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by Bill Pearis


Cosmicide, the current musical project from onetime Secret Machines frontman Brandon Curtis, have an upcoming residency at Pianos every Thursday in February:

February 4 with Exiles, Ohnomoon, Sleepy Ha Has, and Queen of Jeans

February 11 with Hellbirds, New Myths, Secret Servants, and Everest Cale

February 18 with Heaven, The Vandelles, Drawing Boards and Willows

February 25 with Lip Talk, Dead Leaf Echo, Arc Waves and Crown the Invisible

Tickets for all four residency shows are on sale now.

Curtis has been playing under the Cosmicide name for a couple years but so far we've only gotten two recordings -- "Talos' Corpse" and "A New Disaster" -- both of which have that widescreen postpunk vibe that Secret Machines did so well. Cosmicide will surely be playing lots of new music at these shows. In the meantime, stream those two songs below.

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photo: L7 at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

SXSW already announced two rounds of 2016 artists, and today a third round was announced, including L7, Bloc Party, The Cult, Loretta Lynn, Waxahatchee, Frankie Cosmos, D∆WN, Polica, Dilly Dally, Eleanor Friedberger, Protomartyr, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Fat White Family, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, All Dogs, Judy Collins & Ari Hest, The Dandy Warhols, Des Ark, Mick Jenkins, Lady Leshurr, Mitski, Supersuckers, Teen Suicide, together PANGEA, Turnover, Younghusband and more.

Full list of additions, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Toronto musician Josh Korody is a busy guy. He plays in bands Beliefs and WISH but has also been working on a solo project called Nailbiter whose debut album, Formats, is out Friday (9/25) via Hand Drawn Dracula. Taking inspiration from late-'80s/early-'90s industrial (and maybe a little DJ Shadow), Nailbiter is more about dark forboding atmosphere than song structure or hooks. And on that level it totally works, and would make an excellent soundtrack to a gruesome Halloween haunted house, next nightmare, horror film, etc. You can check out the whole album, which premieres in this post, below.

Nailbiter and Beliefs will bothl be playing NYC during CMJ. Beliefs play the Hand Drawn Dracula/Bella Union showcase at Palisades on October 14 with Landshapes, Doomsquad and Vallens. Tickets to that show will be available soon. Beliefs and Nailbiter will both play an unofficial show at Alphaville on October 15 with Ringo Deathstar, Dead Leaf Echo, Lazyeyes, and Vallens. That show is $10 at the door.

All Nailbiter and Beliefs tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Nailbiter (Josh Korody of Beliefs) soundtracks your industrial nightmare on 'Formats' (stream it), playing CMJ (Beliefs, too)"

by Bill Pearis

"Lemonheart" cover art

Brooklyn's Dead Leaf Echo will release a new 7", "Lemonheart," on September 15 via Moon Sounds. It's the first single from their new album they've been making with Jorge Elbrecht (No Joy, Tamaryn) and "Lemonheart" was mixed by Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, Weekend). It's a promising taste of the LP, all hazy swoon and a big chorus. Listen below and pre-order your copy.

Dead Leaf Echo have a couple local shows coming up: August 23 at Alphaville with Single Lash, DECORUM (ex Orca Team), and Future Museums (tickets), and then a 7" release party on September 19 at Berlin, which is under 2A and opened recently by Bowery Electric's (and onetime D Generation frontman) Jesse Malin.

After that, Dead Leaf Echo are off to California's Desert Stars Festival and will then tour their back to the East Coast, returning to NYC just in time for CMJ. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Dead Leaf Echo ready new album, share first single, touring, playing release party at Jesse Malin's new EV club, Berlin"

by Andrew Sacher

Youth Worship

Youth Worship, the band formed by Asobi Seksu guitarist James Hanna after that band went on hiatus, are following last year's debut EP with their first full length this month. LP1 comes out 6/30 via Self Harm Records (pre-order), and five of its tracks are streaming now. Two of them feature members of Boris, and there's definitely a bit of a Sonic Youth influence coming through here (especially on "New Rights"). Listen below.

The band have three shows coming up, including Pawtucket, Somerville, and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn show happens July 11 at Acheron, with Dead Leaf Echo headlining. Bootblacks, Adelaida, and DJ sets from Glenn Maryanski (Tiers) and Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum) are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.

