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Yuck were just in NYC for CMJ, playing their first shows since releasing their solid second album, Glow and Behold. One of those shows -- maybe you were there -- was our Brooklyn Vegan 14-hour marathon party at Baby's All Right. We already posted a recap and pictures of Yuck's performance and we've got another set of pics in this post.

Yuck will be back on our shores in the new year. They haven't announced a full tour yet, but dates are popping up and they'll play NYC on February 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for this one go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon.

UPDATE: Full tour announced, all dates are listed, along with more pics from Yuck's BV party show, below...

Continue reading "Yuck touring in 2014, including Bowery Ballroom in February (dates + more pics from BV CMJ party)"

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Nothing @ BV Party at Baby's All Right - 10/19/13

Philly's Nothing just wrapped up a few shows with Weekend and Disappears, including one at NYC's Glasslands last week (10/22). Before that they played their only CMJ show at our BrooklynVegan party at Baby's All Right on 10/19, which went from noon til just after 2 AM and had tons of complimentary Sailor Jerry in addition to the hours of music. Nothing are a band that get tagged as shoegaze and are signed to a metal label, but in a live setting they just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre. Their show seriously rips too. It was one of my favorite sets of CMJ. A set of pictures from their appearance at our CMJ party is in this post. We already posted a video from their set, but you can refresh your memory by watching that again below.

If you missed Nothing's two recent NYC shows, or just need to see them again, you're in luck because they've just added a last-minute show happening on Tuesday (10/29) at 285 Kent with Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO (for whom the show is a release party for their "If Life Was Like A Movie" b/w "Snake Song" 7"), in addition to Shadow Walker, Sunflower Bean (mems. Turnip King), and a DJ set from Oberhofer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and a stream of the a-side of the new LODRO 7" below.

In related news, members of Nothing and another metal-friendly shoegaze band that Nothing has toured with, Whirr (ex-Deafheaven), have a side project called Death of Lovers, who have signed to Deathwish (also home to Deafheaven). They'll release an EP, Buried Under a World of Roses, on that label at some point in the near future. Check out the video for the title track, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and more Nothing pics from CMJ, below.

Continue reading "Nothing played BV CMJ party, playing 285 Kent w/ LODRO; Death of Lovers releasing EP on Deathwish (pics, videos)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Yamantaka Sonic Titan / Omar Souleyman / Speedy Ortiz
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Omar Souleyman
Speedy Ortiz

New Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, after canceling CMJ shows scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (they found them other venues), had its opening day Friday (10/18) with our free BrooklynVegan day party, the first of two parties we threw at that venue for CMJ.

The day began pretty big with an acoustic set by Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head & the Heart who just released a new album called Lets Be Still. The first-ever performance at the new venue Friday at noon was a stripped down performance ahead of their much bigger sold out shows at Terminal 5 and Webster Hall. They also played a sold out CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before.

Then things took a turn for the weirder when the eccentric Kirin J Callinan (now backed by a band, unlike last year) came on. He was followed by the sneering UK post-punks Eagulls. Their pals/fellow Leeds band Hookworms came next, upping the psych/noise quota for the day.

Due to a last-minute scheduling change, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman came on next, characteristically not doing much on stage but still taking control of the room with an unforgettable set, and he was followed by the captivating, face-painted genre-defiers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Finally to wrap things, indie rockers Speedy Ortiz came on and showed off some new songs (like they've been doing at other CMJ shows too). Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Complimentary drinks were provided to those in attendance by Sailor Jerry who also brought in the Three Kings Tattoo artists who were giving out free tattoos for six hours straight in the venue's side bar. Plus, if you were hungry, free Raw Revolution organic live food bars were scattered around the venue for your taking. Thanks also to Vinny's Music for supplying the gear.

Saturday we were at the same venue with the NYC debut of Ex Hex (new band fronted by Mary Timony of Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), a solo set from Mac McCaughn of Superchunk, Pallbearer, Joanna Gruesome, Hop Along, Nothing, Public Service Broadcasting, Torres, King Dude, Pity Sex, Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Drowners, Spires and more. Pictures from that day coming soon.

