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Hans Chew and Rhyton play Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/22). Tickets are available.

Tickets for the Joan Baez show at Beacon Theatre with special guests Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris & more go on local presale today at 9 AM (anyone know the password?).

Funk/jam band Lettuce, fresh off two nights at Playstation Theater, announced shows at Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Day and January 2. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Voivod and Vektor show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Saintseneca and Little Scream show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Lupe Fiasco show at Wellmont Theatre go on sale at 10 AM. Tickets for his Highline Ballroom show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mass Gothic show at Palisades go on sal at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Wolf Alice show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Metric show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Big Grams (aka Big Boi & Phantogram) show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Slick Rick show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Rob Crow (of Pinback) show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Muse show at Prudential Center go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for Barclays Center are on sale now.

Tickets for 2016's Firefly Festival go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ben Harper show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Porches, Alex G and Your Friend shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Joey Bada$$, Father, G Herbo, Smoke DZA and more at Playstation Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julia Holter show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Queers and Big wig show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Birthmark (Nate Kinsella's solo project) show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Baio show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Emily Wells show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Blood Orange matinee show at Apollo Theatre go on sale today at noon. The night show is sold out.

Tickets for the I Am The Avalanche and Timeshares show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julien Baker show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Eleanor Friedberger show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Haelos show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. Tickets for their Baby's show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Madeon and Skylar Spence show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Chrome Sparks plays Baby's All Right on February 12. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 1 PM.

Crocodiles play Grand Victory on December 5 with Scully and Cabana Kids. Tickets are on sale now.

The second annual Dave Harrington & friends holiday spectacular happens December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for the Ween reunion shows in Colorado go on sale today at 10 AM MT.

Tickets for the Neurosis 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco with Sleep and Shellac go on sale at noon PST.

Tickets for the newly-added Natalie Merchant show at Beacon Theatre go on sale Saturday at 11 AM. The first night is sold out.

Government Issue

Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.


The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:

The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.
Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...

Continue reading "Government Issue, The Beltones, Andrew WK, Mean Jeans, Radon & more added to The Fest (updated lineup)"

photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Title Fight

Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.

The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.

Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...

Continue reading "The Fest 14 adds bands (Title Fight, The Progress, Modern Life Is War, As Friends Rust, Smoke or Fire, PBTT, Bigwig, more)"

by Bill Pearis


Crocodiles' new album, Boys, will be out May 12 and they have shared a new song from it, "Peroxide Hearts," which makes its premiere in this post. Armed with a big riff, it's sunny and a little damaged -- like a bleach blonde -- and you can stream it below.

The bands' tour with Shark Week starts on Wednesday (4/29) at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Christines are also on the bill and tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair of tickets away. Details are below.

Their tour will hit NYC again on the tail end of the trek at Mercury Lounge on June 7. Tickets for that show are also still available. Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Crocodiles share "Peroxide Hearts" from new LP ++ win tickets to this week's Union Pool show with Christines & more"


Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.

Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.

It's a great year for punk festivals between this, Asbury Park's Skate & Surf, and Atlanta's Wrecking Ball. Full initial Fest 14 lineup, and a video recap of Fest 13, below...

Continue reading "The Fest announces 2015 lineup (Desaparecidos, Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Jazz June, Beach Slang, Restorations, more)"

by Bill Pearis


Crocodiles have shared the first single from their new album, BOYS, which is due May 12 via Zoo Music (the label frontman Brandon Welchez runs with his wife, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls). "Crybaby Demon" has Crocodiles' signature fuzz, but adds a little bounce that may reflect its Mexico City birthplace (the band made the album there). You can stream it below.

