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photo: Night Birds at Warsaw in 2015 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Night Birds

NJ's xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains have a ton of shows coming up in NYC/NJ, as usual. Their NYC shows include Pianos on Friday (1/15) with The Black Clouds, Those Mocking Birds, Dead Stars and Darkwing (tickets); a free show at Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday (1/16); one at Palisades on January 21 with Larry & the Babes, Bodega Bay and Little Cobweb (tickets); Good Room on January 30 with Philly folk punks Mischief Brew (headlining), The Homewreckers and Out of System Transfer (tickets); a release party for their new video at Le Poisson Rouge on February 6 with comedian Brett Davis (who they've played with before) and High Waisted (tickets); back to Palisades on March 5 with The Roaring 420s, Go!Zilla and The Dirty Blones (tickets); and The Studio at Webster Hall on May 22 with Tim & Eric's David Liebe Hart (tickets).

As for their NJ shows, there's February 13 at Funhouse (the Jersey city venue they run) with Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen), American Anymen and Crushed Out; and March 4 at Monty Hall with the killer punk band Night Birds and Dirty Fences (tickets).

Besides all that, CATB play Albany's World Citizen Party House on February 5. You certainly can't say there's no chances to see them!

Speaking of Night Birds, they topped Punk News' Best Albums of 2015 list, which recently came out. The rest of the list includes Hop Along, Protomartyr, Desaparecidos, Downtown Boys, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, The Mountain Goats, Beach Slang, The Wonder Years, Sleater-Kinney and more. Check it out here. Night Birds have a few other upcoming shows, which are listed below.

Continue reading "Crazy & the Brains playing tons of NYC/NJ shows, one with Night Birds (who topped Punk News' Best of 2015 list)"

Scott Kelly & Bruce Lamont @ Funhouse - 11/19/15 (photo via Ernest Natur)
Scott Kelly Funhouse

NJ punks Crazy & the Brains are always up to something. We just posted their new "Brain Freeze" video and tour dates, including a show with Negative Approach at Jersey City venue Funhouse on 11/25. Funhouse is the venue run by the band themselves, which opened earlier this year. The description reads:

A new DIY music venue / art collective run By Crazy And The Brains. Located in the last remaining section of Downtown Jersey City yet to be revitalized, Funhouse marks just the beginning of our plan to give local artists and musicians a platform for expression.
Besides that Negative Approach show, they just hosted Scott Kelly of Neurosis last night (11/19) (anyone catch that?) and C&TB play there again on 12/5 with Smalltalk (mem Bouncing Souls, Worthless United). That's it for now but more shows are likely on the way. Check their calendar for more.

Crazy & the Brains have more dates of their own coming up, including NYC's The Bitter End tonight (11/20). All are listed below...

Continue reading "Funhouse is the Jersey City venue run by Crazy & the Brains (Scott Kelly played last night)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Crazy & the Brains at Baby's in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Crazy & the Brains

NJ punks Crazy & the Brains are releasing a new single called "Brain Freeze" on November 25 and we've got the premiere of the intentionally grainy lyric video (dir. Brett Sullivan). The band inject classic punk of the Ramones/New York Dolls variety with a heavy dose of xylophone, and if that sounds weird to you, you just haven't heard how well it works. Watch the video below.

They're a super fun live band too, and luckily they have a few shows coming up including two in NYC and two in NJ. The first one here is opening the Nobunny show on Saturday (11/14) at Palisades with David Peel (tickets). And then they play a release party for the new single on November 20 at The Bitter End with The Funk Machine, Della Grove, Ellis Martin, Urban Coyotes, Shark Hat, and Orphan Jane.

As for those Jersey shows, they play the Jersey City stop of the Negative Approach / Child Bite tour happening 11/25 at The Funhouse, and they play the Bouncing Souls holiday show afterparty on 12/27 at the Asbury Yacht Club with The Scandals.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Crazy & the Brains made a lyric video for "Brain Freeze," playing shows with Nobunny, Negative Approach & more"

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls recently announced their annual "Home For The Holidays" shows for Asbury Park's Stone Pony on December 26-28 and now more details have been revealed. Openers were announced, and on night 1 it's World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Low Budgets and Miss TK and the Revenge (which features members of Lifetime, including singer Ari Katz, who also has the new project Mitylion). The show on the 27th will feature Tim Barry, Let it Burn and Tommy Brunett, and the 28th will be opened by The Loved Ones, Static Radio NJ and Roger Harvey. three-night passes go on sale on 11/11 at noon, and single-day tickets go on sale 11/13 at noon.

