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Caveman @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

As you may know, Caveman's new self-tilted album will be out April 2. The band have just released a second track from it for us to hear and you can stream the atmospheric, slow-building "Where's the Time?" below.

The Brooklyn band were just in SXSW -- if you were there maybe you caught them at our Wednesday day party. Their tour is currently on the West Coast but will be back in NYC on April 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available and remaining tour dates are listed below.

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder, words by Andrew Sacher

Delorean / Savages

We kicked off our free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties yesterday (3/13) in Austin at the Main & The Jr (aka the old Emo's location, aka 603 Red River St) with sets from Delorean, Robyn Hitchock, Savages, Camper Van Beethoven, Caveman, Braids, Maserati, Caitlin Rose, Anamanaguchi, Indians, Marnie Stern, Team Spirit, Torres, and Deep Sea Diver. Pictures from the party are in this post, and more are on the way soon.

The biggest surprise for me personally was Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), whose self titled debut is great, but she really takes it to another level live. Her band is super tight, loud, and confident (her guitarist has some rock star moves) and Mackenzie has some serious pipes that she doesn't even fully reveal on the album. It was a much heavier show than I expected, and if you can catch her at one of her other upcoming SXSW shows, highly recommended.

Torres was followed by other great sets on the outdoor stage (Glasslands Stage), like the noisy math rock of Marnie Stern (who played a lot of her great new album), the danceable video game punk of Anamanaguchi, and a set from post-rockers Maserati, who along with Caveman, cooled things down for a bit. But that cooling down didn't last long, because once Savages took the stage, they were possibly even more intense than CMJ. They played some new stuff that they didn't have back then, and once that album finally drops, I've got pretty high hopes for it. Finally, Delorean wrapped up the outdoor stage with a dancey set. It was nice to end the day with some familiar tunes like "Real Love." Then Maserati came out and joined Delorean for a cover over Gary Numan's "Cars." Not really.

Meanwhile, indoors Deep Sea Diver kicked things off around the same time as Torres outside and they were followed by the fun-rock of Team Spirit, Copenhagen's Indians (who were a 3-piece and were better that way than when I saw him solo), a rousing country set from Caitlin Rose, the new electronic sound of Braids (which we also heard at CMJ), and the show ended with sets from two musical veterans: Camper Van Beethoven and Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn was great and he is especially funny on stage with his in-between song banter. He referred to the overheard sounds of Delorean from the other room as the sounds of devils, and "if they had been heard 200 years earlier, marches of men would have been sent to destroy these fiends," (or something like that).

In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, WILLCALL, Mirrored Media, and Redigi.

Our day parties continue today (3/14) with sets from Cloud Nothings, Parenthetical Girls, Death, METZ, Milk Music, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and more.

More pictures from yesterday's party below...

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As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.

We announced the Saturday lineup, and then the Friday lineup, followed by the Thursday lineup, and finally, here is the fourth and final one: the WEDNESDAY LINEUP...

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Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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photos by Maryanne Ventrice

Caveman / Har Mar Superstar @ Kidrockers, 1/27/2013
Harmar Superstar

As mentioned, Caveman have a new album on the way via Fat Possum on April 2. What better audience to test out some new tracks than a bunch of half-pints? That's just what they did when Caveman played Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl on January 27, an afternoon show that also included a set from Har Mar Superstar along with hosts Craig Baldo and Jordan Carlos. Pictures are in this post.

Adults can next catch Caveman in NYC at Webster Hall, and at other places around the country.

Kidrockers', whose show before this was with DIIV and Widowspeak, next event is this Sunday (2/10) at Brooklyn Bowl with Hospitality and Ex Cops. Tickets are on sale now.

More pictures of Caveman and Har Mar Superstar are below.

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We knew Caveman were finishing up their new album and now we have the details. The self-titled album will be out April 2 (a popular release date) via Fat Possum. You can stream the first track released from it -- the synth-drenched "In the City" -- below. Cover art and track list is below as well.

