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photos: The Ex at Monty Hall, 2015 (more by PSquared)
The Ex

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

The Ex, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson, Happy Apple @ Le Poisson Rouge
Part of Winter Jazzfest, Dutch anarcho/post/punk/jazz collective The Ex headline this bill that features a bunch of other cool folk like Colin Stetson and Bill Laswell. Fingers crossed for a big group collaboration.

METZ, Bully, Palm @ Bowery Ballroom
METZ shows tend to be sensory overload experiences, with deafening volume set against strobes and stark lighting. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows with terrific tour mates Bully (melodic, punky indie rock). Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday.

Bilal @ City Winery
Neo-soul singer Bilal has been at it for years, and in 2015 he returned with his solid In Another Life and made notable contributions to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Tonight he kicks off his "winter residency" at City Winery (it's just two shows, the second is next month). He's promising "an electronic jazz presentations of his greatest works, feat. an all star cast of musicians and surprise guest."

RJD2, Photay @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great underground hip hop producer RJD2 recently announced a new album, Dame Fortune, prefaced by the soulful single "Peace of What." It sounds like his new stuff is something to look forward to, and we'll likely hear some old faves tonight too. Local regular Photay opens tonight.

Trae Tha Truth, Sean Elliot @ Black Bear
Long-running, prolific Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth returned last year with Tha Truth and he's already back this year with a great new single featuring Rick Ross and T.I.

El Goodo #15 w/ Dead Stars, Slonk Donkerson, My Teenage Stride, No Ice @ Shea Stadium
A super solid night of Brooklyn indie rock, including '90s indie rock torchbearers Dead Stars, the very hooky Slonk Donkerson, and scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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photo: Mr. Twin Sister @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mr Twin Sister

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

Grimes, Nicole Dollanganger @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grimes' new album Art Angels is in some ways a natural progression from Visions but it also explores a ton of new ground. It's great stuff and it sounds like it's gonna be very fun live. Opening is Nicole Dollanganger, who Grimes recently signed to her new label.

The Weeknd, Banks, Travi$ Scott @ Barclays Center
The Weeknd is bigger than ever -- perhaps you've heard "Can't Feel My Face" in a car or a bar or a party or just about anywhere else -- and tonight he plays his third of four NYC-area arena shows.

Antibalas, Raja Kassis's HUMANBEING, Lee Fields, Will Holland @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn afrobeat band Antibalas continue their Brooklyn Bowl residency tonight. Each show has different openers, and this one includes soul great Lee Fields (going strong since the '60s) and more.

Hudson Mohawke, The-Dream, Nick Hook, Kitty Cash, Matt FX, Hiyawatha @ Webster Hall
Scottish beatmaker Hudson Mohawke has been having a very fruitful career, as a quality solo artist, one half of the duo TNGHT, and a contributor to more than one Kanye West album. Tonight's special guest is R&B singer The-Dream, who's also busy with both solo material and co-writing for other musicians (like Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara and more).

Turquoise Jeep, Oxymorrons, Pants Velour, Kosha Dillz, DJ Buzy @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
This is quite a diverse rap show, with YouTube sensations Turquoise Jeep, other artists on the novelty side (Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz), and '90s-inspired Queens crew Oxymorrons.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, Joe Rumrill @ Union Hall
Chris Gethard does another of his Career Suicide shows, which focus on "suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Tonight's guest is another standup comedian, Joe Rumrill.

!!! (chk chk chk), Stereolad, Eaters @ Bowery Ballroom
!!! (chk chk chk) are always fun live but coming off their strongest record in a while -- this year's As If -- tonight's show should be especially good. Note: Stereolad is actually most of !!! playing as a Stereolab cover band. Electronic duo Eaters open.

Antibalas, Lee Fields @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is the final show of Antibalas' four-week residency at Brooklyn Bowl with the great Lee Fields as special guest.

Mr. Twin Sister, Ava Luna & special guest @ Cameo Gallery
Only four more nights of Cameo left and this one should be pretty good, with Mr. Twin Sister and their friends Ava Luna as well. Perhaps we'll get a string section tonight? Any guesses on who the Very Special Guests are?

Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, Advance Base, Jami Attenberg, Tanya Donelly, Jon Glaser, Steven Page, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), Bobby Tisdale @ City Winery
It's the November edition of Wesley Stace's variety show Cabinet of Wonders, with a pretty great lineup, including onetime Throwing Muses / Belly singer and guitarist Tanya Donelly, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, comedians Jon Glaser and Bobby Tisdale, and more.

LODRO, Dead Stars, Zuli @ Living Room
Brooklyn's dark, moody LODRO have an album in the can that still awaits release. Get a preview tonight, with '90s indie rock torchbearers Dead Stars on the bill as well

Joan As Police Woman, Domino Kirke, Chime Wisely @ Manhattan Inn
Joan Wasser's most recent album as Joan as Policewoman was last year's The Classic. She's got a new project called 2001 as well, but find out what's cookin' tonight. Free show though there's a $10 suggested donation.

Diane Coffee, Boulevards @ Mercury Lounge
Diane Coffee, aka Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, released his new album, Everybody’'s A Good Dog, earlier this year and it takes aim at 1973, squashing Bowie, Elton John, The Stones, Todd Rundgren and a giant bag of glitter into his theatrical worldview.

Beech Creeps, Heaven's Gate, Conduit @ Silent Barn
It's a noisy night at Silent Barn with dissonant Beech Creeps and the shoegazy rock of Heaven's Gate.