Tour flyer, flyer for the Acheron show, and those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Youth Worship (ex-Asobi Seksu) streaming 5 tracks from their debut LP, playing shows (dates, listen)"

by Bill Pearis

photo::: Dead Leaf Echo @ Palisades, CMJ 2014 (via BV instagram)
Dead Leaf Echo

Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo are currently working on their new album with producer Jorge Elbrecht, which is exciting given the results of his work on No Joy's Wait to Pleasure. (He produced No Joy's TBA new album too.) Meanwhile, DLE and Cult of Youth side project Tiers are participating in Toronto label Artificial Records "Remix Series" where two artists remix each other's tracks. Dead Leaf Echo take on Tiers' "Winter" while Tiers remix DLE's "She Breathes." Both take the respective songs into dreamy/dubby territory. Listen to both below.

Dead Leaf Echo play NYC on Wednesday (2/4) at Cake Shop with Baltimore's great Wildhoney, Toronto's Beliefs and UK band Leave the Planet (who are making their US debut at this show). If you like anything within the dreampop realm, this show is pretty unmissable. Flyer below.

Next up after that, Dead Leaf Echo play March 5 at Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Ave in Bushwick) with Gingerlys and Boom Said Thunder. That's a tour kickoff show as DLE head to Austin for SXSW. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Tiers will play new-ish Greenpoint DIY spot Aviv on February 13 with Pawns, Bootblacks and Second Still. Flyer for that show is below.

Continue reading "Dead Leaf Echo and Tiers remix each other, playing shows (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher


Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney have signed to Deranged Records (once home to Fucked Up, White Lung, and others) to release their debut album, which follows a few EPs. The album's called Sleep Through It and is due out on the label this February. You can get a taste of the LP from its title track, which is definitely full of those shoegazey guitars but it's first and foremost a pop song, not obscured by layers of distortion and reverb. Listen below.

Wildhoney are on tour now with their jangly Baltimore neighbors Expert Alterations, and will hit NYC soon for a show on January 25 at Silent Barn with two local shoegaze bands, Weed Hounds and Gingerlys. They play NYC again on February 4 at Cake Shop with an all-shoegaze lineup of London's Kanine-signed Leave the Planet, Toronto's Beliefs and NYC's Dead Leaf Echo. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Wildhoney releasing debut LP on Deranged, touring, playing NYC shows w/ Weed Hounds, Beliefs, Leave the Planet, more"

Todd Terje

photo: Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Joyce Manor

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

Todd Terje, Free Magic @ Verboten
Having made one of last year's best albums, Norwegian analog synth aficionado Todd Terje doesn't tour much, and this show tonight is his only North American date apart from Coachella. He's performing live tonight, not DJing, and advance tickets are sold out -- but you can buy at the door.

Joyce Manor, The Weaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Joyce Manor's Never Hungover Again was one of the best punk LPs of 2014, short and to the point, with no room at all for frills. Their live show rips just as hard, as tonight's RSVPed-out show will surely prove.

Dr. Dog, mewithoutYou @ Bowery Ballroom
Dr. Dog are on night 6 of their eight-night NYC run with different openers. This one's the second of two with post-hardcore art rockers mewithoutYou, who are promising a new album for this year.

Sam Smith, George Ezra @ Madison Square Garden
While Sam Smith's solo album isn't as interesting as his Disclosure collaboration, it's certainly more popular. Tonight he headlines a sold-out MSG.

Shilpa Ray, Waltz, Rosy Street @ Baby's All Right
Shilpa Ray is planning a new album for Northern Spy this year, and we'll likely get a chance to hear some of that tonight.

Pop. 1280, Bootblacks, Anasazi @ Saint Vitus
If you like your post-punk on the dark side, and with an emphasis on the "punk" suffix, every band on this bill tonight should be right up your alley.

Mantra Percussion, Ian Williams @ Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
It's the kickoff event for the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, a free show with Battles Ian Williams backed by Mantra Percussion in the lovely Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

Black Sheep, Das EFX @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's a double bill of early-'90s hip hop with Native Tongues affiliates Black Sheep (best known for their hit "The Choice is Yours") and the influential duo Das EFX.

Just Blaze's House Party w/ guests Rae Sremmurd & more @ Webster Hall
You pretty much can't go to a club without hearing Rae Sremmurd's hits "No Flex Zone" and "No Type," and tonight Just Blaze's weekly club night at Webster will have the rap duo performing them in the flesh.

