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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Austra / APTBS / the crowd
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 16th, 2013
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 16th, 2013
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 16th, 2013

We wrapped up our stay at The Main and The Jr (aka old Emo's) with our fourth and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16). Unfortunately, Foxygen had to drop off at the last minute because the singer lost his voice. They would have played the outdoor stage (Pianos Stage), where we still saw sets from the arty synthpop of Empress Of, the loudest set of all of our day parties from A Place to Bury Strangers, and a super fun set from catchy UK rockers Palma Violets. Then came the sexy R&B of Autre Ne Veut, followed by a set by Austra, who were previewing expansive material from their upcoming sophomore album, Olympia. Then finally, the outdoor stage was wrapped up with a set from psychedelic pop New Zealanders Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Inside, the show kicked off with the catchy indie pop of TEEN, followed by rockin' UK band Peace, and then three consecutive synthpop groups, Feathers, MS MR, and Doldrums. Then the show took a louder turn with an adrenaline-pumping set from White Lung, bouncy young garage punks The Orwells, and finally King Tuff.

In addition to the music, we had an interactive photo and video booth set up by Oxygen tattoo show, "Best Ink". The second season (hosted by Pete Wentz who made a surprise appearance in their booth) premieres April 3rd. Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Zazoo, and Redigi.

More pictures from Saturday's party below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday day party in pics (UMO, King Tuff, Austra, Orwells, APTBS, Palma Violets & more)"

This is Day 4 of four BrooklynVegan SXSW Day Parties this year...

BV SXSW

As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP

We've announced Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is on the way. HERE IS SATURDAY..

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan free SXSW 2013 Saturday day party lineup (UMO, Austra, King Tuff, Autre Ne Veut, Foxygen, APTBS, White Lung, Palma Violets, Doldrums & more)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADDoldrums - Anomaly (M4A)

Doldrums @ MHOW, Oct. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

As mentioned before, Doldrums' terrific new album, Lesser Evil, will be out February 26. If you haven't heard lead track "Anomaly" yet, you should check that out immediately -- it's downloadable above and streaming below.

Doldrums has a Spring tour in the works with two separate stops in NYC:  285 Kent on April 13 with Sean Nicholas Savage, and then a month later at Mercury on May 8 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the 285 show are on sale now while tickets for Merc go on sale today (2/1) at noon.

UPDATE: Full tour announced. Some West Coast shows with Blue Hawaii, some Southern dates opening for Crystal Castles. No other bands announced for Mercury Lounge yet. All tour dates are listed below

Continue reading "Doldrums touring with Blue Hawaii before opening slot on Crystal Castles tour; NYC headline dates too"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - Anomaly (MP4)

Doldrums @ MHOW, Oct. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

Doldrums (aka Toronto's Airick Woodhead) releases his new album, Lesser Evil, on February 26 via Arbutus Records. They recently released standout album cut "Anomaly" which you can download above or stream below. Woodhead is taking the live band version of Doldrums out on the road soon but no NYC dates have been announced yet. His full tour schedule is below.

Airick's brother Daniel, however, does have an NYC show coming up with his band Moon King. They'll play Shea Stadium on March 6 with Ava Luna, The Can't Tells and Local. Moon King, who just did some dates with Fucked Up in Canada, just finished their new album, Obsession II, and should be out in the first half of this year.

Song stream and tour dates listed below.

Continue reading "Doldrums streaming new track; Moon King finish new album, playing NYC in March"

by Bill Pearis

Doldrums @ MHOW, September 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

Airick Woodhead has come a long in the last 12 months with Doldrums, having started as a one-man elecronics project and quickly expanding it into an actual band that gained more form as the months went on. By the time CMJ rolled around, Doldrums was a fully realized endeavor on stage and one of the more entertaining sets I saw that week. As mentioned before, Doldrums' debut album, Lesser Evil, will be out February 26 on Montreal label Arbutus Records. It's a terrific record that I think is gonna turn a lot of heads. You may remember that Grimes jumped the gun and named it her favorite album of this year. You can check out the video for Lesser Evil's "She is the Wave," below and stream "Egypt," the first official single from the album, as well which is available in EP form right now.