Pictures from our Friday party are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "BV Friday CMJ Day Party at Baby's All Right in pics (Speedy Ortiz, Omar Souleyman, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, The Head & the Heart and more)"

Father John Misty @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

It's the last day of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon and there's so much good music going on everywhere, you should really go and and see something. Specifically, we'd love to see you at our our free party at Baby's All Right which goes from noon to 2 AM. (Yes, we went a little crazy.) Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.

Spires, Pity Sex, Courtney Barnett, Yuck, King Dude, Nothing, Pallbearer, Mac McCaughan, Ex Hex, Drowners, Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting @ Baby's All Right (FREE)
Our second of two FREE (no RSVP, no badges) parties at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway in Williamsburg) goes down today, and it's a day and night party. The later portion of the day features goth-country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST (TBA very soon) Pallbearer, grunge-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, and the NYC debut of Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) talented pretty boys Drowners, CMJ breakout stars Joanna Gruesome and hard to describe (but worth staying up for) Public Service Broadcasting. There's also free rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry and free tattoos too (till 6 PM). Did we say it was FREE? It is.

Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you go last night?

Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, TRAXMAN, The Range, Jahiliyya Fields, HUERCO S., Mas Ysa@ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the second of two shows Pitchfork is doing at 285 Kent this week, and this one leans on the electronic side. It's got sets from forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela, footwork wizard Traxman, rising indie pop guy Mas Ysa, rising IDM producer The Range, and more.

Hunters, Bleeding Rainbow, Lost Boy?, Dirty Fences, Las Rosas, Unstoppable Death Machines, Roomrunner, Ken South Rock, Baby Acid, Lazyeyes, Flashlights, Surprise Guest @ Fontana's
There's a lot of bands on this one, including some of the hotter ones this year like grungy punks Roomrunner, punky shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow, and lively rockers Hunters.

No Way Jose, Misun, Hockey, Black Taxi, Wild Adriatic, Josh Berwanger, Gemini Club, Marmalakes, Attic Ends @ Mercury Lounge
The artist we're most excited for on this bill is Josh Berwanger, former frontman of The Anniversary, who's now making some pretty solid solo music. It's his only CMJ show.

Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.

Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
This is the cruise portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcase with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, we recommend seeing Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).

Braid, The Jazz June, Enemies, Have Mercy @ Saint Vitus
Speaking of TWO reunion bands, emo vets Braid and The Jazz June both grace the official Topshelf showcase tonight, which should make for a very fun night of emo nostalgia.

Tigers Jaw, Hostage Calm, Pity Sex, Captain We're Sinking, Cloakroom, Modern Baseball, Young Statues, Petal, GDP @ Santos Party House
Tonight's other big emo showcase, the Run for Cover showcase, goes down at Santos Party House. Some of our favorite bands on the label are on this one, like the shoegazey Pity Sex and the sludgy Cloakroom, and it's being headlined by the recently Pitchfork-approved Tigers Jaw.

Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Ovlov, Porches, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Roomrunner, Palehound, Krill, Fat History Month @ Silent Barn
The Exploding In Sound showcase goes down at Silent Barn with just about every band on their label, plus a few of their friends, and really every single band here is recommended for any fans of real-deal indie rock.

King Dude (11pm), SISU (10pm), Weeknight (9pm), Zig Zags (8pm) @ Union Pool
This bill leans on the darker side, with sets from goth/noir country balladeer King Dude and Dum Dum Girls-related SISU.

Peaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tonight's show is to celebrate the NYC theatrical release of her performance documentary, Peaches Does Herself, which is currently playing at Village theater The Quad. Tonight's show is with JD Samson, Sandy Kane, and Chris E. Pants.

Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the second).

Half Moon Run, Haerts, MisterWives, Gospels, Flagship @ Bowery Ballroom
Montreal's Half Moon Run mingle '60s folk rock harmonies and modern dynamics and percussion.

Jonathan Toubin (Soul Clap & Dance-Off), Nick Waterhouse (guest selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
In addition to Waterhouse's DJ set, tonight Dance Off judges are Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls)..