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

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by David Williams
Adult Dude

Back in the spring, we wrote about Adult Moods, the debut album from Brooklyn's Adult Dude. It's out now on Animal Style Records (order yours) and the band recently gave the video treatment to "Bonehead," which premieres in this post. Like the rest of the record, it channels traditional indie rock -- Dinosaur Jr and stuff like that -- and you can watch it below.

Adult Dude have a record release show on November 19 at Union Hall with Dead Stars and Katie Ellen, the new band of Chumped singer Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly, formed just before Chumped announced their hiatus. Tickets for that show are available.

Video below...

Continue reading "watch Adult Dude's new video for "Bonehead," catch their LP release show w/ Dead Stars & Katie Ellen (ex-Chumped)"

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at Fest 14 (photo via Sarah Beth)

Brooklyn pop punks Chumped were one of the more promising local bands of late. They put out one full length and two EPs over the past two years, but unfortunately they announced that the set they played at The Fest this past weekend would be their last before an indefinite hiatus. The day before the show, they wrote:

It brings us a metric fuck ton of feels to say this, but tomorrow will be our last show for an indefinite period of time.

We play FEST at The Wooly at 10:20PM (tmw, sunday).

It would be really special if you all would come out to help us celebrate.

Chumped played for the first time in front of other humans on February 5th, 2013. We never could have imagined the things that a little project started in an apartment in New York City could have allowed us to experience. We have traveled incredible distances, made beautiful friends and actualized seemingly impossible dreams. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this project, who has listened, who has helped, who has believed in us, who has loved us. We love you. And we never could have done any of this without you.

See ya on the flip side <3

Drew, Dan, Doug & Anika

You can watch a 45-minute full-set video of their Fest set below. Their last hometown show was the BV-presented Baby's show in August with Cayetana, Worriers and Thin Lips.

On the bright side, Chumped members are already staying active with other projects. Singer Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly started the duo Katie Ellen (whose first show was at Suburbia right before Fest) and Anika is playing solo shows too. Anika's next scheduled gig is December 5 at Suburbia for a night of "mostly soloish sets" from her, Mikey Erg of The Ergs and six million other bands, one of which is Worriers whose singer Lauren Denitzio also plays the show. $5 at the door.

UPDATE: Katie Ellen have two Brooklyn shows coming up too. The first is November 14 at Tiger Lounge with Deacon Bill, Never and Ted's Dead; and then they play the release show for Adult Dude's debut LP Adult Moods on November 19 at Union Hall with Dead Stars (tickets).

Chumped Fest video below...

Continue reading "Chumped played their last pre-hiatus show at The Fest (watch their full set); members playing other shows"

Rare Sun playing Kings County Saloon in May (photo by @juanlicarrion)
Kings County Saloon

Though Brooklyn has sadly lost a few great venues recently, new ones continue to pop up. In addition to Palisades, Aviv, Alphaville, The Shop and more, shows have been happening at Bushwick bar Kings County Saloon (1 Knickerbocker Ave). Perhaps you've already seen one there, like Roadside Graves or Las Rosas.

They've got shows booked this month into next, including Starlight Girls, Dead Stars, Melt (which currently has Cassie Ramone on bass), a Smokers Cough label party on July 4 with GDP (who opens for The Front Bottoms soon) and more. Check out the current schedule below...

Continue reading "Bushwick bar Kings County Saloon hosting live music (Dead Stars, Starlight Girls, GDP & more on upcoming schedule)"

photo: Ride at MHOW on Monday (more by PSquared)

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

Ride, Ash @ Terminal 5
While lumped in with shoegaze, Ride were poppier than most bands of that era, and more of a psychedelic rock band than anything else. A great one, mind you, with an incredible rhythm section, and maybe sounding better than ever. It's good support tonight from Irish trio Ash whose faces were splashed across the NME around the same time.

Wire, Julian Lynch @ Bowery Ballroom
Art-punk greats Wire are like a shark, always moving forward, never the same twice but always themselves. This year's self-titled album is another terrific moment in a nearly 40-year career. They do play some oldies, too.

Refused, Creepoid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Refused are planning on releasing their first album in 17 years this year. We haven't heard the whole thing yet, but from those two singles it sounds kinda... poppy? Could be interesting. Meanwhile, fans of the band's heavier stuff, like 1998's classic The Shape of Punk to Come should be treated to many favorites tonight. They've been playing a lot of that one on tour. Make sure to get there early for Philly shoegazers Creepoid.

Hutch and Kathy, Brian Bonz @ Mercury Lounge
Before they got louder in The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster made folky pop as Hutch and Kathy. Their 2002 eponymous album got its first-ever vinyl pressingforRecord Store Day 2015 and they're celebrating with a short tour.

Holly Herndon, GABI, Evan Caminiti @ The Wick
Holly Herndon's new album, Platform (her first for 4AD), is art pop in the truest sense of the word. She brings together a lot of very out-there sounds, yet it's strangely accessible from start to finish. Opening is the similarly-minded GABI, and Evan Caminiti of experimental duo Barn Owl.

Iron Reagan, Angel Du$t, Noisem @ Saint Vitus Bar
Two bands that do a lot of justice to '80s crossover thrash, Iron Reagan and Noisem, meet up at Saint Vitus tonight. Iron Reagan bring a sense of humor, while Noisem's approach is a little more personal and serious. The youth crew-inspired Angel Du$t round out the bill.