Meanwhile, we got Airick to give us his Top 10 of 2012. He prefaces his list with this:

Driving alone at night is the best time to listen to music. Me and my car, Sheeba, have been through alot, and here are the records that have soundtracked our year; some good stuff coming out of the neighbourhood and from across the pond. Of course, i should be giving a honorable mention to my FAVORITE driving records of all time : Robyn, Sean Nicholas Savage, Elvis Presley, Yo! Majesty, Nancy Sinatra - but just for the sake of this being a year end list lets go with the new shit.
Will he give props back to Grimes? Or perhaps his brother Daniel's band Moon King? Check out his list below, along with the "She is the Wave" video.

Continue reading "Doldrums released 'Egypt' EP and readies debut LP (streams), lists his Top 10 records of 2012"

The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.

If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.

As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.

The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.

Continue reading "The Faint and Trust list their Favorite Music of 2012; on tour, playing Terminal 5 this week"

"Every time I mention I like her or Justin
on Twitter though I lose like 20 followers," - Grimes

DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - She is the Wave (MP4)

Grimes at MHOW, 10/25/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grimes

There is no doubt Grimes has had an amazing, perhaps overwhelming, year, selling out four 600-capacity nights in NYC recently to her album Visions ending up on many Best Albums of 2012 lists (like Rough Trade Shops, NME and Fred Armisen's). But what did Claire Boucher pick as her favorite albums of the year? We asked her and you can check out what she told us below.

She cheated a bit though, listing her tour-mates and Arbutus Records label-mate Doldrums' Lesser Evil as her #1, which doesn't actually come out till February 23, 2013, but if it's a list of what she heard in 2012 then we'll let it slide. You can download a track from that Doldrums album above or stream it below along with its music video.

Check out Grimes Top 10 (plus one more, actually) of 2012, which includes both Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift and possibly some inside jokes (we're just printing what she gave us), and that Doldrums song, below.

Continue reading "Grimes' Top 10 LPs of 2012 --- includes Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber & Doldrums' 2013 LP (stream a track)"

photos by Amanda HatfieldDominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Deap Vally @ Public Assembly (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Foxygen @ Public Assemby (by Amanda)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Our Friday not-CMJ day party (10/19) at Public Assembly, our first of two day-long, two-stage shows at the venue over the weekend, had my favorite one-two punch of the entire 2012 CMJ week: Savages followed by METZ both of whose performances we wrote about already (click the links). But I'll add that even though it was a shorter set (that didn't include "Flying to Berlin"_ than when I caught them at Glasslands earlier in the week, Savages were more, relaxed, more electrifying at our show. And METZ bring their insane level of energy (and volume) to every show they do, day or night, and they knocked the crowd for a loop. CMJ in a nutshell right there.

The rest of Friday's line-up was highly diverse: Israeli prog rockers Tiny Fingers; Wisonsin folk duo Blessed Feathers; the retro-fueled shenanigans of the terrific Foxygen; Murals' laid-back dreampop; FIGO and Toys that Kill bringing some punk; Deap Vally bringing riffs and sex appeal; IO Echo's gothy shoegaze pop; MSMR's big pop sounds (a little like an indie Sophie Ellis Bextor?); Doldrums on what was one of their 8000 highly energetic shows that week; Braids' new, electronic direction; and the brainy fake surf of The Intelligence.

Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty. If the PBR and Poggled photographer took your picture, look for it on our Facebook.

We already posted pictures from this party of METZ, Savages, and Sky Ferreira. More from the whole show, below...

Continue reading "BV Friday Day Party pics (Deap Vally, Foxygen, Murals, Toys That Kill, Braids, Io Echo, The Intelligence, Savages, METZ + more)"

by Bill Pearis

Death Grips @ LPR, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
Death Grips

On Wednesday (10/17), CMJ was well under way and day parties were widespread across the Lower East Side yesterday (and to a lesser extent, Williamsburg). Andrew was out and about, like at the Terrorbird party at Cake Shop:

Prince Rama (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
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Says Andrew: "It was pretty easy to go in and out so it probably never hit capacity, but Cake Shop was still packed all afternoon for the Terrorbird party. I got there around 4 and caught great sets by Pictureplane, Prince Rama, Mykki Blanco, and Jerome LOL. How were the earlier ones that I missed?"

