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by Bill Pearis

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It's springtime, ramps are at the greenmarket, cherry trees are in bloom and The L Magazine has published it's annual list of "8 Band You Need to Hear." This year, they are positing it as a rebuttal to claims that the Brooklyn scene is dead now that 285 Kent is closed:

When the beloved underground venue 285 Kent closed in January, a bunch of thinkpieces took stock of the local music scene. Some pronounced the club's final night the end of Brooklyn as the country's (and continent's) music hub... Toronto, Philly and San Francisco--even Columbus, for crying out loud--might all be producing lots of new and exciting bands, but we'll be damned if New York hasn't churned out the most consistently vibrant (and weird) records and live shows in the last 15 years. Here are eight bands helping to keep it that way.
We're not sure anyone has actually said that ever but, whatever their excuse, this year's list is, as usual, a mix of bands you may have heard, you may have heard of, and perhaps some you haven't. They are:
The Flag
Slothrust (May 6, Bowery Ballroom opening for Ben Kweller)
Gondola
Yvette (June 15, Warsaw with Fuck Buttons)
Porches (May 17, Shea Stadium)
Wet
Cities Aviv
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (May 23, Cameo)
Read more about all eight bands over at The L. Maybe you caught Slothrust at Rough Trade's Record Store Day extravaganza. What do you think of this year's list?

Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Carcass

EMA @ Suny Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyanne Petry)
Cities Aviv

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

Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem @ Best Buy Theater
Fellow veteran death metal bands Carcass and Gorguts reignited their careers with new albums last year that were not only better than most people expect from reunion albums, but just two of the best metal albums of the year in general. It was a treat seeing both bands on the road last year too, and tonight should be even more of a treat seeing them together. The rest of the lineup's not too shabby either.

EMA, Chez Deep @ Union Pool
EMA's new album, The Future's Void, is not only a worthy followup to her excellent 2011 debut, but possibly an even stronger album. It goes through industrial, '90s alternative, sad singer/songwriter and more across its very diverse 10 songs. Her tour with Downtown Boys hits NYC at a couple larger venues later in the year, but tonight catch her release show at the intimate Union Pool.

Kevin Barnes, Fancy Colors @ LPR
Of Montreal start their tour in about a month and tonight frontman Kevin Barnes plays solo tonight.

NGUZUNGUZU, Slava, DJ Clent, Ian Isiah @ Baby's All Right
NGUZUNGUZU and Slava bring their outsider electronics to Baby's tonight, and Ian Isiah's auto-tuned R&B should fit right in.

Murphy's Law, Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, Mayor Creep @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight might get a bit rowdy with a lineup of of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law.

Immortal Technique, Brother Ali @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fellow "conscious" rappers Immortal Technique and Brother Ali bring the tour they're on together to Brooklyn Bowl for their second of two NYC shows this week.

Mount Sharp, Journalism, 178 Improvisation Product, Heidemann @ Cake Shop
Les Savvy Fans take note: 178 Improvisation Product features LSF frontman Tim Harrington, plus members of post-punk outfit Liquid Liquid. Should be interesting.

Actress, Dutch E Germ, HUERCO S. @ Cameo Gallery
UK IDM wizard Actress returns to NYC tonight, and joining him is excellent local support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and Software-signed minimalist Huerco S.

Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory
Inventive rapper Cities Aviv released his latest album, Come to Life, which continues to keep him out of pigeonholes. Tonight's show is part of the Knit's "Free Fridays" series. Doors at midnight and no cost to you, the music listener.

Golden Pelicans, Liquor Store, Foster Care @ Death by Audio
This show got canceled. Find something else to do!

James Vincent McMorrow, Aidan Knight @ Bowery Ballroom
James Vincent McMorrow isn't the most original songwriter (Bon Iver and James Blake seem like obvious influences), but he can write some pretty gorgeous music. Tonight's his last of his three sold-out NYC shows.