As always, there will be afterparties and this year they happen at the Asbury Yacht Club. The afterparty on the 26th is still TBA, but the 27th will have The Scandals and Crazy & the Brains in addition to a set from DJ s.pookie. The afterparty on the 28th will feature Luther (their last show before breaking up) and DJ Sarah M. All of those shows open at 11 and tickets are $8 at the door (or $5 with a ticket to the earlier show).

The Bouncing Souls holiday experience also features some fun events during the day. There is an assortment of charity drives, flea markets, raffle drawings, art shows and acoustic sets. You can check out all the details here.

The Loved Ones also have their 10th anniversary show for Keep Your Heart with Cayetana and Friendship Commanders on February 19 at Bowery Ballroom, and tickets for that are still on sale.

photo: Tame Impala at ACL 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tame Impala

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

Tame Impala, LA Priest @ Terminal 5
For Tame Impala's third album Currents, Kevin Parker went heavier on the synths and offered up some of his best psych-pop songwriting yet. Tonight's the second of two sold-out NYC shows, both with LA Priest, the funky new project of former Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust.

The War on Drugs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The War on Drugs are still riding high off last year's Lost in the Dream, a slightly psychedelic take on '80s heartland rock that was successful enough to earn them a major label deal for its followup. Tomorrow they headline the huge Radio City Music Hall, but tonight they're at the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (for Jukely members only).

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall
Kurt Vile returned this year with b'lieve i'm goin down.... It's got plenty of the guitar heroics and clever lyrics we've come to expect from KV, but also new ground is explored including a heavy usage of piano. He's always great live, and these shows should be no exception. Waxahatchee is also supporting a new album, Ivy Tripp, her biggest-sounding record to date (and the current live band is her best yet). Night 2 of 2.

Luna, Diane Coffee @ Bowery Ballroom
Reforming after 10 years off, Luna's VU/Dead-style strum ages extremely well -- they sounded great at Northside this summer. This is their first of three NYC shows this week.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. No whole album tonight, merely "greatest hits."

Matthew Friedberger @ Mercury Lounge
Fiery Furnaces drummer Matthew Friedberger has been fairly quiet of late -- find out what he's up to tonight, one of a short string of East Coast dates. UPDATE: Cancelled due to illness.

The Field, Heathered Pearls @ Baby's All Right
Stockholm-born, Over in the States for Miami's III Points Fest, Berlin-based electronic guru The Field (a.k.a. Axel Willner) plays this sold-out show tonight.

Mumdance, Sporting Life, Suicideyear @ Elvis Guesthouse
UK producer/DJ Mumdance was last here during Red Bull Music Academy. He's now signed to XL and he's doing this show tonight with Sporting Life (aka Eric Adiele, known for his work as one-third of Ratking).

Mirah, Curt Sydnor @ C'mon Everybody
Contemporary composer Curt Sydnor celebrates his multimedia project Materials and their Destiny in NYC tonight, and the great singer/songwriter Mirah is on board too.

Arkells, Yukon Blonde @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Toronto band Arkells make poppy heartland rock like they did in the '80s, as can be heard on 2014's High Noon (though their 2008 debut, Jackson Square, remains their best effort).

Crazy and The Brains, Bike Cops, SHRB @ Cake Shop
Crazy & the Brains inject classic-style punk with a heavy dose of xylophone playing. It works really well, but you have to see it to believe it. Do that tonight.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

"You're the Expert" w/ Chris Duffy, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit @ The Bell House
This is a NY Super Week edition of WNYC's gameshow, this time with Jo Firestone (no stranger to gameshows herself), 30 Rock's Scott Adsit and host Chris Duffy.

Warren Haynes (ft, Jeff Snipe & ChessBoxer), Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
Gov't Mule frontman, former Allman Brothers Band member, and frequent Dead family member Warren Haynes wen solo this year with Ashes & Dust, which is a bit folkier than his usual Southern rock/blues/jam blend. He's on tour with different cool openers on different stops, and tonight it's Justin Townes Earle.

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

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Tickets for the Boys Life and Josh Berwanger show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Low show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale at noon.

Marina and the Diamonds are playing Terminal 5 on November 9. Tickets go on fan presale today at noon and AmEx presale Thursday (6/25) at noon.

Twin Shadow is playing Terminal 5 on October 1. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon.