Governor's Ball After Dark Shows
It's the eve of Governors Ball, which means the GovBall late shows begin. TOnight there's four: funky duo Chromeo at The Apollo, garage rocker Benjamin Booker at Irving Plaza, dance duo Odesza at Rough Trade, and Gorgon City DJing Output.

Bobby Rush @ MetroTech Commons
This is the kickoff to BAM's annual R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon at Metrotech Commons. Today features blues vet Bobby Rush.

The Felice Brothers, The Barr Brothers @ Red Hook Park
This free show, part of SummerStage, features two acts who gently push the barriers of folk in new directions. Doors are at 6:30 PM and the concert's over at 9 PM.

Tyondai Braxton @ The Kitchen
Originally performed at the Guggenheim in 2013, Braxton's Hive1 is "part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods."

Dead Stars, Charly Bliss, Dances, Jangula @ Alphaville
Dead Stars are celebrating the release of their new single "Calm Punk" tonight. You can stream that song, which roars in a poppy '90s indie rock kind of way, below.

Big Eyes, Josh Berwanger Band, Flashlights, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
Big Eyes make raw, melodic punk with a bit of a Muffs influence, but they're a lot heavier than a lot of bands who fit that description. Josh Berwanger, former co-lead singer of emo vets The Anniversary, makes this an excellent double bill.

Prawn, Caravela, Pinegrove, Side Saddle @ Knitting Factory
NJ's Prawn take on '90s-style emo with a sound that's a bit Kinsella and a bit Appleseed Cast-y post rock.

Aloke, Big Ups @ Baby's All Right
If you don't remember Aloke, they were the mid 2000s NYC rock band of Christian Zucconi, who since got much more famous with his band Grouplove (whose early single "Colours" was a reworking of an Aloke song). Aloke returned with a new Steve Albini-produced 3-song EP last month, and tonight they play Baby's with a newer NYC rock band, Big Ups.

Max's Kansas City 50th Anniversary @ Bowery Electric
It's night 1 of the 4-night Max's 50 celebration. Tonight includes an all-star Jayne County tribute, Jahn Xavier & the Bowerytones, The Sick F*cks, Ruby & the Rednecks, The Magic Tramps, Zecca and The Black Cats NYC, with MC Jimi Lalumia and DJ Mojo, and cameos by Miachael Alago and Yvonne Sewal.

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

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Tickets for the Neurosis/Brothers of The Sonic Cloth/Sumac show at Warsaw go on sale today at 1PM.

Hall & Oates are playing Jones Beach Theatre on July 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Indie punks Tigers Jaw were just here for two NYC shows, and they have an acoustic NYC show coming up on June 27 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). They also recently announced a tour opening for two much poppier bands, New Found Glory and Yellowcard, which hits NYC on October 24 at Best Buy Theater. If you're into that kinda thing, you can get tickets starting today at noon.

Todd Rundgren was just here for two NYC shows and he'll return to the area for a Long Island show on August 18 at The Paramount. Tickets are on sale.

Folk popsters Of Monsters and Men are playing Beacon Theatre on September 22 and Kings Theater on September 24. Tickets for those shows go on venue presales Thursday (6/4) at 11 AM with general on sales starting Friday, 6/5 at 11 AM. AmEx presale for Kings starts Wednesday (6/3) at 10 AM and AmEx for Beacon starts Thursday at 11.

Cuban-French duo Ibeyi recently released their self-titled debut album on XL, and will play NYC on October 2 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for Electric Zoo are on sale now. Check out the full lineup (featuring Chemical Brothers, Cashmere Cat, Glitch Mob, Com Truise and more).

If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the BV-presented Babes in Toyland show at Irving Plaza starting today at noon.

Tickets for the Patrick Watson show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Swirlies newly-added show at Silent Barn are on sale now. Tickets for their Baby's show are still available too.

Tickets for the Failure show at LI's The Space at Westbury go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Good Life show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the 4Knots Festival, which Super Furry Animals were just added to, are on sale now.

Tickets for the Michael Chapman and Peter Walker show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Detroit Cobras show at Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

Tickets for the Reigning Sound show at Union Pool are on sale now.

Hip hop/classical violionist Emily Wells is playing with Peptalk and Stranger Cat at Baby's All Right on June 17. Tickets are on sale now. It's a record release show for Peptalk, who include members of Xiu Xiu and Tyondai Braxton's respective live bands.

Say Lou Lou are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 9. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Spritzer and Holy Tunics are playing Rough Trade on July 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Shura is playing Mercury Lounge on July 28. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Hardcore vets Shai Hulud, no longer with their original singer, play Webster Hall on August 11. That bill also includes XBishopX and VICE HC. Tickets are on sale.

Get your tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented The Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Primitive Weapons show at Irving Plaza.

Get your tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented High on Fire & Pallbearer show at Irving Plaza (8/15), and your tickets for their show at MHOW (8/18).

Get your tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Warsaw (9/9).

Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, New Riders of the Purple Sage's Michael Falzarano, and Hot Tuna's Barry Mitterhoff are playing under the moniker Kaukarona for the The Marjorie Thompson Memorial Concert on June 6 at Notre Dame Hall, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn. You can pick up tickets for $65 at Brooklyn Art (7709 5th Ave) or get them for $70 via email (brooklynart@verizon.net>) or phone (718-745-7734).