As mentioned, Caveman (who just played Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl) are gearing up for an extensive North American tour that will hit SXSW, both coasts and Canada before returning to NYC for a show at Webster Hall on April 10 to which Pure Bathing Culture have been added to the bill (tickets). Updated tour dates are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Hospitality @ Brooklyn Bowl, 8/31/2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

While I haven't revealed by Favorite Albums of 2012 list yet, I'll let it slip that Hospitality's eponymous debut album is pretty high up there. If you've yet to hear it's many guitar pop pleasures, you can stream it below. Wondering what the band have listened to the most in 2012? They've offered up their Top 10 of 2012 which you can peruse below. It's actually nine new albums and then the last slot goes to Led Zeppelin which singer Amber Papini admits she's been gorging on ever since Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy caused the band's headlining show at Bowery Ballroom to be postponed and the make-up date is right around the corner on January 10 with TEEN and Household. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

Meanwhile, Hospitality next show after that will be as part of the Kidrockers series at Brooklyn Bowl, happening Sunday, February 10 at 11 AM. Tickets are $8 and on sale now -- kids 2 and under get in free. It's all ages on Sundays at Brooklyn Bowl till 6PM when it becomes 21+ like the rest of the week.

Kidrockers have announced a few other 2013 shows as well: Caveman (who just announced a big tour, including Webster Hall on 4/10) play on January 27 (tix); and Hooray for Earth play on February 3 (tix, they also play Knitting Factory next month). There is also the previously-announced DIIV show on January 13 (they play an "adult" show at BB that same night).

Hospitality's list of Top 10 LPs of 2012 is below.

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Caveman at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Brooklyn's Caveman, who played BV shows/parties at CMJ, Northside and SXSW this year, have just announced a big 2013 tour that will have them out for all of March and a good chunk of April. That tour will hit Webster Hall on April 10. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (12/19) at noon.

Currently the band are working hard on the follow-up to 2011's Coco Beware and hopefully they'll have that out by the time this tour rolls around. All tour dates are listed below.

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photos by David Andrako

Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest 2012
Petty Fest 2012

Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.

More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, Chris La Putt & Nate "Igor" Smith, words by Andrew Sacher

The Orwells, free tattoos & Kitty Pryde @ Public Assembly - 10/20/2012
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party
Kitty Pryde

The second free 2012 BrooklynVegan not-CMJ party went down on Saturday (10/20) at Public Assembly after our Friday party, which happened at the same venue the day earlier. We already talked about how great Miguel was, and posted pics of Caveman, Ratking and Sinkane, but the day was packed with ten other of our great artists, all of who you can see pictures of in this post.

It was the Saturday morning of CMJ, so if you were there when doors opened at noon, you were probably stumbling in hungover from the night before (unless of course, you had copped yourself some of the Mercy hangover prevention drink at our Friday party). But young Chicago-suburb punks The Orwells did a fine job of waking everyone up, including those who were camped at the door to be first in line for the free tattoos we gave out for six hours straight. As the tatto guns started buzzing, the Orwells were blasting the early but nice-sized crowd with their raunchy garage punk led by frontman Mario Cuomo's unforgiving Iggy Pop-style stage presence. Meanwhile, New Zealand psych pop project Opossum were warming up the rest of the party attendees in the back room.

Energy levels stayed high in the front room as Hunters followed, and the back room were treated to dreamier sounds by LA's Tashaki Miyaki. Then came sets by the funky Sinkane, the great, orchestral Choir of Young Believers, a strong set by indie pop band Eternal Summers, and a more than charming one by Kitty Pryde. Kitty, who spent part of her set in the crowd, was the first of four rappers in the back room, with her set followed by Ratking, Cities Aviv, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who went on after watching Miguel from the front row on the other stage) (Miguel returned the favor). And the front room was wrapped up by Hundred Waters, one of this year's buzzed about bands at CMJ, whose set we reviewed from the night earlier, and then Miguel and Caveman.

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.

More pictures from the Saturday party are below.

Continue reading "BV Saturday day party pics (Hundred Waters, Orwells, Hunters, Kitty Pryde, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, free tattoos, Caveman, Miguel & more)"

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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Petty Fest

We haven't completely compared what was announced a month ago, to what the current lineup is, but this is who is playing Petty Fest at Webster Hall Wednesday (10/24):

The Cabin Down Below Band
With Special Guest Stars: Karen Elson, Justin Townes Earle, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. of Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Johnny T, Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Delta Spirit, Caveman, Mikki James, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne and many many more surprise guests!
100% of Ticket Proceeds To Benefit Sweet Relief Music Fund & The Musicians Cancer Fund

Brought To You By The Best Fest, Makers of Dylan Fest & Stones Fest
Artists and line-up subject to change without notice

Tickets are still on sale.