There's a cool multi-genre bill with Ricky Eat Acid, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Field Trip and Crazy & The Brains happening at The Studio at Webster Hall on September 1. Tickets are on sale now.

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Tim & Eric Zone Theory

Adult Swim weirdos Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are making the logical step into the self-help world with new book Zone Theory, that offers "7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life." Are you saying, "tell me more?" Well, the book is due July 7, and you can get a first look via a promotional video below. The pair will also be taking Zone Theory on tour which starts in NYC on July 8. Details, like where its happening, remain TBA. Consult your crystals and stay tuned for more info. Dates are listed below though.

Meanwhile, eclectic Tim & Eric affiliate David Liebe Hart, a jack-of-all-trades, BFF, and frequent contributor to the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (known for his puppeteering), is also busy touring the nation. He'll be at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on Monday (6/15) with Pocket Hercules and pop punk band Hiccup ($8 at the door). and you can also catch him on Tuesday (6/16) at The Funhouse in Jersey City, for a multimedia show with Citizen Blast Kane and Crazy & the Brains. Tickets for the Funhouse show are available.

All tour dates for Tim & Eric and David Liebe Hart are listed, along with videos, below...

Continue reading "Tim and Eric releasing 'Zone Theory' self-help book, touring; David Liebe Hart touring too (dates, videos)"

photo: Moss Icon at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Moss Icon

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

Moss Icon, Guerilla Toss, Beech Creeps, Multicult, Voice Coils @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Moss Icon were initially around in the late '80s and early '90s and played a type of post-hardcore that influenced many of the emo bands who came in their wake. They've been reunited for a few years, but chances to see them are few and far between. Not to mention this is free, and the openers are pretty good too.

Monty Python @ Beacon Theatre
Part of the Tribeca Film Festival, the surviving Pythons will all be on hand for this screening of The Holy Grail which is 40 years old this year. Try not to yell "Ni!" to much if you're going, ok?

The Juan Maclean (live), Heidemann (live) @ Union Pool
Now in the second half of their six-show Brooklyn residency, DFA mainstays The Juan Maclean move to Union Pool for the final three shows. They're playing as a four-piece and we hear their Cameo shows last weekend were killer. Sold out.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks, Gill Landry @ Bowery Ballroom
Hurray for the RIff Raff put out Small Town Heroes on ATO last year, which was the kind of country indebted to decades-old styles rather than the genre's current trends, without sounding retro. Tonight's their first of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.

Expert Alterations, Tall Juan, Green Pages @ Threes Brewing Co
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Gowanus venue/brewery tonight with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, headlining. Also on the bill are Green Pages which features members of The Beets, Sapphire Mansions and Cause Co-Motion.

Incantation, FaithXtractor, Putrisect @ Saint Vitus
US death metal vets Incantation may have had a handful of lineup changes over the year, but they're still kicking with new albums (like last year's Dirges of Elysium) and tours.

Hivern Discs (John Talabot, Marc Pinol), JDH & Dave P, Frank Tony @ Output
The Hivern Discs label is sponsoring this DJ tour which features an extended set tonight for Talabot who is promising to testing out new material on club-goers.

Iamsu!, Rome Fortune, Dave Steezy, Chris Miles, Mani Draper, Vashtie @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
These two rappers, California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune, are currently on tour together and hitting NYC tonight with a handful of openers.

John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter @ Apollo Theater
Having recently released new album Plain Spoken, John Mellencamp brings his rousing, no-nonsense heartland rock to the Apollo tonight.

Livver, Rozamov, Godmaker, Dead Empires @ The Acheron
Seattle's Livver mix noise and hardcore, and they're joined by some cool openers tonight including Boston's sludgy Rozamov.

Shellshag, Crazy & The Brains, Coconut Milk, Drilling For Blasting @ Silent Barn
Two distinct forces in the local scene team up for this show: there's long-running eccentric rock duo Shellshag, and NJ's Crazy & the Brains who throw xylophones into classic-style punk.

Yelawolf @ Rough Trade
Southern rapper Yelawolf has a new album which he celebrates with today's in-store and signing. To get in, you have to purchase the new album from the Rough Trade NYC store and get a wristband.

Mumblr, Soda Bomb, Twag, Hypoluxo, The Obsessives @ 104 Emerson Place
Lomg Island's Soda Bomb make crunchy, fuzzy power pop that fans of Wavves and Weezer will probably dig.