While a full tour has not been announced, Crocodiles do have a couple NYC shows coming up: April 29 at Union Pool and then Mercury Lounge on June 7. Tickets for Union Pool go on sale today at noon; Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (3/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Brandon will play NYC before those dates, as part of Haunted Hearts, his band with Dee Dee. It's the band's first-ever US show and happens at Saint Vitus on March 13 with The New Lines opening. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Crocodiles share first single from new album, playing two NYC shows and other dates"

by Bill Pearis

Haunted Hearts: DeeDee & Brandon

Haunted Hearts, aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles, released their debut album, Initiation, last year. A labor of love (and concept album about S&M) for this real-life couple, it falls sonically somewhere between their two groups, and their voices sound nice together. (It reminds me a little, at times, of Love & Rockets.) You can watch the video for "Up is Up But So Is Down" and listen to an Rdio stream of the album below.

With Dum Dum Girls on a between-record breather, Haunted Hearts will play Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Friday, March 13 (seems appropriate). Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced show.

Crocodiles, meanwhile, are not on a breather and will release their new album, BOYS, in May. You can pre-order it via Pledgemusic.

Continue reading "Crocodiles releasing new LP in May; Haunted Hearts (Brandon and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls) playing Saint Vitus"

by Bill Pearis


Late last year, Azar Swan released their second album, And Blow Us a Kiss, which adds some serious Kate Bush vibes to the duo's electro-goth-tribal MO. You can stream the whole album below.

The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan released new album (listen), celebrating tonight at free Brooklyn show w/ Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & more"


Jonathan Toubin is halfway through his "2015 NYC Subway Tour" where he's got a DJ gig every night in January. Tonight (1/13) he's at LES bar Local 138 where he's spinning with Stephanie Husky and Aaron McCann. After the month's tour ends, Toubin will only slow down slightly. He's just announced the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit which happens on February 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion are headlining, with additional performances by Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve). There will also a "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA. Toubin will be the DJ for the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/14) at noon and proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

by Bill Pearis

Flowers of Evil

As mentioned, Brandon from Crocodiles will be DJing tonight at Baby's All Right as part of Kanine Records' holiday party which is free with RSVP. Brandon will also be playing at Baby's tonight too as part of Flowers of Evil which also features members of A Place To Bury Strangers, SISU, and Young Boys. Despite the makeup of the band being all from groups you could get away with calling JAMC-esque, Crocs says Flowers of Evil are "probably not what you'd expect it to be." They're the final band of the evening, preceded by Beverly, Public Access TV and Jamaica Queens. DJs (which include Kip from TPOBPAH, Lio from Kanine, and me) start at 7 PM and bands begin at 8 PM.

Crocodiles, meanwhile, will say farewell to the soon-to-close Glasslands on Sunday (12/14) with Cassie Ramone, Birds of Maya offshoot Spacin' and Brandon's wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls on DJ duty. Tickets for that are still available.

And lastly, Charles from Crocodiles and WARTIME gives us his Top 10 of 2014, which is a list of shows he saw. Check that out below...

Continue reading "Crocodiles playing farewell Glasslands show, give us Top 10 of 2014; Flowers of Evil added to free Baby's show tonight"

photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis

LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
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The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post

I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."

The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.

The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.

Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.

More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...

Continue reading "members of YYYs, D-Plan, Drive Like Jehu, Parquet Courts, Sebadoh & more combined for Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 (pics)"

Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery is taking place this year on December 6 at Baby's All Right. In case you're not already familiar, here's the premise:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."

Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.

J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

Continue reading "NYC 2014 Labor Day Weekend events (Fool's Gold Day Off, Joanna Gruesome, Single Mothers, Summer Thunder, more)"

by Bill Pearis


Christines is the new band from Andrew Burr, who moved to NYC when his old band Woven Bones were sputtering out. Where that band was fuzzed-out 8mm garage, Christines are most definitely widescreen. Their new single "Almost Nil" sounds like a NASA launch, Burr and Matt Yu's guitars burning in slo-mo to the stratosphere. Fans of early '90s Creation Records (Swervedriver gets you in the right solar system) take note. We've got the premiere of "Almost Nil" in this post and you can stream or download it, and the chugging b-side "Maria Zoe Christo," below.