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


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...

Continue reading "BV Presents a FREE not-CMJ day party @ Public Assembly Saturday (lineup) -------- free music, free drinks & more (Miguel, Caveman, Hundred Waters, eXquire, more)"


Tickets for the Titus Andronicus and Ceremony show at Maxwell's go on sale today at noon and tickets for their Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5) at noon.

Caveman is playing the Bowery and Martin Guitar presented "5at5" show at Ace Hotel today (10/3) (the same series Indians played over the summer), where an artist plays five songs at five o'clock. Today's show is free, takes place in the Ace Hotel Lobby at 5 PM.

Icona Pop are opening for Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5 on December 6 and The Paramount on December 7 (Huntington, NY). Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today (T5 at noon, Paramount at 10 AM) with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5). Icona Pop will also be here for CMJ to play Santos Party House on October 18 (lineup TBA) and Brooklyn Bowl on October 19 with Penguin Prison (DJ), Born Ruffians, Free Energy, Chad Valley, and Flume. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are on sale now. All Icona Pop dates are listed below.

Sinkane is playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on October 23. Admission is free with RSVP or $5 at the door.

Tickets for the School of Seven Bells and Twin Sister show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today.

Tickets for The Vaccines show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to The Amazing show at Mercury Lounge, which takes place during their tour with Tame Impala, go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Screaming Females show at Maxwell's with their Don Giovanni labelmates Black Wine are on sale now.

Speaking of Don Giovanni, Laura Stevenson and the Cans play Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Hess Is More is playing Mercury Lounge on Halloween (10/31) with "very special guests TBA." Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5) at noon.

Speaking of Halloween shows, tickets are still available for the Big Freedia Halloween show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Spirit Family Reunion are playing Mercury Lounge on November 16 with Adam Arcuragi. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/5) at noon.

YACHT and Strange Talk are opening The Presets show at Terminal 5 on October 19. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tickets are still available for tonight's M83 show at Hammerstein Ballroom with Sun Airway. We're giving away a pair too. Tickets for their Wellmont show on Thursday (10/4) are still available too.

All Icona Pop dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Caveman (tonight), Titus Andronicus, Ceremony, Icona Pop, Sinkane, Twin Sister, The Amazing & more tix on sale"

Tom Petty

Petty Fest is returning to NYC this year on October 24 at Webster Hall for "A Night To Celebrate Tom Petty." Many of the usual suspects are lined up for this one, like Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. (of The Mooney Suzuki), and others. In addition to that, we've got some other interesting additions like Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, Matt Sweeney (of Chavez, Zwan, and others), Caveman, and Har Mar Superstar, who played last year's Petty Fest, is returning as well. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (9/28) at noon. All proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief Music Fund & The Musician's Cancer Fund.

Father John Misty will be bringing his tour with La SeraJeffertitti's Nile to NYC around the same time, hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 23 and Bowery Ballroom the same day as Petty Fest (10/24). The Bowery Ballroom show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still available.

Devendra Banhart will also be in NYC around that time to support Swans at Bowery Ballroom on October 28 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 29. Tickets for those two shows are still available. Swans also play Bowery Ballroom on October 10 with A Hawk and A Hacksaw, but that one's sold out. Devendra also recently said in an interview, "I finished a record. It's going to be put out by Nonesuch Records. And I didn't know that until today actually. It's kind of my dream label. So I'm really happy about that."

A video of Har Mar Superstar doing "Refugee" at last year's Petty Fest and this year's full lineup are below.

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Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.

The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.

Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.

A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.

Continue reading "Beach Day touring, playing 2 NYC shows; 1 w/ Blonds, who also play Brooklyn, Sweden (dates)"

Caveman at BV Northside showcase earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn's Caveman, who played the official BV Northside showcase, will play another hometown show at Brooklyn Bowl on July 28. The show is a free Ralph Lauren presented show as part of the 'Denim & Supply' series which Akron/Family and Stagnant Pools are also playing at the Brooklyn venue on Friday (6/29) and that Man Man played earlier this month. A video from the Man Man show is below. RSVP for the Caveman show is required for free admission.

