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by Bill Pearis

Empress Of / Last Lizard @ Pop Montreal 9/17/2015
Pop Montreal 2015
Pop Montreal 2015
Pop Montreal 2015

For the second day 2 of Pop Montreal (9/19) I made a concerted effort to see bands I had a) never seen before b) was unfamiliar with. It turned out pretty well. After hitting the Puces POP craft fair and briefly catching Toronto garage rockers Goodbye Honolulu at Divan Orange (very Hives-esque), I spent the first half of Thursday night at the Fixture Records showcase at La Vitrola. The Montreal label released a Sheer Agony cassette a couple years ago, and also Moss Lime who I liked. Neither of those bands played, but it was enough to trust I might like whoever else played. First up was Mavo, who are a bit like Sheer Agony -- nervy guitar pop -- who apparently haven't played live in two years. They were good, and I hope Mavo are "back."

It was maybe just coincidence that the next band, Freelove Fenner, came on stage to the sounds of Broadcast's "The Booklovers" but it was a pretty fitting intro. The trio are chilly, at times clinical, with sonic debt to minimal early-'80s postpunk like Young Marble Giants or Kleenex/Liliput. (They're also a bit like current UK band The Drink. And, yes, Broadcast too.) You can listen to their 2013 album, Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner, below. The band's next album will be released by Brooklyn's Bayonet Records.

Next was duo Chevalier Avant Garde who make slightly gothy synthpop, though it's more on the "romantic" side of goth. And definitely "pop" as even though I was hearing it for the first time, more than a couple songs stuck with me. If I had brought one of the 11 free canvas totes I've gotten in the last two days instead of leaving them all in my hotel room, I would've bought their album Resurrection Machine. (Stream it below.) They used a bunch of '80s-era step drum machines and some big crazy sequencer as backing -- I always want a live drummer, but they were still enjoyable live.

A lot of folks were at the Fixture showcase for Last Lizard, the new project from Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhang Hungtai. It was him on sax and a drummer, with some cool projections, and was fully in free jazz territory. But his silhouette against footage of a highway at night was still in David Lynch territory.

The headliner at La Vitrola was Homeshake, whose new album Midnight Snack is out today. I left before they went on but folks in NYC can catch Homeshake at Baby's All Right on October 6 (tickets) and frontman Peter Sagar plays a solo show at Elvis Guesthouse the day before (10/5, tickets). You can stream Midnight Snack below.

Pop Montreal 2015

I left because I was heading over to Piccolo Little Burgundy for the late-night Pop Montreal aftershow. Little Burgundy happens in a different space every year at Pop, this year being in the basement of big venue Rialto. (It is kind of like Webster Hall's Marlin Room.) The first act was new Montreal duo She-Devils who were a bit like U.S. Girls in that there is a post-retro vibe, using a lot of (I think) '50s and '60s samples, repurposed into something very now. It's not girl group sounds, though, it's more of a early rock n' roll or surf vibe put through a red neon filter. It is very much to my taste and I dug them a lot. They don't have any music out yet, but they'll play NYC next month opening for Majical Cloudz at National Sawdust on October 21 (tickets).

Then it was Empress Of, whose terrific, at times Bjork-y debut album, Me, came out earlier this month. Backed by drummer and a keyboardist playing some big analog synths, Lorely Rodriguez (who is Empress Of) had the crowd in her pocket from the start and played Me in full. I genuinely thought she was great. Braids played after, but it was 2 AM and I was wiped, and headed out.

Tonight (9/18) Besnard Lakes will be performing as a 17-piece "orchestra" and debuting their forthcoming album in full, which I'm excited about. (You can also catch them in regular, non-orchestra line-up opening some dates for Ride.) Pop Montreal Day 1 report is HERE and a few more day 2 iPhone pics from below...