Christines have a few NYC shows coming up. They play Baby's All Right on Friday (6/27) with Honey and headliners Crystal Stilts. Tickets are still available. They also play Cake Shop on July 12 with TV Ghost and EZTV (featuring members of Widowspeak); then Glasslands on July 23 opening for The Fresh & Onlys (tickets); and Death by Audio on July 24 with Crocodiles and The New Lines.

Continue reading "Christines (ex Woven Bones) ready debut 7" (stream it), open for Crystal Stilts this week; Fresh & Onlys, Crocodiles in July"

by Andrew Sacher


Manimal is releasing a Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran, on July 15, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more. Moby's cover of "Rio" was released recently (stream below), and now the cover of "Sound of Thunder" by Toronto shoegazers Beliefs can be streamed below as well. They've turned the song into one of their own (reverby vocals, swirling guitars), and it's not the first time they've put their spin on a classic song in the past year.

Check it out, plus the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Beliefs cover "Sound of Thunder" for upcoming Duran Duran tribute LP w/ Moby, Warpaint, Little Dragon, more (listen)"

Marnie Stern at The Wick earlier this month (more by Erik Erikson)

As previously discussed, Cincinnati garage pop punks Tweens are going on a June tour which includes the Gothamist/Impose Northside Festival show at Rough Trade NYC on June 13 with Amanda X. Since we last spoke, that show has gotten even better: the queen of guitar heroics and sexual stage banter, Marnie Stern has been added to the bill. She's playing solo. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your Northside badge.

Perfect Pussy, whose tour also includes two Northside shows that same day (6/13), recently remixed "Be Mean" from Tweens' self-titled debut LP. Check out the very warped remix below.

Tweens have also just announced an August tour with Crocodiles (whose members have been busy with side projects this year). That tour doesn't hit NYC, but the list of all places it does hit can be found below.

Crocodiles do play NYC without Tweens though, first on July 24 at Death by Audio and then again on August 31 at Baby's All Right during their brief run with Sandra Vu's (of Dum Dum Girls) band Sisu. (Brandon of Crocodiles is both married and in a band with Dee Dee of DDGs.) Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale today (5/30) at noon. No advance tickets for the DbA show.

In related Crocodiles news, Wartime (Chuck from Crocs' solo project) just made a video for single "(War)time Won't Let Me" and you can check that out below.

UPDATE: A previous version of the post listed the Baby's All Right show for July 25. There was a mix up and the date is in fact August 31.

All dates are listed, with the Perfect Pussy remix of Tweens, below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern added to Northside w/ Tweens, who are touring w/ Crocodiles, who play Baby's w/ Sisu & DbA (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Oakland, CA duo Some Ember have been making shadowy synthpop for about two years. Both members sing and Nina Chase's frosty delivery works well with Dylan Travis' more emotive style. After a couple cassette-only releases, the band will drop their proper self-titled debut next week (5/27) via Dream Recordings. This will be the first non-cassette release for the label which is run by the guys in Crocodiles. Stream the entire album ahead of its release in this post.

Speaking of duos and Crocodiles and labels run by them, the debut by Haunted Hearts (aka husband-and-wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles) will release their debut album, Initiation, next week as well. That's out on Brandon/Dee Dee's label Zoo, though the cassette will be through Dream. You may have already heard "Johnny Jupiter" but you can stream the whole album now via Pitchfork.

Some Ember album stream below...

Continue reading "Some Ember releasing debut album (stream it); Haunted Hearts album is also streaming"

by Bill Pearis


Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon from Crocodiles are already partners in life, and run label Zoo Music together. It makes sense the two would collaborate musically, too, and now they are, as Haunted Hearts. The pair will release their debut album, Initiation, via Zoo Music on May 27. You can watch the video for first single "Johnny Jupiter" below. While the track doesn't sound exactly like either DDGs or Crocodiles, it's not like Dee Dee and Brandon take a wild leap into reggae or anything (though that might be interesting to hear).