The Weaks are playing a free afternoon show at Rough Trade on June 6.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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Dinosaur Jr producer Justin Pizzoferrato has been the go-to guy for younger bands who want to get a similar aesthetic to Dino's '80s/'90s indie rock, like Speedy Ortiz, California X, Blessed State, Placeholder and more. One of the newest additions to that list is Long Island's The Glazzies, but they've taken it a step further, getting Murph to drum on three of the five songs on their upcoming EP. The EP is called Satin Stain, will be out via Old Flame Records (Radical Dads, Potty Mouth, Shark?), and first single "So Strange" premieres in this post. It's one of the ones featuring Murph -- check it out below.

The band also have a few upcoming shows this week, including an Old Flame-presented show in NYC TONIGHT (4/23) at Pianos with Dead Stars, Paperhaus, Strange Names and K Phillips. Tickets are on sale now. That's followed by two Long Island shows this weekend. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Strange Names, the Frenchkiss-signed band play a doNYC/Jack Daniels show at Good Room on Tuesday (4/28), which is free with RSVP.

Glazzies song stream, EP artwork, tracklist, and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Glazzies releasing an EP ft. Dinosaur Jr's Murph on drums, playing NYC tonight w/ Dead Stars & Strange Names"

by Bill Pearis


Radical Dads are back with their third album, Universal Coolers, which will be out February 24 via Old Flame. The trio make no bones about their love of '90s indie rock so it's extremely fitting that the cover art for the new album was done by prolific Greenpoint artist Steve Keene, who did the same for Pavement's Wowee Zowee and Apples in Stereo's Fun Trick Noisemaker and others. You can check out the artwork below. You can also stream two songs from the album, "Don't Go" and "In the Water," below.

The band will play a record release show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on February 27 with Life Size Maps, Dead Stars, Doe, and Left & Right. No other tour dates have been announced.

Continue reading "Radical Dads releasing 'Universal Coolers' in February (listen to two songs), celebrating with Brooklyn show"

Neneh Cherry

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

Neneh Cherry, Sinkane, Kaki King @ Highline Ballroom
Nearly 30 years after "Buffalo Stance" (and with a new, Four Tet-produced LP under her belt), Neneh Cherry plays her first-ever NYC show tonight with solid support.

Future Islands, Operators, Wing Dam @ Terminal 5
Perhaps the biggest success story of 2014, Baltimore's Future Islands start their 2015 with their two biggest NYC shows to date. (This is #2.) If you're heading to T5 tonight, don't miss Operators, the new band from Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs).

High on Fire, Windhand, Mountain of Wizard @ Saint Vitus (2 shows)
It's an excellent double bill at these two Vitus shows with sludgy stoners High on Fire and the highly melodic trad-doomers Windhand. Both are sold out.

!!! , Cheap Shots @ Union Pool
Punk-funk stalwarts !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are getting ready to head into the studio to record their new album. To make sure they're well prepared, they'll be playing their new material (and a few old favorites) this week at four consecutive nights at Union Pool. Tonight's the third.

YG, Nipsey Hussle @ Best Buy Theater
YG had a great 2014 with the release of his official debut album, the mostly DJ Mustard-produced My Krazy Life. His tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to happen in the fall but it got rescheduled and finally hits NYC tonight.

Hailu Mergia, Low Mentality, Alsarah and The Nubatones , The Happy Show (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Ethiopian funk musician Hailu Mergia's 1985 album was an overlooked gem, but thanks to its 2013 reissue it's been getting the attention it deserves. Hailu now plays NYC relatively frequently, and tonight's his first of two shows here this weekend.

Rangda, Samara Lubelski/Marcia Bassett duo @ Baby's All Right
Rangda, the trio of Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, Sun City Girls' Richard Bishop, and Bjork/Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore/etc collaborator Chris Corsano, haven't played in a while but tonight they kick off a 2-night run of the Northeast. They say a new album's on the way, so maybe we'll hear new songs tonight. Samara Lubelski, who was in Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving, opens with a duo set with Zaimph's Marcia Bassett.

Tijuana Panthers, The Garden, Surfbort, Dances @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Southern California trio Tijuana Panthers keep things on the party side of the garage with some of it spilling into the beach.

Dr. Dog, Twain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Dr. Dog are putting a live album out next week, and they're also about to kick off a run of eight NYC shows, with different openers. Tonight's the first show, with Twain opening.

Roman a Clef, Wins, Klaus @ Mercury Lounge
Do you wish Prefab Sprout were still a touring entity? Well you might want to check out Roman a Clef, which features members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Ice Choir who seem to be channelling serious Paddy McAloon vibes. Pretty Swoon-worthy stuff, indeed.

Jason Molina tribute @ Troost
Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co) sadly passed away in 2013, and in his honor a tribute album was released this week. Tonight's the release party for that album which includes some of the musicians he played with in Songs: Ohia, Thalia Zedek, a Sparklehorse backing musician and more.

Dead Stars, Life Size Maps, Slonk Donkerson, Adult Dude @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's "Locals Only!" night at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with some of the borough's best indie rock bands on stage at this grownup playground of microbrews, fancy food truck eats, shopping, minigolf, pingpong and other activities. Free entry.

Slick Rick, Amy Lynn & The Gun Show @ Brooklyn Bowl
1988's Best Rapper Alive Slick Rick turns 50 next week and tonight the legendary MC celebrates his birthday at Brooklyn Bowl.

Peanut Butter Wolf, Breakbeat Lou @ Brooklyn Bowl
After Slick Rick, stick around for DJ and Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf brings the late night dance party.

