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photo: Mac DeMarco at MHOW in 2015 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mac DeMarco

Like last year, Brooklyn venue Music Hall of Williamsburg will host a Planned Parenthood benefit on Valentine's Day (2/14). It's once again a great lineup, this time including Mac DeMarco, Kevin Morby, Kid Congo, Delicate Steve, Cymbals Eat Guitars singer Joseph D'Agostino, Saint Rich, Cassie Ramone, Mutual Benefit, Laura Gibson, Mark Eitzel, Marlon Williams, The Mystery Lights, No Eagles, DJ Jonathan Toubin and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/20) at noon.

It's not the only Planned Parenthood benefit coming up in Brooklyn. Waxahatchee plays one on Friday (1/22).

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars in Philly this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

We just told you about a zillion New Year's Eve shows in NYC, and here's one more: Local indie rock staples Cymbals Eat Guitars (who played a lot this month) team up with chiptuners Anamanaguchi to ring in the new year at Baby's All Right. Many more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now, and they're $25 or free with the purchase of a Baby's All Right Keychain. Like the watch they had for sale ahead of last year's NYE show, the keychain gets you into any Baby's All Right show in 2016. The keychain is $150 now but the price will go up in 2016.

Listen to some Cymbals and Anamanguchi below...

Continue reading "Anamanguchi and Cymbals Eat Guitars playing Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve"

photos by Mimi Hong

Jesse Lacey / Jesse with Cymbals Eat Guitars
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1

Kevin Devine began his BV-presented Devinyl Splits release shows in Brooklyn on Friday (pics, review), and they continued at The TLA in Philly the next day (12/12) with a very special guest, Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey. Jesse joined Kevin for his songs "Cotton Crush," "Ballgame" and "Tomorrow's Just Too Late." Kevin and his band, The Goddamn Band, backed Jesse for Brand New's "Bought A Bride," "Mene" (their first new song in six years), and "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Dont," the latter of which had Cymbals Eat Guitars singer Joe D'Agostino come out to sing the bridge. (And at the end, clearly he forgot that mics are for singing, not swinging!)

Jesse also did "Soco Amaretto Lime" solo, covered Nirvana's "Lithium" with KD&GDB and Joe D'Agostino, and sang guest vocals on Cymbals Eat Guitars' "Aerobed," which he produced. Check out videos of all those songs and more pictures of Jesse, Kevin, and Cymbals, below.

AbsolutePunk also points to a tweet from former AP writer Thomas Nassiff (who now runs Bad Timing Records, the label putting out the KD splits, with Zack Zarillo), confirming that Jesse will be the sixth and final installment of the Devinyl Splits series.

The show also included Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, Tigers Jaw, and Owen (aka Mike Kinsella). Pictures of their sets here.

Continue reading "Brand New's Jesse Lacey collaborated with Kevin Devine and Cymbals Eat Guitars in Philly, covered Nirvana (pics, videos)"

photos by Mimi Hong

KD & Matthew Caws / KD & Meredith Graves / Tigers Jaw / Owen
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1

We already posted pictures and a review from the Brooklyn date of Kevin Devine's BV-presented Devinyl Splits, and now we've got pictures of the Philly show -- Saturday (12/12) at The TLA. Pictures of Kevin, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (who all collaborated together) are HERE, and pictures of Tigers Jaw, Owen (aka Mike Kinsella), Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws, and Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves are in this post.

Like in Brooklyn, Joe from Cymbals and KD&GDB backed Meredith on her solo songs, Matthew and Kevin collaborated on each other's songs, and Tigers Jaw and Kevin did too (and covered The Cure). Watch a video of Meredith, Joe and KD in Brooklyn here.