Telepopmusik, Dream Koala, Betty Black @ Cameo Gallery
It's been a long time since this French dance duo played NYC and this is an especially tiny place for them to be playing. Betty Black (who opens too) will join them as wil Angela McCluskey who sang vocals on the band's biggest hit, "Breathe."

Hookworms @ BVCMJ (photo by Chris La Putt)

Hookworms, Kirin J Callinan, Ex-Cult, Joanna Gruesome, Spires @ Death By Audio
Here are some of CMJ Week's buzziest bands -- JG, Hookworms, Kirin (and the awesome Ex Cult) -- all playing at one show together. Not an official CMJ show.

Hospitality, Pattern is Movement, The Building @ Glasslands
It's been nearly two years since Hospitality released their debut album. Expect a lot of new songs at tonight's show.

William Basinski, Aki Onda, Raha Raissnia @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with acclaimed The Disintegration Loops composer William Basinski. This one's sold out.

Flashlights, Islands, Kid Karate, Obits, The History of Apple Pie @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Few bands do snarly, garagey, pedal-to-the-metal rock as well as Obits. The rest of the bill is good too, and Islands were just announced as tonight's surprise performers.

Crocodiles, Dream Boys, Bleeding Rainbow, Punks On Mars @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar gives itself over to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles). In addition to Crocodiles and Bleeding Rainbow (reason enough to go), don't miss LA's uberjangly Dream Boys and extremely underrated glammy garage rockers Punks on Mars. This show is FREE.

Ghost Wave, The Shackeltons, Weird Womb, The Suzan, Oscar Key Sung, Dream Shake, Eternal Summers @ Pianos
Ghost Wave sounds like a name created by Chunklet to make fun of hipster bands, but they're worth a listen, especially if you like post-VU motorik style strumming. This is a fun show all around.

Waltz, TV Ghost, The Deer Tracks, Ice Choir, Lia Mice @ Pianos
Meanwhile this is happening upstairs at Pianos with more than a few good acts too. If you like '80s stuff like Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout, the Ice Choir (feature Kurt from Depreciation Guild and TPOBPAH) expertly recreate the sonics of that era.

The English Beat @ The Bell House
If you don't take issue with Dave Wakeling being the only originally member of The Beat in this line-up -- and that the set will also contain more than a few General Public songs -- there's no denying the many good tunes from their catalog.

Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Joanna Gruesome, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild, Three Thousand Crowns @ The Rock Shop (FREE)If you live over near Park Slope and don't feel like coming into the city (or over to Williamsburg) for CMJ, here's a chance to see some good indie-pop-ish bands, including CMJ winners Joanna Gruesome and the underappreciated North Carolina orch-pop band Fan Modine.

More notable Saturday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (all-day BV CMJ party! Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, William Basinski, Telepopmusik, Pallbearer & more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Menomena @ Ace Hotel

On Wednesday (10/16), Chris stopped Ace Hotel for a free day show presented by MyMusicRX, which is part of the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).

"Kids and teens facing a serious illness across the country can register to receive free music medicine at MyMusicRx.org. On any given day, 24/7, they can play free online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, watch exclusive video greetings from their favorite artists, and connect with other youth.

But it's not just for kids--music lovers of all ages can download the free MyMusicRx app to purchase their iTunes music (5% of proceeds go to CCA). They can even prescribe music as medicine, sharing songs that match a kid's mood or lifts their spirits."

The lineup included Arc Iris (Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem's new band), Jesca Hoop (who opened for Placebo at Terminal 5 the night before), Diego Garcia (Elefant), and special guest Menomena who headline Webster Hall Thursday as part of a bigger tour with the Helio Sequence.

Arc Iris and Diego Garcia share a NYC bill again at Highline Ballroom on 10/22.

CMJ continues, two BrooklynVegan parties included.

Pictures from Ace Hotel are in this post. More of them below...