Reggie Watts @ Blue Note
This is Reggie's first solo show since being named bandleader of Stephen Colbert's takeover of CBS' The Late Show. Reggie's blend of improv, comedy, beatboxing and loop-pedal mastery is usually worth catching.

Alex Calder, Laced, Donovan Blanc @ Cameo Gallery
Tonight's the record release party for Alex Calder's debut album, Strange Dreams. He plays with fellow Captured Tracks artist Donovan Blanc, and Laced which is Dustin from Beach Fossils' new band.

Crying, Painted Zeros, Glueboy, The Empty Gestures @ Silent Barn
Crying bring gameboy-fueled chiptune together with sugar-high pop punk, and they've got a not-so-secret weapon as their drummer.

Terror Pigeon, Stranger Cat, Blood Moon @ Silent Barn
After the Crying show, Silent Barn hosts another good lineup, this time from party-bringers Terror Pigeon and Cat Martino's electronic-tinged project, Stranger Cat.

Mother Falcon @ Littlefield
Many membered chamber pop collective Mother Falcon are playing NYC as part of the APAP conference tomorrow, but tonight they squeeze in another show here at Littlefield.

Vasudeva, Pinegrove, The Most, Nine of Swords, Co-Pilots @ Palisades
Some cool bands on this show, including mathy/dancey instrumental rockers Vasudeva, indie rockers Pinegrove, and screamo-y punks Nine of Swords.

Earl Boykins, Thick, Diet Cig, PWR BTTM @ Legion
Diet Cig hail from New Paltz and have an album coming on Father/Daughter produced by Christopher Daly (Porches, Quarterbacks), and if you're into the DIY pop that label is known for, you might dig Diet Cig too.

Nomadic Massive, Nation Beat's Carnival Caravan, Boogat, Aurelio, Rocky Dawuni, Daby Toure, Elizabeth Shepherd, Odessa/Havana @ DROM
There's a lot of artists on this world music APAP showcase at Drom, but one that's especially of note is Honduran musician Aurelio, who put out his well-received third album last year.

Patton Oswalt @ Carnegie Hall
With a new book out about his movie-obsessed years in '90s Los Angeles, Patton's been a busy guy this week in NYC, but this is his big, stand-up-centric centerpiece of his visit.

Winter Jazzfest
The 2015 edition of this yearly festival gets into full swing tonight with concerts at 10 different NYC venues.

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

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Prince Rama at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Prince Rama

Year of No Light

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

Special Guest, Prince Rama, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Mr. Transylvania @ Death By Audio
We don't know who tonight's Special Guest is but DbA has been coming through so far on the "special" part. We do know that Prince Rama will be performing a "special interactive dance performance," and the rest of the bill falls somewhere between weirdo electronics and performance art.

Year of No Light, Oneirogen, Geryon, Psalm Zero @ Saint Vitus
France's Year of No Light have been making very high quality instrumental post-metal since their 2006 debut, yet in all those years they never played the US. That's finally changing on their current tour, which comes to NYC for the first of a two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight. The openers on both nights are different and all of them are killer artists in NYC's experimental metal scene.

Mitski, Johanna Warren, Eskimeaux, Told Slant @ Silent Barn
Mitski's new album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, is out this week and it combines the strong songwriting she honed on her earlier indie/classical material with distortion-heavy lo-fi rock. It's an excellent mix, and one of the more unique sounding albums to come out of the Brooklyn DIY scene lately. Tonight she kicks off her tour in her hometown, and it's a good bill all around with folk singer Johanna Warren and Epoch Collective bands Eskimeaux and Told Slant who share members.

Cult of Youth, Mommy, Aischrolatreia @ Trans-Pecos
Cult of Youth's neo-folk/post-punk blend only sounds bigger than ever on their brand new album, Final Days. Tonight's a one-off in their hometown to celebrate it.

The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk @ Bowery Ballroom
The Rural Alberta Advantage's anthemic and sorta-folky indie rock is in fine form on their new album, Mended with Gold. Tonight their tour with fellow big-sounding Canadian band July Talk hits Bowery Ballroom for its first of two shows at the venue.

Low Fat Getting High, Dead Stars, Black Black, Iska Dhaaf @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High have been a regular on the local scene for a while now, and this week they put out their debut LP. They're joined by quality indie rockers Dead Stars to celebrate it tonight.

Boytoy, The Lures, Sly Moth, Young Runner, YJY @ Palisades
Seattle band Lures released their Eponymous debut album last month, dark and surfy like a David Lynch soundtrack. You can stream it below. Headliners Boytoy make superior '90s-ish indie rock.

Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan @ BB King Blues Club
Born in Louisiana but schooled on Chicago Blues as part of Muddy Waters' band in the '60s, where he was also a house musician for Chess Records. A true legend.

Cunninlynguists, J-Live, Tonedeff, Pack FM @ Webster Hall
The very prolific Southern rap trio CunninLynguists returned with a new mixtape this year which was another excellent example of their lyrical flow and psychedelic soundscapes.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.

The Singles, Banker$, Dennis Cahlo & the Change, and Rally @ Pianos
The Singles were an '00s-era Detroit band who dared not be be garage but power pop, releasing three albums before fizzling out. Frontman Vince Frederick and reactivated the band in Los Angeles with another Detroiter, Nicky Veltman, and just released Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, the first new Singles album in six years.

PAT w/ JD Samson, Amber Valentine @ Union Pool
PAT is JD Samson's dance party "for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want" and takes over the front and back rooms of Union Pool.