The third and final show happened in Cambridge on Sunday. More pictures from Philly (including one of the setlist) below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine, Meredith Graves, Matthew Caws, Owen and Tigers Jaw @ The TLA in Philly (pics)"

PLUS: Watch Meredith play a new solo song backed by Joe from Cymbals Eat Guitars and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Meredith/Kevin/Joe, Kevin/Matthew, Kevin/Tigers Jaw
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1

Kevin Devine was telling a story on stage at The Bell House last night (12/11) about instantly loving Tigers Jaw's music after Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure showed it to him in a car ride on tour. Talking about them, he said something to the effect of there being good and bad sides to being part of a scene. It was just a quick side note, but it resonated with me throughout the entire night because the show itself broke down barriers of several scenes. It was the first of three BV-presented release shows for Kevin's new Devinyl Splits series, and each artist he worked with was coming from a distinctly different "scene" but the whole show was one cohesive thing. It wasn't like Kevin just having a few bands he likes open for him either. It was set up like a variety show, with Kevin both opening and closing, and bringing a new guest out every few songs (sometimes more than one at a time). It kept the place packed from start to finish.

Along with Kevin and Tigers Jaw, the show had Brooklyn's folky, punky singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson (in solo acoustic folk mode last night), Meredith Graves from the hardcore band Perfect Pussy trying out some shoegazier material, the consistently solid indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, and two veterans with notably different histories. There was Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, who were mainstream for a second in the mid-'90s but then started a fruitful indie career instead. And Mike Kinsella (aka Owen), who probably had way less fans in the mid-'90s but became legendary over time, and never stopped writing great music across several projects.

The first guest was Laura Stevenson, whose whole set was solo and included a cover of Elliott Smith's "Angel in the Snow." Then the next was Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, who sang harmonies with Kevin on his song "For Eugene." After that, her bandmate Ben Walsh came out and the two of them did "Teen Rocket" and "I Saw Water" acoustic. Then Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band joined as their backing band for a cover of The Cure's "In Between Days" and a version of Tigers Jaw's "Cool" where Kevin sang lead on the last verse. (He released a cover of the song last month.) That Cure cover is the song Tigers Jaw contributed to their split with Kevin. His contribution was a cover of "Lovesong," which he played after Ben and Brianna left the stage.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
DeVinyl Split Series 1

After an intermission, Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage on their own for "Aerobed" off their split with Kevin, and two songs off last year's excellent LOSE. Theirs was the most like seeing a regular Cymbals Eat Guitar set (and great as always), even if it was just three songs. It wouldn't be the last time their singer Joe D'Agostino would be on stage, but more on that in a bit.

Another KD set followed, and then Kevin began telling a story of how great Mike Kinsella is and how when they toured together with Andy Hull in 2007, Mike didn't give a shit about a lot of the things musicians in his place normally would. (Unbeknownst to Kevin for the first half of the story, Mike was watching him say all this from backstage.) As anyone who's seen Owen knows, one thing he doesn't give a shit about is messing up his songs every now and then, which he did a few times last night. But it's always charming and never frustrating. Probably because, like last night, his sets are always gorgeous.

Up next was Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves. She was known mostly for short blasts of noise punk before her shoegazy solo song on her split with Kevin. She played that, and a new one that I thought sounded even better. She was belting her voice on that one more than I'd ever heard her do before, and it turns out she's a good singer! For both songs, she was backed by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and Joe from Cymbal Eat Guitars, who created exactly the kind of wall of noise Meredith sounds best with.

Meredith and Joe left and KD&GDB stayed, eventually bringing out Kevin's wife Carey Brandenburg for "Lonesome Town" and then Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws to duet with him on "Brooklyn Boy." Matthew then did Nada Surf's "Blizzard of '77" solo, and then played his cover of Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff" (that he recorded for their split). He told us how he was singing it to himself in the cab on the way to the show, and the driver was apparently moved by the lyrics. He wrapped up with Nada Surf's "Inside of Love" and "See These Bones," with Kevin joining him again.

Then to end the show, just like it started, was another set from Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. They gave us a ton of favorites from throughout Kevin's career over the course of the night -- "Ballgame," "Cotton Crush," "Another Bag of Bones," "Brother's Blood," etc -- and played a good amount off his newest album too. The guests made the night extra special, but it was also clear that it was Kevin's show and Kevin's crowd. Several songs had the crowd singing every single word in unison louder than Kevin even was.

The Devinyl Splits shows continue in Philly tonight (12/12) with Brand New's Jesse Lacey replacing Laura Stevenson, and then Cambridge on Sunday (12/13) with The Front Bottoms' Brian Sella. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Laura Stevenson play Brooklyn together again on Monday (12/14).