Continue reading "Menomena, Diego Garcia & more played a MyMusicRX showcase @ Ace Hotel (CMJ pics) "


The 2013 CBGB Festival is coming up next week (Oct. 8 - 13), and in addition to the many shows, movie screenings and panel discussions, there's also going to be a photography exhibit. The "Never Again" Photo Show will be on display at Wooster Street Social Club from October 9 - Nov 1 and explores "the lexicon of the New York music scene, documenting the moments that can never be re-created, and continuing the tradition championed by music-photographers of the past: creating new legacies of moments that might otherwise be overlooked." Photographers include many BrooklynVegan contributors: Chris La Putt, David Andrako, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, Greg Cristman, Jason Bergman, Jacob Blickenstaff, Abbey Braden Raymonde, Guy Eppel, Jen Maler, Ryan Muir, Gabi Porter, Kyle Dean Reinford, Tod Seelie, Rebecca Smeyne, Loren Wohl, and Ebru Yildiz.

The opening night party (10/9) goes from 7-10 PM and features DJ Justin Collectorscum, complimentary beverages and "Rock n' Roll manicures by NQ."

Meanwhile, win some tickets to a film screening and don't forget My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square and that Judge will be at Saint Vitus.

photos by Chris La Putt

Neko Case / AC Newman
Neko Case
AC Newman

Neko Case returned this year with her very good, long-titled new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, and she's been supporting it on a tour that she brought to NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall last night (9/26). Her 22-song set included most of the new album, and a bunch of others from throughout her career too. Opening the night was her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman, who joined her on the final song of her encore, "Ragtime." Pictures of both artists are in this post.

More of those, along with Neko's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Neko Case and AC Newman played Radio City (pics & setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

TV Ghost @ Cake Shop, 5/3/2013
TV Ghost

Sweden's Holograms's new LP Forever is out now (and streamable in this post). Despite their absence in the Captured Tracks CT5 fifth anniversary festivities, we are willing to forgive the band due to today's announcement of dates with TV Ghost! The shows include appearances from coast to coast, including December 6 at 285 Kent. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

TV Ghost ALSO has a new LP, Disconnect, out now via In The Red Records. You can stream that effort below as well. The band will play CMJ 2013 ahead of their Holograms dates, so look forward to that.

In addition, we have a  belated second set of TV Ghost pictures from the band's appearance with Wax Idols, The Laurels & Far Out Fangtooth at Cake Shop on May 3  in this post (the first is HERE).

All tour dates are listed, plus album streams and more pics from that Cake Shop show, below.

Continue reading "TV Ghost & Holograms streaming new LPs, touring togther (dates) +++ belated TVG pics from Cake Shop w/ Wax Idols"

photos by Chris La Putt

Big Freedia at Afro-Punk Fest 2013
2013 Afropunk Festival in Photos - Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn, NYC - August 24th and 25th, 2013

Ass-shakin' New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia just bounced her way through NYC for the Afro-Punk Festival, which went down over the weekend (8/24-25) in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park. A few pictures from her set on Sunday (8/25) are in this post. There's more at Facebook and still more on the way. Meanwhile, day 1 pictures are up now.

Big Freedia doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but she does have a few upcoming shows planned, including a return to NYC on November 1 and 2 at Brooklyn Bowl with "Special Guests!" each night. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale Thursday (8/29) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.

Big Freedia is also releasing a new EP, The Queen of Bounce, on October 2 via Queen Diva Music/Beat Exchange. The EP will feature six tracks, including the 2012 single, "Booty Whop."

More pictures from Afro-Punk, along with the list of dates and a stream of "Booty Whop," below...

Continue reading "Big Freedia played Afro-Punk Fest, releasing EP, playing other shows, including 2 nights at Brooklyn Bowl (dates & pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Trash Talk at Afro-Punk Festival 2013
Trash Talk

Sacramento hardcore punks Trash Talk just came to NYC over the weekend for the free free two-day Afro-Punk Festival, which went down in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park. A few pictures from their set on Sunday (8/25) are in this post. There's more at Facebook and still more on the way. Meanwhile, day 1 pictures are up now.

Trash Talk were also recently added to Danny Brown and Action Bronson's upcoming tour. That tour doesn't hit NYC, but in the midst of it, Trash Talk will stop in NYC on their own for a headlining show at 285 Kent on September 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Danny Brown also played Afro-Punk on Sunday, and he'll play NYC again on Labor Day (9/2) for Fool's Gold Day Off, which happens in Williamsburg Park. Fool's Gold label boss A-Trak just confirmed that Danny's new album, OLD, will be released via the label on September 30.