Meanwhile, Dee Dee and the other Dum Dum Girls bring their tour to NYC this week for two sold-out shows with Portland's Blouse opening: tonight (3/25) at Bowery Ballroom and Wednesday (3/26) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Haunted Hearts album art and tracklist, plus the single stream and video, below...

Continue reading "Haunted Hearts are Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon from Crocodiles (stream a track from their forthcoming album)"

by Bill Pearis


Last year a very close friend of mine committed suicide. GRAFFITI DOGS (KU KU) was written and recorded in the days that followed his gruesome exit. There is no concept or theme around this cassette only that I was touching upon the feelings that emerged; Sadness, adoration, remorse, and even disgust. For several agonizing weeks I lived in a hypersensitive haze. Several of these songs contain snippets or entire poems that were written specifically for a book Chachi, Brandon Welchez and I were in the middle of designing. It was going to be another triumphant installment in our DIY chapbook collection; perverted odes to love's lascivious nature. The book was to be titled "Funny Cunts." Personally, I feel like the sounds and ideas on GRAFFITI DOGS (KU KU) have taken seven years to come to fruition. This tape was written solely for the purpose of helping me cope with my close friend's death. His spirit lives on. I am certain.

- Charles Rowell

Charles Rowell, one half of Crocodiles, will release his solo debut via Art Fag on February 18 under the name Wartime. (Not to be confused with Henry Rollins' short-lived early-'90s hip hop side project.) Graffiti Dogs (Ku Ku) is out now digitally and will be out on cassette soon. Musically, it's doesn't stray too far from the reverby garage that Crocodiles are known for, but the title track is a little more in the soul/R&B vein. We've got the premiere of that song in this post and you can stream it below...

Continue reading "Charles from Crocodiles releases solo album as Wartime (stream a track)"

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

TOY @ Glasslands, 1/9/2014
Toy at Glasslands

All you could see was hair. Like true shoegazers, UK band TOY stayed hunched over their instruments for most of last night's Glasslands set (2/9) with frontman Tom Dougall coming up for air occasionally for vocal duty. Mostly though they vibrated on the same harmonic frequency, hammering at their instruments on a motorik groove.

This was TOY's first New York show, though they'd tried to come twice previously only to be felled by visa issues. It was worth the wait. They were genuinely terrific from opening salvo "Left Myself Behind" through to the uber-krauty title track of their new album Join the Dots which closed the night. If you have any kind of proclivity for this sort of thing (anywhere from Swervedriver to The Horrors) they are definitely worth seeing.

NYC gets another chance tonight (1/10) at Mercury Lounge, it's a late show (doors 10:30) with likeminded locals Spires on first. Tickets are still available, but apparently not many left. The band will then play a handful of other North American shows, and then will be back over in May for Austin Psych Fest. All dates are listed below.

Before TOY were Austin's Feathers who are stopping in NYC for a couple shows before jetting to Europe for a few dates opening for Depeche Mode. The band, sporting a new line-up backing creative head Anastasia Dimou, looked the part and have some catchy songs in the black-clad synthy vein but the band was a little green and it showed -- but the harmonies were on.

The night started with local band Young Boys. On record they're in the gloomy, martial-beat school of post-punk; live their Cramps/Birthday Party side comes out. Shambolic to say the least, but platinum blond frontman is a rabble-rouser and natural frontman.

Pics of Feathers and Young Boys' Glasslands sets, plus more of TOY, below..