Banquets, Placeholder, What Moon Things, Vasudeva, Living Room @ Suburbia
There's some good Northeast US punk and indie rock on this bill, and if you're going we especially think you shouldn't miss Lancaster, PA's Placeholder, whose blend of '90s indie, melodic punk and post-hardcore is heavier and rowdier live than it is on record.

Lau, Gramercy Arms @ Mercury Lounge
Edinburgh folk trio Lau who have been named "Best Group" at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards on four occasions and don't play such small places in the UK.

Wheat, Chris Mills and The Distant Stars, My Teenage Stride @ Union Hall
Boston's Wheat have been making dreamy, autumnal music since the late-'90s. It's been five years since their last record, White Ink Black Ink, maybe we'll find out what's next tonight.

JTC, ITAL, Earthen Sea (ex Black Eyes), Aurora Halal @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn electronic regulars Ital and Aurora Halal recently played Unsound Fest together supporting their upcoming collaborative EP. Tonight they share a bill again, and also on this show is Earthen Sea, the project of Jacob Long, who (like Ital) used to be in Dischord art punks Black Eyes.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Little Dragon

Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
02:30 Torres
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin

OUTSIDE
12:00 Calvin Love
12:40 Cities Aviv
01:00 Overdoz
01:30 Trash Talk
02:10 Nothing
03:00 BadBadNotGood w/ special guest Tyler the Creator
04:00 Roosevelt
05:00 Little Dragon

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.

The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.

Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...

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Cities Aviv at Cake Shop in 2013 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Cities Aviv

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

The Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies, Creepoid, Dreamend @ Shea Stadium
The Casket Girls' lineup features Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow, but the group's fronted by Elsa and Phaedra Greene. Their distorted pop should be familiar to BMSR fans though. Also of note on the bill is Creepoid, who do justice to '90s-style slowcore.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. Sold out.

Pastimer, Ovlov (acoustic), Ben Mackie @ Cameo Gallery
Ovlov bring their Dinosaur Jr-isms to life in NYC venues quite often, but tonight you'll get to see a different side of them as they strip things down for an acoustic show.

MV & EE (2 Sets, FREE) @ Baby's All Right
Experimental duo (and sometimes more than a duo) MV & EE begin their "Aquarian Shade residency" at Baby's All Right tonight. They play 2 sets, both free, and then do it again next Monday too.

Cities Aviv @ Baby's All Right
Alt-rapper Cities Aviv is more than a regular on the NYC live show circuit, but tonight's a bit more special, as it's the release party for his new album, Come to Life.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Tonight Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show will be guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers. Joining them for the show is Sasheer Zamata, Phoebe Robinson, Nimesh Patel, George Gordon, Giulia Rozzi, and Roy Wood Jr.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Sebadoh

More Rough Trade shows this month are moving due to the still-unresolved sound/noise issues they're dealing with, including Friday's Lanterns on the Lake show (2/7) which is now an early show at Baby's All Right (doors 7:30 PM) with Jesse Woods and Andy Shauf (tickets); and Saturday's Mutual Benefit show (2/8) which is now at Knitting Factory (tickets).

Moves since we last posted include: the American Royalty show with Ghenghis Hans on 2/13 is now at Baby's All Right (doors at midnight, tickets here).

Juan Wauters was to play a record release show at RT on  February 15 with Household and Las Rosas. That has been moved to the next day (2/16) at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Glasvegas's 2/20 show has been moved to Knitting Factory and tickets are still available.

Sebadoh's 2/25 show with Octagrape is now at Baby's All Right and tickets are still available.

Quilt's 2/28 show with Weyes Blood is now an early show (doors 7:30 PM) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still available.

Surfer Blood were to have played on March 3 with Wake Up. That show has moved to Glasslands and tickets are on sale now.

Cities Aviv (2/18) and Water Liars (3/1) have been canceled.

Lastly, as mentioned, Sondre Lerche's two shows at RT on 2/21 and 2/23 are now one show at Baby's All Right on 2/20. Tickets are still available.