Tim Fite, Shiro & the Raw Dogs, Joey G, Drewseph @ Black Bear Bar
Brooklyn artist Tim Fite's last album was 2014's iBeenHACKED, which he described as "a music/art project satirizing and celebrating the highs and lows of digital culture, examining the ways technology and connectivity are hacking our daily lives, and altering the codes that we live by."

Dead Leaf Echo, Spires, Dinowalrus @ Alphaville
Anglophile alert: while none of these three shoegazybands are actually from the UK, most of their record collections probably are. This is a good triple bill for anyone who owns Ride or Primal Scream albums.

Breakfast In Fur, Rhino House Band, Maybird, Sam Yield @ Cake Shop
Hudson Valley quartet Breakfast In Fur make anthemic, sweeping dreampop, as can be heard on their recently-released Flyaway Garden.

San Fermin, Son Little @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With a sound somewhere between indie and Broadway, San Fermin make stirring, baroque pop. This is their second of two release shows at MHOW for their new album, Jackrabbit.

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

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The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Crazy & the Brains -- 4/14/15 @ Baby's All Right
The Menzingers
Big Eyes
Crazy & The Brains

Following the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Menzingers and Big Eyes at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11), those same two bands played another in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right last night (4/14), also with Crazy & the Brains. We posted one set of pictures to Facebook, and another is in this post.

Crazy & the Brains kicked things off in style with their set of xylophone-driven punk. Chris Urban is a natural frontman, with his shoulder-high kicks, '70s punk-style charisma, and an on-stage attire that he seems dedicated to sticking to at every show. He's decked out in a sailor hat, a thick gold chain, and a sleeveless tee showing off anchor and heart tattoos. The image and attitude would be nothing without great tunes though, and they have plenty of those too.

Then it was Big Eyes, who were the night's hardest-hitting band and incredibly tight all around. The rhythm section plays like a hardcore band, and Kait Eldridge mixes borderline-metal guitar riffs with power pop vocal melodies, giving the band a sound that's super heavy but catchy too. There were some recognizable highlights in there (like "Being Unkind"), but Kait recently said she was writing new songs and it sounded like we got some of those too.

The Menzingers

Finally The Menzingers wrapped things up, and like in NJ, the whole place went wild with crowd surfers and constant singalongs. Just five years ago The Menzingers were playing tiny Bushwick punk spot 538 Johnson (as they mentioned before playing 'The Obituaries'), but lately they've been playing much bigger rooms. Up close and personal is the best way to see them though, so getting to see them in a small room like Baby's was a real treat, as most people who were there last night would likely agree. Just about every song got a huge response from the crowd, the band was smiling the whole time, and it felt like the set flew by. It was also co-lead singer Greg Barnett's birthday, and during the set someone brought out a cake for him and the band led the crowd in singing happy birthday.

Once again Brett Davis hosted (as Brett's uncle the college professor), and recited intentionally groan-worthy poems with dark and self-deprecating endings before introducing each band. BV's Andrew Sacher also DJ'd before and after the show and between sets. Posters were given out for free as people exited the venue.

The NYC Sound Select series of shows takes a break in May due to the many Red Bull Music Academy events happening, but they will return after that. The next BrooklynVegan installment is in August at a venue TBD. Stay tuned.

The Menzingers have more shows coming up in NJ, Kingston and elsewhere. Crazy and the Brains play Palisades in Brooklyn this Sunday (4/19). Big Eyes have a few upcoming shows too, including one with Pale Angels and one with Treasure Fleet. They're all listed under the rest of the pictures, below...

Continue reading "The Menzingers, Big Eyes, Crazy & the Brains & Brett Davis played Baby's All Right (BV-RB #SoundSelect pics)"


Philadelphia punks The Menzingers announced a May/June headlining tour with excellent support from Chumped (who are on tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Jeff Rosenstock right now and hit NYC a few weeks back at Warsaw on 3/20) and Roger Harvey & The Wild Life. The tour doesn't stop in NYC, but makes nearby stops in Danbury and Kingston. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile The Menzingers will be in and around NYC much sooner for their BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows happening in New Brunswick, NJ and Brooklyn this month. Those happen April 11 at Court Tavern and April 14 at Baby's All Right.

Big Eyes are opening both of those shows, with Cheerbleeders on the NJ date and Crazy & The Brains at the Brooklyn show. BV's Andrew Sacher will be DJing between sets at both. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

Check out all The Menzingers upcoming tour dates and the flyer for the Red Bull Sound Select shows below...