Continue reading "Pop Montreal Day 2: Empress Of, She-Devils, Last Lizard, Freelove Fenner & more"

by Bill Pearis

Flowers of Evil

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

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

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

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


Alex Zhang Hungtai will release the next Dirty Beaches album, Stateless, next week (11/4) via Zoo Music -- the followup to 2013's Drifters/Love is the Devil -- and he's now saying it will be his last for the project. He tweeted the following:

Hi guys thank you all for the support of STATELESS, its sad to say goodbye to DB, but rest assured NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015. this may not be a smart move & painful1 too, but in the long run I'll look back& be glad I moved on from Dirty Beaches. Thank you all x. RIP DIRTY BEACHES 2005-2014. Time to move on.
Bummer to hear but we look forward to whatever those new projects will be.

Stateless is an instrumental album, and it was recorded with Italian composer Vittorio Demarin on viola and mixed by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to one of its tracks below.

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by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum

Dum Dum Girls' third album, Too True, is out January 28. If you're heard the slinky first single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" you know this record takes the band in new directions. There are still a few typical DDG rockers, but there are also forays into suave Britpop and a few just straight-up killer pop songs, like the bouncy "In the Wake of You." It's a terrific record. Says Dee Dee of the album, "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."

The band's NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge on 1/30 is sold out but Dum Dum Girls (now a five-piece live) just announced a full tour starting in March, with two NYC dates: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/11) at noon. Opening for the whole tour are kindred spirits, Blouse. All dates -- which include a stop in Austin for SXSW -- are listed below.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee also gave us her Top Ten of 2013 which includes records, books, cocktails and more. You can check that out below.

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls announce 2014 tour with Blouse (dates); Dee Dee gives us her Top 10 Things of 2013"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.

White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.

White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "White Lung list Top 10 LPs of 2013; their show w/ Ceremony, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies is this week"

by Bill Pearis


As mentioned, Toronto hedonist Ell V Gore released his Sex Static EP back in June on Bad Actors, the new label run by Fucked Up's Ben Cook. He just made a video for the EP's "Her Vicious" and we've got the debut of that in this post. It's got leather, snakes and just enough quick flashes of nudity to qualify this as slightly NSFW (in a '90s Calvin Klein ad kind of way). Watch it below.

Ell V Gore will be making his way across the Canadian border next month as he's just joined the Dirty Beaches tour that also features SISU (check out a new song from them). That includes the NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on September 6Tickets to that show are still available.

All Ell V Gore tour dates are listed, along with the video, below...

Continue reading "Ell V Gore made a new video, opening on Dirty Beaches' upcoming tour with SISU (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu's solo project SISU have announced that their new album, titled Blood Tears, will be out on September 17 via Brooklyn label Mono Prism. Says Sandra on the new album, "I didn't want to sound like any one thing -- a shoegaze band, an electronic band, a rock band -- but I did want to make pop songs with un-pop sounds." If you like the new Weekend album, chances are Blood Tears will appeal as well. You can stream the first single from the album, "Return the Favor," below.

As mentioned, SISU (which live also features DDG's Jules) will be touring with Dirty Beaches later this year, playing Bowery Ballroom on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available.

SISU have a few shows lined up on the West Coast before the Dirty Beaches tour too. All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below.

Continue reading "SISU releasing 'Blood Tears' in September (stream a track)"


Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.

As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...

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DOWNLOAD: Porcelain Raft - Think of the Ocean (MP3)


As mentioned, Dirty Beaches play Glasslands on Friday (6/28) which is opened by Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi). He will be playing his recent Silent Speech EP in full, which you can stream below. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, he's also announced a new album, Permanent Signal, which will be out August 20 via Secretly Canadian. The album has a decidedly more organic feel that Poreclain Raft's previous work. Says Reiddi, "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with." Those musicians include Yuck's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers' bassist Darby Cicci (who also engineered the record), and cellist (and Sufjan Stevens colaborator) Gaspar Claus. You can download the album's first single, "Think of the Ocean," above and watch the video, which Remiddi directed, below.

While no tour has been announced, Porcelain Raft does have a couple other NYC dates. He plays Glasslands again on September 5 and tickets are now on sale. Then this fall Porcelain Raft plays Mercury Lounge on October 4. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (6/28) at noon.