Meanwhile, BV photographer Amanda Hatfield roamed around the city, hitting the KEXP day show at Union Square Ballroom where she saw Daughter, High Highs, Cody ChesnuTT and Interpol frontman Paul Banks who was sharp-dressed as usual:

Paul Banks at CMJ Union, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
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Stay tuned for better pictures from that. She later crossed paths with Andrew at Cake Shop, but also spent time at the Tell All Your Friends Party at Pianos where she caught Braids, and then they both headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for Ali Shaheed, Buke & Gase, Death Grips, and Flying Lotus which was by all accounts a bananas show.

Indians at Brooklyn Bowl, 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
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My CMJ Wednesday started a little later than planned a quick plop-down in the couch turned into an hour disconap, but I made it down to Brooklyn Bowl for Hype Machine's party to see Danish artist Indians. Andrew wrote a nice little recap of his Tuesday set at Living Room which I agree with but will say a bowling alley is maybe not the right place to see a one-man electronic act that is mostly downtemo, somber music. That said, he's got a great voice and would love to see him again not in a 7-10 split situation.

The big news from his set was that Indians pressed 500 copies of his 4AD debut on vinyl in plain brown sleeves to sell just at CMJ. The album won't actually be out till January, so this is a real treat. I wanted one, but wasn't going home anytime soon, so maybe I'll pick one up at one of his other shows this week.

I left the Hype Machine party before The Neighborhood went on, but the band did give me a glow-in-the-dark sticker while I was looking at the Indians vinyl at the merch table. Thanks, guys! I hoofed it up Wythe to South 2nd and poked my head in to Death by Audio to see what time METZ were going on (late) and then rounded the corner onto Kent to hit Glasslands for the Stereogum party where the line stretched long outside. I was lucky I managed to get in, but others weren't. The NY Times was there in the weeds, talking to folk in line, "many of them in fashionable clothes and carrying iPods."

When I got inside, I found things running late and heard the "Thank you, goodnight!" from Io Echo (who play our day party on Friday [10/17). Port St. Willow, who also played the NYC Taper show at Cake Shop today, were up next and sounded nice, but were maybe a little to mellow to follow a dance-y act.

Savages @ Glasslands 10/17/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
Savages

After their set I worked my way up front to catch Savages, the real reason I was there. As I wrote earlier, they kinda knocked me out. (Their rhythm section is insane.) Mind you, I am a sucker for this kind of sound (gothy post punk a la 1981) but Savages are the real deal. They play our day party Friday (10/19, 2:30) which you should totally try to make. Skip class, call in sick...whatever you have to do. It's a great line-up (The Intelligence! METZ!) and totally free.

Pitchfork loved Savages too.

Guards at Glasslands 10/17/2012 (via @brooklynvegan)
Guards

Guards (ex-Cults member Richie Follin's band) we up next and played a fine set of rousing, sing-a-long rock. Follin remarked it was nice to be back at Glasslands where they played their first-ever show.

Dum Dum Girls @ Glasslands, 10/17/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
DDG

Dum Dum Girls took the stage about 12:30 and seemed in good spirits, delivering the kind of all-killer-no-filler showcase set that makes festival attendance a plus sometimes. They even did their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You" again (just like at Europa). New bassist (and talented photographer/filmmaker) Malia James is a great addition to the band, adding a little sass to DDG's otherwise cool demeanor. (She also looks more than a little like Jessica Paré [aka Megan Draper].)

And that was it for me for that night, but BBG was just getting started with a late night WIERD show at Home Sweet Home that featured Cult of Youth and Slug Guts. But elsewhere in the world...

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Hundred Waters, who you can see tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and who play the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly Saturday, started their CMJ run at Mercury Lounge last night with Pitchfork on hand.

Pitchfork also stayed for Doldrums who you'll find at our Friday day party at Public Assembly.

We also got a peak at the renovated Slipper Room last night. BV's Dominick Mastrangelo stopped by for the Glassnote showcase set by Daughter (who open for the Walkmen and Dum Dum Girls at Terminal 5 tonight). "Very cool space. Look forward to catching more shows here", he tweeted. Stay tuned for more on that.

Local Natives headlined a one-off show at Bowery Ballroom.

The few who stuck it out till the end at the 285 Kent hip hop show last night are probably tired, as we know Sasha Go Hard went on some time after 3am... she came straight from the airport too, and then went right back to the airport and back to Chicago right after the show!