A video of Meredith's new song (with KD&GDB and Joe from CEG), some other clips from throughout the night, more pictures and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine collaborated w/ Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Matthew of Nada Surf, Tigers Jaw & more @ The Bell House (pics, videos)"

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren), and Mikey Erg (of The Ergs, Worriers and a zillion other bands) are teaming up to play a holiday benefit show at Shea Stadium on December 14. They're accepting coats for the New York Cares coat drive and unused toys for Safe Horizon. All proceeds from the door will go to Safe Horizon. It's a pretty stacked lineup, especially for such a small venue, and tickets for what will be a fun night for a good cause go on sale today (11/25) at 10 AM.

The show happens right after Cymbals Eat Guitars wrap up their three BV-presented release shows with Kevin Devine and friends, celebrating KD's split 7" series. The NYC show (12/11 at The Bell House) also has Laura Stevenson.

Jeff Rosenstock (whose van was recently broken into) is on tour now with Modern Baseball, and also hitting NYC on 12/11.

Mikey Erg also has an upcoming December show with Anika Pyle (Chumped) and Lauren Denitzio (Worriers).

Song streams, tour dates, and the Shea show flyer below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci and Mikey Erg playing holiday benefit show at Shea (on sale)"

photo: Jesse Lacey w/ Brand New in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

As you may know, Kevin Devine is celebrating his Devinyl Splits series with BrooklynVegan-presented release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge this December. The shows all already included Matthw Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Owen, and we're now excited to announce the final special guest for each city.

At the Brooklyn show (12/11 at The Bell House) they'll be joined by Laura Stevenson, the Philly show (12/12 at the TLA) will have Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, and Cambridge (12/13 at The Sinclair) will have The Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella. Tickets for all three shows are still available (click the venue links). Flyers below.

Laura Stevenson, whose new album Cocksure is out now on Don Giovanni, is on tour now with Matt Pond PA. That tour hits NYC on 11/21 at Webster Hall's Marlin Room.

The Front Bottoms recently played two BV-presented NYC shows at Irving Plaza (pictures) and they've been keeping a video tour diary. We just posted part four.

Brand New continue to drop hints of their long-awaited fifth album which may be their last.

Flyers and some music below...

Continue reading "Brand New's Jesse Lacey, Front Bottoms' Brian Sella, & Laura Stevenson added to Kevin Devine shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Painted Zeros

Brooklyn trio Painted Zeros recently signed to Don Giovanni, who releases their new album Floriography today. They've played around the local DIY scene for a while and they fit right in with a lot of other stuff in that realm, like The Epoch collective, whose Eskimeaux headlines Painted Zeros' release show at Shea Stadium tonight (10/30). It's also with Vagabon and Bethlehem Steel singer Becca Ryskalczyk, which is a good lineup all around (tickets). The album is part dream pop, part scrappy indie rock, and everything sounds pretty bright and clear despite the undeniably lo-fi recording. Stream the whole thing below.

After tonight's release show, Painted Zeros will kick off a lengthy US tour that runs through early December. It includes one more Brooklyn show on November 7 at Rough Trade opening for Cymbals Eat Guitars (who released a great new song yesterday) and Solvey. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Painted Zeros celebrating new LP on Don Giovanni at Shea tonight, then touring (including NYC w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Following splits with Matthew Caws, Meredith Graves and Tigers Jaw, the next in Kevin Devine's Devinyl Splits series is with Cymbals Eat Guitars and it's due out November 13 via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). CEG's contribution, "Aerobed," is out now and it's their first song released since last year's excellent LOSE (one of our favorite albums of 2014).

If you like LOSE, you're definitely going to like "Aerobed." It starts out as a soft acoustic song, but it explodes into the kind of cathartic release you might expect from CEG's and KD's past tourmates Brand New. This is no throwaway one-off track, it's on par with the band's best moments to date. Listen below (via Spin).

UPDATE: Turns out Brand New singer Jesse Lacey actually produced it (!) and BN collaborator Mike Sapone recorded it.

They also announced that they signed to Sinderlyn, a new-ish label started by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper (which Alex Bleeker and the Freaks are now also on). A new album is expected in 2016.