Ray Lamontagne, The Belle Brigade @ Beacon Theatre
Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne released the Dan Auerbach-produced album, Supernova, earlier this year and tonight he's on night 2 of his 3-night run at Beacon Theatre.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mini Mansions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This quirky Detroit pop duo are fond of high concepts, elaborate stage shows, and big hooks. Their first of two NYC shows this week.

Friend Roulette, Del Vinicci, Wedding Dress, The Bears @ Shea Stadium
Wedding Dress count Erin Elders of Maps & Atlases and Bobby Burg of Joan of Arc as members, and though you may expect math rock with a resume like that, these guys actually scale back the technicalities in favor of more laid back indie pop. Local chamber pop band Friend Roulette headline the night and they're worth catching too.

Antarctigo Vespucci, Hard Girls, Fleeting, Grand Mariner @ Asbury Lanes
Antarctigo Vespucci is the collaborative project of Fake Problems singer Chris Farren and former Bomb the Music Industry singer Jeff Rosenstock. Their tourmates Hard Girls make superior indie punk, and this is a very cool double bill. Asbury Park tonight, NYC on Saturday.

D.D. Dumbo, Palm Springs, Mechanical River @ Baby's All Right
Australia's D.D. Dumbo, who we caught at Pitchfork Paris, is one of 4AD's newest signees and is a one-man band who runs guitars, drums and woodwinds through a loop pedal to create his heavily layered sound. Tonight's his first public NYC show (following a private show at The Standard last night).

Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Aloe Blacc, A Great Big World, American Authors, Bleachers, Chvrches, Echosmith, Mary Lambert, Vance Joy @ Hammerstein Ballroom
This is VH1's "You Oughta Know" concert that you probably want to avoid but there's at least a few artists of note on there.

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

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by Bill Pearis

Sex Jams

Austria is not a huge country and hasn't had that many famous musicians (Mozart, Falco, Belphagor...) but that hasn't stopped Vienna's Sex Jams from pursuing their dream of making shouty-punky rock for all to hear. A cassette compilation of the group's Austrian-released music, titled Hits, will be out next month via Old Flame which will be their first US release. We've got the premiere of "Queens Club" from it in this post.

Sex Jams are in NYC as we speak, kicking off a string of dates with Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Both bands, along with Honne Wells, play tonight (10/1) at Cake Shop and Death by Audio on Friday (10/3) with White Rope on that show as well.

They'll be back in NYC for CMJ, including the Old Flame showcase at Cake Shop on October 25 with Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, YAWN, Girlpool, Girl Tears and more TBA. All dates are listed, plus the track stream and other from the cassette, below...

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Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Left & Right

The way they tell it, Philly's Left & Right are just "four regular ass dudes trying to live their fucking lives man." They also happen to make pretty good poppy punk, as you can hear on new single "Age of Independence" off their upcoming album, Five Year Plan, which comes out on September 9 on Infinity Cat's Cassette Series. (The label is owned by JEFF the Brotherhood, the cassette series is curated by Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch.) The record was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato, whose work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz and more has made him a pretty trustworthy guy for this kinda stuff. The new song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

Left & Right were in NYC earlier this month for a show with Sleepies and Kal Marks at Death by Audio (anyone catch that?), and they'll be heading back out on the road tonight (8/28). The tour begins in Montclair, NJ and it hits NYC for a previously-mentioned show on Friday (8/29) at Grand Victory with Such Hounds, Brooklyn indie rockers Dead Stars and Long Island alt-country punks Crow Bait. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.

All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn's Backwords are set to release their new album, Nest, on September 16 via Campers Rule. The band, which features multiple members who both write and sing lead, decamped to a Sunset Park warehouse to record the album, the bones of which were done live to tape. There's ambition here, too, in the writing, arranging and production -- Backwords have come a ways from their more simple, folkier beginnings. We've got the premiere of opening cut "I'm Not Lying," which takes the Spector/Ronettes beat and then goes in different directions. You can stream it below.

Backwords will celebrate the release of the new album in their hometown at Baby's All Right on September 20. Wild Yaks, Dead Stars and Radical Dads are also on the bill and you get a limited-edition cassette of the album with entry. Advance tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the release show, new song stream and album cover art below...

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Future Islands in Austin in April (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Future Islands

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

Future Islands, Operators, Omar Souleyman, Mas Ysa @ House of Vans
Together now for nearly a decade, Baltimore's Future Islands hit the big time this year with their 4AD debut, Singles, a meme-able Letterman appearance, and still-going single "Seasons (Waiting On You)." Tonight's free show (with free beer) at House of Vans should be mayhem. Get there early for Dan Boeckner's new band Operators, Syrian artist Omar Souleyman. Also show up early so you can get in. If you already RSVP'd, that is.

Temples, Here We Go Magic, Spires @ Pier 84 Hudson River Park
Another good free option tonight is the final River Rocks of 2014 with UK psych band band Temples whose debut album is slick but satisfying Britpop. They sound great live, too.

PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets @ Rooftop Films
Speaking of Britpop, tonight's the screening of Florian Habich's terrifically entertaining documentary about Sheffield's suave Pulp. Stick around after this sold-out screening as frontman Jarvis Cocker will participate in a Q&A as well as judge a Pulp karoake contest.

Phuture (live), L-Vis 1990, Kingdom, Prince William @ Verboten
Pioneering Chicago house group Phuture comes to NYC for a live set tonight -- their first time ever (how is that possible?) -- with quality support from Night Slugs co-boss L-Vis 1990, Night Slugs' Kingdom, and Fade to Mind's Prince William.