Hopefully by now you're up at Rebel checking out a full lineup of Texas bands tonight, or maybe doing something else, and we hope to see you at our first day party Friday at Public Assembly!

Speaking of our day party Friday, you can see Sky Ferreira there. Last night she played Union Hall., Check out a video below...

Continue reading "CMJ Wednesday recap: (Paul Banks, Dum Dum Girls, Indians, Guards, Savages, Prince Rama + more)"

We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Friday looks like...

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BrooklynVegan FRIDAY DAY PARTY - 10/19/2012

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Tiny Fingers (from Israel)
01:00 Murals
01:45 Deap Vally
02:30 Savages
03:15 METZ
04:00 MS MR
05:00 Braids

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:00 Blessed Feathers
12:40 Foxygen
01:25 FIGO (live)
02:10 IO Echo
03:00 Sky Ferreira
03:40 Doldrums
04:30 Toys That Kill
05:15 The Intelligence

That's 15 bands in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. If you have to work, call in sick!

And show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. You can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars. Get your photo taken in our free photo booth courtesy of PBR and Poggled.

Saturday lineup (same time, same place) coming soon...

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Meanwhile you'l also find us, or our BV Austin site to be more specific, repping Texas at Rebel (a free and official CMJ party), and at Saint Vitus on Saturday night.

Doldrums at MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

Doldrums (the project of Airick Woodhead) are in NYC this week for a number of CMJ shows, including the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge (10/17), the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery (10/19), the Bug Fights showcase at Glasslands (10/20), the Tumblr showcase at Knitting Factory (10/20), the Pitchfork/PS1 show at MoMA PS1 (10/20), and the Arbutus showcase at Death by Audio (10/20).

We're happy to announce that you can also catch them, free of cost, at our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19). We'll also have complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy hangover prevention drinks, and the rest of that Friday lineup is coming soon announced!

Airick's brother Daniel's band Moon King will be here for CMJ too. He'll share that Arlene's Grocery (10/19) bill with Doldrums (and some on-stage collaboration isn't out of the question). Moon King will also play the Oh My Rockness showcase at Cameo TONIGHT (10/16), the Noisey showcase at Santos (10/17), the Windish showcase at Pianos (10/18), the Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/19), the Deli Mag showcase at Pianos (10/19), and a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (10/20) with Small Black. Tickets for that BBowl show are on sale now, or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.

Lists of all Doldrums and Moon King dates and videos from both artists are below.

Continue reading "Doldrums (who are playing the BV day party on Friday) and Moon King are here (dates)"

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is set to release the Power & Passion EP on November 6 via his new home at Universal Republic Records. That EP includes lead single, "Telephuck," which features El-P (who eXquire recently toured with) on the beat and Gucci Mane with a guest verse. You can stream that track below. The EP also features production by SpaceGhostPurrp, Harry Fraud, and others.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will be playing some local shows during CMJ including the previously discussed Leaders of the New Cool CMJ party at SOB's on October 18 with Casey Veggies and others (tickets). That same day (10/18), he'll play an MTV-presented show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Big K.R.I.T., LE1F, and special guests. And on October 20, he'll play the Tumblr CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory with Doldrums, Troy Ave, Prince Rama, and The So So Glos. Tickets for the Studio show and the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

eXquire also plays a free Mass Appeal party at Gramercy Theater on October 19 with The Alchemist, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, Ninjasonik, Bodega Bamz, Angel Haze, and more. You can get in with your CMJ badge or if you don't have one, just RSVP to rsvp@massappeal.com. The flier for this show is below.

As mentioned, Big K.R.I.T. also plays the Cinematic Music Group, Ecko Unltd & XXL Mag showcase at SOB's (10/18), the night of the Studio show, with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others. K.R.I.T. also produced and is featured on the new Big SANT song, "Say That Shit," which you can stream below.

All lists of dates and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire releasing new EP, playing CMJ shows (1 w/ Big K.R.I.T.) (dates & streams)"

Death Grips at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
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As mentioned, Death Grips are also playing a NPR-presented CMJ show with Flying Lotus at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17. That bill also includes Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) and since we last spoke Buke & Gase were added as well. The show is free with "confirmed RSVP", which opens TODAY (10/9) at 10:45 AM (aka really soon). Act quick.

