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by Bill Pearis


You may remember that UK-based dreampop band Cheatahs had to start their North American tour late due to visa issues, canceling all their many CMJ shows in the process. Now within our borders on the West Coast, the band have announced a new NYC show happening at the end of the tour on November 11 at Baby's All Right. They'll play with funk-punks Moving Units (who I didn't realize were still around) and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Cheatahs' second album, Mythologies, is out on Friday (10/30) via Wichita, and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below...

Continue reading "Cheatahs streaming new album 'Mythologies,' announce NYC show with Moving Units (updated dates)"

CMJ Cheatahs

Sorry Cheatahs fans hoping to see them at CMJ. After cancelling shows the first two days of the fest due to visa issues, the UK-based band have announced ALL their CMJ shows have been canceled:

We are beyond gutted to have to announce the cancellation of all of our CMJ shows. Our visa situation has gone from bad to worse. We're so sorry to everyone who was planning on coming, and all we can say is that it's been completely beyond our control. We're at the mercy of the visa office at this point. To our NYC area listeners, deepest apologies - we were so looking forward to playing there.
The rest of the North American tour, however, is still on and will start in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday (10/20). Hopefully they'll add an NYC date on the end of the tour. Stay tuned. Updated dates, plus a stream of "Su-Pra" from their forthcoming second album, below...

Continue reading "Cheatahs cancel all CMJ shows (visa issues), but rest of North American tour is still on"

photo: Dungen @ T5, 2010 (more by Andrew Saint Clair)
Dungen at T5

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. Not all of these shows are associated with CMJ, but most are. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.


Holly Miranda, Morningsiders, Frankie Cosmos, Ben Abraham, Phoebe Lou, Mail the Horse @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Want to hang in Williamsburg this afternoon? You've got the great Holly Miranda and rising talent Frankie Cosmos.

Methyl Ethel, Cheatahs, Michael Rault, Landshapes, Weaves, Palehound, Hockey Dad, Yung, Stolen Jars, Lena Fayre, Outfit, Tow3rs, Idgy Dean, Marlon Williams @ Pianos (FREE)
This is a pretty international day party, featuring acts from Australia (Hockey Dad, Methyl Ethel), the UK (Cheatahs, Landshapes, Outfit), Denmark (Yung), Canada (Weves) and more. A good option!

John Grant, Ezra Furman, Georgia, Shopping @ Rough Trade (FREE)
This is Rough Trade's day party, highlighted by an intimate performance by John Grant, but the rest of the bill is great too.


The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly @ Irving Plaza
It's not part of CMJ, but BV is presenting The Front Bottoms' two-night stand at Irving Plaza with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly. They just released their major label debut, Back On Top, and it's actually more subdued than their previous material. This is night 2 of 2.

Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Leaf Echo, Lazyeyes, Nailbiter, Vallens, Beliefs @ Alphaville
Shoegaze fans will want to head to Alphaville for Austin trio Ringo Deathstarr, Canadian groups Vallens and Beliefs, and Brooklyn's own Dead Leaf Echo.

Yvette, Turn To Crime, Painted Zeros, Meat Wave, What Moon Things, Video Daughters @ Aviv
Gimmie Tinitus is co-sponsoring this showcase that is appropriately LOUD, with must-see Brooklyn duo Yvette being especially boisterous.

Dungen, Quilt @ Baby's All Right
Mexican Summer is presenting this double bill featuring Sweden's Dungen who haven't played NYC in a long time, and Boston-area band Quilt who are always worth catching. Sold out, but limited CMJ badges will be accepted. Get there early.

Maya Beiser w/ Jherek Bischoff & Zachary Alford @ BAM
Cellist Maya Beiser performs electic arrangements of Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and more at this four-night BAM run and her band includes Jherek Bischoff on bass. It continues through 10/17.

Mild High Club, Murals, Heaters, Chocolat, Cool ghouls, Worthless, S @ Berlin
If you dig psych, new East Village club Berlin is the place to be tonight, with San Francisco's Cool Ghouls, Montreal's Chocolat on the bill...plus the Brian Wilson-loving Mild High Club, and Louisville's Murals. This one's free with RSVP.