Waxahatchee at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Waxahatchee

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Cities Aviv, Maria Minerva, Sadaf H. Nava @ Baby's All Right
285 Kent is now officially closed, but two of its regulars, rapper Cities Aviv and electronic pop artist Maria Minerva, are teaming up for a show at Baby's tonight which will maybe preserve some of that 285 spirit.

Waxahatchee, All Dogs, Cayetana @ Mercury Lounge
It's an incredible triple bill at Mercury Lounge tonight with Waxahatchee, whose singer-songwriter-ish tunes made up one of our favorite albums of 2013 and likeminded (but a bit punkier) indie rock from All Dogs and Cayetana. They do it again at Glasslands on Thursday, and both shows are sold out.

Pixies, FIDLAR, Asphalt Orchestra @ NJPAC
It's the second NYC-area night of Pixies (with current bassist Paz Lenchatin) this week. Opening is Asphalt Orchestra, who do marching band versions of Pixies songs and skate punk brats FIDLAR.

UPDATE: Pixies is rescheduled for next week.

Pretty & Nice, Poor Demon (Secret Guest), Honey Wild, Yellerkin, The Roads @ Glasslands
Boston's Pretty & Nice make the kind of nervy powerpop you used to get in 1979 when XTC and Joe Jackson bouncing around. Tonight they play as a three-piece. Anybody know who "Poor Demon" are actually?

Prince Rupert's Drops, Hairy Sands, Jonas Reinhardt @ Union Pool
Fans of heavy psych will dig this line-up featuring the paisley sounds of PRD, the weird noise of Hairy Sands and Kranky-signed Jonas Reinhardt.

Johnny Winter, JW Jones @ BB King's
Johnny Winter is in the midst of his winter (get it?) residency at BB King's, and tonight's the second of three shows, the third being on 2/23. Expect over 4 decades of blues rock riffs.

Marc Ribot, Chris Eldridge @ Merkin Concert Hall (NY Guitar Fest)
NY Guitar Fest continues with guitar great Marc Ribot (collaborator of Tom Waits, John Zorn, etc) teaming up with Chris Eldridge (of Punch Brothers) to perform live scores to silent films tonight.

Brooklyn Transcore Punk Island Stage Benefit @ Grand Victory
Tonight Grand Victory hosts a benefit for the Transcore stage of Punk Island (which Aye Nako have played) with Little Waist, Penguin, Dirty Circle, and The Whores.

Marsha Ambrosius, Benja @ SOB's
R&B/soul singer Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of Floetry and a recent collaborator of Robert Glasper and Talib Kweli, is releasing a new solo album, Friends and Lovers, and this week she celebrates with a two-night release party at SOB's, this being night 2.

Mainland, The Teen Age, Cosmonaut, Leopold And His Fiction @ Pianos
Straight-up guitar pop is alive and well and on stage at Pianos tonight. Check out a track from Mainland's upcoming Shiner EP below.

Shark?, Las Rosas, White Gold, Syd Sair @ Shea Stadium
Tonight's show at Shea includes quality local bands Shark? and Las Rosas, plus Atlanta's White Gold.

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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by Bill Pearis

Factory Floor

Factory Floor will be here in a couple weeks, and their show at 285 Kent on December 13 with Yvette and Cities Aviv is has just a few tickets left. Fear not, the UK electronic trio have just added another show at 285 Kent happening the day before (12/12). No openers have been listed yet, but tickets are on sale now. All upcoming Factory Floor tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Factory Floor have just released a video for "Turn it Up," one of the more easily accessible songs on their terrific debut album. The video, like the record, is pretty squelchy, with a lot old school, VHS-style feedback loop effects. You can check that our below.

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Vader, Leia and Yoda @ Thompkins Sq. Park Halloween Pet Parade (via)
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Peelander-Z at Brain Cave Festival 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Peelander

Happy Halloween! As you might imagine, there's many Halloween-related shows tonight, including a number of cover shows, and of course the Village Halloween Parade! Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's spooky shows (and the regular ones too). Here are some highlights...