All Trash Talk dates are listed, along with a few more pics from Afro-Punk, below...

Continue reading "Trash Talk played Afro-Punk Fest, headlining 285 Kent during tour w/ Danny Brown & Action Bronson (pics & dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, Theophilus London photos by Chris La Putt

Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013
Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013

Brooklyn's free annual Afro-Punk Festival returned to Commodore Barry Park over the weekend for two days (8/24-25) of punk, rap, and everything in between, plus biking, skating, and more. The first day gave us sets from Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Ninjasonik, M.O.P., Saul Williams, Jean Grae, The Heavy, Theophilus London, Rye Rye, and more. Dead Prez made a "special guest" appearance, and word on the street was that Alicia Keys was supposed to as well, but she was a no show. Pictures of day 1 are in this post, and more are at Facebook and Google+.

Stay tuned for coverage of day 2. More day 1 pics below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest 2013 day 1 in pics: Mykki Blanco, Le1f, M.O.P., Ninjasonik, Saul Williams, Theophilus London, The Heavy, more"

video by Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt; photos by Jessica Amaya

Eleanor Friedberger

What has being "Eleanor Friedberger" brought you that being a Fiery Furnace hasn't?

Eleanor Friedberger: Well, if it doesn't sound too corny, it's helped me tremendously... become a more well-rounded person. Doing things with my brother, I was very quick to let him take over. It becomes more obvious to me now as time has passed. I think it's about getting older too, but I feel so much more in control of what's happening. I have so much fun onstage now and I don't remember feeling that way before. Not that it was the opposite of fun, but it was something else. It was really tense... really hard. Fiery Furnaces shows were so physical, like a sporting event. Now I have fun on stage and I hope that's apparent. It's a very different feeling for me.

Eleanor Friedberger has been busy since the release of her second solo album, Personal Record. She's done a headlining tour of North America (including a hometown show at MHOW), and she's about to head to Europe to do the same. And when she returns she'll go out on the road opening on Colin Meloy's upcoming solo tour, including the NYC show at Town Hall on November 1. Tickets to that show are still available.

In the midst of all this, Eleanor also found time to appear on the sixth installment of our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. She and her band performed "My Own World," "Singing Time" and "Roosevelt Island." Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt for making this look (and sound) great. Dig into Eleanor's set at the bottom of this post.

If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio SessionField Mouse was the second, Ex Cops the third, Noun the fourth and Savoir Adore the fifth. There are more to come.

Pictures from Eleanor's BV Sessions, the videos, and her upcoming tour schedule are all below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger recorded a BV Studio Session video, opening for Colin Meloy on fall tour (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins @ Rubin Museum, 8/9/2013
Nicole Atkins - Rubin Museum of Art, NYC - August 9th, 2013

Nicole Atkins played a very intimate show at the Rubin Museum on Friday night (8/9) as part of their "Naked Soul" series, where artists perform without mics or amplifiers. The show was originally supposed to happen back in February but got postponed due to Winter Storm Nemo. Accompanied on piano by Dan Chen who was in her old band, The Sea, Atkins played a few songs from her upcoming album, Slow Phaser, which was made in Sweden with Cardigans' producer, Tore Johansson.

You can stream a track from the new album and check out more pictures from Atkins' "Naked Soul" show below...

Continue reading "Nicole Atkins played the Rubin Museum of Art, readies new LP, 'Slow Phaser' (pics, track stream)"

video by Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt; photos by Wei Shi

Savoir Adore @ The Echo, 8/7/2013
Savoir Adore - The Echo, LA - August 7th, 2013

Savoir Adore are currently on the West Coast, having played LA's The Echo on Wednesday (8/7) with Only You and Fever the Ghost, and pictures from that show are in this post. Tonight (8/9), they're playing a show at EVNTLive HQ which will be broadcast live at 3 PM CDT (6 PM NYC time). The band will be back on the East Coast for shows next month, including their biggest headlining NYC show to date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, Savoir Adore are the fifth band to appear in our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. The band decked themselves out in white and performed "Dreamers" from Our Nature, plus "Beating Hearts" (which was added to the LP's reissue on Nettwerk) and a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U." Big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya, Chris La Putt, and David Andrako for the great video. You can check out the footage at the bottom of this post.