We already mentioned that Death Grips and LE1F are playing Pitchfork's CMJ showcase at new Brooklyn warehouse venue Villain on October 19 (50 N 3rd St). Now the full lineup is out and it also includes DIIV, Joey Bada$$, Holy Other, METZ, Merchandise, Daughn Gibson, Hundred Waters, and Angel Haze. The show goes from 8PM to 3 AM and is totally free to the public, but there will also be 200 priority tickets being given away at the Topman store (478 Broadway in SoHo) "on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 AM and 9 PM."

Pitchfork is also teaming up with MoMA PS1 to present a show in the VW Performance Dome on October 20 (22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City) with Andy Stott, Chairlift, and Doldrums, which runs from 3-6 PM. That show is free with museum admission.

Pitchfork's metal column, Show No Mercy, is also presenting an unofficial showcase during CMJ.

The fliers for both Pitchfork shows are below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork announces full CMJ showcase lineup; RSVP opening for Death Grips/Flying Lotus show at LPR"

Braids at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Luiz Ruiz)
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Montreal's Braids were just in NYC for ATP and while they were in the area, the closest club date they played was at Hoboken's Maxwell's a few days before ATP. Now they'll be returning to NYC during CMJ for a free, and far more intimate than ATP, show at Pianos on October 17 for the Tell All Your Friends day party. The show starts at noon and Braids are on at 6 PM. Other bands playing including Maus Haus, Blackbird Blackbird, Team Spirit, Solid Gold, Filligar, Triple Hex, Zulu Pearls, and still more. You can see the full list of artists and more details in the flier below. This show is the only announced date for Braids at the moment.

UPDATE: Braids also play a larger CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom on October 20 with Wild Nothing (more of their dates HERE and HERE), Weekend, and Forma. Tickets to that show go on sale Wednesday (10/10) at noon.

In related news, Raphaelle of Braids' other band, Blue Hawaii will be playing some CMJ shows too, including the Sam Mickens CMJ party at Bowery Electric on October 18 with Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders, TOPS, and ZZZ's. It doesn't look like Sam Mickens is actually playing the show (he's been doing some booking for the venue lately), but you'll have a few chances to catch him playing in NYC this month and next.

After that show, Blue Hawaii will play the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery on October 19 with Doldrums, Mozart's Sister, Absolutely Free, Royal Canoe, Plaster, Ariane Mofatt, and TOPS, and the POP Montreal day party at Cameo on October 20 with Goose Hut, Mozart's Sister, Solar Year, Valleys, C T Z N S H P.

Blue Hawaii also play the Arbutus Records Showcase at Death by Audio on October 20 with Doldrums, TOPS, Majical Cloudz, and Eola. As you may know, Arbutus is the label that Grimes was on before signing to 4AD. All the bands playing that DbA show are featured on a mix Arbutus made for CMJ which we're premiering in this post. Check it out, along with its tracklist, below.

As mentioned, Blue Hawaii will open for her in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on October 27 with Myths. Majical Cloudz, who are also on the Arbutus showcase and featured on Grimes' album, will open her show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/28) with Elite Gymnastics. All of Grimes' upcoming NYC shows are sold out.

The Braids flier, Arbutus CMJ mix, a song stream, and a list of all Blue Hawaii dates are below.

Continue reading "Braids playing CMJ (1 show w/ Wild Nothing); Blue Hawaii too (who are on an Arbutus Records mix) (dates, streams)"

Ratking

NYC rap crew Ratking (aka Wiki, Hak, Sporting Life, and Ramon) have signed to XL imprint Hot Charity (making them labelmates with Willis Earl Beal) and will release their debut EP, Wiki93, on the label on November 6. The whole thing was produced in-house by Sporting Life. You can get a taste of that EP with the song, "Wikispeaks," which is streaming below.