Dead Leaf Echo, The Judas Knife, Soft Silence @ Acheron
NYC shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo wear their influences ('80s 4AD, '90s Creation) on their sleeves but do it very well. The band are about to head into the studio to make their next record with Jorge Elbrecht (who did No Joy's last one), so tonight could be a taste of what's to come.

Emperor X, Surf Rock Is Dead, Hellbirds, Greenfield, Yabad @ Pianos
It's another night of Surf Rock Is Dead's residency at Pianos, and especially of note is headliner Emperor X, who's been mixing lo-fi electronics and folky songwriting since the late '90s.

Mark Beasley and Arto Lindsay @ The Kitchen
According to the venue's description, "for this event, Mark Beasley, curator of Performa, offers a lecture responding to a 2010 performance by artist Regina José Galindo titled Looting." No wave legend Arto Lindsay will be accompanying him with a live original soundtrack. It's free and RSVP is encouraged.

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

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photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn dreampop band Dead Leaf Echo released the true​.​deep​.​sleeper EP earlier this year and the band just made a video for it's swirling highlight "so.wrong" which was directed by singer/guitarist Lg Galleon. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

Dead Leaf Echo have a few shows coming up, including two this week with Detroit's Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor: Wednesday (10/8) at Lit Lounge for a CBGB Fest show with Diavel and Bootblacks. Then on Thursday (10/9) at Grand Victory they play with Beast Patrol and Wilwaukee's Brief Candles. Later in the month, DLE will play Knitting Factory on 10/30 with Fearless Sons.

Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor's most recent release was 2011Spectra Spirit which puts a goth/Doors-y spin on garage psych. Stream it below.

The band have some other dates, including a short East Coast run with The New Lines in December. All dates are listed, along with the new video and a stream of the EP, below.

Continue reading "Dead Leaf Echo share new video, playing 2 NYC shows w/ Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor, touring w/ The New Lines"


Christo Buffam (Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles) died back in March and while there was a memorial and a couple small tributes, a very big tribute show is happening on Saturday (5/30) at Silent Barn. It's a free, all-day show with nearly 20 bands playing on staggered stages from 3 PM - 2 AM. A Place to Bury Strangers will headline, with performances from The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Heaven, Sanquine Drone, 28 degrees taurus, The Teen Age and more. Full line-up below.

The show -- part of this weekend's Bushwick Open Studios -- is technically free, but donations are highly suggested and proceeds will go to Buffam's family and the out-of-town touring bands on the bill. Full tribute show line-up below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers and many more playing Christo Buffam tribute in NYC this weekend "


Austin trio Ringo Deathstarr released Gods Dream last month, their latest slab of ethereal glide guitar sludgepop. The album's opening track, "Bong Load," just got the video treatment courtesy the band's drummer, Daniel Coborn, which includes an inadvertent tribute to late Vandelles/Dead Leaf Echo guitarist Christo Buffam. Explains the band:

This video is filmed on an iphone, and consists of stuff from our recent US tour with Purple. It was inspired by the movie "Rubber" as well as all the best music videos. Not only is the song Daniel's singing debut, but this video was edited by him as well. It matches the nostalgic vibe of the song. It's a stoned story that emerged in all of its glory. the first shot features the late Christo Buffam from the vandelles and dead leaf echo playing a little guitar-pedal baseball. We toured with both of those bands in the past and it was put in the video weeks before his untimely passing. I think he would've liked it -- so it remains in tribute.
It's a nice video that really does fit the song's heavy-lids vibe. It makes its premiere in this post.

Ringo Deathstarr were just through NYC a month ago. No dates currently on the horizon, but stay tuned.

Video below...

Continue reading "Ringo Deathstarr pay tribute to Christo Buffam in new video"

Christo (via Facebook)
Christo Buffam

Christo Buffam, the NYC musician of Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles and others, sadly passed away last week, and in his honor his family hosting a memorial event tonight (3/31) at 8 PM at Cheap Storage in Brooklyn (49 Wyckoff Ave). Here's the details and a message from Ian Buffam:

There will be some low key live performances, and friends spinning music we know he would've liked. Anyone who wants to perform a song for Christo or spin a song or two should get in touch with Jasno Swarez on facebook and he will pass the info along to Skyler and Ian. We will also be displaying Christo's art at the event, anyone with anything of his they'd like to display should reach out as well.