If you're just now hearing about these,  Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio SessionField Mouse was the second,  Ex Cops was the third, and Noun the fourth.

If you need more to watch, the band just released the video for "Regalia." That video, plus the BV Studio Sessions, more pics from The Echo and Savoir Adore's tour schedule, are below.

Continue reading "watch Savoir Adore play three songs (including a Prince cover) in BV Studio Sessions ++ pictures from The Echo in LA"

photos by Chris La Putt

Titus' Patrick Stickles and Liam Betson last night
Titus Andronicus - Pier 84, NYC - August 8th, 2013

Less than a month removed from their three-night run at the now-closed, much-missed Maxwell's in Hoboken, Titus Andronicus headlined a River Rocks show at Pier 84 last night (8/9), the final event of the summer in that space. In addition to that sad news (where has the summer gone?), it was also bittersweet to hear that TA member Liam Betson will be departing from the band -- he's moving to Canada -- and last night was his final show. Godspeed Mr. Betson.

Joining the band was Real-Estate-related project Ducktails and The Beets' frontman Juan Waters, all three of which fought off the bursts of rain. Pictures of all three are in this post.

After a few weeks off, Titus Andronicus will embark on a new set of dates concentrated on the Midwest and Northwest. No NYC in the cards just yet, but those in that portion of the US can check them out at the dates listed below below.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus played Pier 84 w/ Ducktails & Juan Wauters, touring through September (pics, updated dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Grand Resort @ Sound Bites Series, 8/4/2013
Grand Resort - South Street Seaport, NYC - August 4th, 2013

The Sound Bites Series (which I curate) kicked off Sunday (8/4) at South Street Seaport with Brooklyn indie poppers Grand Resort. The two previous years have been at the Fulton Stall Market, but that is on an August hiatus so Sound Bites is now happening around the corner on the Front/Row stage at Fulton and Front streets. It's right next to Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer. The cobblestone in front of the stage is covered in astroturf which made for a relaxing way to check out the show. It was a lovely day if I do say so myself and pictures from that show are in this post.

Grand Resort's new EP is out this week and if you didn't make it down yesterday, they'll have their release show on Friday (8/9) at Cake Shop with Slonk Donkerson and Dead Young Friends. After that, they'll start their Pianos residency, playing the last three Thursdays in August. They're also on the bill for the Out in the Streets festival at Vander-Ende Onderdonk House later this month.

The Sound Bites Series continues every Sunday in August. This week (8/11) is with Philadelphia's Literature. They were one of my favorite band's at this year's NYC Popfest and am really excited to have them play. With the move to the Front/Row stage, the start time has shifted one hour later: I DJ at 3 PM and the band plays at 4 PM. Still free.

More pictures from Grand Resort at Sound Bites below...

Continue reading "Sound Bites Series at Seaport's Front/Row stage kicked off w/ Grand Resort (pics)"

video by Jessica Amaya, Chris La Putt and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn and sound by Albert Amaya; photos by Amanda Hatfield

BrooklynVegan Studios Presents - Noun

Noun, the project of Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster (whose birthday is today!), are set to kick off a U.S. mini-tour with Modern Hut this weekend. For live performances, Paternoster is joined by Miranda Taylor (Black Wine) on percussion and backing vocals, and they've got a The Kills-like setup going on. As discussed, you can catch the two groups at Death by Audio on August 9 with Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.

Noun are also the fourth band to appear in our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. Paternoster and Taylor played four new songs, and were accompanied by Mark Bronzino (Kicking Spit, Iron Reagan) on guitar. Big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya, Chris La Putt, and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn for the great video. You can check out the footage at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of Mark Bronzino, his band Kicking Spit are prepping their second album, Negative Feedback, for release on August 27 via Don Giovanni. They'll celebrate the LP with an August 22 record release show at New Brunswick's Ray Cappo's Cantina and also one at Death by Audio on August 23 with Shellshag, Black Wine, and Nuclear Santa Claust. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.