Holy Ghost!, Joakim, Midnight Magic, Eli Escobar, Lloydsky @ Terminal 5
They've certainly got the right name for a Halloween show. HG! should have T5 movin' with their '80s style New-Order-at-Danceteria jams. Tickets are still available.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jenny Hval, Tanz Praxis ft. C.Lavender @ Basilica Hudson
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan come in costume no matter what show they're playing, so they'll feel right at home tonight at this slightly-upstate venue. Also of note on this bill is Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (who has a couple shows in NYC next week too).

Peelander Z, Ken South Rock, AEON RINGS (formerly Night Vision) @ Glasslands
Another band who always come costumed, Peelander-Z are sure to bring the party tonight. And they've gone hair metal on their new album, so if you're looking for a rowdy, super-fun, hair metal Halloween, Glasslands is the place to be.

Liturgy, Alan Howarth @ 285 Kent Avenue
"Transcendental black metal" band Liturgy are teaming up with composer Alan Howarth to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on John Carpenter's horror classic, Halloween.

Crystal Stilts, Excepter, Zachary Cale @ Bowery Ballroom
They are leaning more '60s psych these days, but Crystal Stilts have strong gothic streak, due in no small part to Brad Hargett's deep bellow. Look for a spooky set tonight.

Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum) @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
For a dark, gothy Halloween dance party, head to the ominous Brooklyn Masonic Temple for these electronic musicians and DJs.

The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael @ Cameo Gallery
If you're just looking to dance tonight, it's hard to argue with the four-on-the-floor proclivities of the Juan Maclean. Justin Strauss, meanwhile, is a legend with more than three decades of dancefloor experience having worked with everyone from Luther Vandross to Skinny Puppy. It's a late show -- doors at 10 PM -- so you can make it if you want to keep the DFA vibes rolling after Holy Ghost!

The Dickies, Chronic Sick @ Knitting Factory
The Dickies have been making new wavey punk for over three decades, and they're still kicking.

Avan Lava, Light Asylum, Zebra Katz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show's got three very different artists who should all provide very fun sets in their own way. There's the upbeat synth pop of Avan Lava, the dark Light Asylum, and eccentric rapper Zebra Katz, whose "Ima Read" is always a good sing-along at his shows.

Raime, Vatican Shadow, Silent Servant, Kiss & Tell, Further Reductions, Bethany and Alyssa @ Output
Another bill leaning towards the dark and electronic: Raime will be debuting an audio/visual set, and Dominick Fernow's (Prurient) "militant religious industrial" project Vatican Shadow is not to miss either.

Murray Hill, Andy Rourke (The Smiths) (DJ Set), Steve Lewis (DJ Set), Chicks Who Love Guns @ Passenger Bar
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar is hosts this free party with MC duties from none other than legend Murray Hill and a DJ set from The Smiths' Andy Rourke and others. There's also a costume contest for anyone dressed the the "Blood, Burlesque & B-Movie" themes.

The Body, Pissgrave @ Saint Vitus Bar
Crushing duo The Body hold court with Pissgrave tonight at what for some is the only place to be on Hallowwen

DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, DJ Uniique, Rlly Tho & Wodge Daddy, DJ John J Rambo, DJ Kristina Tequila @ Secret Location
This show's got three artists who have no problem crossing the boundaries of hip hop, DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, and Cities Aviv. Location TBA soon.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
Maybe to get in the spirit of dressing up, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is reviving his loungey Buster Poindexter guise tonight.

Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Questlove usually does his weekly Bowl Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursdays, but for Halloween, Biz Markie is taking over the boards. And he's, he's got what you need.

Jonathan Toubin's Haunted Hop @ Secret Project Robot
This is Jonathan Toubin's annual Halloween Party, and will feature a bunch of bands performing sets as other bands like The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Seeds, Roky Erickson and more. They aren't saying who's actually performing, but Jonathan knows a few people. Plus, JT will be spinning classic spooky 45s all night. $5 in costume, $20 without.

Gabba Ghouls, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Lust Cats, Mannequin Pussy @ Lit Lounge
Vermont psych pop band Happy Jawbone Family Band and NYC punks Mannequin Pussy are always worth catching, though for the occasion you might wanna see The Gabba Ghouls too.