Album art, tracklist, EP stream and music video, below...

Continue reading "Porcelain Raft readies new LP, opening for Dirty Beaches in NYC and other dates (video & MP3)"

Dirty Beaches

As mentioned, Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) just released a new double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil (stream it via Spotify), and is in NYC this week for two shows. He plays a solo set at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (6/26) where he'll focus on Drifters material, a show that also features Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Xray Eyeballs (sold out). On Friday (6/28) at Glasslands he'll do a collaborative set with Heathered Pearls & Eola (Ed from TONSTARTSSBANDHT) and an opening set from Porcelain Raft. Tickets to Glasslands are still available. For more on the Glasslands show, Alex Zhang Hungtai explains:

So in essence, Glasslands show will be focusing on translating the music from LOVE IS THE DEVIL to a live audience. You might not recognize any of the songs for this night, because we will be tearing apart the songs completely into sections, reassemble them, and present this music in hopes of achieving the same potency of the emotions I caught on recording, alone at night, in Berlin, completely isolated.
You can read more on this at Dirty Beaches' blog. Meanwhile, Dirty Beaches have just announced a proper North American tour with the full band which will happen in September, including another NYC show, this time at Bowery Ballroom on 9/6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/28) at noon.

The September tour is with SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. SISU are wrapping recording their debut album (mostly played by Vu). To tide you over, the band just made a video for "Two Thousand Hands" from this spring's Light Eyes EP. You can watch it at SPIN. West Coast and Southwest dates are also with Chasms. All dates are listed, plus the SISU video, below.

Continue reading "Dirty Beaches is here, announces September tour dates with SISU (who have a new video)"

Tom Petty at MSG in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Tom Petty

today in NYC
* Onra @ Le Bain
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Doron Sadja @ Roulette
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Majical Cloudz @ Other Music
* French Montana @ Fuse Studios
* Doug Benson @ Gramercy Theatre
* Andy D, Sofa Club, Ferns @ Glasslands
* Snowmine, Ski Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
* Laura Mvula, Foy Vance @ Bowery Ballroom
* Portugal. The Man, Royal Bangs @ Irving Plaza
* Colour Buk, Patrick Cole, Ultrabunny @ Big Snow
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Beacon Theater
* Other Comfort, The People's Temple @ Cake Shop
* The Kin, Tall Tall Trees, Hayley Coupon @ Cameo Gallery
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Giorgio Moroder, T. Williams, Benjamin Damage, Francois K @ Output
* Elizabeth & The Catapult, Sullivan, Daniel Wayne @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Haunted Leather, Electric Citizen, The Electric Set, Ocean View @ Death By Audio
* Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fitz and the Tantrums, DJ Cassidy @ Roseland Ballroom
* Wyatt Cenac, Chris Gethard, D.C. Benny, Seth Herzog, Ryam Hamilton, Jules Posner @ Littlefield
* Jonas Reinhardt, OdO (of Forma), Angus Tarnawsky & Shelley Burgon, 51717, Jacob Gorchov @ Rich Lane

Tonight's the first of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' five-night run Beacon Theatre.

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Dirty Beaches made a video for "Casino Lisboa" from his upcoming double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil, which you can watch below. You can catch him in NYC this June.

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by Bill Pearis


Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. The band made three album and two of them (1987's Heaven's End and 1990's A Guilded Eternity) are genuine cult classics. All three of their albums (including 1988's Fade Out) were reissued in 2009 and can be streamed on Spotify.

The band called it quits in 1991 but the A Guilded Eternity line-up has reformed to play AND curate the second half of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties End of an Era which happens from November 29 - December 1 in Camber Sands, UK. The rest of their line-up includes postpunk legends The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, plus Fennesz, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms (who we recently profiled), The KVB, Thought Forms, a DJ set from Edan and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.

No word on other Loop shows, specifically, but frontman Robert Hampson writes that they band will be performing "a number of shows from late 2013 to mid 2014 at various venues across the world." Let's hope that includes North America. Surely Austin Psych Fest would be interested?