Perhaps you've noticed that Caveman's song "My Time" is being used in the "I Love You New York" TV commercial or taxi ad. BIllboard wrote a piece on the song being used in the ads in their feature, 'Anatomy of a Synch.' They write:

How Caveman's "My Time" came to grace New York State's new $5 million "I Love New York" TV (and taxi) campaign goes back to the stalking last summer of Caveman's manager Jonathan Pardo in Los Angeles by a very enthusiastic and determined music licensor who usually doesn't A&R bands.

"I totally stalked Jonathan," says Carianne Marshall of Songs Music Publishing who tracked Pardo down at a show by another of his clients. "I'm obsessed with Caveman, I think they're amazing so I tracked him down and talked his ear off until he said he would consider signing with Songs." Which is all the more improbable considering Marshall runs Songs' film and synchonization department and rarely A&Rs bands. But Caveman, as she would tell anyone who would listen, was her favorite band at 2011's SXSW.

You can read more at Billboard and watch the videos of the ads below. Caveman also have a new video for "Old Friend," which you can watch below.

Those videos and a list of all dates are below...

Continue reading "Caveman playing free Brooklyn Bowl show, are featured in an 'I Love NY' TV ad, have a new video for "Old Friend" (watch)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher

Caveman / Frankie Rose
Frankie Rose & The Outs

The official BrooklynVegan Northside showcase went down at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15) with sets from Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume. Pictures from the showcase are in this post.

Baltimore's Hume kicked things off around 9 PM, sounding much bigger live than they do recorded. From the sounds of the ambient-leaning "Phasing", I was expecting a more subdued set, but instead the band -- with two hard hitting drummers in tow -- were loud and in your face. On top of the double drum attack, they came bearing swirling noise guitars and reverby-yet-clear vocals which helped keep a foot on earth while the rest of the band were floating in space.

Up next were Fort Lean, who contrasted Hume's psychedelic ramblings by keeping things on the relatively more straightforward side of indie pop. They delivered an enjoyable batch of songs led by their singer's strong vocals and flailing bleached hair, and mostly-danceable beats. You can catch Fort Lean again next month on their
tour with Bear Hands.

The mood at MHOW drastically shifted as Frankie Rose took the stage, joined by a 5-piece band, dreamy visuals, and a packed-in crowd. Frankie's set failed to hit a low point as she piled on all of the strongest cuts on Interstellar and included Frankie Rose and the Outs favorite, "Candy," early on as well. She opened the show with Interstellar's opening title track, and though her record is a bit on the small side, when the "oh oh oh"s came in and the drums picked up, Frankie and her band proved that they can turn those songs into pretty anthemic numbers in a live setting. Upbeat singles like "Know Me" and "Night Swim" were obvious standouts (she also covered The Cure's "A Forrest"), but the highlight of the night had to have come with the slow-burning "Pair of Wings," which saw Frankie's voice joined by little more than atmospheric keyboards and sparse drumming.

Caveman closed out the night with a set consisting of material off 2011's Coco Beware and some new ones as well. The band's polyrhythmic pop and reverb-soaked four-part vocal harmonies ended the evening on a high note. The singer rotates between playing guitar and pounding on a floor tom along with the band's drummer, giving the band a solid mix of Grizzly Bear-esque atmosphere and worldbeat indie pop.

More pics from the MHOW show are below.

Continue reading "Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume played official BV Northside showcase at MHoW (pics, review)"

by Bill Pearis (w/ Andrew Sacher and BBG)

Northside Festival HQ
Northside HQ

Well it's Day 2 of The Northside Festival and as a Williamsburg resident and concertgoer, it did feel like a real festival this year, at least in that I saw lots of people walking around with Northside totes and badges around their necks (though I say loop it through your beltloop and keep it in your back pocket). And the Festival's HQ this year takes up a whole block on N. 5th between Wythe and Kent, where they have panel discussions and live music and some sort of space age dome thing, and loads of free Heineken. Badges, totes, and beer...that's a festival.