Panda Bear, The Present, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Deakin (DJ Set) @ Bowery Ballroom
Panda Bear's new album does what Panda Bear does best -- futuristic psychedelic pop with a lot of Brian Wilson influence -- but it's a clear progression from his earlier work too. Tonight he wraps up a sold-out three-night run at Bowery Ballroom.

Kamasi Washington, Nir Felder, Takuya Kuroda, Dessy Di Lauro, Kris Bowers, Ben Williams & Sound Effect @ Bric House
Jazz musician Kamasi Washington has been having a pretty busy year. He appears on Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat's new albums, and he also has his own, The Epic, out on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label (Thundercat features on that album too).

Wax Idols, Flowers of Evil, Decorum @ Acheron
If you wear black on the outside because black is how you feel on the inside, you should head to Acheron tonight for a gothy bill headlined by San Francisco's Wax Idols (who played our official showcase last night). Flowers of Evil features members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers, and Decorum is the new band from Leif of Orca Team.

Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, Mass Gothic @ Knitting Factory
This is the Sub Pop / Hardly Art official CMJ showcase headlined by Detroit's mighty Protomartyr, fresh off the release of their acclaimed third album, The Agent Intellect. Tour buddies The Gotobeds are also on the bill, as are the Nirvana-y Strange Wilds, and Mass Gothic (ex-Hooray for Earth). H Jon Benjamin, who you may know from Bob's Burgers or Archer, hosts the night.

Mercury Rev, Ezra Furman, Landshapes, Mammut, Holly Macve @ Le Poisson Rouge
Back after seven years withe new album The Light in You, Mercury Rev headline Bella Union's official CMJ showcase tonight. Expect sweeping grandeur, trippy visuals

"Fable" @ Knockdown Center
Some of you may remember "Debut," the ambitious, large-scale production by Derrick Belcham (La Blogotheque) and choreographer Emily Terndrup (Sleep No More) that happened last year at The Knockdown Center and featured music by Porcelain Raft's Mauro Remiddi, Julianna Barwick and more. Those folks are teaming up again for another large-scale production that again merges independent music, immersive dance theater and large-scale art installation, titled "Fable."

Skaters, Monika, Hooton Tennis Club, Methyl Ethel, Miya Folick, Marlon Williams @ Living Room
A whole host of CMJ buzz bands -- Liverpool's Hooton Tennis Club and Australia's Methyl Ethel especially -- can be caught here tonight. Get in for cheap with RSVP.

Death By Unga Bunga, Worriers, Gospel Machine, Palehound, Laura Gibson, The Great American Canyon Band, Valley Maker @ Union Pool
Tonight's Distiller Promo showcase at Union Pool has poppy Brooklyn punks Worriers, singer/songwriter-y indie rockers Palehound, folk singer Laura Gibson and more.

The Jungle Giants, The Maccabees, Yak, Fraser A. Gorman, Mitski (solo), Seratones @ Mercury Lounge
High Road Touring throws their showcase at Mercury Lounge tonight. Especially worth catching are British rockers The Maccabees (who usually play way bigger venues) and a solo set from one of the best artists on NYC's current local scene, Mitski.

Tobias Jesso Jr., Wet @ MHOW
You can spend your time watching TJJ picking his songs apart if you want -- there's Carol King, there's Harry Nilsson, there's Randy Newman, there's the Cheers theme song -- which is even easier to do when it's just a man and an electric piano. But Jesso is a pretty charming guy with self-effacing humor, and the heart-on-sleeve lyrics clearly connect with his audience who are usually either singing along loudly or pin-drop quiet.

Michael Rault, Cool Ghouls, Dirty Ghosts, Slim Twig, Modern Vices, Howardian, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Palisades
During CMJ, Palisades is a destination -- not a lot of other clubs to hop around to nearby -- but they've got a stay-put lineup tonight, presented by the folks at Burger Records, including the one-of-a-kind Slim Twig, San Francisco's garage Cool Ghools, and Michael Rault.

Multimagic, Matt Bauer, Sara Curtin, Fred Thomas, Prairie Empire, Anthonie Tonnon, Anna Gordon @ Passenger Bar
Passenger Bar hosts The Band Mom official CMJ showcase, and especially worth catching is Saturday Looks Good To Me frontman Fred Thomas. His new highly-lyrical solo album is very good.

Nai Harvest, Donovan Wolfington, Wildhoney, Solids, Clique, Infinity Girl, Lizard Kisses @ Shea Stadium
The always-reliable Topshelf Records throws their showcase at Shea this year. This one's especially loaded with distortion-pedal lovers.