The weekend before (November 22 - 24) is End of an Era Pt. 1 which is being curated by Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It features Television (minus Richard Lloyd) performing Marquee Moon in its entirety, plus Dinosaur Jr, Les Savy Fav, Chelsea Light Moving, Mum, Dinos Chapman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Wolf Eyes, Il Sogno Del Marinaio (featuring Mike Watt), Yuck offshoot Hebronix, Forest Swords, BEAK>, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Eraas and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now to this as well.

As for the "End of an Era" part, these will be ATP's final "holiday camp" festivals, though they plan to continue putting on events. Flyers for both APT End of an Era weekends are below, along with Loop song streams, are below.

Continue reading "'80s UK psych band Loop reforming, playing and curating ATP "End of an Era" fest ++ other shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Dirty Beaches

Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) is set to release his new double album, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, on May 21 via Zoo Music. The record evokes acid western imagery through lo-fi-as-an-art recording techniques, and the whole thing is really desolate sounding. You can stream a couple of its tracks below. He's also releasing a Japan-only bonus EP, which you can stream a track from at Pitchfork, and a split cassette with TONSTARTSSBANDHT, which you can stream a track from below.

Dirty Beaches already announced a European tour, and mentioned he'd be doing a North American tour later this year. That tour still hasn't been announced, but those in NYC won't have to wait because he's coming here for two shows in June, separate from his future tour. The first is a regular Dirty Beaches show happening at Mercury Lounge on June 26, and the second is a collaborative set of new, original material with Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Eola at Glasslands on June 28.

Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon, and tickets for the Glasslands show also go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).

All currently known dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Dirty Beaches at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Dirty Beaches

As mentioned, Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) is releasing his new double album, Drifters/Love Is The Devil on May 21 via Zoo Music. After already releasing the instrumental title track from Love Is The Devil, he's now let loose the also-instrumental and equally haunting closing track of Drifters, "Landscapes in the Mist." Like the last single, it's even weirder than his 2011 LP, Badlands, and it keeps the anticipation pretty high for this new record.

Dirty Beaches will tour North America this fall, but those dates have not been announced yet. Meanwhile, he's touring internationally from April to July. Check out his current tour schedule and the new track below...

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Outside World
Outside World

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Francois K @ Cielo
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Zack Zadek @ Joe's Pub
* Johnny Winter @ B.B King's
* Reel Big Fish @ Irving Plaza
* Har Mar Superstar @ Ace Hotel
* Peter Hook @ Powerhouse Arena
* Tegan & Sara, DIANA @ Beacon Theater (postponed)
* The Campilongo Quartet @ The Living Room
* Palma Violets, Devin, Mainland @ Glasslands
* Outside World, Doozies, Hippy @ Death By Audio
* Robert Earl Keen, Andrea Davidson @ City Winery
* Josh Elkes, The KiD, Chorizo Slim @ Cameo Gallery
* The Wives, Pocket Hercules, Joven @ Arlene's Grocery
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Mean Creek, Thick Wild, Francis Brady, Prairie Empire @ Cake Shop
* Dead Stars, Fan-Tan, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards @ Mercury Lounge
* Palma Violets, Wolves, Of The Opera, Night Vision, Nylon Riots @ Pianos
* Wyatt Cenac, Neal Brennan, Damien Lemon, Joyelle Johnson @ Littlefield
* Ambrosia Parsley, Holly Miranda, Lizz Winstead @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
* Rebecca Jordan, Anna Harrington, Mel Flannery, Jesse Terry @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)

David Byrne and St. Vincent will be on Letterman tonight, performing their song "I Should Watch TV". About that David posted, "The meaning and significance of doing that song on TV is making my head go funny. We haven't done it yet, obviously. I hope we're good." Tune in and find out!

We at BrooklynVegan are presenting an early Palma Violets show at Pianos before their Glasslands show tonight.

Ultraista and Prefuse 73 would have played Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, but that show is cancelled.

You can catch a free screening Oscar-nominated Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man tonight at 8 PM as part of the "Music Mondays" series at Videology in Williamsburg. Trailer for the film is below.