Kevin's upcoming fifth installment is with Owen and there's a sixth TBA, and all six artists will be playing BrooklynVegan-presented release shows with KD in Brooklyn (12/11), Philly (12/12) and Cambridge (12/13).

CEG also have a hometown show sooner than that on November 7 at Rough Trade NYC with Solvey and Painted Zeros. Tickets are still available.

Stream "Aerobed" below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars streaming new song "Aerobed" off split with Kevin Devine, sign to Sinderlyn for new album"

by Bill Pearis

Solvey Wave video

Solvey, the solo project of Jessica Zambri (of Zambri), have made a video for "Wave" from her very good debut album. It makes its premiere in this post. Directed by Addison Post and co-starring Noel Heroux of Mass Gothic and shot in Upstate NY woods, the video is definitely good for spooky Halloween viewing. Not seen in the video, but the house they stayed in while shooting was "heavy on creep vibes" too as Jessica recounts:

Barn door opened to reveal an ancient wooden wheelchair with a decrepit old doll sat up in the seat, its head broken-neck cocked in that way dolls like to do. Main floor all cluttered with smashed up furniture and sort of half-finished paintings of more dolls and of people with no faces. More actual dolls hung around. They either slumped in corners or showed only legs or arms protruding from piles of wood and other junk. We opened a desk drawer to find a solitary note: "HELP", then in another drawer: "NO". Upstairs on the top floor the only thing at all was a totally ramshackle drumset, fully set up and perfectly centered. Nothing else on that floor at all, whilst the rest of the place was jam packed with shit. Around 3am on the first night a couple of us did some very drunk basement exploring during a notably massive torrential downpour/thunderstorm. Found a huge collection of busted shovels, one bloody pitchfork and far too many refrigerators.
That sounds like pure "production value" to me, but the video has a story with a mysterious red-clad being doing who-knows-what in the woods. Which definitely has creep vibes as well. They did, however, send us some pictures from the house (including the doll on the creepy wheelchair) and you can check those out, read more about the weird making of the video as well as watch the video itself, below.

Solvey will be opening for Cymbals Eat Guitars at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on November 7. Painted Zeros are also on the bill and tickets are still available.

Continue reading "watch Solvey's creepy "Wave" video (and read about it's creepy "cabin in the woods" backstory)"

Kevin Devine

The BrooklynVegan-presented Kevin Devine split 7" release shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) are on sale now. Get yours using the following links:

Brooklyn: 12/11 at The Bell House
Philly: 12/12 at The TLA
Cambridge: 12/13 at The Sinclair
More info on the 7" series here.

Kevin Devine

As you may know, Kevin Devine is doing a split 7" single series this year called Devinyl Splits, which so far has included splits with Tigers Jaw, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. The next two will be with Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, etc) and Cymbals Eat Guitars, and there's one more TBA.

To celebrate the splits, there will be release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge with Kevin and all six of his split-mates, which BrooklynVegan is proudly presenting. The shows happen at The Bell House on December 11 in Brooklyn, The TLA on December 12 in Philly, and The Sinclair on December 13 in Cambridge. Tickets for all three are on artist presale now.

Stay tuned for info on that TBA artist and song streams from the Owen and CEG splits. Meanwhile, you can stream the first three below and pick up vinyl copies via Bad Timing Records.

Kevin Devine, Perfect Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tigers Jaw and Nada Surf also have other NYC shows coming up soon too.

UPDATE: Kevin Devine has also announced a ton of tour dates which are now also listed below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: Kevin Devine, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Tigers Jaw, Meredith Graves & Matthew Caws in BK, Philly & Mass"

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars are currently on the road with Say Anything (pics from NYC), and they'll wrap that tour up in Las Vegas this Friday (7/31). After that CEG have dates of their own, including a return to Brooklyn in the fall. That show happens November 7 at Rough Trade with Solvey and Painted Zeros. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Warning" off last year's great LOSE, below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars expand tour, add Brooklyn show (dates)"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Say Anything / Cymbals Eat Guitars / Hard Girls
Say Anything
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Hard Girls

Say Anything brought their tour with great openers Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hard Girls to NYC over the weekend for a show at Best Buy Theater (7/11). Kicking off the night was San Jose punks Hard Girls, who I hadn't seen since their BV-presented NYC debut at Death by Audio last August. Needless to say, as a band who would still be at home at a place like DbA and the only band on the bill you could 100% call "punk," it was odd seeing them at a huge venue in Times Square. But Hard Girls only benefited from the venue's super-professional soundsystem, which had them sounding exactly the way they should: loud.