Sean Nicholas Savage, Promise Keeper @ Silent Barn
With his band Mood Rings currently in a holding pattern, William Fussel has launched a new project, titled Promise Keeper. If you liked Mood Rings' shimmery, sultry single "The Line" chances are you'll like Promise Keeper which is decidedly more on the electro/new romantic soulful pop side (by way of '80s Michael Mann soundtracks). He plays tonight with Montreal's Sean Nicholas Savage.

Beggars Party w/ Car Seat Headrest @ Elvis Guesthouse
After releasing a ton of releases on bandcamp that were loved in certain indie rock circles, Car Seat Headrest inked a deal with Matador. He's definitely one of the more talked-about artists at CMJ this year.

Benjamin Clementine @ Highline Ballroom
With a voice that has gotten him called a "male Nina Simone" more than once, UK singer Benjamin Clementine returns to NYC for this show.

Glass Animals, Empress Of @ Terminal 5
We're most excited about opener Empress Of, whose synthpoppy debut album Me is definitely one of the better releases of the year.

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

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Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (CMJ, Dungen, Mercury Rev, Protomartyr, Empress Of, Fred Thomas, Front Bottoms, more)"

by Bill Pearis


UK band Outfit released their second album, Slowness, back in June. Where their debut was more in the Hot Chip realm of quirky dancepop, Slowness seems to take inspiration from Talk Talk's late '80s output. (A little like Wild Beasts in that way, too.) It's lush, sultry stuff and you can stream the whole album via Spotify, and check out other song streams and videos, below.

Outfit are in NYC for CMJ to play their first-ever North American shows with four opportunities to catch them this week:

Wednesday 10/14 @ Berlin (9:45 PM) w/ Jungle Giants, Beach Baby, High Waisted, Red Fox Run, Multimagic, New Myths, Slow Caves

Thursday 10/15 @ Pianos (2:45 PM, FREE) w/ Yung, Hockey Dad, Weaves, Landshapes, Mihael Rault, Cheatahs, Methyl Ethel

Friday 10/16 @ Living Room (midnight) w/ Cosmo Sheldrake, Landshapes, Raccoon Fighter, Norman Vladmir, JD Eicher, Christian Lopez, Lucy & La Mer, Alice Phoebe Lou

Saturday 10/17 @ Pianos (8:10 PM, FREE) W/ Narc Twain, Weaves, Vulkano, Smoke Season, Cultfever

Flyer for their CMJ shows is below.

Continue reading "Outfit released 'Slowness' (stream it), making U.S. live debut this week at CMJ"


Cheatahs are due to fly in from the UK for this week's CMJ Festival here in NYC. They still are but are going to be a little late due to -- you guessed it -- visa issues. From their Facebook:

We're disappointed to have to announce that due to slow visa processing, we're forced to delay our trip to NY, and will not be performing at tonight's CMJ showcase at Cameo, or at tomorrow's Pianos and Silent Barn showcases. Many apologies to those who were planning to come. We're hoping to resolve this as soon as possible so it won't affect any of the other upcoming CMJ shows.
Let's hope they resolve it soon, too. Their slot at tonight's TAYFPR show at Cameo, they'll be replaced by AMFM; and their afternoon slot at the Kanine/Dr. Marten's show at Pianos will be filled by Athens, GA band Mothers (not to be confused with Penn Badgley's band, Mxthxr). No word yet on their 12:15 AM show at Pianos on Wednesday night. Stay tuned.

by Bill Pearis

photo by Alex De Mora

Cheatahs have made a video for "Signs to Lorelei," the new single from the band's forthcoming second album, Mythologies. The video was directed by Cherise Payne (FKA Twigs, The Horrors) and was shot mostly underwater, which fits the song's warped, warbled vibe. The new album is more shimmery dreampop than the pedal-stomping fuzz of Cheatahs' first album. The video premieres in this post and you can watch it below.