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Dirty Beaches will release the followup to his 2011 LP, Badlands, with a double album, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, on May 21 via Zoo Music. You can stream the instrumental title track of the Love Is The Devil portion below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.

Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.

ATP is part of Grizzly Bear's spring tour, which also includes other festivals like Primavera Sound, Coachella, and NYC's Governors Ball. A list of all GB dates and their new video below...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG


Iceage finished a round of NYC shows with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge last night (7/22), appealing to their more gothic tendencies with appearances from Dirty Beaches, Martial Canterel and Rosenkopf. The previous night (7/21) showcased Iceage's punk roots, featuring a gang of bands all hellbent on 285 Kent's destruction that night: Nomad, Bortgang, Sad Boys and Goosebumps. Pictures from the awesome Le Poisson Rouge show are below.

Iceage is currently tearing through the US and recently made a stop at Mohawk in Austin (pictures) and the Pitchfork Festival (ditto). All remaining dates and pictures from LPR are below.

Continue reading "Iceage played 2 NYC shows, including LPR with Dirty Beaches, Martial Canterel, Rosenkopf (pics)"

shittychandelier with a pitchfork

If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...

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photos by Joe McCabe

Xiu Xiu at Bowery Ballroom 5/4/12
Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (whose live show is no longer a one-man affair) are wrapping up a tour together which hit NYC on May 4 at Bowery Ballroom with support from Father Murphy. Xiu XIu's set covered pretty much his entire catalog, reaching as far back as "Suha" off his 2002 debut, Knife Play, through stuff off this year's Always, and also threw in a cover of Joy Divison/New Order's "Ceremony." He returned for an encore to cover Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" (video below). It's too bad he didn't bring out his Suicide-worshipping tourmate to help him on that one.

After Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches finish their run together this week, Xiu Xiu will continue to tour into next month with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who we recently interviewed on bvChicago. That leg of the tour won't return to NYC, but as discussed, YT//ST will play their own show here on June 13 at Mercury Lounge with YVETTE. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pics, videos, and setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show below...

Continue reading "Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches played Bowery (pics, videos, setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Heavenly Beat - "Messiah" (MP3)

Xeno and Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Xeno and Oaklander

Brooklyn synth goths Xeno and Oaklander have an upcoming local show this week at Public Assembly on Friday (5/11) with Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David JCREEP and Todd Pendu. (There's also an open Asahi beer bar at 9:30.) Tickets are still available.

Next month, the band will head to Austin for Chaos in Tejas, and upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 11 with fellow goths Plastic Flowers and Religious to Damn and fellow electronic artist Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.

In related news, Martial Canterel (aka Sean McBride aka 1/2 of Xeno and Oaklander) is opening for Iceage at LPR on 7/22 with Dirty Beaches and RØSENKØPF. Tickets are still available

RØSENKØPF also plays Glasslands with King Dude soon, in celebration of a new record. That record has a song called "Light The Way" which has a video which you can watch below.

In addition to DJing the Friday Public Assembly show, David J is also DJing tonight (5/10) at Elmurst club Arena Queens. Besides his gigs in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets (and Porno for Pyros and The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy), David J has a long solo career as well, having released his eighth album, Not Long for This World, last year on Starry Records. You can stream some of it here.

In more related news, Plastic Flowers have a NYC show coming up at Glasslands on July 10 with Captured Tracks bands Cosmetics and Beach Fossils side project Heavenly Beat (who has a new song out, download above), and Psychobuildings. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of both Cosmetics and Dirty Beaches, Exclaim points out that Montreal's Grand Trine have broken up and member Shubhayan Roy has joined Dirty Beaches while Tobias Rochman has joined Cosmetics.

All dates, stream, and flier below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Buke and Gase at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
Buke and Gase

Buke and Gase will be curating The Stone from tonight (5/1) to May 15. The curation kicks off tonight with Father Murphy at 8 PM and Les Bonhommes at 10 PM.