Continue reading "TOY made their NYC debut at Glasslands with Feathers and Young Boys (pics), play Mercury Lounge tonight"

Grimes and her Ben and Jerry's

Grimes, a well-known fashion fan (she co-hosted the red carpet at the VMAs this year), is currently making headlines for saying that she is annoyed at vegans who are annoying and tell she is not vegan enough, because she is a vegan that thinks it's okay to not be vegan 100% of the time. She wrote a tumblr post that reads:

this is something i was anticipating and have been meaning to address for a long time:

Part of the reason I posted the ben and jerry's thing is because I like to encourage people towards a type of veganism that is inviting and accepting. For the longest time I was vegan but I just wouldn't say I was because of the bad reputation of veganism. most of the vegans i know are dogmatic assholes, and it completely turns people off.

I believe more people would be drawn to having more ethical diets if they didn't feel bullied to do so, or if they felt they were entering a welcoming community.

My brand of veganism is one wherein if your grandparents have no idea what you are talking about then you eat their beef stew rather than upset or confuse them. or if you really want to have cake with an egg in it on the holidays then you have that rather than just not being a vegan because you don't want to give up occasionally having something that you love.

Ben and Jerrys is the only brand of ice cream i ever eat. their cows are treated ethically and beyond that they put a ton of money into researching green hydrocarbon freezers that would use alternative refrigerants which (unlike current freezer gases) do not contribute to global warming. they're also working on a bunch of other initiatives like using completely renewable materials in packaging.

this comment is why no one wants to be vegan. unlike this dude, i would like to fully encourage everyone to be vegan rather than scare them away. I love being vegan. my skin is better, i have more energy, i feel really healthy and i get sick way less than i used too and I'm not contributing to factory farming. that said, I also occasionally enjoy things i used to eat because it makes me feel good and i am less discouraged about not eating those things the rest of the time.


This post was spawned by a previous post that said she would put veganism on hold to try the new Ben and Jerry's flavor:
holy fuck there is a new flavour of ben and jerrys

1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw

also excuse the expletive, i try to keep the blog all ages but this is a pretty big deal plus i dunno honestly i knew the f bomb by the time i was 5 i would be shocked if u didnt already know it and yet have the reading comprehension skills to digest the rest of this post

We say, let her eat ice cream! But please rethink some of those wardrobe choices. And speaking of coats....

Jay Z

Rapper and man of many industries Jay Z has released a new Rick Owens-designed jacket (pictured above), which is obnoxiously made entirely of crocodile skin and which is being sold for $58,000 (though at least they're donating 100% of sales to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation). The jacket is part of Jay's new holiday collection on Barneys, which includes other (slightly) less expensive items too. Happy Holidays everyone!

Grimes, who we recently caught at ACL, plays Mexico this New Year's Eve. Jay Z will tour North America throughout most of December and January.

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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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
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One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!

Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:



Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.

Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.

Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.

Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.

Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.

Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.

Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.

Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Adam Fischer

Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.

* read a tribute to Adam by Mishka Shubaly
* Yeasayer tweeted, "RIP Adam Fisher Yeasayer Tour Manager 2010. So many crazy memories. "
* Memorial being planned at the Well

by Bill Pearis


The Fresh & Onlys are back with a new EP titled Soothsayer, which is out September 24 via Mexican Summer. (That's the cover art above.) The EP is the band's most full-bodied production yet, but still full of the odd twists and turns the band is known for. You can stream the EP's title track over at Stereogum. As mentioned, F&Os are playing the Woodsist Fest in Pioneertown, CA next month and the band will be touring with Woods on the West Coast leading up to that. All tour dates are below.

Wymond Miles

Meahwhile, Fresh & Onlys guitarist Wymond Miles has a new solo album, Cut Yourself Free, that will be out October 17 via Sacred Bones. Before that, he'll release a new 7" single, "Passion Plays," on September 17. Wymond's distinctive post-punk-influenced guitar style is one of the things that makes F&Os so distinctive and his solo work -- like last year's debut -- definitely leans more towards that. You can stream "Passion Plays" and check out a video trailer for the album below.

Wymond will be opening for Crocodiles on their fall tour including the NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 23. Tickets to that are still available. All tour dates are listed below.

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