Continue reading "The Menzingers add tour dates w/ Chumped & Roger Harvey, playing small BV-presented NY & NJ shows this month"

The Menzingers

Philly punks The Menzingers are currently on a tour supporting Taking Back Sunday that hit NYC twice last week and which stops at the Paramount in Long Island tonight (3/24). Those are big venue shows, and the Menzingers are just an opener. Their last NYC headlining show was all the way back in May 2014 in the main room at Webster Hall in (also a pretty big show).

If you'd like to see them in the NYC-area in a much more intimate location and again as headliners, you're in luck. We're thrilled to announce that The Menzingers will headline the next two BrooklynVegan-curated installments of Red Bull Sound Select, happening April 11 at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern and April 14 at Brooklyn, NY's Baby's All Right.

Both shows will be opened by killer melodic punks Big Eyes (who have new stuff coming). NJ is also with Philly rippers Cheerbleeders, and NYC is also with the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains. BV's Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets, and comedian Brett Davis will host both shows.

Doors for both shows open at 7 PM, and like most RBSS shows, they're $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Check out some music from all the bands below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: The Menzingers in small NY & NJ venues with Big Eyes, Crazy & the Brains and Cheerbleeders ($3 w/ RSVP)"


Peach Kelli Pop will release their lastest pack of bubblegum garage, III, on April 21. You can chew on peppy first single, "Plastic Love," below.

The band will be on tour this spring and will play a NYC record release show at Palisades on April 19 with xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains, as well as Kung Fu Crimewave and Fern Mayo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Peach Kelli Pop readies third LP, touring, playing NYC with Crazy & the Brains (dates, song stream)"


Burger Revolution returns for its third time this weekend. It happens on Saturday (3/7), and like in past years, Burger Records will be presenting shows all over the globe, including NYC, Miami, LA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, Australia, and many many more places.

NYC gets three shows this year, all in Brooklyn. One happens at Aviv (496 Morgan) with Honduras, The Tin Yangs, Secret Crush, Granny and a duo set from The Men's Mark Perro and Holly Overton. That's $8 at the door. Another happens at 34 34th St in Sunset Park with Yabadum, Shunklings, Palm Pilot and Brazzers. That one's pay-what-you-want with a suggested donation of $5. And there's also one at Alphaville (140 Wilson) with The Drums' Johnny Aries, xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains, and Fat Heaven. That one's $7 at the door.

Check out the massive worldwide lineup below...

Continue reading "Burger Revolution 3 happens worldwide on Saturday (NYC w/ Honduras, Crazy & Brains, mems of The Men, Drums, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Slingshot Dakota / Runaway Brother / Crazy & the Brains
Slingshot Dakota
Runaway Brother
Crazy & The Brains

Slingshot Dakota, Runaway Brother, Crazy & the Brains, and Vasudeva took over Baby's All Right on Saturday (1/10), for a show proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. Vasudeva kicked things off with their mathy/dancey instrumental rock, sounding something like a vocal-less Minus the Bear. They were good.

Then came NYC's Crazy & the Brains, the evening's most traditional punk-sounding band, save for the fact that they have a full-time xylophone player embellishing every song. Theatrical singer Christopher Urban came decked out in a sailor hat and gold chain, and spent as much time rocking out as he did whipping out almost-chin-high kicks. They opened with "Ice Cream" off their new EP, played a bit off 2013's Let Me Go, and ended with a punked up cover of The Shangri-Las' "Give Him a Great Big Kiss."

They were followed by Cleveland's Runaway Brother, who were making their NYC debut a few months ahead of their debut album, Mother, due 3/31 on Tiny Engines. RB looked like they were still tightening up their live show a bit, but the songs themselves sounded great. Vocally, they're in a group of other youthful newer bands like Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms, but these guys push the boundaries more musically than those bands. They pack their songs with multiple bridges and interludes, and sounded super tight on all of them. Definitely keep an eye out for their album.

Finally, Slingshot Dakota wrapped up the show with a set of their driving pop. Singer Carly Comando seemed in especially high spirits, excitedly pointing out the amount of ladies in the audience more than once, and just in general seeming really happy to be there. Tom Patterson was a beast behind the kit as always -- he's the kind of hard and technical hitter you wouldn't normally associate with this kind of music and Slingshot Dakota are only better because of it. They played a good mix of new songs and old favorites, and included their cover of Rainer Maria's "Rise" that they recently released on a split with Pet Symmetry. (Perhaps coincidentally, Slingshot's last time in NYC was on their tour with Petal, who just opened Rainer Maria's first show since 2006.)

