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"It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of)." [Bill Pearis @ BrooklynVegan.com]As the "sort of" part of our preview from yesterday pointed out, Suckers were the fifth (actually third) band on last night's bill at Brooklyn Bowl (8/27).
Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to hang out, bowl, and especially see a show (and I guess eat).
I missed Real Estate who went on at 7:30, but I got there in time to see an energetic (maybe too energetic) set by The Drums whose music I've listened to so much lately I realized at the show I could sing along with almost every song they played.
Suckers, who went on next, have that one good song, and they played it last (I wasn't too into them).
These Are Powers came on around 11:00, and I was nervous that the bowling crowd would all start fleeing from the venue as the music segued from the danceable, radio hits that the DJ was playing to TAP's brand of, um, well...
"A trip to These Are Powers' Last.fm page will tell you that they're commonly referred to as noise rock, experimental, art rock, and their own made up genre, ghost punk (among other already poorly-defined terms). I'm not sure about you, but a couple of those don't exactly measure up to the uncomfortable force these three Brooklyn-Chicago interminglers gravitate around. In reading some of the other press about this alienated trio, I have yet to find anything that accurately describes precisely what they do" [Aural States]One friend at the show told me she thought These Are Powers, or maybe more specifically Anna Barie, was a mix of Rihanna and M.I.A. It was one of two TAP/MIA comparisons I heard that night... And nobody ran, though a bunch did leave before Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage, probably because it was approaching midnight on a school night (or because they ran to see Surfer Blood play at Bruar Falls)...
...which is unfortunate because Cymbals Eat Guitars justified their spot as headliner of the night. They were so good. Catch them on tour with Pains of Being Pure At Heart. And then I went home. More pictures from the whole night below....
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Betty Wang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acrylics - Molly's Vertigo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Portrait - Mega Secrets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Bad Day (MP3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.
Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).
This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.
Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.
Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.
Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.
You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.
Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.
And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.
Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...
The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.
Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...
Kid Rock is playing the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function benefit at Terminal 5 on September 2nd. It's the show the Beastie Boys played last year. $100 tickets are currently on AmEx presale and go on general sale Saturday at noon.
Insound are celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a show at Brooklyn Bowl. The August 27th party will feature sets by Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, Suckers, The Drums and Real Estate. $10 tickets are on sale.
The Drums and Suckers are both also playing shows at Littlefield that same week as part of "After the Jump Fest '09" - three days of shows at the new Brooklyn venue::
After The Jump Fest 09 (more bands TBA)
After the Jump tickets (single day passes $10, 3 day passes $25 - ALL AGES) and tickets for other shows at Littlefield are available at Littlefield's site.
TONIGHT @ LITTLEFIELD (8/7): Kaki King's Exhibition.
THE DRUMS TONIGHT (8/7): @ the Mondo Dance Party @ Don Hill's
Chairlift play Bowery Ballroom on September 5th. Tickets are on sale.
Leonard Cohen MSG tickets are currently on pre-sale.
Kings of Leon Izod Center tickets were released.
Thursday, Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Besnard Lakes, Amy Millan, Black Heart Procession and other tickets also recently went on sale.
No tickets necessary for the Moshi Moshi show at South Street Seaport.
Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport 7/10 (more by Tim Griffin)
Since their Seaport Music show on July 10th, Pains of Being Pure at Heart have updated their tour schedule to include an NYC show at Webster Hall on October 3rd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, July 15th at noon. General sales starts Friday, July 17th at noon.
Pains' tour dates, listed below, take them around North America in September and October. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Depreciation Guild will be joining them on that tour, including the Webster Hall show.
Videos from their Seaport show, and a new Pitchfork.TV "Don't Look Down" video with Cymbals Eat Guitars playing on a NYC roof, with all tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday (MP3)
Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Bell House in March (more by Chris La Putt)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart headline a free show at South Street Seaport in NYC tonight (7/10). Zaza and Ribbons open. Zaza member Danny Taylor has done production work for Pains. Zaza member Jennifer Fraser used to be in The Warlocks. Ribbons, like Zaza, is a Brooklyn based duo - not to be confused with Ribbons aka 'jherek bischoff' who has played in XIU XIU, The Dead Science and Parenthetical Girls.
All Pains of Being Pure at Heart tour dates, below...
We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.
The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:
You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop
All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.
The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.
The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.
Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.
Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.
A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...
photos by Paul Birman
FOUR shows at Mercury Lounge!