Cymbals Eat Guitars followed, and stuck to their latest album LOSE (one of our favorites of last year), which they gave us all the highlights of: "Jackson," "Warning," "XR," Laramie" and more. They sounded great as always, with a set that was as ambitious as it was straight up rocking. If the crowd was less familiar with CEG than the two bands who followed (which it seemed like they were), I'd say a lot of people were won over that night, judging by the massive roars after frontman Joe D'Agostino ended his set writhing on the floor and creating a wall of guitar noise.

Modern Baseball
Modern Baseball

Then it was Modern Baseball, who despite being the newest band on the bill, had the wildest crowd of the night. Every time I see these guys it's crazier than the last. The minute they started, most of the crowd rushed as close to the stage as they could get, and there wasn't a moment you couldn't hear hundreds of people singing along (except during the one newer song). I've said it before, but I think what makes people connect to this band so much is that they stay very accessible without succumbing to any real established trends in either pop punk or indie rock. And their live show is super fun.

I only caught a few Say Anything songs, as I'm mostly a fan of ...Is A Real Boy and the self-releases before it, and their setlist for this tour was only including one song off that ("Woe"). (That's what last fall's very fun ...Is A Real Boy 10th anniversary tour was for though.) But our photographer caught them, and more pictures of all four bands continue below.

Continue reading "Say Anything, Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars & Hard Girls @ Best Buy Theater (pics)"

photo: Delicate Steve @ Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by David Andrako)
Delicate Steve

Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival happens this weekend (May 1-3) in Winooski, VT, featuring over 100 music acts and comedians at 11 different venues in the city's downtown area. Artists include King Tuff, Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tops, J Fernandez, Javelin, O'death, William Tyler and more. Think of it as New England's Northside Fest (or SXSW, MusicFestNW, etc). Tickets and passes are on sale. Full lineup is listed below.

Delicate Steve, who played Brooklyn Bowl last week, will be performing at Soho's Moscot Gallery on May 7 as part of their "Live from the Shop" series. It's a free show with complimentary beer/wine for those 21+ but you do need to RSVP.

Continue reading "Delicate Steve playing VT's Waking Windows fest with Titus, King Tuff & more ++ also playing free Moscot show in NYC"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Say Anything continue their trend of taking great openers out on tour, and Cymbals Eat Guitars continue their trend of touring with early-mid '00s emo/punk bands. CEG will join the excellent cast of Modern Baseball and Hard Girls to support Say Anything on tour this summer. For Say Anything, the tour is in continued support of last year's guest-filled Hebrews, and will have Max Bemis joined by his backing band as well as a string quartet.

The four bands will hit NYC on July 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for all dates are on presale now, and the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at noon local time. All dates are listed, with a few videos, below.

Modern Baseball will also be in the NYC-area sooner for NJ's Skate & Surf Festival with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Hot Rod Circuit and more.

Continue reading "Say Anything, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Modern Baseball & Hard Girls announce 2015 summer tour (dates)"

Treefort

Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Treefort Music Fest 2015 lineup (TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, !!!, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Foxygen & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

"It is still tough to play it cool when a crowd goes as nuts as you guys did @glasslands last night. Thank you for an amazing show." - @CYMBLS_EAT_GTRS

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Glasslands 12/30/2014
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars headlined Glasslands' penultimate night (12/30) on Kent Avenue last night, and the venue was as packed as I've ever seen it. As the band mentioned in their above tweet, the crowd was indeed going nuts, at least the 75 or so nearest the stage. No crowd surfing, but a constant, simmering pit and lots of pumped fists. The band, who've been touring most of the last six months or so on the back of their great new album LOSE, were definitely feeding off crowd energy and were just terrific. Joseph D'Agostino was drenched in sweat by the third song. Before the encore, they brought up the Zambri sisters to sing, and Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux to play guitar, though he spent much if his time onstage bear-hugging D'Agostino. It was a very Glasslands moment.