Great show all around, and thanks to everyone who came. We hope you had as much fun as we did. BV will be back at Baby's two more times this month with Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako and Ryley Walker on Tuesday (1/13) (RSVP), and The Sidekicks, Cayetana, All Dogs and Roger Harvey on 1/23 (tickets).

More pictures from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Slingshot Dakota, Runaway Brother, Crazy & the Brains and Vasudeva played Baby's All Right (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Crazy and the Brains

NYC's Crazy & the Brains followed their 2013 album, Let Me Go, with the Good Lord EP in very late December (12/30, to be exact), and we've now got the premiere of the video for its track "Ice Cream." Like their last album, it's xylophone-filled folk punk/anti-folk and fans of past showmate Jeffrey Lewis will likely dig. Check out the video below.

As discussed, you can catch Crazy & the Brains in NYC this Saturday (1/10) at Baby's All Right. It's a BrooklynVegan-presented show, also featuring Slingshot Dakota, Runaway Brother and Vasudeva. You can still get tickets, or you can enter to win a pair. Contest details below.

Crazy & the Brains also have other tour dates, including more NYC appearances. All of those are also listed below...

Continue reading "Crazy & the Brains made a new video, playing BV show with Slingshot Dakota & Runaway Brother (win tix!) & other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Runaway Brother
Runaway Brother

As discussed, Runaway Brother are releasing their debut LP, Mother, on March 31 via Tiny Engines, and now they've put out its first single, "Moth." Like their early EPs, "Moth" is rooted in oddball pop punk (think Say Anything, Piebald, etc), and like those bands it also reaches musical heights that bands normally considered "pop punk" rarely do. Check it out, via Stereogum, below.

Runaway Brother also have dates coming up this week, including a previously discussed BrooklynVegan-presented show with Slingshot Dakota on Saturday (1/10) at Baby's All Right. Since we last spoke, we've added two more bands to that bill: xylophone-fueled folk punks Crazy & the Brains and mathy/dancey instrumental rockers Vasudeva. I'll also be DJing between sets. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available.

All Runaway Brother dates are listed, with the new song stream and songs from the two newly-added openers, below...

Continue reading "Runaway Brother release "Moth" from LP; Crazy & the Brains and Vasudeva added to BV NYC show w/ Slingshot Dakota"

ASDIG @ Baby's in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Deer Tick in Forest Hills in September (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick

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

Psychic TV, Harsh Embrace, Autodrone @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
For a second year running, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's ever-changing Psychic TV comes to Brooklyn Night Bazaar for two shows, this being the first. Genesis is an icon, it's free -- two great reasons to go.

Deer Tick, Robert Ellis @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick are bringing the rock and the very drunk nights to Brooklyn Bowl for 6 nights in a row this holiday season leading up to New Year's Eve. This is night 2 and it will feature them performing Lou Reed's Transformer and a set of originals. Folk singer Robert Ellis opens.

Tanlines (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
After the Deer Tick show, stick around for a DJ set from Brooklyn duo Tanlines.

Bouncing Souls, None More Black, The Scandals @ Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls kick off their 3-night Home for the Holidays run in Asbury Park tonight. There's different openers every night, and especially of note here is None More Black, Jason Shevchuk's post-Kid Dynamite band who don't play too often.

Spraynard, Cayetana @ Asbury Lanes
There are also afterparties for the Bouncing Souls shows in Asbury Park, which all have great lineups too. This one has '90s punk worshippers Spraynard and great indie rock newcomers Cayetana.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ava Luna, Wins @ Rough Trade
Philly's ASDIG released their critically acclaimed Sea When Absent this year and wrap up their 2014 with this show at Rough Trade. The band members are scattered all over the U.S. so there will probably not be another tour any time soon. See them while you can.

The Jazz June, Field Mouse, (Damn) This Desert Air @ Saint Vitus
While The Jazz June are veterans of the late '90s/early '00s emo scene, they returned this year with their first new album in 12 years and it's instead got them making fuzzy indie pop. They're good at that too, and the shoegazey pop of their Topshelf labelmates Field Mouse will be an excellent fit.