"Argos - unlike most bands that try, which is most bands these days - can successfully appropriate other bands and other bands' songs as source material. Satan name-drops U2, Brian Eno, The Beatles and Stones ([Monday] night [at Mercury Lounge], he added The Beach Boys and Ramones to "What a Rush," Razorlight to "Demons Out!") and steals old titles for new songs ("The Passenger," "Twist and Shout"). Bobby Fuller gets reworked in "Mysterious Bruises:" "I fought the floor and the floor won." It's because Art Brut's self-conscious mission statement - look at us, we formed a band - was itself a retreat into music. They're allowed to bitch about pop charts ("Demons" was introduced as "a civilized customer complaint"). The realization that "those are just records that our parents owned" seems like blasphemy in this world, and not because it involves John & Paul & Mick & Keef." [heartonastick]Four down, one to go! Art Brut played their fourth of five NYC shows at Mercury Lounge last night (6/4). Their fifth, with Jeffrey Lewis and Keith TOTP, is tonight, Friday, June 5th. More pictures from Thursday, including the openers and one of Art Brut's setlist, below....
photos by Ryan Muir
Cymbals Eat Guitars
"It's really nice to get the positive attention and have people know what you're doing," says [Cymbals Eat Guitars] bassist Neil Berenholz, 32, the self-described "band dad" who has been calling brick-and-mortar record stores and mailing copies of the album out 10 at a time from his Queens living room. "I'm not necessarily looking to make the big bucks, I'm looking to stick around. A lot of people look for that rocket shot or big hit, but I'm more interested in longevity." [Are Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars indie rock's next big thing?]White Rabbits, Cymbals Eat Guitars & The Antlers shared a sold-out bill at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Thursday night (5/21). More pictures from the show below...
WAVVES @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
WAVVES headlines a Todd P-like bill at Bowery Balllrom in NYC on July 15th. Opening the show is Woods, Real Estate, and Popo. It's one of just two U.S. shows WAVVES has scheduled at the moment. The other is July 18th at the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19 in Chicago) which recently announced its final lineup additions. They are Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, Michael Columbia, The Thermals and Killer Whales. Full lineup below...
Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Rooftop Films kicked off their 2009 season on Friday night (5/15). The event took place on the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street @ Essex - Manhattan). Before the films, Cymbals Eat Guitars played a set of live music.
Upcoming bands haven't been announced yet, but a bunch of the movies have been. More pictures from the first night below...
The Antlers @ Cake Shop (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Frenchkiss Records will be re-releasing a remastered version of Hospice, the
debut new album by NYC band The Antlers, on August 18th (and digitally on June 16th). That means they are now label-mates with Sean Bones WHO they are playing with (listed as "special guest") at The Delancey on May 20th (flyer below). One day later you can catch The Antlers with White Rabbits and Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom (you can also catch Cymbals Eat Guitars at the opening Rooftop Films party tonight). And you can catch the Antlers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 29th with Au Revoir Simone who they are then going out on tour with before meeting up with Cotton Jones for even more touring. All dates below...
Art Brut @ Mercury Lounge - 11/10/05 (more photos)
Art Brut Five night NYC run @ Mercury Lounge is coming...
Mon 6/1 (Tickets)At first i thought, "do I really ever need to see Art Brut again?" Then I listened to the new album (Art Brut vs. Satan - out now on Downtown Records), and thought, "I really do want to see Art Brut again!", especially if again happens at a venue as small as Mercury Lounge.
Art Brut 10:00
The Picture 8:00
Tue 6/2 (Tickets)
Art Brut 10:00
Murder Mystery 9:00
Les Sans Culottes 8:00
Wed 6/3 (Tickets)
Art Brut 10:00
Tiny Masters Of Today 9:00
U.S. Royalty 8:00
Thu 6/4 (SOLD OUT)
Art Brut 10:00
Cymbals Eat Guitars 9:00
Phil & The Osophers 8:00
Fri 6/5 (SOLD OUT)
Art Brut 11:00
Special Guest 10:00
Keith TOTP & his Minor US Indie Celebrity All Star Backing Band 9:00 - DJ Eamon Hamilton (BrakesBrakesBrakes) 8:00
As you can also see above, the final night, now unfortunately sold out, seems to be the most special. Not only will it be the final night, but Keith TOTP means they're keeping it in the family ("Minor US Indie Celebrity All Star Backing Band" included), and "special guest" means, well... "Special Guest". If I could take one guess, my guess would be Art Brut 47 (aka We are Scientists), but that is just a guess.
White Rabbits @ NYU Strawberry Festival (more by Lauren Monaco)
Although we've probably mentioned it in other ways in other posts, the openers for the May 21st White Rabbits show at Bowery Ballroom are Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Antlers (it's a buzz bill @ bowery ballroom). Tickets are still on sale.
More tour dates HERE, and the band's new video for "Percussion Gun" below...
by Andrew Frisicano
O'Death @ Automotive High School (more by Chris La Putt)
The Rooftop Films 2009 Summer Series returns for our 13th season, screening every weekend from May 15 - September 20. This summer, Rooftop will host more than 40 unique outdoor events, featuring programs of new, independently produced films from around the world paired with New York's best and brightest musical acts. [press release]Rooftop Films kicks off its summer of music + films with a program entitled This is What We Mean By Short Films on Friday, May 15th on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand St) in Manhattan. On hand for the opening will be the band Cymbals Eat Guitars. Tickets are on sale.
Last summer, Rooftop started off June 6th with a program at Open Road Rooftop that featured now-defunct Brooklyn band Dirty on Purpose. Other program highlights (on the music side) from 2008 included Phosphorescent, O'Death (photo above), Deer Tick and others.