The band have been playing around NYC on some pretty good bills, including shows with Gunplay, Fat Tony, Smoke DZA, and more. They've got more upcoming shows this month during CMJ including a Yours Tru.ly party at Glasslands on October 19 with Joey Bada$$ (who will be rolling with his crew Pro Era), Jim-E Stack, Isaac Delusion, Evy Jane (who were supposed to make their NYC debut earlier this year but had to cancel), Night Panther and . That show is free with RSVP. Then later that night (10/19), Ratking will play a free show at Mercury Lounge. The next day (10/20), they'll return to Glasslands for a show with Doldrums, Pictureplane (DJ), DJ Dog Dick, Haleek Maul, and Normally Important. $5 tickets for that one are on sale now. Their only other announced date at the moment is Pitchfork Paris.

A list of all dates and that song stream are below.

Continue reading "Ratking releasing an EP on Hot Charity, playing CMJ (dates)"

Doldrums at MHOW last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

As mentioned, Doldrums (the project of Airick Woodhead) and Moon King (the project of Airick's brother/collaborator Daniel), who were both just in NYC will return for CMJ. We already know that Doldrums will be playing the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 17 with Hundred Waters, Strange Talk, High Highs, Mozart's Sister, and more (tickets).

It's now been announced that Doldrums and Moon King will team up for the M for Montreal CMJ showcase on October 19 at Arlene's Grocery. Mozart's Sister (who also shares a bill with Doldrums at the Windish showcase) is on the bill, as is Braids side project Blue Hawaii. The rest of show includes ex-DD/MM/YYYY krautrockers Absolutely Free, Royal Canoe (who are going on tour with Savoir Adore), impressive live dance rock outfit Plaster, TOPS, and Ariane Moffatt. No advance tickets for this one at the moment. You can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.

M For Montreal set times along with a list of all Doldrums dates and a song stream are below.

Continue reading "Doldrums, Moon King, Blue Hawaii and more playing M for Montreal CMJ showcase (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Austra at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/19/12
Austra

Austra brought their tour to NYC last night (9/19) for a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Doldrums and Zambri. Doldrums main dude Airick Woodhead's brother Daniel of Moon King (who played three NYC shows in the past week) joined his brother on stage during Doldrums' set as he's done before. After the show, Austra and Doldrums kept the party going at Glasslands where both DJed.

Doldrums will be back in NYC for CMJ.

More pictures from last night's show are below.

Continue reading "Austra, Doldrums & Zambri played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)"

Bon Iver at a 2012 ACL taping (more by Tim Griffin)

today in NYC
* ZZ Ward @ Joe's Pub
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Jill Sobule @ Joe's Pub
* Ben Howard @ Webster Hall
* Austra (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Bruce Springsteen @ MetLife Stadium
* Photoreal, Secret Cove @ Cameo
* Jeff Davis Denver General @ Barbes
* "Et cetera" Festival @ Public Assembly
* Aluk Todolo, Villians, Lussuria @ Saint Vitus
* Bahamas, Jason Collett @ The Bell House
* Marc Ribot & Roy Nathanson Duo @ The Stone
* Austra, Doldrums @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sarah Silverman, Jeffrey Joseph @ UCB East
* Bon Iver, Anais Mitchell @ Radio City Music Hall
* 1-800-BAND, Moto Gators, Apehangers @ Union Pool
* The Offspring, Neon Trees, Dead Sara @ Terminal 5
* R. Mexico, Musuki Aruvavo Lee, The Flag @ Zebulon
* The Whigs, Skaters, Country Mice @ Bowery Ballroom
* Blood Red Shoes, DZ Deathrays, Freshkills @ Glasslands
* Field Mouse, At Sea, Mansions & Junipers @ The Rock Shop
* Nate Wooley, Mazen Kerbaj @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
* Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD) DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brooms, Racing Heart, Sun for Moon, The Sewing Machine War @ Cake Shop
* Sewn Leather, Uumans, mancontrol, Kid Millions + C Michel, The Dreebs @ 285 Kent

Bon Iver begins his four-night run at Radio City tonight with Anais Mitchell opening. We're giving away tickets to Friday's show (9/21).

Sarah Silverman, who's been busy lately, is performing at UCB East tonight as part of their "Big Long Sets" series that "hosts headliners doing headlining sets without headliner prices. And drink your two drinks only if you feel like it!"

Also on the comedy tip, Rachel Dratch, Elna Baker, Kambri Crews and Karen Bergreen will talk about their craft at "That's What She Said: Conversations with Women Writers/Comics" at Public Assembly tonight (7 PM). It's free and part of the venue's week-long Et cetera festival.