As mentioned, Cheatahs will be in NYC next week for CMJ, playing a whole bunch of shows:

10/13/2015 @ Cameo Gallery (11:30 PM) - Cameo + TAYF CMJ Showcase
10/14/2015 @ Silent Barn - Wichita Recordings CMJ Party
10/14/2015 @ Pianos (1:45 PM) - Kanine Records & We Are Collide Day Party FREE
10/15/2015 @ Pianos (5 PM) - ATYPICAL BEASTS Official CMJ Showcase FREEE
10/16/2015 @ Berlin (7:10 PM) - ROSQUATCH: A Hairy & Sweaty Showcase
10/17/2015 @ Pianos (3:45 PM) - BirdDog Promo CMJ Party FREE
10/17/2015 @ Bowery Electric - Holy Underground + CBP CMJ Party
As for the 10/14 show at Silent Barn, which is a Wichita Records 15th anniversary party, the venue (which had a fire last month) is saying it expects to be open by CMJ, but you might want to visit their facebook before venturing out. Cheatahs are playing a few other North American shows while over here, and all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Cheatahs made a video for "Signs for Lorelei," playing lots of CMJ shows"

by Bill Pearis

Hockey Dad

Hailing from Wollongong, Australia, duo Hockey Dad released their debut EP last year, five songs overdriven earworm pop. Just barely out of high school, they toured with fellow Aussies DZ Deathrays and have an infectious new single "Can't Have Them" out now, and will release their debut LP in 2016. You can watch the video for "Can't Have Them" and check out the EP, below.

Hockey Dad will be making their first trip to the States to play CMJ next month. Shows announced so far include a free Kanine/Dr. Martens day party at Pianos on Wednesday, October 14 with Yung, Car Seat Headrest, Pinact, Oscar, Expert Alterations, Weaves, Beverly, Mercury Girls (Philly), Cheatahs, Wildhoney, Hin Du, Eternal Summers and Shopping, plus Kip from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin from Literature/Mercury Girls, Paulie (Newtown Radio), and the person writing this post as DJs in the front room. Flyer is below.

Then Hockey Dad play later Wednesday night at Cake Shop for the SEASAC showcase with Hooton Tennis Club, Expert Alterations, Kim Logan, These Reigning Days, and Slum Sociable. More shows for Hockey Dad may be announced as we get closer to CMJ.

Continue reading "Australian duo Hockey Dad released EP & new single (listen), playing CMJ including shows w/ Cheatahs, Beverly & more"

by Bill Pearis

Cheatahs 2015

UK-based band Cheatahs will release their second album, Mythologies, on October 30 via Wichita. Where their debut album delivered crunchy shoegaze hooks informed by Swervedriver and Sloan, if new single "Seven Sisters" is any indication, they're drifting more towards what you'd call dreampop. Not too much stomping on the distortion pedal here, instead we get swirling, wide-open sounds and almost danceable rhythms. (If a '90s-era comparison was to be made, maybe Pale Saints?) Stream it or watch the video below.

Cheatahs will be touring North America this fall, starting in NYC for CMJ. No specific CMJ shows have been announced but they'll be here October 13 - 17, so stay tuned. All Cheatahs tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Cheatahs releasing 2nd LP 'Mythologies,' share first single, touring North America after playing CMJ (dates)"


The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 13-17, and today the initial list of artists was revealed. A bunch of these are NYC shows we've posted about (browse our "CMJ" tag), but highlights include Car Seat Headrest, Cheatahs, Destruction Unit, Dent May, Dilly Dally, Doomsquad, Drinks, Eternal Summers, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Expert Alterations, Ezra Furman, Frankie Cosmos, Hooton Tennis Club, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, Mercury Rev, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, S, Shannon and the Clams, Slim Twig, Stealing Sheep, The Album Leaf, The Dirty Nil, The Men, The Wonder Years, Titus Andronicus and Wildhoney. Check out the full list below.

Badges are on sale.

Continue reading "CMJ 2015 initial artist lineup"

by Bill Pearis

uk band Cheatahs

UK band Cheatahs have announced their second album, Mythologies, will be out October 30 via Wichita. If the first single, "Seven Sisters," is any indication, they've gone from straight-up Swervedriver-style shoegaze into the related, but prettier, dreampop realm. With backing vocals by fellow UK band Feature, it's a shimmering way to start the week. Listen, via Stereogum, below.

Cheatahs have a few UK dates coming up (nothing announced for North America yet) and those are listed below.