Cymbals Eat Guitars' first show since the cancellations will be the Rooftop Films event. Also coming up for the band is a Sunday, May 17th show at Glasslands, an opening spot for White Rabbits at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, May 21st, and a show at Southpaw on Wednesday, May 27th. Tickets for the White Rabbits show are still on sale.
Full Cymbals Eat Guitars message and tour dates, plus details on the Rooftop Films opening, with a video of Rooftop's '08 Animation Block Party featuring Plushgun, below...
DOWNLOAD: Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game (MP3)
Harlem Shakes @ Highline Ballroom (more by Ryan Muir)
The band has upcoming May/June tour dates with Passion Pit and Cale Parks, though none in New York. But that doesn't mean there aren't any Harlem Shakes shows to be had.
First the band plays a "Big Ups to Jules De B." show at Bushwick's Starr Space on Thursday, April 23rd with LD Beghtol (Magnetic Fields, Flare), Hospitality, and Mr. Dream. That show is a party for Jules De Balincourt, who did the artwork for the band's newest record. (More details and artwork below.)
Then the band has a free early show at Pianos on Wednesday, May 6th with The Cringe and Sean Bones. (That's before the Japandroids, The Octagon, Heavenly States show the same night.) Poster for the Shakes gig below.
Then, after a May 16th Sarah Lawrence show (in Westchester County) and the Passion Pit/Cale Parks tour, Harlem Shakes return for a July 1st show at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24th at noon. Openers aren't announced yet.
Before embarking on that tour, Cale Parks (you may know him as one of the guys who plays percussion/piano/vibes in Aloha) is performing at Santos Party House on Saturday, May 9th with Cymbals Eat Guitars, So So Glos, Real Estate and Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic). The show, hosted by Andrew WK, is a benefit for DKMS, which is the world's largest bone marrow donor center. Tickets for that show are on sale.
One day after finishing their tour with the Harlem Shakes, Passion Pit play two headlining shows of their own at Bowery Ballroom (both now sold out).
Video from the Harlem Shakes' March 26th MHOW gig, details on the band's Bushwick show, and all upcoming tour dates below...
Torche @ Scion Rock Fest (more by Steven Brown)
today in NYC
* The Haunted @ BB King's
* Blank Dogs, LAMPS @ Cake Shop
* The Meatmen, Chapstick @ Europa
* Toumani Diabate @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Rosebuds (Kidrockers) @ 92YTribeca
* Eugene Chadbourne @ Issue Project Room
* The Riverboat Gamblers, Fake Problems @ Maxwell's
* Dredg, Torche, From Monument to Masses @ Highline Ballroom
* Merce Cunningham event w/ Sonic Youth & John Paul Jones @ BAM
* World/Inferno Friendship Society, Demander, Secret History @ MHOW
* Napalm Death, Trap Them, Toxic Holocaust, Coliseum @ Starland Ballroom (NJ)
* Survival, Sisters, JEFF The Brotherhood, Grooms (Muggabears) @ Death By Audio
Today is the 3rd day of Coachella.
If you're wondering why Cymbals Eat Guitars didn't open for the Walkmen, and why they aren't playing Public Assembly tonight:
Greetings,A selection of videos from Coachella below.
Our dear friend and bandmate Dan Baer has recently been admitted to the hospital with a potentially life threatening condition. As a result we've decided to cancel the shows we have scheduled through Sunday April 19th, in order to be by Dan's side. We will keep you posted as we know more. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Crooked Fingers @ Nokia Theatre last night (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* St Vincent @ 92YTribeca
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* The Roots, Dave Matthews Band @ MSG
* The Dead Weather & Crystal Stilts @ Bowery Ballroom
* Neko Case, Joan As Police Woman @ Nokia Theatre
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Red Cortez @ Union Hall
* Crooked Fingers, Pomegranates, Wye Oak @ The Bell House
* Flight of the Conchords, Kristen Schaal @ Radio City Music Hall
* Youth Group, The Break Mission, Statis Jacks, Jon Farrel @ Pianos
* Live Fast Die, Nobunny, Rock & Roll Adventure Kids, Liquor Store @ Union Pool
* Sessions at Santa's (w/ The Present, Hex Message, Brian Degraw, Taka Imamura) @ Santos Party House
Crooked Fingers is on tour with, and played last night at Nokia Theatre with Neko Case, but tonight Joan as Policewoman opens for Neko so Crooked Fingers plays The Bell House with Wye Oak instead.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Letterman tonight.
Cymbals Eat Guitars played Cake Shop on Easter. Video below...
WE ARE NOT PLAYING AT THE NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL BKLYN!!!Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars's music career was given a jolt on March 16th when Pitchfork delclared their new self-released album, Why There Are Mountains, "Best New Music". You can listen on MySpace.
Contrary to the recent press release, Cymbals Eat Guitars are not playing at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn NY. There seems to have been some mistake.
We'll have an update shortly.
Thanks for your patience,
CEG [via MySpace]
They may not be playing the Northside Festival, but they are playing Monkeytown Wednesday night, opening for The Walkmen and Beach House at Webster Hall on April 16th, and playing all of the shows listed below...