It's national Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Austra (that's Arrrhhstra if you're a pirate) and Doldrums are DJing Glasslands tonight which is an afterparty for  their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Zambri opens at MHOW and you can listen to a remix they did for Doldrums below.

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Joyce Manor made a video for "Drainage/If I Needed You There" off their 2012 album, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. Check it out below.

Tame Impala made a video for "Elephant" off their upcoming album, Lonerism (due out 10/9 via Modular). Check it out below.

Happy birthday to Jarvis Cocker (49), Chic's Nile Rodgers (60) and Paul Williams (72).

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Moon King at Cameo - 9/15/12
Moon King

The Hundred in the Hands played their last NYC show for a while -- before they head out on a European tour next month -- at Cameo Gallery on Saturday (9/15). The show was with Doldrums related project Moon King (aka Daniel Woodhead, Maddy Wilde and their live band), who released their impressive Obsession I EP last month. Pictures from Saturday's show are in this post.

The show was one of three in NYC for Moon King this month. They also played Big Snow on Friday (9/14) and will be at Pianos on Tuesday (9/18) with Tropic of Pisces, Neighbors, and Cookies. Tickets for that show are still available. Moon King will also be back in town for CMJ this October. It hasn't been announced what shows they'll play yet, but we do know that Doldrums, who open for Austra at their sold out MHOW show this Wednesday (9/19), will play the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 17 with Hundred Waters, Strange Talk, High Highs, Duologue, Mozart's Sister, and DIANA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.

More pics from the Cameo show and an updated list of Moon King dates are below.

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Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Archers of Loaf / Crocodiles / the scene at 4Knots 2012
Archers of Loaf
Crocodiles
Crocodiles

Even though the fire that broke out on the deck at the South Street Seaport Mall was certainly the most memorable act of the day, the Village Voice 4Knots Festival was a fine time at South Street Seaport, loaded with good performances amid the smoke and oppressive humidity. There was a big crowd for this second year of the fest, much bigger than last year, and though there wasn't a headliner the size of, say, Steve Malkmus or M.I.A. or Spoon (like they had at Siren in years past), that seemed by design in these post-Drake years. I like every band that played the main stage.

Well, I don't know anything about the first two bands who played the main stage -- The Smiling Lies and Fast Years -- who played before I got there at 1PM and seemed to be on by contractual obligation. Nick Waterhouse made a good, friendly primer for the day with his vintage, baritone sax-fueled '60s soul and R&B, looking dapper in a white oxford shirt that had to have been hot on stage. I prefer him in a tiny sweaty club to a big outdoor fest (I can say that about most bands) but he had the sweaty part down.

Bleached were up next and while we've yet to get an album from these girls, the crowd seemed to know most of their set of hook-laden poppy, punky, curled-lip songs. Hospitality were up next -- almost exactly a year ago they played to about 60 people at the Fulton Stall Market across the street from the Seaport, and they've come a long way since. Most of the crowd was bobbing along to much of their Merge debut... at least till the fire cut their set short.

After the smoke cleared it was Crocodiles whose new album Endless Flowers finds them branching out of strict JAMC love into brighter, poppier corners. They were probably the most animated band of the day with Brandon Welchez definitely playing up the rock frontman gig to the hilt. Crocodiles also inspired the only crowd surfing I saw on Saturday (but I might have missed some).

Speaking of animated, The Drums were up next. Once known for their Bring It On as an indie rock band, tambourine-tossing fabulousness, they are now a real live rock band with little in the way of backing tracks. While I think their most recent album was pretty good, and they sounded tight, they are a little on the subdued side live these days, or at least have been the last two times I've seen them. I think I liked them better live when they mostly pretended to play their instruments.

I was wondering if a lot of the crowd might leave after The Drums' set but, nope, everyone stuck around for recently-reformed '90s indie rock royalty Archers of Loaf. I'll admit I was never the biggest fan -- that was my college roommate, who seemed to get mail-order daily from TeenBeet, Merge and Simple Machines while I scoured import racks for Ride and Blur EPs -- but I certainly absorbed a lot through osmosis and the hit-filled set ("Web in Front," "Wrong," "Plumb") was even recognizable to this casual Archers listener. My friend Chris, a giant Archers fan, dubbed their performance "awesome."