This is Ian's message,

"On behalf of the Buffam family we want to thank you all for sharing your thoughts and memories of Christo. It is great to know that he touched so many of you in great ways, and will always be remembered with a smile. We are going to be gathering to remember Christo's life tomorrow evening at 8:00pm at Cheap Storage on 49 Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn. Music will be played and his artwork displayed. Bring a drink that you know Christo would approve of." - Ian Buffam

More at the Facebook event.

There will also be a Buffam tribute as part of the Pianos on April 19 show where Buffam-related bands Dead Leaf Echo and The Vandelles are both performing and opening for David J (tickets).

Christo Buffam (via Facebook)

NYC musician Christo Buffam, who played in Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles and other bands, has sadly passed away. As Vanyaland reports, no cause of death has been reported yet.

Dead Leaf Echo posted an RIP to their Facebook, and The Vandelles also posted a long tribute:

It is with incredible grief and heartbreak that we write our dear friend and creative collaborator Christo Buffam has passed on from our tangible world. The day we met in Boston we knew he was an incredible person - after all he took us to IHop for breakfast where his dry wit and grey bandana won our hearts - he was effortlessly cool. In less than a year he would come to take on a huge role in both our lives as an immensely thoughtful friend and the course of The Vandelles as a designer, screen printer, and songwriter. I remember spending countless hours at our space in Danbro working on his song Nocturnal until one day he played me Miles Away and I was blown away by his ability to capture what he was feeling in his lyrics. Christo was a bright star of creative conviction who was always the one putting in tons of hours making posters, going to every show under the sun, or introducing new friends to old ones and visa versa. When he truly believed in something or someone he was behind them one hundred percent, and he would go to great lengths sometimes at his own expense to help in any way he could. Christo, we will miss your smile, we will miss your wit, we will miss your scowl, and above all we will miss you. Forever in our thoughts and hearts.

Anyone looking for info on what we know so far or upcoming plans for the wake/funeral should get in touch with Jasno Swarez here on facebook. In the coming weeks a get together will be planed for us all to get together and celebrate Christo's artwork, music, and life. We will post all info when we have it. Thank you everyone for your condolences, and please extend your sympathy to Christo's family and friends.

Fellow NYC musician Twin Shadow also instagrammed a tribute:
Very sad to hear about the talented and brilliant Christo Buffam. He was a friend. I hadn't see him in a while and was out drinking with friends a month ago and looked up behind the bar. There he was, and my face lit up to see him. He poured shots for us all. I'm glad I had a toast with him before he died. Rest In Peace, I wish we had time to get closer.
Both The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo were set to open for Bauhaus' David J at Pianos in April. No word if those bands will still play as planned.

Rest in peace Christo, you'll be missed.

Watch some Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo videos below...

Continue reading "Christo Buffam (Dead Leaf Echo, the Vandelles), RIP"


While mainly known for being a member of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, David J has had a steady solo career as well, putting out some especially lovely, spare acoustic records in the '80s, such as 1985's Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh ‎and 1990's Songs From Another Season. His new album, An Eclipse of Ships, is very much in those records' molds. The record was funded via kickstarter and will be out later this year. David explains about it:

The title, An Eclipse of Ships, is a play on the old Longfellow line, 'ships that pass in the night', describing the rare incident of seaborne vessels sailing directly past each other in the dark. Traditionally, sailors would shine a light onto each other's hulls as a silent greeting before continuing on their respective voyages. The phrase was later employed to describe a brief, intense encounter between two people who then part, never to see each other again.
You can watch the video for "You Suit a Rainy Day" from it below.

North America will get a preview of of An Eclipse of Ships on David J's upcoming spring tour. He'll be in Austin, TX next week for SXSW and, in April, he'll play East Coast dates with his band The Gentlemen Thieves, including NYC's Pianos on April 19 with The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo on the bill as well. David also plays Asbury Park's The Saint on April 18. Tickets to both those NY-area shows are on sale now.

In other news, his 1983 solo debut, Etiquette of Violence, was just reissued by Cherry Red with a bonus disc of outtakes and demos. It's been out of print since 1990.

All upcoming David J dates are listed, along with the new song and some classic solo songs, below...

Continue reading "David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets) releasing a new solo LP, touring, playing SXSW and NYC (dates, streams)"

Fucked Up @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Fucked up

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

Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien, LODRO @ 285 Kent
Tonight is the very last show at Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent before it closes, and they've got one helluva lineup for it. Things kick off with local dark rockers LODRO and local experimentalists Guardian Alien (whose lineup includes ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox). Then it's the ambitious yet ferocious punk of Vancouver's White Lung, Brooklyn's DIIV who always put on enjoyable shows, and the super-fun hardcore band Fucked Up whose Damien Abraham is sure to end up in as many corners of 285 Kent that his mic cable will reach.