World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Warsaw
World/Inferno Friendship Society do their annual "Hallowmas" show on Halloween at Warsaw.

Murphys Law, Caught In A Trap, Chesty Malone And The Slice Em Ups, Skum City @ The Trash Bar
The Trash Bar is celebrating Halloween with this show which, among other things, includes long-running NYC punk band Murphy's Law.

Ed Sheeran @ Mercury Lounge
For many of us, there are few things scarier than UK singer Ed Sheeran, who has two shows at Madison Square Garden coming up. We're not sure why he's playing Mercury Lounge tonight, but maybe he's going to show us his dark side. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Carnivores (as B-52s), Ava Luna (as Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (as Velvet Underground), Bueno (as Wu-Tang Clan) @ Shea Stadium
This is one of the many Halloween cover shows, but it's especially notable because it's also the only NYC stop on Atlanta garage rockers and Black Lips/Deerhunter associates Carnivores' tour. They'll be playing songs by the B-52s, but also many of their own.

And here's more of those cover shows...

Celestial Shore (as Led Zeppelin), Whoarfrost (as Nirvana), Cloud Becomes Your Hand (does Jock Jams), YOU (as Interpol) @ Silent Barn

Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, Palehound as Pavement @ Cake Shop

Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns @ The Stone

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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by Bill Pearis

Heavenly Beat

Onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Pena will release Prominence, his second album as Heavenly Beat, next week (10/15) via Captured Tracks. Much like his first record, with lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats and whispered vocals, Prominence could pass for genuine turn-of-the-millenium Scandinavian indiepop (think Kings of Convenience or The Embassy). The production and arrangements are better this time, however, and make for an enjoyably featherlight listen. I like it a lot. You can stream the LP's single, "Complete," below and listen to the whole album over at EW.

Being based here in Brooklyn, it should come as no surprise that Heavenly Beat (which is a full band, live) will be playing some shows at CMJ. He'll play the Cascine showcase on Thursday (10/17) at Cameo (9:40 PM) which also features Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Rush Midnight and North Americans (tickets). They'll also play Friday (10/18) at Fontanas as part of a bill that includes Ice Choir, Cities Aviv, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Calvin Love, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort and Bright Future. Those are both pretty well-curated line-ups, and chances are if you like Heavenly Beat you'll have interest in a number of the other bands.

Heavenly Beat will also play a free day show at Spike Hill on October 19 with Dead Leaf Echo, Heliotropes, United Ghosts, and Black Books. And if you want to see them outside of CMJ, HB play Glasslands on October 24 with Color Film and Crush Distance (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with a couple Prominence track streams, below...

Continue reading "Heavenly Beat readies 'Prominence' (LP and track streams), playing CMJ shows and other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Beans

Abstract rapper Beans (who is no longer in Anti-Pop Consortium) and hip hop producer Mux Mool have teamed up as the collaborative project Knifefight, who will release their self titled EP next week (9/3) via Anticon. Cities Aviv, Kool AD, and Sub Con also contribute to the EP. From listening to its single, "Feel Me," it's a collaboration that sounds as good in real life as it does on paper. That track makes its premiere in this post, and can be streamed, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Beans will be celebrating the release of the new EP at Glasslands (9/3) on the day of its release with Pegasus Warning, Mykki Blanco collaborator Gobby, CX Kidtronik and The Juggs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Song stream, artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Beans releasing 'Knifefight' EP w/ Mux Mool (stream a track), celebrating at Glasslands w/ Gobby & others"

photos by Chris Gersbeck

Trash Talk / Cities Aviv @ Cake Shop, 5/11/2013
Trash Talk
Cities Aviv

Trash Talk did their part to bring chaos to the Downtown Music Festival, crowdsurfing the low-ceilings of Cake Shop on Saturday (5/11) as part of a show with Cities Aviv, Low Fat Getting High and The Shackletons. The show was rather pricey for a typical Trash Talk gig ($25) but nonetheless brought out the die-hards to catch the band in such a tight space.