If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio Session, Field Mouse was the second, and Ex Cops was the third. There are more to come. Video footage and pictures from the Noun BV Studio Session, all tour dates, and a few song streams are below...

Continue reading "watch Noun perform four songs for the BV Studio Sessions; Kicking Spit ready new LP, playing shows (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

The Specials on Pier 26 - 7/17/13
The Specials - Pier 26, NYC - July 17th, 2013 20130717

Second wave ska legends The Specials brought their tour to the East Coast this week for a few shows in the surrounding NYC-area, and one actually in NYC, which they played last night (7/17) at Pier 26. It was the first show of the summer on Pier 26, which is officially a new music venue. Little Hurricane opened the show, and pictures of the whole night are in this post.

The Specials' upcoming dates include a show tonight (7/18) at The Paramount in Long Island and another on Saturday (7/20) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

Other upcoming Pier 26 shows include The Gaslight Anthem, Passion Pit, and more. Tickets for all not sold out shows are at Ticketmaster.

More pictures below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Generationals / Waxahatchee

The free River Rocks series on Hudson River Park's Pier 84 kicked off last night (7/11) with a headlining set from indie pop band Generationals, direct support from Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, and opening set from (probably the currently buzziest band on the lineup) Waxahatchee. Waxahatchee played with a new bassist (aka the guy from Radiator Hospital was not there to sing harmonies on "Peace and Quiet"). You can check out a set of pictures from the whole show in this post.

The River Rocks series continues later this month on July 25 with Foxygen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and The Aves; and August 8 with Titus Andronicus, Ducktails, and Juan Wauters (of The Beets).

More pictures from last night and a video from Waxahatchee's set below...

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DOWNLOAD: Heliotropes - Psalm (MP3)

Heliotropes @ Mercury Lounge, March 2013

Heliotropes are gearing up to release their debut album, A Constant Sea, which will be out on Manimal Vinyl in June. The first track to be released from it is the fuzzed out "Psalms" and you can download it (via Rolling Stone) above.

As mentioned, Heliotropes will be playing the 2013 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport on June 29. Before that, though, they'll play an A Constant Sea record release party at Glasslands on June 18. Tickets are on sale now.

You may remember Heliotropes recently wrapped up a tour with UK shoegazers Esben & the Witch. We already posted one set of pics from their 3/23 stop at Mercury Lounge but another set are in this post. More below...

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video by Jessica and Albert Amaya; photo by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

It's a busy day for Brooklyn's Ski Lodge. Their new single, "Just To Be Like You" was released today via Dovecote (music video is below) and tonight they'll open for Born Ruffians' sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom with Moon King. They'll also be doing some West Coast shows with Chad Valley. Ski Lodge also play NYC Popfest as part of an all-day event at Littlefield on June 2 with Close Lobsters, French Films, Orange Peels and more (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Ski Lodge feature in the premiere episode a new video series we're calling the BV Studio Sessions where we have local bands performing live at Butler Recording in Bushwick. In it, they perform "Just To Be Like You," and new songs "Boy," and "Looking For A Change." This first episode turned out pretty great -- big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya as well as Chris La Putt -- and you can watch it below.

Stay tuned for for more BV Studio Sessions. Meanwhile, check out that video and the list of all Ski Lodge dates below.

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photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

CHVRCHES @ Mercury Lounge, 3/18/2013

Hot off a busy SXSW, Scottish trio CHVRCHES made their NYC debut at Mercury Lounge last night (3/18), playing an early and a late show, both sold out. I was at the early show where the crowd was ready to have a good time. Good news: "The Mother We Share" and new single "Recover" are not the only catchy songs in their arsenal. We got 10 originals (plus a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U") and nearly every one of them had a giant hook at its core. I would say at least four of the new ones seems single-worthy.

The bad news: they've got a ways to go in the live show department. Singer Lauren Mayberry's voice was in fine form, but she is a timid performer and doesn't quite seem comfortable in the spotilight. (A funny and foulmouthed between-song banterer, though.) And, like with so many synth-MPC acts these days, there's not a lot to watch. That said, they weren't bad. They just just need to build up the confidence and figure out the live setup. Like a drummer? Six months of touring, including the summer festival circuit will hopefully take care of that. But the crowd last night -- which hit all social and age strata -- didn't seem to mind,  with very enthusiastic singing, dancing and clapping along to the band's two singles.