Disclosure, Vic Mensa, Bishop Nehru, Samo Sound Boy @ Terminal 5
In a year where Daft Punk made a huge comeback, Disclosure were still dance duo of 2013 thanks to a killer album jam-packed with hits that translate just as well to the dancefloor. Needless to say, these three nights at Terminal 5 will be a killer time.

Pixies, Asphalt Orchestra @ Capitol Theatre
Though the Pixies have admitted you can never truly replace Kim Deal, the band are moving on and continuing to tour and release music without her. Tonight they bring their tour (with current bassist Paz Lechantin of A Perfect Circle/Zwan/Entrance Band) to the Capitol Theatre for their first of two NYC-area shows this week. Opening is Asphalt Orchestra, who will do marching band covers of Pixies songs.

Self Defense Family, Pity Sex, Ovlov, Loss Leader, Deep Pockets @ Santos Party House
Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year) just released their first album under their new name, Try Me (via Deathwish), which combines passionate, spoken-word-meets-yelling vocals with indie rock-leaning post-hardcore. And Pity Sex offer a great mix of the current wave of emo with poppy shoegaze more akin to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart than The World Is A Beautiful Place. Together that makes for an excellent double bill.

Bomb the Music Industry!, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cheap Girls @ Warsaw
Tonight's the last-ever show for Bomb the Music Industry! Sold out, but if you already have tickets, we recommend getting there early for Michigan power poppers Cheap Girls.

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Highline Ballroom
David Lowery spent the '80s in snarky multi-culti folk group Camper Van Beethoven and transitioned into '90s rock with Cracker. You get both sides tonight

Advaeta, Sediment Club, New England Patriots, Palberta @ Death by Audio
Very noisy Rhode Island band Sediment Club and Boston's New England Patriots are on tour together and stop at DbA tonight.

Talib Kweli @ SOB's
It's the second-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's, headlined by veteran Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli.

Dead Leaf Echo, Tiers, Gold @ Mercury Lounge
Feeling dark and hazy? Revel in it with shoegazy Dead Leaf Echo and coldwavers Tiers who share your gloomy worldview.

Royal Bangs, Bad Suns, Cosmonaut @ Baby's All Right
Knoxville, TN riff rockers Royal Bangs have been kicking around for nearly a decade and last year released their fourth album, Brass, which was produced by Black Keys' Patrick Carney.

Jay Z @ Nassau Coliseum
Jay Z recently did two nights at Barclays Center, and tonight he's just a bit outside of home for this Nassau Coliseum show.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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by Wyatt Marshall


Minimalist coldwave duo Tiers have a new 12" titled Winter, out via Artificial Records, a new arm of Hand Drawn Dracula that will specialize in "minimal synth, industrial, post punk and dark corners of the music scene." You may recognize Tiers' Glenn Maryansky from his other Brooklyn band, Cult of Youth or from his old band Blacklist. In Tiers, he's joined by Jennifer Mears, who brings haunted understated vocals to the band's goth-tinged songs. Tiers just released a soft-filtered beauty of a video for "Winter," the eponymous single off the band's new EP. You can watch that below.

Tiers play a record release show tonight (11/8) at Cake Shop with two other likeminded Brooklyn bands: shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo and coldwave/post-punk band The Harrow and you can check out streams from both of them below too.

Dead Leaf Echo, whose latest album, Thought & Language, came out back in February, have a few othed tour dates in November and all are listed,  along with the video and streams, below...

Continue reading "Tiers (mems Cult of Youth) ready new EP, playing NYC record release show tonight with Dead Leaf Echo (dates, streams)"

Polica @ Radio City Music Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Polica, Marijuana Death Squad @ Webster Hall
Polica's blend of folk-style songwriting with indie pop and R&B aesthetics is as great live as it is on record. They were recently here opening for The xx, but now you can catch them at a headlining show, as they taken on Webster Hall.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight's the first full night of the multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (last night was the pre-show), and though all the shows should be great, our show of choice tonight is the one at Music Hall of Williamsburg which features one half of TNGHT, Lunice, Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, and upcoming rapper Rockie Fresh. Other BEMF shows include Erika, BMG, Souffront, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic @ 285 Kent Avenue, Sliink, Nadus, DJ Reck, Ezrakh, DJ Slow @ Glasslands, Letherette @ Villain and John Digweed, Naveen G, Mario Basanov, Nicholas Matar @ Output.