Continue reading "Cheatahs announce second LP, share "Seven Sisters" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

No Joy

Montreal's No Joy will release their third album, More Faithful, on June 9 via Mexican Summer. The record was produced, like 2013's great Wait to Pleasure, by Jorge Elbrecht and recorded in Brooklyn and Costa Rica. The first single, "Everything New," is pretty lovely, as the band further melds their ethereal and noisy sides. Stream it below.

No Joy will be doing a short Northeast tour this weekend that doesn't drop below New England. But they'll be in NYC for a record release show at Baby's All Right on June 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The band are also doing a UK tour with Cheatahs in May. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "No Joy announce 'More Faithful,' share first single "Everything New," touring, playing NYC release show (dates, stream)"


The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2015 lineup announced"


Poppy shoegazers Cheatahs, who recently released their debut album (stream it via Rdio), will return for a second North American go-round this year, including NYC -- an early show at Mercury Lounge on June 12. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today (3/28) at noon.

Elsewhere in the country they'll be join up for a few shows with another spelling-challenged animal band, Eagulls (who play their own Mercury Lounge show a month earlier, plus a Northside show with Titus Andronicus). All dates are listed, along Cheatahs' video for "Get Tight," below...

Continue reading "Cheatahs touring with Eagulls, playing NYC after (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

photo by Abigail Smithson
Little Racer

Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. The band have put out a couple EPs so far and will release a third, Modern Accent, on April 3 via Paper Cup (Bluffing, The Teen Age). "Vanessa" owes more than a little to The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" and we've got the premiere of its video in this post. Stream it and a few other EP tracks below.

You can catch Little Racer live in NYC on Tuesday (3/4) at Baby's All Right where they open for Cheatahs and Eternal Summers. That's a good show and tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Little Racer made a video, releasing new EP, opening for Cheatahs and Eternal Summers in NYC (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis


UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.

Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.

Eternal Summers "Gouge" still

Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.

In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.

All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Cheatahs streaming debut album; Eternal Summers share new video; their Rough Trade show together moved to Baby's"

noise pop

We mentioned earlier that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, where they've actually got two shows at The Independent: February 28 with Dream Boys, and March 1 with Dominant Legs. What we haven't done is run down this year's fest which happens at venues all over San Francisco from February 25 - March 2.

In addition to Real Estate, this year's Noise Pop (now in its 21st year) features such acts as Throwing Muses, Cold Cave, Mark Mulcahy, Mikal Cronin, Bob Mould, No Age, The Fresh & Onlys, Dr. Dog, Courtney Barnett, Cheatahs, and lots more. Badges that get you into all events are on sale now.

Full list of this year's performers below...

Continue reading "San Francisco Noise Pop fest lineup (Real Estate, Throwing Muses, Bob Mould, Cold Cave, Mikal Cronin & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers

As you may know, Eternal Summers will release their new album, The Drop Beneath, on March 4 via Kanine. The album was produced by Doug Gillard (GBV, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead) and is by far the band's most varied record yet. If you've seen the Virginia trio live lately, you've probably heard "Gouge" which has been a staple of their sets for some time -- I'm pretty sure they played it at their Sound Bites series show in 2012 -- and its phased-out guitars shimmer in the recorded version. You can stream it in this post.

Eternal Summers will play a record release show for The Drop Beneath in NYC on March 4 at Rough Trade where they'll be sharing the bill with UK band Cheatahs. Tickets are still available. No other tour dates announced yet, but look for them to hit the road sometime after the new album drops.

New song stream below...

Continue reading "Eternal Summers share first song from new album, added to Cheatahs show at Rough Trade NYC"

by Bill Pearis


Cheatahs are set to release their self-titled debut album on February 11 via Wichita. Like the band's singles from last year, the album mines a full-throttle, warped guitar sound not unlike vintage Swervedriver or Smeared-era Sloan. These guys know their way with a hook, too and you can check out videos for "Cut the Grass" and "Kenworth" from the album below.

The UK band, who were last here in April, will be back again early next year for a North American tour that includes a NYC date on March 4 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/20) at noon.

No word on whether Cheatahs will play SXSW, but they will be in the country around the same time. All dates are listed, along with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Cheatahs ready debut LP, touring North American in 2014 (dates, streams)"

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Wavves/FIDLAR/surfer @ Glasslands, 4/11/2013

This was one of the wildest, crowd-surfingest, beer-flinging shows I've been to in a long time, with a crowd clearly already in weekend party mode and two acts -- Wavves and FIDLAR -- right there with them. Both bands share a similar sound, and probably recreational activities. It was a very fun night.