Tashaki Miyaki @ MoMA
LA band Takashi Miyaki make sleepy psych a la the many bands of David Roback (Mazzy Star, Rain Parade). This is the trio's first of three NYC shows and is part of the MoMA Nights series in the museum's sculpture garden. Free with museum entry (aka not free, but you do get to see all the amazing art too).

Old 97's @ Brooklyn Bowl
Celebrating 20 years as a band this year, alt-country vets Old 97's showed they still have some shit to kick with their feisty new album, Most Messed Up. This is their second night at Brooklyn Bowl and they'll play Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday.

178 Improvisation Product, Borts Minorts, A Bunch of Dead People, Big Figment @ Cake Shop
Is Borts Minorts performance art or a rock band? Can't it be both? Funny, 100% strange and unlike anything you've ever seen. Even if you've seen him before. Headliners the Improvisation Project features members of Liquid Liquid and Le Savy Fav.

Mykki Blanco @ East River Amphitheater
Rapper Mykki Blanco never fails to put on a memorable show and tonight he'll do so for free as part of the ongoing Summerstage series.

Dead Stars, Honduras, American Darlings @ Mercury Lounge
Do you remember '90s indie rock? Dead Stars do and make their own version, full of big hooks and catchy riffs probably played on Fender Jaguars. Their new album Slumber is worth checking out.

Free Time, Spectre Folk, Words with Frank Linetti @ Baby's All Right
Australian expats Free Time make like a noiser Real Estate for folks whose water spins down the drain in the other direction. They've got a new single out on Underwater Peoples which you can probably pick up at the merch table.

Whores, American Sharks, No Way @ Saint Vitus
It's a good double bill of bands who sorta border on metal with the noise rock of Whores and the riffy stoner rock of American Sharks.

Modest Mouse, Mimicking Birds @ Starland Ballroom
Modest Mouse haven't put out new music in forever (though they keep promising it and do play some of it live), but their live shows have been stacked with classics lately and are still a great time. Tonight's their third of three shows just outside of NYC, leading up to their big co-headlining Queens show with Brand New on Saturday.

New Myths, Loose Buttons, Kate Faust, The Exiles @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, this being the first Thursday of the bunch.

Tift Merritt @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Americanafest continues tonight with a performance by North Carolina singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.

Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, Noah Breakfast, Jason Scott @ Output
Two producers with singles on Mad Decent, Hawaiian's hip hop/dance-inspired Mr. Carmack and LA's bass-heavy Djemba Dejmba, team up for this week's INPUT party at Output.

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

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Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest

NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.

Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).

The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....

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Ten Foot Pole in 2014 (photo by Denise Borders)

Punk veterans Ten Foot Pole, who formed as the hardcore band Scared Straight in the early '80s but changed their name before 1993's more melodic punk-styled Swill, have announced that they'll release their first new album since 2004's Subliminable Messages in 2015 via Cyber Tracks (El Hehe of NOFX's label). The band is currently fronted by original member Dennis Jagard like they've been since after their 1995 split with Satanic Surfers (when singer Scott Radinsky left to front Pulley and play major league baseball), and also features drummer Chris Dalley, bassist Chris Del Rio and guitarist Keith "DJ" Divel.

Ten Foot Pole have also announced a tour which hits NYC on July 25 at The Grand Victory with Boston's Burning Streets (who opened for Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth at Irving Plaza last night [6/19]) and NYC's Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

You can also catch Sad and French at that venue even sooner on July 9 for their record release show that also includes Arliss Nancy, Gameday Regulars, The Reveling and Spirit Houses (tickets). And even sooner than that, they'll open the previously discussed Captain, We're Sinking show at Union Hall.

Sloppy Seconds

Burning Streets and Reagan Youth (who both play Punk Island on Saturday [6/21]) will team up on a bill again at Grand Victory on Sunday (6/22), this time to open for another veteran melodic punk band, Sloppy Seconds, who haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, but are still an active live band. Tickets for that show, which also includes The Basicks, are on sale now. All Sloppy Seconds dates are listed below.

That same day (6/22) but earlier (2 PM), another band playing Punk Island, Empty Vessel, hits the venue with OC45, Blest Mess and Harm (tickets). You can check out some of their Kurt Ballou-recorded tracks on bandcamp.

On Monday (6/23), California punk vets D.I. bring their ongoing tour to Grand Victory for a show with Runny and Spewing Cum. Tickets for that one are on sale. All DI dates are listed below.

NYHC vets Antidote, who put out their first new album in over two decades back in 2012, plays an all ages matinee show (2 PM) at the venue on August 3 before their European tour. That show is with Beyond, Manipulate, Downlow and Point Blank. Tickets are on sale now.

Italian hardcore band Raw Power (active since 1981) come over to NYC to hit Grand Victory on August 7 with Wartorn, Agitator and Miscegenator. Tickets are on sale.

Crow Bait and Dead Stars will hit Grand Victory on August 29 with Such Hounds and Left & Right (tickets). Dead Stars have many other shows too.


'70s-era British punks Slaughter & The Dogs (who reformed in the '90s) will be touring North America and hitting Grand Victory on September 25 and 28. Night 1 will be opened by Stalkers, 45 Adapters and The Rats, but no openers announced for night 2 at the moment. Tickets for both nights are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Back to the '90s melodic punk: Lagwagon singer Joey Cape (who's also in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who have a new album and play Riot Fest this year) brings his solo tour to Grand Victory on September 23. That tour is also with Flatliners singer Chriss Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom (who plays in Scorpios with Joey). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

And one last bit of previously-mentioned related news, Ensign are playing some shows this year including Grand Victory on July 20 with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for that show are still available.