Sheer Terror, Slapshot, Heavy Chains, Blind Justice, Vice @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
NYHC veterans Sheer Terror turn 30 this year, and they're celebrating with this anniversary bash, and thanks to Boston's Slapshot there's a double dose of legendary hardcore on this bill.

Fiasco, Maxo @ Glasslands
Fiasco were regulars on the Brooklyn DIY scene in the late '00s and went their separate ways a few years back. They got back together to play one of DbA's final shows and now do the same for Glasslands.

Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), Kitty, Infinity Shred @ Glasslands
Chillwave survivor Chrome Sparks headlines this last-ever Saturday Night danceparty at Glasslands that also includes a live set from quirky rapper Kitty and from 8-bit champions Infinity Shred.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Hotelier, Saintseneca, Brightside @ Bowery Ballroom
This is an excellent triple bill with the post rock/chamber pop/spoken word-inspired emo band TWIABP, the punkier Hotelier, and lush indie folk band Saintseneca. Brightside (signed to Derrick from TWIABP's label Broken World) open the show.

Regal Degal, Son of Dad, King Cyst @ Baby's All Right
Regal Degal is throwing a release party for their new tape called "Regalize It." Also playing is Son of Dad which is the new thing from Real Estate Drummer Jackson Pollis (who you may remember from his own band Your Nature), and King Cyst, which is the current thing of Luka Usmiani from Big Troubles.

Institute, Uniform, Appetite, Horoscope @ Silent Barn
Austin's Institute bring together members from a few hardcore bands (Wiccans, Glue, etc) to take it down a bit and play something a little more post-punk-inspired. Still super raw though. Noise/hardcore duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) is a great pairing for this too.

Rakim @ BB King's
Rakim, the legendary MC who influenced so many of our greatest rappers, is still going strong after all these years. He plays his home city of NYC a good amount, and gets in one last show before the end of 2014 tonight.

Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers, Modern Chemistry @ Starland Ballroom
Say what you will about the direction Taking Back Sunday ended up going in, but their debut Tell All Your Friends is one of the highlights of early '00s emo and they've been back with the lineup that made that album for a few years now. Tonight's the first of their two holiday shows in NJ, and each one has excellent support from the newer scene. Tonight it's The Menzingers.

Crazy and The Brains, Gymshorts, Surfbort @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Tonight's show at Webster Studio is a cool local bill with folk punks Crazy and the Brains, surf punks Gymshorts, and garage punks Surfbort.

Darlene Love @ BB King's
Darlene Love may never perform her classic Phil Spector collaboration "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on television again, but she's still performing the song and other Christmas favorites at her shows. Tonight's the third of four BB King's shows in her annual Christmas run at the venue.

The Sons & Heirs, My Insatiable One @ Littlefield
What a dream double bill it would be to see The Smiths and Suede on the same stage. That will probably never happen, but you can see both tonight -- in tribute band form.

Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show 'Sandra Bernhard is #blessed' which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque." Two shows tonight, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

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by Andrew Sacher


NYC's Crazy and the Brains have been playing around here for a while, making appearances at places like Sidewalk Cafe's Antifolk Festival and opening for Jeffrey Lewis. If either of those things ring a bell, you probably have an idea of what Crazy and the Brains sounds like, and if not, you can expect quirky folk punk/anti-folk that's smart, funny and very catchy. They're also one of the few rock bands with a xylophone player.

The band released their debut album, Let Me Go (which features a guest appearance from The Moldy Peaches' Adam Green), back in 2013, and this week they put out a new video for one of its tracks, "NYC." Check out that video, plus the video for the album's title track, below.

Crazy and the Brains will be celebrating the new "NYC" video with a video release show in NYC TONIGHT (5/16) at Shea Stadium with their pal Jeffrey Lewis, plus Heeney and L.A. Boobs. Admission is $8 at the door. Show flyer and set times below.

In June, the band will go on a tour which begins with a WFMU live appearance in Jersey City on 6/11. All of their dates are listed, with the videos, Shea show info, and more, below...

Continue reading "Crazy and the Brains made a new video, celebrating at Shea w/ Jeffrey Lewis tonight before tour (dates)"

Jeffrey Lewis

The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.

You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.

Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.

After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...

Continue reading "Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel releasing new LP, playing release shows in NYC before European tour (dates)"

Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)

Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.

Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.

Continue reading "Sidewalk Cafe's Winter 2013 Antifolk Festival is coming (schedule); Forest Creature (ex-Dufus) going on tour (dates)"