Saturday night's Downtown fest also featured DIIV at Mercury Lounge and Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom. Pictures from Cake Shop are below...

Continue reading "Trash Talk played Cake Shop with Cities Aviv, Low Fat Getting High and The Shackletons (pics)"

Blue Hawaii

Montreal duo Blue Hawaii will release their debut album, Untogether, next week (3/5) via Arbutus Records. That's the cover art above. Alex Cowan and Braids' Raphaelle Standell-Preston have crafted a lovely record, airy with skittering beats and Raphaelle's otherworldly harmonies. (Aphex Twin covering the Cocteau Twins is an apt, if reductive, description.) You can check out a couple tracks below and stream the entire album at Pitchfork.

Blue Hawaii, who are little more of a party live than on their new record, will spend much of this spring on tour, starting in Austin for SXSW. The pair will then hit the road for a few dates with their Arbutus labelmates Doldrums on the West Coast, followed by a stint opening for Purity Ring. While none of those dates hit NYC, Blue Hawaii will be here next week, having been added to Andrew WK's show at 285 Kent on March 6 that also features DOM, Cities Aviv and DJ Dickpic. Tickets are $16 but include an open Brooklyn Brewery bar.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Blue Hawaii streaming 'Untogether,' added to Andrew WK's 285 Kent show, playing SXSW and other dates"

Andrew W.K.'s Super Bowl 2013 halftime show at Santos (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Andrew WK

If you live in NYC and want to see Andrew W.K., the question isn't ever really "when will there be a show?" as much as it's "which one should I go to?" with pretty much new Andrew W.K. shows popping up by the minute. He just did a Super Bowl halftime show at Santos and has a slot at upcoming pop punk festival Skate and Surf.

But this upcoming 285 Kent show on March 6 that he just scheduled is looking like one of his cooler appearances in a while. That venue's been hosting some pretty great bills lately, and for this one, Andrew W.K. will be joined by DOM, CIties Aviv, Dickpic (aka the collaborative project of DJ Dog Dick and Pictureplane), and Cool Serbia. That should make for an all-around crazy night and tickets to be part of it are on sale now.

Andrew W.K. will also be at IFC Center on February 28 (323 Avenue of the Americas) for a screening of David Lynch's The Elephant Man. Not sure what he'll be doing, but he'll be there.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Andrew WK playing more shows, including one in Brooklyn w/ DOM, Cities Aviv, Dickpic, and Cool Serbia (dates)"

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As mentioned, San Jose rapper Atwon is in town and playing Santos tonight (1/24) as part of a pretty great bill featuring Cities Aviv, and Weekend Money. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair. Along with the list spots, you'll also get a poster of tonight's show and an Antwon "Nature" snapback hat. Contest details are below.

Meanwhile, Antwon recently dropped a new Friendzone-produced track, "Automatic," which you can stream below...

Continue reading "Antwon drops new track (stream), plays NYC tonight (win tix!)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Antwon

Antwon's recent End of Earth LP and End of Earth Remixz mixtape, the latter of which surfaced at Gorilla v Bear, were a good indication of the MC's predeliction towards glitchy, at times ugly (in the best way) electronic hip hop. Think a less-nasal Freeway over a mix of Death Grips and other electronic beats.

The MC has a pair of dates sheduled for NYC in the coming weeks including a (conditionally) FREE show on January 23 at Public Assembly with Trinidad James (who'll play SOB's too), Hot Sugar, and DJ Getlive!; and  then January 24 at Santos Party House with guests Cities Aviv and Weekend Money. Tickets for the Santos show are on sale.

Head below for Antwon stream...

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Warthog
Warthog

Christopher Hansell of Warthog (ex-The Men) has dropped off his top 10 releases of 2012, as well as other thoughts on the passing year. Check out those below.

Warthog (which also features members of Nude Beach) is scheduled to play Worcester, MA at The Beacon on 12/15 with Who Killed Spikey Jacket, in addition to their previously discussed show with Inmates at Acheron on 1/12.