CHVRCHES stick around NYC tonight (3/19) to DJ at 285 Kent and tickets to that show are still available.

UPDATE: They're playing live tonight too. Says the band, "Hi New Yorkers. We will be playing a 30 min live set tonight at 285 Kent in Brooklyn along with a DJ set from Martin. We will be on at midnight. " Tickets here.

I missed almost all of opener Dan Croll's set but what I heard was in the "whoa-oh" and "ahhhh ahh" heavy Fleet Foxes school of folky rock. The UK singer plays again on Wednesday (3/20) at Glasslands with Feathers and Lorna Dune. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from the early show at Mercury Lounge, including some of Dan Croll, below...

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Yob at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Jeff Garlin @ Caroline's
* David Broza @ City Winery
* Yob, Hull, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* Ben Howard, Will Mason @ Terminal 5
* Wyatt Cenac, Seth Herzog @ Littlefield
* Frank London's Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* Bleeding Rainbow, Daytona, Gracie @ Cake Shop
* Matmos, Horse Lords, Vorhees @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Geri X, Portmanteaux, Oh Halo, Condola Rashad @ Pianos
* Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Bird Names, Images @ Big Snow
* Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains @ Videology
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Margaret Glaspy, Julian Lage, John Putnam @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Grant's Tomb, Glowing Skull Ring, Small Craft Warning @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chat Logs, Cellular Chaos, Feast of the Epiphany @ The Bowery Electric
* Octo Octa, Leverage Models, Test House, Certain Creatures @ Glasslands
* Brothers NYC, Daddy Long Legs, The Dead Exs, The National Reserve @ Mercury Lounge
* Hannibal Buress, Taylor Ketchum, Kate Hendrick, Michael Che, Mike Denny @ Matchless

James Blake made a video for his great new single, "Retrograde," which appears on his upcoming sophomore album, Overgrown. Watch that video below.

After Justin Timberlake performed at the Grammys last night (with Jay-Z, who also joined him last week in New Orleans and again last night at Justin's post-Grammys Palladium show), he revealed another track off of his upcoming The 20/20 Experience, the 8-minute "Mirrors." You can listen to that song below. The album drops on March 19 via RCA, and as you may have seen on commercials during the Grammys, Target is selling a pre-order of the album with two bonus tracks.

Following his big Grammys win for Rap Album of the Year, Drake (who won for 2011's Take Care) revealed that Take Care's follow up will be called Nothing Was the Same, and is due out this year. He also just made a video for his new Kendrick Lamar-inspired single, "Started From the Bottom," which you can watch below.

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Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation as pope, the first pope to step down in six centuries. We don't really have an opinion of that news here at BrooklynVegan, BUT we couldn't resist the chance to acknowledge that BrooklynVegan photographer Chris La Putt took this picture:


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every year between Christmas and New Year's, we catch up on unposted stuff. This year is no different...


As you might remember, Grimes headlined a big free outdoor Hudson Park River Rocks show over the summer at Pier 84 with support from Captured Tracks indie rockers Wild Nothing and DIIV. We already posted a set of pictures from that show back in August after the show happened, and we've got a second belated set of pics that are in this post.

Grimes had a pretty amazing year this year (love it or hate it), making a huge leap from being relatively underground to becoming one of the most talked about indie pop successes of the year. We blogged about her a lot, everyone blogged about her a lot, she made a ton of year end lists, and had one of the biggest indie pop songs of the year with "Oblivion" (Pitchfork's number 1 track). Grimes also gave us her own year-end list which included things like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Swans.

More pics from the Pier 84 show below...

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Swimmers for the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge
Chris' Top 12 Photos of 2012

Longtime BV contributor Chris La Putt weighed in on his favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following, unnumbered list. La Putt joins the list of BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya , Caroline Harrison, and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all weighed in on their favorite photos of 2012.

La Putt's year in pictures and favorite songs of 2012 is below.

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