The rest of the line-up was also very Glasslands, with Keepaway (who peppered their set with "Goodbye Glasslands" robot voice samples), Mon Khmer (who may have played the venue more than any other band), and Air Waves (Brian from Hospitality was filling in on bass). Everyone was in (and full of) good spirits. With all the new art they've put up everywhere, the place maybe has never looked better. The DJs for the evening were spinning Super Hits of the '90s which kept people lingering after CEG finished (and loudly singing along to Seal's "Kiss from a Rose"). Pictures from the night are in this post.

Tonight (12/31), Glasslands' New Year's Eve Party, is the last-ever night for the venue. which has been in operation since 2006. (And with that the block of Kent/S2 goes dark, musically.) Tonight's show, which sold out basically instantly, still has a mystery lineup but they have revealed tonight's set times: 9:30, 10:30, 12:05, 1:30. (Who are your guesses for the final lineup?) They also warn that everyone is on the will call list, so go early or be ready for a line. If you didn't get tickets and still want to say goodbye in person, after the bands finish at 2:30 AM the place will be open for anyone to stop by.

More pics from Tuesday's Cymbals Eat Guitars show, below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars & more played Glasslands' penultimate night (pics); final show lineup still secret (but here's set times)"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums & Tracks of 2014"

by Andrew Sacher

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Knitting Factory - 12/12/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
CEG

Cymbals Eat Guitars wrapped up their tour with Alex G (more on him here) over the weekend (unfortunately they had to cancel their Albany show though), hitting NYC on Friday (12/12) at Knitting Factory. It was the seventh NYC show they played this year in support of their great third album, LOSE, which takes the band in exciting new directions. They were great opening for Bob Mould in September, but seeing them headline on Friday to a packed crowd was really the way you want to experience these songs. Awesome show.

As discussed, CEG are touring with This Will Destroy You in 2015 (they're not on TWDY's NYC shows though), but before that they'll play NYC for yet another time in 2014. They've just added a show happening on December 30 at Glasslands, which will be the venue's second to last show before closing. Keepaway, Mon Khmer and Air Waves open. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, with the video for "Warning" from LOSE, below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars played Knitting Factory, playing the 2nd to last Glasslands show (updated dates)"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2014"

by Andrew Sacher

Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Foxing

The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.

If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.

Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...

Continue reading "Foxing are here w/ Modern Baseball, Somos & others, told us their favorite LPs of 2014 (plus, watch a new live video)"

SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

Continue reading "SPIN's Top 50 Albums of 2014"

This Will Destroy You at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TWDY

Post rockers This Will Destroy You released their fourth album, Another Language, earlier this year on Suicide Squeeze, and have now announced more tour dates into 2015 in support of it. The tour includes a two-night stand in NYC at Saint VItus on February 26 and 27, presented by BrooklynVegan. Openers for those shows and will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are opening night 1, and Planning for Burial and Sannhet are opening night 2.

Most of the other dates are with Cymbals Eat Guitars, who will be in NYC themselves this week on their tour with Alex G. That tour hits Knitting Factory on Friday (12/12), and tickets are still available. Alex G also just put out a video for "Harvey" from this year's DSU. Watch it below.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
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Cymbals Eat Guitars put out their great third record, LOSE, earlier this year, which is starting to land on year-end lists like Jeff Rosenstock's. The band also gave us their own list of their favorite albums of 2014, which includes Foxing (who joined them on their tour with Brand New), Joyce Manor (who also toured with Brand New this year), Alex G (who's opening CEG's upcoming tour), Beyonce's late 2013 release and more. Check out their whole list, with commentary, below.

That Cymbals Eat Guitars/Alex G tour begins next week, coming to NYC on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

CEG have also reissued their 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains, which was initially self-released, on their current home of Barsuk Records. You can pick that up on vinyl here for the holiday sale price of $12.80, and they'll also have copies on their December tour.

CEG's year-end list and list of dates below...

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