All lists of dates, and streams for some of the bands mentioned, below...

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Fiasco at (the old) Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)

Free bi-monthly DIY music, art and fashion mag 1.21 Gigawatts will once again put on their Gigawatts Festival this summer in Bushwick. Last year's was two days, but this year's will be four days (July 17-20) and will feature over 50 bands across three venues (Radio Bushwick, Hot 97.4 and a Secret House Show). The initial lineup features a reunion set from the defunct Fiasco, Frankie Cosmos, Infinity Shred, Tonstartssbandht, Chumped, Team Spirit, CHAPPO, Ski Lodge, Slothrust, Field Mouse, Celestial Shore, Vensaire, Heliotropes, Dead Stars and Shark?. More bands TBA and tickets will go on sale soon. Initial flyer below.

Meanwhile, Shark? also open the free BV-presented Orwells show at Shea Stadium tonight (6/9).

As usual, Frankie Cosmos has plenty of dates. As do Dead Stars (including 4Knots), Tonstartssbandht, and Chumped (including Riot Fest and The Fest).

Field Mouse, who recently released an album trailer for their new LP on Topshelf (watch below), open for The Colourist on June 23 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

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Mac DeMarco @ Burgerama III (more by Debi Del Grande)
Mac DeMarco

The Village Voice has finalized the 2014 4Knots Festival lineup, adding Mac DeMarco to the lineup that already includes headliner Dinosaur Jr., plus Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. Also new to the bill: Bejiing indie rockers Re-TROS and Brooklyn's '90s-loving Dead Stars. The fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages.

There's also the 4Knots afterparty which happens at Webster Hall that night with Ab-Soul and "special guests." Mac DeMaco also plays Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 12 (RSVP is now closed) and can also catch Mac's other band, Walter TV, at next week's Northside Festival.

Poster below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Brooklyn garage rock trio Sharkmuffin are a newer band, but sound straight out of the garage rock boom of the last decade. Picture something between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sahara Hotnights and you'll get an idea. They recently put their new EP 1097 and made a video for the full thing, which you can watch below. We've also got the premiere of a track that didn't make the EP, "Shrunken Head," which you can listen to below as well.

Sharkmuffin have a tour coming up with another quality Brooklyn trio, Dead Stars. That tour includes Dead Stars' LP release show on June 19 at Union Pool with Slothrust and Overlake. No advance tickets at the moment.

Before that though, Sharkmuffin play the She Shreds Magazine issue release party on June 5 at Shea Stadium with White Mice and Slothrust (tickets); a New Music Seminar showcase on June 10 at Cake Shop with Honduras, The Venetia Fair and Desert Sharks; a Northside Festival showcase on June 13 at Matchless with Vulture Shit, Whiskey Bitches, J.A.C.K. and White Mystery; and Slack Gaze Fest at 94 Evergreen on June 20 with Honduras, Life Size Maps, Kissing Is A Crime and more.

After the tour, they have more local shows, including Death by Audio on July 25 and Cake Shop on August 3. Full lineups TBA for those.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream and EP/video stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Jersey City residents Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer met while playing in other bands and bonded over a shared love of '90s bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration and Overlake were born. The duo's debut album, Sighs, is out April 15 via Killing Horse Records. While the influences are apparent, Barrett and Opfer take a different path with them, and their vocal interplay really makes things appealing. Sighs is a warm and fuzzy treat. (Like an autumn sweater? Perhaps.) We've got the debut of the album's penultimate track, "Our Sky," and you can stream it below.

Overlake have a few NY-area shows coming up: Jersey City's The Lamp Post on Saturday (4/5) with kindred spirits Dead Stars (who have a new record too); May 4 at Hoboken Arts and Music Festival; and May 19 at Baby's All Right with The Everymen and The Brooklyn What.

Track stream and tour dates below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn trio (and Game of Thrones fanatics) Dead Stars are set to release their new album, Slumber, on June 17 via Old Flame Records. These three pull from the classic '90s definition of indie rock, and their catchy, crunch brand of pop should appeal to who remembers college radio in the Clinton years fondly. (Though if you like Speedy Ortiz or Paws, you might dig them too.) We're premiering the album's opening cut, "Someone Else," in this post.

Dead Stars have a few local shows coming up: Saturday (4/5) at Jersey City's The Lamp Post with Overlake; April 26 at Union Pool with Heliotropes and Mean Creak; May 6 at Cameo with Slothrust; and May 17 at Cake Shop with Shark?, The Pharmacy, and Bad Lovers.

Dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn band Honduras have been a constant on bills for about two years now. Most recently, you may have seen them opening the Total Slacker / Perfect Pussy show at Baby's All Right last week (2/12). The band bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.

The band's new EP, Morality Cuts, is out next week via Black Bell Records and offers five good examples of what Honduras do well. We're premiering a stream of the whole thing in this post.

The band's next gig is opening for UK indie band Kaiser Chiefs' sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/19) so if you're going to that be sure to check 'em out. (PS, Kaiser Chiefs also just announced a Webster Hall show for 6/20, tix on sale 2/21 at noon.)

Honduras will then play a record release show at Radio Bushwick on March 1 with Dead Stars, Beiju and The Gradients. The band will also be at SXSW this year so look out for them there if you are going.

EP stream below...

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