Mick Turner, Mike Wexler, Matteah Baim @ Union Pool
Dirty Three guitarist (among other things), Mick Turner, is set to release his new solo album, Don't Tell the Driver, on November 19 via Drag City which was recorded over the last four years, is a concept record and being described as a "post rock opera."

Os Mutantes, Capsula @ Le Poisson Rouge
Brazilian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes play tonight with fellow South American band Capsula.

Twin Peaks, Drowners, Gang of Youths @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's glammy garage rockers Twin Peaks played MHOW last night with Born Ruffians and tonight headline here (formerly listed as "Laura Palmers" and "Secret Guest"). This is also another chance to catch prettyboy pop-rock combo Drowners. Late night, Pearl Necklace's Bryce Hackford will DJ.

Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, Spires @ Bowery Ballroom
Widowspeak just released a new EP, The Swamps, last week which offers up more of their spooky, whispery sounds. Tonight's show also features synthy Vetiver side project Pure Bathing Culture and Spires' paisley-colored pop.

The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis, Grandchildren @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is now open with free shows every weekend, and tonight's is from indie folk collective The Low Anthem. Robert Ellis, who's also on the bill, opened for Deer Tick in NYC last night.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
This is the first of three sold-out shows at City Winery for the Irish singer.

The Business, The Welch Boys, 45 Adapters @ Mercury Lounge
UK Oi vets The Business play tonight, which could get wild like it did in 2011.

Sleeping Bag, Shark?, Rozwell Kid, Porches @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill, especially for anthemic Brooklyn garage rockers Shark? and the Exploding In Sound-signed Porches. Porches are about to release a split with LVL UP on 11/26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy, and you can stream both sides of that below.

Tombs @ Saint Vitus in April (more by Caroline Harrison)

Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
This is a great local metal bill, including two big hitters: the atmospheric Tombs and the post-harcore-leaning Primitive Weapons.

Hard Nips, Mean Creek, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Butterscotch Stanley @ Shea Stadium
All-girl Japanese punk band Hard Nips, who are a lot of fun live, headline this overall good line-up of local acts.

Lucero, Titus Andronicus, The Menzingers @ Terminal 5
Fans of punk-tinged heartland rock/folk rock and vice versa shouldn't miss this show, because all three bands expertly deliver that sound.

Sunset Guns, Typefighter, Heeney, Black Mountain Revival @ The Grand Victory
The band we're most looking forward to on this bill is Typefighter, who make very good post-Weezer power pop.

Tiers, Dead Leaf Echo, The Harrow @ Cake Shop
Coldwave duo (and Cult of Youth-related) Tiers have their record release party which also features superior local shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo.

Polar Bear Club, Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Polar Bear Club has taken out some pretty great openers for this tour, including the anthemic emo-punks Citizen, power poppers Diamond Youth, and post-hardcore rippers Sainthood Reps.

GAG, Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, IVY @ Fitness
Olympia's GAG chug away with a heavier, thicker, and darker take on the kind of power chord riffage that's been in punk's repertoire since the earliest days of hardcore, and they've got a seriously maniacal vocalist. See what you're in for via the live video embedded below. This is also the last-ever show for Shoxx (whose drummer Elser Nino is also now in Merchandise), and local punk band Goosebumps are always worth catching too.

NY Comedy Festival
The 10th annual NY Comedy Fest is underway and tonight's shows include Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, and Charlie Murphy.

China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool's China Crisis took the '70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-'80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.

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

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Fiona Apple at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Fiona Apple

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

Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Beacon Theatre
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills are doing two nights of "Anything We Want" at Beacon Theatre this week. What exactly does that mean? Back in July they said, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." They've probably figured out more of the set by now.

Elliott Smith tribute w/ Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials, Tereu Tereu @ Glasslands
This stacked lineup for a tribute to the late, great songwritier Elliot Smith includes Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sadie of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Nadler, Sky Ferreira, and many more.