After tonight's show, Father Murphy, who are here from Italy, head out on tour with Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (which hits Bowery Ballroom this Friday 5/4). Their album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier who is one third of, but not the drummer of, Les Bonhommes (that also features William Kuehn from Rainer Maria).

Other performances throughout the week include former Parts & Labor noisemaker Dan Friel and Bunnybrains on 5/4; a Tonic reunion featuring Mephista with John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO and more; Extra Life's Charlie Looker, Greg Fox, & Jamie Saft and Glass Ghost on 5/11, gonzo drummer Greg Fox and Hubble on 5/12, a powerhouse grouping of Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet on 5/13, and Matana Roberts and Ches Smith on 5/15, among others.

Buke & Gase don't actually play any of the shows they curated but they do play the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry fest on May 4 at BAM.

The second half of May at the Stone is curated by Gyan Riley.

Check out the full schedule below...

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by Bill Pearis

Widowspeak at BV-SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)

Dirty Beaches and Widowspeak have added another show to their already busy schedules. Both bands will play Shea Stadium this Saturday (4/21), co-headlining a party for the newly-relaunched NewtownRadio.com. Also playing are Black Marble and Family Portrait. Advance tickets ($12) are being sold for this one. Also there's open bar by Brooklyn Brewery (8PM - 9:30PM) & Sailor Jerry (11PM - 2AM) .

Dirty Beaches will begin their tour with Xiu Xiu in a couple weeks which hits Bowery Ballroom on May 5. (All Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches dates are below.) The two will also share a Record Store Day 7", with Xiu Xiu covering Erasure's "Always" on one side and Dirty Beaches taking on Francois Hardy's "Tu Ne Dis Rien" on the flip. You can stream both sides of that RSD release at the bottom of this post.

Widowspeak, meanwhile, will play also play the WBAR-B-Que at Barnard College on April 28 with Bush Tetras, Dam Funk and more. After that the band plays Knitting Factory on June 9, the start of their tour with 2:54 that also hits Mercury Lounge. Widowspeak also did a recent Newtown Radio Session, performing "Half Awake" that you can watch below.

These live sessions are a big part of the relaunched Newtown Radio site and you can watch performances from Light Asylum, DIVE, Chelsea Wolfe, The Immaculates and more.

Click through for tour dates, streams and videos...

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Xiu Xiu in Boston in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu and DIrty Beaches are set to release a limited edition split 7" on Record Store Day which includes Xiu Xiu covering Erasure's "Always" and Dirty Beaches covering Francoise Hardy's "Tu Ne Dis Rien."

The two will also team up for a number of dates on Xiu Xiu's international tour including a NYC show happening on May 4 at Bowery Ballroom with support from Father Murphy. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/2) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/29) at noon. All dates, including some with Canada's Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, are listed below.

And, "Always" isn't just the name of the Erasure track that Xiu Xiu is covering. It's also the name of Xiu Xiu's new album which comes out on March 6 via Polyvinyl. The album was produced by Greg Sauiner of Deerhoof and you can stream the entire thing below.

All dates and album stream below...

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Dirty Beaches at the Seaport last month (more by Jessica Amaya)
Dirty Beaches

One man rockabilly-via-Suicide act Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) and Frankie Rose last teamed up earlier this year at Bowery Ballroom. They're now set to go on a tour together that includes an opening slot on Peter Hook's tour in Toronto on September 24. They won't be on Peter's NYC date when he and his band perform Closer at Irving Plaza (9/13), but they do have two of their own NYC shows happening September 17 at Glasslands and September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (8/5) at 7 AM and tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Frankie Rose recently contributed her take on "Soma" to Stereogum's Stroked: A Tribute to Is This It. She said of her contribution:

"To be honest this was the first time had ever actually sat down and listened to the strokes! Maybe that sounds crazy like I have been living in a bush or something, but true! The trick was how best to make the song my own. I decided slowing it down and taking out some of the garage elements might be interesting. Adding a synth was helpful. The harmonies keep the chorus moving forward like the original, and yet totally different. Take note, there is a little homage in the guitar at the end. Can you guess for whom?"
Any guesses? All dates and a video below...

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