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Brooklyn poet Spencer Madsen releases his new book, You Can Make Anything Sad, this week (4/29) and he'll be celebrating it with a release show featuring readings and a live performance from Majical Cloudz.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
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Cassie Ramone
Weyes Blood
The Woolen Men

It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic.  The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.

The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.

Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!

Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.

A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.

In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.

Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...

Continue reading "Woods, Cassie Ramone, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men played the BV-curated RBSS show at Baby's All Right (pics)"

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We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.

Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).

Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:

-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!
The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.

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The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .

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This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother BrainBouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.

This RBSS show happens right before Woods' tour which hits NYC at the bigger Bowery Ballroom on May 16 with Quilt and Frankie Cosmos. Tickets for that are still available.

Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...

Continue reading "Woods playing BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show w/ the Woolen Men, Weyes Blood and Cassie Ramone"

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Vivian Girls just played their farewell shows over the weekend, and now Katy Goodman has announced details on the new La Sera album. It's titled Hour of the Dawn and will be out May 13 on Hardly Art. That's the cover art above. Says Goodman, "I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag," and you can hear what that sounds like via first single "Losing to the Dark" which is streaming below.

Right before the LP comes out, La Sera will play release shows in NYC and LA, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 10. Openers are still to be announced but tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, Cassie Ramone plays solo this week, opening for Swearin' at Cake Shop on Thursday (3/6) .

All La Sera dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Colleen Green

Colleen Green's charming and catchy 2013 album Sock it to Me was overlooked by a lot of people and while it didn't make my best albums list, it was a definitely runner-up and I put the bouncy "Time in the World" on one of my year-end mixes. You can stream the album below, where you'll also find her Top 10 Things of 2013 list.

Green is currently on the East Coast playing a short run of shows this week, including Saturday (1/4) at Death by Audio. That's a pretty good show, with Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls/Babies in solo mode, plus sets from Xray Eyeballs, Virginia Trance, and Juniper Rising.

All dates are listed, along with the album stream, flyer for the DbA show and Colleen's 2013 Top 10, below...

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Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin

Swearin' have spent plenty of time on the road this year, and they'll continue to do so into 2014. They've just announced a March run which kicks off in NYC at Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7, which will be the band's first NYC shows since the release of their excellent Surfing Strange LP. The openers for the Rough Trade show are Marvin Berry and the New Sound Even Hand and Certain Spiders (who previously opened for Waxahatchee In NYC), but no openers have been announced for the Cake Shop show yet. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. No advance tickets for Cake Shop. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Cassie Ramone of The Babies and the soon-to-be-broken-up Vivian Girls opens the Cake Shop show, and advance tickets are on sale.

Swearin' are currently on the road with Waxhatchee, and that tour doesn't hit NYC, but Waxahatchee will play a Pitchfork party with Mutual Benefit on 12/14 in Brooklyn, and their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs hits NYC in January. Swearin' also play New Year's Eve in Philly with Screaming Females.

All dates are listed, along with a video from Surfing Strange, below...

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Real Estate @ Maxwell's - 7/29/13
Real Estate @ Maxwell's - 7/29/2013

Hoboken rock club Maxwell's is on its last day ever today (7/31) with a farewell block party and a show inside from The Bongos and more. One of the final shows was Monday's (7/29) late show with Real Estate (joined by The Feelies' Glenn Mercer), which we recently posted the setlist, a video and a recap from. Now, we've got a set of pictures from that show in this post.

Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies) opened the show. Regarding her set, Speak Into My Goodeye writes:

Always a good songwriter, her new material showed that her songs have gotten even smarter, sharper with experience. Ramone also seems much more confident in her unconventional singing voice. She pointed out that, like the members of Real Estate, she'd been to many shows at Maxwell's while growing up in New Jersey and that she was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the send-off.
More pictures of Cassie and Real Estate below...

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Real Estate @ Maxwell's, 7/29/2013 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
Real Estate

New Jersey real estate may have something to do with Hoboken icon, Maxwell's, closing for good tomorrow, but Real Estate (from New Jersey) were welcomed with open arms last night (7/29) for the venue's third-to-last show ever. In reciprocation, the band told the crowd they have "nothing but love for the Tri state area." Singer Martin Courtney also told the crowd they came to see shows when they were in high school.

Real Estate also blessed the Maxwell's crowd with a whopping nine new songs, making up the bulk of their set and offering a preview to their new album which they've been working on in Chicago this summer. In addition to new songs (and a few favorites like "Beachcomber"), The Feelies' Glenn Mercer joined the band (a role reversal from Independence Day Weekend) for two Feelies songs, "Only Life" and "The High Road."

Only two nights at Maxwell's left. Tonight is Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, and tomorrow is the free closing block party with The Bongos and more. Real Estate setlist, plus a little video of "Only Life" with Glenn Mercer, below.

UPDATE: Cassie Ramone opened the show too. Check out a full set of pictures of her, Real Estate, and Glenn Mercer.

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R. Stevie Moore at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
R. Stevie Moore

Prolific lo-fi wizard R. Stevie Moore is on his self-dubbed "Never Ending World Tour" (appropriate for a man with a never ending discography), and after having recently wrapped up a West Coast run, he's been taking a short break before he heads to Europe later this month. But right before he leaves, he'll squeeze a NYC show in at Glasslands on April 15 with past tourmates Tropical Ooze, along with Total Slacker and a DJ set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Last month, R. Stevie's 61-track collaborative album with Ariel Pink, which came out digitally in 2012, was given a vinyl release in Japan, but they'll ship it to any country (it's also an abridged version because all 61 songs wouldn't fit on vinyl).

All dates are listed, along with a stream of that album, below...

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Sandra Vu
SISU

Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?

Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.

While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?

Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]

Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.

UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.

While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.

SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 below.

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