Today at McCarren Park is the big outdoor Northside Fest headlining concert, with of Montreal, Jens Lekman, The Thermals, and Beach Fossils (minus Cole Smith). The weather is gorgeous today, the bands are all good and entertaining performers so even if you don't have a badge or want to fork over the $33.50 for a ticket it might be worth just going and hanging out in the park across the street and just hannging out. Beach Fossils start things off at 5PM.

Dean and Britta headline a free show in the same space on Saturday.

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

Tonight is also the BrooklynVegan Official Northside Showcase with Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume. Both Caveman and Frankie Rose have been touring their butts off, polishing their live shows to a lovely sheen. And both are coming off great records as well. Opening are Fort Lean and Hume and should be a great evening all around. If you don't have a badge, tickets are still available.

In other Caveman news, you may have noticed their song "My Time" being used as the soundtrack to a new "I Love NY" TV commercial. You can watch it below.

Tonight is also the BBG/BV/Brutal Panda Northside showcase which happens at Union Pool (who only took 30 badges last night, be warned). It's pretty exciting as it features Tacoma's Harkonen who are playing their first NYC show since dissolution in 2005, and who knows when (or if) they'll return back to the East Coast. Also featuring the epic stoner-blues of The Atlas Moth, the Am-Rep-y hardcore of Fight Amp, and the always fun Whores, it'll be a night to remember. Tickets are still available or get in with your Northside badge.

If you need more heavy stuff, there's the WEIRD/Show No Mercy showcase at St. Vitus with Deafheaven, Indian Jewelry, Vattnet Viskar, and Pinkish Black

Kitty Pryde
Kitty Pryde

On the complete other end of the sonic/cultural spectrum, you may be interested in knowing that Kitty Pryde will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival tonight (6/15) at Knitting Factory with Deniro Farrar. Tickets for that show are available. Kitty Pryde is a fairly divisive 19-year old rapper from Florida who writes of herself, "I'm Kitty (Pryde) don't listen to what they say on hypebeast!!!! <3 MY MUSIC IS BAD <3." She put up a YouTube video last month for her song, "Okay Cupid" (yeah, it is the same name as that dating website), which went pretty viral (as of this post its got over 300,000 views, 2,300 likes and 1,400 dislikes) and now she's got an EP out called Haha, I'm Sorry, which you can stream or download for $1 on bandcamp. Though the $1 option is there, Kitty also provides a link to get the EP for free from mediafire and writes, "oh btw heres a mediafire link if u wanna do it the FREE WAY idk lol i hate payin for thngs 2." The EP includes "Okay Cupid," a song called "smiledog.jpg" where she addresses her criticism ("You say this little white girl is ruining hip hop/I say damn right and take a look at the ring pop"), and a song called "GIVE ME SCABIES" which overtly samples "Call Me Maybe." She's also got a non-EP track which is a (sarcastically?) stalkerish ode to Justin Bieber. Love her, hate her, or "who?" -- it's likely to be a hot ticket (though still available). Late show, doors at 11PM.

Ice Choir
Ice Choir

And more shows...

At Spike Hill, A Heart is a Spade and Punk Photo have put together a nice showcase with sultry sister act Zambri, the totally '80s sounds of Ice Choir, BV pals New Moods, and Fast Years.

The NYC Popfest folks are taking over the new Shea Stadium with Ski Lodge, Beach Day (who were pretty good last night at Knitting Factory), the mopey synths of Plastic Flowers and the provencial South of France.

If you lean toward the dark and synthy, Public Assembly is taken over by the The Bunker tonight with Kassem Mosse, Led Er Est and more.

Pop Montreal comes to Northside for a showcase tonight at Warsaw with Tinariwen and Buke & Gase, one of three Northside shows taking place at the venue this weekend.

You can catch McLovin's band, The Young Rapscallions, at Glasslands tonight. Yes, McLovin's band.

And late night at Glasslands is the Lazerpop party with DJs Pictureplane, Teengirl Fantasy and Hooray For Earth. Pictureplane is playing an actual show (non-Northside) early tonight at 81 Java with Dope Body and more. That's in addition to the Pictureplane dates we posted the other day.

And there's lots more than this, obviously. Check out the whole Friday Northside schedule here. Streams and videos are below.