Hansell is also involved in power electronics crew Foreplay who will play the West Coast later this month with the great Pharmakon and Soren (of Rosenkopf). Dates are below. Soren will also play NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/5 as part of the Dysrhythmia/Wreck & Reference show (tickets).

Speaking of The Men, check them out this Friday at Saint Vitus (12/14), part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit (tickets).

Hansell's 2012 Top 10 list is below, along with video and a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Christopher Hansell's favorite records of 2012; Pharmakon & Soren (Rosenkopf) add West Coast dates"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo and Amanda Hatfield

Cities Aviv at Public Assembly - 10/20/12 (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

Cities Aviv, who DJed The Flat last night (11/14) , has released his new LP Black Pleasure via Mishka. Cities Aviv, under the name Muted Drone, is responsible for production on the bulk of the LP, while the remainder comes from names like RPLDGHSTS, LWH, Froskees, and Silky Johnson. Stream that in full below and download it for free via Bandcamp.

Cities Aviv played our BV day party at Public Assembly on the Saturday (10/20) during CMJ and he was joined for a portion of it by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, who played his own set afterwards. We've already posted a bunch of pics from that party, and you can check out more of Cities Aviv and eXquire below.

Continue reading "a new free Cities Aviv LP, more CMJ pics"

The Flat

Since opening in March, the Flat has been a haven for edgy music and affordable drinks. "It's amazing how many people we know live within blocks away," said Max Brennan, the owner. A decade ago, he founded Lit, a bar, gallery and performance space on Second Avenue in Manhattan. "It's sort of how Lit used to be before all the 'shirts' invaded the East Village," he said." - [NY Times]
The Flat, owned by Lit's Max Brennan and The Deathset's Johnny Sierra, opened this spring at 308 Hooper St, just off the Hewes St stop on the J/M line. While it's mainly a bar they do hold the occasional show, like Azar Swan's live debut which happens Saturday night (11/10) and is the official afterparty to the Tamaryn show at Knitting Factory earlier that night (Tamaryn's tour meanwhile hits Mercury Lounge tonight).

On Wednesday (11/14) The Flat is hosting a show presented by Self-Titled, Mishka and Greedhead Music, with HEEMS, LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, and Meyhem Lauren. It's early (7 - 9 PM) and is FREE. Flyer is below.

The day before that (Tuesday, 11/13) they've got the release party for Fat Tony's "BKNY" music video with DJ sets from the man himself, plus Tom Cruz, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, DJ Sicksentz, Kitty Pryde, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, and Dapwell from Das Racist. Also free, 9 PM start.

Continue reading "The Flat in Williamsburg hosting events (HEEMS, LE1F, Fat Tony, Kitty Pryde, Meyhem Lauren, Azar Swan & more)"

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)"

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

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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)"

by Andrew Sacher

Main Attrakionz at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Main Attrakionz

Earlier this month, we mentioned that iPhone/Android app Mobli was throwing a CMJ party with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde, Weekend Money, SAFE, The Underachievers, and Party Supplies. That party was supposed to happen today at Delinquency but that venue has since been shut down so the whole lineup (minus The Underachievers and Party Supplies) is merging with the Young One Records showcase, which happens tonight (10/17) at 285 Kent. That showcase, in addition to including the names mentioned above, will have Main Attrakionz, Kool AD, Deniro Farrar, Supreme Cuts, Cities Aviv, Bryant Dope, Ryan Hemsworth, and CBG. SAFE and Ryan Hemsworth are DJing between sets, the rest of the acts are playing live. The show flier and set times are below.

That 285 Kent show is a pretty stacked bill for hip hop, and if you're into stacked hip hop shows like that one, you'll also probably want to check out the Mass Appeal party at Gramercy on Friday (10/19) with Asher Roth, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), The Alchemist, Large Professor, Mr. Muthafuckin' exquire, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Ninja Sonik, Bodega Bamz, Alexander Spit, Angel Haze and Timeless Youth. That one's free with RSVP to RSVP@massappeal.com but entry is based on capacity. The flier for this show is below.