Foxygen, Ben Chatrer, Jungle Green @ Bowery Ballroom
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was just in NYC playing a bunch of CMJ shows, and now the whole band is here for a 2-night stand of their '60s-style baroque/psych pop and Jim Morrison-style stage antics.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Great Caesar @ Webster Hall
A Great Big Pile of Leaves released one of the more fun, somewhat mathy, somewhat emo, rock albums of the summer with You're Always On My Mind, out now on Topshelf. Their sound should go great with the sunny vibes of the equally long-named Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds @ Mercury Lounge
Legendary guitarist/singer Kid Congo (The Gun Club, The Cramps, The Bad Seeds) and his garage rock band The Pink Monkeybirds are on the road, and after having played Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn last night, they hang around NYC for tonight's show at Mercury Lounge.

Fletcher C. Johnson, JP5, Pity Party, The Goddamn Rattlesnake @ Death By Audio
It's a night of different lo-fi styles at Death by Audio, with guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson (who recently opened for Parquet Courts and Guards), ex-The Measure [sa] pop punks Pity Party, bluegrass collective Goddamn Rattlesnake, and rock n' rollers JP5.

Man Man, Xenia Rubinos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Weirdo rockers Man Man are back with their new On Oni Pond LP, and this week their tour in support of it hits NYC for two shows with arty local songwriter Xenia Rubinos.

The Stargazer Lilies, Dead Leaf Echo, The Veldt, Acres @ Paper Box
Melt away at this record release show for NYC dream pop band The Stargazer Lilies that also features fellow effects pedal lovers Dead Leaf Echo and The Veldt.

'Two Boys' (Nico Muhly) @ Metropolitan Opera
As described by the Met, Nico Muhly's acclaimed new opera explores "identity and desire in the shadowy world of the Internet as a detective investigates the stabbing of one teenage boy by another -- and discovers a tangled web of online intrigue." Tickets are still available.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Found Footage Festival, Marcus Monroe, Carla Rhodes, Ted Travelstead, Jena Friedman, and more.

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

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by Bill Pearis

Heavenly Beat

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

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

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

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

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photos by Lukas Hodge

Whirr / Nothing @ Saint Vitus, 8/13/2013

The Whirr/Nothing tour stopped into a packed Saint Vitus on Tuesday (8/13) with Dead Leaf Echo, echoing the halls of the mostly-metal venue with reverb-soaked shoegaze. The show was Whirr's first outing to NYC, and Nothing's third show in NYC in as many months (they supported Deafheaven in early July and played Paper Box too). Pictures and video (full sets) from Saint Vitus are below.

If you missed it, Whirr released their new mini-LP Around in early July. Stream a track form that below. Similarly, Nothing released a track from their forthcoming Relapse debut as well. Stream "Dig," along side all pictures and video from their Saint Vitus show, below.

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Nothing at Saint Vitus, July 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

Much like their previous material on A389 Records, Nothing mines heavy shoegaze but never veers into full on metal territory, much like their godfathers in My Bloody Valentine did in the past. The band, which features current and former members of Salvation, Night Sins, Horror Show and more, is gearing up for a set of dates with Whirr that include Saint Vitus on August 13 with Dead Leaf Echo (tickets). Today they released a new track, "Dig," which will be on the band's Relapse Records debut ,scheduled for 2014.

Stream it below...

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As mentioned, dreampop veterans Lorelei play Mercury Lounge tonight (2/27). The show is also a record release party for NYC's Dead Leaf Echo, whose debut album, Thought & Language, is out next week. It was produced by John Fryer who, in addition to being one of two constants in 4AD legends This Mortal Coil, has worked on such alt-rock touchstones as Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell, Cocteau Twins' Head Over Heels, Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine, and Chapterhouse's Whirlpool. If your shoegaze taste veers towards Slowdive, you should check them out if you haven't already. You can stream "Memorytrace" and check out the video for "Kingmaker" below.

Tickets are still available for tonight's show which is part of a tour for Dead Leaf Echo. After their stint with Lorelei, they'll continue on towards the beast that is SXSW. All tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis


As you may remember, OG dreampoppers Lorelei dropped their first album in ages last year, Enterprising Sidewalks. It pretty much picks up right where they left off, full of chiming, swirling guitars and hazy melodies. You can stream it below (via Spotify). We've also got the premiere of the video for "Hole Punch" from the album which, fitting the title, seems to have been made in the copy room of someone's office. Nice use of the shredder, guys! You can watch it below.

Lorelei are kicking off a short run of dates tonight (2/27) in NYC at Mercury Lounge with Dead Leaf Echo. Tickets are still available and all tour dates are listed below.

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