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Baltimore psych poppers Hume have a few dates scheduled this week, including a NXNE show tonight (6/13). We/re thrilled to announce that one of those shows is now also the Official BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15), which Hume, along with Fort Lean, have just been added to, joining a lineup with Frankie Rose and Caveman. Tickets for that show are still available or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. We're also giving away another pair of tickets in this post. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Hume were supposed to play Death by Audio on Friday (6/15) with Darlings, but that show is no longer happening and the BV Northside show is now Hume's only currently scheduled Brooklyn date. All of their dates are listed below.

The band are reportedly preparing to release a 12" for their super-reverby single, "Phasing," this year. It's set to include remixes from Doldrums, Dustin Wong, and Aaron Leitko (of Protect-U). You can stream that track below. Also below is a video of an older single titled "Inverse Fireworks," which was shot at Market Hotel in NYC.

Speaking of experimental Baltimore bands, just a reminder that Roomrunner, who Hume have shared bills with in the past, have upcoming dates including their addition as opener to Dan Deacon's free show at Pier 84 on July 12 with John Maus.

Continuing to speak of experimental Baltimore bands, we recently mentioned that Future Islands are about to head on a tour which includes a Brooklyn show at Death by Audio on July 11 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Darlings. William from Future Islands' other band Believers and Gerrit from Future Islands' other band Moss of Aura will also share a bill at the Brooklyn venue on June 23.

A list of all Hume dates, stream, video, and contest details below...

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Fort Lean

Brooklyn indie pop outfit Fort Lean are heading out on a tour with Bear Hands next month. But before they do that, we're happy to announce that Fort Lean, along with Hume have been added to the BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/15) as part of a lineup which already includes Caveman and Frankie Rose. Tickets for that show are still available or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. We're also giving away a pair of tickets in this post. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Fort Lean's tour with Bear Hands kicks off in Brooklyn on July 20 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are available. It also includes a Hamden, CT show at July 22 at The Space with Surfer Blood, the day before Surfer Blood plays Maxwell's (7/23). Tickets for the Hamden show are on sale.

Fort Lean put out a single this past February for the track "Sunsick" b/w "The Precinct." You can stream those two tracks below or purchase a download of them at bandcamp. Those song streams, along with a list of all dates and contest details are below...

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After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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photos by Jessica Amaya

DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - "Softkiss" (MP3)

Caveman at Brooklyn Museum 5/17/12

The second of Brooklyn Museum's Audiophile concert series happened last Thursday (May 17) with performances by Caveman and NewVillager. Check out pictures and a video of Caveman from that show at the bottom of this post.

The next installment of the series, which is curated by Weird Vibes/NY Noise's Shirley Braha, is Small Black and Lemonade on June 21 and tickets are still available for that. Speaking of, Lemonade just dropped a new track from their upcoming LP, Diver. Download that track, "Softkiss," at the top of this post or stream it below.

Caveman have a light touring schedule, at least what's announced. They'll play Arden, DE on June 1 and then they'll play the official Brooklyn Vegan Northside showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 15 with Frankie Rose and more TBA.

NewVillager's next show is on June 1 at Bushwick open Studios. A list of all upcoming Caveman and NewVillager dates, more pics from the Brooklyn Museum show, and more below...

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Caveman at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (more by David Andrako)

As mentioned several times, the Northside Festival goes down in Brooklyn from June 14 - 17. We're excited to announce that the Official BrooklynVegan Showcase will take place on June 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman, Frankie Rose, and two more artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/18) at noon or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

Caveman recently returned from a spring tour which culminated in their appearance at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM. They'll play the previously mentioned 'Audiophile' show at Brooklyn Museum TONIGHT (5/17) with NewVIllager.

A list of all Caveman and Frankie Rose dates and some videos below...

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photos by David Andrako


The inaugural, Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival concluded on Saturday night (May 5) with performances from Beirut, Atlas Sound, My Brightest Diamond, Caveman and more.

There were whispers there'd be an unannounced set from The National, but the secret guest Phi Slamma Jamma was actually Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Richard Reed Parry who performed a bunch of covers (Ramones, R.E.M., Devo, Beatles and the Stones, among others) to cap out the Fest.

Night Two pictures HERE. Night one HERE. Lots of pictures from all of Saturday night's performers (including Sufjan), plus video of Atlas Sound (who also kept busy in others ways while in town), Caveman, Beirut and Phi Slamma Jamma performing a song each, below...

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