Wavves, who are on the heels of a very catchy new album, headlined and have come a long way since the first time I saw them at SXSW 2009, the band being as tight as they need be with the punky pop material. The crowd sang along loudly while hurling themselves into each other to most of the songs, which cherry-picked from Wavves' output to date. Most of them, at least. One guy spent the whole show by the stage, Sharpie in hand, trying to get bassist (and former Reatard) Stephen Pope to sign his CD. (Dude, just wait till after show!) Nathan Williams seemed a little subdued for most of the set but lept onto crowd during the last song, surfing over to Glasslands' balcony where he pulled himself up onto it before diving back down into it.

FIDLAR's Zac Carper, meanwhile, matched the crowd the crowd leap for leap during their raucous set. Before the end of the first song he was rolling on the stage floor, a position he'd be in more than once before their set finished. Carper also let us know what FIDLAR stands for about six times ("Fuck it Dog Life's A Risk" if you're wondering) and what drug each song was about (meth, LSD, pot, cocaine, cheap beer, some were not about drugs). These guys are playing standard fare skatepunk that doesn't do a lot for me on record, but there is no denying the genuine energy they bring live. Gleeful mayhem.

Openers Cheatahs were the band I was most looking forward to. A little more on the early '90s shoegaze tip, the London-based band were tight and sounded great -- somewhere between Swervedriver and Smeared-era Sloan (their singer is actually from Canada, wonder if he's a fan) -- but they seemed to eschew most of their hookiest songs in favor of newer, more ambitious material. But maybe that's what you do when you've got the 8:45 slot, test out new stuff. Still, when they launched into their soaring track "The Swan" (from the terrific, just-released U.S. introduction, Extended Plays), Cheatahs shined.

All three bands, who've been touring together for about a month, play Brooklyn again tonight (4/12) at Shea Stadium which, as you might expect from such a small venue, is sold out. More pics from Glasslands -- including a couple of, yes, the venue's new bathrooms -- are below.

Continue reading "Wavves, FIDLAR & Cheatahs played Glasslands (pics, review); play Shea Stadium tonight"

Veronica Falls @ MHOW, Feb 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Veronica Falls

Today is the Day @ Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison for IO)
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today in NYC
* Simja @ Barbes
* Many Arms @ The Stone
* Danny Tengalia @ Pacha
* Don McLean @ B.B. King's
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Celestial Shore @ The Stone
* Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Oh Land @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Alpine, MO, White Prism @ Glasslands
* Kavinsky, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Sweet Cyanide, Jak @ The Knitting Factory
* Cardboard, The Top, Free Time @ Big Snow
* What Model Citizens, Your Youth @ XPO 929
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Justin Vandervolgen, Sophie @ Cameo Gallery
* Stars, Milo Greene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Todd Barry, Jay Oakerson, Paul Virzi @ The Stand
* Primes, Daddy Don't, Sirens @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Javelin, Hard Nips, Chances With Wolves @ Glasslands
* Art Decade, Rain Machine, Kelli Rudick @ Cameo Gallery
* Literature, Ski Lodge, The Hairs, Teen Age @ Muchmore's
Sam Lipsyte, Mike Doughty, Dave Hill @ Le Poisson Rouge
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Chris Mills @ The Bell House
* Weep, Siff-Rip-Us, Friendly Knowledge (DJ Set) @ Littlefield
* Lichens, Loud Objects, Rites Wild, Doron Sadja @ Silent Barn
* ALGO-RITHM, HOLOSOUND, Cry Baby, Das Moth @ Le Bain
* The Tossers, The Lost Brothers, Continental @ Mercury Lounge
* Napoleon, Haybaby, Hippy, Shark Muffin, Lunchbox @ Matchless
* Future Shuttle, Highllife, LF Wind, Blondes (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
* Sons Of Jove, I Am The Third, Thank You Scientist @ Bowery Electric
* Hector's Pets, Pop Zeus, A Rex & J Rex, Las Rosas @ Death By Audio
* The Veda Rays, Spires, The Pinkies, Rob Karpay @ The Grand Victory
* Todd Snider, Chuck Mead, Elizabeth Cook, Kevin Gordon @ Irving Plaza
* Silent Drape Runners, Pajama People, Phantom Power @ Ran Tea House
Today is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp @ Studio atWebster Hall
* Darlings, Permanent Collection, Field Mouse, Honey Drum @ Shea Stadium
* Crazy Pills, Bridges and Powerlines, Kit Operations, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Lee and The Mumbles, Bill Bartholomew, The Pushovers @ Pete's Candy Store
* Veronica Falls, Cold Showers, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Small Black, Heavenly Beat, Imperial Topaz, Beach Fossils (DJ Sets) @ 285 Kent
* Palenke Soultribe, Kadavar, Grandfather, Little Children, Heyerdahl, Anni @ Pianos
* XNY, Bella's Bartok, The Mayor of Bad News, Chamber Band, Joshua and the Giant @ Spike Hill
* Soulive, Robert Randolph & Lee Fields, The Expressions Horns, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl

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UK band Cheatahs were supposed to open for Veronica Falls tonight at Bowery Ballroom but are no longer on the bill, unfortunately. They'll be here next month though, with Wavves and FIDLAR. You can stream a new Cheatahs track below.

Remember we said Ben UFO was revealing something from Mount Kimbie's new album on his radio show last night? Well he ended up premiering the track "Made to Stray," a bass-y cut with some UK style art pop vocals coming towards the end. Check it out below.

Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, on June 11 via Mom & Pop. Stream the first released track from it, "Varsity," below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Wavves at McCarren Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)

As mentioned, Wavves are finally getting around to releasing the followup to 2010's KIng of the Beach this year. The record is called Afraid of Heights and will be out on March 26 via Mom + Pop. It features guest vocals from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and guest drumming from The Bronx's Jorma Vik. The band just revealed the album tracklist and cover art, which you can check out below.

Late last year, Wavves made a video for the album's opening track, "Sail to the Sun," and they've just revealed another album cut, "Demon to Lean On." The songwriting and cleaner production (the record was done with pop producer John Hill) has the band sounding more pop punk than ever. Frontman Nathan Williams will tell you he was listening to Weezer's Blue Album everyday while making the record, but you'll hear the snotty anthems of blink-182 in there too. Check out both tracks below.

Wavves will be supporting the record this spring, which kicks off after SXSW, with support from LA brats FIDLAR and UK pop shoegazers Cheatahs. That tour hits NYC for two very intimate shows (for Wavves' standards): April 11 at Glasslands and April 12 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Shea Stadium show go on sale Friday (2/1) at 9 AM.

A list of all dates, stream, video, album art, and tracklist below...

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Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.

In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.

As mentioned before, look for Veronica Falls in North American this spring which includes an NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on March 8 with the very good Cheatahs opening. Tickets are still available.

Song stream below...

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by Bill Pearis


If you read Ryan Jarman of The Cribs Top 10 Tracks of 2012 you may have seen (and heard) London band Cheatahs' "The Swan" amongst it. It's from their Sans EP which came out last month on Wichita Recordings. You can stream it or check out the video below. With thick, crunchy guitars and an appealing melodic sense, Cheatahs come off like a poppier version of shoegazers Swervedriver. The whole EP is great and definitely worth seeking out, as is their Coared EP from earlier this year which you can stream the title track below too. Both EPs are going to be combined for an American release titled Extended Plays, that's out February 3.

Cheatahs will be here in 2013 for a few shows supporting Veronica Falls, including Bowery Ballroom on March 8 and tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below, along with videos and streams.

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The Cribs @ MHOW, April 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
The Cribs

After a stint with legendary guitar-slinger Johnny Marr joining the group, The Cribs slimmed back to their all-Jarman power trio line-up for this year's In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, their best album in a while which made Best of 2012 lists from NME and The Fly. Currently residing here in Brooklyn (where he's working on an album with Jen Turner), frontman Ryan Jarman was nice enough to give us his Top 10 Tracks of the year. He prefaces his list with this:

I tend to see end of year lists as like homework or something so it always gets done at the very last minute. However, now I live in Brooklyn I thought it was good form to make the effort for the local rag so here is my quickly thrown together top 10 tracks of the year.
Ryan and Jen's band, Exclamation Pony were added as an opener to the previously discussed Mission of Burma show in NYC on January 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ryan's top 10 picks are below, complete with commentary and streams...

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