As mentioned, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also plays SOB's on Thursday (10/18) and an MTV Studio at Webster Hall the same day. That studio show is with Big K.R.I.T. and LE1F, and when we first mentioned it, a "special guest" was billed who has since been revealed as Killer Mike. Tickets for that one are still available.

That MTV show is an early show (5:30 doors) and after that there's a late show with Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Ninjasonik, ASAP TyY, Blvckalfred, Vault Boys, MopTop, Chase N Cashe, GDP, Vyle, and Curtains. Tickets for that one are still available.

Cities Aviv, in addition to the Young One show, has other CMJ shows, including the Flowerbooking CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday (10/19) with Unicorn Kid, Ki:Theory, Devin, Ghost Wave, and Talk Normal (tickets) and the Bond Music Group/PopGun show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (10/19) (late show) with Steven A. Clark, Lushlife, Dark Sister, and Pegasus Warning (tickets).

He also plays the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) with The Orwells, Eternal Summers, and the rest of the lineup coming soon!

While we're talking about good hip hop shows during CMJ, don't forget the Converse Rubber Tracks/Fool's Gold 5th anniversary show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on Saturday (10/20) with Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and special guests. That one's totally free, first come, first served.

Showcase flier and set times for the Young One/Mobli show are below.

Continue reading "hip hop CMJ update: Sasha Go Hard show merges w/ Main Attrakionz show; Cities Aviv dates; Killer Mike adds show"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.

(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)

Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Lushlife - "Big Sur" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lushlife - "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" (ft. Cities Aviv) (MP3)

Lushlife

Lushlife is set to release his new album, Plateau Vision, on April 17 via Western Vinyl. The album features guest spots from Heems, Cities Aviv, Andrew Cedermark, and Sun Glitters, who all appeared on his recent mixtape, in addition to appearances by Styles P (who recently announced a tour with Curren$y), Shad, Botany, Ryat, and more.

If the guest spots don't give it away, Lushlife fits right in with the indie-leaning hip hop (or "cloud rap") scene going on right now. You can sample his stuff by streaming three tracks, "Still I Hear the Word Progress" (ft. Styles P), "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" (ft. Cities Aviv) and "Big Sur" (prod. Botany), below, or downloading the latter two above. Also grab "The Romance of the Telescope" which features Andrew Cedermark and reworks OMD, HERE. The album artwork and tracklist are below.

Lushlife will celebrate the album with a record release party in NYC which happens on April 18 at Glasslands with Shine 2009 and My Dry Wet Mess. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, if you're down in Austin for SXSW, Lushlife will be playing at our 'Hotel Vegan' hip hop stage TODAY, Saturday (3/17) with Main Attrakionz, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Spaceghostpurrp, Fat Tony, Rittz, and Cadence Weapon.

All dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Lushlife releasing guest-filled album, playing Glasslands in April & Hotel Vegan today"

photos by Erik Erikson

G-Side @ Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn

We've been busy throwing BrooklynVegan live shows this month, and slow to post about them. Back before we started throwing the term "holiday party" into the mix (times three), we put together and presented what ended up being one of my favorite shows of the year: G-Side, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, and Cities Aviv at Glasslands on 12/6. As extremely talented G-Side backup singer Joi Tiffany put it, "THE NEW YORK SHOW WAS MF CRAZY!!!!!!" The NY Times was also there:

" The show featured three acts -- G-Side, the headliner, from Huntsville, Ala.; the rapper whose name is printable only when shortened to eXquire, from Brooklyn; and Cities Aviv, from Memphis. Each of these acts tells a story about making hip-hop on the fringes of the mainstream in 2011, but the stories are not the same.

At best, they have tradition in common -- not outright nostalgists, or unreasonably emulative, they owe a heavy stylistic debt to the 1990s, both the mainstream and the underground."

Read the review at NYTimes.com. More pictures and some videos from the craziness, below...

Continue reading "G-Side, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire & Cities Aviv @ Glasslands (BV party pics & videos)"

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