Meanwhile on the Skipper's stage, we got mischievous Montreal band Doldrums, the twangy retro rock of Devin, punk-ish rockers Team Spirit (featuring Ayad of Passion Pit) and Delicate Steve whose set was also cut short due to the fire. And the afterparty went down in Beekman Beer Garden where things got wild during Black Lips' set.

More pictures from 4Knots are below...

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Doldrums at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Doldrums

You should know at this point that the free 4Knots Music Festival happens this Saturday (7/14) at South Street Seaport with a bunch of bands including Archers of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached, Doldrums, and more. For Doldrums (aka Airick Woodhead), who take the Skippers stage at the early hour of 1 PM, the festival serves at the first of two NYC shows that he'll play that day. Later that night, he'll play a show at the recently opened all ages Williamsburg venue, Muchmore's (2 Havemeyer St. @ N9) with Zula, Celestial Shore and Austin Vaughn. This one's not free (but it's only $5), though it's probably a much more appropriate (smaller, darker) place to catch Doldrums.

As mentioned, Doldrums will be back in NYC to open for Austra at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 19. Tickets for that show are still available.

You can also catch Zula, who plays Muchmore's on Saturday, in NYC tonight (7/13) at The Rock Shop with Sean0Sean, Missions, Lean Hounds, and Field Theory. Tickets for that show are available.

All dates are listed below, along with the video for "Copper Girl"...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

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4Knots

As you know, Siren Fest replacement 4Knots goes down at South Street Seaport this Saturday. Here are the times:

Main Stage
12:15 p.m.: The Smiling Lies
12:30 p.m.: The Fast Years
1:30 p.m.: Nick Waterhouse
2:30 p.m.: Bleached
3:30 p.m.: Hospitality
4:30 p.m.: Crocodiles
5:30 p.m.: The Drums
6:30 p.m.: Archers of Loaf

Skippers Stage
1:00 p.m.: Doldrums
2:00 p.m.: Devin
3:00 p.m.: Team Spirit
4:00 p.m.: Delicate Steve

Afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden (not free)
7:00 p.m.: doors
?:?? p.m.: DJ Jonathan Toubin
?:?? p.m.: Kid Congo Powers + The Pink Monkey Birds
?:?? p.m.: The Black Lips

Meanwhile Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday (6:30pm).

Nick Waterhouse also has some other shows coming up.

Continue reading "free 4Knots Music Festival is Saturday (set times)"

Doldrums at NXNE last week (more by David Andrako)
Doldrums

As mentioned, Austra scheduled a few North American shows later this year including a NYC show on September 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

Since we last spoke, fellow Canadians Doldrums and Brooklyn's Zambri (who joined Bear In Heaven on stage last month at a MHOW show which Doldrums opened) were added as openers to Austra's MHOW show. The connections don't stop there though. Main Doldrums guy, Airick Woodhead, and his brother Daniel who sometimes drums live for Doldrums and has his own project called Moon King, were both members of the band Spiral Beach, whose lineup also included current Austra bassist Dorian Wolf.

Speaking of bands that include Austra members, TRUST (featuring Austra drummer Maya Postepski) have upcoming dates with Light Asylum, including two in NYC: Warm Up at PS1 on 7/7 with Nguzunguzu, Arca, and Todd Terry (tickets), and MHOW on 7/8 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Doldrums is also a Grimes collaborator, has toured with her multiple times, and it looks like they're probably also good friends. Daniel Woodhead, in addition to sometimes drumming for Doldrums, drummed for Grimes too sometimes on her recent tour. Grimes has a lot of NYC shows coming up, including four sold out shows and a free one at River Rocks on Pier 84 on August 9 with Wild Nothing and DIIV.

Doldrums will also be in NYC next month for 4Knots Music Festival.

Daniel Woodhead's Moon King project does not have any upcoming NYC appearances at the moment, but he was here a good amount of times last year, including when he played with Dope Body and Hume last summer. Hume just played the official BV Northside showcase. Hume and Dope Body's friends Roomrunner just played Cake Shop and have other NYC shows coming up including one this Friday (6/22) at the Bell House with Diamond Rugs and Richard Buckner, and a free show with Dan Deacon and John Maus at Pier 84 on July 12.

All lists of dates below...

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